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February 25, 2017
String  Pieced Applique Quilt Part 2 from On Point Quilter

There is lots to talk about this week:
  • Part 2 of String Pieced Applique Quilt
  • Beginning Construction of the Quilt - Piecing the String Piece Segments
  • New pattern release:  Irish Eyes
  • New Online Electric Quilt classes (starting in March) on Settings and Borders and Pieced Patch Draw

Irish Eyes

New pattern release -- just in time for St. Patrick's day.

Three quilts to celebrate your Irish roots -- or maybe just your favorite March holiday.
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Irish Eyes includes instructions for a lap quilt with 12 inch blocks and two miniature quilts with 6 inch blocks.  (FYI - The miniature quilts were previously released ...

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February 24, 2017
I ain’t doing that!!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

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When I began quilting, I chose fairly subdued fabrics.  I had a tendency to lean towards blues, browns. burgundy’s; and gravitated towards material that displayed busy prints.  Oh and the busier the better; bring on the BUSY for this designer.  Over time my quilting journey has me constantly evolving, and I’ve discovered new likes and dislikes.  Those super busy prints that I was a fanatic about has lost it’s luster.  I now find that my choices in fabric has followed a new path.  I am now drawn towards materials that possess bright colors and has me wearing ...

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Berry Cross Quilt Along Show and Tell Linky Party! from The Inquiring Quilter

Hey everyone! Regular readers of my blog know that recently hosted a quilt along for my pattern Berry Cross. If you missed out, you can click the tab above to get all the steps to make a lap-sized quilt.

For everyone who’s been participating in the quilt along, it’s finally time for the big reveal! I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had. Thanks so much for quilting along with me.

Let's look at my quilts in detail. Here is my Christmas version which I call “Christmas Cross.” I used Colorway 2 to create ...

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February 23, 2017
The Blue House – Pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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This is my latest pattern for mug rugs and coasters. This is a Blue House surrounded by Spring flowers starting to bloom. I had fun adding the flowers, but they are optional.

The Blue House can be made with the appliqué method or the paper-piecing method. I stitched the appliques by hand, but this could be done with a sewing machine. The binding was sewn with a sewing machine on top and by hand on the back. Of course, the binding can entirely be done by machine. You can see examples for both methods in the pictures (mug rug: appliqué ...

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AGF stitched Featuring Wonderful Things Fabrics by Bonnie Christine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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This week we’re excited to share with you the latest episode of AGF stitched with Kimberly! In Kimberly’s tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful Filigree quilt featuring Bonnie Christine's newest collection, Wonderful Things Fabrics Filigree-1

Download the free pattern of this quilt and watch Kimberly show you how to make each block! If you would like to recreate the same quilt with Wonderful Things fabrics,  you can purchase the quilt kit at Fat Quarter Shop.

If you would like to see the same quilt design made by other makers, these are the makers ...

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February 17, 2017
Take a closer look at Blithe by Katarina Roccella - Let's Talk Fabric by AGF + fabric Giveaway from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello All Makers!

Today we want to take a closer look at Katarina's Rocella latest collection "Blithe". 

We simply love those winter fabric prints that are just portray winter landscapes perfectly . If you have a bundle of this collection in your stash and you need  project ideas, you can't miss this episode of Let's talk fabric.

All the cute quilted pillows, bags, clutches and dresses that you can make with knits from this collection simply need to be part of your sewing list. ;)

What's even more exciting about our Let's Talk Fabric series is the ...

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February 16, 2017
Sew4Home Bag and Totes Book Review from Sisboom

Marsha (follow her over on Instagram @cutestuffinside), lives close to us here in CT. She is a long time fan and makes the most wonderful things using Sis Boom fabric plus so much more.

Sew4Home Totes and Bags by Marsha of Cute Stuff Inside

One of my favorite new books for bags and totes is this book by Sew4Home.

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I first made the Easy Wave Top Shoulder Bag and I have to say, I love this bag. Following the excellent directions from the book, this bag went together super easy. It’s roomy with two pockets and has a great ...

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6 Projects You'll Love Made with Pink Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, crafty friends and pink lovers!

Do you remember when my friend Ola, revealed the color of February? We spread the news that it was Pink and everyone’s hearts melted! Especially, with February being all about love because of Valentine’s Day. Since we also love how sweet and delicate pink can be, we decided to share our devotion for this color by sharing some awesome projects you can make with this month’s ColorFun prints.

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From cute baby clothes to stylish tops and even décor, these prints will add a feminine touch to anything you sew.

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February 15, 2017
Throw a sewing fiesta with Fiesta Fun by Dana Willard! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, sewing friends!

I hope you all are feeling creative because it’s time to throw a sewing fiesta! We all know that it’s fun to make things for a normal occasion, but sewing for a party can ignite all kinds of inspiration. From colorful garlands to cute party dresses, festive sewing is one of the most fun ways of showing your sewing skills. One collection that screams P-A-R-T-Y is Fiesta Fun by our Angles designer Dana Willard!

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This collection is filled with vibrant colors and a modern Mexican flair that will have you daydreaming of a folkloric ...

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Pattern Development: Behind the Scenes from Gen X Quilters


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Thank you for all the positive feedback on the release of my latest pattern FORMATION (It's free for subscribers).  It seems the bold graphic element of the quilt is catching your interest.  I hope you'll share your progress if you make one!

I thought it may be interesting to share a little behind the scenes look at how I design my patterns.  There are many hours that go into pattern design.  Most of those hours are spent on tasks that may be hidden from public view when a new pattern is released.  I thought I'd share a ...

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February 6, 2017
FREE Formation Sampler Pattern from Gen X Quilters

A new pattern release for today!  How exciting.  Know what's even more exciting?  This pattern is FREE for subscribers to my newsletter just for being a part of this little online sewing community.  Not signed up yet?  No problem.  You can subscribe further down in the post or in the sidebar on the right.

I hope this brings a little added fun to your day.  I know super sizing some Flying Geese makes my Monday.  I've been teasing this new sampler on Instagram for a week or so....

FORMATION: Make Your Sampler Fly
It's no secret I ...

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February 4, 2017
My 1st Quilt Pattern featured in Stash Builder Box from A Quilted Passion

I'm super excited about my very first original quilt pattern, Straits and Arrows.

Straits and Arrows was designed exclusively for Stash Builder Box.  If you haven't heard of Stash Builder Box you can read about it by clicking any of the links in this post.

The pattern is already in production for the January Stash Builder Box .  And in fact, you only have a couple more days to order it, until January 14, 2017. Sorry for the short notice!   They will start shipping on January 15, 2017. Thank you Stash Builder Box for letting me be a part ...

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I made a shirt... from Ellyn's Place

I've had this piece of gray cotton interlock in my stash for a long time. Who knows where I bought it or what it was originally intended for. One day I decided it needed to become a shirt. Dug through my patterns and found New Look S0184 (again, I've had it forever and never made it!). By the end of the day I had this awesome, comfy shirt which fits me PERFECTLY (how often does that happen???). The back is super cute...
I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing this a lot. I should probably make a ...

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February 3, 2017
Why I Love Keeping a Stash Report {January 2017} from Busy Hands Quilts

I've long resisted keeping track of yardage in and out, but I'm finding I love doing it!  The accountability really keeps me focused on using instead of buying and hoarding.  It's exciting to add to the Yardage out column!  I have a goal for how many yards of fabric I use and don't replace this year, but it's so big and so ridiculous that I won't tell you what it is.

Yardage in 33.4    Yardage out (48.6)   Net Yardage (15.2)

Some of the Yardage out was from selling stash in my ...

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Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party} + Jelly Roll Waves in Alison Glass from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish to share is Jelly Roll Waves in Alison Glass fabrics.  This is a small lap made from my newest pattern.  This quilt measures 50" x 60" and is a super fun pattern to make.


Quilting is organic wavy stitching, side to side.


Backing is a Kate Spain Cuzco print from the stash.


The most viewed link from last week was Meet in the Middle by Invisible Girl!  This is a beautiful scrap quilt.




Enter to win this jelly roll ...

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February 1, 2017
A day in the life of a quilter – from screen to market from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

How many of us wake up every morning and say, ” I love my job?” I do. I work hard and have fun at the same time, enjoying something I am very passionate about. Quilting for me is a full-time profession and I manage to fit it in around my other full-time job of being a mother. 

One of the highlights of my working life is that I design for Moda, both fabric and patterns.  We have a new collection debuting in Spring so, today I would like to share with you some background on what I do in the process ...

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January 31, 2017
Just for Me January Blog Tour Day 9 from Sisboom

Sewing with Just for Me January
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Sadly, it seems like the only time I get to sew lately is if I sign up for a blog tour or to do testing! My job keeps me pretty busy during the day and my kids’ activities keep me hopping at night. I have to admit though that I’ve started to sew a few things for myself, but this may in fact be the first thing I’ve completed for myself in the last 10-15 years!

The only thing keeping me somewhat same from working the crazy ...

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January 30, 2017
Ready, Set, Soar! {Pattern Premiere} from Little Bunny Quilts

In the midst of moving (we got the keys to our new place yesterday!), I'm excited to share our newest Honey, Bunny, and Doll pattern! Say hello to Ready, Set, Soar!


Ready, Set, Soar! is our newest baby quilt pattern that Amanda designed for the first baby of one of her best friends. She used their airplane themed nursery to be inspired and came up with a plane carrying the little man's name on a banner! Seriously, how cute is this little guy?


This pattern includes all of the instructions to make the quilt top as well as ...

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January 29, 2017
tiny dresses from Ellyn's Place

I have a new great niece due to arrive next month. I thought she could use some tiny geranium dresses for summer so I set to work. I love this pattern by Made by Rae, it goes together beautifully and is a perfect dress for every size girl. I picked up 2 pretty, old fashioned florals from the quilt shop & set to work.....
Love the pink polka dot I lined this one with, and the little bit of pink ricrac poking out above the gathered skirt...
Itty bitty buttons up the back are the perfect finishing touch.
This lavender and ...

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January 27, 2017
Funky Dresden Tutorial part one... cutting from Ellyn's Place

Thank you all for your interest in my Funky Dresden quilt! I had so much fun creating it, and it seems some of you would like to make one too. Since I didn't take any pictures of my process the first time around, I decided to make another, in completely different colors, and document as I go. Today I'll step you through the cutting process.
As I mentioned in my last post, you will need one yard each of two background fabrics, a light and a dark (here the dark pink and the white) and 1/2 yard ...

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