Laraine

I started tole painting after taking classes with a friend many, many years ago, and then started quilting after coming to work at Crafts Americana in 2001. I still enjoy doing both although finding the time to do either is a challenge right now. Here at Crafts Americana I work with our fabric and thread vendors handling orders, and our warehouse fabric team scheduling kits.

Recent Posts by Laraine

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    Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern

    Don’t look now, but Christmas is only a few weeks away. How are those gift projects going? I’m always on the lookout for things to make as gifts. The Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern by Farmhouse Threads caught my eye for a couple of reasons: I love projects that combine quilting and wool and this seemed like a small enough project I might actually finish it!  ...

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    Gifty Galore – Project 17

    “I Spy” Matching Game This Gifty Galore Project is great for using up those scraps of fabric and batting that we quilters tend to hang on to! When it looked like we might go on a family trip over Christmas I started looking for ideas to keep my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter busy on an airplane.  Pinterest is a great resource for this kind of thing ...

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    What a Hoot! Who What Where Flannel Pillows

    I was quick to volunteer to make the Who What Where Flannel Pillows by Sewing Sue; they are flannel after all, and too, too cute! Our Yosemite Park Flannel Collection has that nice outdoorsy feel that seemed to fit. They were indeed a “hoot” to make! The pattern includes a template for sewing the feet—you sew right on the line through the paper (make ...

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    Snowed Inn Flannels Are Here

      SHOCKING NEWS ALERT:  I made another flannel quilt! When our Snowed Inn collection was being planned I was delighted to hear that we would have a few pieces available as flannel.  MaryJo’s cute little Snowy Men seemed perfect for a snuggly flannel project and the Pepperland Flannel Quilt Kit was just the thing to highlight them.  The ...

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    Gifty Galore – Project 10

    Not just for holiday gift giving, this quilted wine tote is a quick project you can whip up on short notice as a hostess gift all year round.  You can find the complete tutorial for this project on the Needle and Spatula blog. Kate’s instructions and helpful pictures are easy to follow; I particularly like the way the holes for the handles are made so ...

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    Plethora of Pillows – Joy To The World Pillow

    When we started our pillow challenge I had just seen Nancy Halvorsen’s book Christmas Pure & Simple and I knew I wanted to do some of the projects.  The Joy to the World Pillow was a great place to start! Christmas Pure & Simple I chose fabrics from 2 different collections to ...

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    Spooky Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

    From the happy jack-o-lanterns to the spider hanging from the K made of bones, it was the little details that made this embroidery project (55830) from Buttermilk Basin so much fun to do. And it was perfect for using some of our new batik novelties: 7037 Frightful Spiders-Licorice, 7038 Spooky Webs-Licorice, 7039 Wonky Dots-Jack-O-Lantern,  and 7041 Chevron-Pumpkin. I ...

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    Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern

    I seem to be on a theme of Halloween Cats! (see my post on the Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging here). I really like the look of projects that combine piecing with stitchery, but put a cat on it and it’s almost irresistible. This Mug Rug Pattern was fun and relatively easy to complete.  I finished the stitchery in a couple of evenings while watching TV.  It is ...

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    Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging

      Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging Kit 6882 I loved this wall hanging for several reasons: I’m a big fan of Kristin’s patterns (she and I share similar tastes), Kristin Gassaway I’m a big fan of cats (I have three!),

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    Quick Patriotic Project

    The Freedom Flag Mini Runner Pattern (55815) is a quick project that can easily be completed in a weekend, making it a great choice for even a beginning quilter. I chose several of our new Hometown Summer prints along with Quilter’s Candy Mirage-Cream to make this patriotic runner.  The stars are fusible appliqué and the embroidery is done with a simple back ...

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