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Patchwork Lap Blanket with Cuddly Fleece Backing

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 1:00

Here's a romantic story: a pretty patchwork panel meets an old softie fleece panel; they fall in love and become inseparable. That's the true tale of this beautiful lap blanket. The front is a patchwork of Layer Cake squares with coordinating sashing and borders and small cornerstone squares. The back is a cuddly fleece so there's no need for batting. Cute and cuddly – the perfect pair. 

Zippered Belt Bag

Monday, 11 November 2019 1:00

This style of bag, one that slips onto a standard belt, has been showing up everywhere, including one we spotted at Nordstrom by Stella McCartney for a mere $675! Good news is: you can make your own custom Belt Bag. With our step-by-step instructions, it’s easy. You might even have the fabric you need in your stash. We used a classic Anna Maria Horner velveteen we’ve been hoarding for several years (note to Anna: wish you’d do velveteen again!). As you’ll see below, we put a number of Janome specialty presser feet to use to handle the thicker layers, piping application, and seam finishing. Using the right foot for the job always makes a project faster and easier – with a more professional result.

Fast Fridays: Tortilla or Flatbread Warmer

Friday, 08 November 2019 1:00

A freshly warmed tortilla or flatbread is a wonderful accompaniment to dozens of different meals. However, keeping things warm from the oven or stove to the table is a challenge. You could wrap them in paper towels and then foil, but that’s quite wasteful. Time to put your DIY skills to work to create a reusable warmer. Just slip in the tortilla or flatbread, close the flap, and zap. 

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Turning and Pressing Skinny Ties and Straps

Thursday, 07 November 2019 1:00

Do you ever watch those TV hospital shows and think, "I could do that"? Maybe not be an actual, real-life doctor. But you could wear a white coat, carry a stethoscope, and yell, "Get me a C-Spine, Chem 7, and a V-Fib!" I have no idea what any of those terms mean. They're just fun to shout. To get you just a little bit closer to your doctor daydreams, we're here to show you how one of the medical devices you saw Dr. Greene use every week can also be a big help in your sewing room. It's called a hemostat, and it's basically a locking clamp shaped like a long pair of scissors. (Probably what Dr. Greene wanted when he yelled, "Clamp!") A hemostat is extremely useful when you need to turn long, narrow tubes right side out.

Quilted Yo-Yo Tote

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 1:00

The front of a bag is a bit like a blank slate. It’s a lovely flat surface that can evolve into any number of wonderful looks. We started with a gorgeous metallic linen blend from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, then added a quilted windowpane grid, and finally, arranged twelve tone-on-tone yo-yos as the perfect dimensional accent. It’s elegant and fashionable with just the right pinch of whimsy.

Sweet Dreams Bedside Caddy

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 1:00

Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: our pretty bedside caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!

Patchwork Linen Table Throw: Fabric Wholesale Direct

Monday, 04 November 2019 1:00

If you’re used to table linens being long and narrow, like a runner or even a traditional tablecloth, it’s time to take a look at the Table Throw – also known as a Table Square. The square format gives this type of cloth much more flexibility for how it can be placed as well as the type of table on which it will fit. Ours finishes at a generous 50” x 50”, and is a showcase for a bold patchwork design in gorgeous linen from our newest sponsor, Fabric Wholesale Direct. We used six colors of their 60” natural linen accented with a unique Kente African cotton print. It’s would make a stunning choice for your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Quilted Casserole Carrier: Wrap-and-Go

Friday, 01 November 2019 1:00

One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to get together with family and friends around a beautiful table filled with traditional dishes. Maybe you'll be passing around Nana's famous baked ham, Aunt Sheila's warm apple-cranberry crisp, or your own delicious cornbread stuffing. If your culinary talents are on-the-go from gathering to gathering this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the way there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. This would make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier and the matching mitt or two, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with yummy homemade treats! 

Wine Bags with Carabiner Handles: Sewing Thick Layers with Janome

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 1:00

Tall and narrow, but still generous enough to easily hold the tallest of Rieslings and the roundest of Champagne bottles, our fabric wine bags are a fabulous way to turn a gift of wine into two presents in one: a favorite beverage inside beautiful, reusable carrying case. Colorful carabiners are the perfect size and shape for the handles. 

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