Introducing Critter, Bag, and Block of the Month

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Are you ready for an overload of unbearable cuteness? Welcome to our Critter of the Month campaign! On the first day of every month in 2016, we will be serving up a knit or crochet animal class taught by top designers like Twinkie Chan, Megan Kreiner, and Fancy Tiger (to name a few).

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First up, meet our very hungry knitted polar bear and his little fish friend. This critter is made with chunky yarn, so the knitting is fast and easy. Megan Kreiner shows you how to make every little bit—from tousled head to whip-stitched toe—and also demonstrates how to stuff and assemble. Best of all, you’ll learn how to add a safely secured magnet to both critters so the bear can carry the fish wherever he goes.

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Attention Sewists, we have something for you too. Get ready to fill your closet with totes, purses, and bucket bags galore. On the first day of every month in 2016, we will be serving up a new bag class taught by the most amazing bag designers like Nicole Mallalieu, Elke Bergeron, Jen Hewett, and Fancy Tiger (to name a few). We have pulled together an eclectic mix of designs–from snap clasp purses to totes with leather accents–so that you are guaranteed to learn a new skill every month.

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First up is a linen bucket bag (also known as your new favorite all-purpose year-round tote). Elke Bergeron shows you every step of making this classic bucket bag, including the beautiful leather shoulder strap and coordinating leather tassel.

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And lastly, we have something fun for our quilters. Our Block of the Month series, brought to you by the modern quilting dream team of Heather Jones, Anna Maria Horner, and Carolyn Friedlander. On the first day of every month, you will learn how to make a new block, including original never-seen-before designs as well as showstopping classics. Each month you will learn a new eye-opening skill, like paper piecing, needle-turn applique, and color lessons galore.

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The first block out of the gates is the stunning Ohio Star Block taught by Heather Jones. Using half square triangles and quarter square triangles, you will learn how to precisely sew the pieces together to create this crisp, geometric design with endless opportunities for customizing.

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