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 105...so 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, too...how 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 it...my 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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