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Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - Time Flies Quilt

Thursday, 12 September 2013 1:00

Today's project has already won the Sew4Home Most Beautiful Quilt Award and we're betting it may also be a Most Popular Quilt winner. The different and unique motifs in the Eclectic Elements collection are a quilter's dream. You can isolate and piece together all these interesting little bits into a wonderful quilting collage. All the great shapes are also an inspirational bonanza for the final quilting. Seamstress, Michele Mishler really went to town on our sample, outlining the clock faces and butterflies, and doing some great free-motion stippling in the solid areas. This is not a basic quilt. If you have little or no quilting experience, you might want to browse through our Project Index first and start with some easier quilts. You could also review our five-part series on quilting basics that begins here with Tools, Notions and Other Stuff You Need to Start. But if you're already into quilting, this is a design you're going to want to put on your list along with the Eclectic Elements fabric. 

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Little Presents EZ Baby Quilt with Matching Appliqué Bib: Christmas in July with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 1:00

When there's a brand new little one in the family, the holidays are all about baby. We have you covered with this week's Fabric.com Christmas in July preparations. Our adorable baby quilt with its matching appliquéd bib will make Baby's First Christmas extra special. The quilt is made of traditional nine-patch blocks, but we stretched four of the nine squares into rectangles. The resulting design mimics the look of a little wrapped present. You make nine present blocks to create the perfect baby quilt gift. The matching bib uses a couple of larger motifs from the quilt's fabric as appliqués and super soft and absorbant chenille on the back.

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Nature's Palette by Marjolein Bastin for FreeSpirit: Lace Edged Pillowcases

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 1:00

Kittens sleep curled in a ball, horses sleep standing up, sea otters float on the surface of the water while they sleep. There are a lot of ways to catch a few ZZs. For humans, I think we'd all agree, the best way to doze is to sink down into a crisp, clean, beautiful pillowcase. We love making pillowcases at Sew4Home. They're fast and easy, and they're a great way to add some delightful color and design to your bed linens. We used two coordinated prints from the Nature's Palette collection for each of our pillowcases.

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Nature's Palette by Marjolein Bastin for FreeSpirit: Patchwork Bed Topper

Monday, 01 July 2013 1:00

A bed topper brings a blast of color to your bed linens. It's designed to go across the foot of your bed like a narrow quilt. We felt it would be the perfect canvas to highlight some of the designs from the pre-printed panel available in Marjolein's Nature's Palette collection. Pre-printed panels are becoming a more and more common part of fabric collections. Marjolein's style is perfect for them, because the individual panels become like miniature paintings. Traditionally, you may have seen these panels used to create cheater quilts. But the newest trend is to produce a panel with ready-to-cut pieces, which can be assembled into a simple project. Nature's Palette has two quick and easy pillow designs. However, always ones to color outside the lines, we chose instead to use half of the panel designs as part of today's Bed Topper project, saving the second half for a matching lumbar pillow coming up tomorrow.  

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Super Fast & Super Cute: Cheater Quilt with Piping

Friday, 21 June 2013 1:00

Cheating! Didn't Mom always say, "Cheaters never prosper?!" This is one kind of cheating she would totally approve of, possibly giving you a cookie for figuring it out. A cheater quilt is one in which the quilt top is pre-printed with a patchwork design, allowing you to skip the piecing and instead, simply layer front, batting and back, bind and add your quilting stitches. It's super fast and easy, and you have to get up close and personal before you realize the design is printed rather than pieced. We decided to cheat even more by assembling our layers with a piped edge rather than traditional quilt binding. Mom knew she raised some rebels.

Father's Day with Fabric.com: Big, Soft Sweatshirt Knit Blanket

Friday, 17 May 2013 1:00

It's the final day of Father's Day inspiration sponsored by Fabric.com. We round out the week with a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket. This time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. But a Dad's still gotta do what a Dad's gotta do: he's gotta nap. So why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? Our blanket is designed to match yesterday's Jumbo Lounge Pillow with the same bold horizontal strips and the same cute personalized fabric tag. This fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... Dad will be dozin' before you know it.

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Janome Week: Quilted Bed Runner

Thursday, 25 April 2013 1:00

The biggest sewing category around the world is quilting. If you've been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, we recently finished a five-part Quilting Basics Series and have included links to all the parts below. It's a great way to get started. Today during Janome Week, to show off the quilting features of Janome's sewing and quilting machines, we've chosen the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP to create a beautiful bed runner: a decorative throw for the foot of your bed. It's lovely to look at, but can also be used to help protect a fancier full-size quilt or bedspread. You can sit on a bed runner or even stretch out and place your feet on it. Ours finishes at approximately 92" x 34" and is sized for a king or queen mattress. Our sample is shown on a king; there would simply be more drape down either side on a queen. We've done basic nine-patch blocks with each inner block made up of four pieced triangles. The clever mixing of the colors creates a three-dimensional effect within each of the inner blocks as well as in the finished nine-patch itself. Stitching in the ditch was used to quilt the center, while the inner and outer borders are done with stippling.

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Mother's Day with Fabric.com: Pleated Pillowcases

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 1:00

What does every mother want for Mother's Day? A nap. In the rush-around-worlds of most moms, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our amazing pleated pillowcase pair, the second great idea in our Mother's Day week with Fabric.com. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then Alicia said, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets Mom put her fave out in front, depending on how she feels: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Double-Flange Pillow Shams in Spring Cottons

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 1:00

This past summer, we created a Romantic Bedroom Retreat with our friends at Free Spirit and Rowan Fabrics, combining a number of designers, collections and substates. For today's Re-imagine & Renovate project, we decided to take one of our favorite projects from within this series and transform it from lush and elegant to fresh and fun. That's what our R&R posts are all about. We pull out a classic fave tutorial and give it a whole new spin with updated fabrics, trims and notions. We switched out the historical Rowan Bromley cottons and rich velvet accents for a light, bright trio of spring cottons, courtesy of our friends, and today's sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop

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FreeSpirit-Rowan 10&10 Series: Patchwork Floral Throw in Philip Jacobs/September 12 Collection

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 1:00

I may be dating myself here, but how many of you remember the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland® and DisneyWorld®? When I was little, it was one of my very favorite attractions at the theme park. True, there was no whooshing around a snow covered mountainside or flying through deep space. You were just sitting there on a long wooden bench next to other sweaty tourists, but you were surrounded by talking, singing birds in every size and color imaginable. It was a riot of sound, a tropical kaleidoscope. That's what's today's collection from Philip Jacobs reminded us of, and we came up with wonderful way to use his gorgeous bold motifs: a colorful patchwork throw to wrap up in and chase way the dull, grey winter days. The patchworking on this throw is very easy, and the quilting is done with a 9mm decorative stitch at each seamline, adding an extra splash of color and texture and uniting all the floral blocks. 

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