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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 back as well. QUILT BACK Remember …

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 please read through this post before …

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 is the Host and this month she …

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… There are four pieced sections… …

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 bottle gift bag (find the tutorial …

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 at this block.  Crazy?  maybe. I’m …

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 Stitched in Color  I couldn’t resist!  …

There has been a wool explosion and Mitten Madness 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, I don’t even tire of hearing …

Don’t miss out on Handmade Holidays!  Every November Kristin and Beth over at SewMamaSew host this fantastic series of tutorials, recipes, and printables to get you ready for the holidays!  Not only is this is a fun tradition over at Sew Mama Sew ~ they have prizes GALORE! Every day this month there is a guest curator offering links to free tutorials… and …

The November block is ready!  For November I made a Basic Bargello block! This block is made using strip piecing.  Precise seams are the key with this otherwise ‘easy’ block. If your just catching up here are some of the blocks… Find the pattern here in MY SHOP. Thanks so much for following along! Please Pin and …

It’s been a Wooly Weekend!  I had so much fun this weekend teaching my Mitten Workshop!  I brought my camera along to take pictures of all the fabulous mittens and do you think I took one picture?  Of course not!  (boo)  This sorta thing always happens to me when I get excited… I completely lose track what …

There is a quilt festival going on over at Amy’s Creative Side.  The link is open October 25-31, 2013 to enter quilts and to nominate viewers choice.  After the link closes on the 31st, voting begins November 1-8 for favorites!  Go check it out to vote for your favorite.  No judges, just the online community picking their favorites! The quilt …

Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you!  If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m …

I can’t even believe we are at #10 ALREADY!  I mean… WHAT?  It’s been so much fun creating the blocks for this sampler and I just can’t wait for the big finish!!!! I’ve already been thinking of the coming year – I have so many projects on the table that I just don’t know where …

After posting about the ‘bubbles’ block, I had circles on  my mind and a gift in the works for little baby Abby – a sweet pillow! I used the same ‘bubble’  applique method for the circles on this (soon to be) pillow and machine appliqued the letters on after fusing with heat n bond lite. (note – if you …

Been working on this lady bug block and I thought I’d share my block with you ~ in case you love ladybugs too! The Body and Head are appliqued and the rest is embroidered with simple stitches and some French knots! Download the Embroidery – Ladybug Love PDF tutorial.

My oldest daughter is off to college this year so I’ve had ‘back to school’ on my mind all summer…  the panic excitement all started back in May when she graduated high school… and it’s been quite a blur of campus visits, paperwork, lists, revised lists, more paperwork and let’s not forget packing! One item on the packing list was …

Remember last year when I posted about starting my first embroidery pattern? No?  Well, you’re not the only one who forgot… I did to!  Oh as usual I had good intentions of stitching right along but, I got busy and you know how that goes!  I finally got back around to it and it’s FINISHED!  I …

September is here and so is quilt block of the month number 9!  It’s all about the ‘Bubbles’ this month.  Sewing curves and circles can be intimidating, but here is a technique you will enjoy and likely use again and again…  It allows you to layer without any bulk – because the ‘bulk’  is cut away!  Let your imagination go with …

The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern! I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder!  Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern. This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles… 2″ of space for coupons! a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons! a …

Carpenters Square is the block of the month for August!  Another great block for all those scrappy strips of fabric hanging around. I chose three colors to work with – red purple and blue.  Then I just picked scraps in each color!  When sewing this block you work from the center out so it helps to press …

Challenge, Giveaway AND Tutorial! It was a little bit hard to contain my excitement when the gals over at SewMamaSew  chose me to participate in the GeoCentric II Bag Challenge! Cloud 9 Fabric is launching their amazing line of organic cotton canvas (YUM!),  GeoCentric II!  The new line has 3 new fabulous colors and 3 new prints to …

Log Cabin Twist is the Block of the Month for July! This block uses up lots of scraps – all those thin strips of fabric that are too small for much else… you know those ones you’ve been saving because you can’t bear to waste a scrap? (…or is that just me?) I’m calling it an …

May’s block of the month is a favorite of mine.  The New York Beauty block uses paper piecing and curved piecing. If you’ve been following along I hope you’ve learned some new things along the way.  What’s great about doing a sampler is trying many techniques and sometimes working out of your comfort zone.   If you never …

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming. I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that …