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April 1, 2015
Five hour bed quilt sneak peak from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Five-hour bed quilt, Moda, Color Theory, layer cake, quilt pattern

I’ve been working on a new pattern and wanted to share a sneak peak with you all today. The entire quilt top went together in five hours from start to finish.

The speed is thanks to using a layer cake, which cuts down significantly on the prep time and a speedy construction technique. Plus since the pieces are so large, and there isn’t much precision required, it sews up really quickly. The top measures 70 x 84 inches which is large enough for a twin or full-sized bed, and you could easily add a border to make it ...

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Flash Sale on Patterns, Monday and Tuesday Only! from Freshly Pieced

It's spring break in my neck of the woods, and Michigan State is somehow in the Final Four, and I'm in a good mood, so I'm putting my patterns on sale! SORRY, THE SALE IS NOW OVER.

Today and tomorrow only, all PDF patterns are just $5.99.* I don't do this very often—my last site-wide sale was almost a year and a half ago! So if you've been eyeing any of my patterns, now's the time. : )

*Please note that the Summer Sampler Series Anthology is not included in ...

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March 30, 2015
double pocket pouch from comfortstitching

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Life has been busy with lots of non sewing, non quilty, non creative life stuff.  So I had to find an excuse to get myself into the sewing room and work on something.  I miss sewing!

So say hello to the Double Pocket Pouch  I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while - a folio style pouch that opens up to reveal zippered pockets and everything can be kept all neat and in its place. It took some time to get it to look the way I wanted, lots of trial and error involved in dreaming ...

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March 27, 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation from Red Pepper Quilts

The week in stitches.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I have had a big week behind the sewing machine with some last minute stitching before I take a break from my sewing machine, and my sewing machine takes a break from me. I am heading to the USA for a holiday and to teach at Sewtopia, and my sewing machine is spending some quality time with a technician. I am sure we will both come back refreshed, inspired, and eager to sew.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
In the meantime, and in preparation for this break, I have a number of new projects, including several quilts that I have worked ...

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House Keychains from France Nadeau

These are House Keychains I have sewn as Christmas gifts. They are entirely made of recycled fabric. Old clothes, in fact: cotton pants for the square of the house, cotton shorts or t-shirts for the roof and the loop, t-shirts for the door … Continue reading

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March 26, 2015
the year of littles from Ellyn's Place

I wonder if I'll actually make any quilts this year? I'm sure I will, but so far 2015 has been a year of little projects. Bee blocks, bags, pouches, pin cushions.... everything but quilts! Here are my latest finishes.....

Bee blocks ready for Sarah....

Another Petunia Peacock pin cushion (a shop sample for the class I'm going to teach at Stitched with Love)

Petunia was soon joined by Daisy Hedgehog (also a shop sample!). Daisy is a new pattern from Jennifer Jangles, just like Petunia.

And lastly, another Dainty Tote, by Three Owls Handmade. This one I ...

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March 24, 2015
Tanzania Elephant paper piecing 32″ pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

Elephant paper piecing on an elephantine scale.

Elephant paper piecing on an elephantine scale.

With some pieces as large as a foot across, this paper piecing project gives you an elephant-sized pieced panel in no time at all.     The pattern  calls for 10 colors..   a couple for the tusks, a couple for the background and the rest a variety of elephant-colored grays or browns.  The finished size of the elephant center is 32″ w by 29″ high.  I added ombre grass fabric for the background and borders… piecing together what I had from the estate collection of a quilting friend.   The borders I leave up to you ...

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March 23, 2015
dreaming big! from Crafty Tammie

Spring break has flown by, with all my kids home (and a few extras at times!) and running them from place to place. I have been trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there to work on a new project - The Dream Big Applique Quilt by Jennifer Jangles!

It's a super fast and completely adorable applique pattern. And I do mean fast! OK, tracing out the pieces takes a little time, but it's one of those things you can do while doing something else, like watching a movie with your kids. That's what I did ...

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March 18, 2015
Petunia Peacock from Ellyn's Place

Allow me to introduce you to Petunia Peacock!
Isn't she adorable? Petunia is one of the new patterns recently introduced by Jennifer Heynen at Jennifer Jangles. I was lucky Jennifer allowed me to take this pattern for a spin for her. The first part of the pattern is lots of appliqué on the feathers. Not too long ago, I would have done this all by hand. However, through lots of practice, my confidence with machine appliqué has soared. I did this with a machine buttonhole stitch & I am really happy with the results.

 I would call this pattern a ...

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March 17, 2015
March Mini Quilt from Gen X Quilters

By now I'm sure you've heard about Fat Quarter Shop's March Minis Challenge.  It coincides with basketball's March Madness.  Although I'm late to the party, it's only halfway through March, so I've decided I'm going to join in.  The challenge lasts all month.  All you have to do is share your minis on Instagram with the hashtag #fqsmarchminis.  Easy and fun, right?  Of course, FQS always has a sweet giveaway too.
Above is my fabric pull.  I'm sewing up a mini using the Moccasin BOM Block #1, Lady of the White ...

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March 14, 2015
New Tote Kit in Tadashi fabrics — just in time for Spring from Flare Fabrics


The San Clemente tote bag pattern by A Quilter’s Dream is a favourite of ours at Flare Fabrics. Its simple construction makes it a great project for beginners and experienced quilters alike. Just 6 fat quarters is all the fabric you need for outside, lining and 2 good-sized pockets. Its the perfect size to carry around your belongings for the day, and you can easily make this bag in a few hours.

We decided to create a new version of this kit inspired by arrival of a few mild days, hinting that spring is finally around the corner! 
The ...

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March 13, 2015
Sweet Succulents {I just can’t get enough of them!} from Material Girl Quilts

Remember the Succulent Shelf quilt I made last year using Heather Givan‘s amazing, first ever fabric line?!?!  Well, I wasn’t the only one to adore these little plants and my friends over at Love Patchwork & Quilting asked me to create a few more to be put on cushions.  Of course I was thrilled!  

These “Sweet Succulents” are featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting‘s latest Issue 19 (it’s on newsstands now in the UK and will hit US stores in a few weeks).  Of course you can always go online and buy a digital copy here (scroll to ...

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March 12, 2015
MAKERs are going to make + Giveaway!!! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello fabric lovers and makers of the world,

We are happy to present MAKER by AGF Studio, a collection that celebrates YOU, your passion for making, creating, and giving life to your wildest ideas while making pretty things for your family, friends, home and creative space. We wanted to materialize the spontaneity and playful details related to the craft of sewing through fun prints that portray the love of being a Maker. Stick around a little longer for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from this collection. (details below) 



We always have fun when shooting a new collection ...

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March 11, 2015
springtime from comfortstitching


I've been bitten badly with the embroidery bug the past few weeks.  I'm sure it has everything to do with getting excited about even the tiniest amounts of sunshine each day.  That and also that I seem to be on a mission to make my world a little prettier.  So that is how I came to stitch up this little number -  I'm calling it my Springtime embroidery.

I can't even begin to describe how happy stitching up this little embroidery has made me.  It really has put the proverbial spring in my step (or maybe that ...

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March 9, 2015
Lime Twist takes a turn from Butterfly Threads

This block is made using the Lime Twist pattern (also see it on the sides of the blog) and I'm making a new sample for my workshops. I decided to go black and white with a dash hot pink. I think I'm going to like it. I know I like these black and white fabrics!


And just because I can...I'm doing a give away. What solid color would you use in place of the hot pink? I'll choose a random winner from the comments and email ...

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March 7, 2015
Looking Ahead, Stuck Behind from Quilting Solutions

Now I am in limbo.  I am quilting my quilt with Kimono Silk thread from Superior, which is lovely thread and nice to work with.  The downside is that I have to order it online.  I ran out of the thread for my border three inches from the end of the last side, on the final side of a feather.  So my quilt sits sullenly on my sewing table waiting for the thread to arrive for the five minute finish.  What is a girl to do but start a new project?  I am a "finisher," but never averse to a ...

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Spring Crocus freestyle quilting pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

 Here's a crocus pattern to bring spring to anyone's heart.

Here’s a crocus pattern to bring spring to anyone’s heart.  $5 will give you the printouts, templates, color chart, etc.  Have fun!

Here’s a project you’ll love to work on:  beautiful purple crocuses, appliqued or machine curved-pieced on a traditional patchwork background with paper-pieced or appliqued leaves.    A bit of everything quilty — Choose the techniques that suit you best. Or just play with the crocuses in your own design.  I’ve designed this  pattern on 2″ background squares, making the crocus group a glorious 18″ wide, but you can reduce it to what you need and ...

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March 5, 2015
My First Paper-Piecing Pattern – Little Tree from France Nadeau

I am developing a taste for paper piecing. I am making placemats with the houses I have sewn last fall and the Delectable Mountains I have made during the last weeks. I wanted to add a few trees to my … Continue reading

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March 1, 2015
So you think I’d have some show and tell from Fabrics N Quilts

After a week cooped up in the house, I know you are wondering how many projects I finished with all that time on my hands.  We had power at home from Sunday on, so there really was no excuse not to knock out some projects. well…. it was a mini-vaca from working the first day or so [ok, I was resting the twisted knee from my ice capade}. I cleaned my sewing room at the house.  That took a while

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February 24, 2015
Cool idea! Patterns Anyone? from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I just found this blogger Hibiscus Stitches and was poking around with her pages and I found this page of surprises.

This blogger has a bundle of really cute patterns from single patterns to a book as well.

I have found this great pattern in the Quilts magazine Jan/Feb 2015.

You must check it out. Click on the link below. Enjoy, Carli

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