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Alyssa Thomas
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Half way finished with The Splendid Sampler quilt along.
The last 6 months for me have been defined by one big crafty project. The Splendid Sampler quilt along. If you haven’t yet joined the 21,000+ people working on a Splendid Sampler quilt of their own, here’s a little background on the project. Started by quil...

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Chain stitching in embroidery and crochet - My block for the Splendid Sampler #thesplendidsampler
There’s a reason that the chain stitch is one of my favorite embroidery stitches. It reminds me of my grandma. My grandma and the hundreds of doilies she crocheted out of an endless number of tiny chain stitches. Her crocheted chain stitches look almost ide...

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The cutest Foundation Paper Pieced hexie pattern by Tiny Toffee Designs
When I started quilting about 15 years ago I had a question, and it lingered in my head for years. “How do you make a quilt with all sorts of different intricate pieces and angles?” I had my eyes set on designing a quilt with cute animals on it. Animals tha...

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How to choose what craft project to work on - 4 super quick steps
Yay, it's craft time! Ok, let’s go. Grab one of your projects. I’m waiting. Hello? Oh, I see the problem. You don’t know which project to pick! You have so many projects, both new and unfinished, and now when you finally have time to craft you don't know wh...

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My number 1 organization tip - Don't clean your craft space. Do this instead.
I have “drifts” in my craft room Like snowdrifts that get bigger and bigger during a snowstorm. Except my drifts are accumulated piles of fabric, embroidery hoops, magazines, books, sewing thread, loose papers and all sorts things that build up around the e...

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The best diagram ever - from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
I’m only 6 pages into this book and I know I have to buy it (and return this one to the library so someone else can read it). Here’s why. Page 6 has the best diagram ever! A diagram that should be painted on my wall so I can see it all the time. Good, right...

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Here's why I make things and craft. What about you?
Why do you craft? For me, making things and crafting have always been a part of my life. Crafting is a place for joy. A comfort. A best friend. I craft because... it's how I can experiment and learn. One thing I really love doing is looking at a traditional...

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The one concept that is changing the way I run my business: Accepting outside help
I recently had the honor to write a guest post over on the Create & Thrive blog. They're all about sharing real advice on how to turn your handmade hobby into a full-time business. Obviously, I'm super excited about that topic! The article I wrote for them ...

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