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Feeling Crafty

As the room mother of my son's first grade class, I found one of my responsibilities to be organizing a "thank you" for his teacher and her two assistant teachers. I copied my friend's idea that she did for her kids' preschool caregivers: tote bags with goodies inside.These totes came from Bath and Body Works, and I had the idea to personalize them with the teachers' first initials, Quilty Style.the picture above shows what both sides look like now.How to: I printed the giant letters on my printer from the internet, cut them out of the black Essex Linen...

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Quilting Class: hexagon fun

So I was just too pooped out last night to download any photos or write a post. I spent Memorial Day weekend with my kids in Michigan and did all the driving myself...but here I am, a bit late, but worth the wait!Don't forget to vote at the Blogger's Quilt Festival. My Quilt is #41 in the wallhanging category!The winner of the Notting Hill fat eighth bundle is...Amanda! at What the Bobbin. Thanks to all who left me comments and tips on fun  new things you are liking at the moment.On Friday I taught my Jumbo Hexagon quilt class...

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My Crafty Crush, A Giveaway too!

Periodically, I like to post about what is inspiring me and pay compliments to other sewers and designers....First, my stash grew a bit this week with the addition of some "Notting Hill" fabrics,The colors on these fabrics are gorgeous: hot pink with bright orange, aqua and lime green, mmmm!I am going to share a bundle of fat eighths with one lucky reader,I will tell you in a minute how you can win this bundle of eight fat eighths! Just stick with me for a minute.This week I am sending you to visit Cindy at Hyacinth Quilts. Check out this...

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There is Beauty All Around…

Does anybody know that song?sing it: "there is beauty all around, when there's love at home..."Okay, don't worry, I am not getting sappy. I am just so excited about what is happening in my garden right now...Peony: "Circus Circus"I planted this peony last summer. this blossom just opened today. isn't it divine?I am liking this combination of penstemon (the airy tall plant) and the "Xenox" sedum around the base. The Penstemon will have lovely purply and white flowers on those stems in a few days...you can see the purple forming at the top. The sedums' purply gray cast are...

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Quilt Festival time

I decided at the last minute to enter my Village Green quilt in the wall hanging category in the blogger's quilt festival. it is #41 (on the wallhanging page)The "town" buildings in the quilt are all paper-foundation pieced with lots of scraps. Many of the trees and shrubs are felted wool appliqué with embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery for leaves and birds.my favorite house on the quilt is the little abandoned home on the end on the left with chicken-wire fabric for the windows and the tree with no leaves. I don't know why I like it, but I do.This...

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W.I.P. interrupted

I was feeling so righteous about working to finish my Noteworthy quilt before I started a new project. But, I am teaching the Jumbo Hexagon piecing class next week at my local quilt shop, so I had to start preparations for that.While the kids were at school yesterday, I started plotting...I really wanted to make a kind of monochromatic quilt with gray fabrics I have been collecting. Then I had the idea to add in some really bright solid colors. I am sorting the solids in rainbow color groups and in groups from light to dark. Don't those look...

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Indoor Voices: The Pattern is Here!

It seems like ages since I have had much to show in the way of finishes, so I am super excited to have this pattern ready and show the finished quilt.I nicknamed this "indoor voices" when it was  a work in progress, but the final quilt and pattern are called "Beach Comber". I love the scrappy feel of the low(ish) volume background fabrics with the bright pops of color. It's just soothing and pretty.Pattern includes full instructions for the throw quilt as shown plus an alternate block setting with instructions for making a twin size quilt. I also included a...

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Quilter’s Favorites

Happy Mother's Day!The winners of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day are:Heather, in Canada, who received a copy of my newest pattern, "flying kites"...I hope you like it!Linda, in Montana, will receive the pink fat quarter bundle along with the pink scissors and tape measure.Thanks to all who visited, I really enjoy all the comments! I found out many are enjoying the growing flowers, as well as a growing fabric stash, some even have growing tummies with babies inside!Today I am linking in with Geta Gamma's quilter's favorites party. This is for sewing bloggers to share their favorite tools,...

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Borders, Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

Making a Pieced Border

This is it! the final tutorial in making the Twirling Fans Quilt. I hope you all have enjoyed the entries (and Maybe, just Maybe, someone has sewn something with the tutorials....). Even if you don't make this quilt, there have been some tutorials along that way that you may find useful for other projects, including, partial seams (adding the center square so the fans "twirl" around it) cutting and sewing borders that lay flat machine applique with a turned (finished) edge This is our last step: sewing the optional outer pieced "scrappy" border for the quilt. This pieced border would replace the solid...

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It’s a pink (giveaway) day…

This week I am linking up with the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!Thanks for visiting my little corner of Blogland. I hope you will check some other posts and projects while you are here...and come again! Please do visit my pattern shop on Craftsy.I would like to dedicate this day and this giveaway to the color pink. I noticed that there is a lot of pink in my garden right now,and I like pink quilts and pink fabric, too!for the giveaway today, I have two!for visitors in the United States, one person will win this little package of pink...

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