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Measuring Tape Border? No Problem…

September 30, 2015

If you’ve been wondering how to use the blanket stitch on your sewing machine to create the look of a measuring tape I’ve created a post on just how to accomplish it on your BERNINA.

We all love to sew, right? That’s why we’re here! I especially love to create things that depict my passion for sewing. Did you know that you can use the stitches on your BERNINA machine to replicate the look of a tape measure? Not only can it be done, it’s also very easy to accomplish.

Quilt Stitchin' Addiction by Sandy Fitzpatrick

I used this technique to create a “tape measure” border around my Stitchin’ Addiction quilt and I can’t tell you how many people have fallen in love with this idea. It is basically just three regular blanket stitches and one a little wider.

For the full “how-to” article, check it out on BERNINA’S We All Sew blog here….


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…and They Made Skirts!

August 27, 2015

K & E skirts
I’m sure you will agree that it has been a really fast summer! I know that, as the years fly by, time seems to move so quickly. We had such fun visiting with all of our children and grandkiddos this summer and even had the opportunity to have two of the grandgirls spend a week with us. The last time they visited I introduced them to the sewing machine and we made small baby quilts by sewing squares together. Kate, age 8, decided she could do it herself and managed to sew all the squares and rows together to create her first little quilt. Emma, age 6, was perfectly content to watch me stitch her squares together and they both went home with their own original quilts.

All of our grandchildren live far away so we don’t see them nearly as often as we’d like so when the girls came to visit a couple of weeks ago I had a new plan for them. They do not like to wear shorts or pants so I thought we’d tackle making skirts. I told them they could “shop” in my fabric stash and surely find something they would like. I have tons of novelty prints and was sure they could decide on something quickly. Big mistake…for one thing these girls don’t decide on things quickly. Apparently this was a big deal and they wanted to make sure they got the perfect fabric for their new creations. It probably took a good half hour for them to find exactly what they wanted to use.

Now, I don’t know if you are like me, but there are a few fabrics that I have been hanging onto for quite sometime because I love them and just didn’t want to cut them up. Apparently these two little girls have equally good taste because they managed to find the only yardage I had of Laurel Burch fabric and decided “This is the ONE”! I would never have let my own daughters use such a coveted piece of “no longer in print” fabric but being the sucker grandmother (Honey) that I am, I caved. I told them they needed a coordinating fabric to go with this beautiful piece and that, fortunately, was easy to find as I do have my fair share of stripes in all colors and sizes.

I set up my new BERNINA 380, threaded the machine, and showed them how to use it. They are very fast learners!

The plan was to make this skirt as easy to sew as possible so I just measured around their hips and used that measurement plus 13″ to determine how wide to cut the fabric. Next, we determined what the length should be, they wanted them long, so we came up with a final length measurement and then deducted about 4″ from that because we were going to add a contrasting band to the bottom of the skirts. The contrasting fabric was cut 5″ by the width of the fabric and trimmed to the same measurement as the skirt width.

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These were so easy to make, first we sewed the contrasting band to the bottom of the skirt, right sides together. I made sure to use lots of pins to keep the fabrics lined up for stitching but laid out the rules right away that “you never sew over a pin, always take them out just as you get to them”. Next we stitched the back seam, finished off the edge, turned up the hem and put an elastic casing in the top.

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Kate’s excitement grew with each step, and she even loved using the iron to press the seams and hem. I know, I know, that too will wear off someday. She now has visions of going home and making skirts for all her friends!

Both girls were so thrilled with their new creations. Although the original plan was for each of the girls to make their own skirts, Emma was a little intimidated by the machine and decided that she would wait “until next time” to try to sew.

If you need a quick and fun project to do with your own children or grandchildren I highly recommend introducing them to the hobby that you love!

Eek, ants!
Eeek, ANTS!!!

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And the Winners Are…

May 11, 2015




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Thank you to everyone for stopping by my blog during the 100 Blocks blog tour. Five winners were randomly chosen and they are…


Debbie Rhodes won a Ha Bum Hug pattern
Karen Thurn won a Cruisin’ pattern
Connie Cain won an Action Jackson pattern
Brenda E won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 which will be mailed from Quiltmaker
Michelle Mullikin won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 from me
Congratulations to all the lucky winners! They have all been emailed and I am awaiting mailing addresses to send out their loot.
I’ll be hitting the road again on Tuesday as I head to Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I have five new patterns that will be debuting for shop owners. You guys already got a sneak peek at two of them, Ha Bum Hug and Flurrious Fun.
I’ll be posting the other three designs when I return home. Right now I am up to my eyeballs with lists of things to take to Minnesota!
Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day!
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It’s a Beautiful Day for a Blog Tour!

May 7, 2015

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If you’ve been participating in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour this week then I know you have seen some amazing blocks and you are just “itching to get stitching”! I hope you will find my design Tea for Tulips equally appealing and that you will rush right out to purchase your copy of Vol. 11, 100 Blocks magazine, it’s on sale now where all the best magazines are sold!

Applique is my favorite way to design. I love coming up with a concept, sketching it out, and then creating a pattern from the sketch. Once I have the pattern complete, it’s just a matter of tracing the pieces with my favorite fusible, Heat ‘n Bond Lite, cutting them out and fusing them to the backside of the appropriate fabric. Once I have all the pieces fused, I cut them out on the drawn line and fuse the final design to the background fabric. Then I use either a blanket stitch, a satin stitch or if I’m feeling really adventurous, I may use some of the decorative stitches on my machine to appliqué the design to the background.

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I’ve come up with some ideas of how you can use my Tea for Tulips design on page 35. Of course you can always make a  few blocks for a tablerunner just by stitching three blocks together.

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But how about something a little different! This block can be appliquéd to anything you choose. How about creating an apron to wear while preparing for your next summer picnic? Or, stitch this little beauty onto a tote bag. I know you all have tote bag patterns, you can add a little pizzazz to any pattern that you currently own with a little appliqué design on the flap or directly onto the bag!

White Apron with teapot

Tote bag with teapot

Now for the prizes….

I will be randomly selecting five winners!

Two people will receive free issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine, Vol 11., one mailed to you from Quiltmaker and one mailed  from me.

Three other people will receive a pattern of their choice from my website. All you have to do to enter to win one of these five prizes is tell me which pattern you would like to win. You can go to my website here to have a look at the patterns to choose from. Then come back here and comment below with the name of the pattern you would like to win. Be sure to leave me your email address as well, so that I can contact you when you win.

As an additional free gift for you, check out my previous blog post from May 5th to receive your free Stitch it Up pattern. All you have to do to receive this fun pattern is sign up for my newsletter here. 

Have a great time on the rest of the tour and I hope you are a winner!

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Everyone Loves a Little Something FREE!

May 5, 2015

Stitch it Up!
Do you have a spot in your sewing studio that could use a little punch of color as well as an encouraging word? If so, you will love stitching up this free little “Stitch it Up” wallhanging.

Sometimes you just want to make something quick and easy and this is the project for you. All you have to do is click on this link and sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to overload your inbox with emails, I only send out the occasional newsletter when I have a new design ready to share with you or a great sewing/quilting tip I have discovered.

You may want to increase the size of the actual design to 125% when printing it out with your printer. This would also make a great pillow! That one is still on my “to do” list.

Feel free to share this link with your friends but they must download it themselves by signing up for the newsletter. It is a copyrighted design so please don’t make copies to share. It is for your own personal use, please do not use it for profit of any kind.


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Today is the Day!

May 4, 2015

The blog hop begins today for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, sit back and relax as you take some time to view some of the amazing blocks in this month’s issue. The tour is from May 4-8 so be sure to return each day to see100 Blocks cover all the new and exciting blocks.

I even have a block in the magazine and my day for the tour is Thursday, May 7, so be sure to check back here for a chance to win some prizes!

You can access featured blocks each day at

I’m sure you will find some new favorites, hope you have a blast!

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Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace Next Week!

January 3, 2015

Here is the press release about the upcoming fun in Sanford next week. Hope to see you there!

Click here to receive a $1.00 off coupon for admission!

After the holidays, many people put away ornaments and decorations, but quilters and knitters plan a new project to keep their creativity going during the cold months ahead.

A good place to get a creative jolt is The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace. This shopping experience will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 and Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC 27330.  Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday.  Anyone who enjoys quilting or knitting will find many shops to inspire creativity.  Bring your friends and join us for a day of shopping, creativity, friendship, fabric, fibers and food.  Treat yourself to a day immersed in fabrics, books, patterns, yarns, buttons, sewing machines and long arm quilting machines, mixed media and more.  Some sweet baked goods and famous chicken salad from Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House will make the day complete.

Each day will be filled with special activities.  Everyone who attends the QFAM will have a chance to win hourly door prizes, a sewing machine, and a huge gift basket.  The first 100 people in the door each morning will get two chances to win all these prizes.  Many of the shops will feature “Early Bird Specials”  during the first hour of the show.  Arrive early and spend the day.

Friday afternoon, at 3pm, Find X Designs from Sanford, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Smarter 140s Pfaff sewing machine.  Find X Designs will also feature quilting and knitting supplies.

Saturday afternoon, at 3 pm, Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Magnolia 7330 Janome sewing machine. Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop will also feature quilting fabrics, patterns books and notions.  They will gladly answer any questions you have about APQS Longarm quilting machines.  You must be present to win either of the sewing machine drawings.

Visitors to the The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace will enjoy the varied selection of a “shop hop” without the stress of driving from shop to shop.  Parking is free and good food is available on site.  At the QFAM more than 30 shops are under one roof for your shopping pleasure.  Stroll our aisles and enjoy what each shop has to offer.  Small businesses will open their doors to you…….

Angelia Christine from Smithfield, Va. – Hand-dyed fabrics and wearables.

Auntie Ju’s Quilt Shoppe from Wilmington, NC – Hand-dyed wools, punchneedle and stitchery.

Batting and More from Mooresville, NC – Threads for machine and handwork and batting.

Freda Berry from Morganton, NC – Wool fabrics for small projects.

Blue Ridge Quilts from Millers Creek, NC – Quilting fabrics, kits and patterns.

Cary Quilting Company from Cary, NC – Quilting fabrics, patterns and kits.

The Cotton Quilt from Granite Falls, NC – Quilting fabrics, notions and puzzles.

Dragonfly Quilt Shop from High Point, NC – Quilting books, patterns and kits.

Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm from Climax, NC – 100% alpaca yarn and alpaca items like socks, gloves and shawls.

Featherweight Poppy from Salisbury, NC – Singer Featherweight sewing machines and service.

Find X Designs from Sanford, NC – Quilting, knitting and Pfaff sewing machines.

Heelside Farms from Four Oaks, NC – Yarn, batts and roving from their own sheep.

Hissyfitz Designs from Cary, NC – Very cute original applique quilting patterns.

Kathy’s Patchworks from Falls Church, Va. – Quilting fabrics and chenille.

Lone Star Mercantile from Fuquay Varina, NC – Civil War and 30’s prints, hand-dyed floss and wools.

Loving Stitches from Fayetteville, NC – Bernina sewing machines, Gammill Longarm quilting machines, fabrics and kits.

North Catolina Quilts – Aurofil thread, and fabulous handmade sewn accessories.

Pappy’s Woodshop from Lexington, SC – Wooden ruler racks and binding winder.

Q Bee Quilts from Charlotte, NC – Quilting fabric, patterns and books.

Quilt Patch Fabrics from Charlotte, NC – Quilting fabric, patterns, notions and books.

Quilter’s Loft Company from Mooresville, NC – fabrics, books, notions and patterns.

Quick Qut Quilts from Clinton, Tenn. – Precuts for quilting.

Quilter’s Gallery from Cleveland, NC – Quilting batiks and prints.   “Pizza” kits.

Real Time Pain Relief  – to sooth our achy hands and joints.

Schoolhouse Quilts from Forest City, NC – Books, books and more books.

Shakerwood Woolens from Rock Hill, SC – Hand-dyed wools, applique patterns, books and threads.

Studio Stitch from Greensboro, NC – Bernina dealer, fabric, sewing and embroidery notions.

CF Tomchik from Clemmons, NC – Raku fired buttons and shawl pins.

Twin Birch Products from Siler City, NC – handcrafted birchwod knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarns and fair trade baskets.

Two Birds from Greensboro, NC – Fine handmade bags and purses.

Vintage Textiles and Quilts from Seneca, SC – Vintage textiles and notions.

Wood Quilt Blocks from Manassas, Va. – Quilt designs in wood marquetry.  Jewelry, mirrors, clocks and wood handled sewing notions.

Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC – Janome Sewing machines, fabric, patterns and precuts.

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace is a day full of fun and creativity featuring many of the finest small businesses you will ever see.  Sanford, NC is centrally located in eastern North Carolina and is an easy drive from many metropolitan areas.  Admission is $6.00.


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