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September 1, 2018
All Spruced Up from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have a new quilt finish to share. It is the modern Christmas tree quilt block tutorial from Diary of a Quilter.

All Spruced Up

I first came across this block when Molli Sparkles included it in the Honey Pot Bee.
It was such a fun block. It has the tiniest bit of improv, because how you make the two cuts are up to you. That is liberating. At the same time, since the overall block has a fixed dimension, the craziness (of improv) is completely controlled.

Honey Pot Bee blocks

Also, it is a simple block that is perfect ...

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July 31, 2018
Just Poking Along from Indigo Threads

Still not much going on around here, but I did manage to get some sewing accomplished.  Yay for me!

My quilt guild was having a workshop on the Falling Charms quilt (which I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts blog here, and then found out that Missouri Star's Jenny also has a tutorial here), so I decided to play along.  After some consideration, I realized that I didn't have 2 packs of charm squares that weren't already spoken for, so I decided to use my 40 Crumb Blocks that have been languishing for a few years.  At ...

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July 9, 2018
Take Flight and a Giveaway! from My Quilt Infatuation

Well my friends, what began in April is now coming to a close in July.  Though this is the thirteenth week of the Stash Statement blog hop, it feels like the time has slipped by so quickly.  Today's feature quilt is the Take Flight FREE bonus pattern.


I have actually made three different versions of this quilt, but the only one I've kept for myself is the one pictured above (actually the last version I made).  The other two have gone to friends who have lost loved ones.  Since each of these quilts has already had its own ...

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July 4, 2018
Old Glory and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy 4th of July to all of my friends in the USA!  I hope your day is filled with family, fun, and maybe even a few fireworks.  I showed a peek at my latest quilt on IG back in March, but for a handful of reasons, I never actually revealed the full finished quilt.  Well, I figured that Independence Day would be the perfect time to share it, and you can see why!

ps- with today's holiday, I'm posting NTT early, so I don't forget!


I had lots of fun digging into my red and dark blue ...

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July 2, 2018
College Prep from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you're ready to kick off another awesome week.  Today's quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop is College Prep, and it's the perfect quilt to use up all of your neutral scraps.



The shades of gray, taupe, and cream combine to create such amazing texture, and it allows the giant argyle blocks to really stand out.  I quilted with a dense stipple using 50 wt. Aurifil White, and I love the added crinkle.


When I designed the quilts for the book, I wanted to show that this technique can utilize modern or ...

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June 30, 2018
Improv Piecing Video Tutorial from My Quilt Infatuation

Everyone can do it.  No, really!  It's easier than it looks;  I promise...  These are the things I find myself repeating as I share the quilts from my book with guilds, or just here on my blog, and do you know what?  It's all the honest truth.



Believe me- I do know that improv piecing is a difficult concept for some.  It's can be hard to get into the right frame of mind and let go of control a little bit (but when you do it, it's also FUN!).  I do know that it is more ...

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June 25, 2018
Catch a Falling Star from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Monday (again), friends!  It seems to come around so quickly, doesn't it?  Well, since the weekend is over, we might as well start the week on a high note, with another quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop!  Shades of dark blue, purple, and gray depict the night sky in the Catch a Falling Star quilt.


When I set out to design quilts showing land, sea, and sky for this section of the book, I wanted to show a variety of backdrops in the quilts, and of course, I wanted to be able to use a wide variety ...

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June 18, 2018
Regatta from My Quilt Infatuation

Are you ready for another stop on the Stash Statement blog hop?  This week features the Regatta quilt, and the background is full of soothing blue and aqua, with just a touch of teal to depict ocean water.


The variation in the shades of blue add amazing depth and movement to the water, and provide the perfect setting for the Kona Red and Corn Yellow racing sailboats.  I quilted this one with a very dense stipple with Aurifil 50 wt. White, and the crinkly texture also adds some great movement to the quilt.




For the back of this quilt, I ...

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June 11, 2018
Bloom Chicka Boom! from My Quilt Infatuation

Though of course I love each of the quilts in Stash Statement and enjoyed creating them, the blog hop is now entering my personal favorite section of the book, with four quilts that have Improv in the Background.  In this section, the improv piecing becomes a textured backdrop for the blocks, and the effect is really cool- almost like an impressionist painting.  The four quilts in the section show land, sea, sky, and a neutral.  With its lush blooms, representing land is the super cheerful and fun Bloom Chicka Boom quilt.


It's no secret that green is my favorite ...

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June 6, 2018
#901 and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  My skyline quilt is all finished, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  The area code for the Memphis area is 901, and since this is the Memphis skyline, I'm keeping it simple and naming it #901.


Our MQG chapter is hosting a quilt show, but for displaying in the space, the venue stipulates that every art piece must be for sale.  The gallery is really modern and cool, and they use local art exhibitions for fundraising (they keep a small percentage of the sales price).  So, I ...

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June 4, 2018
Scattered from My Quilt Infatuation

Well friends, it's Monday again, and though that means the beginning of another week of the work grind, it also means another quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop!  This week, I'm highlighting the Scattered quilt, the final quilt in the Grab and Sew section of the book.


The movement of the improv piecing is so much fun, and you'll be shocked at how fast and easy it goes together.  When I made this quilt, I really questioned whether the Kona Navy background would look too harsh, but I am so glad I decided to stick with ...

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May 30, 2018
Skyline Quilt from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably seen a peek at my current project.  If you don't recognize it, it's the Memphis skyline, and for the past couple of days, I have been making really good progress.


With the "M" bridge and pyramid, Memphis' skyline is pretty distinctive, and it took a good bit of sketching and quilt math to get the proportions right.  I don't want to use someone else's photo of the actual skyline without permission, but a quick internet search will pull up ...

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Murrina from My Quilt Infatuation

Today's stop on the Stash Statement blog tour features the Murrina quilt, and I'm so excited to share it with you.  I traveled to Italy in college, and fell in love with the artistry in the small glass pendants created there, called Murrina.  They are unlike any other kind of jewelry and the details in each piece are truly spectacular.  They are also known as millefiori, or one-thousand flower pendants, and are actually the inspiration behind many English Paper Piecing projects we see in the quilt world today.


When I designed this quilt, I wanted to capture the ...

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May 21, 2018
Detour from My Quilt Infatuation

Whew!  On Saturday night, I got home after a wonderful, whirlwind few days at Quilt Market.  I'm planning to share some photos with you at this week's NTT, but today, it's time to reveal the next quilt from Stash Statement!  The Detour quilt is the sixth quilt in the book, which means we're already halfway through.  Can you believe it?


It seems a little strange to highlight a quilt in late May with a more autumn feel, but when I actually made this quilt in the fall of 2016, the rich, warm tones felt right at ...

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May 14, 2018
Fire Pit from My Quilt Infatuation

When I teach classes, I always introduce newbies to improv piecing with just a handful of scraps, which is a little easier to do when you're working with only one color at a time. Thus far, we've seen four quilts from Stash Statement that were all designed to help you dip your toes into structured improvisation by dealing with scraps of just a single color at a time.

It doesn't take very long to get comfortable with the process though, and then it's so easy to start mixing them into a free for all of color ...

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Stash Statement Blog Hop - Fire Pit from Sew Preeti Quilts

 Welcome to my turn on the Stash Statement Blog Hop.  Here is my version of Fire Pit.

Finished Quilt
I was thrilled when Kelly asked me to be a part of the blog hop. That was the easy part. But it was tricky to pick just one because there are several pretty quilts in this book.

Finished Flimsy

I picked Fire Pit, because it is such a striking pattern. This pattern requires Tri-Rec rulers. I have had these rulers for a while but had not used them and this was the perfect opportunity.

Secondary Pattern - the Star

Kelly's new ...

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May 9, 2018
Beach Retreat and a Popsicle Party! from My Quilt Infatuation

Whoop Whoop!  It's time to highlight the next quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop.  I'm super excited because I've made two very different versions, and in today's post, I get to reveal both of them.  First up, take a look at the Beach Retreat quilt pictured in the book.


As the name suggests, this quilt was inspired by boardwalks, crashing waves, hot sand, and gentle ocean breezes.  The palette is so soothing;  it's really no wonder that so many people choose it for their homes.


The background of this quilt is Kona Prepared for ...

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May 7, 2018
Stash Statement Book Tour: Citrus Beach Retreat Quilt from Goer

Today is my stop on the Stash Statement Book Tour! I'm excited to be participating. I've long enjoyed Kelly's quilts on her blog and am thrilled to be helping to celebrate her first book! The book is filled with patterns to utilize your scraps with a little extra fabric. Kelly begins by walking you through her technique for creating a panel or chunk of fabric pieced from your scraps. From there, she has twelve patterns to utilize those panels.

I chose Beach Retreat, which you can find on page 26 of the book. The pattern is designed ...

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Stash Statement Blog Hop: Beach Retreat from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is my stop on Kelly Young's Stash Statement blog hop and I'm thrilled to present Beach Retreat!

Photo credit: Martingale & Company

Kelly's Beach Retreat uses a beautiful and calm palette of light blues and light browns which makes me think of sea glass and sandy beaches. I wanted to go in the opposite direction and create a color palette that is energetic. I debated a bunch of color combos before deciding on 2 of my favorite colors in a complementary setting: blue and orange.

I created the "raw" fabric by using one of Kelly's methods ...

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May 2, 2018
Sewing the Rainbow and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy May, and happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  As the last month in the school year, this month is always a whirlwind.  Add to that the blog hop for my new book, and planning for Quilt Market in Portland in a couple of weeks, and it's just downright crazy!  Rainbow scrap sewing to the rescue!


When gearing up for Monday's blog hop post with the Precarious quilt, I was reminded how much I love rainbow quilts.  I actually sewed that quilt for the book almost two years ago, so it's been awhile, and it definitely gave me ...

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