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Learn To Quilt by Using Templates

Learn to Quilt

Have you been wanting to learn to quilt but were a little intimidated?  Using templates makes your Learn to Quilt adventure so much easier.  Today thanks to my friends at Nancy’s Notions  I will be sharing a tutorial for using their Dresden Template.  This kit comes with the Dresden template, seam alignment template, and a colorful and information Instruction Booklet.  There are 15 variations that can be made using this template and the booklet gives you full instructions.   Remember, quilt tops aren’t the only uses for these designs.  I chose to make a decorative pillow and also created a small Dresden Plate in order to embellish a small canvas bag I purchased at my local Joann Craft and Fabric Store.

I think the hardest part was choosing my fabric.  Going to the fabric store has been an activity I really enjoy.  I could get lost there for hours.  Walking down the aisles and see all those bolts of fabrics can be mesmerizing.  So many fabrics and so little time.  First, I used my Dresden template to make a pillow top.  I can bring this pillow out to decorate during the holidays.  Place on my front porch chair or take along for a picnic or parade for comfort.  I had previously purchased a small canvas bag from Joann’s when they were on sale.  I decided to make a small Dresden plate using the templates to embellish my plain tote bag.  Now the tote is so much more colorful and will make a perfect gift for carrying crochet or knitting supplies.  I can already see my colorful yarn balls and crochet hooks and knitting needles inside my little canvas tote bag.  It would make a great gift.

Learn to Quilt - Using templates

Dresden Plate quilting design used on a pillow and a canvas tote bad

You can purchase the Dresden Template kit and other supplies here:    Nancy’s Notions  Grab it now while it’s on sale for only $9.99 until July 31, 2017.  That’s a great bargain.

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Easy to Crochet Messy Bun hat – Fun and Easy!

Yes, I got on the Messy Bun bandwagon

Today I want to share a pattern for an Easy to crochet “Messy Bun” hat.   I have received so many requests for an easy pattern.  So, by popular demand here it is.  This is what I came up with for an “easy” pattern.  You can follow the instructions for rows 11-12 for a mock rib brim or just continue with double crochet for a plain edge hat.  Either way, it looks and fits great.  So, “Let’s Get The Party Started!”

Crochet Messy Bun

Crochet Messy Bun

You will need the following supplies:

Approximately 3 1/2 ounces of Medium weight yarn.  I used  RedHeart Supersaver Cameo  – Color  Mirage


Yarn needle

Crochet Hook (I used a size I ) for larger heads use a J hook.   For children use an H hook


I apologize for this photo.  I was having technical issues and just couldn’t get my beautiful photo to upload so I was stuck using this one.  Boohoo 


If you prefer you can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern Here:

If you like Messy Bun hats here is another hat that I just posted using Shell Stitches:

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List of Crochet and Knitting Resources

List of Crochet and Knitting Resources

Finding crochet and knitting resources doesn’t have to be difficult.  There are many great places you can turn to for help.   When you have a question or are in doubt about a stitch, technique or other tips help can be as easy as a mouse click away.   There are of course many paid resources and free resources.  Which you choose will depend on the scope of help you need and of course your budget.

Crochet hooks and knitting needles

Crochet Hook and Knitting Needles

Here is a list of some Crochet and Knitting Resources:

Craft Yarn Council  –  This is one of my go to sites when I am searching for information.  They are a great resources for information on anything to do with yarn.  Weights, standards, stitch abbreviations.  Their site is well laid out and easy to navigate.

Crochet Guild of America –   The Crochet Guild of America.  This Guild was established in 1974.  This guild charges a low yearly membership and the membership also includes a subscriber to Crochet Magazine.  The Guild has 2 major conferences each year.  This is a great place to take some in-person classes from qualified instructors.  They also sponsor a yearly design competition.  If there isn’t a local chapter  near you that would be a great opportunity for you to start your own local chapter.

The Knitting Guild Association –   Just like the Guild for Crocheters there is a Guild for Knitters.   The membership to this Guild also includes a membership for their Cast On magazine.  Belonging to a Guild is a great way to build friendships and grow your skills.

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RedHeart Yarn Winner

RedHeart Yarn Giveaway Bag

RedHeart Yarn

RedHeart Yarn Giveaway winner Announced 

Congratulations to our RedHeart Yarn Giveaway Winner Dawn Orcutt.   You won this week’s giveaway.  I would once again like to thank our friends at RedHeart yarns for sponsoring this giveaway.   I’m sure Dawn will enjoy her new yarn.   All of the yarns that are part of this giveaway are available at your local crafts stores.  I hope you will try them out.  RedHeart  Sparkle Soft is really pretty and as the name says.. it’s soft.  : )

Thank to everyone who participated in this giveaway.  If you didn’t win don’t worry because there are many more giveaways planned for this year.


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Woohoo! RedHeart Yarn Package Giveaway Announcement!


Announcement:  RedHeart Yarn Package Giveaway

Who doesn’t love yarn ?  Especially when it’s free.  My friends at RedHeart yarns have offered to sponsor a giveaway of some of their yarns.  Here is your chance to enter for your chance to win this great package.  This package includes a great variety of some of my favorite RedHeart yarns.  This great giveaway prize includes;

· 3 balls of Red Heart Sparkle Soft yarn

· 2 balls of Red Heart Boutique Infinity yarn

· 2 balls of Red Heart Boutique Twilight yarn

· 1 Red Heart Tote Bag  (great for taking along your WIP on all your errands.)

Red Heart Prize Package Approximate Retail Value $50


To be eligible to win you will need to do the following:

1)  Be a member of the blog.  Enter by clicking in the “Become a member” box (upper right hand corner) and fill in your information.  Don’t worry your information will never be shared or sold to anyone.

2)  Leave a comment here on this post stating why you would like to win  OR  name your favorite RedHeart yarn

UPDATE:  So sorry I forgot to say what day a winner will be chosen.   A winner will be chosen randomly on  Friday, 07/16/15.   The winner will be notified here with a reply to their comment and to the email they used to become a member, so be sure to become a member to my blog.

Don’t know what to make with your yarn?  Be sure to visit my YouTube for a great selection of How-to step-by-step tutorials.  I have uploaded over 450 great projects.  Check out the different playlist to find what interests you.  While you’re there be sure to SUBSCRIBE and never miss a new video.  


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