I’m in Stitch!

UPDATE: Pattern available here through F&W.

Big news on the blog today!! I’ve got a project in the latest issue of Stitch (Summer 2014)! It’s on newsstands now and available at Sew Original if you’re a local.

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It’s called the Beach Creature Wristlet. It uses hand embroidery and basic bag construction. Since I learned hand embroidery from the amazing Martha at Knit One Smock Too, we are going to team teach this project. It will be in July, so check their schedule!

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I’m pretty excited about this! Not the least of which is that MY NAME is just below TULA PINK! You know I had to point that out:)

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Belt it In

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Today’s tip is more safety related. A few months ago, I was in a car accident. (I say accident, but the man that hit me thought the red light was just a suggestion.) My car looked like this.

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It could have been worse. Luckily I was alone at the time and he hit the passenger side. But I did have Macy, my sewing machine, with me. She was belted in the back seat. The officer had to get her out of the car. He told me how lucky I was that she was belted in because projectiles are quite dangerous in a wreck. So belt in your baby!

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Safe travels!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Wonders of Washi 2

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Are you ready for some more fun with washi?! I use it all the time in my sewing world and I have a few more tips for today! When I cut the same length over and over, I mark my ruler with washi. It comes off easily when I’m done and no residue! I mark a smidge past the line so I can still use the line for alignment.

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This week I found myself binding while I was out and about. My whole world is covered in thread, so it doesn’t bother me at home. But out in the (nonsewing) world, I try not to leave a trail of thread. Insert the wonderful world of washi! One upside down piece of washi and I was in business.

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And one more! This weekend, I’m heading to a retreat. One unfortunate side effect of sewing among other sewists is losing your tools. Lots of us have the same tools and washi is cuter than sharpie!!

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Happy washi-ing!
xo LC

More City Sampler Fun

Everyone is moving right along in the City Sampler classes at The Little General! I’m so thrilled with how all the quilts are coming together. The end is in sight!! My sweet friend (British) Sarah is catching up and fussy cutting like a madwoman!

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Joan is doing a rainbow quilt. She counted how many she has/needs and is focusing on specific colors. Looking good!

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Cynthia also showed some really fabulous fussy cuts! Those cube blocks are perfect!!

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And as always, Theresa didn’t disappoint. She’s added in some new fabrics which look great!

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Debbie started her sashing!! Love! She also added in some new pinks!

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Tomoe also started her sashing. It’s been a heavily discussed topic in class on whether to go with black, white or add a color in the sashing. The black is perfect!!

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The group at Sew Original is just getting started. This is their second round of blocks and they look awesome!! Cydney did some fabulous work with her AMH and added in some Tula!

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Shirley is using mostly Tula and adding in from her stash. Since her stash is an entire quilt shop, she’s got options!! Love her colors!

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Look at this fussy cut that Shirley did! Are you kidding me?! Amazing!

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Chris had to miss the first class, so she caught up this month. They look wonderful!!

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Denise is making a rainbow version! They look great!! She’s using the colors from the book as her guide.

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The Guru is calling this quilt, the Happiness Project. It’s looking good! She’s going to add in some solids, but she is mostly using Wishes by Sweetwater.

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Jeannie had to miss class. But she brought her favorite block to the makeup class. So bright and pretty!

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And my blocks!! My quilt for the Little General group is coming along. I’m forcing myself to use some of the fabrics that I’ve ignored. I’m definitely looking for new things to fussy cut! I also haven’t quite finished all my blocks, but that’s okay…

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Tula 3.0, my quilt I’m making with the Sew Original group, might be my new favorite quilt. I’m a bit obsessed. I’m using a background (Carolyn Friedlander Botanics) and adding vibrant colors.

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Wonders of Washi 1

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Do y’all have a love for washi like me? Washi tape is the fabulous paper tape that’s printed with lots of adorable prints and patterns. I’m a huge fan and I even have this adorable dispenser! (I bought it on Etsy.)

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I’ve found quite a few uses for washi in my sewing room and I’ll be bringing them all to you as part of the Tuesday Tip series. Here are two that are thread related. You know how unruly monofilament and transparent thread can get. It begins to unravel the moment you open the plastic. I use washi to tape the end to the bottom. Washi doesn’t leave a gross sticky residue like most tapes would! You can actually tape directly to the thread on the spool and stay residue free.

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I also use washi to mark my binding as I’m working on it. I stick the needle in to take a break and tape over it with washi. It makes it easy to find my spot and protects the needle from sliding out. AND residue free!

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I keep washi in all my sewing boxes and in my binding kit!

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There are so many great uses!! I’ll see you next week with more wonders of washi!
xo LC

And the Awesome Shirt Goes To…

Thanks to everyone who entered the Giveaway!! The Chihuahua spent the evening helping me with this quilt and picking two lucky winners!

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Sometimes his version of helping really works against me. He chose number 19 & 88!

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Jo and Nicole! Congrats y’all! I will email you for your address and you’ll get a sweet shirt from Patchwork Threads and a Designer Star pattern!

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For those of you that didn’t win, you still have until Tuesday to order your shirt!! Use the MAYCHAPPELL10 coupon code! Remember that 20% of proceeds go to Quilts of Valor!!
xo LC

Quilts of Valor & Patchwork Threads GIVEAWAY

Have y’all seen the AWESOME new patchwork inspired shirts creeping up on social media?! They’re adorable!! They’re made by a great company called Patchwork Threads! And they’ve used my Designer Star block for their new Quilts of Valor shirt! 20% of the proceeds go to Quilts of Valor! An amazing shirt AND a good cause:) You know you want one, so click here and use the coupon code MAYCHAPPELL10 and get your patriotism on!

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I’m so excited!! You can bet I’ll be sporting one for my Memorial Day/Independence Day festivities! And I have to GIVEAWAY a couple shirts too!! There will be TWO WINNERS! Each will receive the QOV Designer Star shirt and the Designer Star pattern!! Only open to US mailing addresses.
As always, there are lots of ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment about your favorite Independence Day activity! Mine is watching the fireworks waterfront at my Aunt’s in Charleston!!
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 Sunday!! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner; he tends to use the random number generator in between naps.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of going to work with Operation Sew Thankful, a Raleigh area Quilts of Valor group. My friend Kari had asked me to donate my Designer Star pattern to the group and to come over and teach a mini class.

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Everyone was so nice! That’s probably to be expected since they’re all volunteering for such a great group!! My talented friend Chrissy, who owns Sew Lux Fabric with her Mom, put together kits for the group. She’s keeping them available in case you’re interested in making a Quilt of Valor! She made this beauty in the class!!

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Lisa, who runs Operation Sew Thankful, made this gorgeous version!! She’s actually sporting a Patchwork Threads shirt in this picture!

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Sandy made another one from the Sew Lux kit! Love it!!

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And sweet Nella made this! She’s working with the group to make a quilt for every veteran in her high school class.

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This one turned out great too! Love the yellow!!

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Kari made hers scrappy!! She used some really cool fabrics, including a plane print since this one is earmarked for an Air Force veteran!

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Thanks for inviting me to your group Kari!! I loved meeting all of you!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Paper Blade

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Today’s tip is an oldie but a goodie! If you like to paper piece, you know you have trim up the paper when you’re done with the block. But you also know that using your rotary on paper will dull the blade. So label a second rotary with a P and put your dull fabric blade on it. Each time the fabric rotary gets a new blade, the paper rotary gets the old blade. (And the old paper blade goes in the trash!) If you don’t have two rotary cutters, just put a P on the old blade with a sharpie and switch out the blade when you’re cutting paper.

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Now that you have a paper rotary cutter, you’ll find a million uses for it!
xo LC

Appliqué with Sue

My quilty friend Sue is AMAZING at machine blind appliqué. You really can’t believe she does it on the machine!! This is a quilt she made…on her machine! She’s crazy talented! (It was quilted by Gina Allen and made in a class with Kathleen Baden.)

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I just can’t get over that she does it on a machine. She preps everything with the freezer paper method and then uses a blind hem stitch with transparent thread. Gorgeous!

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Then I found out she does classes!! So excited! So we got together and I got to work.

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She had made a little tea towel and I made a version of that!

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I’m in this group called Handmade Birthday Club and each month you send a handmade birthday present to the birthday girl. This month is Courtney, so I picked colors she would like. She loved it! I still cannot get over how hidden the stitches are.

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Thanks Sue for an awesome class! If you’re local, she’s teaching it at The Little General. One more picture!

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xo LC

Carolyn is Coming to Town

Ya’ll might remember me sharing my (somewhat overzealous) excitement for the Carolyn Friedlander class that I took a few months ago. It was such a wonderful experience!! And guess what?! She’s coming to Winston-Salem AND Greensboro!! I’m so excited that I can barely wait…and it’s not until August!!

First up is her Stripes pattern at Sew Original! It’s Friday, August 15! I have all kinds of plans for this pattern; it’s such a cool design.

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And on Saturday, August 16, you can join Carolyn again at Studio Stitch!! We are making the Olive pattern. I love this one too! If you’re local, you need to go see Muriel’s version that is hanging at Sew Original. The colors are amazing!

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The workshops are $110 each, but it’s $200 if you do both! You will want to sign up immediately! Trust me, it’s a life mistake if you don’t take at least one of these classes. Carolyn is amazingly talented and so much fun!! I’ll be there for both! Call Sew Original at 336.760.1121 and Studio Stitch at 336.288.9200 to register!

xo LC

Images used with permission from Carolyn Friedlander.