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October 1, 2014
cat and mouse from comfortstitching

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Today's post brings together several items I've made over the past few months but haven't shown here on the blog yet.  First up is this purse I made back in the spring.  I'd wanted to make one of these for a couple of years, ever since I saw this one that Ali made.  I used this tutorial.  

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This purse like all of the items in today's post has been in constant, heavy use for the past several months.  It still somehow looks like I only made it yesterday.

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After making the purse, I had an ...

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Ta Da! It's done! from Butterfly Threads

I know I finished this table runner a few weeks ago, but now the pattern is finished! This has to be my most requested pattern to date.

When I teach the workshop for this quilt, I always hear...why don't you make this a table runner pattern? So I did. And just in time for the quilt show this weekend! I am going to see you there aren't I?

Enjoy every stitch!

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September 30, 2014
Introducing: Tea Leaf - A Mug Rug Pattern from Cora's Quilts

Happy Wednesday!  I'm so happy to pop by and share our newest pattern!  Introducing ... Tea Leaf! Cute, and lightening fast to finish, this leaf shaped mug rug finishes at 10" x 6.5".  Pattern is available in our shop.

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Fundraiser Update and a New Quilt from Better Off Thread

First, I want to thank everyone who purchased patterns to support my friend, Jennie, and her children.  We managed to raise $725!!  Quilters are certainly an amazing bunch and Jennie is so thankful for everything.


I was recently asked to design a quilt for Robert Kaufman using Jennifer Sampou’s amazing new Black & White Fabric Collection.  I have been wanting to design a quilt using gradient value, so I was really excited to work with these fabrics.

Storm At Sea Quilt by Better off Thread using Jennifer Sampou's Black and White Fabric Collection

Storm At Sea by Better off Thread. 65″ x 80″

I decided to use a simple, traditional, Storm at Sea block and use ...

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September 28, 2014
Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight–Hummingbird Highway from Fabrics N Quilts

Joan Ford is one busy lady!  Not only is she a national teacher and author, she publishes a weekly {awesome} newsletter and is one ambitious scrap quilter! I first found Hummingbird Highway through the Snap Sack kits we make from her patterns.  Then I found her Cut the Scraps book.  Now there is a new Scraps Plus One, her newest book.  See that quilt-beauty on the cover?  It uses

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Patchwork bag, flowers + pattern - quilt from Ulla's Quilt World

A pattern for this quilt bag is in a Japanese Patchwork book: 
ISBN 978-4-391-14049-1
These photos below are from this book ->

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September 27, 2014
Pet Stockings and Cat-astrophic Cat Event from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

If you live in the St Joe County Indiana area, please come to our second annual Cat-astrophic Cat Event at the St Joe County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Road, in Mishawaka.  I’m just sure someone special is waiting there for you!2014-06-19 17.50.55On October 4, 12-5:30 pm, cat adoption fees will be waived to help find furever homes for sweethearts like our beautiful Cagney above.

All of the 500+ cats are spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia,  current on vaccinations, and microchipped.  Dick and I have adopted cats and kittens from the Humane Society several times over the ...

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September 26, 2014
The Blues have it!!! from Sisboom

You all are just the coolest ever.  I posted this photo on facebook and asked which one you liked better and after 250 comments we saw that you are unmistakeably leaning towards blue.  For those who chose the one with more yellow I promise you will see it in a future color story!!! Your compassion your love of fabric did not go unnoticed and I love you for that.  Thanks for always loving what we do and making our hearts sing!!!Mint

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Free Motion and a Quilt Finish from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Perhaps you remember this casual quilt I’ve been working on for a while, which I’ve written about a couple times. I made the top just for fun and then I decided to wall baste it, which worked out well for me. Well, we all know what comes after basting, and thinking up appropriate quilting designs can be a little intimidating. So I took inspiration from the fabric and the piecing pattern to come up with a fast and fun quilting design. Here’s the top before it was quilted, as a reminder.

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Quilt top

The first thing I ...

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September 25, 2014
It’s Bargello, Baby!!! from 3 am Inspiration

Of course it’s bargello! But a special version of bargello. Not fond of the looping, seam ripping nonsense that makes bargello a tedious activity and gives it a bad name. Think movement. Think texture. Think strip sets. We love all that, right?? Think:go buy your favorite bundle of fabrics from the Quilt Shop–well it’s got to be good!!??!!

Today, I wanted to talk about the first bargello quilt I did…..okay, not the first…the first was actually done with that weird idea you had to seam rip, tube the strip set kind of thing. And ...

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September 24, 2014
My friend Patsy from Butterfly Threads

This is my friend Patsy, she is so cute! She loves to make wonderful, wild, colorful quilts and then dress to coordinate with them! Just kidding, but it did work out that way this time. She made this halloween quilt in a workshop I taught a couple of years ago based on this pattern. She twirled every other row to make it zig zag. Isn't she clever?

She also made this quilt from half square triangles because she's just creative like that!

And isn't her backing fabric fabulous? It really gets me in the mood to start ...

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September 23, 2014
Multi-Tasking, Thanks for Asking from Major Thoughts

This is not a pattern. These are shapes.
I am all over the place.  Depending on the outside temperature I find that during the shoulder season I need something to work on in different rooms of the house.  On cool days the upstairs sewing room is best. I'm cutting in to an old, hurt quilt and making a teddy bear.  I had to find a new pattern because while I saved the directions and the pattern envelope from my old (and I do mean old) pattern, the pattern itself went missing. I love a crisp, new pattern. I cut ...

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September 22, 2014
Pattern for my Tea in the Rose Garden mug rug from France Nadeau

I am pleased to let you know that a pattern is now available for my Tea in the Rose Garden mug rug. There is an English version and a French version of the pattern. Each can be bought for 3.00 (US $) … Continue reading

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at a glance pouches from comfortstitching

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I made these 'at a glance pouches' late last summer.  I wanted somewhere I could store things neatly and orderly so I could see what I have in there all at once.  I can be quite messy at times but I always find if things are neat and tidy, I tend to be more productive.

These were quite quick to put together and I've found thery are perfectly sized to hold my essential tools as well as collections of Aurifil thread,

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or embroidery flosses,

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or paper piecing projects.  Everything is all neat and flat and organised.

Which hopefully means ...

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September 21, 2014
Magia Pura from Sisboom

This girl is pure magic!! You know her from her beautiful exquisite pottery That I post regularly !! My Argentinian friend Ani Alonso is pure love!! She is so lovely and talented and encourages everyone to find their path in life!! I love her for her spark and enthusiasm! So when she came by the Surtex booth last year I gave her this felt Garland because she touched me with her beauty!!  I love how her dog looks in all this color. Her beautiful friend that joins her also glows with radiance. As always I have a brain Fart with ...

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Coming Attractions… from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

Not much time this week, but I want to give you a taste of a few things I’m working on that you’ll see here in the future.

My biggest concentration these days has been our newsletter, with classes and special things here at Erica’s. You can see the help I’m getting with this.DSC00291 Since, for cat and dog lovers, these companions are a big part of our lives, I wrote instructions several years ago for Pet Stockings that I’d like to stocking bothI’m also working on a project for Creative Sewing Club. These Cell ...

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September 19, 2014
Happenings – The Sewing Party and More! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

It used to be that Quilters Newsletter could spread the news about the goings-on in the quilting world in each monthly issue and if something exciting came up, it would have to wait until it could be featured in the next issue, by which time the event or happening might already be over. But now we live in a world of constant events and information, so I have some quilting happenings to share with you now.

There is to be an online event called The Sewing Party. Starting Saturday, November 8th, 2014, it’s the first ever online-all-day sewing and ...

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Brand New Pattern Shop from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have been slowly working on adding a pattern shop to my actual blog! It was a huge part of my reason for moving to WordPress last year, it just took me a while to get around to setting it up. But set up it is, and you can now purchase all my patterns right here on the blog!

Blossom Heart Quilts pattern shop

When you click on the Shop tab along the top, or the button in the sidebar, you will be taken to the main shop page.

Blossom Heart Quilts patterns

On each pattern’s page, you will find descriptions and other photos and pictures to show ...

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September 18, 2014
Cloth Paper Scissors from Sisboom

Thank you to every one at Cloth Paper Scissors who made our dream come true ! We made it into the Studio magazine.    Jeanine Stein the editor is so lovely!!

7 pages was just so generous and we are extremely grateful!!!  If you aren’t familiar with the publication you will absolutely love to see other artists and their studios!!!  Such amazing talent out there! Purchase your copy here!!

Thank you to my beautiful daughter Katie for some amazing photography!!!


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September 17, 2014
Cover quilt at Love Patchwork and Quilting from Diary of a Quilter

This summer I had a SUPER fun invitation: to create a quilt for one of my favorite magazines, Love Patchwork & Quilting. And then, I ended up on the cover of the most recent issue (Issue 12)! (AAaaahhHH!) This is my first time ever as a cover girl and I must say, it is pretty fun! I'm not a super-squealy/giggly person, but I have to admit, I do get a little squealy and giggly every time I

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