Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas TUTORIAL

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You might remember The Twelve Weeks of Christmas series of tutorials from last year. Well, I’m back with Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas!! We’re getting started a little earlier this year. You have about six months until Christmas. Plenty of time to get everything made!

The merriment begins on Tuesday with a tutorial for a scrappy journal. I’ll alternate between a great handmade present and merry holiday decor!!

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Here’s the plan:

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Remember to add your pics to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group as you sew! I love seeing them!!

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xo LC

Sew Sew Modern 3

UPDATE: We are full!!
Are y’all ready to sew up something MODERN and amazing?! Karen and I are hosting another round of SEW SEW MODERN on Flickr. Mel is sitting out as Mama this round because she is moving. 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 & 2; I wanted all of them:)

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SIGNUPS: Begin on June 28 and end on July 5. We will close at 50 participants.

PARTNERS ASSIGNED: July 7

MAIL DATES: September 13 for International. September 20 for domestic. Do not mail before September 3!

THE RULES:
You must have lots of MODERN awesomeness in your Flickr 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!

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xo LC & Karen (& Mel in spirit:)

Designer Star, AccuQuilt Style

Big news on the blog today! The AccuQuilt Go! version of Designer Star is now available on AccuQuilt.com!

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It is only a PDF pattern for now and available through AccuQuilt and in my Etsy shop.

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This version finishes 48×48″. It requires just two dies: the 6″ finished half square triangle and the 6″ finished square. This pattern is in celebration of my Barn Quilt Victory!
xo LC

Winner! Winner!

First off, thanks so much for all the entries in the Blogoversary GIVEAWAY! I love reading them all and hearing what your favorite posts are! Normally, I let Mack the Chihuahua choose a winner, but he was busy…

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The guru’s best friend from childhood, Margaret, is visiting Winston-Salem this week. I recruited her to pick a winner!! Well, actually six winners!

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She chose the grand prize winner…Cara!!

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Cara will be receiving:
– One package of Pellon Fusible Fleece
– Four spools of Aurifil
– Three spools of washi tape
– Three Collage fat quarters
– Two Echino fat quarters
– Three B&W fat quarters
– Two Melody Miller stickers
– A Needle Threader
– An Artnest pincushion ring
– A Designer Star pattern with 2 1/2 yards of Tula, Denyse, Amy & Joel to make it!

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Then, Margaret chose FIVE winners of a pattern. They’ll get to choose the PDF pattern they want from my etsy shop! The winners are…

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Congratulations everyone!! And I might just have another surprise coming soon for a special commenter;)
xo LC

Happy Blogoversary! GIVEAWAY

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year!! I’ve really loved sharing my sewing & teaching adventures with you!! It is always interesting to me to see which posts people react to. The most popular post is my O’ Christmas Tree Tutorial!

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Rounding out the Top Five are Happy 100! GIVEAWAY, Giveaway Day GIVEAWAY, North Carolina Bound: Day 8 & Twelve Weeks of Christmas
It’s not surprising that GIVEAWAYS are the most popular! And I always say, GIVE the people what they want!!
Sooooo, I’m having a giveaway of a few of my favorite things to celebrate my first blogoversary!! One lucky winner will receive:
– One package of Pellon Fusible Fleece
– Four spools of Aurifil
– Three spools of washi tape
– Three Collage fat quarters
– Two Echino fat quarters
– Three B&W fat quarters
– Two Melody Miller stickers
– A Needle Threader
– An Artnest pincushion ring
– A Designer Star pattern with 2 1/2 yards of Tula, Denyse, Amy & Joel to make it!

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I’m also giving away a few patterns! Five lucky winners will get to choose one of my PDF patterns!
It’s easy to enter!
1. Tell me your favorite post! My favorite is What’s in a Name?.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Like me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email.
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
Please post a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to everyone, international welcome. Entries open until next Sunday, June 23!
I have to give a shout out to my Dad since it is Fathers’ Day!! I have my Dad to thank for my sense of humor, taste in music and more than just a bit of my creativity! He’s the best:) And he was the subject of my second blog post. Thanks for supporting me in everything I do! (This picture amuses me because I caught him wearing his 47 year old college sweatshirt! The man throws NOTHING away.)

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Thanks to everyone for joining me in this journey!
xo LC

Liberty Love Mini Quilt

Do y’all have the book Liberty Love? If you don’t, you need it! I asked my quilty friend Gina to get it for me when she went to Quilt Con!

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Gina got it signed for me:)

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It’s full of tons of great projects!! I made these pinnies with Briar Rose from my friend Amanda. I can’t wait for Briar Rose to arrive at The Little General!!

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But my favorite quilt in the book is this spool quilt! I just love it!! The full quilt is definitely on my someday list.

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For now, I made a mini! She has directions for a mini in the book. I modified them a bit adding a white border before my print border. I used the blue and white prints from the Liberty Stile collection.

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Check out the quilting!! My friend Colleen did it!! (I met her at the retreat in Nebraska.) She is AMAZING!

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Here is a picture of Colleen and me with the mini!! (Photobomb by Leslie Main.)

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This cute mini is going to be a class at Sew Original! It is August 17, 12-4.
I’m also planning to teach the Mad Plaid Quilt at The Little General in the fall! Liberty Love is a must buy!!

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I’m entering the Liberty Spool Mini in the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge by Ellison Lane!

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xo LC

Group Therapy

It’s great to finally be back home and back among my quilty peeps! I had such an amazing trip and met so many great people, but home is where Mack the chihuahua is:)

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And I got back just in time for Modern Fabric Group Therapy! MFGT is a group started by the talented Karen Gray. Karen organized the group as a social outlet for like-minded folk with a strong affinity for all things modern fabric. It’s a great group! She also designed a gorgeous block of the month to go with it. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 at The Little General. (No July meeting though!)

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Today the member spotlight was Amy of Amy by the Park! She makes these cute folders:)

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And she brought in a bunch of bags that she’s made! From the weekender to birdie sling and everything in between! So much cuteness!!

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Janet brought this pillow for Show & Tell! I LOVE her fabric choices!! She used this tutorial.

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We were also visited by the Wesinster/Freespirit representative! So much eye candy!! Tula’s new line!

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Fun chickens!! This picture dedicated to Sarah.

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Denyse Schmidt goodness!

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So much fabric, so little time…
xo LC

North Carolina Bound: Day 9!

Sunday was the final day of the trip! Sad to see it end, but such an amazing trip. Eleven states and 2900+ miles. Quite the adventure!

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We started the day at the Holiday Inn Express Louisville. They had a duck!

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We cruised through Kentucky! It is beautiful country. This is a thoroughbred retirement farm.

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Kentucky is just really pretty. It was one of my favorites:)

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It got more and more hilly!

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And we entered West Virginia!!

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There were signs to a quilt shop!! They were closed:(

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The bridge into Charleston!!

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The Capital! It’s gorgeous with the gold dome.

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And the bridge out of town. Please excuse the untimely bug death on the windshield.

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Every turn was more beautiful than the last! Absolutely stunning views!!

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We stopped for gas and had a Deliverance moment.

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We went to Tamerac! It’s a cool building full of artisans and crafts made by West Virginians!! Definitely worth a stop:)

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Great quilts on display!

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Love this log cabin.

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And we drive through Virginia; it’s possible I was sleeping…
And cute little Maggie was there to greet Gail! She was really excited!! (or so I’m told!)

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My exit!!! Did a downpour really start 20 minutes from home?! We have had great weather minus the rain at the beginning of the trip.

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This song came on my iPod as I turned onto my street:)

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And someone hopped into the car! Why hello there little man:)

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The whole trip was an absolute blast. I hope you’ve enjoyed riding along with me. Gail has been the absolute best travel partner! I cannot thank her enough:) We have laughed across eleven states!!
xo LC

North Carolina Bound: Day 8!

Friday after the barn quilt festivities, we drove to Kansas City. We had a sweet note from Lida (one of the gals at Country Traditions). We love her!!!

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We wanted to be a little closer to home awesome fabric shops! We started the day at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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The whole shop is full of adorableness!

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There is TONS of fabric!!

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And cute quilts everywhere!! They encourage picture taking and are happy to help you with the how-tos.

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I’ve always loved their online videos. It’s such a teaching shop. The staff is really the shop’s biggest asset!! They were all friendly and helpful:)

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If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth the trip! Look at that yumminess!!

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So much thread!

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The shop is HUGE!!

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My loot! Some Pezzy & Happy-Go-Lucky dots!!

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I also bought a few prints that I’d not seen before.

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And some pre-cuts…it is Missouri Star Quilt Company after all;) The prices are really good. I bought that fat quarter only because I liked the label. (The fabric is pretty cute too!) As a packaging designer in an earlier life, I love cute packaging;)

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Another great thing they do is EMAIL you a receipt that lists each fabric you bought in detail! That’s so handy:) The shop is in a very cute town called Hamilton; it’s not too far from Kansas City!

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One thing I will say about this trip…we live in a beautiful country. This is somewhere in Missouri between Hamilton and Brookfield.

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Then we headed to a quilt shop/Christmas tree farm. I do love my Christmas trees, but I was after fabric deals. We’d heard that nothing was over $8.99 and lots was $3.99-5.99!! And a lot of it is MODA:)

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I bought some Modern Vintage and dots!

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And this sweet Riley Blake print; I had not seen it before. It’s adorable!! The shop is delightful and the owner is just as sweet as she can be! Definitely head over if you’re in the area:)

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And then we headed to lunch at AJ’s in Macon! (Based on the recommendation of the ladies at Missouri Star.)

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We ordered the famous onion rings!! Delicious!

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We decided we might need to stop shopping so we just enjoyed the drive! We were not on the Interstate for a bit:/ More beautiful country!!

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And we passed 2000 miles for the trip! Gail “lead foot” Kuehn was driving! (Gosh, the car is dusty…)

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We stopped at this little gem. It’s everything you’re imagining and more…

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Crossing the Missouri River.

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I was in charge of mixing a new batch of trail mix. I was a smidge heavy on the M&M’s…yummy!

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Crossing back through St Louis! It felt good to be back on the east side of the Mississippi!!

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Tempted to head to Chicago to see Baby O! We crossed the bottom of Illinois.

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And then Indiana!! We made it all the way to Louisville, KY for the night:)

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One more day!!
xo LC

Nebraska: Day 7!

Friday was the BIG DAY! The barn quilt unveiling was finally upon us!

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First up, the meet and greet! Ricky Tims and I chatting it up.

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I asked him to sign the Designer Star pattern since my barn quilt was based on that! More details soon;)

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And a picture with Gail, Ricky, me & Debbie!! I’m so happy that Gail & Debbie came on this trip! Gail rode with me across the country and we have laughed and laughed!! And Debbie has been so much fun!! I could not have had two more amazing people come!! I love you both:) I feel really lucky to have you in my life.

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Then we moved to the tent. Ricky had security. Obviously.

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We started out with a “lecture” from Ricky Tims!! But if you know what he’s like, I’m sure you can imagine how it was much more a storytelling festival! We laughed. We cried. He imitated carp. A good time was had by all!

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Then, Steve & the Stitchers performed! Wow!! Steve is the CEO of AccuQuilt and the Stitchers are AccuQuilt folk. They were really fun!!

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Ann, who works at AccuQuilt has family in Moore, Oklahoma and she organized a quilt drive!! Amazing support! Go Ann:) And prayers to everyone in Moore.

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Then…time for the THE BARN QUILT!! First they presented my prizes for being second runner up and I got to speak. They asked for thirty seconds; I just tried for longer than five seconds:/

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And here is Sue! THE WINNER!! Sue is talented and amazing and so much fun! She and her friend, Ginger, were just delightful all week!

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And Sue with her family and friends! And THE QUILT!! That is 17′ x 17′!! It’s amazing!!!

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They had a garage sale! It was crazy;) Purchases were made.

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We got to tour the facility. Look at all those dies!!!

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Thanks to everyone that made this event amazing!! So many of my favorite companies were sponsors!! Thanks especially to AccuQuilt, Pellon & Madeira for supplying MY prizes!!

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After a delicious lunch (where Gail won an OLISO IRON!), we headed to The International Center for Quilt Studies! It was way too amazing an experience to squeeze into this post, so more on that next week! This is my favorite quilt of the day though!!

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We hit downtown Fremont for a fifteen minute pit stop at a great quilt exhibit before hitting the road!!

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North Carolina bound!!

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xo LC