Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Quilts in Review

Hello and Happy New Year! I always look forward to reviewing my creative year as a new one is on the horizon. In 2016 I made 25 quilts lap size to full size and 5 mini quilts. I also made a variety of table runners, place mats, pillows and bags! As I went through my photos I also realized I made a lot of quilt blocks that will soon be set into quilts, so I'll have some fun finishes early in 2017!

While I can't share some of my 2016 projects until is a little review of some of my favorites!

Early in 2016 I was able to finish up my Fig Tree red and green sampler quilt.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorites: Quilt Book, Notions & More!

Hello and happy Friday! This is actually one of my favorite times of the year--with the beginning of 2017 just around the corner I'm full of anticipation for projects that can be accomplished with a fresh start!

I have a few favorites to share today...beginning with a much anticipated book I received shortly before Christmas.

I could hardly wait to be able to browse the pages of Feed Sacks: The Colourful 

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pineapple Mini Quilt

Hello! The other day I finally got a little time to work on something I've been wanting to make for the past year (or's been on the list for awhile)! A lot of quilters have been making pineapple quilts in one form or another over the last year or so, and I could hardly wait to make one of my own. I always try to sew something that's been on the list for awhile right after Christmas, so this year I decided I could at least make a pineapple mini in an afternoon!

I used some of my favorite yellows (and even got to add in three prints from our Desert Bloom collection).  I used low-volume prints for the backgrounds and picked some favorite greens for the stem.

I used cross-hatch quilting spaced 3/4" apart which added just the right amount of texture I think!

I found some perfect yellow polka dots in my stash (from the April Showers collection) for the backing...and finished it off with some Happy Go Lucky scallops on green.I really love this little quilt!  Sometimes you just need something to make that you can finish right away, and this was that project for me.  

I'm doing a lot of organizing this week, so not too much sewing; this was just enough to help me not miss my machine too much! The only downside is that now I think I have to make a whole quilt with these blocks!

Block details: The block is made with 2 1/2" squares. I used the free pineapple block pattern from Instagram user @jackiepadeskyquilts which also includes cutting instructions and a layout for making a full quilt of pineapples.  You can scroll through her Instagram account to see her tutorial for making several at at time, or you can email her for the free pattern (her email is available on her Instagram as well).  

Happy quilting and sewing...thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

5 Tips for Setting Quilting Goals

Hello! I hope you've had a wonderful holiday weekend and a Merry Christmas! It's get organized week for me...I have an entire week without too many commitments, and I've been careful to set aside this week for organizing and for some "just for me" sewing!

The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock, evaluate, and set some 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope that you and your family, friends and loved ones will be able to celebrate together this wonderful season of light and life!

Every year I try not to get too caught up in the busyness of the season...I try instead to take some time to ponder and reflect on the Christmas miracle and how I can more fully keep the spirit of Christmas in my heart and in my life throughout the year.

It's kind of all summed up in this favorite video of mine from a couple of years ago...enjoy!


And Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

More Christmas Sewing

Hello! Happy December 22nd! I can't believe we are three days away from Christmas, but here we go, right...ready or not!

This gorgeous red and green bundle has been begging to be made into something for the last month or so...and I think I might be able to get enough done today so I can at least make a test block's okay to start a Christmas project for next year now, right?

I did finish up my final four gifts...four fun table runners made with Juniper

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Sewing and More

Hello and happy Monday! I had a super fun week last week...but it sure was good getting home and being able to spend time with my family this weekend.  I left last Tuesday to fly to Texas where I was able to record some fun videos in the Fat Quarter Shop studios (more on this later).  After a four-plus hour flight delay in Phoenix coming home, I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was to land in Las Vegas very late Friday night!

(The wonderfully soft and warm blanket above is a favorite gift this year from 

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Best Organizing Books

Hello! Although I still have a few more Christmas posts to share, I thought I'd post about my favorite organizing books today. At the end of the year I always seem to start thinking about getting organized for the year to come...and these are some of the best tools I've found over the past year or so. They also make great Christmas gifts if you are looking for something for the book-lovers on your list.

My favorite all-time book for getting organized isn't what some would think of as

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Project Ideas

Hello and happy Tuesday! I've recently updated one of my most popular posts from last Christmas to include a couple of new projects...

I hope you'll enjoy my post "15 Things to Make for Christmas!" There are now

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Table Runners

Hello and happy Monday! Today I thought I'd share my collection of Christmas table runners. I use these runners in a lot of different ways over the Christmas season--of course I use them to dress up my tables.  But I also use them as dresser scarves and buffet decor.

And this one is one of my favorites. The fabrics are from an older Kate Spain

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Favorites: Quilt and Fabric

Hello and happy Friday! Today's favorites post really is full of some favorites!  First, my Crossroads quilt came back from the quilter...

I could hardly wait to open the box to see the lovely quilting done my friend 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks Update

Hello and happy Thursday!  Can you believe it's the second week of December already? It seems like  I'll need to sew faster and faster to get everything finished up in time.

But while I've been working on a lot of projects with deadlines and a mix of Christmas sewing, I've also been sneaking in some "just for me blocks."  It's been nice to be able to take a break now and then and add to my Splendid Sampler collection.

I'm hoping to start setting this quilt together right after Christmas, so I've been

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hello and a good Wednesday morning! Today is the annual Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day...a fantastic chance for blog readers to visit new blogs and enter giveaways for a variety of sewing and quilting supplies and handmade items!

I'm happy to be playing along this year--I feel like I've gained so much from

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Quilted Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm happy to share a tutorial for a fun Christmas ornament project. Almost every year for about the last twenty years I've made some time of handmade ornament; this has become sort of a tradition, and is something I really look forward to. This year I decided I really wanted log cabin block ornaments since it's one of my favorite block patterns and is perfect for scrappy Christmas prints.

Gather your scraps and get ready for some fun!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Quilted Christmas Pillows

Hello and happy December! I've been starting to pull out my Christmas decor...and I started with the pillows. I love making Christmas pillows because they are usually quick to make and because they add instant charm to whatever setting you place them!

I usually start my decorating with the pillows because I can set them out and 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Patchwork Pillows

 Hello and happy December! Welcome to the final Minis and More parade of the year! Today we have some amazing patchwork pillows to share with you...I know you'll be inspired!

First up is Hildy's pillow! She used her favorite red prints and did beautiful 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Hello!  It's hard to believe it's the last day of November, but here we are! I'm not as far along as I thought I'd be with my Christmas preparations right now...(thanks to a mean stomach bug that hit early Tuesday morning). But I'm on the uphill mend, so I'm not going to complain about such a small setback to my plans.

 The fall season with it's unrivaled beauty and emphasis on thanksgiving is always my favorite time of year; it leads naturally into the Christmas season where we concentrate on lighting our homes and our lives and the lives of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and community members.

Each year I write a special Christmas post for the blog (which I will do again 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

10 Tips for Using Jelly Rolls

Hello! Today's post is all about jelly rolls...those adorable bundles of 2 1/2" by width of fabric strips. Of course you can also make your own jelly rolls from your scraps by simply saving 2 1/2" strips from project left overs or by purchasing fabrics specifically to cut into these wonderfully usable pieces!

For me, it's easiest to store my 2 1/2" strips together, and I have quite a few 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pattern Review | Olivia's Baskets

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm excited to review a pattern for my good friend Kaitlyn.  Kaitlyn is an amazing seamstress, and I'm happy she is designing patterns now. She has helped me do market sewing for all three of our collections with Moda--sewing accessories and even piecing quilts with Bright Sun and Valley!

Kaitlyn's first pattern is called Olivia's Baskets, and its a fun fabric basket

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Favorites | Fabric & Notions

Happy Saturday! Welcome to my weekly favorites post...a Saturday edition because of the Thanksgiving holiday this week!  First up is this gorgeous Liberty Lawn bundle

I received from Westwood Acres. This might be my favorite bundle yet...look for

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Pat Sloan Book Tour | Giveaway

Hello! Today is my turn on Pat Sloan's fabulous tour celebrating her new book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt.  I've had the chance to look over this fabulous book over the past week and can't say enough good about it!

Pat's book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn machine

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Sales

Hello! I hope that you are having a wonderful day--Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating Thanksgiving today! I'm just dropping in to share some fantastic Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales!

First up is Lady Belle Fabric's "best sale of the year." It is live now and will continue through Cyber Monday with absolutely wonderful deals on bundles, precuts, and quilt kits!  Shop Lady Belle here.

Bobbie Lou' also having a fantastic sale this weekend: take 20% off all orders from now through the 28th with the code SweetPotato20. Shop Bobbie Lou's here.

Fabric Please is also having a terrific sale this weekend...on Friday the 25th get 30% off yardage, and on Saturday and Sunday the 26th and 27th get 20% off yardage with the code Black16. Shop the Fabric Please sale here.

Craftsy is also having a terrific Black Friday sale...all weekend! Enjoy up to 70% off on all quilting supplies and get all Craftsy classes for $17.99 or less by clicking here.

And...if you're looking for a wonderful after the holidays retreat and are in or can travel to the Portland area, you can still sign up for the 3 Holly's Winter Retreat. The retreat package includes all three project kits, two meals each day, and VIP access to the event room. Stay at the Grand Hotel in Bridgeport or book your own room close by. Visit Hollyhill's online site to register, or call the number below for more information.

Finally...thank you so very much for your continued support throughout the years...I'm ever so grateful. As a thank you, I'm offering 40% off everything in my Etsy shop with the coupon code Thankful. Sale is good now through Cyber Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quilted Gifts | Bags

Happy Tuesday! I've started the yearly gift-making mad dash once again. This year I've been going about it in a little more organized fashion, though. And it seems to be working so far.

First I made a list of simple gifts I wanted to make this year. I also added notes

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Westwood Acres | Free Pattern

Hello and happy Friday! Today I'm happy to introduce you to one of my go-to on-line shops, Westwood Acres. Westwood Acres is owned by husband and wife team Amanda and Weston Woodruff, and they have curated a wonderful collection of fun modern fabrics and patterns. Keep reading for a free pattern and a discount code for their shop!

Westwood Acres is known for wonderful bundles and clubs which allow quilters 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Favorites | Splendid Sampler Blocks

Hello and happy Friday!  I've been really motivated lately to work on my Splendid Sampler blocks...maybe because I can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever the reason, I made one block a day four days in a row this week and thought this would be perfect material for a favorites post!

I had been putting off a paper pieced block I really wanted to make, and with 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scrappy Table Runner Tutorial

Hello! Today I'm happy to share one more work in progress that arrived home from being quilted this weekend! a bonus...I have a free tutorial for making this runner!

I have been wanting some table decor using our Desert Bloom fabrics, and 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Works in Progress: Finished!

Hello and happy Tuesday!  I was able to finish up some works in progress this week end...and while it was fun to finish up every one, the first one I'm going to share was extra special.

A couple of years ago I received a layer cake of the "Oink-a-Doodle Moo" 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sampler Quilt | Work in Progress

Happy Monday! I got a lot accomplished over the weekend...task one was to finally get the borders added to my Crossroads quilt I've been working on all of 2016.

 I last posted about this quilt back in August when I finished putting the blocks

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Favorites | Quilts & Books

Happy Friday! This has been kind of a whirlwind week, and I'm happy for the three day weekend to be able to catch up! Of course I'm thinking about Veterans today and am ever so grateful for their sacrifices and their service!

First up for Friday favorites is the upcoming 2017 Mystery Designer Block of the Month program from Fat Quarter Shop.

Photo Fat Quarter Shop

This is my second year contributing a block design, and I am very honored to 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Splendid Sampler Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Thursday! I've been working on my Splendid Sampler blocks a little over the past few days and have a few to share with you!

I've also finally decided on the number of blocks I'm going to make and have 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Patchwork Christmas Pillow Tutorial

Hello! Today I have a fun pillow tutorial that is terrific for adding a holiday touch to your decor or perfect for gifting to friends and family.  Grab your 2 1/2" wide scraps in red, green, and aqua along with some background fabric and have fun stitching this patchwork Christmas tree pillow!

Nearly all of my scraps for this project were left-overs from Kate Spain

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Time Management for Quilters

Hello! Today I'm writing about something I've been wanting to write about for some time. This is a requested topic every time I've asked for suggestions to post...and so I hope you'll enjoy some of my thoughts on time management for quilters.
Of course some of my thoughts are about time management in general, but

(This post Time Management for Quilters appeared first on A Quilting Life). 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Favorites | Fabric Bundle

Happy Friday! I'm so happy for the weekend...we're enjoying temperatures in the 80's which is pretty warm for November, but at least it's cooling down in the evenings!  The warm temperatures haven't prevented me from getting in the holiday spirit...or from wanting to sew more red and green! was perfect timing that a bundle I curated with some really fun red and

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Little Market Sewing

Hello! Part of my October was spent doing some  fun, super secret sewing for my friend Joanna Figueroa.  Since our next fabric collection isn't a market release, I was happy to be able to still be doing some market prep...but without all of the stress that comes with doing a lot of market prep!

Joanna's newest collection is called Coney Island, and it is absolutely beautiful!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sugar Pine Stars | New Quilt Pattern

Hello! I'm pretty excited to share a new pattern with you today..."Sugar Pine Stars" which is a fun, fat quarter friendly quilt in two sizes! I made my cover quilt in reds and greens, but this pattern is perfect for any color combination or for scraps!

 I used both an ivory print and some low-volume backgrounds to give this a 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Patchwork Gift Bags and More!

Hello! Happy November! And welcome to a little parade of patchwork gift bags! It's been really fun to see all the cute versions of this tutorial that have been made from this tutorial.

I'm starting off my parade with one of  Hildy's bags...I love that she used a

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Scrappy Patchwork Place Mat Tutorial

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week I had quite a bit of fun working with my Desert Bloom scraps. I made some smaller projects, and today I have a couple of them ready to share.

I used one of my early blog tutorials and made some scrappy place mats.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Favorites | Fabric and Notions

Happy Friday! It's favorites day, and I sure have some fun things to share! I've been doing a little more sewing with Desert Bloom (it ships very, very soon!) and have just been having so much fun with it.

I love the fact that this collection is so very versatile depending on which color 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

Hello! I've recently been doing a little birthday sewing for my oldest daughter (I'm really thankful my girls both like hand made gifts)! She requested a couple of items I've previously made and like to make, so that made it even easier.

First she requested a new iPad case. A few years ago I made several of these

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Splendid Sampler Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Wednesday! I've been meaning to do a little Splendid Sampler sewing for so long...and the other evening I finally sat down and made two more of these fun blocks.

One of the most recent blocks required foundation paper piecing, so I paired 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Leaves Mini Quilt

Hello! I've mentioned a few times, I'm anxious to get going on holiday sewing. But I knew I was going to make one more fall project...ever since I finished up my Maple Sky quilt I knew I needed to make a mini was just a matter of finding the time!

So this week I got it all figured out, and then cut and sewed it in one day!

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