The Cheer is Here!

Time to create gifts, decor, and more with holiday flair! Join other instructors and me in a virtual extravaganza of crafting workshops on November 12. In the Handmade Holiday Bazaar on Creative Spark, you’ll learn how to make festive, unique handmade gifts. And remember to use this coupon code, laurahhb22 and save $20 on your purchase.

You ask what festive gifts am I’m presenting? I’ll show you how to create 3 tiny homes quilts like the Poinsetta House above. Make them as a gift or, like me, keep them for yourself.

The 3 fused quilts are easy to make and measure about 12″ x12″. Watch as I create the quilt and then download the instructions and patterns to make your own.

The good part about joining the Handmade Holiday Bazaar is that when you sign up, you can watch live and chat with me. Or watch recorded sessions of my presentation and the other presenters later. There is no expiration to your access.

Besides the Poinsettia House, I’ll show you how to make the Star of David House, and the Snowflake House. Oh! I’m feeling so festive!

Remember to click here and SAVE $20 when you use this coupon code: laurahhb22

So join me on November 12 from 9am to 1:30 pm Pacific time. Sign up and you can watch live then or later in the recorded version with no expiration. Handmade Holiday Bazaar has over 10 hours of instruction, 12+ projects with pattern downloads to keep, giveaways, and a festive virtual swag bag. 

How to Finish: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #7

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Home, Sweet Home by Laura Wasilowski

Now approaching the finish line! The hand embroidery is complete on your Home, Sweet Home quilt and it is time to bind the quilt and to add machine quilting if you like. The finishing method used for our project quilt is the Pillowcase Binding. The Pillowcase Binding gives you nice clean edges and is easy to do.  

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

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Step #22

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  • Machine quilt the quilt using a titanium or chrome coated embroidery needle and free-motion stitching. (Please note that this step is optional. It is not necessary to machine quilt the piece.)
  • To add free-motion stitching, drop the feed dogs on the machine and guide the needle around all the organic shapes in the design while moving the quilt.
  • Add a hanging sleeve across the top part of the quilt if desired.

Congratulations! You did it! Please send me a photo of your artwork. I’d love to see it. Send to: laura at artfabrik.com

Where to Embroidery Next: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #6

stitchafter3As you stitch your Home, Sweet Home quilt, you ask, “Laura, why don’t we use an embroidery hoop on the fabric?”

Here’s why: A hoop stretches and frays fused fabric shapes. And we rely on the batting to provide stability for you to get a grip on the quilt as you stitch.

Thus the term “get a grip!”

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

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  • Stitch French Knots around the outside edges of the roof. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle. 
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the dot on the house. Use a size 12 thread (like Oranges).
  • Stitch a straight stitch inside each loop of the Lazy Daisies. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).

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  • Stitch Fly Stitches across the pinked edge of the grass and Stem Stitches down each side of the grass. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).
  • Stitch 3 straight stitches vertically at the base of each flower and stitch Chain Stitches from the base of the flowers to the leaves to make stems. Use that same color of thread. 

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  • Stitch Stem Stitches down each edge of each flower and stitch Blanket Stitches across the top of the flowers. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter). 
  • Stitch French Knots across the top of each flower using that same color of thread.  
  • Stitch Fern Stitches down each leaf from the tip to the base. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).

Step #20

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