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There are so many fun ways to use chalkboard paint. Here’s one way that I wish I would have thought of a lot sooner: the gift tag! Just think of the different chalkboard gift tags you could make using it: on a teacher gift, baby gift or on a Halloween treat (like you see below). […]

Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers. Today we are going to discuss choosing batting and backs. There is a wide variety of quilt battings available […]

Eek! My son just got a tarantula for his birthday this week, so now his arachnophobic mother has spiders on the brain. I think I see them everywhere. That was the inspiration for this decoupage pumpkin, covered in (once again) book pages. What can I say? I can’t get enough of the book pages these […]

Today we are going to talk about sewing borders onto a quilt.  It’s important to have borders that help keep your quilt square – otherwise your pieced top will be more difficult to ‘quilt’ and it will not lie flat – instead it will have little ripples in the edges of the quilt. For this […]

I’m thrilled to have been featured in the Woman’s Day special Christmas issue: Best Ideas for Christmas. Here is my set of 3 Christmas hand-stitched greeting cards. Don’t my babies look soooooo pretty?! I even got a fun shout-out and blog mention, squeeee! And they included the instruction for these 3 cards in the back […]

I couldn’t resist making this cute lil’ hooded bath towel when my eye caught an orange towel at the store the other day. Your lil’ one will be cute as a pumpkin when they hop out of the bath in this precious towel! Here are the Instruction for a Hooded Bath Towel. It couldn’t be […]

Piecing is the part of the quilt-making process where you sew the pieces of the patchwork together. With a pattern of simple squares we are mainly playing with the fabric design to get the look that we want. There are lots of options here: alternating lights and darks, diagonal rows by colors, etc. There’s no right […]

It seems as though Halloween is a favorite holiday, as there are tons of fabulous projects and ideas out on the web. I’m so impressed by the creativity. Here are just a few of the SPOOKtacular Halloween “make and takes” I’ve found. Fun and fancy Halloween Pillows by Tatertots and Jello. She loves Halloween so […]

I’ve been cooking up some homemade chicken noodle soup for a friend of mine who recently had a baby. To give her soup a little extra love, I thought I’d stitch up a fun handmade jar topper. These toppers are quick to stitch up and add that something special to your favorite soup. Supplies for […]

Quilt Along Series: Cutting Fabric

by Amy on September 28, 2010

Cutting fabric. Does it scare the heck out of you? Hopefully from this day on you will wield a rotary-cutter with confidence. Rotary cutters have made cutting fabric much more accurate and efficient.  I love my rotary cutter. Be careful though – those blades are sharp.  Make it a habit to keep the safety cover […]

What is it about finding someone else’s junk and making it better? I get a bit of a high from it. I found these storage bins at my local thrift store, and even though they were in sad shape, I love the idea of having storage for a lot of little things. Just think of […]

When looking for a quilt design, there are a myriad of quilt pattern options to choose from. That can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few basics that might help. Most quilting patterns have some things in common: A list of fabric requirements and directions for cutting the fabric, assembling the pieces, and laying […]

Autumn was in the air today and I felt the urge to add a little fall decor to my home. I had a few fall picks and candles, but I wanted a table runner to arrange them on, and I didn’t want to spend any money. Here’s what I came up with. I call it […]

Probably one of the most intimidating parts of beginning a quilting project is choosing just the right fabric. Here are a few simple tips to help in that process. There are two main factors to consider when picking fabrics for a project: color and scale. Color: Above is a collection I used for a recent […]

Football season has begun! We’re making yummy football treats and tossing around soft football toys. These will hopefully be a little softer and easier on your household items as they get tossed around while you watch the game! Supplies for Sewing Football Toys: fabric – I used a flannel football fabric football pattern – download […]

Hi, I’m Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter, and I am excited to share some very beginner-level steps to making a quilt. We’re going to move slow and simply through the quilt-making process from beginning to end. There will be a 10 week series, dissecting how to make a simple patchwork quilt. We’ll start […]

I’m happy to announce that we’ll be starting a 10 week basic quilting series. I’ve got the very talented Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter here to help guide us as we make a Basic Patchwork Quilt. We’re breaking it down step by step! So come back each Tuesday to see how she puts […]

I’ve recently shared a few posts about cleaning out closets over at SC Johnson Family Economics. Clutter can all too easily find it’s way into those hallway or linen closets. Here’s a couple of posts about trying to stay organized and keep your closets clean! Cleaning out the Linen Closet De-Clutter Your Coat Closet Is […]

I love to use empty shoe boxes for all kinds of storage. They are a perfect little size, fairly sturdy, and a great way to recycle! I mainly use them to help organize my kid’s bedroom drawers. Socks, underpants, and even dance clothes all fit perfectly inside these handy dandy shoe boxes. They just make […]

Let your little one tell you WHO THEY ARE this back-to-school time of year. These fun chalkboard speech bubbles are a great way to keep track of all the years of back-to-school photos you’ll be taking. They are also a fun prop to have on hand for any make-shift photo booth. I had no idea […]

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