1. Knitting tip for easy Fair Isle knitting

    From Fair Isle Sweaters SimplifiedFair Isle, or stranded, knitting is a way to create beautiful, colorful patterns in your knitted fabric. It looks complicated—but it doesn’t have to be!

    Here’s how Ann and Eugene Bourgeois, authors of Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified and owners of Philosopher’s Wool Company, make Fair Isle projects quicker and easier—and it takes only a few tries to master:

    Quick tip: Fair Isle knitting
    For more tips and detailed instructions for two-handed Fair Isle knitting, check out Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified by Ann and Eugene Bourgeois at ShopMartingale.com.

    Which do you prefer: solid or multi-colored knitting (or crochet)? Tell us in the comments!


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  2. Table-runner treats from Fons & Porter (+ giveaway!)

    A bare table is like a blank canvas; it begs to show off something beautiful.

    Flying South table runner
    
“Flying South” by Terry Albers

    Big or small, square or skinny, old or new, tables offer a space to express our creativity as quilters—and making a table topper can stretch our creativity just as far as a painter’s canvas. Not only can you add a stroke of beauty or a pop of color; you can also use a table topper’s small size as a stress-free way to:

    • Try new color palettes
    • Learn new techniques
    • Create with your scraps
    • Highlight the seasons
    • Make a quick gift
    • Show off your hand or machine quilting

    Marianne Fons and Liz PorterCelebrated quilters Marianne Fons and Liz Porter love the utility and charm of table-sized quilts, and they’ve teamed up with us to bring you a gorgeous collection of toppers and runners to keep you creating throughout the year. Whether you want to wow a crowd at a seasonal gathering or simply catch someone’s eye on an end table, Table Toppers gives you the opportunity to play on a small scale.

    Take a look at what Marianne and Liz have selected from the pages of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine to include in Table Toppers. Enjoy one topper from each season below—click on any photo to see them all!

    FALL

    Pumpkin Patch table runner and hot pad
    “Pumpkin Patch” table runner and hot pad by Kelly Mueller


    WINTER

    Oh Christmas Tree table topper
    “Oh Christmas Tree” by Sue Marsh

    SPRING

    Dresden Daisies table runner
    “Dresden Daisies” by Debbie Beaves

    See three more flowering projects in Table Toppers >

    SUMMER

    Watermelon table runner
    “Watermelon” by Sandy Gervais

    YEAR-ROUND

    Fluttering By table runner
    “Fluttering By” by Betsy Smith

    See all 12 projects in Table Toppers >
    Print book: $19.99 / eBook: $14.99

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    Table TopperWhat’s your favorite time of year to display a table topper—or is your table topped all year long? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Table Toppers eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    
P.S.: Another Fons & Porter book debuts this month—save your fat quarters for it!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Arlene, who says:

    “I love table toppers. Fall colors and themes are my favorites. This book is one I would so enjoy. Table toppers work up quickly and give me a chance to use smaller pieces of fabrics in my stash.”

    Arlene, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!
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  3. Craft Book Month blog hop! A quilt goes viral

    Craft Book Month with Craftbuds

    Practically every Monday around here is show-and-share day. When we complete something over the weekend, we bring our projects to the office to share with each other. Usually there’s squealing and “where’d you get that fabric?” chatter.

    When Karen Burns, our acquisitions editor, brought in her finished quilt top from the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, it was ADORABLE! I loved the pattern, designed by Krista Fleckenstein, but I especially loved Karen’s fabric choice, Bluebird Park’s Kate & Birdie for Moda. The little woodland creatures in a city park setting were so sweet.

    Karen Burns's quilt top
    Karen Burns’s quilt top

    I teased Karen and begged her to give me that quilt top! I figured she had so many unquilted projects, she wouldn’t know it was missing. Instead, she gave me the name of the fabric collection so I could buy it myself (next best thing). Which I did, instantly. The only difference was our choice for the fabric background—Karen went with a tan textured background; I chose yellow.

    I had my quilt cut and pieced in no time. It’s a super fast and easy pattern! The following Monday I was the one sharing my finished quilt top with my coworkers.

    Karen Johnson's quilt top
    Karen Johnson’s quilt top


    This time it was Mary Green, our former editor in chief, who admired it. She especially loved the lemony yellow. Teasingly, she asked me to give it to her. See a trend here? We always beg, but it never seems to work around here…until this time. You see, Mary was making plans to retire. I knew the minute she asked for the quilt, I would have it quilted in time for her retirement party. And I did.

    Mary was shocked and ecstatic over my gift to her. I give quilts away often, but rarely to quilters. Because quilters can make their own quilts, it’s easy to forget how much they appreciate receiving one. I was surprised and touched by her appreciation. My little “pay it forward” act was well received. Here we are together at her retirement party with the finished quilt.

    Karen presenting Mary with her quilt
    The finished quilt, with Mary Green (left) and Karen Johnson (right)


    Thanks to Lindsay at Craftbuds for letting us be a part of Craft Book Month!

    Have you made a quilt for another quilter? Tell us how it was received in the comments!

    Visit more bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long:

    Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
    Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
    Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
    Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
    Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
    Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
    Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
    Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
    Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
    Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
    Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey

    WIN PRIZES DURING CRAFT BOOK MONTH!

    Link Up

    Craft Book Month with Craftbuds9/1–9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

    Rules

    1) One entry per person.

    2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.

    3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014, or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

    4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

    Prizes

    Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1–30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!


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  4. National Sewing Month: sewing for the home

    National Sewing MonthOur celebration of National Sewing Month continues! Watch for fun posts throughout September and get inspired to make all kinds of fabulous stuff with your fabric.

    Today’s topic: our homes. So often we make things for the homes of family and friends. But when was the last time you sewed something for your own home?

    Even one simple handmade item—a table runner for dining, a pillow for lounging, a lap quilt for snuggling—can infuse a room with softness and warmth.

    From Urban Country Quilts
    A lap quilt for the living room: Don’s Goose from
    Urban Country Quilts

    Today we’ve gathered sewing ideas for key rooms in your home—places where people tend to spend lots of time. Choose a room in your home that needs a little lift. Then let that space reflect your creativity!


    Pretty and practical: projects for the kitchen
    From Kitchen Stitches

    Projects from Kitchen Stitches
    Clockwise from top left: “Double-Handed Pot Holder” by Natalie Barnes; “Circle Blooms Tea Cozy” by Amy Struckmeyer; “Too Hot to Handle Pot Holders” by Kim Niedzwiecki; “Cartwheels Table Runner and Napkins” by Amy Ellis.

    Brighten your kitchen and dining area with these projects plus:

    • Aprons, dish towels, and tablecloths
    • Cozies for casserole dishes and slow cookers
    • Super-quick wine-glass charms, coasters, and memo boards

    Kitchen StitchesSee more from Kitchen Stitches
    (<<< including the baguette tote on the cover)
    Buy the book, get the eBook free!


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    Rest and renew: sewing for the bedroom
    From Sew Decorative

    Projects from Sew Decorative
    Clockwise from top left: rick-rack-embellished pillowcases and top sheet; fussy-cut embellished lampshade; bed skirt attached with Velcro; coordinating-print sheet and pillowcases.

    Find more bedroom projects in Sew Decorative, plus:

    • Table runners, place mats, and pot holders
    • A clever bathroom organizer made from two hand towels
    • Ten different decorative pillows

    Sew DecorativeSee more from Sew Decorative
    (<<< including the “Sunroom Seating” pillows on the cover)
    Buy the book, get the eBook free!


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    Curl up and cuddle: quilts for every room
    From Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden

    Quilts from Sew a Modern Home
    Clockwise from top left: “The Bee’s Knees Picnic Quilt,” “Dancing Chevrons,” “Desert Morning,” “Sharp Turn.”

    You didn’t think we’d skip quilts, did you? If a room in your home is without a cozy quilt, it’s time to get sewing! With Sew a Modern Home you can make a stylish quilt for every room plus:

    • A flying-geese inspired table-linen set
    • Quilts for big-boy and big-girl bedrooms
    • Playmats and plushies for the nursery

    Sew a Modern HomeSee more from Sew a Modern Home
    (<<< including the pieced pillows on the cover)
    Buy the book, get the eBook free!


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    Who typically gets to keep the projects you sew: family, friends, or you? Tell us in the comments!

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    National Sewing Month: branch out – sew bags!


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  5. No-fail tip for colorful quilts

    Posted by on September 8, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Energetic. Cheerful. Lively. Vivid. COLOR!

    From Colorful Quilts
    Detail of “Bali High” from
    Colorful Quilts (ePattern available)

    If you gravitate toward using bright colors in your quilts—or if you have a stack of colorful blocks you’re not sure how to use—read on. Today’s tip will help you rein in those larger-than-life colors.

    When working with brights, the authors of the three books featured below agree on one thing: it’s all about the background fabric. Whether you add one color or 100 to a quilt, the right backdrop will keep your design controlled, instead of progressing toward chaotic (raise your hand if you’ve been there, made that!).

    From Quilts from the Heart II
    Color riot! Softly patterned backgrounds offer a resting place for the eyes, capturing the energy of colorful quilt blocks without overwhelming the viewer. From
    Quilts from the Heart II.

    So, how do you choose the right background fabric when you want to show off a rainbow of quilt blocks? Here’s a smart tip from author Cynthia LeBlanc Regone:

    Quick tip--brights and backgrounds
    Ready to dig into the most colorful section of your stash? Get inspired by the quilts in the hue-happy eBooks below.


    From Colorful Quilts by Cynthia LeBlanc Regone

    Quilts from Colorful Quilts
    Left: Cynthia exchanged Basket blocks with three friends, uniting many colors with a calm yellow background. Right: In another exchange, scrappy Cake Stand blocks pop against a subtly patterned black background.
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    From Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud

    Quilts from Quilts from the Heart II
    Left: Bright squares are randomly pieced into a sea of mottled-blue fabrics in an off-center Jacob’s Ladder design. Right: Karin packs the entire color wheel into Snowy Owl blocks, surrounding brights with solid white.
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    From Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    From Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts
    Left: Fussy-cut rows of cat blocks alternate with multicolored Bow Tie blocks; the pop comes courtesy of a peach background fabric. Right: Got a collection of one cheerful color? Show it off in this easy grid quilt. Simply cut same-size squares and add solid sashing.
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    Patchwork PaletteGot lots of colorful scraps?

    Create dazzling scrap quilts with three of Donna Lynn Thomas’s simple methods for choosing fabrics: the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. Make 13 color- and print-packed quilts with Donna’s eye-opening ideas—you’ll use her advice again and again. See more from Patchwork Palette.
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    What’s your all-time favorite color to use in quilts? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. The gift of lace: how to knit comfort shawls

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Shawl from Wrapped in ComfortWhen learning a new craft or technique, it’s easy to think that we should wait to give handmade gifts until our skills improve. When Alison Jeppson Hyde was new to (and lacking confidence in) lace knitting, she decided to knit and give away a wedding ring shawl. And it taught her that a few ounces of good yarn, even in the hands of the most inexperienced knitter, could make a wonderful gift and help befriend those around us.

    In Wrapped in Comfort, Alison shares 12 beautiful comfort shawl patterns for beginners and beyond, as well as heart-warming stories that will inspire you to grow relationships with the help of a handmade gift—no matter what level you’re at.

    Read on for the story of Michelle’s Shawl (above), one of 12 rich stories and gorgeous shawls from Wrapped in Comfort. And if you’re new to lace knitting, don’t miss the super-easy lace shawl for beginners (and Alison’s warm advice to you) at the end of this post!


    Michelle’s Story
    From Wrapped in Comfort by Allison Jeppson Hyde

    “Happy Mother’s Day, mom!” Michelle said happily as I opened the package and pulled out the most gorgeous, slinky-drapey-soft yarn. It cried out to be stroked and petted and gazed at adoringly—and knitted. My needles, this was a wonderful gift!

    I knew the shawl was already a success when my daughter said that evening, as I started working on it, “ Mom, I know we gave that yarn to you for Mother’s Day, but just in case you need someone to give it to, I really, really like that.”

    I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate the day. Of course it’s for her! The wish of every knitting mother: first, you get them to fall in love with the yarn. Next, maybe they’ll want to learn to cast on, too. A little purl stitch here, a yarn-over there, and soon there’s no stopping them.


    Shawl from Wrapped in ComfortNew to lace knitting? You can learn—by working your way through the patterns in Wrapped in Comfort, starting with Julia’s Shawl. It’s the simplest pattern in the book, and the stitch repeat is only six stitches long, making it easy to memorize. A gift that comes from the heart need not be perfect. Take heart with this advice from Alison: “Start easy, work your way up. It’s not hard!”

    Find Julia’s Shawl + 11 more gorgeous shawl patterns in Wrapped in Comfort by Alison Jeppson Hyde.


    When has giving (or receiving) a handmade gift enriched a special relationship? Tell us in the comments!


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  7. So you think you can stash?: novelty prints (+ sale!)

    Today we’re starting a new series at Stitch This!

    So You Think You Can Stash?: novelty prints

    If you’ve got a stash of a particular style of fabric that keeps growing instead of shrinking, this series is for you!

    We’ll focus on one style of fabric in each “So You Think You Can Stash?” post, and offer ideas for how to cut it, sew it, and enjoy it.

    Today’s stash subject: novelty fabrics. How many do you own? From mustaches to sock monkeys, Angry Birds to the Cat in the Hat, there’s a novelty print for every whim. If you can think of an object you love (asparagus? traffic signs? lobsters?), rest assured: there’s a novelty print for that!

    Quilt blocks from Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones
    Novelty prints featured in
    Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones

    One of the best things about novelty prints is their ability to fill a simple quilt with tons of personality. And who loves quilts packed with personality? Kids of all kinds!

    The novelty-print-friendly quilts in Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones by Laurie Bevan feature two main choices: sew one giant block or four smaller blocks (which are still pretty big) to make a quick quilt top. With spots among the blocks to spotlight your novelty prints, the quilts you make are sure to delight babies, kids, and kids at heart.

    Ready to show off your fun novelty fabrics in stress-free quilts? Follow the tips below from Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones by Laurie Bevan.

    Laurie says, “The perfect baby-quilt size is from 40″ up to 48″, and the quilt shape can be either a square or a rectangle.”


    Lickety-Split Quilts for Little OnesSAVE 20% on


    Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones
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    ONE-BLOCK QUILTS

    Wish Upon a Star quilt
    Quilt:
    “Wish Upon a Star”
    Block size: 20″ x 20″
    Novelty-print hint: Pair a novelty print with a small-print, tone-on-tone fabric.

    Baby Elephant quilt
    Quilt: “Baby Elephant”
    Block size: 27″ x 36″
    Novelty-print hint: Repeat the theme of the quilt center with a same-theme novelty print in the border.

    See more one-block quilts in Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones >


    FOUR-BLOCK QUILTS

    Ducky Playtime quilt
    Quilt:
    “Ducky Playtime”
    Block size: 15″ x 15″
    Novelty-print hint: Use a cute novelty print in the blocks, and then repeat it in the border.

    Bugs in the Barn quilt
    Quilt:
    “Bugs in the Barn”
    Block size: 16″ x 16″
    Novelty-print hint: Choose a block that has a large, single-panel center for novelty prints, like this Hole in the Barn Door block (aka Churn Dash).

    Waddlin' Around quilt
    Quilt:
    “Waddlin’ Around”
    Block size: 15″ x 15″
    Novelty-print hint: Use a novelty print only in the border; pull tones of one color from the print for the quilt center.

    See more four-block quilts in Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones >


    What’s the theme of your favorite novelty print—and is it currently in a quilt or in a closet? Tell us in the comments!


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  8. Blissfully simple sewing: wool appliqué (+ giveaway!)

    It’s a dream of many quilters: to create an heirloom quilt to be cherished for generations.

    McMillan Court quilt
    “McMillan Court”

    If you long to sew that masterpiece, we invite you to bring your dream to life with an easy appliqué technique that will lead to you to an heirloom quilt in record time.

    With reproduction fabrics and an ace up their sleeves, the authors of the new book Country Elegance share the key to simple, yet spectacular, quilts. Their ace? Wool appliqué.

    Wool applique
    Blanket stitch wool cutouts to pretty cotton fabric. No edges to turn under!

    Today Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel (aka the Quilted Crow Girls) are here to share wool-appliqué tips from their latest book, the follow-up to their bestseller Elegant Quilts, Country Charm. Find out which tools and techniques work best for them in their guest post below.


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Leonie and Deirdre have launched their own line of felted wool called “The Seasons” with Marcus Fabrics—and we’ve got a bundle of it to give away to you! Learn how you can win it and a copy of Country Elegance at the bottom of this post. Visit the Marcus Fabrics blog for another chance to win!

    Marcus Fabrics wool bundle giveaway


    Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-AbelWe’re both so excited about the release of our second book, Country Elegance. The wonderful team at Martingale has excelled once again by presenting the projects beautifully and making us look so clever!

    It was an absolute joy making these 12 projects. We each designed six. We work independently—which most people are surprised to hear—using a combination of two of our favorite mediums: cotton fabrics and woven wool.

    Rhubarb and Custard quilt
    “Rhubarb and Custard”

    Woven wool is such a beautiful medium to work with—we can’t get enough of it! People who haven’t tried it are surprised at how easy it is to manage. And because there’s no need to turn under raw edges, it’s just trace, cut, position, and sew. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

    Hampden Lane quilt
    “Hampden Lane”

    People often ask us what type of thread we like to use. Both of us love Aurifil 28-weight Cotton Mako thread. It’s a joy to work with and comes in a great range of colors. We take small blanket stitches on our work and we like our thread to match the color of our wool. That way, the appliqué is featured rather than the stitching.

    Projects from Country Elegance
    Projects from Country Elegance

    Some of the most important tools in each of our design studios include a light box for easy positioning of appliqués, sharp 4″ pointed scissors (a must-have), freezer paper, glue sticks, and staplers. There’s always something on the design wall and the brain tends to work way faster than the hands can. But that’s what makes the process so much fun!

    Dickinson quilt
    “Dickinson”

    See more wool-appliqué quilts from Country Elegance >
    (Buy the book, get the eBook free)

    We hope you enjoy Country Elegance! Here’s one final appliqué tip we’d like to share with you.

    Quick Tip--preassembling applique units


    Country EleganceThanks for sharing your tips with us, Leonie and Deirdre!

    Have you tried wool appliqué? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the beautiful wool bundle from our friends at Marcus Fabrics plus a copy of the Country Elegance eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and remember to visit the Marcus Fabrics blog for another chance to win!

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Ellen, who says:

    “I’m learning wool on cotton applique and it’s becoming a favorite technique!”

    Ellen, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

    You might also like:
    Wool applique – the Aussie way

     


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  9. National Sewing Month: branch out – sew bags!

    Posted by on September 2, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    September is National Sewing MonthSeptember is National Sewing Month! We’ll be celebrating all month long at Stitch This! with ideas for out-of-the-box sewing. Watch for fun posts each week about making all kinds of fabulous stuff with your fabric.

    If you’re a regular visitor at Stitch This!, you probably rate quilts as your first sewing love. But there’s another item that pairs form and function perfectly: bags. There’s a bag to sew for every occasion—and every occasion needs the perfect bag.

    From Big-City Bags
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    Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson

    If your sewing life has been dedicated to squares, rectangles, triangles, borders, and bindings, you already have the basic sewing skills you need to branch out and sew bags. Let’s take a look at the bags you can create with the skills you already have—and the ones you’re ready to learn.

    Did you know? National Sewing Month was started in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan. He declared September as National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.” You said it, sir!


    Beginner Beauty
    Need bag basics? A tote is the way to go.

    Market Beach Tote
    “Market/Beach Tote” from
    Make It Sew Modern by Vanessa Christenson

    Learn bag-making essentials as you:

    • Use fusible interfacing to add structure
    • Make and attach simple handles
    • Sew boxed corners
    • Try a simple technique for gathering fabric
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    Transitional techniques
    You’re confident with basic bag-making skills, and you’re ready for the next step.

    Satchel designed by Linda Lee
    “Satchel” from Sew the Perfect Bag; designed by Linda Lee

    Stock your technique tool belt as you:

    • Sew a circular, three-dimensional object
    • Learn to fold and sew pleats
    • Make your own drawstring
    • Create a casing to hold the drawstring
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    Sew the Perfect BagSee all 25 bags in Sew the Perfect Bag
    (<<< such as this “Leafy Tote” on the cover)

    Buy the book, get the eBook free—
    Show off your new satchel this weekend!
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    Bag-Making Buff
    You’ve got the basics and beyond covered: time to put those skills to use—and learn more.

    From Big-City Bags
    “Meringue Clutch” in three colorways, from
    Big-City Bags

    Get a polished, professional look when you:

    • Experiment with different interfacings to add structure and strength
    • Install a zipper
    • Make your own double-fold fabric tape to use as a strap
    • Add hardware like swivel clips and D-rings

    Big-City BagsSee more from Big-City Bags
    (<<< such as this “Picadilly Circus” bag on the cover )

    Buy the book, get the eBook free—
    Get started today on a new bag for fall!
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    Rate your bag-making skills: just beginning, moving beyond the basics, or already a bag-making buff? Tell us where you are—and where you’d like to be—in the comments!


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  10. Welcome, baby! Weekend quilts, heirloom quilts

    Posted by on September 1, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    From Sweet and Simple Baby QuiltsDo you know someone who’ll celebrate a birthday this month? I do. In fact, I’ll be celebrating my birthday, and so will two of my grandchildren, a sister-in-law, a cousin, and several friends. I used to think I was unique because I didn’t know many people who were born in September. Now I’ve learned that in the United States, September has become the most common birth month. Who knew?

    Given that fact, there’s a good chance that someone you know is expecting a baby this month. You know you’re going to make a quilt. But do you know which quilt you’ll be making?

    Make It in a Weekend
    The baby shower is next week and you haven’t had time to think about a gift. What to do? Keep it simple with quick and easy quilts that look impressive and go together in a flash.

    Heavenly Squares quilt
    “Heavenly Squares” from
    Even More Quilts for Baby

    Bubbles quilt
    “Bubbles” from
    Modern Baby

    Happy Baby Motifs
    Maybe you have a little more time before the big event. Babies love animals; how about an adorable puppy quilt? And ducks are, well…just ducky!

    Puppy Parade quilt
    “Puppy Parade” from American Jane’s Quilts for All Seasons

    Just Ducky quilt
    “Just Ducky” from
    Easy Paper-Pieced Baby Quilts

    Another fun motif for both boys and girls is hearts. The quilt below acts as a family tree. Simply write or embroider names around the hearts. A single star features Baby’s name.

    Family Hearts quilt
    “Family Hearts” from Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts

    For the Cedar Chest
    Okay you grandmas and great-grandmas: you’ve known about this baby from the beginning. You already have the first quilt(s) finished and are looking for something that will grow with Baby, right? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    Traditional piecing and beautiful quilting combine in a quilt that’s sure to be appreciated now and for many years to come.

    Baby Waves quilt
    “Baby Waves” from Jelly Babies

    Here’s a quilt that’s adorable, fun to make, and educational.

    Alphabet Soup quilt
    “Alphabet Soup” from Cuddle Me Quick

    And lastly, here’s a Santa quilt that will be a yearly reminder of the love you put into every stitch.

    Baby's First Christmas quilt
    “Baby’s First Christmas” from Baby’s First Quilts (ePattern available)

    Who’s birthday will you celebrate this month? Tell us in the comments!


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