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

    Snowed Inn Flannels Are Here

      SHOCKING NEWS ALERT:  I made another flannel quilt! When our Snowed Inn collection was being planned I was delighted to hear that we would have a few pieces available as flannel.  MaryJo’s cute little Snowy Men seemed perfect for a snuggly flannel project and the Pepperland Flannel Quilt Kit ...

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    Gifty Galore – Project 10

    Not just for holiday gift giving, this quilted wine tote is a quick project you can whip up on short notice as a hostess gift all year round.  You can find the complete tutorial for this project on the Needle and Spatula blog. Kate’s instructions and helpful pictures are easy to follow; I particularly like the way ...

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    Spooky Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

    From the happy jack-o-lanterns to the spider hanging from the K made of bones, it was the little details that made this embroidery project (55830) from Buttermilk Basin so much fun to do. And it was perfect for using some of our new batik novelties: 7037 Frightful Spiders-Licorice, 7038 Spooky Webs-Licorice, 7039 ...

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    Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern

    I seem to be on a theme of Halloween Cats! (see my post on the Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging here). I really like the look of projects that combine piecing with stitchery, but put a cat on it and it’s almost irresistible. This Mug Rug Pattern was fun and relatively easy to complete.  I finished the stitchery in a couple of evenings while watching TV.  It is ...

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    Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging

      Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging Kit 6882 I loved this wall hanging for several reasons: I’m a big fan of Kristin’s patterns (she and I share similar tastes), Kristin Gassaway I’m a big ...

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    Quick Patriotic Project

    The Freedom Flag Mini Runner Pattern (55815) is a quick project that can easily be completed in a weekend, making it a great choice for even a beginning quilter. I chose several of our new Hometown Summer prints along with Quilter’s Candy Mirage-Cream to make this patriotic runner.  The stars are fusible appliqué and the embroidery is done with a simple back ...

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    Cabin Windows Flannel Quilt

    I know I really shouldn’t keep feeding my obsession with flannel, but when I saw this quilt I couldn’t resist.  There is something very striking about bright fabrics against a black background, and, in the case of this Cabin Windows Flannel Quilt, you get that stunning affect plus the cozy comfort of flannel!  Definitely a win-win.  I didn’t stand a chance! Sue’s ingenious design makes ...

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    No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!

    I don’t usually sew clothing but when I saw the Annie’s Skirt Pattern by Quilt Story I thought it would look cute in our Hampton Hues Collection. So, I got brave enough to try and make it for my granddaughter. I’m happy to report it was a success!

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    Zippered Pouches, Duffles, and Bags–Oh My!

    I think I have a problem.   Ever since I got over my fear of zippers I seem to be addicted to making little zipper bags! First there was the Little Zipper Bags Kit we had in 2012 (these bags will be returning very soon made up in a new line of fabric.  UPDATE: these are available now–click here).  That was when Sue showed ...

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