Ahoy! Nautical Composition Book Tutorial

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I am having so much fun with my nautical projects – I hope you are enjoying them.  I ready to buy a sailboat!!! (haha)  I take a covered composition book with me everywhere I go.  I have one in my purse for daily notes, lists, etc.  I have one I take to church and keep inspirational thoughts in.  I have one as a gratitude journal.  I have one for my sewing journal where I write down everything I sew, measurements, etc.  I know it’s totally old school – but I love notebooks!!!  You can see my other composition book tutorials here, here, and here.  I change them up each time I make one.  This one has lace, an appliqué anchor and writing that I foiled with Deco Foil!

Here’s how you can make one:


1/3 yard fabric for outside cover

1/3 yard for lining

piece of cotton batting

scrap for applique

11″ piece of navy lace trim

Deco Foil in Red

Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive

Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets

Anchor pattern, click here

Hair Elastic


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cover batting

You can pin to hold in place, or add a little Spray n Bond basting spray.  (You can see my I cut my batting with scissors, I will square it up in a minute.)  Fold the cover in half and position the lace as pictured.  Use the basting spray or pin to secure.  Sew in matching thread along both sides of the lace.

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For the anchor, print it on the EZ print sheets, or trace to fusible appliqué paper.  Cut out the anchor and iron in place.

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Top stitch around the anchor.  Cut off any excess batting.  Find the center of the left side of the cover.  Mark and baste the hair elastic in place:

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Lay the flaps on the lining fabric, lining up raw edges.  The fold of the flaps should be toward the center.

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Place the cover on top of the lining/flap piece, right sides together.  Pin all the way around.  Sew, using 1/4″ seams all the way around.  Leave a 3″ opening at the bottom center.  Turn right side out and press.  Tuck the opening in, press, and top stitch to secure.

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Mark where the button should go and sew the button by hand, careful not to catch the flap.  Mufasa was trying his hardest to bite off the button!!

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Take the Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive and write Ahoy (or any word you want).  This totally brought back memories of cheerleading days in the 90’s – we rocked the puffy paint!!!  I was bad at writing with it then, and I’m still not that great at it!  Let the adhesive dry until completely clear.  I let mine sit for a few hours.

anchor composition book applique 6Once the adhesive is dry, rub the wrong side of the foil on the letters.  This part feels super magical!!  The foil sticks to the adhesive only!  This stuff is awesome!!!

anchor composition book applique 7Now I am left with shiny foil letters!!

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Make more than one and give them to your friends!!  I will be giving one away on Instagram later in the week 🙂nautical composition book applique 11

Nautical Banner Tutorial

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It wouldn’t be Nautical Week without a banner!  I LOVE Riley Blake Designs.  They have come up with the brilliant idea of printing banner triangles on a panel of fabric.  For one panel you get 18 triangles – each one a totally different print!  You can cut them up and sew them together or you can embellish them.  I added a canvas flag with Therm O Web Deco Foil anchors in-between each triangle.

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Here’s how you can make one:


Riley Blake Designs banner panal or red white and blue patterned fabric
3/4 yard backing fabric
cotton batting
iCraft® Deco Foil™  – Silver, Red, Silver Star and Blue
Natural canvas
Navy fringe trim
Anchor pattern, click HERE
Spray n Bond®
Scraps of ribbon, lace, ric rac, pom poms and any trim you can round up!


Begin by quilting the banner panel – I quilted mine with loop-de loos.

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After quilting the pane, cut the triangles out on the line and top stitch 1/8″ from the edge to prevent the quilting from unraveling.

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Now comes the fun part.  Run around your house and gather every bit of ribbon, trim, lace, etc. in red, white, blue, gray, and silver.  I even ruffled a few pieces of fabric. Use Spray n Bond® to position the trim in place and top stitch on the triangles.  This takes a while – I didn’t want any of mine to be the same.

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Once the triangles are completed, move on to the flag portion of the banner.

Begin by cutting (16) canvas rectangles in 5.5″ x 6″.  Fold the rectangles in half and cut a diagonal line by angling the ruler from the corner to the 1.5″ mark:

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Print out the anchors on the EZ print sheets.

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Then cut around the anchors and position them on the back of the Deco Foil.  Six fit on one piece of foil.  Cover with a piece of cotton fabric and press to set.  It only takes seconds.

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Cut around the anchor and peel off the backing paper.

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Position the foil side up, cover with a piece of cotton and press.

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Lay out the banner and use navy blue fringe trim to sew the flags together.  This mades a long banner – I divided it in half and made two separate ones.  It helps if your kitty assists in this process 🙂

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Hang around your home and enjoy!!
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Here are a few photos of different segments to give you an idea of the different trims and fabrics.  It was too long to photograph all together.
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I am the Young Women Camp Director at my church and our theme is Anchored in Christ.  The banner was a perfect addition to my table scape for our leader meeting!
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Lucky Pillow – Version 2.0

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Since I was already in the St. Patrick’s Day sewing mode after sewing a banner, I thought I would whip up a throw pillow!  I’m sure you know by now that I love throw pillows!  Last year I also made a “Lucky” patchwork pillow, so I am calling this one version 2.0.

St-Patrick-s-Day-Pillow-Tutorial1Here’s how you can make one!


Scraps of green fabric – I used fabric from Blend: Tea Garden, Turkish Delight, and the Makers

blackish/grayish denim or other fabric for lettering

Heat n bond Lite

Heat n bond EZ print sheets

Sizzix Shamrock Die

Lucky words, click HERE – print in reverse

20″ square natural canvas

20″ square green print for back, I used Yuletide Greetings by Anna Griffin

22″ zipper

20″ pillow form

Begin by ironing the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the green fabrics and the “lucky” fabrics.  Run the green fabrics through the Sizzix Big Shot.  If you don’t have a Big Shot machine, you can hand cut the shamrocks.

lucky pillowPrint off the “lucky” letters and iron them to the wrong side of the fabric.  Cut with scissors.  This takes a little bit of patience 🙂 IMG_4173Peel off the backing paper and position the word and shamrocks as desired.  Outline stitch around each shamrock 2 times in black thread.  There was no way I was sewing around the cursive letters more than once!!

lucky pillow 2 3Prepare the back of the pillow by cutting a 20″ square.  Make a cut at the 2″ mark for the zipper.  You can put the zipper where ever you like, or you can insert an invisible zipper.

lucky pillow 2Sew the zipper in just like you were piecing a strip of fabric in between the two pieces – only use a zipper foot.lucky pillow 4Cut off the excess zipper ends.  Partially open the zipper and place the pillow top and the pillow back, right sides together. matching and pinning all edges.  Sew 1/4″ all the way around the pillow.

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Turn the pillow right side out and insert the pillow form.lucky pillow 9I put the zipper in the bottom portion of the pillow.  I like that you can see the zipper.

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You’re done!  Aren’t you LUCKY!!!!!lucky pillow 6

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

st. patricks day bannerI love sewing quick little banners!  This one can be made in 1 hour, or less if you’re speedy!  It’s the perfect size to hang in a window, on a frame, or a chalkboard.  I rummaged through my stash of fabrics and found these darling green prints from 3 different lines of Blend Fabric: Turkish DelightTea Garden, and The Makers.  I ironed Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric and used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out the shapes. Here’s how you can make one:


1/3 yard burlap

1.5 yards green lace

scraps of green fabric for shamrocks

scraps of lace & white/yellow fabric for flowers.

Heat n Bond Lite

Sizzix Shamrock Die , flower die, and Flower Layers Die
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Cut (5) burlap rectangles 8″ x 5.5″shamrock banner st. patricks day 5

Fold the rectangles in half lengthwise and cut a 1.5″ angle off the bottom. 

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Iron the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the appliqué fabric.  Then have your cat run it through the Sizzix Big Shot.



Peel off the backing fabric of the shapes and press it to the burlap flags.
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Cut the lace out with the flower die cut.  Don’t put Heat n Bond on the lace.  Put the Heat n Bond on the center flower instead.  I was going to put buttons in the center of the flowers but totally forgot!

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Sew around each image using a straight stitch.  Then line them up and sew the lace to the tops.shamrock banner st. patricks day 14

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It’s done!  Go hang it somewhere fun!!!

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Mine is on my front porch 🙂shamrock banner st. patricks day 11


Tic Tac Toe Valentine Pillow Tutorial

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February is just flying by!  I needed a little pick-me-up today and throw pillows always do just the trick!  A friend of mine came over and we spent the afternoon sewing.  I came up with the idea of this interactive pillow after sitting next to my little girl at church yesterday.  We brought along the quiet book (circa 1980) and one of the pages is a tic tac toe game.  I thought this would be super fun to incorporate into a Valentine’s Day pillow!

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I love how it turned out and my kids LOVE it!  They couldn’t believe I made something fun!!  I think the fabrics make it – it’s the Flirt line by Dear Stella.  I had some left over from my Valentine Bookmark & Sachet project.

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Here’s how you can make one


fat quarter white fabric

small pieces of fabric for hearts and Xs – can use charm squares

cotton batting scraps

fat quarter for the pillow back

20″ pillow form

22″ or longer zipper

3 yards pink trim

2 yards pink lace

1/4 yard border fabric

10″ of velcro

Spray n Bond

X and Heart pattern, click here

Begin by cutting the white background fabric 15″ square
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Measure and position the pink lace so it creates equal sections, taking into account 1/4″ seam allowances around the outside of the square.  Using Spray n Bond basting spray makes positioning lace a snap.  If you don’t have this, you can pin.  Sew with matching thread.  Next, position the next 2 pieces of lace to create the grid.  Sew into place.
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Print and cut out the X and the heart.tic tac toe valentine pillow 4

Layer a piece of fabric, cotton batting, and another piece of fabric like this with right sides facing out.  You are making a mini quilt sandwich.  These don’t have to look pretty.  I cut mine with scissors and did not measure.  Using basting spray, spray the layers so they stay together.tic tac toe valentine pillow 5

Pin and X or a Heart on the fabric.

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Stitch all the way around the pattern piece.

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Cut out the X close to the seam.  Cut 1″ piece of velcro and position the soft piece in the center of the X.  Make sure you use the same side of the velcro for each piece or they won’t be interchangeable 🙂  I had to use the seam ripper on one of mine 🙁tic tac toe valentine pillow 7

Sew around the velcro square. Do this to each heart and X.  I made 5 hearts and 4 Xs.  Sew the opposite sides to each velcro piece in the middle of the tic tac toe squares.tic tac toe valentine pillow 8

Prepare the boarders by cutting (2) 15″ x 3″ strips and (2) 20″ x 3″ strips.
tic tac toe valentine pillow 10Sew the 15″ long strips to each side using 1/4″ seams.  Press toward the boarder.

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Sew the 20″ pieces on in the same manner.  Press.  Sew the decorative trim around the pillow front, rounding the corners.
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Prepare the back of the pillow.  Cut a 21″ x 20″ piece of fabric (I add 1″ to the length just in case the zipper or the zipper seam differs).  Cut at the 4″ mark.  Insert the zipper.  Trim off the excess zipper.  With the zipper partially open, place the pillow front to the pillow back, matching the top edge and the side edge.  There should be about 1″ extra at the bottom of the back piece.  Cut this off after sewing all the way around the pillow.  Sew all the way around the pillow using the trim seam as you guide.  I like to sew just a little larger seam then the seam I created when sewing the trim on.  Turn right side out.tic tac toe valentine pillow 13

Insert the 20″ pillow form and then place the game pieces on the velcro squares – whose ready to play!!tic tac toe valentine pillow 14

This is the back of the pillow – you can make it how you want – this is just a super fast & easy way to finish a pillow.

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The fabrics are amazing!!!

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Sally was being silly 🙂

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Valentine Bookmark and Sachet Tutorial

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Don’t you just LOVE February!!  I love all the cheerful colors, flowers, fabrics, and blossoms!  It’s even been 80 degrees around here in the daytime!  I’m super happy!!!IMG_3280

These fabrics from the Dear Stella Flirt line just scream Valentine’s Day.  They make me want to throw a Jane Austen inspired Tea Party…..maybe I will!!dear-stella-flirt-fabrics

I love giving little gifts on Valentine’s Day and these sweet projects can be sewn up quickly.  I love using fabric bookmarks in my books, this bookmark is flat and thin so it won’t damage your book.
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This lovely lavender sachet is perfect to toss in a drawer or even in your car!
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They make a lovely pair.  I can’t wait to sew more of these!  My full instructions are on the Therm O Web Blog.  This project uses Heat n Bond Lite for the appliqué which makes it a snap.  There is also a little Heat n Bond medium weight stabilizer in the bookmark to give it stability.  I can’t wait to sew a few more!!
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The Harper Stocking Tutorial

christmas stocking quiltedWhen I was little, my mom made everyone in our family “quilted” stockings with appliqué motifs on them.  To me, all stockings must be quilted 🙂  I made my husband and children these quilted stockings many years ago.

The fabrics are a little dated but we still love them!  Here are a few more peeks at stockings I have made over the years with this same pattern.





There are so many wonderful fabrics out there to make stockings with.  I love this line from Blend called Treelicious.  I’ve made a few other projects with it, here and here.  Below is the pattern and instructions for making this “Harper” stocking which I made my friend’s baby’s first Christmas.  You can change the fabric piecing to be more intricate or you can use a plain piece of fabric and quilt it.  It’s fun to customize each stocking to your children’s personalities.


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1/2 yard for the stocking lining

piece of lace

1/4 yard faux fur, fleece, or I used a type of cloud fleece with a diamond pattern…anything soft and white

Heat n Bond EZ print appliqué sheets or heat n bond appliqué transfer paper

quilt batting

Stocking Pattern, Click HERE

Note – the length of the cutting measurements are approximates, you just need enough to fit the stocking pattern on

Begin by cutting the pink trees 9″ x 12″

Gray deer 5″ x 12″

Pink 8″ x 20″

Piece together using 1/4″ seams, press

Try to place the pieces like this – it’s just rough background to quilt then cut the stocking from.


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Using Spray n Bond spray basting (or pins) baste the fabric on a scrap of cotton batting – I love projects like this that use batting scraps!

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Quilt as desired – I sewed loop de loos.

Print the pattern out (here).  It’s in 4 pieces.  Assemble them together like this.  I added some dotted lines to help with matching up each piece.  Don’t laugh at how rough my pattern is, it’s the middle of December and who has time for perfection!!  Cut out the pattern.


Next, pin the stocking pattern to the quilted piece and cut out.  If you want the stocking a little larger, cut out 1/4″ away from the pattern and the finished stocking will be the size of the pattern.  Just make sure to cut the same for the lining.quilted christmas stocking 5


You can add some lace embellishment if you want.  Choose a font you like and print it in reverse on the EZ print sheets, or print in reverse and draw onto the Heat n Bond appliqué paper.  Press the letters to the wrong side of the white fabric.  Cut out each letter.  Peel off the backing and press into place.  It’s always a trick to get the letters to fit – I like to make them as big as I possibly can.  Top stitch in gray thread.
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Here is a close up of the letters.  You can see my white fabric has a little silver detail in it!quilted christmas stocking 18

Now do the same process with the back of the stocking.  Only remember the stocking will be opposite.

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Instead of cutting the stocking out again and trying to match it, I pinned the appliquéd part to the newly quilted piece, matching the seams along the sides.  Sew using 1/4″ seams all the way around the stocking leaving the top open.  Cut around the seam.quilted christmas stocking 8


For the lining of the stocking, cut the same pattern out of a coordinating cotton (2).  Sew right sides together all the way around the stocking.quilted christmas stocking 9


Prepare the fur cuff.  Cut the fur 18.5″ x 11″quilted christmas stocking 10


Fold it in half fat ways, right sides together and sew about 1/2″seam along the side:quilted christmas stocking 11


Turn the cuff right side out like this:
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For the stocking holder, cut a strip of fabric 10″ x 3″.  Folding in half lengthwise with right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam and turn right side out.  Press the seam in the center like this:quilted christmas stocking 13


This is how it will look from the outside:quilted christmas stocking 12


Place the stocking lining inside the stocking, just how you want it to look, with the right side of the lining facing out.

Baste the stocking holder by bringing both raw edge ends together and pin it inside the stocking centering on the seam.  Sew about 1/8″ to keep it in place.quilted christmas stocking 16

Next, place the cuff inside the stocking & lining, aligning all raw edges:

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Pin all the way around matching the seam in the cuff with the side seam in the stocking.  Sew 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around using a walking foot – it gets pretty thick by the seams but it will work.  Turn the cuff right side out and it’s done!  Kind of magical!!quilted christmas stocking 23

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Jar Lid Applique Christmas Ornaments

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I am sharing this tutorial for these festive jar lid appliqué ornaments over at the Therm O Web blog.  These make great little gifts and they can be personalized! Using the Therm o Web Iron-On Transfer sheets you can print any word you want and iron it onto the ornaments.  For the complete instructions and downoadable pattern click HERE.  There are three different tree patterns:christmas tree applique ornament 10

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On this one I added some clear glitter to the jar lid by painting it with Mod Podge and dusting it with glitter.  I LOVE clear glitter!  I could clear glitter my entire home!  It gives such a warm yet sparkly feel!IMG_2055_2



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Christmas Jingle Bell Key Chain Tutorial

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December is well underway and there is so much to be done!  Is anyone else going crazy!!!   I love these fabric key chains – they make it super easy to find your keys in your purse and you can slide your keys on your wrist.  I wanted something festive for the holidays so I made candy cane stripe ones and added a jingle bell.  I love the fact that I jingle where ever I go!!  These make great gifts and you can whip up a bunch in an afternoon.


10″ red cotton webbing 1.25″ wide, I bought mine here

10″ x 2″ strip of striped fabric

Spray n Bond

Key fob hardware, I bought mine here

Jingle Bell

strip of card stock 1″ wide

Begin by cutting the fabric 2″ x 10″.  Center the 1″ strip of card stock in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.  Use the card stock as your guide to press the sides in evenly.  Remove the card stock.


In my previous keychain tutorial I suggested using fusible hem tape to fuse the fabric to the webbing.  While this works great, I choose to use Basting Spray – it’s faster and goes farther.  A few tips about the basting spray: put down a disposable protective surface because there will be some overspray.  I made quite a few so I used some old wrapping paper which could be rolled and discarded to give me a clean surface.  If you are doing a lot I would wear gloves because you may get it on your hands.  

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Open the folds and spray a line down the center of the fabric.  Pat the folds in and smooth to hold in place.  Spray the folds again with the basting spray and center on the 10″ strip of webbing.

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Top stitch about 1/8″ away from the edge.

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Using pliers with some padding attached, fold the strip in half and pinch the hardware around the ends to secure.  Add a split ring and jingle bell.


I packaged mine up with some Holiday Bath and Body Works soaps and lotions.  Now I’m off to deliver them!

Christmas Wall Hanging

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I recently read Molly Hanson’s Free Motion Quilting for Beginners.   While I don’t consider myself a beginner (I’ve been FMQing for 16+ years) I found that reading this book gave me courage to break out of my quilting comfort zone – you all know what that is!  Mine is stippling and loop-de-loos!  I decided to try something new and try “pebble” style.  Beginning a free motion quilt pattern is like curling your hair – once you start you have to finish the job weather you like it or not!!  I am super happy with the way it turned out and my family was in awe at my creation!  You can check out the tutorial for this wall hanging over at the Therm O Web Blog!
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