Olfa Designer Spotlight TUTORIAL

Olfa, maker of everyones’ favorite rotary cutter, does a cool series called Designer Spotlight. Guess who is representing for September/October?! Basically, I got to pick some cool Olfa products and create a tutorial. You can read their spotlight on me here. This is what I made!

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You can get the full tutorial here.

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I used the really cool Olfa blades that cut design details.

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The tutorial includes lots of pictures and details. So dive right in!

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xx LC

PS: I received some Olfa product for free. I’m telling you about it because I find it interesting and valuable:)

Carolina Carousel

Yesterday I introduced the two quilts that I designed for Quilt Carolina. But I wanted to show some more pictures- who doesn’t love quilty eye candy?!

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This quilt was made with Jen Kingwell fabric, made by Moda. I combined two lines, Moving On and Behind the Scenes. Moving On is printed on lawn and feels amazing. It’s a bit thicker than voile and has a great drape if you use it for garments. For clothes, it makes the quilt perfect for the South, lightweight and luscious. Behind the Scenes is a great collection of background prints. It is quilting cotton weight. I love how all the slightly different values add a new dimension to the quilt.

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I quilted this by machine but also added in some big stitch quilting, a la Jen Kingwell.

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I used Aurifloss, the floss made by Aurifil. They have a HUGE selection of colors. I’ve almost gone through a whole spool of this marine blue, it’s obviously a go-to color for me.

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I used Lollies, also by Jen Kingwell, for the binding. This might be my new favorite binding. The look of scrappy binding without all that piecing. I pieced the strips end to end, instead of mitre, to keep the look consistent.

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This quilt features lots of different style blocks. There’s traditional piecing, a bit of foundation piecing and some appliqué. I did freezer paper and hand appliqué, but machine appliqué would also be lovely!

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Here’s a full shot! If you’re interested in taking a workshop for this quilt, you can read about that here.

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xx LC

Quilt Carolina

I was really honored this year to be asked to design the quilts for Quilt Carolina, the shop hop that covers the middle of North Carolina. There are two major areas The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill) and The Triad (Winston Salem <—my hometown:), Greensboro & High Point), so obviously there needed to be TWO QUILTS! Basically, as you visit each shop, you’ll get a block and then you can make the quilts. The sizes are interchangeable on some of the blocks, so you could even combine the blocks for your own version! Here’s The Triad, called Carolina Crossroads! And if you want to learn more about making this one, I’m doing a workshop on November 3, from 9:30-3:30, here in Winston. You can sign up and learn more here! The workshop is at Brookstown Inn in Old Salem which is such a awesome location! It’s one of my favorite places to teach:) This is made with Amy Butler Eternal Sunshine.

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Here’s the quilt for The Triangle, called Carolina Carousel! There’s a workshop for this one in March! Learn more and register here. This one is made with Jen Kingwell for Moda. It’s a mix of Behind the Scenes and Moving On.

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I love Shop Hops because they are a great way to find new shops near you! If you’re interested in getting these patterns (shipping after November 1), you can order them from the shops listed here:

Village Fabric Shop, Winston-Salem
Trailer Stash Fabrics, Bermuda Run
Sew Original, Boone & Winston-Salem
Sewingly Yours, Lewisville
Wish Upon a Quilt, Raleigh
Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill
Quilts LIke Crazy, Wake Forest
Loving Stitches, Fayetteville
Cary Quilting Company, Cary
Bernina World of Sewing, Raleigh

Some of the shops made cool projects with their assigned blocks! Sew Original Winston Salem made this fun pillow!

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Sewingly Yours made this gorgeous quilt in batiks!

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And a really cute bag with their block!

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Quilts Like Crazy made this cool quilt using their block! It also features the Quilt Carolina batiks!!

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Village Fabric Shop set up this adorableness! Their pillow is in the back and they have a super cute little mannequin sporting their block.

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Happy Shop Hopping!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Bobbin Storage


I saw this awesome storage tip at Sew Virginia Beach! It’s so simple, but I love it. These colorful bobbins are for a featherweight, but this trick will work for any bobbins.


It’s also pleasing when something that cost under a dollar from the office supply store can make your sewing life easier.

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Kwik Klip


It’s time for one of my favorite tools! I baste with safety pins and that can kill your fingers. The Kwik Klip not only saves your fingers, it also makes you go faster.


You just slide the clip underneath the pin and then press the safety pen down to close. It makes basting (slightly) less annoying! Here’s a video of the Kwik Klip in action.

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mastering the 1/4″ Seam

Today’s tool is one if my favorite for teaching. One of the most frequent questions I get is how to sew a accurate 1/4″ seam. The first step to this is seeing what the 1/4″ seam on YOUR machine looks like. This is my go to tool!

This is my quarter inch foot and you can see how for an accurate 1/4″, I want my fabric just barely in from the foot. It’s called the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. You can ask for it from your local quilt shop too! It’s the best tool under $10 that you’ll find.

xx LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Folding Quilts


It’s time for another terrific tip! Today’s tip is from Carolyn Friedlander; she was visiting the Triad MQG. I love a good guest tip! During her trunk show, there was a big conversation about how to not get perma folds in quilts. She has a great solution…the bias fold!

Basically, you fold along the bias and just keep folding. It’s sort of a big flat tube. Then make a square like shape. The goal is folds on the bias. In other words, folds with less memory! 

xx LC