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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Machine Embroidery Redwork

Can you imagine a time when you could sit back and enjoy a good gossip with the ladies of your circle while you decorate something or other with embroidery (probably a handkerchief!)? You can throw yourself back to the time with a Jane Austin movie. Mothers and daughters do needlework together whilst someone plays a […]

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unzip files

Buying and storing files

Buying and storing files from a website can be a little daunting, especially if you are used to getting a cd and transferring designs to your machine in this way.  Unfortunately, technology is not standing still, and with change comes new challenges.  CD drives will soon be history, as new machines don’t have space for […]

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quilting a story

Quilting a story

Quilting a story is an art.  Art quilting takes many forms, and is influenced by many factors.  I am influenced by news and events, current affairs, politics and my own emotions.  This particular quilt is therapeutic. Someone’s War tells the story of Someone’s struggle with mental health and depression. The background for the quilt is […]

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