Life always

The Art of Homemaking–Second Chances

Life always

Last week we had one of those days.  You know the ones…where everyone is grumpy and on edge.  I had one child that could not stop whining, crying or complaining about every little thing that was happening; another that was turning easy homework into Mt. Everest; and yet another who felt their sole purpose in life that day was to bug the other two.

And to top it off…I had a headache of the century.  You know one of those headaches that ends up being behind one of your eyes and is so bad you can’t see.  Yep…that kind.

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Fabric Scrap Busting Projects

Fabric Scrap Busting Projects

Today we are over at Flamingo Toes sharing a tutorial for a scrap busting project.

(And it’s a good one…a combination of a little Lionel Richie, a little chalk, and some stripes…so if you have a minute click on over THERE and check it out!)

Meanwhile…over here today I thought it would be fun to share a roundup of some of our favorite scrap busting projects from the past…10 of them to be exact.

Fabric Scrap Busting Projects

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How to Bind a Quilt Tutorial

bind a quilt tutoiralHow to Bind a Quilt Tutorial
Today we are going to talk about how to bind a quilt.  Once you have been doing this awhile you will find that everyone binds their quilts a little bit differently…so don’t be alarmed if you do it differently–we all have our quirks ;)

The tutorial today is for a straight-binding on a quilt.  You can bind your quilt with bias binding (I do both depending on the quilt) but I have found that straight bindings are easier if you have never done it before.  In a bias binding you can sometimes pull the binding too tightly (because the bias stretches ) and it can get mis-shapen on the quilt.  So, we will do a tutorial for how to cut bias binding…but for today, let’s stick to straight binding.

There are also different camps of which bindings quilters like better—so I say do whatever works best for you!  Quilting is supposed to be fun, so no stress about which is the better way (at least in my book)!

Now…let’s get started.

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sawtooth start quilt block

The Sawtooth Star Mini Quilt

sawtooth start quilt block

In my new basement sewing space (that I feel so lucky to have)  I have a really long wall.  It’s long and greyish-white….and it needed something.  I have been debating for months about what to put up there and then it dawned on me that it would make a great gallery wall for some of my “practice quilts.”  You see one of the things that I decided I wanted to for my quilting this year was to learn a lot of the classic quilt blocks that have been around for generations and generations.  So, I thought I’d start with some stars….

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