Friday, October 31, 2014


 One of my favorites this week is actually a book I am honored to present: it's a compilation of fifteen different scrap quilts by a great group. I'm honored to have been asked to contribute a quilt for the book. Scraps, Inc.Vol.1: 15 Block-Based designs for the Modern Quilter was introduced at Quilt Market in Houston, and so I can finally share my quilt.

My friend Natalia of Piece 'N Quilt did the amazing quilting. My challenge was to quilt with scraps, and I ended up being rather successful until I had to buy a quarter yard to have enough of the binding fabric I wanted to use.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Quilt Market Part 3: Moda Booths

 I'll warn you now that there are a lot of Moda photos in this post! I wish I could have gotten a photo of every Moda designer with their collections, but I was in such a hurry this market that I took most of my photos before market opened to make sure I could get photos of the fabrics without crowds. Of course, I meant to go back and get more photos with people in them...but things were pretty fast-paced for me this time around. Today's photos are primarily booth photos. I'll share close-ups of some of my favorite collections soon.

I loved the Basic Grey collection, Fresh Cut. It was so of my favorites from the showroom floor for sure!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilt Market Part 2: Fig Tree and Kate Spain

 Moda's theme this year was "there's no place like Moda;" this theme was aptly chosen as the Moda section was awe-inspiring and amazing as usual. I'll share a few photos of the Fig Tree and Kate Spain booth sections today, and I will share more Moda booth photos in my next post.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy

I'm happy to be sharing my Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt with you today! The Fat Eighth Frenzy pattern is free from The Fat Quarter Shop and uses a fat eighth bundle. I loved using my friend April Rosenthal's collection Best. Day. Ever. for my quilt!

Below I have links for the free pattern and for Kimberly's videos that show step by step how to make the quilt.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 International Quilt Market Part 1

 My trip to International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas was kind of a whirlwind...less than 72 hours...but filled with the inspiration and energy that exists at every market. I'm sure it will take me a few posts to sort it all out, but I wanted to begin with a few photos from the Ruby Jubilee Celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of Quilt Market.

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Friday, October 24, 2014


 I'm heading out today for International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. So of course today's "Favorites" post will begin with my new bag. This is a favorite pattern of mine, the "Two Zip Hipster Bag" by Dog Under My Desk. I made a "Cotton & Steel" version this summer for my Washington, D.C. vacation, and I loved the size and style of the bag, so it was my pattern of choice for market. I used my favorite navy and aqua prints from the upcoming Fig Tree collection for Moda, Aloha Girl

I actually used one of my favorite prints for the back of the bag...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Works in Progress Wednesday

 Happy Wednesday...although I'm busy getting ready for International Quilt Market I've had a little time to work on a few projects this week. My "Jumping Jacks" quilt has been sitting on a chair since Labor Day weekend when I last worked on it. I finally got the outer border picked out, cut, and pieced! I've also started a new project with these fabrics...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Simply Small: Projects with 2 1/2" Squares

 Happy Monday! A few years ago (back in 2011) I posted a patchwork drawstring bag tutorial on my blog. The bag is perfect for using those Moda Candy packs...just one pack and a fat quarter and you're ready to sew!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Quilt Patterns!

Today is the day! I'm excited to be able to share my three new patterns. They were so much fun to make, and I love the designs and fabrics in each one. I can also picture these patterns in a lot of other fabric combinations, so don't be surprised If I remake them very soon!

First up is "Happy Friday" which is a fast and fun Jelly Roll quilt. I used an upcoming Moda collection, Beach House, by new Moda designer Kate Nelligan for this quilt. I used a strip piecing method for the blocks which saves a lot of time.

 This is a great summer quilt and really works well with these fun beach fabrics, but I can picture it in Christmas fabrics, Halloween fabrics, and even Americana fabrics for summer. And of course it will be perfect for your favorite every day collection too!

If you have it cut out and have a free's a "quilt in a day" kind of project and is perfect for a beginner quilter.

Next up is a Layer Cake quilt, "Pot Luck." I used a new Sweetwater collection for Moda, Feed Company, for this quilt.  This is the perfect pattern for showcasing those layer cake squares you just can't bear to cut up! Directions are provided for two Dresden Plate applique's, but they are optional and can be substituted with two more fun layer cake squares...the choice is up to you!

 This is another fast project...and it will work well with left over fat quarters, too.

I have to admit that the Dresden's were a last-minute addition to my quilt, but I love that extra touch they add.

This is another quilt pattern that would be perfect for your favorite Christmas collection, Halloween collection, or Americana fabric.

And (last but not least) my other new pattern is "Boardwalk" which was pieced using Paradiso, Kate Spain's upcoming collection for Moda. This quilt showcases the brilliant florals and geometric prints in the collection which remind me of the vibrant flowers peeking out from picket fences along my favorite boardwalk in California.

 The star blocks are easy to put together in the square in a square setting...and this quilt can also be pieced with a Layer Cake along with extra fabric for the sashing, contrast block background, border and binding.

  It would be a lot of fun to see this quilt in Christmas or Americana fabrics, too! there they are! I sure had fun designing and sewing these new quilts...I'm hoping you like them too!

PDF patterns are available for instant download now in my Etsy shop, and paper patterns will ship after market (by November 5). Right now and through the weekend you can purchase PDF or paper for just $7 each.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 Hello and Happy Tuesday! This is my "Favorites" post that I meant to publish last Friday...except that I didn't get it written until now. First up is a favorite fabric combination I can't wait to play with. Kate mentioned on her blog that her new collection, Paradiso (coming this spring) mixes well with her Horizon line (just out). Since I have scraps from both collections I'm really looking forward to mixing and matching them!

The weekend was a blur of sewing and I thought I'd share two favorite notions that got a lot of use this weekend, too.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekend Sewing & Sales

 The first Paradiso quilt for market has been quilted and some king-sized binding will be happening soon. Although it's a little crazy here this weekend, the quilt market preparation is going pretty well. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel at least!

I also finished up...binding and of my new quilt pattern quilts using the new Sweetwater collection, Feed Company. It's a favorite!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Weekend Quilting and More Scraps

I spent a lot of time this weekend working on a king-size market quilt that I can't share just yet; however, I did take a couple hours and work on my overflowing scrap bin. This basket was spilling over the edges before I started work, and now it has organized background strips on the left and bright strips on the right for my scrappy log cabin blocks. All of these strips are at least 1 5/8" which makes them perfect for those blocks. I only kept strips that were long enough, too. I can't wait to make a few more blocks as they will go together quickly now that I have some organized scraps. I wonder how many blocks I can make with these? I also organized another one of my scrap containers this weekend...

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Favorites on Friday

Hello! Happy Friday...I have a few Friday Favorites to share today...and some information for those of you who have asked for pattern specifics on my Jolly Bar Scrappy Four-Patch quilt from the other day.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Parade Winners

Just wanted to drop in and announce winners from yesterday's Schnibbles parade! Carrie has some fantastic prizes this month...four winners will each get a fat eighth bundle of Miss's Carrie's way of saying "thank you" and is also in celebration of Carrie and Sinta's October birthdays!

So...congratulations to Patty and Peg from Sinta's parade and Cynthia and Greg from my parade. Winners, please email me your mailing information.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Schnibbles Small Quilt Parade: Whit

Happy October! Welcome to the Whit Schibbles parade featuring table-size quilts made with Moda Candy (2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.

If you are looking for my Jolly Bar quilt post, go here.

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Jolly Bar Blog Tour

If you are looking for the Schnibbles parade it will post later this afternoon...lots of fun "Whit" quilts will be lined up to share!

I'm excited to be able to share my lap quilt made with just one Somerset Jolly Bar--I'm grateful that Fat Quarter Shop contacted me to see if I was interested in sewing a quilt with this new pre-cut because I had a lot of fun thinking of different ways to use this fabric. Somerset is one of my favorite Fig Tree lines, and I wanted to use every piece I could. I also wanted a simple project I could make in a day...perfect for using up all of the fabric and yet simple enough to make in a hurry for a last-minute gift.

The Jolly Bar is a new Moda pre-cut just announced by Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop. It's a package of 42 rectangles which each measure 5" x 10"--half the size of a layer cake. It's a great size for projects, and as I found out in making my project this is another great time-saving fabric package. You can read even more about the Jolly Bar on this Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber post where you can even watch a You Tube video with all of the details!

 I first sewed the Jolly Bar rectangles into pairs, then sewed pairs together and cut in half to make fast and easy four-patch blocks. There was no fabric waste, and I used forty of the forty-two Jolly Bar pieces to make twenty blocks for my quilt. I have the perfect chair for this quilt in my room, and as I got close to finishing up the top I decided to use Moda Snuggles for the backing; this was a good decision!

It's so soft! I love how the quilting shows on the back, too. You can see that I still need to finish my binding. Hopefully that will get done tonight.

You can go here to see Jolly Bars available for purchase now and get a sneak peek of the Jolly Bars coming soon!

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