Category Archives: embroidery

Spooky Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

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larspooky
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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Binding Completely by Machine – Part 2

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On July 4th, I posted a blog about a new binding technique accomplished completely by machine. To see that posting and read more about the  Freedom Flag Mini Runner project itself, click here.
The idea for the binding method came from an excellent tutorial on Aunt Marti’s website – I recommend you read that one as well. By the way, for general instructions about adding binding to quilts, there is a detailed  Binding …

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Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern

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LarMugRugPattern
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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Binding Completely by Machine – Part 1

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Quilters seem to have mixed feelings about binding. For some, it is a relaxing, pleasurable last step in completing a quilt, perhaps providing time to reflect on the person to whom the quilt is being given or how it will be used in the home for years to come. Others may find it a bothersome, time-consuming task keeping them from the next exciting quilt project.
I tend to be somewhere in between. I enjoy hand-sewing and don’t mind adding binding. However, …

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Vintage Quilt Repair, Part 1

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The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me.
I swear I'm only 5'2"I swear I’m only 5’2″
This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s actually unclear when exactly she …

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Rainbow Cartouche Embroidery Pillow

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Rainbow5a
My dear friend just celebrated a monumental birthday and I wanted to do something nice for her to let her know how much I love and appreciate her!  She is a giant fan of rainbows, rainbows of any kind!  So, I decided to embroider a pillow for her, using my Cartouche Embroidery Pattern.  You’ve seen my original version, but I wanted to do something different and show you the …

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Inspired antiquing!

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One of my favorite things to do is take road trips and discover antique shops.  Every time I see an antique shop my heart skips a beat.  I love walking into a shop and being amazed at every corner I turn.  I’m always thrilled to see art and objects I’ve never seen before, or see striking antique textiles or quilts.  To be honest, before I worked at CT I didn’t really pay that much attention to quilts, but now it’s almost one of the first things I spot.  I immediately go up to it and feel it, and gaze at the fabric and the piecing.  I love the “worn and laundered” quality of them.  I try and imagine where it came from and who created such a wonderful piece.

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