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January 29, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Butterfly Quilt from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

I am totally smitten over my newest quilt. Everything about it makes me smile. The fabrics I used in it are all designed by Christopher Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter. This is his third line created for Riley Blake Designs called Mary Elizabeth. Its fresh spring feel has inspired some spring cleaning in my sewing room as well as this light and playful quilt. As soon as I saw the line at Market, I fell in love with the petals design because of its playfulness. When my package of fabric arrived, it was the main fabric that drew me in ...

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January 10, 2019
2019 Riley Blake Table Runner b from Abbi Mays

This is a fun table runner club beginning in March 2019 from Riley Blake! 

Table Runner Club provides one seasonally themed table runner in a kit complete with all the pattern and all the fabric to make the table runner packaged in a keepsake box each month for one year (backing not included). The cost is $34.95 per month + $4.95 shipping.

  May's table runner will be available in March 2019 with giving you over a month to make it.

The club runs from March 2019-February 2020.
Sign Up here: 
2019 Table Runner Club
This is ...

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January 4, 2019
The 12th and Final Block of the It's a "Wild" Life BOM from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Well, Can you believe 
that this is the final block to the 
This has been such a great adventure.
It has definitely been a little "Wild".

I am the lucky designer to close out our 
BOM for 2018.
It is called
"Forest of Trees"

It is 12 1/2" x 60 1/2".
You can find the pattern HERE
 The row of blocks is a mix between 
paper pieced and standard pieced.
So, it might be a new adventure 
for some of you.
but you will absolutely love the 
end result.

This block is available for free for the
entire ...

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December 14, 2018
Santa Snow Globe Wall Hanging – Christmas Project from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

News flash — We have less than two weeks until Christmas!!! AHHHHHH!! It’s the perfect time to show you what I have been working on. Ever since I made my Peppermint Way Table Runner, as I cut out the English paper piecing parts, I saw the hole of the ring as a snow globe. The peppermint ring had the perfect base for the globe, too. As I was working with the pinks and red fabrics from Jill Howarth and her Way Up North line for Riley Blake Designs, there was one Santa scene that kept speaking the word snow globe ...

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December 7, 2018
Christmas Projects – Santa Doorknob Bells from Brown Bird Designs Quilts


Guess what? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and Christmas decor is popping up everywhere. This weekend, while I was searching for some fun items to use in photos, I was totally sidetracked with a Michaels Christmas sale. A whopping 70% off all Christmas items, plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase. BAM. That’s how I roll! I love coupons. Wholeheartedly, I jumped into their marketing trap and came home with a few Christmas projects. I wanted to show you these shabby chic Doorknob Bells I got at Michaels. They are super cute the ...

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December 3, 2018
Fat Eighth Fruitcake with the Fat Quarter Shop from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Do you ever just look at a pattern and think
"Oh, I have got to make that one?"
Well, that's a crazy question.
I think as quilters, we
are always wanting to make
quilts that are so eye appealing.

When I set my eyes on 
the newest pattern from the

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies 

I knew that I wanted to join in 
on all of the fun.

This one is called
Fat Eighth Fruitcake.

A fun mix of hearts, flowers 
and vintage.
You can find the quilt kit 
for the above quilt HERE

For my version,
I chose the fabric collection
Vintage Adventure ...

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December 1, 2018
It's a "Wild" Life - A Midnight Picnic - 11th Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I am so happy to 
be the designer of the 
11th Block in the 
Yes, the 11th!!
We are so close to finishing up this 
BOM and what 
better way to join our 
"Wild" life but with a 
Midnight Picnic.

A Midnight Picnic can be found 
It is available for free for the
entire month of December 2018.
After that, it will be available for 
a small fee.
If you have missed our previous blocks, 
here is a quick recap.

 "Wishful Love"
You can find the pattern HERE.  

I "Moose" Go Camping
You can find the pattern ...

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November 16, 2018
November's It's a "Wild" Life Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are at our 10th 
block for the 

This month's adorable block was
created by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
She has outdone herself with another 
adorable little critter to add to our quilt. 

It is called "Wishful Love"
You can find the pattern for it HERE.  

The pattern will be free for the rest 
of November, so go and 
pick it up.
After that, it will be available for a small fee.

If you have missed our previous blocks, 
here is a quick recap.

I "Moose" Go Camping
You can find the pattern Here.

September ...

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November 6, 2018
Tis the season: Christmas quilts, runners and pillows! from Carried Away Quilting

We woke up to snow this morning! Granted it was just a dusting, and it has already melted. But let me tell you, those fluffy white flurries got me feeling all snuggled up inside. I was ready to pull out the holly and the ivy. It took every bit of restraint I had to leave the Christmas decorations in the storage room.

So instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday makes from the past couple of years. You can click on each project link for full details and more photos!

74” x ...

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October 24, 2018
Zakka Home book tour from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Zakka (from the Japanese ‘zak-ka’(雑貨)or ‘miscellaneous things’) is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. (ref Wikipedia). I am very excited to join the Zakka Home book tour, hosted by Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane. On my...

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October 19, 2018
Garden Star One Quilt Pattern Re-Release from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

The Fabric


Are you ready for a blast from the past?? I found the sweetest floral line called Lemonade Sundae for this Garden Star One quilt. I love the vintage vibe of the fabric line. I feel like it’s from the thirties. My heart just sings when I look at it! Heart Flower Green is my favorite fabric from the line. There is just something about that green. I love that color so much, I even have green heels in that same color (LOL). The brilliant creator of this line is Leonie Bateman; she designs for Penny Rose Fabrics ...

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October 15, 2018
Festival Quilt Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

This is my major charitable quilt for the year. It is based on donated fabric from Riley Blake and a modified pattern and will go to the annual Festival of Trees in December.


I like the pieced binding and the back.


I don’t have to love a quilt to know that someone will love it.


It will warm the heart and body of a child, surely.


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October 8, 2018
Milk Can Quilt Block & Grocery List from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Milk Can Quilt Block & Grocery List

Milk Can Quilt Block

In the ’30s, my Opa (Grandpa) delivered milk all around a small city in Holland, Zandvoort aan Zee. Although I never met him, I like to imagine him riding his bike with a cart of jars full of milk. Leaving them on doorsteps for families. When I talked to my mom about this post I learned it was actually a horse and wagon he used for delivery.  My very favorite story about him is the reason why he was put into a work camp for six months during WWII. A few British soldiers’ plane had been ...

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October 1, 2018
Gone Batty Quilt and Pattern Release from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Welcome to my Birthday Bash Month. I will be sharing fun things with you the whole month of October, like new patterns, giveaways, tutorials and more. Yes. It’s true, I was born on Halloween. Although my mother wished, hoped, and most likely prayed that I wouldn’t be born on that day, I was. She feared that I would be called a witch, or worse, so she proactively dressed me as a pumpkin for the holiday. I grew to love my birthday and all it had to offer. Things like candy, funny songs, school carnivals, and dressing up as ...

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October's It's a "Wild" Life Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are at our 9th 
block for the 

This month's adorable block was
created by Joan of MooseStash Quilting.
With a name like MooseStash, 
what would you expect for her to 
create for the October block?

Well, an adorable little moose 
and a cute little friend.
It is I "Moose" Go Camping
You can find this cutie Here.

The pattern will be free for the whole
month of October.
After that time, 
it will be available for a small fee.
If you have missed any blocks, 
this is the rest of the years.

September's Block 
You can ...

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September 20, 2018
Autumn brings a new adventure from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  I’m happy to say that our move is complete!  We've settled into a home on a small lake just a few miles north of the town where my husband now works. We are centrally located to most of our family and friends, which is wonderful. We are so excited to begin this next adventure. 

My husband is a fisherman, and our whole family enjoys spending time on the water. It’s my dream that we’ll live here for many years, and one day there will be grandkids playing on our little beach.

Most of ...

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September 19, 2018
Salty Creations- Fabric Weaving & More from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Fabric Weaving

Before I get to todays scheduled blog post on Salty Creations, I wanted to take a moment to pray for all of those affected by hurricane Florence. I hope everyone stays safe, find shelter, and gets the items they need. My heart goes out to them. It is in times like these I wonder how I can make a difference… When I searched for hurricane Florence I found this on the PBS website. Google is matching donations made to the American Red Cross. That is amazing!! 

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September 11, 2018
Meet Dodi Lee Poulsen, Teacher, Pattern Writer, and Fabric Designer from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Today I have a special treat for you. I am sharing my interview with Dodi Lee Poulsen. Recently I was able to create a project with her newest fabric line called Simply Happy for Riley Blake Designs. When she reached out to me about sharing the project on her website, I had to know more about her. I was fascinated to learn about all she has done in our industry and delighted that she agreed to talk about her journey.  Designing fabric is something that intrigues me and I love learning about how other people built their business. Everyone say ...

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September 3, 2018
Pretty Pansy Quilted Wall Hanging Tutorial from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Simply Happy Fabric

It’s here! It’s here! Simply Happy fabric is now available online and in LQS everywhere. It is a fun and incredibly cheerful new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs. The colors are refreshing and perfect for that summer project you have been procrastinating about making. Or if you have been looking for a summer project but haven’t found one yet, the Pretty Pansy Quilted Wall Hanging is just the one for you.

My absolute favorite print of the line is the border print. The whimsical flowers at the bottom are wonderful, but it is the tall dainty ...

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September 1, 2018
September's It's a "Wild" Life Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are already
(where did time go) with
the September Block for the 

This month's adorable block was
created by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
Is it not the cutest?

September's Block 

You can find the pattern HERE.

The pattern will be free for the whole
month of September.
After that time, 
it will still be available for a 
small fee.
If you have missed any of the blocks, 
this is what we have so far.

August's Block

Home at the Cabin
You can find the pattern HERE.

July's ...

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