Month: June 2015

10 Ways to Make Your Patchwork More Meaningful

Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock, is the quilt designer, instructor and author of For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. A seasoned Craftsy instructor, Amy is perhaps most well known for hosting the very first– and very popular– Craftsy Block of the Month series. Amy is here with 10 Ways to Incorporate More Meaning into Your Patchwork, plus a few glimpses of the projects in her book. What about you? How do you incorporate meaning into your quilt making? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments…

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Challenger Question Round ONE

We have ten challengers in our Super Online Sewing Match II, busily sewing away on their Sutton Blouses. It’s fun to get to know the contestants as the challenges progress, so we ask them a question during each round. First we want to know: How did you learn to sew? (Let’s hear it for the moms, grandmas and aunts out there, plus 4-H and home economics classes!…)

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Easy Quilted Coasters + Table Topper Tutorial

Natalie Barnes is the owner and pattern designer of beyond the reef, and author of the new A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin (with quilter Angela Walters). Natalie has a free Quilted Coaster + Table Topper Tutorial for you, plus a chance to win one of FIVE copies of her book. (International winners A-OK!)

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How to Create a Side Seam Slit (on any garment!)

Our challengers are sewing away on their first Super Online Sewing Match II challenge, the Sutton Blouse! Kelli from True Bias was our Grand Prize Winner in the first Super Online Sewing Match, and now she has a thriving business with popular garment patterns for women and children. Kelli’s Sutton Blouse design features side seam slits, a nice detail that can elevate garments from standard to special. Kelli shows you how to create a side seam slit below; follow her lead and the Sutton Blouse will sew up in a breeze!

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Rosabelle Hat Free Pattern + Tutorial

Wendy Talené from Elsewhen designed this pretty Rosabelle Cloche, an elegant hat with handmade roses for sizes 19” – 25” (Toddler – Adult Large). You can download the free pattern and follow Wendy’s step-by-step instructions in her tutorial below! All of your friends will want their own Rosabelle…

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Introducing Wendy Talené of Elsewhen

Wendy Talené is the designer behind Elsewhen, your source for hat patterns, hats or custom millinery requests. Wendy is up next with a beautiful, free Cloche Pattern! First learn more about her start and about the things that make her patterns and designs so special.

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Join the Super Online Sewing Match

Even though you can’t be one of the ten challengers, we want you to join the  Super Online Sewing Match! If you want to sew along with the challengers, join our Community Match!  We have a great list of prizes, and this year you can sew along with any pattern that is the same time of garment. For example, our Round One Challenge is the Sutton Blouse. You can sew your own Sutton Blouse, or you can sew and enter any blouse/top in the Community Match! You also have an extended time period to sew. Instead of completing everything in a week to ten days as the challenger do, you can sew from now through the end of the entire Super Online Sewing Match…

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Meet the Contestants! Super Online Sewing Match II

We are so excited! The match is ON. With nearly 100 entries, we had some very difficult decisions to make. We read every audition email, perused every blog, wowed over all of the beautiful, creative sewing links, attachments and stories… In the end we selected ten sewists we feel have both the style and skills to do well in the competition.

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All Season Tote Bag Tutorial

Fabric and pattern designer Mo Bedell Mo is back with a lovely, roomy Summer Tote Bag PDF Tutorial. This could be your perfect new bag for the summer! (Or maybe fall?!… We love the plaid version too.) Don’t let the piping scare you away; Mo shows you how easy it is to get this professional look…

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Meet the Judges: Novita Estiti of Very Purple Person

We’re introducing you to the judges for our Super Online Sewing Match! Novita Estiti from Very Purple Person has been blogging about what she makes consistently, with great photos and engaging commentary for years. She does it honestly and informatively, never afraid to post her failures as well as her successes. If ever there was a fearless sewist, it is Novita!…

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Meet the Judges: Michelle Morris

We’re introducing you to our esteemed Super Online Sewing Match judges over the next few days. It’s a spectacular line-up of talented and skilled sewists! First up is Michelle Morris, creator of the popular DIY and fashion blog,

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How to Sew Professional-Looking Pillows

Teresa Coates of and Fabric Depot recently gave us the hard-hitting results of her Sewing Needle Comparison. She’s back with top tips for sewing professional-looking pillows! Use these easy tips to take your pillows from “blah” to beautiful…

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The Super Online Sewing Match II Contest

You asked and we are delivering! Two years ago we held the first Super Online Sewing Match (SOSM), our in-it-to-win-it garment sewing contest in which 10 exceptional sewists competed to win a wonderful Janome sewing machine. The first SOSM was one of our favorite events. Not only was it nail-bitingly close, but we were incredibly inspired by our challengers– all women with great skills plus the ability to take a pattern and make it flatter their body and reflect their personality at the same time. This summer we’re kicking off The Super Online Sewing Match II! Learn all about how to “audition” and get a little hint about the Grand Prize package…

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Geese Migration Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

Mary Fons of PaperGirl is a writer and quilter. She combines both of these talents beautifully in Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice, a book geared toward the beginning quilter. Download your free Geese Migration Quilt PDF Tutorial, and comment for a chance to WIN a copy of the book…

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Hanging Gardens Mobile Tutorial

Mo Bedell is a fabric and pattern designer, and an all-around wonderful person to be around! Mo originally made this mobile for her award-winning booth at Quilt Market in Portland a couple of years ago, featuring her Full Moon Lagoon collection. The mobile was a huge hit and lots of people have asked her for a tutorial. Here it is! Mo is also giving away a free kit with everything you’ll need to make the mobile; check out the post for more details.

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