Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year End Sales

Hello! As 2015 is winding down, a lot of my retailers are clearing out inventory with terrific are a few you might want to visit...

Fat Quarter Shop has their fabulous end of the year sale now with up to 60% off on fabrics, patterns, and more!

Green Fairy Quilts has a spectacular year end clearance going on.

OlieandEvie is offering 16% off all purchases with the code YEAREND16 good now through January 1st.

Lady Belle Fabric has 15% off all bundles & quilt kits, 20% off precuts, notions & quilt patterns --no code needed--sale prices good through the end of the year.

Calico Cottage has a 20% Off sale right now through December 31st on all Kona Solids, Frivol Tins, and Sale items.  The checkout cart will automatically calculate the price - no code needed.

Bear Creek Quilting has their year-end inventory clearance going on now.

 And...Craftsy has their sewing and quilting supplies on sale for up to 75% off through the end of the year...find those deep discounts here!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy New year!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Year in Review: Quilts

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The last week of the year is when I typically post my "year in review" posts of projects. This year I made a good assortment of small items (mostly gifted) like bags, pillows, pincushions, place mats, table runners and table toppers; since a lot of these small projects live in other homes now, I had fun remembering them all when I went over my posts from the year.

Since I've already re-shared most of the smaller projects in my gift-giving ideas posts, I thought that for the year end wrap up I would just share the bigger quilts I finished this year. From my count I finished 20 quilts in 2015. Of course there are a few I can't share because they are waiting to be published in magazines and such, but here are the quilts of 2015.

First up is my Go Four It Quilt which was designed by Lissa Alexander and was one of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along quilts last year. I used all Fig Tree scraps from my stash for this one.

I actually started getting my scraps ready for this quilt at the end of 2014, but

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I'm ever so grateful to be able to be spending this wonderful holiday weekend with most of my family. My best wishes to you and your family for a joyous holiday season!


Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Quilted Bags

Happy Wednesday! It's getting down to the wire for gift making! I'm almost finished...I think (although I keep thinking of more things I could do)! But at some time I'll have to decide I'm done for this the meantime, though,

I made a couple more of the Project Bags I shared a couple of weeks ago. This

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Some Favorite Christmas Quilts

Happy Tuesday! I realized while looking for a photo the other day that while I frequently share my smaller Christmas pillows, wall hangings, and projects, I haven't shared my larger Christmas quilts in quite a little while...

so I thought today it would be fun for a Christmas quilt parade!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Little Binding

Happy Monday...It's been a little of this and a little of that around here as I try to finish up the last minute gifts and preparations for the holidays.  On Friday my No Bake Jolly Bar quilt arrived in the mail, and I couldn't wait to get started on the binding. This isn't actually a Christmas present, but it was too cute not to get started finishing it!

Plus, it's perfect quilt binding weather as we've been having some cool temps!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

OttLite Review

Happy Friday! Today I'm reviewing the OttLite 3-in-1 Craft Lamp. I received the lamp for free from the OttLite Company; however, all of the opinions in this blog post are my own. I've been using this light in my little sewing area in our family room for a couple of months now, and I don't know what I'd do without it!

 I've always had this comfortable chair with an ottoman that is just perfect for hand-stitching and binding...but the lighting was always an issue until now.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Carry All Pincushion

Happy Thursday! The other night I finally started (and finished) something I've had on my list for quite a while...

Back in September I had some scraps left over from my Strawberry Fields

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Gifts for Friends

Happy Wednesday! As I mentioned yesterday, I'm sharing some more gifts perfect for giving to friends (or for making for yourself). I have a couple more projects I'm working on that I'll share later this week...but for today, here are some of my favorite gifts I've made over the past few years.

 First up is the Divided Basket by Noodlehead. I've made several of these now (I kept the one on the left, below, so I finally have one myself)! This is a terrific pattern that is great for any room of the house and for limitless uses!

Although I often give these for shower gifts, I keep mine in my sewing room!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gifts for Friends: Little Bags

Hello! I thought it would be fun to post a few more gift ideas this week...not necessarily Christmas themed, but perfect for giving at Christmas and at other times of the year!

Since I just finished some little bags, I thought I'd give you my thoughts on my two favorite small bag patterns.

For a super-quick-to-make little bag, I love the Quick Zip Cases by Annie Unrein.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Merry Christmas Patchwork Pillow

Happy Monday! A couple of years ago I fell in love with a beautiful Christmas pillow I saw on-line. Then, just recently, Amy of Nana Company (the designer) published her pattern as a free PDF...I knew I had to make it...for this Christmas!

So while cutting out fabrics for the stockings I shared last week, I also cut out 

This post appeared first on A Quilting Life.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Quilt

Happy Friday! Well...I set everything aside and put the red and green blocks together! I wasn't sure about the setting at first, but I really do think this setting lets each block shine on it's own. The sashing sets everything off beautifully, and the four-patch blocks add just the perfect pop of color as posts.

The quilt ended up quite a bit bigger than I imagined. I thought I was going to

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Red & Green Christmas Quilt Blocks

Happy Thursday! On Monday I received my final package of instructions for the Classic Yuletide Block of the Month quilt I've been working on since March. So as you can imagine, I put everything on hold to get back to work on this! I know this is going to be a favorite quilt, so it was fun to be able to get started on finishing this up!

This month's fabrics were the red/ivory polka dots and a lot of Bella cream for

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

15 Things to Make for Christmas

Happy Tuesday! Today I thought it would be a lot of fun to do a project round-up post of things you can still start and finish up in time for Christmas. Although these are things I've made before, I'm going to be re-making some of these for gifts in the next week or so!

 I've provided links to the tutorials and patterns for each of these projects...many of them are free, too! And...there are actually 17 ideas in this post now since I've added a couple of new ones.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Quilted Christmas Stockings

Happy Monday! On Saturday I did some assembly-line quilted stocking sewing! I have a couple of mini patchwork stockings I made a couple of years ago that are favorites; I decided if I didn't do the patchwork I could make a few for some quick gifts.

I actually made 5 new ones this weekend, but I already gifted one to my Mom who was here visiting and who helped me with some of the sewing!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Simple Quilts: No Bake Jolly Bar Pattern

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a new fast and fun quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. A couple of months ago I was asked if I'd like to make and review this new pattern. Since I'm always looking for easy patterns for a quick gift and to recommend to beginner quilters, I agreed to do some Jolly Bar sewing. 

Jolly Bars are Fat Quarter shop exclusive pre-cuts which are basically half of a Layer Cake. 

The pattern calls for two Jolly Bars; I used two from the Hello Darling collection, but as I was sewing I kept thinking how much fun it would have been to combine Jolly Bars from two different fabric collections!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Sewing...Project Bags

Hi, and Happy Thursday! It's full-swing Christmas gift sewing mode over here, and this week I tried a new-to-me pattern for vinyl front quilted project bags.  There are lots of patterns available for these bags (including several free tutorials); however, I finally settled on this design because I wanted two specific features: a quilted bag with vinyl on just one side.

I really love the texture and stability that Soft & Stable provides, so I 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Snapshots Quilt: Finished!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I was planning on posting my Snapshots finished quilt on the 15th, and then yesterday I realized the final pattern is now available! Luckily I was a little ahead of the game and have my quilt back from the quilter! The machine work on my binding is finished too, and I just need to do the hand-stitching!

 This month's block was a picnic basket and wine glass. Since I don't drink 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Small Quilts Parade

Happy December! December...really?!!! I do love this month, and I'm happy to begin here on the blog with a Mini's and More parade. We offered a free choice of patterns last month, and it really has been fun to see the projects come in...I know I have some new things to add to the list!

The first quilt is from Brenda who made this "Trees on the Table" for her

 daughter's dorm room. The pattern is actually a free pattern by
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Quilts & More

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We had a wonderful time with family and got to see all four of our children...yay! But today I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that it is the last day of November and that Christmas is just three weeks from this Friday!

 So on Friday I pulled out all of the Christmas quilts and quilt decor for decorating. I always pull all of the quilts out first. Some always go in the same places, but with others I move them around depending on whether I've moved furniture or made something new that year. This is also the time when I

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Friday Sales for Quilters

Happy Wednesday!  We're getting ready for our Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow along with some Christmas decorating this weekend (yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't decorate until after Thanksgiving, although this year I did put a wreath on my front door just a few days ago).

 I guess I have just one more day to enjoy our Thanksgiving place mats and
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Favorite Quilt...and a Profile

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm excited to share a few things I've been keeping "under wraps" since last spring! I was absolutely surprised and honored when the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting called to ask if her team could come to my home and take photos for a profile article on me and my quilting...

 "Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

of course I was delighted (and more than a little nervous), but it ended up being the most wonderful day and the most wonderful experience! So, the February 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting will have the profile article about me as well as a quilt I designed for the issue. Subscribers are starting to receive their issue copies, and the magazine will be on newsstands December 1st.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Quilting: This and That

Happy Monday! I've been doing a little bit of cleaning and organizing in the sewing room as well as a little bit of sewing. I've been trying to finalize my Christmas gift-giving project list so I can get all of that sewing finished up by the end of the month.

First I made a new Stash & Dash bag; I made one of these earlier this

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Sundance Dresden

Happy Friday! Today I have some fun Bright Sun eye candy to share with you! This is actually something I've known about since quilt market in Minneapolis last spring! Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop designed and pieced a beautiful Dresden pillow using our fabrics...her design is a fun "double Dresden" variation which is pieced using the Creative Grids 18 degree Dresden Plate Ruler.

Kimberly's pillow is extra gorgeous in Bright Sun fabrics, and I was able

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Log Cabin Christmas Table Topper Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! I've started my Christmas gift sewing, and recently did a tutorial for a Christmas Log Cabin table topper that I've shared over at the Accuquilt blog.

 I used the Log Cabin die which cuts perfect 1 1/2" strips in the exact lengths needed for log cabin blocks. A 12" finished block can be made; however, smaller blocks can also be made simply by cutting only the smaller strips.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Red & Green Quilt Blocks

Happy Tuesday! I'm back with more red and green quilt blocks...yesterday I finished up the two blocks from month nine; there is just one month to go, and then I can start putting them together. I'm more than a little bit giddy thinking I'm finally going to have a red and green quilt for Christmas this year--it's been on my to-do list for several years!

This month's blocks were a lot of fun. They were both fairly easy constructions,

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Fat Quarter Baby Quilts

Happy Monday! Today I'm happy to be sharing a quilt I made from one of Fat Quarter Shop's latest books, Fat Quarter Baby! I have a new granddaughter, so I was excited to get to make another quilt for her using one of the cute patterns from the book.

I was assigned to make the "Hannah" quilt, and I knew right away I wanted to use Prairie by Corey Yoder for Moda.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Snapshots: Sail Boat Quilt Block

Hello and welcome to the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along, Month Eleven. I can't believe it's been eleven months since we started this quilt along. This month's block, the sailboat, is definitely one you'll want to make. I think it might have been the easiest pattern in the went together quickly. Wouldn't a whole sailboat quilt be fun to make?

After I made this block I just had to finish up my quilt so it will be ready for

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Block 76, Nancy, Tutorial

Happy Friday and welcome to my tutorial for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-Along with Fat Quarter Shop, Marti Michell, and Angie of Gnome Angel. If you are new here, welcome to my blogging corner of the world where I have been sharing my quilting and sewing for over 7 years! I hope you'll have a look around!

 The block I'm sharing today is block #76, "Nancy." I was excited to get to share this block for my first tutorial since it looked a little more simple than some that will be coming up!

(I have four more blocks to make to be all caught up, but at least I got this one finished up in time for today's post). I'm using Denyse Schmitt fabrics from my stash for all of my blocks, and I'm also adding in Moda Bella solids from my solids stash!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Mail: Quilt and Fabric

Happy Thursday! I hope you had a wonderful beginning to your week! I've had a busy start to my November with lots of pattern folding and stuffing (all orders either shipped Tuesday or today), and fun visits with friends and family. It's starting to feel like the holidays here, especially with the cool weather we've had.

Coming home to happy mail after a busy day is always a treat...and this week I had a few fun surprises...

 First my Farmhouse "9th Grade Quilt" from the Me & My Sister book Pre-Cut Primer arrived.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Oceanside and Hope Chest

Happy Saturday! Today I'm excited to share a gorgeous version of my Hope Chest pattern...and share a little bit about how this quilt came to be! I'm also excited to share another new pattern, Oceanside.

I was originally going to release two of my new patterns early...before market...but then my market fabric arrived a little earlier than expected. I wasn't sure how I was going to get it all done and asked Michele of Island Life Quilts if she might be interested in doing some pattern testing...

 When Michele first told me she was going to make Hope Chest in Sweetwater's Elementary collection I was really excited. This pattern is probably my favorite right now (in fact, I'm getting ready to make a scrappy Christmas version), and I just knew it would be a lot of fun with Sweetwater fabrics!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Red and Green Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Friday! I'm still trying to catch up on works in progress here, and next on my list was my red and green mystery block of the month blocks from Fig Tree. It seems I always just get caught up just as the next month's package is about to ship, and this month is no exception! There are only two months left, so I'm excited to see how this will all go together!

Block one for this month was the flying geese block...which meant making 32 flying geese in different combinations.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing a little bit of my catch-up sewing for the Farmer's Wife 1930's quilt along. Market sewing and preparation really took over my schedule for a few weeks, and I struggled to keep up. After returning home some Farmer's Wife blocks were high on my to do list!

This quilt along has been terrific, because the tutorials have all been excellent. Choosing fabrics really has taken more time than some of the blocks because the directions are well-written and easy to follow.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Free Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm happy to be sharing a book review as part of the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book: 155 Mix & Match Designs Bring 30 Fabulous Blocks to Life Plus Plans for Sashing, Borders, Motifs & Allover Designs  blog tour for my friend Amanda Murphy. Amanda and I met through our blogs and through quilt markets, and she is just one of those genuine, down-to-earth people with incredible creativity. I was excited to  review her book because doing my own machine quilting is something I would love to get better at!

 The book is user friendly, and as a bonus, all of the designs can be used when quilting with a regular domestic machine. Amanda's book is divided into several sections that make it easy to follow along: there are several different designs shown, and then Amanda follows up by showing exactly how the design works in a variety of different classic quilt blocks.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cozy Cottage Quilt Block

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to my stop on the Cozy Cottage blog tour. The new Cozy Cottage 2016 Calendar by Lori Holt is much more than a delightful's a calendar with patterns!

I was super excited to see the calendar with its gorgeous photos and fun designs. I couldn't wait to make the cozy cottage block. And what is even better 

 is the fact that you can make the block in two different sizes, and there are also project instructions included for a mini quilt and pillow!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Minis and More and More!

Happy Monday...and Hello November! I'm not sure where October went, but I love November and the beautiful weather we have been having here in southern Nevada!

Today is Minis and More parade day, and I'm happy to share some wonderful projects. Michele and I chose the Fig Mini Twirl, Mini Laundry Baskets, and Mini Star Crossed for the October patterns. I was so hoping to get my version of Mini Twirl finished, but with quilt market it just didn't happen. I'm pulling fabrics for it today, though, so watch for it soon!

 Mini Twirl by Joanna of Fig Tree & Company

 Even though mine isn't finished...I do have a lovely version to share by

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quilt Market 2015: 40 Years of Moda

Happy Saturday! Today I'd like to share just a small portion of the amazing exhibit, "The Making of Moda" from International Quilt Market/Festival in Houston. I didn't take nearly enough pictures, and in fact, the photos I do have don't do these quilts justice. But I hope to be able to convey the feeling that I felt in walking the exhibit.

This stunning portrait in fabric of Moda's founder, Mark Dunn, created by the amazingly talented Luke Haynes was at the forefront of the exhibit. The quilt includes Bella solids and Collections for a Cause fabrics by Moda. I wish my photo could convey even a small portion of the beauty and grace of this quilt. It is awe-inspiring.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Favorites: Quilt Market Edition

Happy Friday! I still have more Quilt Market photos to share, but since it's Friday I thought it would be fun to do a Quilt Market edition of my traditional Friday Favorites posts. So here a few of my favorite things from market last week...

Of course Valley is one of my favorite things from market, and I've had some requests for some more up-close shots of the fabric; here are four of the colorways: navy, coral, teal, and gold. The colors are warm and lovely, and the prints are versatile.

 There is also a lovely low-volume colorway with wonderful shades of ivory and
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

International Quilt Market Fall 2015 Part Three

Hello! Thank you for all of the wonderful comments on the last two posts--I've enjoyed reading them. Today I'm happy to be sharing the remaining Moda booths from quilt market.  First up is the lovely booth of Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

She introduced a new low-volume collection called Silver Linings (I was grateful to get a bundle of this) and she also debuted another collection, Southern Exposure. Her whimsical elephant designs are a lot of fun, and her pieced quilts are stunning as well.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall 2015 International Quilt Market Part Two

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I finished loading the photos from my camera and was surprised at how many I'd taken since I spend most of my time in the booth and did most of my photo taking in the early morning during the hour or so before the show opened each day. For that reason, there aren't pictures of the designers in their booths, so I'm sorry about that! However, I believe this might be the first year I was able to photograph every Moda designer booth in the show.

First up is the lovely booth of Joanna Figueroa. I'm always a little bit partial to her booth since I'm still able to help her piece some of her quilts. This market I pieced two quilts and had fun binding another in the hotel room the night before set up. One of the quilts I pieced was the quilt on the left in the photo below with the aqua gingham sashing and border. It's actually the same pattern as the center quilt, and there is a mini version as well.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quilt Market Recap Part One Fall 2015

Happy Tuesday! I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted; I intended to post again about the booth projects before I left, but it just didn't happen. I arrived home late last night from International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, and it was a wonderful jam-packed five days of the most amazing quilts and quilty inspiration. Moda/United Notions was celebrating their fortieth anniversary which made this market extra special. Moda is an incredible company with an even more incredible founder and personnel. Words really can't express how grateful I am to be associated with Moda and United Notions.

 I haven't had time to really process everything I took in at the market, so today I'll begin by posting about my booth.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Happy Tuesday!  Today is the day I get to share what I've been working on for such a long time! Chelsi and I finished up work on our second collection for Moda fabrics late last winter, got to review strike-offs this summer, and have now been sewing for the past month to get things ready for International Quilt Market in Houston later this week! We are both head over heels in love with Valley and hope you love it, too!

 Valley is a beautiful mix of color, prints, and patterns we love: it definitely has a southwestern vibe along with geometrics and florals that fit right in with other collections. There are soft ivorys and muted bisques which are perfect for backgrounds and also work as great contrast with the brighter colors in the collection: gold, coral, teal, and navy. There are perfect border prints, binding prints and backing fabrics. In short...I love it!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Farmer's Wife and Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! This week has flown seems like I was just writing a Friday favorites post the other day! Anyway, I have a good mix for you today...Farmer's Wife blocks, a work in progress update...a sneak peek, and more!

Keeping up with my 1930's Farmer's Wife blocks has been something fun to look forward to each week. This week's blocks were fast and fun. I actually used

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gone Surfin' Snapshots Block

Happy Thursday! It's the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along day, and I'm happy to be able to share today's block...luckily I made this block early knowing how busy I was going to be at this time. I pieced it about a month ago, and when I pulled it out to photograph it I remembered how cute it is!    

This month's adorable Gone Surfin' block has to be one of my favorites...who wouldn't love a car like this one! It reminds me of the year my husband and I lived in California and went to the beach every weekend (before kids)!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Week Two

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Saturday was sure a happy day for me because I finished the final binding on the final market quilt. I'm always a little nervous before I get ready to release new patterns, but now that the quilts are ready and all together I'm super excited. Now it's on to making small projects for the booth...I promise I'll share the new quilts and patterns as soon as I can.

So with a little of the pressure off I did some cleaning in my sewing room and made the next two blocks for the 1930's Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. I sure

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Scrappy Fall Quilt and More

Happy Friday! It's officially fall here at my home--not because the temperatures say fall--but because I pulled out my favorite fall quilt yesterday and got it hung up!
I know I've shared this quilt on the blog at least a couple of times over the years, but it truly is a favorite. And it seems this mix of fall colors never goes out of style!

 This quilt marked one of my first attempts at applique' (about 10 years ago, I think). I sewed interfacing to the right side of my fabrics, cut a slit in the interfacing and then turned the fabrics right side out.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Works in Progress...and Giveaway Winners

Happy Wednesday! It's been a little crazy busy over here lately, but I'm happy to say I can see that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I pieced three quilts in about 8 days, and am ready to start some binding. We will have five new quilts in our Quilt Market booth, and now that they are finished I can start working on all of the small projects I want to make with the new fabric.

 So since a post isn't a post without a picture I thought I'd share some pictures I took in my sewing room last spring when I had it really clean for about a couple of days! I also realized I have some giveaway winners to announce, so...

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