World Embroidery Day July 30, 2017

World Embroidery Day July 30, 2017

Many of us take embroidery work along for the ride when we travel. Aside from requiring a small amount of materials, it is easier to bring along, and passes the time. Did you know that a special day existed for Embroidery? Read below about the start of World Embroidery Day. How Did World Embroidery Day Get Started? Two wonderful ladies from the Swedish Embroiderers Guild created the day in 2011. Created by Kerstin Nettelblad and Skåne Sy-d the world celebrates…

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Timeless Mock Cathedral Quilt Block

Timeless Mock Cathedral Quilt Block

How many charm packs do you have sitting in your stash? I don’t care to disclose the number I have either. Quilters love to make blocks that go together easily. The Cathedral Block does not always fit into the easy category. A mock cathedral quilt block will go together easily. Although it appears quite simple, the turning back of the corners can stretch the block out of shape. Fortunately, Jera, from Quilting in the Rain shares her technique and instructions…

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Easier Than You Think 9 Patch Quilt

Easier Than You Think 9 Patch Quilt

Our stashes are overflowing, and maybe you need some inspiration. Good New! Allison from Cluck, Cluck, Sew shares with us her 9 Patch Bits and Pieces Quilt. Nicely sized and well proportioned, this 36″ x 45″ quilt will be versatile for a toddler or baby. Do you have some bright colors in your stash? When was the last time you made a nine patch? Allison provides great pictures and instructions for you to complete this quilt. She even shows close…

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Not Just Another Picnic Dress

Not Just Another Picnic Dress

Looking for a new dress for your daughter, grand-daughter, or niece? Tired of looking for and not finding an appropriate length dress? Lindsay from The Cottage Mama shares her pattern for a summer picnic dress. Simply Charming This dress will become a favorite to the special little girl receiving it. Lindsay’s instructions will fit ages 12 months to 4 years. With detailed instructions and pictures to help you along, you will have this done in short time. Your child will…

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A Christmas Quilt to Treasure from Bunny Hill Designs

A Christmas Quilt to Treasure from Bunny Hill Designs

Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs has put together a great 12 week block collection for her new Christmas Quilt. The Sugar Plum Stocking Treats quilt incorporates Appliqué and Piecing. The 49″ x49″ quilt is made from 12 blocks each measuring 8″x 8″. A simply wonderful design and Anne started it early enough for you to finish by Christmas. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend or family member. You can use the Moda Sugar Plum Layer…

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Tasha Tudor Simple Living Extraordinary Life

Tasha Tudor Simple Living Extraordinary Life

The year was 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first home run, the RMS Lusitania sunk on passage from New York to Britain, and in a hospital room in Boston a little girl was born. Her birth was not notorious, nor was it inconsequential. She came into the world, named Starling, after her father’s middle name, but soon renamed for the Heroine in War and Peace “Natasha”. Her parents called her Tasha and her early creative moments paved the way for…

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Fannie Farmer Cooking for the Sick

Fannie Farmer Cooking for the Sick

FANNIE FARMER: COOKING FOR THE SICK Long before Julia Childs captured the attention of American housewives with her French cuisine in the 1960s another American revolutionized home cooking with her standardization of measurements and practical recipes for the Bostonian housewife. Fannie Farmer, the polio survivor, turned student, turned principal, and later author, was well known for her scientific study of food. She reworked old recipes and taught the science behind food at the Boston School of Cooking where she became…

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Mary Brooks Picken- Sewing’s Most Influential Woman

Mary Brooks Picken- Sewing’s Most Influential Woman

MARY BROOKS PICKEN- The Sewing Industry’s Most Influential Woman   Modern Sewing has its many influential people that have shaped the way you sew, where you sew, and how you sew. We know the names of Eleanor Burns, Nancy Zieman, Alex Anderson and many talented women that introduced us to new ways to design and fabricate everything from quilts to home décor. These women are held up in modern times as leaders in the sewing industry and their means of…

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Letter Writing- Can We Bring It Back?

Letter Writing- Can We Bring It Back?

Discourse in American culture can be summed up in two words, mobile apps. These nifty little tools allow us to communicate instantly with short bursts of text to make dinner plans, remind hubby to pick up a gallon of milk, or check in on a teenager. Not only can we “converse” with single letters, but also pictures have made a comeback from the ancient ruins of Mesopotamia. Emoji’s, which are modern examples of hieroglyphics, add emotion to our texts, verifying…

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Back to School Virtues

Back to School Virtues

Back to School Virtues Marked by last minute vacations, and family reunions, August is also known as the back to school inventory month. Most parents realize the need for school supplies, and thus become inventory takers, making long lists on the backs of envelopes, legal pads, or sticky notes. Once their lists are made, they begin checking off items to ensure that Marie has not outgrown her good shoes, or Michael’s blue jeans actually reach the top of his sneakers,…

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