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Finding the Fabric Grain

Inside: Finding the Fabric Grain Understanding fabric grain is an essential element when sewing with woven fabrics. It's something new sewists tend to skip over and seasoned sewists occasionally brush off.   Why is fabric grain important. It's extremely relevant when sewing garments, especially pants. Have you ever owned a pair of jeans where one of the seams twisted towards ... Read More about Finding the Fabric Grain

Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial

Inside: Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial Don't you just love an easy project? I know I do. And this is one you can make in about an hour. It's ideal for last minute gifts for family and friends. Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial For this tutorial I've used my Cricut Maker. But, it isn't essential for making the project. You will need to download a font [link below] for this project if it ... Read More about Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial

How to Make an Easy Patchwork Quilt

Inside: How to Make an Easy Patchwork Quilt I truly believe that there is an artist in everyone. And quilting is one of the best ways to share your inner artist. However, there are times when we just want to make an easy quilt...for a quick win. And that's what this quilt is all about. It's fast, it's easy, and it uses pre-cuts! Materials The main ... Read More about How to Make an Easy Patchwork Quilt

Simple Christmas Mug Rug

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Inside: Simple Christmas Mug Rug One of the reasons I wanted a Cricut Maker was its ability to cut out lots of applique projects. Like Christmas appliqués for simple mug rugs. Or any holiday or special event. Having a Cricut Maker simplifies the entire cutting process ... Read More about Simple Christmas Mug Rug

How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Inside: How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2 I love to embellish things! Yep, whether it's machine embroidery, appliqué, or vinyl, I like to add a little personalization. The one area that I have never done well with is iron-on vinyl (sometimes called HTV or Heat ... Read More about How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2

Learn About the Cricut Maker

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Inside: Learn About the Cricut Maker If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I recently acquired a Cricut Maker cutting machine. Longtime readers will know that I had another brand of cutting machine. For a while it worked great, but there were some glitchy ... Read More about Learn About the Cricut Maker

How to Machine Bind a Quilt

Inside: How To Machine Bind A Quilt I have a confession. I have never bound a quilt by hand. {gasp!} Instead, I machine bind all of my quilts and here's why: It's very beginner friendly.It secures the binding and this is great for quilts that get heavy use.I think it's safer for baby quilts.I don't plan to enter my quilts in any shows If this is you, then this tutorial is your best way ... Read More about How to Machine Bind a Quilt

All About Baltimore Album Quilts

Inside: All About Baltimore Album Quilts Let's talk about the beautiful, traditional style, Baltimore Album Quilts. Learn about their history and take inspiration from this style to make it our own! In the 1800s, American quilters began to depart from traditional European and English designs and began to really carve out their own methods. Medallion quilts gave way to block quilts, and ... Read More about All About Baltimore Album Quilts

How to Fill in Large Embroidery Spaces

Inside: How to Fill in Large Embroidery Spaces Are you avoiding adding embroidery to your crafty pursuits because you look at patterns and are daunted by filling in the large shapes and spaces with tiny embroidery stitches? I've been there. Sometimes you just want to finish a piece in one or two sittings, right? Well, as much as I LOVE stitching, I'm a busy wife, mother, and small business ... Read More about How to Fill in Large Embroidery Spaces

15+ Free Baby Quilt Patterns

Inside: 15+ Easy Free Baby Quilt Patterns I've heard it said that baby quilts are gateway quilts. I don't know how true that statement is, but I do know that baby quilts are the most fun to make! They are perfect for beginning quilters and the result is always an adorable quilt. Below are some of the most charming Free Baby Quilt Patterns to sew! Simple Baby Quilt If you're ... Read More about 15+ Free Baby Quilt Patterns

Midnight Star Table Topper

Inside: Midnight Star Table Topper Are you ready to finish your Midnight Star Table Topper? If you've been following along then you will have all of your blocks ready to assemble. And I've included two ways to finish the quilt. One way to finish is without batting. This kind of finish is sometimes called a knife edge finish and using this method makes it a summer quilt because there is no ... Read More about Midnight Star Table Topper

Perfect Square in a Square Quilt Block

Inside: Perfect Square in a Square Quilt Block This is the last block for the Midnight Star Table Topper. (Note: See bottom of post for more about this project.) Unlike the first two blocks for this project, The Square in a Square is a very easy block to make. And the soon-to-be released Midnight Star Table Topper pattern only requires one block for the entire design. Note: You may ... Read More about Perfect Square in a Square Quilt Block

How To Sew A Bookmark

Learn how to sew a bookmark using your scrap fabric and a bit of your time. Hi, Damjana here from Apple Green Cottage and I'm so excited to be with you today! I'll show you how to make a simple but beautiful patchwork bookmark that only requires beginner sewing skills and can be made in less than an hour. Since it is made using scraps, you'll be able to use up those bits and pieces of your ... Read More about How To Sew A Bookmark