Giant Fluffy Slime

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Crafty Girls is one of the cute kids blogs I follow that provide a lot of DIY projects.  I especially like their Giant Fluffy Slime.

Learn how to make this GIANT FLUFFY SLIME with Annelise, Julia & Rachel. It makes perfect poking slime too! NO Borax, liquid starch or detergent needed for this slime! Happy Crafting!

You will need:
White school glue
Baking soda
Eyedrops or contact lens saline solution (see note below)
Shaving cream (get a scent you like!)
Foaming face or body wash – this is optional
Food dye – this is optional

*Note about eyedrops/saline solution: Make sure that you see either Boric Acid or Sodium Borate in the ingredients. If not, check for the words “Buffered Saline” on the package. If it says this, you can make slime!
Have fun making your Giant Fluffy Slime!


New Quilt Pattern and Quilt Kits

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Yesterday Nicole and I launched the next quilt pattern in our series, Dark Mage.


We are excited for this latest addition to our pattern line.  The goal is to release one every 2-3 months.  You can see the entire pattern line on Craftsy.

I also started selling Quilt Kits!  These are kits that contain all of the fabric you need to make a quilt top just like my samples!

To see the quilt kits available, check out my Etsy shop.

The next pattern we have planned I am super excited about.  If you follow my Twitch you already know what it’s going to be!




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Like many people I was shocked and hurt when I heard of the shooting in Quebec and mosque burning in Texas and my gut instinct was to try to help.  I didn’t know what I could do until my friend Tracy Mooney from Generation Q Magazine had the idea of making prayer rugs.  I have volunteered to be the collector of prayer rugs in Ontario.  If you would like to contribute or know of a Mosque in Ontario , please feel free to reach out to me at

Reprinted with permission from Generation Q Magazine:




Quilters know better than any other group that fabric often builds a bridge between people that is stronger than steel. This is proven time and again by quilt drives to help comfort victims of natural and not-so-natural disasters, such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, last year’s Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida, or the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Then there are the families who lost homes in the Colorado wildfires and the Haitian earthquakes and storms. (It’s so painful that we can just go on and on with recent examples.)

For every one of these events, and so many others, we’ve watched and participated as the call for quilts was rallied and answered. These quilts are always made and sent with the most basic of motives: to let the recipient know he or she is cared about. Regardless of religious/sexual/political creed or preferences, these quilts are simply offered as literal and figurative comfort.

So last week, when a mosque was burned to the ground in Victoria, Texas, and six Muslims were shot and killed unexpectedly in a Quebec mosque, that familiar let’s-make-a-quilt impulse surfaced.

That impulse got stronger for our senior editor Tracy Mooney as she watched news coverage of a local legislative outreach event in Austin, Texas. The event was Muslim Capitol Day, a day on which Austin Muslim school kids visit the Texas Capitol to learn about government. Two years ago, this event was interrupted by Christian extremists chanting “Muhammad is dead” and sabotaging the microphone to denounce the religious beliefs of this small group of Muslim American kids. As this year’s event date approached, there was plenty of concern about repeat harassment. About 500 people were expected to attend, and organizers were wary. Instead, 2,000 showed up, with hundreds of volunteers forming a protective human chain around the Capitol building so attendees could peacefully have their event.

“It made me think about all of the Muslims I interact with in my life, Americans who have lived here all their lives who are coming under attack because of the actions of religious extremists,” Tracy says. “What could I do to show them support? Could a quilt be a prayer rug? Is that a kind gesture? Or inappropriate?”

Tracy shared her thoughts with the Generation Q staff and with her friends on Facebook. To say the idea grew legs is an understatement. And so we are announcing the #QuiltedPrayerRugs initiative.

Now, the Generation Q staff members hold very diverse political views and religious traditions. We don’t always agree on everything. But we DO agree that–at least for us–we often feel connected to God as we make quilts, especially for others. And we believe that connection finds its way into the stitches.

“I connect with God deeply while I’m making,” says Teri Lucas, our associate editor. “And I like to think someone else can connect with God on my quilts.”

Prayer quilts–sort of a sub-niche in the gifted quilt tradition–are not an innovation. Groups in countless churches and houses of worship in the United States and other countries make quilts that are blessed, prayed over and given to people struggling with health or life problems. A quilt used as prayer rug is merely a variation. And it is not a stamp of approval on any political view; it is a symbol that the recipient is cared about.

Want to get involved by making a quilted prayer rugs? Here are the basics:


Guidelines for a quilted prayer rug should be:

  • 24″ x 48″ to 30″ x 48″
  • Use solids or blender prints. Flowers and leaves are fine. Avoid fabrics that contain motifs that resemble humans or animals.
  • Geometric designs would work beautifully, but any design is appreciated.
  • Use bright colors. Green is considered spiritual. Cobalt blue is also a commonly used color.
  • Finished like any quilt, with batting, backing and binding or fully enclosed edges.
  • Dark fabric for the backing may be a good choice since the quilt will be laid on the floor.

At this point, we suggest that donations of quilts be made to mosques located in your city or state. This way you can meet new people and find out what they really need and offer support.

We DO want to make sure quilted prayer rugs get sent to Quebec and Victoria; complete details of that aspect are still developing. For now, please send these quilts to Lovebug Studios, 1862 E. Belvidere Road. PMB 388. Grayslake, IL 60030. We will keep you posted as to what the needs are as soon as we have more information. Email Tracy if you would like to donate funds for shipping. We will likely need approximately $10 per quilt to get the quilts to their recipients.

International author and quilt artist Linda M. Poole reached out after reading about the idea of prayer quilt rugs. She shared her own experiences with Turkey, a nation where the majority of the population is Muslim.

“I was invited by the Minister of Culture of Turkey to represent America in their first Peace with Quilts quilt show back in 2000. Since that time, I have been back to Turkey four times to study the culture and the artworks, hence my first book long ago was Turkish Delights to Applique. I have been to many mosques to study them and also have many Muslim friends there,” she says. For prayer rugs, she recommends anything colorful and easily rolled up for carrying.

Author/quilter/designer Latifah Saafir, who was raised Muslim, says prayer rugs are often very colorful (green was said to be the Prophet Muhammad’s fave color) and that geometric designs and patterns would be perfect. No fabrics or designs that resemble humans or animals would be suitable. (Our thought: This might be a perfect project for blenders.)

If you would like to volunteer to collect quilts for distribution, please email tracy @

UPDATE: Toni Smith, of and Craft Hackers, has volunteered to be the collection point for Ontario Canada. Contact her via email,

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe. Pray.

New Studio!

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My studio is finally finished!

It took a lot of hard work, but I am ready to start live streaming and record tutorials!  Here are some of the pictures of the studio in progress.

I was super excited to unbox my new Olivia Sewing Cabinet by Arrow.

The sewing area is a lot wider than the Ikea table I used before allowing me to work on larger quilts.  The extension table on the back prevents quilts from hanging off and adding weight and pressure to the machine/  The new chair is very comfortable and give me a perfect height to use my machine.

The other new additions are my two Mod Thread Cabinets.

They hold all of my thread and I still have room for more!  They are super easy to use and all I need to do is spin around, pull out the right rack, and choose a color.

The last addition is the lighting set up and cameras to record.

This will allow you to see what I am doing without any shadows.  So where will I be streaming?  On Twitch!  Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts.  As a video game and comic book quilter, I think it is a perfect fit.

Follow my Twitch channel and then watch when I sew!  My streaming schedule can be found here.   My backers on my Patreon page will have input on when they would like to see me and what they would like to see.  Streaming starts next week!

Now to get sewing.

Mystery Quilt: Road to Scotland

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Ebony Love from Love Bug Studios just started a pretty cool mystery quilt a long, Outlander, a Road to Scotland.

From the LoveBug Studios Website:

The quilt itself has been meticulously designed and tested.  The mix of traditional piecing, dimensional elements, and unique blocks are sure to delight and challenge quilters of all skill levels and interests.

Our mystery quilt alongs often attract thousands of participants from around the world, and we’re sure that Outlander will be among our most popular classes. We have been constantly improving them year over year, all geared toward making this a quilting & learning experience you will never forget.

You might be a little hesitant to join us because you don’t like mystery quilts, or you worry that you don’t have the skills or the time to keep up with it. Maybe you’ve even had a bad experience before, or you feel anxious to start something without knowing where it will end up. Trust me, I know how you feel, and I’ve worked hard to design a program that’s easy to follow, has everything you need to be successful, and is sure to result in a beautiful quilt that you’ll be proud to own.

This class is ideal for:

  • Fans of Outlander or non-fans who want the cliff notes
  • Avid quilters who want a new challenge and a new experience
  • Newer quilters who want to build skills quickly in a safe & supportive learning environment. (Don’t get me wrong: this quilt is challenging, but you CAN do it!)
  • People who don’t often have the opportunity to take a class from an award-winning National Instructor
  • Quilters who appreciate thoughtful design & well-written patterns

The best part about the quilt along is Ebony will be live streaming on her Facebook Live page every Saturday morning at 9am cst.  These live streams are open to the public!  So if you are still on the fence join in Saturday mornings and Ebony will show you why this is the quilt a long for you.

Take a look at the LoveBug Studios page to learn more about the Outlander Mystery Quilt a long.


Kickstarter Feature: Magnetic Game Master Screen

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The amazing people over at Wyrmwood have done it again!  They have a new Kickstarter for a new project that I am really excited for.

This will take tabletop gaming to a whole new level!  I am super excited about it and hope they reach all of the stretch goals to unlock the chest of holding.  I may want a few of these for my desk!

Take a look at their Kickstarter to see everything for yourself and pledge!


Stitch A Long: Happily Ever After

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After I featured a quilt block of the month yesterday I was asked “but what about us cross stitchers?”  I have your 2017 stitch a long!

Presented by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, Happily Ever After is a “once a month mystery SAL featuring a beautiful floral border, an elegant script title and scenes from our favorite stories in classical literature and poetry. You’ll be stitching up timeless classics like, Heidi, The Owl and the Pussycat, Pride & Prejudice and more!”

From their site:

Stitching begins on January 15th at noon Pacific time with the first chart containing the borders, title and first story. February 1st at noon Pacific time and each consecutive month thereafter, you’ll receive an email containing a new chart of a story! Each chart is stitched on the same piece of fabric and at the end of the year, you’ll have a beautiful finished heirloom project. This is a big, details project but there is never any pressure to finish each month before starting the next, please stitch at your own pace and enjoy the process!

With this purchase you will automatically receive the supply list, up to date charts and how to download the monthly clues. $18.95 is a ONE time fee for the entire year’s patterns. This pattern also includes a printable thread minder! This minder will help keep your floss for this projects neat and organized all year long!

For more information about the Stitch a Long, visit The Frosted Pumpkin Society here.


Block of the Month Feature: Murder Mystery Quilt

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I have been asked to scour the web to find cool and interesting block of the months.  Challenge accepted!

For today’s post I found a cool concept for the block of the month format, a Murder Mystery Quilt!

Presented by Whipstitch modern sewing, “The Murder Mystery Quilt is a serial novel, told chapter-by-chapter, one month at a time.  Each chapter accompanies a quilt block pattern, and each block contains clues to help solve the crime.  Read along with other quilters as you complete each block, try to guess the killer, and seek to win the year-end prize!”

This sounds like a really cool concept and something that would be fun to do.  The cost is reasonable for the patterns at just $90 for the whole year, or $9 a month for 12 months.

From their site:

Freelance archaeobotanist Kitty Campbell is on assignment on secluded Cumberland Island, along the coast of Georgia.  The burned-out ruins of a 37,000 square foot Carnegie mansion still stand along the salt marsh at the southern tip of the island–complete with historic gardens that hold clues to the life of the robber barons at the turn of the 20th century.  But there are more secrets here than those held in the soil of Kitty’s excavation.

Alone on the island with a skeleton crew and limited access to the mainland, Kitty must use her skills to find a killer who hides behind old-world luxury and pristine beaches.  But can she do it before the killer gets away?

The finished quilt measures 60″ x 60″ (throw size) and contains a combination of blocks and medallion-style rounds.  Instructions for two optional borders are included, for a finished size of either 68″ x 68″ (large throw) or 68″ x 80″ (twin sized).  Fabric is not included.

Check out the Murder Mystery Quilt Block of the month here for more information.


A Demon of a Good Time

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Hello Sunday readers!

This week we are at MAGfest! The Music and Gaming Festival that takes place at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD is one of our favorite events of the year. It includes non-stop gaming, fabulous music, and wonderful geeky camaraderie. Every year has a different theme and this year’s is Castlevania so I figured we could take a look at some cool, appropriately themed crafts.

Many of the results of my search ended up on fuse bead art, which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a rather large fuse bead color stash.

You can find the tutorial for this one at Cut Out and Keep!

You can find the tutorial for this one at Cut Out and Keep!

But I like to mix things up a bit and my first craft of choice has always been stitching. Hence, my love for this Castlevania stitched coaster from the Sprite Stitch Forums:

I haven't tried my hand at needlepoint in quite a while so maybe it's time to give it a whirl.

I haven’t tried my hand at needlepoint in quite a while so maybe it’s time to give it a whirl.

Or, for the more ambitious, this Pixel Hobby Dracula by Deviant Art user EveningEmma is super amazing:

That took a lot of dedication and patience!

That took a lot of dedication and patience!

Or if you are into the cosplay scene, this combat cross prop made by Deviant Art user weaselhammer would complete any Belmont clan costume:

To smite the shiny demons and vamps!

To smite the shiny demons and vamps!

I have a lot to work to do if I am to build up my collection of evil-bashing art, so I guess I better get onto it.

Stay crafty!


Dear Jane Month 2

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If you are at Magfest this weekend you have probably seen me working on my Paper Pieces Dear Jane quilt.  Month 2 of the quilt along has started.  So where am I with my squares?  Not that far.


I have completed 4/13 blocks for the first month.  I ran into a small problem while I was sewing them.  First, I lost one of my blocks of pieces so have ordered another set of them.  Second, I discovered I don’t know how to hand applique, only hand piece.  About 1/3 of the pieces are hand applique.  I decided when I run into one of these blocks, I will bag it up, set it aside, and skip it for now.  Once I finish all of the hand piecing, I will go back to the hand applique and learn how to do it.

So far these are the ones I am skipping:


I have only gotten a few blocks done BUT I am working on them all weekend long.  I have prepared all of the pieced blocks for December and January and have them ready to sew up.


Interested in English Paper Piecing?  Swing by the Craft Hackers table this weekend at Magfest and I will give you a short demonstration.  Let’s see how many I can finish!