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  • Love of Crochet Throw Pillow

    I have finished my first crochet project! Around Valentines I bought some Paintbox Simply Aran yarn in Lipstick, Ballet Pink, Bubble Gum Pink, and Stormy Grey. Being new to the fiber world I'm still trying different brands, weights, and fibers of yarns. It's been fun to experiment with different ones. The Simply Aran is 100% acrylic and pretty soft, not itchy or fake feeling.  Feeling in the Valentine mood I decided to give Red Agape's Granny Heart block a try. This was my first time learning different color changing techniques. After making two of the heart blocks I burned out and switched to...
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  • A New Crafty Obsession // Crochet

    I was looking back at my posts and realized I haven't really blogged much. My posts are basically just tutorials. I blame it on Instagram. It's just so easy to use Instagram to share projects I'm working on and things happening in my life. Blogging seems so formal to me these days. Anyways, I really want to make more of an effort to share here. A few years ago I decided to give crochet a try. I learned single and double crochet stitches and spent a few weeks trying to make squares, but my joints in my fingers and wrists...
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  • Sandra Saddle Bag // Step-by-Step Bag Making Tutorial

    I am back with another bag making video tutorial, this time for the super awesome 70's inspired, Sandra Saddle Bag by Swoon Patterns.  The Sandra Saddle Bag is fairly quick sew, once I had my pieces cut it only took me less than two hours to complete. It's rated a 2/4 on the Swoon Difficulty scale, meaning it's nice if you have experience making bags, but you don't need to be an advanced bag maker. Purchase the Pattern Pattern, Fabric, and Supplies Used Paper Pattern - You can purchase the paper version of the Sandra Saddle Bag pattern on our website here. PDF Pattern...
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  • Eve Bloom Block // Appliqué Tutorial

    I love a project that comes together quickly and makes for a great gift. Today, I would like to share a tutorial for just that, the Eve Bloom Block. The Eve Bloom Block is made using turned-edge appliqué and can be completed in just a few hours, making it perfect for gift giving! You can use the block in a quilt or turn it into a fun throw pillow as I have done. Turned-edge appliqué is a fairly easy technique, but like any new technique you try, you will find that it takes practice to get perfectly smooth shapes. Don’t...
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  • Shiloh Satchel Tester Bags

    Ready for some Shiloh Satchel inspiration? I had such a fabulous group of ladies test the Shiloh Satchel pattern. They all put there own spin on the customizations and did a fantastic job. Click on the images below to see the tester's work on Instagram.  Bag by Bree at MyCraftyCrap Bag by Chrystal of Clothalbatross Bag by Jennifer Ball Bag by Jill Cason at Stitchanthology Bags by Margareth of Maggie Made Bags Bag by Michele at Undiscovered Optimist Bag by Selina Cheng Bag by Laura at Sewdeluxe Bag by Jen of SincerelyJen Bag by Tiffany Fischer Bag by Amber of...
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  • Shiloh Satchel Pattern and Step-by-Step Bag Making Tutorial

    The Shiloh Satchel pattern and video tutorial are officially live! This pattern has been in the works for quite some time and it's the start to my journey in bag pattern design. I had a ton of fun working on it and I can't wait to continue designing more bags.  Purchase the Pattern Today, I am sharing the video tutorial and photos of the handbag size Shiloh Satchel I made during the video. Check back the next few days to see pictures of the tester's versions of the Shiloh Satchel for more inspiration!   Pattern, Fabric, and Supplies Used PDF Pattern - You...
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  • Shiloh Satchel Bag Tour

    My blog has been pretty quiet lately. I miss blogging on a weekly basis, but this season of my life is wonderfully chaotic. Day's are filled with homeschooling, child rearing, baby feeding, home tending, and sometimes laying in bed all day thanks to chronic health issues. My extra time each day for Pile O' Fabric is split between shop management tasks, preparing new tutorials, and designing new quilt and bag patterns. This doesn't leave me much time to write legit blog posts, but I do post sewing inspiration, upcoming sneak peeks, shop and family updates on social media on a regular basis. You can...
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  • Blanche Barrel Bag // Step-by-Step Bag Making Tutorial

    A few years ago I made the Blanche Barrel Bag by Alicia of Swoon Patterns. That was my first time making a Swoon Pattern and it was love at first sew. I've been "swooning" ever since. Back when I made that first bag (using version 1 of the pattern), I made a super fast and short "In the Studio" video. Since posting that video I have had many people ask for a slower, step-by-step video tutorial. So with the permission of Alicia of Swoon Patterns I have done just that. Today I'd like to share with you a step-by-step bag making...
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  • Converting a Quilt to a Baby Sleeping Bag // Tutorial

    A while back I saw the cutest little baby sleeping bag floating around Pinterest. It linked to a shop listing for the Jamboree Snuggle Me that was no longer available for sale. Had I been able to find one to buy I would have totally purchased it. For a while after that I couldn't get it out of my head, so I decided to make my own version of a baby sleeping bag. I put together a tutorial to share with you today. This is not a tutorial for the hexagon quilt (sorry), but it is a tutorial on how to take a unbound...
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  • Technicolor Galaxy // Finished Quilt

    Well it's time to share another finished Skill Builder Block of the Month quilt! I think I say this every time I finish a quilt, but this was the most fun and challenging quilt that I have made and designed yet. Out of all the things I do at Pile O' Fabric my utmost favorite is the Skill Builder Block of the Month. I enjoy seeing an idea I have come to life, not only in my version of the quilt but in your versions too. I also really love the quilt-as-you-go format of the Skill Builder Block of the Month. I...
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  • Altering a Children's Pant Pattern

    Being primarily a quilter and bag maker I don't have a ton of experience in clothing pattern alteration. I like to make clothing for myself or children from time to time, but I don't do it much. This month I finally got fed up trying to find pants or shorts that fit my 6 year old daughter. She is about a size 4 in the waist and a size 7 in height, she prefers to wear her pants high up on her waist, she doesn't like super tight pants, and refuses to wear adjustable waistbands because the rub her hips....
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  • Scrappy Patchwork Valance // Tutorial

    We recently moved into a new house and I really wanted to dress up the kids bedrooms a little. Being so sick lately I haven't sewn in months. I knew that the only way I would finish a project right now is if it was super easy. These Scrappy Patchwork Valances come together really quickly and easily. You Will Need Note: To determine the width (--) to cut the fabric pieces, you will need the width of your window. Take the width of your window x 2 ÷ 14 + ½" and you will get the width (--) you need to cut your fabric pieces. For...
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  • Cross Stitch Heart Quilt Pattern

    It has been very quiet around the blog. As most of you know I have been very ill due to a complicated pregnancy. I am still struggling greatly, but trying to keep busy on my computer so I don't go absolutely crazy. This month I decided to take a quilt I made a few years ago and turn it into a full Pile O' Fabric PDF pattern. The Cross Stitch Heart Quilt is a fun quilt that uses classic X blocks or what I call Cross Stitch blocks to bring cross stitching to the quilting world.    Years ago I posted...
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  • Juki MO-654DE Overlock/Serger Machine Review

    I recently added the Juki MO-654DE Overlock/Serger Machine to my family of sewing machines. I have been sewing with it for a little over a month and today I would like to share my review of the machine. Serger Features The Juki MO-654DE has been in the Juki lineup for many years and being a favorite among sewers I don't think they will be retiring it any time soon. Here are some of the key features: Convertible 2/3/4 thread serging with automatic rolled hem capability. Color coded threading and breakaway looper for easy, correct threading. The upper knife moves out...
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  • Curvy Spiderweb Quilt Pattern

    For the past few months I have been working on a new Pile O' Fabric PDF pattern. The Curvy Spiderweb Quilt is a fun curvy take on the traditional Spiderweb Quilt. While working on the pattern I tested about six different curve piecing techniques to find the technique that worked the best for the Curvy Spiderweb Quilt. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions and tips for piecing the curves using a mix of classical curve piecing and glue basting. The pattern also includes instructions for three different methods of transferring your templates to your fabric, that way you can choose the option that...
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  • Triangle Wheel Block // Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

    Almost three years ago I posted a tutorial for the Triangle Wheel Block. In this tutorial I showed you how to make the block using basic patchwork piecing. Though it was "basic" it wasn't the easiest block to conquer. All of the bias edges on the triangles can make the block stretch and warp easily. Since writing that tutorial I have learned so many ways to stabilize bias edges, making blocks lay flatter and points align better. Today, I would like to re-address the Triangle Wheel Block tutorial, but this time we will be using foundation paper piecing. You Will Need In order to make one...
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  • Making a Concerto Crib Quilt

    This weekend I finished my first quilt of the entire year. I used to bust out about 12-15 quilts a year, but this is my first completed quilt in 2015! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen all the videos and photos I posted as I worked on a Concerto crib quilt for a baby gift. But, for those of you who did not see the posts I figured it would be nice to share my progress making the Concerto quilt here on the blog too. First, I starched, pressed, cut all my fabric, and laid...
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  • Modern Beauty Block // Raw-Edge Applique Tutorial & Pattern

    This month I had the pleasure of collaborating with Patchwork Threads, on a new t-shirt with the design of my Modern Beauty quilt block from the Skill Builder BOM 2013. You can get this awesome shirt for yourself at Patchwork Threads. In light of this awesome new quilty t-shirt I thought it would be fun to put together another tutorial for the quilt block. Originally during Skill Builder BOM 2013 the block was made using turned-edge applique, you can check out that tutorial here. For this tutorial I would like to show you how to make the block using basic raw-edge applique. This is a...
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  • Butterfly Lagoon Bundle + Giveaway // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share

    These summery fresh prints were chosen for a bundle by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios. This week Karin is giving away a fat quarter Butterfly Lagoon Bundle in Prints and Solids over on her blog. You can enter to win here. This bundle includes (left to right): Miniflores in Sunbathed, Remix Crisscross in Green, Rumpled in Sour, Adventure in Springs, Prisma Elements in Larimar Sea, snd Butterfly Box in Green  Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Persimmon, Kona Cotton in Chartreuse, Kona Cotton in Kumquat, Kona Cotton in Kale, Kona Cotton in Breakers, and Kona Cotton in Silver. Get Your Butterfly Lagoon Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash...
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  • Blanche Barrel Bag // "In the Studio" + Review

    Today, I would like to share a bag I made using the Blanche Barrel Bag pattern by Alicia Wietholter for Swoon Patterns. All of the bags in the Swoon Pattern lineup have a really professional, "store bought" look and shape. I don't make and sell items often, but for those of you who do, you will love Swoon Patterns. They give you full permission to make and sell their bags! If you're looking for some Swoon bag inspiration then you must check out Erin Morris (@diedelbughandmade), she makes and sells bags using Swoon Patterns and they're so beautiful.   Since it has been quite a while since...
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Alyssa Lichner from Pile O' Fabric

Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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