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Blog Hop beginning TODAY!!

I’m participating in a Blog Hop that is starting today!  My friend Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches has organized the hop to last just this week and featuring a different designer each day.  SO, I wanted to give you a heads-up to check out the other blogs and designers all week long!  We have each made a project with a free downloadable pattern Lindsay has available.  It will be fun to see everyone’s interpretation and fabric collection, using mini charms!  And just as a tease, I’ll start the day off with a cute pick of a three-year-old tucking in her baby!

December 5: Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches  (happyhourstitches.com)

December 6: Tracie Henkel of Ricefors Streams (ricefordstreams.com)

December 7: Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns (punkinpatterns.com)

December 8: HollyAnne Knight of String and Story (stringandstory.com)

December 9: Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License To Quilt (licensetoquilt.com)  That’s ME!!

December 10:  Pat Sloan (blog.patsloan.com)  We’re in the presence of QUILTERLY GREATNESS now!!!

So there you have it!  It will be easy for you now, to check out all the projects, and come up with a few ideas of your own!  Have a fun sewing day!

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In a Pinch!

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Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend.  I love have some ready for a last minute gift!  But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people.  Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn.  Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality.  I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page!  When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!

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See. Love. Gotta have it!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More!  Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review.  It includes a fun pic of some  of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit.  It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more!  These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves!  You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!

Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!

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Upcycle/Recycle!

Well, it’s been rainy and windy for the last few days here in the Pacific Northwest! I thought I needed a pick-me-up, so I’m sharing a project that was featured in an article in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself.

These flower pot cover-ups are so cheerful and fun!  I especially love having something to set my Christmas poinsettia into that will fit with the rest of my Holiday decor, and what better use is there for a worn out Christmas sweater!!  Find out how to make them, and lots of other projects in the magazine, it’s available now at newstands.  The article has several designs from  Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts too, BONUS!

Check out Make It Yourself on facebook, they always have creative ideas to share!

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Make It Yourself!

Believe it or not, this Men’s Neck  Scarf was made with upcycled sweaters!  It’s part of an article featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself magazine which you can find on newstands now, or you can get a digital copy by using the link.  It is a fast project, very functional and stylish.  Make it in team colors for your favorite sports fanatic, or like I did in monochromatic shades.

If you missed my previous post about this article, check it out here!  Then don’t miss out on seeing the fb page for Make It Yourself, and for me!

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Handmade gift review: This one’s for real!

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I wanted to share a fun gift I made at Christmas. I thought I was SO clever! Many of you have seen the fun up-cycled shopping bags made from pet food bags, my quilting buddies made quite a few! I didn’t really need more shopping bags, but THEN I had the idea to use that as inspiration to make a larger container to store firewood! It would have to be more or less waterproof, keep the mess contained to a limited space, be easy to move, and fit inside the storage compartment of a camper (not too much to ask, right?). A friend saved large dog and cat food bags for me which I cleaned, and after that I was off to the sewing machine!
One 30# dog food bag made the sides and bottom, and two cat food bags made the ends of the tote. It is large! Approx. 24″ x 16″ x 16″! I purchased about 4 yards of 1″ nylon webbing for the handle which is continuous and runs under the tote for extra support and strength. I added nylon webbing pulls on each end so it is easy to grab. The gift was a big hit, we can’t wait ’til next camping season to use it!

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Don’t Miss OUT!

Sheila at machine 002MQX is coming up fast! The second week of October I’ll be teaching in Portland at MQX West. All you longarm-ers out there will want to see my new book in person, and there’s still room in my classes to sign up for  “Springy Things” and “Wreaths and Medallions”, both offered on October 9th. I have all sorts of new designs to share, and promise to make it a fun and informative time! Check out the MQX website to register. There will be a fun social night on Tuesday the 8th, where I’ll be meeting and greeting and showing off some new items. It will be a great time, looking forward to seeing you there!

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Next Footstool Class Dates!

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We’ve set dates for the next Footstool Class at Piece By Piece in Eugene. Mark your calendars for August 3rd and 17th. I teach this class in two parts, with some time in-between for a little homework!  In the first class you’ll learn how to make the “upholstery”, then in the second class we will construct the footstool!  It’s always so fun to see the fabric choices and creativity quilters use in choosing their footstool feet and for the tufting button!  I LOVE it when someone uses something really original!  Once I had a friend use some vintage filigree claw  feet from a bath tub–they are outstanding!  Call Piece By Piece 541 743-0266 to register.  It only takes about 3 hours per class, so it’s not a huge comitment of time.  You’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer sunshine!

Some of the pictures included today are from quilters who made them on their own without the class.  They ordered the kit and sent me pictures when they had finished.   I’m so proud of them!  If you want to order a kit (it comes with great instructions, including LOTS of pictures) click over to my SHOP page.

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Valentine’s Day 2013

IMG_1352I know it’s a little late to post a Valentine’s Day card, but only the post is late, the card was actually on time!  I would love to do these hand made cards for every occasion, unfortunately  that just isn’t realistic!  This is a post card that is made as a foundation pieced “quilt” onto a stiff base.  Both sides are fabric.  Believe it or not the stamp sticks to the fabric with no problem and it goes through the mail just like a paper post card.  This one went to my Dad, I’ll get to see him in person at the end of the week when we go for a visit to AZ! Can’t wait.