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Sunbonnet Susie Mini Quilt

After a year of being too tired or too busy to do much sewing, I’m so happy to be stitching again! This project had been percolating in the back of my mind since last winter. My friend Jera of Quilting in the Rain shared with me a few images of her upcoming fabric collection just a few weeks before my daughter Susie was born last … Continue reading Sunbonnet Susie Mini Quilt

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When Fabric Meets Crochet

Not too long ago, I was reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and was struck by her writing on the nature of ideas. She believes that ideas are alive and they they can jump from soul to soul in order to find the most efficient route to earth. Since I haven’t done much crafting since my son was born, and I haven’t found much inspiration … Continue reading When Fabric Meets Crochet

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Patches of Sunlight

Yellow is a color that I don’t see used very often in quilting. It’s terribly bright and can easily become overwhelming. (At least to my unaccustomed Seattleite eyes.)  As I’ve been working on Freddy’s hexagon quilt, I’ve had a love/hate relation with the yellows I included.  When the quilt is bunched up on my lap, I love the pops of color. But when I lay … Continue reading Patches of Sunlight

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Hand-Pieced Hexagons

One of my favorite parts of quilting is the gathering of fabric.  Sometimes a quilt comes together quickly.  I spot a collection or a fat quarter bundle that I love and a quilt idea is born.  Other times the fabric comes together slowly, a fabric or two at a time.  As as the collection grows, so does the plan for a quilt.  This was the … Continue reading Hand-Pieced Hexagons

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Quilted Advent Calendar Tutorial

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!! If you’re like me, you’re probably being bombarded right about now with wonderful holiday craft ideas from magazines, books, blogs, and (of course) Pinterest. This year, I’ve particularly admired the beautiful advent calendars with cute pockets decorated with applique and embroidery. But advent (and the new year) would be long gone before I could get one of those intricate projects close to … Continue reading Quilted Advent Calendar Tutorial