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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Quilting

Simple Little Sewing Trick

As I mentioned at the end of my last post about my Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt, for the past several days I’ve been working on secret Christmas projects.  I won’t be able to share those until after Christmas.  Instead I’ll share this little trick I learned recently. Perhaps you already know about this, but it was an Ah ha moment…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget

Homemade Gift Tags

For our first Christmas on a Budget Series project, we start with a simple little no cost craft idea. Each year, I buy small Christmas themed boxes of tissue to put out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  They are a little more expensive than regular tissue so I only buy three, one for the living room and one for…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget

Christmas on a Budget Series – Post #1

I know, I know, it’s March and Christmas seems so far away.  But if you’re planning on making gifts and Christmas decorations, etc the sooner you start… the more organized and relaxed your holiday season will be.  Starting now and going forward, each month on the 25th I’m going to be posting budget saving holiday ideas. Budget Saving Idea #1…

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Quilting

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Top is Finished

The Disappearing Nine Patch top is done.  I completed sewing on the second border late last night.  Before I show the photos we took this morning, I thought I’d share some quick stats. As I mentioned in my original post about this quilt, I purchased the fabric quite a while ago with the intention of making it into a quilt. …

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Quilting

March FNSI – Update

Well… last night’s sewing session for this month’s Friday Night Sew In started out really well.   I was so pleased to find that I only had to trim just the tiniest of slivers off my blocks to square them up to 13.5”.    Giving myself a little imaginary pat on the back, I thought to myself, “Sue, I think you’ve finally…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas

DIY Puzzle Mat

Do you like building puzzles but don’t have space where you can build them? A puzzle mat is the perfect solution! It can be laid out on the floor or dining room table, then when you’re done working on it for the day, it can be rolled up and put away for later. The only problem with the Puzzle Mats (<<affiliate…

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Budget Savers, Thrifting

How to Make a Seamstress Very Happy

For the past week and a half, I’ve had to move my sewing machine back to the dining room table while my husband worked on refinishing and modifying a vintage sewing machine cabinet that I picked up at a local thrift store a few years ago.  It is solid wood with a cherry veneer and was a bargain at $30.…

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Budget Savers, Gift Ideas

Two More Gift Bags and Some Furoshiki

I was so pleased with the way the embroidered gift bag in this post turned out that I decided I wanted to make some more.  To that end, last month, I stitched up three more embroideries.   The two done in redwork were turned into these gift bags which were completed late last night (or rather very early this morning): The…

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