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October 7, 2015
Scrappy Patches {A New Pattern!!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Introducing Scrappy Patches, my latest quilt pattern!  Scrappy Patches is a simple pattern that will make it look like you worked hard to make it. Blocks are strip pieced to make it as quick as possible. This pattern will look great in many fabric collections!  The pattern includes fabric requirements and instructions for 7 sizes!

The cover quilt is a small lap made from yardage of 12 fabrics by Shannon of The Fleming's Nine.

Made from one block, this pattern can be completely scrappy or more planned depending on fabric selection. Pattern includes material requirements using jelly rolls or ...

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Gatekeeper Quilt Pattern from Gen X Quilters

I just love this quilt.  It's simple and classic, yet has just a teeny modern twist to it.  Gatekeeper is a quilt based on those gorgeous Irish Chain designs that adds just a small modern element with the sashing lines that extend to the edge of the quilt.  Really though, you could make this quilt with just about any style of fabric and it will always be stunning.
For once, this truly IS an "easy" quilt.  No triangles or other fussy pieces to play with.  Nope, just simple squares and rectangles.  This whole quilt breaks down into 3 basic ...

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October 6, 2015
Crafty Football Blog Hop 2015 from 3 am Inspiration

If you hopped with us last year, or even looked at my blog, you’re probably expecting something to do with the Packers. Go Pack! But no. I live with a teenager who will put the heated seats on in the summer, and has planned out her life, at least through her twenties, far south of here. Miami. Everything Miami she likes. And is a die hard fan of. So there are certain colors that keep creeping in this house….

Cracked IceRecently, we have been rearranging a bit, with the oldest teenager off at college, the girls are staking their claims ...

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October 5, 2015
New Gen X Quilters Patterns for Fall 2015 from Gen X Quilters

Hello!  I'm popping in this morning to let you know I have 2 new patterns releasing this fall.  They are 2 great Advanced Beginner patterns (Gatekeeper is made up of only squares/rectangles and Bella Maiden utilizes those classic HSTs)!

I'll be sharing the details for each pattern later on this week.  So stay tuned for the scoop.  If you want a head start, both patterns are on sale during their debut week in the shop.  Both are available as PDF and Hard Copy Print.

Gatekeeper PDF $9  $7.50 on sale            Gatekeeper Print $9.50  $8 on ...

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September 30, 2015
Six Different Quilt Settings from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

My recently published pattern 'Set Your Quilt!' features 6 different setting options.  
Learn to set quilt blocks into 3 different 'straight settings' and 3 different 'onpoint settings'.  
It's easy and fun...and much of the math is provided in this pattern!
Take a look at a few of the setting options included in

 'Set Your Quilt!'
on point quilt settings

quilt settings
 With so many free block patterns on the can choose your favorite blocks (you pick the size) and create your very own unique quilt using the instructions offered in 'Set Your Quilt!'.
quilt settings

straight set sashed with cornerstones

(not shown are the quilt settings: onpoint blocks with ...

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September 29, 2015
Have you seen this? from Butterfly Threads

I have a post over on the Craftsy blog about the whole pickle dish versus wedding ring pattern conundrum. Any thoughts or feedback would be welcome.

Enjoy every stitch!

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September 27, 2015
Stashbuster – Sampler Quilt & Mentoring from Heart Desire Creations

Crossroads (Large)Such an honor – a very sweet, intelligent and beautiful girl asked me to be her mentor for her senior Capstone project. Students pick a topic, write a research paper, and then complete a project. It is their choice, however it does need to meet with a school official’s approval.  My student, “L,” chose quilting! Her topic is very interesting – quilting as a communication tool during the Underground Railroad.  She did her research, chose her blocks and drew up a design (yes, literally with pencil and paper!) My hubby the EQ superman transferred it to the EQ program. L chose ...

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September 25, 2015
spice of life crochet along from Ellyn's Place

Something fun and new for me! I've never done a crochet along before, but when I saw this gorgeous afghan on the Cherry Heart blog it was love at first sight! As soon as we got home from NYC I scurried off to to Hobby Lobby and picked out my colors....

I'm using "I Love This Yarn" I love the way it feels and it was on sale this week. Bonus!

I'm all organized too! I made myself color swatches...
And put together a notebook to put the pattern pages into each week...

When the instructions came ...

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September 23, 2015
The Bee Hive Quilt Patterns: Five Sizes! from Blossom Heart Quilts

One of the most popular questions I get asked in regards to The Bee Hive is, “How much fabric do I need for a whole quilt?” Well, for the first 3 blocks, now you can find out!

First Bee Hive patterns now available
I’ve done all the maths and worked out the fabric requirements for FIVE different sizes of finished quilts: baby, lap, single (twin), queen and king; for Tic Tac Toe, Chainlink and Autumn Chain. Each pattern of course includes the full block instructions too, so it’s all inclusive – just print it off and go!

Tic Tac Toe quilt pattern cover

To celebrate, all 3 patterns are on sale ...

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September 21, 2015
Peppercorn Mini Quilt + Fabric GiveAway from Gen X Quilters

This little mini quilt has quickly become one of my favorites.
First, these are MY colors.  I love the warmth and richness of the reds and oranges.
Especially, as we transition to fall weather.  It's perfect.
These Broken Star blocks grab at my heart.  Not only are the colors gorgeous, but they are pieced with an ombre rainbow in mind.  I love how the color and tone change across the blocks from pink to red to orange to peach.
I decided to quilt this mini with a 1/2" crosshatch.  I've only done this a few times.  Each ...

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September 20, 2015
Fat Quarterly — My Pattern and Workshop from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hey everyone!

Another nice announcement.  Fat Quarterly Ezine Issue #21 is all about Curves and has some wonderful patterns in it.  My modern quilt pattern was selected to be published.   I call it Parisian Improv Curves.  It has some Fibonacci math and free hand cut curved blocks.  It’s a lot of fun to make and will be one of my new workshops in 2016.

Why Parisian?  Well…the  theme print fabric that I used had Eiffel towers and other French words and images in it.  And, I truly love Paris.

Click HERE to buy and download the magazine–it ...

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September 16, 2015
Rock Candy Block from Play Crafts


Cloud 9 Fabrics has a new set of yarn-dyed colors that they’ve released called Cirrus Solids. I’m kind of a huge sucker for cross weaves and shot cottons so when they announced they were doing a block of the month challenge (which you can still enter, by the way!), I added it to my list of things I wanted to try. I finally got some time to enter earlier this year, and my design was selected as the June block of the month! (Like I said last week, I’m a bit behind on sharing this stuff, sorry ...

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September 13, 2015
Pumpkin Table Runner from Heirloom Quilting Co.

Fall is in the air ! Love this pattern for a fall table runner!  A work in progress, have to add some more pumpkins and stars !  Thinking of changing the border to a more large brownish floral too !  I really love how the center turned out,

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My Very First Tute! from A Quilted Passion

I'm sew happy to be able to share my very first tutorial w/you all!!!

Last Christmas I made 30+ cozies as gifts for friends and family.  So this year when I was approached to teach something for Kids Camp, I thought the cozies would be the perfect project! Most of the tutorials I had come across required a lot of marking, which I did for the 30+ cozies I made.  But I didn't want the volunteers who helped put kits together to have to do so much marking. So I made up a tutorial w/very little ...

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September 11, 2015
Officially Retired! from Ruth Powers Blog

My trip to the Greater Kansas City Quilt Guild was perfect!  It was supposed to rain, but it didn’t, so that was good. The equipment worked and the audience was appreciative and very supportive.  I even got to touch base with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I know I am going to miss those aspects of traveling to do presentations and workshops for guilds, but the hardships of travel and the extensive prep time has won out and I am officially retired! It feels good.

Everyone asks “What are you going to do now?” Well ...

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September 10, 2015
Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Lavender Lime from Fabrics N Quilts

Lavender Lime is a pattern design company located in Tennessee and I am proud to say I know this designer.  Kathy Skomp has a great eye for design and better yet, a way to make stunning quilts that are simple to create.  Her patterns are extremely easy to follow and always accurate due to her dedication to thorough testing! Fabrics N Quilts will be offering her new Block of the Month

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Copyright Laws & Quilting from Jinny's Corner

Lotus Amazon BlogQuilting and the copyright right laws which apply to the subject come up every now and then in magazines and online. Each attempts to summarize and explain the law often with different interpretations. If you are anything like me, it just takes a little bit of “legalize” for my eyes to glaze over. Protecting the rights of others is important but sometimes it is a little difficult to figure out what it all means. A recent post found on the internet brought this all to mind.

Ginger Davis Allman came up with this wonderful chart of copyright guidelines. http://thebluebottletree ...

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September 9, 2015
My Snappy Scarf from Kathleen Quilts

Some of you know by now that I’m going to Finland, Sweden & Norway for three weeks in October with my sister and Grandparents. So I decided that I needed to make a scarf for my trip, so I could stay  nice and warm.

Photo 2015-09-05, 1 15 39 PM

And then, I loved it so much I made 4 more.

Photo 2015-09-09, 10 25 50 AM

So I thought that I’d write up a quick tutorial on how I made these scarves. You can find it in PDF HERE!

Or, here’s the quick instructions:

  • 80cm lightweight woven fabric (quilting cotton, voile, rayon, or similar), approximately 42” wide
  • 40cm ...

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Free Travel Jewelry Case Pattern Over at Craftsy from Sisboom

Caroline, of SewCanShe, developed this darling little travel jewelry case on Craftsy using fabric from our Happy Land fabric line. Best of all its FREE.

This is a great way for beginners to learn easy foundation piecing and use up that fat quarter stash. The case has room for all your favorite jewelry – a ring tie and earring holder keeps everything secure and separate, plus 2 interior zipper pockets holds necklaces and bracelets. Whip up one for yourself and one for a few girlfriends because the holidays will be here before you know it!!!!



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September 8, 2015
giveaway winner from Sewing Room Secrets


Congratulations Kim L!! 

Kim wrote “love lives here would be my choice! It’s adorable, thank you for the chance to win one!”  Your free pattern is on it’s way to you Kim ♥♥♥

Thank you to everyone else who entered, the pattern is now available in my ETSY shop.
Happy stitching!
Natalie xx

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