Terrific Tip Tuesday: Thumb the Appliqué 


Today’s tip is straight from The Guru! She and I are both big fans of freezer paper appliqué. When you’re doing a complex shape like this flower, no matter how carefully you cut, there tends to be a little different in each of your scallops. 

As you move the freezer paper from the front to the back, hold your thumb on one petal to keep it in the same location. This keeps the subtle differences to a minimum.


It’s something small, but it made a big difference when there was a lot of appliqué.

xo LC

Stitchfest Texas 2016

What a weekend?! I had the pleasure of teaching at Stitchfest Texas last weekend and let me just tell you, a good time was had by all! These ladies stepped it up with adorableness everywhere. They made name tags and station tags and cute shirts and so many special treats!

The other instructor was Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. She’s a super talented fabric designer for Moda. And she’s hilarious. You know I like funny; she’s top notch;)

The Stitchfest ladies got a ridiculous amount of swag for door prizes and a constant stream of fun gifts. Moda was the major sponsor and they were SUPER generous! I wanted to win every prize they announced.

We kicked off the weekend with a tour of Moda world headquarters! There’s Lori Hartman posing with the signature Moda tape.

I rolled fabric onto a bolt! Let’s just say that it’s harder than it looks;) And yes, I was really having that much fun!! I was only allowed to use the “slow” handle, not the “fast” foot pedal…it was for the best.

Here’s the land of sample fabric! And a motorized rotary…wow.

After Moda, we headed off to tour some local shops. This Row by Row was in Urban Spools. I grew up in Dallas so obviously I had to buy a kit (and one for The Guru!). The building outlined in lime is the building Mr Guru worked in!

Oh how I wish this adorable shop had been there when I lived there!

Next up was Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store! They laid out the red carpet with confetti!!

I’m pretty sure I need to copy this adorable All Sewn Up Kit! Hello dresden!!

Everybody on the bus!

Finally we went to Stitched with Love! I love this shop and have taught there a few times. Great to see the whole crew!!

Back at the retreat center, I taught two workshops. First up was Georgia’s Dresden. Lori made the adorable Christmas version with Cotton + Steel while Sarah used Jen Kingwell’s new Moving On lawns.

Teresa made this beauty. I was really pleased with how her backgrounds and wedges played with one another.

Joy made this stunner with Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabric.

There should always be a rainbow!

Look at all those dresdens!

We also made hats…er, clutches!

I was pretty obsessed with this cute pieced clutch made by Stephanie!

And Christina did some pretty epic fussy cutting!

Hello Liberty! This sweet combo of linen and Liberty was made by Natalie.

So many cute clutches!!

Here are the pillow covers made in Corey’s workshop.

Perhaps one of the nicest presents of the weekend. The Stitchfest girls had pieced an initial for each attendee so that we could learn big stitch quilting from Corey.

I had everyone sign my quilt. There was a Photo Booth. I had some fun there. Too much fun? Maybe.

My secret stitcher made me this amazing bag!! Are you kidding me?! So spoiled! Lori made me so many amazing presents and genuinely spoiled me.

The retreat center was just lovely!

And then it was over:(

I love my job! I feel so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing weekend. I made so many new friends and just had the best time! If you want to find out about future Stitchfest events, here’s their website.

xo LC

Are You Local(ish)?

Tomorrow I’m speaking nearby! I’ll be visiting with the Durham Orange Quilters’ Guild and talking all about color. I’ve got a GIANT pile of quilts ready to teach all about Understanding the Rainbow. The meeting is at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 903 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC at 7 pm. They welcome visitors and it’s a fun opportunity to check out a new guild home if you’re not already a member.

I hope you can make it if you’re in the area! And don’t forget to register for my blogoversary giveaway if you haven’t yet.  Happy Fathers’ Day:) 

xo LC 

Four Years! GIVEAWAY

Today is my blogoversary! It’s been four years since I started my little corner of the interwebs. I love chronicling my projects, sharing my students’ work and teaching a tip or two. I’m always torn about how to celebrate. There have been some fun giveaways and recaps. This year I decided on GIVEAWAY! There’s a bit of a twist…I’m going to create a large size flat rate box of quilty goodness specifically for the winner! What might you win? Scraps and fat quarters and maybe even a yard or two from my stash!

I’ll have to choose a notion or two that I love! Maybe it’ll be my favorite pins? Maybe it’ll be a tool I’ve featured? Bottle of Flatter anyone? I bet there will be patterns!

And finally, I’ll be making something! From mini quilt to pouch to tote…it could be anything! So how do you enter? Just leave a comment below telling me about you! Share your favorite colors, patterns, designers and anything else you want. US & International welcome. Entries open until next Tuesday, June 21! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner using his magical powers (and/or the random number generator). And I might even choose a bonus winner with a really good answer!

xo LC

I’m Teaching at Quilt Con

Some of you might already be creating spread sheets and plotting the perfect Quilt Con schedule. Some of you might be saying, what is Quilt Con?! Let me address the latter first. Quilt Con is put on by the Modern Quilt Guild and is a giant quilting extravaganza celebrating modern quilting and all the ideas/discussions/making/creativity that comes with the modern quilting movement! You can read more about it here. A quick google search will yield countless blog posts about how life changing the event can be. In 2017, the event will be in Savannah, Georgia! You’ll want to be there!!

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I’m very excited to be teaching and wanted to share a bit more about my workshops and lectures! I’m teaching four workshops and giving one lecture. My lecture is Thursday at 1:30. It’s called Techniques of the Trade: Tips for Easier Quilting & Sewing. This lecture was born on Tuesday…my Terrific Tip Tuesday blog series to be precise! It’s a lecture full of things you wish you’d already known mixed with tips long forgotten. There’s something for everyone who has a passion for quilting!

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My first class is Thursday night, from 6 to 9. We’ll be making my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit. This fun little kit is the perfect size to pack for class or take your sewing project on the road. There are lots of lessons in perfecting your top stitching and bag making skills, plus a quick introduction into interfacing.

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On Friday morning from 9 to 12 and Saturday evening from 6 to 9, I’ll be teaching my Understanding the Rainbow class. This class is based in Color Theory, but goes far beyond to apply your skills to your fabric selection and quilt layouts. We will make a dresden color wheel. The fabric is included in the class fee and I’ve already started pulling together some goodies!

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My last class is all about free motion quilting on a domestic machine. We will focus on quilting those quick smaller projects, from table runners to mug rugs to minis. The only requirement is that you’ve at least attempted free motion quilting prior to class. My quilting method is very learn as you go and this class will be about exploring what works for you. I’ll also load in lots of tips and tricks and a few go to designs.

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I hope to see you at Quilt Con in Savannah! And I’d definitely love to see you in one of my classes! Remember, you can also just get a show pass to enjoy the AMAZING quilt show and vendors. Let me know if you have any questions about the classes or Quilt Con in general!

xo LC

Let’s Learn

Last week I told you all about my new Craftsy class! In case you missed it, you can read about it here. My class launched just in time for Craftsy’s giant sale:) You can get almost ANY class for $19.99 this weekend! Check them out here.

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Naturally, I had to take this opportunity to investigate all new things I want to learn. Here’s what I’ve found! Amy Smart has a great new class about using precuts. Amy is the mastermind behind Diary of a Quilter and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Her class is here.

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I also plan to make this bag! My Weekender is about fifteen years old and has seen better days. This looks adorable AND it has a should strap! This class is here.

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I want to up my leather sewing game so I’m going to check this out! I have limited leather sewing experience and sometimes it goes well and sometimes it goes in the trash. This class is here.

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I can’t limit myself to just sewing and quilting so I’m going to check out Continental Knitting:) I’ve tried to learn before, but I never really got into it. I think with the slow view feature, I’ll be able to pick it up and stick with it.

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Let the learning commence! I’m also going to find a good cupcake class for my future as a  cupcake master! So check the classes out if there’s something you want to learn:) (Full disclosure: I get paid if you buy a class.)

xo LC

 

 

 

 

 

Color Stories 29

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Today’s pallete is bit of a challenge for me. These aren’t my usual colors; I usually go for purer colors. But I still think this is pretty.

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These colors aren’t super prominent in my stash, but here it is! I kind of like it. This project was supposed to be a challenge to work outside my color comfort zone.

xo LC

Listen Up

During Quilt Market (I still need to write my recap!), I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie from Quilt Addicts Anonymous. She has a fun website full of BOMs, tutorials and tons of cool quiltiness. Plus, she told me she is starting a new podcast called Sit & Sew Radio. Her background is in Communication/TV/Radio so it makes total sense. She used to work for NPR; so obviously I geeked out. Guess who her very first guest is…Me! You can listen to it here

It’s a fun episode! I was once again reminded that my brother and I have the same laugh and I only told about three cheesy jokes which is really low for me. Plus, the other two guests are really interesting! I’ve already extensively checked out the cool bobbin case that’s discussed. 

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Bobbin Buddies

Today’s tool is so simple that it’s genius! It’s a Bobbin Buddy! It’s a little notion to keep your bobbin and thread paired up.

I use a lot of Aurifil 40 wt and Aurifil 50 wt in my favorite soft white, 2021. This means no more guess the weight of the bobbin.

Thanks to my friend Stephanie who introduced me to these!

xo LC