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Canary Quilts Logo Fabric

I wanted to share this great piece of fabric I just purchased from spoonflower!  This is one of two logo’s my husband made for me to brand the items that I make. Spoonflower is a company that allows you to upload your own design and have it printed on a variety of fabrics.  I love this service because it lets people be independent fabric designers and show and sell their designs online, and it also lets you personalize any of your projects with a design of your own. Read the rest here -→

I wanted to bring to your attention a contest that is going on over at “The Printed Bolt” website. They put out a call to anyone who was interested in designing fabric to enter their Repeat: A Design Competition.  I found out about this competition after they had already chosen their top ten competitors, but I think it will be a lot of fun to see what the challenges are, and see how all these aspiring fabric designers interpret the challenge. I find this fun because I think about designing my own fabric and with a graphic designer in my house we are really interested to see what designs come out of this AND how the judges look at each design.  All the designers come from different walks of life, some are artists, some are graphic designers, and one is a regular person like me, so I am very interested in watching how this whole challenge and competition plays out. Read the rest here -→

Final Baltimore quilt finished

The Mary Werner-Stone Baltimore Quilt that have I have been working on is finally totally complete.  I became stuck on what to quilt in the border, but when I was browsing some of Karen Machetti’s (Creative Longarm Quilter).. I saw a bamboo pattern she made in an Asian quilt for a customer and love it.  I also have bamboo hard wood floors throughout my house, so I had great inspiration and reference! I machine quilted this on my Janome Horizon machine.. I probably have at least 10 hours in the machine quilting over the course of a few weeks.  The machine quilting was probably the most fun I had on this quilt, trying to come up with a pattern for each individual block was very challenging. Read the rest here -→

Recently I came across this free Not-So-Big Messenger Tote tutorial over at SewSweetness.com and thought it would be a great little tote to try out with the faux leather I had purchased a couple of months ago.  I also had the Alexander Henry Contigo fabric that I have been dying to use too! Her tutorial is very easy to read and understand and she links over to a site that shows you how to put a zippered pocket in too.  I used a thicker fusible interfacing and attached it to the AH Contigo fabric and then used metallic, glitter and decorative threads to give the print some sparkle along with some outline and definition.  The thicker interfacing acted like batting and helped give it that quilted look.   I fussy cut two different scenes from the fabric and still have quite a bit of fabric left!  I used fabric from my stash for the inside of the bag. Read the rest here -→

I don’t do a lot of piecing.  The AQS Mystery Quilt was piecing without paper, and this Mariner’s Compass was piecing with paper!  When I learned paper piecing I really enjoyed it.  It is a great way to make points look perfect! Read the rest here -→

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