Category Archives: staff projects

Kanzashi Flowers

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I still had a couple of empty spaces to fill on the wall of my remodeled quilt studio when I came across Diane Gilleland’s book Kanzashi in Bloom. I was inspired to make the Sampler Wall Hanging in the book using the color scheme of my new quilt studio. Please read on to learn more about the Japanese art of folded fabric flowers and this fun project…

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A Hexie Primitive Home

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18 comments » embroidery, fabric, fun, gifty, Quilt With Us, staff projects

OK, so, this is the worst it gets! All uphill from here. The next quilty task I pulled out of my closet was this Hexie project. It really doesn’t qualify as a UFO because the next step was taking it to the framer. It was all finished… that is, hand pieced, hand embroidered, embellished with cute little buttons and hand quilted! All it needed was to be tucked inside a frame. I guess I didn’t want to bother with that. As you probably guessed, this took no time at all ~ just a trip to the nearest craft store and they did all the work! I love it! Wahoo!

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Wide-Mouth Tote

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Since I recently acquired a loaner sewing machine, I figured no better way to test it out than with a quick and easy project that will yield a beautiful product as well as fulfilling my need to hear the purr of a sewing machine once again. I might have a slight addiction to bags. And by might I mean my husband would say I definitely do. So nautrally, I thought I needed another one made out of our beautiful Golden Age fabrics. I hopped on over to our bag pattern downloads page and started envisioning each pattern with some of the lovely vintage-inspired golds and browns that Golden Age has to offer.

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Adventures in Hand Sewing

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During my quest to find a non-sewing machine related project, I ventured into the world of hand piecing. I rifled through my stack of books for just the right project. I came across the Amuse-Bouche pillow in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks by Katy Jones. While I love the bright and fun colors that she uses throughout her book (it’s one of the things that sucked me in, in fact!), I decided to do a much more neutral palette. I used a combination of Neutral Love II and Golden AgeGolden Age has some of my absolute favorite prints! And Neutral Love II contains fabrics that coordinate really well with Golden Age (and many others as well).

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Neutral Love II + Vintage Quilt Revival = Pillow Love

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When we received the samples for our Neutral Love II collection I knew right away I had to have one if not several things made out of it. When I was reviewing the book Vintage Quilt Revival I thought exactly the same thing so I thought why not put them together and see what comes of it. Somebody did that with peanut butter and chocolate and look at how much better the world is now!

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A Runaway Runner

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9 comments » fabric, fun, gifty, quilt along, staff projects

I call this my runaway runner because it’s been hiding from me for about three years. Poor orphan that I’ve neglected. When Christmas was over I decided to begin spring cleaning and the first place I started was my bedroom closet. The most “stuff” that was pulled out of there was quilting related. Can any of you relate? My lovely runner was so far along in completing, I chose it first. The runner was completely sewn and already adhered to the batting and backing with 505 Spray & Fix. I love that stuff! No pins of any kind, no baste stitching, just 505!

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Have you tried our “Iron-On Transfer Pens”? They’re on Sale!!

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As most of you know I love to embroider and I usually use the old school method of transferring my design by tracing it by using a light-box and Pigma pen, but with all the embroidering I’ve been doing, I thought I should really take advantage of the tools we offer at CT and see what other options there are out there, that I may actually find more useful.  So I tested out the Iron-On Transfer Pens by Sulky of America.  

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