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October 24, 2014
Circular Detour from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Even with all the excitement and bustle of everyone preparing for Market, I was able to take a little side trip away from thinking about quilts and making them, just for fun (and just for a bit. There’s a lot of quilting that needs to be done!). I recently found this great piece of fabric at the thrift store, a big panel printed with a circular motif.

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My big circular panel. $4.99 at the thrift store.

It might be fun to turn it into something I could wear. And what is more perfect for a big circular print ...

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October 19, 2014
Sew Sweetness embroidery pattern from Ellyn's Place

I'm excited to share a project I got to work on this summer for Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Sara put a call out on Instagram for testers for her new embroidery pattern, Fantasia. Since I love to do embroidery I jumped on the opportunity. I ended up making this mini quilt using one of her floral motifs....

It was such a fun project for m and I just loved the floral motif that was included in her pattern. I also tried out two tone binding on this project which was new to me. I've used it again ...

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October 18, 2014
5 Tip Friday- How to Find More Time to Quilt Part 2 from Quiltwoman Blog


how to find more time to quilt part 2

We are back to bring you five more great tips for finding more time to quilt. Earlier this month we asked our designers for their best tips on finding more time to quilt. This week we bring you the sage advise of Bea Lee of Bea Quilter,  Susan Mayer of Quilting Discoveries, Sandi Colwell of Quilt Cabana Patterns and Julia Deal of SEW Artistic.

How to Find More Time to Quilt Part 2

How to find more time to quilt part 2

Bea Lee”s Whirly Gig Quilt Pattern

1. Keep your working area and supplies organized.

Bea Lee of Bea Quilter says that she keeps her supplies super ...

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October 16, 2014
Are you ready for some Crafty Football Projects?! from 3 am Inspiration

badge2Today, I’m making a tray liner which can be used as a tabletopper. We have this cute tray/table that can be moved anywhere, which makes it idea for holding edible items for the big game! So let’s be honest here, this thing was purchased for a Quilt Market booth, because it’s light and portable and I convinced myself we could reuse it:)

tray table

Portable tray table–works for Quilt Market booths and football!

In my family, we are all pretty passionate about football–but about different teams! My team is the Green Bay Packers, which my son ...

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October 15, 2014
Knitting vs. Sewing from Pearl the Squirrel

Some days I worry that my love of yarn is overtaking my love of fabric. I do believe they can co-exist, but there are only so many hours in the day and if I'm knitting, then I'm not sewing (and vice-versa). But these cooler temps seem to call out for sitting in my chair, feet up and a cup of something warm by my side, knitting away on some rich, beautiful yarn.
Finished (but not blocked) Low Brow Cowl: Pattern on Ravelry, Madeline Tosh DK yarn
I've also really enjoyed upping my skill level and trying techniques ...

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October 14, 2014
AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP..... from That's Sew Kerry

The Makings of An Autumn Triple Star!!

I have been tagged in the Around the Blog World by my fellow Bee member Pam, over on Sewing Wilde all the way from Western New York. If you haven't yet seen Pam's blog make sure you check it out, she has some wonderful tutorials on there and many inspirational projects to keep you entertained over these horrid cold evenings!!

As I didn't get any responses back from the people around the world I asked if I could tag, I am going to have to bully my quilting bestie Kerry ...

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a few pouches from comfortstitching

Fold over pouch

This week I have been living vocariously through the sewing of others.  All the pouches in this post were made by friends of mine who pattern tested for me recently.  Not only did they provide lots of feedback and ideas for what to include in the patterns (and quite a few grammatical corrections).  They also produced some very pretty looking pouches as a result.  

First up, is this dreamy looking version of my fold over pouch, made by Charlotte.  She chose the prettiest Heather Ross fabrics to make them in.  You can take a look at the inside of the ...

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October 12, 2014
What’s Fall mean to you??! from 3 am Inspiration

So we’re over the it’s back to school time, things have settled in a bit there, thankfully! Minor adjustments are being made in study habits, focusing in on an Autistic Spectrum child and her way of learning. Love the differences in how each child learns, their individual processes and their expressions when the lightbulb goes off and they get it!!! So now we’re facing the Homecoming Dance, the Homecoming football game, the first new job for a teenager–a bakery, really!!?–I’m going to gain 10 lbs this fall! The ever changing events of Halloween added ...

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and it could be a little purse… from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

I made a cell phone bag for my smartphone. To this point, I’d only had a dumbphone. old cell phoneI only used it a few times a year, when we went to Quilt Market and Baby Lock and Viking sewing machine conventions, so I could find my co-workers when we separated, and I dropped one in the toilet at one of those.  (Got a new one.)   It might have texted, but I never did that.

When I saw everything my daughter, Cathy, did with her phone, like take pictures without having to carry a camera, sharing photos, and easily keeping in ...

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October 11, 2014
Quokka Fest from The Littlest Thistle

I thought I'd keep you on FAL tenterhooks for just one more day, because I'm mean like that.  And I can ;o)

So whilst I'm teasing you, I thought I'd show you some of what I was sewing last weekend.  Before I left, my nutty Sewing Summit travelling companion from 2 years ago, Laura at Quokka Quilts, came out with a new pattern.  6 FQ buster, she promised, so of course I grabbed 24 FQs, 'cos bigger is always better, right?

The option on the cover is for 6 blocks with borders.  There's a 6 ...

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October Mini of the Month from Butterfly Threads

For October I decided to make a mini variation of my Plaid Paws pattern. I am on a bit of a table runner kick at the moment. Having never made a table runner until a few weeks ago, I didn't realize how quick, fun and satisfying they are to make. They are finished while you are still excited about starting them, how cool is that? LOL

I seriously considered using these fabrics first. I love the black and cream combination, but decided the brown would feel more autumn-like. Maybe I'll use these fabrics next month. Hmmm....

Anyway, if ...

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October 9, 2014
My Modern Solids Challenge Quilt - Plus a Pattern! from Freshly Pieced

As you might all remember, I spent the past several works working on a quilt for Free Spirit Fabric's "Modern Solids Challenge." Free Spirit challenged seven bloggers, including myself, to use Denyse Schmidt's gorgeous Modern Solids to create a quilt that was a modern twist on traditional. Of course, I could hardly sign up fast enough. : )

My new Terrazzo quilt is the finished result! This is my updated twist on a classic Cathedral Window pattern. I love Cathedral Window quilts, but I don't love all the fussing with the fabric and sewing curved seams. As I was ...

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Pattern Press news #162 from Hugs from Helen

Introducing you today to the Temora Traveller Bag


Using French linen and a lovely variegated red thread this sewing bag features stunning embroidery, gluestick applique, and easy iron on EPP shapes.
(Iron on Transfers, app paper & precut hexies included)

The project contains several techniques including:


gluestick applique

iron on hexies

iron on clamshells

temoratravellerbackapplique paper is included in the pattern and the flower and clamshells can be printed or traced straight onto the paper through an inkjet printer.temoratravellerclose

I have used Cottage Garden Thread #1007 Hugs ‘n Kisses red  Perle 12 thread – two skeins are required.temoratravellerclose32 x 20cm ...

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October 7, 2014
Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight-Lavender Lime from Fabrics N Quilts

Kathy Skomp, the design wiz behind Lavender Lime is also the nicest woman you may ever have the chance to meet.    Kathy is giving away a prize pack of 3 patterns to one lucky random Scrap Quilt Challenge winner, including the uber popular Merry Meets Modern.  If you want to see Merry Meets Modern a more detail, check out this YouTube video Kathy made for Moda during a recent Quilt Market.

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What does Allover Machine Quilting add to the design of a quilt?! from 3 am Inspiration

So much focus is on heirloom quilting, the showpiece quilts we all try to make at least once in our quilting journey. But what about all the other quilts? The ones we make to commemorate an event, the ones to throw over the end of the couch, to snuggle under on a cold day, the ones to add color to a very drab hospital room and show we care–those quilts. Or how about the ones where we really “enjoyed the process” at a quilt camp, retreat or a class where we tried something new?

cupcakes in a tabletopper

Yummy!!! Lots of ideas for ...

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Spring Zing Runner Gets a Halloween Makeover from Cora's Quilts

Yesterday, we took the boys to Apple Hill - one of our favorite fall traditions!  The area hosts an amazing collection of apple farms, cider stands and bakeries, petting zoos, vegetable stands, and all sorts of fun fall activities.  Even though it's still early in the month, we had to finish the trip with a stop at the local Boa Vista Pumpkin Patch. While the boys were having too much fun

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Third Weekend In October from Ruth Powers Blog

No, I know we are not there yet. But…

I always know when some online group is talking about “Third Weekend In October” because sales of the pattern skyrocket and my blog reader statistics show a huge increase. Keepsake Quilting carried this pattern for years, they called it “October Weekend” and it was one of their best sellers. Mine, too. I keep a yearly count of sales and at the end of 2013 had sold 31,394 of them since it came out in 1994!

It’s a unique scrap quilt pattern and not as hard as you might think ...

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October 5, 2014
OMGosh Its Real ! from Slightly Off Quilter

SOQ - Beading Right Along - JPG

OMGosh, I am so excited to announce that my Beading Right Along pattern is now available for sale on Craftsy !

SOQ - Beading Right Along - JPG

I designed and wrote this pattern in the exact same way as I did for my tutorials.

This pattern includes 21 pages of full color photos and instructions to walk you through every step to complete this wonderful 60 in. x 72 in. lap quilt.

This pattern includes directions for using either yardage or scraps to make your quilt truly one of a kind.

Multiple color options are illustrated to help you select a color scheme that you will love ...

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October 3, 2014
New Quilt Pattern for Sale - Hopscotch from Diary of a Quilter

I'm excited today to finally release a new pattern. This pattern is called Hopscotch and was the Craftsy mystery quilt in June. It is now available for wide release and can be purchased from Big Cartel, Craftsy, or Etsy.  This pattern includes instructions for the original throw size (67" x 78") as well as new additional instructions for a crib-size version (39" x 51"). I just picked up

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October 2, 2014
Some typical patterns from Arts 'n Quilts

As I have mentioned in a previous post, certain conventions exist in regards to quilting. A lot of them are geographical, such as the Carolina Lily. This pattern emerged in the 30s, and here can be found more infoon how to produce it.

my rendition
Others just are lovely patterns that creative ladies cooked up, and which then passed into the ‘cannon’, so to speak.
Pierce N Quilt

A fairly typical block pattern is the Star Flower (source of pic above). Its simplicity of line and execution make it especially attractive to beginners.
Janet Wickell
Another lovely pattern for ...

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