All Strung Up

Today was the final meeting of the voile string class. It was such a fun bunch; I’m sad for it to be over! They were making this.

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First up was Pam! She used lots of brights with extra blues. Gorgeous!!

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The chevron arrangement is lovely as well.

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And Sue’s beautiful blocks. I’m loving the reds and pinks!

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Love the chevrons!

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This one looks pretty cool too! She has lots of colors, but it is still cohesive.

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Laurie and Patsy used almost all the same fabrics! It’s amazing how different they look though. First up are Laurie’s!

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Chevrons get my vote on this one.

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Here is her final layout!

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And Patsy’s! They’re so sunny:)

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I love that the blues and yellows pop!

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And her final layout!

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Can’t wait to see all this quilty goodness sewn together!! Happy sewing my friends:)
xo LC

Barn Quilt Victory!!

I won second place in the ACCUQUILT BARN QUILT DESIGN COMPETITION!! I’m so excited! And still a little in shock… I’ve known for a week now and I’ve been bursting to share the news! I’m not known for my secret keeping capabilities either. This is my design.

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Naturally I had to celebrate by making a quilt! Since my design is based on my Designer Star pattern, I decided to make my design into a quilt!

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And I wanted to rewrite the pattern to be AccuQuilt friendly! It was quite simple to rework. And so easy to make.

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I cut it all out in about 30 minutes!

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And this was my waste. Pretty minimal!

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Here a few more shots of the quilt! I’m still working on my FMQ; this year’s resolution is coming right along.

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The AccuQuilt friendly pattern will be available very soon! It finishes 48″x48″ and uses two dies (55001 & 55000). I also used a strip cutting die to make my binding:)
I cannot wait to head to Nebraska for the unveiling event in June! I look forward to meeting Sue, the Grand Prize winner. Her design is beautiful! Congratulations Sue!!

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I’m now a little barn quilt obsessed!
xo LC

The 780

Today was a fun day spent learning about the Bernina 780! Sew Original invited a few folks to test out the machines and I was excited to be included. My friend Linda, owner of Linderella’s, came into town for it as well!

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And Sue!! Sue is one of my favorite students:)

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The 780 is pretty awesome! I just got MayC, but I’d LOVE for her to have an older sister!!

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This machine embroiders like a dream! I’m in love…

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Here’s sweet Shirley! She’s in front of one of the solid challenge quilts, you still have a few more weeks to vote!

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Overall, I learned this machine is pretty amazing and I want it even more now! When you see all it can do, it’s almost like it could fly to the moon!

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Anyone else dreaming of a new machine? I know I am…
xo LC

Tuesday’s Tip: Bobbin Labels

Today’s tip is brought to you by the mysterious bobbins that clutter my sewing room. I don’t know about y’all, but I can never find an empty bobbin (except the one in my machine;) and I never know what’s on them. So I just have to guess…or empty the thread:( So, I have a solution!

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I bought reinforcement dots and a thin sharpie.

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And I started labeling!

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Obviously, you have to remove the label while you sew, but it’s been working well for me!
xo LC

Noodleheading

Yesterday afternoon was another Noodlehead 241 tote class at The Little General. This is such a great bag to make!
I had two students. Cynthia, who I’ve known for a while, was taking her first class with me. I was glad that it finally worked out for her to take my class!

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And Gail, who’s taken quite a few of my classes! Always happy to see her:)

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They both did great! It was nice that the shop has four machines, so we set up a piecing and a top stitching machine for each of them.
I’m obsessed with this dot fabric that Cynthia used. And she was sweet enough to give me a GIANT scrap!!!

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Gail has to trim all her threads:)

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HELPFUL HINT ALERT! The first time I made this tote, the guru taught me a trick for perfect top stitching on the pockets. It was very helpful, but I had not been able to use it on the final top stitching of the top of the bag. Until now! Due to Cynthia’s insistence that there had to be a way, I figured it out. You can scrunch up the bag and sew through the hole left in the lining. (This will only make sense if you follow the steps in the other post.)

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One great thing about this bag is that everyone finishes! Check out Cynthia’s bag!!

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Excellent top stitching! Top stitching is what makes a tote look finished and well made. She used a great variegated thread.

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And Gail’s tote! She made it for her daughter-in-law who loves birds. I love this Aviary 2 fabric!!

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More awesome top stitching! This class is mostly about how to do neat top stitching. This was the first time Gail sewed curves; she did great!

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Love the fussy cutting!

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Such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
xo LC

Triple Threat

The day started out great with the Designer Star at Sew Original! Lesley is making her very first quilt!! She’s an avid garment sewer; I’m going to convert her;)
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Check out what she made! Tula + Amy!!
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Then I headed to The Little General for two more classes! Patsy showed me her first Designer Star that she made with the resizing directions. This is one of my favorite all time fabric lines!! I love it!
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Then Understanding the Rainbow got underway. I’m so proud of their color groupings!!
Laurie used an inspiration photo and selected this beautiful palette. She found the perfect fabric for the middle!
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Jennifer chose these delicious neutrals and pinks. She’s going to use both the sparrow and the pink dots in the middle.
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And Patsy selected these owls (LOVE!) and combined it with some scraps from her Designer Star and a few others from that line.
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Then the string voile class brought in their finished blocks! Jennifer finished quite a few; they look wonderful! We tested out different arrangements.
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This one will look better with more blocks.
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While I enjoy both these arrangements, I think the chevrons get my vote!

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And Heather’s blocks! I didn’t take a picture of all of them (fail, I know), but they’re looking great. She’s using quilters’ weight cotton foundation pieced with paper.

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Tomorrow…Noodlehead 241!
xo LC

Tons of Teaching

Last weekend was a marathon of teaching- three classes on Saturday and another on Sunday. And this weekend, I have the same schedule!
Last Saturday, I started with my back design class at Sew Original. We discussed how to draft designs and then designed for the quilt tops that the students brought. Most of my back designs are done to maximize fabric and create interest.
Here are some of my favorites:
My granny quilt.

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The triangle quilt that I made for Mack.

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And this one for my brother.

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My afternoon classes were Understanding the Rainbow and the Voile String Quilt at The Little General. Those classes both meet again tomorrow, so I’ll show you those lovelies soon!
On Sunday I taught the Pretty Little Pouch! I had my friend Heather and her adorable god-daughter.

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And my friend Sue. Her daughter has already put her in production and ordered a bunch of pouches:)

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I’m also teaching the Designer Star in the morning at Sew Original. It starts at 9. There are still a few spots left, so let me know if you’re interested!

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And then Sunday I have the Noodlehead 241 class at The Little General. There’s one spot left in that one!

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I’m looking forward to a weekend of sewing, quilting & fun!
xo LC

SO in Love with Solids

I love sewing with solids! But I definitely find sewing with only solids to be a challenge. Well…Sew Original put everyone to the test! They had a challenge where you had to use twelve solids and make a quilt. Because I teach there, I’m not eligible to win, but I still like to participate:) This is what I made!

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I practiced my free motion quilting in each bar. Some were more successful than others.

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I had this genius (ridiculous) idea to have all my binding be the same color as the quilt and blend. It was not the most fun binding to make.

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I’ll take more pictures when I get it back. It was already hanging before I took any pictures. This quilt was heavily inspired by a quilt by Angela Walters. My quilty friend Gina made this gorgeous version.
I used double batting in this one and…never again! I hated it. It is just not for me. It was bulky and cumbersome. And the finished quilt is in dire need of blocking. And it’s not square. It’s not even in the neighborhood of square. And I blame the batting…the top was square. Live and learn!
So, back to the solids challenge at SO! They’re fifteen entries! They’re all hanging in the classroom. And they are amazing. I photographed all of them, no favoritism here. You can go by and vote!! One vote per day per person:) I’ve gone everyday this week! I love how different they are. I am constantly amazed by the talent in this area!!

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So go by and vote and be amazed by all the talent!
xo LC

Designer Star Both Big & Small

Lately I’ve been resizing my Designer Star pattern a lot. I made it a baby quilt for my cousin. And I also made this great mini for a friend…more on that later!

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So, I wanted to tell y’all how to resize it. This will only make sense if you have the pattern. You will follow all the directions from the pattern; you will only change the sizes cut. For those of you that don’t have the pattern, you can get the PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop! Use coupon code: 20OFFBLOG for 20% off!! Good through May 1.
Here are the size options:

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And the yardage requirements:

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And here’s a PDF of this information if you want to print it.

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope this will help y’all!

xo LC

Winners!!

Winners! Winners! Winners!!

As y’all know, I have THIRTEEN winners for my Happy 100 GIVEAWAY! And here they are!

The winner of Prize Package #1: 100 Fat Eighths is Carla of Modern Bias!!

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And the winner of Prize Package #3: 100 Scraps is Tsoniki Crazy Bull!

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And the WINNERS of my Designer Star Pattern are Lucy @ Charm About You, M, Dana, Kim D, kpeachey, montse, Shauna Trueblood, Heather Braun, Dina Newton-Edwards, and Carla! Shauna, you must be the luckiest person because you also won the 1000 comment prize!! Lucky you;) I’m emailing you all the pdf pattern, so please let me know if you don’t get it.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!

xo LC