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!

 This is Hildy's beautiful version, and now I think I might need to remake this and use this setting...maybe with embroidery in the center or an additional star!

 Jennifer sent a photo of her lovely version. It has such a fun vintage look in these fabrics!

Jocelyn has her quilt ready for quilting. This one just says spring to me with the beautiful pinks and greens.

 Mindy's quilt is also ready for quilting..I love her version as well.

And Patty made the six block version and has her mini quilted and bound. Patty is starting a fall quilt along of her own that you can find out about here.

 Finally, Karen has her blocks ready to go!

Thanks so much to everyone who sewed along this summer. I had several emails from others whose quilts are nearly done! Be sure to send photos when you finish!

If you'd still like to make the sampler blocks you can find links to all of the posts here. I do plan on having a PDF ready sometime in the next little while, too, and I'll be sure to announce that on the blog when it's ready for download.

I'm thinking about doing a fall sew along...fall projects...Christmas decor projects...or Christmas gift ideas? What should we sew? I'd love your feedback!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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

bonus in my Etsy shop! Read to the end of this post for details!

The pattern comes in a beautiful slip case and is a wonderful 12-page full-cover booklet. It also contains some of the text on fabric inspiration from my book! This is a great pattern to feature your favorite fabrics from one collection and also works terrific with scraps!

A nice little supply of Bright Sun mini charms arrived on my doorstep recently, and I'll include a mini charm pack with each order from my shop until they run out (sorry, not available for pdf patterns). The offer is good for any paper patterns in my shop; however the "Modern Indian Summer" patterns won't ship for about a week. Find the new pattern here. Just be sure to leave a comment with your order that you'd like the Bright Sun mini charm pack...that way I can make sure they go to my blog readers first!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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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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It goes without saying that the recipe fabric from Feed Company is the perfect backing for placemats...I'd been saving this for quite a while just for this project. And the Reunion print on navy was the only Sweetwater fabric I had enough of for binding...and I knew I wanted to bind all of my placemats in the same fabric.'s what you need for 6 placemats:
  •  One charm pack or 36 squares 5" x 5"
  • 1/3 yard for inner borders 
  • 3/4 yard for outer borders (or 1/8 yard for each if you make these different)
  • 2/3 yard for binding
Begin by cutting each charm square into 3 strips 1 1/2" x 5".  Mix up your strips and sew together into sets of 3.

Pressing really doesn't seams open, or press in one direction. These sections should measure 3 1/2" x 5".

Now, cut the sections in 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares. Choose 6 different squares for each placemat center. Lay them out so the colors and prints are mixed well.

Sew the top three units together, the bottom three units together, and then sew the two rows together.

My measurements for borders are provided sure to measure your pieces and cut your borders to the measurement you need.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle of the inner border fabric to the left and right sides of the center unit. Press out toward the borders.

Sew a 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle of the inner border fabric to the top and bottom sides of the center unit. Press out toward the borders.

For the outer borders, sew a 2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to the left and right sides of the placemat unit. Press toward the border fabric.

Sew a 2" x 14 1/2" rectangle to the top and bottom of the placemat unit. Press toward the border fabric.

Aren't they starting to look cute?!

Layer your placemat top, batting, and backing and quilt as desired. I cut my batting and backing to measure 14" x 17" and used a wavy quilting design.

Bind your placemats and enjoy! I used 2 1/4" wide binding strips for my placemats. Watch my binding tutorials here and here if you need help with binding.

I hope you'll have fun with this placemat pattern! I'd love to know if you make some. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Quilting!

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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...

 mention my name when you sign up for the cruise, and you can receive $150 off of your total! This offer is only good until September 30th, 2015.

 For all of the exciting details about the Moda Quilting Extravaganza Cruise go here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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!

 I used a mix of two different Kate Spain Christmas collections, some Bella solid, and the stripe from Scrumptious for my block. Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop make it easy to find the pieces after they've been cut out.

 The block instructions were simple to follow, and my block went together quickly. It finishes at 8", so I'm going to border it for a pillow...although wouldn't a whole quilt full of these baskets be fun...all in different Christmas prints?

 The pattern also includes templates for two holly leaves and a berry, but I'm not sure if I'll add them to this's cute as it is...

 You can find all of the information about the sew along here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.

 Thelma of Cupcakes & Daisies made a beautiful version of this quilt and had it quilted by Judi of Green Fairy Quilts...they ended up winning first place for the quilt in Paducah. And...the quilt made the cover of the AQS calendar for 2016. There are lots of other gorgeous quilts included as well. You can find the calendars on sale here.

 Another favorite of mine right now is Me & My Sister's new pre-cut book, Precut Primer.

I was able to sew one of the quilts for this book last spring. I did the 9th grade quilt using the Fig Tree collection Farmhouse, and I can't wait to share more of the quilt in an upcoming blog tour.

 I posted about this pillow last fall, and finally found the perfect pillow form for it here (when I posted earlier I hadn't been able to find a reasonably priced pillow form in the right size). Now I'm happy to say I'll be making more pillows with these is just a perfect size for an accent pillow. PillowCubes also has great pillows in a variety of other sizes and in a variety of materials.

Finally...Craftsy is having a weekend supplies sale on all things quilting through Sunday evening at 11:59 MST. Go here to see all the deals.

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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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

ones I had seemed to be a little bit "too much." The American Jane pindot added the polka dot feel in a more subtle way. Next, I auditioned a few different red prints for the posts before settling on this Farmhouse print that really seemed to make a difference!

I noticed while setting my blocks together that I hadn't centered one of my trees while trimming. I wasn't going to do the block over--I figured it adds to the charm of my quilt, right?!

I'm sort of lost as to what to use for the border. I might have to try out a few different options over the next few days...

It sure has been fun to work on this over the past few days. I heard on the news today that Thanksgiving is less than 100 days away...and you know what that means (I won't say it)!

So what works in progress do you have right now? Do you have more than one project going on a time? I've been thinking about this a little bit this summer as I've been trying to whittle down my works in progress and get them moved over to the finished pile. But really, I've discovered that I believe a few different works in progress are a good thing. I like to have more than one project to work on at a time. And I think having a few different options keeps things more interesting! Maybe this is why block of the month programs are so much fun for quilters...they mix the familiar with the fun of something new. What are your thoughts on this topic?

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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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.

 While I wouldn't classify this as a new beginner pattern, I believe anyone can make it if they are confident with their 1/4" seam allowance. There are bias edges to worry about, but careful handling of the fabric can really help with that.

Joanna offers tips for working with these pieces throughout her pattern, and as she suggests in the pattern, her Craftsy class on angles Smarter Strip Quilting is really a terrific way to learn to work with diamonds, including the diamonds in this pattern.

 Michele has recently posted a few tips about this pattern here  (her blocks are super cute)...and...I should also mention that the blocks are over-sized and then trimmed, so that also gives you a little extra wiggle room. If you need to, you can even trim the blocks slightly smaller than called for and then adjust the sizes of the sashing, post and border pieces accordingly. 

I've decided on my post fabric, but need to choose sashing so I can set these together.

Fabrics: Greens are from three different Fig Tree collections: Somerset, Aloha Girl, and Farmhouse. The tree base triangles and tree trunks are from Farmhouse, and the background is Moda Dottie in a light tan.

Hope you are sewing along...thanks so much for stopping by!

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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...

I even have the perfect space in my hallway to hang this (right outside my sewing room), so I can't wait to get it bound!

I used the 12 block setting with the exception that I added another border which was 2 1/2" wide cut. Please send in your quilt top photos (quilted or not) by the end of the month for the August 31st parade!

I also made this cute camera block (mostly because I had it cut out already and needed to free up some of my design boards). It is included in the backing instructions for the Snapshots quilt along and is part of the pieced back pattern included on the Snapshots Quilt Along page. Problem: this camera is just too cute for the back of my quilt. I'm trying to figure out a way to add it to the front!

Finally...remember the Farmer's Wife book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired, quilt and quilt along that many people were working on a couple of years ago? Well...the author has a new book...a 1930's version sampler quilt with more 6" blocks and more fun--the new book is The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them. I'm going to be participating in a sew along for this book--more about that later. But if you are thinking of joining in, it will be a great time to sew along. I believe we are going to do 2 blocks a week, and there will be tips and tricks shared by many different participants!

Hope your weekend was wonderful and that your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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