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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    Cabin Windows Flannel Quilt

    I know I really shouldn’t keep feeding my obsession with flannel, but when I saw this quilt I couldn’t resist.  There is something very striking about bright fabrics against a black background, and, in the case of this Cabin Windows Flannel Quilt, you get that stunning affect plus the cozy comfort of flannel!  Definitely a win-win.  I didn’t stand a chance! Sue’s ingenious design makes ...

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    No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!

    I don’t usually sew clothing but when I saw the Annie’s Skirt Pattern by Quilt Story I thought it would look cute in our Hampton Hues Collection. So, I got brave enough to try and make it for my granddaughter. I’m happy to report it was a success! Isn’t that just the cutest thing you ever saw?  ...

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    Zippered Pouches, Duffles, and Bags–Oh My!

    I think I have a problem.   Ever since I got over my fear of zippers I seem to be addicted to making little zipper bags! First there was the Little Zipper Bags Kit we had in 2012 (these bags will be returning very soon made up in a new line of fabric.  UPDATE: these are available now–click here).  That was when Sue showed me the Wonder-ful thing called Wonder ...

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    Have You Tried Our Flannel?…Basics are on Sale!

    I’m a flannel addict, er, lover. When I’m near it I can’t seem to keep my hands off the stuff; I’m compelled to run my hand over it, driven by the need to feel its snuggly softness. It’s as if there is some sort of tactile craving that gets fulfilled.

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    Download Patterns for Fiesta’s Canvas!

    Have you noticed Jenni’s fun and vibrant Fiesta fabric designs?  And did you happen to notice the 3 fabulous prints that come in CANVAS?   I love canvas because of its durability and it will give extra stability to any project.  Remember you can still use quilting cotton for the details (lining, binding, decorative details, etc.) and the canvas for those things that need just a little more stability.

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    Gifty Galore – December Santa Project

    I had a lot of fun making the December Santa Pattern by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.  My granddaughter is at the ‘learning what things are called’ stage and has been pointing and saying “Santa” for a while now so I think this will be going up on her bedroom wall.

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    Oh Christmas Tree Gifty Project

    When I first saw the Oh Christmas Tree pattern by Nancy Rink, it was love at first sight.  So I begged Nancy if we could use her pattern as a download pattern for Gifty this year.  Her directions were so easy to follow and the project went together so quickly, depending on what applique method you use.  It only took me a weekend (with lots of other engagements) to finish this project up.  I used fusible applique, but hand embroidered the button stitch around the tree.

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    Sweet & Simple Sack

    The ‘sweet & simple’ part of the name is remarkably accurate.  Everyone who has seen it has remarked that it’s a great size and how nice the shape is!  The word ‘sack’, however, had to have been chosen simply for its alliteration appeal.  This is quite simply too adorable to be deemed a ‘sack’!  Of course, this is just my opinion.

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    Set of Nesting Baskets

    This project is from the book Fun Home Accessories and is perfect for using scraps! I loved the look of these baskets from the very first time I saw them.  They add a fun combination of texture and color.  The fact that they are useful is a nice bonus!

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    My Sewing Room Mini Make Over

    I spent the long Memorial Day weekend hard at work cleaning and rearranging my sewing room--trying to make some sense of the chaos.  I took down the table I had been using for my sewing machine, moved boxes around, and organized my patterns and projects.  For the first time in a long time I was able to get to my big window and give it a good cleaning! All this was done in preparation for…..

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