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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 [...]

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 [...]

10 Quilty Little Secrets

10 Quilty Little Secrets
Amy at 13 Spools has been encouraging quilters to share ten of their quilty little secrets…some of these are hilarious! If you follow the link to her post (above) you can get links to all the participating blogs. So here are my “secrets” which are not really secrets for those who know me: I won’t rip a seam unless I&# [...]

Flying Rainbow Pillow

Flying Rainbow Pillow
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view Are you getting sick of seeing pillows? I hope not, because there are a few months left in the year and I am still Pillow Popping with my group over on Threadbias! The “challenging” pillow for September is Flying Rainbow – a scrap friendly project that uses lots of whit [...]

Stitching for Charity

Stitching for Charity
There are many reasons I quilt, but one of them is to bring joy to others. I’ve made a lot of quilts over the last five years, and I’ve given away many of them: to friends, to family, and to charity. My first charity quilt went to Quilts for Kids in June of 2010. That same year, I made a special quilt for Green Fairy Quilts which [...]
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