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Translucent Vellum Paper

Featured Tool: Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper by C&T, Item # 20712 What is Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper typically used for? This vellum paper is extremely handy for paper piecing. Can be used with any photocopier, inkjet or laser printer or trace patterns without a light-box – the design shows through the paper What was your first impression? I liked ...

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Clover Mini Iron

Featured Tool: Mini Iron by Clover, Item # 81912 What is the Mini Iron typically used for? It’s handy for applique and crafting; I use it for freezer paper appliqué and pressing small pieces. What was your first impression? I feared it wouldn’t work. It’s just so small I didn’t think it would get hot enough. What was your ...

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Wonder Clips

Featured Tool: Wonder Clips by Clover What are these typically used for? These tools can be used in place of pins to hold several layers of fabric together. What was your first impression of Wonder Clips? I was skeptical at first about how useful they’d actually be. What was your experience with them like? The first time I used them was for binding. ...

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Dritz Needle Storage Tubes

Featured Tool: Needle Storage Tubes by Dritz, Item #82338 What is this typically used for? This tool is used to store and dispense all of your needles. What was your first impression of the needle storage tubes? How cool! It looks helpful in keeping me organized, and definitely clever! What was your experience with them like? I currently have my needles ...

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Clover Patchwork Pins

Featured Tool: Patchwork Pins by Clover, Item #82201 What are they typically used for? These are used for pinning fabrics before sewing–pins keep fabric in place. I use the .4mm regularly for pinning cotton fabric before piecing and sewing. The .5mm needles work better for multiple or thicker ...

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Designer Interview: Jody Houghton

For Jody Houghton, the intention behind design is always the same: to bring joy and possibly even a little giggle to the quilters supporting her work.  Her motto has always been “Creating a Life, while Creating a Living”, and, after being in the gift business for 25 years, she expanded her interest in crafts to include quilting. Even after designing for 34 years, she is still creating whimsical and heartfelt patterns, labels, and greeting cards that her followers can gift ...

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Snowman Pincushions!

Here’s our last free pincushion! A Snowman! How cute is this? The two right pincushions were made by Sue and she made the hat on the far right-unstuffed with the top partially sewn so she can put her thimble in it! Very clever Sue! There are three faces in the pattern so you can put multiple faces on one snowman. Also, you can stitch, draw or paint those cute faces. The pattern has one template for the head and it’s ...

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Foundation Paper Piecing – Using Muslin

This week I demonstrate using muslin as your base for foundation pi…. My personal favorite, Crazy Quilt blocks, work really well with the extra layer of fabric so it can hold all those heavy embellishments later. You can also use this method for strippy style quilt blocks. Both are excellent ways to use up scraps.

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Learn how to paper piece

Paper piecing tutorial is live – this is the meat and potatoes of this technique. It’s the basics (including video) on how to paper piece. Also, have you wondered what the differences between all the different papers that can be used? I made a video to show you the differences, so you can decide for yourself.

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New Curved Piecing video

Recently we had a flag kit for sale, that required quite a lot of curved piecing. We’ve had so many questions about this technique, that Sharla and I put together a quick video to demonstrate. Hope this helps!

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