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December 9, 2016
Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Boundless Beauty Pillow Sham from Busy Hands Quilts

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

My Finish is a pillow sham to match the cover quilt for my new pattern - Boundless Beauty!  It's super sweet in Flower Sugar!  I used leftover bricks from the quilt, a splash of white, and added a matching red/white check binding.


Here's the quilt again, just for fun!  The pattern is jelly roll friendly for traditional piecing and scraps or yardage friendly for strip piecing.  This quilt is the twin size.  The instructions include 5 sizes from baby to king, with traditional ...

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Week 5 Berry Cross Quilt Along: Assembling the Quilt Top (Flimsy) from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome back to the Berry Cross Quilt Along! Looks like fun but you’ve just tuned in? Click the Berry Cross QAL tab above for the complete low-down.

Hugs all around for completing those blocks! It’s been a lot of fun looking at everyone’s color combinations.

Now that we’ve got our blocks sewn, it’s time to sew them together. There are three possible colorways, but the arrangement is simple—just alternate your blocks.

Colorway 1

Colorway 1

Colorway 2

Colorway 2

Colorway 3

Colorway 3

I use my design wall whenever I lay out a quilt. In my book, I show you ...

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December 8, 2016
How to make a Dresden Angel block from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

The delightful duo – Mary and Barb from Me and My Sister Designs stock this fabulous Dresden ruler and new patterns in their e-store. Being a big fan of Dresdens and not having a 36 degree wedge, I simply had to get one. 

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Christmas is fast approaching so I decided to an angel block. The wings, sleeves and dress all use the Double Wide Dresden Ruler. 

Here is a very basic tutorial on how to make your own angel block.

Block size: 16″ x 16″

Requirements

Background fabric 

1 fat quarter, cut into:

  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 16 1/2 ...

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Free 48″ Carpenter Star Pattern from 627 Handworks

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Recently I made a large Tree Skirt and had several people on Instagram ask for some info, so I decided to write up a quick tutorial.

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This large Carpenter Star comes together quickly and would make a super cute baby quilt as well.

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Throw on a border or two to make it throw size.

FREE Carpenter Star PDF

For the Tree Skirt – here is how I cut the corners, center and skirt line.
Be sure to use a bias binding – at least around the center hole and leave 1/4″ for those points when cutting!

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The pattern also includes a ...

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Free 48″ Carpenter Star Pattern from 627 Handworks

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Recently I made a large Tree Skirt and had several people on Instagram ask for some info, so I decided to write up a quick tutorial.

627handworks Tree Skirt

This large Carpenter Star comes together quickly and would make a super cute baby quilt as well.

carpenter-star-baby-quilt-627handworks-julie-hirt

Throw on a border or two to make it throw size.

FREE Carpenter Star PDF

For the Tree Skirt – here is how I cut the corners, center and skirt line.
Be sure to use a bias binding – at least around the center hole and leave 1/4″ for those points when cutting!

carpenter-star-tree-skirt-cutting

The pattern also includes a ...

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December 7, 2016
Modern Winter Placemats and TableRunner from Art and Quilting in Camden

Last December at our local Coastal Quilters Christmas/Holiday meeting, we had a little game where you each bring a giftie, and end up with a different giftie.  I ended up with a lovely set of fat quarters in very “Quilt Modern” colors:  the red, white and gray winter themed ones.  I decided to add some new winter placemats and table runner made from the theme fabric using improvisational piecing. You can find the pattern at Janome America’s blog, here.

Modern Winter placemats and table runner.

Modern Winter placemats and table runner.

I added the solid red and dark gray fabrics.  I will advise you ...

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Emblematic Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

The day that I have been waiting months for has finally arrived! The idea for this quilt design has been in my head for over a year, and I had the chance to make it earlier this year. Alas, magazine publishing schedules means that you have to wait and wait to share the finished product. But at last, that day has arrived, and I’m very proud to present Emblematic!

Emblematic quilt pattern by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

Image c/o Love Patchwork & Quilting

If the incredible styling hasn’t already given it away, you can find Emblematic in issue 42 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, which is out ...

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Nutcracker paper piecing pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

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Here’s a quick holiday pattern for you: a 10″ tall nutcracker, perfect for a pillow, placemat, or purse.  These fellows are simple enough to make in an evening with scraps from your holiday fabrics.

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The paper piecing is done in horizontal bands .. the legs, the body, the shoulders, the head and the hat.

The $5 pattern includes a color chart and two pages of paper piecing elements .  Download it for an evening of fun.

The nutcracker is 10″ tall and 5-1/2″ wide.

You’ll need two skin colors, two legging colors, and 2 or 3 coat colors…  some ...

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December 5, 2016
New Projects for Christmas or not! from Hugs from Helen

You saw our wonderful gathering photos but I did forget to show you the new projects we made.

 

The Hexie gogo teeny table topper

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With button embellishments and our wonderful iron on leave in EPP hexie papers this came together quickly and easily.. yes you could still get it done for a Secret Santa gift!hexierunnerclose

There may also be a few kits left including everything ...

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December 4, 2016
Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Boundless Beauty - A New Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

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

My Finish is the cover quilt for my new pattern - Boundless Beauty!  It's super sweet in Flower Sugar!  The instructions include 5 sizes from baby to king, with traditional piecing as well as strip piecing to make the process much faster.


The pattern is jelly roll friendly for traditional piecing and scraps or yardage friendly for strip piecing.  This quilt is the twin size.


Unlike previous brick quilt patterns I've written, this one is made from blocks rather than rows.  This creates half ...

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December 3, 2016
Berry Cross QAL: Building the Blocks from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi quilt alongers! I saw Charlie Brown’s Christmas last night, so for me it’s officially the holiday season!

If you’re like me, then you’re up to your eyebrows in holiday parties, holiday baking, and holiday gift giving. The fact that you are even here reading this blog post means a lot to me.

Some of you have been simply heroic in your efforts to keep up with the quilt along and I really appreciate it! And yes, I’m talking about you, Pamela! <grin>

Seeing how hard you are all working, I was really encouraged to ...

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November 30, 2016
The Three Christmas Trees – Pattern for embroidery from France Nadeau

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After making The Three Christmas Trees mug rug and coaster, I decided to make an embroidery pattern out of it. The Three Christmas Trees embroidery is a fast and easy project. It uses only three of the most basic stitches: the straight stitch, the back stitch and the stem stitch. A tutorial for the stem stitch can be found on my web site. Click here for more details about the pattern.

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The pattern for The Three Christmas Trees can be found in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

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November 29, 2016
The Three Christmas Trees – Pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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The Three Christmas Trees can be made with either the paper-piecing method or the applique method. Patterns in real size are included for both methods, as well as schemas with measurements in real size and pictures. The mug rug measures 15 x 23 cm / 5 7/8″ x 9″. The coaster measures 13 cm / 5 1/8″ square. Click here for more details.

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The pattern for The Three Christmas Trees can be found in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

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"Get the Look" from Simple Life Pattern Company from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello fabulous makers!

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays? As you all know, it’s time to do a little stretch, explore your fabrics stash, and start sewing handmade gifts! I know it seems overwhelming but don’t worry, we have something that will make your life a bit easier.

If you’re thinking of sewing a bunch of holiday outfits for your kids or you would like to give your friends a set of patterns, Simple Life Pattern Company has paired up with us to offer exclusive “Get the Look” kits that ...

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Fusion, the table runner version from Butterfly Threads


Fusion is a quilt found in Scrap Quilt Secrets. I love this quilt because it's a perfect example of how simple blocks work together to create additional designs in the overall pattern of the quilt. One way I enjoy experimenting with designs is by choosing different color combinations.


These blocks are simply hourglass blocks and square-in-a-square blocks alternated. I did turn the hourglass blocks so that they surround the square-in-a-square block either with all reds or all whites. Notice how the blocks surrounded by red begin to look like larger diamonds. Notice how the nine blocks together look like ...

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November 24, 2016
All Patterns Half Price at Busy Hands Patterns! from Busy Hands Quilts


To celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and whatever else, Busy Hands Patterns is having a half off sale!!  All of my patterns are 50% off in my Craftsy shop through Monday.

Save Big Now!


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November 21, 2016
Boundless Quilt Kits from Better Off Thread

 

Boundless Quilt Kit by Better Off Thread

How do you feel about quilt kits?  I haven’t used one, myself, but I think they are pretty ingenious.  What’s not to like about getting a snazzy new pattern and all the fabric needed to make it?  It can sometimes take me an hour to pick fabric for just ONE block, so I can imagine that a kit would be a huge time (and angst) saver.

A year ago, Craftsy approached me about designing quilt kits for them.  I almost said no, because my family was in the midst of moving, but it sounded like it could be ...

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November 18, 2016
Making 4 and 6 HST at a time from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

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I am writing a new pattern and the block involved 4 of the same 3″ x 3″ finished HST’s. I could have made 2 at a time but I thought wouldn’t it be easier to cut two pieces, mark them where i wanted to cut and then in one continual sewing motion make 4 at once that did not have bias edges.

There are easy ways to make 2 and 8 HST at a time without bias edges. Most people use these when making HST quilts. I am not a fan of the 4 HST method with bais ...

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November 16, 2016
Hazelnut is the perfect name and the free pattern is adorable! from Pat Sloan's Blog

1 Flash-Sale-HeaderIt's BUTTON day!! The collection for November is called Hazelnut and the buttons are just beautiful! PLUS the Fat Quarter Shop designed a gorgeous free acorn block for us... keep reading for the download!

AND be sure to check the Flash Sale today!

Pat Sloan Fall Acorn with words

I made my first Acorn wall hanging with Corey's adorable fabric and PILED on those buttons, so so cute!

I think her coral dot is perfect.. I may need to get a bit more... 

Pat Sloan acorn tips

 One thing about applique is that sometimes you can see the print on a background through the applique shape. I could ...

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Spin Out from Better Off Thread

Hello?  Hello?  Is there anybody out there?  No, you are not having hallucinations. You are seeing an actual, honest to goodness, post on my blog! I’m going to attempt to come back to the land of blogging.  As much as I love Instagram, I miss the depth and substance there is to reading and writing blog posts.  It feels much more like a reciprocal, interactive community, whereas Instagram is a quick one-liner and then scroll down to the next eye candy.

What kind of social platforms are you enjoying nowadays; Instagram, blogs, Facebook live, podcasts?  The choices are totally ...

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