Month: January 2015

Hand-Embroidered Valentine Heart

Anita LeHay from Daydreams of Quilts has a quick embroidery project for you to stitch in a quiet hour or two before Valentine’s Day! This is a good way to work on your embroidery, or to try out something new. Your stitched hearts can be framed, used as a focal-piece in a small drawstring bag or turned into a special Valentine card. You can decide how to make it unique and special!

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Support Shops with Sustainable Business Models

More and more “gray market” and non-traditional fabric sellers are competing with online as well as brick & mortar businesses for sewing and quilting industry dollars. We might be getting a great deal on products, but at what cost? Both consumers and manufacturers need to do a better job of weeding out the sellers who threaten the viability of shops with strong business models–those who are growing the industry, contributing to a healthy economy, and providing customers with great products and service .

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Trends with Kelley: Winter Sewing

What are you sewing this winter? Trend-spotter Kelley Gilbert from Casa Crafty joins us each month with a few themes that jump out at her from the online sewing community. Are you sewing spring dresses, lingerie or incorporating metallics in your latest looks?

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14 Sewing Projects to Get You Organized!

The new year inspires us to tidy up and get organized! Here are some of our favorite sewing projects to ensure everything has a place. We’ll help you tuck away everything from cosmetics to art supplies, and we’ll show you how to take your sewing on the go too. Trays, baskets and cubes can be sized for your custom organizational needs. Have fun!

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Best of 2014 Results: Sewing + Quilting Industry

Thousands of you voted for your favorites in 2014 in our recent polls. Thank you! We asked our social media followers and fabric shop sponsors to nominate their favorites for our initial lists and we had some strong write-in votes as well. It was an exciting year for indie garment patterns, unique quilt patterns, inspiring new sewing and quilting books and beautiful new fabric collections. Here are the results…

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Sewing Resolutions: Creative Business Bookkeeping

Abby Glassenberg is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author and teacher. She writes about small business and the sewing industry on her While She Naps blog. We appreciate Abby’s upfront discussions about the online sewing and craft industry, and we asked her to participate in our Sewing Resolutions series to help give us all a fresh start to the new year. If you own a creative business you may be setting work goals right now, and Abby’s tips for bookkeeping will likely come in handy!

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Design to Reality: Trapped

Here’s the latest Design to Reality quilt block from Michelle of Factotum of Arts. Michelle’s minimalist “Trapped” design looks great framed, as an easy update for your office or living space…

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