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7 Nov

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday! Saying that makes me feel a little better already with the weekend almost upon us. Today, our Freebie Friday is from an oldie but a goodie, 130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe. In honor of the holiday season, here are two festive mini quilt blocks for your FREE PROJECT today!

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130 Mini Quilt Blocks: A Collection of Exquisite Patchwork Blocks Using Ready-Made Fabric Bundles contains a collection of beautiful patchwork and appliqué designs, including traditional favorites and brand new ideas, arranged into stylishly themed chapters.

The little quilt blocks have been specially designed to work at smaller sizes—perfect for making quilted projects like little bags, cushions, and potholders that will add plentyd of variety and interest to even the smallest space.
Each block comes with full cutting list and assembly instructions, plus mix and match suggestions to combine with other blocks, and ideas on how you might change or embellish the block design. Inspiring projects throughout the book offer plenty of ideas to get you started.

After graduating in art and design, Susan Briscoe designed hand knits, but it was in Japan, where she studied traditional textiles and kimono design and tailoring, that her interest in patchwork was sparked. She teaches creative textile workshops and demonstrates her work at quilt and textile shows in the UK and internationally. She is the author of several books on quilting, including 130 Mini Quilt Blocks, Japanese Quilt Inspirations, and 200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

Check back on Sunday to find out how to win a copy via our Goodreads!

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2 May

Freebie Friday: Floral Knits

Happy Friday, Crafters!

It has been absolute bonkers weather this week. In the 30s one day, pouring rain another, and now it’s 75°F and sunny! That made choosing this Freebie Friday’s FREE PATTERN rather difficult, but I think you’ll be pleased with the result! These absolutely adorable knit fingerless gloves have flowers on them making them perfect for a freezing day in May (and you know that’s bound to happen). gloves

You can find these fingerless gloves and other fun floral knits in Martin Storey’s new knitting book, Floral Knits coming to bookstores on Tuesday, May 6th!
Inspired by lush garden flowers there are 25 gorgeous knitted garments and accessories from top Rowan designer Martin Storey. The projects offer a mix of designs, some with applied flowers and others with floral designs knitted into them, others with the designs embroidered on top. The wearables range from sweaters, boleros and shrugs to scarves, bags, and berets. There is also a small bouquet of delightful home accessory projects, like cushions and throws so you can also festoon your home with spring blooms. Photographed on location, the stunning full-color pictures are fresh and pretty, and the styles are right in tune with current fashion trends. All the projects are made with yarn from Rowan, some of the bestselling yarn in the country.

Keep cool! Or maybe warm? Who knows – either way you’ll be stylish and crafty!

Can’t wait until Tuesday? Pre-order Floral Knits now!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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