Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Quilting Round Up 2014

It's hard to believe that the last day of 2014 has arrived. It was kind of a different year for me and was actually filled with a mixture of life experiences both good and a little on the difficult side (I'm a "glass half-full" kind of person). I'm grateful for many things, and I'm filled with hope and anticipation for 2015. I also have some fun things I'll get to share with you sometime during the new year--I'll definitely keep you posted on those!

It was fun to go through my photos and kind of review the year in projects...I didn't add everything to the collage, but I tried to get a good sample of things that were true finishes for the year. As I went through the photos, I was reminded of a few projects that were started and that I need to get finished!

Just before Christmas I cut out Camille's "Starlight" pattern using Moda Bella White, Moda Dottie in aqua, and a Fat 1/8 bundle of Kate Spain's Sunnyside collection. Even though this is a jelly roll pattern, the bundle was perfect...I was able to cut the strips I needed and also cut a strip from each fabric for a scrappy binding.  I've actually made this quilt once before as I made one of the samples for Camille when she first wrote her pattern; I've been wanting to make one for me ever since. So...goal from 2013 accomplished! 

Finally...the most important thing I want to do in this post is express my appreciation for everyone who reads my blog. I truly appreciate your kind words and comments, your suggestions and inspiration, and your friendship and support. I'm happy to be able to be a part of this wonderful on-line creative community. I hope you have a wonderful and joyful New Year, and I'm looking forward to sharing and learning along with you in 2015. Happy New Year!
Shop Note: because of the VAT problem (a tax issue for anyone selling digital products to anyone in the EU). I'm going to have to discontinue my PDF pattern sales on Etsy and Craftsy starting January 1st until those sites work out the details for collecting those taxes. Paper patterns will still be available on my Etsy site as usual. Because of this...all PDF patterns are 30% off today in the Etsy shop with the code "THANKYOU1."

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Dresden Plate Tutorial and Scrap Quilting

Happy Monday! There are just a few more days left in 2014, but I've already made some plans for the blog in 2015. While reviewing my posts from this year (I'll do a recap post later this week) I realized that I really need to make more scrap quilts in 2015. So I thought it would be fun to post about sewing with scraps every Monday in the new year. I'll share my scrappy progress each week and also have a linky tool here on the blog so everyone can post and link up with their scrap sewing for the year...I hope it sounds fun...I know it will motivate me to get sewing with more scraps. And it will be extra fun to be able to search the links and see even more scrappy inspiration.

I'll begin next Monday and have everything set up so you can add your photo/link that day as well! I will also have a blog button finished next week...and if you don't have a blog I'll have an option for you to share your progress as well.

One of my favorite ways to use scraps is to make scrappy Dresden Plate blocks...and so I've created a video tutorial on assembling this block.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Minute Gifts

 I always love the days after Christmas. It seems like not only a good time to rest up from the holiday season but also a time to get organized for the new year. I have some fun things coming up in 2015, and so I will be taking the next few days to do a little planning! But first I want to share these quick boxy pouches I made on Christmas Eve.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I love this shows and shares what Christmas is truly about! I love the hashtag, too...#ShareTheGift!

May you have a wonderful Christmas holiday and peace and joy in the coming year!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More Christmas Gift Sewing

 I keep thinking of more things to I usually do at this point in the Christmas season. But I'm a little further ahead than usual this year...I think. I've determined that after today there will be no more Christmas sewing--what gets done will be what gets done. I think at some point every year I just need to set a deadline for myself so I can really enjoy the spirit of the season.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Mini Charm Mix

 Today I'm sharing my version of Fat Quarter Shop's most recent pre-cut pattern, the "Mini Charm Mix" which uses 3 Moda Candy packs. This was a fast and fun quilt to make...the hardest part was deciding on fabrics. I was going to use holiday fabrics at first, but then I thought a nice spring runner to brighten things up when I take down the Christmas decorations would be just the ticket.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday before Christmas! I went out shopping yesterday with the hope that it might be my last excursion for store-bought gifts (and I think I accomplished that goal). I still have some things to sew and quilt, and of course I'll be doing a bit more grocery shopping, but I'm home for the weekend...yay!

Pictured above is a stocking for my youngest son who is in Virginia for Christmas serving a mission for our Church. All of his packages were delivered this week, and it makes me feel good knowing he got something handmade from his Mom! I thought these penguins were perfect...they almost look like they are wearing suits and ties...and the flannel polka dot just seemed perfect for the cuff!

Before starting my final round of Christmas gift sewing I did a little cleaning up (amazing how often that needs to happen this time of year). And I couldn't help but sew my finished red and white Moda Modern Building Blocks together. I have two of the sections complete, and it's good to have at least these blocks all in one piece.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SnapShots Quilt Along

I'm happy to announce that I'm participating in the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots quilt along benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! (For information on donations, go here).

The Snapshots quilt along will feature Day Sail fabric by Bonnie & Camille, and you can now pre-order kits and patterns from Fat Quarter Shop here. These will be available in early February.

All of the information on this fun quilt along can be found over at the Jolly Jabber blog here.  And there is even an introductory YouTube video available as well...find that here.

I've already made my first three's going to be such a fun quilt. I'll be posting about the blocks on the 15th of each month beginning in January. Hope you'll quilt along!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Red and White Quilt Blocks

 My Red and White (and low-volume) Moda Building Blocks quilt has been a lot of fun to work on during the Christmas season. I first posted about this quilt here and here. It's been hard not to work on it more frequently, but I still have gifts to make!

This weekend I promised myself that if I checked a few things off of my list I could make a block for this quilt.

As you can tell...

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Small Quilts: Candy Box Table Toppers

Happy Saturday! Today I have some fun small quilts to share made with my Candy Box Table Topper pattern. This time of year is always busy, and it's been fun to see the different versions--many of them made especially for this time of year!

First up is Sue's Christmas fun!

 Next up is another fun holiday version by Donna.

 Hildy made this fun red and pink it (and wait until you see her mini Shine for the January Schnibbles parade...she's already finished and sent in her photo)!

 Jackie changed it up a little...such a fun "peppermint twist" version!

 Janet used fresh fall colors for her version.

 And Lee is ready for spring with her quilt!

 Mindy sent in this beautiful photo of her quilt.

 And we'll finish out the parade with Sharon's mini!

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in their photos! We'll take December off and start back with Simply Small projects on January 10! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 Happy Wednesday...for just a little was supposed to be my Simply Small post; however, this is the last week of my semester, and I have final papers, re-write papers, and final exams to grade. Then there are grades to figure and get turned in. So since I had my favorites post ready to it is...and I'll post the Simply Small parade this weekend!

Of course Moda Bella Solids are my favorite...and since I just got a new color card recently, it had to be the first thing on my list. I love Bella the colors, but most of all I love the way they feel and the way they sew. I should also mention I love their quality!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Together Bag Sewing

 My weekend quilting consisted mostly of finishing up five "Sew Together Bags" (pattern available here) that I had started a few weeks ago. I think I pieced together the outer bag patchwork pieces a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, but then things got a little crazy! So it was a high priority to get these finished up as they are all gifts. The non-patchwork bag in the front is just a little different than the others...more on that later in this post.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Log Cabin Pot Holder Tutorial

Happy Friday! I thought it would be fun to have a tutorial each Friday before Christmas...I'll go back to my "Favorites" posts for Fridays after the holidays. First up is what I'm making this week...scrappy log cabin pot holders!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Work in Progress...Thursday Edition

I usually plan on doing works in progress posts on Wednesdays, but we've had a bit of rain and some gloriously cloudy skies (living in the desert one comes to truly appreciate overcast days). So, with the rain and the clouds there wasn't an opportunity for good photos, and it seemed like the perfect weather to decorate for Christmas.

But I have been doing a little quilting, too. I got the binding finished up on this quilt... 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Favorites: Little Quilts

Happy December! And welcome to the monthly parade of small quilts. This month's parades feature the most wonderful versions of the Fig Tree pattern "Stems"...I can hardly wait to share. 

But month's pattern Mini shine pattern. My mini quilt (along with the big version)  is pictured above, and it's one of my favorite mini's. Everyone who submitted a "Stems" quilt photo to either Sinta or I will receive a free PDF of the pattern from me...kind of my way of saying "thank you" to all of you for participating. And for everyone else, I have the Mini Shine (and everything else in my Etsy shop) on sale for 30% off until December 5th with the code December. There are also 3 copies of the Scraps, Inc. book  in the Etsy shop that i just added today. Okay...enough with all of are the "Stems" quilts!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekend Quilting

 I'm always ready for Christmas as soon as the dishes from the Thanksgiving meal are cleaned up and put away. And I couldn't wait to add the borders to my Instagram Sew Along quilt (pattern and sew-along by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet).

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sale Info

Happy Black Friday! I'm going to be spending the day doing a little decorating and a little sewing. If you're doing any on-line shopping today here are some great deals you should know about.

Fat Quarter Shop:

We have 25% OFF the entire store for 2 days only!
Starting on FRIDAY, November 28th at 12:01 am CST until SATURDAY, November 29th at Midnight CST.
*Terms: Coupon code not required, product prices will show at marked down price. Offer excludes clubs, programs, pre-orders and purchase of gift certificates.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio:
From November 26th through December 1 enjoy 30% off ALL Holiday House AND 20% of ALL, Bundles, Pre-cuts, and Kits.  There is no discount needed - discounts will automatically pop into the shopping cart!

 Lady Belle Fabric:

-half yards starting at $2.50
-fat quarter bundles only that day will be 15% off. 
-No coupon code will needed for anything. 
-free shipping on orders over $75

Southern Fabric:  25% off or more on the entire store.  25% off all full priced items and hundreds of markdowns for up to 50% off.

 Craftsy: Classes $19.99 or less! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Red & White Quilt & Binding Tutorial

I finally had a chance to start piecing my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. The pattern is absolutely wonderful, and Moda has also created a kit using Bella solids to make the original project. I've been wanting to make a red and white quilt for a while, and after seeing the Ruby exhibit of red and white quilts in Houston this fall I was determined to start right away.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Scraps Inc. Richmond

photo courtesy ©Lucky Spool Media, LLC

Meet Richmond, one of my most favorite quilts! About a year ago I was invited to contribute to a compilation book, Scraps, Inc.Vol.1: 15 Block-Based designs for the Modern Quilter, that would have fifteen different scrap quilt projects. I didn't even have to think twice about my answer (an immediate "yes") when I saw the email was from Susanne Woods, and when I saw the other contributors I was honored and quite a bit intimidated to be included in such an amazing creative group.

I had a lot of fun piecing my quilt almost completely from my scrap bin (I ended up having to order just a bit of fabric for the binding). The grey background fabric is actually the grey on grey polka dot from Bonnie & Camille's Happy Go Lucky collection--I love that grey and have used it in a lot of projects.

I love the quilting on this quilt, too...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Vintage Vibe Blog Tour

Photo Courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane, Photographer

Happy Monday! Today I'm happy to posting for the Vintage Vibe blog tour! Vintage Vibe is a recently released quilting book written by my friend Amber Johnson. It's a great book with 14 projects in a variety of sizes, all pieced in fun fabric combinations. If you visit all of the blogs listed on the blog tour list below you'll find there are even a few chances to win an e-copy of the book!

I love all things vintage, so as soon as I heard the title of Amber's book I couldn't wait to see it! And it is wonderful! Since I'm in love with vintage canning jars and have a collection of jars gifted to me by my grandmother and some good friends, I chose to feature Amber's "Scrap Jars" quilt for my post. Even before I saw the photo of this quilt I knew I would love it! I can think of quite a few fabric combinations I could use to make this quilt!

I hope you'll visit the other stops on the tour and see some of Amber's other fun projects. The complete schedule is listed below.

11/11/14 - April @
11/18/14 - The Fat Quarter Shop @
11/24/14 - Sherri @
12/11/14 - Heather @
12/16/14 - Andy @
12/23/14 - Melissa @

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Favorites: Quilting with Scraps

 I've been playing with a lot of my scraps this week: I'm making my Christmas sampler from Lori Holt's Instagram quilt along with scraps from several of Kate Spain's Christmas collections along with just a few other prints. I've added in some DaySail, some Moda Dottie, some Central Park and Daydream as well as a piece of Best Day Ever.

Because I've been working so much out of my scrap bins this week, I thought today's Favorites post could be a "scraps edition." I've got a few ideas on scraps, some pictures of some of my favorite scrappy quilts,  and a round-up of links to some of my earlier posts on scrap quilts and scrap organization, storage, and use.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Works in Progress: Tips for Quilting

Happy Wednesday! On Wednesday I try to share what I'm currently working on, and along with today's post I'm sharing some of my tips for efficient project sewing!

First up...the stack of fabrics above will soon be on the Moda Bake Shop. I'll be sure to let you know when that project post is up and ready to view.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Sampler

 Over the weekend I was able to catch up on the #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas Instagram sew along. I shared my first four blocks here. There are a total of nine blocks now; we added cocoa stir sticks to the mug blocks and pieced an ornament, candle, and star. I was behind on my Christmas lights and Gingerbread block, so I finished those up, too!

 Now I'm caught up...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sponsor Giveaway: Lady Belle Fabric

Happy weekend! Today I'm excited to have a giveaway from one of my new sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric. 

Lady Belle Fabric is an on-line shop based in Tennessee and owned by Brooke and her husband Rob. They specialize in modern, fun and bright fabric and love fabric bundles and precuts!

Brooke says, "Our goal is for us to help our customers shine in all their fabric creations. As a husband and wife team, we pick out fabric collections together, searching for what we feel will be the prettiest and most adored fabric. We try to ship most of our orders same day so that they will get to our customers as quickly as possible. We’ve fallen in love with the quilting community and hope it shows in our efforts."

This giveaway is for a Miss Kate Jelly Roll and the Jen Kingwell pattern, "Gene Pool." Won't this be a fun combination?!

You have two ways to enter: enter here on the blog by first visiting Lady Belle Fabric and then leave a comment on this post mentioning your favorite item or items.

You can also enter on Instagram: follow Brooke at @becker1210 on Instagram...find the jelly roll/pattern picture on my feed @sherrimcconnell or Brookes, and re-post the photo with the hashtag #jenandkatejellyquilt.  I'll keep the giveaway open through Monday.  That's all...have fun and good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tutorials: Something New

 What I'm sewing with this weekend: Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda

For a little while now, I've been thinking of doing some video tutorials for the blog. It just seems like some quilting techniques and topics are better presented visually. Using video tutorials will especially allow me to share more complicated techniques and also add pattern tutorials. Although it's a little scary to get behind the camera (and even more scary to start publishing these tutorials), I finally made the leap...the first video is ready!

This first video covers a basic topic--the accurate 1/4" seam; however, this is a topic that is relevant for new quilters and experienced quilters alike. If your seams and points don't seem to be matching up, it might be time for a quick check of the accuracy of your seam allowance. 

You can watch the video here, or go to YouTube to watch. and if you like YouTube video tutorials, I'd love to have you  subscribe to my You Tube Channel. There will be lots of fun videos and tutorials coming up soon! I plan on adding one new video each week.

Also, if there are any topics you'd love to have me cover via video, please leave a comment on today's post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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