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 season...my 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 October...my 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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