Lydia Nicholson

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Lydia is the face behind Arve Handmade. She lives in rural North Dakota with her husband, Norman, and daughter, Blake. When she's not sewing during the wee hours of the morning, she's usually working as a photographer, playing Settlers of Catan, or trying to keep her daughter out of the cupboards.

Learn all of the skills needed to make a quilt with this free DIY quilted checkerboard tutorial. A great sewing project for kids! suzyquilts.com #quilt #sewingtutorial

Free DIY Quilted Checkerboard Tutorial

This DIY quilted checkerboard is a perfect project for beginner sewers and children learning to sew. You only need small scraps of fabric and the most basic tools. Let's get started!

I'm so excited about this sewing tutorial because have fond memories of playing checkers against my dad – first me getting mad and crying because he beat me, and then after the next game, getting mad and crying because he let me win. 

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A free quilted Christmas stocking pattern right in time for the holidays! Sew a simple, modern stocking with this step by step tutorial. suzyquilts.com #christmasstocking

FREE Quilted Christmas Stocking Pattern

Before launching into your free quilted Christmas stocking pattern, let me explain why this pattern is squeaking in just five days before Christmas. It's simple, really. The first reason is that I didn't see these beautiful stockings until last week. For hours I had been on a cyber quest to find Christmas stockings for my family – which was proving to be no easy task!

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