Category Archives: Tools

Yo-Yo Lollipop Christmas Ornament

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While doing an internet search, I came across a fun idea on the Sew What’s New website for a Lollipop Christmas Ornament by Crouton Crackerjacks. To view the helpful video tutorial for making the ornament, click here. When you watch the video and read my steps below, you will see some slight variations, but the end result was similar – and very cute!
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Pin Cushion in a Cup

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Okay – so making a pin cushion out of a cup is not a new idea. The reason for this one is, well – I found a cute (and free!) grey cup and saucer in the photo department’s prop give-away. Since my quilt studio is done in yellow and grey, it was logical that, all of a sudden, I needed a new pin cushion!
I did an internet search for tutorials on making pin …

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Chevron Technique Bonanza

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Chevrons seem to be everywhere in quilting, home décor, and clothing. They have a modern, graphic appeal with a sense of movement and vibrancy. Since my work revolves around quilting patterns and designing, I have come across several ways to construct chevrons. While there is often more than one way to do a design or technique in quilting, it is a bit unusual to find so many methods to accomplish the same design element. Please keep in mind, I am …

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Plethora of Pillows – Bolster Pillow Cover and Insert

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Plethora of Pillows
During my son’s high school years, we had a ping pong table in our living/dining room. The room was admittedly used more often by my family for playing ping pong than it ever was for dining or entertaining company. Now that DS is off to college in the fall, I am slowly reclaiming the space on a very limited budget. The dining room is now furnished with a lovely …

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Staff Picks: Marking Tools

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We continue our new series showcasing staff favorites, today we focus on marking tools.

 
Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. As much as we would love to completely eyeball and freehand our stitching, most of us need the assistance of a good marking tool to ensure we produce the design we want.
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Staff Picks: Seam Rippers

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Today, we introduce a new series showcasing staff favorites, each post will focus on a different type of item.
 
Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. While many a quilting project can edge on perfection, there are often mistakes along the way. Seam rippers are definitely a treasured tool when these mishaps occur.
 
Our …

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