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I Love My AccuQuilt

Online Quilting ClassCongratulations to Sherry on winning the Craftsy class, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine, by Ann Petersen. Sherry, I hope you enjoy it and learn some new techniques. I know I have. I never condsidered starting to stitch-in-the-ditch from the outside in. Ann has a great explanation of her technique and reasons for starting with the borders. I also learned about using Press n' Seal for quilting motifs and planning quilting designs. I have more lessons to go and many more tips and techniques to learn.

The Craftsy Class Giveway has been great fun, so a great big thanks to Craftsy. Thanks go out to all of you who entered and maybe you'll be the lucky winner next time.

 

treasure boxCheck out Treasure Box, the newest Sew Many Blocks pattern. The Treasure Box downloadable pattern is available for purchase on Craftsy.

The pattern includes instructions for three different sized boxes with one of them using an Accuquilt die. This pattern is Fat Quarter friendly and also a great project for using up larger scraps.

It's a quick and easy project, just right for holding all those little treasures, sewing notions, candy, husband's keys, change and wallet. The fabric combinations are endless and the boxes are just so cute.

I brought several to the quilt retreat as projects to work on and ended up teaching the ladies how to make it. There were 13 beautiful boxes when all was done. One friend made boxes with easter fabric and is going to fill them with candy for the younger kids and gas cards for the teens. Brilliant idea. What would you use them for?

Happy Sewing!

 

GiveawaySew Many Blocks is celebrating National Quilting Month by giving away a free Craftsy Class. We've chosen Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine with Ann Petersen. This popular Craftsy class teaches five quilting methods for your home machine and dozens of tips and tricks that will add to both beginning and advanced quilter's skills. Did I mention it's free to one lucky winner?

I love Craftsy classes and I have to admit I have many. The classes are always available 24/7 and I can look back anytime I want to review a technique or just enjoy the lessons. If you have a question you can ask the instructor in the virtual classroom at Craftsy. I also like to look at the beautiful projects that students upload. Craftsy classes can be viewed on your computer or iPad.

To Enter:

1. Click to Enter our Free Craftsy Class Giveaway 

2. Sign in if you already have an account or if you're new to Craftsy sign up for a new account.

3. Follow the instructions to enter. Cross your fingers. Just kidding but it might help.

Craftsy has generously given us this free class to give away and will randomly select the winner. The deadline to enter is April 6, 2014, 11:59 p.m., Alaska time. If you are the lucky winner, Craftsy will send you an email with a link to the free class, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine. We'll also announce the winner on Sew Many Blocks.

Good Luck!

This time of year is full of sales...New Year's, inventory overstock, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, holiday fabric clearance, and more. With all this fun in the air (plus the want to spend my gift card that I won from Seams Like Home) my Mom and I decided to take a day and have some quilt supply shopping fun. We managed to get to Just Sew in Palmer, Dina's Cozy Cabin Quilts in Eagle River, Seams Like Home in Anchorage, and JoAnn's Fabric and Craft Store in Anchorage. It was a long day but a lot of fun too. Here's some of the loot I got...

Fat quarters from Just SewHalf yards and yard cut from Dina's Cozy Cabin QuiltsVarious yard cuts and a fat quarter from Seams Like Home

You'll notice I picked up some of the holiday fabrics that were on sale and some fabric that just had to come home with me. You'll also see a lot of Valentine's Day colored fabric. I'm playing around with some ideas for a project and realized my stash was a little lacking in reds and pinks.

Various tools from Seams Like Home and Dina's Cozy Cabin QuiltsVarious tools from JoAnn's Fabric and Craft

2014-Quilt-Shop-Day-150x150And besides fabric, I got some supplies I've been needing or meaning to try out and the latest issue of Generation Q magazine. Oh the fun I'm going to have. I love shopping days like this because they are so inspiring. There are so many wonderful quilts at our local shops, beautiful fabric that I can't resist, and fun tools to play with. I'll be posting some reviews of the tools that are new to me as I get into using them.

If all this shopping fun has inspired you, this coming Saturday (January 25th) is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Why not get out and find a new treasure. Share your great finds in the comments below or on our social networking pages. I'd love to see what you find. I'm sure I'll be out to at least one shop this weekend myself.