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Make someone feel like a million dollars on their birthday with this thoughtful Birthday Mug Rug!

the SewCanShe blog...

Friday Spotlight: Carole's tips for squaring up a quilt block

It's Friday already, can you believe it? I've been working on Easter dresses all week and they're still not done. I probably won't get to show them on the blog here until Monday because I never get those types of things done until the last minute. :)

sew:beach Update #2 - more about the projects!

I have to tell you that my dream of hosting an all-inclusive sewing retreat is getting closer to coming true!

We now have a bunch of extra-generous sponsors who are providing all of the fabric for our projects!

The Flying Geese Tote... a modern bag tutorial and fabric giveaway!

When I got these gorgeous canvas fabric prints that look so awesome together, I knew I had to make a bag that showed off two prints at the same time. This is a big sturdy tote bag that's perfect for taking to the beach, yoga class, or just to the grocery store. There are pockets on the inside and lots of room too.

Guest blogger... Lorna and her Watermelon Table Runner tutorial!

My name is Lorna, a modern quilter, designer and author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Today, I will be sharing the Sweet Watermelon Table Runner tutorial.These sweet slices can be pieced and quilted up in 10 Simple Steps.

Ready to dress up your table with this summer inspired, bright and fun runner?!!

Show Off Saturday Linky Party... indulge me a little

Since the name of our linky party is Show Off Saturday and I really want you to show off what you've been doing (sewing related, that is), I hope you'll indulge me and let me show off a little...

Friday Spotlight: Lee Anna's stained glass window blocks

Check out these beautiful blocks! Lee Anna of Not Afraid of Color linked up her photo in last week's Show Off Saturday Linky Party, and no surprise, it got the most clicks this week!

sew:beach Update #1

If you haven't heard about sew:beach, the relaxing, fun, and fabulous sewing retreat I'm planning you can read more and see pictures of the cottages {here}. In the meantime. do you want to know who our fantastic teachers will be?

Book Review and Giveaway: Fabric Blooms by Megan Hunt

Lark Crafts offered me Megan Hunt's new book to review last month and I must admit at first I thought I would be too busy so I almost said no, but I'm so glad I didn't!

Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics... The Churn Dash!

It's finally here... the first Monday in April and time for our next Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics post! Last month we had a little vote for which block I would show you how to make and the winner was the churn dash. I love all the blocks we voted on, but I think this one is particularly special. A lot of the classic quilt blocks have their names rooted in history and this one is especially so. 

Show Off Saturday Linky Party... I finished my Grace quilt!

Yay! It's done! I actually finished this quilt last Sunday night while it was still March so that means I made this whole quilt from start to finish in one month. That's a record for me considering how big it is.

Friday Spotlight: We have two winners!

This happens some times... two pictures got the exact same number of clicks in last week's Show Off Saturday Linky Party. So today I get to inspire you with two awesome projects:

Sewing 201: Knit Binding Tutorial

It's been ages since we've had a Sewing 201 post, hasn't it? Well I've been sewing lots of knit binding on little knit tee shirts and dresses lately so I thought I'd show my process.

You can sew knit binding if your pattern calls for it, or as a substitute for facing or a typical ribbed neckline. If you are substituting it for a different edge finish, trim away the seam allowance.

I have an idea... sew:beach!

I love Key West for the beach, the art galleries, the good things to eat, and all the gorgeous houses. I even found one for us!

Pattern Review: I finally made a Get Carded wallet!

It seems like everywhere I go I see versions of Erin's Get Carded wallet. On blogs, instagram, even right here in my own Show Off Saturday Linky Parties! I was hesitating because I thought there would be lots of pieces, lots of itty bitty parts to sew, and I just didn't have time. Boy was I wrong!

Show off Saturday Linky Party: My little chick and her little chick

We've been on spring break all week here so yesterday I took my kids out to their grandma's farm to see some new baby chicks that just hatched.