Winners!

We have a winner! Well, two actually. Thanks to everyone that entered my Lunch Time Tote GIVEAWAY! I hope y’all were all able to check out my tutorial on Ellison Lane. The first number that Mack the Chihuahua selected (using random.org) was lucky number 18!

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Shanna wrote this sweet comment! Since we picked her name first, she’ll receive her first choice, the Tula Full Moon Forest!

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The second winner is number 135!

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Diana was also kind enough to say she’d love either prize:) She will receive the vinyl supplies for the lunch tote!

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Congratulations to you both!!
xo LC

TMQG Pillow Swapped

Last night we finally swapped our pillows for the Modern Quilt Guild! We made the travel pillow size; I wish I’d taken pictures of all of them, but alas, I just stood there drooling. My partner was Colleen. She loves green and Denyse Schmidt!

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And I added some Tula (which she also likes!) with Yarn Dyed Linen and a little ric rac action.

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For the back, I used Acacia and more linen! I think she was happy! And it was fun to make for her!!

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And here is what I received!! Made by the ridiculously talented Kelly Wood! She is a dear dear friend and I am blown away by this pillow!!!

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I can’t believe she quilted that for me! I knew she was that talented (because she is!) but I just cannot believe she made me something so amazing!!

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Thank you so much Kelly!! I love my pillow:) And I’m so happy you had my name! The talent in this group is off the charts!!
xo LC

A Teaching Extravaganza

There have been lots of classes in the last few weeks that I haven’t gotten to share here yet. Brace yourself for an eye-candy-palooza! First up was my Granny Square class at Sew Original! I missed lots of pictures, but here are a few. A festive holiday version by Sue.

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And this fun Salt Air version by Gail!

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Then Theresa made the All Sewn Up sewing kit. (She still needed to sew down the binding when I took this pic:)

IMG_0208 She did a great job with all the top stitching!

IMG_0204 Packed to the brim!!

IMG_0209Then I saw her a few days later and she was all finished! LOVE!!

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IMG_0362She even made a little scissors case to match! I might need to borrow that idea:)

IMG_0367Then Gail and Debbie had a swooning party at The Little General! Gail and Debbie went to Nebraska with me and we always have the best time!

IMG_0284 This is Debbie’s Eiffel Tower version! I love how the limey yellow makes everything pop!

IMG_0289And Gail’s holiday version. So festive!!

IMG_0450Look at how her snowmen lined up! That’s good living!

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Next up was the Double Wedding Ring class at Sew Original! We used the AccuQuilt which made it accurate and so much easier!

IMG_0316 Everyone was hard at work!

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And I’m so proud of what they made! Susan used pretty brights, Cindy used these really great vintage looking fabrics, Laurie used pinks and greens with a hint to purple, Patsy is using holiday, Pam used reproduction/vintage looking prints and Becky chose some Kaffe & Amy Butler. Each one is gorgeous! And we really had a great time!!

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Now we are off to Papanana’s in King for a pencil pouch class. Jill is making this awesome (airplane!) pouch for her son! We enlarged it so he could keep more toys in it!

IMG_0356 Theresa made this sweet little pouch! She tried to resist the photo, but I got her!

IMG_0357_2 Taylor had NEVER sewn on a sewing machine! She did wonderfully!! I think we have a future sewist among us:)

IMG_0359 Sweet Vonda made this cute little pouch! Love her quilting!

IMG_0368 And the group shot!

IMG_0369 Melanie showed me this beautiful Designer Star she’s making for a friend in need. Gorgeous!!

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Then I was off to Sewingly Yours for a class with my Fantastically Fussy pattern. This was such a fun class. These ladies were hilarious and we had a grand time! Look how much fun Lynn is having:)

IMG_0397She is using a similar palette to mine from the pattern photo. I love the white tone on tone background. Perfect choice!

IMG_0411 And Melissa! She sews on her mother-in-law’s machine.

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This is her version! I love it!

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And finally, my Scrappy Star class at Sew Original. We are making the quilt from Quilting from Little Things by Sarah Fielke. It is a gorgeous quilt! Gail is making all of her stars the same, a Not So Scrappy Star Quilt if you will!

IMG_0454And Debbie is using all Bonnie & Camille fabric! I love how all their lines play well with one another. Gorgeous!!

IMG_0452 This is my favorite!! I love how the navy makes the colors pop!

IMG_0453I have lots of classes coming up so be on the lookout for more photos:)

xo LC

Ready to Learn?


It’s that time again! I have a new teaching schedule. I’m pretty pumped about all the new classes coming up this quarter- there are some new patterns and lots of fun things that you can make for holiday gifts! I am teaching at all the usual locales. Let me know if there is something that you want to take that is not working with your schedule and we can work something out! You can download a pdf here. See you in class:)

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xo LC

Quilt Carolina & MY Trunk Show

Last week kicked off Quilt Carolina, a shop hop throughout the Triangle and the Triad. (For folks not in the know, the Raleigh area is called the Research Triangle and the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point area is called the Triad.) I headed out on multiple days with multiple friends and saw all fifteen shops! I visited my hometown shops I already knew I loved (Sew Original, The Little General, Sewingly Yours, Knit One Smock Too) and shops down the road that I love (Studio Stitch, Thimble Pleasures, Wish Upon a Quilt) and discovered a few new favorites (Cary Quilting Co, Carolina Sew & Vac, The Sewing Shoppe). Naturally, I had to buy something from every shop! And naturally, I overbought and overspent!!

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But the most exciting part of Quilt Carolina for me is happening at Sew Original! Shirley is featuring local talent and asked May Chappell and Sew Sisters (that’s my talented friends Lisa Alley & Karen Fridy) to hang a trunk show and bring in all our patterns. It will be up through this week, so check it out! This is my Modern Crosses from the book Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal. And my new wall hanging pattern All Squared Up! Then a voile version of the spiderweb quilt. And finally, my other new pattern Lazy Sunday!

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Here is my wonky star pattern with fussy cut centers, Fantastically Fussy. Then my Animals on Parade pattern. A HUGE thank you to Debbie Yeager!! This is her quilt that she made in my class (quilted by the talented Gina Boone) and she loaned it to me because all of mine are either in other shops or have been gifted. Then my Color Theory star. The paper pieced star is by Six White Horses. And the debut of my MAY CHAPPELL wall hanging with paper pieced letters by From Blank Pages. And my Designer Star in Alchemy!! This is by far my favorite of all the Designer Stars I’ve made. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt quilting like that again, but it makes me happy!

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Then I have all my patterns available! And my Lunch Time Tote, tutorial on Ellison Lane. The patterns are available online with Etsy and Craftsy, but I’d rather you support a local quilt shop if you live nearby! Sew Original Winston-Salem and Sewingly Yours carry all of them. And lots are available at Linderellas, Papananas, Studio Stitch and Sew Original Boone. Also pictured is my Basketweave table runner featuring the basketweave star by Nydia of The ADD-Crafter.

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Here is my All Sewn Up sewing kit! Such a fun little project. And my Liberty Spools from the book Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg.

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And finally my Granny Squares quilt! I love the colors of this one!! And my Scrappy Star! This is from the book Quilting from Little Things by Sarah Fielke. The gorgeous quilts laying on the frame are by Amanda Murphy. She did a trunk show and lecture on Saturday.

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I cannot tell you how amazing it was to see so much of my work together in one place. It’s not everything, but it’s certainly the most that has ever been together. Thank you so much to Shirley for the opportunity!! I hope y’all will get to check it out!

xo LC

Lunch Time Tote TUTORIAL & GIVEAWAY

Today I’m off taking over the world! Okay, it’s really just Ellison Lane Quilts:) I’m guest blogging over there with a fabulous little lunch time tote tutorial!
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It’s part of the Back to School Series! There are lots of great tutorials so be sure to check them all out!!

20130921-065645.jpgAnd of course I need a GIVEAWAY! It’s been a while:) So I’m giving away two prizes! First up is the supplies to make a lunch tote! Two 1/2 yards of vinyl and the Velcro.

IMG_0217UPDATE: I went to buy the vinyl for this prize and they had sold all of the one on the right. I had to buy a substitute, but it’s still cute.

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And then I’m giving away three 1/2 yards of Tula Pink’s Full Moon Forest. This is her first line and it’s hard to find! But I went in a shop in Raleigh and there it was!!

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Here’s how you enter!
1. Leave a comment letting me know which prize you want!
2. Follow me on Bloglovin or RSS feed, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or subscribe to my blog via email. You get an entry for each one; just leave a comment that says “Facebook” or “Instagram” (or whichever one you did!). If you already follow me, that’s great! You can enter the same way:)
3. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!) Same deal, leave a comment for your extra entry.
You can enter through Wednesday, September 25. I’ll choose two winners with the assistance of Mack the Chihuahua and random.org. This giveaway is open to International folks as well!

Good luck! And make sure you check out the tutorial!

xo LC

Lazy Sunday

I almost feel like I should wait until SUNDAY to share this news, but I’m way too excited for that! I have another new pattern!!

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It’s called Lazy Sunday! It’s fun and fast…two of my favorite things in quilt patterns! And layer cake friendly!! I made mine with Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille. You’ll need forty 10 x 10″ squares for the throw size, so make sure your layer cake has enough. The pattern features other sizes as well: twin, double, queen & king. They’re all fat quarter friendly!

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It’s available in stores at Sew Original and Sewingly Yours (and will be at more soon!). And online at Craftsy!

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I used Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for my backing.

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You can make it any day, but it sure is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday!

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For all you locals, it is hanging at Sew Original as part of my trunk show! More on that later:)
xo LC

Elements of Color

Do you stress about choosing the perfect fabrics for your project? Come learn all about color selection and some valuable tips to coordinating prints! I have a new color class! Elements of Color will meet at Sewingly Yours on Monday, September 23 & 30 from 6-8.

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You’ll learn the basics of color theory as well as the secrets to coordinating fabrics! During the second session, we will make a simple Dresden wall hanging based on the color principles you’ve learned. It’s going to be a great class full of information that you can apply to all your quilty projects! Call the shop to sign up!!

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I hope to see you there!
xo LC

All Squared Up

Choosing fabrics is my favorite thing!! I could make stacks all day of future quilts. Unfortunately, my ability to stack yummy bundles far exceeds my sewing time! So, when my friend Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabrics asked me if I’d like to curate a blogger’s bundle, I jumped at the chance. (She actually calls them Curated Collections, which is so cute!) I spent hours finding just the right fabrics. And here it is!!

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I hope y’all love it as much as I do!! Naturally, I had to create a pattern to go with it! So, the All Squared Up pattern was born! This dynamic little wall hanging uses lots of my favorite blocks: square in a square, flying geese and half square triangles. And the best part…you’ll only need seven fat quarters and 1/3 yard of background! One of the fat quarters is your binding. And you use the scraps from the front to piece the back.

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The pattern is available on Craftsy! And the Curated Collection is available at Sew Lux fabrics!! And here is even more good news…if you buy the blogger’s bundle, you get the pattern for FREE! The pattern will soon be coming to a local quilt shop near you (if you live near Winston-Salem:) So be on the lookout!

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Happy New Pattern Day! Could there be more soon?? Hint. Hint.
xo LC

Amanda Murphy is Coming to Town

Modern fabric and pattern designer Amanda Murphy is coming to Sew Original. She’ll be having a trunk show of all of her loot! It’s this coming Saturday, September 21 at 11am. The cost is $10; call or stop by the shop to sign up! You can see all of Amanda’s amazing work here. It’s going to be fun! And there will be snacks;) And a prize! All good reasons to come!!
xo LC