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Silk Color Block Pillows - Good Fortune: Three Blocks & Four Buttons

Monday, 17 January 2011 9:00

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Welcome to our week of silk color block pillows, each one guaranteed to bring you good luck and long life... or at least to be fun and easy to make. Our first pillow is Good Fortune, which features a beautifully balanced trio of color blocks with a button-front closure. Breaking a square into three varied sections is pleasing to the eye; our four equal buttons then add a measure of even symmetry to the odd number of blocks. Here is your Chinese proverb for the day: A bit of fragrance clings
to the hand that gives flowers
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Scrap It: The Angela Shoulder Bag

Thursday, 13 January 2011 9:00

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This cute tall and narrow tote is named after my very favorite Angela, my oldest daughter. She designed the bag with a bit o' help from her very favorite aunt. Together they created a simple yet stylish shoulder bag, using Angela's own stash of fave fabric scraps and cotton webbing for the strap. We thought it turned out so well, we asked the designer's permission to share it with you. She graciously agreed to let us re-create the bag, and even let us pick our own fabric. I guess the whole 'designer thing' hasn't gone to her head yet, causing her to throw scissors across the room and shriek, "Tell that Klum woman and Tim what's-his-name to get me some fabric I can work with!!! " If you want to make your very own Angela Bag, you get to pick your own fabric too... and no one will throw scissors at you – I promise.

Scrap It: Patchwork Pillow

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 9:00

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One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. Our Scrap It Patchwork Pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. Our pillow shows off the fabulous new Central Park collection by Kate Spain for Moda, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations.

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Scrap It: Ruffled Hot Cup Jacket

Monday, 03 January 2011 9:00

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What's the number one sewing resolution for 2011? Get organized! We thought a great place to start would be to use up some of our scraps we can't bear to throw away, but which are starting to take up almost as much room as the new stuff. We have a series of fun projects this month called, 'Scap It' - the first one is our girly-girl reusable hot cup jacket for your morning coffee or tea. There are lots of patterns out there for this type of thing, but none with our signature touch: the ruffle! Skip that boring ol' cardboard sleeve and wake up your cup with a fun and frilly custom jacket.

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Liz's "Blissful" Triangle Mantle Cloth

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 9:00

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Life is not always square. Other geometric shapes sometimes waft through to give our brains a design challenge. I have a corner fireplace in one bedroom, which means the mantle is... a triangle. In addition, all the moldings in the house are very Arts & Crafts, so ruffles and frou-frou need not apply. After staring into the triangle corner for awhile, Alicia came up with a simple yet striking solution: a simple bound triangle with two drop panels to accentuate the heavy vertical design of the fireplace surround. Proving once again that, a) Alicia is smarter than me, and b) there's always a solution to your home décor challenge.

Noel Home: Comfy PJ Pants for the Whole Family

Monday, 20 December 2010 10:00

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Our thanks to our creative friends at our Signature Sponsor, Janome for sharing this project with us. It was created last year for a special New Sewists Series they put together, and the instructions show you how to make pajama pants without a pattern; simply grab your favorite current pair and use them as a template. We added a jazzy bottom accent cuff to ours so we could mix and match our beautiful Michael Miller Bonnes Amies fabrics. This is a perfect project for beginners: super fast, easy and instantly gratifying. We thought it would be great fun to surprise the whole family on Christmas morning with matching PJ pants. I recruited one of the cutest families I know to be our models, and the rest is dreamy history.

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Noel Home: Color-Popping Pom-Pom Garland

Thursday, 16 December 2010 9:00

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Poms away! Our Noel Home projects feature a plethora of poms. They were so fun to make and such bouncy and happy little fellas when done, we simply couldn't stop with only the snowball poms on our holiday projects. Back to the craft store we went for an armful of jewel tone yarn. This project is done completely by hand; no need to turn on the sewing machine. In fact, it's a great activity to do in front of the TV or while waiting for the kids to finish practice.

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Noel Home: Make-It-In-Minutes: Bits & Pieces Quilted Coasters

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 9:00

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A sparkling diamond ring (so lovely). The coveted brass ring (so tempting). The mythical Lord of the Rings (that Elf was so handsome). The unsightly furniture ring (note to self: keep Uncle Frank away from the antique sideboard). If you hate rings on your furniture, you'll love these coasters. A sewing project doesn't get much easier than this one; just cut, stitch, press. I made all four of our samples in under an hour, and I was stopping to take pictures!

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