GO! Pillow Talk: Ohio March Pillow

It’s time for the next new pattern for my AccuQuilt Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

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This month’s pillow features the Ohio Star block! You can down the free Ohio March Pillow pattern here.

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I wanted to see how more colors would play with the pattern. I used Cotton + Steel fabrics on this one for a fun patchwork feel. I free motion quilted with Aurifil 50 weight, my new go-to quilting thread. Don’t forget to check out more about the original pattern here. There’s also a quick tip to make the corners of your pillow less pointy!

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See you next month with another festive pillow pattern! Remember to use the hashtag #GOPillowTalk when you post your lovelies!

xo LC

 

 

Let’s GO! BIG

Today is my stop on the GO! BIG Blog Hop! I initially saw the GO! BIG at Bernina University and I’ve been wanting one ever since. (Full Discloser: AccuQuilt sent me the cutter, die & mat.) If you thought the GO! was easy, wait until you see this! It’s electric so you don’t even have to crank the handle. You turn it on and push your die in and it sucks it in and shoots it out the other side. (It’s really more of a gentle slide out the other side.) Genius. Simply genius. Here‘s the cutter information so you can check it out! There’s a video of it in action too!

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I am using the double wedding ring die for my project! I’ve always wanted to make a circular pillow with the double wedding ring block and since this was perfectly cut, I knew there was little chance of it coming out wonky.

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Andover Fabrics sent these pretties! I loved the soft blues so I added a grey solid to the mix for a vintage vibe. They’re from their Downton Abby Downstairs Collection.

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I cut strips and folded them accordion style to cut six at a time. It took me about fifteen minutes to cut the whole pillow. Crazy fast. I’ve made a double wedding ring with templates; fifteen minutes would’ve yielded about six pieces.

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Just like with the other cutters, you can put a mat over just the area that you’re cutting. The bed of this cutter is wider so you can fit two of the narrow dies on at the same time!

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I wanted the fabrics to be random, but I arranged them a bit just to insure that I had all the right pieces.

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Sewing curves is a dream with AccuQuilt because they have notches that you align and everything just fits perfectly the first time.

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Piecing all the curved strips took about two hours with half of that being pressing time.

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I used a starch alternative to keep the bias edges crisp.

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Initially I was planning to free motion the whole thing, but when I finished the piecing, I thought it needed something more old fashioned looking. I just did straight line 1/4″ from the seam with Aurifil 50 wt.

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It’s an awesome little machine! I can’t wait to cut more things on it. I think a double wedding ring quilt is in my future! Be sure to check out the rest of the Blog Hop!! You’ll get to see the other four dies that utilize the wider bed on the GO! BIG.

February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25: It’s me! Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26: Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27: Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Proper Seam Ripping

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Nobody likes to unsew. Nobody. Unfortunately, it happens to all of us. This topic comes at the request of my good friend, Sarah. I’m generally a proponent of there’s not a right way to do something in sewing, do what works for you! But with seam ripping, there are some wrong ways;) So, here’s the proper way. First off, ripping isn’t involved. Gently break every 3-5 stitches on one side.

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Turn to the other side and give the thread tail a tug. Voila! Gently removing the seam is even more important on bias seams like this one.

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Here’s a bonus tip, the rubber piece on some seam rippers is to wipe away threads!

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Marking Binding

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Today’s terrific tip is straight from The Guru! When she attaches binding, she marks the mitered line to sew on. Sometimes it’s hard to see where the other corner is when marking, so lay your piece near the edge (not at the edge) to use that as a guide.

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Once it’s marked, you move it back to the edge to sew! Easy peasy!!

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Photography Time

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Today’s terrific tip is a quick tip for something that people write volumes about. Photography. There are so many factors, but here a few helpful hints! Take your picture outside on an overcast day. Even light looks better than sharp shadows. Before 10 am and after 4 pm are good times. A day with little wind is great. Images taken at these times require less correction. This is an untouched image taken at 4:30 pm on an overcast day.

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Style your picture. Are there things that should be edited out? If it’s not contributing to your image, get rid of it. The green grass in this shot intensifies the reds. A flower would detract from the quilt.

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Close ups are great! We sure spend a lot of time quilting, show it off!

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These are just guidelines and hints! This picture breaks all the rules and it’s one of my favorite quilt pictures.

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xo LC

We’re Done!

My City Sampler crew gathered for a reunion! The gals at Sew Original are just finishing up! And quite a few of the Little General crew have gotten theirs back from the quilter. Chris has finished her top and her back. She’s going to quilt it herself on her new Bernina! The sashing makes this rainbow so happy!

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Chris’ back is splendid! She ordered a back from IHeartTulaPink.com and it’s just awesome!

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Cydney finished her top and it’s another glorious rainbow. I love that she did larger set in triangles so her blocks float.

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Theresa has hers all quilted and bound. It was quilted by Pat Glaunert. Her block placement is just amazing. Love! Love! Love!

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The back could be a front! She used extra blocks and did such a cool layout.

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Debbie used pinks and greys. It’s wonderful! She has some perfect little fussy cuts hidden in there.

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Her back is great too!

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Gail made a king! It’s ginormous and absolutely beautiful!

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She made a great little label.

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The Guru is making this layout with these two sashing fabrics. She’s planning on finishing up this summer, but her blocks are all done. Since this is her second City Sampler, I’m still impressed! She calls is the Happiness Project!

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Jeannie is working away on her blocks. They’re gorgeous and she gave each block a cute name.

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Cynthia’s is awesome! She and I spent A LOT of time arranging the blocks. I love this layout and the teal was the perfect choice!!

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I love each and every quilt! (And each and every one of these talented ladies!!) My crew at Studio Stitch will be done this Spring, so you’ll see their masterpieces soon.

xo LC

 

So Proud!

I always love to show off the work of my students, but this time I am particularly proud. I just taught my first group of beginner quilters at Knit One Smock Too! They’re amazing!! Here’s Betsy, Maggie, Renee & Catherine! (Summer had to miss the last class, but she did equally awesome.)

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They learned quilting and binding too, but they’re practicing before they do these quilt tops. It was such a great experience for me and I think they enjoyed it too!

I’ve also met with my City Sampler folks at Studio Stitch. Heather is using batiks mixed in with pops of color. She’s barely repeating any fabrics!!

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Jerrie’s is soft with pops of red and mustard. It’s for her bedroom and is just gorgeous!

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Paula’s is bright and happy, just like her! I love her fussy cuts!!

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Emily did this:( No cutting for her.

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Regina has added loads of new fabrics and it’s looking great!

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Cathy’s sweet little fussy cut birds are perfect in the sea of homespuns.

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Sharon is also using batiks. She’s added pops of color among the neutrals.

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Barbara is making a rainbow of Tula and friends. It’s gorgeous!

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Susanne’s Kaffe collection is to die for! Love the way the big scale prints fit into these tiny cuts.

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Nancy is also using Tula mixed with a rainbow of complementary fabrics! Love!

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Lydia’s are so cheerful!! I love her rainbow of blocks.

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Marsha’s are bright and fun! She’s got some wonderful fussy cuts in there.

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Justi’s looks great! She’s using lots of Joel Dewberry!!

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I’m obsessed with this tree Justi did! Perfect for the windowpane block.

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Kathy is also using Kaffe! I love her color pairings. She played catch up this month!

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xo LC

GO! Pillow Talk: Hearts Around Pillow

I’m really excited about a new project that I’m doing with AccuQuilt! It’s called Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

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We are kicking off today with the Hearts Around Pillow! You can get the pattern here.

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Along with each pattern, I’m offering a cool technique! You can check out AccuQuilt’s blog here to read about how to use paper to make appliqué designs on the AccuQuilt! As you can see, this is an appliqué pillow which makes it both fun and FAST! I whipped up this version using all white hearts on a red background! I stitched around each heart with the trusty blanket stitch. (It’s stitch 1329 on my Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. It’s one of my favorite stitches.)

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Thanks so much to AccuQuilt for this great opportunity! It’s going to be an action-packed (and pillow-packed!) year! I’ll see you February with the next pillow. My couch is about to be even more full than it already is!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Counting Rows

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Today’s terrific tip is brought to you by my buddy Dana, of Old Red Barn Co. Dana is one of the nicest and funniest people you’ll ever meet. We were able to get together to sew last weekend. So obviously, I hit her up for a good tip. She uses pins to mark her rows by placing the number of pins for that row. Five pins means row five.

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A brilliant plan! And it uses supplies already on hand!! Thanks Dana!
xo LC

PS: Check out the awesome quilt top that Dana whipped up with the AccuQuilt! Love!!

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A Visit Home

Last weekend, I took a trip home to Dallas. While I was there, I went out to Stitched with Love in McKinney! I met Lynn, Joy & Sarah at Quilt Market and they are awesome!! This shop is flooded with light and beautiful fabric!

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I wanted to buy all of these!!

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Check out the wall of patterns! (There might be a few May Chappell!) It’s such a cool display, but quite difficult to photograph. Love it!

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Their fabric display is too cool and makes you want to buy everything!!

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They had some fabulous samples of All Sewn Up! I’m loving the Cotton + Steel and the selvages are brilliant.

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And I’m pretty excited about their classroom because I’m coming to teach here in February! (Saturday, February 28 to be exact. Call the shop to register.) I’m also doing a trunk show for the McKinney MQG here on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30. Visitors welcome for all my Dallas peeps:)

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Here I am with Sarah & Joy. It took three attempts to get to this. I am obviously looking at the pretty fabric.

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I can’t wait to come to Texas!
xo LC