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...]

2016 Sewing Project Finishes + National Sewing Month

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Every year I like to do something different during National Sewing Month and this year I'm mixing it up again! I guess you could say things started back in January when I shared goal of less screen, more machine. Each day, I've been sewing and slowly making progress on a few big picture projects but I don't often look back. That means, there's no time like the present to take stock in where my … [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...]

Alterations Basic Sewing Skill| Sewing Term

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Alterations - noun The act of altering or changing something The act of altering or changing something.  The changing of a pattern, garment or design to improve the outcome of the appearance or fit. The modifications made to a ready made garment or something that has been altered to provide a better fit. You often hear the term “alterations” in sewing when it refers to taking a … [Read more...]

10 Maxi Skirts You Must Make for Your Closet

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Maxie skirts are the perfect way to easy into the warm weather days ahead. To help flood your closet with handmade goodies, I've rounded up 10 easy to make maxi skirts that you can make today! Maxi Skirts You Can Make   Not only are maxi skirts easy to make but they are perfect for any type of weather. These are sure to become a basic staple in your closet! 1. Simple Maxi … [Read more...]

Simple Maxi Skirt DIY for Your Closet

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With the weather changing everyday here in NC, there is no time like the present to make a few of my favorite simple maxi skirt patterns to add to my closet. This skirt allows for easy dressing no matter what mother nature sends my way. All it takes to create your own custom skirt pattern is a few simple measurements and before  you know it, you'll be stitching this skirt up in every color under … [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...]

Scrappy Pincushion

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This post may contain affiliate links  to products I love and use. It's no secret that I covet every last inch of my fabric stash and save all my scraps but what's a girl to do with all those small bits?? Well, I like to transform them into something useable and today's project is perfect.... meet the scrappy pincushion. Since the construction is extremely simple, it stitches together … [Read more...]