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Trip around the Tree Skirt

I have this new little pencil tree tucked in a corner and I thought… wouldn’t it be fun to make a Trip Around the World Tree Skirt! It was actually my nephew Sammy that brought it up… Imagine my embarrassment!  He was right… smart puppy! My tree skirt is made from four...

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Quilt Pattern Giveaway

It’s Giveaway Day at Sew Mama Sew!  I’m giving away a quilt pattern bundle to a US AND INTERNATIONAL winner! I have 5 quilt patterns offered in print that will be added to my shop this week.  To kick it off, I’m giving one printed pattern bundle (including my block of the...

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Block 1 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Block of the Month 2015 My Scrappy Block 1 is DONE! If you’re just joining in, I’m on block #1 of this quilt… Here is a picture of both blocks, the solid version from the completed quilt (above) and my new scrappy block! I love how colors and values can change the entire...

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diy ~ a hanging phone pocket for charging

Phone Charging Pocket Tutorial I have a quick tutorial for you today!  I made this little pocket for my daughter to use in her dorm room at college.  Now she has a place to hang her phone near her bed while it charges.  So Cute! You will need: * one jean pocket *...

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Modern Block of the Month & Festival!

Here is my newest Block of the Month for 2015! Modern Power of Nine You might be wondering… What the heck is all this ‘Power of Nine’ business in a twelve block quilt?  Well I’ll tell you!  Every block in this quilt is a nine patch block!  Isn’t it...

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Hand Quilting ~ Bloggers Quilt Festival

I’m entering my Sampler BOM quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side ~ Hand Quilted Category! Here is a picture of the completed Sampler quilt…  Here are the quilt details: Scrap Happy Sampler BOM Quilt 60″ x 74″ with scrappy border Designed, Pieced and Hand...

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Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern~ (and a free pieced back pattern!) I’ve got a new quilt pattern in my shop!  Isn’t it pretty?!?! Modern Bloom is for the girls!  It’s a sweet pattern that comes with two size options: lap/baby 48″ x 56″ twin 74″ x 98″ The one shown is a lap...

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She Believed She Could… Sew She Did

My quilt guild has started another round robin, and this time I’m participating in the Embellishment round robin. That means we get to work with all kinds of fun beads and fibers and buttons… you name it!  My project (in progress) is a wall hanging for my sewing studio… There are...

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Modern Montana Quilt Pattern available!

My Modern Montana Quilt Pattern is available! You might remember this post back along when I posted about the Montana quilt.  I got so many super nice comments (smile) and inquiries (insert gratitude) that  I finally had a chance to get down to writing and testing the pattern! Thanks to everyone that...

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Making Memories ~ Memory Quilt Pattern

Memory Quilt Pattern I’ve been spending a little time on Memory Quilt project… We lost a family member last year and I made this quilt in his memory, for his wife.  There are some of his ties and some shirts, some pj’s and even some boxers! (gasp!) I imagine it will...

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Modern Quilt Pattern ~ Modern Gypsy

I have another new modern quilt pattern!  Half price this weekend! ‘Modern Gypsy’  includes  TWIN/FULL and LAP size patterns The TWIN/FULL size (shown) is hand quilted using perle cotton #8.  If you would like to try hand quilting the tutorial is here.   You can purchase the pattern in my shop. Or purchase...

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Modern quilt pattern ~ Grandmother’s Modern Garden

I have a new modern quilt pattern! ‘Grandmother’s Modern Garden’  ~ includes  TWIN/FULL and BABY size patterns The TWIN/FULL size (shown above) is hand quilted using perle cotton #8.  If you would like to try hand quilting the tutorial is here. The BABY size quilt (shown below) is free motion quilted using Superior SoFine...

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Make Quilt Labels with Spoonflower

Recently I decided to try something new and print my own custom fabric labels using spoonflower.com.  I made some basic labels in four colors… You can write with a permanent fabric marker if you want to include your name/date/quilt title etc. I uploaded a simple design of four labels (one in each color)...

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Finishing ~ How to Bind a Quilt

If you are ready to attach your binding then you should have your quilt sandwich all quilted.  If you need to make binding, check out the tutorial on making bias binding. For this demo I’ll be binding my quilt block from the quilt sandwich tutorial so it’s easier to photograph. Optional ~ before trimming...

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Finishing ~ How to make Bias Binding

Want to learn how to make Bias Binding for your quilt? You might need to grab a cup of tea or coffee for this post.  It involves math… need I say more? You may call me crazy but the binding is really a favorite part of the quilt making...

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Finishing ~ Hand Quilting

We all have our favorite part of putting together a quilt.  For some it’s the piecing, or maybe you love the binding (I do!) or perhaps it’s the quilting?  Free motion quilting is definitely fun but if you don’t have all the right equipment, getting a large quilt through a...

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sandwich

After your quilt top layout is pieced and you’ve added a border (if you choose to) it’s time to plan out your quilt back and make your ‘Quilt Sandwich’.  My quilt top is scrappy, and I’m determined to use up ‘stash’ (even the big pieces)  so I decided to go with a scrappy...

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Finishing ~ Scrappy Quilt Border

If you have your quilt top layout finished and your looking for ideas for the border here is how I pieced mine… I made the border for my sampler quilt using a wedge ruler.  I absolutely love how this border came out, but I want to caution you that there will be some ‘left over’ wedges when you use this tutorial so...

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bliss circle ~ january block

Last month Rachel from Stitched in Color invited me to join the Bliss Circle over at ‘do. good stitches’ ~  The Bliss Circle is a charity bee benefiting children by Wrap Them In Love.  Every month ALL members complete 2 blocks for their circle and then they are sent to one of the members for quilting.   Linda Beth...

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sampler Layout

FINISHED!! Time to start finishing your Sampler Quilt?  If you’ve pieced all your 12 blocks, I’m certain you’ve already been playing with your layout and you’ve probably come up with a couple (if not a few) possible layout options on your own.  I want to share my layout with you including the coordinating block/month numbers…...

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Giveaway Day!

I’m participating in the giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew today ~ I’ve got a bundle of fat quarters from Kate Spain’s ‘in from the cold’ collection to give away today! Remember I used it for my Holiday Hostess set?  I made a mug rug and a wine...

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Scrap Happy #12 Block of the Month

Today I get to reveal the FINAL block!  Block number twelve in the Scrap Happy BOM is ready!  I’m calling this block Double Starburst.  It reminds me of those Christmas Crackers that are filled with treats ~ I don’t know why but that’s what I think of every time I look...

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hip Holiday Houses

I have a fun project to share with you today.  I know I’ve mentioned my love of the holidays with you already ~ and you also know I love a good challenge so when I stumbled upon the Holiday Challenge from Ruth at Sew Love Fabrics hosted by Rachel over at...

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Black Friday Sale!!

Sewing Patterns will be on sale this week on Black Friday!!  I’ll be having the sale in my Craftsy Store!  Most of my patterns will be  30-50% off all day (EST) on November 29th ~ Black Friday! If you’re not in a turkey induced coma ~ come back Friday!  These patterns will...

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Mitten Madness!

There has been a wool explosion and Mitten Maddness is in full swing… You know I love the holidays … all the magic and shiny sparkle just gets me in the spirit.  I’ve got a couple craft markets lined up and mo’ mittens of course.  I find the markets so fun and festive,...

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