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September 23, 2016
Falling Stars {a New Quilt Pattern!} + Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

Meet Falling Stars, my newest quilt pattern!  Instructions are written for 6 sizes from baby to king!  Larger HSTs are used as the quilts get larger, so the bed size quilts don't take forever with a zillion tiny HSTs!!  You'll finish it faster!

The cover quilt is a Large Lap.  The pattern comes with a Small Lap size for children or shorter people {like me!} and a Large Lap size for you tallies.  This quilt was made with Kona Cotton HSTs.  They made ...

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September 19, 2016
September? Really? from Buzzing and Bumbling

New! Give Thanks
I can't believe it is September and fall begins on Thursday! How did that happen? I have been super busy giving presentations, teaching classes, and working on rethinking my patterns. I am going bigger, better, clearer, and with lots of pictures. That means that I have to remake the quilt to not only evaluate the pattern, but to take photos at every step. Not a quick thing to do!

New! Let It Snow!
The renovation is coming along. My sewing room is almost finished, but we still have the cutting table to do and the baseboards ...

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Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag – Free Pattern from Sisboom

Hurry up November! We are over the moon with the new Hotel Frederiksted line and can’t wait for its arrival in stores this fall (probably early to mid November). If you have a few moments, take a peek at our video on the Hotel Frederiksted collection. It’s filled with amazing clothing, quilting and decor inspiration by a few special sewists and quilters in the Sis Boom Sisterhood.

We also wanted to show you this lovely patchwork tote bag and give you the Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag Pattern for free. Finished size is 19 X 14 and it has ...

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More Fun at the NC Mountain State Fair from From My Carolina Home

More fun at the NC Mountain State Fair began with the crafting competitions. I worked so long on this set of crewel ornaments last fall, and was thrilled to find them hanging in the crafting competition area with a red second place ribbon.

State Fair 2016 - crewel ornaments

This was baby animals day, and we were lucky to get to the Mooternity Ward mere moments after the birth of this adorable little guy. Mom was busily licking him clean, and he was struggling to stand just a few minutes later. We were told that the little ones usually manage to stand between 30 minutes and ...

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Daughter’s Love {Pattern Release} from Factotum of Arts

This pattern, “Daughter’s Love” is now in my Payhip and Craftsy shop. The pattern includes this size 70 x 70″,  a proposed color layout, and also provides suggestions for 60 x 60″ (small lap-sized quilt), 40 x 50″ (Baby Quilt), 20 x 20″ (mini quilt or pillow). img_6747

This pattern is so special to me and is a chance to give back. All proceeds for this quilt, over the next month, will be given to the Cancer Society New Zealand, who provides accommodation and support for New Zealander’s during treatments (all fees will be covered by myself). If funds ...

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September 18, 2016
taking the plunge . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This past year has been a year of taking breaks.  Breaks from my blog, breaks from a lot of Nook time . . . and breaks from the guild.  I took the entire last year off from guild (our guild year runs from September through August), and all of the 'serving' that goes with it!  I tried to take a break from just the serving, but quickly saw that it needed to be an "all or nothing" thing.  

That being said, the first meeting of the 2016-2017 guild year was last Thursday, and there was a national guest speaker.  
Lisa Bongean came to ...

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September 16, 2016
Craftsy's September Supplies Sale Starts Today! from Curlicue Creations

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Heads up!  Today starts Craftsy's September Supplies Sale!  It's National Sewing Month, and Craftsy has a gorgeous variety of fabrics, kits, and notions on sale - now through September 18th.
Shopping the Craftsy sale couldn't be easier - and if you've never tried Craftsy before, you can sign up for a free profile.  They also offer free mini classes, perfect to try and see how much fun it is to learn online at Craftsy.
Let's go shop!  Here's a quick link to visit the sale:  September Supplies Sale!

Have a super ...

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September 15, 2016
The Road to Heber Valley, Utah! "Road Home" Row-Along from quiltscapes

Hello, and welcome to my stop along the "Road Home" Row-Along Blog Tour today!

I'm happy to join 40 other wonderful quiltmakers and bloggers to give a little glimpse of our "Road Home" and share free patterns on this hop.  Marian @ Seams To Be Sew and Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy are hosting, and they've rounded up fabulous giveaways too!

Heber Valley is a beautiful mountain valley, nestled on the east side of the Wasatch range of the Rocky Mountains, about an hour from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. This is the view that greets me every time I ...

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September 14, 2016
Summer Solstice Quilt Along {Top Finished!} + GIVEAWAY - Win 5 of My Quilt Patterns! from Busy Hands Quilts

Can I just say, YES!

Summer Solstice is perhaps the most beautiful quilt I've ever made - right up there with GRAVITY!

Thank you sincerely to all of you who encouraged me to take the time to add a border to Summer Solstice.  The borders made all the difference!  I also decided to add sashing between the blocks, and that went a long way in calming down the madness.  

This quilt was made as part of the Summer Solstice Quilt Along designed by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  The blocks are 24" with 3" sashing and three 3" borders for a ...

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Rosewood Lane {Lori's Quilt in My Pattern!} + Win This Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Somewhere I came across this Rosewood Lane quilt made by Lori.  My apologies, Lori, I do not remember where I saw it to give you credit!  This shows the pattern works well with a couple of prints mixed with a few solids.

Rosewood Lane is available for purchase in my shop!  The pattern includes instructions for 6 sizes from wall hanging to king and uses fat quarters.  It would also be easy to substitute yardage.

 You can win 5 of my PDF quilt patterns during The Road Home Row Along over at Tweety Loves Quilting, September 13-20!  Go HERE to ...

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Hill N Hollow Quilt Guild from Butterfly Threads

Last week I took this tiny plane to Springfield, Missouri. I then rented a car and drove 2.5 hours to Mountain Home, Arkansas. I had a fun filled week of workshops and guild presentations planned.

These are some of the sweet quilters that attended the first day of workshops when we made the Under The Mistletoe pattern. 

It also happened to be my 50th birthday, so they gave me a cake and sang to me. I did mention how sweet they were right? Such a fun bunch!

And look what a great job they did! One person made a ...

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September 13, 2016
Downtown Houses – Block 7 with a pattern from France Nadeau

Downtown Houses block 7 - pattern at

I find this house whimsical with the vine growing on the front door and the roof. Because of this vine, and despite the dark and traditional burgundy bricks of the wall, the house has a joyous air. The garden also reflects this duality between seriousness and amusement: paved but curved walkway, symmetrical but dotty bushes, straight line of flowers along the wall but flowers scattered on the grass.

The pattern is available in French and in English in my Craftsy Pattern Store. This pattern has 7 pages and includes instructions about cutting the appliques, a guide for positioning the appliques ...

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Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud9 New Block Hop! First, my sincere thanks to Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie who organized the hop, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow. There are 60+ bloggers participating, so you'll want to visit them all and pick up your free 12" block patterns! You'll find a list of links at the end of this post. Also, be sure to visit Cheryl, Yvonne, and Stephanie for a chance to win some lovely organic fabrics from Cloud9!

Here are the fabrics being featured in the hop.

Let me introduce you to this curated ...

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How To Make a Quilt Using a Quilt Panel from Blossom Heart Quilts

This year has been full of firsts for me, and this month, that has included sewing a quilt using a quilt panel. But not just any quilt panel, and not a licensed character in sight </p>
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September 12, 2016
Abstract Triangles {Pattern Release} from Factotum of Arts

It has been a long time coming, but I have finally started to finish off a few patterns that I had planned to release over the summer.


The first pattern, I am releasing is “Abstract Triangles”. This is the first of three in the series, with the other two being released in November. This design is one of my favorites. It was inspired by the Bauhaus art movement and by succulents. The pattern is a little different as it combines some exact measurements with some “free” piecing (no measurements provided, but instructions on how to trim). This pillow or mini ...

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Single Rose Cards – Made with Crafted Appliqué from France Nadeau

Single Rose Cards - made with crafted appliqué -

While making the Single Rose Mini Mini Quilts with Lara’s Crafted Appliqué method (Buzzin Bumble), it occurred to me that those roses would make beautiful cards. I have various pre-cut cardboard cards and I found two in the right colors and sizes. With the Crafted Appliqué method, it was easy to sew the flowers unto the cards (with my sewing machine), as all the appliqué pieces stayed well into place while I was sewing. Needless to say that I can not use pins with cardboard. Easy and fast. 🙂

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The pattern for the roses comes from my pattern Tea in ...

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September 10, 2016
Strips Make Quick Work! from Heart Desire Creations

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This is my second quilt with this fabric line. The first was gifted and my guess this one will go into my quilt collection or may very well be a gift to someone in the future.


I started out by cutting 2 1/2″ strips using my Big Kick Pro. I used to be such a snob about these cutting machines, but now eat my words. Not only do they make quick work of what can sometimes be a tedious chore, they make totally accurate cuts! No more slipping an eighth of an inch and saying not so nice words ...

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September 8, 2016
Mary Fancy Sash Dress Part Deux from Sisboom

Merav, of Baby Hobbes Design, is back again and shows you how she did the
reverse scoop curve on her Mary Fancy Sash Dress. The fabric used for this project is Sophia and Terrie, both in Green from the Hotel Frederiksted collection due out in November. Girl’s World patterns are only available as paper patterns in the back of the book, so make sure you grab yourself a copy off Amazon. It’s filled with 21 amazing projects for girls of all ages. As always, thanks Merav for all you do for Sis Boom. Make sure to follow Merav ...

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Blossom Heart Quilts + Pattern Jam Quilt Tops from Blossom Heart Quilts

I shared a while ago about my partnering up with Pattern Jam to offer quilting top designs by me. Pattern Jam is an amazing website that offers quilt design software, and now also customisable quilt top designs that are then sent to you as a digitally-printed panel of fabric.

Bunting quilt top

I have several quilt top designs on offer at Pattern Jam. Diamond Dash is a fun one that can be customised into colours you like, or go themed to create a holiday quilt!

Diamond Dash quilt options

And then Bunting is a classic one, stringing triangles across your quilt top. I have had the chance ...

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The Road Home to Colorado - My Day from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Hello, It's my turn
to hit the dusty trail  on the "Road Home"!!

Welcome to my home,

I have lived here all of my life and know no
other state.
From my front door, I can walk and

see utter beauty.

Which inspired me to create this...

Our beautiful mountains and the picturesque plains.
This row is 12 1/2" x 36 1/2".

The pattern will be available for free - Here
at my Craftsy shop now through October 16, 2016.

Those wheat pieces are a little labor intensive,
but so worth it in the end.

Thanks to ...

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