Channel your inner geek with today’s fun ideas from Angela of We’ve got a little pop culture, binary code and more. (Tetris cake! Rubik’s Cube ottoman! Paper pieced Lego Star Wars quilt!) Have fun…

Today’s Guest Curator: Angela from

Angela Bowman loves to help people be creative and strives to offer meaningful ways to make something unique. She shares sewing projects, DIY craft ideas and creative business tips on her blog. Don’t miss her Watercolor Patchwork project in the Gifts 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create magazine!

Make It

QR Code Cross Stitch
Learn how to make a QR Code Cross Stitch with Angela’s PDF tutorial at

Comic Book Hero Paper Piecing Patterns
Find lots of free Comic Book Hero Paper Piecing Patterns designed by Lilja at Liljabs. Turn them into a pillow, quilt, bag or more!

Ron Swanson Quilt
You can join any time to sew in the Ron Swanson Along with Monica of Happy Zombie. Monica writes, “The Ron Swanson Along is a perpetual online activity. And now that the holidays are upon us, maybe one’s fabric/color choices could reflect the season? How about a Thanksgiving-Ron in yellow, oranges, red, purple and browns; or a Hanukkah-Ron in blues and whites; or a Christmas-Ron in whites, greens and reds? Have fun making your own Ron no matter when you start it. Just Swanson it.”

Police Box Wristlet
Do you know a big Doctor Who fan? Make Erin’s Police Box Wristlet at Dog Under My Desk.

LEGO Star Wars Quilt
All of the patterns for Kristy’s fabulous LEGO Star Wars Quilt are available for free in her Craftsy shop. Find the link and more photos of the quilt at Quiet Play.

Yoda Purse
Crafty Staci designed this fun and easy Yoda Purse.

Rubik’s Cube Ottoman
The Rubik’s Cube Ottoman is just one part in a series of Rubik’s Cube-inspired projects by Caroline at Obsessively Stitching!

Make some Feltycuffs with Alex’s tutorial at Lola Nova, and you might instantly feel more powerful.

Avengers Cross Stitch
Jacqueline has a free Avengers Cross Stitch pattern at weelittlestitches, just for you.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Passion for Pop Culture

Mix It

Tetris Cake
The Tetris Cake from Steph at Raspberri Cupcakes incorporates square macarons (and there’s even a cake gif).

8-bit Heart Cookies
Francois shows you how to make 8-bit Heart Cookies at Sweet Explorations, with an 8-bit Heart template.

Print It

Star Wars Snowflakes
Anthony of Anthony Herrera Designs has lots of Star Wars Snowflake designs you can download, print and cut!

Binary Code Wrapping Paper
Wrap your handmade gifts in “I Love You” Binary Code Wrapping Paper from Ashley at 7th House on the Left.

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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Win a $25 gift certificate to Fashionable Fabrics! Fashionable Fabrics is a unique fashion fabric boutique for all of your designer fashion fabric needs.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends: More Handmade Projects for the Home
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

The latest book from the Mollie Makes team takes its inspiration from woodland creatures. Ten of our favorite crafty contributors have put together over 18 exclusive projects featuring crafty foxes, cute and cuddly mice, wise old owls and any other forest-dweller you can imagine! There are ideas for home accessories, toys, gifts and cards, covering a wide range of techniques including sewing, crochet, embroidery, papercrafts and more. Whether you are a knitter or a felter, or fancy trying out some crochet, stitching or paper-cutting for the first time, there is something in here for you. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and stylish photography, with hints and tips direct from the makers. So dig out your very best vintage fabrics, most colorful yarns and threads, clear the kitchen table and prepare to be inspired.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects
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Author: Ellen Luckett Baker
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes— squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds— this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
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Author: Barbara Parry
Publisher: Roost Books

Barbara Parry’s Springdelle Farm revolves around the sheep, llamas and goats that contribute to her signature farm yarns. Follow Barbara through a year on the farm— from lambing and caring for her flock to shearing and preparing fiber for yarn— and get an insider’s view of life on a fiber farm, all told through the eyes of a veteran shepherdess and textile artisan. Along the way, discover techniques for spinning and dyeing natural fibers and patterns from top knitwear designers.

Date Keeper— Modern Quilts
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Record all the milestones of your life in this beautiful calendar from C&T Publishing and keep them at your fingertips forever. The Date Keeper weekly perpetual calendar helps you remember important birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and special occasions. There’s even room for your family tree. Featuring 60 spectacular modern quilts, this heirloom-quality, spiral-bound album will last a lifetime.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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