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We've been busy on the Keepsake Quilting Blog this week, with Mother's Day Gift Tips, a trick for making perfect 1/4" seams, and a free tote bag pattern that's perfect for kids.

Here's a sneak peek:

jim shore figurineQuarter Inch Seam Test for Perfect Patchwork
For accurate patchwork piecing, you not only have to measure and cut precisely, but your seam allowance needs to be consistent.

“Although 1/8″ (6 mm) off may not seem like much, when you add 1/8” across multiple seams, it really does add up!’ says quilter Nancy Purvis in her book Quilting from Every Angle.

In this excerpt on the Keepsake Quilting Blog, Nancy explains how to make sure your seams are exactly ¼” wide.


Quilting Gift Ideas for Mother's and Others

Who taught you to sew and quilt? If it was your mom, grandma, aunt or teacher—and they are still with you–how about thanking them with some of these special quilt gifts, like the Jim Shore Barn Quilt figurine shown here?


Free, Easy Sewing Project: Kids' Coloring Tote
Are you looking for an easy sewing project to make for a young person? This quick-to-make Color Me Tote fits the bill and has many gifting possibilities. Make it with the Color Me line by Michael Miller Fabrics and this tutorial from Sewing Rabbit. When you’re done, fill the tote with a pack of fabric markers. The recipient will love personalizing the fabric with the markers and carrying their art supplies in the bag.

Enjoy!


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