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Free snowflake template to download and use for quilting and/or applique

Add a little Applique or Quilting

Download this snowflake design and use it on your next Christmas or Wintery project as a quilt design or an applique design. I'd love to hear where you plan to...

Add a little Applique or Quilting

Download this snowflake design and use it on your next Christmas or Wintery project as a quilt design or an applique design. I'd love to hear where you plan to...

joy pot holders or table runner

Quilting Ideas

Normally I would stipple quilt it but this time I will use an easier technique suitable for beginners for which I have a couple of tricks to speed up the technique.

Quilting Ideas

Normally I would stipple quilt it but this time I will use an easier technique suitable for beginners for which I have a couple of tricks to speed up the technique.

a simple trick for sewing angled seams

Angled Seams - a tip for sewing them

Remember my tutorial about snowball corners? Today I'm joining an angled seam to a straight seam so it is a little more difficult to make them match accurately, but there is a...

Angled Seams - a tip for sewing them

Remember my tutorial about snowball corners? Today I'm joining an angled seam to a straight seam so it is a little more difficult to make them match accurately, but there is a...

applique manuka flower

Manuka Flower Block

Today I love seeing the flower trees as I go for a walk and think of these memories - definitely a block to include in my BOW flower collection. It's dainty...

Manuka Flower Block

Today I love seeing the flower trees as I go for a walk and think of these memories - definitely a block to include in my BOW flower collection. It's dainty...

project bag ideal for knitting, crochet, sewing and patchwork projects

Project Bags - the pattern, kit, and finished p...

I've been doing more sewing than quilting this week - actually my machine has been getting quite a workout as I've been testing out a new design

Project Bags - the pattern, kit, and finished p...

I've been doing more sewing than quilting this week - actually my machine has been getting quite a workout as I've been testing out a new design

leaves and snowflakes appliqued and quilted on a bargello quilt

Quilting my Bargellos

More talk about quilting - this time quilting motifs as well as continuous borders on Bargello quilts - wind swept leaves and drifting snowflakes.

Quilting my Bargellos

More talk about quilting - this time quilting motifs as well as continuous borders on Bargello quilts - wind swept leaves and drifting snowflakes.

how to create a continuous quilting line of leaves

Using Applique patterns to make quilting designs

Let's look at how to make a quilting design from a single motif or applique design. You can make a simple quilting design or a continuous border design.

Using Applique patterns to make quilting designs

Let's look at how to make a quilting design from a single motif or applique design. You can make a simple quilting design or a continuous border design.

fabric beads and how to create them easily - ideal activity for young children to seniors

Fabric Beads - how to make them

Fabric Beads - what are they and how to make them. These beads are a simple way to create very decorative embellishments for quilts and all sorts of other crafts....

Fabric Beads - how to make them

Fabric Beads - what are they and how to make them. These beads are a simple way to create very decorative embellishments for quilts and all sorts of other crafts....

adding beads to your products

Beading How To and Where I use Beads in my Proj...

I've been revisiting ways to embellish my projects and the first thing that always comes to mind is beads. I've used these in many projects and I remembered a while...

Beading How To and Where I use Beads in my Proj...

I've been revisiting ways to embellish my projects and the first thing that always comes to mind is beads. I've used these in many projects and I remembered a while...

how to make an embroidered coaster

Another Way To Make Coasters

There are many ways to create quick and easy coasters, in fact I have a whole block post designated to these various ways (how to make various styles of coasters) but for...

Another Way To Make Coasters

There are many ways to create quick and easy coasters, in fact I have a whole block post designated to these various ways (how to make various styles of coasters) but for...

Flowers for My Mother

Flowers for My Mother

I find I need to quickened my pace as the clouds consume the sky once again. After a quick dash home and inside as the first drops start pelting down, I...

Flowers for My Mother

I find I need to quickened my pace as the clouds consume the sky once again. After a quick dash home and inside as the first drops start pelting down, I...

grape hyacinth flower block in a quilt

Grape Hyacinth - applique flower block

I remember Grape Hyacinth popping up in early spring as a young girl. I loved these little flowers so of course I needed to make an applique flower block.

Grape Hyacinth - applique flower block

I remember Grape Hyacinth popping up in early spring as a young girl. I loved these little flowers so of course I needed to make an applique flower block.

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