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April 29, 2016
May Is For Makers from Freshly Pieced


You all know I don't get up on any soapboxes very often—only when it's something extremely important to me. Today is one of those days. So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or other beverage of your choice, and settle in. : )

I love blogging. I may get busy and disappear from time to time, but trust me, I'll always be back, because my need to write is second only to my need to create visually. But no matter how many pins you see on Pinterest screaming about making $20,000 a month ...

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April 28, 2016
April Scrap Progress from Quilt Paint Create

At the beginning of the month I set a goal of picking a quilt pattern to make from my scraps and cutting the pieces to kit it up.

I did find several patterns I liked, but I didn’t cut anything yet. Instead I used my scraps in smaller ways.

I used scraps to make a thread catcher.

thread-catcherI used scraps in the March block of the month blocks. The blocks are still under construction.

I used scraps at Art Quilt Group to learn to texture fabric.

ruchingI used scrap batting to back my embroidery blocks.

bear-block-2And I found some ...

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April 25, 2016
Modern Quilt Workshop in Gulfport FL from Carol Lyles Shaw

I will be teaching a modern quilt workshop in June and July 2016 in Gulfport FL. The workshops will take place at FabricSmart located at 5401 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport FL 33707.  To register, contact Karen Donnelly at 727-914-8850.

 

Slow Curves and Strips: Modern Quilt Workshop

Friday, June 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Modern Quilt Workshop

Slow Curves and Strips #1

In this workshop, you will use a wide variety of prints and batiks to create a unique modern quilt or wall hanging.  This takes the ‘scrappy look’ and uses it in a more sophisticated modern setting.

At ...

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4 Year Blogiversary {and a giveaway!!} from Material Girl Quilts

It’s hard to believe that it was 4 years ago when I started this blog.  I have gained a lot of new friendships and so much inspiration and knowledge along the way.  In an effort to celebrate this milestone and give back to you all who have given me so much support and love, I have decided to do a little giveaway! I will send one lucky winner all 4 of my paper patterns along with a copy of the book 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts that includes more of my designs. It seems that Instagram and other social ...

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April 21, 2016
Bernie Sanders Mini Quilt from 627 Handworks

Came up with this while playing around with my longarm software.  I used Illustrator to draw the lines for the hair and glasses, then imported into Art & Stitch to turn it into a quilting pattern.

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I’m loving the combination of Illustrator with Art & Stitch and have made several modern style E2E designs that I hope to have for sale shortly.

BernieHair

If you happen to be a Bernie fan (or want to make a mini for someone who is) and have a computerized long arm, the free pattern is available at JulieHirt.com under about > downloads. The pattern is the ...

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Bernie Sanders Mini Quilt from 627 Handworks

Came up with this while playing around with my longarm software.  I used Illustrator to draw the lines for the hair and glasses, then imported into Art & Stitch to turn it into a quilting pattern.

IMG_6922

I’m loving the combination of Illustrator with Art & Stitch and have made several modern style E2E designs that I hope to have for sale shortly.

BernieHair

If you happen to be a Bernie fan (or want to make a mini for someone who is) and have a computerized long arm, the free pattern is available at JulieHirt.com under about > downloads. The pattern is the ...

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A Mess of Thread from Rana Quilts

This is a pretty wonky post so if you aren't into the minutiae of quilting, you may want to just scroll through the pictures.

I thought it would be fun to describe how I came to quilt (and quilt) my latest quilt. Don't you find it confusing that quilt is both a noun and a verb? I started with a very simple pattern in one of my older books. The pattern is a traditional Boston Common with some four-patch blocks in alternate rows. I chose it because I had a stack of mostly sunflower fabrics to use and ...

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April 19, 2016
Quilting at the Lake from The Inquiring Quilter

I belong to a bee that has a quilt retreat twice a year at a lake house owned by one of our members. I know, I’m really lucky! The lake house has plenty of space for us, and the lake view is gorgeous. Going there always makes me feel reinvigorated. I’m deeply appreciative of the time we get to spend there because not only do I get a lot of good quilting done, I also get an opportunity to grow closer to my quilting buddies.

Did I mention the great sunsets?

And the tea parties?

Bee retreats are ...

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April 14, 2016
Hattie's Dresden Class from Ellyn's Place

On Saturday, I had a blast taking Lee Monroe's workshop on her Hattie's Dresden pattern. I can't believe in all my spaciness I forgot to get a selfie with Lee! Here she is with my buddy Stephanie, planning Stephanie's scrappy layout for her block....
Lee gave us so many awesome tips for her pattern (and many that can be applied elsewhere too). She took the time to walk around and talk through each person's fabric choices, how to best lay them out, etc. I learned so much in one day!

Unlike Stephanie, I took the ...

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Granny's Square Patch {a New Pattern!!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Introducing Granny's Square Patch - my latest pattern!  She's a twist on an old classic and is super sweet in today's modern fabrics!


This pattern started out as the tutorial I was writing for the Nifty Nines Quilt Along over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I soon realized it was too complicated for a tutorial with the on-point layout with sashed triangles, so I designed an easier 9-patch pattern for the Quilt Along and wrote this as a full pattern.  That tutorial posts on April 10th, so stop back to see it!

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And the Winner Is... from Butterfly Threads


Actually, there are two winners. Because my twin boys walked into the room and I asked each of them to choose a number. Besides, it's my blog so I can change the rules any time I want to. *wink*

I just start sewing my 2.5 in squares together, usually end up with some kind of nine-patch with sashing. This pattern looks really fun and a great way to use up scraps, which I enjoy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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April 11, 2016
Making Quilts with Old Pants – Two quilts for men from France Nadeau

As I mentioned before, I made seven quilts last fall (for Christmas). First, I made three quilts for boys, with 6″ squares. After, I made two quilts for girls, with 91/2″ squares. Then, I made two quilts for men, again … Continue reading

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In Our Garden Link Party for April from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Are you all prepared to check out everyone's In Our Garden
Blocks 5 & 6?
I know that I have been looking forward 
to seeing what beauties that you have all
created from the blocks that Doris design of
the Quilting Queen Online designed. 
If you missed my version, 
here they are...





You can find the block on her for free for the month of April HERE.



If you have missed March blocks,
You can find them HERE.


If you have missed February blocks,
You can find them HERE.



I also created a bonus block for ThermOWeb
You can find ...

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April 10, 2016
STARTS AND FINISHES from That's Sew Kerry

Weekend Round-Up




It seems like only last week we had our monthly quilty catch up, but in reality I haven't seen my ladies in 2 months!! I can't believe how quickly that has gone and whilst I haven't been idol they have been stitching up a storm and I am in absolute awe of their talents.

Val has been working on her gorgeous version of Beside The Sea by Lesley Brankin for a little while now and today was the big reveal of the finished piece!




It is absolutely beautiful in the flesh, the amount of thought ...

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April 7, 2016
Owl Always Love You from quiltscapes

 

My latest quilt finish.  Owl Always Love You 44" x 54" wall hanging/crib size quilt.  It was so nice to have all the little pieces laser-cut by Barb @ Quilted Works when I visited her studio in St. George last January.  The silhouette on mine is the view of Mt. Timpanogos, here on the back side of the Wasatch mountain range of the Rocky Mountains.  I love it!


I'm getting ready to teach some upcoming classes on raw-edge applique' techniques, one of which is chenille-strip applique'.  See my upcoming class schedule HERE - there's still time to sign up ...

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Throw Back Thursday (and a Giveaway!) from Butterfly Threads


Lime Twist was my first quilt that made it to the cover of a magazine! It was featured on the Easy Quilts issue in Summer 2014. I now teach this quilt as a workshop and sell the pattern in my shop



Recently, I decided to sew the class sample blocks that I had made into a smaller version. It went together so quickly that I finished it in one day, binding and all!


This is a quilt I could make over and over. I would love to make one with a cheddar sashing. I would also like to use this ...

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April Scrap Goal from Quilt Paint Create

There’s a scrap challenge going on over at Confessions Of A Fabric Addict. The best part of the challenge is that each participant sets her own goal for the month.

In March I organized all my scraps on one shelf. In April I will decide how to start using them.

I didn’t think pre-cutting into standard sizes would work for me, so I’m looking at patterns I can make from scraps and donate to charity. My goal for April is to decide on a pattern and get the fabric cut and kitted up for the quilt. I ...

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April 3, 2016
The Splendid Sampler: Family Affair from Better Off Thread

The Splendid Sampler, A Family Affair Block by Better Off Thread

I’d like to welcome everyone visiting my blog from The Splendid Sampler.  Take a look around and stay awhile. If you haven’t heard of The Splendid Sampler yet (is there anyone who hasn’t?!), go check it out and prepare to be sucked in.

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Are you ready to try your hand at paper-piecing? If you are new to piecing on paper, take it slow and try not to get frustrated. If you can count to four and sew a straight line, you can make this block!

Here are a few of my paper-piecing tips:

If you are new ...

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April 1, 2016
In Our Garden : Bouquet of Tulips Bonus Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

It has been quite an exciting couple of months

Well, I have a special gift for you
from ThermOWeb and myself.

A Bouquet of Tulips.
A perfect spring time treat for all my friends.


I think that it is a perfect addition 
to our little Garden party.

 Using an inkjet printer, I printed out pattern
I truly do love those. 
No more tracing!! 



You can find the Bouquet of Tulips on my Craftsy pattern page,
but before you do please also ...

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2016 Q1 Finish Along Recap from The Inquiring Quilter

Boy that was a fast quarter! Looking back, I am pretty proud of what I was able to get done. As my regular readers know, I’m participating in the 2016 Finish Along. To participate, you post a list of WIPs you want to complete at the beginning of the quarter and then at the end of the quarter, you recap your finishes. During the quarter, you have this great online group of fellow quilters rooting you on and encouraging you to turn those WIPs into finished projects. So far it’s been a great experience and I encourage you ...

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