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A Cloud of Pretty Butterflies

A Cloud of Pretty Butterflies

  Here is a little sneak preview of one of my new patterns that will be out this spring; A whole cloud of pretty butterfly to decorate any room in your house. The butterfly symbolizes rebirth and renewal so make it as a gift for somebody in a life transition, or...

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Mend & Make Fabulous

Mend & Make Fabulous

Mend and Make Fabulous by Denise Wild releases today from Interweave/F+W Media.  This is truly a book every sewist should have on his or her bookshelf. Why, you say, I am a quilter, not a garment sewer? Yes, I understand. I am also a quilter. The most garmenty things...

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UFO Quest

UFO Quest

The other day my mom was on the phone and told me she had finally finished a quilt with blocks that had been laying around since the late 80's. The blocks were given to her by a friend and she had finally sat down and assembled a quilt from them! Talk about UFO! This...

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Butterfly On a Stick

Butterfly On a Stick

I have been toying with the concept of making fabric butterflies for a while and here are a small family of them just hanging out among the nasturtium and calendula in my garden. I will make a pattern for these that will be for sale in May. I used springy batik...

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Catch up on the Modern Bee quilt along

Catch up on the Modern Bee quilt along

It occurred to me this week that Lindsay Connor's Modern Bee quilt along is almost over....and I was intending to get that quilt I had started finished. Originally I had planned to get this baby done over the holidays, but you know how those self imposed deadlines...

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Great News for Yoko Saito Fans!

Great News for Yoko Saito Fans!

For those of you who are fans of Yoko Saito and the world of Japanese taupism there are some good news! Yoko Saito has written many books over the years. Unfortunately, those books haven’t been available in English. Most were translated to French so if you were...

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Hand-Dyed Fun

Hand-Dyed Fun

This hand-dyed fabric thing could turn out to be a bit of an obsession. It is so fun to make your own fabric, and not really that difficult. The first time I was very cautious and meticulous and worried that I was doing everything right. But now, four batches later, I...

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Aurifil + Island Batik = Love at first sight!

Aurifil + Island Batik = Love at first sight!

This last week all the  Aurifil thread to go with my Island Batik fabrics arrived.  There is something incredibly alluring about new supplies under the worst of circumstances, but when the fabric and the thread both glow like these do, euphoric creativity invariably...

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Vanessa’s Beautiful Flowers

Vanessa’s Beautiful Flowers

Before the holidays I took a break from all the pre-Christmas bustle and went on a visit to a relatively new, and very talented, designer here in Phoenix. Vanessa Fromm started her company only in the last couple of years but already she has some gorgeous patterns...

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