Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Sampler Mini Quilt Parade

Happy Monday...I know it's late in the day...but I promised a parade today, and so here it is! There were some lovely quilt photos that arrived in my inbox, and I'm happy to share them with you! I still need to put the binding on mine...just can't decide between fabrics! I think I might be leaning toward the green polka dots though!

 First up is a quilt set on-point! Yes, on-point...I love this one so much!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A New Pattern!

Happy Saturday! I have something fun to share of my favorite quilts from my book C&T Publishing Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation has been published as an individual pattern.  The Stash Books section at C&T has been publishing a few individual patterns, and they are beautifully done! "Modern Indian Summer" is available September 1st.

They will be available from C&T; however, I have some available with a special

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Charm Pack Patchwork Placemats Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you today...I finally made some new placemats based on some that my Grandmother used to make for us all of the time. These placemats are perfect in any fabrics and especially fun in holiday fabrics...and best of can make 6 placemats with just one charm pack!

This is also a perfect project for scraps...I actually started with a Lucy's Crab Shack charm pack and then added in scraps from Hometown, Reunion, and Feed Company to mix it up. I'm in love with these...they are just the thing to brighten my table for a month or so before I'm ready to start decorating for fall!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Quilt Cruise!

I have some very exciting news to share today...I'm going on my first cruise...and it's a quilting cruise!  I'll be teaching on the cruise along with two very other talented teachers, Doug Leko of Antler Creek Designs and Gudrun Erla; we'll be touring the western Caribbean--sea, sun and quilting...a perfect combination.

You'll be able to stitch 3 different projects and also have time for everything a cruise has to offer! This cruise has been organized by Stitchin' Heaven and is part of their 2016 line up of events. But even better is the fact that there is a terrific deal going on right now...

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Winter Wonderland Quilt Book Blog Tour

Happy Saturday! Today is my day on the Winter Wonderland blog tour! The Winter Wonderland Christmas book is a terrific book with designs by my friend Sherri Falls of This & That. There is a great variety of projects in the book including quilts, table runners, a table topper, and even a tree skirt! Plus, I think all of the designs in the cover quilt are perfect for making cute decorative Christmas pillows!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Favorites: Fabric & Quilting Books

Happy Friday! Today I have a favorites post which is a mix of this and that: fabric, books, and more! 

First up is some favorite fabric...I love the new Bonnie & Camille collection Hello Darling, but I think the strawberry prints in the collection are absolute perfection. I had to get extra of each of them (although the aqua on top is my absolute favorite). I even have a plan for this fabric already...stay tuned!

 One of the quilts on my bucket list for the past couple of years has been the Coastal Lily quilt designed by Minick & Simpson. My great great grandmother made a beautiful lily quilt, and so I've always wanted to make one.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

Hello! This week is flying by...I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I'm here today with a works in progress post and a few thoughts about...quilting! So...I searched quite a bit before coming up with what I thought was the best fabric in my sewing room to use for sashing for my mini trees.

 I auditioned several different fabrics and finally fell in love with this American Jane pindot. I really wanted to use polka dots in the sashing, but a lot of the

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mini Christmas Tree Quilt Blocks

Hello! I want to stop in and remind everyone about the Minis and More parade coming up on September 1st (did I just write "September"?).  This month's pattern is the Mini Juniper quilt by Fig Tree & Company, and it's a very fun little quilt!

I started working on my quilt over the weekend, and then Monday evening I started putting parts and pieces together. If you are afraid of sewing with  diamonds; it's easier than one might think, and this pattern is actually very forgiving.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday This & That

Happy Monday! This is my last full week of summer, so I'm going to savor every day! I start back to school next week with a very light teaching schedule this semester--I'll be teaching just one English 101 class, and the numbers are low which will mean fewer hours spent grading papers. So while it won't be a super busy semester school-wise,  I still sewed as much as I could on Saturday!

Unfortunately, I can't share very much of what I've been working on--one of my favorite quilts ever for magazine publication, market sewing, and market pattern designing and writing. But I did get my Summer Sampler quilt back from the quilter, and I'm in love...

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Snapshots Quilt Along: A Bicycle Quilt Block

 Hello! It's Snapshots Quilt Along day! And this quilt just keep getting better with each block that we add.  I have to admit, I thought the bicycle block was going to be a lot of work, but I cut it out, used my Alphabitties to mark all of the pieces, and it went together just fine!

I could hardly wait to finish up this block and add it to the third row!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Martha Washington Star Block

It's time for the last block in the Summer Sampler Series! Today I'm happy to share with you the Martha Washington Star block. This is another of my favorite star patterns, and I have the pattern designed so the center sections are made a little big then trimmed to just the right size. This should make it easier to have perfect points!

Before making your last block(s), be sure to lay out all of the finished blocks so

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fabric and Free Beginner Craftsy Classes

Happy Thursday! I'm just popping in quickly with a couple of things...I recently added some fabric bundles and jelly rolls to my Etsy shop as I've been doing some summer cleaning to get ready for fabric arriving for market sewing. There are some good deals on some older collections in the fabric section of my shop.

 Also...I just got an email today from Craftsy about FREE classes, so I thought I'd share that information too. I haven't taken these classes myself, but they are geared for beginners and free!

Piece, Patch Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills

2015 Craftsy Block of the Month

Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch

I'll be back tomorrow with the final block in the Summer Sampler Series! I dropped off my quilt top today, so it will be quilted and ready to share with you soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Block Fun

Happy Wednesday...I actually didn't plan to work on my scrappy log cabin swap quilt yesterday, but it was one of those days where I just needed to sew some straight lines and keep things simple. When I finished sewing my blocks together it was almost dusk...but just light enough to get a few pictures to share!

I actually started off sewing the blocks together with some sashing and posts, but it just wasn't working for me, and I unpicked several seams before deciding I wanted this very untraditional look for my quilt! 

It was love at first sight for me with this quilt. When I was invited to swap some blocks and saw the digital mock ups of the quilts that could be made, I was smitten. I think I might have to make another one of these quilts...this design would be a wonderful project for different fabric lines by one designer (there is an Instagram swap going on right using only Bonnie & Camille fabrics), and it would also make a terrific Halloween or Christmas quilt.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Quilting with Scraps: Half-Square Triangles

Happy Tuesday! Scrap quilts are so much fun, and this week I've decided to get back to work on a project that has kind of been on the back burner for awhile.

 I started these fun half-square triangle blocks well over a year ago. I was doing really well in the beginning, and I even have a pretty good supply of half-square triangles just ready to be sewn into blocks.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Works in Progress: Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

Earlier this summer I shared my Scrappy Log Cabin blocks--they were a lot of fun to make, and after mailing off my 36 blocks I've been trying to patiently wait for my swap blocks to arrive. Friday morning a wonderful package arrived on my doorstep.

It was so much fun looking at each and every block. Every block has fabrics I oohed and aahed over, and I love every one! I was a little worried that with so many people involved in the swap that the colors would be too "off" to use in one quilt, but I was happily mistaken! I love the combinations that arrived!

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Patchwork Baby Quilt

Over the first part of the weekend I had a chance to finish up a couple of little projects...first up was to make a scrappy binding for  the patchwork baby quilt I shared recently.

I just love scrappy bindings! They do take a little extra time, but they are so fun...and often it's a great way to use up scraps, too!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Favorites: Tools for Beginner Quilters

Hello! Happy Friday! Today's favorites post is especially for beginners. I often get questions from newish quilters asking about my favorite resources for someone beginning this wonderful past time! So today's post is part one of a series of beginner posts I'll be doing which will include tips for more accurate quilting along with some of my favorite supplies and resources if you're just beginning...or even if you are a more seasoned quilter!

First, tools! When I was first married, I could never understand why my

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Works in Progress: Red and Green Quilt Blocks

Happy Wednesday! At the end of last week, my Month 5 packet arrived for my Fig Tree red and green mystery sampler. I was so excited to see two patterns I've been wanting to make: can you believe I've never done a bow-tie quilt or a Tree of Life block?

So  of course I set out to get these blocks made as quickly as I could!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stash & Dash and a Giveaway

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm participating in the Summer Sew Along for my friend Annie who is celebrating her new pattern, the "Stash and Dash." Annie is a wonderful pattern designer as well as the creator of the Soft & Stable product which is a terrific stabilizer for bags big and small. The Stash and Dash is a fun bag pattern that is available free for a short time (I'll have all of the details at the end of this post).

I had actually been looking to make something like this for a little while, so I was excited there was a free pattern available. Annie sent me a finishing kit for my project, and she will give a finishing kit to one of my readers as well.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mini Quilts Parade: Sweetness

Happy Monday! Because it's the first Monday of the month it's Minis and More parade day! Michele and I both have  parades featuring mini quilts made from the Little Miss Shabby pattern "Sweetness."

 Michele's amazing version of this month's quilt--read about it here

If you are new here, I'll just give a little explanation of our parade days: we choose a pattern, announce it a month or two in advance, and have a parade on the first of the following month featuring the quilt photos that were sent in. Anyone can join in whether you have a blog or not. If your first name begins with A-K, send your photo to me, and if your name begins with L-Z send your photo to Michele...and now...on with the parade!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hello August!

Happy Saturday...and happy August. I'm still not sure where July went, but I know there is just one more month of summer, and I still have a lot of projects on my list! One thing I've been working on is this Jelly Roll Jam II quilt using the upcoming Prairie collection by Little Miss Shabby for Moda. I just need to bind it, and it will be ready!

I used Moda Snuggles on the back and will be using the pink polka dots

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