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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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 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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