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(Updated 15 October 2016)

                (As of the 15th of October 2016)

 

For you hand quilters out there….

 http://www.houseofquilting.com/handheld-quilting-thimble.php

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 The odd time that I DO hand quilt, I have a (terrible) tendency to NOT use a thimble and to push the needle with my fingernail.

Yes, I know, I’ll live to regret it someday but for those of you that are in the same habit, here’s a tiny thimble that might interest you. 

 And, you really don’t need long fingernail for it to grip.

 http://www.smallwondersjewelry.com/charms/th/thtml/th33.htm

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 This is the cutest quilting bracelet!!!

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/159226590/button-charm-bracelet-rainbow?ref=related-3

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 Make this one in “plaids” and it’ll be a hit for the men in your family…. at Christmas!

 http://www.liveitloveitmakeit.com/2014/09/makers-month-make-it-cable-cozy.html

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 Decorate your Sewing Machine!  Use them as pincushions, even!  Make ‘em for your favorite sewing pal!

 http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.ca/2014/10/sewing-machine-decorations-holiday.html?m=1

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 OH MY GOODNESS!!!   This adorable Christmas quilt pattern is FREE!!!!  I think this will be on my “TO DO” list and REAL SOON!

 http://fatquartershop.blogspot.ca/p/deck-ade-halls.html

 NOTE:  In fact, I think several gals had their quilts in the Sussex quilt show, in Sussex.  They were ADORABLE!!!

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Fabric Gift Bag.  You DO NOT need a serger for this project. A zig-zag stich will work just fine.

 http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/videos/v/111523751/fabric-gift-bag-show-me-how.htm

 This is the link that gives you the written instructions….

 http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/bags-and-purses/lunch-sack-gift-bags

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Here’s a cute table topper that looks complicated but I don’t think it is…. 

 http://quiltingdigest.com/spinning-star-table-topper/

 PDF is also included on their page:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByHoZa8Z1a7CMmM2NzA3OWQtN2EzYy00ZDc5LWIxN2UtMzc4ZmMxY2EzNmM3/edit?pli=1#

 And there’s a video on this, as well.

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Bag Making Basics, with Craftsy.... and it's FREE!!!

http://www.craftsy.com/class/bag-making-basics-reversible-tote-and-zipper-pouch/148?_ct=sbqii-sqjuweho-dum&_ctp=4&rceId=1473386380619~y9sdsu1d

The tote itself is called:

Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch with Kristin Link

You might be able to search for it that way.

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This summer, I watched one of Jenny’s videos, fell in love with her technique and ordered her ruler, from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

What a thrill to receive a parcel from them!!!!

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s her video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytcpvfoAV8A

 And here is the list for fabric requirements, for this quilt:

https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/rhombus-quilt/index.html?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=lp&utm_campaign=t118

Now, another reason I’m sharing this info with you is that I “thought” you could only get her rulers directly from Missouri Star Quilt Co….  But a quilty friend recently told me that the shop in Fredericton – Christmas Crab Quiltery - has several of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. rulers…. And, at a very reasonable price, in Canadian funds, of course!

Sooooooo, just a “Heads Up”.  If you’re in the Fredericton area, you might want to take a look at them.

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 SCRAP user’s system:

 http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml

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 Sooo incredible yet soooo easy!!!

https://www.pinterest.com/source/fabriccafe.com

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Hand quilting:

 http://www.celebratehandquilting.com/2014/05/hand-quilting-for-beginners-thread.html

 (NOTE:  For some reason, her pictures aren’t showing up… but her post is still informative)

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 Mini pincushion AKA cute necklace!!!

 http://sewmanyways.blogspot.ca/2013/01/tool-time-tuesdaythimble-pincushion.html

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 “Pin Cushion Mice”.  These are simply too, too adorable AND easy to make!  Once again, make yourself a couple.

Make some for your quilting friends – these make cute gifts. 

 http://bustleandsew.com/freepatterns/PinCushionMiceAug14v3.pdf

 Oh, and here’s a trick.  If ever you want to mail out a pincushion to a quilting friend and you hesitate because of the postage. 

Make your pincushion WITHOUT the stuffing… and leave an opening for the “stuffing”. 

 I’m sure your friend will understand and gladly stuff it up and whip stitch that opening.

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 Batting needs and wants.  Interesting….

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/08/selecting-quilt-batting/?ext=FB_QC_PP_Registrations_Blog_20140906&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20Engagement&utm_campaign=Quilting%20Club-Registrations&initialPage=true

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Here’s the links and pictures to the 3 Dudes Variation Quilt.

 If you DO decide to make this…. Please consider having it placed in our quilt show, next year, okay?

 I plan on submitting mine in the quilt show… as well as Nancy, my cousin.  It’s always nice to see a quilt done, in different colorway.  *s*

 HERE’S THE VIDEO:

 http://quiltingtutorials.com/browse-by-skill-level/beginner-quilting-tutorials/3-dudes-quilt-tutorial-twist/

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And here are examples:

 http://www.busyneedle.ch/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/DSC08566.jpg

 https://1c9addb942a3c2064905-ca0abcf59fe65512219b40b1f6dad318.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/project_images/4411/large.jpg

 https://ladybirdquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Cammie_H_002-600x429.jpg

 done in white strips:

http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2044/7048/original.jpg

 http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/3473/3633/original.jpg

 http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2537/8883/original.jpg

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Water Waves!!!  And easy to make, too!

 http://mustlovequilts.com/2013/10/24/waterwaves-tutorial/

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 Ear Bud braiding:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tetTb76P_oc

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7PVUlqvzoQ

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A quilting friend sent me this…. Have you ever “Faced” a Quilt?

http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.ca/2012/09/tutorial-super-duper-easy-way-to-face.html

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A great video on how to attach your 2 pieces together (re: binding on your quilt).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuS76wVW210&feature=youtu.be

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And another video on how to sew the 1st part of your binding.  This is exactly how I do mine ‘cept I cut the threads.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/videos/v/79855601/machine-minute-better-binding.htm

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 This technique can be used for virtually ANY even or odd shaped piece.  This is basically how I made my sunflowers, for Bobby’s Hospice. Easy Smeasy!  (Some people call this the “Birthing Method”)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiFOsVye6IE

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 As we all know, log cabin blocks can be arranged in many, many, ways.  I, myself, prefer the “Barn Raising” setting.  Anyhow, here’s an “Animated Log Cabin”.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2sUop1hB5U

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Missouri Quilt Co’s done it again!  Impressed me and NOW, I really need to buy this ruler! 

 https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/rhombus-quilt/index.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=lp&utm_campaign=t118

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 Even in quilting, there’s still room for – in my opinion – useless AND expensive items…

 https://www.amazon.ca/Gypsy-Quilter-TGQ008-Cutting-Gizmo/dp/B0045YVW40

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 Anyone traveling in the USA or Canada, this summer?  Looking for quilt shops?

 I found this web site pretty interesting. Mind you, do your research.  Check before you head out as to whether they’re still open.  Also, I’m guessing that they’re not ALL listed on this site, either.  Research is very important!

 I’m in New Brunswick, Canada.  If you click on New Brunswick, it doesn’t show any quilt shops and I KNOW there are quilt shops in my province!

 Here’s the web link.  Hope this helps!

 http://www.wrbqinc.com/directory.php

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 Just a list or two of quilting abbreviations – Some of you might already know “some” of them and the others?  Well, they’ll probably make you nod your head in agreement. LOL!!!

 

SID - stitch in the ditch
FMQ - free motion quilting
LB=Lucy Boston
POTC=Patches of the Cross
DH=dear husband
GFG=Grandmother's Flower Garden
HMU: HIT ME UP
ISO: IN SEARCH OF
SIL=sister in law
PHD = Project Half Done
PUO: PICK UP ONLY
UFO - unfinished object
PITA-pain in the ass
PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks
PPU: PENDING PICK UP
QAG=quilt as you go
fcfs = first come first served
FMQ=free motion quilting
FART= fabric acquisition road trip

WIP=works in progress

BNWT =Brand new with tags
BNNW = Brand new never worn
EUC- excellent used condition, ENC- excellent new condition, FUC/FNC- Fair used/new condition, GUC/GNC- good used/new condition.
TIA- Trans ischemic attack
" Mini strokes"

QUILTER’S SLANG AND ABBREVIATIONS

BIN: BUY IT NOW
BOM: BLOCK OF THE MONTH
BUMP: BRING UP MY POST
DSM: DOMESTIC SEWING MACHINE
FOB: FEAR OF BINDING
FQ: FAT QUARTER
HST: HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE
LA: LONG ARMER
LAQ: LONG ARM QUILTER
OBW: ONE BLOCK WONDER
PP: PAPER PIECING
RR: ROUND ROBIN
SABLE: STASH ACCUMULATION BEYOND LIFE EXPECTANCY
SEX: STASH ENHANCING EXPERIENCE
SID: STITCH IN THE DITCH
SnW: STACK AND WHACK
TGIF: THANK GOD IT’S FINISHED
TIA: THANKS IN ADVANCE
TOT: TONE ON TONE
VIP: VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT
WHIMM: WORKS HIDDEN IN MY MIND
WISP: WORK IN SLOW PROGRESS
WWIT: WHAT WAS I THINKING
WOF: WIDTH OF FABRIC
WOMBAT:WASTE OF MONEY, BATTING, AND TIME
WOW: WHITE ON WHITE

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Ever think of making a “Ribbon Border”?

  http://ivyarts.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/ribbon-quilt-border/

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  Thread Location, or where to put your thread when you’re sewing.

  http://www.maychappell.com/2014/06/10/terrific-tip-tuesday-thread-location/

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Invisible appliqué technique.  Just when I thought I knew it all – I’ve learned something new!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlzSUl1KXBU

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I’m such a “visual” person.  I have to SEE it, most times, to understand it.

From a Fat Quarter:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/256564509996624922/

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I know this project is a bit “artsy”, which might not suit some of you, but you could certainly make this “box” more to your liking, if you wish.  I just like the jean/pocket idea!

 http://janeville.blogspot.ca/2010/11/studio-box-tutorial.html

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 Standard Measurements for Pre-Cut and Bed Sizes:

 Fabric info

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And, Jenny’s gone and done it again!!!  The cutest and easiest quilt that you may have ever seen!  J

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L43Uc9H_RUA

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 Working on your scraps?  Bonnie Hunter’s “Scrap User’s System”.

Myself, I divide up my scraps into 2” and 2-1/2”  and 5” charms.  And it helps tame my stash to a workable size.

 http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2005/06/scrap-users-system.html

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Neat ideas on Pat Sloan’s Blog post called “Tool Talk”:

 http://blog.patsloan.com/2014/05/pat-sloan-tool-talk.html

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This is a great tip for paper piecing, from Susan.

http://weallsew.com/how-to-make-paper-piecing-easy/?utm_source=BERNINA+of+Am

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My cousin found this cute and easy Valentine Table Topper pattern.  Too big for a Mug Rug but cute and easy, nevertheless…

http://www.favequilts.com/Valentines/Valentines-Day-Table-Topper

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Easy pattern to make Pot Holders:

http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2013/07/how-to-make-pot-holder/

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 Pin Cushion in a Cup Tutorial:

 http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.ca/2013/05/pin-cushion-in-cup-tutorial.html

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And because most of us need coffee to wake up and create, here’s how you clean your Keurig machine:

 http://thefrugalgirls.com/2014/05/how-to-clean-your-keurig.html

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 Hanger Covers, for your special blouse or outfit:

 http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2013/04/coat-hanger-cover-tutorial/

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 Scissor case:

 http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/05/scissor-case.html

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Easy pattern to make Pot Holders:

http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2013/07/how-to-make-pot-holder/

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 Pin Cushion in a Cup Tutorial:

 http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.ca/2013/05/pin-cushion-in-cup-tutorial.html

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Now here’s a cute Heart pattern, if you have the Twister Ruler:

 http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/02/twisting-heart-valentine-tutorial.html

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 Ruched Fabric Flower Tutorial.  Could be used as a broche, on a head band for a little girl, on a tote bag….. or on a 3 D quilt, even!

 http://www.andiejohnsonsews.com/2011/04/ruched-fabric-flower-tutorial.html

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How to put on your binding.  A 2 part video.  This lady gives a couple tips that I didn’t know.  S’Nice to learn new stuff!

 Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9PiqUgZ9PE&list=PL46F9F4B9794A45F6

 Part 2

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXtRWz3q1fw&list=PL46F9F4B9794A45F6

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 Do any of you do hand applique or require a starch recipe?

 Recipe in PDF format.

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 And finally, I cannot stress the importance of doing your monthly backups on your computer….. Whether you do a complete back up or simply save your favorite songs or quilt pictures or patterns or whatever, on a portable memory stick…. Its ALL good!!! 

 Call it “insurance”.  Would you cash in your life insurance or stop paying your home insurance because you didn’t feel like it? 

 As soon as hubby and I change the page on our calendar to a new month, we do a computer backup.

 DO YOUR MONTHLY BACKUPS!!!

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Bev Day sent me this link:

http://quiltingdigest.com/quilt-batting-demystified-infographic/

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Missouri Star Quilt Co.

 HELLO????   You haven’t heard of them????  Well, I’m sure you’ve all heard or viewed their videos before….  J

I’ve recently signed up for their newsletter and GOSH!!!  They send me out a daily email with their specials!  I’ve seen a few charm packages going for ridiculously low prices AND, they give you shopping bonus points!!!

https://www.missouriquiltco.com/

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Here’s another gal that I’ve signed up with, through the Missouri Quilt Co. and I now get her newsletter/tutorials on a regular basis.  I absolutely LOVE her tutorials!!!

Vanessa from Crafty Gemini!!!!

http://land.missouriquiltco.com/pumpkin-pin-cushion/?utm_source=cgcn&utm_medium=lp&utm_campaign=tcgc018

She’s always so down to earth and her tutorials are real easy to follow.

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Ever dreamed about making a “Hexagon” quilt but you can’t envisage yourself hand piecing it?  This blog has a great tutorial with plenty of pictures explaining how to make a Hexagon quilt with your sewing machine!

http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/sewing-hexagons-by-machine-without.html

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A Good Tip!

My friend, Barb, sent me this tip and said that I could pass it along. 

“So, you go to the dollar store and buy a package of small post-it notes (any colour will do). When you have to do lots of cutting of an odd size strips, like 2 1/4 or 2 ¾, etc. or, even odder - 1 5/8 and 1 7/8, for example, take off at least two little piles of post-it notes and attach them to the bottom of your ruler so you can now place the edge of your fabric up to the post-it notes and you will have the correct measurement for cutting.

 Of course, the post-its are recyclable!

I have always done this with masking tape, but the post-it note thickness will give you that depth to place fabric up against.”

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Looking for embroidery patterns?  You can always pick up a child’s coloring book at your local “Dollar” store.

Or, here’s a link that I liked – particularly the Snowmen….

http://jinglebelljunction.com/christmas-coloring-sheets/

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Ever find a GORGEOUS quilt, on the internet and can’t find the pattern?

Well, I couldn’t find the pattern, nor the quilt designer for this one.  Decided to sit down and figure out the measurements.  Then, I decided to share with you. 

Irish 3 Block quilt pattern.

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How about a few “Burp Cloths”?

I’m guessing that flannel would be just as good as the “Gerber” baby diapers.

 http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2012/01/burp-cloths-free-tutorial.html

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Or a couple “Receiving Blankets”?

http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2012/07/no-bind-simple-receiving-blanket.html

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Cute little “Pumpkin Candy Case” tutorial:

http://sewing-lab.blogspot.com.es/p/pumpkin.html#.UlNM7lOczMq

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Personally, I wash my quilts like my other laundry.  I don’t have any antique quilts so I’m not too concerned about this.

Nevertheless, I thought some of you might find this information interesting.

http://www.craftsy.com/article/cleaning-quilts

What a jaw dropping block!!!  “Basket Weave Star Braid Block” (paper pieced)

http://www.add-crafter.com/2012/04/basketweave-braid-star-block/

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 You all know how much I LOVE using up my scrap fabrics?

 Here’s a great stash buster – “Disappearing 16 Patch Block”:

http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.ca/2011/03/guest-blogging.html

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Looking to make a few quick and easy gifts?  Thanks to Cyn F. for the nice Tutorial that she wrote up to make coasters or mug-rugs that can be whipped up fairly quickly:

 http://cynsquiltedtravels.blogspot.ca/2010/08/mug-rugs-small-quick-project-fun-too.html

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 Thanks Debbie M. for sending me this blog link that has LOADS of FREE patterns:

(NOTE:  Click on the “title” …. For example, click on “Aprons” and then you’ll open up the correct page for the actual web pages)

 http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.ca/p/free-pattern-archive.html

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 I’m not affiliated with this company, but Froma S. sent me this link.  I know the exchange on the Canadian/USA money ain’t the best, these days but I’m likin’ these prices!!! 

 http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/

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 Katrina’s blog has 2 cute tutorials on Christmas ornaments:

 Christmas Fabric ornament #1

 Christmas Fabric ornament #2

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 Here is the link to the Quilt Barn Tour….

 http://www.quiltbarntour.com/index.html

 At the top of their link, you can click on “map”….

Or go to this link….

http://www.quiltbarntour.com/map.html

 This will open up their PDF, for their “map”….

Or you can click on this link…

http://www.quiltbarntour.com/Bios-Map%20June%2021.pdf

 You can then print the “PDF”…. And VOILA!!!  You’ve got a copy of their brochure AND the map of where these incredible blocks are!

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(Sewing) Machine quilting:

 OH MY GOODNESS…. You could easily spend a few relaxing hours watching these short videos. 

There are LOTS of videos, showing her incredible machine quilting!

 http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm

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 This gal has the cutest little purses – LOTS of eye candy!

 https://www.facebook.com/Ropatch

(there’s a translation button on her blog page)

 Sorry… I think you need to belong to Face Back to see these. Not sure.

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 No affiliation but I picked up these 2 rulers last November(?) and have been using them on a regular basis.  Once you get the hang of them, they’re indispensable, in my opinion:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6f6XIpd0Uk

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 Anita Grossman Solomon’s video on:

Make It Simpler™ Fusible Interfacing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dHk6ZeSoFA4

 (once again, no affiliation, here)

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A while back, a couple friends and I designed a BOM (Block of the Month) with baskets.  With their permission, I will be uploading and sharing 1 basket pattern each month.

 Here’s the first one – March’s Basket Block

http://les3a.no-ip.com/ROSA/3a/free%20stuff/free.htm

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 How to make an (easy) artistic wall hanging and/or help you with your applique.

 Rose Hughes demonstrates her technique on making a “rose”.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CTsSR6efCks

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 And because we’re not just quilter’s and a gal’s gotta eat sometimes, right?...

 One of our quilty friends, Elizabeth, shared her Aunt Betty’s Minestrone Soup recipe with me.  We tried it out and it was DELICIOUS!!!   With her permission, I’m sharing it with you…

http://les3a.no-ip.com/rosa/recipes/aunt%20betty%20soup.htm

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The Elven Garden – “Woven Block Tutorial”.   How easy can THIS be?!?!?    Love EASY quilts that look complicated and spectacular!!!

http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/desperate-house-wives-qal-woven-chevron.html

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 How to make a plastic messenger bag…. Or What to do with your plastic grocery bags.  Either way, I thought this YouTube video and bag idea was fascinating!  Great project with your teenager, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB1mE8e35UY

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 Janet Clare’s “Cat Quilt”.  I can assume that this technique could be used with most other animals, as well…. IF you were so inclined. *s*

http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/?p=1215

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 Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials:  Another GREAT site for embroidery stitches!  Click on the Drop down box and you’ll see many, many more stitches!

http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/straight-stitch/

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Do you love batiks?  Wonder how to pick and choose which batiks to put in your quilt?   Here’s a YouTube video and this gal has some good suggestions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-nLgUZxCTOc

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Hexagons - Eye Candy, as well as a cute video of Archie, the Wonder Dog!

http://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/a-hexy-interlude-alternative-title-hexy.html

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I know we’re a long, long way from Valentine’s but since THIS link is the next one in my repertoire and I don’t want to forget it…. Well, here it is.

 Save it in your Favorites or whatever, but it’s a FREE pattern that I figured out and wrote down.

 Enjoy!

 http://les3a.no-ip.com/ROSA/3a/Kitchen%20Classes/My%20Fair%20Square%20Heart/My%20Fair%20Square%20Heart.htm

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 Do you love batiks?  Wonder how to pick and choose which batiks to put in your quilt?   Here’s a YouTube video and this gal has some good suggestions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-nLgUZxCTOc

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Found this recently and since, I believe, we’re ALL fans of the Missouri Quilt Co…. thought you might find this interesting.  I did.

This place just got added onto my Bucket List!   J

Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSZ2Qth3GxA

Missourri Quilt Co. Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d62ietwtVh0

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Holy Guacamole!!!  Where has THIS method been all my (quilting) life?!??!?

And guess who’s getting pillow cases, next year?  My family!!!!

 Missouri Star Quilt Co’s gotta be one of my favorite places to watch tutorial YouTube Videos!

 Easy Smeasy Tube Pillowcases…. 

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 My Tips ‘n Tricks

 http://www.robich.blogspot.ca/2013/01/januarys-tips-n-tricks.html

 I’m not a Quilt Police.  Just wanted to share a couple tricks that me and my Ripper learned, the hard way.

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 And last but not least… How to easily make appliqued circles and ovals, FREE, from Craftsy:

 http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/01/free-video-tip-create-perfect-applique-circles/

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I don’t believe you add any batting to your Furoshiki… just sew 2 pieces together – good sides together, leaving a 1 inch “hole”.  Flip it inside out.  Sew up the remaining 1 inch “hole”…. Some people call this the “birthing method”.  Then, sew a few lines across to secure the fabrics together.  And VOILA!  You have a furoshiki!!!

 www.furoshiki.com

 And here’s a great video, explaining Furoshiki.

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What’s a “Mug Rug”?

 I always thought a Mug Rug was just a fancy name for a coaster.  According to this blog, a Mug Rug’s sorta that and a bit more.

http://thepatchsmith.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/what-is-mug-rug.html

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Found this link via a friend’s FaceBook page.

 Prices were reasonable, I thought, for all the work involved!

Quilt Boxes:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Quiltboxes

 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

 I just LOVE watching the videos on the Missouri Quilting Co.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Ixvjje310

Israel Quilting Video…. Lovely Eye-Candy!!!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDLyhEmwsFw

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 Here’s yet another block on my “Quilting Bucket List” - A variation of the Disappearing Block:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutorials-f10/my-pinwheel-disappearing-4-patch-using-charm-packs-t68180.html

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Are there any of you that like to hand piece?  Here’s a cool method to help you with your ¼” seams:

http://www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com/?p=629#comment-2494

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Sore finger tips?

 Have you returned to hand quilting, after many years and your finger tips are sore?  I recently read on the internet that…  please don’t laugh… a little bit of “Preparation H” on your fingertips help reduce the swelling.  Swear to God, that’s what I read!

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Haven’t mastered Paper Piecing, yet?   Here’s a great YouTube Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaW26igygE

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Off-topic link!!!

 Incredibly beautiful, different cabins, lean-to’s, mini homes…. And most of them tell you where they’re located.

 41 pages?  Grab a cup of coffee or tea  and get set to dream!!!!  *grin*

 Here’s the web link:

http://freecabinporn.com/

(no, there’s no “porn” in these pictures… trust me!  LOL)

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 Here’s a YouTube Video of a longarm quilter (free hand) meandering.  It’s a bit mesmerizing…. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUQKJU-ndho

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Best Press (generic) Recipe:

http://victoria-carroll-parkhill.blogspot.ca/2011/11/in-my-last-post-i-mentioned-pressing.html

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Raising up Rubies:

My friend sent me this link and wrote:

“In my next life I will live there and play!”

 

I want to live there, too!  LOL

http://raisinguprubies.blogspot.ca/2012/05/cute-place-to-make-stuff.html

Seriously, though….  look and drool…. But you can also get some interesting craft/quilting storage idea, from this blog.

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 How to Machine Bind your Quilt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GVA05MxXTU

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12 Step Program for Quitting Quilting

http://phrenicadvancement.com/quilting/12stepQuilting.htm?gclid=CIfKwNTOibACFaQQNAodTS5mOw

(Note:  this is just a joke… do NOT try and buy this!!!)

DIY Bobbin Clips – Cute, Easy to Make and Cheap!

http://www.schlosserdesigns.com/2012/02/tutorial-tuesday-diy-bobbin-clips/

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Have any of you ventured into Craftsy, yet?

 Here is what I believe to be a “FREE” BOM with stars.  They call it their BOM for Summer 2015.

http://www.craftsy.com/class/2015-summer-block-of-the-month/5112?ext=FB_Cftsy_LP_Course_Activity_Paid_Class_5112_2015-07-01&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social+Engagement&utm_campaign=Craftsy-Course+Activity

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Twisted Star Technique, by Eleanor Burns:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF9BSPbraw&feature=related

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Okaaaay, I shouldn’t be showing you this steal-of-a-deal – you should be saving your pennies for our Quilt Retreat but I’ve ordered through Ali Express before, with no problems and, most times, they have FREE shipping. 

PLUS, I’ve used these snippers before for hand work and they’re great, in MY opinion.

Looks like you get five of these for $2.10 US dollars:

\ http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Lot-5-PCS-Mini-Scissors-Portable-Embroidery-Sewing-Tool-Snips-Thrum-Thread-Cutter/1731463594.html?s=p

5 too many for you?  Well, you can put a pair in your quilting room, 1 pair beside your chair, in the living room, 1 pair in your sewing kit pouch.. whatever!

HECK!  They make EXCELLENT quilting buddy gifts, too!!!

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Do you have a Stiletto?  If not, do you need one?  Here’s a wonderful Tutorial on how to make these. And the creator also listed a few reasons WHY you need a Stiletto.

 http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2012/04/marys-stilettos.html

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Lots of FREE patterns, from the Lecien web page:

 http://www.lecien.co.jp/en/hobby/patterns/index.html

 My favorite is “Vintage Delight” ‘cause it looks complicated but it isn’t…. 

 But “Mann Creek” REALLY got my attention!!!  2 simple-to-do-blocks and with strategically placed fabric colors of lights, darks and mediums, you get the look of “circles”, stars, and every other shapes!!!   Incredible!

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Have you ever considered doing mitered borders on your quilt?

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yGwCdfjQys

NOTE:  The video hit a “burp” towards the end…. But I was still able to figure out the end.

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A quilter is:

Someone who assiduously clips coupons and hunts for bargains at the Supermarket, but buys untold yards of fabric, regardless of price.

Someone who pays to have her ironing done, but thinks nothing of standing for hours pressing twenty yards of fabric for a quilt.

Someone who sees life through the eye of a needle, and that is a very special thing.

Someone who is bored silly hearing about other people's dumb hobbies, such as sky-diving, motor cycling or stamp collecting, but constantly fascinates
everyone she comes in contact with by sharing her quilts and quilting experiences.

Someone who has not been able to balance her check book since March 1979, but can figure the yardage requirements for a Log Cabin Quilt and have just
enough left over for a pin cushion.

Someone who enjoys sewing a quilt, but hides the mending until the garments are either outgrown or out of style.

Someone who cannot see cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, dust balls under the bed or a sink full of dirty dishes, but can thread a size 10 needle in
the dark.

Author Unknown.

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Here’s a great recipe to remove pencil lines from your quilt top:

 1/4 cup water
3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
7-8 drops of Palmolive liquid detergent


Mix and apply with a toothbrush

Apparently, no other liquid detergent will work as well – you truly DO need to use Palmolive.

Some of you might remember that I call, my idol, Bonnie Hunter the Queen of Scraps.  Bonnie writes that you can get an XXL (cotton) man’s shirt for 25 or 50 cents at yard sales…. And there’s much more fabric in a LARGE man’s shirt than in fat quarters!  LOL

 Here’s Bonnie’s first(?) video on how she de-bones a shirt, in minutes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS-09AYE0fM&feature=player_embedded

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And here’s another easy-to-make quilty project!

You’d also probably be the most “in” Grandmother or Aunt - I can assure you!

          Or, once you get the hang of making these, you could probably make them fairly quickly and they’d probably sell like little hotcakes, at your local Christmas craft shows.

For Ear buds:

http://erinerickson.com/2011/11/circle-zip-earbud-pouch-tutorial/

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And here’s another nifty idea….

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/62485800/earbuds-wrapped-in-lime-forest-green

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My blogging friend, Pat, wrote about cleaning your cutting mat:

http://patspattering.blogspot.ca/2012/03/cleaning-your-cutting-mat.html

Didn’t even think about cleaning it…. Makes sense, though, eh?

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And because I sometimes like to add an off-topic link, here’s a great way to convert a bar of soap into liquid soap. It apparently takes about 20 minutes and can save you oodles of money!  

More money = more fabric and sewing notions, right?!??!?

http://www.thefarmersnest.com/2011/11/liquid-hand-soap-diy.html

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I received this link, a while back.  A ONF/NFB film that I had seen a while back but it still fascinates me!

http://www.nfb.ca/film/quilt

Do you love pincushions like I do?  Here’s a web site with LOTS of heee-zeee smeee-zeee tutorials for pincushions:

http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/category/pincushions/

 Did you ever see something and think, “Duh!  Now why didn’t I think of this?!??”

A practical and easy way to make pincushion!

http://icanfindthetime.blogspot.ca/2010/07/sewing-machine-pin-cushion.html

I received an interesting web page from one of my email friends.  This web site has different antique quilts for sale.  S’nice to browse around and view them.

http://www.stellarubinantiques.com/

Keep in mind that some of these quilts, made in the 1800’s, for example, didn’t have shop quality fabrics and 100% cotton thread and HEY!  These quilts are still around…. Just saying…

 

Use your stash!!!

Got this email a while back and while “cleaning” my email box, re-read this and thought I’d share…

http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/he-she-dies-most-fabric-wins-t90192.html 

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Another great way to use up your stash - Crumb Quilts:

http://quiltingisstillmypassion.blogspot.com/2007/07/mile-minute-blocks-photo-tutorial.html

http://quiltville.com/crumbs.shtml

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A YouTube video of Eleanor Burns’ tricks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF9BSPbraw&feature=related

Lil’ Twister:

 You might have seen some of our ladies mention this quilts – Lil Clark is quickly becoming our Resident Specialist – but I thought I’d share some of the links that I came up with.  They seem to be all over the Internet!

Tina, at Town and Country had/has the rulers and books.  If not, I’m sure she said she would gladly order more, if you give her a call.

 YouTube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NWNuCbB5IM&feature=related

YouTube Video – better one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNxICsLAOrE&feature=related

 Country-Schoolhouse:
http://www.country-schoolhouse.com/books-patterns.htm

 I Googled Lil’ Twister and selected “Images” and here’s what I got:
http://www.google.ca/search?q=lil%27+twister&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=Eao5T6fwFYH30gHqpJHCAg&biw=1024&bih=649&sei=E6o5T9uLLPO00AGqiPTAAg

 Another bloggist that made this quilt:
http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2011/10/worldly-lil-twister-quilt-and-giiveaway.html

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Use your stash!!!

Got this email a while back and thought I’d share…
http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/he-she-dies-most-fabric-wins-t90192.html

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Just to show you that I enjoy other crafts, here’s the cutest looking scarf.  This person’s tutorial makes it look SOOOO easy to knit this scarf.  Gonna try and make it, one of these days!

 Entrelac Scarf Tutorial:
http://knittyotter.typepad.com/otterknits/2007/03/entrelac_scarf_.html

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10 minute Table Runner:
http://notalwayswiththread.blogspot.ca/2011/03/ten-minute-table-runnermy-way.html

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“Mug Rugs” or Criss-Cross Coasters:

 http://patspattering.blogspot.com/2011/02/criss-cross-coaster-tutorial.html

 http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

http://cynsquiltedtravels.blogspot.ca/2010/08/mug-rugs-small-quick-project-fun-too.html

Note:  I have several of these around the house.  They absorb the sweaty drink drips and you can also use these for wine glasses.  The base of the wine glass slips into the “criss-crossed” fabric, at the center of your coaster. 

They make great hostess, co-worker, teacher, favorite gal at Timmies or mailman gifts…. A great way to use up your scraps of fabric and batting.  Oh, and of course they’re washable, too!

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Here’s one of my “Go To” sites, if I’m bored or looking to make a quilt or searching for a block:

Quilter’s Cache:
http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

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Here’s where I go for embroidery stiches:

Sharon B’s Dictionary of Stitches:
http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

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Tube Quilting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOWSp0mTTqE

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Jelly Roll Race:
http://www.quilt-video.com/2011/02/18/jelly-roll-quilt-race-lasagna-quilt/

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Machine Pieced Binding using fake piping or "flange" slap-dash tutorial:
http://yolanda.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/03/binding-by-machine-using-fake-piping-or-flange-.html

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10 Minute Quilt Blocks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbTHlGGKMPM

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Blog on how to make a “Lego” quilt:
http://lazygalquilting.blogspot.com/2011/08/lego-tutorial.html

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Blog on how to make a “Ready Threader”
http://annie-flowergarden.blogspot.ca/2008/04/ready-threader-tutorial.html

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