Category Archives: fun

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Furoshiki Fun

As Christmas approaches, I have started thinking about wrapping presents with fabric. Each year we throw away so much wrapping paper – what a waste! Please join me as I learn about traditional Japanese wrapping cloths called furoshiki. Japanese Furoshiki For centuries, the Japanese used large squares of fabric called furoshiki (foo-roe-shkee) to bundle up their clothes at public baths or make bags for carrying things. The beautiful square cloths were ...

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Gifty Galore – Project 21

Hi everyone! This week’s Gifty Galore project is the Circle Zip Earbud Pouch by Erin Erickson. Ta-da! I love them! The finished project. This project is perfect for anyone because those earbuds are always getting tangled, right? I know mine are. These little circle zip pouches can be made in a flash. I only wish I had sewn more of these at the same time! They make great stocking stuffers for ...

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Gifty Galore – Project 19

Me again, back with another fun project. This time, I decided to step it up a notch and I’m making the Scrappy Make-up Pouch. I was distracted by the cuteness and didn’t notice the zipper until I’d already signed up. A Zipper! I signed up to do a project with a ZIPPER! Who did I think I was? These are the things that were running through ...

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Christmas Candy Ornaments

  I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way. The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with ...

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Basket Weave Table Topper

Recently, I was reading a new book about using 2-1/2″ strips called New Ways with Jelly Rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The book has some fun ideas for precut strips! One pattern that really appealed to me was the Basket Weave quilt. It just so happened that I had a set of six neutral FQs from a recent ...

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Boo To You!

55883 Boo To You Tis’ the season, don’t ya think? So it’s time to celebrate! I love this time of year when the great trifecta of holidays is upon us! Ideally, these seasonal projects should be ready when the time is near, but it’s my bent to make each special project during the appropriate ...

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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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Ampersand Quilt

  Modern Quilt Perspectives is a fascinating quilt book by Thomas Knauer. Each of the unique quilts in the book has an interesting story behind it. One quilt that caught my attention was his Ampersand Quilt, which features a huge ampersand sign made of novelty fabrics to inspire storytelling. The author says he and his daughter snuggle under ...

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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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