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March 29, 2020
Because Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain!! from Kitty and Me Designs

Normally, I like to release several new designs at one time.  Under the circumstances at this time however, I thought we could all use a rainbow to remind us that every storm eventually runs out of rain!

This is my latest in the Colorful Cats series of Cross Stitch patterns.  What do you think of Rainbow?

Available as printed pattern leaflets and as instant digital PDF downloads in my Etsy shop.  Or, ask your favorite needlework retail stores to stock my patterns!!

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March 27, 2020
Happy Scrappy QAL: Cross Block + Ribbon Block from Blossom Heart Quilts

Welcome to the Happy Scrappy quilt along! This is your low-key, casual, creative therapy, quilty distraction from what’s going on in the world this year. For all the details, you can read yesterday’s blog post that provides more info on how this QAL is being run, but here’s the quick rundown:

  • The Happy Scrappy QAL will be run right here on my blog, and go for about a month
  • It’s a mystery quilt designed to use up some scraps, so get scrap-bin digging and don’t overthink the process
  • Every 2-3 days I’ll be posting ...

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March 23, 2020
The Happy Scrappy Quilt QAL from Blossom Heart Quilts

So. This is quite the time going on, hey?! Never has this world felt so small than when we are globally dealing with the same crisis that is COVID-19. We are all dealing with the cancellation of big things in life – school, trips, birthday parties, concerts, etc. Life feels full of The Unknown, not quite sure what’s happening next and where our next roll of toilet paper will come from! When there is lots of The Unknown happening, it causes anxiety and a lot of restless, nervous mental and emotional energy.

Last week, I took all that restless and ...

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March 21, 2020
Do you want some Quilt Day Fun! from Pat Sloan's Blog

**** Crazy Quilty March - Challenge 21 ***

If you are joining me from the Shop tour, thank you for stopping in!!!  I hope you will join my sew alongs and my online community!


For Crazy Quilty March Challenge 21 is to Sew on International Quilt Day!

** What's below:

  • Scrap Happy Little Wishes Block download - Make this block or sew on a project you want to do
  • Designer Shop Hop - Get the first List to hop today!
  • Hang ...

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March 20, 2020
Patchwork Tea Quilt from Ellyn's Place

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to have the opportunity to test out Jessica's newest pattern, the Patchwork Tea Quilt. I made one block, which was lots of fun! I plan to make more blocks to add to it down the road.

One clever part of this block that I love is the addition of some bits of selvage stitched to each tag. I had a blast digging through my selvages deciding what to use on mine. Then I found this one and it was perfect!

If you're looking for a fun pattern I highly recommend ...

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March 16, 2020
Modern Quilts at Mountain QuiltFest from Carol Lyles Shaw

I had a great time teaching at Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge Tennessee this month.  I taught five modern quilt classes and gave a lecture, “What Makes a Modern Quilt?”. Several of the classes used patterns from my book, Madly Modern Quilts . The Fibonacci pattern  and the X block pattern can be purchased here. [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Modern Quilts at Mountain QuiltFest appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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My Two New Patterns for Dear Stella from The Inquiring Quilter

I often design patterns for fabric companies, and recently I designed two patterns for new fabric collections by Dear Stella.

The first pattern is called Sonoran, and it was designed for the Desert Bloom collection.

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Sonoran is designed to use a mix of prints and solids, and you could make it using any favorite collection. Here it is in “Flights of Fancy” by Moda.

Sonoran Flights of Fancy.JPG

Sonoran makes a wonderful lap quilt, finishing at 62” x 72”.

My other new pattern features the Mythical collection by Dear Stella, and it ...

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March 13, 2020
Meet Mariposa - a New Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

This is Mariposa, a new quilt pattern in four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  I love the subtle designs that are created where the blocks meet.  

Mariposa came about doodling in my quilt design software with an upcoming fabric collection.  Sometimes quilt designs come to mind already planned, and some come about by playing with quilt blocks, adding sashing compared to no sashing, and dropping fabrics in and out.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Mariposa
Size:  72" x 91"
All Fabric:  Maison Rouge, a fabric collection from Connecting Threads.
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton/poly
Quilting:  Moulin Rouge on Gratitude ...

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Lovely Heart Quilt Pattern from A Quilting Life

Lovely Heart Quilt featured by Top US Quilting Blog A Quilting Life: image of Lovely quilt

Hello and happy Friday. I hope that all is well with you and your family as we enter into some pretty uncharted territory here over the next few weeks. At home, we are finishing up our move this weekend. And I’m also trying to get a couple of my Balboa quilts off to the quilter! […]

The post Lovely Heart Quilt Pattern appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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March 12, 2020
Everyone’s a Kid Floor Cushions and Toss Pillows (part 2 of 2) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today it’s time for part 2 of 2 in the “how to make cushions” tutorial! In this image, I’ve sewn the boxing strip–the bit on the edges/sides (black Galaxy fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics, Spring 2020) to one of the squares (top and bottom) to make sure I’ve got the fit right. Looks pretty good! The top on this one is the SuperFred fabric in gray (with this fun fox named Fred and a robot named Mike). Those glorious solids (SWOON) are part of the Cotton Couture collection. Colors are Acid (left), Yellow (top), Apricot ...

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March 11, 2020
Mandalynn Queen Quilt in Celeste! from Busy Hands Quilts

Photo Credit Connecting Threads
Meet Mandalynn, a bold star pattern that pairs perfectly with Celeste, a bold fabric collection from Connecting Threads!  This pattern requires three hues of four different colorways along with a print to tie them all together, and Celeste meets those requirements perfectly.  Of course, it would be fantastic to make this from the stash because finding three hues of four colors won't be a problem there.

This is on my to-do list with a rainbow of batiks in the twin size.  Just yesterday I purchased the floral print that will tie them all together, so ...

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March 9, 2020
Everyone’s a Kid Floor Cushions and Toss Pillows (part 1 of 2) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today’s projects are floor cushions and toss pillows from Michael Miller’s adorable new fabric line, SuperFred and Space Pals. As soon as I saw them I knew I’d love to make some floor cushions for my daughter-in-law’s Kindergarten classroom! You can find part 2 here as of March 12, 2020.

Pigwidgeon was asleep in front of the wood stove but allowed me to move him to another comfy spot to be my model. I am a Michael Miller 2020 Brand Ambassador for 2020, for which this is a monthly project. I’m also a Janome Artisan ...

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March 3, 2020
Party Pie Pattern + Kit from Blossom Heart Quilts

Last year, I had great fun designing some exclusive quilt patterns for Connecting Threads, and the first one is now out!

Drunkards Path mini quilt pattern

Party Pie is a 24″ mini quilt that uses a charm pack and a couple of fat quarters of background to create a fun checkered pattern with a sprinkling of pies… I mean, circles. Quartered circles.

Drunkards Path mini quilt pattern

For those outside Australia, party pies are a classic party food here in Australia. They are mini meat pies – beef and gravy baked inside flaky pastry, then usually smothered in tomato sauce. There’s no baking involved in making this mini quilt, though ...

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February 29, 2020
Teeny Tiny Heart Postcard Construction using new Foundation Tools from On Point Quilter

Last week, I shared drafting a postcard quilt that had a heart, in a heart, in a heart.  If you would like to create this pattern for yourself, please check out the EQ8 tutorial in last weeks bog.  
Teeny Tiny Heart Postcard Designed in EQ8 by Kari Schell
I mentioned I had purchased a couple of new items for foundation piecing and decided to try they out when constructing the postcard quilt. 
  • See my review of  Foundation Stuff compared to the newsprint I typically use.   
  • Plus, see how to use the Triple-Duty 8" Seam Allowance Guide in constructing the Teeny ...

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February 28, 2020
Simplicity Throw Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

This week I finished a Simplicity quilt in Throw size, a super happy HST quilt in a variety of fabric collections.  This quilt pattern includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The HSTs are larger in the larger size quilts so they go together quicker.  I've done all the math for you, so you can grab your fabrics (even scraps!) and go!

I've had this extra-wide backing in my stash for quite some time, and now and again the perfect quilt comes along to match just right.  :)

And striped binding?  Yes, please!  Stripes make my favorite ...

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Meet Annabelle - a New Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Annabelle couldn't be sweeter than with the beautiful blues from Botanical Blue, a new fabric collection by  Connecting Threads.  This quilt pattern includes four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is yardage friendly.  This quilt is made from varying shades of blues, but it could also be made with two hues of two different colors along with a background and accent color.  

To celebrate Annabelle, she is on sale in my pattern shop this weekend!  Click here to get her!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Annabelle, available right here.
Size:  54" x 72", Throw
Fabric:  Botanical Blue from Connecting Threads ...

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February 25, 2020
How to Quilt Twisted Loops-with Jana Malanikova from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today we are going to learn how to quilt Twisted Loops! It is a real treat to showcase the extremely talented quilter and seamstress Jana Malanikova from the Czech Republic! Jana has several sewing machines, but she does a lot of her free motion quilting on a treadle sewing machine! I first…

The post How to Quilt Twisted Loops-with Jana Malanikova appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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February 23, 2020
Rockin’ Retro Apron, Part 3 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today we’ll wrap up the last steps in this fun apron. Get ready to make a Kitschy Cocktail wearing the cutest apron ever to cover a frock. Enjoy a nice sip, preferably with a little paper umbrella! Make mine a pina colada, please!
For the blogpost for Part 1 of this pattern, click here.
For the blogpost for Part 2 of this pattern, click here.
To download a Free-in-2020 PDF pattern with ALL the instructions and images, click here.

The Rockin’ Retro Apron in Kitschy Couture by #MichaelMiller Fabrics. The fabric was provided as part of the Michael Miller ...

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February 21, 2020
Winter Solstice Rainbow Throw Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

This week's finish is a Winter Solstice Throw quilt in a rainbow of Peppered Cottons.  The gray chains are made with two shades of gray for added texture.  These quilt blocks were made to test the pattern last spring, and they were set aside until this week.

Winter Solstice has been kitted by Connecting Threads in Faux Linen, a lovely textured-looking fabric in solid-ish colors.  Our color schemes are very similar which is amazing since I was just using a fat quarter bundle I had on hand.
Photo credit Connecting Threads

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February 20, 2020
Scrappy Patches Twin Quilt in Nautical Prints! from Busy Hands Quilts

Another finish from 2019 was a twin size Scrappy Patches in nautical fabrics.  This quilt is the new cover for my Scrappy Patches pattern.

If you're looking for a jelly roll pattern that looks very random but is actually all planned out with no guesswork on how it goes together, Scrappy Patches is for you.  It is entirely strip pieced and goes together very quickly - an added bonus!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Scrappy Patches, available here.
Size:  60" x 83"
Fabric:  On Deck, from Bluprint, available right here.
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton/poly
Backing:  Red quatrefoil on white ...

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