Sewing & Quilting Blog

Ideas and inspiration from artist & fabric designer Tara Reed

Hanukkah Bow Tie for the Dog!

Hanukkah Bow Tie for the Dog!

Sew a Bow Tie for your Dog this Hanukkah! While I doubt your dog will keep a kippah on their head a bow tie might be just what they need to get in the mood for Hanukkah. Riley Blake Designs, the manufacturers and distributors of my Festival of...

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Video Tutorial: How to Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Microwave Bowl Cozy

One of my most popular tutorials to date has been how to make Microwave Bowl Cozies and for good reason! Bowl cozies are THE BEST! Not only do they protect your hands and furniture but they double as built-in potholders when used with hot food....

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At the Lake fabric collection – sneak peek!

At the Lake fabric collection – sneak peek!

Lake Themed Fabric coming in April 2021When I think of lakes or fishing I think of a 1998 trip to visit my parents at Lake Tahoe when my son was 5 and my niece was 7. My parents took us to a nearby stream for a fishing adventure!  My dad had the...

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Gnome for Christmas Fabric Collection – Sneak Peek!

Gnome for Christmas Fabric Collection – Sneak Peek!

For me, Christmas has always been a time of gathering, celebrations and silliness.  Coming from a family that scattered to the corners of the United States, Christmas is often the event that brings us all physically together, which makes it that...

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Let Freedom Soar fabric collection – sneak peek!

Let Freedom Soar fabric collection – sneak peek!

The Let Freedom Soar Collection includes 8 Prints and a Quilt PanelPatriotic art and fabric can hold so many meanings depending on who is looking at it or in this case, sewing or quilting with it. It might be a way to honor the military with a...

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Who wants to make an oversized flower pincushion?

Who wants to make an oversized flower pincushion?

I have an obsession with pincushions... I'm not the only one, right?  Every time I have a new fabric line coming out I start thinking about what the perfect pincushion would be. For my Bee's Life collection I came up with 2 ideas: a flower or a...

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How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

Want to upgrade your home decor without breaking the bank? Pillow covers are a great way to go!  If you create covers for existing pillows you can make them for seasons, holidays or just because without needing an entire closet to store them. ...

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Free Pattern: Make Your Own Jewish Kippah / Yamulke

Free Pattern: Make Your Own Jewish Kippah / Yamulke

In Judaism, what is the difference between a kippah and a yarmulke? Kippah is the Hebrew word and yarmulke is the Yiddish word for a skullcap. Kippah is the more universal term as most Jews do not speak Yiddish.While it can be a lot of fun to...

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