At Home

Yesterday was the reunion for the guru’s house appliqué class. This is a really popular class in the Winston Salem area taught by the amazing Kathleen Baden. I am totally in awe of what everyone has made and had to share!!
Laurie made hers into panels because she didn’t have the wall space for a giant quilt.

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Gina Allen quilted these! I love all the details in the quilting!!

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The guru is still out of commission in the sewing department. But I convinced her to bring a few of her houses to show! Aren’t they awesome?!

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Here is Gail’s quilt! She has a lot of amazing little details. I heart that snowman:) Gina Boone quilted this one.

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And Theresa’s! She did some fabric painting. All the special details are just amazing!

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Linda is a total overachiever! She made TWO! A miniature version with twelve blocks…one for each month!

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And her full size version!

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These ladies are amazing! I’m just so impressed with their appliqué skills!! Hope y’all enjoyed seeing everything as much as I did:)
xo LC

Statesville Bound

I headed over to the Quilting & Needle art Extravaganza in Statesville! It was awesome:)
There were tons of cool things to be found! I found this amazing abandoned building right across the street. It’s going to be a future quilt photoshoot location.

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There were tons of great booths!! My friends at Sew Original & Studio Stitch! I’m loving the new Superhero fabric!! (Just behind Justi:)

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And Linda of Linderella’s!! With Patty! Patty took my pouch class last December.

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I bought lost of fun things:) Some Tula Pink NEST!!

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And some KOKKA!

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These awesome numbered pins! Gina wrote about these on her blog and I immediately wanted them!!

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Some fabric for my color class!

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It was worth the trip if you’re thinking about going today!
xo LC

Designer Star Takes on Linderella’s

On Saturday, I taught my first class at Linderella’s Quilt Works in Southern Pines! The shop is just delightful and their classroom is gorgeous! Linda, Sally, Cielo and Alison had all chosen some beautiful fabrics from Linderella’s extensive offerings!

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Of course I forgot to take pictures until after Sally and Linda left! I always forget until the end of the day!! Sally used all different blueberry prints; her town is known for blueberries. And Linda used lots of Kaffe with lavender; she’s making the quilt for a young lady heading to college.
Here’s Cielo and her Christmas quilt! I am very impressed that she has a jumpstart on Christmas 2013.

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And Alison! She’s using some gorgeous French General fabrics. She has some toile for the solid blocks. It will be beautiful!

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And the fun surprise of the day was that my friend Cyndi stopped by with her friend Candy! It was great to see her and meet Candy!!

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And another Candy stopped by! No photographic evidence though:( She is Mom to Sarah of Bluprint Textiles! I had lots of loot to deliver!! I had Sarah’s name in our Usual Suspects Bee and made her this journal.

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A close up of quilting!!

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And Sarah’s Bee Weave It or Not blocks. She wanted an ash background and I didn’t have ash so she asked me to just piece the stars and she would add the background.

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Last but certainly not least are two blocks for Candy for the Lonestar Bee! It was great to see you Candy!!

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xo LC

And We Have a Winner!

Mack the chihuahua finally took time away from his busy napping schedule to draw a winner in the Joel Dewberry GIVEAWAY!

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He selected number 76, ANDREA! Congratulations Andrea, I’ll be in touch to get your address.

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I’m thinking I might cut into my personal stash for the next giveaway, stay tuned…

xo LC

The First Finish of 2013

2013 is already hopping in my sewing studio! I finished my first quilt!!
This pretty little string quilt is made of voile. It’s foundation pieced on quilters’ cotton. I’m going to be teaching it at The Little General. I think there’s one spot left!

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I pieced it last year, but everything else happened this year:)

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I love the back! That AMH deer print is one of my all time favorites!

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I quilted each square differently. Since the pattern is so busy, I decided it was a good opportunity for practice!

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I also have to show off my last quilt of 2012! I made Pave the Way by Karen Gray for my brother! I used lots of Curious Nature with a little Lark, Modern Meadow & Etchings. I did finish the binding in 2013, but I’m still counting it in last year’s accomplishments!

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I did a brick back with a solid. I had a million extra rectangles from the front…I’m not sure what happened!

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I quilted with loops getting bigger and smaller and turning every which way.

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Here’s a warts and all image. There was an incident. At some point during my quilting, I picked up a quilt block that stuck to the back. (I think it happened when I wrapped the almost finished quilt for Christmas morning:) I quilted the block into the back!! It was horrible. To fix it, I picked apart the block thread by thread and tore it out. This took longer than making the quilt. But you know what, life happens and it worked out fine in the end.

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How’s everyone else doing? Still finishing some things from last year? Or starting new?
xo LC

Joel Dewberry GIVEAWAY

I bet that headline got your attention:) The Little General just got in Notting Hill from Joel Dewberry! I’m obsessed:) So…I’m having a GIVEAWAY!

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I’m giving away NINE FAT QUARTERS in the aquamarine and teal colorway! Here’s how you enter:
1. Post a comment about what you’ll make!
2. Follow me on Facebook.
3. Follow me on twitter.
4. Follow me on Instagram.
5. Follow me on Pinterest.
6. Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS feed.
7. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
8. If you do all of the above, post two extra comments for two bonus entries!

International entries welcome! Mack the Chihuahua will use the random number generator to draw a winner! Giveaway open until Thursday, January 17.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
xo LC

Southern Pines, Here I Come!

I’m very excited that I will be teaching at LINDERELLA’S soon!

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Linderella’s is an adorable quilt shop in Southern Pines! The shop screams creativity. Every time you turn around, they have another fresh idea of something amazing that you NEED to make! Check out all the cuteness:) Sew inspiring!

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I cannot wait to teach Color Theory with all those solids!! WOW!

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First up is the Designer Star class on January 19!

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Color Theory will be February 6 & 13!

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The Basket Class is February 6.

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And finally the Spiderweb Quilt class is on March 16.

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You can call the shop or register online if you’re interested! Let me know if you have any questions:)
xo LC

The Year of Learning

The New Year’s Resolution is often made and rarely kept around these parts. 2012 was a good year though. My resolution was to learn something new (or perfect a skill) in the sewing department each month. It made me try new things and I really enjoyed it! Here’s a trip down memory lane!
JANUARY: Cathedral Windows
I learned how to machine “piece” cathedral windows. I took the class from Sarah of Bluprint Textiles. It was great fun! This is a skill I hope to revisit in 2013:) In retrospect, I don’t think I’d choose such a contrasting thread for my first shot at this, but it is what it is.

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FEBRUARY: Paper Piecing
I’d noticed that there are A LOT of quilt block patterns that I really love that are paper pieced/foundation pieced. So I learned how by watching a million YouTube videos and calling the guru a lot! I’m in love! It’s precise! It’s pretty!! You can make stars:) I love it!! This is my first paper pieced star! A lovely block by Anna at Six White Horses that I made into a wall hanging.

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MARCH: Triangles
Piecing triangles has never been my favorite thing. I don’t like sewing bias and I don’t like messy intersections. BUT I love the finished product!! So I signed up for a class and learned lots:) Andrea taught a nifty way to align all the points and strongly encouraged pinning while sewing the bias. I also used an equilateral ruler that had a notch cut out of the top so that I always knew which side of the triangle was straight of grain. This quilt now belongs to Mack the Chihuahua! And I’m much more of a fan of triangles!!

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APRIL: Baskets
Another month and another fun class with Andrea:) I learned how to make this cute basket! Easy and fun!!

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MAY: Hand Appliqué
The guru is a very talented appliquér! I was jealous, so I told her that I wanted to learn. She gifted me a private lesson with her teacher, the amazing Kathleen Baden! Kathleen is a wonderful appliquér and one of the best teachers I know. I would take any class she is teaching just because she’s teaching it!! She taught me the basics: vines, leaves and perfect circles. I made this little needlecase. I am still not that much of a handwork person, but I’ve had an appliqué project going ever since! I do find it relaxing.

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JUNE: FMQ Loops
I dream of being an awesome free motion quilter. This is definitely in the “improving skills” department. I worked on loops a lot. I got better, but still have a LONG way to go!

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JULY: Hexies
I learned English paper piecing! This is not going to be my favorite activity ever, but I made a cute pinnie with it!! Thanks to Becky & Lisa for their lessons.

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AUGUST: FMQ Pebbles
I was back to improving my free motion skills!! I made myself a sewing machine cover and I did some pebble quilting on it. I REALLY need to work on this, but it was fun:) I’m not great at tracing over previous stitches…still working on that!

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SEPTEMBER: Voile Quilting
I am voile obsessed and decided to learn more about quilting with voile. It was a voile filled month!! These are foundation pieced on paper. And I quilted them both myself. Pinning a voile quilt proved difficult, but the finished product made it worth it!

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OCTOBER: Granny Blocks
I think granny blocks are quite vintage looking! And I love all the ways you can play with the colors. I joined a swap and made quite a few of these. Now I just need to have enough time to sew them together!

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NOVEMBER: Machine Appliqué
I’ve always loved machine appliqué, but this project helped me step up my game! I appliquéd the United Kingdom for Clare in a swap. I had to really figure out how to draw shapes that were large enough for appliqué, but still resembled the UK. It was tough, but she loved it:)

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DECEMBER: Top Stitching
I made a tote with the guru! And as usual, I learned a new application for an old skill. She took a trick she learned from a tailor and helped me perfect my top-stitching for this tote!

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I think Im up for another YEAR OF LEARNING! I’ve already planned a few projects…
HAND QUILTING: I took another class from Kathleen to make her new pattern, Rainbow Rocks. And I’m going to hand quilt it with the utilitarian/big stitch. This is my finished quilt top! (Pardon the crappy photo…)

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FREE MOTION QUILTING: I’m going to try to do this every month! I’ve improved a lot over the last few months, but 2013 will be even better! This is my FMQ from my brother’s Christmas present; my last quilt of 2012. It’s Pave the Way by Karen Gray!

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PIECING DIAMONDS: I just really want to be better at this:) The edge of this pillow is made of diamonds. I ripped out just as many seams as I sewed!

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VOILE: The adventures in voile continue! This is pieced with a foundation of quilters’ cotton.

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BINDING: My quest to perfect my binding continues:)

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HAND EMBROIDERY: I got this cute little doggie in a swap! And I thought the same thing I always think…I need to be able to do this!! It’s adorable! I will at least start to learn in 2013.

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PATTERNS: 2012 saw the launch of my first pattern! I already have quite a few nearly ready:) Stay tuned!

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GARMENT SEWING: I am a garment sewer in the sense that I made a blouse in 2012. A blouse…as in one. But this year, I’m going to really work on it! (I also apparently need to work on taking pictures of said garments…this is the only pic of my shirt I could find and you can barely see it! And I’m making a weird face…)

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What are your resolutions? Anyone else want to join in the year of learning part two?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
xo LC