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It's safe to say that the majority of quilters and knitters have a hard time throwing out leftover fabric and yarn. As quilters and knitters, it's love at first sight when we see that particular fabric and yarn, and that love continues well after the project is done. The leftovers are loved just as much as when we first bought the whole piece of fabric or the whole skein of yarn. What's more is that I have different see-through boxes to store leftover fabrics, keyword being 'see-through', as I walk by it, the love for these scraps grows and my heart is happy. I also have a very, very large glass jar with a lid on it where I store my beloved leftover yarns. Little balls, medium balls, are so adorable in that glass jar by the family picture frames. People find it funny I should use yarn as a piece of decor, and usually it's someone I haven't managed to engage in the needle arts! It's interesting to consider how leftovers will be used, or matched up with other scraps left from other cherished projects. The sense of anticipation and wonder, and really we're scoping out and thinking what that project could possibly be, is half of the excitement!

Wonder no more. I've asked our contributors to make up projects using leftovers and it's stunning what they've come up with. And they have shared useful techniques to accomplish great needlework. This issue is a little special since mom and I have collaborated in a project called In My Heart, a cross stitched project finished as a quilt block and as an ornament. This is a great example on how a project can be finished differently to make it your own. Never again to look at an inspiring needlework project and try to duplicate it - make it your own by finishing it exactly as YOU wish it in your heart.


Scraps are Treasures

Scraps ARE treasures, even when we realize we'll never use these again, we don't throw them out, we find them a better home, passing them on to another quilter or knitter. Cheerfully,



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10 Brampton Sew N Serge Doreen G. Teasdale quilting I Am Scrapped!

14 Cathy McClean

quilting The Scrap Buster Tote

Editor’s Letter Mark Your Calendars! Advertiser Index Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

63 Knitting

quilting Scrappy House Placemats

18 Lynn Swanson

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Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory


22 Jackie White

special features

quilting A Walk Back in Time Quilt

32 Elaine Theriault

quilting A Stitch in Time Quilt

34 The Quilt Store

26 Elaine Theriault

Clodah Coker

String Quilt Block Using Foundation Piecing 90 Judith Marquis Fabric Ratios for Smocking

quilting Spring Curves Quilt

38 Nancy Devine

paper piecing Thinking Outside the Paper Piecing lines

60 Artist Review 17 Valerie Garnett

42 Lucy Garvin

Memories of a Tin Mine

37 Debbie Smith

foundation piecing Tote-ally Awesome

58 Cynthia MacDougall

Christ Church, Kettleby

In the Loop

knit together Scrap Happy

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60 Cynthia MacDougall

knitting Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops

Canadian Quilters' Association Oakville Fibre Artists From Sheep to Stitches - The Irish Tourism Group

64 Denise Powell

knitting Something from (Almost) Nothing



66 Jacqueline Grice

knitting Cabled Leftovers Neck Roll

68 Red Heart, Michele Wilcox crochet Take-a-long Blue Tote

72 Ruth I. Forbes crochet Serene Rug

78 Carla A. Canonico


Delfina Canonico

cross stitch In My Heart

84 Joanne Gatenby




cross stitch Possible

88 Sue Davies

embroidery Fun with Pyramids

94 Kim Beamish

embroidery Odds and Ends Tags A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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Dyeing to Spin & Knit

Bath Knits

Mary Beth Temple

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“Unapologetic” is how Felicia Lo always describes her obsession with colour and craft. In Dyeing to Spin and Knit, Felicia, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns and highly sought after teacher and lecturer, provides clear and accessible guidance for creating gorgeous hand-dyed yarns and spinning fibers and an understanding of how dyeing affects knitted yarn and handspun yarn.

Pamper yourself with knitted bathroom style! Create a spa-like-feel in your own bath with luxurious knitted towels and accessories. These designs offer a clean, modern look in contemporary colours and fibers. Most patterns are easy to intermediate in skill level and are quick knits that will have your bathroom looking its best in no time.

You'll actually be hungry for more leftovers Are you swimming in fabric scraps from sewing garments, bags, and quilts? Learn to rescue and reuse fabric leftovers with 12 stunning, colourful quilt patterns for scrap lovers. Judy Gauthier teaches you her indispensable system for cutting usable squares from real, oddly shaped scraps, not just strips or precuts! Cut scraps into 3½", 4½", and 5½" squares, a magical combination for both beginning quilters and more advanced piecers, using traditional rotary cutting or Judy's fast2cut Simple Square Templates. Judy’s clever organizing and quilt-assembly tips will help you uncover hidden treasures from your stash.

Complete with detailed photographs from Felicia’s own dyeing studio, Dyeing to Spin and Knit offers a master class in preparing hand-dyed yarns and fibers. Ignite your love of colour – unapologetically! 162 Pages, ISBN 978-1-63250-410-4 Interweave

Looking to knit the perfect gift? These items make thoughtful housewarming or hostess gifts and are also great for recent grads and new moms. Features 30 original knitting patterns and instructions, like washcloths and mitts, a robe, slippers and pedicure socks and it includes bathroom décor accessories. 80 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1657-4 Stackpole Books

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Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers

Artful Log Cabin Quilts Katie Pasquini Masopust

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Put a feather in your quilting cap Take the fear out of quilting feathers! Explore 68 modern feather designs with step-by-step guidance from award-winning quilter Natalia Bonner. Quilt stunning feathers on a variety of blocks and borders with this beginner-friendly, visual guide. Unlike traditional feather quilting, which relies on exactness and precision, Natalia’s ideas will help you break away from perfection and find creativity in your quilting practice. Use your home sewing machine or a longarm to free-motion feathers with confidence, adding a truly elegant finish to today’s modern quilts.

Take the first steps to becoming an art quilter with popular teacher and best-selling author Katie Pasquini Masopust. Starting with an inspiration photo or painting, choose fabrics to create your own artistic log cabin quilts. Learn to navigate visual pathways and composition, applying easy techniques and experimenting with colour. Student work is presented, showing that anyone can create an art quilt! Design and make your masterpiece with freeform log cabin blocks using this versatile method.

Dramatic curves and angles for today's adventurous quilter Become a skilled foundation piecer with New York Beauty blocks and arcs of Flying Geese that amaze! Carl Hentsch simplifies a technique loved by many with his straightforward approach to curved piecing, foundation piecing, and simple machine applique. Stitch your way through 31 architectural block patterns, ideal for advanced beginners and intermediate quilters. Then it's time to practice on 10 full-size quilts and 27 bonus pillow projects with lively colour combinations to provide movement and drama.

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Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers

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Knit Blankets & Throws with Madmoiselle Sophie

True Blue Quilts Annette Plog

Sarah Nephew and Marci Baker

Mlle Sophie brings her clean, modern look and international flair to this collection of blankets and throws for the home and family. Her designs have a timeless vibe that works well in any decor; just change the yarn colour to suit your favorite palette. The 18 funto-knit patterns are suitable for beginners but have just enough detail to keep the knitting interesting and give each piece a unique allure.

Sew 15 Reproduction Quilts Honoring 19thCentury Designs

A new angle on classic quilt designs What can you sew with a 60° ruler and a simple, repeated shape? The possibilities are endless! Favorite authors Sara Nephew and Marci Baker are back with 20 beautifully bold one-patch quilts made from triangles, half-hexagons, diamonds and more. With their eye-catching colour placement and clever pieced units like half-triangles and quarter-hexagons, no two quilts look alike. For even more variety, pick your favorite method – working from scraps or strip piecing yardage – to create an array of quilts from wallhangings to full-size beauties.

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Blankets make wonderful, heartfelt gifts, too! Send off a recent grad to college with a throw in school colours. Cuddle a baby in fluffy softness. Warm a home with an elegant new afghan. This is a book that you will turn to for years to come. 124 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1791-5 Stackpole Books

Robin Vizzone's Peculiar Primitives

The blue-and-white quilt is one of the most desired antiques, and many can still be found in good condition. Learn the history of blue fabrics used during the 19th century, from the first production of indigo fabrics through the invention of the sewing machine, and up to the development of synthetic dyes in the late 1800s. Get inspired to design and create your own heirlooms, stitching up 15 historically accurate reproduction quilts from traditional blocks. 80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-340-3 C&T Publishing

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Stitching with Beatrix Potter

Piecing, Appliqué, Quilting & More Robin Vizzone

19 Little Bags Jennifer Heynen

Stitches that tell a story Primitive lines harken back to our American roots, reminding us of simpler times. Embrace the beauty of hand stitching with whimsical, age-worn designs. From wall quilts to table toppers and primitive dolls to pincushions, you'll sew 12 handcrafted projects with eccentric flair and distinct character – ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewists. Your stitches are meant to tell a story, so put perfection to the side as you create memories with felted wool, distressed cottons, and embroidery thread.

Pretty and practical organizers to sew Sew 19 simply embellished projects including a card holder, coin purses, earbud holder, small wallets, pouches and organizers. These cute and useful bags are perfect for holding and organizing all of your little things. Personalize the organizers with adorable embellishments and appliqués and use up your scraps, trims, and other odds and ends in the process! Whip one up in an afternoon or bring your handwork with you – small pieces make these projects fun and easy to work on anywhere. Great to give as gifts or keep for yourself, these tiny bags will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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Wonderful One Patch Quilts

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Michele Hill

Bring Beatrix Potter’s delightful stories to life This book gathers together 10 easy yet elegant projects celebrating the life and talents of Beatrix Potter. With 10 appliqué and 6 embroidery designs, even beginning stitchers can work with hexagons to create a beautiful embroidered quilt, stitch up a cushion based on The Tailor of Gloucester, appliqué a wool storage box, and construct a beautiful wedding quilt based on one from Beatrix Potter’s home. Plus, all-of-the designs can easily be adapted – just add a dash of imagination to create bags, appliquéd pinafores, or embroidered gifts. 64 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-610-7 C&T Publishing



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Scrappy House Placemats

It’s time to play with your sewing machine! Since we so often go to our sewing rooms with a specific task or project in mind, we often forget to make the time to experiment. But did you know that the very best way to get the most of your sewing machine is to play with different stitches and techniques that you have never used? Why not try decorative threads, decorative stitches, using twin needles, and/or placing multiple threads through the eye of one needle? You just might land on a technique or look that becomes a fast favourite for your subsequent projects. 14



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Thinking outside the paper piecing lines A while ago, I embraced paper piecing as a way to use up all the threads of my most precious fabric scraps. Before long, hexagons joined forces to create flowers to applique onto projects. Pentagons banded together to create soft balls, perfect for kids to play with, or joined together to create fabric snow people. See the blog post called Paper-piecing Percy the snowman on for more about that project. As I churned out both kinds of shapes while watching a PVRed marathon, I idly wondered how both shapes would combine. In theory, a pentagon will create a sphere when 12 of them are joined together. Hexagons will create fields of flowers when they are sewn together. But what would happen if the hexagon took center stage surrounded by pentagon petals? And, what if instead of being pieced around paper, the pieces were formed around Peltex, an ultra-firm interfacing, normally used to create firm bottoms for bags or foundations for things like stationary folders. The answer is a pretty sweet bowl that can be used as a catch-all or to place at your door filled with wrapped sweets to welcome guests. My version is reversible. You can fussy cut some holiday fabric for one center hexi and use year-round fabric for the other side. When the holidays are over, you can turn the bowl to the other side around for all-year display. Best of all, the whole project is done by hand, so bring on those TV marathons! 38



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Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops

Last fall, after 3 years, I finally completed an afghan that was made in “crayon colours”. When it came to the outside border, I added more yarn for the border so I could make better use of the fabulous center colours by incorporating a customized colour-block design. When I still had yarn scraps in all of the colours left, I wanted to keep going. So, I created these crayoncoloured cushion tops. In my early June blog posts on KNITmuch, I made several samples of the afghan design I made for the Fun with Flags series. The main afghan was red and gold, but one of the samples was made in blue and gold. This colour combination was admired by all who saw it, so I decided to try out the stained glass cushion top on the scraps of blue and gold yarn as in these pictures.




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alt = alternate approx = approximately beg = begin(ning) BO= bind off CC = contrast colour ch = chain cm = centimetre(s) cn = cable needle CO = cast on cont = continue, continuing dc = double crochet dec = decrease(s), decreasing dpn = double-pointed needle(s) foll = following g = gram(s) inc = increase(s), increasing in(s) = inch(es) k = knit kf&b or kfb = knit into front and back of st (increase) k2tog = knit 2 sts tog (right-leaning decrease) K3tog = knit 3 sts together (double rightleaning decrease) M = marker m = metre(s) M1 = Make 1 stitch: pick up the horizontal strand between 2 stitches from front to back and knit it tbl (lifted increase) MC = main colour mm = millimetre(s) oz = ounce(s) p = purl p2tog = purl 2 sts tog (decrease) patt = pattern pfb = purl into front and back of stitch (increase) pm = place marker psso = pass slipped stitch over RS = right side rem = remain(ing) rep = repeat rev = reverse rnd = round sc = single crochet sl = slip skp = slip one st, knit next st, pass slipped st over knit st (dec) ssk = slip, slip, knit: slip 2 sts knitwise, 1 at a time, insert left-hand needle into front of both sts and knit them tog (left-leaning decrease) Sssk = Slip next three stitches individually, knitwise. Insert tip of left needle from front to back into the fronts of these three stitches and knit them together (double left-leaning decrease) st(s) = stitch(es) St st = stocking stitch tbl = through back loop tog = together tr = treble crochet WS = wrong side yo = yarn over A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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Something from (almost) nothing

When you’ve been a knitter for a while, you usually develop a stash of leftover yarns; half a ball of this, a few dozen meters of that - too much to throw away, but not enough for a new project. My usual solution to this is to make hats! Some go to friends and family, but most to a local organization that distributes warm clothing in the autumn to anyone that needs it. This is the recipe for one of my favourite styles of hat or headband, great for using leftovers. The headband took only 35g total and each row took less than 3 meters (3Ÿyds), so you can use quite small lengths of scrap yarn. The hats weighed 51g (pink/white) and 67g (green). All yarns used are Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash, left over from my project in the Winter 2016 issue, Snowflakes and Evergreens Cardigan. The pattern used is a circular variation of the Woven Transverse Herringbone from A Treasure of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G Walker.


Cabled Leftovers Neck Roll

What to do with leftover yarns? One of my favourite ways to used up leftover yarn is to combine it with a skein of yarn I wasn’t able to resist at my local yarn shop. Adding leftover yarn is fairly easy as a concept, but finding the right pattern can sometimes be a challenge. I approach the challenge intuitively. I set my mind free and explore stitches. I choose a stitch, cast on with any weight yarn then add other stitches to it. It truly is amazing what can come of this. To create this neck roll pillow I used different weights of yarn in several colours of yellow and included some grey. I had a neck roll form laying around the house that I was happy to put to good use. 66



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Blue Tote

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Brenda Franklin Designs 7570 Mapleton SR 18 RR 1, Alma, ON N0B 1A0  519.638.9958    More than 500 charts available for counted needlework, latch hook rugs, beadwork, beaded knits and knitting patterns. Mail/fax order or ask for our products at your local shop. Contact us for custom designs or needle felted sculpture.

Impressions Embroidery & Engraving #8-449 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L8  403.942.3934    Our shop does embroidery and laser engraving. Laser engraving is a beautiful process for fabric, as nothing cuts cleaner and more precisely than a laser. We now carry a nice array of fabric as well to compliment the abilities of the laser.

Brampton Sew & Serge 289 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 7, Brampton, ON L6W 3R9  905.874.1564    Welcome to Your One Stop Sewing Centre! We are authorized dealers of Baby Lock, Husqvarna Viking, and Singer sewing machines and sergers. We also offer a full schedule of sewing classes for everyone.

Joyce's Sewing Shop 325 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 3R8  519.433.5344   Our mission is to make sewing fun by providing professional training to teach the benefits of sewing, to provide excellent service and quality products to make your sewing easier and to provide friendly customer service to make you a happy sewer.

Bytowne Threads - Ottawa, ON

 1.888.831.4095  

 Featuring AURIfil® thread from Italy. Extra-long staple Egyptian cotton threads: 12wt, 28wt, 40wt & 50wt - 252 colours. Bobbin threads, black & white: 60 and 80wt. Polyester threads 240 high-sheen colours. Wool threads 180 colours.

Country Concessions 1 Dufferin St, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0  705.458.4546 or toll-free 1.888.834.4407   Visit our lovely and unique quilt shop in the quaint village of Cookstown. We have over 7000 bolts of cotton fabrics plus a wide selection of patterns, books & notions. You will be so glad you came for a visit. Evelyn's Sewing Centre / The Quilt Store 17817 Leslie St, Unit 40, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C6  905.853.7001 or toll-free 1.888.853.7001  Evelyn's Sewing Centre in Newmarket is your Quilt Store Destination! The staff here at Evelyn's is always on hand to provide Quilt Wisdom, Quilt Inspiration and most of all we pride ourselves as the place to make... All Your Quilt Dreams Come True! Gitta's 271 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1G8  905.274.7198    Gitta's, named after owner Gitta Al-Basi, nestled in the east village of Port Credit, is the place where stitchers meet with their stitching friends, shop for stitching supplies and see the new stitching designs from Europe and the United States. Hardanger House 4708 52 St, PO Box 1223, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0  403.742.2749 or toll-free 1.866.742.2749  Patterns from Canadian, American and European designers, linen and evenweave fabrics from Zweigart, DMC pearl Cottons, Caron Collection threads, and all the related stitching accessories are kept in stock. Many additional items can be special ordered. Haus of Stitches 626 Main Street, Humboldt, SK  S0K 2A0  306.682.0772 or toll-free 1.800.344.6024  Our one of a kind store offers everything you need for sewing, quilting, knitting, rug hooking and needlework. Authorized dealers for Janome and Elna.




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My Sewing Room 148-8228 MacLeod Trl SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B8  403.252.3711    Canada's Largest Independently Owned Quilting Store with fabric, patterns, kits, notions, sewing machines and more! My Sewing Room boasts over 10,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabric from designers and manufacturers from around the world. Needles & Knits 15040 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M4  905.713.2066   Fabulous selection of yarns. Extremely knowledgable and expert help. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Classes. Guild night every first Tuesday of the month. Tea with Tove, the owner, every Thursday from 6-8pm. Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 17477 Hwy 2 PO Box 68, Trenton, ON K8V 5R1  613.392.1422   We have knitting machines by Artisan and Silver Reed, embroidery machines by Husqvarna/Viking & White. Sewing notions and supplies, books and software. Hands-on lessons and classes. Wide variety of yarns, threads, dress and pant zippers. Rosalie I. Tennison, Quilt Appraiser Certified by American Quilters’ Society 2005 Newmarket, ON  905.953.1441   What if something happens to your treasured quilt? Do you have written proof of its value for your insurance company? Get an appraisal now. Ruby Pearl Quilts 500 King St W, Suite 8, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K9  905.436.3535    We are your full service source of professional quilting equipment, products, & courses. Led by 44 years of sewing experience & more than 20 years of quilting experience, we have the experience necessary to help you push your hobby to the next level! Ruti's Needlebed 10 Thomas St, Mississauga, ON L5M 1Y5  905.821.9370   Mississauga's Finest Quilting and Knitting Store!! Come see our huge selection of yarn, fabric, supplies, sewing machines and knitting machines…a local store for all your quilting, sewing, knitting needs! We offer a wide variety of classes.

The Yarn Guy 15 Gower St, Toronto, ON M4B 1E3  416.752.1828 or toll-free 1.800.836.6536    See us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter! Knitting machines, sewing machines, repairs, parts for Passap, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed, Superba, White. Sewing notions and supplies, books, ball yarns, coned yarns, TAMM yarns, Paton's yarns, Bernat yarns, Phentex yarns, Bernat kits & crafts. Sew Fancy Inc. Guelph, ON  519.824.4127    Your Premier Canadian Source for Specialty Sewing Supplies including Smocking, Heirloom Sewing, Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Needle Tatting, Swarovski Crystals, Sashiko, Quilting and more. Visit the website for the latest in sewing supplies. Stitch-It Central 189 Thames Street S, Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T6  519.303.1563    Stitch-It Central is a store to satisfy all your cross stitching needs. We have everything such as notions, books & magazines, project kits, charts, gift collections & certificates, papers & accessories, fabrics and linens, and so much more. That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3  905.715.7725    jaret& Introducing That Sewing Place as your sewing source and Authorized Dealers for Bernina and Brother machines. Jaret & Liana focus on placing your sewing needs first, providing outstanding support, service, and training. The Stitching Corner #2, 185 First St E, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E9  403.932.3390    Your Needlework Shop in Cochrane. The Stitcher's Muse 99 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G3  250.591.6873     A divine little shop with supplies for all your hand stitching needs! Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Cross stitch, canvaswork, needlepoint, embroidery, counted thread, lace making and more. Books, patterns, fabric, threads, tools. Ultimate Sewing Centre 191 Bloor St East, Oshawa, ON L1H 3M3  905.436.9193     For all your sewing needs be sure to call Durham’s largest one stop shop: Janome and Elna Sewing Machines, Sergers, & Embroidery machines, over 3000 bolts of first quality cottons, Floriani Embroidery supplies, the latest notions, books, & patterns, year round classes, and so much more! Upper Canada Quiltworks PO Box 64, Brockville, ON K6V 5T7  613.345.3956 Fax: 613.342.3327  Visit us online for a wide selection quilt patterns and books. Techniques include felted wool, fusible appliqué, punchneedle, rag quilting and printing photos on fabric.

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INSPIRING CREATIVITY FOR GENERATIONS Photos are for illustration purposes only. The XV8550D shown in this ad has been manufactured by Brother Industries, Ltd, under a licensing agreement with Disney Enterprises, Inc, through which Brother has permission to use Disney images. The embroidery designs built into this embroidery machine are for personal use within the home only and may not be used for business or industrial purpose. Brother and its logo are trademarks of Brother Industries, Ltd., Japan. All specifications are subject to change without notice. All registered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective companies. The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. For award information visit ©2017 Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. 1, rue Hôtel de Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec, H9B 3H6. ©Disney 04/2017 - 91658


A Needle Pulling Thread Spring 2017 Sampler  
A Needle Pulling Thread Spring 2017 Sampler  

The theme of this spring issue is using scraps and you'll be stunned at the amount of techniques covered in this stellar issue. See 4 ways t...