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Queen Quilt Fat Quarter Cut-Up

Thursday, 18 August 2011 9:00

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A beautiful quilt thrown across a country fence to catch the golden summer sun and a gentle breeze. A pretty picture to be sure. But even better is the fact that this quilt tutorial is simply the easiest way ever to make a queen-size quilt! It's perfect for a beginner. The Fat Quarters, which we cut for our blocks, make it look like you've been saving scraps for years. And, a machine-stitched binding keeps the overall time requirement pretty darn low. 

Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Fabric Storage Basket

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 9:00

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No nursery series would be complete without some type of storage solution tutorial. I remember back when I had my first baby; it was a shock to realize how much stuff this one tiny person needed. A nursery is often filled to the brim with little things that have to be organized: creams, diapers, diaper wraps, wash cloths, toys, pacifiers, and more! Our Storage Shelf Basket tutorial is fast, easy and fun to make. So much so, you can make lots. Line the shelves with color-coordinated sets so there's a place for everything (we cannot guarantee 'everything in its place'!). With the side handle facing out, it's easy to grab a basket and find exactly what you want. This terrifically-tidy project is just one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics. We created the entire Series using their Color Story concept. Our choice: the Citron-Gray Color Story with its cool colors and bold designs.

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Love That Fabric: August

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 9:00

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Two new collections with colors as uplifting as an August morning: Children at Play by Sara Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics, and Taza by Dena Designs for Free Spirit. In addition to charming feature prints, both collections include several basic prints: polka dots, shirting stripes and gingham in Children at Play; simple stripes in Taza. It's easy to bypass basic prints in favor of feature prints, but the basics are what help set off the feature prints and add a savvy elegance to your creations.

Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Patchwork Baby Quilt with Monogram

Monday, 15 August 2011 9:00

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The gateway drug of quilting is the baby quilt tutorial. Once you try one of these easy, itty-bitty marvels, you'll be hooked, and small pieces of fabric will begin stacking up all over your house. This handsome quilt is just one of eight tutorials in our modern, baby boy nursery series, sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics and created using their new Color Story concept. Designer Alicia Thommas picked out the best and the brightest of the bold geometrics in our chosen Citron-Gray Color Story. With names like, Feeling Groovy, Play Stripe and Disco Dot... you know it's going to be a fun tutorial. We added a custom monogram to the bottom right corner square, which personalizes the project and will make it a cherished keepsake. However, first it has to be dragged around the house for a few years, cried into, and cuddled with; only then can it be a real keepsake.

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Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Animal Appliqué Pillows

Friday, 12 August 2011 9:00

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Our pretty piped pillow tutorial offers free downloadable patterns for a friendly elephant and a graceful giraffe. If you are clever with paper and pen, you can draw additional shapes and expand your zoo. For easiest appliquéing, keep curves large and smooth and avoid tiny points. These animal appliqué pillows are just one of eight projects in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics, and are created using their new Color Story concept. We love the Citron and Gray 'Huevos' fabric we chose for the pillow backs and the elephant appliqué. Repeating circles that are chubby and sweet, like little soap bubbles.

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Free Spirit Artist Trio #2: Guest Tutorial in Loulouthi with Hand Embroidery from Anna Maria Horner

Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:00

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Welcome to part two of our latest Free Spirit Fabrics Artist Trio series. These collected articles are a way for our Sew4Home friends to meet some fabulous Free Spirit designers, try out a special project each has created just for us, and enter to win some gorgeous fabrics and other goodies. Easy and fun as 1-2-3. This Trio is all about prolific designer, Anna Maria Horner. Last month, we interviewed Anna. Today, she shares an original table scarf pattern with beautiful hand-embroidery accents. Thread up your needle and read on.

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Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Crib Bumpers with Jumbo Piping

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:00

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One of the top tutorials here on Sew4Home has alway been our crib bumpers. It seems there are a lot of people our there looking for bumper patterns and instructions, and ours just happen to be the easiest... and the cutest. We started with our original winning design, then up-cycled it with all-around, jumbo piping and added a stylish monogram. This back-by-demand tutorial is just one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics, and is created using their new Color Story concept. We chose the Citron-Gray Color Story for its warmth and it design 'wow' – beautiful and bold geometrics that are endlessly interesting. Think gray doesn't belong in nursery? Give it another look; it is one of the loveliest neutrals available. In fact, Feng Shui experts say, "Warm, silvery gray can bring a beautiful, clear and centering energy into a room."

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Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Pleated Crib Skirt

Monday, 08 August 2011 10:00

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A crib skirt has two main functions: 1) it looks cute as can be, and 2) when it hangs all the way to the floor, it creates a secret, under-bed storage space. For our sleek and modern baby boy nursery, we choose a crisp pleated skirt rather than ruffles. This helps with arguments down the road, such as when my son claims deep emotional scars from wearing his older sister's ruffled overalls (it was one small ruffle on the pocket and he was two... come on!). This crib skirt tutorial is just one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics, and is created using their new Color Story concept.

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Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Fitted Crib Sheet

Friday, 05 August 2011 10:00

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You can never have too many baby bed linens. Changing the crib several times in one day is not unheard of... let's just say babies are kind of "leaky." This super simple crib sheet takes just a couple yards of fabric, a length of elastic and about an hour of your time. Why settle for boring old white sheets when it's so easy to add color and design? Today's project is just one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics, and is created using their new Color Story concept. Unlike most fabric collections that are filled with coordinated prints in multiple colorways, color is what this story is all about, like our selection: Citron-Gray. This baby nursery has a sleek, modern style yet is still wrap-your-arms-around-it warm and cozy.

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You Asked 4 It: Care & Feeding of Your Sewing Machine

Thursday, 04 August 2011 9:00

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Here's another response to the questions and comments received in our You Asked 4 It survey: "What is the best way to keep my machine running smoothly?" The most common culprit in poor machine performance is usually lint, which is an unavoidable by-product of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint sifts into the guts of your machine. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. A clean machine is also a quiet machine.

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