choosing fabric for quilt, vintage and reproduction prints
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Keep it Classic: Drunkard’s Path Quilt

In December, Lynne Goldsworthy (Lily's Quilts) posted on Instagram that she was looking for quilt submissions to Fat Quarterly that used curved piecing. Of course, that was right for me. The bonus was that she would send interested folks a small collection of fat quarters from Jen Kingwell's upcoming collection, "Gardenvale" for Moda. That sealed the deal for me and luckily I was one that she chose to sew for her. The fat quarters I received are the prints at the top of the photo above:  cheery, vintage reproduction style prints. Now, you have never known me to make a...

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black and white art study in contrast, collage
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Quilting Interest

In Other (Art) News: A Study in Contrast

Happy Monday! First I wanted to announce the winner of last week's book giveaway is Pam A. She said her favorite classic quilt block is Jacob's Ladder. It was interesting reading the comments on that post, it seems the most popular classic quilt blocks in the group were log cabin and nine-patch. I think those have really stuck with us quilters because there are so many possibilities for unique designs with just those simple blocks. I mentioned that I am going back to college, and I have successfully completed two weeks of classes. I am studying art at Ohio State...

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Aviatrix medallion quilt, modern patchwork star scrappy quilt
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Work in progress

Aviatrix Medallion Quilt: the first border

It was fun last week to get back to my Aviatrix Medallion and add the first border. If you are familiar with the pattern, you can tell I have altered mine a bit to fit my taste. I made the center star larger, so I skipped the actual first border, which is half-square triangles. Since I have lots of greenish blue in my center star, I decided to turn up the heat in the first border by using mostly hot pink and orange strips. I like how the bits of yellow, green and blue pop amidst the brightness and pull...

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strips and curves quilt pattern book
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Giveaway

Giveaway! Curved Piecing Quilt Beauties

Thanks for all the comments last week about trying new things....the winner of the Simple Home book is Dawn! I sent you an email to get your mailing address. Speaking of trying new things: last month on one of my giveaway posts I asked readers what, if anything, they wanted to learn or try in 2015. By far the most popular response was to practice free motion quilting, which is also something I need to do. But many of you also chose new skills within sewing and piecing, including sewing curves in quilts. (if you're interested, I have tutorial...

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Star Cross modern patchwork quilt pattern, beginner quilt pattern with scraps and stars
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Star Crossed Quilt

New Pattern On Sale: Star Crossed Quilt

The Star Crossed quilt pattern is now available in my pattern shop as well as on Craftsy as a pdf download. I hope to see your versions of this quilt as I think it has lots of possibilities in terms of color combination and placement of colors. I made mine in a two tone palette of violet pink/lavender and turquoise. But I also made a second version using lots of bright prints from the "Utopia" collection by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. You can see that quilt, Here. The Star Crossed pattern was originally published in the November 2014 issue...

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Quilt Now magazine, modern patchwork and quilting with sewing patterns
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Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Quilt Now, issue 6, Featuring Eclipse Quilt

I am so excited to share this quilt pattern with the world! I previously posted about my Eclipse quilt, Here. Now you can make one, too, if you have the latest issue of Quilt Now. I know that Quilt Now is not widely available in the States, so for my fellow Yankees, I will have the pattern available to purchase soon, too. Issue 6 of Quilt Now is filled with great projects to sew as well as newsie stuff about new fabrics and sewing industry people and gadgets. I think it is so cool that this issue has two curved...

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Home Sewing Book and patterns by Sweetwater
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Giveaway

Sew Your Home…A Giveaway!

What's New? The biggest thing for me right now is starting college classes...I am studying art with the hope of improving my skills as a designer. The idea of going back to college at my age is really daunting, especially now that I have two kids and I'm in charge of a household. The past week I have spent frantically (in a good way) working to finish up outside project commitments and "clear my plate" in preparation for dedicating my time to my classes. It has felt wonderful to drop huge loads of stuff at Goodwill and finish a...

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Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese
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Free Quilt Blocks, Quilting Interest, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block #20

What a fun week making Flying Geese blocks for the Super Simple Sampler! These six inch blocks have been a great way to practice my precision piecing...some of the pieces are so tiny. We are just past half-way through making the blocks. This is going to be a really fun sampler quilt! Here is how to make this block... Cutting from the gray prints: cut (2) 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips; (1) 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip from light blue prints: cut (6) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles from each, yellow and pink: cut (6) 1 1/2" squares Sewing I showed tutorials...

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Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese
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Flying Geese, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Six Inch Sampler Block #19

Today is the day for our third Flying Geese block in this month's Super Simple Sampler series. To see the first two, and the ones we have done in previous months, click here. For this post, I am going to show two methods for making the flying geese. You can decide which you like best, or you may find it good to use either one, depending on the project. Cutting (choose one method, don't cut for both) Triangle method: from the light blue print, cut 8 squares 2 1/2", then cut in half diagonally to yield 16 half-square triangles (HST) from the color prints,...

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how to sew Super Simple Sampler six inch modern quilt block with flying geese
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Free Quilt Blocks, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Super Simple Sampler Block #18

Welcome to the second post of our January Super Simple Sampler block series! This month the theme is flying geese, you can see the tutorial for the first block, Here. If you are making a quilt with lots of flying geese units, you might like my quick tutorial on my favorite method for chain piecing flying geese blocks. Click Here to see it. Today, the block is kind of fun because the flying geese are not as obvious...as part of the whole block you see a star rather than the four flying geese. Let's make it! Cutting From the blue: cut (4) 3...

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