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May 29, 2015
WIP Wednesday: Reassessing from Freshly Pieced

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! I've spent the past week and a half since returning home from Quilt Market feeling the weight of months of hard work finally lifting. In the last 8 months, I've released 5 new patterns, developed and taught two new full-day workshops, lectured at countless local guilds, and much more. It was often just way too much. So instead of sewing over the last week or so, I've been assessing where I want to go next.

And the answer is: Kinda nowhere. For the next few months at least, I'd really like ...

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May 28, 2015
We’ve added new things in the shop from A Pieceful Journey

Have you visited our shop yet? We’re slowly adding to it. We’ve got a couple of patterns like the Puzzled Pinwheel quilt

Puzzled Pinwheel

And this new pattern was just added. Introducing Summer Breeze.

Summer Breeze

I just love those tiny pinwheels. So cute!

These patterns are available as downloadable PDFs. The beauty of getting your pattern as a download, is that you get it immediately and you can save it to your computer or print it out. No waiting for the mail and no shipping costs. I love to get my patterns like that.

We’re also starting to carry our ...

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May 26, 2015
New Chevron Star Quilt Pattern - And It's On Sale! from Freshly Pieced

Today I'm super excited to release the first of my two new patterns: Chevron Star! And as always, I'm celebrating with a release-week sale! For a very limited time, you can pick up the Chevron Star PDF pattern for only $4.99.

Show of hands: How many of you enjoy paper-piecing, but start feeling a little nauseous when a pattern asks you to make like 900 of the same block? If that sounds like you, I'd like you to meet Chevron Star. Chevron Star will make no such demands on you. Chevron Star wants you to piece ...

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May 25, 2015
Pat Sloan: My Favorite Podcast Encore Day from Pat Sloan's Blog

Today is an encore of my podcast from May 12, 2014

 Listen to host Pat Sloan chat with guests Ellen Murphy, Amy Smart, and Lynette Anderson on the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast.

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Guest: Ellen Murphy of American Homestead

Topics: quilt piecing tips, embroidery tips

She says: "My biggest tip would be to square up as you go and to think about how you press your seams. That is very, very important in the precision of your block and then your quilt"



Guest: Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter ...

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May 23, 2015
Pat Sloan: Red, White and Blue Quilt Show from Pat Sloan's Blog

This is the first in my series of Quilt Show Posts with a color theme! On this memorial day weekend I want to honor all those that are serving and have served in our military.  My father-in-law that was in WWII and Korea, my great uncle, my friends, and those I don't know. 

pat sloan red white and blue quilts

I designed this quilt for a fabric line I did a few years ago. It went on tour and at the end was given to a solider. 

Please scroll down and share a photo of YOUR Red, White & Blue quilt!

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May 22, 2015
Bali Pops Precuts and Bali Breezes Quilt Pattern from DreamWeaver's Quilts Quilt Epiphany Blog

Bali Breezes quilt by Nadine Ruggles

Years ago, I had a quilt plan in my head that called for a LOT of different fabrics. I thought that the best/easiest way to get the fabric variety I needed would be to use precut strips, and I purchased … Continue reading

The post Bali Pops Precuts and Bali Breezes Quilt Pattern appeared first on Fabric Bias.

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Pattern Premiere: Dashing to the Chapel from Little Bunny Quilts

I am SO excited to share that the quilt that the quilt that I helped make as a wedding present for my sister has been made into an AMAZING pattern!

Since it was originally a wedding quilt, we decided to call it "Dashing to the Chapel". The quilt is made up of all churn dashes -- in three different sizes. Some of the large blocks have little bitty 4 inch churn dashes nested inside!

We used the Modern Roses collection to make the quilt and we can't wait to see how you all take it and make it your own ...

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Celebrate Memorial Day with a BIG SALE! from Sisboom

To help kick off Memorial Day Weekend, we are doing a BIG PDF PATTERN SALE!!! All PDF patterns are $4 off using the code starandstripes, from today till Monday, May 25 at midnight. Now’s the time to sew your favorite summer top or dress for yourself or a loved one. Of course I recommend using my newest line, Caravelle Arcade! Its pretty fabulous, if you don’t mind me bragging. Beautiful patterns and bright colors make it the perfect fabric choice for spring and summer! Let me know what you’ve been making on my Facebook page. It always ...

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May 21, 2015
New Pattern: Happy Star from Blossom Heart Quilts

As you read earlier this week for my Blogger’s Quilt Festival post, my Happy Star quilt was made for the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap earlier this year. And now, it’s available as a pattern for you all to make too!

Happy Star pattern

It is a paper piecing pattern that would suit a confident beginner, which means that even if you’ve never paper pieced before but aren’t afraid of a few more seams than a more basic pattern, you could do this!

Happy Star mini quilt

I had some incredibly helpful pattern testers on this pattern, and they came back with beautiful ...

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May 19, 2015
Pattern correction: Beach Glass from Inside Quilters Newsletter

CoverJJ15 800 221x300 Pattern correction: Beach GlassThe June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter officially goes on sale today, and many subscribers already have their copy. The issue features Struggle by Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe on the cover, a lovely art quilt we chose for its summery look.



Another seasonal quilt we included in the issue is Beach Glass, a pattern by Joyce Robinson.

BeachGlass 800 Pattern correction: Beach Glass

Beach Glass by Joyce Robinson from the June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter

Beautiful, isn’t it? Here’s the part we hate: there is an error in the pattern. The rotary cutting diagram indicates that the white background A patches should be ...

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May 17, 2015
MOTHER TRUCKER!! from That's Sew Kerry

And A Few Cars...

A while ago I set out to make a quilt for a very special little monkey, he loves bright colors, cars, bikes, trucks and more than anything diggers!! I began in my usual way with researching and came across this darling pattern 


They are available allover the place but I bought mine from the lovely Isabel over at Creative Quilting I loved the idea of the rows of different vehicles and signs, but what it really needed was one almighty digger!!  So I set myself the challenge of creating just that! I started with ...

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May 16, 2015
May Flowers from Heirloom Quilting Co.

You know what they say, " April Showers bring May Flowers",  Everything is in bloom and the grass is green !  It's been a crazy month here and so much new good things,  Our new pattern wagon wheels is here !
We also have new fabrics like, Molly B's and some wonderful Red White and Blue for summer!  Here's a Sew Simple way to dress up your next outdoor gathering , take 2 10" squares right sides together, sew 1/4" around the edge leave a 3" inch opening for turning, clip your corners, turn right side out and press turning ...

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May 15, 2015
Celestial Orbs from Flying Parrot Quilts

My second entry to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is called Celestial Orbs:


This quilt was inspired by the traditional “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” block. The center stars are paper pieced:

Celestial Orbs assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

This makes really nice sharp , perfect points when the melon units are added.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I used many of my favorite fabrics—bits of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Lizzy House, Violet Craft, Sarah Jane, and a few others.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt the quilt—I think it would suit itself well to intricate custom quilting, but in the end I decided to offset the solids with ...

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Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing Fundamentals from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I don’t foundation piece often, but when I do, it’s something awesome like this.

Live long Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing Fundamentals

Vulcan Greeting block designed by Vanda Chittenden, made by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

I found the free pattern for this foundation-pieced 10″ Vulcan Greeting block on a fan-generated website where pop-culture geekery and the needle arts collide, which makes it perfect for nerds like me. When I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it for a good friend of mine whose love for the original “Star Trek” series goes back many years (nerds of a feather flock together apparently, although I am ...

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Hand Stitched Plushies Patterns from Patchwork Posse

handstitched plushies hand stitched plushie patterns- learn the whip stitch and running stitch while sewing something cute!

Over the years of designing and sewing and pattern making there has become quite a collection of patterns!  I am the kind of sewer who tries a new thing every once in a while and then switches over to something different.  Thus, there is so many different kinds of patterns- from dolls, plushies, mug rugs, […]

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Lacuna Sampler Quilt Pattern from Gen X Quilters

Let me introduce to you the Lacuna Sampler Quilt Pattern.  I'm very proud to show off this quilt. I've been working on it for its big debut at Quilt Market this weekend with the introduction of the new fabric line Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics.  

This quilt design came together so easily.  There was just something about these fresh cheery colors that played so well as the "wheels" in the Cheyenne block.  It was one of those "Ah-ha" moments where I was like "That's IT!!!" and I couldn't wait to begin work ...

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May 14, 2015
Small Handbag – Cascading blue flowers from France Nadeau

Little blue flowers cascading over the front of the small handbag. Blue petals growing along pale-green stems, passing over a fence in order to adorn both sides with its delicate beauty. Exterior made with dark blue jeans. Interior made with … Continue reading

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Pillow Talk from Sisboom

Sew 4 Home made this delightful round piped pillow with a gathered top and I couldn’t be more in love. Comfortable, colorful and easy to make. The darling contrasting covered button and piping is icing on the cake!


They used 2 fabrics from an oldie but goodie Sis Boom line called Happy Land. Since Happy Land can be hard to find these daysmay I recommend our newest line of fabric, Caravelle Arcade? It launched at the beginning of May and would be perfect for this project!

I’m thinking Jessica in blue paired with Bonnie in blue….

Jessica Blue

    Jessica ...

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May 13, 2015
playing with quilt as you go.... updated from Ellyn's Place

About a week ago, Svetlana of Sotak Handmade posted this tutorial about the quilt as you go technique. I had seen this done before but hadn't really done it myself. I filed it away in my mental to-do list for another time. Then, today, Debbie at A Quilter's Table posted this about her experience with Svetlana's technique. Well I happened to have some free time today and these 2 posts were just the nudge I needed to try something new!

After some scrap digging and improv piecing, here is the square of quilt-as-you-go fabric I ended up ...

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May 11, 2015
HMQS 2015 ~ Design Challenge from quiltscapes

Did I mention how much I love the Home Machine Quilting Show??  Here I am, even now, helping on the crew so the quilts can get hung for the show. We'll work non-stop for the next three days to put the quilt show together behind the scenes, and oh!  I really can't wait to see all of the quilts in the Riley Blake Designs fabric challenge this year.  Of course, I had to participate!

"Isabella's Bonnets"

Quilts in this design challenge are put on display for the Home Machine Quilting Show's duration.  And on Saturday, May ...

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