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Who says you can't make a useful quilting notion from just one 3 1/2" square of fabric and a bit of stuffing? This darling pointer-finger pincushion is sure to find a special place in your workbasket.

We found this terrific little project here and just had to share it with you. Why not make a whole batch as gifts for your quilting buddies? They're sure to want their own as soon as they see yours!

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This month Sue will show you how she makes bias vines and stitches outside points on appliqué patches. A light box will be very helpful for positioning the appliqué patches on the border. (Sue recommends Gagne Porta-Trace light panel) If you do not have a light box, you will need tracing paper (18˝ x 50-yard roll 8.0 lb. white from Utrecht Art supplies).

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This week's adorable Stash project requires only a few pieces of fabric a bit of embroidery floss and a few other sewing bits to create.  It's sure to make you cluck with glee. 

This sassy chicken pin cushion is sure to need some companions in the sewing studio.  Why not make an entire flock for when you need a last minute 'quilty' gift?  We found the pattern and directions here.

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Do you have a mountain of scraps taking over your work space? Look what you can create when you cut wayward scraps into strips and add them to a colorful foundation. It's so easy! Take one block, assemble it two ways, and see what you can make as shared by Molly Flanders ...

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Last week, we shared a fun stash-buster project for Mom. This week, we've found another great idea for making a dent in your stash of scraps. While this project from Crazy Mom Quilts does take a bit longer, we think it's a super-cute idea and another way to add a bit of color to your decor... as a cheerful summertime tablecloth, perhaps?

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This month, Pat Holly (Episode 608) and Sue Nickels (Episode 402, 1201) show you how to combine striplate piecing and raw-edge applique to make the star blocks.

 

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Almost every quilter dreads the time it takes to baste a finished quilt top once the piecing and applique are completed. Along with a host of helpful tips for free-motion quilting, Patsy Thompson has a fast, clever, and easy way to baste any size quilt without pinning, taping, or crouching on the floor.

Visit Patsy's Classroom to check out all her terrific tips here.

 

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Join us for a new series we are calling "Stash Buster".  Over the next few months we will share creative ideas for slimming down your fabric scraps.  And remember, the more scraps you get rid of, the more room there is for new fabric!!

Occasionally, every quilter needs to purge his or her ever-growing fabric stash. Why not view the chore as an opportunity to make a stunning summer tablecloth or fun couch throw using all those random scraps you've accumulated? We found this quick-and-easy Hourglass Block tutorial on Red Pepper Quilts to get you going.

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5572_picnic_inthe_park.jpgEven though (in some parts of the world), these days may be "cool and damp," summer is on its way!

What a better way to celebrate the upcoming outdoor season than with a cheery picnic quilt (from RJR Fabrics). 

Get the Free Pattern here.


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During the month of June, the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is offering two fabulous opportunities for you to improve your hand work under the guidance of experts. As an added bonus, each class includes entry to the Kaffe Fassett exhibit currently on display.

Joy of Stitch, Part 1 - 'The Best of Appliqué'
Saturday, June 8 / 11am - 4.30pm
Led by textile illustrator Naomi Ryder, this workshop explores traditional sewing techniques; 'molas' and 'reverse appliqué' originally from Panama.

Joy of Stitch, Part 2 - 'Hand Quilting'
Saturday, June 29/ 11am - 4.30pm
Learn the Bengali embroidery techniques of Kantha quilting. Inspired by the current exhibition, you will make a colouful 30" x 30 "sample piece.

Find out more here.


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