Thursday, December 8, 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks Update

Hello and happy Thursday!  Can you believe it's the second week of December already? It seems like  I'll need to sew faster and faster to get everything finished up in time.

But while I've been working on a lot of projects with deadlines and a mix of Christmas sewing, I've also been sneaking in some "just for me blocks."  It's been nice to be able to take a break now and then and add to my Splendid Sampler collection.

I'm hoping to start setting this quilt together right after Christmas, so I've been

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hello and a good Wednesday morning! Today is the annual Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day...a fantastic chance for blog readers to visit new blogs and enter giveaways for a variety of sewing and quilting supplies and handmade items!


I'm happy to be playing along this year--I feel like I've gained so much from

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Quilted Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm happy to share a tutorial for a fun Christmas ornament project. Almost every year for about the last twenty years I've made some time of handmade ornament; this has become sort of a tradition, and is something I really look forward to. This year I decided I really wanted log cabin block ornaments since it's one of my favorite block patterns and is perfect for scrappy Christmas prints.

Gather your scraps and get ready for some fun!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Quilted Christmas Pillows

Hello and happy December! I've been starting to pull out my Christmas decor...and I started with the pillows. I love making Christmas pillows because they are usually quick to make and because they add instant charm to whatever setting you place them!


I usually start my decorating with the pillows because I can set them out and 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Patchwork Pillows

 Hello and happy December! Welcome to the final Minis and More parade of the year! Today we have some amazing patchwork pillows to share with you...I know you'll be inspired!


First up is Hildy's pillow! She used her favorite red prints and did beautiful 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD

Hello!  It's hard to believe it's the last day of November, but here we are! I'm not as far along as I thought I'd be with my Christmas preparations right now...(thanks to a mean stomach bug that hit early Tuesday morning). But I'm on the uphill mend, so I'm not going to complain about such a small setback to my plans.

 The fall season with it's unrivaled beauty and emphasis on thanksgiving is always my favorite time of year; it leads naturally into the Christmas season where we concentrate on lighting our homes and our lives and the lives of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and community members.


Each year I write a special Christmas post for the blog (which I will do again 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

10 Tips for Using Jelly Rolls

Hello! Today's post is all about jelly rolls...those adorable bundles of 2 1/2" by width of fabric strips. Of course you can also make your own jelly rolls from your scraps by simply saving 2 1/2" strips from project left overs or by purchasing fabrics specifically to cut into these wonderfully usable pieces!


For me, it's easiest to store my 2 1/2" strips together, and I have quite a few 


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pattern Review | Olivia's Baskets

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm excited to review a pattern for my good friend Kaitlyn.  Kaitlyn is an amazing seamstress, and I'm happy she is designing patterns now. She has helped me do market sewing for all three of our collections with Moda--sewing accessories and even piecing quilts with Bright Sun and Valley!





Kaitlyn's first pattern is called Olivia's Baskets, and its a fun fabric basket

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Favorites | Fabric & Notions

Happy Saturday! Welcome to my weekly favorites post...a Saturday edition because of the Thanksgiving holiday this week!  First up is this gorgeous Liberty Lawn bundle


I received from Westwood Acres. This might be my favorite bundle yet...look for


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Pat Sloan Book Tour | Giveaway

Hello! Today is my turn on Pat Sloan's fabulous tour celebrating her new book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt.  I've had the chance to look over this fabulous book over the past week and can't say enough good about it!


Pat's book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn machine

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