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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Quilting

Getting Things Done – Flying Zebra Baby Quilt and Tote Bag

I’ve moved one more thing from the Unfinished Projects list to the Projects Completed So Far on my “2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done” list. Now that’s it’s quilted, you can hardly see where I pieced the fabric for the back.  I had been a little concerned because in order to line those circles up perfectly I would…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Christmas on a Budget Series – Christmas Fabric Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1 of Christmas on a Budget Series – Buy Christmas Fabric Only When On Sale I’ve been sewing for over 40 years, but the great thing about Christmas themed fabrics is that you don’t have to be an experienced seamstress to create really pretty Christmas gifts or decorative items for your home. For example, here’s a…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Christmas on a Budget Series – Buy Christmas Fabric Only When On Sale

I very rarely buy fabric when it’s full price.  On those occasions when I find I need fabric to complete a project and it’s not on sale, I try to find a 40% off coupon to use. But most especially, I never buy Christmas themed fabric at full price because it comes on sale at least twice a year.   Right…

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Recipes

How to Make Homemade Paninis – Without a Panini Press

With it being so hot here in Northwest Georgia, we’re trying to do most of our cooking outside.  One of our favourite quick, easy summer meals is Paninis.  Here’s how we make ours without a fancy Panini Press. First, to make the spread:  Mix ½ c Miracle Whip with ¼ c Spicy Brown Mustard. Lay out your thinly sliced bread…

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Sewing

One of the Fun Things About FNSI

One of the most fun things about FNSI (Friday Night Sew In)  is getting to discover other crafting, sewing, quilting bloggers.  Today Bobbi announced the winner of this month’s FNSI and encouraged everyone to go check out Karen’s blog Sew Much 2 Luv. I’m so glad I followed Bobbi’s advice.  Karen’s blog was such fun to read back through but…

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Thrifting

Art Deco Cabinet – Some Dis-Assembly Required

Dave spent the past few days taking apart and then sanding the Art Deco sewing cabinet and bench seat that we bought for my Singer 15-91. This ended up being a bigger job than he had anticipated.  Not only did all the outside surfaces need to be sanded as expected, all the inside surfaces had to be sanded as well…

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Quilting, Sewing

How I Sew Strips Together for Quilt Bindings

Most tutorials for sewing strips together to make quilt bindings tell you to line the end of the strips up perpendicular to one another like this: Then you are instructed to draw a diagonal line from the top left corner of the top strip to the right corner of the bottom strip like this: Then you are told to sew…

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Quilting, Sewing

Getting Things Done – QAYG Blocks and Paper Pinwheels

I don’t know if you noticed but a while ago I added a new page to my blog called 2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done.  See it up there between the “Home” and “About” tabs? On it I’ve listed all the projects that I’ve completed so far this year and projects that are in need of completion.  As…

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Quilting, Sewing, Thrifting

There Was Treasure Waiting To Be Found

I found some treasures in the drawers and bench seat of the Art Deco sewing machine cabinet. This small envelope is just one of them. And inside… Four and a half sheets of unused embroidery transfers. I’m thinking I’m going to have to do those little chore girls in redwork on 10 or 12 inch blocks and then make a…

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