• Adventures In Hexagons

    Sometimes Crafter October 29, 2009

    I tried just about everything I could think of with these hexagons. Different papers, different stitches, different methods of attaching… So I wanted to share all of this with you to let you know what I thought of each method. And, this would be a great post for all of you to share your insights, too! Preparing Fabric I first went with the suggestion to cut my fabric hexagons in the shape of the hexagon with a seam allowance. It…

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  • Hexagons Tutorial

    Sometimes Crafter October 28, 2009

    October’s block of the month is hexagons.  A warning: these things are addicting!  I’m going to give a quick run down of how to make the block here, but for a more informative discussion on hexagons and everything I tried, please see my separate post on “Adventures in Hexagons” next posting.  There are many ways to make your hexagons, but the purpose of this tutorial is to learn the English Paper Piecing method. Preparation 1. Download the 2” Hexagon Template…

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  • Cathedral Window Block

    Sometimes Crafter October 27, 2009

    9/19/2020 – Just a quick note since there has been so much traffic to this tutorial lately.  There is no pattern to download for this block, it is simply a photo tutorial to help you make the block you see in the photo.   Here it is, Septembers block of the month. Finally.  The title of this post should really be “adventures in sewing”.  I have to say, I love how this block looks, but until I find yet another way to…

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  • Patchwork Kindle Case

    Sometimes Crafter September 7, 2009

    My mom received a Kindle for her fake birthday a couple weeks ago and she volunteered me to make her a protective case for it. She decided she wanted me to use her Flea Market Fancy. No problem! So I got busy thinking of an idea and drafting it out. It is super simple and easy to put together and a great way to protect the screen of your Kindle while stowed away in a purse or backpack. Oh, and…

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  • String Quilt Block

    Sometimes Crafter August 16, 2009

    Here it is – our August block for the Sampler Quilt Along (see sidebar for links). So this tutorial has been done a lot.  And it’s a nice easy block.  I really hate to do a tutorial that has already been done so much, but maybe I do things a little differently and I want to present every block for this sampler quilt in one spot.  So, I’m going to kind of breeze through it (because it is simple) and…

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  • Paper Pieced Block

    Sometimes Crafter August 13, 2009

    July’s block has got to be my favorite – both visually and for how it’s pieced.  I am far from being an expert at paper piecing, but I’ve done it a few times and can at least get you started.  I welcome all of you with more experience to please let us know your secrets and share some links.  Because we girls can’t manage to get together in the summer months, this will be what I know to make sure…

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  • Tutorial :: Trapezoid Block

    Sometimes Crafter August 12, 2009

    I’m sure there is another more clever name for this June’s block, but if there is, I haven’t a clue.  So here is one of my blocks, after lots of trial and error to get it the right size.  I don’t usually have issues with that, but something was off with my math the day I originally made this block.  Oh well.  (Something was off with my photography yesterday, too…I couldn’t get the darn thing in the frame!  That’s what…

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  • Binding Tutorial Part 3

    Sometimes Crafter August 8, 2009

    Warning :: Very long and detailed post!  Now comes the fun part – curling up on your sofa in front of the TV, with your quilt, and attaching the binding.  Of course you can always stitch in the ditch on the front of your quilt to hold the backside of the binding down, but I think it looks so much nicer to hand stitch it down – and it’s really not that hard!  I can usually finish it in one…

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  • Binding Tutorial Part 2

    Sometimes Crafter August 2, 2009

    There are gobs and gobs of good tutorials out there on attaching your binding, but I wanted a simpler more condensed version of what I have in the sidebar already.  You can find Part 1 here. Directions 1.  Pick a side of your quilt, somewhere around the middle and position your binding, leaving your self a generous tail (unsewn) of your binding for later attaching to your other end. Now, there is two ways I do this next part, the…

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