Yarn Bombs in Trees

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Tweet Yarn-bombs are literally everywhere. What makes yarn bombs so good is the surprising element they entail. As well, yarn-bombs inject the cozy, homey and human nature of yarn  into the environment. Be that place the wilder side of nature, such as a forest,  the harsh industrial design setting of a city, or the practical […]

Best Halloween Ideas + Linky Party

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Tweet Hi everyone! Today is the last linky party day before it’s really Halloween!!   Before I ask you all to link up, I’d like to share some amazing Halloween-themed features. These are some of the Best Halloween Ideas!!   The Features ~ Best Halloween Ideas Halloween Greeting Card This first feature is  fantastic. It’s […]

8 Pointed Star Block :: Beginners Quilt Workshop

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Tweet : Today’s pattern is for a pretty 8 pointed star block to complete our sample quilt : Hi all! Sorry to say, but our beloved quilt instructor has a back injury. I don’t dare asking her to come teach us quilting as she should really rest and recover instead. Not sure if/when she’ll be […]

Flying Geese Block Pattern :: Free Quilting Workshop for Beginners (#25)

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Tweet 6 block so far in our quilt sampler. It’s starting to look gorgeous. (Free block patterns at end of article) Janeen van Niekerk will teach us how to make a flying geese block ~ #7 ~ today. It has a real modern feel to it. As Janeen will point out, with some minor modification […]

Free Domino Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop (#24)

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Tweet Hi guys. I realize that upon completion of this week’s Domino quilt block pattern we will have reached the 2/3 completion point of our 9-block Fall quilt sampler. Whoohooo. How’s it going for you? Today’s quilt block design is called a Domino. Lovely and colorful, it’s fairly easy and quick to sew.   Does […]

Beautiful Blocks for Halloween Quilts

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Tweet Here is an exclusive by quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk that will just thrill you and yours. Look at these amazingly cute and beautiful paper piecing blocks to make Fall or Halloween quilts. It’s the ultimate in Halloween crafts! What is particularly nice about this set of Halloween quilt blocks, is that they say […]

Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23)

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Tweet :: Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23):: Our (and your) collection free patterns and workshops for beautiful quilt blocks is growing. Each block gives you an opportunity to learn new quilting techniques and to develop some insight as to which style of block patterns suit your taste. This is 5th block in the […]

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

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Tweet Welcome to today’s linky party! It’s been a busy week for us. We posted great free tutorials & patterns (See right bar). How about you? I can’t wait to see your great new creations and DIYs. But first … Our Linky Part Feature This whirling little girl’s Fall hat is a stunner! It’s made […]

Which Yarn, what Hook or which Needle?

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Tweet A yarn weight table to figure out which crochet hooks and knitting needles you’ll need and so to work out how much yarn you’ll need…? Who of my readers would not want such yarn table??!! Well, dear readers, here it is: CRAFT YARN COUNCIL STANDARD CHARTS How to use this crochet – knitting – […]

Free Hourglass Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop

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Tweet You know, when I did my graduation thesis, one of my professors once said that if you want to become EXCELLENT at something, you have to do the same thing over and over again. Continue to want the same thing…   This inspirational quote comes to mind when I look at the work of […]

Greek Square Quilt Block Pattern (Workshop #21)

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Tweet Today’s free quilting workshop by Janeen van Niekerk is about our third block in our sampler quilt. This is called the Greek Square* quilt block pattern. I’m intrigued by that name. Does it look like a Greek square? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it is a really old quilt block […]

Chunky Infinity Scarf Pattern

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Tweet I finally designed a chunky infinity scarf pattern. I’m so happy as I think it turned out fabulous! The knitting pattern could not be easier! I was inspired by all the chunky infinity scarves I saw in London during London Fashion week. Did you see the grey infinity scarf in my article on Trends […]

How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block

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Tweet Today’s ‘How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block’ is Quilting Workshop #20 for beginners. Today, we will learn how to make the second block in our sampler quilt. This free online quilting workshop is taught by quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk, who is an expert designer of classic and paper piece quilts. Learn […]

LINKY PARTY + Feature: DIY Animal Print Chair

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Tweet :: Linky Party + Feature today. Lets’s start with the feature, because animal print is this year’s MEGA – trend! You see animal prints everywhere! Lots of variety too. You can find cheetah print, tiger print, lion print, zebra and other animal print fabric on home décor accessories, such as rugs, chairs, cabinets. Be […]

Striped Frame Block Quilting Workshop

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Tweet Last week I introduced this marvelous free quilting workshop to learn how to make a 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors. Today we are starting with making our first sample block. I told you that Janeen was going to share a couple of quilting magic tricks, as well as quilting tips to […]

Free Sampler Quilt Workshop

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Tweet I am so excited that Janeen van Niekerk is back from her summer break. I can now introduce her new, free quilting workshop that’s just marvelous! I had asked her to design a quilting project for Fall. And she created this gorgeous modern 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors*. And so here […]

Bina Wrap Pattern Extra: How to Roll Edges

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Tweet :: This free video sewing tutorial on ‘How to Hand-roll Fabric Edges’ is a Bina Wrap Pattern Supplement. Following the video is our FALL FASHION LINKY PARTY :: One of my darling readers wrote …. She suggested to add this free video tutorial by Hermes.com to our free sewing pattern for Bina Wrap cardigans […]

33 Trendy Pom Pom Crafts

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Tweet I am bringing you trendy pom pom crafts today. My line-up of top notch pom pom crafts is inspiring. So inspiring in fact, that after reviewing all these fun pom pom craft ideas, I created this pom pom necklace to go with my summer polka dot dress. Like it? Pom Pom Necklace Tutorial It’s […]

Nautical Decorative Pillows – Sewing Pattern

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Tweet   Today I thought to share with you the very first project I have made with my new sewing machine, that I bought a few weeks ago at Amazon. I bought this one: and I can not no be happier with it.   I highly recommend it, and I think I should write a post […]

Quilted Organizing Baskets :: Free Sewing Pattern

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Tweet Get organized for good with these lovely quilted organizing baskets for every room and season. Size matters when it comes to baskets.   Reduce clutter throughout the house.  These handy cloth baskets let you organize scraps in your craft room, or the cutlery in your living room.   The free quilting course for beginners at  […]

Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial: Darling Tunic w Ruffle Straps

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Tweet Here’s a Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial. It’s a great, free sewing pattern + instructions to make a darling girl toddler summer tunic dress with ruffled straps and an elastic back. It’s presented here as a short tunic, but I would lengthen it to make it into a full dress that you could wear with/without […]

White Tunic Summer Dress

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Tweet Hi guys. I told you I just bought a new sewing machine and have gone crazy designing and sewing. I just made this white tunic summer dress aka beach cover-up dress. What do you think of my new dress? It took me about 2 hours making the pattern, working out the details, getting a […]

HST Block Wall Hanging or Pillow Cover

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Tweet Hi all! It’s your free quilting course again today. Quilt Instructor Janeen van Niekerk created this gorgeous HST block for us, incorporating the quilting techniques she taught us in the last two quilting workshops.  She wrote to me that it’s intended as a wall hanging, but oh, me the decorator, immediately, instinctively called it […]

How to Sew Half Square Triangles for Quilts – part 2

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Free Bikini Knitting Pattern

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Tweet You like that handmade-look for a bikini? And crochet is beyond you? Consider this easy and free bikini knitting pattern. While it is officially recommended for knitters and crocheters with some experience, it’s not hard at all. The instructions for the bikini bra top are written for A-cup size. Any changes for B- and […]

Half Square Triangles Quilting Technique, Class 15

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Tweet This is Class #15 of tips for quilting beginners. In today’s workshop we will learn how to create half square triangles to make dazzling larger triangle quilts out of them. There are some basic techniques for quilting triangles. Over the next few weeks quilting Instructor Janeen van Niekerk will walk us through the various […]

Quilt Glossary for Beginning Quilters (N-Z)

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The Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters
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Tweet This Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters constitutes our 14th workshop with Quilting Tips for Beginners. This series of how to make a quilt is taught by Janeen van Niekerk.  We now have the complete quilting glossary for beginners, with the Quilting Terms A-Z for beginners from last week’s class.  Essentially, reading  these new […]

Quilting Terms for Beginners (A-M)

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Tweet Today’s the 13th free quilting class with tips for beginners, guided by Janeen van Niekerk.  We’re giving everyone two weeks more to catch up on finishing the first three quilting projects: the fussy cutting project, the ‘beginners quilt, or ‘miracle’ quilt as I call it, and the modern quilt or ‘pixel’ quilt, as Janeen […]

Buy King-size Quilts for Sale Online or DIY?

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Tweet Get your king-size quilts for sale online or sew your own large size quilts. That is the question.   Having started a quilting movement here at the Fine Craft Guild, we have mobilized beginners into the wonderfully enriching experience of quilting, with our ‘HOW TO MAKE A QUILT’ – workshops. What about more experienced […]

Burberry Clutch Bag ‘Petal’ – Inspired Tutorial

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Tweet :: Burberry clutch bag – inspired DIY :: Everyone has seen the Burberry folded clutches, called ‘Petal Flowers’ in their Spring/Summer 2014 collection?!! These slightly A-symmetrical floral Burberry clutches are beautiful and really trendy! The bag design is rather non-traditional for the conservative Burberry bag brand: Use it as a handheld clutch or wear […]

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