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How to use an Applique Detail | Sewing Term

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Appliqué - noun a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material The word applique is French, the past participle form of the verb appliquer (to put on). An applique is a decorative element added to a sewn item, such as: quilts skirts shirt pockets banners and signs home decor items Tips for Adding an Applique Detail-   The most common way to … [Read more...]

Dandy Drive Flower Block | Sew Along

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You know I love to sew with friends so when Pat Sloan & Sarah Maxwell asked me to a ride on the Dandy Drive, I was all in! Last week I shared my 9 patch blocks which I used as the center of my flowers. Here is a quick look back but you can see more here. Today is all about turning those blocks into flowers! These blocks are a great way to practice your points. I kept my … [Read more...]

Lock Stitch | Sewing Term

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Lock Stitch - noun a sewing-machine stitch in which two threads are locked together at small intervals A lock stitch is actually a very fundamental stitch on any sewing machine - when the machine makes single stitches, the top and bottom threads “lock” together, keeping them secure in the fabric. If you can sew a straight stitch on your sewing machine then you are probably already … [Read more...]

Hexagons | Quilting Shape

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Hexagons are shapes with six sides - they can be used on their own or combined to make flowers and other shapes for quilt blocks. This traditional block shape has been around for generations, but never manages to go out of style. How to make Hexagon Quilt Shapes:   Wrap fabric around pre made paper templates (or make your own with freezer paper) and English Paper Piecing techniques to … [Read more...]

Dandy Drive Sew Along | 9 Patch

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It's always fun to sew with friends so when Pat Sloan & Sarah Maxwell asked me to join the fun of the Dandy Drive, I was all in! Each week, I'll be sharing a few pictures of my blocks for the Dandy Drive quilt. I'll be keeping my version scrappy in hopes to clear out my stash becuase let's face it, I want an excuse to buy more fabric!! It will be fun to stitch together and watch this … [Read more...]

Bias Grainline Basics | Sewing Term

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  Bias Grainline- noun   a line diagonal to the grain of a fabric; especially :  a line at a 45 degree angle to the selvage often utilized in the cutting of garments for smoother fit Fabric cut on the bias has a stretchier and has more of a flowy functionality than fabric cut on the straight grain. Bias-cut fabrics can be useful in garments, though sewing with them is … [Read more...]

Sugar Bloom Block Assembly | Quilt Along

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Welcome back to the quilt along. Today we are going to focus on the Sugar Bloom block assembly. By now, you have gathered your supplies, cut your fabric and are ready to get stitching! For those of you just joining us today, do not worry. You can catch up here: Supplies Cutting  Sugar Bloom Block Assembly   Supplies needed for lesson 2: 1 pattern jelly roll 26 … [Read more...]

18 Easy Spring Sewing Projects

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Can you believe Easter is only a few weeks away? That means flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is getting warmer and it is a wonderful time of the year. I can't think of a better way to get into the spirit of the season than with fun new easy spring sewing projects. I have a roundup of 18 great ideas to help spark your creativity and get you ready to celebrate the season. 18 Easy … [Read more...]

Dainty Darling Fabric Line | Breeze By in Progress

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I don't know what it is but there is something about fabric that gets me excited. Maybe it's the texture, vivid colors or the endless possibilities that swirl through my mind but it always seems to make me smile. Then when I see a friends name on the selvage.... LOVE!! (Enter enter the Dainty Darling fabric collection. ) So, when my friend Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama told me about … [Read more...]