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Pillow Pop Round-Up: September

Pillow Pop Round-Up: September
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We’d love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is a great community of sewists. We chose Crimson [...]

Emerge Quilt

Emerge Quilt
You might remember my post a few weeks ago about the Angled class I am taking from Rachel at Stitched in Color. The Emerge quilt is an oversized Texas star which falls off the edge of the quilt. Instead of piecing it with Y-seams, Rachel’s technique was to machine applique the finished star onto one large piece of background fabric whic [...]

Scrumptious Poppy Quilt

Scrumptious Poppy Quilt
The Poppy pattern from the book Simply Fat Quarters (published by the Fat Quarter Shop) inspired me to finally cut into my fat quarter collection of Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. What I really love about this book is that it allows you to chose a size that works for you. I picked the lap size, but added an additional row, as wel [...]

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts

The Lobster Kings – My Thoughts
“…there’s magic in the sea, magic on Loosewood Island. The problem is that some of the magic is like Brumfitt’s mermaid: sharp with teeth.” It was magic I was looking for in Alexi Zentner’s novel The Lobster Kings – a story about the Kings’ family who have made their home on an island between Ca [...]

The High Divide – Book Review

The High Divide – Book Review
“The rough country between the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. The divide between those two watersheds. I scouted it this spring. It’s full of rugged ground, like you say – coulees, buttes, and badlands, with a little dry-grass prairie thrown in. The High Divide, they call it.” – from The High Divide - Ulysses P [...]

A Mini Step Down Quilt

A Mini Step Down Quilt
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view. A couple of months ago, signed up for Sarah Fielke’s Big Techniques from Small Scraps class on Craftsy and recently decided to watch some of it. The first class instructs the student how to do “step down” piecing – a technique that is a little tricky at first (it [...]

Is it Halloween Yet?

Is it Halloween Yet?
*Click on any photo to enjoy a larger view No? Not yet? Oh well, with this Halloween inspired pillow I’m ready when it finally arrives. The pattern for this pillow is from the wonderful Pillow Pop book and is called “Bunch of Crosses.” It uses 2.5″ squares to make the crosses and I decided to use two mini charm packs o [...]

Challenging Myself with Angles

Challenging Myself with Angles
When Rachel from Stitched in Color posted about her Angled class, I knew right away I wanted to join in and take the class (it has since sold out, but you can read all about it here). I love angles in quilts, but they can be tricky and this looked like the perfect way to hone my skills and challenge myself. The quilt here at the top of this p [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: August

Pillow Pop Round-Up: August
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We’d love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is a great community of sewists. We chose J [...]

The Farm – Book Review

The Farm – Book Review
“Promise that you’ll listen to everything I say with an open mind. All I ask for is an open mind. Promise me you’ll do that, that’s why I’ve come to you. Promise me!” - from The Farm, page 19 – Daniel is struggling with his own inner demons when he gets a phone call from his father in Sweden. Apparent [...]
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