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Beginner-Friendly Foundation Paper Piecing

Foundation paper piecing is a popular technique in making quilts but can be incredibly intimidating if you haven’t tried it! It’s done by sewing …

Sewing

The Catholic Church’s Rotherham

If the Church cannot govern itself from within, it will be governed from without.<p>‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements …

Christianity

Why Men Like Me Should Not Be Priests

I am the sort of man the Catholic Church says shouldn’t be a priest. I experience what the Vatican calls “deep-seated homosexual tendencies,” which, …

Christianity

Demystifying Fabric Weight

It wasn’t until we opened the Indiesew Fabric Shop, that I started to understand the intricacies of textiles. I knew of a few broad categories of …

Sewing

Techniques in Depth: Socks Without Ears

Building a tidier toe: Kate Atherley has practical advice that just might work for you. (Bonus: applies to mittens, too!)

Knitting

BERNINA Stitch Regulator Tips and Techniques

Welcome to our 125 years celebration of the BERNINA company! We’re celebrating by bringing you lots of inspiration and today we’re focusing on basic …

Bishop Press Release Bingo

I got asked to fisk Cardinal Wuerl like I did for Cardinal DiNardo, but it gets repetitive. So I thought: Hey readers, why not play along at home?<p>So …

Kids

Time for the Vatican to show how serious it is in cleaning house

ONE MONTH after a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor forced the suspension of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the public ministry, there have been disturbing new revelations about his conduct. The additional complaints, including the charge he systemically preyed upon young adult men …

Child Abuse

10 light low FODMAP dinner recipes - summer dinner inspiration

To me, warm weather means light summer meals. When it is warm, I always feel less hungry and I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. …

Cooking

Grist: A Secret Measurement for Substituting Yarn - Mason-Dixon Knitting

Substituting yarn for a project can be just like the game Mystery Date. Will it be a dream (sigh) or a dud (groan)?<p>The gauge can be right, and it can …

Knitting

DIY Moth Repellent Sachets

Living in the Pacific Northwest requires moth repellent. Growing up in North Carolina, a moth getting anywhere near my favorite sweaters was …

Cross Back Apron

This year, my husband’s Irish parents are coming to town for their first Thanksgiving ever (can you believe they’ve never tasted pumpkin pie?!). As …

Low FODMAP mushroom burger (vegetarian and gluten-free)

In one of my favourite lunch places, they serve a vegetarian mushroom burger. My sister and I go there quite often and she is totally crazy about …

Machine Binding Tutorial

There are lots and lots of binding tutorials. <i>Lots</i>. So I’m going to skim over binding basics fairly quickly in order to share with you how I machine …

Easy trick to perfectly join quilt binding

I know that for many of us, sewing on binding is our least favorite part of a project. It usually comes at the end after all the other hard work and …

Sewing

Thread Spool Tip

Do you know which type of thread spool pin on your sewing machine to use with different spools of thread? Most spools of thread are wound one of two …

Simply Socks Yarn Co. Blog

Do you like striping and pooling? When I use those terms, do you understand what I'm referring to?<p>When I talk about a yarn striping or pooling, I'm …

Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Cult’

Opposition to the eminently qualified, brilliant Supreme Court candidate invokes an ugly history of anti-Catholic bigotry.<p>When Notre Dame law …

Share Your Love of Quilting Contest Winner!

As part of our BERNINA 125 Years Golden Anniversary we are celebrating your creativity all year long as per our 2018 motto “Celebrate Your …

Picking up Missed Yarn Overs

The government’s religious illiteracy is making life harder for persecuted Christians

Archbishop Nicodemus, the red-haired Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, is a man who smiles and laughs easily. He also weeps: in the early …

Low FODMAP vegan minced meat with lentils and walnuts

Last week I went to a few supermarkets in the Netherlands to check how many low FODMAP meat substitutes I could find. The offer of vegan burgers, …

How To Naturally Soften Linen

I love linen — it’s breathable, light, and so classic! But my skin can also be sensitive to fabrics sometimes. Even though I prewash it, linen often …

Tool Caddy Thread Catcher Tutorial

I sat in an armchair the other day to do a bit of hand-stitch finishing on a project and found myself with a lap full of thread, scissors, clips, and …

Tips and Tricks for Sewing Knits

Welcome to our 125 years celebration of the BERNINA company! We’re celebrating by bringing you lots of inspiration and focusing on the technique of …

Overlocker Care and Cleaning Tips

Showing your machines a little TLC is key to maintaining a trouble-free relationship. Just like your sewing machines, your overlocker needs some …

Baby Shower Gifts to Sew

If there’s a little one on the way, it’s time to stitch up some of these gifts perfect for baby! From handmade baby quilts to baby booties and burp …

Baby Booties from Denim Scraps

Mary Carney from 7th Bone Tailoring shows you a fast and easy way to make DIY baby booties from denim scraps. Upcycle your old denim garments into …