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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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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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Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Chubby Heart Coasters

Friday, 28 January 2011 9:00

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This time of year, we're all wearing our hearts on our sleeves. Why not spread the love to a few other items? Today, our chubby cherub hearts perk up a plain square coaster. It's a great project to practice your appliqué skills. We used Charm Pack Squares, which made things very fast and easy. But I bet you could also burrow into your scrap basket and find some cute little pieces that have just been waiting for the opportunity to shine.

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Noel Home: Make-It-In-Minutes: Bits & Pieces Quilted Coasters

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 9:00

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A sparkling diamond ring (so lovely). The coveted brass ring (so tempting). The mythical Lord of the Rings (that Elf was so handsome). The unsightly furniture ring (note to self: keep Uncle Frank away from the antique sideboard). If you hate rings on your furniture, you'll love these coasters. A sewing project doesn't get much easier than this one; just cut, stitch, press. I made all four of our samples in under an hour, and I was stopping to take pictures!

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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.

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.

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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Thanksgiving Elegance: "Conversational" Bound Napkins

Monday, 08 November 2010 9:00

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We love cloth napkins, and this bound-edge variety is another of our easy yet elegant designs. It got us wondering about the ubiquitous napkin. Turns out the modern day table linen has quite a history, dating back as far as the Romans, who used a larger cloth called a mappae, which was spread over the edge of a couch to protect it while dining in typical Roman reclining position. Jump forward to France in the 1700s; the napkin had evolved to an important part of the formal table, and the French court's elaborate codes of etiquette included such important social rules as: "It is ungentlemanly to use a napkin for wiping the face or scraping the teeth, and it is a most vulgar error to wipe one's nose with it." I think this still holds true today!

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