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May 24, 2021
The Calliope Quilt Pattern is Now Available! from Busy Hands Quilts

After several years being licensed to Connecting Threads, Calliope is back and is now available at Busy Hands Quilts.



All the Sizes!

Calliope includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  My patterns include as many sizes as possible (it all depends on the math), giving you true value for your dollar. 

The Calliope quilt pattern includes unique setting triangles that finish the quilt all the way out to the border.  Don't worry, I've broken it down step by step for you, easy peasy!

The ...

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May 14, 2021
Announcing Kaleidoscope by Lori Holt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Introducing the Kaleidoscope Book by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet Co! This book is going to fill your home with light and color! Create quilts filled with a myriad of cool, light, and bright colors centered on a kaleidoscope-inspired star block. This book includes three quilt size options, three pillow size options, and a coordinating cross stitch that will light up your home.

The Kaleidoscope Book will be released in June of 2021! Read more below to learn more about this special book, and two other fun projects that go along with it.

The ever so bright ...

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May 1, 2021
Sweet Comfort Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Sweet Comfort quilt pattern has been kitted in the Throw size by Connecting Threads in their beautiful Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Sweet Comfort quilt pattern includes four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is made from only four fabrics!  Choose four hues in the same colorway, and you're set!

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


While Sweet Comfort looks complicated, I've broken down ...

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April 30, 2021
Friendship Queen Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Friendship quilt pattern has been kitted in the Queen size by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Albalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Friendship quilt pattern includes three sizes - Throw, Twin XL, and Queen - because those are the only sizes that worked out mathematically to actual quilt sizes while preserving the design, mostly because the design requires symmetry.  The design is a tad different in each of the three sizes.


The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection ...

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Waterfall Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Waterfall quilt pattern has been kitted by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Waterfall quilt pattern includes two sizes - Throw and Queen - because those are the only sizes where the math worked out to actual quilt sizes.  You could add a border to the Queen size to make it a King.

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


Waterfall is a stunning log cabin quilt pattern ...

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April 22, 2021
Easy Bargello Quilt Kit Back in Stock - The Quartz Metallic One! from Busy Hands Quilts

The Easy Bargello quilt in Quartz Metallics is in stock at Connecting Threads!  They've sold out several times, and they're back in stock.


Easy Peasy Squeezy!

I named this quilt pattern Easy Bargello 'cause it's the easiest Bargello you'll ever make as there are no seams to match!  If you've never made a Bargello quilt, this is a great place to start because it will teach you the technique without any fuss matching seams.  And of course it's all strip piecing for a quick and easy finish!

The Twin Size!

The Easy Bargello quilt ...

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April 21, 2021
Nautical News Quilt - Almost Amish - Back in Stock! from Busy Hands Quilts

Nautical News in Almost Amish Solids has been restocked by Connecting Threads in the Twin size!  This is the third time it has been restocked because it sells so quickly.




Other Nautical News Quilts

This Nautical News Twin quilt was made by my niece when she was 12.  She cut all of the fabric and sewed it up by herself, and then I quilted it for her with Wandering Spirals.  Didn't she do a lovely job?!


I ♥ to figure out how to make quilt patterns into rainbows, and ...

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December 18, 2020
Annabelle Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Annabelle has been kitted in Moonlit Promenade in the Throw size!  This is a beautiful collection of gray and black with a splash of red.



Annabelle is made with varying sizes of HSTs for a quick finish.  Fabric placement creates a number of designs across the quilt top.

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.


I've made Annabelle in the Botanical Blue fabric collection by Connecting Threads.  This is the Throw size, and this is the quilt on the cover of the ...

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December 16, 2020
Mariposa Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Mariposa has been kitted in the Twin size in Moonlit Promenade, a beautiful fabric collection in gray and black with a splash of red!  





Mariposa features big blocks that create numerous secondary designs when joined together.

    ✔ quick finish
    ✔ stunning design
    ✔ yes please!

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.

The twin size Mariposa quilt kit is available right here.


I've made three Mariposa quilts, all in the Twin size.  The Twin size takes a day or two to make.


Made with fabrics from my stash.


Made with Maison ...

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October 30, 2020
Red wagon quilt patterns: free projects you must make from Pieced Brain

Red wagon quilt patterns: free projects you must make

Choose one of these red wagon quilt patterns or make them both! Bring back childhood memories of riding fun, and make one for each child!

This is Quilt 1 which I created for the My Red Wagon collection by Debbie Busby for Henry Glass. I am smitten by the textures and colors of these fabrics and so happy I was able to work with them! The prints spell ‘cozy’ with plaids and paisleys and are versatile as well because they include whimsical motifs for the entire year. Debbie was inspired!

Debbie worked with a primitive palette, imbuing each fabric with ...

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October 29, 2020
Grandpa's Barn Twin Quilt Kit in Jaqueline! from Busy Hands Quilts

Grandpa's Barn has been kitted in the Jacqueline fabric collection by Connecting Threads!  This is the Twin size.



Jelly Roll Friendly - or use your stash!


Grandpa's Barn is a 2-1/2" strip jelly roll friendly quilt pattern that is entirely strip pieced for a quick finish.  The quilt kit includes yardage, however, as there were a number of light prints in the collection that needed left out to let the design shine through.  This is the entire collection which you will find right here.


Nested Seams ♥


Pressing directions are ...

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October 21, 2020
Working with Cooking Up Quilts! from Needle and Foot

Hello everyone! Just popping in this morning to share a project that Beth Sellers and I ‘cooked up’. As you know, I love to support many of the talented quilt designers in our community by selling their patterns in the shop. My preference is to purchase directly from them whenever I can, as opposed to through a distributor. It helps the designer a tiny bit financially and allows me to get to know the person too. A total win-win.

Recently I placed an order with Cooking Up Quilts to restock some patterns that had sold out in the shop. Her ...

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October 16, 2020
Ombre Mountains Throw Quilt Kits! from Busy Hands Quilts


Ombre Mountains has been kitted by Calico Creations in Mount Vernon, Washington using the exact Moda Grunge fabrics in the cover quilt!  How fun is that?!?  You'll find the quilt kit right here.  They also have quilt Ombre Mountains patterns in stock if you just want the pattern.

Calico Creations is a quilt shop located in 35 minutes south of where I live in Bellingham.  Their address is 400 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon.


The Ombre Mountains quilt pattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The piece sizes vary by quilt size, and I ...

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October 5, 2020
10 Fall Inspired Patterns by Fig Tree Quilts from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

This season, we’re sewing up a few fun-for-fall quilts designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. Autumn breezes and warm tones are on the way, so we collected a list of our favorite patterns to inspire you to get sewing!

Here is a look at the finished Pumpkin Trio quilt all quilted up.

1. Pumpkin Trio makes the most of three cute patchwork pumpkins! This charming fall-friendly pattern finishes at 26″ x 34″ and calls for a Charm Pack and some yardage. If you are a beginner looking for a challenge, you’ll enjoy this intermediate-level pattern. We ...

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Sunnyside Quilt Kit in True Colors by Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm super excited to share with you that Sunnyside has been kitted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah!  Isn't it stunning in a rainbow of Tula Pink! I sure think so.



And I love it when you all take my patterns and make them your own.  I had never envisioned Sunnyside in more than two colors as shown in yellow and gray in the pattern cover below!  Now a multi-colored version is on my must-make list. 

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September 18, 2020
The Value in the Umbrellas - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I'm so happy to be sewing regularly again.  I try to get in a couple of hours a day which goes a long way at getting a quilt done...go figure!  Progress Report on the Umbrella Quilt....40 Umbrella Blocks done ... 40 Fussy Cut Little Girl Blocks Done ... 10 Pin Wheel Blocks Done. (For the record I literally had to take out my first quilt book I ever used to remember how to do quilt block math and get my half square triangles to come out right .... how soon we forget!! )



I stopped right there and looked at all ...

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August 7, 2020
The Boredom of the New Normal on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I truly want to just slap the person who coined the phrase, "The New Normal".  There is nothing normal about what the country is going through right now .  Not to mention when your days are filled with social distancing nothing "New" ever really happens.  A trip to get groceries feels like your big day out!

I blame this for the reason I broke down this week and pulled out a new project without really finishing any of the ones I have going.  This spring I saw on ebay where a widowed husband was auctioning off

the over 200 quilt kits ...

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July 29, 2020
Sweet Caroline Throw Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Sweet Caroline has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the Throw size.  This is the Wild Crimson fabric collection, focusing on the blue fabrics in the collection instead of the reds and tans.  



The pattern gives exact fabric placement to create the three darker squares in the middle of the 25-patch blocks.  They alternate direction every other block to create a subtle secondary design.  

Sweet Caroline is a yardage-friendly quilt pattern that uses strip piecing to go together quickly.  

TIP:  Be sure your strip sets are the correct height so the blocks fit together ...

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July 12, 2020
Sunday Stash July 12, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week.
SS yellowThe start the next shirt plan got sidetracked. When I laid out the pattern, I found the fabric was discolored in places. Washing lightened the marks but didn’t remove them. They were scattered enough I couldn’t cut around them.
I moved on to plan B.
very cherryMy sister sent me this kit last year. I saw feathers and ribbon candy quilted in the frames until I did a mock up. The fancy quilting competed with all those patterned fabrics. Sometimes simple is better.
I finished it for a yard out. Now I need to ...

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July 3, 2020
Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners from Pieced Brain

Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners

Welcome family and friends with this Easy quilting panel Fall pattern I have just released! The border has simple blocks so you can make this quilt in one day. It is perfect for a beginner quilter who is just learning the craft, and ideal for veteran quilters who want a new, but quick, Fall quilt.

Homecoming

Homecoming was made with the Happy Fall Y’all fabric collection by Timeless Treasures. It measures 34-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ and the block size is 2.5″. I chose a simple border because I wanted the messages on the panel to stand out ...

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