Gale’s Lattice

Last year, I bought a cute little cottage in North Carolina. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the blue fireplace and other little touches as I renovated every inch of the house. (And by I, I mean the amazing contractor and team that I hired. Although Team Monroe did the painting!.) One interesting feature was that the entire front porch was covered in lattice, top to bottom. It was like a little lattice cocoon. The previous owner’s cat would hang out on the porch. Mack the Chihuahua wanted open air and breezes. This is a long intro to tell you that this quilt was inspired by the lattice! Meet Gale’s Lattice!

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I used Fig Tree Co.‘s new Coney Island line for Moda. This line totally lives up to the Fig Tree reputation! I wanted to make a somewhat patriotic quilt; I’ve had a red, white and blue quilt on my list for years! I think this quilt wants to go on a picnic too:)

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This quilt has optional borders. The borders are part of the design which makes for a great look and makes them less cumbersome to attach. Since there is piecing in the borders, you have things to line up. This baby version was quilted by Laura Davies of Tanderwen Quilts.

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Laura does a great job with creating shapes in the quilting that complement the piecing. She created a large square on point in the border that I love. She did a beautiful custom job!

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You can find this one in the online shop to, it is here!

xx LC

 

 

 

 

Lulee’s Garden

When I saw Corey Yoder‘s latest line for Moda, I knew that I needed to created something in honor of my grandmother. Corey’s line is called Lulu Lane and my grandmother was named Lulee! It seemed like the perfect tribute. I named it Lulee’s Garden!

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This is a great pattern to work on your piecing techniques. It’s fun either scrappy or with your favorite collection! How delightful is the palette of this collection. I smell Spring!

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In a fun coincidence, when I messaged Corey that I was naming the quilt for my grandmother, she told me that this line was named for her grandmother! Here’s to two great ladies!

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xx LC

Pinnies Parade

Who doesn’t love pinnies?! I have quite an extensive collection! You can really never have too many. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself as I continue to hoard carefully curate my collection. Today I’m showing my Pinnies Parade pattern.

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This little cutie is designed to hang out in front of your machine and tilts a bit for easy usage. Because pinnies are not just for display, we get to use them too!!

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The pattern includes a few optional embroidery designs. You can “Stick It” or “Make It”. Or there’s a flower that you can add a button to.

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Pinnies Parade is part of the Mini May series, so you can complete it in just a couple hours! It’s in the shop; don’t forget FREESHIP17.

xx LC

A Romance Between the Line It Up Tote and Liberty

What happens when the Line It Up Tote meets Liberty lawn fabric? Perfection.


I made the panel go from light to dark in value with some tiny Liberty scraps. No piece of Liberty is too small to be treasured and saved. The grey is Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed. It plays well with the colors of Liberty.


This tote has piping so I used a dark piece on the dark edge.


And light for the light edge.


For the lining (and piping), I used some faux-berty. Robert Kaufman’s London Calling and Moda’s Regent Street are both lovely lawns that play well with Liberty lawn. Plus I actually remembered to put in a label.


This little tote is for my friend Pam! I hope it will go on many great adventures with her.


xx LC

Another Lazy Sunday

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Time to meet another pattern! This one is fast and packs a punch! It’s a close cousin of my Lazy Sunday pattern, so it’s called Another Lazy Sunday! It’s also now available in the new online shop! Don’t forget to use FREESHIP17.

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Who loves precuts? Me too!! This pattern is precut friendly! You just need a jelly roll and a treat. Treats are a new precut from Moda; they’re 3 1/2″ squares. You can use a charm pack in lieu of a treat. You can also use fat quarters with just a bit more cutting.

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It’s made with Bonnie + Camille Basics from Moda! If you’re a B+C fan, this line is for you. They’ve printed tons of awesome blenders in their signature palette. I’ll be adding lots of these to my stash!

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I used Bonnie + Camille wideback for the backing. I think it would be a crime not to take this quilt on a picnic! Gingham backing plus gingham binding is pure happiness.

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So grab a jelly roll and get started!

xx LC

 

Tuesday Tip: Interfacing Scraps


Storing interfacing is always a problem. I posted a bit ago about how I write a selvage on my interfacing . But I never really know what to do with scraps! Someone suggested storing interfacing rolled in a toilet paper roll. I’ve since found it to be the perfect solution for interfacing scraps! For larger interfacing scraps, you can wrap a piece of paper around to write your label.

xx LC

Meet Cased

It’s new pattern week! And also new online store week! I’m quite excited to show you lots of great new things. First up is a pattern that was born out of personal need. I like to have lots of pens on hand for doodling and such, but it makes me crazy when I can’t easily see them all. I decided that I needed a little case that would lay open for easy viewing but also quickly pack up for on the go travel! Meet Cased!

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This case is perfect for pens and stationery supplies. It also works well for a little sewing kit for class. Or a travel hexie kit! Or journaling loot! Or jewelry for a trip! Really, the options are endless.

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This is another pattern in my Mini May line. These are intended to be completed in just a couple hours. It uses a hard frame clutch (you can find those here and here). I personally find the frames with screws to be a bit sturdier, but I use both!

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You might be wondering what this lovely fabric is?! It’s from Alison Glass and called Seventy Six. I loved the fussy cutting opportunities and the scale is perfect for these little cases. I had to actually stop myself from fussy cutting every piece.

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The pattern is available in my shop in both PDF and printed paper and coming soon to your local quilt shop! Use code FREESHIP17 for free shipping! And remember to use #casedbag on social media as you create your cased bags! Warning, you can’t make just one…

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xx LC

 

Love All Around TUTORIAL

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Lately I’ve been feeling as though there’s a lot of negativity going around, from the election to world affairs to right here in our own quilting community. I decided to create a block called Love All Around. It’s all about coming from a place of love and kindness. Quilting brings me joy and I love sharing that with all of you! Let’s all try to take a second to send a note of support, offer a word of kindness, cheer for the underdog or offer a helping hand. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or maybe keep thinking and find something nice to say!

This year, I’m going to make this block whenever I see kindness in my community! I want 2017 to be a year with Love All Around! I’m expecting to end the year with a sea of hearts…and an epic quilt. I’ve started spreading the love by asking a few of my stitchy friends to join in the fun!! I was more than a little overwhelmed when almost everyone said YES! The quilting world does love to spread love. The best part of sharing a tutorial is that everyone makes a unique block (and a few fun extra ideas!). Everyone will be posting today and through the weekend. Check out all the blocks:

Alex Duenkel
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Amy Friend of During Quiet Time
Amy Shively of Amy by the Park
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Amy Southerland of Amy Sews
Angela Gubler of The Green Apricot
Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces
AnneMarie Chany of GenX Quilters
Asha Patel
Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse
Chrissy Lux of Sew Lux
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Debra Jalbert of Made of Honor Quilts
Gina Allen of Ginabean Quilts & Trailer Stash
Ginny Robinson
Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell Designs
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Kristen Ballou

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studios
Nicole Carroll of Fist Full of Fabric
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
Sarah Huechteman
Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Stephanie Soebbing Quilt Addicts Anonymous
Tara Kordich of Amelia’s Garden
Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick 
Xandi Hamilton

Let’s get started! Grab some scraps (or a dreamy stack of half yard cuts as I did!) and let’s get started spreading some love!

Love All Around Block Tutorial
Finished size: 8″ (Remember, this means it will be 8 1/2″ when you’re done making it and 8″ once sewn into your quilt.)

Use a 1/4″ seam throughout.

Supplies: Fabric A & Fabric B (hearts): One 6″ square and four 2 3/4″ squares of each. Fabric C (corners): Two 3 1/4″ squares. Fabric D (background): Four 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangles and two 3 1/4″ squares. *All the pieces are oversized for trimming, so if you’re a smidge short on fabric, it’s okay!

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Making the Hourglass Unit: Place the two 6″ squares on top of one another. Cut in half diagonally. Make sure to align the 45° line along the bottom edge for a perfect cut.

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Cut in half diagonally in the opposite direction as well.

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You will only need two of each fabric opposite one another. Save the extra pieces for another block!

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Stitch the triangles together in pairs as shown. Press to the darker fabric.

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Align the seams and lock them together to stitch along the diagonal. Because you’re stitching along bias edges, they can be stretchier. I pin each end and the two seam allowances in the middle.

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Trim the hourglass unit to 4 1/2″. I used my Bloc Loc ruler. Make certain that the center of the block where all four points meet is at 2 1/4″ on your ruler. Also make certain that the 4 1/2″ trim line will land where the two fabrics meet as shown by the pins in the picture.

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If you don’t have a bloc loc, your trimming will look like this. Use the 45° line (marked with washi tape) and make certain that the center points meet at the 2 1/4″ mark (shown by the pin).

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This is what you should have!

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Making the Flying Geese Units: Put a piece of tape on your sewing machine showing the center needle line. Place a 2 3/4″ square on a 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangle. Align the top corner with the needle and the bottom of the corner with the tape edge. Stitch through the middle of the square diagonally keeping the bottom corner along the edge of the tape.

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Repeat so that you have two with Fabric A and two with Fabric B.

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Trim a 1/4″ from the seam line. It just needs to be neat, not perfect! I use scissors, but you can also use a rotary. Press towards the dark.

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Place a matching square on the other corner of each piece. Stitch through the center of the square as you did in the previous step.

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Repeat for all four flying geese units. Press towards the dark.

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You will have this.

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Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″. I used a Bloc Loc ruler.

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If you don’t have the Bloc Loc available, make sure to center the point and have the point be 1/4″ from the edge as shown by the center pin. Use the 45° line on the ruler (marked with washi) to align the seam. Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ as shown by the outside pins.

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Making the Half Square Triangles: Place a piece of tape along the 1/4″ mark of your machine to extend the mark. Place a 3 1/4″ square of Fabric C and Fabric D right side together. Align the top corner of the square with the edge of your 1/4″ foot. Align the bottom corner of the squares with the edge of the tape. Stitch two lines each 1/4″ from the center line.

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Cut apart the triangles. Press towards Fabric D/Background.

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Trim to 2 1/2″.

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Assemble the Block: Place all the units as shown.

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Sew together as three rows of three units. As you stitch the flying geese unit, make certain that your 1/4″ seam crosses right at the point of the flying geese unit.

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The corner unit seam will lock with the flying geese unit seam as shown.

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A pin is your friend.

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Press the top and bottom rows towards the corners. Press the center row towards the hourglass unit. Stitch the rows together and press the seams towards the hourglass unit.

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Spread the love!!

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I’ll be filling my year with lots of mementos of kindness. These blocks would also make a fun gift when you see a kind act or need to send a little love. Make them your own!!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lonestar Points

There’s been a little bit of lonestar making in my studio. I guess cabin fever got the best of me…so much snow! Thought I’d share how I worked on my points. First I stuck a pin 1/4″ from the edge along the seam of the first piece and into the second piece. This one is also 1/4″ from the edge. You can draw the 1/4″ seam; I eyeballed it. As you can see, you need the points to align 1/4″ in, not at the edge. 

Next, I gave the pin a good wiggle. This is a very technical sewing term, “a good wiggle.” This way, you can see where the pin was. Remove the pin. Place a second pin in as you normally would. As you stitch, stitch though the pin hole.

This trick works any time you’re attaching pieces along an angle and want perfect points. You can check out my lonestar over on Instagram
xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Label It

Do you have more then one sewing machine? There’s nothing worse than arriving to class with the wrong foot pedal! Or even worse without your foot pedal! Linda, my tablemate from Sew Virginia Beach, suggested labels. Her machines have different pedals, so she labeled them prominently.

My machines have the same pedal, but I bought an extra to take to class. I keep it in my sewing machine’s case, so I don’t need to remember to pack it. I do the same with the power cord. If you have a spare already packed, you don’t need to remember it!

xx LC