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An Interview with Fabric & Pattern Designers Bonnie & Camille

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 9:00

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"A fifth generation quilter." When I first heard this description of Camille Roskelly, I imagined a tiny little lady in a pillbox hat and gloves... like that precious grandma in the Tweety Bird® cartoons. Stereotype, right? Sorry about that. And, I've surely been taken to task, especially after meeting the young (26), lovely (how does she keep her hair so perfect?), and pregnant (baby boy number three) Camille at The Creative Connection conference in Minneapolis this past September. I was lucky enough to take one of her classes to create a sweet set of hot pads in the gorgeous Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Not a pillbox hat in sight. Then, I learned the 'Bonnie' of Bonnie & Camille was her mother, Bonnie Olaveson. Also youthful and lovely, and the very proud grandma to nine (Camille's new bundle will make it an even ten). So much familial talent and beauty! I just had to find out more about this trendy yet traditional team.

Thanksgiving Elegance: How To Create Cornucopia Napkins

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 9:00

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While the cornucopia dates back to Greek Mythology, its graceful shape and overflowing harvest is now most commonly associated with Thanksgiving. A cornucopia looks especially festive on the Thanksgiving table, but takes up more room than most Thanksgiving dinners allow – especially with Aunt Grace's enormous Tropicana Orange Jello mold. You can get a similar horn-of-plenty essence with a simple yet elegant napkin fold. Fill your napkin cornucopia with fresh flowers or greens, a small gift, candy, nuts and fruits or pretty much anything that strikes your fancy and suits your guests.

Creative People We Love: Tammy Hensley

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 9:00

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We're back with another fantastic installment of Sew4Home's "Creative People We Love" series. A new feature here, and already a favorite of fans, it's our way of supporting some of the wonderfully clever and inspiring folks we've met in our travels. Today's profile is Tammy Hensley, who we met at The Creative Connection in Minneapolis this past September. While chatting during one of the classes, Tammy demurely mentioned how she had dabbled a little bit in fabric design. She then proceeded to pull out a swatch book with dozens and dozens... and dozens of the most amazing fabric designs she'd produced at Spoonflower. Whoa! We were floored by her creativity and imagination and knew we had to find out more.

Quick Tip: Hanging A Large Picture

Thursday, 04 November 2010 9:00

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Remember back in the day, when hanging a picture meant sticking a thumb tack in each corner of your favorite poster and calling it good? Although still a valid method if you prefer walls like swiss cheese, most of us have graduated to framing our favorite works of art, and so need a better way to hang a large picture. We're not worrying here about the random collages of small framed photos. We're talking about the big stuff that needs to be placed with care. How high should it hang? How do I place the hook at the right height? Do I need to hang in a stud? All valid questions for which we have easy answers.

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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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