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Chapter 7: Action Planning - Where the Rubber

Jennifer Lee New World Library ePub

Make Your Plan Real with Goals, Strategies, and Action Steps

Now that you have a big vision for your business and you know where you want to head, you may be wondering, “Okay, what’s next?” Well, in order to move forward, you need a plan of action. As a creative person, you may find that structure and planning are not your favorite things. Don’t worry. In this chapter, you’ll learn some simple tools and creative systems for getting into action.

Action makes your Right-Brain Business Plan real. Without action, your business plan is just a pretty piece to look at. Your collage will hang there collecting dust on the wall, your spreadsheet will never see the light of day, and you’ll be wondering why you don’t have more customers and why there isn’t more money in your bank account.

Forget that scenario! You want to bring your plan to life and manifest your business vision soon. By doing the following exercises, you’ll define the specific goals, strategies, and action steps needed to make your vision real. If your Right-Brain Business Plan is the visual map of where you want to go with your business, then the goals, strategies, and action steps are the landmarks, routes, and turn-by-turn directions to guide you to your desired destination.

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Medium 9781607051923


Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

Finished block: 8″ × 8″

Finished quilt: 62½″ × 74″

Skill level: Intermediate

Through the years, my family has tended to cherish special places and favorite memories over extravagant heirlooms. On one of my father's early visits to see my mother, he brought an acorn from a favorite spot near his family's farm. He planted the acorn, and it grew to be a strong and beautiful oak tree.

Years later, when my mother's parents had passed and the family farm was being sold, my father again gathered acorns. This time they were planted at my parent's house. Eventually, sprouted acorns from this tree were given to my mother's siblings, so they could all have a piece of home, wherever they lived. The tradition continues today, as I have a smaller, but no less special, oak tree growing in my yard—part of that same lineage.

It is easy to connect the story of our oak to the growth of our families, continuing on through generations. This quilt is to honor that strength and remind us of our unmistakable connection to the past, as well as the promise of the future.

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Medium 9781935362593


Julia Icenogle Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Quilting is fun, but it’s triple the fun when good friends are involved!

Quilters Anonymous

Stitch in the Ditch Club

The Quilt ’n’ Quaff Club never actually got around to quilting. Not that anyone cared.

Quilters’ Poker

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Medium 9781571205797

Four Crosses On-Point

Terrie Sandelin C&T Publishing PDF



61⁄2˝ × 61⁄2˝




Fabric Requirements

Dark brown: 1⁄8 yard or scraps

Medium dark brown: 1⁄8 yard or scraps

Two medium browns: 1⁄8 yard or scraps of each

Light brown: 1⁄8 yard or scraps

Two creams: 1⁄8 yard or scraps of each

Dark brown inner border: 1⁄8 yard

Chestnut Fall, 11½˝ × 11½˝, Terrie Sandelin, 2007

Medium brown outer border:


⁄4 yard

Light brown (E): Cut a strip

1˝ × 20˝. Crosscut into 20 patches.

Backing: 1 fat quarter

Binding: 1⁄4 yard

Cream (F): Cut a strip 1˝ × 24˝.

Crosscut into 24 patches.

Cutting Instructions

Letters indicate fabric placement on the quilt layout diagram for the 13-Square—

Four Crosses On-Point variation, right.


Cream (I, K): Cut a strip 1˝ × 17˝.

Crosscut into 17 patches.

Dark brown inner border

Cut 2 strips 3⁄4˝ × 7˝.

Cut 2 strips 3⁄4˝ × 71⁄2˝.

Cut each patch 1˝ × 1˝.

Dark brown (A, H): Cut a strip

1˝ × 36˝. Crosscut into 36 patches.

Medium dark brown (B): Cut a strip

1˝ × 8˝. Crosscut into 8 patches.

Medium brown (C, G, J): Cut a strip

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Tumbler Charm

Terrie Sandelin C&T Publishing PDF
Medium 9781617454820

Scrappy Jack

Riel Nason C&T Publishing ePub

It seems only right to start the book with projects made featuring the most traditional of Halloween decorations—the jack-o’-lantern. And just as you improvise when you carve a real pumpkin, you can do much the same with fabric in these projects. Piece the jack-o’-lantern with scraps following this method to create your own look.

basic scrappy jack block


Instructions are for making a single Scrappy Jack block.


Black fabric:

• 3 pieces no smaller than 3˝ × 3˝

• 1 scrap no smaller than 3˝ × 6˝

Orange fabric: Many scraps of all sizes


This is an improvisational technique/block, so cutting is not done with exact measurements. The estimates given are to keep the proportional size of eyes-to-nose-to-mouth the same as in the completed blocks shown here.

tip This block is very much make-it-up-as-you-go-along. I know not everyone is comfortable with this, so you might want to cut out a paper square 12½˝ × 12½˝ (the trim size of the block you are making) like a little design wall / test block to place the pieces on as you go. Then you can see if you like the size and spacing of the eyes, nose, and mouth before sewing everything together. A test block will also let you see how many scraps you need to make the block big enough—keeping in mind that the ¼˝ seam allowance will make everything a little smaller when sewn.

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Medium 9781571204462

Rectangles Behind Bars

Judy Sisneros C&T Publishing PDF

Fabric Requirements

(Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.)


GREEN: 11 ⁄ 2 yards for Card Trick blocks, border, and binding

LIGHT PRINT: 2 ⁄ 3 yard for Card Trick blocks



1⁄ 4

1⁄ 2

yard for inserted bars

yard for border around center strip sections

BACKING: 11 ⁄ 2 yards *if your fabric is not wide enough, you may need an additional yard

BATTING: 44˝ × 56˝

Cut diagonally twice.


2 strips 47⁄ 8˝ × wof

Subcut into:

11 squares 47⁄ 8˝ × 47⁄ 8˝; then cut each square diagonally once for 22 triangles.

1 strip 51 ⁄ 4˝ × wof

Subcut into:

6 squares 51 ⁄ 4˝ × 51⁄ 4˝; then cut each square diagonally twice for 24 triangles.

Cutting Instructions

(wof = width of fabric)


2 strips 12˝ × wof, centering the design you want to feature. Cut each strip from a different part of the fabric. Each strip provides more than enough for a strip set.

5 strips 3 1⁄ 2˝ × wof (for border)

5 strips 2 1⁄ 2˝ × wof (for binding)


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Medium 9781935362760

Fair & Square

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Fair & Square


FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 81 1/2” x 96”


When I think of those quilters of yesterday, I can imagine myself then, saving every last bit for use in a quilt somewhere. In a world of “disposable everything” I find myself saving even the smallest bits and dreaming, plotting and planning of where I could use each little piece.

This quilt is the perfect example of using various elements of my own scraps to pull together a quilt that sings! The string blocks are stitched from the saved bits of deconstructed clothing for use in quilt making: collars, cuffs, pockets, plackets – all the “too small to be a real strip” pieces that I still could not bear to toss away. The smallest checkerboards surrounding the red squares are 1 1/2” squares of recycled scraps and squares of muslin,

The two sizes of checkerboard border were pieced from strips of recycled fabrics and muslin in speedy strip pieced fashion,

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Chapter 13. Hansel and Gretel

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

Lost in the woods, this delightful Hansel and Gretel find a gingerbread house decorated with enticing candy. They also find something scary!

For more specific directions, see these sections:

Basic Materials for Most Dolls

Faces, clothing, and accessories: See Making Wee Folk and Fairies.



hansel and gretel

Hansel (3˝ doll)

Gretel (3˝ doll)

Additional Materials

Makes 1 Hansel doll or 1 Gretel doll.

1 standard 3˝ doll armature

1 unvarnished 16mm wooden bead for head

Wool fleece for hair

Wool felt for clothing

Metallic seed beads for buttons


Witch (4˝ doll)

Additional Materials

Makes 1 Witch doll.

1 standard 4˝ doll armature

1 unvarnished 20mm wooden bead for head

Wool fleece for hair

Metallic seed beads for buttons


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My Quilt Story

Ann Loveless Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

My Quilt Story

Dune Birches

42" x 56"

I was born and raised in Frankfort, Michigan. I have been fascinated with sewing and textiles all my life. As a young girl, I made doll clothes, clothes for myself and friends and loved craft projects. My mother and grandmother sewed, and I had two neighbor women who also helped me with sewing projects. I completed nine years of 4-H sewing and had dreams of becoming a dress designer.

I attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in clothing and textiles. I also took numerous art and art history classes. After college, I became a seamstress in my hometown of Frankfort, creating a successful in-home business. I have always felt fortunate to be able to work at home and raise my three children.

After 25 years of seamstress work, I developed arthritis in my hands from overuse. The ripping of seams and working on heavy fabrics had gotten the best of me.

I did not want to stop sewing because it had been my passion all my life, so I turned to quilting. Working on lighter weight cottons did not bother my hands. Instead of ripping out, I covered mistakes with trees and thread! I had made several traditional bed quilts over the years and had taken a landscape quilt class using a McKenna Ryan pattern. I also had a stash of batik fabrics that I’d purchased over the years. I was not quite sure what I was going to do with them, but loved their “painterly” quality.

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Medium 9781571209603

Irish Chain

Emily Cier C&T Publishing ePub


7½″ × 7½″


Crib: 37½″ × 52½″

Lap: 52½″ × 67½″

Twin: 82½″ × 97½″

Queen: 97½″ × 97½″

At first glance, this Irish Chain quilt looks traditional, but then you realize there’s something that’s just not right. Easy stackand-cut assembly creates two block styles, which randomly alternate with solid blocks. The print fabric pieces can be cut from yardage or 10″ × 10″ layer cake squares. Requirements for both options are listed in the yardage and cutting charts (page 15).

∗Use either yardage or layer cakes for print fabric pieces. ∗∗wof = width of fabric

1. Stack the 9″ × 10″ solid and print blocks right sides up into sets of about 8 or 10 pieces each, alternating color and solid pieces. Each set should have an equal number of prints and solids. Line up the edges of the blocks in each set.


1. It’s easiest to work with one set at a time, cutting and sewing the entire set of blocks before moving on to the next.

2. Rotary cut through all the layers at once. It works!

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Triangles All Around

Alex Anderson C&T Publishing PDF

Wall/Crib: 40½˝ × 52½˝

Twin: 60½˝ × 80½˝

Queen: 80½˝ × 100½˝


Yardages are based on 42˝-wide fabric.





Fabric #1

⅞ yard

2 yards

2⅝ yards

Fabric #2

¾ yard

2 yards

2 yards

Fabric #3

1⅛ yards

2 yards

2⅝ yards

Fabric #4

1 yard

1¾ yards

2½ yards

Fabric #5

1 yard

1½ yards

2⅛ yards


46˝ × 58˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)

66˝ × 86˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)

86˝ × 106˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)


Leftovers* or ½ yard

Leftovers* or ¾ yard

Leftovers* or ⅞ yard


46˝ × 58˝

66˝ × 86˝

86˝ × 106˝

* There will be enough left over to create a multifabric binding.


Write the fabric name on masking tape and attach it to each strip.



Number of Strips*


Size of Pieces

Number of


Number of Strips*


Size of Pieces

Number of


Size of Pieces

Number of




10½˝ × 20½˝



15½˝ × 30½˝



20½˝ × 40½˝




6½˝ × 40½˝



10½˝ × 60½˝



10½˝ × 80½˝




10½˝ × 10½˝



15½˝ × 15½˝



20½˝ × 20½˝




10⅞˝ × 10⅞˝

2 squares; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles

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Medium 9781607052708

Club Noir

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Janine Burke, 54″ × 72″



I’ve long been intrigued by the dichotomy of nightclubs-dark and sensual, yet loud and lively. This color palette was chosen to reflect that atmosphere: mysterious yet bright.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the Club Noir chart (page 58) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted solids: 18 strips 9″ × 42″ or 4¾ yards total or 20 fat quarters

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 3¾ yards

Batting: 64″ × 82″

We have included cutting instructions for both 42″strips as well as fat quarters.


Cut up just 2 contrasting solids to begin with so that you can construct a test block. This way you can verify the accuracy of your pieces and you can see how your fabrics are going together.

Cutting from assorted solids

From the assorted solids, cut:

18 strips 9″ × 42″

Cut each 9″ strip into:

1 strip 4½″ × 42″; subcut into 3 squares 4½″ × 4½″,
3 rectangles 3½″ × 4½″, and 6 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″.

3 strips 1½″ × 42″; subcut each strip into
2 rectangles 1½″ × 12½″ and 3 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″.

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Chapter 5. Blossom Fairies

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

Make a collection of fairy dolls, from the tiniest 1½˝ baby to a full-grown 3½˝ fairy. These dolls have floss-wrapped arms and legs, which require more skill and dexterity than the children’s fairy project. Construct their wrapped wire bodies (see Step-by-Step Directions for Doll Bodies) and dress them in bright petal petticoats and embroidered wool felt tunics. After the glue dries, they are ready to fly!

For more specific directions, see these sections:

Basic Materials for Most Dolls

Faces, clothing, and accessories: See Making Wee Folk and Fairies.



Additional Materials

Makes 1 doll.

Wooden bead head 10mm–16mm

Embroidery floss

Wool felt for tunic

Faux flower petals for skirt and wings

Wool fleece for hair

Acorn cap for hat


1. Add the flower petal skirt (see Faux Flowers, Skirts).

2. Embroider the felt tunic and poke the neck through the neck opening.

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Medium 9781607054863


Alissa Haight Carlton Stash Books ePub

65″ × 80″

This bright and sunny quilt design is perfect for any child’s room. Since it’s twin size, why not make it for your son’s or daughter’s bed?

This is the first quilt in this book that involves some improvisational piecing (see page 130). The improv section of the quilt will take the most time to piece. Take your time-embrace and enjoy the process and make the quilt top your own by knowing that no one is making a quilt identical to yours.

Based on 42″ fabric width.

Fabric A (white): 3 yards for background

Fabric B, C, and D (yellow, green, orange): ¾ yard of each

Backing: 4 yards

Binding: yard

Please be sure to read Notes on Making the Quilts in This Book (page 6). Label the pieces as you cut.

Fabric A (white)

1. Cut 2 strips 7½″ × WOF (selvage to selvage) and sew end to end; trim A1.

2. Cut 4 strips 4½″ × WOF and sew end to end; trim A2 and A3.

3. Cut 2 strips 16½″ × WOF and sew end to end; trim A4.

4. Cut 1 strip of each of the following sizes for the improv section: 1½″ × WOF, 2½″ × WOF, and 3½″ × WOF.

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