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September 6, 2019
Sew Sampler Box September 2019 Sneak Peek! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Our September Sew Sampler Box is going to be extra ‘sweet’ this month. We teamed up with our friends at Martingale and created a bonus pattern from Susan Ache’s upcoming book, Quilt by Color. In this book, Susan shares her secrets for making stunning, scrappy quilts by color! The bonus pattern featured in this box is exclusive to Sew Sampler members only and you’re gonna love it.

If you are not yet subscribed, and want to join, currently our membership is at capacity but we have started a wait list. Sign up here to be notified if space ...

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March 15, 2019
Grieving With Gratitude from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

This is the end of the road for the "TEXT IT!" blog hop.

Sherri Noel has included such fun projects. The other bloggers made such  wonderful interpretations.  I chose to make the sewing machine pad. Below is the photo from the book.

It was perfect for this adorable new fabric that I had just bought at Stitch Central..

I had to widen the sewing pad a little to fit the panel, but it came out so cute.  

It's the most adorable fabric.   It's also available with cats. I just love the flower bouquets in their hair.

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January 29, 2019
“Step Back in Time” with Paula and Mary Ellen from Marcus Fabrics

Congratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison on the release of their latest book, Step Back in Time (Martingale).  Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique quilt lovers alike will love this the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures!  The Red Crinoline Quilts design duo presents an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of 13 of their vintage-inspiredquilt patterns. Each quilt design is paired with a fascinating historical account from the 1800s. More than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique era in American quilting history.

You’ll enjoy recreating their designs with your favorite Paula Barnes collections, including BALTIMORE HOUSE ...

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September 3, 2018
Book Review Day: Quirky Little Quilts from Terificreations's Weblog

Quirky Little Quilts Patchwork from the Past, Projects for the Present Sheryl Johnson Temecula Quilt Company $25.99; $17.99 e-book soft cover 80 pages When reviewing books I always look for that thing that speaks deeply to my quilters soul. With Quirky Little Quilts it’s right there on the cover, quirky! Any book that promotes quilters and… Continue reading Book Review Day: Quirky Little Quilts

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July 17, 2018
Table Runner Roundup – 13 Quilted projects to spice up your table from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

One of the fun furnishings to make as a quilter is a table runner or topper. It’s a fashion accessory for your table that you can constantly change to suit the style of your home, holiday or special celebration. Amelia Johnson has brought 10 designers together to create a feast of 13 table runners from...

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June 15, 2018
Introducing Tic-Tac-Toe on the Cover of Fat Quarter Favorites from Christa Quilts

I love it when I get to reveal a quilt that I worked on many moons ago! Meet Tic-Tac-Toe, a fat quarter quilt featured on the cover of Fat Quarter Favorites – a new collaboration book from my publisher Martingale/That Patchwork Place that releases today!


This was one of those “secret sewing” projects that I worked on last year. I shared a few sneek peeks on my Instagram account while making it so if you scroll back through a year’s worth of posts, you can see some of it in progress, LOL!!

The book features 13 original designs by ...

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April 16, 2018
Let's Talk Stash from Sew Preeti Quilts

Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation recently wrote a book - Stash Statement.  Then she sent me an email. And I burst into a song...

The email was fantastic.
When I received it, I was ecstatic.
Stash Statement Quilts was on its way
Would I like to play?
I jumped in with both feet.
Watch this space, it is going to be a treat.

With rhyme and reason, excitement and anticipation, I have to tell you that today is the day when the Blog Hop for Stash Statement begins. 

The book is full of eye-candy, cool techniques and fabulous patterns. I ...

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March 27, 2018
Oh Scrap- Fat Quarter Shop + Giveaway from Moda Lissa




Hop Hop Hop

The Oh Scrap blog hop is over.

But today is a bonus hop.

Sew Sampler monthly subscription box featured an exclusive small bonus project promoting Oh Scrap in their February box. The project was made using April Rosenthal’s fabric collection, Mama’s Cottage.

Hopefully, you have learned all about Oh Scrap but there are a few details and items I wanted to share with you.

One of the items in the sew sampler box is Antler Quilt Designs, a new ruler. This ruler will come in quite handy if working on several ...

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February 21, 2018
Tiny Trees in Lunch Hour Patchwork from Christa Quilts

Check out my smallest quilt finish in the brand new book, Lunch Hour Patchwork!

Tiny Trees

My quilt features small paper pieced trees set into a modern-tree layout. I had fun digging through my pile of green fabrics to get a wide variety of mint and green colored trees. My personal challenge to myself was to use print fabrics that worked together without being “Christmassy.”

Green fabrics

I had so much fun quilting this one, using a combination of two free motion textures: stippling for the background and “cursive L’s” for the trees. Because I used one light green Aurifil thread for all ...

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January 18, 2018
Scrap & Happy Quilts (and a Giveaway) from Quilt Shop Gal

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you about a new book published by Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness, as well as insights on two ways you can win a copy!   

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Scrappy & Happy Quilts: Limited Palette, Tons of Fun! by Kate Henderson is truly packed with scrappy, happy quilts that are easy to make as well as fall in love with.  These are all packed with #CreativeGoodness and happiness!



Create lively, colorful quilts–and say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. With this collection of scrappy two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing ...

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January 17, 2018
Remarkable Rectangles, by Robert DeCarli's from Insights From SewCalGal

Robert DeCarli's first life was as a math professor at a Catholic girls college in Buffalo, New York. He moved on to function as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, all the while continuing to teach math at local colleges. In 1992, his wife, Kathleen, asked for help in making a quilt for their daughter's wedding. She showed him how to make a four-patch unit, and he was hooked. As a mathematician, the seemingly endless number of patterns fascinated him. He has designed blocks and quilts since 1993, receiving a ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival ...

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Charmed, I'm Sure: Quilts and more from 5" Squares, by Lesley Chaisson from Insights From SewCalGal

Charmed, I'm Sure: Quilts and more from 5" Squares, by Lesley Chaisson is a new book with lovely quilt designs all based off of using charm squares.  You can use pre-cut charms or cut your own from scraps in your stash!  Thus, this is also a great quilt book for those that want to do some stash-busting.

Charmed I'm Sure is published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, which means it is a well organized book, full of great visuals and well written instructions.
Lesley shares 15 projects, in this book, ranging from lap quilts and ...

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December 11, 2017
That Patchwork Place 2018 Quilt Calendar from Quilt Shop Gal

There are all sorts of Calendars that can help keep us be organized, but I believe a good quilt calendar not only helps us with organization, but also gives us inspiration and creativity.  Thus, I can honestly share that I feel “That Patchwork Place: 2018 Quilt Calendaris the best quilt calendar ever!  This calendar will certainly help you be organized in 2018, but also it also comes with 12 patterns, that include step by step instructions, perfect for quilters of any level, at a very reasonable price, making this also a great gift for quilting friends too!.




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December 7, 2017
Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway from Pieced Brain

Hello, everyone! This year I am participating in the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt. It is all about sharing Christmas traditions, cookie recipes, and many giveaways - a perfect way to begin this December, don't you agree?

My best memories are from Christmases growing up in Brazil. Look at the fabric above by Dear Stella Designs - there is no snow where I was born in Brazil at Christmas but our Santa Claus might as well be wearing shorts like this one! There we decorate our trees with cotton to mimic snow, the ornaments are ...

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December 4, 2017
Super Cute Paper Piecing a book review (and a Giveaway Alert) from Quilt Shop Gal

I think I’ve come across the most unique and creative book I’ve ever seen.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you today about this new book:  “Super Cute Paper Piecing – Designs For Every Day Delights“, by Charise Randell,   recently published by Martingale.  

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This book is totally packed with #CreativeGoodness.


Paper piecing’s never been cuter! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time–and ...

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November 29, 2017
Patches of Blue from Pieced Brain

How do you like my Gingerbread Men? I decided to make it yesterday and did not get out of my sewing room until it was finished - I get in that mood sometimes!

I used scraps of navy blue fabric with different whites for the background. The shapes were fused in place and appliqued with my method of choice - machine stitched with blanket stitch and dark blue 40 wt thread. The quilting was done with Aurifil monofilament around the Gingerbread Men and on the ditch, then with 40 wt white all over.

That Santa Claus cracks me up every time I ...

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November 22, 2017
The Rest of the Retreat Story from Sew........This Is My Blog

I prepped all my projects ahead of time for retreat so I could just sit and sew and talk and not have to cut or think too hard or do any "dreaded math."  Each project was cut and put into a ziploc bag along with the pattern or instructions. The first thing I worked on was this "Cross Weave" pattern by Sweet & Simple Quilts from Martingale.

In case you haven't noticed by now, lately I've really been into using a complementary color in the sashing or border. I think it makes it more interesting.  (And different -- you must ...

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November 21, 2017
The Big Book of One-Block Quilts a book review (and a Giveaway Alert) from Quilt Shop Gal

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts”, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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It’s so easy to create quilts that repeat a single block–make just one and you’ll have the confidence to fly through the rest of your quilt! Choose from a whopping 57 quilts to piece one block at a time, or make blocks in multiples with quick chain-piecing methods. Star designers including Kim Diehl, Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie ...

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November 17, 2017
Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again from Pieced Brain

Have you guys seen the latest Moda All-Stars book? All in a Row Again, compiled by Lissa Alexander and published by Martingale has fantastic rows we can assemble in a quilt or add to our own quilt designs. It is really difficult to pick a favorite!

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
I love that the rows will look great regardless of the type of fabric you use: modern, traditional, 1800s reproduction, 1930s... The designers went all out and did not skimp on charm, creativity, and whimsy.

The rows look amazing on their own, too, making ...

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October 31, 2017
Houston Quilt Market 2017 from Pieced Brain

It was so much fun to walk through the aisles at Quilt Market last weekend! I returned home last night exhausted but happy. I met colleagues I've been working with virtually for a long time, hugged quilters and designers I admire, and exercised amazing self-restraint as I purchased one fat quarter bundle and one layer cake. That's it!

My schedule was totally filled with meetings on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday until early afternoon. Then, I finally had a chance to walk through the quilt exhibit area. The exhibit which fascinated me was Remembering Sue Garman:

These designs are ...

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