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Introducing 5 Minute Basics Series

I'm starting a YouTube video series called the 5 Minute Basics. I'll be covering the basics, I mean the absolute basics, of crochet, knitting, embroidery and cross stitch ( that's what's planned for now) In the video From Slip Knot to Chain Stitch, I cover: How to hold your crochet hook How to make a… Continue reading Introducing 5 Minute Basics Series

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Free Cross Stitch Chart to Download – Captured Love

Yes! I did a thing...I finally designed my own cross stitch design and to celebrate I'm giving it away for FREE! Designing cross stitch charts is a 2019 goal I set for myself and this simple piece is, I think, a fabulous start. My "Captured Love" chart is a quick stitch with a variety of… Continue reading Free Cross Stitch Chart to Download – Captured Love

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Fast and Easy Crochet Heart Motif How To

You too can make a fast and easy crochet heart that is perfect for Valentines Day, bridal and baby showers, embellishments for cards or scrapbooks and can be made in any weight yarn you have available. I have been making these quick to stitch hearts for years and they literally do work up in no… Continue reading Fast and Easy Crochet Heart Motif How To

crochet · Pillow · quilt

Pillow Talk

I've got this thing lately for pillows.  I just want to make them.  I don't know why, don't ask me.  I don't typically use decorative pillows, but for some reason ~ I Gotta Make Em. I made a knit pillow, which I just absolutely love - read about it here and I finished a crochet… Continue reading Pillow Talk

blog post · quilt · The Splendid Sampler

Lessons Learned & How I Became Friends with Paper Piecing

So, Block #15 in The Splendid Sampler™, Family Affair, had me in a bad place for a while.  The design is great, Janice Ryan did a fab job of designing the paper piecing pattern and she also provided plenty of pictures on her site.  The problem was with me.  I went into this one with a… Continue reading Lessons Learned & How I Became Friends with Paper Piecing

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The Zen of Ironing

I was never one for ironing; once I discovered that a damp cloth thrown in with a pair of pants or a shirt in the dryer will release wrinkles, I never looked back. Until I started piecing together quilt tops.  At first I thought it was an annoying step that had to be taken in… Continue reading The Zen of Ironing

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Snug As A Bug Splendid Sampler Block 7

What a treat to embroider a quilt block in the latest installment for The Splendid Sampler™ Quilt Along. The Snug As A Bug block is designed by Amy Sinibaldi of Nana Company. A simple clean look yet with the potential for making some stitching statements!  In order to do justice to Amy's design, I used… Continue reading Snug As A Bug Splendid Sampler Block 7

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I Made A Knit Pillow!

I finally made something other than a hat!  I was watching Knit & Crochet Now Season 5, Episode 6, and this pillow was one of the projects. It's a great piece of garter stitch with join as you go, like making a log cabin quilt.  The back of the pillow {or other side ~ depending on your… Continue reading I Made A Knit Pillow!

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Splendid Sampler Thursday

I joined the The Splendid Sampler™ Quilt Along to learn about quilting techniques in a group atmosphere.  It is a year long, 100 Block quilting adventure. I have a bit of a stash acquired over the years.  Some left over from my mother's quilting days, fabric from that dress I was going to make but… Continue reading Splendid Sampler Thursday