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Miccosukee Indian Patchwork

Misccosukee Tribe Patchwork

Hello friends!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox and I'll be your host for this First Friday post.  Since we're celebrating National Quilting Month around here I thought I would share some amazing cultural inspiration with you. Last month my family and I escaped Minnesota for a long weekend in Florida when we stumbled across an Indian Village. Some of you might know I'm married to a German which … [Read more...]

Walking foot with Guide

Learn how this special foot can change your world! The Sewing Loft

If you've ever tried stitching straight lines on a big momma quilt or larger scale project and been disappointed, let me introduce your new best friend! Meet the walking foot with guide bars. (insert rays of sunshine and cue the music) Walking Foot with Guide Bars   Even though the walking foot with guide bars looks like a monster piece of machinery being attached to your machine it … [Read more...]

Exploring Sewing Accessories with Sew at Home

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One of my personal goals for 2015 is to branch out and explore more of the special sewing accessories on the market today. I believe that these tools will enhance my skills and allow my design style to shine through. So, I have exciting news..... Remember when I said, "Fun Things are Happening"? Well, they are happening now! I've joined forces with Baby Lock & Sew at Home to explore them … [Read more...]

Square Quilt Shapes

The square quilt is a standard shape commonly found in many quilts. Learn tips on how to perfect the technique and see layout examples. The Sewing Loft

If you’re ready to start quilting, the easiest and most basic form of a quilt shape to make is the simple patchwork square pattern. With patchwork squares, you can make a random pattern or one with a graphic design to it, like these: In order to make the most professional-looking patchwork quilt, the key is to cut squares that are perfectly square in shape, and then to sew them into a quilt … [Read more...]

Quilt Confession | National Quilting Month

It's National Quilt Month and I am determined to make a quilt just for me. Don't laugh but this is my inspiration. The Sewing Loft

Did you know March is National Quilting Month and that March 21st is National Quilting Day? Who knew???  Well to celebrate I am going to share a secret...... Well, it's more like a confession, actually but it sure feels like a dirty little secret. Quilt Confession   I have never made a traditional quilt from start to finish. I mean, I've stitched tee shirt quilts, commissioned pieces … [Read more...]

Big Quilt Block Alternatives | Think Big

Think Think Big Quilt Blocks| Pillow Collective

This week Amy Ellis is celebrating her new book Think Big and hosting her second annual Pillow Collective series.  You will find many talented artists on the tour sharing their spin on her designs. You maybe wondering what's the deal with the "Think Big" title since we are talking pillows. Well, that's the beauty of the book. Think Big walks you through the process of thinking beyond the big … [Read more...]

Sew and Swap: 2015 Sewing Swaps

Sewing swaps are a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and meet other people passionate about sewing. Check out this great list for 2015. The Sewing Loft

Have you ever seen a post on Instagram that someone you follow is participating in a really cool swap, and you're sad that you missed the sign ups? Sometimes you just have to be on the right webpage at the right time to get in on the swapping action, but we're doing our best to round-up some future 2015 swaps for you right here, so you can join in the swapping fun, too! Instagram Swaps - you … [Read more...]

Sewing Retreats 2015 | Come Sew Away

Sewing retreats are a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and meet other people passionate about sewing. Check out this great list for 2015 retreats. The Sewing Loft

Have you ever been to a sewing retreat before? Maybe you've always wanted to go to one, but you weren't sure where to look? We've rounded up a great selection of sewing retreats that are coming up in 2015 - maybe there's one that is just right for you! Sewtopia (Illinois and Oregon) - This retreat is held in two locations each year - in Chicago in April and in Portland in November. Come … [Read more...]

Button Fitting Foot

Learn how to use the button fitting foot to attach buttons and small trims. The open foot provides a clear line of site making it easy to use. The Sewing Loft

Have you explored the button fitting foot yet? Well, if you have ever had to attached a small army of buttons or small trims, this foot and the button sewing lockstitch will quickly become your best friends! Button Fitting Foot   The button fitting foot is a strange shaped foot with a prong down the center.  It snaps directly onto the shank of your machine and allows you to … [Read more...]