I’ve Been Craftsy

I’m so excited to share that I now have a Craftsy class!! I’ve basically been bursting with the news for months! I put a ton of work into it and cannot even begin to tell you the sheer awesomeness of everyone at Craftsy! It will be launching soon and I’ll be doing a more detailed post then. It’s called Quilt Faster: Accurate Streamlined, Piecing. But for now, who wants to win it?! Just click here and you’ll be entered. You have until May 30. Many will enter, one will win! Technically Craftsy is picking the winner, but Mack the Chihuahua will be there in spirit!


Back to my regularly scheduled Quilt Market. New pattern reveals & more soon!

xo LC

Georgia’s Gratitude 

Quilts of Valor is a wonderful organization dedicated to making quilts for Veterans. Lots of amazing quilters stitch up tons of gorgeous works of art to thank those that have served. They’re having a silent auction fundraiser at America Quilts Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. I was invited to make a quilt! I used my Georgia’s Dresden pattern.  

My pattern is named for my great-grandmother. The quilt I inherited from her is a pretty little 1930’s dresden. Her son Lynn was a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. So I named the quilt Georgia’s Gratitude! 

I quilted up a storm on this one since it’s a wall hanging. I did infinity loops on all the wedges and shells in the background. Plus a fun little flower in the middle!

It was such an honor to be able to contribute to this organization! I hope my quilt finds a wonderful home!! I not so secretly want to keep it. You can see all the quilts here.

You can also check out a Quilts of Valor quilt that I made here. Plus the Patchwork Threads tee featuring my Designer Star benefits QOV. 

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Striped HSTs

Today’s tip is all about playing with stripes! If you want to make a fun half square triangle, take a stripe and cut two identical squares from it. The size will depend on what you want you’re finished size to be. Place the triangles so that the stripes are running in the same direction.

Make the half square triangle as you normally would. And you’ll get this cool design! Try it with all different stripes; you’ll love the results!

xo LC

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I grew up in Dallas, so I always jump at the chance to head “home”. Plus this time I was visiting two of my favorite groups, the McKinney MQG and Stitched with Love. This guild is full of talented quilters! We made Hattie’s Dresden for the workshop and the range of awesome work was…just wow!!

I’m a sucker for a color wheel!! Seriously, almost any pattern looks amazing in color order form.

And I’m loving this low volume version. I’d never seen Hattie’s in neutrals!

Sarah made these beauties and posed with Lori! She’s planning on making it into a tote with one dresden on each side.

Scrappy works well with Hattie’s. This palette is so bright and fresh.

I love when students bring in pretties made with my patterns! Check out this Line It Up Tote

And Designer Star!

Such a wonderful two toned version! Ellen already finished her quilt and you can read more about it here.

More scrappy fun!! I seriously wanted to steal this one! She pulled some excellent scraps and even mixed in different substrates.

Gorgeous spring flowers! Love the accent pieces in the middle.

Another gorgeous color wheel!

Sweet Alice and Catherine gifted me this awesome tee! It’s sparkly:)

This cutie also appeared in class!

I had a mini trunk show for some of my best friends. Thanks Em J for being the quilt holder. This one is Georgia’s Dresden.

Plus I ate excessive tacos and guacamole.

I even slept under a Designer Star quilt made by The Guru’s best friend (and my second Mom!), Sue. This one was quilted by my sweet friend, Sheri.

It’s always great to go back home!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Cut ‘n Press

Today’s tool is pretty basic, but I use it every single day! It’s the Cut ‘n Press from June Tailor. It’s perfect for taking to class and on retreat. It’s a cutting board on one side and a pressing board on the other.

I use the pressing side at home because it’s such a great surface. It’s a bit harder than my regular ironing board. 


I have both the 10″ square and the 12 x 18″. Well, technically I have three of the 12 x 18″ size. Seriously, I use them all the time.

Tonight is my Market Preview Party at Village Fabric Shop! If you’re local, come by 5-7 pm!

xo LC

What’s Your Story?

I recently got my hands on the new Intentional Piecing book by Amy Friend (full disclosure: the publisher sent it) and I was immediately hooked. It’s rare to flip through a quilty book and find so many projects that I cannot wait to make! There’s lots of foundation piecing and TONS of unique projects.

I started right in on the Tell Me a Story blocks. I decided to choose not just fabrics I love, but fabrics that represent things I love. I used lime for the tiny frame corners, teals for the frame and a mixture of dots for the corners.


My first block is about travel, then another for ocean animals and obviously one for sewing! In case you can’t read it, it says “a clean house is the sign of a broken sewing machine”. A cheesy joke AND sewing…my heart sings. I already have a pile of future blocks selected.

The other quilt I can’t wait to start is Crazy Eights! I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it with Jen Kingwell lollies!

The best part of this book is how conversational it is. I don’t know Amy personally (just in the online stratosphere) but I felt like we were buds sitting down to make a quilt. The book is well thought out, clever and full of fresh ideas.?I highly recommend it!

It’s available through your local quilt shop, your local bookstore or here with a 30% discount using FRIEND30.

xo LC 

Modern Patchwork Sketchbook Cover

Modern Patchwork is one of my favorite publications! It’s always full of fun, fresh, well-made ideas. And I’m excited to be in the new issue! 

  

My project is this sketchbook cover! It’s made with Carolyn Friedlander mini charms. 

  

This is a fun one to dig through your scrap bin for. I’m contemplating making another one with my coveted Liberty scraps.

  

The cover is hand stitched with oversized cross stitches. I used Aurifil Aurifloss which is my fave floss. I’m pretty sure that citrine color is my favorite.

  

Inside the covers is more scrappy goodness with binding.

 

Modern Patchwork is available at your local new stands or you can pick it up digitally here. Check it out!

xo LC

Here Comes Emily

The Triad MQG is about to host another exciting speaker! Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies fame will be coming to speak with the guild and teach a few workshops at Village Fabric Shop. Her guild presentation is Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm. We meet at South Fork Community Center on Country Club. Her first class will be Wednesday, April 27 from 10-1. We will be making this adorable hand embroidery project. 

 

Then Wednesday night, she’ll be teaching this mini! It’s based on her Big Game quilt and a Village Fabric Shop exclusive. I’ll be making it for my uncle. So awesome!
  

Emily is a really fun person so be sure to check out one (or all) of the events! You can register for the classes by calling the shop directly at (336) 779-6155.

xo LC

 

Terrific Tool Thursday: Misty Fuse

Today’s Terrific Tool is Misty Fuse. Last week, Shannon Brinkley came to North Carolina to teach a Scrappy Bits Appliqué workshop. She’s an avid Misty Fuse user. It’s a thin fine interfacing that’s double sided and can be used in similar instances to Wonder Under and Steam A Seam Lite, but it’s MUCH thinner. So thin, in fact, that I struggled to get a photo.

 

It leaves the fabric much more pliable! I’m sold:)

xo LC