Monday, November 20, 2017

Favorites | New Quilting Finds

Hello and happy Monday! This is going to be a crazy busy week with Thanksgiving less than three days away!  I'm hoping to finish up my grocery shopping today and be able to stay in, prepare...and keep working on my sewing projects until the big day!

While at International Quilt Market last month I fell in love with an upcoming 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt Blocks

Hello! For quite a while now I've been wanting to make a Christmas tree quilt--there--have been lots of fun ones I've seen on blogs and on Instagram providing plenty of inspiration to get started.  Because I needed to make some Christmas tree blocks for a bee I've been participating in this year I decided to test out a few different patterns to see if I could decide which design I want to use for my own quilt.

All of the designs I tested were a lot of fun to make (and different people might

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blue and Cream Quilt Update

Hello and happy Thursday! While my main quilting goal before the end of the month is to finish up my Christmas log cabins...I've also been trying to work on my on-going blue and cream quilt as I can.  Just last week I was gifted some amazing blues and creams from a variety of Minick & Simpson of course I had to sew with them right away!

I thought I had bits and pieces of most of the Minick & Simpson collections, but

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

Hello! Welcome to Patchwork Quilt Along Day!  This month's block is called "Spinning Tops," and it was a fun one to make! We are getting really close to finishing this quilt with just one more block that will be released next month.

I'm getting low on the backgrounds I set aside for these blocks, so instead of

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along Update

Hello and happy Tuesday! I finally had the chance to work on my scrappy Log Cabin blocks.  I'm really trying to finish up this quilt by the end of the month, so I felt like twenty-seven blocks was a good accomplishment for a Saturday!

For this batch I went completely scrappy...mixing and matching reds and greens

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Hometown Christmas Layer Cake Quilt

Hello! I finished the binding on my first big Christmas quilt for this year just before leaving for market.  I have to say this is already a favorite.  I think I'm going to wash it right away so it's ready for use this holiday season!

 I love the fact that you can make this quilt with one Layer Cake and some additional fabric for sashing, outer triangles, border, and binding.  I was determined to use fabrics from my stash for those and was successful (although i had purchased the setting triangle fabric not too long before deciding on this project).

I think one of the darker greens from the quilt or even from another Sweetwater collection would have made the perfect binding...but I was going for using what I had on hand and so used the backing fabric for my binding.  I still like it...but I think I would have liked a darker green better.

 The all-over quilting was done by my friend Kaitlyn using the Garden Gate pattern.  I actually picked this pattern and am super happy with how it looks on this quilt!

 So now my full size Hometown Christmas quilt and my Hometown Christmas mini are both finished...time to get working on my Scrappy Christmas Log Cabins!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Quilt Market Houston 2017 Part 3

Hello and happy Friday! Today I'm wrapping up with the last of my photos from International Quilt Festival 2017 in Houston last month.  Keep reading to the end for some sale info!

I loved this display...the buildings, the city-scape...and then the addition of the 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Quilt Market Houston 2017 Part 2

Hello and welcome to my second post featuring the Moda designer booths from the 2017 International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. There are quite a few photos today, so be ready to be inspired!

I'm beginning today's post with the Kansas Troubles booth.  Lynne and Robert 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

15 Mini Charm Pack Projects

Hello! Today I'm happy to share with you a fun round-up post of ideas for using mini charm packs and squares!  Mini charms are squares that measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I love, love, love using even the smallest bits of fabric, and each of these projects is definitely small-scrap worthy!
Sewing projects with mini charm squares is the perfect way to practice using

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along

Hello and welcome to update day for the Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along!  I've finally been able to start working on my Log Cabin blocks again after coming home from Quilt Market, and  they are really so much fun!

They really do go together quickly when you are able to do some chain piecing

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Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Make a Patchwork Key Fob

Hello! Today I'm sharing a simple method for making a patchwork key fob--using scraps or mini charm squares! I made one last spring using our Creekside fabric collection, and I thought it was about time to make one using The Front Porch fabrics!

I love using a key makes it so much easier to find my keys in my purse! 

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | November

Hello and happy Saturday! I was planning on posting this Monday, but I have so many things I need to share in the next week that I decided to add in a weekend post.  I'm happy to be able to share the final two blocks with you today for the 2017 Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month!  And I'm a month early with the final block!  There were two blocks released last month, and I'm also releasing two blocks this month; this makes a total of 13 blocks, and you'll need the extra block if you are doing the on-point setting.

I'm planning on getting my blocks set together next week, and as soon as my

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Little Things

Hello and happy Friday! All I wanted to do when I arrived home from market was to sew! After seeing so much inspiration and fabric goodness in just a few days, I was ready to play with fabric myself.  But I was exhausted, I thought some fast and fun projects were in order!

I've been wanting to make this cute little thread catcher for quite a while now; I

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Quilt Market Houston 2017

Hello  and happy Thursday!  International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas was absolutely wonderful.  I always do a lot of work prior to leaving (and also work hard while I'm there), but the inspiration gained always seems to make it so very worthwhile.

Although we saw some remnants of the awful devastation of the Hurricane that 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mini Quilts and More!

Hello and happy November! I know I have been saying this every month lately, but I really can't believe how fast this year is flying by!  I'm finally unpacked from Quilt Market and am really ready to start sewing (I'll have some Quilt Market posts up beginning later this week). 

Today is parade day, and this month's parade features a pattern with a unique

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Quilted Cosmetics Pouch

Hello! Happy Tuesday (and happy Halloween, too)!  I have one more Quilt Market project I haven't shared yet...this fabulous Glo and Go bag pattern by Annie Unrein...perfect for keeping cosmetics and brushes in place while traveling!

I saw a sneak peek of this pattern a few weeks before market and was so 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Quilted Vinyl Pouches

Hello! Just before I left for Quilt Market, these adorable vinyl pouches arrived at my doorstep! And, there is a fun story behind their arrival--A little while ago I sent my friend Kaitlyn some pieces of The Front Porch fabric collection to use for samples for a new pattern she was designing.

She said she would make the samples and let me display them in my booth at 

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Christmas Book | Little Lamb

Hello and happy Saturday! I've been working on my Christmas list and realized the other day that I shared this fun find with my Instagram followers but haven't yet shared it here...Christmas is just around the corner...and I have a fun gift idea!  I was going to say that it was perfect for little ones (and it is), but the adults I've shared this with have all loved it as well!

 Little Lamb from Bethlehem is a boxed set with a beautifully illustrated book 

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sew Sampler Reveal

Hello! I'm excited to share my October Sew Sampler Box with you today...when I opened it I was greeted with this fun preview of what was inside...

It left me guessing as to what was inside...and this month's box (as they

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hometown Mini Quilt

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing my first official Christmas finish of the Hometown Mini quilt!  This fun quilt goes together quickly.  It finishes at approximately 18" x 18" and so works well as a mini wall hanging, a table topper, or even a pillow top!

You might recall that I just recently finished making my full size   

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quilted Messenger Bag Part 2

Hello and happy Wednesday! I finished my quilted messenger bag, and I absolutely love it!  It was so much fun getting to the end of the pattern and seeing how it was all going to go together.  Annie is one amazing designer!

(If you missed my first post on this project with pattern details you can find it 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Log Cabin Quilt Along

Hello and happy Tuesday! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful responses to the idea of having a scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along!  This is going to be so much fun! I'm just about finished with Quilt Market preparations and will be ready to go full-speed on this project when I return!

I hope you're ready to start cutting strips and sewing scrappy log cabin blocks!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Quilted Messenger Bag Part 1

Hello and happy Monday! International Quilt Market is right around the corner, and when it gets down to the final few days before I leave I'm usually crazy busy finishing last minute projects.  I think I'll actually be finished with projects today, though, and will have a couple of days to pack and double check my lists before I go.

I've posted many times about how much I love Annie's fabulous bag patterns, 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Mini Churn Dash Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! I am so, so excited today to share a new pattern that I just finished up last night! A couple of weeks ago I started thinking it would be really fun to do a mini version of one of my favorite The Front Porch fabric quilts...

And so I got to sewing...sent it off for quilting...and literally started sewing the

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mini Charm Patchwork Pillow

Hello and happy Thursday! I'm excited to share my most recent finish--a fun pillow that will look wonderful in any fabrics (I think you'll definitely want to make one of these, too)!  International Quilt Market is just over a week away, and I've been trying to think of some smaller projects I can finish fast to add some extra touches to the booth.  This got added to my to-do list in a hurry!

I'm actually going to be debuting one new mini pattern for market, too...and of

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blue and Cream Quilt | WIP

Hello and happy Wednesday! As I mentioned last week (and yesterday) my plan was to do a lot of cleaning in the sewing room on Saturday.  It seems I did do some...but just enough so that I could do some sewing, too!  Oh, well.  Maybe the big clean up will come after market!

One of the projects I was able to work on a bit was my scrappy blue and cream 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas Cabins Quilt Along

Hello! Today I'm sharing something I'm pretty excited about...a Christmas Log Cabin quilt along!  This is a spur of the moment idea I came up with while cleaning up in my sewing room this weekend (I actually did a lot less cleaning than planned but a lot more sewing in return)!

There is a little back story to go along with this, too.  I can't remember the year

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Country Roads Block | Quilt Along

Hello and happy Patchwork Quilt Along day! Today the pattern for the tenth set of blocks in the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along is being released.  Each month you make six blocks from one pattern; they are fast and fun blocks that you'll really enjoy sewing!

This month's block, "Country Roads," is simple but striking!  I'm continuing to 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas Layer Cake Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! I'm so excited to share this quilt with you today.  I know Christmas is still a little ways off, but now is the time to start holiday sewing, right?  Anyway...this is one of those quilts that I knew I was going to make early in June--it's just taken a little while to get it finished up!

You might remember that in June I released a super fun Layer Cake quilt along with a tutorial for putting it all together (yes, all of the blocks can be made from just one Layer Cake).  My Hometown quilt is one of my favorites, and as soon as I finished I started thinking about how fun it would be to make a Christmas version.

 I finally got it cut out a couple of weeks ago and sewed block pieces together in-between doing some secret Quilt Market sewing.  Then just last week I finished the blocks and started setting them together this week.

 For sashing I used the green dot from the Bonnie & Camille collection Little Ruby. It added such a fun contrast to the blocks and backgrounds!  The blocks and outer border are pieced from the Sweetwater Holly's Tree Farm collection while the sashing posts, setting triangles, inner border and backing are from their The Cookie Exchange group.

 I'm just a little bit giddy about this one and will be sending it off for quilting right away.  I'll be sure to share as soon as it gets back!  The pattern is available in paper and PDF in my Etsy shop.  Also...what is even more fun is that I still have scraps left over (I had cut my Layer Cake squares from left-overs of a Fat Quarter Bundle) and have some more fun projects in mind. These collections aren't readily available any more, but this quilt would be a lot of fun in the Sweetwater Hometown Christmas Edition Layer Cake or for a more modern look, the Merry Merry by Kate Spain Layer Cake!

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend...thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Quilting!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Modern Table Runner

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I'm happy to share a modern table runner I made recently that has been published in the Winter 2018 issue of Quilts and More which goes on sale October 24th!

Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

We were sent a bundle of vibrant Fabri-Quilt solids in lovely teal, green, aqua,

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Managing Your Fabric Stash

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I've decided to finally write the post that has been on my "to do" list for quite awhile...a post on managing your fabric stash.  I've written on many related topics over the years...

including some posts on topics that are some of my favorites--

This post appeared first on A Quilting Life

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Christmas Works in Progress

Hello and happy Tuesday! I've been working on a few behind-the-scenes get-ready-for Quilt Market projects lately, but here and there I've found time to get started on my Christmas sewing...

I can hardly wait to start setting these blocks together...I'm making my

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Mini Quilt Finishes

Happy Monday!  Recently I had to send a magazine quilt out for quilting and at the last minute decided to send along two mini quilts I just haven't been able to get finished up.  I usually try to quilt most of my mini quilts myself, but these two were sitting quite a while!

Kaitlyn did a cute all-over clam shell design on one and simple straight lines on

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Creekside Giveaway

Hello and happy Friday!  Today I have a fun giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop! The folks at Fat Quarter Shop are giving away two Creekside Jolly Bars to one of my readers!

But first I need to announce the winners of two other recent giveaways here on

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quilting Life Block of the Month | October

Hello and happy Thursday! It's Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month Day...and this month's block is one of my favorites so far!  Also...I have a bonus block for you today as well. 

If you set your quilt on point you'll need thirteen blocks; I decided to give you 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Easy Corner Stems Tutorial

Hello friends, today I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial for making easy corner stems.My Maple Sky quilt pattern and my Maple Sky Mini quilt pattern both use this method for creating the stem sections of the blocks, and I thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step visual for reference. This is also the same method to use for making signature blocks.

While this block unit can also be done using the technique of paper piecing (see

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Quilted Table Runner

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Tablerunner Bliss blog tour sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and featuring patterns from the book Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls!

Sherri's book has twenty different patterns, and I chose to make the delightful 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Berry Baskets Mini Quilts

Hello favorite time of the year has arrived! Sadly, though, I must first say that my heart goes out to all affected by the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas last night.  My husband and I were up late last night, unable to sleep until we knew that our friends and loved ones were home safe (we have close friends and family members who were present in the venue and in the areas surrounding; while they are all physically okay, there will be trauma to deal with from this event for years to come).  If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray for the victims, the families, and the twenty-two thousand plus who experienced this awful event in one way or another.

Today is the day for the Berry Baskets mini quilt parade!  I'm a little bit partial

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fun Things!

Hello and happy Saturday! I don't usually check in here on the weekend, but I have a couple of fun things to share with you today that just couldn't wait until next week! 

 First, I had to share Fran's beautiful version of my Favorite Things quilt that she

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt

Hello and Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing my version of a fun Jolly Bar pattern from Fat Quarter Shop...Jolly Bar Jazz!  The original quilt was designed with our Creekside fabrics and is absolutely beautiful!

I decided to make a Christmas version with this pattern...the big bold blocks

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fun Fabrics + More

Hello! The other day I mentioned I had done just a little bit of shopping while I was visiting at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe. Today I'll share what I purchased along with a sneak peek of a new quilt book that is another one of those must-have books!

I had to get a couple of these fun Grunge basics prints by Basic Grey for Moda. 

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