The Sewing Porch GIVEAWAY

I’ve recently cleaned up the Sewing Porch! Why you ask? Because I GOT A NEW SEWING MACHINE! Don’t worry, Macy is still around; she’s going to be my travel machine. I wanted a full size machine and I chose the Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. I’ll admit to being swayed by the super awesome red faceplate. This machine is pretty amazing! I’ll also admit that I might have gotten a new cutting mat to match. I do love red!

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I moved out of my bedroom and onto the Sewing Porch about a year ago. I love the space since it’s full of natural light. I wrote about my old space here. There are lots of tips for organization! I have most things set up the same in the new space. Off to the side, I have my old laptop (for endless trivial tv viewing), my iron, two tv stand ironing boards and a basket for scraps under my desk. I keep scraps in there until it’s full (this is pretty close!) and then I make a scrap project and donate the scraps to my guild!

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I still use my handy dandy red box from my old Bernina 830. It’s a great box for all my feet and such. I’ve long been a Bernina lover.

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Here’s a good shot of the machine! And my view!!

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To the other side, I have more stuff super important sewing loot! I love all the friends that made me these treasures and I hope that my treasures are loved in their sewing spaces.

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The new machine does some pretty fancy stitching. I had to play!

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And play some more!

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So, it’s time for the GIVEAWAY! What should I name the new machine?! Lucy and Big Red have been very popular as I’ve chatted with people this week. But what do you think? Nominate a name in the comment section. If I choose your name, I will make you something cool on my new machine!!

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I can’t wait to hear your ideas! The contest is open until I pick a name!!
xo LC

My First Booth Part 4

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And that all the international folk enjoyed watching the Americans gorge on food.) I am feeling very thankful and blessed for the amazing year I’ve had. This is my final installment about Market and, in my mind, the most important. I owe the biggest shoutout and thank you to all those friends and family that made something/finished something for my booth! (And everyone that listened to me talk about my plans ad nauseam the past few months.) I really cannot ever thank you enough! First of all, let’s talk about Shirley Bailey, you might know her as the owner of my main local quilt store, Sew Original. For me, she’s the binding fairy. She hand bound almost every quilt in my booth. You might know that I’m picky and her binding is PERFECT. Absolutely perfect. Shirley, I owe you:) I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you.

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My sweet friend Tessa pieced and quilted this beauty! I had cut the fabric and knew that I wouldn’t get to it. I mailed it to Tessa and the USPS ate the package. So, I cut it again and mailed it off. She finished it (in about five days!) and shipped it directly to my hotel in Houston. She’s a really good friend. A really, really good friend. It’s going to be a free pattern coming soon:)

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Sarah made this table runner with my Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern. We facetimed and picked really great fabrics. I love her quilting choices! She’s the best!!

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Kelly Wood quilted this for me! I’ve stolen the image from Quilters Dream Instagram account; they took a fabulous photo. Kelly used two layers of Quilters Dream Select batting to make the quilting really show. I pieced this top with half square triangles based on my All Squared Up pattern.

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She hid so many little gems in this piece. There’s a bee that’s an homage to the Flora & Fauna fabric that I used.

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And she quilted honeycombs. Needless to say, she’s pretty amazing.

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It was over:( I sent my quilts off to Country Fabrics in Minnesota for a trunk show. This was a huge relief as it cleared some room in the car.

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Taking it all down is MUCH faster than putting it up!

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My last big thank you is to my Mom & Dad. My Dad built my booth and went on countless Home Depot treks! (More on that later.) The booth was amazing and exactly as I wanted it to be. My Mom was my right hand man/The Guru/Chief Minion. She abandoned all her own sewing projects for the past two months to help me. I could not have done it without her. When I decided to do my first market booth, I asked them to help and they both jumped on board. I’m not sure any of us knew what we were getting into. I always joke that it’s a miracle that they answer my calls.

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I’m already looking forward to Minneapolis in the Spring!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Burying Threads

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When you’re free motioning (or when you run out of thread in the middle of topstitching), you need to bury your threads. Often times, these are not nice long tails, they’re scraggly short pieces of thread. The best solution: self threading needles. I love these by Merchant & Mills that I picked up at Modern Textiles.

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Basically, in lieu of threading the eye, you pop the thread in through the tension points on the tip of the needle. They’ll change your life.
xo LC

My First Booth Part 3

I’m back with more picture goodness from Quilt Market! This was hands down my favorite booth! I loved the whimsy. It’s Alexander Henry!

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Carolyn Friedlander always does impeccable work and this year was no different. Love the dark wall!

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And here’s Carolyn and Nichole chilling on the amazing sofa! She quilted those cushion covers. You need to read about it here. Amazing!

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Alison Glass also had a great booth! I thought her fabric display was quite clever. It would be easy to shop the prints and mix/match your choices!

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Here’s the super cute Melody Miller! The new lines of Cotton + Steel are fab, a great mix of vintage and modern.

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Tula Pink‘s new line Elizabeth inspired quite the fantastical booth! Don’t you want to sit on that thrown?!

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I made Tula this clutch with her new line! I’m not sure I’ve ever been that stressed sewing something!!

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Here’s Sara Lawson in her booth! The quilt above her was done by the super talented Casey Johnson, a fellow Triad MQG member.

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And another of Sara with a bag made by Kim Johnson, another Triad MQG member! Awesome booth!

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I’m pretty excited for Priory Square by Katy Jones and her booth didn’t disappoint! It was like walking into a mod tearoom.

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Look at the moss mannequin in Bonnie Christine‘s booth! Her new line Cultivate is just lovely.

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Looking back at these pictures brings back just how inspiring everyone at market is!! I can’t wait to sew!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Bloody Issue

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No one likes to poke their finger with a pin (or worse yet, sew over their finger), but it is so much worse when your blood gets on your fabric! I’ve found my words get less and less PG the bigger the mess. The best way to clean it, spit on it. Your spit gets out your blood. I’m sure there’s a fancy scientific reason that this works, but details aren’t important. It works.

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Save the fabric!
xo LC

My First Booth Part 2

It’s hard to describe how it felt to stand in my booth. I was surrounded by a 100 square foot space of my work. My first booth visitor was Susanne Woods! I was just a little excited.

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Guess who else came by my booth?! Denyse Schmidt! I’d never met her before. She’s just as wonderful as you’d hope. I was basically beside myself and the epitome of uncool. She was so complimentary and kind.

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The Guru is a super fan so luckily we were both there when the came by!

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I was thrilled to see the Olfa quilt that I contributed to earlier this year. My friend Amy and I found our blocks. The quilt turned out really amazing! Happy 35th Olfa!!

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They used my block on the brochure!

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Moda had their party at the baseball field which was beyond cool.

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Soak was offering free manicures. I’m a huge fan of all of their products: nail polish, soakwash, flatter and handmaid. If only I could make my nails look like this.

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Carolyn visited! Her Doe skirt was really amazing. She’s a great friend for answering hundreds of booth related questions over the past few months.

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And the amazing Jen Kingwell with her daughter Lucy! They’re both brilliant quilt designers and can we talk about Jen’s new line for Moda?! Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

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Roxanne and Connie from Modern Textiles came by! They own the super mod and fabulous shop in Fargo that I visited earlier this year. They’re such fun!

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To be continued…
xo LC

Winged Tote TUTORIAL

Today I’m thrilled to be joining the Winged Blog Tour! Winged is the beautiful line from Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost. Bonnie’s work is gorgeous and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! (And a fellow North Carolinian!) You can see the full tour schedule here. Make sure to check out the fabulously fussy cut potholders on Mish Mash from Friday. They’d be a great holiday present.

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Today I’ll be showing you a simple tote with a fold over top. Let’s get started!

1. Supplies: You’ll need two 1/2 yards of fabric. (I recommend Winged;) You’ll also need a half yard of interfacing. I used non-fusible fleece. Soft & Stable, fusible fleece or even two layers of batting would work well too.

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You’ll also need a set of prepunched handles.

2. Cutting: Cut two pieces from your lining that are 15 x 17″. If your fabric has a graphic pattern, you might want to fussy cut it so the design is straight.

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Cut two 15 x 15″ pieces from your outer fabric.

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Cut two 15 x 15″ pieces of interfacing. If you chose a fusible, fuse it.

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Cut two 10 x 8″ pieces for the pocket.

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3. Quilting: Place one outer piece on interfacing and quilt. I did straight line quilting with my walking foot. Quilt both outer panels.

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4. Pocket: Place the two pocket pieces right sides together. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam around the edge leaving a 4″ opening.

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Turn it right side out and press. Take one piece of lining and fold it in half vertically. Finger press. Fold the pocket in half vertically and finger press. Place the pocket on the lining using the fold marks to find center. Position it 4″ from the top. Make sure the opening is at the bottom.

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Topstitch the pocket to the lining closing the opening as you attach. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

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5. Form the Outside: Put the outer pieces right sides together. Sew the sides from top to bottom with a 1/2″ seam. You’re sewing in the same direction so that there is no pull in the fabric. See across the bottom as well.

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6. Form the Lining: Repeat Step 5 with the lining pieces. Take care that the pocket is right side up.

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7. Square the Corners: Fold the corner so that the seam from the side goes one way and the seam from the bottom goes the other. Place a pin in the seam to align the seams.

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Place a pin in sideways and remove the perpendicular pin. Measure down 1 1/2″ from the seam intersection and mark a line.

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Sew along the marked line.

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Repeat for all four corners: two on lining and two on the outer piece.

8. Attaching the Handles: Place the handles 4″ in from the side and 3″ down from the top. Here’s a tip on attaching the handles.

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9. Fold over the Lining: Fold the lining down 1″. Press.

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Fold over again. Press.

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10. Finishing: Put the lining inside the outside right sides together. I wanted to make the lining interchangeable so I just placed it in and did a few stitches along the seam to keep it in place. Alternatively, you could topstitch in place. You’re done!

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Join Jennifer tomorrow on the Hopeful Homemaker for the next stop on the Winged tour!
xo LC

My First Booth Part 1

I’m still on a bit of a high from my first booth at Houston Quilt Market! The Guru and I packed up her Subaru Outback and drove. We were packed to the max!

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It was a tight fit, but we got it in! We love a good road trip!!

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Setup started bright and early at 10am. We found our spot and got everything unloaded.

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My awesome Dad built my booth. We designed it together; there will be a separate post all about that! My Dad is good peeps.

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We got the walls up pretty quickly! And then the real work started.

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It looked like this at the end of the first day. We had All Squared Up hung on the back wall. We had also made the discovery that we were a row short on carpet squares. I’m still not sure what went down, but nothing a few beige bath mats in the corner couldn’t fix.

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We hung the posters and yard sticks.

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And then it was done!! Ta-da!

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There were a lot of details in the booth. I wanted it to feel like my house. I love pieces with history and family connections. All the crates came from my cousins. The thread belonged to my Aunt Ann. I picked up that driftwood on the banks of Lake Superior.

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The antique postcards in the corner are all from places I love. The crib belonged to my grandfather and his siblings.

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I included a picture of May Chappell in the booth. Here’s the story on why I named my company May Chappell.

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We were able to go to a few school houses. Carolyn’s was great!! She introduced this new pattern, Outhouse. Obviously a swap is in order; details on the blog this Wednesday!

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We also loved Shea Henderson’s schoolhouse introducing her new book School of Sewing. I got zero pictures of it, but the book is awesome and deserved a shoutout. To be continued…
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Storing Binding

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I like to mass make binding. This relates heavily to my quest to immediately finish a quilt the EXACT moment I finish quilting. So I needed the perfect storage spot and I had these cool antique spools that The Guru gave me that I stole from The Guru’s house.

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I’m certainly not the first person to put binding on a spool. But let me tell you how handy it is when you’re attaching binding…you can put the spool on your thread stand and unwind it as you attach it!
xo LC

Shirts 3.0 Deadline

I’ve just sent an email to all the Shirt swappers! If you didn’t get it and you need my address to mail in shirts, just email me or comment below. Some shirts are already rolling in. Check out these awesome ones from Cynthia!

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The rules and details of the swap are here. The deadline to mail is extended to Wednesday, November 5!
Let the swapping commence!
xo LC