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yo-yo christmas ornaments

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Yo-yos are quick to make and perfect to use for a variety of things including embellishment of quilts or diy ornaments. Here I used yo-yos to make some christmas ornaments, which includes a snowman and a tree.

These ornaments were fun to make. I am sure you will enjoy yourself making these. You can use these christmas ornaments for your tree or give them away as gifts. Below is the materials you will need and a tutorial to make the yoyo snowman ornament.

For snowman ornament you will need:

Scraps of white fabric for snowman.Scraps of fabric for the hat and the scarf.Small black beads or buttons



From the white fabric cut two circles, one is 4" and the other is 3.5".


Make your two yo-yos. If you are new to yo-yos making, have a look at my tutorial to make yo-yos HERE
Make the hat:
Fold 4"x2.5" rectangular in half, meeting shorter edges. Sew along these edges, backstitching at begining and end.
Press seams open and turn right side out. Turn one raw edge up to 1/4"…

Thumbling blocks quilt pattern

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Here is another quilt block I've wanted to try.
I made tumbling quilt blocks using english paper piecing. The thumbling block template is a diamond shape which is made up of two equilateral triangles. There are other methods of making these thumbling blocks, but for english paper piecing you need paper templates. Besides pre-formed templates, you can form your own template by drawing a diamond shape, or you can just use your hexagon templates by cutting a hexagon into three diamonds. Three diamonds will make a tumbling block.


It is important to have three distinct colours of light, medium and dark to have the effect of thumbling blocks. Keep the lightest fabric on top of the block, medium fabric on the left and darkest on the right. This is essential to have 3D effect.

Pin one of the templates to the fabric, cut around the template with 1/2" seam allowence.

Baste around the template with long basting stitches. Some people use glue for basting but I prefer thread basting.

Whe…

Quilting terms: A list of quilting terms that every quilters need

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Amish quilts: The quilts which are made by or in the style of the Amish quilters in Pennyslvania, or Ohio and Indiana. Geometric patterns and central medallion square-in-a-square with wide borders is a popular design in the Amish community.

Appliqué: A technique where fabric shapes are cut and sewn on to a background fabric or quilt top. Appliqué can be pieced together by hand, machine, or with fusible web. Appliqué is used to prettify or create interest to a block or quilt.

Attic window quilt pattern: A visual illusion quilt pattern which makes it  seem as if you are looking at the quilt block through a window.

Backing: A quilt consists of three layers: quilt top, batting and backing. The bottom layer of a quilt, backing, is a piece of fabric which is usually a single piece.

Bargello: A type of quilt which creates movement by the way of strips of fabric squares are sewn together. Quilters usually use the same colour going from dark to light.

Basting: Long, temporary stitches are used to h…

how to make fabric yo-yos: an easy tutorial

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Today I'd like to share how I make fabric yo-yos. These yo-yos are perfect to be used with anything from wearable accessories, bags, hommade decoration and for quilts of course. They are perfect to embellish anything. Making the yo-yos is so simple and just takes a little time to finish. Then you can use them anywhere you like.
Here I provide an easy tutorial to make fabric yo-yos.

To begin, prepare your own yo-yo size template. Draw a circle in a white cardstock and cut it out. Keep in mind that the finished size of the yo-yo is almost half size of the paper template. So the template needs to be over double the finished size.While drawing the circle, I used a glass which provides a perfect circle.


Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric, using a washable ink marker. Cut the circle out using your scissors.

Fold under the outer edge to 1/4", using a running stitch to stitch along the outer edge.


Continue stitching with a runnning stitch until you have gone all arou…

10+ free christmas quilt patterns

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If you are looking for inspiration, or haven't decided your Christmas quilt project, check out the following 10+ free christmas quilt patterns that I have found and checked the link ıf it works.  These patterns range from simple patchwork to more advanced, with a variety of quick projects and others with time requirements. I mostly chose simple designs, which are quick to make since there is not much time left for christmas. I haven't started my christmas quilt project yet, but one of these awesome quilt patterns will absolutely be made.

Sooo here we go:
Modern christmas tree quilt block by Amy Smart

The first reminder of christmas is pine trees of course. So this christmas tree quilt block comes first in the list.
2. Patchwork tree skirt by Saw it

This Christmas tree skirt is adorable and there is a tutorial in the link above.

3. Triangle star quilt block tutorial by Amy Smart


If you would like to make something for Christmas but the time is limited, these pillows are perfect…

clamshell quilt pattern tutorial

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Clamshell quilts have long been in my quilts-to-do list. They all look gorgeous with many variations. Finally I had the time to start mine with a traditional one. When I searched through internet, I encountered various ways, methods of doing clamshell quilts. Seeing various methods, I chose the one way that I found easiest and then prepared my tutorial which seemed the most practical to me.   If you are also planning to give a try, why don't you start from here then? And I'd like to know if you've found it useful or not?

How to make a clamshell quiltFor clamshell quilt templates, you can prepare your own or use a ready made free clamshell quilt template. I printed out the template reducing its size 50% so it becomes 2". You can reduce or enlarge it according to your desire.                                                                                     Cut the fabric 1/4 inch larger than the paper template.����������������������������������������������������������…

folded star potholder tutorial

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Folded patchwork star is made by folding and layering fabrics together, which makes it look like fabric origami. It looks great but complicated to make , however it has a simple technique. The star design looks perfect for place mats, mug rags, pot holders or any kind of decoration. It is also great to use your fabric stash. If you are one of those that see this folded star pattern and admire it but think that it is hard to do, this tutorial is for you. Why don't you give a try to this technique which is quite simple?
The finished size of the pattern is 7"x 7"
RequirementsCut 2 of 8"x 8" squares; one for background and one for backing.Cut 5 of 3"x 3" squares (Row 1)Cut 8 of 3.5"x 3.5" squares (Row 2)Cut 8 of 4"x 4" squares (Row3)Cut 4 of 4.5"x 4.5" squares (Row 4)Cut 4 of 5"x 5" squares (Row 4) InstructionsStep 1. Take your  one of 8" square fabric. This is going to be your foundation piece. Fold it in hal…