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Have you ever been frustrated with the way your thread breaks or the bobbin thread bunches up on the back during a project?  It could be that your sewing machine needs a cleaning.   A variety of threads, fabrics, and battings can leave lint behind that collects down in the bobbin area of your sewing machine, and it doesn’t take long for this to accumulate and wreak havoc on a project or machine. Read the rest here -→

Quilting Gallery had an Artist Trading Card Swap offered in May 2012. It really intrigued me to make a 2.5″ x 3.5″ trading card! We just submitted our name to Michele at Quilting Gallery and she set up the swap and sent us our swap partner. I was to send my ATC’s to The Quilt Rat in Canada, and someone unknown to me was to send me their ATC’s. I decided that I would be involved internationally with this swap too.. there are people from all around the world that entered into this Swap. Read the rest here -→

Two years ago, I took a class by Dan Burke at a retreat in Hastings, Michigan.  He taught paper piecing which is his specialty and I chose to do the tree skirt.  The original tree skirt had the parts filled in between the points of the star, and I decided I just wanted the star and turned it into a rug that is now displayed on my living room floor.  Dan was a GREAT teacher, he was very attentive to his students and he for my first paper piecing project, I really enjoyed it.  I have done a few paper piecing projects since and plan on doing more in the future. Read the rest here -→

Just last Saturday I decided to put some of my bags that I have been designing on Etsy.  I put up a Cross Body Purse that I made for myself and liked it so much that I felt it would do well on Etsy.  This bag was my first sale!  I had a lady I play ice hockey let me know she was very interested in a purse, and then just tonight I sold my first purse on Etsy!  Click here for my etsy listing.

Alexander Henry Contigo Blue Cross Body Purse on Etsy through CanaryQuilted

It was so exciting to see that someone in this world likes the same thing I like!  I love this bag, it is light and hangs nicely so that it doesn’t get in the way as you go about your day.  It holds just enough to get around, but you can’t fit the kitchen sink in it!

Cross Body Purse with Grape Juice Batik and feather quilting available on Etsy through CanaryQuilted.

The first purse that I sold she requested a purple batik that I had in my stash, and it turned out very nice.  I used the purple batik (name of the batik is grape juice) on the flap front and lining, and I used the grape juice as the lining of the purse.  I quilted some feathers on the outside to give it some detail.  I used purple thread so that the batik would show, but the quilting gives it some features also.  The black and the purple work very well together.

The Cross Body purse I sold on Etsy was exactly as I listed it.  She wanted the Contigo fabric in Blue, with the sugar skull on the front.  I was soooo excited, I love this fabric, and I love carrying this little purse around.    I have all the fabric cut and I will be assembling this purse and mailing it very soon!

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Last year I participated in a Mug Rug Swap at Quilting Gallery.  This swap was sooo much fun, I was assigned a person who had given me their preferences (Americana) and I was to make two mug rugs and send them to her!  She didn’t know who she was getting mug rugs from, and I also received two mug rugs from an anonymous person.   Once I received my mug rugs, I was so excited and I still use them today! Quilting Gallery has a new Swap taking place now.  It’s called an ATC Swap, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and they are 2.5″ x 3.5″!  This will be such a fun challenge again on such a small format, and to look at the tutorials of people who have already made some, it looks like such a fun challenge. Read the rest here -→