Friday, September 22, 2017


Happy Friday! On Fridays I spotlight new-to-me notions, fabrics, and books of interest in the quilting world, and today I have  a fun line-up of different goodies to share!

First up are these delightful Moda American Jane tins that arrived this week. The

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pretty Patchwork Bag Tutorial

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I'm pretty excited to share with you a new little tutorial for the cutest little bags ever made with Moda Candy squares (or 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from your stash)! Mine are made using our upcoming The Front Porch fabric collection for Moda, but of course the possibilities are endless!

This is actually a variation on a little bag I published in Quilts & More back in 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Creekside is Shipping!

Hello and happy Wednesday! Our Creekside fabric collection has arrived in Dallas and is now shipping to shops! We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this collection and it's finally here!

My orders are arriving if you pre-ordered fabric from me it will be on

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Moda Matchbox Quilts

Hello! Today I'm happy to share something new from Moda...Moda Matchbox quilts.  These little boxes of goodness are so much fun!  They were introduced for the first time at spring market in St. Louis, and I've been anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Right now there are nine different designs...all different, and all a lot of fun!  I 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Scrappy Blue and Cream Quilt

Hello friends and happy Monday!  Guess what?! I started a new scrap project! I'm super excited about this one, and while I'm not giving myself a deadline to finish this I'm guessing I'll get it done fairly quickly because I absolutely love these blocks.

I've been looking at projects, going through my stash, and trying to find a few

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along | September

Hello friends! Today is the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along day, and this month's block is a fun Grandmother's Choice block.  I had extra fun making my blocks this month because I was able to use some of the recently released Ann's Arbor collection for my blocks.

In fact, all of the fabrics I used this month are from that collection except for

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

10 Tips for Increasing Creativiy + Productivity

Hello! Today I'm writing about some things I think about a lot. In fact, I've thought about all of these topics in one form or another for almost as long as I can remember.  The primary reason I started my blog over nine years ago was to keep a record of these three things in my own life.  Creativity, productivity, and inspiration: how do they all fit together? and how can one cultivate more of them on a daily basis?

I've had notes for this post in my planner for quite some time, and I have a

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Quilting Projects

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Little by little I've been getting the fall decor out and spread throughout the house...I am hoping that yesterday might have been our last day above ready for the fall temperatures around these parts!

One thing I love about fall decor is that it never seems to go out of style...while

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Healing Hearts for Harvey

Happy Tuesday! I've spent lots of hours over the past couple of weeks watching the tragedies unfold because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and I've wondered about the best way for me to personally make a difference in these two events.

I did finally come up with a plan to make a donation to the Humanitarian arm of

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Monday, September 11, 2017

National Jelly Roll Day | Giveaway

Happy Monday!  Last Monday I posted about National Jelly Roll Day which will be this Saturday, September 16th! I'm definitely planning on working on a jelly roll quilt that day!  In celebration I'm giving away a jelly roll, but first...

Just a few thoughts on why I love jelly rolls so much!  Jelly Rolls are my second

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Favorites | Fabric, Patterns, & More

Hello and happy Friday!  Welcome to another edition of favorites where I share favorite fabrics, books, patterns, and notions in the world of quilting!  This week I have some really fun things to share...starting with one of my favorite new collections, Ann's Arbor by Minick & Simpson.

You can see from the photo above that I like this collection so much that I've

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mini Pumpkins Finish

Hello and happy Thursday! I'm so happy to have my Mini Pumpkins quilt all finished up (and bound, too)! While I couldn't get it finished in time for our parade last week, I did finish it later that afternoon...and by the next afternoon my friend Gail had it quilted for me (thank you Gail)!

I had the binding ready to go and stitched it on Saturday evening.  It was fun to use one of the green prints from our The Front Porch collection for the binding...I'm going to run out of this one if I'm not careful with holiday sewing coming up!

My background fabric is the Moda Mochi linen in natural, and I used a Moda paintbox print in greens from Erin Michael's Lush Uptown collection for the backing.

Gail did a fun all-over floral with leaves (she probably gets so tired of doing this one for me...but it's one of my favorites)!

And I have to share one more Mini Pumpkin quilt...Helen's version on the navy grunge background (by Basic Grey for Moda) is stunning!  Isn't this just like pumpkins against a midnight sky?  I absolutely love this version...I think I need some of this grunge!

If you missed the parade post, you can see all of the other finished Mini Pumpkin quilts and projects here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Best Tips for Perfect Potholders

Hello! Today's post is all about potholders!  Potholders are one of my favorite things to make with fabric scraps, and they are also one of my favorite things to give for housewarmings and holiday presents.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I got around to making potholders with our new The Front Porch fabric, and I love, love, love these!

I think I've found my perfect combination of patterns, too...a simple patchwork small potholder along with a more fancy slightly larger one.  I decided to mix just the navy, blue, and green prints for this pair, and I love the color combinations! It's always so interesting to see how versatile a fabric collection can be when you mix and match just certain colors from the group.

I was so excited when I realized that I could make both of these potholders using Layer Cake squares (you will need to piece the ruffle fabric make it from a Layer Cake square).  The bias binding for each potholder was cut from a 10" x 10" square, cool is that?!

The potholder above is one I've been wanting to make for so very long, and now that I've made it I don't know why I haven't tried this pattern before.  The tutorial for it comes from Nana Company's Pretty Little Potholder tutorial. Amy's tutorial is absolutely wonderful!  I followed almost all of the directions exactly except that I used a 2" wide double fold binding for the ruffle binding, used 2 1/4" wide outer binding, used Clover Wonder Clips to hold everything in place while stitching, did cross hatch quilting lines about 3/4" apart, and used this tutorial for the cross hatch quilting. I will definitely be making more potholders from this pattern in the future!

For the smaller potholder I used my scrappy patchwork potholder tutorial and made the 16-patch version. I added a bit more quilting than I have in the past and ended up really liking having the additional quilting. I also used two layers of Insul-Brite in the small potholder rather than one layer of Insul-Brite and one layer of cotton batting as I suggest in my tutorial.

I think the backs are just as cute as the fronts! There are so many possibilities for fun potholders!  I can't wait to make some of these using just the reds and greens from The Front Porch...perfect for Christmas! Now for some more ideas for your potholder sewing...

If you like making potholders or would like to make some, here are my best tips for sewing them:
  • If possible cut pieces a little larger than you want your finished size to be so you can trim evenly after quilting.
  • Use a walking foot while quilting...with so many layers fabric tends to shift, and the use of the walking foot will help prevent that.
  • Use two layers of Insul-Bright to make your potholders extra heat-resistant.  The Insul-Bright product directions state that it doesn't matter which side faces out, but I always place the two metallic sides facing the outsides of the potholders.
  • Zig-zag stitch around all edges before binding to help make it easier to bind.  This is especially helpful when binding bias edges.
  •  Use Clover Wonder Clips, Red, 50-Pack instead of pins.  
  • I used Creative Grids Non-Slip Rotary Cutting Circles - Set of Five Quilting Ruler Templates CGRCRCL to round the edges (I used the smallest template in the set)
  • Simple hanging tabs can be made from 2 1/2" x 4" rectangles.  Simply press in half lengthwise, open up and fold raw edges into the center, then fold in half again, encasing raw edges.  Stitch 1/8 " away from either side to secure.
Another of my favorite potholder tutorials is my Log Cabin Potholder Tutorial!  

Well, there you have favorite ideas for potholders...I'd love to hear if you have any other favorite potholder patterns, tutorials, or tips to share!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | September

Hello! Welcome to block nine of the Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month Program!  I can't believe there are just a few months left and the quilts will start coming together!  This month's block was originally planned for the final month, but since it used bigger pieces than the remaining blocks I decided to go ahead and post this one now in case some of your supplies are dwindling to smaller cuts and pieces.

This month's block is simple to piece, and by playing around with the placement of your dark and light fabrics you can achieve a variety of different looks.

I thought about using a background square in the center but ended up having the coral color  more dominant by using it in five different units of the block.

The blocks are so much fun all together!

Go here to download this month's pattern PDF...and if you need access to all of the previous block patterns go here!

Happy quilting and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

#Project Jelly Roll

Happy Monday! And Happy Labor Day if you are in the United States! Today I'd like to give you a little bit of information about some of the events going on this month in celebration of National Jelly Roll Day on September 16th!

You can find out a little bit about the thoughts behind this new celebration by

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Parade

Happy Friday...and Happy September! Today I'm so excited to share a fun parade of mini Pumpkins quilts and projects!  You are sure to be inspired by every project in the parade! I wish I had been able to get mine finished up, but we had a lovely house guest this week, and I wasn't able to finish up my sewing.  I will finish it up and share soon, though!

This really was such a fun pattern to work with...I highly recommend this fun

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Maple Leaf Pillow

Happy Thursday! I have a finish to share...and I'm so excited about it!  Last year after I finished my Maple Sky mini quilt top I went back and forth about whether to make it into a mini or a pillow.  Mini won at the time...but I knew I needed a pillow using this pattern.

And then I decided it would be really fun to mix block sizes just as I had in my

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mini Maple Leaf Blocks

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are doing well today!  I'm still working on finalizing my fall sewing list...and I will share it with you as soon as it's complete.  But yesterday I decided to make some little blocks for a pillow.

I used Fig Tree scraps and also used one of the prints from The Front Porch for 

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Old & New Projects

Happy Tuesday! Thank you so much for the pumpkin block love yesterday!  I spent most of yesterday doing boring stuff like cleaning my house and prepping for teaching my English class which begins today (I teach one class a semester at the community college; it's part-time, but this semester I have 25 students enrolled and will end up with a lot of grading!

It seems like I've been going a mile a minute sewing with our Creekside

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Pumpkin Quilt Blocks

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!  I've been working on finishing up my pumpkin blocks--I highly recommend these blocks if you love pumpkins and fall!

I've finished up all sixteen blocks needed for the Mini Pumpkins wall hanging, 

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Fall Quilts...

Happy Friday! We were able to get away for a few days during the middle of the week...boy, those cooler temperatures in southern California really have me wishing for fall!  So...

I think I'll be pulling out my favorite fall quilts today...I was going to try to wait until September to do my fall decorating...but I just can't wait any more!  My Maple Sky quilt is one of my all-time favorites.

And Maple Sky Mini is right behind it!  (Maple Sky and Maple Sky Mini patterns in paper and PDF in the shop).

Hopefully I'll have some fall decor photos to share next week with these and my other fall quilts!

There is a great sale going on this weekend at Craftsy you might want to know about too...go here to see the terrific class sale!

Happy weekend...thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Favorites | Fun Fabrics

Happy Thursday! I'm looking forward to this weekend for sure--I have lots of sewing plans with some fun fabrics that arrived in my mailbox earlier this week!  While I can't yet share what I'm making with these...I can share the fabric eye candy!

Ann's Arbor by Minick & Simpson has finally arrived in shops...I love this

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Scrappy Works in Progress

Happy Wednesday! As soon as I finished my The Front Porch fabric sewing I started thinking of ways to use some of my scraps!  Because I love scrappy projects!

I had quite a few 1 1/2" strips left over and started sewing them into strip sets

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rolling Nine Patch Blocks

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing my August blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along!  These blocks finish at 5" and have been a lot of fun to make throughout the year!

This month's block is a Rolling Nine Patch block, and it is super fast and easy!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

A Scrappy Quilt Finish

Happy Monday! I have another finished quilt to Scrappy Patchwork quilt is back from the quilter and bound, too!  This was such a fun project.  I really didn't know how I was going to get it done with all of my Front Porch sewing that I was doing at the same time...but I'm so glad I took a little time each day to work on these simple blocks.

My friend Marion did a fun swirly all-over pattern that has some leaves and 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

More Front Porch Fabrics

Hello and happy Friday! Thank you so much for the lovely comments and feedback on The Front Porch fabric collection and patterns.  It's definitely my favorite collection so far!

And I'm still sewing with I'll have a lot more ideas for The Front Porch

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Front Porch Fabrics

Hello and happy Thursday! First, thank you so much for all of the kind comments about the patterns and fabrics--I really appreciate it!  Today I'm sharing a closer look at the fabrics in The Front Porch many favorites in this collection.  While I've loved sewing with each of our collections, for some reason this one was the most fun!  I really love this mix of prints and patterns and colors...more than I knew I would before actually getting to sew with it!

 The collection has 27 SKU's...six different prints with six different colors (not 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flower Garden and Pink Lemonade

Hello! Today I'm introducing the final two patterns for The Front Porch fabric collection...these are the final two quilts that I received back from the quilter, the final two I did the binding on...and perhaps my two favorites (have I said that about all of the others, though?)!

I love flower blocks, and wanted to set these in a whimsical way so it looked like

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Introducing Berry Baskets + a Mini Quilt!

Hello!  Today I'm excited to introduce two more of The Front Porch quilt patterns, Berry Baskets and Berry Baskets Mini! I've always loved basket blocks, but this is my first quilt pattern designed around a basket block...I think it was about time!

Berry Baskets finishes at 61" x 78" and uses a fat eighth bundle. Marion also 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing Lattice and Porch Swing!

Hello! Today I get to begin to share what I've been working on for the past month or so...Chelsi and I have a new collection with Moda fabrics that is now showing to shop owners and which will ship in's called The Front Porch! I've designed 5 new quilts + 1 new mini quilt to go along with this collection, and I can't wait to share each and every one!

The Front Porch fabrics are a beautiful mix of prints and patterns that will blend well with our previous Desert Bloom and Creekside collections. We hope you'll love it! And the first new quilt I'm sharing is one of my Lattice quilt which is a fun take on the traditional churn dash block!

I love churn dash blocks, and what better than to mix different size blocks, with 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Ruler Reviews

Hello and happy Friday! I've recently tested out a couple of new-to-me rulers and thought I'd share my thoughts on them with you today.  Both rulers were purchased by me...this isn't any type of a sponsored post...just my opinions and thoughts on these rulers.

I do love our modern quilting's hard to imagine having to quilt

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Works in Progress

Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a wonderful week!  My post is up a bit late today because yesterday was spent binding two large quilts, taking photos, editing photos, and editing patterns! Whew!  But I'm happy to say that everything is just about ready to share with you!

Five of the six new quilts are pictured above...I was still working on the final 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

My Scrappy Quilt Sew Along Finish

Happy Monday! I finished my scrappy sew along quilt! I was off to a great start on this quilt earlier this summer...but my sewing was interrupted by the sewing of six new quilts and a fun teaching trip.  So as soon as the last new pattern quilt was off the the quilter, I knew I was going to work on finishing up this project!

This was one of those quilts that just sort of came my way...and since it used

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