Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join us on Twitter this Sunday for #supersewing

I am hosting a #SuperSewing twitter party! 


Stitch the game away 6pm-9pm EST 

We will give away gift certificates every hour to a few lucky ducks that tweet pictures of their projects!  This would be a great time to work on your Fill in the Blanks challenge quilt!

Just tweet using the hashtag #supersewing

The easiest way to follow our twitter conversations is to use this, but there are definitely other ways.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quilts of Valor on its way

This beautiful quilt (story here) is on its way to its new forever home.  I pray it provides comfort and conveys the gratitude of those whose  were precious enough to help in its creation.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Keep It Sassy-New Retro fabric from Moda

Olive Sandwiches has designed this fun & very sassy fabric for Moda. 

Perfect blend of the 50’s housewife with the new millennium attitude.


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with some great coordinates:

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Orange Slice–Self sashing string quilt block tutorial

She’s quilted!  I loved making this quilt.  Big block quilts that use scraps…what’s not to love?

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(usual disclaimer…I’m not a photographer…some of my pics are blurry.  If you need additional help because the pics aren’t the best, I totally understand & am happy to help.  Just drop me an email.  Thanks for understanding!)

My blocks are 10” and foundation pieced.  I used Sheer Delight, but you can use anything you like, fabric, newspaper, phone books, etc.  Sheer Delight is 30” wide, so 10” blocks was a good no-waste number.  With 10” blocks, I needed 80 blocks for a queen (8 across/10 down)

Once the foundation squares are cut, mark each :

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Diagonal center & 1.25” on each side of diagonal center

The cream strip in my block is 2.5” wide, so I will lay that strip, face UP, inside my reference lines. 

I cut 10” squares from the brown, then cut on the diagonal for my triangles.  This gives you a nice extra overhang which can be handy when squaring up the block when you are done.  Lay brown rectangle right sides together (RST)on the cream strip. Orange Slice Quilt Tute-001

Sew 1/4” seam through fabrics & foundation.  Press.Orange Slice Quilt Tute-002



I went with one color family, but this would be fun with any mixture of scraps.  I did not use any scrap wider than 2” and think those 2” strips are a little distracting now.  Of course, you can also use a Jelly Roll for this part.  You can also use odd shapes & not trimmed rectangles.  See my last string quilt for ideas.

You will need some long strips for the first 2 strings, so if you scraps are all short, be prepared to dive into those fat quarters.  Cut your strips from fat quarters from the longer side.

Pick your first “string” and place RST on the other side of your cream center strip (opposite the brown).  Be sure your strings over hang the foundation at each end.  Sew 1/4'” seam as with brown. 

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Keep adding strings until the foundation is completely covered. 

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I’ve never been taught how to square up, so this is how I do it.  You may do it differently, so go with what feels good Smile 

I place the 12.5” ruler so the diagonal ruler line is right on my drawn center marks.  I make sure that the 0 (versus the 12.5”) is in the top corner.  Now I check to make sure the bottom corner (other marked corner of the foundation) is covered in fabric to at least the 10” mark on the ruler.  If it’s not, I won’t get a centered 10” square.

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Trim the right AND top excess.

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Turn the block over.  line up the 10” corner with the freshly cut corner .  Now the 0” point of the ruler is in the lower right corner.  Trim the right & bottom off.

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The foundation may have “taken up” into your seams some as you pieced.  It may not cover the entire back side of your block after squaring up.  This is not a problem; don’t sweat it.

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I finished up Orange Slice with a mixture of loops & swirls with variegated Signature thread.  The recipient loved it, but then they love orange Winking smile

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I’m linking up with Sarah!  Go see her Orange beauty this week!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Visit your Local Quilt Shop this Thursday

It the 1st International Visit your Local Quilt Shop Day this Thursday! 

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We hope you will stop in to visit us, or any other LQS and just say “Thanks for being here!” 

We love our customers & this is a great way for us to give a bit back to you & show you how much you mean to our family.  Your support keeps us here and keeps us sewing up new inspiration for you!

We hope you’ll bring your machine & stitch with us, or check out the demonstrations this Thursday.  Of course, these options are available most every time you visit, but we will have a few new demos just for Thursday!

See you then!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flimsy finish-another string quilt-take that, scrap basket!

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Meet Orange Slice, my latest string quilt.  I hope to get her quilted this weekend, but you know how plans go.    It’s a nice sized queen quilt & made for a certain someone.

When I get the old girl quilted, I ‘ll tute you up on the block construction.  I made all 80 blocks in 2 afternoons and the top in a third.  A great, fast stash buster!

Off to get her loaded!  tootles!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Log Cabin Blocks–always a classic but not all alike

I love a classic.  Whether Audrey Hepburn’s style & grace, Casablanca, or a vintage quilt, style never goes out of style.

Log cabin blocks are like that for me too.  Classic.

But the good thing with quilts, like with style in general, everything goes through updates. 

(Thankfully, the log cabin blocks have had a better modernizing than say, style had in the 80’s)



Check out the options from classic though 101 variations in our log cabin block selections of patterns and books

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Scrappy String Path Quilt Finished

Ever since the “Wool Sisters” came for their trunk show last August for their new book, String Quilt Revival, our little group of quilters has been going string quilt crazy.  It has been so fun to see the projects they have come up with.  This one is mine:

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It is based on this quilt picture from the Accuquilt web site.  I used the large Drunkard’s Path Go! die.  I must say that the Go! cutter is my best motivation for using my scraps.

I just drafted out the setting on paper & figured what I needed from there.  They do offer the pattern for sale for $2.99, but I was able to wing it.  The large block is a 16 patch.  If you look at it like that, you can probably see it.

I used this brown marble & Moda Bella Solid in white with my strings.  I made 7” string blocks & then ran those through the Go! to get the shape.  My strings are foundation pieced on muslin.  I had many blocks already done, so finished up the new ones like the old.

I am “a washer”.  The first thing I do (after I admire it for a few minutes) after I finish the binding on any quilt is wash it.  I love the crinkle.  I used Quilter’s Dream Oriental Dream batting in this quilt.  Good crinkle .  This pic is after the wash:

String Path

This one is before:

String Path Pre

They both have their advantages, but I figure a quilt will be washed eventually.  I am going to be selfish & be the only one (well, now besides you) to see the before & after.

This is also the first large quilt I quilted on my new Voyager.  I am all about learning skills on this thing at this point.  I had never done either of these quilting designs before.  I can tell you one thing…stitching in the ditch (or trying) is a witch!  I wonder how many years of practice that will take!  But all in all, I did learn some new things & I am pleased with the end result.  That’s what counts.

What did you work on this week?  Are you “a washer”?

I’m linking up with Sarah.  Go see what everyone else worked on this week

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Ribbon Quilt Company patterns

Great mix of quick & scrappy!

The small “skinnies” finish to 14x28 & work with any 12” hanger.  They are strings!  yes, I ♥ them.

seasonal skinnies 1 RCQC507seasonal skinnies 2 RCQC508seasonal skinnies 3 RCQC509

seasonal skinnies 4 RCQC510

Summer Days RCQC548twirl into spring RCQC543

More of these to come!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My yo-yo quilt makes a big step forward

I’m quite the yo-yo making addict.  The Clover makers just make them so easy & mindless, that I get lost in making them.  That said, I get on kicks…make them like a maniac for a few weeks & then don’t touch them for months. 

I have been working on making about 900 since summer of 2011 when I saw this quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine (June 2011 if you want to hunt down a copy).  Their pattern was for a lap size, but over-achiever that I am, I wanted a queen.

yo-yo quilt in progress

(this is about 600 yo-yo’s)

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Now I am up to 850 or so, so I think it’s time to start the applique!

yo-yo with backing

I am using this black tonal paisley in 108” width for the backdrop, so I won’t have to piece my strips.

yoyo with backing

It will be another 2 years before I have this applique done, I am certain, BUT I am entertaining the idea that I will be finished in time to display at our October guild show.  (it’s a pipe dream, but hey, you gotta have goals, right?)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Domestic Diva is our Deal this week

Classic retro style in this great Riley Blake collection



Panel is just $3.50, yardage is $4.25 through January 20th!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Quilt Challenge & Giveaway

I thought it would be fun to host some quilt challenges this year.  Here’s our first!. 

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This is a Fill in the Blanks challenge!

Are you game?

Here’s your challenge, should you accept…

CLICK HERE to download your free pattern, or go to:

Make your quilt top.  Just follow the pattern & “fill in the blanks” with your fabrics.  Go scrappy, modern, primitive, whatever suits you!

Tag your Pin #fillintheblanksquilt or Email us ( so we can add you to our Pinterest Board

Upload your quilt to our Pinterest board Fill in the Blanks by February 25, 2013

On February 28th, I will announce a random winner of a $25.00 gift certificate to!

So, put on your thinking cap & fill in the blanks!

Friday, January 11, 2013

NEW Kona and Bella solids

We’ve had a run on solids lately, so while we were ordering, we had to add new flavors to our Kona & Bella solid collections!  Click the pics below to see how our collection is growing!   We still have some great new colors in transit, including wide backings, so check back soon!