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APQ Radio with Pat Sloan!

February 7th, 2016

Tune in at 4PM Eastern Time!

Join me tomorrow Feb 8th, on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan! Things get started at 4:00PM Eastern time. You’ll also get to hear from Robin Koehler, a dear friend as well as Sarah Maxwell and EQ. Join us!

Ways to listen to this podcast:

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Quilt Dots Blog Tour

February 6th, 2016

Welcome to the Blog Tour!
Are you familiar with Quilt Dots?

Thank you for participating in the Quilt Dots “We Love Our Designers” Blog Tour!

Quilt Dots have quilt images on them…check out the Perkins Dry Goods collection here.

They come as magnets, pins, bookmarks or pendants.

And guess what? There will be a giveaway on February 14th.

To enter you need to “Like” the post on the Perkins Dry Goods Facebook page
(click on the image below to get there).

Quilt Dots "We Love Our Designers" Blog TourAlso, be sure to visit the Quilt Dots blog to catch up on the designers you might have missed!

These are some of the quilts that are featured in the Dots!  You can make these quilts too. They are available at PerkinsDryGoods.com

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Splendid Sampler Sew Along

January 16th, 2016

The splendid sampler bannerI am more than thrilled to be part of the Splendid Sampler Sew Along!

Pat and Jane have done an amazing job of organizing this event.
There are 83 designers. And 100 different blocks will be revealed through the year.
This is epic!!

The first block will be revealed on Valentine’s Day. Blocks will be released twice a week. Different colorways will be featured plus different settings for the finished blocks. Easy to keep up with, right?

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

This is what you need to do right now:

Visit the Splendid Sampler website at here for more details and tutorials.

Join the Splendid Sampler Facebook group here and participate in the conversation!

Update 1/17/16:  If you do not have a Facebook account but still want to follow along, click here.
The Splendid Sampler website will show the group conversations there.

Happy Quilting

Christmas Sewing

December 23rd, 2015

I love this time of year. I get to take some time off and sew fun stuff (rather than deadline type things). Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love designing and writing patterns. I love sewing them too. But even more, I love sewing to create stuff. We’re all “makers” of some kind aren’t we?

This delightful pattern was a gift from my friend Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs. I wasn’t sure I’d get it done before Christmas, but here is it on my kitchen table!  You can find the pattern here at Beth’s website. She also has the tools you need to make this cute runner. The curves are created with the Leaves Galore “Petite” template by Sue Pelland Designs; the pattern includes instructions for cutting without the tool as well.

Thanks Beth!

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Happy Quilting

December Aurifil Designer of the Month – Me!

December 15th, 2015

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MINI QUILT
This is the last month for the  Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Thank you for participating….be sure to submit an image of your quilt to the Flickr page to be entered in the drawing for Aurifil Thread.

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Winter Stars Instructions

WIN PRIZES!
Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!

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Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

 Thanks so very much for participating in the 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month event!

Happy Quilting

November Aurifil Designer of the Month – Bonnie Christine

November 19th, 2015

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MINI QUILT
Join in the Sew-Along each month during the Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Look for new posts each month through the end of the year!

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WIN PRIZES!
Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!

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Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

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timber mini quilt pattern

Come back to my blog next month to see what I’ve got going on – it’s my turn next!

Happy Quilting

October Aurifil Designer of the Month – Sara Lawson

October 21st, 2015

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MINI QUILT
Join in the Sew-Along each month during the Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Look for new posts each month through the end of the year!

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WIN PRIZES!
Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!

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Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

 Come back to my blog each month to see what’s up to for the Aurifil Designer of the Month event!

Happy Quilting

September Aurifil Designer of the month – Valorie Wells

September 16th, 2015

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MINI QUILT
Join in the Sew-Along each month during the Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Look for new posts each month through the end of the year!

Indigo Crossing

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WIN PRIZES!
Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!

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Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

 

Come back to my blog each month to see what’s up to for the Aurifil Designer of the Month event!

Happy Quilting

Part 4 – French Connection Sew Along – the Top!

September 9th, 2015

Welcome to Part 4… Putting it all together!

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Week 4 Pattern

 Visit the French Connection Sew Along Group on Facebook and share your work!

Are you ready to put the blocks and border together?  Let’s get started…..


 I like to put projects like this together in rows.

Make a top and bottom row from Border Units.

Next, Sew the blocks together with a border unit on each end.
Be sure to follow the pressing directions so your seams nest.

Sew the rows to each other.

Top assembly - rows

Add the Accent and Outer Border and you’re ready to layer for quilting!

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Thanks for joining us for the Sew Along – stay tuned for the next project starting in October!

PS – This pattern will remain free until the end of September. Thanks so much for participating!

Happy Quilting

Part 3 – French Connection Sew Along!

September 2nd, 2015

Welcome to Part 3… Piecing the Border Units!

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I hope you’re enjoying the project – we would love to see what you’re up to.  Visit the French Connection Sew Along Group on Facebook and share your work!

French Connection Sew Along Week 3 pattern

This week, we will be working on the units that are used in the borders.


Pieced Border Units 7 and 8

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There are LEFT units and RIGHT units. Lay the pieces out before you sew and pin. This will help keep everything going the right way.
You will be sewing ON the line and trimming 1/4″ away.

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The next step involves adding the 2″ squares. Note the fabric combinations – they’re a little different than the blocks. Lay the pieces out before you sew.

Border Unit 7 Dark

Repeat for Unit 8, using the fabric for that block.

Border Unit 8 Med


Border Unit 9

Border Unit 9

This unit is a simple Half Square Triangle unit.


Border Unit 10

This unit is assembled the same way that the square in a square unit in the blocks is…but you use the border fabric for the corners.

Border Unit 10

And next week is assembling the top.

Happy Quilting

February 14, 2016
 
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