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March 5, 2015
My First Paper-Piecing Pattern – Little Tree from France Nadeau

I am developing a taste for paper piecing. I am making placemats with the houses I have sewn last fall and the Delectable Mountains I have made during the last weeks. I wanted to add a few trees to my … Continue reading

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March 1, 2015
So you think I’d have some show and tell from Fabrics N Quilts

After a week cooped up in the house, I know you are wondering how many projects I finished with all that time on my hands.  We had power at home from Sunday on, so there really was no excuse not to knock out some projects. well…. it was a mini-vaca from working the first day or so [ok, I was resting the twisted knee from my ice capade}. I cleaned my sewing room at the house.  That took a while

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February 24, 2015
Cool idea! Patterns Anyone? from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I just found this blogger Hibiscus Stitches and was poking around with her pages and I found this page of surprises.

This blogger has a bundle of really cute patterns from single patterns to a book as well.

I have found this great pattern in the Quilts magazine Jan/Feb 2015.

You must check it out. Click on the link below. Enjoy, Carli

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February 23, 2015
Free Block Pattern! from Better Off Thread


I’m excited to share a free block pattern with you over at Blossom Heart Quilts!  I designed the Wanta Fanta block for Alyce’s Bee Hive Series and here is how several blocks look together:

Wanta Fanta Block by Better Off Thread for the Bee Hive Series

It’s partially paper-pieced, but no curves to sew!

Check out Alyce’s blog for more information on the block, and her series (with lots of free block patterns!).  You can download the pattern here.

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February 22, 2015
Test blocks and Stunning Stitchin Sunday from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

I've had an idea for a new block swirling around in my head for a while and I finally needed to test it out to see if it would work.
It will be a layer cake friendly quilt pattern.
While the kids were home from school a few days on winter break, I pulled out some leftover bits of Kate Spain's Terrain, cut some pieces and set to work stitching them together.
My first attempts didn't quite turn out the way I had envisioned.
The math didn't equate into a cool new block the way I ...

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February 20, 2015
Stepping Stones Quilt Finished! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Do you remember the quilt top that I made on a whim recently? Well, in a fit of productivity, I went ahead and finished it! Would you like to see? Here’s the top, in case you missed it the first time around.

gradient2 Stepping Stones Quilt Finished!

Quilt top

For the quilting I did a combination of free-motion circles and wavy lines done with a walking foot. I put the circles in each of the little charm square patches first, so they sort of link all the way down the quilt. Then I switched to the walking foot to go back and forth across ...

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Scrappy Monochromatic Blocks from Pmegios

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is making charity quilts this year and members have been asked to donate blocks made with fabrics that are from the same color family.  The quilts will then be made with a rainbow of the different color grouped blocks.

I came up with a strategy for my blocks which involved sorting all of my fabric scraps by color and then selecting strips from each pile and sewing them together.


After sorting the strips I trimmed them so they were all about the same length and so that each strip was a uniform width, but the ...

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Color Wheel Block - Pattern and Tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts

By popular demand ~ foundation paper piecing instructions for the Color Wheel Block.

Color Wheel Block - Pattern and Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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To complete the Color Wheel Block you will need the Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates which are available for purchase as a single PDF file from my Pattern Store ($US4.00) here:

   You will be sent an email with a secure link to download
 this pattern (pdf file) immediately. 

What follows is a foundation paper piecing tutorial and photos of all steps required to successfully complete one Color Wheel Block.

Color Wheel Block - Pattern and Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The ...

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February 18, 2015
Etno By Pat Bravo + GIVEAWAY! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


With drawing at the heart of her creative process, Pat Bravo crafts a collection that captures the ethnic expression trend through a medley of etchings. Floral motifs are created with bold brush strokes, and energized geometrics combine with artistic patterning. Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) 


Find inspirational projects in this lookbook we have put together for you!
Share this Quilt pattern "Soulful Windows" with all your friends.Etno_soulfulWindows_2

Win a fat quarter bundle from the Etno Collection, contest rules below!Etno_win


Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Etno lookbook then comment with the ...

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February 15, 2015
Dogwood Blossoms Appliqué Quilt (and pattern!) from Flying Parrot Quilts

I am so excited to finally show you this finished quilt that I made what seems like ages ago—I had to keep it under wraps until now, because it’s coming out as a pattern in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!

Dogwood Blossoms by Sylvia Schaefer, pattern in McCall's Quick Quilts April/May 2015

Photo courtesy of McCall’s

Cover FULL

Photo courtesy of McCall’s

The quilt is made using fusible appliqué and actually comes together relatively quickly. The size is 52″ x 52″—great for a wallhanging or crib quilt. It’s got plenty of negative space to highlight your quilting, too. I quilted the outlines of the ...

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February 13, 2015
Sewing With Nancy... from quiltscapes

So my cute friend Nancy wanted to learn how to paper-piece and came by to spend the day with me in the sewing room.  Yes, I was "Sewing with Nancy"!! *Ü*

Her adorable wonky house  pattern gave instructions for "Template piecing", aargh!!
1)  TRACE all the lines of each of three patterns on to separate papers.
2)  CUT out each individual section for every little piece of three different houses.
3)  ADD 1/4" to each and every side of each and every little template for all 27 pieces.
4)  TRACE around each piece on your fabric, then CUT out ...

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February 10, 2015
Paper Cranes quilt pattern available! from Flying Parrot Quilts

The pattern for my quilt Paper Cranes is now available on Craftsy (for U.S. folks) and PatternSpot (for the international crowd)!

Paper Cranes | Flying Parrot Quilts


Paper Cranes quilt pattern

Paper Cranes quilt pattern

The paper piecing pattern includes three sizes (baby, lap, and queen), along with quilting and binding suggestions. Or use the block to do your own thing! Please be aware that familiarity with paper piecing is assumed; if you’ve never paper pieced before, check out the resources here first.

Special thanks are due to my lovely pattern testers, Yanick B. of Sewn With Curves (see her quilt top here) and Joanne of Quilts by ...

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February 7, 2015
Snacking with a mug swap from Ellyn's Place

After I swore off internet swaps for a bit (who was I kidding???) I signed up for the Instagram #snackingwithamug swap. I just couldn't resist! The challenge was to make your partner a mug rug and send it with a mug & a book in the genre of their choice. Now that my partner, Linda, has received her package I can share it with you....

I had fun putting together goodies for Linda, including coffee & chocolate & the only Sci-fi book I have ever read and enjoyed, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I am not a Sci-fi person like Linda ...

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February 6, 2015
Calm and Low Contrast from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Well, instead of finishing quilts in progress, I went ahead and made another quilt top. It’s just so fun! Now I have one more work in progress that I’ll have to get basted and quilted, but I figure there are worse things to have so I’ll just put it on the list and hopefully get it completed soon.

What inspired me to start a new design was a little mini charm pack I received. It’s from Moda, and the collection is called Field Guide by Janet Clare. Precut fabrics are so great, I think. They come ...

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a very frozen birthday from Ellyn's Place

I mentioned the other day that Ally & I were going on an adventure. Tuesday morning we flew to Cleveland, Ohio. This is what we wimpy Texas girls saw out the window of the plane as we approached the frozen land of Ohio....
 Lake Erie was beautiful but brrrrrr......
 This is a homecoming of sorts, as we were all born here, but left 16 years ago when Ally was 2. She doesn't really remember winters like this!
 Some of you are aware that Ally struggles with a chronic nerve pain disease called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). If you're ...

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February 4, 2015
Tea in the Rose Garden for Valentine from France Nadeau

I have made an other Tea in the Rose Garden mug rug. This one is a Valentine’s Day version. Perfect for this month of the year during which hearts hold a place of honor. Again, I have used old clothes … Continue reading

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Year in Stitches * FLASH Sale! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Go to and order your patterns quick!  Applies to Year in Stitches pattern collection only!  Order 9 months and the remaining 3 will automatically be shipped with your order!  Order by midnight Wednesday! 2.4.15
Hello!  I am not sure if all of you have seen this gorgeous quilt Lisa Bongean and I teamed up on!?!  I designed the wool blocks and had them made into a valence at my booth... then Lisa and I got to talking... and she thought it would be fun to make this into a quilt BOM!  So she went to ...

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February 3, 2015
love the improvements at Minerva Crafts from Charm About You

Minerva Crafts have been hard at work updating their website, considering the thousands of products they stock that is no small feat! I spend a lot of time on websites, checking out products, searching for items and of course the odd bit of shopping ;) 
I am so impressed with the upgrades they've made, it really is easy to find what you need and to browse through all the different craft categories. The search box is excellent and actually does find what you're looking for, perfect when you are in a hurry!

Of course they have a brilliant Quilting ...

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hold it all pouch from comfortstitching

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January has started off a little slowly for me. I've been doing a lot of sorting through and organizing type stuff and also quietly working away on a new pattern.  

This one is my hold it all pouch and it's taken me about three months to put together.  There's been a lot of sewing and seam ripping and starting again going on over here.  I've made pouches like these in the past but even though they came out looking quite nice in the photo's I was really disappointed with them because they were really flimsy ...

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February 2, 2015
This weekend... from Butterfly Threads

I taught this workshop again to a really fun bunch of ladies!

There was some serious sewing and socializing going on...

And these batiks were gorgeous!

I am a sucker for stripes though, and how cute are these?

One of the quilters really knows how to travel! This thing pops open and folds up with enough room to hold her machine as well as all of her supplies! She said it was purchased at Lowe's. I might have to go shopping.

And they provided breakfast and lunch. This was the best donut I have ever eaten, Hands down. 

And ...

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