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Ideas and inspiration from artist & fabric designer Tara Reed

Making Pillowcases with Bee’s Life Fabric

Making Pillowcases with Bee’s Life Fabric

One of my popular tutorials is how to make pillowcases and for good reason - they are easy and popular as gifts or just because!  For Christmas I decided to make a new pillowcase for each of my niece and nephews.  While working with my Bee's Life...

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Bee’s Life Panel Quilt – FREE PATTERN

Bee’s Life Panel Quilt – FREE PATTERN

Sometimes my desire to make quilts is larger than the time I have - panels to the rescue! With the Bee's Life panel and some borders you can create this 39" x 58" throw quilt in no time! Since I spent less time piecing I had more time to do some...

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Pantone Colors of 2021: Gray and Yellow

Pantone Colors of 2021: Gray and Yellow

Pantone's Colors for 2021: Gray and Yellow At the end of each year, PANTONE reveals their color of the year. As an artist, I look forward to and my Facebook feed fills with my friends announcements and opinions on the selection. If you've never...

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How to use Fabric Selvage for Gift Wrapping

How to use Fabric Selvage for Gift Wrapping

Give your gifts an extra "WOW" factor by tying them up with your fabric selvage stash! If you are like me you can't bear to throw out the selvage of your fabrics - especially long pieces!  Years ago they were very functional - little colored...

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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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