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Creative People We Love: Olive & Ollie

Friday, 08 October 2010 9:00

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Welcome to a new article series here at Sew4Home, "Creative People We Love." We've been lucky to discover wonderfully clever and inspiring folks on our own journey, and we want you to know about them too. By supporting one another, we keep the handmade banner flying high. Our first profile is Heather Jones of Olive & Ollie, a very charming gal creating custom children's clothing as well as beautiful blankets and quilts in the heart of Ohio. Her philosophy says it all, "I believe every child deserves something made by hand. " We do too, Heather!

S4H Fave #3: Stylish Baby Nursery: Scalloped Rag Quilt

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 9:00

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We reach back over a year, to August 2009, to find S4H Fave #3. This project has so many comments, when a new one is posted, it takes me several seconds just to scroll to the bottom to read it! I guess everyone loves a rag quilt. Why? In part, because they are super easy to make. A rag quilt is sewn together with the seams showing on the outside. After washing and drying, the raw edges gently fray or 'rag,' producing a very soft and cuddly feel. Our sample was made for our Stylish Baby Nursery series, using Patty Young's stunning Andalucia collection. The trick to a good rag is to choose cotton and other natural fabrics, which are more likely to unravel when washed and dried. Anything with a loose weave will work well. Flannel is always a favorite for rag quilts because it's soft to start with and rags up wonderfully. Give this popular project a try, then add your own comment, and I'll keep scrolling!

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You'll also like our 'grown-up' rag quilt we created for Valentine's Day 2010, the Woolie Rag Quilt.

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S4H Fave #16: Fresh Linens: Restful Rose-Banded Pillowcases with Honey Bun Accents

Friday, 03 September 2010 9:00

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Early this summer, we presented a series of nine projects, using pre-cuts from Joanna Figueroa's beautiful Fresh Cottons Collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. Her buttery soft vintage colors and endlessly mixable prints are a magical blend of old and new. We knew it was the spot-on fabric choice for a summer guest room make-over. Although every one of the tutorials in our Fresh Linens series got great reviews, this pretty pair of pillowcases was a special favorite, and they easily earned a place on our list at #16. This is a great beginner project. So fast and easy, you can start at noon and be napping by 3:00.

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Liz's Hiding Curtain

Friday, 06 August 2010 9:00

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I had a personal decorating challenge I recently overcame, which I thought would be a dandy one to share. Chances are slim that you will have this exact same challenge, but you just might face something similar. We made the decision to move our bed into the center of our bedroom, allowing us a lovely view out the front windows. Yikes! The back of the bed's headboard was definitely not meant to be seen by anyone other than the wall. What to do? A lovely flat fabric curtain panel buttoned on to a row of simple drawer pulls allowed me to hide the unsightly frame and mattress and add a great blast of color and pattern to the room. I bet you have something you might want to hide.

Kid's Birthday Party: Setting the Scene for Fun

Monday, 26 July 2010 9:00

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What's the biggest day of the year for any kid? His or her birthday! It's the one day of the year to be the center-of-attention... no questions asked. Our summertime birthday celebration has a colorful, Day At The Beach theme and is a perfect choice for either a boy or a girl turning about four, five or even six. It seems everywhere you turn these days, you find those paper and plastic sets of cheesy decorations and party favors with grinning television and movie characters to tempt your little one. Enough already! We found our initial inspiration in the vivid designs of Patty Young's new Playdate collection from Michael Miller Fabrics. When you create your own decorations and take-home gifts, you throw a party that is more memorable, more unique, and more green, because nearly all the elements are reusable.

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An Interview with Fabric Designer, Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts

Thursday, 06 May 2010 9:00

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The Sew4Home community (that's you!) has really enjoyed the designer profiles we've done so far with Patty Young and Paula Prass. We love them too. It lets us a peek into some very creative worlds. This time, we turn the tables a bit, and instead of talking with someone whose fabric we've already used in our S4H projects, we introduce you to Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. We have a number of awesome projects upcoming with fabrics from two of her collections, Fresh Cottons and Whimsy. Joanna took time out of her VERY busy schedule to chat with us, and you, about home décor sewing, the inspiration behind her fabric design, her books on quilts and vintage sewing, and how, as a very little girl, she once sewed buttons on the the clothes of all her fellow passengers on an International flight. She'd never get the needle on board today!

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An Interview with Fabric Designer, Paula Prass

Thursday, 25 March 2010 9:00

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Here at Sew4Home we are all about the fabric. It's our number one source of inspiration, and one of our favorite designers of this inspiration is Paula Prass. We've used pieces from both of her original collections: Flights of Fancy and Summer Soiree. But went totally hog-wild when we received fabric cuts from her latest group: Woodland Delight. Paula took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and you, about home décor sewing, fabric design, interior design, and a quilt that made her cry.

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Pendleton Wool: An Iconic Brand in Our Own Backyard

Friday, 05 March 2010 9:00

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It's only taken the Pendleton Company 100 years to become an overnight success. Recently ELLE Decor magazine chose Pendleton blankets as a 'What's Hot' item. Designer Humberto Leon from the cutting-edge brand, Opening Ceremony re-imagined the vintage plaids and Native American motifs as trendy miniskirts, jackets and tailored shirts. The company is a true American original.

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An Interview with Fabric Designer, Patty Young

Tuesday, 02 March 2010 9:00

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If you're a regular visitor to sew4home, you may have noticed we have quite a number of projects that feature fabrics from designer, Patty Young. To borrow a line from Chris Farley, it's because 'She's AWESOME!' Patty's also been a great supporter of Sew4Home from the very beginning and is always a joy to work with. She took a few minutes out of her very busy days to share with us, and you, a few of her thoughts about home décor sewing in general, and her design style and inspiration in particular.

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