Terrific Tip Tuesday: Display Tools

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Fall Quilt Market is over. There will be much sharing (and oversharing) about it next week. But it’s time for the Friday edition of Terrific Tip Tuesdays!! This is a display/photo shoot tip. I discovered these little bendy things at Home Depot. They’re technically called rubber reusable twist ties and come in multiple sizes. They look like this and are very pliable.

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Trust me, they’re a huge asset for photoshoots. You can tie them, bend them and make them do lots of things. And they very easily hold up things like this!

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Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to The Guru!
xo LC

Made with May Chappell Pretties

I love when people email me or tag me with a picture of something made with one of my patterns or tutorials. I’m constantly amazed with the pretties! And I really love when they take it in a new direction! Check out this Fantastically Fussy quilt made by Mia. She changed the way the blocks are set and it’s amazing!

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Ann made this beautiful Lazy Sunday! I love the colors; it’s cheerful and serene which is a tough combo to achieve.

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Such cute backing too!

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This little bag was made with my Fiver Tote tutorial (using the Fiver gets Wider option). Sarah did a great job!

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I love the mix of solids with that fun ribbon.

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These cuties were made by my awesome friend Debbie!! She did such a great job that I stole them (borrowed;) for my booth in Houston. They’re made with my Dotty Pouch tutorial.

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Shanna made this HUGE Lazy Sunday! It’s gorgeous! She made so many great color choices here.

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This gorgeous Lazy Sunday was made by BJ! She’s a prolific quilter and fabulous person. I love the colors she chose.

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Xandi made this adorable All Sewn Up sewing kit. I want to steal it. The scissor fabric is perfect!

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She did a beautiful job!!

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These two Lazy Sundays were made by the same person. I feel terrible because I didn’t note who sent them. If you made them (or know who did!), please comment and I’ll update the post! UPDATE: They were made by Lisa Marie! They’re just lovely:)

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They’re both beautiful so I had to share!

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Debbie made this Fiver Tote for Gail! I love her fabric picks; they’re perfect for the bird loving Gail.

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These beauties were made for Seams Like Home in Alaska! I love that they showed multiple sizes. The Designer Star pattern includes information for 10″ to 100″.

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These are just a few of the amazing samples! Keep them coming.
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Traveling with Quilts

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Today I am heading out to Houston for my first Quilt Market! I’m booth 2247; tell your shop owners. So I had to pack A LOT of quilts. The best method…the big roll. First I laid them out flat on top of one another. I put a large one folded in half on the top and bottom with all the babies in the middle.

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Then I rolled them onto an upholstery roll. The Guru snagged a bunch of rolls from the local Joann (thanks to Mark, the manager!). I tied them off with strips of fabric.

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A huge shout out to my sweet friend Amy who helped me roll (and reroll, I’m a perfectionist:) all my quilts! I owe you!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Storage Idea

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Today’s tip is courtesy of Lynn at The Little Red Hen. It was originally spotted on Instagram and she was kind enough to let me share it here! You know those Aurifil boxes that hold twelve spools of thread. Well once you’re done with the thread, look what they’re perfect for!!

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They can hold machine feet (Lynn is a fellow Bernina lover), bobbins and other notions! Thanks Lynn!

xo LC

Sewoff!

A couple months back I saw that my friend Amy (aka Sukie…don’t you know who she is?!) posted to Instagram that she got a new Bernina 350. I immediately had to tell her that we are machine twins and she’s obviously a genius for getting the greatest little machine!! And she immediately replied that we should have a SEWOFF! Fast forward to now and we are ready to throw it down.

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This is a friendly sewoff that’s really about making a project in your own style. There’s no winner or loser. Although if you like my project more, shout it from the rooftops! But if you like hers more, keep that to yourself…there’s no winner here and nobody likes a whiner. We’ve decided to make the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I’ve wanted to make this since I saw it at Market last year. I got my pattern from Sewlux.

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Here’s our schedule:
November 3: Blocks 1-8
November 17: Blocks 9-16
December 1: Blocks 17-24
December 15: Blocks 25-32
January 5: Blocks 33-40
January 12: Blocks 41-48
February 2: Finished Quilt

While Amy and I are quilting, Jemellia and Lee H are garment making. They’ve already started and are making some beautiful things. Follow along on Instagram using #sewoff. Then for the final round, all four of us are making a bag.

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Let the games begin!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Squaring a Quilt

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Today’s tip is a special request courtesy of Sarah at Stitching & Bacon. She asked me for tips on squaring a quilt. I put a chair next to my cutting table to hold the bulk of the weight. You don’t want anything pulling and stretching.

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My best advice is use two rulers: your largest square and you longest rectangle. I start by lining up the square in a corner and trimming.

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Then I switch to the rectangle. I constantly check the lines of the ruler to make sure they’re “square” with seams in the quilt. I line the ruler up with at least 6″ of already cut area; this keeps me square.

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When you get to the next corner, switch back to the square and repeat the process. Works like a charm every time!

xo LC

Soakbox Challenge

A few weeks ago, Dani at Soak asked me if I’d like to join in a bloggers challenge. I love nail polish and their boxes of coordinated colors are gorgeous. I selected the Lizzy House collection. I was swayed by the white that has a thin brush.

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(Image courtesy of Soak.)

Basically working with the contents of this box, I needed to create two designs. It’s such a beautiful palette!

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I’m a fan of a few accent nails so I started by painting all my nails with the coral. I did two coats.

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Then I painted half of one nail vertically with the yellow.

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Next add three small triangles in yellow. Do this by angling the brush out.

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Using the (amazing) thin white brush outline the division between coral and yellow.

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For the next design, paint half the nail blue horizontally.

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Using the thin white brush, paint a row of dots along the color division line on the coral side.

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The final designs!

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Happy Painting!
xo LC