Sewing & Quilting Blog

Ideas and inspiration from artist & fabric designer Tara Reed

TUTORIAL: How to Make Your Own Chenille Fabric

TUTORIAL: How to Make Your Own Chenille Fabric

TUTORIAL: How to Make Your Own Chenille FabricWhen I exhibited at the International Quilt Market in Houston in October 2019 I met a product manager from Olfa®. She was admiring the fabric panels for my Send Me to the Woods collection and thought...

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A Paratrooper's Memories of D-Day

A Paratrooper's Memories of D-Day

Private Frank Palecko - A Paratrooper's Memories of D-DayWhen I was a junior in high school I was an exchange student in Tours, France. When we studied World War II, I mentioned to may teacher that my great uncle had been a paratrooper during the...

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Bee's Life Fabric – Sneak Peek!

Bee's Life Fabric – Sneak Peek!

I will never forget the first time my son was stung by a bee: he was 6. His grandmother would run screaming at the sight or sound of a bee. I tried to teach my son to be still instead of running and flailing his arms because bees don’t look for to...

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Festival of Lights Hanukkah Fabric – Sneak Peek!

Festival of Lights Hanukkah Fabric – Sneak Peek!

I married into a Jewish family in my 40s. Growing up I had played the Dreidel game and heard the story of Hanukkah at school but it wasn't until I experienced Hanukkah first hand that I had a full appreciation for the holiday.I love the focus on...

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How to Bind a Quilt with the Backing Fabric

How to Bind a Quilt with the Backing Fabric

FREE TUTORIAL: How to Bind a Quilt with the Backing Fabric Do you ever want to create a project and then groan inside when you think about having to do the binding? For me the smaller the project the bigger the groan. Self-Binding to the...

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QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Bow Tie Block

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Bow Tie Block

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Bow Tie Block Want to learn to sew a versatile quilt block? The Bow Tie Block is great for projects small and large and quick to put together! This tutorial creates a 6" finished block - a chart follows to show how to...

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