Month: September 2013

Go + Sew: QuiltBLISS

We have another event to share in our Go + Sew series, featuring modern sewing conferences and retreats. We want you to hear about the events in time to actually plan and attend! Today Pamela Cardwell tells us about QuiltBLISS, a winter event held in beautiful (snowy!) Utah.

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Go + Sew: Sew South

Go + Sew is our series featuring modern sewing conferences and retreats, a trend we just love. We share information about events so you can plan and, quite possibly, attend. We want you to hear about the fun well in advance and not just after the fact! Today Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane Quilts tells us all about Sew South, an upcoming, modern sewing retreat in North Carolina…

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Be a Better Craft Teacher: Know Your Goal

Our Be a Better Craft Teacher series continues with Deborah Moebes from Whipstitch. Whether you’re thinking of teaching a class one day or you’ve been teaching for years, this series will inform your craft and improve the experience for everyone. Deborah maps out the full teaching process in a thoughtful, clear way. You don’t want to miss today’s “Know Your Goal” post…

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Forest Path Quilt Pattern + Color Tips

Christina Lane created the Forest Path Quilt Pattern for Sew Mama Sew readers to celebrate her new Quilting Happiness book with co-author Diane Gilleland. Christina shares tools and other ideas for selecting colors and fabrics in your quilting, plus you can comment to win a copy of the book!…

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Liberty Pillow Challenge

We love a good challenge. What could be better than getting gorgeous Liberty Stile collection fabrics in the mail with the challenge to make a beautiful pillow?! Eight members of our Contributor Community used these Liberty Art Fabrics to make something new and special…

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Patchwork Hot Pads + Oven Mitts

Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios is here today with some fun hot pads that double as oven mitts. They’re super-easy to make so you can whip up several and give them with little baking-related extra– wooden spoons, special vanilla, etc.– for great gifts…

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Liberty Pillow Challenge

We love Liberty Art Fabrics and we can’t get enough of the Liberty Lifestyle collection, a range of print fabrics for quilting and more. The newest, gorgeous Liberty Stile collection was inspired by Art Nouveau artists and features eight designs in four color palettes. We challenged eight members in our Contributor Community to show what they could do with Liberty Stile…

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First Aid Kit

Sherri Noel from Rebecca Mae Designs designed this First Aid Kit for the back to school season. It would make a great gift for young adults heading out to college, or for a family with young kids (band-aids at the ready for those knees). Really anyone could use and appreciate this kit, so you can get started now with some early work on holiday presents!

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Back to School with Oliver + S!

We don’t know about you, but we think the best part of the changing seasons are new patterns from our favorite designers. In case you missed it, Oliver + S just released three amazing patterns for Fall which, true to Liesl’s style and skills as a designer, are sophisticated and classic, yet playful and fun– clothes parents and kids can agree on! Liesl asked us to help celebrate the release of the Fall line, so we’re going Back to School with Oliver + S!…

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Be a Better Craft Teacher: Know Your Stuff

It’s time for Part One of our six-part Be a Better Craft Teacher series with instructor Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch. This series is perfect for both new and experienced craft teachers and follows the full teaching process, from the preparation stage through reflection on what works and how to improve. Part One is Know Your Stuff!

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All About Basting

Elizabeth and Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Company joined us last year with their Sweet Little Capelet, and today they’re back with a tutorial about basting. Basting helps you create a professional-looking final result with your sewing, in everything from clothing to quilting and more. It’s an important skill!…

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Be a Better Craft Teacher Series

Instructor Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch joins us for a six-part Be a Better Craft Teacher Series every Tuesday, starting next week! The series is for both new and experienced craft teachers and takes you through the entire process of designing a class or course, from the early planning stages to determining the effectiveness of your teaching…

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Contestant Question Time!

Our judges are deliberating and we’re waiting on pins and needles! Who will win the Super Online Sewing Match? The final challenge Cambie dresses are beautiful; Charise, Melissa and Kelli have inspired us to sew with care, skill, passion and joy. Each round in the contest we asked our contestants a question. Today our finalists tell us what they’ve learned about themselves or their sewing…

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Flower Path Quilt Sew-Along

We’re excited about Ellen Luckett Baker’s latest book 1, 2, 3 Quilt! Celebrate the release of Ellen’s new book with our Flower Path Quilt Sew-Along, a variation on a Drunkard’s Path. Today Ellen shows you how make the quarter-circles for the quilt, and next week she’ll be back with instructions for finishing the 12″ blocks! You can join in any time…

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Super Online Sewing Match FINAL Entries

Our contestants completed their final challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match! Charise, Kelli and Melissa created absolutely gorgeous Cambie dresses and our judges now have the very difficult challenge of selecting our Grand Prize Winner…

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Quilted Lunch Tote Pattern + Tutorial

It’s time to head back to school with a delicious lunch in hand! You can whip up several of these easy and useful Quilted Lunch Totes with the PDF pattern and tutorial from the Green Bag Lady, also known as Teresa VanHatten-Granath. Teresa is the wonder behind the Green Bag Lady movement, an eco-friendly art project started in 2008 resulting in over 24,000 reusable fabric shopping bags for people all over the world…

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