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    A Special Prize – Quilted Swag Bag Reveal

      Special delivery!  Mail days are great, when the mail doesn’t involve bills.  A package arrived on my doorstep today that contained quilter happiness. If you’ve been following my fidget quilt series, you probably thought I was done talking about them.  Nope, this is the 6th and final post in the series!  As I mentioned before, my team was eliminated from the contest after the first round, but I wanted to finish the project.  They had a side contest for the Biggest Loser; essentially anyone who had been eliminated could continue submitting and we’d compete for the side prize. I’m excited to say I won by a hair, 0.2%!  I didn’t…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 5 – The Finale

    This is the fifth and final week of my Fidget Quilt Challenge.  Over the past four weeks, I created four quilt blocks that have interactive elements, meant to be therapeutic to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to view the past challenges, you can view each block in the fidget category. Week 5’s task was to bind the quilt and add a quilt label.  I’ll admit that binding and labeling quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  My favourite part of the process is designing and assembling the quilt top, which is why I have a box of assembled quilt tops waiting to one day be sandwiched, quilted, and…

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    Fidget Quilt Block Week 4

    This is the final block in my fidget quilt challenge. This week’s task involved two components.  The Quilt Cave fidget challenge had 30 participants, and one of the tasks was to emulate one of the fidget elements by another entrant.  In addition to this, we had to make a miniature quilt, maximum size 6″ x 6″, that would be attached to our quilt block. Here is my final result: I decided to follow in Sondra’s footsteps to create the windmill cathedral window block.  Unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as nice and smooth as Sondra’s, but it was still fun to try out a new technique. I followed the Windmill Cathedral Window tutorial from Sewn…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 3 Block

    My fidget quilt challenge continues!  Week 3’s challenge is to make a quilt block that features three handmade textures.  You can’t just sew on some fun fur and call it a day; you need to actually manipulate your materials into a texture.  The great thing about creating texture is that you don’t have to be perfect.  Any imperfections can contribute to the organic feeling. This is what I came up with for my block this week: As you can see, I’ve gone with a flag motif.  Do you watch The Big Bang Theory?  This is my ode to “Fun with Flags.” Texture 1: Woven Yarn-Bomb Heart Flag. I cut out a…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 2 Block

    It’s week 2 of my Fidget Quilt project for Alzheimer’s patients.  As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in a weekly challenge event on Facebook with a group of talented quilters.  Unfortunately my team has been eliminated from the weekly ranking, but I’m still going to be making my blocks as an individual so that I can donate my final product. This week’s challenge required two elements.  First, it needs to contain an element that requires two hands to maneuver. Second, it needs to contain an element featuring fabric manipulation.  The second element did not need to be functional. I decided to create a block with fabric doors, closed with a series of buttons:…

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    My (Growing) Sewing Machine Collection

    I might have a problem.  Every time I go to a thrift shop, I scour the aisles for vintage sewing machines and accessories.  I’ve definitely got the bug.  I justify it because I use each machine for different purposes.  My husband seems to support my nonsense luckily, and even helps me fix and maintain them.  It’s really fun to play around with vintage sewing machines and I appreciate their vintage style. My foray into vintage machines started when my modern machine started giving me a bit of trouble.  I decided to start hunting for a machine that had a larger throat area for quilting purposes. So far my collection contains five…

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    Pink and Green Heart Panel Brick Quilt

    When I first started quilting, I was addicted to the brick layout.  It’s a very forgiving layout for beginners since there are no seams to match perfectly. At some point in my online fabric shopping adventures, I picked up a heart and lace Valentine’s Day themed fabric.  I had used part of the panel for another project, but I was left with a piece the size of this central square.  Although it was mostly pink and white, it did have splashes of bright green which I carried through the quilt in the floral print. I cut out the rectangles at 6″ by 10″ each, unfinished.  I added top and bottom sashing to the centre…

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    Diamond Echo Lap Quilt

    This quilt features brown and pink fabrics made with half square triangles.  I designed the pattern myself while doodling on my tablet – I call it the Diamond Echo. This quilt was a stash buster.  Years ago I picked up this pretty brown and pink floral while travelling south of the border with a friend.  While in Buffalo, we snagged a bunch of quilting cottons.  I loved the print so much that I didn’t want to cut into it.  I decided to keep the bulk of the fabric for the backing of a quilt and use whatever was left within the design.  I combined the brown floral with a cute pink on white polka dot…

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    Purple Floral Diamond Eight Point Star Quilt

    This blog post is a sneak preview of an upcoming tutorial.  I’m working on a printable pattern for this medium difficulty half-square triangle quilt to share here on Craftcore.  I wanted to create the Diamond Eight Point Star block without having to cut and piece diamond units, and you can do it too!  The pattern is not yet ready to share, but I can’t resist sharing the end results of this project because it just makes me so happy to look at it. This purple quilt uses dainty floral prints against a crisp white background.  This quilt is a gift for my sister-in-law and my not-yet-born niece who is due to be born in…

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    Pink and Brown Polka Dot Quilt

    This quilt was my first ever that I made when I was around 18 years old. Actually, it may not be exactly accurate to call this “my” first quilt because I needed so much hand holding for this project.  I remember crying to my mom because it wasn’t coming together nicely for me. I was overwhelmed with the twin size project as a relatively new sewer. She ended up quilting the bulk of it and doing the entire hand binding (thanks mom!). I didn’t try to quilt again for many years, remembering the frustration!  It makes me laugh to think of this now because I’m so passionate about quilting compared to other crafts now.…

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    Jumbo Half Square Triangle Baby Boy Quilt

    This quilt was a baby shower present for my nephew Samuel. I chose pale green and denim shades of blue for the baby boy.  Half of the fabrics feature a car motif with traffic signals, stop signs, automobiles, and directional arrows.  My favourite fabric from this quilt is the dark blue star fabric which I used as the backing and the binding. I created the quilt using jumbo half square triangle blocks cut out from 10″ squares.  I added a 3″ border around the edge of the entire quilt.  For the stitching. I quilted 1/4″ from all seams in navy to blend into the star backing but stand out and pop on the bulk…

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    McCall’s Patterns Sewing Themed Quilt

    The quilt featured on this page utilizes pink fabrics from a variety of collections, but the focal fabrics are pulled from the McCall’s themed fabric collection. These fabric is no longer being produced, but you can check out the archive on the Windham Fabrics page to track them down.  The main fabrics feature vintage illustrations as used on old sewing patterns. Back in 2012, I created a tutorial so that you can create your own version of this quilt. I fell in love with the vintage-style illustrations on this fabric line and just had to have it.  I fussy cut the fabrics so that I could feature as many of the various girls as possible on the…

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    Stuffed Felt Strawberry

    I’ve been living in my house since December, but I still have boxes of things to unpack.  The end is nearly in sight!  I uncovered this little cutie the other day and I just had to share it with you all. This is a little hand-sewn, stuffed felt strawberry I made about 10 years ago.  I went through a phase of hand sewing that I really want to get back into.  I’m a slave to the sewing machine nowadays, only hand sewing when absolutely necessary.  The strawberry is made out of pale pink and green felt, and the I embroidered the seeds with silver-coloured embroidery floss. It’s stuffed with polyfill…

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    Singer 66 Sewing Machine Reveal

    I’m the proud owner of a new-to-me Singer Model 66 sewing machine! I’ve been dreaming of a machine that had a larger bed on it because my Kenmore only has 6 inches of room under the arm from the needle to the base of the arm. It gets rather crowded when you are quilting a larger project. As much as I’d love a mid-arm machine (or if I’m dreaming big, a long-arm, haha), my budget doesn’t even accommodate a low-end model. Enter Kijiji, which I’ve been stalking for a while hoping a quilting machine would just happen to pop up at a miraculous price after reading through all the quilting machine…

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    Make a Mini Quilt with Fusible Grid

    The quilt I’m sharing is an oldie but I still look at it fondly despite its flaws. I have this folded on top of my fabric shelves beneath my craft room window for my cats to snuggle with while they watch the neighbour cat across the street. This mini quilt uses bright pink and green fabric prints combined with sharp white squares. I call this a “cheater quilt” because instead of piecing my rows and carefully lining up my corners, I used the fusible web to layout the design. This is a great way for beginners to start to quilt. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click…

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    Green and Pink Brick Quilt

    Today I will be sharing the quilt that has been on my bed for the past year or so.  I’m a bit obsessed with green, brown and pink fabric.  I’m not sure how I managed to gather so many prints in this colour scheme without specifically planning to, but it happened, so this is one of many in this colour scheme.  The prints were collected over years at local shops, from my travels to the US, and from online shopping. There are polka dots, argyles, florals, cherries, mushrooms, ditsy dots.  There’s a lot going on over here! The finished quilt measures 75″x78″.  I cut the rectangles out at 6″x4″ and arranged them randomly into…

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    Autumn Apple Simple Strip Quilt

    This project that I’m sharing with you is one of my early quilting projects from when I was just beginning to get comfortable with the process of layering batting.  I didn’t follow a pattern; instead, I simply created a repeating pattern of rectangular bricks. I was a big fan of offset bricks when I started quilting, especially ones further divided by sashing, because this type of layout makes it so that you don’t have the line up corners perfectly.  Imperfections in piecing are easily hidden. I had two prints in my collection that featured a blue-jean shade of blue.  The golden-yellow, red, and white flowers with the green accents were the inspiration to bring all…