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March 12, 2019
Twirls and Stripes {Vintage Reimagined with Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

My life has been filled with a lot of strip piecing recently! Both with Unit A for the Daisy Chain QAL, and with this project!


After cutting the pieces and parts for this project, zipping together my "striped fabric" strip sets was the next step.


The HSTs went together quickly as well. I'm using two different orange fabrics and one yellow fabric for these units.


Subcutting the strip sets into blocks went slightly faster than trimming all of my HSTs, as you might have imagined.

Chain piecing all of the pinwheels was also a quick process -- here are the ...

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January 19, 2019
Thank You Friends! from Butterfly Threads

   
Click HERE to see them all!

I'm so honored to be recognized again by this amazing community! My free download pattern Old Money has been chosen again by the readers as one of the top 100 patterns. I really think I need to make this quick and easy quilt again in another color option. What colors should I choose?



And not only that, I've been selected as one of the top 25 quilting blogs again. You guys blow me away with your support and encouragement and kindness. I'm so pleased that you find what I'm sharing ...

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January 15, 2019
Dashing To The Chapel {In The Pipeline} from Little Bunny Quilts

January is one of our two Island Batik blog hop months! I'm working with the Bazaar line this time around, which is a gorgeous collection of brights. Some of the fabrics have floral motifs, some have butterflies and dragonflies, and some are blender prints.


I decided that I wanted to use these fabrics to make a remixed version of our Dashing to the Chapel pattern. My mom and I constructed the original quilt in 2014 as a wedding gift for my sister and her husband. Her now-mother-in-law did the long arm quilting!


The original quilt used a fat quarter ...

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January 8, 2019
The Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop Continues! from Butterfly Threads


Shimmer quilt pattern found in Scrap Quilt Secrets

If you've been hopping along with us to celebrate the release of my new book Strip Quilt Secrets, then you are probably as impressed as I am at the creativity of the lovely quilters who are helping me celebrate. If you haven't visited each of these blogs, it's not too late. There is still time to comment and win your very own copy of the book. Here's the schedule:

Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January ...

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December 29, 2018
Coming Soon... Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop from Butterfly Threads


Coming soon to one of your favorite blogs...

An official BLOG HOP to celebrate the release of my newest book from C&T publishing.

Stay tuned for fun features from the book, wonderful bloggers sharing their thoughts and chances to win your very own copy!

And don't forget the giveaway taking place on Instagram through tomorrow 12/30/18 !

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December 21, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 5 from Butterfly Threads

The last technique in my new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS is actually several techniques. PIECING ALTERNATIVES are methods that can be used for sewing strips in non-typical ways. Sometimes we just need something new or different to use up the strips, or scraps of strips that we have left over. Hopefully, these will be just what you are looking for...


DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

This is the only quilt in the book that is pieced using the 'sew and flip' method on foundation. I used muslin as my foundation and since the quilt already had three layers I chose not to ...

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December 20, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 4 from Butterfly Threads

The fourth chapter in my new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS is all about using Individual Strips. Some blocks cannot be made from strip sets, and there are some great tips and tricks for using individual strips, from cutting to sewing, to pressing, that will result in accurate blocks that are easy to play with.


BETTER TOGETHER

I will never tire of making log cabin quilts. By cutting accurate strips, using a consistent quarter inch seam allowance, and pressing with care, these blocks will be perfect every time! The fun with log cabin blocks is that there is no limit to ...

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December 19, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 3 from Butterfly Threads



Resewing strip sets is the third technique in my new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS. It may sound complicated, but it is really just sewing strip sets (see chapter one) and then cutting them into units and either twisting them, or rearranging them before sewing them together again. The beauty of this technique is that you can achieve a complicated look without the complicated effort!


ONE WAY TICKET

This quilt is made up of blocks that use 8 strips each that are 2'' wide. By sewing them into a tube, then cutting the tube into strips, and then resewing them together ...

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December 18, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 2 from Butterfly Threads

The second technique in my new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS is all about how to make triangles from strips. Once I learned this technique, I never looked back! I will NEVER make triangles from squares again. No trimming, no over sizing, no waste...what's not to love about that?
SPLASH

This fun little quilt has a secondary design where the pieced sashing meets at the cornerstones. I love adding pieced sashing for just that reason. It's so much fun to create designs where the sashing meets between the blocks. You can see the nine patches in purple between ...

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Good Fortune {Clue #4} from Little Bunny Quilts

After finishing Clue #3 of Good Fortune the night before Clue #4 came out, I was so excited to see that this clue was so quick and easy! Click here for all of the Good Fortune mystery information!

For Clue #4, we were instructed to make scrappy strip pieced rectangles. I was so thrilled with this because I was able to use up a ton of small scraps and I was able to finish the entire clue before I went out and did my grocery shopping on Saturday morning!

To start, I separated my aqua (instead of orange!) scraps into ...

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December 17, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets, technique 1 from Butterfly Threads


As I mentioned before, my new book Strip Quilt Secrets, answers many of the questions I get when I am teaching and sharing my quilts. One of the biggest 'secrets' to scrap quilting is cutting your scraps into strips and making basic STRIP SETS.

Sewing strips into sets (and there are literally pages of info in the book about how to accurately do this!) is the foundation for making fun and exciting quilts from fabrics you already have. I love to shop as much as the next quilter, but I also love to use the fabrics I already have in ...

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December 10, 2018
Baby Quilt Tutorial - "Coco" the Squirrel from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers,

It's the most wonderful time of the year as the song suggests and for me this is a very true statement. Any excuse to get together with family and friends I am definitely a super fan of! Also any extra reason to sew up something new I am all for it! Which is why I especially love sewing for the holidays to decorate my home and to create awesome homemade makes for the special people in my life.

Meet “Coco” the Squirrel below. This gift giving, Santa hat wearing critter would look cute tucked inside baby’s ...

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December 9, 2018
Strip Quilt Secrets from Butterfly Threads



I might have mentioned a time or two thousand that I wrote another book. I don't think I ever explained why I wrote another book though...

I have had a wonderful couple of years traveling and teaching from my first book Scrap Quilt Secrets. It's been a joy and a pleasure to visit so many guilds with my trunk show and teaching workshops. And just like with my first book, this book is a result of the questions and comments I was hearing time and again. Comments like...


  • What is a scrap?
  • How do you sort your scraps ...

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November 15, 2018
Bordering the Square Deal and the Grand Canyon from Fret Not Yourself

Liking the microdot inner sashing, I was ready to sew the center together but decided to make a Churn Dash of the innermost triangles. The first attempt included very narrow pink rectangles {no photo} but quickly grew to squares for more presence. The extra pink balances the weight of the Square Deal.

The Square Deal quilt in progress: working on the borders

With that part looking good I sewed on the mermaid inner border before going to bed.

In the morning the quilt appears too dark and/or heavy with four black crossroad blocks in each corner. Reducing that to ...

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November 12, 2018
trip around the world quilt from Charm About You


trip around the world quilt charm about you

My husband sneakily took this as I was taking pictures of the finished quilt, I think it's a pretty cool photo! 
Last week I made this trip around the world quilt for a Sewing Quarter demo. Now these aren't all colours I would normally go for but I really like this combination of pastel colours with the deep purple and bright blues. It's a mix of solids, Linea and prints from the Bijoux range by Makower.

scrappy binding on a quilt

Cutting strips from 'tubes' for the blocks leaves you with some extra, so I used some of them in the binding ...

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October 29, 2018
Two baby quilts.............. from Exuberant Color

I decided on a medium size meander for the quilting on this strippy baby quilt.  I used SoFine thread so it barely shows.














I love the cheery Brandon Mably print on the back. 

It finished at 39" x 51.25".
















I didn't like the backing fabric for the binding so I looked for another print and found this diagonal plaid also by Brandon Mably.










While I still had the roll of batting out I cut a piece for this Laurel Burch fabric baby quilt.  I did organic straight line quilting on it.





I got it trimmed and bound too ...

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October 28, 2018
Working in slow motion............ from Exuberant Color

Last week was so busy that I just ran out of steam yesterday.  I finally forced myself to go down to the basement and clean off a table so I could cut some batting.  Then I had to clean off the long arm table.  I had piled a lot of things on it when I went to NC in August and had plastic over the whole thing.  I pressed the backing fabric and loaded it and then got the other 2 layers on there.  I hope I have renewed energy today to get it quilted and trimmed.

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October 23, 2018
Baseball Baby Quilts {Tops for Twins} from Little Bunny Quilts

After what was a momentary lull, I am back to having three baby quilts on my to-do list. The first two are the twin baseball-themed quilts using these fabrics:


I decided to use our new Boot Scootin' Baby pattern for these quilts. This is my first time using this pattern.

I also decided that I didn't need to be fancy with these quilts -- the two tops will be exactly the same.


The number one complaint (if you can even call it a complaint) that we seemed to get about the Ready, Set, Soar pattern is that it doesn't ...

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October 17, 2018
182 neutral 16 patch blocks........... from Exuberant Color

l am SO happy that all 182 blocks are sewn.  I haven't pressed them yet but I think that will wait.  I'm ready to put them in a box for awhile and work on something colorful.  I really would like to finish a quilt this month too so maybe that will be next.....but maybe I need to choose some fabric for a quilt first.

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October 16, 2018
22 more blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided I have to finish sewing all of the neutral 16 patches before I can start a new quilt.  I sewed 22 last night and there are parts for 6 more blocks laying on top.  I think I have 152 sewn altogether now with 30 left to sew.  I have to slice the last batch of stratas into 2.5" segments next.  Tonight is my 3 hour TV night so I should be able to finish them.

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