Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Summer Skirts with Simplicity 2606

  Over a year ago, a friend proposed a trade. Jayne would take photos of our family and newborn son and I’d make her a couple skirts. Over a year…

Sew Easy Burp Cloth Tutorial

The other evening, I was trying to pull double duty. I held the baby on one hip while tossing some vegetables in the skillet. My husband walked in the kitchen…

Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Swedish Fish Valentine Printables

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Happy Almost Valentines Day! I designed these cute and quick valentines for my son earlier this week and thought I’d share. I’ve seen other variations of this idea, but they tend to use candy fish that have been opened and repackaged in clear bags. Of course you can do that with this printable, or if your school requires original unopened packaging for food use the mini bags of Swedish fish like I did.

To get started, download the free printable here: Swedish Fish Valentine The file is a pdf that will open in a new web browser window and you can save or print it using the buttons in the lower right corner of the page.

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Next, use the back of a butter knife to score along the dotted lines on the sides.

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Then cut along the solid black lines.

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Fold along your score lines, then wrap the paper around the Swedish fish bag so the Swedish Fish logo is showing. Attach with clear packing tape.

 

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Have your child write the “To” and “From” and names and you’re done!

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Imagine Gnats Sewing Patterns + Giveaway!

Every so often at Craft Buds, we like to feature an indie pattern designer who is working toward making their crafty dream a reality. When I met Rachael Gander, I immediately knew that she had both the talent and the drive to turn her hobbies of sewing, blogging and graphic design into an actual business.

It gives me great joy to share the news that Rachael is expanding her successful PDF pattern business into a run of print patterns! Read more below about how you can support Rachael’s handmade business while also scoring some great goodies for yourself.
Here’s what Rachael had to say about her indiegogo campaign!

Imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. It’s come a long way in just five years… from a hobby to a full-time job. My love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

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I am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. Imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques.

Currently, my patterns are all offered as printable PDFs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people.

For the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors!

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My initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase.

I would love for you to tweet, share on Facebook, e-mail your friends and family… anything that will get the word out. Every share helps and is so appreciated.

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Let’s rally around Rachael and make sure her handmade dreams come true!

 

Giveaway!

Would you like to win a set of 5 imagine gnats garment PDF patterns, including the Tumble Tee, Roly-Poly, Meridian for Kids, Meridian for Women, and Bess Top?

1. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a complete set.

2. If you donate to Rachael’s campaign at any level, please leave a second comment for another chance to win!

International entries welcome, and we’ll choose one winner on February 28 (through the end of the fundraising campaign)!

Congrats to commenter #58, Dana!

Book Review + Giveaway! Quilting with a Modern Slant

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Today we’re excited to be a part of the Quilting with a Modern Slant blog book tour! This book was just released on January 28 by Storey publishing. It was authored by Rachel May and is 224 pages long. That includes 7 chapters covering different aspects of modern quilting including techniques, color, scale, pattern, improv designs and more.

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Whether you’re a beginning quilter or one with years of experience, this book is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about the modern quilting movement. On every spread in the book you’ll find beautiful color photographs of quilts and techniques. It’s inspiring to look at just the photos alone.

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Inside you’ll find 9 projects with patterns and instructions and 13 tutorials. There is helpful information for new quilters like supply lists and quilt binding techniques. There’s more advanced patterns for experienced quilters and new techniques like making natural fabric dye with avocado pits.

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While the patterns and tutorials are interesting, the real strength of this book is in the stories and contributions of over 70 modern quilters. There were some names that were familiar to me (Rashide Coleman-Hale, Angela Walters, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner and more) and some new ones. I’ve seen many pattern books but this is one of the few quilting books I’ve read that focuses less on patterns and more on the people behind them. 

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It’s fascinating to read their stories, how they became involved in quilting, their tips and tricks and more. The stories touch on other areas of quilting like creating fabric or opening a shop. While those sections are brief, they are interesting and may help you find a new area of interest to pursue.

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Overall, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the makers of quilts. The patterns and tutorials are a bonus but the personal stories from modern quilters are what really make this book shine and bring the modern quilting community to life.

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If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book, visit the Quilting With a Modern Slant website for a list of online sellers.

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Giveaway

Just leave a comment below telling us what you’d like to learn about quilting (one comment per person please) to be entered to win your own copy of the book. Contest is open through Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:59 pm EST to US and Canada residents. The winner will receive a copy of Quilting with a Modern Slant from Storey Publishing.

The winner chosen by random.org was #24, Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn Products! Fenna, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information!

Disclaimer: Storey publishing sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

 

Heather Bailey Clamshell Quilt: True Colors Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Today is our stop on the FreeSpirit Fabrics “True Colors” Blog Tour, and we thank you for stopping by Craft Buds! We are Mary and Lindsay, and we use this space to share sewing and crafting tutorials, handmade business tips and more.

Lottie Da and True Colors by Heather Bailey

Today I’m sharing a quilt I’ve sewn from Heather’s True Colors and the coordinating line Lottie Da. I also used four solid fabrics from my stash.

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I chose to work with a traditional Clamshell Quilt pattern, because I loved the way to blocks show off individual fabrics, and I feel the curves really complement the floral and geometric prints in the fabric.

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In case you are wondering about the gorgeous longarm quilting, it is the work of Suppose Create Delight! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the variety of quilting patterns in each individual clamshell, not to mention the super-quick turnaround and great pricing. I definitely recommend their services!

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Clamshell Quilt Assembly Tips:

- If you have a die-cutting machine, you can cut out these blocks quickly and easily! I used the Accuquilt 8″ finished Clamshell die, and there is also a 4″ Clamshell die available.

- If you do not have a die cutting machine, no worries! Check out Latifah Saafir’s free patterns for an 8″ Glam Clam or 12″ Glam Clam quilt, each with printable templates and detailed assembly instructions.

- I recommend using a design wall to lay out your fabrics until you are happy with the arrangement.

FreeSpirit True Colors fabric collections

If you aren’t familiar with FreeSpirit’s new True Colors collections, they are vibrant coordinates meant to blend well with other fabric lines. Pictured above (clockwise from the top left) are: Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison and Heather Bailey’s True Colors collections.

Color plays a huge role in our lives, but it’s not very often that I take the time out to recognize the beauty of the colors around me. This video shares more about the True Colors collections from each designer’s point of view.

Follow along with the tour for more chances to win!

1/20: Sew4Home
1/21: Stitchery Dickory Dock
1/22: I’m A Ginger Monkey
1/23: The Sewing Loft
1/24: Ellison Lane
1/27: Diary of A Quilter
1/28: Material Obsession
1/29: Craftsanity
1/30: Stitched in Color
1/31: Craft Buds
2/3: Jaybird Quilts
2/4: Melissa Peda

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Giveaway!

Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite classic quilt pattern or block for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Heather Bailey’s True Colors collection.

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. We’ll choose one random winner one week from the date of this post. Good luck!

January’s Baby Quilt: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Today’s guest poster is January from Sew Sew Go with her take on the Mosaic Tiles quilt block! Here’s what she had to say:

My sweet friend Lindsay from Lindsay Sews got her first book published and is doing a blog hop. I hope you guys have been following along.  The book is amazing and has beautiful quilts in it. I met Lindsay at Sewing Summit a couple of years ago in her creative journey class.

 She was such a sweet person and so easy to talk to. I really enjoyed hearing her story and the journey she had been on with wanting to publish a book. At that moment her book wasn’t green lighted yet. I got to hang out with her again last Feb. at QuiltCon and heard the exciting news that she was being published!!! You can order your own copy here.

 

 

I’m so happy and proud of her and her accomplishments. I was honored when she asked me to join her hop. She asked us to make anything we wanted out of the Mosaic Tiles Pattern. I chose to make a baby quilt because it seems like everyone I know is having babies. I picked a bunch of blues/turquoise and gray fabrics and got right to work.  It was such an easy patten and the directions were great. I had so much fun sewing this up.

 

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I liked using the 2 different grays. I really thought it made the blocks pop out. 

I love the back just as much. Simple, clean and modern. It was really fun being apart of her hop and I can’t wait to make this quilt again. Go check out her book and join a bee.

 

~January~
This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.

Katy’s Teeny Tiny Mosaic Tiles Quilt Pillow: : Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hello! I am Katy, better known as LethargicLass, and I am excited to be a part of this quilt along. I met Lindsay last fall at Sewing Summit, and I bought my copy of Modern Bee directly from her. Sadly, I didn’t think of asking her to sign it though lol. When Lindsay asked if I would like to be a part of this blog hop quilt along I was thrilled! I immediately started thinking of what I could make. I wanted to keep the look of the quilt, but without the size. I am a very slow quilt maker, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time. So I went small. Really small.

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I drew my plan up in my trusty little graph book, and then attempted the math. Several times.

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Finally I figured out that I needed to start with 2” centers and one inch borders to create my original block before cutting into fours.

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I like to work at different stages of things at one time so I don’t get bored by something like a huge pile of trimming. You can see what I mean below.

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I finally finished the pillow at 20”x20”. That is when I realised that my 20” pillow form was actually 18” lol

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It most certainly isn’t perfect, but I love it :) Here is the backside. I used one of my favourite prints from Connecting Threads and I don’t have much left.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made, and I would love to know if anyone else attempts one this small :)  Please check out the rest of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

 

 

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.
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