Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Place Mat Tutorial

Hello! Happy Wednesday and happy last day of August! I dropped off my fall quilt to be quilted yesterday, and I just wasn't ready to stop sewing with the fabrics from that quilt. So...I gathered up some of the scraps and started working on some new fall place mats for our table. 

I hope you'll enjoy this tutorial I've prepared for these fun place mats--I've got

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Quilt Blocks and More

Hello and happy Monday! I've been doing a little of this and a little of that this weekend in my sewing room, so I have kind of an eclectic mix of things to share this morning!

One of my weekend must-makes was the latest Splendid Sampler block, block

57 by Lissa Alexander.  Lissa's block is called Starting Point, and if you haven't

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fall Quilt and Favorites

Hello and Happy Friday! I really can't believe it is the end of August already...just a few more days and it will be September. I had this crazy thought the other day that maybe if I made a fall quilt it might feel a little cooler around here (we'll see about that cooler part, but at least I'll have a fun fall quilt)!

So I gathered my favorite fall-feeling Fig Tree fabrics in red, green, orange, butterscotch, plum, and brown and set to playing! 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quilting Tips: Accurate Measuring and Cutting

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I'd like to discuss a few tips and ideas to help  with accurate measuring and cutting fabrics for quilting. The tips I'm sharing are ideas that have proven to be valuable insights to the quilters I get to work with when I teach quilting classes. It's amazing how often one simple tip can really improve accuracy.

Of course, the most familiar of these tips is the oft-repeated "measure twice; 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Itty Bitty Eights Ruler Review

Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend I had fun making some half-square triangles for a project using Desert Bloom fabrics. I love making half-square triangles and have written several times about different ways to make them.

These half-square triangles needed to measure 2 1/8" x 2 1/8", so I used my

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Quilting

Hello and happy Monday! This is the last official week of summer vacation here, so I hope to be busy checking off a lot of things from my to-do list over the next few days! I've spent most of my time working on quite a few behind the scenes type of projects, but I do have some weekend quilting to share today!

I pieced another block for my Splendid Sampler quilt. This one is called Whirling

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Mahalo Mini | New Pattern

Hello and happy Friday! I'm super excited today to share my latest pattern--a mini version of my Mahalo quilt. I've wanted to make a mini version of this quilt for quite a while, but it took a little while before I finally settled on which fabrics

to use. Since I'm going to hang this mini in my sewing room I wanted it to be a

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt | Magnolia

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by for my day on the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along sponsored by Angie of Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop, and Marti Michell!

I'm happy to share my thoughts on making Block 54, Magnolia. I have to say, this block is one of my favorites so far; it ended up being super easy and fun, and I love my fabric choices!

I'm very behind in my block making, but while working on this block I made a

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Half Triangle Rectangles Ruler Review

Hello! Happy Tuesday (even if it is a bit later in the day)!  Today I'm going to talk a little bit about the half-rectangle triangle; this is a shape that has intrigued me for a bit, and I could hardly wait to have a little play time to work with it.

While working up my tutorial for my day on the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along later

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along Update

Hello and happy Monday! Today is Crossroads Quilt Along day, and I'm happy to report that I've been able to put my blocks together with the sashing and post sections.

I always get the best feeling when a collection of blocks becomes a quilt center!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sample Sale

Hello and Happy Saturday! I've been cleaning and organizing and re-arranging...and I've decided to have a little sale to make room for some of the new quilts I get to make this fall! I have an inventory of quilts I use, quilts I use for teaching and for trunk shows, and quilts for samples of my patterns...and I'm running out of space!  So...

 I've added 7 quilts to my Sample Sale page and will add more periodically (I'll be sure to let you know each time I update the page).

 Okay...back to cleaning! All of the information for purchasing is on the Sample Sale page.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Favorites | New Quilting Fabrics

Hello! Today's favorites post is about some lovely new fabrics that have arrived in my mailbox recently. I can't wait to share them with you! I love every single collection designed by Denyse Schmidt, and was looking forward to the arrival of her new Stonington collection.

The Stonington fabrics are pictured at the top, and just look how well they 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Works in Progress | Mahalo Quilts

Happy Wednesday! Wow...I can't believe it's the middle of the week already! I'm happy to announce that I finally got to gift a quilt I've been saving for a little while.

 You see, this sweet baby quilt was included in my first book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home, and I've been saving it for our first grandson who has now happily arrived!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Favorite Notions | Pincushions

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today over on the Moda Cutting Table blog they are talking about I thought this might be a good time to post a few of my thoughts about the ever-so-useful staple in sewing baskets!

I'm definitely a pincushion kind of girl. I've always used them, and I prefer 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Splendid Sampler Update

Hello! Did you know that the 50th Splendid Sampler block was released on August 4th? That means we are half-way through the 100 blocks! To celebrate the release of block 50 some of the Splendid Sampler designers are participating in a blog tour this week...and I was delighted to join in!

I counted my blocks, and I've made 25 up until now. Even though I've only

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Favorites | Works in Progress

Hello and happy Friday! I hope your week has been a good one and that you have something quilty planned for the weekend!

Because summer has been going by so quickly, I've really made an effort lately

to catch up with everything (and maybe even get a little ahead on some things).  The Crossroads quilt along is nearing completion, and I need to have my quilt center together by August 15th. First I set the blocks together into 
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Checkmate Layer Cake Quilt

Hello! Today I'm excited to share a super fast and easy free Layer Cake quilt pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop!

I think most quilters love to give quilts as much as they like to make them, and this pattern is perfect for fast and fun! All you need to get started is two layer cakes and a border fabric! Since I was working on this project in July I

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christmas Quilting and Sewing

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I'm happy to share our Minis and More Christmas in July parade along with a few other ideas for your Christmas sewing! My red and green Fig Tree sampler quilt didn't get finished up until after Christmas last year, so this year will be the first year I get to use it! So excited!

And I actually just finished up a new Christmas quilt top that I'll be sharing with

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Building a Fabric Stash | Novelty Prints

Happy Monday and hello August! Welcome back to the next post in my Building a Fabric Stash series. Today I'll be talking about novelty, holiday, and seasonal fabrics. I have a lot of favorites in these categories, and I'm excited to share some of my thoughts on purchasing, storing, and using these fun fabrics.

There are many different fabrics I'm drawn to in the novelty fabrics category:

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