Terrific Tool Thursday: Prairie Pointer

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Today’s terrific tool supports my dresden habit. After Spring Quilt Market, I received a nice email from Susan Cleveland mentioning a tool she designed that makes dresden pressing easier. It’s called the Prairie Pointer and it makes prairie points in addition to being an awesome dresden tool.

 

There’s a great center line to align your seam. It makes everything look better and go faster. Win! Win! I’m actually working on two Georgia’s Dresdens right now using it!

xo LC

Fun Happenings Around the Quilting World

 

I love cruising around the online sewing and quilting world. There are so many fun things out there. Here are some talented ladies that I love stalking on Instagram, Facebook and of course on their lovely blogs. Online groups are such a great place to explore new techniques. We thought it would be fun to share with our readers what our online buds are up to! You’ll find a quick description of what each is all about followed by a link for more info on signing up or sewing along. There’s something for everyone! Check them out!! You’ll have fun!

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Online Quilt Group by Patchwork Posse – The online quilt group is similar to your local quilt guilds. We provide you with full access to a community & forum with monthly exclusive patterns- including Block of the Months, Sew Alongs, swaps, and guest designers and more! You will have access to the group – any time, any where! We are open 24/7 so you can check in, share, print and participate around your personal busy schedule.

This yearly quilt group is designed to expand your sewing and quilting skills, introduce you to designers from around the world, and provide a community to share and be inspired. How does it work? After purchase you have access to a private facebook group and to all the patterns for one full year (from date of purchase) PLUS, there is something new in the group weekly- chat, patterns, guest, and more. 

Love to sew, share, chat? You’re just what we need in our online quilt group! Come join the fun! Plus, spoiler alert, there will be a May Chappell exclusive pattern later this year! 

more info- click here! www.quilt-group.com

 

The Hey Mama! Sew Along by QuiltChic is a free quilt block of the month program. We are on block 9, but all of the patterns are available for pdf download. I will also be including finishing instructions for the quilt. This is for any level of quilter, from beginning on up.

Join me for the Hey Mama! quilting sew along! A fun, free block of the month in which you can still participate.

more info- click here! www.quilterchic.com

 

Think Big Sew Along- by Amy Ellis is all about making the quilt you want to make! There’s 10 blocks in the book, all 18”, which makes for a fast finish no matter how big or small. I walk you through all the math so you can make the right quilt for you whether a pillow or king size bed quilt!

I’m hosting a quilt-along starting next week (August 3rd) with three of the blocks included in the book so we can be creative together. I’ll be sharing all my tips for making these blocks and hopefully learn something new from all you too! Ready to Think Big? Stop by!

Think Big with super sized quilt blocks, and quilt along with Amy.

more info- click here! http://amyscreativeside.com

 

National Sewing Month Series by The Sewing Loft– Love fabric scraps but not sure what to make? Well, The Sewing Loft has you covered! During National Sewing Month they are shifting gears and focusing on all things scraps. There will be challenges, projects, storage solutions and SO many creative ideas. And I almost forget to mention, one mother load of a giveaway to help keep your needle moving! It’s shaping up to be one massive party.

Love fabric scraps but not sure what to make? The Sewing Loft has you covered! Check out all the fantastic things they have in store for you during National Sewing Month!

more info- click here! www.thesewingloft.com
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Mini Quilt Club by Canoe Ridge Creations- Join Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations for Round 5 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club – Starting August 1st, 2015! Over the course of six months Fresh Mini Quilt Club members will receive six fresh, modern mini quilt patterns on the 1st of each month — they’ll all be a surprise, yay! Each mini quilt will measure between 18″ & 24″, along one side, making them a quick & easy project. Whether you have been wanting to give quilting a try, or have been it it for years, this mini quilt club is for you! Register before August 1st for only $19.99!
HOW DOES IT WORK? On the 1st of each month, club members will receive a fresh, modern mini quilt pattern right in their inbox. This easy-to-follow & printable pattern will come complete with color diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Remember, each new design will be a surprise!
WHY MINI QUILTS? Mini quilts are quick + easy projects, they don’t take large amounts of fabric (budget friendly, yay!), are great for trying out new quilting techniques, and look great in your home!

WHO SHOULD JOIN? Everyone! Each mini quilt design will feature basic patchwork techniques — perfect for beginners & the more advanced quilter.

Round 5 of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club with Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations starts August 1st — register for this 6 month club today! Do you love mini quilts? Join the Fresh Mini Quilt Club and each month you’ll have a new mini quilt pattern sent directly to your e-mail — full color diagrams & step-by-step instructions ready to print right from your home!
more info- click here! www.canoeridgecreations.com

And here’s the info that I shared with their crews:

 

Back of the month with May Chappell – Want to design interesting quilt backs? Sometimes they’re as much fun as the front. May Chappell’s new club called Back of the Month is like a block of the month for quilt backs! Each month, you’ll get a pdf outlining a quilt back design idea. Each will focus on a way to design an interesting back, bringing elements from the front (and using all those scraps!). Since obviously quilt backs are all different sizes, there will be lots of information about sizing things and applying the designs based on what you have. Here are the details: On the 15th of each month, you’ll get an email from Send Owl to download a pdf. The subscription lasts for 6 months and is only $12. You have until August 14 to join. You’ll automatically receive Month One when you sign up! Come join the fun!!

Learn creative ways to design your quilt backs with May Chappell’s Back of the Month Club!

more info- click here! www.maychappell.com

Hope yall will enjoy checking out the happenings!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: The Magnet

 

This tip is from my friend Sarah. I saw it on her machine and thought it was a good one! You know when you’re free motion quilting or making a bag and you’re constantly burying threads? And your self threading needle hides from you? Well, Sarah put a little magnet with a sticky back on the top of her machine. She has a door there. 

 
She keeps the self threading needle in reach when she needs it! I’m anticipating a lot of questions about magnets and machines. I don’t know if it would affect your machine and each machine is different. I’d recommend checking with your tech. I keep a magnetic pin cushion on my machine and I’ve never had problems. I’m sure the strength of the magnet matters and it doesn’t take much to hold a needle!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Frixion Pens

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It’s time for another Terrific Tool! Have you tried Frixion pens? They come in a rainbow of colors, widths and even highlighters. Basically, heat erases the markings and cold brings them back (which is important to remember if you’re shipping a quilt as it will likely get chilly). When you wash the quilt, the Frixion markings are gone completely. I always test the markings on each fabric because there can be a “halo” left on some fabrics. I’ve found lighter fabrics work best with these pens.

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I found this great one on Amazon that offers four color options!

xo LC

Charleston in a Clutch GIVEAWAY

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Today is my stop on the Charleston Blog Tour! Charleston is a new art deco line by Revive from Timeless Treasures. I used my Clutched pattern and did some alterations to make a few different sizes. Make sure you read on for the TWO giveaway chances!!

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I love art deco shapes and thought this print was perfect. The metallic is subtle and really pretty. It would make a great background for a quilt. The line is full of art deco inspired prints in blues and oranges with lots of metallic accents. You can see the full collection here.

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I lined the clutches with a print with a hint of blue. There is something weddingesque about the clutches so I thought “something blue” made sense. These will be a gift for my next friend to get married;)

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Clutched is written for an 8×3 hard frame. I bought a 6×3 and 4.5×3 frame to test out. I removed 2″ for the 6×3 frame and 3.5″ for the 4.5×3 frame. I buy my frames here.

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I removed the inches from the center of the pattern and left everything else the same. I tested out altering the boxed corners, but ended up not altering it. I was quite happy with the shape as is.

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Timeless Treasures is giving away THREE fat quarter bundles of Charleston. You can enter and read more about that here.

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Also make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour:
Monday, July 20: Shayla Wolf, Sassafras Lane Designs
Tuesday, July 21: Leslie Meltzer, 50 Sq Ft Studios & Kim Buffington, Make Something/Dritz
Wednesday, July 22: Rebecca Silbaugh, Ruby Blue Quilts
Thursday, July 23: Kim Brackett, Magnolia Bay Quilts & Me!
Friday, July 24: Jessica VanDenburgh, Sew Many Creations/The Straight Stitch Blog

GIVEAWAY time! One person will win one yard of Charleston fabric of their choosing AND a PDF of my Mini May Clutched pattern! It’s simple, just leave a comment and Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner on Sunday at 6 pm est. Good luck!

xo LC

MO Sewing*

I headed out to Missouri this weekend to teach a few workshops at the Sew Sweet Quilt Shop annual July event.

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The shop is really cute and full of all kinds of things that I NEED!

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Seriously, lots of needs.

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The first day, my workshop was the All Sewn Up sewing kit! We had a blast. This is one of my favorite patterns to teach because the students learn all the little tricks to finishing up a bag to look polished. Here’s some of the great finishes!

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The next day, we did the All Squared Up quilt!

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There were lots of finished blocks in this class too. We chatted about color and value placement.

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I love seeing the block in all different fabrics!

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Melinda was a bit of an overachiever and finished five blocks!!

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All the instructors did a trunk show. May Gunter is a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor. Her quilts are stunning.

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And Jenifer Dick of 42 Quilts showed off all her pretties!

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There was also time for open sew!

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And visiting the giant pecan in town! Seriously, that’s a giant pecan.

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xo LC

* Sew MO was on a Row by Row license plate in Missouri. How cute is that?!