Introducing // Winter is Here

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Cities clash in this action-packed medieval period. Introducing… Winter is Here.

We’ve been waiting patiently (bursting at the seams, really) to share this collection. Continue for photos, a project, and all things awesome.

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Scenes from a battlefield, dancing dragons, happy hour—this collection definitely plays to an exciting medley of themes!

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The below quilt features all the amazing pieces that make up Winter is HerePortals by Kari Nichols.

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Sew Can Do Knit Maxi Dresses for Summer

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Cheryl Bush of Sew Can Do has been playing with our knits and she created a tutorial for the Easy Make Maxi Dress (left) and made another maxi dress using McCall’s 7405 (right). How awesome do these dresses look!

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Easy Make Maxi Dress featuring Flamingoes and Scallop Dot in Guava.

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McCall’s 7405 dress pattering featuring Scallop Dot in Fossil and Guava.

Cheryl also shared tips on tools, edges and finishing, and determining stretch on her blog. Check it out here!

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Happy stitching!

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No Drama Llama // Summer Makes

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Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine stitched up some cute outfits using No Drama Llama and Fresh Dew Knits by Paula and Waffle. She’s guest-posting today to share all the details with you!


Happy summer friends! I think No Drama Llama is the absolute perfect summer fabric line. The cacti are just the best and the colors scream for some summer fun!

When I first saw this line I just knew I wanted to make a little girls outfit. A ton of my friends have had little ones since my son was born and I take every opportunity I get to sew up a cute outfit for them! No Drama Llama pairs so well with Dear Stella’s Fresh Dew Knits, so I paired up a Simple Life Pattern Co. Baby Molly top with some super soft knit Brindille and Twig Leggings. I just love how the colors match so well.

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I kind of want this outfit myself! Both of these patterns are my tried and true go to for little girl outfits. They both sew up quickly and have a very finished look about them. The only adjustment I made was cutting the bands for the size up on the waist and legs of the leggings.

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This fabric was just too perfect for me to finally make an outfit from Sew Caroline’s newest book Weekend Style.

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I will be using this book as my go to for all things coming up. All of the patterns are quick and versatile! For No Drama Llama, I decided to sew up an afternoon skirt and pair it with a Tilly Tee in Dear Stella Knit.

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The Tilly Tee is THE MOST COMFY shirt I’ve ever made. I sized up and left the sleeves and waist raw edged. I rolled the sleeves twice and tied the waist to hit higher on my skirt.

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The skirt is so much fun. The pockets give it such a finished look and allow for every day wear. Since I knew I end up chasing my little one around and picking him up I decided not to shorten the hem but if I was making it again I would consider adjusting the hem a little. I loved using large buttons for the skirt to make them pop!

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This outfit is such a staple for your wardrobe and the prints of No Drama Llama make it the go to for my summer outfits!

What are you sewing up with No Drama Llama?

Happy Sewing!

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

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Introducing // Farm Life

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Take a walk though Farm Life, where the smell of fresh-cut grass and the sounds of chickens, horses, and tractors fill the air.

This collection is hitting stores now. Ask for it at your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer.

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Fruit & Veg above, Tractors below.

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Early to Rise is a *free pattern* designed by Cheryl Adam!

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This one’s a published pattern: Off Road by Kelli Fannin.

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Happy stitching!!!

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Chroma Basic // Sewing Smiles Doll

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These dolls featuring Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie are just too cute! Their adorable outfits feature scraps of some of our favorite new collections like Seas the Day and Dala. And they also support a great cause! Deborah Fisher designed the Sewing Smiles Doll pattern for Bo Twal. She made all of the dolls shown here. This purple hair-ed selfie gal is definitely our fav.

If these look familiar, you might recognize them from our Quilt Market booth in St. Louis or on social media as part of our Quilt Market coverage! Check out the full recap here.

Fun fact: Bo Twal means cloth kiss in Haitian Creole.

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Bo Twal provides lovely, soft, handmade cloth dolls to children in underdeveloped countries. Needleworkers within the children’s country are paid to sew the dolls and distribute them to the boys and girls.

The program provides comfort to the children as well as income to the needleworkers. Funds to pay the doll makers are raised through the sale of doll patterns and kits.

The first doll pattern for sale, the Bo Twal Sewing Smiles Doll, is the same pattern used by the international needleworkers when they construct the dolls to donate to the children in their country.

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For more info on the Sewing Smiles Doll pattern, click here or visit Bo Twal.

Happy stitching!

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