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October 30, 2014
Pat Sloan: Quilting the New Classics Book Review and GIVEAWAY from Pat Sloan's Blog

Sometimes wonderful opportunities come my way. Like meeting Michele Muska. I first meet Michele when I was doing some work in the craft industry and we have been great friends ever since!

Michele muska

As I arrived at the trade show a few months back I was greeted by a huge hug and a request from Michele! She asked if I would contribute a quilt to her book called "Quilting the New Classics".  OF COURSE I would! 

pat sloan quilting the new classics review 1

The book is finally here and it is beautiful!

The 2nd quilt on that stack is MINE!  

pat sloan quilting the new classics review 3

Michele wanted to show how quilts using a ...

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How to pop your seams - a video tutorial from On the Windy Side

When I first learned to quilt, I made a nine patch quilt.  My mum taught me how to nest the seams in my nine patches, so the points of the squares met nicely, and the block could be pressed really flat.  

I don't have a black and white view on seam pressing - I think pressing seams to the side and pressing seams open are both totally legitimate techniques, and there are times where one is preferable over the other.

This is obviously not a technique I invented, but it's something I find really useful, and I wanted to ...

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Facing a Quilt Tutorial from Field Trips in Fiber

When I showed my Zombie ball quilt last week I mentioned that I finished it with a facing. One of my blog friends asked how I did that. If nothing else, I'm here to please! Today I have a tutorial for how to face a quilt.

ZB 9

Here's the faced backing of Zombie Ball. A facing is a great alternative to binding on art quilts. I wouldn't recommend it for a bed quilt or quilt that's going to be used and washed often. I think that a faced edge would wear faster than the quilt.

Step 8

Here's ...

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Quarter Square Triangle Formula from Alamosa Quilter

How large should you cut your squares to make quarter square triangle units of any size?

If you are a very precise cutter and piecer, then cut your squares 1 1/4" larger than the FINISHED size of the quarter square triangle unit you need.

The exact formula is FINISHED size plus 1 1/4". You need to be very accurate when you cut and sew your pieces for this to work. So I cut my squares a little larger and then trim the units down to the correct size.

Lynn's formula is FINISHED size plus 1 1/2 ...

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October 29, 2014
Half Square Triangle Formula from Alamosa Quilter

Here is a simple formula for how to make half square triangles from squares.

If you are a very precise cutter and piecer, then cut your squares 7/8" larger than the FINISHED size of the half square triangle unit you need.

Exact formula is FINISHED size + 7/8"

Example 1: If you need your half square triangle to finish at 2", then you need to cut your squares at 2 7/8". Draw a line along the diagonal on the back of the lighter piece. Place your two 2 7/8" squares right sides together and sew 1/4 ...

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October 28, 2014
Pat Sloan: American Patchwork & Quilting Editors from Pat Sloan's Blog

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The American Patchwork and Quilters editors

The American Patchwork and Quilting editors bring you a show full of tips and tricks! 

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Trapped Square Block Tute - NYC Metro MQG Bee from madebychrissied

I'm skipping my July Bee Block (I've made it but not had chance to write it up yet) and instead I'm sharing my August Bee Block for Queen Bee Kim.

 The package included 3 solids - 1 fat quarter of Kona navy and another of orchid and an 18" x 11.5" piece of white.  The instructions were a 12.5" square using only the enclosed fabrics - make a "modern" sampler block, wonky or asymmetrical.  The extra fabric can be used to make an additional block experimenting with ideas and any size if time allows.

So I set ...

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Finger Pin Cushion Tute from madebychrissied

Towards the end of September I got together with Susie, my friends, Ivete and Andrea, owners of the brand new online fabric store Gotham Quilts - (if you haven't visited their website I highly recommend you head over there, as soon as you've finished reading this of course!) and Nancy to celebrate Nancy's birthday.  Anyone who frequents The City Quilter knows Nancy - she's the store's resident fabric guru, doll maker and felting genius, in fact there's not much that's crafty she's not a guru on!

Here's a pic of me with Nancy ...

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Tutorial~ Liberty of London Framed Christmas Ornament from Tea Rose Home

My love for the fabrics for Liberty of London goes back to when I was in junior high. There was a fabric store which carried them, in the city I lived, and whenever I had chance, I went to the store; I just admired it with sigh. When I had my first job in high school, I bought my first Liberty of London fabric... over the years I collected them here and there and I have a hard time cutting them.

But, what good would it do if I don't make anything and just let it sit on the ...

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October 27, 2014
Quilted Garden Pillow {TUTORIAL} from Samelia's Mum

Playing with pretty fabrics is one of my all time favourite things to do. One of the prettiest new ranges which I've had the pleasure of working with is called Primrose Garden by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics. The colours combinations are just lovely and the prints really appeal to me.

I created this quilted pillow with some of this new range. The basis of the pillow is a pineapple block which - foundation pieced. I enlarged this simple pineapple block with EQ7 to create a larger block, which when bordered makes the perfect size for a pillow.

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Wonky Log Cabin Block Tute - NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee from madebychrissied


Hi, Chris here, catching up with my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Blocks - this one's for September and our Queen Bee is Andrea Deal of Gotham Quilts.  

If you haven't heard of Gotham Quilts yet then do check out their website - it's a brand new online fabric store owned by my two friends Andrea Deal and Ivete Tecedor, based in Manhattan but shipping internationally.

Not surprisingly Queen Bee Andrea picked some pretty gorgeous new fabrics for her blocks with her whole store to choose from!   

Forest Frivolity, Moonshine in Strawberry by Tula Pink for Free Spirit

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October 26, 2014
"Pink Magnolia" Quilt Pattern Tutorial from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

Free Quilt Pattern from53 Quilt block PatternsAll Pattern can be found HERE all cutting and piecing instructions are given for a 54” x  74” 

Free Star quilt pattern from 53 Quilt Block Pattern Book

53 Quilt Block Pattern Book Tutorial
Finished Quilt Block Size 14” x 14”
Cutting Colors for block on the left

Cut 8 White       2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 8 Pink         2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 9 Pink         2 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 8 Dk. Pink   2 ½” x 2 ½”

Cut 4 White       6 ½” x 2 ½”

53 Quilt Block Pattern Book Tutorial

I am the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt ...

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October 24, 2014
Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Frances Newcombe from Pat Sloan's Blog

It was love at first sight when I saw Frances Newcombe's fabric. THEN I meet her and that just put stars in my eyes like all those cartoons!  Frances makes EVERYONE feel like you have known her for years and are her very best friend... of course we are! You have to love finding amazing people like Frances and wanting them in your life. If ONLY she didn't live on the 'other' coast!

Frances newcombe and pat sloan

Listen to my chat with Frances on 6/2/14

Frances newcombe 2

This quilt is Better Homes & Gardens Easy Applique' "Heart and Hand"pg 23 I changed ...

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DID YOU NOTICE? from Mountaintop Quilting Studio

This really is quite embarrassing, but in all the years I've been working with my website, today is the day I finally figured out the PROMOTION button/flat page. 

And that is good news for you!

If you click on the Promotion Button on the left sidebar


it will ...

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October 23, 2014
How to run a successful swap from Mommy's Nap Time

I'm not going to claim to be an expert swap mama, but sometimes it's good to know a few things before deciding to host a sewing swap. Here's a little post about what I know (29 swaps worth of experience!). Please feel free to add comments at the end with any additional suggestions!

Before starting a swap you'll want to think about a few things, what sort of swap will it be? Is this for anyone to join, or just people you know and trust? Is it going to be a quick swap, or one that ...

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liberty of london coasters from pieceful life

I am making some coasters for my swap partner in the Liberty of London swap.
I thought it would be fun to show you the process/tutorial for these coasters.
Here goes:

Start with two  2 inch hexagons and sew them together using a slip stitch.

Remove the hexagon papers(I save them to use again) and secure the hexagons
 to the 5.5"X5.5" piece of fabric(I used osnaburg cotton) 
with washable glue or pins.

Machine or hand stitch the hexagons to the fabric square.

Cut a 5.5"X5.5" piece from thin batting and place ...

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Pat Sloan: Featured Shop from Pat Sloan's Blog

I want to start featuring shops that have my fabric, thread, books and patterns! 

Pat sloan featured shop


First I want to share a shop that is on Amazon, as so many of you tell me  you shop there often for all kinds of things.  My Friend Christa wears a lot of hats. She is a shop owner, a designer and she travels to teach quilting.

Christa specializes in precuts and Aurifil thread.. what a SUPER combo, right?  What I love is that she has my PERFECT Box of Aurifil Neutrals and my PERFECT Box of colors. Since I travel so ...

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October 22, 2014
Felted Pincushions….Part 1 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I made 2 dozen of these today!

I would have made more, but

I ran out of panty hose…

Felted Pincushions…

I watched an excellent tutorial video by Patsy Thompson

2 hours later….here they are!

I glued the pincushions into little dishes……how sweet.

Click the you tube video below:

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Amy Smart from Pat Sloan's Blog

I found Amy Smart's website years ago and have been a fan ever since. I love her style, her writing, her teaching methods. AND Amy is one smart and encouraging cookie!  She has a wonderful free learn to quilt tutorial that you can point your friends to when they tell you 'I want to learn!'

Listen to my chats with Amy on 5/12/14 and 2/18/13 

Amy Smart

SO excited to be able to share my favorite quilt. In some ways, picking a favorite quilt is like picking a favorite family member. You like them all for different ...

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Chunky Wheel Table Runner Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Half square triangles can be a lot of fun to sew with. They are quick to sew and can be rearranged into a variety of different layouts.

This table runner features 3 quilt blocks.  They are kind of a chunky wheel– thus the name.

chunky wheel table runner tutorial | patchwork posse #quilting #freepattern #diy

It is charm pack friendly.  Divide the pack into lights and darks.  The background doesn’t have to be a solid.  It can be just a lighter than the dark fabric– has enough contrast to stand out.  The design does blend the fabrics together if they are the same value, but when you look at it ...

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