Frosty Forest

Ready for some cozy, cuddly Christmas in July holiday ideas? You got it! We just love Cherry Guidry’s new Brewer Exclusive Frosty Forest Embroidery Design Collection, and coordinating Benartex Fabric line. It’s a magical and playful collection that will have you smiling while your stitching all the way through to the Winter months. We asked our friend Cherry Guidry if she would share her inspiration on some projects with you and she gracliously said, “sure, I’d be happy too!”. Please enjoy Part 1 of our 4 Part Giddy for Guidry in Frosty Forest Series….

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Drawing Quilt Inspiration from Color Palettes

We recently had the pleasure of connecting with AnneMarie Chany, designer of the Gen X Quilters pattern line, which also offers a stunning full Block of the Month program to introduce a new generation of quilters to classic skill-building block patterns in a fun, fresh, and modern way!

An engineer by trade and looking for a creative outlet, AnneMarie found that quilting spoke to both her inner artist and her love of engineering (everything lining up just right).

Something that AnneMarie immediately noticed upon entering the world of quilting was the lack of younger men and women attending shows, or even picking up quilting as a hobby in general.

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The best gifts for Mother’s Day are handmade

The best gifts for Mother’s Day are handmade. After all, what every mom really loves the most are the gifts that come from the heart. Showing you care by creating a special one-of-a-kind project is a treasure of incomparable nature. Creating a stitched project is a terrific solution for a made-by-me project for mom. Does she like to garden? Try giving her some Fresh Flowers by Heather Bailey .  Does she like to cook and entertain?  Try creating The City Prairie Girl Apron by Trisha Jane.   Does she like anything with cute animals?  Try Cuddly Critter Mug Rugs by OESD .  Or maybe she loves a certain style of sweater, or scarf?  Try The Infinity Pocket Scarf by Indygo Junction. You can easily craft the perfect gift for Mom because you know her better than anyone else.   Best of all, it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you made it  from your heart, that makes it the perfect gift.

Hand Embroidery - No Rules Of Thumb

We love hand embroidery. It’s so creative, relaxing, and portable. For a busy person on the go, whether you travel often for work, you’re chauffeuring your kids around and then find yourself waiting for them during swim class or soccer practice, or you just enjoy the quiet silence of a moment alone, there is something so rewarding about creating something using your hands and your imagination.

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So, Kids Like To Sew Too?

It’s that time of year again, Spring break is just around the corner and there are just a couple more months left in the school year…. that means that it’s time to start planning those kids and teens crafting projects. Yes, it’s sewing season for kids and teens — are you ready?

Here are some of our favorite bets for spring and summer kids projects to get them interested in sewing early, to build their confidence, and to let them have fun while showing them the joy of creating something one-of-a-kind made — a truly made by me project.


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