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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Works in Progress

I spent a little time cleaning up in the sewing room over the weekend, and it has been amazing to see the effect it had on my quilting! I'm more focused and have been getting things finished up in a pretty timely manner; if only I could remember to do a major clean up a little more often!

I've started a few projects I'll be sharing soon, but I've also had a few finishes...

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Simply Small Quilt Projects

Happy Monday! I'm sneaking in just under the wire tonight with the Simply Small parade and new project post.

First up...the new project...the Candy Box table topper or mini quilt...perfect for last minute holiday making and gift giving. The design also works well as a pillow top, or keep making the candy box blocks until you have enough for a quilt.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Heart Christmas Ornaments

 I've been in the mood for Christmas sewing lately and have been participating in a fun Instagram sew along; I'll share the information on the Christmas quilt along at the end of the post. 

But first I just have to share these fun heart-shaped Christmas ornaments I made using the "Heart's Delight" Makin' It Cute templates by Me & My Sister Designs (you can buy the template set on-line from Fat Quarter Shop here). I saw a sample ornament made by Barb and Mary on their Instagram feed...and that was all it took to get me gathering fabric!

 I thought I'd share a few tips for making these ornaments...and because they were so fun and fast I'm going to be making several more.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Works in Progress

 The week or two after quilt market is always kind of interesting for me. I have a ton of projects I want to start, but I also usually have a few things to finish up so the works in progress pile doesn't get too out of control. And after fall market there is always my Christmas sewing that needs to be addressed.

But this year my number one after market goal was to finally decide what fabrics I would use for my "Moda Modern Building Blocks" quilt. After seeing the Ruby exhibit at International Quilt Market I knew I would be making a red and white version of this quilt.  So I started pulling fabrics and will start cutting some of the blocks today!

I also had a very important quilt to finish after market.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

A Little More About Market

 I have just one more little post about International Quilt Market. I really fell short in the photo-taking department at this market...I'll have to do better in Minneapolis! One little project I was excited to see, though (and that i did get a photo of), was my little quilt block for the Olfa 35th anniversary commemorative quilt.

 The Olfa rotary cutter and I have been friends for quite a while...I know I've mentioned before that I used to demonstrate these while working at a fabric shop while in high school; at that time they were fairly new on the scene, and I never dreamed I'd one day be a quilter using this tool every day.

I was also able to get a picture of another quilt I pieced during all of my pre-market craziness.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014


Happy November! I really can't believe that October has come and gone. We had a change in our weather today here in southern Nevada, and it really is starting to feel like fall is in the air! 

First of all I want to announce that "Mini Stems" by Fig Tree & Company will be the small quilt pattern for our parade on December 1st. We will still feature Schnibbles patterns but plan to change it up every once in a while with another small pattern. This month's project is a fast and fun quilt that requires just a charm pack, background, stem fabric and border fabrics. I made mine from my Somerset scrap bin this morning! Now I just need to figure out the best way to quilt it!

I also have some "Harvey" Schnibbles quilts to share today!

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