Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Finish!

Hello! This week I was able to finish a grandmother's scrappy quilt that I shared with you recently (and the inspiration for the recent scrappy sew along here on the blog)!

I chose a simple all-over orange peel design to be quilted on this quilt (quilting 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adding Patchwork into Sewing Projects

Hello! Today I'm happy to share some ideas on something that is dear to my heart...adapting some of my favorite patterns so I can use patchwork! I've always felt that with fabrics...the more the merrier!  Over the years, some of my favorite projects have been ones where I took patterns that called for single fabrics or yardages and substituted my own patchwork pieces.

One of my favorite projects where I used this technique is my scrappy 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fast and Fun Row Quilt

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm excited to share a fast and fun row quilt I recently made for the American Patchwork & Quilting publication Quilts and More! This is another project for the Scrap Lab feature in the magazine which I really love working on; these projects are always a fun exercise in creativity!

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

The fabric we were given for the projects in this issue was the new Literary collection 

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

Hello! It's Patchwork Quilt Along day, and I'm happy to be sharing the blocks for month seven!

This month's block is the Propeller block, and it was a simple one to make!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Sew Along Part 4

Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to part four of the scrappy quilt sew along inspired by a wonderful scrappy quilt I found in my Grandmother's collection!  I've had a lot of fun figuring out this pattern from her quilt and sewing my blocks,  and today I am sharing the next step...the design to set the blocks together!

For the past three Friday's I've posted an assignment for blocks...the 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bernina Giveaway!

Hello! I'm just stopping in to let you know about an amazing giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop!  Imagine winning a special edition Cotton + Steel Hello Lovely B350!

No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

To get more details and to enter the giveaway go here!

PS...I'll be back soon with the next step in the scrappy quilt along!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Make Decorative Fabric Tape

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing something fun I recently learned on to make cute as a button decorative fabric tape!  I wasn't really prepared for how much fun this little project would be...and before long I had made quite a bit! 

I can hardly wait to use some to decorate note pads, my planner pages, and to

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More Scrappy Quilt Blocks

Hello! This weekend I worked on sewing up scrappy quilt blocks...and getting scraps ready to use for even more blocks! While looking for fabric scraps big enough to use for my Scrappy Patchwork Quilt I found another scrappy block project I started a little while ago--my scrappy square in a square blocks!

I made these blocks from a Layer Cake several months ago and put them in a 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Sew Along Part 3

Happy Friday!Welcome to part three of the Scrappy Quilt Sew Along!  I'm having a lot of fun making these blocks, and I hope you are too!  While I've been using mostly scraps from the upcoming Fig Tree collection Hazel & Plum for the blocks, I've been using any light-colored Fig Tree scraps I can find for the backgrounds.

Whether you've been quilting along or if this is your first time learning about  

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quilting Bee Blocks

Hello and happy Wednesday! Last weekend I got caught up with some Bee blocks I'd fallen behind see I have a lot of secret sewing to do over the next few weeks, so I needed to make sure these were finished up and sent off!

The Confetti Star paper-pieced block is one I've made before. Now that I've

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello! Happy Fourth of July to my American friends!  And happy Tuesday to all!  I'm looking forward to some sewing and some fireworks later in the evening.  It will be a pretty quiet day for us since we're actually having a big family get-together on the weekend.

If you're looking for some red, white and blue inspiration today, you might  
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Small Projects for Summer

Hello and happy Monday! Welcome to the July Minis and More parade!  This month we are featuring projects perfect for summer sewing and display! And we have such a fun variety of projects to share that I could hardly wait to publish this post!

First up is Brenda's "Mini Camper" (pattern by Sherri Falls).  I love that she 

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | July

Hello and happy July!  Welcome to Mystery Block of the Month here at A Quilting Life!  The other day I sat down and finished designing all of the blocks for this quilt, and I have to say I'm super happy with how it's turned out! I'm actually hoping to finish up my quilt soon so that next month I can give you exact requirements for finishing your quilt.

This month's block is the traditional Duck's Feet I've been wanting to
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Sew Along Part 2

Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to part two of the Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Sew Along!

As usual I had a hard time deciding on fabrics.  There are many possibilities for a scrappy quilt like this: holiday prints, completely scrappy, scrappy in a certain color way.  I even thought about using a fat eighth bundle I have on the shelf...all of these ideas would work perfectly!

But in the end I was cleaning up in the sewing room and happened upon a pile

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Scrappy Nine-Patch Blocks

Hello and happy Thursday! I've been sewing some scrappy 9-patch blocks this week, and I realized that some readers might be interested in some tips on piecing this type of scrappy block.

A scrappy 9-patch block was actually the first block I sewed.  I made it into a

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Patchwork Resources

Hello and happy Wednesday! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful positive responses to the Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Along! I was excited to get sewing but had a really hard time deciding on fabrics!

After looking through fabrics and thinking of several different options, I finally 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Open Wide Quilted Bags

Hello and happy Monday! Just before the weekend I was able to finally get my sewing room thoroughly cleaned up from all of the crazy quilt market sewing!  That means, of course, that I get to start new projects!

First on my list is to finish a few things I had ready to might remember

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Sew Along

Hello and happy Friday! I'm super excited to say that I've got everything ready to start the scrappy patchwork quilt sew along I mentioned on Monday's post about a couple of my grandmother's quilts!

I'm glad I looked more closely at my grandmother's quilt and found the pattern!

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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!  I highly recommend Block-Buster Quilts - I Love House Blocks: 14 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block! 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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