Designer Star in Miniature

** If you’re Malia, STOP reading! **

My cousin Malia’s baby shower is in Raleigh this weekend! I’m very bummed that I’m going to miss it:( But I wanted some of my quilty goodness to be there!!
Malia is doing a pink and grey nursery. She lives in a cool old farmhouse in New Hampshire and has great mod taste! I decided on pink, grey and white fabrics! I also decided to use my Designer Star pattern and just reduce the size. Instead of 9″ squares, I used 4 1/2″. (Sidenote: If you decide you want to do this, the background pieces are 3/8″ smaller than all the other squares.)

Here it is all basted! Ready to get my quilt on!20130228-074719.jpg

I took some quilting lessons from my quilty friend Kelly! I tested out some of my new skills!! I still need more practice, but I’m quite proud of the shell quilting in the star!!


I used the scraps of the pink fabrics for the binding! I ran out of thread (shocker!) and had to switch to light grey for the curls in the outside section:)


I found the PERFECT backing at Linderella’s! I bought all they had which was sadly only enough to back this quilt.


All rolled up and mailed to Raleigh!


And here is the whole quilt!


Congratulations Malia & Jon! I’m so excited for y’all!!

xo LC


A Parade of Animal Quilts

The Animal Quilt class at Sew Original had a little reunion!! They are such a fun bunch and I miss them already! Sometimes you get a class that you just don’t want to end!!
I’m so pleased with their quilt tops! A few are already safely in the hands of the quilter:) I took close ups of some of my favorite animals, but I really had to control myself or there would have been way more photos!
Here’s Debbie’s!




And Elna’s!




And Susan’s!





We missed Lynne & Vicki! I cannot wait to see how their quilts finish up!!
xo LC

Stars of Designer Star

My Designer Star pattern came out last year and lately I’ve seen some really amazing versions! I always love pictures, so keep them coming!
Debbie took my class at Sew Original and made this beauty! She used just three fabrics instead of five which gives it a different look. And then Gina Allen did the most amazing quilting on it!



Then, the adorable Abby made TWO! She’s a piecing maniac!! I can’t wait to see them quilted:)


And Louise! Louise took a class from me in December while she was visiting. She is delightful and had never really made a quilt. She bought my pattern and I gave her the briefest of instructions. Well look at this!! (And she’s already making another one; I’ve created a quilting monster:)

This beauty belongs to Alison. She took my class at Linderella’s! She’s newer to piecing, but I knew she’d do well! I love the fussy cut toile panels.

And my quilty friend Gina is making one! It’s still in progress, but I’m loving the Notting Hill fabric. And her quilting!

Remember to add your pics to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group! I love seeing them!!
xo LC

A Little Tote Teaching

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching the Noodlehead 241 at The Little General! It’s a great pattern; I’ve loved it since the first time I made it!
The class was full of fun peeps including my good pal Sarah and new friends Kitty and Sandy. We all had a great time!



And their final products are great!! And unique to their personalities! Sandy used fabric designed by her sister! I love it!!

And Sarah!

Kitty used fabric that she cut from clothes. What a great repurpose!!

And Kitty has already made another one! Love that skull fabric!!

If you haven’t made this pattern yet, you should! It’s a winner.
xo LC

The Beatles Came & GIVEAWAY

Melody Miller came to town this week and I must say it exceeded all my expectations! Since I first invited her in November, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to this. She is absolutely delightful! She oozes creativity!!
I picked her up at the airport and we headed to Village Tavern (by way of Starbucks and Sew Original:). Lunch at the tavern was delicious as always! French fries were involved. We talked and talked about the fabric industry and inspiration and all sorts of things. Melody is quite witty and you know I like witty:)
Then it was off to her book signing at The Little General!

Delicious cupcakes from Tart Sweets! And Melody’s awesome book!! And bundles of MM fabric!!! Lots of fun peeps came by and a good time was had by all. Check out the coolest suitcase ever! Gina still has a couple copies of the book and a few fabric bundles left if you missed out.
Then we headed over to the guild meeting (by way of drinks at the tavern)! Melody gave a wonderful presentation on her fabric lines…past, present and future! I cannot wait for the new line!! I’m going to have Melody’s grandma on a tote;)

My quilty friend Sarah is also an AMAZING cake decorator! Look what she made for the party!! Melody called it the most amazing cake in the world. It was…we ate it;)

A couple of the girls in the guild made MM outfits!! Love it!!

And then we ate out again… at Five Points! I’ve never been more tired and I’m sure Melody felt the same way. But it was a wonderful day! And that was just day one:)
After a yummy breakfast of farm fresh eggs from Sarah (or should I say home fresh eggs?), we headed to The Little General for class! Working from her book, we made totes from vintage shirts and fabrics. Melody provided all the gorgeous linens and shirts.


Here’s a sneak peek of my tote…you will have to standby for full disclosure as I have a bit of sewing yet to do!



And I had Melody sign some fabric! You know I’m going to hook up my bee mates in The Usual Suspects!!

Thank you so much for coming, Melody!! We all had a blast!! You’re welcome back anytime:)
And now GIVEAWAY TIME!! I had Melody sign an extra copy of her book to giveaway! Just post a comment about what your favorite Melody Miller fabric is. And as always, you get an extra entry for any social media format you follow me in: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, RSS. Just post an extra comment for each one. Drawing will be March 1! Good luck!!


xo LC

Lucky Thirteen

I’ve long admired the amazing work in the Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr. The quilts are between 9×9″ and 20×20″. And I think most end up as wall hangings! And they’re all just amazing- tons of details, intricate quilting and tiny piecing! Well, I was lucky enough to get into round 13!!
My partner said she liked bright neutrals/low volume with a spot of saturated color. I decided to practice my hexie making skills with some low volume fabrics.

Then I hand stitched the hexies together! I chose fabrics with spots of bright color.

And I used my favorite Chicopee print for a bright frame to the hexies.

And some text from Mama Said Sew for the background!

And then the quilting began! I did a few chevron lines to get started! Added loops through the hexies.

And pebbling!

And here’s the finished product!!

I CANNOT wait to receive mine! There are so many that I want!!
UPDATE! Mine just arrived!! Thank you so much to the talented Betsy Lynn! It’s a gorgeous scrappy trip along! Made with all Denyse Schmidt!!

The hand quilting is exquisite!! I’m in love! Lucky lucky me:)

And I ADORE the label!! It’s perfect:)

xo LC

Coloring in Southern Pines

There’s been a whole lotta teaching going on in the last couple weeks! I headed down (over?) to Linderella’s in Southern Pines!
Last week I started out with the basket class. The guru joined in the fun! Julie made this adorable basket!!




Naturally I forgot to take any pictures of the one the guru (& I) made, so standby for that cuteness!
Then I had Color Theory! Such a fun group of gals!!

We met this week for session 2!


I had a few samples to show off!

This one is a loaner from my dear friend Kelly! Look at that quilting!!!

Each student made their own unique choices! I love all the different options for these wall hangings!
Wendy chose solid middles with prints on the outside. She did a great job at finding prints that coordinated well with her solids. I’m not sure Wendy is ready to embrace paper piecing, but I’m confident she will finish this:)


Pat fell in love with Kelly’s sample and wanted to do a similar piece playing with all the colors.

Michelle selected all gorgeous solids! She’s doing a solid diamond with the tertiary colors in the outer ring.

Cyndi dove into her (extensive) homespun stash to make a color wheel of homespun!


This block is by Anna of Six White Horses.
And then Cyndi surprised us with a trunk show! She’s so talented…






If you find yourself in the Southern Pines area, you’ll want to stop by Linderella’s! Just a wonderful shop!!
xo LC

Piecing with Jean

The other day, I took a workshop from Jean. But not just any Jean, JEAN WELLS! She came to Winston to speak at the Forsyth Piecers & Quilters. (which I’m now a member of;) So the night before the workshop, I was treated to inspirational quilty photos out the wazoo! During the trunk show, I fell in love with a quilt inspired by a photo of antique knitting needles. Of course, I asked Jean to pose with it!


Then she was kind enough to let me take photos of the inspirational photo and line drawing showing her process. The photo is from Martha Stewart Living. I heart it:) I keep one of my grandmother’s knitting needles in my knitting bag; it reminds me of these.



And this is Jean’s book that talks about all the amazingness of this quilt! And many others.

IMG_5911Using the color and lines from the inspirational photo, Jean created a masterpiece! I’m kind of obsessed with it.


Back to the class, Jean spoke a lot about intuitive color. We were asked to select five colors from a pile of delicious solids. Jean discussed each of the selections at length which was both interesting and educational. Even though she doesn’t directly draw on color theory, it definitely snuck into a lot of the conversation. I chose two yellow-greens, two blue greens and a coral. We had to return to the rejects for one more color and I got a red violet piece. Next Jean showed us a few techniques for piecing- no ruler required! And we set to work! This is mine. It’s still a work in progress, so stay tuned for the result!


And this is Kim’s!



And Ania’s!


I think everyone had a wonderful time with the improv piecing. This process may not be good for my fabric hoarding tendencies. Jean uses scraps as small as 3/4″. I’m now saving scraps on a whole new level!

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And here is some eye candy for your viewing pleasure!!

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The workshop was great fun! Jean is delightful and it is always a great day when I’m surrounded by quilty folk!!

xo LC

Sew Sew Modern 2

Are y’all ready to sew up something MODERN and amazing?! Mel and I are hosting another round of SEW SEW MODERN. It is a blind swap and we will be making one large item and one complementary small item. This is a swap for experienced swappers who love to make all things modern!! There were so many amazing things in round 1; I wanted all of them:) Check out what I sent and received!


SIGNUPS: Begin on February 13 and end on February 20. We will close at 50 participants.


MAIL DATES: May 20 for International. May 27 for domestic. Do not mail before May 10!

You must have lots of MODERN awesomeness in your photostream to join the group.

You will make one large item and one small item that complements it based on what your secret partner wants. A tote with a journal inside. A sewing machine cover with a pincushion. Or maybe the items coordinate by using the same fabric. You get the idea. There will be no assigned item you have to make. This is all about making your partner happy!!!

The small item can be handmade or purchased. You might want to send a quilting book in the tote you made or napkin rings with the table runner. It’s up to you:)

You MUST post a mosaic to the group before submitting your form. If you don’t have a mosaic up when we get your form, your form will be deleted.

Please fill out your form thoroughly. This helps your partner know what you want. Everyone wants to make something amazing for their partner:)

This is a blind swap. Do NOT tell your partner who you are! They will find out when they receive your item. That’s part of the fun:)

This swap is for your best work! We have all been guilty of waiting until the last minute to complete a project and that is okay, but make sure that you give yourself enough time to make something AMAZING!

Be active. Comment often in the group. It helps your partner see what you like. And be kind. It is possible to say something is not your style without being rude. “That’s really cool, but aqua and orange aren’t my favorites.” is okay. “That sucks. Why would you put orange and aqua next to one another?? They are hideous.” is NOT okay.

Mail on time! If you ship late this round, you will sit out next round. If you are a no-sender, you are out of the group permanently. If something happens where you cannot complete the project, please contact your swap mama as soon as you know you’re in trouble. Life happens and we are reasonable people. But everyone deserves their project on time!

No batiks, cival war, gingham, calico or non-modern fabric. Seriously, none of it. If you don’t have a modern stash, this swap is not for you.

You must be willing to ship internationally.

We hope to swap 2-4 times per year. You can join the group at any time, but sign ups will be for each individual round!

Have fun. Play nice. And don’t run with scissors!! :)

Here is the sign up form!

Grab the button for your blog:


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xo LC & Mel

Quilting with Emmaline

Emmaline came to town! She’s my Mom’s first cousin and tons of fun because she also loves sewing, quilting, knitting and crafting!
On Saturday, she and the guru both came with me to visit the Machine Quilting Bee at Sew Original. It’s a new bee for all things machine quilted- domestic and longarm, professional and beginner, show worthy and charity. It’s a wonderful outlet for learning more and sharing what you know!
That afternoon, I helped Emmaline get situated for an afternoon of FMQ on the 830. She brought her Pave the Way quilt to work on. It’s a special one because she bought the kit at Karen Gray’s shop just after being diagnosed with lymphoma. She called it her “To Hell with Lymphoma!” quilt. The perfect way to keep living is to do the things you love with the people you love! God dealt her the double whammy and a second unrelated cancer diagnosis came her way. Thanks to an early catch and speedy treatment, she’s in remission there. But the quilt had to change with her. It became “Really???”. Which is exactly what all of us said! How much can one person endure. She’s doing great, but REALLY???
She was a free motion fool and zipping right through it! It was her first free motion experience on the 830. She did great!

I took every opportunity to write LEE in the quilt:) It is actually difficult to FMQ and not write LEE! Here’s a close up of her swirlys.

She’s not quite finished but I promise a completed shot once she is.
While she quilted away, I worked on my binding! My latest Designer Star which has lots of pebbles. Big reveal later this week once the weather is nice and I can get good photos!

I just took a binding workshop from my quilty friend Gina. I love to take classes because even if it’s something you know how to do, you’ll learn so much. She totally changed my binding technique:) Highly recommend that class!
Emmaline even helped me bind while we watched tv!

xo LC