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August 20, 2019
Patchwork Picnic Book – the Bear block from Blossom Heart Quilts

This month is a book-filled month! First I announce my book, Mini Masterpieces, then I make some blocks from The Seedling Quilts by Jodi Godfrey, and now it’s a Patchwork Picnic kinda day!

Patchwork Picnic book

Patchwork Picnic by Gracey Larson features 30 patchwork blocks that celebrate the outdoors, with instructions for both 6″ and 12″ finished quilt blocks. You can then put them all together into a sampler quilt, or use one of 7 project finishing ideas to make something smaller like a potholder. For more information, you can read more about her book writing process on her blog here.

Patchwork Picnic sampler quilt

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The Seedling Quilts Book – Elderberry from Blossom Heart Quilts

About two years ago, my dear friend Jodi and I were chatting about writing our quilting books while our kids were mucking around outside in the garden, wondering how we were going to get it all done with families and businesses to take care of too. And now here we are, with our books are about to be released at the same time – mine being Mini Masterpieces, and her’s being The Seedling Quilts!

EPP quilt book

The Seedling Quilts is packed full with 11 English paper pieced (EPP) panels and quilts, all beautifully photographed in the Australian bush. I love a book ...

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August 19, 2019
Beat the Heat Blog Hop with Island Batik - Weaving Stems and a Giveaway from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today kicks of Week 3 of the 
Island Batik 
Beat the Heat Blog Hop
where all the new fabric collections are showcased.

What better way to beat the heat than to visit all these fun projects
in gorgeous new Island Batik fabrics
 while sitting in the air-conditioned comfort?

I'm thrilled to share my quilt
Weaving Stems.







I was so excited to receive the fabrics in my first 
Island Batik Ambassador Box.



 Petal Pushers Collection
 by Kathy Engle.

I fell in love with the fabrics at first sight. 
 All that color made me want to use each fabric from the ...

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August 16, 2019
I'm published! Quilted Wall Hangings: 11 unique projects for quilt lovers from Cut Stitch and Piece

I've been published! Check out my modern quilt wall hanging, Coral Gem. It was published in the new Leisure Arts book Quilted Wall Hangings - 11 Unique Projects for Quilt Lovers. Get your copy today! BUY NOW!

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August 9, 2019
Sewing the binding on the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt from Quilt Social

It’s been a fun and exciting week using Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics to make the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt. Yesterday I showed you how I quilted it, and today, I’m trimming and adding binding! Follow along, we’re almost done!

 

Binding and backing selection from Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics

 

First, trim the quilt. Using a long ruler (6″ x 24″ if you have it) and rotary cutter, trim the edges. The quilt should measure approximately 48″ x 52″.

Second, prepare the binding. I chose a bright gold color from the Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics for my binding to ...

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August 8, 2019
Super simple sophisticated straight line quilting from Quilt Social

Yesterday I made some lovely mid mod shoofly blocks featuring Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics and today I will piece the quilt top and add the quilting.

With all blocks pieced, it’s time to assemble the quilt top. I chose to arrange it in 4 rows of 4. I also chose to keep each color of the Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics together as shown below but there are other options you can try. Note my pieced blocks are not all in the same orientation. I would like to say this was deliberate, however what really happened was that I pieced ...

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August 7, 2019
Modern shoofly block assembly with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics from Quilt Social

In yesterday’s post, I gave you the cutting instructions for the Mid Mod Quilt Block. Today I’ll show you how to create the modern shoofly block with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics!

For each block you’ll use the following:

black fabric

(6) 4½” squares

(2) 4½” x 6½” rectangles

Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics

(2) 4½” squares

(2) 2½” squares

(1) 4½” x 6½” rectangle

instructions

Following the image below, take (2) 4½” squares of black fabric

Next on (2) 2½” squares of Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabric, draw a diagonal line on one side

Place 2½” Banyan ...

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August 6, 2019
ONLINE Block-of-the-Month Program! from Selvage Blog


Visit The Quilt BOM for free Block-of-the-Month projects starting (now) September 2019-June 2020.

I'm designing the blocks to be fast and fun to make (nothing fussy), blocks that will make a nice quilt, and can surely be made from existing stash.

My guild, Hearthside Quilters, will be using this site for our BOM. Your guild is invited to use it too and hold the drawings at your meetings. See The Quilt BOM for details.

See some layout ideas below for this block. Click HERE to see more quilt patterns.










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Ready, set, cut your pieces for the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt Block from Quilt Social

Yesterday I introduced you to the fantastic Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics and the mid mod shoofly block I’ll be making with them. Today I’m getting the pieces cut in preparation for block assembly.

 

This is what your mid mod shoofly block will look like complete!

 

The mid mod shoofly block finishes at 12″ x 14″, the unfinished size should measure 12½” x 14½”.

Today I’m cutting fabric for 8 pieced blocks and 8 solid blocks.

 

For each of your mid mod shoofly blocks, these are the three components you will need.

 

cutting instructions

black fabric

(48) 4½ ...

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August 5, 2019
Be part of the Mod Squad with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics from Quilt Social

I’m super excited to be working with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics this month and I have created a fresh new modern quilt design for you!

Batiks are sometimes dismissed by the modern quilters as too traditional so I was happy to see this new line from Banyan Batiks to show that batiks can be anything you want them to be.

 

Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics in saffron red colorway

 

For this design, I switched up the usual white or light background fabric that is traditionally used. I picked a solid black that will let these batiks really pop! You may ...

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August 1, 2019
A Time For All Seasons Block of the Month - August from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today is the first day of August
and I have the applique quilt block finished
for
Block of the Month.

Our team of designers has been so busy with this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing new blocks each month.

Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy is the designer for August.

There are 2 blocks.


Dog Days of Summer
 is the applique block for the month of August.


Isn't he the cutest?

and

Summer Log Cabin is the pieced block for August.



Find Amy's  August pattern information by clicking HERE.


You can find ...

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July 30, 2019
Summer Fun Kitchen Towels from Creatin' in the Sticks

I had a great time joining other
members of the Thermoweb Fabric Design Team
to make a series of 
Summer Fun Quilt Blocks.



All 4 free quilt block patterns are available over at Thermoweb.
Click HERE for the patterns.

Catching Fireflies
is my design.


It's a 6" finished quilt block.


 I used HeatNBond EZ Print Lite to print the patterns right on the fusible adhesive to create all of the quilt blocks. 
 Just print, fuse, cut, bond, and stitch.  It's that easy.

My fabrics are all Island Batik 
and 
the thread I used to stitch around the appliques ...

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July 29, 2019
Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Tutorial from A Quilting Life

Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello and happy Monday! First, I wanted to say thank you so much for all of the lovely comments on Friday’s and Saturday’s posts. I wish I could reply to each and every one, but please know that I read them all and really appreciate your feedback! Today I’m sharing a Courthouse Steps Quilt Block […]

The post Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Tutorial appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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July 26, 2019
How to use the exciting technology of mySewnet file sharing from Quilt Social

What do you think of the bobbin work from yesterday’s post? It’s a super way to embellish your projects and I can’t wait to do some more.

Today, I’m looking at a couple of things as I finish off the week of playing with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I’ll be sharing advice on sewing with small things, getting creative with leftover bits, and best of all is how you can access the Square in a Square project file.

Let’s check it out.

Time-saving tip

Earlier this week, we chatted about getting and staying ...

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July 25, 2019
10 tips to successful bobbin work from Quilt Social

Welcome back! Now that your space is tidied up and you’ve way more time to sew, did you make some square in a square quilt blocks from yesterday’s post?

Today, I’m using the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to do some bobbin work. Since the bobbin is used every time we sew, what is bobbin work? Essentially, it’s working with thick threads in the bobbin to get some very interesting texture in the stitches. You’re going to love this.

 

Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q

 

We’ve been told by our dealer and our instructors to never touch ...

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July 24, 2019
Tips for sewing the perfect square in a square quilt block from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I shared with you the importance of easy sewing machine maintenance that should be done upon the completion of every project, which helps to maintain it in proper working order.

Today, I’ll work on a project to show you how the amazing features of the Opal 690Q make sewing a snap.

For those of us who’ve been in the industry for a few years, we know that having a good sewing machine can make or break a project. A good sewing machine can also dictate whether you’ll come back to sewing after you finish your first ...

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July 16, 2019
Catching Fireflies - Summer Fun Sew Along from Creatin' in the Sticks

Oh, how I love summer.
So many fun things to do and enjoy the outdoors.
Today, we are celebrating
sweet summertime with a sew along.

I'm so excited to join the 
talented Thermoweb designers
 for the
Summer Fun Sew Along.


Today I am sharing this quilt block:

There are 4 quilt blocks and the patterns are all free.


The fabrics I'm using are from
Island Batik
and the thread I used to stitch around the applique is
Aurifil thread:  50wt #2620


I'm using
to print the patterns right on the fusible adhesive to ...

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July 2, 2019
Sweet Summer and Waving Stripes - A Time For All Seasons Block of the Month - July from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today is the first day of July
and time for new blocks 
for
Block of the Month.


Our team of designers is so excited about this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing new blocks each month.



We have 2 new blocks for July and I am the designer this month.

Sweet Summer


Applique your own sweet summertime watermelon.

Click HERE for the pattern.

AND

Waving Stipes


This is the pieced block for the month.  Make a dimensional block with color.

Click HERE for the pattern.

These blocks are only FREE though the month of ...

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June 30, 2019
A Time for All Seasons - June Blocks from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today is the last day of June
and I have the blocks finished
for
Block of the Month.

Our team of designers has been so busy with this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing new blocks each month.

I'm just a touch behind in sharing this month.

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
is the designer for June
and
there are 2 blocks.



Dad's Tie Overload


and 

Sailing into Summer Solstice


Aren't they the cutest?

Find Carol's pattern information by clicking HERE.

She even has a bonus block for the ...

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June 28, 2019
Orphan Block Quilting Challenge: How to Make an Orphan Block Quilt from A Quilting Life

Orphan Block Quilting Challenge: How to Make an Orphan Block Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! I really can’t believe it’s the final Friday in June! This month has really flown by! Are you participating in the orphan block quilting challenge I’m hosting? It’s not too late to join in! Today I thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to make an orphan […]

The post Orphan Block Quilting Challenge: How to Make an Orphan Block Quilt appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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