Tools & Technique Challenge- NSM

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On Friday I announced the kick off of National Sewing Month 2016. This year we are celebrating you  and hosting a virtual Show & Tell with 4 different categories. This is the tools & technique category challenge page. Think of it as getting together with a few of your closest sewing friends or local group to share your latest finish- Only with prizes for each category … [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...]

Zippered Bags with a Twist- One Way Zip Class

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love. Have you seen this new Zippered Bags With A Twist- One Way Zip Class with Joan Hawley on Craftsy? If the answer is no, then my question to you is why not? Not only did I really enjoy watching Joan teach but the projects are quickly becoming my favs!  (Actually, if you are on my Christmas exchange list please stop … [Read more...]

Nesting Seams | Sewing Term

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Nesting Seams- verb Nesting seams is a great way to keep your seam allowance flat in quilt blocks. This is a common term in quilting and refers to the layering of seam allowance in the opposite direction to reduce bulk. Nesting seams is a simple process. It just takes a little bit of planning to make sure that your … [Read more...]

Colorful Patchwork Bag

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This post contains affiliate links to products/classes I own, use and love. I could hardly wait to share today's project with you! My friend Caroline from SewCanShe just launched a her first class on Colorful Patchwork Bags & Baskets on Craftsy and I could not be more excited for her! In her class, Caroline shares easy techniques to help us keep all of our colorful patchwork pieces … [Read more...]

Blanket Stitch | Sewing Term

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Blanket stitch - noun   a buttonhole stitch with spaces of variable width used on materials too thick to hem   A blanket stitch is made by hand stitching, and traditionally works well to create a hem on blankets or other items made of fleece or felt. The blanket stitch is one of the most popular decorative stitches used today. It can be created by hand or with your … [Read more...]

Pintucks | Sewing Term

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Pintucks - noun A pattern of ridges in fabric formed by a series of tucks placed at regular intervals in the fabric. Can be made by hand, or by machine. A fabric with a pintuck surface has a series of folds or tucks in it. You can sew these tucks in place by hand, or use your sewing machine. You might find this technique in particular on the front of a blouse, or often on the cuff of a … [Read more...]

Scrap Fabric Management

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Every once in awhile I like to clear out my scraps and just start fresh but the fabric hoarder in me fights back. So instead, I like to take a day for what I call "scrap fabric management". Basically, I get to look at all my pretty leftovers and create guilt free new fabric. It's a win/win in my world! This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: basic sewing … [Read more...]

9 Patch Quilt Block | Sewing Term

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This post contains affiliate links to products I own, use and love. 9 Patch noun a traditional quilting block that is made with 9 simple squares. The 9 patch is a very basic block that is perfect for beginners and is considered to be a building block for skills. From keeping your lines straight, to nesting seams, this foundation block is one that you will want to master! Once the … [Read more...]