Celebrating a Lumina Christmas

Celebrating a Lumina Christmas

During the summer and fall months, Quiltworx hosts week-long workshops at a private retreat in Northwestern Montana for a group of ten and led by Judy Niemeyer and certified instructors. This year, the home/retreat was decorated beautifully with a variety of handmade items featuring the new Lumina collection of fabrics, designed by Peggy Toole.

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Tutorial: Reversible drawstring bags

Tutorial: Reversible drawstring bags

Welcome Megan Dye of Meg's Monkey Beans to The Swatch & Sttitch! Today she's sharing her cute drawstring bags, a wonderful and eco-friendly way to wrap up your gifts this holiday season.

Supplies:

• Fabric for bag and lining (I used Retro Christmas by Cynthia Frenette and Kona Cottons)
• One 1.5” strip of fabric for casing (double the width of your bag minus two inches)
• Cording/drawstring (double the width of your bag plus a few inches)
• Two small pieces of fusible hem tape (optional)
• One spring cord lock
• Sewing machine, thread, pins, rotary cutter, and mat

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Modern Take on Retro Christmas

Have you seen Cynthia Frenette's Retro Christmas collection? With a fun, mid-century modern flair, the fabric is in stores now and perfect for holiday projects. Cynthia finished hers with plenty of time to spare.

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Made entirely with English paper-piecing, Cynthia used Brioni Greenberg's Heaven and Hex pattern. If you're feeling brave enough to tackle it, you can find in Fat Quarterly, issue 13.

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After all that handwork, Cynthia took it to the machine to quilt, using Aurifil 50wt. thread in Turquoise (5005) and stitching it so that it ends up with circles and flowers.

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Beautiful, right? And finished with time to spare!  For more on her quilt-making process, check out Cynthia's blog: http://cynthiaf.ca