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Visit me at Quilt Market!

  (photo from iPhone) If you will be at Quilt Market in Houston this week I’d love to see you!! I’ll be debuting my new fabric line Derby Style and signing copies of my book, Project Teen. I’ve been busy prepping samples for the booth and have a few things that I can’t wait to share… 

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Giant Pocket Pillow Sewing Tutorial by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Giant Pocket Pillow Sewing Tutorial

This post first appeared on the Riley Blake Fabric’s Blog as a part of their Design Team Wednesday series. Be sure to stop by their blog for great free sewing tutorials. There is something new every week! When I saw the new  Snapshots fabric line I knew right away that I wanted to work with… 

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Mudroom Lockers made from IKEA Bookcases - IKEA Hack

IKEA Hacks to Simplify your Mornings

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from IKEA and the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All crazy stories, opinions and hair brained ideas are 100% mine. It’s a familiar story that repeats itself all too often. The bus is coming in 5 minutes and someone can’t find their pants, or their choir t-shirt or their… 

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Halloween Party Crowns- a fun alternative to party hats!

Halloween Party Paper Crowns

A big thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post by providing me with the machine to make this project! Affiliate links are included in this post. Today I have a couple of fun Halloween Celebration ideas to share with you as a part of the Cricut Design Space Star Competition!  The first one is this DIY… 

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Decorate a simple dish with vinyl lettering!

DIY Halloween Serving Bowl

A big thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post by providing me with the machine to make this project! Affiliate links are included in this post.  Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday of the year. I know that many say Christmas is theirs, but honestly Christmas really stresses me out… too many expectations… Halloween to… 

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Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs

Introducing Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson

Today I’m insanely excited and insanely terrified to tell you about something that I’ve been working on for most of the summer. My very first line of quilting cotton fabric! I actually came up with the idea for this line of fabric 2 years ago but then just sat and let the idea “simmer” for… 

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Heartbeat Quilt pattern

Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Hop

Today is my stop on the  Quick Column Quilts book blog hop, and I’m going to share with you a project that I made from the book.   I’ve been crazy busy running around for the last 6 weeks or so, and it was nice to just sit down and sew something for fun. I’m sure… 

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Easy Mirror refinish using Chalky Finish Paint on polkadotchair.com

How to use Chalky Finish Paint

Disclosure: A big thanks to DecoArt for sponsoring this post and providing the paint for the project, even though this post is sponsored all opinions are mine, all mine.  We are about to undertake a big room “shuffle”… it involves moving two kids to different bedrooms and creating a larger sewing and office space for myself. I… 

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Frame Clutch Sewing Pattern

Frame Clutch Purse, a Sewing Pattern from Craftsy

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine. I’m not the best, okay I’m actually the worst, when it comes to planning… 

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DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

DIY Fabric Headband

  This last month has been an absolute whirlwind. I think when I sat down and counted I realized that I have been to 14 cities in the last 30 days. No wonder I’m so tired. This summer my oldest daughter had the opportunity to study abroad in London, once I found out she was… 

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Cleaning Kit for a kid off to College: Complete with free printable cleaning check lists!

College Kid Cleaning Kit with Free Printable’s and Target GiftCard® Giveaway!

Today I sent two of my three kids back to school.  I still have one more yet to start, that’s because she’s about to start her second year of college. I seriously cannot believe that time has passed that fast. I know it sounds cheesy, but it seems like just yesterday that she had her… 

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Cricut Explore Machine Giveaway

Enter to win a Cricut Explore

This post contains affiliate links   Do you remember last week when I showed you how to use a Cricut Explore and some freezer paper to print your own fabric? Well this week I’m excited to let you know that I’ve teamed up with the other bloggers on my Cricut Design Space Team to give… 

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Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt

  We just returned from getting my daughter set up for her 2nd year of college. I can’t believe she’s old enough for college, let alone old enough to be starting her second year! Before she graduated High School she picked out some fabric that she liked for a quilt for her dorm room.  She… 

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Study Pillow Sewing Pattern- love the pockets!

A bit more about Project Teen

I thought I’d pop in here and share with you a bit more about my book, Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love 21 Projects to Sew. I promise I won’t be inundating you with book related posts over the next few months, but I know that personally I like to have a good… 

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Learn the in's and out's of sewing with knit fabrics!

Sewing with Knit Fabrics, Craftsy Class Special

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine.  This year one of my personal sewing goals was to improve my apparel sewing… 

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