An interview with Karen Kay Buckley!

Karen and I met for the first time last summer at the Long Beach Quilt Festival. I took her appliqué
class and have to gush just a bit. I’ve taken quite a few appliqué classes, always looking for better techniques, but Karen’s was the BEST. Not only was it fun, but I walked away with brand new skills, despite having appliquéd for years.

Here we are …

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Update on Beach Fun w/ Stash Builder Sampler

I took a couple photos of the beach fun projects in their new home at the beach. I decided that the placemats were safer on the end tables and in the center of the table than letting people put plates on them and eat. Then the table runner was just what was needed on the coffee table under the big bowl of shells.

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5 winners to the Anita Grossman Solomon drawing!

Here they are! Five lucky quilters win Anita’s book, contributed by C&T Publishing, and a Fat 8th Pack from Connecting Threads. I have to say this was the most popular drawing in our history! For those of you inconvenienced by the deluge of email, I’m so sorry!
Kristine in GA
jean hamilton
nancy bryant
Congratulations winners! I’ll notify you privately as well, so you can provide me with a mailing address privately.

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Win this sampler! Check out my camera strap made out of Sip of Summer

I made a very practical and cute camera strap for my DSLR made out of
our Sip of Summer sampler. My 6 month old daughter Ella wanted to sew
too! Even though I gave her something in her hand to play with, she kept
grabbing my charm squares! Sewing this project took under an hour and I
had most of my sampler left over. I first sewed the charm squares …

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Applique month – 14 segments are now live!

If you’ve ever looked into applique at all, you’ll know this is a huge topic. There are so many options, so many techniques within the topic. All year, I’ve been looking forward to this month because it’s APPLIQUE month!
If you haven’t been following along, but are even mildly interested in applique, click on over to my tutorials to take a look. Instead of one tutorial for each week, like I’ve done with past topics, I’ve broken it down …

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Weekly Gifty Project

This week’s Gifty Project is the Santa Thread Catcher & Pin Cushion from Nancy Halvorsen’s book, Sew Necessary and I used fabrics from Wrap it Up I took a little artistic license by painting on the eyes instead of using buttons, and using 2 colors for the peppermint.

There’s a cute little triangle pocket on the inside and plenty of room on the pin cushion for lots of pins!
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And the winner is……

And the winner according to the Random Number Generator is #49 so starting from comment #1 and counting forward (or is it backward?!) that is cellogirl!
Congrats! Hope you have as much fun using your charm squares as I did 🙂

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Gifty Galore: Yo-Yo Pincushions

A few months ago I decided to sew up the photo sample for our (now sold-out) Yo-Yo Pincushions kit. I have a soft spot for 1930s feedsack fabric, and I knew that they would make great gifts too! The pattern was a fun kind of ‘choose-your-own adventure’, with many ideas on different pincushion shapes with different yo-yo embellishments. What a fun way to use unique big buttons and jumbo ric-rack! I had never made yo-yos before, but …

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