Terrific Tip Tuesday: Even Stitching


Who’s a fan of hand stitching? I find it relaxing. Sometimes my perfectionism and my desire for a mindless activity have trouble meeting at the same spot. So here is a great old trick for perfect even stitching!


Mark even stitches on your thumb to follow as you hand stitch. This can work for all types of stitching. I especially like it for decorative stitching, such as a blanket stitch or chain stitch. 

xx LC

Surprise! Craftsy SALE

Craftsy is having a surprise SALE! All classes are under $20! So if you had your eye on a class, here’s your chance. The sale includes a class with yours truly;) The sale lasts through Monday, September 26.

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I’m stitching away at Sew Virginia Beach this weekend! Can’t wait to tell you more about it:)

xx LC

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What’s Cooking? 

I was quite excited when Amy Gibson’s new book arrived on my doorstep. She’s of the famed Stitchery Dickory Dock. It’s called The Quilt Block Cookbook and is published by Lucky Spool. The photography is lovely so I immediately spent some time flipping through. It doesn’t take long for me to grab some fabric and start plotting.


I love this block and see it in my future. I really wanted to make a single block for a pillow. This block has a lot of background so I decided to keep looking.


Of course the book didn’t disappoint. There are fifty block designs. And really endless possibilities because the blocks combine with one another quite well and Amy has included TONS of size options in charts in the back of the book. This is the block I finally chose. A whole quilt of these would be epic. I used Emily Herrick‘s adorable Up & Away fabric from Michael Miller. 


This is one of my favorite blocks in the book. The combination of curves and straights will surely create interesting shapes as the blocks interact. One huge bonus of the book is a nice photo fully showing each block. It’s the perfect combination of fabulous photography while also showing the work!

I think this book would be perfect for almost any skill level as you can choose simple, fast blocks or more complicated piecing. Amy has also included a great section for designing your quilt!


You can ask your local quilt shop to order a copy or it is available on Amazon. Be sure to check out all the stops on her blog hop.

xx LC

PS: I received this book for free. I’m telling you about it because I find it interesting and valuable:)

Want to be Scraptastic?

I love all things scrappy, so it’s no surprise I’m a fan of Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy Applique technique. Our guild was lucky enough to host her for a lecture and workshop last year. It was such a fun technique! I made this!! Making it was the fun part…now I must quilt it.

And she just told me she’s offering online workshops! There are two coming up. The first is this Saturday, the 24th and then another one September 27. You can get all the details and register here. I’m hoping to join in some on Tuesday! Even though I’ve done her workshop before, there’s always something to learn. And the good news is that you don’t have to choose, once you sign up, you can go to either or both!

Shannon’s also hosting a quilt along for all her skylines. I’m going to make Austin as a present for my best friend! You can check the patterns here and over on Instagram using the hashtag #scrappyskylinequiltalong.

There will be prizes and who doesn’t love prizes. So join in the fun! Shannon’s technique is fun and SCRAPTASTIC!

xx LC

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Terrific Tool Thursday: Above the Curve

I love the look of curved corners on projects. However I hate searching my cupboard for the perfect curve. Plus, using a plate can make using a rotary quite difficult. Then I found this corner tool from Creative Grids

Plus the markings help you out if you’re  making darts. There’s a center mark and inch markings. And since it’s a nice Creative Grids acrylic ruler, you get a clean rotary cut. I cut through three layers with Thermalon and three layers of lining with no trouble in one cut.

xx LC

PS: So it’s Tuesday, not Thursday. Oops! I guess you’ll get a tip this Thursday;)

Want to make an Austin House in NC?

Big news! Carolyn Friedlander is coming to North Carolina! She will be visiting with the Triad MQG and Sewingly Yours. First up will be Carolyn showing off her magic with a trunk show. She will lecture during our normal Triad MQG meeting. 


It will be September 27 at 6:30 at South Fork community center on Country Club in Winston Salem. We always meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30. It will be $5 at the door for both members and non-members. There is no need to reserve your spot.

Carolyn will be teaching two classes at Sewingly Yours. On Wednesday, September 28, she will be teaching her Austin House class. 


This is a really cool  foundation piecing pattern. She’ll also be doing lots of chatting about color placement. 

Her next class is a needle turn appliqué class on Thursday, September 29. She’ll be teaching the Hesperides pattern. You’ll learn her needle turn technique as you make this modern pillow.

The classes are $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers. If you sign up for both, it’s $150 for members and $170 for nonmembers. They will also provide a yummy lunch. You can call the shop directly to register at 336.766.8271. There are a limited number of spots left. It should be another successful Triad MQG/Sewingly Yours event! I cannot wait!!

xx LC

All images are property of Carolyn Friedlander and used with permission.

An Olympic Sized Hole in My Heart

I’ve taken a bit of a break from the blog for the summer and I’ve really missed it. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a break from working…so I have so much fun stuff to show you in the next few weeks! There were lots of good times this summer hanging out with my favorite co-pilot.

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I am an Olympic superfan and might have openly wept during closing ceremonies for three major reasons. A: What will I watch while stitching? Who knew that I could watch so many hours of a cycling road race. B: Why is the dance portion before synchronized swimming not required national vewing? Seriously. Google it. You’re welcome. It rivals some Broadway shows I’ve seen. C: Will college football fill the Olympic sized hole in my heart?

In honor of the Olympics (and because I was too slow for the Fourth of July), I made this cute flag mini. It’s a Thimble Blossoms pattern. These quilts were all the rage on Instagram.

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I hosted a little stitching soiree with some sewing buds. We had the ridiculous idea of making a swap item. I made this little cutie with some Liberty lawn. A dresden is always a good idea. Tessa of The Sewing Chick won it!

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I received this cute little pouch. It was made by the super talented Sarah of Stitching & Bacon using a Carolyn Friedlander pattern.

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The Triad MQG did a swap with the McKinney MQG. I made this colorful rainbow with the pattern from my Craftsy class.

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And I also made this Bonnie & Camille dresden! I had two partners:)

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The Guru made this awesome Designer Star!

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And this gorgeous Blue Ridge mini! I REALLY wanted to steal this before she sent it off. She also had two partners.

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I’ve been busy this summer designing two quilts for Quilt Carolina! There’s one version for the Triangle and one version for the Triad. The big reveal will be on October 6. You can learn more about the shop hop here and buy passports from any of the participating shops!

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I also started a little cross stitching project this summer. In honor of the National Park Service turning 100, I’m making the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery design. We’ve only gotten one clue, but I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue.

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More fun soon!

xx LC