Make A Cinch Bag With This Easy Tutorial


Katy teaches readers how to make a cinch bag in this easy tutorial offered on her blog “Sweet Verbena.” She provides a materials list and takes you step by step through written instructions with lots of photos. For more information visit

New Quilt Publication Offers Something For Everyone

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks

Lovers of piecing, appliqué, fusing and foundations will be delighted with the volume 9 edition of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.”

Choose print or digital formats and start sewing right away. For more info, go to

Serge At Sea Cruise Features Classes With Well-Known Educator Sue Green-Baker

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Learn about Baby Lock machines while enjoying a trip through the beautiful Mexican Riviera during a seven-day cruise with Sue Green-Baker, Scott Goodman, and Ron Martin from Classes will be offered in Basic and Advanced Serger with projects including a cosmetic bag, a computer/tablet cover, and an heirloom pillow.  The seven-day cruise leaves from San Diego Oct. 3 and returns on Oct. 10.  Classes are $550, not including cruise costs.

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Learn About Elegant Japanese Machine Stitching With Sashiko Book

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“Sashiko: Easy & Elegant Designs for Decorative Japanese Machine Stitching” by Mary Parker provides 25 projects ranging from a sampler table runner to decorative screen panels.  More than 100 stitch patterns are illustrated.

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Deonn Stott Teaches Cutting Corners College Class

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Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes teaches some of her best tips and tricks for making quilting more satisfying and enjoyable. From beginner to cxperienced, this tutorial will improve your sewing techniques, save time and energy, and perfect the elements of beautiful quilt making.
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Learn How To Quilt Works of Art

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Stitchin’ Post is hosting a series of classes and workshops with South African art quilter Rosalie Dace in August and September. In a nonthreatening and respectful environment, Dace guides students to work in the direction of their own interest so that each person produces individual work within the general theme of the class.


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Biennial Blue Ridge Quilt Festival Scheduled for July 9-14

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The Blue Ridge Quilt Festival 2014, the largest quilt show in southwest Virginia, is scheduled for July 9-12 at the Blacksburg Middle School, 3109 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Va. It will offer an extensive quilt and wearable exhibit and two special exhibits: “Tales from a Mayan Huipil” by TAVA (Textile Artists of Virginia) and “Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy.” An extensive vendor mall, workshops, Friday night lecture, door prizes, raffle quilt, and hand-crafted ribbons in many categories round up a wonderful show experience.

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Creative Machine Embroidery Offers


Creative Machine Embroidery is offering the Fireworks Burst 3 design for free until July 15th.  Both small and large versions of this design are available for download.  After July 15th the design will be available for purchase.

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Keepsake Quilting Offers Midnight Feathered Star Quilt Pattern

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This Midnight Feathered Star Quilt pattern is foundation pieced and measures 60 by 60 inches. It’s an intermediate level project created by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer. It includes instructions and printed paper foundations.

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Armo Fleece Plus, which is made of 100% polyester, is a sew-in, needle-punched fleece that would be perfect for this project. Check it out at

Free Article Discusses How To Create Decorative Stitches

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Sometimes you want your stitches to be visible and pretty. Sewing machines come with multiple stitch options, but it is not often that we select the less function, more design-y one.

For some great tips on how to do decorative stitches, check out this article by Heather of the Sewing Loft at Get comfortable with decorative stitches and add another element of originality to your sewing projects with these tips.