Houston International Quilt Festival’s 2011 World of Beauty Award Winner Is Stunning

This is an inspiring work of art quilted by Mary Buvia from Greenwood, Indiana. Buvia won the International Quilt Festival World of Beauty award held in Houston in November 2011. Her quilt was made with 78 colors of Fairy Frost fabrics, reverse appliqué, couching, piping, embellishment, and iridescent film snowflakes. This $7,500 award-winning quilt was dedicated to her husband, who passed away shortly before the quilt was completely finished.
You can read more about the 2011 winners and Buvia at http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2011/11/houston-international-quilt-festival_07.html.

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Hanging Baskets Keep Things Neat

A little fabric and a lot of creativity inspired these space-saving baskets. Great for closets, laundry rooms or anywhere you need extra storage and easy accessibility. These also are ideal for hanging above a student desk or home office to provide organization. This project requires only a few materials: fabric, heavyweight interface lining, and a curtain rod or wooden dowel. Check it out at The Mother Huddle.com http://www.themotherhuddle.com/tutorial-hanging-fabric-baskets-or-pockets/.

Ultra Firm Heavyweight is ideal for crafts that need a firm hand like fabric boxes and is a superior handbag/tote liner. Find at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid48.html.

How To Make Your Own Shower Curtain

Give your bathroom a little remodel with a custom-made shower curtain. This one from Raisin Toast’s blog (http://raisintoast.typepad.com/home_and_garden/2009/07/how-to-make-your-own-shower-curtains.html ) has a lot of pizazz with its bold pattern and bright colors. A bolt of 60” fabric was purchased. Measure your shower opening to determine the amount of fabric. Additional materials needed are a lightweight fusible stabilizer, thread, and shower hooks. The stabilizer is used at the top hem of the shower curtain to add durability and prevent hooks from tearing through material. You may want to put pleats at the top.

Crafter’s Choice is a fusible, nonwoven backing for firm support. It is available at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid14.html.

Beauty Is Mountmellick Embroidery

Detail of Mountmellick-work sachet. Irish, late 19th century. Cotton satin ground embroidered with cotton yarn. 43 x 54 cm.EG4067. Provided by Miss Brunskill. Photograph by Julia Hedgecoe.

Mountmellick is a popular form of embroidery also known as “whitework.” This decorative white stitch work was introduced in Ireland in the 19th century. Its name comes from the town in County Laois. This surface embroidery is done with white threads or fibers, is highly textured, and inspired by nature. Whitework has a matte finish and no lace. It is always floral and uses heavily knotted and padded stitching, which makes it extremely durable. To read the history and more details visit http://www.vettycreations.com.au/me.html.

Check out this book by Pat Trott at http://embroidery.about.com/od/Book_Tool_Reviews/fr/Beginners-Guide-To-Mountmellick-Embroidery-By-Pat-Trott.htm

Share The Blessings With Yummy Thanksgiving Holiday Mix

Thanksgiving traditions are not the same in every family. But one thing is certain and that is the preparation, time, and effort devoted to making your holiday a success. Here is a clever gift idea to say “thanks” to friends, family, hosts, guests, and neighbors. This Blessing Mix treat blog is at AndersRuff.com written by guest blogger Jen Carver. The recipe is easy to follow and packaging ideas are given.

Free templates are available for you to download and print the Blessing Mix pages. Find the directions at http://www.andersruff.com/custom-printable-parties/uncategorized/guest-ruff-draft-thanksgiving-blessing-mix-favors-free-printables/.

You may substitute any dried fruit you like for the orange slices; and sunflower or pumpkins seeds can be used in place of the nuts. Make a batch as an appetizer and serve in a decorative dish on your entryway table. Display the Blessing Mix meanings in a frame for all to read.

Catch Me While You Can – Free Embroidery Gingerbread Man

Holidays bring back lots of memories. The sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas are just around the corner. Any kitchen would look great adorned with Christmas tea towels embroidered with this gingerbread man. Courtesy of 4-Hobby.com, this is a free embroidery design that measures 3.07” x 4.92”. Only four colors are needed. Add a ruffle or other fun trim to make a great gift for the baker in your life! Find this and other designs at http://www.4-hobby.com/Free-Christmas-Gingerbread-Man-Machine-Embroidery-Design-sp-42.html

A water dissolvable stabilizer, H20 Gone, is a perfect choice for this project. All remaining stabilizer pieces are easily removed by soaking the embroidery in warm water. In most cases, one layer will do the job because H20 Gone has a unique construction that makes it stronger than traditional films. To find it visit http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid32.html

The Craftsy App Makes Ideas Available Anytime, Anywhere

Don’t have time to find a Christmas craft for the holidays? The Craftsy App for iPad® is a source for online interactive crafting classes taught by top-notch instructors. Affordable classes make this an easy and fun way to learn about your favorite hobbies and crafts. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, embroidery, and food crafts are just a sample of what this app has to offer.

Enjoy the convenience of watching anytime or place and rewatch any part of the class missed or forward to your favorite sections. Interact with your classmates or instructors and post your comments or questions. Bookmark or make notes about important tips and tricks, and don’t forget you will always have a front row seat! Get this app now at http://link.e.newtrackmedia.com/s/ve?eli=c3125935&si=5558290970&cfc=3html