Month: August 2015

Color Theory for Quilting

Deanna McCool from sewmccool.com showed us how to choose thread, organize our sewing spaces and she designed the handy “Goin’ to Camp” Duffel Bag too. Deanna’s here again, this time with some easy color theory tips to help you select prints for quilting. Learn how concepts like light vs. dark, saturation, complementary colors and proportion impact how effective your color selection may be in a quilt project…

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Back to School Pillow Tutorial

Natalie Barnes, owner and pattern designer of beyond the reef and author of A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin, showed us how to make Easy Quilted Coasters + Table Toppers earlier this summer. Now she’s back with a Back to School Pillow; this pillow is a lovely gift for just about anyone, but Natalie had older kids in mind. Send kids to college (or their other independent adventures in the world) with a reminder of home and love!…

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How to Sew a Cuff Placket

Marina Brumpton from Frocks & Frolics shows you how to sew a cuff placket, in a video tutorial with a free PDF Cuff Placket Pattern for you to download. The short video clearly explains how easy it is to create a professional-looking placket, adding extra detail to any shirt pattern with a cuff…

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Action Kivu Fundraiser

Every year we are honored to help spread the word about the annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. Alissa Haight Carlton coordinates this important fundraiser to benefit Action Kivu, an organization that helps empower and educate women and children in eastern Congo. Learn how you can donate, and win fabric, sewing machines, quilts and more!

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Dreaming Away Pet Bed Tutorial

Ali and Courtney’s Dreaming Away pattern from Wives of Whitewood is a fun and useful pet bed that rolls up for easy transport and storage. It’s easy to tuck this in the car for pets on the go, and it’s a free PDF for you to download…

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Introducing Ali + Courtney

Ali and Courtney from Wives of Whitewood (W.O.W.) produce collections of patterns, specializing in bag designs. Their patterns are available on Etsy, Craftsy and here, with a new pet bed project available for you to download. Learn more about these talented friends and neighbors, then be on the lookout for your free PDF pattern next…

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Super Online Sewing Match Round FIVE: Duffle Coat

Round Five is the FINAL round in our Super Online Sewing Match II! Although the kids put their hands over their ears and say, “La, La, La!” if we mention it, fall is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to welcoming some cooler weather with fall sewing, and the Cascade Duffle Coat pattern from Grainline Studio fits the bill!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Rnd FIVE Contestants

Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match was the toughest round yet for our judges. They had to eliminate one contestant, allowing three final contestants to move onto the fifth round. The sewists are each competing on such a high level, with top notch sewing skills and beautiful finished items. Find out who moves closer to the Grand Prize Package!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round FOUR Wrap-Up

Our challengers completed Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match. We have just one round to go to determine who will win the Grand Prize Package, a Janome Skyline S5 Sewing Machine and the Janome 1110DX Pro Serger! Take a look at the sewing and see who you think should move onto the final round of the match…

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#lovewinshearts Quilt Block Pattern + Tutorial

The Supreme Court ruling in June recognized same-sex marriages throughout the United States, and inspired #lovewins happiness throughout social media. We’re still smiling! Amy from Badskirt designed the #lovewinshearts block to celebrate this victory for equality. We have a free pattern and tutorial, and we hope you make a block (or an entire quilt) to celebrate with us!

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Crafter’s Utility Belt Tutorial

The Crafter’s Utility Belt from Ashley Lotecki is a must for craft shows or intense, creative sewing sessions! Ashley shows you how to make her easy, reversible belt and she also has a PDF pattern for you to download. It’s a fun and functional project!…

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