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August 25, 2016
Sis Boom Blog Tour Day 4 from Sisboom

Screeching Dino

Hope you are enjoying the tour! Thanks to Tina Sew Tiny for yesterday’s post on the Leighanna. Today, Screeching Dinosaur, shows you the Jeanine Jumper. If you have an active toddler, this pattern is for you. Not only does it sew together in a breeze and looks darling; fun-loving kids can run, jump and play and still be comfortable.

Remember to visit EACH stop on the tour and leave a comment to be entered to win the pattern they sewed. Contests end 9/2, the last day of our tour!

Finally, if you can’t wait to see if ...

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Triad meets McKinney swap from Ellyn's Place

I'm so happy I can finally share a finish (and one of my third quarter goals for the finish along!) Earlier this year, the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild (my guild, here in Texas) set up a mini quilt swap with the Triad Modern Guild in North Carolina. It was fun to be assigned a partner in another guild who I had never met! When I got Kim's info, I learned that she liked foundation paper piecing (among other things) and loved the colors "plum pink and pickle green" Hmmm! Not colors I had a lot of in my ...

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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Block from Jinny's Corner

From the time I first began quilting I experimented with ways to “fussy cut” fabrics to give interest to the blocks I was making. Unbeknownst to me during that same time, an Englishwoman named Lucy Boston (1892-1990) was doing her own experimenting with fabrics and she created many spectacular quilts, probably the most famous being her Patchwork of the Crosses.


lucy boston intro block (1)


With the renewed interest in hand piecing and working with mirror-imaged fabrics, Lucy’s Patchwork of the Crosses block has become very popular. The block is made with with a single shape–the honeycomb (elongated hexagon). The blocks are then ...

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August 24, 2016
Update on Gradations Charming Stepping Stones from The Inquiring Quilter

A month ago, we had a Super Show and Tell in which everyone who participated in my Stepping Stones Quilt Along who also happened to be in my guild brought their completed Stepping Stones quilt to show it off. The result was an amazing parade of quilts in various colors and prints. It was so cool to see my pattern done in so many ways!

At that Show and Tell, I showed all four of my quilts, including Gradations, which was not yet complete but simply pin-basted. It got a lot of handling at the three Guild meetings that month ...

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Quiltiles Product Review from Curlicue Creations

Over the last week or two, my family has been playing with a new product from Kits by Carla.  It's called Quiltiles.  It's both magnetic, and easily portable, so we took it along for our end of the Summer beach trip.

 Quiltiles is a magnetic quilt block design tool.  As the front of the box states, "It's a tool...It's a game...It's art!"

 The first thing you see when you open the box is this colorful instruction sheet.  It includes a basic overview of the product, suggestions for two quilty games you can play ...

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DIY Pregnancy Pillow Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, AGF Aficionados!

I’m here to share with you how I made my new favorite thing ever: this super comfy DIY Pregnancy Pillow!  Now that I’m clocking in at 7 months pregnant it’s become tougher to get a comfortable night’s sleep and even the simple act of actually tossing and turning is a bit of a challenge.  I decided to trade up my shifting multitude of pillows for an actual pregnancy pillow, but the price… yikes!  Thank goodness for our sewing machines!  This is a great DIY project for expectant mamas & for the crafty people in ...

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Sis Boom Blog Tour Day 3 from Sisboom

Sis Boom Blog Day 3

It’s Day 3 here on the Sis Boom At School and At Play Blog Tour. Thanks to Cookies n Bees on her write up on the Sis Boom Sally and Kelsey.

Today, Tina Sew Tiny, reviews the Leighanna pattern and shows you how to add elastic to the short sleeve. Stop on by and say hello!

Welcome to the Sis Boom Blog tour!

We are excited to announce that our bloggers EACH have a pattern giveaway on their posts! Every weekday from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 1, we’ll feature something new; so be sure to follow ...

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August 23, 2016
Home from Ellyn's Place

This year the theme of the Row by Row Experience is Home. I always collect a handful of the patterns from nearby shops & have been known to incorporate portions of rows into projects, but I've never actually made one of the rows before (much less made a whole quilt of them, but that's still true).  When I saw the row at Urban Spools this year, I knew I wanted to make it. Of course, the fact that it was designed by my friend Melissa made it even more special! And, I LOVED the fabrics they had chosen for ...

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Sis Boom Blog Tour Day 2 & A Coupon from Sisboom

I hope you had chance to visit Paisley Roots and see her darling take on the Tabago top. There is also still time to enter the giveaway for Tabago top pattern of your own!

Today, Cookies n’ Bees has her sweet girls in a Sis Boom Kelsey and a Sis Boom Sally. Stop by and say hello on the Cookies n Bees comment section to enter your chance to win your choice of a Sally or Kelsey.

Finally, we are running a back to school special on our patterns in our Pattern Shop and Etsy Shop. Just use code BACK2SCHOOL ...

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August 19, 2016
Sewing DO's and DON'Ts - Ola Makes a Clutch: Part 1 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Sewing-dos-and-dontsHello AGF friends!

Do you remember last quilt market ? Who doesn't right? It was so much fun and there was tons of excitement around the new AGF collections. I spent most of my time in the AGF Studio booth where we presented gorgeous clutches among other cute projects sewn with AGF denim and a variety of collections. I have to admit, I could sit there all day long and admire the clutches. They were simply delightful! Meli - one of our product designers noticed how amazed I was and she kindly offered me a sewing lesson, so I could make ...

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Aurora BOM Time Again from Blossom Heart Quilts

One of the (many) things on my list to do once we’d settled in Melbourne (and finally got the internet connected) was to relaunch the Aurora block of the month program. And at last, that time has come!

Aurora quilt

The Aurora quilt is a starry sampler that covers a variety of ways to work with triangles – flying geese, half-square triangles, scrappy, triangles-in-a-square… The pattern includes full instructions with colour diagrams, plus recommendations for working with colour if you’re wanting to create a similar effect to the variety of shades used in my Aurora quilt.

Some fabulous quilts have emerged ...

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August 17, 2016
Straight & Arrow from Material Girl Quilts

Happy Hump Day!  I’ve been busy with summer (and that day job) again, but I’m back today to share a

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August 16, 2016
In Our Garden August Link Party and a Free Pattern from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Before we get to the August Link Party,
I thought that I would share a creative
way to use your applique patterns.

After making a few changes to Mr. Toad pattern,

Mr. Toad is now gracing the front
of an apron.

And his mouth makes a perfect pocket.
You can find a tutorial and link for the
pattern (free for a limited time) over at Thermoweb.

Now on to the link party.
I know that I have been looking forward 
to seeing what beauties that you have all
created from the blocks that,
Kris ...

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Free Pattern: Ring Around the Rosy from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I’ve been Pam Rocco’s regular editor for her “Words to Quilt By” column and free web patterns for over four years now, and have always looked forward to the challenge of writing patterns for her often improvisational and always unique quilts. I never fail to learn something new, and I usually end up wanting to go home and start making my own version.

WtQB Ring 800 Free Pattern: Ring Around the Rosy

Ring Around the Rosy, 58″ x 87″, by Pam Rocco

When it came time to write the pattern for Ring Around the Rosy, the free web pattern published in conjunction with our August/September 2016 ...

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5 Bag Patterns for Back to School from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi everyone!

Summer may not be over yet, but a special time of year has begun. Can you guess what it is? It’s that time of the year most kids dread and crafty mommies love because they get to make time for sewing. It’s Back to School season! For some, school has already started but for those of you who still have some time, we bet you’re hurrying up to make everything perfect! Don’t worry, AGF is here to help!

Bag Patterns Graphic

A backpack is one of the most important school supplies any kid can have. So, we ...

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Making Merry 2: Starlight Pattern Now Available from Blossom Heart Quilts

We continue the Making Merry merriment with the latest pattern, Starlight! This whirling half-square triangle block is the second Making Merry pattern, a series of half-square triangle patterns that are inspired by Christmas designs and can be made in 5 different sizes.

Starlight front cover

But they also most certainly look good in any colour or style! I made my Starlight quilt using Carolyn Friedlander fabrics in 3 shades of delicious golden mustard, and in the 6″ finish size which makes it a beautiful mini mini or even a mug rug if you’re so inclined!

Starlight front cover

My fabulous pattern testers have been hard ...

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August 12, 2016
Spiralling Fussiness from Quilting Solutions

I designed my new quilt on Adobe Illustrator and then used the computer to stretch the drawing a bit here and there.  My previous spirals have mostly been mandalas, or circles.  Check the Gallery.  This one will be new, fresh and different.  It is almost a little modern, but since I love curves and curlicues I will do a bunch of those when I quilt, so not so modern after all.

The first spiral is long and skinny so the paper patterns have to be taped together as they can't be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch ...

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August 10, 2016
Just a slice of Peppermint Pie from Butterfly Threads

I made a little table runner last week. I wanted to make some table runner samples of some of the quilts in my book. It's easier to mail these samples to guilds. I can teach the techniques in the workshops and the quilters can choose if they want to do the little version or the big one!

This little table runner uses the blocks from Peppermint Pie. I added the scraps to the label. This table runner uses all of the skills needed to make the big quilt, without all the commitment (and zero calories!) 

What do you think ...

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August 5, 2016
WHOOMP There IT Is! #32 - I'm Going to Quiltcon! from A Quilted Passion

First things first...I'm going to Quiltcon east! YAY!

I'm super excited! Please let me know if you are going too.  I'm so looking forward to meeting those of you who are!

Next thing next...

I've an eclectic taste.  When it comes to quilting,  ALL pattern varieties excite me and I like traditional as much as I like modern.  However, my first original pattern falls into the modern category. 

This is the 1st draft of my pattern, Back and Forth.

I drew it up on graph paper several months ago. A couple of weeks ago I ...

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August 4, 2016
A Quilter's Necessity from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What would we, as quilters, do without our local quilt shops? Where would we go for that fat quarter in just the right color, or for that class to learn a technique that we've always wanted to try? Thankfully, Teri and I (Kara) have quite a few local quilt shops in our area, so we have decided to highlight them here on the blog. It dawned on us that we had featured quilt shops in Alaska and Florida, but we hadn't showcased any of our local shops.

We start with a shop near and dear to our hearts ...

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