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August 20, 2019
How to Machine Quilt a Cloud Pattern from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Learn how to quilt a cloud today! As YOU read this, I am in the clouds, winging my way back to Minnesota after vacationing in Italy! I’m sure I’ll have so much to tell when I get home… But I didn’t want YOU to miss a Tuesday Tutorial! Marking the Fabric Begin…

The post How to Machine Quilt a Cloud Pattern appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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August 18, 2019
My Latest Pattern for Timeless Treasures! from The Inquiring Quilter

As you know, I often design quilt patterns for upcoming fabric collections such as the new Tonga Batiks Passport collection by Timeless Treasures. Right before Quilt Market, my Facets quilt pattern was selected for display in the Market booth.

Here it is, in the garden of the home I stayed in while at Market.

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I had to rush to design the pattern and to make the sample, but it was fun. I really love, love the colors in patterns in this collection!

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Before I delivered the sample to Market, I took lots of photos. My husband enjoyed being the photographer ...

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August 15, 2019
Fiery Sunset Pattern in 2020 Quilter’s Planner from Flying Parrot Quilts

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I had a pattern in last year’s Quilter’s Planner, and I’m delighted to have another one in this year’s. Meet Fiery Sunset!

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin/

This quilt is based on a traditional block called “King’s Chain,” which is of course related to the beloved Irish Chain block. It replaces a bunch of the squares in the Irish Chain block with half square triangles. The block is still partially strip-pieced to help speed up construction.

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin/

I made this quilt with ...

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August 14, 2019
Gelato Medallion Quilt Pattern from A Quilting Life

Gelato Medallion Quilt Pattern

Hello and happy Wednesday! We are having a lot of fun sharing the new fabric collection, and there will be a lot more information and photos of the fabrics coming soon. But first…this pattern! Introducing the Gelato medallion quilt pattern. I’ve been wanting to design a medallion quilt for so long. And it finally came […]

The post Gelato Medallion Quilt Pattern appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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August 13, 2019
The Mazy Double Dash Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

When you design quilt patterns, you typically make at least 2 different versions of the quilt just to make sure it’s all working properly. But mostly because you have so many palette and fabric ideas to use for the pattern, ha! For my Double Dash quilt pattern and its two different block sizes, I clearly had to make at least one quilt for each block size before the pattern release. I had planned on doing a baby quilt with the 12″ block size with a layer cake, until I spied something else while fabric shopping for the Alison Glass ...

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August 12, 2019
feeling sketchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I like to doodle and draw and sketch.  I'm not a great artist (by any stretch of the imagination), but I do enjoy taking pencil to paper and sketching things out.  After finishing up the bike and the squirrel stitcheries (which, let me be clear, were transfers I purchased), I decided I wanted some more autumn-ish designs to stitch out.  

So I started scribbling . . .
My struggle in converting a 'doodle' to a pattern for a stitchery is that I have a hard time with clean lines! But it was fun to spend time on them and I feel confident ...

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Double Dash – A Modern Churn Dash Pattern from Blossom Heart Quilts

I love to set a public deadline for a pattern release, as I’m the kind of person who thrives on having a deadline to work towards… so when it came time to get Double Dash happening, well, what better day than my birthday to set as release day! (does this mean I get double the cake?!)

Modern churn dash quilt

Double Dash is a fun and modern version of the classic churn dash quilt, with two different block designs – Block 1 features the prints as the churn dash, and Block 2 features the background as the churn dash. Which is partly where the ...

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August 11, 2019
Cutting & July Wrap-up from Heart Desire Creations

A small retreat awaits me come Labor Day so I wanted to do some prep.  Most of my Works in Progress are not travel worthy – they are at the point that there’s too much thinking or I’m just not motivated to work on them. Interesting how when I begin my projects I’m SO excited and then, WHAM! Somewhere along the line I lose that enthusiasm. Fortunately, I tend to regain it later, sometimes even years later and manage to complete the project!

I recently purchased a kit on clearance and knew it was perfect for retreat. It ...

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August 9, 2019
Patchwork Blues Quilt Pattern! | Finished {or Not!} Friday is MOVING! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is a new quilt pattern, Patchwork Blues!  This pattern has been in the works for many months, and it finally came to the top of the quilt pattern pile.  This pattern is entirely strip pieced {you know how much I love stripping!} :) and is yardage friendly in Throw and Queen sizes.

I ♥♥♥ to work in a rainbow where ever possible, and while this pattern is actually written for five fabrics total, I've made a rainbow ...

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August 6, 2019
My Latest Pattern for Island Batik! from The Inquiring Quilter

As you know, I’m an Island Batik Ambassador and as such I often create patterns for the Island Batik fabric collections. This month, the Ambassadors are celebrating the Spring 2019 batik collections with a fun filled blog hop. There are tons of giveaways and beautiful batiks on display during this hop! Click here to see the hop schedule and to enter the giveaways.

Today on the hop, we are showcasing the Clockworks collection.


Here is my pattern for that collection. I call it Like Clockwork.

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You can view Like Clockwork and (two other quilt patterns I designed for the ...

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August 2, 2019
Field Trip and Soda Shoppe Quilt Kits ... And My Picture Saga from Busy Hands Quilts

If you love the sweet prints in the Strawberry Fizz fabric collection combined with old-fashioned quilt designs, today is your lucky day!  Two quilt kits I designed for Bluprint in Strawberry Fizz are on Bluprint's Maker's Black Friday Sale! And if you just love the fabric, this is the only way to get it since it's no longer available as yardage or precuts.

Last summer {2018}, I was asked to design two quilts that used a very specific group of fabrics - two sets of 9" x WOF strips, each with 19 prints in Strawberry Fizz.  

The first ...

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July 30, 2019
Enjoying The Great Outdoors with Mister Domestic's "Catch & Release" Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Mister Domestic takes us to the great outdoors with his newest collection, "Catch & Release." Inspired by trips with his family to their favorite fishing spots in Oregon, he captures the spirit of relaxing and unwinding in nature with these 12 prints. 

Catch & Release is a whimsy collection that’s for those who enjoy disconnecting and being present in the moment. From swirling, schools of fish to gorgeous mountain scenery, these prints are perfect for creating fishing-inspired quilts, weekender bags, plushies, or even fishing gear for all ages.


In this collection, you'll discover schools of cute fish, paddles, ladybugs, a ...

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July 26, 2019
Scrappy Patches Updated Pattern | Finished {or Not!} Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is a twin size Scrappy Patches quilt!  This pattern needed updated to reflect all of the things I have learned about writing patterns over the last few years, as well as a new cover quilt.  I made this quilt earlier this year and finally got it finished and the pattern rewritten this week.

Scrappy Patches includes 6 sizes from Baby to King and includes two lap sizes.  This is a strip-pieced pattern that goes together very ...

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July 20, 2019
It's My Day on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop 2019! from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my day in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2019!

The hop is filled with great ideas and patterns for gifts and decor you can make for Christmas, so you sure don’t want to miss it. You’ll find a list of participating blogs at the end of this post.

There’s also a giveaway—be sure to read to the end of this post so you can enter to win!


Thanks to our host, Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This hop has been wonderful thanks to you! Sarah is hosting a quilt along during ...

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July 15, 2019
My Latest Pattern for Timeless Treasures! from The Inquiring Quilter

As you know, I work with several fabric companies and often design quilt patterns for upcoming fabric collections. I recently created Serenity’s Prayer for Timeless Treasures.

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Serenity’s Prayer was created for the Serenity fabric collection.

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The design is simple yet striking and utilizes a panel for a quick finish.

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You can download the pattern for Serenity’s Prayer here. The Serenity fabric collection is in stores now.

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By the way…

I released a new pattern for Island Batik on Saturday—Broken Road. Take advantage of the 20% discount on Broken Road that I’m currently offering in my ...

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July 14, 2019
My Latest Pattern for Island Batik! from The Inquiring Quilter

I’m an Island Batik Ambassador and I often create patterns for their latest batik collections. Recently I created a new pattern I call Broken Road for the Petal Pushers Island Batik Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

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You can view Broken Road and (two other quilt patterns I designed for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection) in the online Island Batik Spring/Summer catalog. My other patterns in the catalog are in testing and will be released soon.

You will find the Petal Pushers fabric collection in your local quilt shop in the fall.

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Broken Road finishes at 60" x 72 ...

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July 6, 2019
Summer on the Porch Queen Quilt | Finished {or Not!} Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

First off, in celebration of the 4th, all quilt patterns are on sale in my pattern shop on Etsy.  Click here to save.  

My Finish is some #SecretSauceSewing!  I can finally show you Summer on the Porch, a two block design made from the sweetest floral fabrics in aqua, red, pink, green, and navy.  The quilt kit is available in twin and queen size, and this is the queen.

There is a story behind this quilt hanging on ...

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July 3, 2019
Christmas in July: Merry & Bright Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Anyone else preppin’ for the "most wonderful time of the year," a.k.a. Christmas in July?! 


I know a lot of us get a jump start on holiday sewing this month which is definitely a fun way to take a break from the summer heat, cool off in the air conditioning and get ahead on that big gift list. Handmade gifts definitely take time, especially when it comes to quilting! If you're searching for some fabric to use with your holiday-inspired projects, look no further! We got you covered with options. 


Introducing our first ever, holiday-inspired collective, “Merry ...

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July 2, 2019
Star Spangled Banner 5-pointed paper pieced star in 2 sizes: 6″ and 12″ from Wisonsin Quilting

Celebrate a bit of US history with your own 5-pointed star. Paper piecing gives you precise points and lets you easily adjust the background to your needs. The original Star Spangled Banner, sewed in 1813 by Mary Pickersgill originally had cotton stars measuring 24″ across. Purchase the 6 inch and 12 inch paper pieced stars for $5 and pass down some history for your own family. The stars themselves measure 5-1/2″ or 11″ from tip to tip. Blocks finish at 6″ and 12.”

Mary Pickersgill, a flag maker in Baltimore in 1813 was commissioned to sew a huge ...

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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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