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    Gifty Galore 2015 is Starting Soon!

    We are so excited to announce that our Gifty Galore Quilt Along is back for another fun and exciting year. For those of you who are new to the Quilt Along, Gifty Galore was started several years ago as a group on our quilting community, Quilt With Us. Over the years, the group has gone through multiple iterations, and this year is no different! Thanks to the help of team ...

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    Quilt-o-Mime Game Free Download!

    Recently during one of our department meetings, Judy, Jenni, and Anita had us all in a laughing fit. At the end of our meeting they prompted us to play their version of charades using quilting terms. We had so much fun flailing around trying to get one another to guess what was written on our paper. Many of us hadn't played in years, so it was nice to relive the game and even more fun trying to figure out a way to act out the quilting terms. With National Quilting Day coming up (March 15th), we decided we just had to share the fun with the rest of you!

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    Wide-Mouth Tote

    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

    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 Age. Golden 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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    Confessions of a Broken Sewing Machine

    My sewing machine is broken. I've "fixed" it twice now, but each time it breaks again. It's not allowing me to "fix" it this time. This leaves me with the biggest urge to sew that I've ever had. I think things always work like that. What "they" say is true: you don't know what you've got till it's gone. I could take it in to get fixed, but I'm stubborn and believe wholeheartedly that it will magically work one day. Please come back to me sewing machine… I miss you.Credit: Blueberry Park

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    New Year, New Quilting Goals

    As a newer quilter, it's easy to get really excited about projects and jump in head first. I've done this a few times and wound up discouraged because I was unable to finish all of them because of time restrictions, or I wasn't really confident enough to continue on to the hardest steps to finish it off. This year, I want to not only be smarter with my time, but also more realistic about what I'm capable of accomplishing. This doesn't mean I don't want to try newer and harder things though! I've thought about what I really want to see this year bring as far as crafty aspirations and rather than make a checklist of all of the projects I want to complete, I've decided to try to accomplish a little bit in a few different areas. Paper Piecing Monday Blocks from Wombat Quilts

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    Gifty Galore – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels

    Yet again, my gifty galore project for this week is another project from Ayumi Takahashi's Patchwork, Please! As I've said before, this book is full of wonderful projects. This time I chose the "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels." This being one of the first projects in the book, it quickly made its way onto my to-do list after the first time I flipped through. Bright colors + text + linen = I'm sold. Since the project was kitchen-oriented, I picked Nana's Pantry as my collection of choice for this round. I love the vibrancy and versatility of this collection and found it fun to mix and match prints for the different letters.

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    Pillow Challenge: My Monster Pillow

    Once Sue announced the Pillow Challenge, I instantly gravitated towards the idea of doing a Christmas pillow, but figured that was too easy and probably a little bit predictable. Since this was supposed to be a challenge, I wanted to do just that. I challenged myself to come up with my own pattern for a monster pillow. I played around with some ideas and started sketching a few of them out. Once I had some ideas together, I began thinking about how I would construct it. At this point I had to scratch some of my ideas as I couldn't wrap my head around how to get them beyond an idea on paper! Once I nailed down my idea, I started planning things out more carefully and chose my fabrics.

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    Gifty Galore – Fussy Cut Quilted Coasters

    To start, I have a confession. I did a project without using Connecting Threads fabric. Eek! But it is our thread, so I hope you'll let it slide. This gifty galore project came about a bit backwards. It began when I fell in love with this fabric. I love Christmas as well as mid-century style illustration (e.g. Mary Blair). This fabric was the best of both worlds, so I bought it with no idea what to do with it. I did a google search with the name of the fabric to see if I could find anyone else's projects using it. Lo and behold, I found Gwenny Penny's Fussy-Cut Quilted Coasters. A nice and simple project that utilized the focal fabric perfectly. And as an added bonus, the pattern is free and she even walks you through step-by-step (always nice for a beginner!).

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    Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Christmas

    Welcome to week two of the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Did you have fun making Jenni's Snowflake Embroidery Pillow pattern? Last year I created some doodles and different characters for holiday related emails. Knowing the boss lady (Teri) had a mild obsession with snowmen, I figured there should be at least one in the mix. This is how Sullivan the Snowman was born.

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