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Re-imagine & Renovate: Round Table Placemats & Napkins

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 3:00

Round tables present a challenge for placemats, which are traditionally square or rectangular. Maybe it's time for a trapezoid! I bet you've been waitin' to say that since 8th grade geometry. This shape fits nicely side by side when placed around a circular table. We added coordinating cloth napkins to amp up the tabletop color explosion. Both projects are part of our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series. Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. Today, our delightful new fabric is Pat Sloan's Eat Your Fruits & Veggies collection for Moda Fabrics. It hits stores next month in all its vibrant glory: from carrot orange to cherry red to eggplant purple, these colors and patterns are luscious enough to take a bite of. There's even a complete coordinating set of batiks in a dozen slightly softer hues. This collection can turn an ordinary breakfast table into a farmer's market produce stand. 

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Christmas in July with Moda: Patchwork Pom Pom Table Runner in Joy

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 3:00

One of my favorite Christmas items to uncover every year is a table runner my mother made for me. It's the first thing I pull out, and for me, its appearance signals the official arrival of the holiday season. The first of our three projects for Christmas in July with Moda is a patchwork, pom pom table runner, featuring the whimsical winter wonderland of Kate Spain's Joy collection. This happy centerpiece certainly has the potential to become a best-loved holiday tradition. Make one for yourself plus a couple for friends and family. We used a Layer Cake, which contains forty 10" x 10" squares. That's plenty for several runners, simply add your favorite solid. We used Moda's Bella Solids.

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Michael Miller Cotton Couture: Triangle Color Block Table Runner

Monday, 11 June 2012 3:00

It's everywhere this season! Color Block is the trend in home décor as well as fashion. It has a cool 60s vibe in a bold, modern style, and no prints need apply. This is all about solid, saturated color, which is why it's the perfect design theme for our newest S4H series, featuring Michael Miller Fabric's Cotton Couture collection: 90 solids in 100% quality cotton. For most of history, cotton has been a luxury fabric, something worth hauling by caravan out of the middle east and all the way to Europe. For some manufacturers, like Michael Miller, cotton is still a luxury fabric. From selecting the cotton variety to processing to dyeing, their goal isn't to make the least expensive fabric possible, but the best. We have five beautiful projects in our Cotton Couture series, including today's colorful table runner, four helpful technique tutorials to make those projects go faster and easier, and an amazing Great Giveaway, courtesy of Michael Miller.

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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Table Runner

Friday, 18 May 2012 9:00

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There is something universally likable about the aqua and red color combination... or as Bonnie & Camille call it in their new Vintage Modern collection: Sky and Candy Apple. Mix in Cream, Pebble, Melon and Pear and you have a delicious blend of nostalgic warmth and romance with a whipped topping of clean, crisp and trendy sophistication. Today's tutorial in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics is a quilted table runner with a pretty patchwork center that mixes and matches some of our favorite designs from within the 40 quilting weight prints in this delightful new collection. It coordinates perfectly with our five other tasty tutorials: placemats and napkins from this week and an apron, oven mitts and toaster cozy to come.

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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Napkins

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 9:00

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Paper napkins are... well... paper ! Cloth napkins are more beautiful, more absorbent, and more green. Today is the second project in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the new Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie & Camille. On Monday, during our debut placemats tutorial, we showed you a technique for building patchwork strips called a 'strata.' Today you get to practice the technique again to make a set of coordinating napkins. Then, hold on to your honey buns.... we have four more projects on tap as well as two super cute downloads of matching recipe cards and gift tags, and a marvelous Great Giveaway to round it all out. Our thanks for Moda for sponsoring the entire series.

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Kitchen Confections in Moda's Vintage Modern: Patchwork Placemats

Monday, 14 May 2012 9:00

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Today we start a brand new series of beautiful kitchen tutorials in Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern collection for Moda Fabrics, which is hitting the fabric shelves right now, both in store and online! We call the series Kitchen Confections because each one is a delicious bite size project with plenty of sweet style. "But, aren't 'Vintage' and 'Modern' mutually exclusive?" You ask. (I always listen when you ask questions.) Not at all! It's a delightful blend of old and new. You get the prettiest patterns, reminiscent of old-fashioned goodness, but with a new twist that makes it all fresh and fun. This collection has six colorsways (Sky, Pebble, Cream, Candy Apple, Melon and Pear) with 40 quilting weight prints and 10 flannels, plus Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls. Wow! Thanks to Bonnie & Camille's great sense of style and design, it is mix-and-match heaven. In fact, there are so many fabrics to love, we ended up incorporating several patchwork techniques into our projects in order to allow us to inject as much variety as possible. Today, we kick off the series with a set of reversible placemats. Each one features unique fabric combinations for the front, back and binding; yet the patchwork feature band is the same on all, which ties the whole set together. We show you how to make a 'strata' so this common patchwork band is fast and easy.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: In The Mood For Indigo - Banded Placemats & Napkins

Thursday, 26 April 2012 9:00

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Why do we love fabric? Let me count the ways. Our apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but it seemed like a good quote to emphasize what a difference fabric makes to the end result of a project. This Re-imagine & Renovate series is our way to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Today's set of matching placemats and napkins originally debuted as part of our Italiano Kitchen series, which had a playful, breakfast table casualness. In our new, rich tones of indigo, they're now ready for prime time as lovely dinner table linens or perhaps for a sophisticated Sunday brunch.

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Everything Old Is New Again with Fabric.com: Linen Heirloom Placemats

Thursday, 12 April 2012 9:00

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Yesterday you learned the basics of Heirloom Stitching by Machine. Today, it's time to put that new knowledge into action with these lovely linen placemats. Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Heirloom Napkins & Ties, Free Spirit Artist Trio #3

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 9:00

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The cloth napkin; you simply can't ask for an easier home décor project. If you are just getting started or teaching someone else, napkins are an instant-gratification winner. If you're already a pro, they're a fast and fun project; and this time of year, a perfect host & hostess gift to whip out in an afternoon before your evening festivities. We kick ours up a notch with beautiful decorative stitching all around the edge and a coordinating fabric napkin ring that "ties" together all the beautiful mix-and-match patterns. As part of our final 2011 Artist Trio Series with Free Spirit Fabrics, this project features more of the Classic Modern designs of Joel Dewberry's Heirloom Collection: traditional florals paired with contemporary graphic motifs.

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ScrapBusters: Mug Rug

Monday, 03 October 2011 9:00

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My brother made me laugh out loud when he said a "mug rug" sounded like a bad toupee for an ugly guy. Although a great guess, a mug rug is really a mini placemat designed to be able to hold your coffee or tea cup and maybe an extra little treat, or... when placed by your sewing machine, a handy place to jab a few pins and needles as you sew. Originally, they came onto the scene as a fun excuse to use up some scraps to make an itty-bitty quilt. We took the mug rug concept a step further by turning it into a hand-sewn greeting card with the addition of our Salutation Strip through the center. Cards are a nice thought, but most eventually end up in the garbage can. Instead, create a Happy Birthday, Congratulations or I Love You message with a purpose; an every day reminder to the recipient that they have a friend in you!

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