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August 15, 2014
Moth Pillow from Ants to Sugar

This moth pillow came from random charm squares in my stash – plus some fussy cut moths from Patty Young’s Luna Moth in Jade.

Moth Pillow side

I’m pretty pleased with the look the faux suede backing adds.

Moth Pillow top

My mom picked it up from an upholstery sale ages ago. There was a giant grommet in the corner that I cut around, but otherwise, it sewed just like quilting cotton.

Moth Pillow Back

She was excited to have the suede leave her stash and get into a project, and I was tickled to try something new!

Moth Pillow

Linking up with crazymomquilts and the other Friday Finishes!

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August 6, 2014
WIP - AMH Love Quilt from Mommy's Nap Time


I have an obsession, and it's nothing new. I am in LOVE with Anna Maria Horner's fabric designs. 

Way back when I started quilting the first designer fabric I ever purchased was from her Chocolate Lollipop line. I was hooked immediately, and I've been hoarding bits of her fabrics ever since.

A bit of shadow piecing.  #tinypiecing #miniquilt #freepieced #konacharcoal #konacotton #aurifil #annamariahorner

For the past few months I've been (intermittently) working on a quilt I call AMH Love. It's all my tiny bits of AMH fabric, and I'm hoping it comes together just as I envision it. 

To ensure that I don't screw it ...

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August 5, 2014
Seriously Summer Quilt from Craft My Life Away

I've had this quilt pictured in my mind for a while now. A long while. The fabric has been sitting on my Anna Maria Horner shelf for what seems like forever and the whole project was on hold until I found the perfect quilt pattern to compliment the fabrics. The fabric here is cotton voile from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks like from like 7 years ago (I said I've had it for a while).

This quilt is entitled Seriously Summer because these colors perfectly reflect my summer mood. This summer has been filled with brightness and ...

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August 1, 2014
High Tea at the Bistro from Georgia Girl Quilts

While my goal of finishing 15 quilts this year is severely off track, I do have a finish to share this week.  Actually, I have 2. 

This week my mother-in-law celebrated her birthday.  What better gift to receive in the middle of a sweltering Virginia summer than a quilt?  Right.  Seriously though, I had a full FQ bundle of True Colors and another of Pretty Potent just sitting there next to my one lonely Dowry print just willing me to pet it.  I have to add, I’ve made an effort to bust up my bundles and add them to ...

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July 28, 2014
a pile of finished quilts for the cottage from ocd: obsessive craft disorder

Of course getting a new cottage last summer meant that I "needed" new quilts for every bed (and any other possible surface).  And it just so happens my girls have a pair of bunk beds in the "girls' room".  Four twin quilts were in order!

I decided to do coordinating but not matching quilts.  They will all be in one room so I wanted a bit of a colour theme but not looking too....orderly ;)  Keeping it carefree! So, I planned two quilts using Briar Rose for The Middle Child's bunks, and then two quilts in a variety of ...

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July 24, 2014
Finally, Another Post! from Georgia Girl Quilts

I've been meaning to get back into the swing of blogging with one post a week.  Yeah, that's been an epic fail.  I just can't seem to focus on writing an actual blog post.  Let's see....instant gratification by posting pics on IG with cute little hashtagged commennts or sitting down in front of the computer and actually focusing on complete sentences and using correct grammar (well, sort of)??? Let's see.....that's sort of been a no-brainer this summer!

I really need to get back into blogging.  I find that I'm much more ...

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Summer Break from Quilting Artist

I have taken a bit of a break from blogging the last few weeks.  In fact I have been staying off the computer at home (no such luck at work!!) pretty much.  But I wanted to get back into the swing of things and show you one of the projects I have been working on in my 'blog silence'. LOL

So...... what is this you ask?
Here is the start of some liberated star blocks I have been making out of  Anna Maria Horner fabrics.. along with others in my stash.
The liberated star blocks are fun!  They come from ...

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July 20, 2014
Sewvivor – Ants to Sugar from Ants to Sugar

I’m auditioning for a spot in Sewvivor.

If selected, I won’t have to leave my home or my sewing machine. I won’t have to eat weird things or deal with tropical bugs.  I won’t have to live on a deserted island for weeks with strangers.

Then again, some days, life gets so crazy that a deserted island sounds delightful.

Anyway, you can read all about the details over at Family Ever After. The basics very much resemble the television show: you sew some projects, people vote on who gets to keep playing, and winners get prizes ...

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Sunday Download from The Intrepid Thread

Oh my goodness.... we have gotten a TON of fabric lately.... then I was buried under Cotton & Steel and couldn't share anything with you. So be prepared for tons of pictures :) Also I actually sewed for an hour last Sunday so I can show you my Reversible Box Tote.

This is a free pattern at Very Shannon if you haven't seen it yet. Super easy to make and comes out adorable. I love the reverse side just as much.

We have Arcadia by Sarah Watson it is organic from Cloud9.... isn't it pretty!

We have received Rayon ...

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July 18, 2014
AMH Patchwork from Ants to Sugar

When I think about this quilt, I refer to it – in my head – as the AMH Patchwork.

I’m not a nautical gal, but I can’t help but hear a ship’s name when I say, “AMH Patchwork.”

I’d love to draw some parallel to breaking, or just drinking, a bottle of champagne to celebrate finishing this quilt, but with my growing baby belly, that’d probably be in poor form.  It’s exciting for me though.  It’s my first, “just-for-me” quilt. I fell quite hard for Anna Maria Horner’s (AMH) Loulouthi line, and I wanted ...

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July 11, 2014
Anna Maria Knits by Anna Maria Horner now in stock from The Village Haberdashery

Anna Maria Knits are here! Way ahead of when I expected them. This is Anna Maria Horner‘s first range of knit fabrics. It’s derived from several of her recent collections, including Pretty Potent, Dowry and True Colors, and re-imagined as a diverse new group that ranges from sweet to sophisticated. They are 60″ wide and printed on a 100% cotton jersey that drapes beautifully. You can find them in the shop here!

Anna Maria Horner knits

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July 8, 2014
AMH Patchwork and My New Love for Long-arms from Ants to Sugar

I don’t have a long-arm quilting machine.


I want one. Very. Very. Much.

I have a whole post planned about my long-arm experiences lately, but this post is mostly about my work-in-progress this week. I’ll save my long-arm pining for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think this is going to be a short-lived obsession.

I took this quilt top to Sew Crafty up in Durham for my first attempt at long arm quilting something besides a sample square. Toni, the owner, is a delight to rent long arm time from, and I ...

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July 6, 2014
Sari Feathers... from Simple Sewendipity

It's been quite a few posts coming, but my queen-sized feather quilt is finally finished!  All those deep purples, pinks and oranges were such rich colors that the finished feathers reminded me of an Indian sari.

I love how you can see the backing print as the sun is streaming through the quilt here!  I've written quite a bit about the quilt top itself, but there is a whole new layer of amazing-ness on this quilt.  Peer a little bit closer with me...

This was my first time sending a quilt out to a long-armer and I was ...

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July 5, 2014
Paper Pieced Butterfly from Ants to Sugar

I’ve got a butterfly quilt in the works.

I thought I’d need to make a few more blocks, but my bee mates have been so generous that I may not add much to what they’ve already sent.

These butterflies from Tartankiwi’s Craftsy Shop kept coming to mind whenever I thought of how to arrange the various blocks for this quilt. None of my bee mates (quite understandably) chose to make one, so yesterday, I decided to give the pattern a try.

Butterfly MPP

I used solids for the blues except in the body of the butterfly which came ...

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July 1, 2014
My Craft South Weekend from Melanie Ham Designs

Hey Everyone!  You might notice my blog looks a little bit different up there in the header ;).  As much as I love Benefit and Bless, I’ve decided to rename this blog I Heart Stitching to create a little more cohesion with my YouTube Channel.  My etsy shop will remain Benefit and Bless and I will put items in there as much as possible, but YouTube is really what has been successful for me so I am moving in that direction if that makes sense.  Nothing will change around here though!  Last weekend I was able to attend Craft South ...

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June 27, 2014
teacher gifts from ocd: obsessive craft disorder

It's the last day of school today, so along with the sheep happens bag and yarn I gifted to one of my kids' teachers, I made a couple summer totes with some Anna Maria Horner "stacked" fabric in home dec weight.  This book-inspired fabric is the perfect choice for a teacher, wouldn't you say?

I accented the handles and lined them with a couple other of her coordinating prints.  Then filled them with summer goodies- a water infuser, some chips and Smarties (for helping make my kids so smart!) and a gift card for them to choose some ...

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Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner now in stock from The Village Haberdashery

If you follow us on instagram you’ve seen Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner trickle in, a few bolts at a time. Now that we have nearly all of our order in, I thought it was time to properly announce it!

As always, these fabrics are a) way more stunning in real life b) packed with totally amazing and surprising colour combinations c) equally gorgeous for dressmaking and quiltmaking and d) absolutely mad as a collection, like nothing seems to go together apart from the underlying theme (plants that are pretty and also have healing properties), but that’s ...

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June 25, 2014
Swap Til You Drop... from Simple Sewendipity

Within a week of joining Instagram, I saw a bunch of blogger friends hopping onto Round 2 of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.  Never one to skip a party, I joined in with over 600 swappers from around the world - how cool is that?

Using my partner's favorite colors, this is the palette I chose to work from (just imagine a creamy orange inserted in there).

I had to insert some Anna Maria Horner fabrics in there - a designer that is completely absent from my considerable stash!  With my new purchases plus some charms from a friend ...

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June 20, 2014
Patchwork Dining Room Chairs from Selvage Blog

Anna Maria Horner covered these dining room chairs with some extra quilt blocks that she bought a while back. See her blog for more.

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June 14, 2014
Being Queen from Ants to Sugar

This post is a little bit of a departure from my usual, quick posts, but feel free to skip ahead and just look at the pictures!

I’m participating in two quilting bees this year. I signed up for the Stash Bee and got my Hive 3 assignment at the start. Danny, the organizer, was in need of alternates, and I quickly got another assignment for Hive 8.

Each month, the assigned “queen” requests a certain style of blocks, sometimes with a specific color theme. I happened to be assigned to be queen for June in both of my bees ...

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