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 yesterday...my 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!

http://www.aquiltinglife.com/2015/04/favorites-pineapple-quilt-blocks.html

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

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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 enjoy...one 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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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pineapple Quilt Top

Hello and happy Tuesday! I hope you can put up with one more day of pineapples, and then I promise I won't share them any more until my quilt is back from being quilted.  Although it wasn't on the schedule for yesterday, I ended up finishing up my pineapple quilt top.


At first I was just going to sew blocks into rows...then I decided I might as well

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Pineapple Quilt Progress and More

Hello and happy Monday! I have pineapple quilt progress to share today! I finished up the remaining seven blocks needed for my scrappy pineapple quilt, and now I'm so looking forward to getting this put together!


It's going to be a quilt full of summery goodness, that's for sure! And I'm

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello and happy Friday! Today I have three favorites to share with you...


One of my favorite new patterns (and quilts) is my Patchwork Garden quilt...I'm

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Works in Progress

Hello and happy Thursday!  I hope your week is going well! I thought I'd share my progress today on the things I shared last week. It really, really helped to have the list made...I finished everything on the list and even ended up adding other things which I finished!


My pineapple block progress went especially well...not only did I finish all of the

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | April

Hello! It's time for the next design in the 2017 Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month quilt...and today I have the pattern for the April block. I absolutely love flying geese, so had to include a flying geese block in the sampler.


While there are a lot of ways to make flying geese blocks, I used the traditional 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Best Tips for Mini Quilts

Hello! Today I'm sharing my love of mini quilts with lots of tips and ideas you can use for your own mini quilt sewing!

Making mini quilts gives quilters a wonderful way to experiment with new techniques, try out new color and fabric combinations, and use up scraps and favorite fabrics.


A lot of the first quilts I made when I first started quilting were mini quilts. The

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Mini Quilts

Hello and happy Monday...and happy April! Today I have a couple of mini quilts to share for our April Minis and More parade...and a fun option to let you know about for our May parade!

I love the versatility of mini quilt patterns...you can use your finished quilt as a pillow front, table topper, wall hanging or more...And Hildy made her mini into


a lovely pillow this month! The pattern for our parade is the Mini Ferris Wheel pattern by Joanna Figueroa. It's a fun little block that is actually much easier than it looks!


I love the Olive's Flower Market border and striped pink binding Hildy used! And I spy some Farmhouse in her block centers!



Karen used Simply Colorful by V & Co for her mini quilt... I love this bright spring version!



I meant to make a few more blocks...but with all of the market sewing the only one I can share is the one I made a couple of months ago to add to my Splendid Sampler quilt. You can see from Hildy's, Karen's, and my version that there are really a lot of possibilities with this design!


Photo by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms

And...we picked a fun mini for this month, too! We'd love if you'd make the mini Vintage pattern this month and send a photo to me or Michele by the end of the month for our May parade! This pattern is a mini version of the large quilt from Camille's book Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks .  This will be a great projects for using scraps and will make a terrific pillow front, table topper, or mini!

Be sure to stop by Michele's blog today to see more versions of this month's Mini Ferris Wheel quilt!

Thanks so much for stopping by...and I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Favorites | New Basics

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week! Thank you so much for all of the kind comments on the pattern and printable!

I've had a few new things arrive in my mailbox over the past week or so and thought they would be fun to share today!



On Fridays I like to post about some of my favorite finds...and first up today is


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tips for Organizing | Quilting & Sewing

Hello! On Wednesdays I try to post a little more about the process of things I'm working on, and this week I thought I'd not only share my works in progress but also give you some ideas on how I stay organized on more of a weekly basis.

This week is going to be busy, so it's even more important that I keep track of 


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scrappy Patchwork Potholders

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Today I get to share a finish from my scrappy sewing last week...and I also have a free PDF download so you can make your own scrappy patchwork pot holders!

I had quite a lot of extra 2 1/2" strips and squares left over from some market 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Rotary Cutting Tip | Giveaway

Hello! Today I have a fun tip to share with you that will help you save some time when you're sewing with strip sets! Whether you're making strip sets with two, three, or more fabrics, this tip will work for you!


I recently made quite a few strip sets for my Patchwork Garden quilt and was

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Creekside | Solids and Threads

Hello and happy Friday! I hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start!  Today I thought I'd share just a bit more Creekside fabric love.  I've been having a lot of fun sewing with it this week; keep finding new print and color combinations I love which keeps me adding projects to my list!



I also thought I'd share with you some of the details about the coordinating 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Works in Progress | Scraps

Hello and happy Wednesday! This week's works in progress projects have been a variety of "use my scraps" projects! Of course I had a lot of scraps while sewing the five new Creekside quilts, and I tried to cut things into usable pieces as I went along.


I ended up with a good assortment of 2 1/2" strips and squares; the squares 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Studio Update | Where I Sew

Hello and happy Tuesday! I've been mentioning my studio spring cleaning over the past week or so, and I'm happy to say I'm caught up with the major organizing tasks. There is nothing like walking into a clean studio...it just gives me a happy feeling! I even cleaned the window and dusted the shutters over the weekend which really needed to be done!



My sewing room is small (about 9' x 10'); however, the natural light makes it

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Splendid Sampler Quilt Finish

Happy Monday! Over the weekend I was able to finish up my Splendid Sampler lap quilt! It's always nice to have a finish, but this quilt is one I've been working on for over a year, so it was an especially nice one!


I finished the piecing and assembly of this quilt the day our Creekside fabric

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Friday!

Happy, happy Friday! I'm more than a little happy that the weekend is here...it's been a busy week, and the change to Daylight Savings Time seemed to make things even crazier!


But, I've been folding and packing a lot of patterns, and all of the orders   

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tips for Using Orphan Blocks

Hello and happy Thursday! While doing a little cleaning in my sewing room this week I happened upon my stash of orphan blocks. Orphan blocks are extra blocks made to test block patterns or blocks that were made for quilts or projects that never got used. As I was sorting through my found "treasures" I started thinking of all of the different ways I could use them...and that gave me the idea for this post!



If you have a few of these unused blocks sitting somewhere in your sewing

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along | March

Hello and happy Wednesday! It's Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along day, and I have some new blocks to share!

I've had so much fun making these cute little blocks this month. They are fast and simple patterns, and since you make six alike each month you can use chain-piecing to make them go even more quickly!


I'm using scraps from Minick & Simpson collections old and new and have

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Piggy Quilt Blocks

Hello and happy Tuesday! This weekend I got to make some cute little piggy quilt blocks for a friend.  These are quilt blocks for a "Bee" group that I belong to, and while I never thought I'd be making piggy blocks, I think these are pretty cute!


I even got to use Creekside fabric for most of the block parts and pieces. I did 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Favorite Quilting Tools and Notions

Hello and happy Monday!  First, thank you so much for all of the kind words and comments about the new fabric and patterns! I truly appreciate it, and I know how much time it takes to leave a comment...it really does mean so much to me!

After so much crazy sewing in just a couple of weeks, my sewing room is now pretty messy...as I started picking things up and putting them away I realized how very helpful some of my favorite tools and notions were in helping me get such a lot done in a short amount of time. So I snapped some pictures and thought it would make for a good blog post.


 In full disclosure I'll let you know that I took all of the pictures on my sewing 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Creekside Fabric Collection

Hello and happy Friday! Today I'm excited to be able to show you our new Creekside fabric collection for Moda fabrics...with lots of close-up photos!  Creekside was inspired by the beautiful area where my Mom lived when Chelsi was a young girl. There was a beautiful creek not too far away from my Mom's home, and wildflowers grew along the path to the creek. The skies were always bright and blue, and there were birds and wildlife of every kind that lived in the area.



This collection is delightful, and although I've been sewing with it non-stop since

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quilt Patterns | Pinwheel Posies & Starry Night

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I'm excited to share the final two quilts I've pieced with our new Creekside fabric collection! First up is Pinwheel Posies! There is just something fun about a pinwheel set on point, and I really love them set inside this flower block!


I had fun picking out  fabric pairs in the same color way for my blocks, but you 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Patchwork Garden Quilt Pattern

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I'm excited to introduce another one of the patterns using our new Creekside fabric collection. I really love this one...and there is a little story to it.  It's the final quilt I designed for this collection, and it was inspired by a checkerboard quilt my friend Marion was working on when I arrived to pick up a quilt back in December.


When I saw the other quilt which was made up of thousands of little squares...I 


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Patterns | Starburst & Focal Point

Hello! It's official...today we can begin introducing our Creekside fabric collection for Moda fabrics along with the new quilt patterns!   I'm excited to introduce my Starburst quilt pattern...a wonderful big-block quilt combining two of my favorite designs, the Rolling Stone block and the Saw tooth Star block!


I had a lot of fun mixing and matching different colors and prints from 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | March

Hello and happy Monday! Exciting new things are coming tomorrow...and today I have the third block in my 2017 Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month!



I had a lot of fun with this one...the main thing to make sure of when choosing 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

More Pineapple Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday! I'm sure happy for the weekend...it's been a busy week, and now I get to slow down a bit and start binding the new pattern quilts that have come back from the quilter. Working on quilt binding is one of the most rewarding parts of the quilting process because you get to look at the finished quilt up close and really savor the  process!



I've also been getting more pineapple blocks in the mail, and I love every single

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Moda All-Stars Charm Pack Quilts

Hello and happy Wednesday! And happy March! Today I'm excited to let you know about a brand new book I have a project in. It's another compilation book featuring Moda fabric designers put together by Lissa Alexander!


While it was a fun surprise to see my project made the cover (top of the stack), 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tips for Sewing with Strip Sets

Hello and happy Tuesday! Can you believe tomorrow we'll turn the calendars to March? This year is flying by for sure! I know the last couple of weeks have been going quickly for me as I've been sewing quilts with our upcoming collection. I'll be sharing next week, so make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter to get discount codes for the new patterns and kits!


Today I thought I'd share some tips for sewing with strips...jelly roll (or 2 1/2" 

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Scrap Quilt Block | Happy Trails

Hello and happy Friday! I'm always looking for fun ways to use my scraps, and today I'm sharing a wonderful scrap-buster quilt block that I'm in love with! I'm participating in the Fat Quarter Shop blog tour sharing ideas and projects about this wonderful scrappy happy block!



The Happy Trails block finishes at 16" which makes a scrappy quilt come 

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quilt Binding Tutorial

Hello and happy Thursday! I actually did have one more finish this past week that I can share--I got the binding added to my County Fair quilt! I love the large black floral from the Fig Tree Chestnut Street collection and was happy to be able to use it for the binding!


It added the perfect touch to this quilt...it just had to have a black frame around

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