I am SO happy to have my dear friend Ann Weber featured today! Ann and I have known each other since she took my workshop, sliced her finger and we enjoyed getting to know each other in the emergency room.. yes.. we are blood sisters! Ann is an incredible designer, I adore all her projects, her sense of color and her outlook on life. Ann is has a beautiful spirit and I'm so thrilled to call her a good friend all these year. Now she designs with her Sister Joanne Rowicki as the Gingham Girls and you see their ...
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I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles! Today Christa Watson shares her favorite.. and a new generation that is learning to quilt!
Listen to my chat with Christa on 6/23/14 CLICK HERE
Charming Chevrons is my favorite because it was my first modern quilt! It was originally made as a free quilt along ...
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SPOOL BLOCK TUTORIAL
Fabric Requirements for each Spool Block:
1 center square 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
2 contrasting fabrics for side pieces ~ each fabric piece measuring 12.5 inches x 2.5 inches
(which makes ... read more
Taking my dog for a walk is one of my favorite things to do. They love the outdoors and exploring everywhere. A leash is a must have for any pet owner– and even pets need a little bit of something extra special sometimes.
Sew up a leash using your scrap ribbon and fabric for a customized leash for your favorite pet.
Ribbon Leash Tutorial
ribbon scraps 1/4″ wide X any length
fabric- 28 3″ X 6″
Dog Leash Tutorial:
Sew your fabric pieces end to end so you have one long piece
1) Fold in ...read more
I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles! I am hearing stories that give me goosebumps, make me smile and make me want to quilt! Today my very amazing friend and super talented artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe shares her current favorite quilt.
Listen to my chats with Victoria on 5/19/14, 11/12/12 and 4/9/12! CLICK HERE
Today's Topic: Binding
Assignment: Finish your quilting, square up your quilt, and BIND
On the Blog: Blog about it and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.
*If you are sharing pictures from Flickr, I started a Celestial Star QAL group, where you can also share your photos, or start up a discussion, ask questions, etc. I don ...
As it works in the world, we meet people and then become fast friends, even when we live a zillions miles away and don't see each other often. The friends where you chat like it was just yesterday you saw each other.
Amy Ellis and I started by commenting on each other's blogs, to chatting about work.. and along the way we keep up with each other! Amy is my Featured Friend today and shares her Current Favorite quilt!
Listen to my Chat with Amy on 10/15/12 CLICK HERE
I am SO excited to introduce you to Courtney Lyons, of petit lyons. Courtney and I first "met" while co-hosting a blog event a few years ago with Rachel of imagine gnats. Over the years she has made me some beautiful items, always including her precious Anna Maria Horner prints (she's so generous!), and I just have to say that she has been a great friend! We also had our youngest boys in the same week last year, so watching them grow together has been so much fun! I feel like they should be best friends. I hope that ... read more
Today's Topic: Join wedges and finish block
Assignment: Join all 12 wedges and complete your block.
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your completed block(s), and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.
On Instagram: Complete the assignment, take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL AND #CelestialStarBlock.
When you link up you completed quilt blocks, you are automatically entered to win one of two $25 gift certificates to The ... read more
I am thrilled to introduce you to today's guest blogger: Cristy Fincher. I have had nothing but positive experiences interacting with her. Not only is she one of the nicest people I've ever *met* (online only, we have yet to meet in person, and look forward to the day), but she is nothing but generous in sharing herself, her knowledge, and her talents. Of which she has many. I can't say enough good things about her. She has been a great support and friend to me along my journey of quilting and I continually learn so much ... read more
Today's Topic: Paper Piecing
Assignment: Piece all the pattern sections.
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your patterns pieced, pre-joining segments, and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.
On Instagram: Complete the assignment (piece your patterns), take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL.
There is no giveaway in conjunction with this topic.
*If you are sharing pictures from Flickr, I started a Celestial ... read more
A couple of years ago I made this simple patchwork pumpkin throw pillow. It's an easy project perfect for using up scraps. Here's a tutorial for this quilt block as well as some other patchwork pumpkin projects to make some quick scrappy Halloween decorations. Quilt Block tutorial (13 1/2" x 13 1/2" finished) Fabric requirements: 16 orange squares 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" 17 black squares 2read more
Recently, I signed up to create a block for a charity quilt the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild was organizing.
The project, which will be raffled off, and proceeds going to breast cancer research, had a 'boob' theme.
We had to pick from a list of terms, and create a block reflective of that term. I picked "cupcakes".
I went pretty literal with my block -
Here's the free pattern/tutorial for you. The awesome people from Therm O Web helped this project out with a few their fantastic products!
Pink scraps and strips (cupcake 'cake')
Brown scraps/strips (cupcake ...
It's been super exciting to see a few people using my Scaled Stars tutorial to make blocks.
Megan from Jaffa Quilts made these gorgeous 12" blocks using low volume backgrounds and super saturated fabrics for the stars. She's used a lot of Anna Maria Horner fabrics, which of course, I love. I'd find it hard to explain why, but these colours remind me of sour lollies - yum!
As with everything there are MANY ways to make quick pieced Triangles. This is the way "I" like to do mine.
How to do Square's HERE
for a finished size 2 inch square you will cut your fabric 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
for a finished size 3 inch square you will cut your fabric 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
for a finished size 4 inch square you will cut your fabric 4 7/8" x 4 7 ... read more
Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters. Today's topic is Quick Piecing Techniques. For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page. Chain Piecing Technique Chain Piecing is one of the most basic time saving methods. This method involves lining up your sets and sewing without cutting the threads between units. Line up your pairs ofread more