Winter Swoon

It’s finally finished! And photographed!! My Swoon (pattern by Thimble Blossoms) made with Winter’s Lane!

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I started this back in September and talked about it here. I wanted to have this quilted by my friend Gina Boone. I told her I wanted feathers everywhere! Feathers! Feathers!! Feathers!!!

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I followed the pattern for the Swoon blocks, but I increased the sashing to 3″ finished and added a 5″ finished border. Mine finished 90 x 90″.

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I just can’t get over the quilting!! She’s insanely talented! Look at those feathers!!

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This quilt is for me! I’m putting it on my bed. I love this fabric and it makes me happy!!

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She did medallion feathers in each of the centers. She’s a genius.

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Here’s one more gratuitous picture of the quilting.

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Okay. One more. :)

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Guess who isn’t supposed to touch this quilt?! It’s too pretty and white. (I used Kona Snow for the background.) But don’t worry, he already made himself at home during the photo shoot. Oh Mack the Chihuahua, what am I going to do with you?

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Pretty blue binding by The Guru! And me. We both had to work on this behemoth.

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I’m off to finish a few more things before we ring in 2014!
xo LC

Another Taffy!

I’ve made another Taffy!! I’m kind of obsessed. This is a great pattern by Jaybird Quilts! Here’s my first. This one is a sample for The Little General! The class will be February 4 & 11 from 6-8 in the evening.

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It’s important to make good value choices so the secondary design shows up. I finally cut into my Henna Garden which made me nervous!!

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I quilted in white Aurifil with loops, infinities and shells…all my usual designs!

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And I pieced the back! I prefer piecing in my labels so I did the design around the label. I took these pictures on such a lovely day.

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And a label close up!

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Email me if you want to sign up! Limited to four students and the cost is $50. Gina has patterns and the rulers in stock!
xo LC

Only for my Brother

Last year, I decided last minute (read: Christmas Eve) to make my brother a Pave the Way quilt. This year, I promised I’d be more timely. The best laid plans…
So on Christmas Eve morning, I dug out the PeanutsĀ® fabric that I’d bought to make a Christmas quilt for the brother! I had bought the fabric in a timely manner:)

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Pretty soon, I had blocks in rows!

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Mid morning, my family left for lunch at my cousin’s in Charlotte. We had a white elephant gift exchange and I got this awesome pillow made by my cousin Miriam. She’s pretty awesome!

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After a full day of family fun, I was back at it! I gave a play by play on Instagram. Everyone was so supportive, so I believed it would happen!

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Before I went to bed, I had a quilt top!

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Luckily my brother likes to sleep in! I got up early and quilted like a madwoman. I used this fun variegated Aurifil. I’m not usually pro variegated, but this was red, green, lime and white. Perfect for this project!!

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UPDATE: This is the thread I used. It’s 50 weight. It’s color 4650. I got it on the Over the Rainbow set, but I bet you can purchase it separately.

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I finished just as my brother got up. I quickly sewed on the binding! I gifted it with all but the hand sewing complete. It was a whirlwind, but totally worth it!

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My brother and I loved to read the Peanuts books at our grandparent’s house. The Peanuts Christmas story is a favorite for us, so I thought he would like this! He did;)

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Here’s a close up of the swirly quilting and thread.

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The Guru and I both worked on the binding. We finished!

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I’m not really sure what I was thinking when I bought this fabric. I bought the panel, three half yards of red, green and blue & 1 1/3 yards of the white for the backing. I used everything!! Seriously. These are my scraps.

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We had a very merry Christmas! And I hope y’all had a nice holiday whatever your celebrations!
xo LC

A Holiday Swap

I’m in an online bee with a great group of talented folks! We call ourselves The Usual Suspects. And we decided to do a holiday swap. We were supposed to make an ornament, send a cool card and send a gift either handmade or from our sewing studio. No purchasing. Well I had my sweet friend Pam! I decided to make Pam a pouch and fill it with goodness! I went with a scrappy outside.

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I added some cool trim to each side. I’ve been obsessed with the Robert Kaufman yarn dyes since they came out! They’re gorgeous AND they have awesome looking selvages. I used the selvages on each side to frame the patchwork.

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Last summer while I was in Paducah, I bought a really cute little charm that I planned to use for a zipper pull. This was the perfect project!

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It has a (totally true) little message on the back. I really wanted to keep this pouch:)

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Pam loves handwork and had strongly implied she’d love some Cosmo thread. I use Cosmo and Anchor for my embroidery. So I went to Knit One Smock Too and bought the same colors I have. That’s legit right?! They’re in my sewing studio; I just got her fresh skeins. And I put in a cool needle threader (again, I have the same one:) For her card, I found an embroidery design that was on a greeting card. So cute! And my favorite needles.

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I used a scrap from Winters Lane for my ornament. I quilted around the little tree.

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And I labeled it!! I actually labeled all these presents but I figured one picture would suffice.

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A while back, Pam had emailed me and asked if I wanted to do a little swap between us. Obviously I couldn’t say, “I have you in the suspects swap.” So I kept quiet and we decided to swap a small to medium gift. I decided on a pillow!

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I used selvages! I’ve been hoarding selvages for ages and I will one day make a quilt:) A lot of these came from John/Quilt Dad…thank you!! He was giving them away on Instagram and I have fast fingers.

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I already know I’m going to make another one because it was so fun to make. And The Guru was super disappointed it wasn’t for her! And this is what Pam made me!! Have you ever seen a more perfect Dresden?! And the quilting!! I love love love it!!!

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It’s amazingly perfect for me!! Pam is crazy talented! And there are puppies:) Handmade Christmas is the best!
xo LC

Lazy at Linderellas

Well I’m a week late posting this, but this class was amazing, so you must see what they made! Last Saturday, I taught Lazy Sunday at Linderellas. It was such a great group full of old friends: Wendy, Pat & Connie and new friends: Colleen & Katie! Carl got us crackers!

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Wendy is using Sweetwater Noteworthy. I really really really love this line!! It has such fresh colors and cute little prints. She added some spots from Amy Butler which look great.

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And Pat is doing High Street! I love this! I’ve made it with this line as well; it’s amazing how different it looks though! Gorgeous!!

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This class was tons of fun! There was lots of chatter and laughing, two things I strongly support! (Random side note: For everyone who knows my cousin Cam, how much do Wendy and Cam look alike?!)

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And Colleen! Colleen is Connie’s daughter, so I felt like I already knew her:) She’s making this for her house and selected fabrics to match! I love that it has a full range from light to dark. Very pretty!!

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And Katie! Katie is fresh off her Quilting 101 class with Linda and ready for more! She sews a straight seam and that’s half the battle! This is a gift for her Mom and it’s a really cute patriotic line. Awesome!

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I think this pretty much sums up how much fun we were having!

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I’m sure I will see this group again! Everyone finished all their blocks, so hopefully we will see finished quilts soon:)
xo LC

Sewing with The Guru

The Guru (aka my Mom) and I love to work on projects together! And we’ve just finished two. First up is a quilt for our friend Lisa. We made her a Designer Star with the blues of Saltwater. The background is FreeSpirit Solid in Pearl. It’s a soft grey and I love it! It works great with cool colors. Lisa loves blue and the ocean, so Saltwater was an easy choice.

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We went ahead and washed it so she could use it right away. It crinkled nicely! I quilted with an all over shell design.

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Once of my resolutions for 2014 is to label every quilt. I have the labels…why don’t I use them?! I’ve started early and been labeling like a madwoman. Spoiler alert: The Guru’s real name is Ann:)

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Our second quilt is for my sweet Aunt Laurie! Laurie celebrated a significant birthday on December 19. The Guru is one of four kids (she’s number three) and Laurie is married to her older brother John. So all of the siblings (except John; I’m sure he got her something better!) and their spouses decided to go in together and make Laurie a quilt. The Guru did the piecing and I quilted! Laurie lives by the ocean and likes blue. (This seems to be a common theme…) We again chose Saltwater! This time we made a Lazy Sunday!

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And I labeled it! Mack the Chihuahua offered some assistance.

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I really wanted to keep this one! I quilted with my usual infinities. And we bound in the stripe.

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Last week, The Guru went down to her hometown. She took one of my quilts to show off. I told her that it wouldn’t be a bad thing if the binding got sewn while she had it;) Pauline was a huge influence on The Guru’s love of sewing; she’d lived near my grandparents. The Guru also visited with her other sewing idol, her Aunt Ann! Ann could do things with a needle and thread that I’ve never even thought of. She snapped a photo of Pauline looking at my quilt! I feel lucky to learn all the things these ladies taught The Guru.

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Now back to Christmas sewing. I haven’t started my brother’s quilt, but that worked out last year! So, away we go!!
xo LC

And the Scrappy Journal Goes to…

Katie of Karma Willow! Congratulations Katie!

This morning, Mack the Chihuahua mustered up all his strength to pick a winner! (aka press the button on the random number generator) He had received a few offerings of bribes so I was watching over his shoulder. Mack can be bought, but I wouldn’t let him.

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He picked lucky number 110.

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And that was Katie’s comment about Instagram. I’m kind of Instagram obsessed…so much prettiness to see! If you’re not on, you should join in the fun:)

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Katie, I will get you the journal this week. Katie is in my guild:) I hope you will enjoy it! Congratulations!!

xo LC

It’s Ladies Night

It’s time for the link up party for the Ladies Night Challenge! Click here to link up!! I told y’all about the challenge here.

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You don’t need a blog to enter. You can link from a Flickr image. Please let me know if you have any questions about entering! And remember, one entry per colorway per person. Ready to hear about the prizes?! We will draw three winners randomly. The prizes are a $30 Sewlux Fabric gift certificate, three May Chappell patterns (Lazy Sunday, Designer Star & Fantastically Fussy) and a pouch made by Sarah (you choose the color and name).

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Want to see my progress?! This is my bundle plus a few solids I added.

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I decided to use my Accuquilt equilateral triangle die. I love that the die cuts little tags to line up; it makes for perfect seams every time!

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I think this text print from Collage might be my favorite text print ever!

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I haven’t really decided how to quilt this. Any suggestions?

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This was pretty quick to piece! Those solid strips made it go so fast.

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Here’s a full shot!

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You have until December 23 to link up! UPDATE: We have extended to December 31!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!!
xo LC

Scrappy Journal GIVEAWAY

It’s time for another Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I’m giving away this scrapalicious journal! You can learn about making it here! It’s full of lots of fun fabrics and signed by Melody Miller!!

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As always, there are lots of ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment about what you’re going to do with the journal.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Follow 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!)
There are lots of ways to get an entry; you can do just one or all of them. Please post a separate comment for each entry!
Entries open through 5 pm on December 13! International entries welcome!! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner; he tends to use the random number generator.
Good luck!

UPDATE: The winner is Katie! Comment #110.

xo LC

On the Frame

Yesterday, I played on the Bernina quilt frame at Sew Original! I quilted my Meadow Flowers quilt on it.

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Basically, it’s a 12 foot frame that you put your sewing machine on. I was using a Bernina 820. (I usually quilt on The Guru’s Bernina 830.) It’s nice to have the large frame but also the stitching of a Bernina. Plus all of the needle and thread options of a regular sewing machine.

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There’s definitely a learning curve. I’m used to quilting from the middle out and quilting in whatever direction I want. It’s just something to get used to!

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The absolute best part? Loading the quilt! Goodbye pin basting! It was awesome! It’s possible I needed some assistance and Gina Boone walked in at the perfect moment!! The whole set up took less than twenty minutes! Thanks Gina!!

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As I was about to leave, Chris walked in with a quilt to baste. I offered to show her the machine. (Since I was such an expert at that point!)

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After we got it all loaded, she admitted she had never done free motion quilting! Well, you only live once. She did great though!!

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Now, I’m trying to figure out if I could fit the frame in the corner of my studio!
xo LC