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

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Spray the Back

 

It’s time for another tip! I’m a HUGE fan of starch. Generally my choice is Flatter which is a starch alternative. There are also times I’ve opted for Best Press and Niagara. Whichever you choose, spray the back and it will better penetrate the fabric. Then press from the front. 

 

If you spray the front and immediately press on the same side, a lot of starch is lost to evaporation and sticking to your iron.

xo LC

Visiting the Houston MQG

This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Houston MQG. It was nice to be in Houston at a time that Quilt Market wasn’t happening! First off, we ate a lot of tacos…it’s Texas, what did you expect? Next up was a trunk show with more delicious snacks. There are dark chocolate salted caramels. Kate is my favorite. These two items are directly related. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)

 

And a little cutting demo. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)

 

The workshop was the next day. I was a little impressed by the PowerPoint upcoming events calendar. I love borrowing awesome ideas from guilds I visit.

  

We worked on Georgia’s Dresden. Lots of dresden making went down. Here’s Patty and Frieda.

  

Love all the Reds!!

  

Kate crowned herself queen.

  

Not too sure what Stephanie crowned herself;) 

  

Love Jane’s finish with Patty’s fabric!

  

Debbie used TULA!! Debbie was also a completely hilarious tour leader and drove me all over Houston!

 
She’s already finished with her block! (Photo credit to Debbie Grosskopf.)

 

Loving the Blueberry Park!

  

Such a great group of gals! Can’t wait to see them again!!

xo LC

Salem Retreat Workshop

Next week I’m teaching at a workshop during a retreat right here in my hometown! It’s a quilt that will be released at Spring Market. The class will be full of precision piecing tips and tricks. Here’s a tiny sneak peek!

 
The workshop is Thursday, March 17 aka St Patty’s Day! You can read more about it and register here. The workshop and the retreat are at the historic Brookstown Inn near Old Salem. You can read more and check out the other retreats here. There are a couple spots left in the workshop and the retreat:) 

xo LC

Making Quilts & Eating Strawberries 

A few weeks ago, I headed down to Florida to teach a few workshops and do a few trunk shows. Upon arriving at The Cotton Patch, I was greeted by the cutest bassets ever! You know it’s a good sign when dogs are involved.

The workshops were loads of fun! Check out those Hattie’s blocks!

Some major fussy cutting happened!

I love to see quilts made with my patterns! Check out this stunning Lazy Sunday made with Kate Spain Canyon.

While I was in Florida, I had to check out the local hotspots. We went to eat at The Columbia. I had my first Cuban and the best guava pastry ever! It’s a good thing that I don’t live too close to that place.

I was pretty excited to find out that it was strawberry season! So we headed to a produce stand. I’ve long had an obsession with hand painted signs. Hand painted signs advertising my favorite food are a double win.

And live sign painting!

My next workshop was with the Orlando MQG. What a great group!! We talked about precision piecing tips and had a fun day! (And they said I couldn’t fit twenty people into a selfie.)

Then it was time for more strawberry eating. There was whip cream on tap.

Next up was manatee watching. The blob on the right is a baby manatee!

Obviously we had to pose with the giant painted manatee and buy a manaTEA steeper.

There’s nothing better than a trip to Florida in the Winter!

xo LC