Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

In the olden days, houses were built around chimneys to keep it warm.  The chimney was in the middle of the house and the rooms were built around it.  Each room had a burning fireplace in the corner.  Chimney sweepers would go down these chimneys to scrape the soot deposits that could cause house fires.  […]

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quilt block history

Quilt Block History – a snippet

The oldest patterns on printed textiles use blocks, and even today, a block is a base for a lot of designs in household items.  Your waffle weave dishcloth has blocks on it!  Geometric blocks can be seen in antique floor tiles, wall mosaics and carpet patterns.  This could have influenced early block quilters. Blocks were […]

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Introducing the Block Barn

The Block Barn is our new series focusing on traditional quilt blocks. We will introduce you to a traditional block on a regular basis, and you can use the Block Barn to check on earlier releases. It is a similar concept to Block of the Month or Block of the Week, but we will not […]

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placemats for christmas

Placemats for Christmas

I’ve made some placemats for Christmas celebrations.  The designs used are “Folk Christmas Redwork” . The finished size of each placemat is approximately 13″ x 18″. Using the diagram, this is for 1 placemat: Fat quarter 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard Using the diagram, cut the following for a single placemat: Square […]

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lavender sachets

Making Lavender Sachets

Lavender sachets are perfect for your linen drawer, delicates and gifting with a quilt.  It is very simple to make, and the kids can join in.  This is also a great way to teach future quilters how to sew a straight line.  You will be churning out dozens of these, so make sure you have […]

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Make reusable notebook covers

How to make your own notebook covers

We are already in October, and I am sure a lot of us are busy with handmade Christmas gifts, right?  Something simple to make, and reusable, are notebook covers.  I love having a special notebook cover, and I change them regularly – something along the lines of one in the wash, one in the cupboard […]

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The story of Fuzzy Wuzzy

Bullying is a reality that we all grow up with, and we have bullies as adults as well.  Little ones struggle to understand the concept, and what to do about it. When I was making Fuzzy Wuzzy, my daughter told me about the latest attempts at bullying her at school.  The first time she was […]

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Baby quilt

Here is a quick baby quilt using a very simple design. In this case, I used blocks, no batting, and flannel for the backing.  It is soft, not bulky, and great for swaddling baby.  Perfect for a newborn, and great for a baby shower gift. Perhaps add a burp cloth with matching fabric? You will […]

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Which embroidery machine is the one for you

Which embroidery machine to buy

Embroidery machines are available from practically every sewing machine manufacturer. The choice of which machine will be best for you will be determined by the purpose that you have for the machine. How much money do you have to spend on this machine? Will you be doing this for yourself and your family – so […]

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