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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