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August 30, 2019
Block 4 of the FREE Ultimate Beginner Quilt Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Block #4 of the Ultimate Beginner Sew Along is a new technique! I thank  you for joining me and  the Fat Quarter shop! 

Pat Sloan Ultimate beginner block 4

Each week I'll have

  • the FREE Patterns to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • The Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Tips and tools I find useful

Pat Sloan Ultimate beginner blocks 1 to 4 bonnie lane

All my tips and photos will be with my Bonnie Lane here are the first 3 blocks together!  I'm also make the Solid Version with the Kit and the Blue version with my friend Christopher's fabric.  I love showing you the same quilt ...

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August 29, 2019
Infrastructure Supply List and Quilt Along Links: The Fun Begins Sept. 9! from Christa Quilts

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Are you excited to make Infrastructure? The quilt along kicks off on September 9th when Heather Black and I will both hosting the quilt along and sharing tips and tricks for making the quilt on our blogs each week. See below for the supply list along with links to all of the quilt along posts as they go live.
Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure designed by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts, pattern written by Christa Watson

Infrastructure Supply List

Infrastructure Quilt Pattern:

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August 28, 2019
X MARKS THE SPOT from That's Sew Kerry

Treasure Hunt 




Treasure Hunt Block Tutorial

12.5" finished block
This block is part of the great series by Blossom Hearts Quilts called The Bee Hive there are 12 blocks in the series, all completely free. The template for this block can be found here.



Cutting:
A1 and A4 2 1/4" x 9 1/2" 
A2 and A5 2 1/4" x 7"      
A3 and A6 2 1/4" x 4"

4 of each is needed to make one complete 12.5" block.



Assembly:

This block is put together in 4 units very simply by foundation paper piecing.

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August 26, 2019
this, that, and some more . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The calendar has been full, full, full, but I've still been managing to daily get at least (at least) 15 minutes of time towards some aspect of stitching.  It makes me so happy to be able to do this!  I did manage to finish my bee quilt in time for the guild's "parade of mystery quilts" . . .
Not great pics, but I'm so in love with this layout ... it's very pleasing to my eye.  I'll use this again, soon.

We had a great wrap-up of our mug rug swap, too . . . 
It was fun to end the ...

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Geo Pop Yardage is Here!! from Christa Quilts

I’m so excited to announce that bolts of Geo Pop have officially arrived to quilt shops nationwide! I encourage you to ask for it at your favorite shop first, but if you can’t find it there you can always order it directly from me at shop.ChristaQuilts.com.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop includes 25 colorful geometric prints.

By now, you know that I love bold color mixed with unique geometric designs and it’s been such a thrill to see that you all love them, too!! Geo Pop includes 25 fun, modern prints in a rainbow of color plus black ...

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August 22, 2019
Block #8 - Witch's Night Out from Pat Sloan's Blog

Here we go for a Fun Witch's Night Out book Sew Along!

THE book is in a new printing and will be back in stock soon

Pat sloan witch block 8

This is the COOLEST block!  I love the star in the middle of the chain.

** Missed a tutorial for a prior block? CLICK to my Project page **

** Be sure to see all the super cute blocks by YOU at the end! Share your Photos there

Pat sloan witch block 8 pic 1

MY TIPS:

  • REALLY BE ON YOUR 'A' game when making this block. There are unusual sizes and it's easy to mess them up, a friend share that ...

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Block #7 - Witch's Night Out from Pat Sloan's Blog

Here we go for a Fun Witch's Night Out book Sew Along!

THE book is in a new printing and will be back in stock soon

Pat sloan witch block 7

It's a Fun with Triangles kind of week!

** Missed a tutorial for a prior block? CLICK to my Project page **

** Be sure to see all the super cute blocks by YOU at the end! Share your Photos there

Pat sloan witch block 7 pic 1

MY TIPS:

** Design Boards, this is the 14" size ...

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Block 3 of the FREE Ultimate Beginner Quilt Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Are you ready for block #3... this means first row done! Thank  you for joining me and  the Fat Quarter shop! 

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I adore Block #3 of the Ultimate Beginner Quilt along I am seriously thinking a full quilt of this block.

Each week I'll have

  • the FREE Patterns to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • The Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Tips and tools I find useful

Pat Sloan ultimate beginner block 3 Bonnie Lane

All my tips and photos will be with my Bonnie Lane here are the first 3 blocks together!  I'm also make the Solid Version with the ...

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Custom Fabric Letterboard from Expect Moore

Have you ever wanted a letterboard that fit your decor perfectly? One that wasn’t just made from plain felt? Do you have a favorite fabric that would make a perfect letterboard but no idea how to make it happen? Well, here you go! Step-by-step on how to make your a custom fabric letterboard out of your favorite fabric!

I do want to mention that it is the texture of the felt that helps keeps plastic letters in place. Using a quilting cotton like I have here makes them more likely to slip out if the board is hanging up ...

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August 21, 2019
Bling Quilt Part 3 of 4 – Making the Quilt Top from Christa Quilts

Now it’s time to take those yummy cut up pieces from Geo Pop and sew them together into a quilt! Although I’m making two versions of Bling at the same time, it’s really not that much extra effort to do double the amount of sewing! This is a quick overview of my process – please purchase a copy of the Bling quilt pattern for more detailed instructions.

Geo Pop Cutting in Progress
Bling Fabric Cutting in process

Cutting in progress for both version of Bling – in black or white

Geo Pop Fabric

Click here to get Geo Pop fabrics, kits, precuts and coordinating patterns.

Thread Tips ...

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August 20, 2019
SCRAP BUSTING from That's Sew Kerry

No Scrap Left Behind




This is something I actually started quite a while ago, the center or main body of the quilt is a simple Jelly Roll quilt but is a very effective and rather quick way to rustle up a fairly decent sized quilt in a couple of hours.

You will need a full Jelly Roll, unroll it and layout all the pairs of colours/prints so you can easily see what you've got to work with. Then sew every strip end to end so you have one extremely long, continuous length of fabric measuring 2.5" wide ...

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Applique Update & Detour from Heart Desire Creations

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A very long time ago I began to hand applique Lollypop Tree by Kim McLean. The background for my first block wasn’t quite what I wanted so I began again, using a gray and white backgrounds. Much better! There are now three complete and the fourth one is very close to being done.

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But I’ve come to a complete halt. I was so on fire to finish this one and get to number five. My plan is to do six total as the blocks are rather large. Most unfortunately I’ve developed what I believe is tennis elbow ...

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Help Me Pick the sashing on my Fireside Chat from Pat Sloan's Blog

If you are reading this in an email, CLICK THE TITLE or the SEE MORE at the end to come to my website to watch my video!

NOTE: On Aug 26 I will be in St. Louis working so NO fireside chat. But I will try and load up a video to youtube so SUBSCRIBE and you won't miss it! 

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This week I have an amazing find for Snack Chat, talk about designs, and show ...

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August 19, 2019
The Making of Bling Quilt Part 2 of 4 – Cutting the Fabrics from Christa Quilts

I’m working on both versions of my Bling quilt at the same time, so it will be double the fun! If you remember from my last post, I’m making the same design and using the same Geo Pop fat quarters for both quilts, but one will have a white background and the other will have a black background. Any colorful prints will work as long as you have contrast between your fat quarters and background fabric.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop Fat Quarter Bundle – I love working with my own fabrics!

I have more fabrics than I need since the pattern ...

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August 16, 2019
The Making of Bling Quilt Part 1 of 4 – Choosing Fabrics from Christa Quilts

I enjoy sharing my process of quilt making so that you can have more success when you make your own quilts. Over the next 4 blog posts, I’ll share my process for making Bling – one of my newest patterns featuring my 4th fabric collection – Geo Pop for Benartex/Contempo. Of course it would look great in any fabrics, which is what today’s topic is all about.

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

I love this design for ...

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August 15, 2019
Block 2 of the FREE Ultimate Beginner Quilt Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Are you ready for block #2... let's do it!

Pat Sloan ultimate beginner block 2 pic 2

Today is Block #2 of the Ultimate Beginner Quilt along, thank  you for joining me and  the Fat Quarter shop

Each week I'll have

  • the FREE Patterns to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • The Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Tips and tools I find useful

Pat Sloan ultimate beginner block 2 pat sloan fabric 2

All my tips and photos will be with my Bonnie Lane and I'm also make the Solid Version with the Kit and the Blue version with my friend Christopher's fabric.  I love showing you the same ...

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Block #6 - Witch's Night Out from Pat Sloan's Blog

Here we go for a Fun Witch's Night Out book Sew Along!

THE book is in a new printing and will be back in stock soon

Pat sloan witch block 6 like book

Who has been waiting on the Kitty on the broom? me me me!! 

** Be sure to see all the super cute blocks by YOU at the end! Share your Photos there

Pat sloan witch block 6 tip1

MY TIPS:

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August 14, 2019
The Geo Pop Precuts are Here! from Christa Quilts

It’s always a happy mail day when my fabric arrives!! I’m excited that Geo Pop has finally started arriving at quilt shops around the country. Geo Pop is my 4th fabric line with Benartex/Contempo and it comes in all 4 standard precut sizes: Fat Quarters, 10×10’s, 5×5’s and Strip Rolls.

Geo Pop 10×10 (aka Layer Cake)

The 10×10 set includes a total of 42 squares that measure 10″ x 10″. It’s a great way to get a nice chunk of each fabric without breaking the bank. You can use them ...

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August 13, 2019
Introducing Summer Sweet Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi from A Quilting Life

Introducing Summer Sweet Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today Chelsi and I are very excited to be able to share something we’ve been working with for the past several weeks. Introducing Summer Sweet fabric! Summer Sweet is a delightful group of petite prints and beautiful florals with Chelsi’s signature hand-drawn elements in a soft summery color palette of geranium, […]

The post Introducing Summer Sweet Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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Do you want a tip on sub cutting strips? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I missed you last week, so let's get chatting!

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This week I chat projects, how to get sewing organized and tips.  I would love to answer specific questions on how to manage your sewing projects. 

Pat sloan drive down Bonnie Lane Pat sloan table runner sew along 2

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