Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Needle Pulling Thread

  

This is an oldie but a goodie! You know when you’re trying to thread a needle and it just won’t. And you can’t see it because obviously the universe is messing with your eyesight…or maybe that’s just me?! Well, some folks lick the thread, but what you should really do is lick the eye of the needle. 

 
The moisture in the eye sucks the thread in and voila! You’re ready to sew! Happy Stitching my friends:) PS: This works on sewing machine needles too!

xo LC
 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Pillow Labels

Today’s tip is from Chrissy over at Sewlux! She made a pillow for my Quilt Market booth. She wanted a subtle label to mark the maker.

She used a Sharpie fine tip since she’s not planning on washing the pillow. A micron fabric pen would be great too if you want to be able to wash. It is the perfect way to mark a pillow!

xo LC

New Pattern Day

It’s new pattern day on the blog!! And in person if you’re at Quilt Market:) First up is Hattie’s Dresden!! This is a really fun one to piece. It’s pieced like a traditional dresden but with a twist. This was beautifully quilted by Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters and made with Tula Pink True Colors.

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Here’s Squiggly Bits!! You know I love scrappy! This makes for a great scrap buster or choose a scrapalicious line like JenKingwell’s Gardenvale. I did!

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Here’s Georgia’s Dresden! I taught a workshop for this one at Trailer Stash and it was a great success. I’m already plotting a bed size version for my bed!

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Here’s Salem Square! This was made with Hilltop by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella. It’s an oversized block so it stitches up fast! This was quilted by Sherri Collette of Maxine & Me.

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And I’m introducing another Mini May pattern, Bon Voyage passport covers. Mini Mays are designed to be completed in a short class. They’re quick and easy! This one also offers the option of a little embroidery.

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There will be a detailed post about each of these next week! And PDF and patterns will soon be available!!

xLC

Market Prep by Review

I’m heading off to Quilt Market in Minneapolis!! Full disclosure: When this posts, I’ll be setting up my booth! I’m in booth 721, so come visit! There are presents:)

 
This market was unofficially sponsored by Starbucks. I’m usually a skinny cinnamon dolce latte kind of girl, but they’ve introduced two things that have changed my life. The tiramisu latte and the s’mores frappacino! Trust me, try them. Three words: marshmallow whipped cream. 

My other unofficial sponsor was Red Box. I went and sewed at our cabin aka the land of no internet. It was great because I was basically off the grid and got so much done! I thought it would be fun to review the movies I watched while I pieced. These are obviously just my personal opinion. Here we go!

Big Eyes: Five Quilt Blocks A fascinating true story of artist Margaret Keane. There were so many plot points happening: a controlling marriage, commercial success versus “real” art, finding your voice, how one lie can blossom. In her heart of hearts, she creates because she must. And I think we all can relate to that. Amy Adams was superb and her husband was superbly creepy.  

The Imitation Game: Five Quilt Blocks This was also a true story. I’m a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, (If you don’t watch Sherlock, you’re making a life mistake.) so I expected that I’d like it, but I freaking loved it. It was a different era and it’s crazy to think how the world would be had they not succeeded. His life was cut far too short by ignorance which breaks my heart. Everyone should watch this. 

Whiplash: Five Quilt Blocks I did not expect I’d like this. Oh my, I was wrong! It’s about a drum student. Yep, two hours of loud drumming.  It was interesting to compare to my art school experience. Teaching something creative is about nurturing natural talent and there are definitely different ways to do that. This guy is certifiable, but each student must find their mentor.

You’re Not You: Five Quilt Blocks I have no clue when this came out, but Hilary Swank was robbed if she didn’t win an award for it. She’s a concert pianist stricken with ALS. I cried so hard that I couldn’t see my stitches. But it was so great!! 

Alexander & the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Four Quilt Blocks It’s a fun kids’ book and a fun kids’ movie. We’re not winning any Oscars for Alexander here, but there are lots of laughs. 

Annie: Four Quilt Blocks I love Annie and this was a pretty great version. They updated it in all the right ways. Cameron Diaz is hysterical as Ms. Hannigan. The girl who plays Annie is perfect for the role. If you like Annie, you’ll like this!! 

Beyond the Lights: Four Quilt Blocks I’d never heard of this movie. The music is great and it’s a sweet love story. Very watchable while sewing as its super predictable. And Minnie Driver is in it! Who doesn’t love her?!

Boyhood: Four Quilt Blocks It’s worth seeing this just for how they filmed it over many so years with the same actors. I sometimes had trouble figuring out if time had passed because I was listening more than watching. I’d love to watch it again.

Gone Girl: Four Quilt Blocks It’s just as creeptastic as the book. I had read the book but I was still on the edge of my sewing chair. Read it! See it! In that order.

Horrible Bosses 2: Four Quilt Blocks The first one is funnier, but this one is still full of laughs! It’s a bit more criminally insane than I expected. I kind of want the weird shower thing they invent. Only kind of.

Rewrite: Four Quilt Blocks It was clever and fresh for being a Hugh Grant movie. (which is not to say that I don’t LOVE Love Actually!) It’s inspiring and reminds you that you’re never too old to live your dream or find your passion. I really loved it! Highly recommend.

The Vow: Four Quilt Blocks Another true story. She loses her memory and doesn’t remember her marriage or why she hates her family. I would’ve said ridiculously cheesy if it weren’t true. So I’ll give it an epic tale of love conquers all.

This is Where I Leave You: Four Quilt Blocks Who would’ve thought that a movie about sitting shiva would be really really funny?! I would watch this again because I’m pretty sure I missed some of the subtle jokes while I was listening.

Blended: Three Quilt Blocks With Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore, this should’ve been funny, but it really wasn’t. Not terrible, but not good. Pass.

The Best of Me: Three Quilt Blocks The cheese factor was high even by Nicolas Spark’s standards. Poor boy meets rich girl. They fall in love. Rich girl’s family breaks them up. Old friend reunites them. You’ve seen it before and this wasn’t a good version of it.

The Longest Week: Three Quilt Blocks More weird than funny, but I do feel like I owe it another chance when I’m paying attention. It turns out Billy Crudup is still an actor. I last saw him as the mean brother in Inventing the Abbotts, which is an all time favorite of mine. 


A Most Violent Year:
Two Quilt Blocks My disc was scratched. I missed the first ten minutes and didn’t really enjoy the next thirty. I bailed and used the code that Red Box gave me to get something less violent. 

22 Jump Street: Two Quilt Blocks To be fair, I’ve only seen part of 21 Jumpstreet. (Unless we’re talking the Johnny Depp version, in which case I’ve seen them all!) If I were a twenty something man, this is awesomely hysterical. I’m not, so it’s just ridiculous.


Wild Card:
Zero Quilt Blocks This movie is so bad that I seriously considered asking Red Box for a refund. I want my $1.50 back and that hour of my life. I’ve seen elementary school plays with better acting…and plot lines. 

Happy Streaming! Assuming you have an Internet connection. My next post will reveal all my new patterns! 

xLC

  

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Starch in Comfort

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Today’s tip was sighted over in Instagram world on my friend Sarah’s feed. I’ve not even had a chance to implement it into my life, but it’s so good that I’m sharing it here! When you’re using a can of starch (I use Niagara for applique.), you can add a comfort handle!

You find them at the hardware store. Here’s a link to one at Home Depot. 

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Pressing Interfacing

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Last weekend, I went to The Stash Bash! Kerrie was pressing a bunch of pieces to interfacing and set it up like this. She laid the interfacing out and aligned all the pieces to fill the area. I do this too, although hers might be neater than mine. It’s a great tip! 

 

xLC

GO! Pillow Talk: May Pole Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day for my GO! Pillow Talk series with AccuQuilt! You can head over to their site to download the free pattern here and check out my tips for topstitching it on their blog here.

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I love this pillow! It was inspired by a May Pole. It is a really fast project!! (Which also makes it a favorite.) My pattern cover was made with various fabrics from my stash and then I whipped up this version with Cotton + Steel Basics. I LOVE their basics line because the colors are interesting. They’re not your usual rainbow! I just chose neutrals and a few greens for the pillow.

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I played around with some zigzag stitching on this one.

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Now I am back to my regularly scheduled market sewing! I cannot wait to show you all the new patterns. Soon! Very soon!!

xo LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Marking Darks

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Today’s terrific tip is to mark dark fabric. It’s difficult to find something that both shows up on dark fabric AND is easily removed. Then I found this Sewline Chalk Pencil at Knit One Smock Too. It’s magical! And it was about $4!!

  

It easily marks darker fabric or busy prints. Or in this case, dark busy fabric! I found it easy to rub away once I was done with the markings. 

 

Go forth and mark!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Color

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Today I taught a color theory workshop at A Stitch in Time in Franklin, NC. We talked about tons of tips for choosing fabric. Here’s one of my favorites! If you look at the selvage on fabric, you can see the base color. If it’s cream, then that fabric will work well with other cream-based fabrics. If the base color is pure white, it will work well with other pure white fabric. 

 

Happy fabric shopping!

xo LC