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Country Lane Round Pom-Pom Placemats: Guest Tutorial by Bari J. Ackerman

Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:00

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We're so excited to have Bari J. Ackerman back in the house! She has returned with another fun tutorial for us. From her Keeping it Real Sewing Patterns™ by Bari J.™, comes a fun set of circular placemats fringed with pom-poms. Bari also spent some time chatting with us about the inspiration behind her latest fabric collection, Country Lane, her first experience with her very own booth at the Houston Quilt Market, and exciting news about her debut association with Lecien Fabrics and a new book coming out in January.

Noel Home: Sturdy, Stylin' Firewood Carrier

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 9:00

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"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our holiday firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of tough indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only sturdy, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.

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Noel Home: French Country Apron with Matching Headscarf

Monday, 06 December 2010 9:00

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Outside our petite chateau, vineyards stretch toward the foothills of the snow capped Pyrennes. Magnifique! The sweet au pair, in her matching apron and scarf, has arrived with our cocoa. Huh? What? Oh, sorry, I fell asleep again watching Johnny Depp in Chocolat. But, our apron and scarf are still magnifique. Especially since the apron is reversible. With its pretty bound edge and tidy ties, this charming holiday apron is beautiful inside and out... just like you (and Johnny Depp)!

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Dual-Duty Reversible Coasters by Tammy Hensley

Friday, 03 December 2010 9:00

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A package arrived in the mail for us several weeks ago. In it were four lovely coasters from our friend, Tammy Hensley. You may remember Tammy from the Creative People We Love article we did about her back on November 9th. You might even recall a little photo we used of a set of her clever coasters. Little did we know we'd soon be the proud recipients of our very own 'Dual Duty Coasters.' Better still, Tammy was happy to share her original instructions with everyone here at Sew4Home.

An Interview with Fabric & Pattern Designers Bonnie & Camille

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 9:00

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"A fifth generation quilter." When I first heard this description of Camille Roskelly, I imagined a tiny little lady in a pillbox hat and gloves... like that precious grandma in the Tweety Bird® cartoons. Stereotype, right? Sorry about that. And, I've surely been taken to task, especially after meeting the young (26), lovely (how does she keep her hair so perfect?), and pregnant (baby boy number three) Camille at The Creative Connection conference in Minneapolis this past September. I was lucky enough to take one of her classes to create a sweet set of hot pads in the gorgeous Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Not a pillbox hat in sight. Then, I learned the 'Bonnie' of Bonnie & Camille was her mother, Bonnie Olaveson. Also youthful and lovely, and the very proud grandma to nine (Camille's new bundle will make it an even ten). So much familial talent and beauty! I just had to find out more about this trendy yet traditional team.

Love That Fabric: November

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 9:00

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I don't need the holiday season to love the combination of hues of red and green. It's a force of nature: red and green apples, peppers, flowering plants, trees, northern lights, parrots, tree frogs, warm and cool, stop and go, and all things Christmasy. This month our four collections work alone and together just as in nature. Have some mix and match fun with these.

Noel Home: Tablecloth Set – Fringed Underlay with Pom-Pom Overlay

Monday, 29 November 2010 9:00

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The experts always recommend layers when dressing for winter; we felt this advice should extend to winter table top dressing as well. Our holiday tablecloth is actually two layers: a plain fringed underlay and a patterned flat overlay with pretty dangling pom-poms as corner accents. With the underlay made out of a neutral fabric in a simple fringed design, you can reuse it with a new overlay for a new season or holiday.

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Noel Home: Classic Chair Back Covers

Monday, 22 November 2010 9:00

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Ah! Pity the naked chair. Everyone comes to the dinner table in their holiday finery and the chair pulls up without a stitch on. An elegant cover not only avoids embarrassment for your mild-mannered chair, it doubles the decorative charm of the entire room. And really... why should the table have all the fun? Our festive cover features an accent 'collar' with pretty dangling pom-poms. It's what all the best-dressed chairs are wearing this season.

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Noel Home: Grand Pinwheel & Pom-Pom Tree Skirt

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:00

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Our large, lush tree skirt is over four feet square; grand enough for Christmas morning's bounty of pretty packages. The pinwheel design is a patchwork classic, simple and sweet. And, even if you've never done patchwork or quilting before, I know you'll have success with this. It's just four squares of fabric cut on a diagonal, alternated, then sewn back together into four new squares. A 'stitch-in-the-ditch' at each seam quilts it all together. Easy as that. You really don't need to read all the directions now do you? Well... maybe just a few.

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Noel Home: Velvet Cuff Stockings

Thursday, 18 November 2010 9:00

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Welcome to this year's warm and cozy holiday series: Noel Home . Over the next few weeks, we have a dozen projects to add classic charm and quiet comfort to your décor. The fabric at the center of it all is the beautiful Lumiere de Noel from French General for Moda, a collection of simple yet striking toiles, stripes, plaids and florals, as well as elegant combinations of all these designs. The rich tones of red, ivory, cream, spruce and chocolate are reminiscent of a brimming basket Christmas potpourri. You can almost smell the cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Our series kicks off with a trio of soft stockings with handsome velvet cuffs and whimsical, dangling pom-poms.

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