July 10, 2024

Hi all,

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALES EVENT CONTINUES!

30% OFF Select CHRISTMAS & WINTER FABRICS

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From 3Wishes to Wilmington and lots in between, Christmas SPECIALS on now!

You will see discount showing in your cart, after you've made your selection. This sale runs through next week Wednesday, so don't procrastinate!

Limited to stock on hand! CLICK HERE TO START!

Also, CHRISTMAS IN JULY inspirations for gifts you'll enjoy making as well as giving!

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SEWING CLUB feature - Wacky TABLE RUNNER, Coffee Break.

SEWING CLUB meets this Thursday morning at 10:15.

Mary will be showing a fun technique using the Creative Grids SPIDER WEB RULER and sewing some CRAZY COFFEE CUPS (Coffee Break pattern).

Come join the fun! Join for an entire year or just pay $5 per visit. Includes Mary's scrumptious home-baked treats, so no way you'll be sorry you came! ;)

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Original pattern found in MIX & MATCH SAMPLER SETTINGS book.

I started this project a couple of weeks ago, totally inspired by the awesome PANEL, TREASURES AT SEA, artwork by Eva Nikolskaya.

I wanted to use the panel in the border, so I started with 2, and cut the sides off of one and the top & bottom off the other.

That left me plenty to use to fussy cut circles to applique in the plain blocks.

Just the right tool can really speed up many tasks, saving time & frustratioin!

Clover's BIAS TAPE MAKERSS are just such tools.

So I pulled mine out to make trim to finish the large circles I'd decided to applique on my quilt.

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Pictured here, edgestitching of the second side.

This worked so slick. I just glued down the raw-edge circle, then carefully pinned the bias trim around the edge, matching the raw edge of the pressed bias to the circle's outside edge. Then stitched in the fold of the pressed edge.

(Full disclosure, I used an online circumference calculator to determine how long the bias needed to be, and stitched ends together after running it through the tool before stitching around the circle.)

Next I carefully pressed the tape so it covered the raw edge, easing the BIAS around the larger outside edge of the circle, and edgestitched the second side of the trim.

I used PRECISION PRESSING PEN, of course! Click here for more about EASY PRESS and SEAM ALIGN GLUE.

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FYI - I cut away the fabric behind the applique after stitching the bias on both sides.

I used the CLOVER 1/2-INCH BIAS TAPE MAKER for this project, and it was perfect. Here you can see from the even stitching lines how consistent the tool made the width of the trim.

The tape makers come in different sizes. There are even large ones for making JELLY ROLL RUGS even easier to create!

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The Gypsy Quilter Jelly Roll Tube Maker in action.

This quilt was another one of those projects that didn't go exactly as I expected.

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When I came back to it, I could see exactly where I'd gone wrong in cutting and attaching the border.

I decided I wouldn't like it until I fixed the most glaring problems.

My vision and placement just wasn't right the first time, and I had to remove the entire right side.

So I got out my favorite CLOVER RIPPER, and went to work.

Now I like it just fine. ;)

After I'd reversed what had been on the bottom with the top, I tried to blend the two parts with a technique which I call "the Zipper".

In the Zipper, I alternate squares of one fabric with squares of the other, in this case upper and lower fabrics, which are different, and stitch this row of squares between the two fabrics.

As you can see in the BEFORE (above), it didn't blend nicely in the new arrangement. The blue stood out way too much.

So, I paid more attention to the colors and print of the two pieces and got a nice blend going. See AFTER, look just below the turtle and you'll see what I mean!

I also had a second "focal light", from the second panel's side. It just looked weird when it was on the side and also now at the top. So, I covered it up, applique style, with another darker scrap from one of the panels. That worked pretty well. I applied dots of the SEAM ALIGN GLUE on that too, held perfectly in place for stitching.

Here's what that section looked like from the back.

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Want to pick up even more cool CREATIVE TECHNIQUES?

Sign up for LAURA HEINE'S COLLAGE CLASS, coming in September! Taught by Laura herself!

Only 2 SPOTS remain in the Friday the 13th class.

The Saturday September 14th, SCISSORS COLLAGE CLASS has more room if you want to come with a few friends! CLICK HERE for details.

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FABRIC KIT & PATTERN plus fusible web & pattern ease included in class fee.

CLICK HERE for other upcoming CLASSES, in addition to Thursday's SEWING CLUB.

Classes are always fun, with a variety of techniques used.

Now enrolling for Kathy's NEW BAG CLASS,Sandhill Sling, an all day sewing class. CLICK HERE.

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Year-Long BOM class, enrollment open now!

Enroll now for Mary's next SAMPLER CLASS!

Meets 3rd Thursday morning & evening, starting in SEPTEMBER.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

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HEY BOO Lap quilt, 63 x 78 inches finished.

Kirsten's latest quilt, MAGGIE done in HEY BOO from Lella Boutique for MODA, is so cute! KITS AVAILABLE

Check out all our HALLOWEEN FABRIC, for a selection of SWEET to SILLY to CREEPY!

HEY BOO! definitely SWEET!

ONLY our SUPPLY of HALLOWEEN FABRIC is SCARY! Come check it out soon!

Once again, we'll have a special offering of BARGAIN FABRIC on FACEBOOK LIVE this Friday at 1 pm, Central time. Click here for details.

Wishing you a great rest of the week, and remember, this Saturday is the SECOND SATURDAY of July and I'll be presenting more Mix & Match Sampler fun!

Hope to see you soon,
Charlotte

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