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Add a Sleeve to a DressAdd a Sleeve to a Dress It is time to switch up all the quilt patterns with a bit of garment sewing.  I have a friend whose beautiful tops have me thinking it is time to get back to sewing a garment.  I haven't seen clothes since my kids were young.  I have recently discovered Indygo patterns which have
Pincushion and Threadcatcher PatternPincushion and Threadcatcher Pattern I just love this pincushion and threadcatcher.     It doesn't use much material and makes up so quickly.  It is small enough to pack for sewing days or retreats so make one for your sewing room and leave one packed for your sewing outings.   The How to make a Pin
Tip- Sewing Patchwork Squares with Strip Piecing This video from SewCanShe talks about nesting strips to make patchwork blocks to line up blocks in a fast method.  While nesting pressed seams is not new news to most quilters to make pieced blocks line up square, I had not heard of her tip to nest the seam of two strips when sewing two
Booper the CatBooper the Cat I know this little animal is not quilt related, but he is just too darn cute not to share!  I saw this in the SewCanShe blog this morning. Booper the Cat free pattern was created by Jenny at Fluffmonger.  She also has another free pattern for a Corgi.  Check out the otter - I love
Binding tool Quick tipBinding tool Quick tip Rob from Man Sewing has a short video on using a tool for finishing your binding with a bias seam for your quilts.  Jenny Doan from MSQC has a video on the same tool.  She goes a bit slower and clarifies where the tool lines up on the second side. The tool is from TQM Products.  I
How to make a Design Wall I decided I needed a design board so went to Youtube to find a tutorial on how to make one.  A design wall is  so nice to audition the fabric you plan to use, and to vary the layout of your blocks. Melanie Ham created a video that I found with easy to follow instructions.  The
How to piece batting scraps together Here are two short tutorials for piecing together left over batting scraps.  Julie, The Crafty Quilter, has two techniques on how to piece together batting.  Part 1 - piecing batting Part 2 - piecing
Vacant PPQG Board positions There are a few remaining roles for the 2018/2019 PPQG executive where no names have come forward.  We still need to find a Workshop Committee and one more Membership person.  Remember that two or three people can also take on a committee to spread out the workload.  Please consider
Half-Square Triangles with LUKE HaynesHalf-Square Triangles with LUKE Haynes Here is a technique using strips to make half square triangles.  Luke Haynes's tutorial has very clear instructions and lots of pictures to guide you through his
Springtime QuiltSpringtime Quilt The calendar says spring is looming although the temperatures may not agree.  The Springtime Quilt designed by Elizabeth Cecchettini published by Babylock is an easy pattern with 6 1/2" squares and strips made into a rail fence.  The rail fence caught my eye with one of the strips in
Modern Cogs QuiltModern Cogs Quilt I am seeing new Ombre Confetti Metallic by Vanessa Christensen in several quilt shops in Arizona, and it was a big hit at QuiltCon in February. Here is an easy pattern from Moda Bake Shop to use this fabric.  The Modern Quilt Cogs pattern has 16" blocks made in a star block which shows off
Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial I have seen many quilters using a sewing mat at classes.  I have never used one, but have been told they keep your machine in place and this pattern has several pockets to hold your tools.  This would be helpful as normally at a class you don't have a lot of table space to hold your

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