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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