Pincushion SWAP 2024
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by Heather
1w ago
Pincushions are one of my favorite little sewing accessories to have around the studio and share with friends. I think that is one of the reasons why I always love hosting the Pincushion SWAP. Not only are they easy to make but they come in all different shapes and sizes. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, they are scrap friendly! I swear, now that both my girls are sewing, they are always asking if they can “borrow” my pincushions. By now it is understood that “borrowing” is code for keep. 2024 PINCUSHION SWAP Details: WHAT/SIZE: Every participant will make and receive a handmade pincu ..read more
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May Printable 2024 Calendar
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by Heather
2w ago
Can you believe it’s already May? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and my May printable is here to make sure we get things done. Here in North Carolina, the weather has taken a turn for the warmer side, but the nights still have that crisp, cool edge that makes you reach for a light jacket or heavy sweatshirt. It’s really the perfect balance between cozy and sunny! Spring has sprung in full force this year, with all the flowers blooming earlier than expected and the trees are practically exploding with new growth. It has me beyond excited for the summer months ahead. And speaking of ..read more
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Machine Binding with the Edge Joining Foot
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by Heather
1M ago
I’ve always admired the look of quilt binding with machine stitching but struggled to perfect the technique. Well now, thanks to the edge joining foot, that’s a thing of the past! This small piece of metal will elevate your quilting projects with a professionally finished machine binding! I’m excited to share a step-by-step guide on machine binding. In my video, I attach a mock flange detail in the form of a binding, to my Sweet Peep Bunny Pillow Cover. This extra pop of color creates a polished accent detail without hand stitching. But as an extra bonus, adding binding by machine instead of ..read more
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March Printable Calendar
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by Heather
2M ago
Wow, March really crept up on me. Not only did I not get much personal sewing done but my February to-do list still feels a mile long. Luckily, it’s time to print out the March calendar and start fresh. Now, I will share that life was busy and I was distracted by my new Baby Lock multi-needle embroidery machine but boy, do I wish I completed a few more things. On a bright note, the embroidery experimenting has been so much fun! Take a look at this cute design that I’m working on. Even though I stitched it out on my new machine, it’s perfectly sized for our sewing & embroidery machines. S ..read more
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Sweet Peep Bunny Quilt Block
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by Heather
2M ago
I’m so excited to share this adorable Sweet Peep Bunny quilt block with you today! This sweet 4″ x 4″ block is not only free to download but is also a breeze to make, making it perfect for quilters of all skill levels. Sweet Peep Bunny Details The finished Sweet Peep Bunny quilt block measures- 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ ( 11.43 cm x 11.43 cm) unfinished 4″ x 4″ (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm) finished Material & Supply List: Assorted scraps of two contrasting colors Cutting mat / rotary cutter/quilt ruler Heat erasing marking tool* Spray starch Basic sewing supplies *This tool is helpful but not requir ..read more
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Mini Wallet SWAP 2024
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by Heather
3M ago
Wow, so many of you exchanged such beautiful scraps in our first SWAP last month and I can’t wait to see what you make with all of those goodies. That’s why I’m thrilled to launch our next SWAP, mini wallets. I love hosting sewing swaps! They are the perfect way to meet someone who shares your passion, understands that creativity can be messy, and knows how hard it can be to toss that small scrap of fabric! Best of all, each participant pours their heart into each and every exchange. I am consistently blown away by the amazing packages of happy mail. No matter what your daily task list looks ..read more
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Heart Mug Block Assembly
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by Heather
3M ago
I love grabbing a cup of tea and spending an afternoon stitching at the machine. So today, I am flashing back to a block favorite, the Heart Mug quilt block. This block was first released during the early part of my Blocks 2 Quilt series and is perfect for this time of year. At the time of release, I was still exploring and learning EQ8 so, there was not much time to film a step-by-step instructions video. Luckily, I’m fixing that today but before we dive in, let’s chat about the block details. Heart Mug Quilt Block Details The finished Heart Mug Quilt block comes in 2 finished sizes. 6″ x 6 ..read more
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February Calendar Printable
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by Heather
3M ago
2024 is off to a rolling start! Things in the studio have been super busy and even though I want to spend all of my time stitching up a storm, I feel like I am strapped to the computer. So, I carved out time on my calendar and started the month off with a quick sew session. I pulled all the red, pink and white scraps from my Color Club Collection and started stitching a few 4″ finished blocks. My plan is to stitch a few blocks a week all year long and create a rainbow quilt from these fun blocks. If I play my cards right, I’ll finish the year off with a playful quilt that is full of charm. (wi ..read more
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Assorted Scrap Bag | It’s time to SWAP
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by Heather
4M ago
It’s time to kick off the new year with our first SWAP, the assorted scrap bag! This exchange is a great way to meet a new friend that shares your love of quilting and to refresh your scrap stash with fresh new prints. This time of year is when we all hit the reset button to start fresh. We tidy up our workspace, take stock of our supplies, finally catch up on machine maintenance, and start making our quilty plans for the year. This year, I suggest you take a minute to look through your scrap stash and ask yourself, will you really use this piece of fabric or will it be better suited for a fr ..read more
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January Monthly Calendar | 2024
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by Heather
4M ago
Let’s welcome in the new year with fresh ideas, organized plans, and the creative freedom we all crave! Normally, I like to kickstart each year with a clean space, a plan, and big dreams for the year ahead but this year feels a little different. I’m more determined and want to be more intentional with my time. So, I started off like I normally do by sorting my scraps, cleaning my machine, and unpacking all my WIPs. I quickly realized that my scrap stash was hard to manage and needed more organization. To help get things organized, I stacked and sliced my fabrics into a few usable sizes that I ..read more
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