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May 5, 2015
HMQS 2015 ~ Design Challenge from quiltscapes

Did I mention how much I love the Home Machine Quilting Show??  Here I am, even now, helping on the crew so the quilts can get hung for the show. We'll work non-stop for the next three days to put the quilt show together behind the scenes, and oh!  I really can't wait to see all of the quilts in the Riley Blake Designs fabric challenge this year.  Of course, I had to participate!

"Isabella's Bonnets"

Quilts in this design challenge are put on display for the Home Machine Quilting Show's duration.  And on Saturday, May ...

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Quilts for Kids from 3 am Inspiration

So excited to be included in Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Kids Quilts! I love making quilts for my kids–they’re my inspiration for a lot of my quilting projects. This quilt Dinosaur Footprints, was inspired by my “big kid” who is now 17, and has always held a fascination for dinosaurs. We had absolutely every plastic dinosaur he could get his hands on, visited every museum that had a display even remotely related and knew the names by heart. You try reading those as bedtime stories! When he found out he would have to leave home to go ...

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May 3, 2015
Material Girl Quilts Pattern Shop is open! from Material Girl Quilts

I’ve been spending some time these last few weeks finalizing some of my patterns and have opened up a new Pattern Shop!  You can find my new shop through the link in the menu bar or the button on the right side of the page.  I have learned over the last couple of years that my work and personal life just don’t seem to leave much time for an online fabric shop, so the Etsy store is closed (for the time being).

Below are the first five patterns available in the shop via pdf download (click on any ...

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New Window Dressing! from Bear Patch Quilting

We have spruced up a lot of things at the store within the last week, hanging dozens of new samples on display.  Many of them were new class quilts, which I will compile into another post real soon.  What I am showing today are the lovely baby and child quilts that our employees have made to entice and inspire you!  If I count correctly, there are 13 samples of an assortment of patterns.  
Most of them also have kits available using the same fabric that was used in our sample.

We even have Paddington Bear on hand to watch over ...

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May 1, 2015
Weekend Workshop: Scrap Happy from Inside Quilters Newsletter

DSCN3405 1024x768 Weekend Workshop: Scrap Happy

scrappy 1940s bow tie quilt

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work,” meaning that when people respond strongly to a quilt, they may think they’re doing so because they love the colors, while in reality what they’re probably drawn to is the contrast between light, medium and dark. And nowhere do you see this maxim at work more than in a scrap quilt. When the quiltmaker places fabrics just right, you see the overall design with just enough visual dissonance that tells you you’re looking at a ...

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Ripple {a finished quilt and publication!} from Material Girl Quilts

Let me introduce you to Ripple…

Ripple quilt

I have had this guy sketched out for a year or so and finally was able to put it into fabric :)  I love the mix of low volume black and whites and aquas against the striking black sketch background.  My son claimed this as his new bed quilt and thankfully he still lets me snuggle in bed with him, because I just love it.

Ripple quilt on bridge

This guy is also featured in the current issue of Make Modern Magazine!  It’s a great new digital magazine for quilters and this particular issue contains a lot of ...

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Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt.

Scrappy Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
12 Color Wheel Blocks.
48 Foundation paper pieced arcs.
384 patchwork pieces.
Each finished Color Wheel Block measures 17" x 17".
The finished quilt measures 51 inches x 68 inches.

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

Home! Sweet Home! April has been such a crazy busy month with travel, TEACHING CLASSES AT SEWTOPIA, CHICAGO! (the most amazing experience yet in my quilting journey, and I hope to have some photos to share with you soon), long haul flights and now a lingering dose of jet lag.  

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

It does feel good to be back in my "normal" work space, playing with ...

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April 30, 2015
Skopelos Fabrics Blog Hop – Skopelos Tiles! from Kathleen Quilts

I was SOOO excited when Katarina asked me to be a part of the Skopelos blog hop! I love Katarina’s fabric SO MUCH and so any opportunity to work with them I am up for. Plus, an excuse to actually use my sewing machine — I’ve been doing so much longarming that this is the only quilt I’ve pieced since November!! Crazyness.

4So here is the quilt! I was teasing it on Instagram as I was working on it! I think it turned out awesome.

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This photo (above)  is at Pooh Stick Bridge. There is a Winnie the ...

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Spring Bloom Makers Blog Hop and Giveaway from Better Off Thread

Spring Bloom Blog Hop, Spring Bloom By Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

It’s my day in the Spring Bloom Makers Blog hop and I’m so excited to reveal the quilt I have been working on!  Bella Caronia’s Spring Bloom is Amanda Caronia’s first fabric line with Windham Fabrics and it is lovely.

I met Amanda at an LAMQG meeting and we instantly bonded over being California transplants and former 705 Costumers (that’s the local union for TV and movie costumers).  I was really excited when she asked if I would design a quilt for her new fabric line.

I love Spring Bloom’s variety of colors and ...

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April 29, 2015
Starry Night Quilt from Better Off Thread

I was recently asked to design a quilt for Jennifer Sampou’s upcoming Shimmer II fabric line.  I loved her original Shimmer fabrics, and the new colors are even more beautiful.

The metallic print fabrics have a wonderful balance between traditional and modern tastes, so I wanted to design a more traditional block-based quilt with a modern flair.

Starry Night Quilt pattern by Janice Ryan, featuring Shimmer II by Jennifer Sampou

Starry Night measures 51″ x 62-1/2″ and is partially paper pieced.  The piecing is simple, so the blocks go together pretty quickly.  I love the optical illusion created when several blocks are sewn together.

Starry Night Quilt pattern by Janice Ryan, featuring Shimmer II by Jennifer Sampou

The pattern will be available in June ...

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April 28, 2015
Get Hoppin' to TCQ! from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone!

We are getting really excited for the The Twin Cities Shop Hop at the end of the week!

Thursday, April 30th through Saturday, May 2nd.  

9am - 9pm on Thursday and Friday

9am - 5pm on Saturday

Here are our two kits made up for the completion pattern.  Bees and Succulents are our theme fabrics.

Bee Buzz2

Succulent pic


We also have a pattern for our Log Cabin Boxes and Stripy Hot Pads:

Log Cabin  Hot Pad

This year our school house tool really inspired us!  Here are the quilts and patterns to look forward to:


Americana pic



Open Season

Open Season pic



Twist & Turn

Twist Pic



Up & Down in color and black and ...

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Bright Lights, Big City Quilt and a Giveaway from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

I finally finished this quilt and pattern called Bright Lights, Big City the other day. (b/c it reminds me of a skyline. Or color crayons. But mostly a skyline.) ;) It started out with this Riley Blake solids FQ pack, and a few Riley Blake neon prints that I found online. Then I used some Triangles on a Roll paper to make the QSTs which I had never tried before, and it worked out

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April 27, 2015
Monday, Monday from Butterfly Threads

Honestly I spent so much time sewing this weekend that I was too tired to blog! Remember that crazy list I shared last week? Of course I didn't get all of those things done, but I did manage to make progress! That and I did five loads of laundry. 

Luna was not at all impressed by my business. She thinks I should spend more time filling her food bowl. I did give her some extra food on Saturday and she thanked me by barfing on the sofa. TMI? Just keeping it real folks.

I did get most of the ...

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Charming Chevrons Pattern Makeover – Now Available in 4 Sizes from Christa Quilts

Exciting news! I’m updating all of my patterns, and I just finished the first one! Charming Chevrons is now available in 4 sizes: Lap, Throw, Twin, and Queen.


 Purchase the PDF version of Charming Chevrons here.

 Thanks to the fabulous graphic design work of Design by Lindsie, I’ve checked off something that has been on my to-do list for literally 10 years!!

Charming Chevrons is currently available as a PDF, but as we speak, I’m also getting them professionally printed so that quilt shops can carry them, too! (Just email me for wholesale pricing if you are ...

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April 24, 2015
Weekend Workshop: Hand Applique Your Way from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Way back when, like in the late 20th century, I took a class on hand applique and ended up with this quilt.

applique quilt detail 1024x916 Weekend Workshop: Hand Applique Your Way

detail of hand-appliqued quilt made (but not designed) by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Aside from one of the long stems that was first stitched to the background by machine and finished by hand, the whole thing is hand appliqued, mostly with the classic freezer paper-and-thread-basting technique. I won’t lie, it was time consuming — I finished the reverse-appliqued border months after the class ended, and then it sat around for a few years until I added two more rounds ...

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I can die happy!!! from Sisboom

Hey that’s me on the cover of my own thread box!!  Thank you Aurifil!!  I feel like the luckiest girl alive and to think I get to share the cover with George of customer service.  My life keeps getting better.   A big shout out to all the other designers I share the stage with and all of the peeps that keep our thread at the ready.  We love Aurifil and love the colors so perfect for your next Sis Boom Sew.  So get your 40 weight thread this summer and tell them I sent you!!!  I hope I get ...

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Lookie, lookie! from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Someone is actually in the process of making my Castles on the Horizon quilt that was featured on the Moda Bake Shop in November.  My online friend Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter is stitching up this one.  Lookie at the pic she just shared with me.
I can't tell you how thrilling it is to see someone making my quilt...the one little ole me designed. It certainly gives me the confidence to design more patterns and hopefully it won't be too much long before I'm able to release my first one for sale.

Thank you Lesley ...

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April 23, 2015
A Pattern for My Small Handbags from France Nadeau

I have just published a pattern for the small handbag I have been making repeatedly for the last year. I wrote a pattern in English and a pattern in French. Both versions are available in my Craftsy Pattern Store. I have added, below, … Continue reading

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April 22, 2015
Featured Designer: Meet Cary Flanagan from Quiltwoman Blog

“Jack of all trades” is a fairly apt description for quilt designer Cary Flanagan. From jewelry to music to dance, to pottery, plus a stint raising pigs, (not to mention renovating a 140-year-old house and barn and a 20-year career in social services) she has tried it all! As quilters and quilt lovers, we’re thrilled that Cary has found a home in the quilt world, creating beautiful designs that we all can use. Keep reading to learn more about Cary and Something Sew Fine.


Cary with her “Moon Dance” quilt in the background; it’s the cover quilt for ...

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April 16, 2015
My First Donated Quilt from A Thought in Every Thread


    I’m so happy to share my very first donated quilt with everyone! WOW! It feels so good to finish something so amazing and then to donate it to a well deserving place! This pattern is called, “Swoon” and it is sold by Thimble Blossom’s.  You can purchase the pattern at the link below.  I absolutely loved how this quilt turned out! Not only did it turn out beautifully, but I was able to complete it with an amazing co-worker.  BONUS! I must say though, I was pretty nervous about cutting shapes that weren’t rectangles or squares! Ha ...

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