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September 10, 2019
New Pattern: 9-Patch Pivot, a fat quarter quilt from Carried Away Quilting

Do you love collecting fat quarters, but then struggle to find just the right pattern to actually use them? Well, I have just the answer . . . my newest pattern, 9-Patch Pivot!

9-Patch Pivot calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, making fabric selection a snap! My sample features the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda, which will be available in October. This pretty quilt finishes at 66" x 77".

Friends, there are several things you will like about this pattern.  First, it really allows a fabric collection to shine. It’s scrappy ...

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September 6, 2019
Warm Up Quilt Piecing from Quilts + Color

When I haven't sewn/quilted for a while and want to get going again I do some warm up piecing.

I have a lot of strips left over from other projects.
I started by just sewing a handful together and continued trying to make a more cohesive combination.
I had NO idea what I'd do with them, but that is the way I often work.
You can see the unit is slightly curved  I do believe I can press and eliminate most of that.
I am now piecing a second unit and I figured out why this happened ...

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July 16, 2019
Simple Strip Pieced Quilt Pattern Perfect for Neutral Fabrics – Bricks & Pavers! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Learn how to make Brick & Pavers, from my first book, “Simple Quilts for the Modern Home.”

Bricks & Pavers is probably my second favorite quilt in the book. It is the one that is going to end up on my bed, now that I have redecorated it.

I just love how the pattern is created by using color value instead of crazy fabrics and prints. And the best part is even though this is one of the largest quilts in the book, it goes really fast because it is almost entirely strip pieced!

In this video I show you how to ...

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July 4, 2019
Beginner's Journey: First time Binding from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

It’s that time again to learn something new to hopefully one day make an entire quilt! But for now, I want to make sure I know how to do everything step-by-step, so when I finally get started on the big project, it will look the best.

Today, I asked my trustee sewing wizard “Meli” to teach me how to bind. I had some leftover 1 ½ ‘’ strip pieces I   making a bordered square block using #BundleUp in “Americana” edition and make one long piece for the binding. 

Untitled-1I was told there’s two types of binding- a single and ...

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Decision and new blogiversary....... from Exuberant Color

Thanks for all of the votes and suggestions yesterday.  I have decided this is the way the quilt will be finished.  Like I mentioned yesterday I have enough of the gray fabric already cut into strips to make all new alternate blocks so it wasn't a decision of how to fix the blocks that were already sewn.  In the end I just didn't want to come up with a quilting design for the alternate plain blocks and this version will be easy to quilt.  I will be able to cut 2 sashing strips from each of the alternate ...

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July 3, 2019
Another treasure uncovered............ from Exuberant Color

This is another find from my treasure hunt last Friday when my friends were here.  I had a group ask if I would teach Double Irish Chain from Blanche Young and Helen Young Frost's book.  I think I cut enough pieces for a 70" x 90" quilt.

This would be the layout for a traditional version of the quilt.  Why did it get put away for over 15 years?  When I measured for the gray strip down the center of the alternate blocks I was off by 1/4" or maybe I didn't remember the measurement right and ...

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June 29, 2019
Treasure hunt............ from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends came over to sew yesterday and while they were here I unearthed some "treasures" from boxes and shelves.  I did a workshop with this pattern probably between 15 and 20 years ago.  I decided after making 2 blocks that I wasn't excited enough about it to make a big quilt.
Here are all of the rest of the pieces and a purse/bag that I made out of the other big square.  It is a Japanese bag pattern that was in some magazine back then.

This is the inside.....

And here is a look at the ...

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June 24, 2019
Patriotic Dresden {June IBA project} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've finally managed to dedicate some time to working on my Island Batik Ambassador project for this month!

My original plan has been slightly modified -- more in name and less in execution. Rather than making a mini quilt to hang for the patriotic holidays, I'm now planning to make a round table topper for my patio table. The rest of my plan is the same -- a Dresden Plate with strip pieced wedges on a white background. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting ...

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June 17, 2019
Try a Technique {June IBA Project + Giveaway} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month's theme for our Island Batik Ambassador assignment is trying a new technique!

This is a theme that we've had before for our Ambassador challenges -- last year, I played around with using bias tape to make a table runner.

This year, I'm going to try a technique that's been on my to do list for a VERY long time -- making Dresden plates! My plan is to make a Dresden plate mini quilt.

I do not have a Dresden plate-specific ruler, but I do have a variety of other wedge rulers that can also be used ...

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June 11, 2019
Herringbone – Easy Strip Pieced Pattern from Simple Quilts for the Modern Home from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Learn how to make Herringbone, from my first book, “Simple Quilts for the Modern Home.”

Herringbone is one of my favorite quilts in the book because it is a very easy quilt pattern but it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. The top is made almost entirely by strip piecing, so it also goes really fast.

In this video I show you how to cut corners out of your strips so you can piece them in an offset way to maximize the use of your fabric. We also talk about how to sew the offset strip sets ...

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June 6, 2019
Pastel quilt top............... from Exuberant Color

The colors seem a little washed out to me in this photo but it was the best my camera was going to do.  It is 56" x 72".  I am so happy to finally use the pastel 16 patches after a couple false starts with them.  The green Brassica fabric is so perfect with them.
This is one of the red blocks.  You can see it is more of a coral than red and isn't as dark as it appears above.

I took this photo before I took it to the basement to press the final seams.  I think ...

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June 5, 2019
Starting the cross seams............... from Exuberant Color

I helped a friend with her quilts yesterday morning and then we went out for lunch.  I couldn't get motivated to do any digging and just read in the afternoon.  Then I got the seams all sewn one way on the pastel 16 patch quilt and got the first 2 cross seams sewn.
This is my next peony bouquet.  Finally there was a white one but not many dark pink ones are still blooming.

This top view shows the 2 that have fluffy yellow centers.

My home owners insurance papers came in the mail and it looks like they ...

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June 2, 2019
Pastel today............. from Exuberant Color

I cut the pastel Brassica fabric I showed a couple days ago to use with the pastel 16 patches from a few years ago.  This is the first layout with the blocks with darker green squares in them.

I still had more light blocks left to cover up the 3 darkest ones to see if this looked better.  I am leaning toward using this layout.  The soft red print is darker too but in real life it doesn't jump out too much.  The photos just don't show the beauty of these blocks.
I finally remembered to take a ...

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May 30, 2019
Striped Landscape from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my friends,

Do you love to show off complex looking projects that are truly easy to make? If so, me too! For the romantic and delicate Everlasting collection, we will be making an 18" pillow top combining the improvisational and the strip piecing techniques.

Just so you know, the reason this tutorial is called "Striped Landscape" is because once I finished it, it reminded me of the vacation I want to take in a quiet beach with beautiful sunsets! ;)

The featured fabrics are Something Blue (Fabric A), Creme de la Creme (Fabric B), Snow (Fabric C), and Cherished Wishes ...

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May 29, 2019
Border fabric............. from Exuberant Color

After looking through fabrics for a possible border I came across this grape print.  I think it might work.  I need to open up the fabric and hang it on the design wall so I can see it from a distance.

Also while in the basement looking around I came across the box of pastel 16 patches that I made 6 years ago.  I tried a couple times to lay them out in a pleasing order with no success.  I think this is the year to make it a success story.  There are 56 eight inch blocks in the box ...

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March 25, 2019
Twirls and Stripes {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's time to show off my finished vintage inspired quilt and compare it to its inspiration!

My finished quilt:

The original quilt:

After finishing the quilt, I decided to see if I had any Hobbs batting in my Island Batik Ambassador box that would be the right size for my 40 x 48 baby quilt -- and I was in luck! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Hobbs batting to use and share with you!

In my box, I had a crib size (45" x 60") cotton batting ...

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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

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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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