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September 12, 2019
Once Upon a Story: The Pied Piper from Clever Chameleon

The Pied Piper quilt block by Ursula Prandtstetter

It’s Story Time!! Once Upon A Story…..

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…. there was a hardworking and dedicated quilt blogger at Seams to be Sew. Her name was Marian.

One day, Marian decided to go into the internet forest in search of quilt designers to help create a huge blog hop. A blog hop where there would be a free quilt block pattern at every stop, and lots of prizes too.

Marian’s idea was a huge success. Five years later it was still going strong. It turns out that the internet forest is full of keen designers, quilt magic and readers who like ...

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September 11, 2019
Another Quilt Along Featuring Geo Pop! from Christa Quilts

It’s quilt along season and it’s fun to see lots of them popping up online. My friend Linda just created an amazing quilt pattern called Colour Maze made from one Geo Pop strip roll plus  Tiny Hex – black for the background and Mosaic Dots black/gray for the binding. Isn’t it fabulous??

Click here for info about the Colour Maze Quilt Along

Linda always makes her pattern quilts in several different colorways so you can see how great they’ll look using different fabrics. Here’s the back cover of the pattern featuring Geo Pop along with ...

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September 10, 2019
Pulling my Hares Out: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Hares and Castle colour board at Clever Chameleon

Still Working on Things

Once Upon a Story row-along at Seams to be Sew

Another sneak peek today for the Once Upon a Story blog hop. Today I’m pulling my Hares out. Don’t worry, just my applique ones. And I am not reverse-stitching, just unveiling. </p>
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Sew Let's QAL Segment 3 Giveaway Winner! from The Inquiring Quilter

The Sew Let’s QAL has ended, so now it’s time to give away some awesome prizes!

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To enter for the Segment 3 prize, you only need to make the four blocks in Segment 3 and upload one single photo that showed all four of them.

We had a ton of quilters quilting along with us, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you!

We’ve counted all the entries and have selected a winner for the Segment 3 prize package.

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As a reminder, here’s what you could have won.

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September 9, 2019
More New BOTMS, Wooly Block 2019, and other Events… from Seams To Be Sew

Coming October 1st is my all time favorite event for the year. Please don’t get me wrong, I love Block of the Months, Quilt Alongs, and other fun events that go on thru the year, but the one I’ll call a “temporary” event is the Wooly Block Adventure Event. Since I found out about the Wooly Block Adventure event in 2016, and was actually participating in it during our move back to the states that year I have thoroughly enjoyed this event. I got to do a bit of pay if forward with this event in 2016 when ...

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Infrastructure Week 1 – Quilt Design and Fabric Prep from Christa Quilts

It’s finally here!! The start of our Infrastructure Quilt Along!! I love sharing quilt alongs with you because I get such joy out of encouraging others to make a complete quilt from start to finish. To kick off the QAL first we’ll discuss a bit about the design and then prep our fabric so we are ready to start cutting and sewing next week.

Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure Design

This was a fun collaboration between me and my talented friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. I asked Heather to design a ...

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September 3, 2019
Infrastructure Prize Sponsors, Giveaways, and Geo Pop Digital Download from Christa Quilts

Infrastructure quilt along begins next Monday, Sept. 9th so today is a great time to tell you about our sponsors! My co-host Heather Black (aka Quiltachusetts) has rounded up some fabulous prizes that will be given away on her blog each week.

Infrastructure Sponsors

Because Heather is super organized (like me) she’s scheduled out the prizes for the entire quilt along. Check out the schedule below and be sure to head over to each company’s website to give them some love!! I can’t wait for you to see what’s up for grabs each week!!

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September 2, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 16: Twist and Turn from Freshly Pieced

Happy Labor Day to my U.S. peeps! But it’s Monday, so holiday or no, we’ve got a quilt block to make.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 16: Twist and TurnThis week’s Summer Sampler 2019: Piecing Bootcamp block pattern is Twist and Turn, designed by Jemima Flendt of Tied With a Ribbon. This week’s Bootcamp skill is all about equilateral triangles, a versatile and interesting shape when used in piecing.

If you haven’t sewn with equilateral triangles before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to piece! After a couple of weeks’ worth of very challenging blocks, this one will ...

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August 29, 2019
Jelly Roll Waves Quilt Along | Finished Quilts! from Busy Hands Quilts

Thank you to all who have quilted along in the Jelly Roll Waves Quilt Along!  Today the linkup for finished quilts opens.  It's time to see your beautiful quilts all finished up!

I finished two Jelly Roll Waves quilts for the quilt along.  First up is a Large Lap in mostly Scrumptious prints by Bonnie and Camille.


The feminine quilting really brings the quilt top to life.


Last year I traded Andrea a large box of Bonnie and Camille fabric for custom quilting, and all of the fabric in this quilt, including the backing and binding, came from that ...

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Infrastructure Supply List and Quilt Along Links: The Fun Begins Sept. 9! from Christa Quilts

Click here to be notified about the QAL each week via email.

Are you excited to make Infrastructure? The quilt along kicks off on September 9th when Heather Black and I will both hosting the quilt along and sharing tips and tricks for making the quilt on our blogs each week. See below for the supply list along with links to all of the quilt along posts as they go live.
Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure designed by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts, pattern written by Christa Watson

Infrastructure Supply List

Infrastructure Quilt Pattern:

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August 27, 2019
Project Ideas for Sew Let's QAL: Segment 3 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to the project ideas post and the linky parties for the Segment 3 Prize Giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaways for the Sew Let’s QAL!

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By now you've downloaded all 4 block patterns for Segment 3 of our quilt along, and have made or are making all your blocks. Now it's time to think about how to use those blocks!

If you plan on making a quilt, the other quilt along hosts will be providing plenty of setting suggestions in their project post.

Remember, to enter for the Segment 3 prize, you only need to make ...

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Sew Lets QAL: Block 13 Who's Got the Thimble? from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi! Welcome to Block 13 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

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You’ll find the details of the quilt along on the Sew Lets QAL tab above. Here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them at the end of that segment.

This is Block 13 in the quilt along and the last block in Segment 3. There were four blocks in this segment and they were released every two weeks. To enter for the ...

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Final Quilt Setting from Snowy Days Quilting

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I can’t believe Sew Let’s Quilt Along is coming to an end! We just released block 13, so that means it’s time to share our setting ideas for the final quilt. But before I get to that, do you have all of the blocks? If you’re missing any of them, go get them before it’s too late! They’re only free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

I’m really thrilled to be able to share my finished quilt top with you. I know that many people struggled to get their blocks ...

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Thimbles from Snowy Days Quilting

thimbles quilt block

It’s bittersweet to realize that we’ve come to the end of Sew Let’s Quilt Along. Today marks the final block of our journey. If you missed any of the previous blocks, you can find links to all of them on my quilt along page. Don’t wait too long, because they will only be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

Since this is the last block, it’s also time for me to share my quilt setting! You can find that post here.

This week’s block features shelves of decorative thimbles. It ...

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August 26, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 15: Circle Gets the Square from Freshly Pieced

Hello from New York City! I’m spending a week or so there with my kids as a last hurrah before they head back to school, doing all the touristy things and taking in some theater and U.S. Open tennis. Hopefully in the midst of our vacationing, I remembered to send out this week’s Summer Sampler 2019 block pattern! If I forgot, I promise it will show up soon. LOL.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 15: Circle Gets the Square

Anyway, this week’s block pattern is … (drumroll) … all about using color! This is one of my very favorite things about quilting—the way color and value choices ...

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August 24, 2019
Love with a Twist: Omniscient Owl from Clever Chameleon

Omniscient Owl balloon appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Owl Love You Forever…..

Our all-knowing balloon owl for Love with a Twist is an observant old bird. And a bit of a snoop too. In fact, he knows too much about most people and loves us all anyway. Although this version of him looks a bit worried for some reason….. perhaps he knows something about me that he shouldn’t. I wonder what’s ruffled his feathers? haha.

This owl applique is already sewn onto my Twin size version of Love with a Twist. When I make a second owl for my Throw size quilt, perhaps I will take ...

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Love with a Twist: Magic Monkey from Clever Chameleon

Magic Monkey balloon appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Two Cheeky Monkeys, Jumping on the Bed….

One fell off, and popped his head…. Ooops. Hmmmm, that rhyme doesn’t work so well with balloons…. hahaha. Disturbing antics aside, I am making cheeky monkeys today. And having too much fun. One day they will even be on several someone’s beds, although hopefully minus the jumping. Our Love with a Twist quilt along is up to the balloon monkey! Yay!

Two monkeys today – one balloon monkey for my Twin size Love with a Twist quilt and the other for the Throw size. Don’t worry though, we are back to ...

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August 20, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 14: Dandelion Clock from Freshly Pieced

So you guys … this week’s Summer Sampler 2019 skill is “improv curves.” Improv. AND curves. Can you take a wild guess what my two least-favorite types of piecing are? If you guessed improv and curves, ding ding ding, we have a winner! And this week we’re doing both of those. At the same time. Gulp.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 14: Dandelion Clock

But really, if we have to tackle improv curves (and apparently we have to), this block—Dandelion Clock, designed by Jo Avery of My Bear Paw—is the way to do it! Jo’s block uses her foundation-piecing method that involves piecing onto ...

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August 13, 2019
Sew Lets QAL: Block 12 Rotary Cutter from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi! Welcome to Block 12 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

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You’ll find the details of the quilt along on the Sew Lets QAL tab above. Here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them at the end of that segment.

This is Block 12 in the quilt along and the third block in Segment 3. There will be four blocks in this segment, released every two weeks. To enter for the Segment 3 ...

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Rotary Cutter from Snowy Days Quilting

rotary cutter quilt block

I can hardly believe that the penultimate block of Sew Let’s Quilt Along is already here! Our final block and setting ideas will be released in just two short weeks. If you’ve missed any of the previous blocks, make sure to check out my quilt along page to get the links. Remember, the block patterns will only be free until the quilt along ends on September 24, 2019.

This week’s block features an indispensable tool of the modern quilter - a rotary cutter. I’m forever grateful the rotary cutter was invented. And even more grateful that I ...

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