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

Fragments Crossed TUTORIAL

Here is a link to all of my TUTORIALS.

Today I’m really excited to share a new tutorial with you! I saw this fabric at Quilt Market in the Dear Stella booth and really wanted to cross stitch it. So I did! Isn’t that fabric great?! The name of the line is Fragments and the center print is called Cross Stitch, so obviously it was meant to be.

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I owe a huge shout out and thank you to Martha from Knit One Smock Too for patiently helping me choose the floss for my cross stitch. I wanted to find all the perfect colors and she’s the best!

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This was so much fun to piece! And a great hand stitching project to boot!! My floss colors are slightly lighter than the fabric so that the stitching pops.

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You can find a complete step-by-step TUTORIAL on the Dear Stella blog here! Another huge thank you to Jessie at Dear Stella! I love working with Dear Stella fabrics and it was great to work with you on this project. Here are a few more pictures because I just can’t stop myself!

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I quilted so that the pieced cross stitched blocks popped.

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xo LC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Open Seams

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I’m not much for pressing seams open. In my opinion, the seams are weaker. They’re held together by thread, while a seam pressed to the side has the strength of fabric. That said, there are certainly times when you need an open seam. If you lower your stitch length for an open seam, it will be much stronger. There will be more stitches per inch.

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I sew on a Bernina and my typical setting is 2.4-2.6. When I’m pressing my seams open, I use 1.8-2.0.
xo LC

Mini May Clutched Pattern

It’s the final highlight of the May Chappell pattern extravaganza! Today I’m showcasing my Mini May Clutched pattern. Mini Mays are a new series of patterns that are designed to be completed in a three hour class. I love teaching and one thing that I hear over and over is that students would like to leave class with a finished product. Some of the patterns will include add-ons such as embroidery or appliqué. I’m quite excited about this series and the first one is Clutched!

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Clutched is a hard frame purse and includes easy to follow step-by-step directions.

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I made a sample with the pattern for Tula! She was pretty excited so I was basically beside myself. That face was meant to be a clutch.

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I’ve taught this class quite a few times. Here are a few made by my students.

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Here’s Cydney & Cynthia with theirs!

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I made a bunch for holiday presents.

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And this fun version with a Gardenvale mini charm pack.

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I’m teaching it again this week on Tuesday at Knit One Smock Too in Winston Salem and Wednesday at Studio Stitch in Greensboro. Check out the schedule here and contact the shop directly to sign up. You can find the PDF here and the printed pattern here. Remember all PDF patterns are on sale through tomorrow!

xo LC

 

Eye Candy Quilt Pattern

The Eye Candy Quilt Pattern is up next for highlight week! I got to take an unexpected trip to my hometown of Dallas. It’s good news for you because I’m extending the pattern SALE through Monday! There’s just no time to unSALE the shop.

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This quilt is great beginner friendly pattern! The pattern includes all sizes Baby through King. It highlights large-scale fabrics well.

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I made this version with Tula Pink‘s new line Elizabeth! It will hit stores this Spring! It was such a fun line to sew with. Look at those faces! And Tula has the large scale backs that go with the line already available.

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I did my own quilting on this one with infinity swirls through the lines of candy in a soft green and shells in aqua on the aqua. It took an entire spool of Aurifil on the background. I actually ran out with about 5×5″ left to go and had to run some thread off my bobbin to finish. I’m pleased with the quilting. It came out just as I envisioned it.

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I got a bit out of control on the back of this quilt. I wanted to use every last precious scrap of Tula! I used the selvage to mark the line that I used. The name of the Elizabeth face print is 16th Century Selfie. That is awesome. You can see the quilting so nicely on the back.

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And I finally cut my Plume Tailfeather! I still can’t believe it. It makes me so happy that I can see a big piece of this fabric on the back. This is one of my favorites of all time.

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I also made a Christmas version of Eye Candy! I used Kate Spain‘s Joy! I’m going to finish it for next year.

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The PDF version is available here and is on SALE! And the printed version can be found here.

xo LC

Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern

There is nothing more beautiful to me than the mountains of North Carolina! This quilt is an homage to that!

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There are a lot of flying geese involved. I highly recommend the Bloc Loc ruler. It makes everything go faster and makes all the points perfect! There are directions for Table Runner through King included in the pattern. I’m dying for someone to make the King:)

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This is the back of the quilt. I used some half square triangles from the front on the back. They would make a wonderful whole second quilt!

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Here’s a close up of my quilting. I only quilted the backgrounds so the trees popped. A part of me still wants to go back and quilt the trees.

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I used this pattern on my brother’s Christmas present.

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You can find the PDF pattern here and the printed pattern here.

xo LC

Line It Up Tote Pattern

The Line It Up Tote is up next up to be highlighted! This tote pattern uses a mini charm pack. It’s hard to find good patterns for those as they’re really not too much fabric! I used Carolyn Friedlander Botanics with Essex Linen.

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The tote is quilted and also features cording up the side!

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I put a quilted pocket in the bag. It’s great for your phone!

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I used folded leather and sewed ribbon to the inside for the handles. They look really polished. This Etsy shop supplies the leather. I don’t have any affiliation with this shop.

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You can get the PDF here and the printed pattern here. I’m making myself a version of this bag with Liberty! You’ll see it soon!!

xo LC

Crossing Paths Quilt Pattern

Today I’m highlighting my Crossing Paths pattern. It’s a really fun one and I love that fabric choice makes this pattern look totally different. I shouldn’t play favorites, but…

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The pattern includes three different block sizes. I wanted to be able to use the pattern for all different scale fabric, so I designed small, medium and large blocks. This also means that you can make Baby through King quilts.

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I made this version using the large blocks! It is a throw and sews up quickly! You only have to make four blocks!!

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I had this vision of getting a picture with the baseball stadium in the background because the quilt reminds of the bases on a baseball field. It turns out it’s really windy on this hill! My friend Karen is a trooper and didn’t complain once during my ridiculous nitpicking of photoshoots.

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I did a combination of straight line quilting and free motion quilting. It’s really densely quilted. I was reminded that straight line quilting takes forever. This was a really fun one to quilt.

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I accidentally cut twice as many 1″ strips as I needed. I knew if I put them in my scrap bin that I’d never use them. Sewing 1″ strips is not really much fun. So I designed a fancy back. It took longer to piece than the front, but was totally worth it! Plus the quilting really shows through here. I also matched the pattern of the navy Tula Pink fabric when I pieced the sides.

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I fussy cut the binding on this quilt. It needed to happen. That’s a print from Terra Australis.

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The version on the pattern cover is the Medium blocks and made into a Queen. You can see how moving where you use light and dark fabrics totally changes the look of the layout.

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Do you ever have a piece of fabric that you just love?! Even though it is not really your usual style? The red flowers were like that for me! I fell in love with them, despite the metallic floralness that was going on. Metallic is not usually my jam, neither is floral. This quilt is also significant because I’ve wanted a red and white quilt for ages and now I have one! Woot! I used the blue print for the back which is a nice surprise.

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And here are the small blocks! This was made with Sara Lawson‘s Jungle Ave fabric for Spring Market 2014. It was the original design before I added the other block sizes. I wanted to highlight this adorable elephants!

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These ellies were made for fussy cutting! And how great is the subway print?!

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I used the selvage with my label!

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Crossing Paths is available as a PDF here and as a printed pattern here. All PDFs are on sale through Friday.

xo LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: The Tough Bury

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I wrote a Terrific Tip Tuesday about my love of self threading needles a few weeks ago. I got a few questions about what to do when the thread is short. When my friend Tessa, The Sewing Chick also suggested it as a Tuesday Tip, I knew it needed to be! The answer is to go ahead and stitch your needle.

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Once your needle is in place, simply thread it. You’ll want to use a self threading needle for smooth sailing.

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xo LC

All Strung Up Pattern

I am obsessed with voile. For those of you that aren’t familiar, it’s a finer thinner weave of cotton. It’s kind of similar to Liberty lawn. And it makes the softest most amazing quilts. They’re perfect for summer or when you want to know what it’s like to hug a cloud.

AllStrungUpCoverSeriously. Hugging a cloud. Every time the chihuahua gets a chance, he swipes my quilt. Because voile is a finer weave and a bit less durable than quilters’ cotton, this pattern includes directions for only a Throw size.

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This pattern is a mod twist on a traditional string pattern. The pattern includes tips for drafting your pattern or you can copy the included one. It’s scrapalicious. Special thanks to my sweet friends for letting me borrow their amazing farm view for the cover shot!

IMG_3752Also, a giant thanks to Sheri Collette of Maxine & Me for her awesome quilting! Voile is difficult to baste so Sheri quilted this. She did a largish version of a pretty swirly panto and it’s perfect. She’s the bomb!!

The PDF pattern is available here and the printed pattern is available here. This is a really fun pattern to piece!

xo LC