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August 30, 2014
Caribbean Colors: 2014 Emmy Awards from Sisboom

If you don’t already know, the bold, vibrant, joyful and stunning colors used in all of Jennifer’s lines are a tribute to her time growing up in the Caribbean.  That’s right, Jennifer grew up in St. Croix! How cool is that?! Bold colors are popping up all over the place these days and we want to share with you some of our favorites! Here is our first installment of a new series called Caribbean Colors! Today our focus will be the 2014 Emmy Awards! Here are our winners for Best Dressed in Caribbean Colors on a Red ...

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August 29, 2014
Making a Splash again! from Butterfly Threads

This time in batiks. I think I like it!
Enjoy every stitch!

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Insta Jenny Eliza Love! from Sisboom

Nothing motivates us harder at Sis Boom than the love we receive from all of you so today we’re celebrating Jenny Eliza through your eyes!  So here are some “#JennyEliza” pics we found within the past week on Instagram! We hope they bring you as much joy as they bring us:je1je2je3je4je5Keep the photos coming!!–Lisa





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August 28, 2014
Metropolitan Tree Skirt from Inside Quilters Newsletter

BCQ14 Cover 2501 Metropolitan Tree SkirtWelcome to the blog tour!

When the Quilters Newsletter team was looking through all the submissions for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I noticed that there were no tree skirts among the entries, so I volunteered to make one. I had a few design ideas floating around in my head, but once I saw the beautiful Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something using the gradient of neutral, metallic printed tone-on-tone fabrics. The faux-snakeskin print is especially cool, I think.

treeskirt Metropolitan Tree Skirt

Metropolitan Tree Skirt

This ...

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Sis Boom Bed! from Sisboom

Hi Everyone!

As I previously mentioned, my professional background includes putting together bedding collections.  In fact, long before I joined Sis Boom, I was using Jennifer’s lines to make duvets, sheet sets, dust ruffles, upholstered headboards, toss pillows, curtains and more! While my mind automatically sees a large scale floral and thinks “duvet,” you guys turn the same exact print into the most beautiful clothing, quilts, aprons, shower curtains, etc. I have ever seen! I am CONSTANTLY blown away by your creativity. Since you have been so gracious in sharing your creations with us, I’d thought I’d ...

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What’s Your Favorite Holiday?! from 3 am Inspiration

Is Back to School a holiday??! Maybe not to everyone, but, yes! It is to me!!

I am so excited to see my Over the Rooftops quilt in Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014! There’s a mix of techniques in there, to give an interesting look. This can be easily translated into a tablerunner, wallhanging or larger quilt because it’s constructed in rows. Add more houses, try some taller buildings for a cityscape appeal.

holiday quilt/holiday batiks!

A cool, refreshing holiday look!

Let’s talk color– I love to change my “theme” every year, sticking with treasured ornaments, but ...

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August 27, 2014
Your Next Beauty Queen from Sisboom

Hi Guys!

We’ve noticed lately that it has become more and more difficult to purchase our Beauty Queen line! Have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Check out the links below of online vendors across the world where Beauty Queen is still available:–Jennifer-Paganelli.htm

https://www.fabric ...

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August 25, 2014
Happy Monday from In the Boondocks

Stop by tomorrow for a cup of coffee!
I just cannot function in the morning
without it! Big giveaway starting tomorrow!

Aurifil 12 wt. Thread giveaway ends August 26th at Midnight!

Tell your friends to come by and enter!

I just love my T-shirt from the Fat Quarter Shop!

Have you heard of Massdrop? I am always looking for a way to save money. It is group buying of products to get reduced pricing. Right now you can get these three patterns by Elizabeth Hartman for $24.99 + free shipping! Which is quite a savings since most of them ...

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monkeying around with a paint chip challenge from Ellyn's Place

At our August meeting of the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild I issued a paint chip challenge. I had gone to Walmart and helped myself to a large selection of free paint color sample cards. Even though they are free, I kept expecting some pimply faced employee to yell at me! I'm sure I looked so guilty glancing around the hardware department in total fear of getting caught! I took the samples home, cut the colors apart, put them in a paper bag, and shook them up. At the meeting each gal chose 3 random colors from the bag. These ...

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August 22, 2014
In the Garden of Print Matching and Fussy Cuts from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I was fortunate to receive a sampling of the Gregory’s Garden collection by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I was so excited to do something with the beautiful fabrics! So instead of quilting one of my UFO’s over the weekend, I started a quilt top with all the big, fabulous prints. Here’s what the collection looks like.

Gregorys Garden In the Garden of Print Matching and Fussy Cuts

Some the prints from Gregory’s Garden by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit Fabrics

I used these particular prints, all three colorways, in my quilt top.

Gregsgardenprints In the Garden of Print Matching and Fussy Cuts

The Gregory’s Garden prints I used in my quilt top.

Rather than try to ...

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Patchwork Pillow Patterns for Beginner Quilters from Gen X Quilters

In the spring, I began teaching classes with these patchwork pillow patterns to help beginning quilters learn some of the tips and tricks I wish I knew when I first started quilting.  The patterns have been very fun - they are small manageable projects (which is easy on your time and budget).  They allow beginners to focus on learning a specific skill in a mini quilt turned pillow.
I am now teaching the second round of the series at Dabble & Stitch in Columbus, OH and I've finally listed the patterns for sale in the shop.  They are beginner friendly - the ...

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Are you are Cornelian quilter? from Hugs from Helen

If so there is a great new Facebook group, with heaps of members willing to share, inspire, troubleshoot and just chat across the world. The variations in fabrics chosen is great to see. Its a free open group so why not go visit – you might not be stitching the Cornelian quilt yet – but we can all dream right?


hugs for today


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August 20, 2014
Spirit Jacket from Cole's Corner and Creations from Crafty Tammie

Welcome my next classroom helper, Nicole from Cole's Creations
She designs tons of cute clothing for girls, and even makes mini versions for dolls!  
You can find her patterns on etsy, Craftsy, and tutorials on her blog.

hello everyone! {waves}

I'm Nicole from Cole's Corner and Creations. I'm so excited to be guest posting today for the Sew Full of School series!

Today I'm going to share with you guys our newest pattern that is just PERFECT for Back to school and fall.
It's our Spirit Jacket for boys and girls!
And it looks ...

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The Pattern That Changed my Life from Within A Quarter Inch

Abby Glassenberg from the awesome site, While She Naps, has been running a weekly series this summer called The Pattern that  changed my Life and she asked me to participate.  I’ve enjoying reading all of the stories over the summer, so be sure to go back and read about how some amazing folks can trace the trajectory of their craftiness back to a single book or patten! If you have been with me for a while, then you might be able to guess which one changed mine…  Today is the day my story is posted so go see if ...

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August 19, 2014
never say never from Ellyn's Place

although I've never written it out, I have a list in my head of things I'll never do. 

I'll never go skydiving.
I'll never be a runner.
I'll never go back to college.
I'll never sew curves.


you know the saying.... never say never? I had no intention of ever sewing curves. Everyone (ok, mostly my friend Sarah) has been raving about the quick curve ruler, and all of the wonderful patterns by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I like them. They are all very cool patterns. They look awesome and other people are ...

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BLOG HOPPING!! from That's Sew Kerry

Hello From Kerry Q

This week on the blog a post from the lovely Kerry Q about her Quilting Bee shinanigans!! She is such a talented little monkey, I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have found such a wonderful friend who is as loony and addicted to fabric as I am!! Enjoy.........

All of Kerry-Leigh's quilting bee adventures have inspired me to get involved as well, so in May I joined a 'Modern Bee', UK Hive 2! My group of ladies are spread across the UK from Wales to Leeds, and we kicked off our ...

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SLOW PROGRESS..... from That's Sew Kerry

Borders and Fillers

It's been an aaaagggee since I have had some spare minutes to sit down and update you on the various projects I have been working on. Life just really got in the way over the last few weeks, I have had some big life changes and upheavals which have really knocked my sideways - Oh and Festival of Quilts squueeeellll- but I am feeling much happier and getting back on track, so here we go.......

You may recall I have been working on something special for my wonderful Daddy who turned 50 at the beginning of August ...

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August 18, 2014
The Labyrinth Quilt in 2 versions from Flare Fabrics


A friend of mine and my sister’s recently had a baby and we wanted to make her a quilt using beautiful batiks. I’d also been eyeing the Labyrinth pattern for quite some time, as it looks fairly simple, but creates a really nice pattern. My sister and I were planning to visit another crafty friend of ours at their family’s farm just outside of Orangeville, and we thought this was the perfect opportunity to start a quilty project with her!

I picked out the colours and we started cutting the fabric, and we realized that we had ...

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August 15, 2014
Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour from Inside Quilters Newsletter


Welcome to another stop on the blog tour for Shannon Brinkley’s new book, Scrappy Bits Applique (Stash Books, 2014)! I am happy to do my part to promote the book and Shannon’s cool technique. As part of my duties here at Quilters Newsletter, I look at a lot of quilting books, and this one is pretty special! It’s nice because it teaches a skill, in addition to including some really great patterns. There are multiple chances to win a copy of the book ...

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August 14, 2014
There’s a New Girl in Town from Sisboom

Hello fellow Sis Boom admirers! My name is Lisa and I am the newest addition to Team Sis Boom! From here on out one of my many tasks here will be to serve as your Style Maven! We’ll talk about the latest trends in fashion, fabrics, furniture and many more things that don’t necessarily start with an “F”. Before we get to that, here’s a little bit about me: I grew up in Connecticut with a fierce passion for design.  While I studied creative writing my background includes running a children’s shop, bedding design, interior design ...

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