Monthly Archives: October 2013

Week 3 Pattern for 12 Weeks of Christmas!

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Welcome to week 3 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas series! How are you progressing on the first two patterns?

My favorite thing about sewing gifts for others is how easily the items can be customized to meet the recipient’s tastes. When we first started talking about this 12 Weeks of Christmas project, my mind immediately went to making a pillow. My family has always been really big on holiday decorating, so a gift for my mom was the first thing that came to mind. After a while though, I realized that I had several friends who also enjoy holiday decorating. It occurred to me that whatever pattern I wrote needed to be flexible enough in its design that the end result would work for a number of different tastes and aesthetics. That, in a nutshell, was the most challenging part of the design process.

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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Virginia Odien

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The finalists for the Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary artwork, so while we get them ready for our team of judges, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer.
Meet Virginia Odien, designer of “Fairy Lanterns”.

Virginia was born in Japan but reared in sunny California. As a military brat she lived in a whole lot of states before she was 5. Since she’s allergic …

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Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Christmas

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Welcome to week two of the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Did you have fun making Jenni’s Snowflake Embroidery Pillow pattern?

Last year I created some doodles and different characters for holiday related emails. Knowing the boss lady (Teri) had a mild obsession with snowmen, I figured there should be at least one in the mix. This is how Sullivan the Snowman was born.

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A Book Review and Giveaway: Quilts Made with Love

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This was a hard review for me to start writing because, in all honesty, I struggled to narrow down all that I want to say about this book and its author. Rachel Griffith, the author of the new Quilts Made with Love, is an amazing person to know, and an absolutely fabulous quilt designer. I’ve known and worked with Rachel for a couple of years now, and through the stress of maintaining a blog, keeping up with her four kiddos, and writing a book (!), she always remains positive, motivated, and utterly inspiring. Rachel has a knack for designing quilts that can be used for really every occasion. She understands that the sentimentality that goes along with the gift of a quilt speaks loudly in times of happiness or sadness. One of my favorite things about this book is that it is divided into two different themes: Quilts to Celebrate, and Quilts to Comfort.

Because I love this book so much, I was eager to get it in the hands of as many people as possible. You know what that means, right? It’s giveaway time!

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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sandra Malone

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The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for our judging panel, we thought we would share the designs with the public and include a little information about the designers.
Meet Sandra Malone, designer of Cans and Buttons.

Sandra Malone grew up in a rural farming community in Texas.  Her creative interest at that time was learning to sew.  She could creatively combine several patterns together …

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November Candle Mat

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I just love this time of year. It’s so full of beautiful colors, and events that bring people together. My favorite activity is decorating for all our special holidays. We had a very long and warm summer this year for the Pacific Northwest, so I was ready for autumn. I thought for our November Candle Mat, a beautiful leaf and acorns in fall colors from our Quilters Candy collection would be more than perfect.

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