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January 18, 2017
Quilt Challenge: “I’m a Sewciopath” & pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

My local traditional quilt guild put out a “Say it with Flowers” challenge: we had to make a quilt that incorporated text and at least three floral fabrics.

My husband and I recently read a whole lot about sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder to better understand some people we know. As I digested the reading at my sewing machine, a little pun popped into my head.

I'm A Sewciopath | Flying Parrot Quilts

My definition of a sociopath is one who prefers sewing machines to people, and who is incapable of feeling guilt about purchasing more fabric!

I'm A Sewciopath | Flying Parrot Quilts

The design is 36″ x 16″ and the text is ...

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FUSION mini from Butterfly Threads

I've resized the FUSION block from the original quilt into a mini version. If you would like to print copies of the paper pieced pattern that finishes in 2 1/2" blocks, it is free for download HERE.

And just in case you want to see the full size version, here it is hanging over the fence in my back yard. This version is found in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets.

Be sure to check out the other free downloads available here.

Enjoy every stitch!

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January 17, 2017
Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 4 from Sisboom

Indu of Kaleidothought is here with this lovely Shana Bell Sleeve tunic. The fabric color and fit look amazing on her. Read along to find out more.

Just for me January – Sisboom Pattern Co. Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be part of the Just for me January Blog tour hosted by Sisboom Pattern Company. This also happens to be my first post and first sewing project of the new year (yeah I’ve been slacking off) so hopefully that means I’ll be sewing a whole lot of clothes for myself this year.


I have never sewn with ...

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January 16, 2017
Introducing 11 Fabulous Designers and a Quilt-Along from Quilter Chic

We had a neighbor that hated us. It started out fine, with children of similar ages, and a lot of pleasant conversations. Over the years, there were a few minor incidents that always happen when you live near people. Kids arguing, a small fence issue, and their son continually walking into our house unannounced one summer. The tension just seemed to increase little by little.

Some time after that, the neighbor came over and told us that our daughter had scratched their truck with her bike. We were mortified, and my husband went to assess the damage. When he looked ...

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January 14, 2017
What I’m Working On from Heart Desire Creations


For quite some time I’ve wanted to do a postage stamp quilt – a true postage stamp with 1 inch finished squares. I pulled out a bunch of my Kaffe prints and found a neutral batik that I love. This is a wall hanging – another day I will do a larger one (maybe?). The arrangement is somewhat of a colorburst. I did have fun arranging all the pieces.


Now for the border. After sketching on paper and deciding on dimensions, Hubby put it in EQ for me so I could print out paper piecing patterns. The sewn piece on the ...

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January 13, 2017
Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 3 from Sisboom

Sewing By Ti has 3 awesome looks with our Carolina Mae – Check out her post!


Watcha Wearin’ January/Just for Me January/Day to Night Challenge- Sis Boom Carolina Mae

I love when a blog post can do double duty. Even better when it can go for QUINTUPLE duty! And today’s post is going to do just that.

#1- This is absolutely outfits that I have worn in January. Yes, I really do wear sleeveless dresses in January. Crazy much? Maybe, but I’ve yet to find a woven sleeved dress that doesn’t have a puff sleeve that ...

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My 1st Quilt Pattern featured in Stash Builder Box from A Quilted Passion

I'm super excited about my very first original quilt pattern, Straits and Arrows.

Straits and Arrows was designed exclusively for Stash Builder Box.  If you haven't heard of Stash Builder Box you can read about it by clicking any of the links in this post.

The pattern is already in production for the January Stash Builder Box .  And in fact, you only have a couple more days to order it, until January 14, 2017. Sorry for the short notice!   They will start shipping on January 15, 2017. Thank you Stash Builder Box for letting me a part of ...

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January 12, 2017
On a Case – Pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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This is my latest pattern for mug rugs and coasters. It is based on a famous character. And his not-less-famous companion.

On a Case is made with the applique method. I stitched the appliques by hand, but this could be done with a sewing machine. I made the quilting with a sewing machine. The binding was sewn with a sewing machine on top and by hand on the back. These steps can entirely be made by hand or with a sewing machine.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy Pattern Store. What material did I used to make it? Black ...

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January 11, 2017
Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 2 from Sisboom

The Sis Boom Just For Me Blog Tour rolls on. This time all the way from the Netherlands!!! We are thrilled for Miranda of the Insinration Blog be our stop today.

Today, I am part of the Sis Boom “Just for me January” blog tour. The title of the tour is rather self explanatory. We are all sewing something just for ourselves. I picked something I have been planning for a while but just did not get around to. A bit over a year ago I was part of a Sis Boom pattern tour for which I made this dress ...

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January 10, 2017
Custom Projects and Patterns #2 from Lovelea Designs

Hi Guys!

I am back with more custom projects created for Keepsake Quilting. Please note that I designed and wrote patterns for for these projects but I did not personally sew the samples. Also, I am not getting paid to share these nor do I get a commission if someone buys one I just want to share what I have been up to lately.

The first two projects I am sharing were made using the Country Manor fabric by Darlene Zimmerman. I was asked to design a large medallion quilt and possibly some pillow shams using the purple and green ...

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January 9, 2017
My First Round Robin from Heart Desire Creations


One of my New Year’s pledges was no new projects until a few bins are empty, charity and gift quilts excepted. I did decide to join a Round Robin with 3 other quilters. Did I break my pledge? Technically, NO! Several years ago I started a paper pieced star that has four sections and 14 pieces per section. A little over the top, don’t you think? I had two sections already done, scrappy style, and just completed the other two sections. I’ve put them together and added a border and I love it! Oh – so many ideas ...

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January 7, 2017
New Block of the Month for 2017 from Jinny's Corner

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For the last several years I have been offering a free block of the month quilt pattern to subscribers to our monthly newsletter.

A few months ago, we sent out a survey asking what type and style of project you would like to see for next year’s Block of the Month and we have taken your suggestions to heart. The most popular design ideas were:

  • Wall hanging
  • Medallion style
  • Piecing and appliqué
  • Mystery quilt

For 2017, we have listened and took your suggestions. Instead of a full size quilt, the project is smaller, only 47” x 47”. It is ...

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January 6, 2017
Just for ME January Blog Tour – The Dana Top Upcycled from Sisboom

By Amy of Anna’s Heirloom Boutique

Well, after a whirlwind Holiday Season of sewing for everyone else, how about a little Spring-inspired selfish sewing? And what better way than to join the annual “Just for ME January” event at SisBoom?

Every year, SisBoom devotes the entire month of January to focus on women’s sewing with a blog tour, featuring their patterns. Today is the first day and I am the lucky one that gets to kickstart this fun event that is sure to inspire some fresh new looks for the new year!


Of course, being a new year ...

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January 5, 2017
I’m a Guest Designer for Patchwork Posse! from The Inquiring Quilter

Last year, Becky from Patchwork Posse invited me to be a guest designer for her exclusive online quilt group, the International Association of Quilters. As you can see, I'm in great company!

The International Association of Quilters is similar to other quilt guilds, except that it meets online. How cool is that? It costs $35 to join the IAQ for a year. With your membership, you get:

  • Exclusive patterns including a monthly guest designer pattern, sampler block of the month, folk art sampler, and an additional monthly pattern (pincushion, doll or plushie, mini quilt, pillow, and so on)
  • Monthly ...

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January 1, 2017
Chocolatier Block of the Month Club - January from Gen X Quilters

Happy New Year! The big day to kickoff the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club is here.  I am excited to make a new flavor ("skittles") Chocolatier along with you. Here's to a new year and a new adventure.

What's your favorite flavor?
Modern Milk (top left), Dipped Strawberry (top right), Cherry Cordial (bottom left), and Skittles (bottom right)

Today, the Month #1 Block Pattern for Chocolatier is now available.

Generally, we will be making 2 blocks each month.  This first month is one of the exceptions.  This month we are making the 4 star blocks that appear ...

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Just for Me Ladies Blog Tour and a PDF Pattern Sale! from Sisboom

Thank you for an amazing 2016!!! We hope you had a year of love, joy, peace and wonderful sewing and craft projects. We are looking forward to 2017 with our upcoming Sunny Isle release and few new Sis Boom endeavors we will be announcing soon.

We are kicking of 2017 with an awesome PDF pattern sale and blog tour. The PDF pattern sale runs January 1st to January 7th. Use code JUSTFORME2017 in our Pattern Shop or in our Etsy store.

Then, join us for the first day of our blog tour on January 4th as Denise of DIY Crush ...

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December 31, 2016
2017 Goals from Patterns by Jen

Last year I posted a list of goals for 2016. I want to revisit those goals and then share some new ones for 2017 with you.

2016 Goals
1) Publish 6 patterns -
The Picnic Quilt, Star Light, Star Bright Sampler, Criss Crossing, Frayed Edges, Winter Cheer, and even though Seaside Steps is in the Feb/Mar 2017 issue, it did technically come out in Dec 2016.
I think we'll call that good.

2) Schedule 4 trunk shows - 
Ummmmm, nope. Not a one. That is totally on  my shoulders, since I didn't even go out and try. 

3) Get ...

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December 29, 2016
Panda Quilt from Seams Like Rain

i just finished a lap quilt for my sister for Christmas (Our family get together was today, so done just in the nick of time.  Here's a picture:
My sewing machine's foot pedal broke part way through, so I had to use the Start/Stop button for the rest of the quilt.  It was challenging on some of the applique pieces, a lot of starting and stopping on the curves.  I decided to do straight lines for the quilting so that I wouldn't have to start and stop as much.  I think it turned out cute - hard ...

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December 28, 2016
Batik Party!! from Heart Desire Creations

batik-party-4-heartscreations-largeLove, love, love batiks – and I have four bins of batiks to prove it! A while back I decided to do a scrappy batik after having seen a quilt a member of my guild did using scraps. I started this quilt at a quilt camp (here) I attended in October and finally got back to it at home last month. It is totally scrappy – no plan with colors and was done as a “leader-ender” project. Although the pieces are somewhat small, it finished rather quickly.

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I was happy with it, but once I hung it outside – Wow! That’s when ...

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December 22, 2016
Sis Boom Quilted Coasters from Sisboom

It’s almost the holidays and Sew 4 Home has a great last minute holiday project idea. These darling coasters use our Spring 2016 Color Brigade. Sew up a few as hostess gifts or for the tea and coffee drinkers in your life.

Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters
Editor: Liz Johnson


Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set ...

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