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Pat Sloan

  • Sewing??

    I haven’t wanted to sew on a sewing machine since I graduated from my year of home economics in high school. I have probably had nightmares over the years over my experience in home economics. The first semester was cooking and the second semester was sewing. Cooking wasn't a problem. I had been cooking with my mother and both of my grandmothers since I was probably four or five. My mother picked my first sewing project and bought all the material for it. This could be part of my problem because it wasn't something that I would ever have chosen for myself. She chose a jumper like the ones that you see kids wear to private school for me to sew and the material was tan khaki cotton. I should know - I wore one myself when I started to school. I was in a private Christian School; my jumper was red, white, and blue plaid. In fourth grade I switched to public school. Cutting the pattern wasn't the problem, it was sewing all the pieces together. I had so many holes from ripping out stitches. I dreaded the day that we had to wear our finished projects to school. I packed an extra set of clothes to change into right after class. I never wore that jumper again. I now have a fear of sewing machines.

    I am more comfortable making and sewing things by hand. The last couple of years I have contemplated overcoming my fear of the dreaded sewing machine. Both of my grandmothers sewed quite beautifully; even my mother can sew. I was going through the Leisure Arts' website looking at books on everything but sewing when I stumbled across Pat Sloan’s book I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing. I thought to myself that it was time to overcome my fear of the sewing machine. It was easy not fretting over sewing on a sewing machine if you do not own one. I asked my friends on Facebook if they sewed and if they did, what is the best machine to learn on. One of my friends said that they had a new sewing machine still in the box and asked if I would like to use it. Yes!! Please!! So I have her new machine - don’t laugh, it’s a Hello Kitty sewing machine. But hey it works.

    With the book and my friend who lives next door neighbor came over and gave me a quick review. I was surprised about what all I remembered from my home economics class. The only problem that I had with the machine is my bobbin kept shooting out at me. Seriously!! It was shooting out at me like it was possessed or something. I finally tilted it back a little so I could try inserting the bobbin one last time and the problem was I wasn't getting it into a little notch. But once in I had no more shooting bobbins. My first project on the sewing machine was small. I chose A Coaster Set from Pat Sloan’s book. I used tracing paper to trace the pattern and cut it out so I would cut all my material the same size. They aren't the most perfectly sewn coasters. My lines maybe a little wonky but hey I did it. I am ready for my next sewing project. I have some extra material; I will practice on some more coasters. I might even make some for gifts.

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  • July 18th Leisure Arts Newsletter

    Just in case you missed it, here’s all the news that went out in our July 18 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter:
    KNIT & CROCHET FOR BABY, QUILTS FOR GUYS & MORE!
    In addition to the beautiful designs in Deborah Newton’s Heirloom Baby Knits, we’ve definitely got a Cute Alert going on in this issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter with a double release from designer Candi Jensen. Her two adorable pattern books—Knit in a Day for Baby & Crochet in a Day for Baby have finally arrived on our site! Plus, we’re showing off some fab new quilt books from Rochelle Martin, Pat Sloan & Debbie Mumm!
    Time to vote! Did you enter your Knook projects in the Leisure Arts Knook & Tell Contest? Even if you didn’t enter, you can help us pick our winners! Click HERE to take a look at the entries in the Leisure Arts Knook & Tell Contest, vote, and let your voice be heard! You can vote up to three times a day through July 31. As a special thank you for voting in the Leisure Arts Knook & Tell Design Contest, we’re offering a special perk—a LeisureArts.com coupon code good for 50% off on all of the digital products on our site from now through August 9th! Pretty cool, huh? But you have to vote to get your code! (Tell your friends!)
    Deals…We’ve got 10% off on everything Crochet, a great little Bundle of Cookbooks for $3.99, and more!
    For more bargains, browse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. For more info about what’s happening at Leisure Arts, our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.

    Editor's Corner: Heirloom Baby Knits (5534)
    Now you can make baby knits with the rich details and professional fit of Deborah Newton's designs! With just one look at the 24 modern garments and blankets in this collection, you'll see why Deborah is renowned for her gorgeous patterns. There are sweaters, vests, pants, hats, a jumper, and a hooded poncho. Several garments have matching socks or blankets. Read more…


    FREE PROJECT REMINDER
    Our July Free Project is DUCT TAPE SWITCH PLATES!
    You’ll flip for these fun switch plates accented with duct tape and bits of bling! Choose from all the cool colors and prints of DUCK® brand duct tape to create switch plates that will shine in every room. For other fun duct tape projects, see Go Crazy with Duct Tape (Leisure Arts Book #5860) and wake up your world with today’s DUCK® brand duct tape!
    In the Spotlight: Knit & Crochet for Babies
    Leisure Arts is thrilled to announce the release of two new baby pattern books by designer Candi Jensen! Candi has more than 300 designs published in leading national magazines, is the author of 13 books, and is executive producer of the nationally syndicated PBS television show "Knit and Crochet Now.

    Knit in a Day for Baby (5801)
    Knit in a Day for Baby
    is a treasury of quick and easy designs that the average knitter can complete in 2 to 12 hours. These 20 eye-catching modern designs by Candi Jensen are perfect when you need to finish items fast (for upcoming baby showers and gift-giving, or just because your free time is limited). Read more…



    Crochet in a Day for Baby (5802)
    Crochet in a Day for Baby
    is a treasury of quick and easy designs that the average crocheter can complete in 2 to 12 hours. These 20 eye-catching modern designs by Candi Jensen are perfect when you need to finish items fast (for upcoming baby showers and gift-giving, or just because your free time is limited). Read more…




    MORE NEW RELEASES: QUILTING INSPIRATION!
    Man Cave Quilts
    (5749)
    Treat your sports fan or outdoorsman to a generous lap throw that also makes a large wall hanging for his favorite retreat. Among these masculine designs by Rochelle Martin, you’ll find the quilt he would choose for himself! There are themes to please the hunter or fisherman; the football, hockey, or speedway fan; and the nature or maritime enthusiast. Read more…



    New Ideas in Applique (5657)
    Inspired by her love of decorating for the seasons, Pat Sloan has created a stunning block-of-the-month applique quilt and an assortment of fun projects showcasing some of the block designs. Version I of the 85" x 85" quilt is made from vibrant batik fabrics for a bright and bold look. Version II uses more traditional colors and prints for a warm and toasty feel. Read more…


    Quick Weekend Quilts by Debbie Mumm (5646)
    Weekends are the perfect time to immerse yourself in quilting. But if weekend after weekend seems to slip by while dust starts to gather on your projects, sometimes a simple nudge in the right direction can motivate you to make the most of your weekends. This book from celebrated designer Debbie Mumm will help you with preplanning, time-saving strategies, and 45 ideas for quick quilts and clever crafts. Read more…



    CURRENT PROMOTIONS
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.



    • Buy our Just Duct Tape It! and Go Crazy with Duct Tape craft pattern books and get *free shipping with coupon code: DUCTTAPE! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Duct Tape special ends July 31.



    Knook Bundle Summer Special—You can learn to knit with a Knook this summer with our Knook Bundle promotion! Receive *free shipping with your $50 purchase of select Knook soft cover pattern books and tool kits with coupon code: KNOOKPROMO! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Ends July 31!



    • We're celebrating Christmas in July with an Ornament Extravaganza featuring select pattern books at 30% off the original price. Select your favorites from the listed products before the celebration is over on July 31!


    •Get Summer Sizzlin’ Savings on our Cookbook Bundle including 6 Family Living Classics—Sizzlers Cookbook, Microwave Cooking, Cakes and Cookies, Sandwiches and Wraps – Vegetarian, Snacks for Children- Vegetarian and Chicken Snacks and Soups—Salads, Too. Regularly priced $1.00 each, get them all now for the low price of $3.99 for all 6! This is a limited time offer, so act now.

    • Stock your Crochet library with our 10% off all Crochet products promotion from now through August 1!
    • Mary Engelbreit products on sale at 50% off the original retail price. Click here to see all of our products in this category.
    • We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.
    • Select DVD products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price -View Products
    • Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price. Click here to see all of our products in this category.
  • Pat Sloan & Applique!

    Incomparable quilt designer / teacher Pat Sloan’s done it again. She’s just released another beautiful quilt pattern book—New Ideas in Applique
    New Ideas in Applique
    Inspired by her love of decorating for the seasons, Pat Sloan has created a stunning block-of-the-month applique quilt and an assortment of fun projects showcasing some of the block designs. Version I of the 85" x 85" quilt is made from vibrant batik fabrics for a bright and bold look. Version II uses more traditional colors and prints for a warm and toasty feel. To make either version of this quilt, you might want to organize or participate in a block of the month group through your local quilt shop or guild, or you can opt to make it on your own from start to finish. But don't stop with the quilt! Other seasonal projects include a tabletop set, a project bag, a pillow, and a throw. Some of the blocks can even be finished as mini quilts.
    Take a peek at Pat Sloan’s projects:
    A Year of Applique Version 1
    A Year of Applique Version 2
    In the Pink
    Pear-a-licious
    Slouchy Project Bag
    Snow Day
    Moon Flowers
    Meet the Designer: Pat Sloan!
    You'll never meet a more devoted fan of the quilting arts than Pat Sloan! When she isn't designing fabric, writing quilt books, teaching quilt techniques, or developing patterns, she draws on her background as a computer programmer to maintain her popular website and blog at PatSloan.com. Pat's joyful approach to quilting seems to be contagious, because "Sloanies" (as Pat's devoted fans call themselves) love to keep up with their favorite designer while she pursues the quilting life with a passion.
    Get Pat Sloan's new book—New Ideas in Applique, now! It's a must-have for any dedicated quilter's pattern library!
  • Quilt Pattern Book Winners from the Pat Sloan Blog Tour

    I’m thrilled to announce the winners of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Each winner will soon be receiving her very own copy of Pat’s new quilt pattern book featuring medallion quilts—Focus on the Center

    • Pat at patsloan.typepad.com picked:
    Deb from FL
    Deb from VA

    • Vanessa Christenson at vanessachristenson.com picked:
    Barbara from PA
    Linda from MT

    • Carrie Nelson at lavieenrosie.typepad.com picked:
    Jennifer from MN
    Lisa from AK

    • Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.blogspot.com picked:
    Sue from NY
    Patricia from MI

    • Michele Foster at quiltinggallery.com picked:
    Anna from Alberta, Canada
    Pam from NC

    • Victoria Findlay Wolfe at bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com picked:
    Jane from WA
    Becky from PA

    • Rachel Griffith at psiquilt.com picked:
    Flo from Saskatchewan, Canada
    Carla from AZ

    • Jackie Kunkel at cvquiltworks.blogspot.com picked:
    Debbie from NY
    Kathie from CA

    • Dana Bolyard at oldredbarnco.blogspot.com picked:
    Carol from GA
    Mary from TX

    • Vicki Welsh at vickiwelsh.typepad.com picked:
    Sandi from NY
    Tricia from IA

    • Faith Jones at freshlemonsquilts.com picked:
    Margaret from OH
    Cathy from WV

    Thanks to everyone for coming by and checking out our Tour and for leaving such wonderful comments about Pat’s new quilt pattern book! A special thanks also goes out to the great group of bloggers kind enough to participate in our Tour! (Be sure to check back in with our bloggers to see what else they’re up to. Lots of cool quilt pattern creativity going on with these folks!) 

    And if you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can get your very own copy of this exciting quilt pattern book, Focus on the Center, on our site in Print or as an eBook (gotta love these economical and portable eBooks)!

    Let me refresh you on the Focus on the Center details:

    “Start your quilts with a big block, and work your way to the edges! Pat Sloan’s exciting patterns will have you jumping right into the middle of these colorful medallion quilts! The six lap quilts and one bed-size quilt all include plenty of colorful piecing. One quilt has two fun applique options for the center—which just happens to be the perfect size for a table topper! And since you’ll get to use modern quilt-making techniques to create these vintage-inspired quilts, you’ll have the best of old and new, together. There are 7 new looks for medallion quilts: Antique Mist, Arabella’s Courtyard, Blue Lagoon, Checkerboard Deluxe, Rose Garden, Lucky Charms, and All Roads Lead Home.”

    Look at the pretty designs you’ll find inside:

    Antique Mist Quilt
    Arabella’s Courtyard Quilt
    Blue Lagoon Quilt
    Checkerboard Deluxe
    Rose Garden Quilt
    Lucky Charms
    All Roads Lead Home

    How can you resist?
  • The May 16 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter

    Just in case you missed it, here’s all the new news that went out in the May 16 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter:
    LEISUREARTS.COM IS NOW MOBILE-FRIENDLY!
    LeisureArts.com has a fresh new look that’s mobile-friendly! Now you can use your smart phones and tablets to check out the new products or search for old favorites. We’ve added lots of new features, as well. Our interactive Pinterest button lets you pin images that catch your eye. Our search engine is faster and more thorough, providing a handy list of images alongside previews of each product description. Besides our usual skill categories, we also now have sections just for digital patterns, as well as for all our Knook products. We welcome your comments on each item, and you’re going to love the improved checkout experience. Come see it all for yourself, and feed your creative passions!
    Decorated all funky and chunky with colorful duct tape, these boots were made for having fun! They are just one of more than 40 wild and wacky projects in Go Crazy with Duct Tape, which is now available online and in stores around the country. Fan response to the book and its predecessor, Just Duct Tape It!, has been so great that Patti Wallenfang, the designer, was invited to be a special guest at the 9th Annual Duct Tape Festival June 15-17 in Avon, Ohio, the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world and home of Duck Tape® brand duct tape. What a blast!

    If you missed the five-day, 10-blogger tour featuring Pat Sloan’s new quilt book, Focus on the Center, visit Pat’s blog to catch up. Her May 6 post included a list of all the sites that participated. Congratulations to the winners of all the giveaways!
    Knitters, start watching the Leisure Arts new products page for Knitting for a Cure. It has a variety of gifts to make, including Kay Meadors’ beautiful lace Traveling Shawl, which was produced by knitters in 50 states to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
    With Mother's Day behind us, it’s time to switch over to work on Father’s Day gifts. Be sure to check out our Father’s Day Promotion offering 30% off selected books of socks to knit or crochet. You'll get to pamper Dad with a pair of soft, handmade socks now, and you'll have all the patterns you need for later, to make sock gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
    For a treat that the whole family can enjoy any time, whip up our free recipe for Apple Cobbler, one of 84 scrumptious desserts in Celebrating Cobblers and Pies. It's yummy, and the dough also works with berries or other favorite fruits. Hope your summer is delicious!



    Editor’s Corner: DUCT TAPE THE WORLD!
    Make a big, sassy bloom to brighten your room. Stack your wrists with stretchy bracelets. Craft a camo wallet for your favorite dude or rescue a comfy old recliner. "There is NOTHING in this world you can’t create, reinvent, recycle, cover, or reuse with duct tape!” says Patti Wallenfang, the Leisure Arts designer behind Go Crazy with Duct Tape. “Everything I look at, everywhere I go, I am thinking about duct tape and what to make next.” This book has lots of great starting points for your creativity.



    In the Spotlight: QUICK & EASY WREATHS AND PAPER CRAFTS
    Fast and simple is the theme behind our newest books for home decorating and paper crafts. There are projects like this sunny Summer Wreath to make with giant deco mesh ribbon, scrapbooks to finish in a jiffy with standard-size photos, and greeting cards to whip up following versatile layout sketches. What a way to launch those carefree vacation days that are just about here!

    Deco Mesh Wreaths (#5834)
    How did we ever decorate before they invented deco mesh? It certainly wasn’t as easy! The colorful, flexible, giant ribbon is great for all kinds of projects for holidays and special occasions. This new book presents 14 exciting wreaths, with designs for every season as well as weddings, births, and school events.


     Sketches are amazing little drawings that are full of big inspiration! With one glance, you can see your way to build a creative greeting card that someone will enjoy and cherish. This book from the editors of Paper Crafts magazine is absolutely loaded with card sketches that you can use again and again for all sorts of cards. It's a must-have for every paper crafter!

    If you thought you couldn’t scrapbook without resizing or cropping your photos, think again. This book shows how you can make wonderful album pages with your 4" by 6" photos straight from the printer. Needless to say, that really speeds things up, too—and we could all benefit from that! You're going to love this big book of ideas. 

    We just can’t say enough about this fun book! Over 40 projects include a necklace, earrings, ring, jewelry gift boxes, tape wad bracelet, stretchy bracelets, “leather” vest, ribbon-tied vest, funky chunky boots, peacock boots, sunglasses and case, phone case, belts, party invitation and favor, party cup, recliner, wallet, suitcases, covered cans and tins, toolbox, guitar, photo album, candles, monogram, bookmark, bulletin board, hanger, zippered bags, tote bag, beach mat, water bottle, and soccer ball. All great ways to wake up your world!

    Current Promotions
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.
    Our Father’s Day Promotion is offering 30% off selected books of socks to knit or crochet. You’ll use these patterns all through the year for lots of gift-giving occasions. View Products.
    We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.
    Select DVD products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price -View Products
    Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price. Click here to see all of our products in this category.
  • Day 5: Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour

    Hey Quilt Fans! We’re celebrating Day 5 (the last day) of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Click on over and visit with Vicki & Faith for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center!

    Saturday May 5
    • Vicki Welsh at vickiwelsh.typepad.com
    • Faith Jones at freshlemonsquilts.com

    Take a peek at the whole Schedule and be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)


    Oh, and click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! She’s got giveaways, too!
  • Day 4: Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour

    Hey Quilt Fans! We’re celebrating Day 4 of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Click on over and visit with Jackie & Dana for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center!
    Friday May 4
    • Jackie Kunkel at cvquiltworks.blogspot.com
    • Dana Bolyard at oldredbarnco.blogspot.com


    Take a peek at the whole Schedule and be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)


    Oh, and click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! She’s got giveaways, too!
  • Day 3: Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour

    Hey Quilt Fans! We’re celebrating Day 3 of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Click on over and visit with Victoria & Rachel for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center!
    Thursday May 3
    • Victoria Findlay Wolfe at bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
    • Rachel Griffith at psiquilt.com


    Take a peek at the whole Schedule and be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)


    Oh, and click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! She’s got giveaways, too!
  • Day 2: Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour

    Hey Quilt Fans! We’re celebrating Day 2 of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Click on over and visit with Bonnie & Michele for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center!
    Wednesday May 2
    • Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.blogspot.com
    • Michele Foster at quiltinggallery.com
    Take a peek at the whole Schedule and be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)


    Oh, and click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! She’s got giveaways, too!
  • Day 1: The Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour

    Hey Quilt Fans! We’re celebrating Day 1 of the Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour! Click on over and visit with Vanessa & Carrie for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center!

    Tuesday May 1 
    • 
    Vanessa Christenson at vanessachristenson.com
    • Carrie Nelson at lavieenrosie.typepad.com
    Be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)


    Oh, and click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! She’s got giveaways, too!

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