Wednesday, June 21, 2017

House Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today is the day I get to share my project from the new book I Love House Blocks.  I had a lot of fun making this quilt a little over a year ago with our Desert Bloom fabric collection.

Now that I have Creekside fabric, I'm seriously considering making this again! My quilter Nathel did a beautiful job of customizing the quilting and added a lot of fun elements to the quilt!

And, there are 13 other fun projects included in the book which features 13 different designers. There are several projects I want to make (I really do love house blocks)!

My quilt is a great size for a wall hanging...and there are several other wall hanging sized projects along with lap-size and larger quilts.

One of my cute little houses made the back fun!  Also, I have a few copies available in my Etsy shop here! Martingale, the book's publisher is also celebrating today with a giveaway on their blog...happy house block sewing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Grandma's Quilts

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I was able to take a short trip at the end of last week to visit with my Mom. While I was there she brought out some treasures...some of my grandmother's unfinished quilt tops!

My grandmother lived with my mom for eight years before passing away about

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

Hello! Today is  Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along day, and I'm sharing this month's blocks, the "Around the Corner" block design.

This month's design features a checkerboard design with half-square triangle

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tips for Organizing for Quilters

Happy Wednesday! I hope your summer is off to a great start! I've been busy working on designing the patterns for our next fabric collection, doing a bit of household cleaning and organizing, and especially getting organized in the sewing room! I'm not sure why, but the beginning of summer always seems like a great time for me to get organized!

So...I thought a round-up post of my favorite ideas and tips on the topic of 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Pre-Cut Sewing Tips and Giveaway Winner

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Summer is the perfect time to go through your pre-cut fabrics and do some sewing with them. So...I thought today would be a good day to share links to some of my favorite posts with tips for sewing with pre-cuts.  Click on the photos or the links below to visit each post!

I probably should have attached a link to this one in my Hometown quilt

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Hometown Layer Cake Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! I'm super excited to share my new Hometown Layer Cake quilt pattern...and yes, all of the blocks in the quilt are made with just one Layer Cake (or 36 squares 10" x 10")!

 A few weeks before Quilt Market I was lucky enough to receive a Layer Cake of

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to Sew an On-Point Quilt

Hello! Today I'm sharing directions and tips for how to sew an on-point or diagonal set quilt. I get questions about this topic all the time and have been meaning to get a permanent post here on the blog on this topic; my recent Layer Cake quilt, "Hometown," was the perfect project to use for the photos!

In this post I'll be showing a quilt that is set on point with sashing and sashing 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

House Quilts & Quilt Labels

Hello and happy Wednesday! I've been working on getting everything ready to share my new Layer Cake quilt pattern but thought I'd share a couple of fun things with you in the meantime!

I have a quilt in the upcoming book I Love House Blocks...and will be sharing 

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Favorite Red, White, & Blue Quilts

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing my favorite red, white and blue quilts! I've been making one or two quilts using my favorite red, white and blue fabrics each year for quite a few years now, and I have a good little collection I use to decorate with from Memorial Day through Labor Day!

I took new photos of all of them to share before doing my decorating this year! I

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Quilted Bags | Tips

Hello and happy Monday! I've been working on some small bags here and there and thought I'd share my most recent finish along with a few thoughts on how I stay organized sewing these small projects.

After doing my market sewing, I found I had enough extra quilted fabric to make a few more small projects.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

More Quilt Market | Giveaway

Hello and happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing some more quilt market inspiration (my final photos from market)...and I have a giveaway to share at the end of this post!

Once again I need to apologize for the lighting at this market...I've been reading

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Jelly Roll Railway | Scrap Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! Today I'm excited to tell you about a new shortcut pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  As soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to give it a try!

The pattern is designed for a jelly roll along with background, accent, border
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pineapple Quilt Parade

Hello and happy June! Today I have a very summery treat for you...a pineapple parade! My summery pineapple quilt was so much fun...and now after seeing some of the ideas in today's parade, I might have to make another pineapple project or two!

Pineapples are considered a symbol of hospitality, and what better way to say 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | June

Hello and welcome to month six of the 2017 Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month! I can't believe we are half-way through making this quilt, but is sure is fun seeing the blocks accumulate each month!

Since we are at the half-way point, look at all of your blocks together before

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Layer Cake Quilt | Work in Progress

Hello! I've been working on a little something here and there in my spare time...trying to make the absolute most of my Ann's Arbor Layer Cake!

I decided I really wanted a quilt out of this fabric, and since yardage won't be 

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Hello and happy Sunday! And, happy Memorial Day if you are here in the United States! 

Memorial Day weekend is not only the time we remember those who died in 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Quilting Books & More

Hello! Now that I've been home for a few days I've been able to unpack and sort through all of the things I was able to see at market. Today I'm sharing some favorite product finds!

One of the books I was most excited to see at market was the brand new book

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hazel & Plum Sewing

Hello! Today I'm sharing a little of my pre-market sewing with the new Fig Tree & Company collection Hazel & Plum. I've been sewing samples for Joanna for quite a few years now (the first collection I sewed with for her was Mill House Inn).  So it doesn't quite seem like market time until I do a little Figgy sewing! I was able to finish most of my quilt market sewing with Creekside before Joanna received her fabric, so it worked out really well this time around!

Here are all of the fabrics before I started cutting into many lovely

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More Quilt Market Finds

Hello! I've been going through my market photos and think I have enough for two more here we go again! One of the items on my market bucket list was to see the Splendid Sampler quilt made with my original block. 

I'm so happy I was able to see this is absolutely beautiful! The straight

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quilt Market | Moda Booths

Hello! Today I'm sharing the Moda designer booths! I'm a little bit partial to this group of amazing women...I consider myself blessed to be able to associate with them at market and sometimes at other times of the year as well. I believe I learn something good from every single Moda designer at each market.

First up is the lovely Corey Yoder's booth introducing her lovely collection,

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilt Market St. Louis

Hello and happy Monday! I returned home late last night after a wonderful five days in St. Louis, Missouri for Spring 2017 International Quilt Market! I'd never been to St. Louis (or Missouri for that matter), so I was really excited for this quilt market!

On the day after my arrival I had the opportunity to visit the famous Arch! It is
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Aubri Tote

Hello! Today I'm sharing something I finished up just in time to take to International Quilt Market in St. Louis this week...a delightful tote using our Creekside fabrics!

Making a tote bag with tumblers has been on the to-do list for quite a while, and

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Decorating with Quilts

Hello! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on one of my favorite subjects: decorating with quilts! Along with placing beautiful quilts on our beds, quilts and quilted items can be used in many ways to make our houses our homes.  The very first quilted projects I sewed were home decor items--pillows, wall hangings, and table toppers.

While I do a lot of decorating with quilts in my sewing room today, there were a 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along | May

Hello and happy Monday! Today is Patchwork Quilt Along day, and I have some fun blocks to share!  This month's block is the "Homestead" block, and it goes together much more quickly than last month's block!

I'm using reds, blues, and creams from my Minick & Simpson scrap bin, and boy

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Quilted Duffle Bag

Hello! Today I'm sharing my latest finish...a small duffle I plan to use for my personal item when I fly to St. Louis for International Quilt Market next week.  Since I made it with the Creekside collection it can also do double duty as a booth prop!

 I don't know why navy is so hard to photograph when there is a lot of it in the 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Backpacks, Baskets, & More!

Hello! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects that have been made over the past month or two with our Creekside fabric collection. I love these fabrics for quilting, and I love them just as much made up into home decor items and accessories!

First is a fun backpack! We knew right away that we were making this using the 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Building A Fabric Stash

Hello! Today's topic is one for all quilters, whether seasoned or new: Building a fabric stash. While some projects call for a special order or trip to the store, it's nice to be able to start (and even finish) a quilt with pieces from your stash. Today we'll talk about what types of fabrics are must-haves for your quilting stash.
Of course, all quilters are unique and have their own sense of style, so you may 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Half-Square Triangle Pillow Tutorial

Hello! Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing all of the information on how to make my half-square triangle pillow. I've shared bits and pieces of my progress on this project over the past couple of weeks, and it's now finished and ready for our Quilt Market booth!

This was such a fun project...and if you have extra half-square triangles from 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Favorites | A Finish & Fabric

Hello and happy Friday! Hope you have had a great week and have some quilting and sewing planned for the weekend!

I finished up the binding on my pineapple quilt yesterday! This was a good finish because I've been wanting a pineapple quilt for so long!

In the end I decided to go with the green dots from our Creekside collection, 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Creekside Pre-Cuts & Sample Sale

Hello! Happy Wednesday!  I just have a quick post today to let you know a few details...and deadlines...

I have PREORDERS available in my Etsy shop for Creekside pre-cuts which will

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | May

Hello! Happy May!  It's time for this month's block release...a fun one...but before I begin I have some great news! A lot of you are participating in this sew along, and so occasionally I get emails asking about previous month block posts.

I should have done this earlier, but I've now compiled all of the post links onto 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Vintage Mini Quilts

Hello and happy May Day! Hope your week is off to a great start!  I love starting each month with a parade of little quilts, and this month I'm sharing some Vintage Mini quilts (pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms).

I was determined to make this one, even though things have been just a little

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Favorites | Fabric and Books

Hello and happy Friday! It's Friday Favorites day today here on the blog where I share a few of my favorite finds...and first up is this fabric I've been looking at for quite a little while now...

The collection is called Charleston, and it's by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Half Square Triangle Table Runner Tutorial

Hello! How about another tutorial?! This one is for a table runner, and you can plan it with a single collection or use half-square triangles left over from a variety of projects to use your stash!

I had hundreds of half-square triangles left over from making my five large

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pineapple Quilt Finish

Hello and happy Wednesday! I had a bit of happy mail pineapple quilt returned home from the quilter! Of course I had to take some pictures right away!

Although I'm not a fan of our excessive heat, I am a fan of the lazy days of

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Choose Joy Quilt Book and Journal

Hello! Today I'm happy to be letting you know a little bit about my fellow Moda designer and friend Shannon Gillman Orr. Shannon has a new quilt book and journal just published titled Choose Joy. The phrase "choose joy" has been my mantra for 2017, so of course I was excited to take a peek at Shannon's book.

 photo by Steffanie Frandsen

Choose Joy contains directions for thirty different quilt blocks, directions for

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Easy Quilt-As-You-Go Place Mats

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! This weekend I finally got around to making some place mats with some of our Creekside fabric. For quite a while now I've been wanting to make place mats using Soft & Stable instead of interfacing; since I love the way Soft & Stable works in bags, I thought it might be fun to see if it would make a difference for place mats, too.

I absolutely love the way they turned out, and I will be making all of my place 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Introducing Quilt Sandwich | Giveaway

Happy Friday! Today I'm happy to introduce you to one of my new blog sponsors, Quilt Sandwich Fabrics.

 Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is owned by two sisters, Kris and Becca who grew up in 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday This & That

Hello! I'm still working on behind the scenes preparation for Quilt Market which is now just four weeks away! And I've also been helping my friend Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company with some of her quilt market prep.  But I think I'm caught up enough to start something new!

I think one of my summer projects is going to be a scrappy pineapple block

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Patterns | Wallhanging + Mini

Hello! I'm so excited to be able to share two new patterns today. These have been on my "to do" list for a little while, and over the weekend I got them back from the quilters, bound, and the pattern writing finished up! One is a true mini quilt, and the other is a wall hanging, and they are both my favorites right now!

First up is my Starry Night mini. I love the full size version of this pattern but new it would also be really great in a mini size (see the original post on the full-size Starry Night quilt here).

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Strip-Pieced Tote


Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm excited to tell you about the upcoming issue of Quilts and More, Summer 2017, and a project I have included in it!

 Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I've been having a lot of fun participating in the Scrap Lab section of each 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Hello...happy Sunday and happy Easter! I know I normally don't post on 
Sunday, but I felt like I should drop in and wish you and yours a wonderful day.

Easter is probably my most favorite holiday of the year because I feel like I'm able to keep it "non-commercialized."  Here is my favorite Easter message for you to of the reasons it's a favorite is because it truly shows how all of us all over the world are really so alike...enjoy! 

I'm so grateful for my knowledge of the #PrinceofPeace and for the comfort His life and teachings bring to me!  Have a wonderful day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along | April

Hello and happy Saturday! Today is Patchwork Quilt Along day which means that I have new blocks to share! I'm using a variety of different reds and blues by Minick & Simpson and am using a different light/low-volume background each month.  I'm really having fun with these blocks, and now that I have 24 of them finished it's starting to be pretty exciting!

This month's blocks (Star and Cross) took just a bit more time than the previous

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month

Happy Friday! I will be enjoying this lovely Easter weekend with my family but just wanted to stop in and give you a reminder about the Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.  I have once again designed a block for this fun program!

Of course I can't share my block yet because it's a mystery...but we are able to

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Splendid Sampler

Hello and happy Thursday! Today is a special day because the Splendid Sampler book is officially available for sale!

 It seems like just the other day that I was piecing my block submission and

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Small Project Ideas

Hello and happy Wednesday! I've been having fun with some simple and fun projects lately and thought you might like to see a few of the ideas I've come up with.

Sometimes making something quick and fun is all you need to get re-inspired to
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