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May 30, 2016
Foxglove showcase from comfortstitching

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This week sees the start of the Foxglove showcase.  This online event will take place over two weeks and each day I'll be showcasing something new I've made from my Foxglove fabric line or showing you the inspiration behind some of the prints.  I'll also be introducing you to a talented team of makers for the duration of the event.  Each day, I'll be linking up to a different maker and they'll be showing what they have been busy sewing up with Foxglove.  I've seen a few sneak peeks and I think we are ...

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May 29, 2016
Granny's Square Patch {the Rootbeer Float Version!} from Busy Hands Quilts

This quilt reminds me of A&W Rootbeer, so I've named it "Rootbeer Float".  This was the first quilt I made when testing my Granny's Square Patch pattern.  Maybe you'd agree that it wasn't meant to be the cover quilt!!


The blocks in this quilt are bigger than the blocks in the Granny Square Patch pattern.  I was still playing with it when I made this quilt and decided the blocks needed to be smaller for more visual effect.


I learned from my friend Shannon of The Flemings Nine that quilting in brown thread will soften ...

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Start Your Engines: I’ve Got Another Quilt Finish from The Inquiring Quilter

Just in time for today’s historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, I’ve finished my newest quilt, Brickyard. I’m currently in the process of writing up the pattern for Brickyard, which I hope to have in my online shop soon.

I’m a big IndyCar fan.

One of the first dates my husband and I ever had was attending the Indy 500. I’d been many times before, but this was Scott’s first time. I remember clearly his expression when I told him I’d snagged some premo tickets to the race. He looked at me ...

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BHQ Quilt Top Designs – On Sale! from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have some exciting news to share today! I have partnered with Pattern Jam to offer some exclusive Blossom Heart Quilt designs for sale in their new Top Shop. If you haven’t heard of it before, Pattern Jam is an online quilt design website, that also now offers ready-printed quilt tops for you to buy, quilt, and love. Whether it’s a quick and easy baby quilt to give to the latest baby in your life, or to use in your own family, you can either buy the design as-is, or customise the fabrics used with the huuuuge range ...

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May 28, 2016
Memorial Day Wishes to each of you... from Butterfly Threads


Team USA pieced and quilted by Diane D. Knott

It always feels odd to me that we say HAPPY Memorial Day, when we are really honoring the brave Americans who sacrificed their lives for country and freedom. How can that really be HAPPY? I do think it's incredibly important that we remember, and that remembrance causes us to have more appreciation for this wonderful life of freedom we enjoy. I'm sure those who gave the ultimate sacrifice would want us to be happy, but see what I mean?

Patriotic Pinwheels pieced and quilted by Diane D. Knott

So ...

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May 27, 2016
Everyday Hipster Bag from Ellyn's Place

Recently my friend Mahriam from Three Owls Handmade asked me to pattern test her newest pattern, the Everyday Hipster Bag. Ok, let's be honest, she didn't ask. I begged. I fell in love with her adorable bag and pretty much snatched her rough pattern instructions out of her hand before she had even had a chance to make them pretty. And very quickly (seriously, this bag can be whipped together in about an hour) I had this gem and was wearing it everywhere...
 Peppered cotton and Cotton and Steel prints
And then I started making little piles of ...

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May 26, 2016
Brick Cottage Lane {a PDF Pattern in 6 Sizes!} from Busy Hands Quilts

... Brick Cottage Lane ...

Brick Cottage Lane is an eye-catching, heart-warming pattern that you'll turn to again and again because of its timeless beauty.  This pattern looks fantastic in any fabric combination, including today's modern fabrics, as well as reproduction, primitive, and odd, hard-to-use fabrics.  Anything goes with this pattern.

This pattern is available at an introductory rate for a week, so get yours today and save some cash!  Also, if you pin three of my Etsy listings, not including yard sale items, send me a convo through Etsy with a link to your Pins, and I'll send ...

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May 23, 2016
Springy Gatekeeper Quilt from Gen X Quilters

I'm excited to show you this new springy version of my Gatekeeper quilt pattern.  Isn't she cute?  I absolutely love this pattern because it goes together quickly with strip piecing.  Next thing you know, you have a lovely 70" x 70" quilt put together and only had to cut strips and squares/rectangles.  Pretty slick.
This version of the Gatekeeper quilt uses the new fabric line called One Room Schoolhouse.  This line debuted at the industry trade show, Quilt Market this past weekend.  This line has such cheery colors and a modern, yet vintage vibe.  The collection is ...

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May 22, 2016
Stash Explosion from Quilt Paint Create

I knew it was coming because yesterday was my guild’s fabric sale. This is the third one they’ve had since I joined and by far the largest. A former member passed away and her family donated her entire stash of 50 boxes of fabric.

The total damage was 30 yards in. I got a little surprise with a bag of what I thought was cat fabric scraps. They were so cute I had to grab them. It was actually the first thing I picked up.

I didn’t open the bag until I got home and I was ...

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May 20, 2016
Bramblewood 1870-1890 by Betsy Chutchian from Heirloom Quilting Co.

Bramblewood arrived yesterday and we are already creating lots of fun fall projects, everything from dish towels, stuffed pumpkins and of course we will making the quilts too!  You could almost smell the cinnamon and apples!  We will be making up kits tomorrow for the Bramblewood and Spicebox patterns, we are including backing with the spicebox kit and Bramblewood will have everything to make the bigger quilt and the mini too!  Backing for the Bramblewood kit wiill be sold seperately,  This collection has vintage appeal, timeless and classic and is definitely one of my favorites this year !

Always Quilting, Teresa

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May 18, 2016
let's make it . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

. . . a wonderful Wednesday!!  (Did you think I was going to say something quilty-cutesy? Psyche!)

I'm just going to be straight out honest and say that I got in more napping than stitching on Sunday afternoon. (insert cheesy grin here) But I have done a smidge of stitching on Evey's quilt . . . 
"G", to be exact.

I found a cute pattern for bubble britches for Evey (to go with her turtle smock). I was prepared to buy a pattern when I remembered I've got a pretty decent arsenal of patterns for little girls' clothes saved on my laptop. Sure ...

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May 17, 2016
The Symmetry of Patchwork Blocks from Jinny's Corner

Island TropicsOur web special this week is a bundle of coordinating fabrics. It’s easy to look at a bundle like this and admire the pretty colors. It takes a little more imagining, though, to figure out what to do with it. To help you out, we selected three different free pattern downloads as possible choices for using those fabrics. Two of the blocks are shown here.

First image for blog

Normally we just think of putting blocks together side by side, and all facing in the same direction. Blocks that have coloring that are non-symmetrical, or are symmetrical in just one direction can also ...

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May 16, 2016
Heading South Mini quilt {and a new pattern!!} from Material Girl Quilts

This weekend was pretty cold and windy around here, so without any plans (other than laundry!) I spent most of

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May 15, 2016
Quick Tip ~ Green Pin, Red Pin from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

My daughter, Cathy, showed me the quilt top she had just finished.  She does great machine applique blanket stitch and finds it really relaxing.  The quilt is “Andrew” from the book Fat Quarter Baby (A31813).  It’s so cute!  A31813 book

When I looked at it, I immediately thought it needed “Piping Hot Binding,” (23940) my23940b.jpg favorite way of finishing a quilt.  It puts just a touch of extra color at the inside edge of the binding, and brings the quilt to life.  It’s ingenious, and the tool that’s included with the booklet is the key.

Below is what ...

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Scrapbuster Sunday – COLOR!! from Heart Desire Creations

Stick 1 (Large)

Out came the yellow, orange and brown scrap bins. I pictured a warmth and brightness with these colors.  The stick pinwheel blocks were easy and fairly quick to put together. I arranged and rearranged the blocks so many times on the design wall. I altered colors, put them in rows and once I started to group the like colors I liked it better. The arrangement I chose just sort of fell into place. I love it!

Borders can really enhance a quilt and bring it to life. I pulled the “sticks” into the border corners coinciding with their colors. I ...

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May 14, 2016
Hattie's Dresden done! from Ellyn's Place

The Hattie's Dresden quilt that I began in Lee Monroe's workshop last month is done and delivered to a soon-to-be mommy friend in New Jersey!
The quilt is all grunge and finishes at 40 inches square. My friend Lisa did a beautiful job quilting it for me in this girlie daisy print...
I found this pretty floral for the back at Joann's and added some grunge patchwork in the center...
And good news.... this is my second finish in the second quarter of the finish-along! Yay! I feel like I'm on track this quarter. Two more ...

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May 13, 2016
Baby Dragon Quilt… from Painting With Thread

…and digital quilting.

My niece and great nephew inspired this quilt because …we love dragons! The Hobbit started that for me and I LOVE all the How To Train Your Dragon movies and series! So does my granddaughter, so I get to see them often.

I also love thread painting and free motion quilting and digital robotic quilting and designing and this quilt has ALL of that!

Dragon Quilt

With the 5D QuiltDesign Creator I scanned in a drawing of the castle in the background and drew the digital castle over it. I also created the digital grass by free motion quilting ...

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PAT BRAVO "THE MINIS" TOUR from That's Sew Kerry

Bravo!





As many of you know I spend hours of my life on Instagram, it's literally the best invention after chocolate, and quilt fabric, ooooooo and David Beckham! It was on one such "research" mission that I came across a post from the super fab Pat Bravo, (if you don't know who she is, Pat design delicious fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics ) where she basically said 'I have designed two new lines of fabric, I want to give them to you and let you make pretty things, who wants to play?' Uuuuuuuumm me! So I put myself forward ...

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May 12, 2016
Whoo Loves You Owl Quilt Pattern from Painting With Thread

It feels so good to get another pattern done! I loved making this quilt for my granddaughter Madalyn when she was born. It’s such a bright and cheerful happy quilt!

I love the idea of layering the owl and branches over the nine patch background… it makes be want to try other pieced backgrounds like triangles. As long as it’s not to busy it makes and interesting background for a big quilt.

As with my other patterns this one has a thread painting chart to follow or be inspired by – done as you quilt the top. All the ...

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Upcoming Pattern - Brick Cottage Lane {a Not-So-Sneaky Peek!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Here's a not-so-sneaky peek at my next pattern, Brick Cottage Lane!  The pattern includes traditional as well as strip piecing instructions to speed up the process! As usual, I've included instructions for as many sizes as possible - in this case 6 - Baby, Small Lap, Large Lap, Twin, Queen, and King!  You'll also find easy-to-read charts and diagrams, as well as clear instructions in my patterns - I've done the mathy/techy work, so you can have fun choosing fabrics and sewing it up!



The quilt above is on my design wall, and the rows have not been ...

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