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Quilts Japan: The 12th Quilt Nihon

Last year I went to see The 12th Quilt Nihon on display at the New England Quilt Museum with some of my quilty friends.

I took tons of pictures to share and I’m just now getting them posted, it’s totally worth waiting for!  I was really inspired and blown away by all the beautiful work and detail. I tried to get most of the names in with the quilts but I think I was on stimulation overload and missed some.

Enjoy!


FROM THE NEW ENGLAND QUILT MUSEUM:

Quilts Japan: The 12th Quilt Nihon
January 6 through May 1, 2016

The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) was proud to host the US premier of the 12th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. NEQM was the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association (JHIA).

For more than 40 years, the JHIA has been promoting handcrafted arts in Japan by educating and training instructors in a variety of specialties. The JHIA boasts 6,000 quilters among its 12,000 members. Their biennial Quilt Nihon Exhibition is the largest international quilting contest in Japan and one of the most prestigious in the world.

The 12th competition drew 341 quilt entries from 12 countries. Judging took place in November 2013, and 79 quilts in both traditional and contemporary categories were selected for display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in April 2014. This traveling exhibition featured 32 of these stunning quilts, beautifully displayed in the galleries of the New England Quilt Museum, January 6 through May 1, 2016. Additional destinations included the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky, National Quilt Study Center in Nebraska, and Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.

Consider supporting the New England Quilt Museum.

Notice the amazing feather details, they are hand stitched!
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This next quilt had silk strategically placed and I couldn’t capture how amazing it was in the photos but it was shimmery and gorgeous!

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amazing handwork…

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I love these borders! And the detail on the binding! GORGEOUS!

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Hope you enjoyed the pics!!!

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt #5

Five down and seven to go! Here is block #5!

Cabin Fever BOM ~log cabin quilt

The weather has been so drab and rainy over the last month I literally only took two pictures before the skies opened up…

If you want to join in, you can always find the pattern in MY SHOP.

See you next month!

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Spring Quilt Market 2017

Hi Quilters!

This was my first time ever going to Quilt Market, and wow, what a time I had!

I flew into St. Louis on Wednesday, and got all registered and received my official name badge ~ another first, so exciting! :)

Everyone needs a quilty buddy to experience the show with so I met up with Janel from Nite Owl Quilting (we are friends from Sew Pro in Chicago) and her friend Dorie from Forever Quilting. We had a ball! Thanks ladies, it wouldn’t have been the same without you!

Spring Quilt Market 2017

Nite Owl Quilting & Forever Quilting

Thursday we attended School House. The day kicked off with a Welcoming presentation and the Moda Fabrics William Morris Premiere Event, showcasing the new William Morris Fabric. All of the attendees received a free bag from Moda with two charm packs of the fabric!

Spring Quilt Market 2017

Spring Quilt Market 2017

Before Schoolhouse begins you receive a newspaper-like schedule full of presentation options. You have to choose one presentation for each 1/2 hour ~ it’s not easy to choose by the way!

Schoolhouse Spring Quilt Market 2017

There were 13 time slots and 228 options total! I decided to kick off my day with Jen Kingwell. She is the sweetest and I love her designs and fabric from Moda.

Spring Quilt Market 2017

Elizabeth Hartman had a schoolhouse showing off her newest quilt design and fabric line, Pond.

Spring Quilt Market 2017

Alison Glass had some gorgeous quilts with her new fabric line… CHROMA!

Spring Quilt Market 2017I was a WINNER of a fabric bundle! It’s mine… all mine! But, you can buy it here if you love it too! Spring Quilt Market 2017

Brigitte Heitland showed off her new fabric line, she is such a sweet lady!

Spring Quilt Market 2017

I scored a signed copy of her new book, Zen Chic Inspired, from Martingale.

Spring Quilt Market 2017

The day was jam packed and it ended with Sample Spree, where I bought a few more goodies to add to my Alison Glass bundle!

Spring Quilt Market 2017

I think this Woolies Flannel bundle will make the perfect scarves for my Penguin Quilt!
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And I couldn’t resist this new roll up of Panache by Rebecca Bryan!
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And then.. Quilt market began Friday – Sunday! I’m going to start with my favorite part!
I was lucky enough to have one of my designs for Coats displayed in the Shell Rummel booth! So fun!

spring quilt market 2017I designed this Moonlight pattern last fall and it’s now available as a

free download here!

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You can see the entire collection on the Freespirit Fabric sites, HERE.

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Look at the fun cards they had in the booth!

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It’s really nice to be recognized! :)

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Shell’s fabric looks amazing on this bag! (Pattern is by Aunties Two) And it turns out that one of my quilt guild members, Donna, made the bag! Small world!

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Ok… enough gushing, I took tons of other pictures…

Warning

photo dump coming! and this is just a sampling, my phone is full!

I hope you enjoy these…

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Jul i Scandinavia BOM ~ May

We are up to month five of the Jul i Scandinavia quilt-a-long!

Jul i Scandinavia quilt-a-long

You can find the pattern (to date) and some supplies in my shop!

I’ve continued using all the same stitches found in previous months.  You can find the tutorials with these links:

pekinese stitch

bullion knots

whipped woven circle

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I hope you enjoy this month of stitching!

See you next month!

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern on rebeccamaedesigns.com

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt #4

Hello Quilters!

I’ve been moving along with my Cabin Fever Block of the Month project and I’ve got block four to share with you! Plus some paper-piecing tips.

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

The center star is assembled a little different than the three previous stars and I thought I’d share a little about how I paper-pieced mine in case it’s helpful to some of you following along.

Looking for the pattern? Find it HERE in my shop!

Let’s get started…

I’m working on template L which is the center patch of one arc section.

Align the first two fabric patches right sides together and place them 1/4″ over the first sew line (between section 1 & 2) on your foundation paper.

Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

Turn to the paper side and sew on the first 1-2 sewing line.

Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

Turn paper over and press the fabric open.Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

Now, with the fabric face down, fold back your paper template along the NEXT sewing line between sections 2 and 3. Place the lip of your add-a-quarter ruler along the fold and trim away the excess fabric.Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing This is what it will look like after you press it open.  The beauty of this is that now you can align the next fabric patch along the edge of the trimmed piece.Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

See (next photo) how I have my next piece aligned right up with the trimmed piece? This means I have a perfect 1/4″ and no extra bulk to trim after I’ve sewn it on.Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

Press open again.Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper PiecingFold paper back on your next sewing line between sections 3 and 4. Trim again using your add-a-quarter ruler.
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Press open…
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Continue to align the next patch with the trimmed edge.

Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

When you’re all done, trim to the dotted template lines!

Cabin Fever BOM Foundation Paper Piecing

DONE! You’re ready to sew your arc pieces together!

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern Rebeccamaedesigns.com

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Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ April

I’m so happy April is here.  Spring has finally arrived in New England and we can get out doors!  I’m also pretty excited about the progress of this project.  I think it’s going to look amazing when it’s complete!

For the April portion of the QAL we have moved up another branch on the tree.  
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I’ve repeated some of the same stitches we’ve covered on previous branches. The whipped woven circle on the Dove and the pekinese stitch around the hearts are both stitches we used previously.

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I also used more bullion knots on the dove, on the top of my flower…

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

and on the ornaments!

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Plus a few French knots on the ends of the branches.

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And DONE!

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

You can find the pattern in my shop!

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Thanks for checking out my project!

sherri

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt #3

Hello Everyone!

Things are moving along with the Cabin Fever Block of the Month. The March pattern went out on the 30th and here we are already in April!

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt

All the monthly center blocks in this quilt involve curve piecing and when you are cutting curves its best to have the curve on the fabric bias. This will help when sewing the curves. And you always want the straight edges (outer edges) of the block on the straight grain of the fabric so your blocks don’t get wavy or wonky.

Cabin fever block of the month quilt pattern

Align along the straight edge and then rotate the template around keeping one straight edge parallel to the straight edge of the fabric. I also like to align my square ruler with the edges of of the template to keep my rotary cutter and the 90 degree angle straight.

Cabin Fever block of the month quilt pattern

When your getting the arcs ready to sew, it’s easiest to find the center of the arcs and pin there first. Then pin at the two ends. You can pin more (or less) than that but I like having three.  I only take a small bite out of the fabric when pinning on the curve, it helps let the fabric lay easier as I’m sewing.

Cabin Fever block of the month quilt pattern

I use my 6 1/2″ square ruler again when I’m done to carefully square up each side of my block unit.

Cabin Fever block of the month quilt pattern

And here is the finished block! I think they look great all together! If you are looking for the pattern you can find it in my shop!

Cabin Fever block of the month quilt patternSee you next month!

sherri

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Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ March!

Hi! Today I have a quick tutorial on the Whipped Woven Stitch that I used as part of the stitching on this months applique.

But first I have to share some pics of the progress!

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WHIPPED WOVEN CIRCLE:

To begin, I whip-stitched a white wool circle to my background.  You don’t actually need to do this but it makes the Whipped Woven Circle stand out even more.

1) Stitch some spokes, coming up from the outside edge and going down into the center of your circle.  I’m using pearl cotton 8, and eight spokes in the example below.

2)Bring your needle up from the back near the center and in-between two spokes. From now on you will be working only from the top of your work.

3) Use the eye end of your needle to travel under the stitch to the left and right of where your thread is coming out… threading under both stitches. This will create a small loop over each spoke that will create the bumps in your finished circle.
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4) Pull snug (not tight) and repeat going under the next set of two stitches that are on either side of where you came up. You can see that I am working counter clockwise around my circle.Photo-Mar-17,-11-42-22-AM

5) Continue working in the round…Photo-Mar-17,-11-46-14-AM

6) When your circle is full, take the thread to the back of your work and tie off.

 Done! Hopefully this helped some of you out! :)Photo-Mar-17,-11-48-57-AM

If you want to see another example, I made a whipped woven circle to resemble a sea shell on this project! You might have to search for it, it’s white and (hopefully) looks like a tiny sand dollar.

Thanks for playing along and checking out this month! You can find the pattern here…

Jul i Scandinavia Pattern

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See you next month!

sherri

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt #2

Hello Quilters!

I wanted to share the February Cabin Fever block of the month. The pattern went out yesterday to subscribers.

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

This is the center star on the top row of my quilt. There will be twelve stars total in the quilt top and each star finishes at 24″. The purple and green star are in the top row and I’ll be adding next months star to the line-up on the right….

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

I’m using a mix of solids from my stash and some Anna Maria Horner (true colors) fabric for my quilt and so far I’m really happy with this mix!

If you’re just catching up with this Block of the Month Pattern, you can read all about it in the first and second post (more links at the end of this post).

You can join in any time and

find the CABIN FEVER Pattern in my SHOP.

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

Thanks for following along!!

sherri

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel ~ Rebecca Mae Designs

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Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ February!

Yesterday I sent out the February update to subscribers of the Jul I Scandinavia quilt-a-long!  Today I have some pictures and stitching tips to share!

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

 

If you want to subscribe, you can find the pattern here:

Jul I Scandinavia Pattern

 

We are beginning with the lowest branches and working our way up.

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Last month I gave you some tips on the pekinese stitch and I used it again this month in a few places!

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

I also added a couple other stitches that you might already know… or like to try.

I used the Bullion Knot to outline the white circles and the red heart. This is probably my favorite stitch and I use it a lot!!! If you aren’t already hooked, maybe you will be soon!

To Start ~ I’m using a milliners size 1 needle.

Bring your thread up from the back of your work, anywhere along the edge of your applique is fine.

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Take a back-stitch about the length you want your knot to be.  Mine is roughly 1/4″. Bring your needle out where the thread is coming out.

How to make a bullion knot

Take the thread (next to the tip of your needle) and wrap your needle enough times to fill the back-stitch space (estimate).  I wrapped mine clockwise about 12 times.  Wrap it snug, but not so tight you can’t pull your needle through it.

How to make a bullion knot

Now here is the trickiest part… and it’s not really that tricky once you’ve done it.

I use my left (non dominant) hand and place my thumb over the wraps on the needle in the front of my work, and my index finger on the back of my work and hold the wraps in place (pinching it) while I pull the needle through. Once the needle is pulled through it should look like this…

How to make a bullion knot

Pull the tail down close to the work so the knot rests along the edge of the applique. You might have to fuss with it slightly till you get the hang of it.

How to make a bullion knot

Now you insert your needle again at the base of the knot (where the tail is coming out) and take a stitch so your needle comes out 1/4″ above the top of that knot…

How to make a bullion knotPull the thread to the front of your work.

How to make a bullion knot

Take another back-stitch to repeat the process…

How to make a bullion knot

You can use any length stitch and any number of wraps. If you use a lot of wraps and a short stitch the result will be more of a loop.  You’ll be hooked in no time!!!

 

I also used a few fly stitches and French knots.  You are probably more familiar with these stitches…

I worked from the left to the right and then back again. To start bring the needle up from the back of your work.

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Insert the needle about 1/4″ to the right and angle the stitch to come out in-between the stitches about 1/4″ lower with the thread under the needle.fly stitch and french knot

Pull the thread snug creating the V shape.fly stitch and french knot

Add a french knot here by wrapping the tip of your needle 3 times.fly stitch and french knot

Insert it just below the V… notice (with my left hand) I have tension on the tail so the knot stays snug until I’ve pulled the needle and thread all the way through to the back of my work.
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Continue to the right side.

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When you get to the edge return to the left with the fly stitch but instead of adding a french knot, just make a stitch at the base of the V.fly stitch and french knot

Continue back to the left edge.

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Done! I hope these tips helped some of you!

See you Next Month!

sherri

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern on rebeccamaedesigns.com

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The Big Chill ~ Penguin Quilt Pattern

I just finished a new Penguin quilt pattern!  The Big Chill is full of chilly penguins and includes two sizes.  The Large 58″ x 68″ version pictured here has 9 penguins…

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

We’ve had a mild winter here in New England, but just in time for The Big Chill release… we had a Snow Storm!  I ran out yesterday while it was snowing to get these pictures. There’s nothing like the quiet that snow brings. This next pic is one of my favorites, I think it captures the quiet stillness… and the chill!

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae DesignsEach penguin is 15″ and has a Kona scarf! I listed the colors in the pattern if you like the look of this one.

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

I broke into my Architextures fabric for my four penguin quilt… so cute! It has a softer look, perfect for a baby quilt.

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae DesignsThe white I’ve been using is a Robert Kaufman fabric that has some shimmery dots… it’s called Spot On.  Perfect!

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

Thanks for checkin’ out The Big Chill! You can find the pattern here:

 

The Big Chill ~ Penguin Quilt Pattern

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

 

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Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt #1

January was gone in a flash… We are already one month into 2017, and I have the first month of Cabin Fever Done!

CABIN FEVER BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILTEmails and Updates went out this morning… please let me know if you have any trouble with receiving them… email me at [email protected] if you need assistance.

If you’d like to join in you can read all about it in the first post, and sign up here:

Cabin Fever Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

The block design in the center is actually the ‘block’ of the month.  The Star is part of the top design.  You will notice I’m mixing solids and prints.  I’m using some Anna Maria Horner fabrics from her True Colors line.

True Colors Fabric bundle Anna Maria Horner

I have a couple bundles in my shop, plus some other supplies that are helpful for this BOM project. If the bundles are gone, email me @ [email protected] and I’ll update you on availability when I get more in stock.

CABIN FEVER BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT PATTERN

I’m using the prints for the corner squares, background and border.  I will mix the left over scraps of prints and solids into my monthly block.

The star points will be made from my stash of solids with one coordinating print.

solid fabrics

For my Star Background (Fabric B) I’m using True Colors Filigree Coral ~ it’s so bright and fun!

anna maria horner true colors fabric

And for my border (fabric F) I’m using this gorgeous dark version of Filigree, called dusk!

anna maria horner true colors

You can find both of these fabrics sold by the half yard HERE.

SUPPLIES IN MY SHOP!

Fat Quarter Bundle

6 1/2″ ruler ~ These are great for squaring up blocks so they are all the same size.

Vellum Paper ~ Sometimes I use regular copy paper (shhh!) but it does tend to shrink when ironed.  I have a few packs of this paper if you want to try it.  Either way, use a 6 1/2″ ruler to trim so you know all your blocks are the same size.

Flat head pins ~ These pins (or any flat head pins) are super helpful keeping everything flat when paper piecing.

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Thanks for Following!

sherri

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Jul i Scandinavia ~ Block of the Month Quilt

The Jul i Scandinavia Quilt-a-Long is underway! This is a non-traditional block of the month pattern that’s all applique.

Originally, I had purchased some red flannel for the background fabric for my sample but I happened upon some red wool and I was hooked… but I’ll let you in on a little secret! I’m in a robin group with my local quilty friends and they are working on this pattern using a gray cotton background and white wool, similar to this needle book I made from the scraps!

Needle Book Pattern

In the photo above, the top white flower and the red heart and little circles are all wool and the two white hearts are velvet.In the next photo, the red flannel on the inside pocket is the flannel I had originally picked as my background.  It won’t go to waste tho, and maybe I’ll be able to incorporate a little bit into my quilt-a-long project!

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If you’d like to make a needle book, I have a needle book tutorial you can use to make one too.

For the January installment of the quilt-a-long, subscribers received the supply list and the pattern for the tree already.

There are two main supplies for this project (background and applique fabric) and I will also be using some white velvet to embellish. I purchased all three of these items from a wonderful shop called Camp Wool in Kennebunk Maine. They don’t have an online shop but if you can’t find your supplies locally, you can call their shop for availability and ask if they will ship to you direct.

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The two wools and other supplies I purchased at Camp Wool are:

Dorr Bright White #163
Marcus (red) Ro5-7717-2123
The Velveteen was off the bolt, and I don’t have the sku but it’s a creamy white color and lighter than the white wool. (lush velveteen 100%cotton)
Red wool sampler 5 pack (see photo below)
To Coordinate with the wools I purchased Aurifil Wool Thread (optional) in these two colors: Red 8260 and White 8021. I will use these wool threads to whip-stitch the wool applique in place.

If you use wool be sure to check to see if it needs to be washed prior to beginning your project. And, if you decide to use velveteen… Do not iron it!

You can embellish with some threads and extra fabrics if you want to. I’m starting with some pearl cotton, embroidery floss, red wool scrap pack and 1 1/2″ ribbon.

Some of these supplies are listed in my shop if you can’t find similar products locally.

block of the month supplies

I also have the Midnight Sprout version of the ribbon in my shop if you like the gray color scheme (who wouldn’t?) –

midnight sprout ribbon

Assembly of the tree pattern is pretty straight forward…

scandinavian applique quilt pattern

Since the applique is wool, no seam allowance is needed.  I simply pinned my template to the wool and cut out the applique shape. All the extra wool that is cut away will be used for the remaining applique shapes.

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I made my tree in two layers. The first layer of my tree is wool which I whip-stitched in place using Aurifil wool thread and then I used pearl cotton for the decorative pekinese stitch around the perimeter.

scandinavian applique quilt pattern

The second layer of my tree is velveteen.  I cut it out using the same template, basted it in place and needle turned the edges under so it’s slightly smaller than the wool.  I then back stitched around the perimeter of the velveteen with the white pearl cotton 8scandinavian applique quilt pattern

The pekinese stitch is easy and looks so pretty. It’s basically a woven back stitch. I back-stitched the perimeter with white pearl cotton 5 and wove the ecru pearl cotton 8 through the back-stitches.

pekinese stitch

I’m using a chenille needle for the back-stitching and a milliners size 1 needle for weaving.  To weave, bring your milliners needle up from the back behind the first back stitch.  Working right to left (or whichever direction is comfortable to you) count two stitches to the left and use the eye end of the milliners needle to thread the pearl cotton under the backstitch from the top to the bottom.

pekinese embroidery stitch

leave a small loop, count one back-stich to the right and use the eye end of the needle again to weave the stitch under the back-stitch from the bottom to the top…

pekinese embroidery stitch

keep the needle above the loop and pull through…

pekinese embroidery stitch

pull until the thread is snug but not so tight you pucker your wool. Then just repeat (two to left, one to right)!

Pretty right?

pekinese embroidery stitch

If you want to join in you can

find the pattern information here.

See you next month!

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Cabin Fever Block of the Quilt 2017

Join me for the 2017 Cabin Fever Block of the Month!

Block of the Month Quilt Pattern Cabin Fever

I am hosting two Block of the Month programs this year. I already shared Jul i Scandinavia (a Christmas applique BOM) with you…

AND Cabin Fever is a Block of the Month Quilt that’s a little more traditional and will have a lot of… you guessed it… Log Cabin Blocks!

The Log Cabin Blocks will dictate the layout, and I have more than one layout to share with participants. You can decide on how aggressive your Cabin Fever is and pick your layout accordingly!

Options will include two sizes:
84″ x 84″ OR 84″ x 108″

Every month participants will receive a block that fits into the layout. All blocks consist of a circular design… you’ll be an expert in no time!

I hope you catch Cabin Fever and join me!

I will have this BOM pattern listed in two places and you can sign up any time.

Sign up in My Shop

-or-

Sign up on Craftsy.

IF YOU SIGN UP IN MY SHOP

You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information to date.

IF YOU SIGN UP ON CRAFTSY

I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.

Cabin Fever Q & A ~

What Can I expect after signing up?

Each month (beginning January 31st) you will receive the new pattern.  Month 1 will include layout options and I will cover some of the fabric/color choices.

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, if you sign up after January 2017, You will receive all the patterns to date. Any remaining patterns will be updated monthly.

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.

How will patterns be delivered?

As a printable PDFs.

What techniques will we be using?

12 BOM Blocks ~ Each monthly block will be a circular design.  Foundation piecing and templates will be offered and the curved piecing technique will be covered in month one (it’s not as scary as it looks.)

For the Log Cabin Blocks ~ For consistency we will use the foundation pieced method.

What will we use for fabric?

Cabin Fever is a scrap busting quilt and we will talk about fabric as part of the layout choice in Month 1.

See You Next Month!

 sherri

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Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays! My Dear Daughter BOM Quilt top is done and I wanted to share!

block of the month Dear Daughter Quilt

I also wanted to say Thank you to the quilters from all over the world that participated! Of course we had lots of quilters from the US and Canada ~ Woo Hoo! – (I think Texas was the most represented state!)  A BIG thank you to all the quilters from down under in Australia, New Zealand… and even Africa… As well as lots of quilters in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK to name a few!! WOW! Thank You!

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If you are wondering what my border fabric is… I found this fabric by Valorie Wells ~ (Quill Ash) at a local quilt shop. It’s perfect!

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

To replicate my border applique I made a template from freezer paper. After I appliqued the first of four border motifs, I cut some freezer paper to size and ironed it onto the fabric (shiny side down) and traced everything.

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae DesignsThen I peeled it off and used it (with the help of a light box) as a template for placement of the remaining three border motifs.

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

I over-sized the width of my border by an inch and a half so I could trim/square it up after it’s been quilted. After a lot of thought I decided to hand quilt my quilt.  It will take some time of course, and I will definitely share some pics with you when that’s complete!

If you want to make your own Dear Daughter Quilt you can find the pattern HERE IN MY SHOP

~ OR ~

HERE ON CRAFTSY!

There are also a couple quilt shops that will be offering the Dear Daughter BOM as a QAL beginning in 2017 if you want to participate contact the shops to find out more about their programs and monthly fabric kits!

BERNINA Sewing Centre
Lake Mary, FL
Beginning Late February 2017

 

Quilter’s Corner
Faulkton, SD

Beginning in Spring 2017

And I have to share a couple Christmas Finishes from two of our quilt friends following along!

Sam finished her quilt and presented it to her Daughter for Christmas!!!  Amazing finish Sam!

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

And Shawn made FOUR! Look at these gorgeous daughters with their quilts!  This picture makes me happy, and I love that their names are on them! Shawn, I seriously don’t know how you pulled it off. Mind. Blown.shawns-finishHappy Holidays to you all!

sherri

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Chapter 12 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello quilters!

Here we are at the FINAL Chapter of the Dear Daughter Block of the Month Quilt!  If you subscribe to this QAL you should have already received the final pattern a few days ago.

BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT - DEAR DAUGHTER PATTERN

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for December are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Tiziana G from Italy!

The Warm Company products ~ Judy C from Canada and Melissa K from Alabama!

 

It took me some time to decide on what I wanted this final block to say. I had something else in mind originally but ultimately decided on Believe… It can represent so many things! I even googled it and found this..

Believe comes from old German words meaning to have trust. Belief doesn’t require proof, just acceptance. To believe can also mean having confidence. If you believe in me, it doesn’t mean that you think I’m real. It means you think I can do what I set out to do.

Perfect!

Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

I’ll be back again with some pics of the finished border! But here’s a peek!

Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

Thanks for following along!

sherri

Block of the Month Quilt Pattern ~ Dear Daughter

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Giveaway Day!

Happy Holidays! Today is the annual December give away day (today through 12/11!) hosted by SewMamaSew and I’ve got two bundles of goodies ~ one for USA residents and one for International… PLUS i’m offering 20% off All Quilt Patterns in my shop! Use the code GIVEAWAY!

First for USA

1) An 8 1/2″ Scrappy Bundle from my Block of the Month stash!  That’s 40 different fabrics to add to your stash!

2) A print copy of my Scrap Happy Sampler Pattern to use up that stash.

3) And I’m including a pink sewing machine ornament! A mini of the sewing machine clocks in my shop!

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 There’s a lot of yumminess in this bundle!Rebecca Mae Designs

AND don’t forget the full Scrap Happy Sampler Pattern PLUS super cute Sewing Machine Ornament!
Rebecca Mae Designs

 

For International Winners…

YOU PICK:

ANY Quilt PDF Pattern from My Shop, INCLUDING BOM patterns!

rebecca mae designs quilt patterns

20% off all patterns today ~ 12/11/2016! Use code GIVEAWAY

Here’s what you do…

Comments ~

Please tell me where you are from and what your working on (I love reading about all your projects!)

Followers ~ (for extra entries)

If you follow me leave a message(s) telling me how (facebook, instagram, email, bloglovin etc) for extra entries! And thanks for following!

Giveaway is open Thru Sunday 12/11!

Happy Holidays!sherri

UPDATE!

I don’t know where my manners are!!!  I should share where I’m from too!  I live in Massachusetts, but my heart lives in Maine (where I will be celebrating Christmas by the Sea this weekend!) I’m working feverishly on finishing my Dear Daughter Quilt top while trying to fit in some mitten making, other handmade gifts and gift wrapping! I need some elves! Also… sneaking in time to watch all my favorite holiday movies!

UPDATE 12/12/2016

WINNERS WERE PICKED VIA ‘AND THE WINNER IS‘ PLUG-IN

USA ~ VICKIE FROM WISCONSIN 

INTERNATIONAL WINNER ~ LESLEY FROM FRANCE!

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Christmas Quilt Pattern ~ Scandinavian Tomte

TOMTE

A mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore 
typically associated with the Winter Solstice
and the Christmas season.

You may have seen my Scandinavian Tomte quilt pattern in a couple previous posts but I’m excited to share that it’s been published in the latest Simply Moderne issue from Quiltmania! This is a big deal for me, and I am so grateful to the group over at Quiltmania. They are kind and supportive in every way, truly a wonderful experience all together.

Cover Simply Moderne 7

If you already subscribe to Simply Moderne I hope you enjoy this issue! And if not, I would recommend a subscription to any of the three they offer (Quiltmania, Simply Moderne, Simply Vintage).

So back along when I got the news that my quilt was chosen for the winter issue I was over the moon to say the least. I’ve always enjoyed the magazine and all the beautiful quilts and photography!! So, it’s no surprise (I confess) that over the past few months I’ve been spending a little time daydreaming about how they will photograph my quilt. (I’m a pisces, we do that lol)

It was the day after Thanksgiving and my daughters were home from college, we were all just hanging out, decorating the tree and listing to Christmas music when the mailman came with the magazine.  Now, you know my whole family was on magazine alert… let’s just say I might have mentioned it was coming soon (once or twice) AND maybe I was checking the mail a little more regularly (smiles).

We huddled up on the couch and I turned the first page and there it was, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I might have screamed a little…

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7I was actually quite blown away.  Seeing my quilt in such a lovely scene (seriously I want that bed) and seeing it featured on the contents page ~ I was feeling extra special, and thankful!

I quickly noticed the fine print… my quilt had been on a quilt-cation! Was I jealous? Hell ya!

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

Later that night I googled both La Maison des Lamour (where my quilt was photographed) and Les Petites Maisons dans la Prairie. Both places are breathtaking and I quickly added them to my bucket list… some day.

Funny thing is, the next page brought me right back home to New England ~ to the Vermont Quilt Festival which is just a state away from me!

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

The issue also features the Tokyo Festival, three portraits (I’m totally obsessing over the the quilts of Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima)  ~ PLUS a technical lesson with one of my crushes Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession, and a whole bunch of projects….Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

including Tennessee Lightning which I’m in love with! Looks like a great scrap busting quilt.

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

And guess what?  They made mention of my Dear Daughter Quilt! (GUSH!)

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

So, this Thanksgiving I’m feeling extra special and so thankful that I get to do what I love! I hope you all enjoy the Holiday Season!!! Hugs!

 

sherri

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2017 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern ~ Jul i Scandinavia

Hello Stitchers!

I will be hosting two Quilt-a-Long Programs this year! One will be a traditional Block of the Month (announcement coming soon) and one will be a Christmas Quilt!

Jul i Scandinavia

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern

Jul i Scandinavia is an applique quilt measuring 32″ x 40″. I will be making my quilt on a red flannel base using primarily white wool for the applique.

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern

Instead of receiving a block each month, you will receive the applique templates for a branch or section of the project. Please be aware that the image shown is a rough draft of the pattern and may change slightly.

I’d love it if you joined in!

This year I will have the BOM patterns listed in two places.  You can sign up any time

in My Shop -or- on Craftsy.

IF YOU SIGN UP IN MY SHOP

You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information and templates to date.

IF YOU SIGN UP ON CRAFTSY

I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.

Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

Will you be posting progress on rebeccamaedesigns.com?
Yes, I will post pictures monthly with my progress.

What will I need for fabric?
I will be providing a supply list in January. The background base I will be using for my sample is red flannel. I will also be using some red wool and decorative ribbon to embellish the base. The applique shapes on my project will be almost entirely white and made of primarily wool with some velvet and cotton accents.

What other supplies will I need?
Your supply list will include some optional embellishment supplies. For example, you might want to have a variety of threads for decorative stitches including perle cotton and embroidery floss. Please note that I will not be including stitch instruction with the pattern, but I will make note of some of the stitches I’m using as part of my monthly posts.

What is the finished size of the quilt?
The size of the finished quilt is 32” x 40”.

When will the program wrap up?
I will deliver the final pattern download in November so that you may finish and enjoy for the 2017 holidays!sherri

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20 + Gift ideas for Quilters

Black Friday is here and I have some Holiday Savings to share PLUS 20 Gift Ideas for Quilters!

First things first!  Shop quilt patterns @ 20% off through 11/28!

Use code hohoho at checkout!

black friday sale

This sale includes my Block of the Month Patterns!


Gift Ideas for Quilters!

You may need some ideas for yourself or for your quilty friends… I’ve got you covered.  Something for every quilter on your list!


#1 Supplies & Classes

Shop notions, fabric and classes ~ on sale through Cyber Monday @ Craftsy!

Holiday Shopping Guide


#2 Sewing Machine Mug

Late night quilters… Stay awake and sew while drinking coffee from this adorable sewing machine mug on etsy!

gifts for quilters


#3 Gingher Scissor Set

This set includes 4″ embroidery, 5″ knife edge and 8″ scissors. A 2016 Gingher Limited Edition set in the Sawyer pattern. I have a pair of gingher 4″ and 8″ scissors… they are SO nice! Spoil yourself!

gift guide for quilters


#4 Wine Charms with Vintage Thread Labels

Perfect for your sewing group.  Keep your wine glasses in order… lol.  Love them!

Gifts For Quilters - Wine Tags


#5 Sewing Tote

HAHAHA! Great tote for your funny quilt friend! Plus they also sell the matching mug!

gift guide for quilters


#6 T-Shirts from Stately-Type

Awesome T Shirts! … especially excited about the V-neck option!

gifts for quilters

 


#7 Olisio Iron

This is the exact iron I have, I use it almost daily and I love it!!!

gifts for quilters


 #8 Dry Iron from Vermont Country Store

This is a dry iron with a flat plate (no holes) which means you never have to worry about leaks and it doesn’t leave any impressions on your applique. This iron is a little harder to come by, so you might want to order quick before they are gone. Some of my quilt friends turned me on to this iron and I just ordered one! I also ordered an iron caddy and a pressing sheet to go with it.  Merry Christmas to me!

gift guide for quilters


#9 Quilt Hoodies!

Patchwork threads has some really cute Hoodies (some are on SALE!) plus you won’t want to miss their De-Stash Sale!

holiday gift guide for quilters


#10 Wonder Clips

If you don’t have any wonder clips… you should! So many uses!

Holiday Gift Guide for quilters


#11 Ugg Classic Liberty Boots

For the Quilter who has everything… how about a little Liberty Art Fabric print on Uggs!  What!??

gifts for quilters


#12 Quiltmaker Puzzle

In case you’re looking for a real challenge!!

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters


#13 Tutto Sewing Machine Case on Wheels

One of the best sewing machine travel cases on the market!  They also have bags for your cutting mat and supplies.

gift guide for quilters


#14 Quiltscape Note Cards by Rebecca Barker

If you haven’t spotted these at your local quilt shop you can find them online from the Artists site.  You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of these cards… and you’ll have a hard time giving them away! So Pretty!

Gift Guide for Quilters


#15 Beats Headphone Skins

How awesome are these Beats Headphone skins!!! Give your Beats headphones some quilty bling with these skins! Tune on your favorite music or podcast and sew your heart out!

Gifts for Quilters


#16 Sewing Machine Clocks

I sell these cuties in my shop and they sell out fast!

Gifts for Quilters


#17 Sew Sampler Subscription Box

Who wouldn’t want one of these showing up every month!!

Gift Guide for Quilters


#18 Two New books on Machine Quiting

Want some help with your Machine Quilting?  Check out these two books!!! Teach Me to Machine Quilt and the The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting!

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#19 Quilters Planner 2017

Keep your life and your quilt projects organized in one place with The Quilters Planner! Use the Code FreeShip for FREE SHIPPING until 12/10/16!!!

Gifts and Ideas for Quilters


#20 Coffee Table Book

One of my favorite coffee table books ~ filled with inspiration!

Red and White Quilts, Infinite Variety (presented by the American Folk Art Museum)

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Hope you enjoyed these gift ideas! It’s important to mention that although some of these ideas link to affiliates, I wasn’t compensated to write this post.  It’s my own personal list of favorites.  Enjoy!

sherri

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Chapter 11 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

WOO HOO! Here’s the second to last chapter in our Dear Daughter Quilt Sampler! Emails went out on the 16th to Dear Daughter subscribers, so if you didn’t receive yours, please email me! ([email protected])

Dear Daughter Quilt Pattern Chapter 11

If you want to subscribe…

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for November are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra M from Florida!

The Warm Company products ~ Emma L from Australia and Sue Ellen W from Texas!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Here’s what the layout looks like… only one more chapter to go!

Dear Daughter Quilt

Dear Daughter Quilt

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Needle Book & Tutorial

These Needle books are great if you do any handwork!  And they make excellent gifts since they work up fast!  Mine is made with Alison Glass Fabric.

Alison Glass Needle book

This fabric is from her Lucky Penny line and intended for a needle book, including two small panels.

(Note ~ You might not be able to find this fabric.  If you love the look check out her Field Day Fabric as an alternate! She also sells a Needle Book Kit!)

I decided to cut up the panels for a more patchwork looking book and added this bright pink fabric from my stash (part of her Handcrafted line) to make the inside pocket.

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My needle book measures 6 1/2″ x 4″ closed.  To make this size you will need:

Supplies:

A (4) 4 1/2″ x 7″ patches for inside and outside cover

B (1) 7 x 7 1/2″ patch for pocket

C (1) 7 1/2″ x 9″ piece of batting

D (2) 5 1/2″ x 7″ patch of wool or felt for pages

E DMC perle cotton for embellishing

Let’s get started!

Sew 4 1/2″ x 7″ fabric A patches together in pairs of two on long 7″ edge.

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Place one pieced A/A unit (outside cover) on batting with right side up.

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Baste 1/8″ seam around perimeter to secure in place for embroidery stitches.

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Embellish front cover using perle cotton and set aside. Note ~ I didn’t add any stitches to the second side (back cover) of my project, but you can stitch that side too if you like!

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Now, let’s work on the inside cover and pocket.

Fold 7″ x 7 1/2″ B patch in half on 7″ length. Sew a decorative running stitch (or other stitch) along fold edge as a decorative accent. Place on top of the second A/A unit (inside cover).

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The pocket will be stitched to the inside cover to make 2 individual pockets. I placed my supplies onto the B pocket to decide where my stitches should go.

needle-book-7needle-book-8Mark a line with a hera marker 2 1/4″ from the edge.
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Stitch pocket in place on the marked line with a running stitch of perle cotton through all layers of the pocket and inside cover.  Knot at back.

Sew 1/8″ seam around thee outside edges of pocket perimeter to secure in place.

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Place pocket pieces Right Sides Together and sew 1/4″ seam along perimeter, leaving opening on back cover to turn.

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Sew a running stitch of perle cotton on back cover of needle book on three sides to close opening and add decorative touch.  Center two wool 5 1/2″ x 7″ D patches on top of the inside cover.

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Continue running stitch down center along spine to secure wool pieces in place.

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With your needle still on the perle cotton, tie a knot near the last exit point, feed needle back into exit hole through batting and back out 1/2″ away.  Pull perle cotton through, give a sharp tug until knot embeds in batting, trim perle cotton tail off.

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Notice the stitching for the wool pages adds a nice detail along the spine?

needle book tutorial

Enjoy your new needle book!!!

needle book alison glass fabric

Alison Glass Needle book

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Check out my Tutorials Page for more projects!

sherri

Linking up @ Finish it Up Friday, My Quilt Infactuation, Whoop Whoop Friday & Quilting Jetgirl
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Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Hello! Thanks for visiting my site and if you’re new here… Welcome!

I’m kicking off this weeks blog hop along with a group of Makers from Sew Pro! In September I went to the first Sew Pro Convention held in Chicago. Sew Pro is an event for Designers, Bloggers, Authors and Creatives, giving us the opportunity to meet other creative people in the industry and talk about the business!

I arrived to the event early and I’m so glad I did! I got to meet all these creative women! A group of entrepreneurs, shop owners, and designers (of fabric, bags, quilts and fashion)!!! Makers of all kinds! During the convention, we shared meals, inspiration, stories… and A LoT of notes!

sew pro 2016

The list of Presenters at Sew Pro included Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Sara LawsonKristen Link, MiMi G… to name a few!

Quilt Author, Radio/Podcast Host, Author and Fabric Designer Pat Sloan was our keynote speaker. She was the first person I met in Chicago (at the airport)! One of the things she said to me that stuck was “Don’t Wait” and she shared a story about going to her first quilt market.

Some of her presentation points elaborated on this same thought:

  • Don’t wait for things to be perfect.

  • Get your family on board.

  • Do the work!

  • Don’t stop trying the doorknob.

  • Build relationships.

Thanks for the inspiration Pat!

Pat Sloan

Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness introduces Keynote speaker Pat Sloan @ Sew Pro

mimi G @ Sew Pro

Mimi G. talks about starting a creative business and brand loyalty.

Tula Pink talks fabric design.

Tula Pink talks about the business of fabric design.

Everyone was learning and sharing!

Alison Glass and Spoonflower gave out these pretties during one of the sessions… including some panels for a needle book.

Alison Glass

Of course I had to make one!!! And… with a few more supplies

photo-nov-11-9-19-27-am I made this adorable Needle Book!

Alison Glass Needle book

I customized my needle book and added a couple pockets to store my scissors and packets of new needles.  I also added some purple and gold wool to make the pages. This book will get TONS of use, I love it!

needle book alison glass fabric

If you want to make a Needle Book, you can find the Full Tutorial HERE.

The Theme of the Sew Pro Stars hop is to share a project inspired by Sew Pro… but I thought about this and realized…

I was inspired by the Attendees AND the Teachers! So much creativity in one place!

Plus, these Teachers have been inspiring me ALL ALONG! I love to listen to their podcasts (Pat and Abby – links below) while I sew, I’ve contributed to some of their sites (sew mama sew!) and magazines (GenQ), I’ve got two Alison Glass projects going on and I’m not going to tell you how many Tula Quilts I’ve already made (if you follow me you probably already know).

I feel an even stronger connection to these projects now that I understand the stories behind their fabric.

Tula pink quilt

I even used Tula’s lazy stripe fabrics in my Scandinavian Tomte Christmas quilt pattern! (included in the givaway below)

Scandinavian Tomte Quilt Pattern in red and white

If you haven’t already, go check out some of these inspiring women who were part of Sew Pro ~ and sharing all kinds of knowledge!

Creative Talk Network with Pat Sloan

While she naps podcast with Abby Glassenburg

Join the Craft Industry Alliance!

Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit the other Sew Pro Stars Participating…

Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – lisaandlorelai
Sherri Noel – rebeccamaedesigns (here)
Andi Stanfield – truebluequilts
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – vintagebarngirl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – thestitchtvshow
Sherry Shish – poweredbyquilting