Inside Aurifil and Aurifil Inside

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The other week Alex Veronelli, the CBDO of Aurifil Threads came to Sew Generously, a local quilt store in St. Charles, IL. Mollie, Faith, and I met up for lunch and then headed to the quilt shop. We had all previously interacted with Alex on social media so we were all excited to meet him. The beginning of the lecture was like an episode of How It's Made. Alex showed a video of the thread production process and all the different steps. I find it absolutely fascinating to watch factory video tours, I love seeing the machines that someone invented to do one ... Read More

One Thimble Issue 11 – Wild Things Baby Shoes

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Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. I absolutely love Issue 11 of One Thimble*, there are so many fun projects. When I was picking the pattern to try, I couldn't resist these Wild Things Baby Shoes*. I originally intended to make them as a gift for a friend's baby, but my children claimed them for their toys. Mira told me her mouse's feet were very, very cold and thanked me for making him shoes. This pattern is super adorable and a relatively easy sew (except I don't read directions well so the seam ripper had to ... Read More

1000 Cranes? What Was I Thinking?

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When I started my 1000 crane quilt project I was well aware that the undertaking was insane and that it was going to be a lot of work. Then I breezed through my first 100 in about 3 months and I felt like I was going to be ok and I got a false sense of security. Fast forward 10 months and I have only have 148. So that means that in over 3x the amount of time I only finished half the amount of cranes I did in those first 3 months. And to make it worse, I went to here and checked how many days I have until my target completion day and found there's less than ... Read More

A Cotton + Steel Gift Package

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I've been slowly working on a Cotton and Steel star sampler quilt. You can see the progress on Instagram. I'm using the Cluck Cluck Sew July stars tutorial which ends up with a ton of little triangles from trimming. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away so I kept them all in a bin and decided to pull them out for a gift. I made a ton of tiny 1.5" finished half square triangles and put them together into a zipper pouch for a gift. I also used Cotton and Steel scraps to make a reusable coffee sleeve using this pattern. I had a hard time giving up ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Frozen Tsum Tsums

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My Tsum Tsum cross stitch patterns have consistently been my most popular post since I put them up. It's been on my to do list to make more and it finally happened. So here are Elsa and Anna in Tsum Tsum form. Download the PDF here – Elsa and Anna Tsum Tsum Cross Stitch Pattern There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy. If you stitch up one of my patterns, I'd love to see it! Tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #hugsarefunstitches So tell me, which Tsum Tsums would you like to see in cross stitch form next? ... Read More

May TSNEM – Hand Quilting

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The May Try Something New Every Month theme was "hand sewing" and I really struggled to think of something I hadn't tried before. I decided on hand quilting. I have tons of quilt tops finished, but I also knew that I didn't have the time to hand quilt a larger quilt so I decided to make a rainbow star mini quilt specifically for this. I watched this video on hand quilting basics by Wendi Gratz. I seriously love that woman, her videos are always the first place I search when I'm trying to learn a new crafting skill, she explains it all so well. I went out and got ... Read More

Quilted Hogwarts iPad Sleeve

My mom started reading the Harry Potter books earlier this year and is already finishing up Goblet of Fire. I wanted to make her something for Mother's Day and since I've already made her a pouch, tote bag, table runner, and a quilted basket, I was having a hard time coming up with something to make. I've seen these Harry Potter paper piecing patterns and thought it would be fun to make an iPad case with the Hogwarts crest. I went to Quilter's Quest and picked out fabrics. The Kona cotton in Coal is my current favorite gray to use, it's the same one I used for ... Read More

Rainbow Wild Animal Cross Stitch Patterns – One Thimble Issue 11

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(Please note: Affiliate links are indicated by an asterisk*) One Thimble Issue 11* is here and it's an amazing one! I am so excited to have my cross stitch patterns in this issue, I absolutely love how they turned out. The rainbow tiger actually has been waiting to be released as a pattern for years, I originally stitched it up for a Mr. X Stitch swap all the way back in 2014. When I first stitched it, every single stripe on the tiger was a different color and it took forever. I simplified it a bit and made wider stripes of each color. It's totally ... Read More