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April 29, 2016
The Pat Bravo Minis Blog Tour + Giveaway from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Welcome! I'm so pleased that you stopped by my blog today! I'm honored that Pat Bravo invited me to participate in her Minis Blog Tour and excited to share my mini "Whirl & Twirl" quilt with you.
Whirl & Twirl by Thistle Thicket Studio.

This blog tour is featuring two of Pat's fabric collections, Dare & EssentialsII, with Art Gallery Fabrics. Truthfully, I had never sewn with AGF fabrics so I jumped at this chance and so happy I did. The fabrics have a wonderful weave making them so luxurious and great to work with. And the bright colors and bold designs of Pat's fabrics ...

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Pat Sloan: A cute deal & Designer Mystery Club, I'm block 9! from Pat Sloan's Blog


This week is a getting organized.. between work.. kind of week!   I have a few fun things to share... including 2 freebies!

French general la marias

I think i might have told you this before.. like maybe 100 times.. sorry if I repeat... wink!  My friend QuiltJane is making her Splendid Sampler with French General fabric, so now I need to have it too! 

This line really caught my eye because it has the blue, that gorgeous coral, a light chocolate and the taupes. Click over to see the fabrics in detail

Buy the Fabric

You can find more French General here too!


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Cordelia’s Garden Quilt from Quilty Therapy

Going back to one of my favorite books for this quilt.  Lindsay Conner’s Modern Bee Book.  This is a pattern I have long admired but have not made one.  I was given some colors for this baby quilt and instantly thought of this pattern.

cordelia's garden modern instabee book

Colors:  pale pink, light gray, periwinkle, and a light green.

Finding a delicate pale pink was really challenging.  I scoured some local quilt shops and didn’t find the color I truly wanted.  Luckily, I was able to find most of my fabrics needed from Stitch Stash Diva.  They were great about responding to my ...

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April 28, 2016
Sewing a Rayon Challis Top – Making pattern adjustments and fixing fitting from From My Carolina Home

What is it with fashion designers these days?  Go into the stores looking for a pretty spring print and all you find are ugly prints and the ever present solid colors.  Is the concept of florals for spring so clichéd that no one will do them?  But, but… that is what I want now, planting flowers in pots and pretty floral prints to wear.  Even Macy’s let me down, and that doesn’t often happen.  I am sick of solid, color blocking and I need something else to wear to work.  So, back to the fabric stash to finally ...

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using handwoven fabric from Ellyn's Place

When I finished weaving my scarf last month, I had some of the beautiful yarn leftover. I decided to weave it into a piece of fabric and make it into a bag. I wanted to combine it with some quilting cotton to make a fun sling bag. That yarn was so hard to match! Purples seemed too purple next to it and reds looked too red! Finally I found this cotton & steel fabric that was just right! (suddenly I feel like Goldilocks! Ha)
The bottom woven part is a pocket, which I wish I had made bigger. oh well! Next ...

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April 27, 2016
This Magnetic Snap Will Change Your Life! from Cultured Expressions


OK, maybe not your entire life… but it will change your bag sewing! I tried this Dritz magnetic snap and finally I’ve added it to the CE Shop.  I love the secure hold hold, and the black rubberized cover which you SEW THROUGH all along the edge for easy application.  Flawless!  I tried it first on the outside pocket of my bogolan clutch wallet.

Then, I used it again on my third SewJourn Bag, just above the inside zippered pocket (this one is also done in bogolan, one of my favorite African fabrics for bags of all types.)

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Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Sampler Block 8 from Harding Hill Designs

Take a look at block 8 for Quiltmaker Magazines 100 Blocks Sampler...cute, right? I'm cruising along with these blocks. I'll take a progress picture of all the blocks I've got done so far soon. 


Block 8, Happy, by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson


Harding Hill Designs Sampler Block 8


How are your blocks coming along?


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April 26, 2016
Pat Sloan: Loving Layer Cakes and easy Free Pattern from Pat Sloan's Blog


Layer cakes are so fun to use, nice big 10" squares from a single line. Or you might cut up your scraps into your own 'scrap busting' layer cake!  I am sharing a few of my favorite Layer cake freebies. Add a contrasting fabric and away you go to happy quilt making! I also put a link to this page at my Free Pattern page so you can find it again. At the end are links to Layer cakes deals... ohlala!

Pat Sloan Free Layer Cake Patterns

These four quilts are pretty exciting and all start with layer cakes!

Download the Patterns

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The Rivendale Collection: Meet Sally Giblin from The Shabby

Today on The Shabby we are so excited to introduce you to Sally Giblin, the talented designer behind The Rivendale Collection! Sally's patterns are all so lovely and we can't wait to show you her newest designs!

First, let's meet the designer!
Sally Giblin, an Australian designer, established The Rivendale Collection 15 years ago and hasn't stopped creating gorgeous patterns ever since. Her focus is mainly on stitchery and applique and her distinctive style has set her apart in the industry. She says her inspiration for the collection can come from a variety of sources from ...

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Pat Sloan: Chance to win a copy of my friend Barbara's new book! from Pat Sloan's Blog


I am pretty excited for this book tour with my friend Barbara Cline! Her latest book and the quilts, will knock your socks off!

Pat sloan barbara cline book tour

Barbara has an amazing way of looking at quilt blocks. In her latest book all the projects are made from the same star unit. 

How she places fabric and color totally changes up what you see!  

yes.. all those are the SAME block!

I decided to ask Barbara a few insider questions.. because I'm all about the story of the maker. 


What color fabric to you have the most of ... the least of.. and why ...

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Microwave Projects you can Sew from Patchwork Posse

There is nothing fun about getting burned.

I have to admit that I’m a little afraid of my oven.  Not the biggest fan of the racks, heat and that big door that seems to jump at my elbows when ever it can!

No matter how many times I use it I always forget that it’s hot.  The steam always rushes to my face….. yeah. Not the smartest when it comes to cooking.

The microwave…..while I don’t use it as much as the oven, it can be a little deceiving.  There is no red glowing light letting ...

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Quilts and More Feature ~ Color Wheel Pincushion from Tea Rose Home

I received the newest issue of Quilts and more in the mail today... and guess what??? The color wheel pincushion I designed made the front cover of the magazine, Yeah!

This is a simple and fun project to work on and I wanted to make it even easier for you to start the project (grin). Head over to my etsy shop; you can purchase the kit for this pincushion.

I thought it might be a hassle for some people to go through fabrics to find the exact shade of fabrics to create the color wheel. This way, you can just ...

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A Collette Crepe wearable muslin…and the letters T & U from Nita Dances

Presenting….the Crepe dress by Collette!


A summery wrap dress that wraps at the back! And no worries at all…there’s a lot of wrapping back there. I’m not worried about any stray gusts of wind at all, thank goodness!

collette crepe 023

I’d read a lot of pattern reviews before choosing this dress. They all said there were issues with fitting the back, so I expected that. And wow! Were they ever right! It was huge on me!

I took excess fabric away from the back bodice pieces by drawing a wedge that tapered from the inside seam to ...

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Gender Neutral Triangle Quilt – HELP from Quilty Therapy

The vision is my head for this baby quilt.  However, I’M STUCK!  Full creative road block.  So readers I turn to you for some input.

For the color scheme I went a little preppy.  I adore the jade color and think it pairs well with the mustard.  Here is my original pull from the quilt store.

fabric pull

That pink mass on top is a bridesmaid dress from the wedding.  That will be used as part of the binding.  Keep that in mind for the next part.  After cutting the triangles I sprinkle in some gray and white for balance.

fabric selection

Tonight ...

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Pat Sloan: Spooky Delights Sew Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I love being ready 'ahead of time'... so when there is a Halloween sew along in April & May, I'm all for it!


My friends at the Fat Quarter shop joined up with my buddy Anne Sutton of Bunnyhill for a super fun table runner project, perfect for decorating this fall, and gosh.. we have TONS of time to get it done!  


Anne has the MOST ADORABLE fabric line called Spooky Delights from Moda and there is a kit link at the end for the project in her fabrics. 

Several of us will be making this project and sharing during ...

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April 25, 2016
Listen, Learn, Sew with Pat Sloan + a FREE pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

 *** Free Tutorials from my Guests at the END.. guests Blair Stocker, Lynn Harris, Cynthia Frenette, and Lori Brechlin
American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 300 Blair Stocker
I love when people do interesting things, Blair Stocker is one of those people. Coming from the apparel industry she is now an upcycler of textiles into fun and useful projects! Her book 'Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love' is full of great tips! I am excited for Blair to share of of that with me ...

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Triangles Galore! from Bear Patch Quilting

Looking for another way to make accurate half-square triangle blocks?  There are several ways to make this basic block, so it's good to try something that you might not have done before.  Using triangle paper is one method that I urge you to try if you haven't already.  There's not a big investment in a lot of supplies needed, so there's not much to lose even if you end up not liking it.  And there's always a chance you will really, really like it!

I find that even if the pattern doesn't call for ...

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summer day necessities from edeenut

I love having free hands during the spring/summer months when I'm headed out to the park or to the store, or beach! My kids are old enough that they an carry their own things and so my hands are mostly free.
A few must have things for me are sandals, chap stick and sunglasses. I have pretty sensitive eyes and can't leave the house without eye protection. I'm not a fan of squinting, those darn crows feet between my eyebrows are getting worse!

zipper wallet- edeenut 
chapstick- Burt's bees
sunglasses- Target
sandals- Saltwater

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April 24, 2016
Tutorial: Thread catcher sewing helper from Craft Gossip

Trina Gallop Guest Tutorial at Janome

Keep your sewing space clutter-free with a thread catcher

Trina Gallop of Will Cook for Shoes did a guest post at Janome Life blog where she shares how she keeps her sewing table neat. Of the project she says,

This pretty little thread catcher definitely keeps my space a little neater and it’s a quick project!

This is much cuter than the plastic sandwich bag I tape near my machine. Click the link below to get the know-how.

Thread Catcher Tutorial, by Trina

{Image credit: Will Cook for Shoes}

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April 23, 2016
Pat Sloan Block 16 from Pat Sloan's Blog

The Splendid Sampler Block 16, Pieces of Friendship is designed by Lindsay Mayland, my friend and editor at American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 

Pat sloan splendid block 16 final

I can remember meeting her for the first time, she came to my school house at the trade show. I love meeting people in person after weeks or sometimes years, of just talking by email or phone. 

Lindsay's block tells the story of her co-workers teaching her to quilt, and how much of a passion she now has for it. 

As I make each block for my personal quilt i think about the designer, I think about ...

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