Botanics Love

I’m totally in love with Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander! I had a little mini charm pack of it and stitched up this.

I was plotting a tote, so I stitched up some straps. I bought some (p)leather straps from Mulberry Silks in Chapel Hill. And I’ve long been a hoarder of ribbon, so l lined the straps in ribbon. The ribbon was fairly thin so I did four lines of stitching with Sulky 12 wt.

Luckily my Botanics yardage arrived so I had lining and fabric for a pocket! This line is fabulous!!


I’m wanted a tote that was polished and neutral. You can never have too many totes.


I quilted the pocket for a little extra stability! And actually remembered a label:)


I did more straight line quilting on the outside. I used Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen with the Botanics. This is the back.


The straps turned out great! I’m going to need more of that (p)leather!


Quilty close up! Quilted with aurifil 50 wt.


I used lots of different feet on this project!


I did piping up the side a la Carolyn’s Botanic tote. Love the pop of color!


One more glamour shot from the top of the mountain!


xo LC

Ready for a Holiday Party?

Guess what tomorrow is? My first holiday party of the season! It’s going to be amazing for lots of reasons: 1. The Triad Modern Quilt Guild is a fun bunch! 2. The Guru and I made ornaments for the gift exchange.


And most importantly…3. Our speaker is Shirley Bailey of Sew Original! You might remember her as one of the talented ladies I interviewed for my Needles & Threads series. She knows EVERYTHING about needles, threads and what to use when! She’s a genius:) And adorable. (This pic is from my interview!)


So if your in the area (heck, if you’re in the state!), you need to come tomorrow. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 at the South Fork Recreation Center on Country Club in Winston Salem. You can bring an ornament for the exchange if you want. And bring a snack for the party if you’d like to, but there will be plenty! Everyone is welcome!!
xo LC

We Have a SHIRTS Winner!

This morning I was really excited to draw for the winner of the signed SHIRTS pattern! Mack was less enthused. I went looking for him so he could choose a winner and found this…sleeping on a quilt he’s not supposed to touch under another quilt he’s not supposed to touch. Well played my friend. (There are only about five quilts in the house that I try to keep him off of, so naturally he’s a magnet to those.)


Anywho, back to the drawing…I did it solo. You can’t mess with a chihuahua getting a good quilty nap! The winner is number 18!

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Congrats Tammy!

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I hope all of y’all are joining in the ALL SHIRTS. no shoes. SWAP!! It’s going to be amazing!
xo LC

City Samplers on a Lazy Sunday

I haven’t had quite as many classes with everyone getting ready for the holidays. But the City Sampler folks met before a long break until January! These quilts are really coming along! If you’re interested in joining in the fun, a new session is starting at Sew Original on the fourth Monday of the month (January through September) from 10-12. You can sign up with them! And if you live in the greater Linderellas area and are interested in a City Sampler class, let me or Linda/Carl know! It would be on Saturday. We are seeing if there’s interest:)
And back to the pretty pictures! These are Sarah’s blocks. She missed class (pesky baby sitters), but her blocks are awesome! Amazing use of the raccoon.


And Cynthia’s! She’s going to add some more light fabrics, but I’m loving her palette so far.


And Joan. Joan thinks of each of her blocks as mini quilts! They are. Beautiful!!


Here are the Guru’s! I love Florence more and more with each block she makes!! Plus, isn’t she the cutest?!


And Gail’s! She did a truly fabulous job if fussy cutting. Even the chevrons are nicely placed.


And Sue’s gorgeous Kaffe version. Loving all those rich colors!!


Tomoe is using black and white. She’s considering the magenta sashing so she did a trial run. I love it but totally agree with her decision to wait until the end to make any choices!


Theresa’s colors are beautiful! She’s really selected a great mix from her stash and new. She’s planning to set hers on point so she’s making extras.


Patti and Lori are in the midst of piecing, but their choices are perfect! They’ve mixed in Tula with solids and it’s awesome!!


And Debbie with her grey, black/white and pink. There’s a fussy cut dog, need I say more?!


And Tomoe brought show and tell! 1/2″ finished log cabin!!


Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Quilted by Laura Davies.


And Theresa brought this suitcase. She was inspired by the one Melody Miller brought. I want one!! If anyone sees a great vintage suitcase like this, let me know;) This is in my future.


Last week was the last meeting of the Lazy Sunday class at Papanana’s! Some were missing, but check these out!! Cindy used a Riley Blake fabric line. So bright and happy!


And another Sweet Serenade version. Gorgeous!! Teresa is tackling Designer Star with Scrumptious next:)


Happy (Lazy) Sunday Sewing!
xo LC

Challenge Accepted

It’s Ladies Night here at May Chappell! Two of my favorite ladies, Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and Sarah of Stitching and Bacon, and I decided that we needed to add one more CHALLENGE before the holidays! And obviously, we want you to join in the fun!


Each of us have chosen a bundle from Chrissy’s shop based on the theme Ladies Night! This is mine! You can buy it here!


And this is Sarah’s! Love those colors! You can buy it here!


And Chrissy’s! I want them all!! You can buy it here!


And here is the challenge part. You get to make anything!! I’m pretty sure that mine is going to become a holiday gift;) You’ll just need a completed project in time for the link up party. If you choose to make a quilt, you need a finished top. All projects welcome…bags, decor, quilt tops…endless possibilities! The link up will be December 10 through December 23! Details about that will follow. You can enter up to three times (one per palette). You’ll be able to link from Flickr or a blog. (Let us know if you need another way:) But basically, you just need to make something inspired by ladies night and you could win prizes!! The prizes are pretty sweet: gift certificates, patterns and maybe even a little something handmade! Sarah’s in charge of the handmade and word on the street is that she makes rockin’ pouches. You can sew with any of our bundles or from your stash. If you sew from your stash, you can choose any of the three palette options!




So start sewing!! I did;) Well, cutting at least…accuquilt style.

xo LC


So, last weekend I went to the Carolyn Friedlander trunk show. I left with a bunch of new project ideas. But my favorite was this ADORABLE pattern for SHIRTS!


So cute! And so much fun to make!! The pattern is awesomely detailed and tells you how to make a shirt from a few charms! So I decided to organize a SHIRTS swap. Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by February 15. If you’re international, try to ship sooner:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!


7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts!

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. UPDATE: Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!


2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!


3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!


4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.


5. Don’t trim up the final shirt. Or if you feel the need to trim, do it to 1/2″ so that everyone can trim them how they want. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. UPDATE: If you use charms, you won’t be able to leave any additional fabric around the edges. Make sure the full 1/4″ is there:)


Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is the list that I will send my address to:)

GIVEAWAY TIME! Want to win the pattern?! Carolyn has kindly donated the pattern to one lucky participant! Just leave a comment below with the color of your favorite shirt! Bonus entry for every type of social media that you share about this swap on! Please leave an additional comment for each one. As always, international folks welcome. Giveaway open through Sunday. I’ll announce the winner on Monday!
And for those of you that need the pattern, checkout Jemellia on Etsy or Pink Chalk Fabrics. Both are offering free shipping for the pattern!
Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!


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I’m off to make shirts! This is going to be epic…

xo LC


A Day at the (Bluebird) Park

Have y’all seen Kate & Birdie Paper Co’s new line of fabric? Their first line was Winter’s Lane which I swooned with. The second line is called Bluebird Park and it’s adorable! There are birds, bunnies and bikes involved. And cute hedgies!!


I’m teaching the Taffy quilt (a pattern by Jaybird Quilts) next quarter at Sewingly Yours so I decided to use Bluebird Park for my sample. Fabric choice on this quilt is quite important or you’ll lose the pattern.


I used the adorable bikes and birdies for my backing!


This is the year of FMQ for me, so I really tried to step it up! I used infinities, loops and shells with the quilting enhancing the piecing.


I used the best thread for this quilt. I’m not usually a variegated gal, but I’ve fallen in love with this Aurifil variegated. It’s color number 4060. It varies from creams to greys to taupes. And it’s perfect for all quilting projects!


I love the subtle color change in the quilting!


I need to have another photo shoot with this quilt because I really love it! But thanks to Sue for being my holder in the Sewingly Yours parking lot:)
xo LC

Carolyn Friedlander!!

Friday night I headed to Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill for the CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER TRUNK SHOW! I’m sure you’re imagining it was amazing, but you need to multiply what you’re thinking by ten!! First of all, she’s delightful! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and her quilting is to die for. This quilt is Focal! I love the concept of ramped up borders. She said she was inspired by rugs.


This tote is from her Botanics pattern. It is a versatile pattern with all these different uses. Carolyn is definitely into the appliqué scene!


I’m obsessed with the piping up the edges. I love piping all the time, but this is especially awesome!!


And these pillows! Want!! Her appliqué and handwork are stellar!


And another fabulous pillow with appliqué. Carolyn loves this flame orange and so do I! It works with everything!


Here is her Tangelo quilt! This one is in my near future. A scrappy color study. I can’t wait!!


This little house is from her Local pattern. She likes to make one block and do a little mini. I want little house placemats!!


This is the Olive pattern. It’s also on my to make list:)


And my favorite!! The shirts!! They’re so completely adorable! I just love them. And they’re charm friendly which is great. Standby later this week for a big Shirt related announcement! I hope you’re intrigued because it’s going to be epic. (Sorry for the closed eye pic!)


And this is Park! Another versatile appliqué pattern. Carolyn has a love of handwork that’s infectious!


The trunk show was extremely inspiring! And I left with a much longer to do list than I came with! I was secretly hoping she had bolts of her new line Botanics, but that didn’t happen. On Saturday, Carolyn taught a workshop with her Grove pattern. My pal Nicole and I both signed up!


Carolyn had tons of great pointers for paper piecing! Learned lots!! Her philosophy of just sewing on a patch when your piece doesn’t quite cover will save me some seam ripping in the future!


I decided on sunset colored fabrics with Moda cross weave. I really wanted a darker color but that texture was perfect! I chain pieced so I worked on three during class:)


And my finished product! (Worst. Lighting. Ever.)


I’m excited to keep working on this one!! Thanks to Thimble Pleasures for organizing such a great weekend! And thanks to Carolyn for making it such fun!! She’s a great teacher and if she is in your area, you should definitely take her class!


After class, we headed to Acme for yummy dinner and more good times!


I wish every weekend could be as full of quilty wonderfulness as this one was!!
xo LC

A Day with Nina

Last Friday, my LQS Sew Original sponsored a day with Nina McVeigh to learn more about the Bernina quilting frame and Quilter’s Creative Touch. Nina is a wonderful Bernina educator and I was very excited to meet her!


It was interesting to see Creative Touch in action. And Nina had loads of ideas to make it your own design.


Her quilts were amazing!! This whole cloth left me speechless. It is just awesome!!


I love this criss cross design. These patterns are from One Song Needle Arts.


She brought a lot of samples of her amazingness!


And the best part if the presentation was a little segment on machine binding techniques. I’m usually a strict hand binding person, but if I can get good looking machine binding, I’m open to it. This was a cool technique she does with yarn. (More on this later!)


And this version with ric rac which is adorable.


And the bias binder! I have one, but I have definitely not yet mastered it looking perfect!


She did this beautiful decorative look on a pillow. Love!!


Her pillows were inspiring!


She used dual thread for this look.


Gorgeous quilting!!


It was a great day! And Nina was just as awesome as I had hoped!! If you ever have a chance to take a class from her, do it! After class, I headed to Chapel Hill for Carolyn Friedlander!! More on that soon!
xo LC

Monday Night Lineup

What are you doing on Monday night? I’ll be speaking at The Davie County Guild! I’m bringing lots of quilts!! Loads of eye candy and hopefully lots of fun! Plus I bet there will be a prize or three:)


The guild meets at Davie County Senior Services (278 Meroney; Mocksville, NC 27028) which is next to Davie Hospital. The meeting starts at 7. Hope to see you there!
xo LC