Machine Quilting Tips from Pat Sloan

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As a novice quilter, it amazes me just how much we love to cut our perfectly good fabric into small bits and then stitch them back together....It's really kinda crazy if you think about it! Well, truth be told, not only do we slice into our coveted fabric but we rock at piecing! For me, these beautifully designed quilt tops seem to come together in a flash but finishing them off is an … [Read more...]

13 Amazing DIY Hexagon Projects

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Hexagons are the perfect way to add a little something extra to your sewing projects. There are so many ways to use them. Below I've shared some of my favorite hexagon projects from around the web. Hexagon Projects   Don't forget that these projects are the perfect way to use up smaller scrap pieces of your favorite fabrics. How to Hexi Start your hexi adventure on the … [Read more...]

Block 8 Wild Goose Chase | Starry Night BOM

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I know it's National Sewing Month but we are going  to take a break from our challenge projects to take a few minutes to stitch up another block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along. Block 8 is Wild Goose Chase. I like to think of this block as the big brother to flying geese. The simplicity of this block design allows the fabric to shine through!   I choose to cut my … [Read more...]

Checkered Pillow Cover Block Buster

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You may have noticed that I've been on a mission to wrap up every UFO in my drawer this year so when I found stack of orphan blocks I knew they were perfect for a checkered pillow cover. Checkered Pillow Cover This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Not only is this checkered pillow project perfect for orphan quilt blocks but the layout lends itself to even simple … [Read more...]

Sewing with Pre Cut Fabrics

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There is something about a package of happy mail that makes me smile and since this package contained pre cut fabrics, it was extra special. You see, I promised myself that I would spend more time in front of my machine and less behind the screen this year but that is proving to be a hard promise to keep. A photo posted by Heather Valentine (@thesewingloft) on Mar 9, 2016 at 5:15pm … [Read more...]

Block 7 Split Geese | Starry Night Quilt BOM

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It's a new month and that means it's time to stitch up another block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along. Block 7 is Split Geese. This block will help offer you an alternative to a traditional block. Let's take a look. Once you get the basic assembly down for this block, it's time to get busy. You will need to complete 3 full units.   To help speed my sub unit … [Read more...]

Christmas in July | New Pattern Release

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Merry Christmas..... in July that is!  I know, insert eye roll here because the thermometer reads around 100° and I'm talking about holiday sewing. Call me crazy but I really think Christmas in July is a fun way to break up the summer heat, cool off in the air conditioning and get ahead on that mega gift list. Christmas in July Sewing   To help jump start your sewing, I've loaded up a … [Read more...]

Block 6 Diamond Sky | Starry Night Quilt

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It's a new month and that means it's time to stitch up another block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along with Fairfield World. Block 6 is Diamond Sky. Would you believe that are officially at the halfway point! So, if you have been stitching along, you should have completed 5 blocks by now. That's a pretty sweet stack if you ask me. By far and away, the Diamond Sky is my favorite … [Read more...]

Block 5 Variable Star | Starry Night Quilt BOM

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It's a new month and that means it's time to stitch up another block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along with Fairfield World.  Block 5 is the Variable Star and I can not wait for you to get started. I love how the simplicity of this block design allows the fabric to shine through! Even though this block is very simple to stitch together it's the cutting that counts. You will … [Read more...]