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​Don’t Look, Ma! I’m Sewing Paper with your Machine

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Here you are! More than 20 cheeky pickle sewing projects. What’s a cheeky pickle? I was never quite sure but it made me smile. Then I saw Ali Benyon’s designs for her book Stitched Paper Art for Kids, and I kept smiling. The kiddos can make some cute things if they follow Ali Benyon's lead.

And I think I know what this cheekiness is all about. How amusingly impudent of Ali to encourage using the sewing machine to sew paper. I was told that was a no-no! Well, it’s not-not. You can sew paper; you just need more needles. Extra needles and paper of almost any kind is cheaper than fabric. And when kids are learning to sew, and they fall in love with it and want to do it all the time, you will love cardstock, recycled gift bags, brown paper bags, and Ali’s bounty of ideas.

So when you’re in a pickle looking at your expensive fabrics and your eager kids, turn to your very own copy of Stitched Paper Art for Kids and some easy-to-find paper in your own home or at your local craft shop. You’re quickly out of that pickle. (That’s all I can figure with the pickle!)

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Sewing To Sell

What I REALLY like about Sewing to Sell is that the author, Virginia Lindsay, gets into the nitty-gritty details of what you need to do to sell your sewing work—from finding your sewing style and identifying your customers, talking about essential equipment, all the way through to selling, pricing, and packaging. There’s also a section on business [...]

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​Sujata Shah’s Cultural Fusion Quilts

What I like best about Sujata Shah’s new book, Cultural Fusion Quilts is the no pins, no “quilt police” approach. Actually, I guess what I like best are the finished quilts but the easy, breezy construction style of free-form blocks is definitely calling my name.Here’s an excerpt from her introduction to free-form blocks: “We know each quilt [...]

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The Little Spark: Book Trailer

This just in! Check out the awesome book trailer for The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity! The Little Spark is an interactive roadmap to help you step into the life of creativity and passion you are waiting for! 

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Fall 2014 Quilt Market Highlights

As usual, Market was a frenzy, a blast, exhausting, and exhilarating. There was so much to do and see that I must admit to more or less falling down on the job of taking photos for this season’s Market look back. Forgive me?That doesn’t mean I don’t have my own personal list of highlights!First up, it was phenomenal to watch [...]

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Blog Tour Kickoff with Casey York

Please welcome Casey York, who is kicking her blog tour off with us today! Take it away, Casey! Hello everyone! I am so excited to be guest posting at C&T Publishing's blog to kick of the blog tour for my new book, Modern Appliqué Illusions! I've invited a great group of bloggers and companies to participate in the tour, [...]

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Playful Designs with Patty Young

We have a very special guest joining us today! Please welcome Patty Young, who is kicking her blog tour off here for her brand new coloring book, Playful Designs! Take it away, Patty!When C&T contacted me about creating a coloring book based on my previously released fabric lines, I was both thrilled and honored. All of my fabric designs [...]

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Crafting a Book with Joanna: Modern Appliqué Illusions

Please welcome Production Editor Joanna, who is talking about her favorite project from Modern Appliqué Illusions, what her favorite part of her job is, and much more!About working on a book team:1. Please introduce yourself. What is your role on the book team and, in one sentence, tell us what you do?I’m Joanna, and I’m one of three [...]

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Crafting A Book: The Technical Edit

Please welcome Technical Editor Alison, who is talking about just that, the technical edits behind Modern Appliqué Illusions to continue our Crafting a Book series! Take it away, Alison!I’m Alison Schmidt, and I’m a technical editor at C&T Publishing. It’s a pretty unique job, and one that requires me to wear many hats on any given day, [...]

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Crafting a Book (with Developmental Editor Michele): Modern Appliqué Illusions

What better way to really get to know what goes into the making of a book than to hear it straight from the editors? That's just what we're kicking off today: a series of interviews with the editors of the newly released Modern Appliqué Illusions! 1. Please introduce yourself. What is your role on the production team [...]

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