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I started tole painting after taking classes with a friend many, many years ago, and then started quilting after coming to work at Crafts Americana in 2001. I still enjoy doing both although finding the time to do either is a challenge right now. Here at Crafts Americana I work with our fabric and thread vendors handling orders, and our warehouse fabric team scheduling kits.

Recent Posts by Laraine

    Heart & Bloom Mini-Quilt

    When I reviewed the book Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird, I was immediately taken with the Heart and Bloom Mini-Quilt. I loved the colors, the simple embroidery, and even the way it was displayed on a wall inside an open frame! I promptly set out to gather the supplies and fabrics to start making it. The five pinks ...

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    Jewelry Envelope

    This week’s Gifty Galore 2016 project truly is fast and fun. Of course, I had to make it a little more challenging by fussy cutting. I’m a cat person through and through and fell in love with these little guys in the From Porto With Love collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel.

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    Because we sew up most of the projects you see in the catalog there is always a lot of binding that needs to be done. I happen to love hand sewing the binding on a quilt, so I often take one home to work on over a weekend. I get settled on the couch, turn on one of my favorite movies–you know, the kind you can quote the dialog from memory–and sit and bind. Since weekends can get busy with different ...

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    Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress

    When I saw the Pretty Roses collection, I knew right away that I wanted to try sewing a dress for my granddaughter. I don’t do a lot of clothes sewing but I’ve done a couple of things for her in the past so thought I should be able to do this. I picked a pattern by

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    Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 12

    Today’s Gifty project comes from the Quilt Expressions Blog.  You can get to their step by step tutorial (complete with pictures) by clicking here. I loved the look of these potholders, and the clever idea of tucking a recipe card and spatula into the pocket.  So perfect for gift giving on their own or with a home baked goodie!

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    Flannel Overall Bib Pattern–Quick and Easy Baby Gift!

    If you are looking for a QUICK and practical baby gift the Overall Bib Pattern is it! I finished both of these overall bibs, from start to finish, in about 5 hrs and I don’t sew fast. I was able to get both bibs out of two 1 yd pieces of our new Blast Off! Flannel. I started by tracing ...

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    Eek! Table Runner

    This was another fun project from Kristin Gassaway and really didn’t take too long to complete. I finished most of it in one day. Because the background fabric is directional, you have to pay attention, but the actual construction is really quite simple to do.  I dug out my 20 ½” square ruler for cutting the main background ...

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    Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern

    Don’t look now, but Christmas is only a few weeks away. How are those gift projects going? I’m always on the lookout for things to make as gifts. The Trim the Tree Mini Runner Pattern by Farmhouse Threads caught my eye for a couple of reasons: I love projects that combine quilting and wool and this seemed like ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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