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Susan Beal is a West Coast freelance writer and lover of all things crafty who lives in Portland, Oregon. She writes for Stitch, CRAFT, ReadyMade, BUST, Venus, BurdaStyle, and CraftStylish. She's the author of Bead Simple, Button It Up, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, and World of Geekcraft.

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By Susan Beal Magnetic Inspiration Board These sleek, stylish magnetic fabric boards by are paired with covered-button magnets in the same prints – an easy, beautiful way to make an ever-changing inspiration board, or keep your important papers or project receipts handy in your craft room, kitchen or bedroom. MooreMagnets... Read more »

Fabric Bunting Mini-Pennants This charming mini-pennant strand by merriweathercouncil on Etsy is a mix of vintage and new patterned fabrics strung on handmade bias tape – lovely! Each pennant triangle is backed with another fabric, so both sides are unique. This set is 63 inches long and one of a... Read more »

I had the chance to ask Oh, Fransson!‘s Elizabeth Hartman a few questions about her wonderful new book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, and got some very handy advice and recommendations from her on quilt-making. She also shared a few favorite finds spotted at last week’s Quilt Market! Your quilt... Read more »

Hip to Piece Squares Kimono Slippers I have always loved Sarah Minshall‘s charming sewing and quilting projects, and her new kimono slippers are absolutely adorable. She has a gorgeous selection in different fabrics and women’s sizes in her Etsy shop. From her description: “These adorable house shoes are fully lined... Read more »

October is such a fun time for crafting… whether you’re dreaming up handmade Halloween costumes or planning a party (or just doing some fun fall cooking and baking), I’ve found some favorite crafty patterns and products I’m excited for! Moustache + Superhero Mask = Costume Awesomeness Friend of CRAFT: Lee... Read more »

It’s that time of year again for new backpacks and lunch bags as we head Back to School! Here’s a collection of some great indie finds in this month’s Bazaar. Lunch Kit This nicely designed set has everything you need for stylish lunches on the go: a set of reuseable... Read more »

photo by Bettie Newell The third and final day of the Hello Craft Summit of Awesome started off with breakfast bright and early at 8:30 am, and then workshops and events began an hour later. This was another packed day with many, many cool things going on at each time... Read more »


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