No Scrap Left Behind GIVEAWAY 

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Today is my stop on the No Scrap Left Behind blog hop! No Scrap Left Behind is the latest book from the uber talented Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts fame. Her first book Sunday Morning Quilts, written with Cheryl Arkison, is a must have for any quilter’s library. And No Scrap Left Behind is sure to become a go-to book as well! It was tough to choose which project to make, but I immediately loved Mini Nines! I decided to make placemat versions of the pattern. Make sure you don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post:)

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This is some tiny town piecing. T-I-N-Y T-O-W-N. For reals. You have to cut very carefully and piece just as carefully. Amanda Jean has some great ideas for getting started on this project! I wanted mine to be super scrappy so I didn’t strip piece as she suggests, but I did take her suggestion by cutting longer than was needed and trimming. 

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I used a mixture of bright blues, aquas, greens and limes mixed with low volume background pieces in greys. I ended up editing out some of these because the scale of the print was too large for the finished sizes of the pieces.

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It was fun to play around with the block arrangement! I made twelve blocks per placemat, six light border and six color border.

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Voila! Two placemats! I’m going to put them in my breakfast nook, but the lighting is not too great on rainy days (it’s been raining for days…), so here they are on the living room floor. 

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They are all things scrapalicious! I used quite a few favorite fabrics which makes me happy on scrappy projects.

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I went with simple quilting 1/4″ from the seams on both sides. I used Aurifil 50 wt in 2010 because I wanted to quilting to be subtle.

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For the binding and backing, I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Lime. I love the backs too! I decided not to put on a label so the mats are two-sided.

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The linen binding felt bulky while hand stitching it, but looks great from the back and front! I think it was more awkward because it was different.

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Obviously, Amanda Jean is all about the scraps! The book is full of ideas and tips for sorting and storing your scraps and most importantly USING them! She asked us to share a bit about our scrap storage. I sort into large glass jars. I have a pure color jar, a little bit of grey jar and a muddy color jar. Scraps look best when you are using similar color types, so this works best for me. Plus, if I am seeking a specific color, it’s easy to look through the glass and find the color I need. I save anything from 2×2″ to just under a fat quarter in the jars.

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My pure color jar is always the one that is overflowing! As soon as the jar is full, it’s time to whip up something scrappy and fun. These jars are the only scraps I keep. If I make a quilt with a full line of fabric, I pull out the scraps I love to put in my jars. I bundle the rest and gift them at guild. If I have a whole quilt in a fabric line, I’m usually “done” with that fabric in my mind. 

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It’s GIVEAWAY time! I’m giving away a copy of No Scrap Left Behind! If you are a winner and you live with in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you live outside the US, you will receive a digital copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite scrap using tip! One entry per person pleasae. Entries open through May 6! <UPDATE> Entries closed. Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner using the random number generator!!

Spoiler alert, there’s a chance to win at each stop of the blog tour. Make sure you check it out and enter for many chances to win!
Monday, April 24: Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25: Lee Monroe <— That’s me! You’re here!!
Wednesday, April 26: Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27: Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28: Erin Cox
Monday, May 1: Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2: Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3: Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4: Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5: Amy Smart

Go use those scraps! Or at least pet them and dream up a fun project!!

xx LC

Improv Meets Paper Piecing


If you’re like me, when you saw this book cover, you thought, what??? How can I be both improv in paper pieced? So I was really excited to get a copy to review from the author, Amy Friend.


Amy kicks it off right with a really detailed chapter explaining. It’s good stuff. I feel like another title could’ve been Precision Improv! The book is very conversational in tone and an enjoyable read.


The quilts are stunning. I love how the low volume selections in this one really add depth. It’s the one I have my eye on making. The shapes have an improv vibe, but the repitition makes it unique. 


The directions are quite clear and concise. Even if you’re new to paper piecing, you’d find them easy to follow. There are lots of tips for efficiency and clear diagrams. 

I’m not a huge fan of paper piecing and improv is not my jam, but Amy sucked me in. There are lots of good projects in there, but it’s really just a cool process that makes the book stand out. 


Here’s an added bonus, Amy is giving away a copy of Electric Quilt. You can enter over on her site here

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Batting Sampler

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Yesterday was my stop on the Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour! When Pat initially asked me to join in her fun, I asked if I could also find a tip to share today! There were so many to choose from. But I love this!

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I love this idea of going in with a group of quilty friends to buy a batch of different batting. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could do larger swatches so that you could all quilt the samples. I pretty much use the same batting 99% of the time (you are my true love, Quilters Dream Select), but if I had samples, I might venture out more. I do love wool batting so when I venture, that’s where I tend to find myself. So gather your quilty troop and start sampling!

xx LC

Mega Fun Book Tour with Pat Sloan

Today is my stop on Pat Sloan’s book tour! This is Pat’s 33rd book. If my blog used emojis, I would totally use the little face with the giant eyes! This one is part of her Teach Me series and focuses on machine quilting. It’s called Teach Me to Machine Quilt!

Pat asked us to read the book and highlight a few of our favorite parts. Well, I took 37 pictures of things to highlight! I’ve narrowed it down just a bit:) There are so many wonderful things in here. If you’re new to machine quilting, this is an excellent place to start. And if you’re already experienced, there are tons of great reminders and tips to add to your skill set!

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Pat takes you through every single detail you need for success with machine quilting. I don’t think there’s a single question or topic not covered. It is a great resource! With machine quilting, you just have to start! Pat has a really great section about making five baby quilts to get started!

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One of my favorite things is that this book has video tutorials that you can link to! It’s such a great feature.

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Each topic is covered with a wide range of options. Plus throughout the book, you’ll enjoy Pat’s can-do attitude and fun little quotes!

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Are you ready for the most excellent part, Martingale is giving away FIVE copies of this awesomeness! You can go here for details. Plus, we did promise a MEGA blog tour, so make sure you check out all the stops!

November 18
Bonnie Hunter 
Pam Vieira-McGinnis
Alyce Blyth 
Kimberly Einmo 

November 19
American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine 
Mathew Boudreaux  
Moda – Carrie Nelson 

November 20
Amy Smart
Katja Marek 

November 21
Lee Monroe 
Jacquelynne Steves  
Stephanie Palmer 
Mary Abreu 

November 22
Sarah Maxwell
Debby Brown
Jane Davidson
Linda Thielfoldt
Janet Clare
Baby Lock 

November 23
Cheryl Brickey
Helen Stubbings 
Kimberly Jolly 

November 25
Sherri McConnell
Julie Karasek 
Ebony Love 
Martingale  

November 26: Pat’s Birthday!!!
Scott Hansen 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe 

November 28
Amy Friend  
Heather Valentine  
Melissa Corry  
Amy Ellis  

November 29
Aurifil – Erin Sampson 
Christa Watson 
Nancy Zieman
Amanda Niederhauser 

November 30
Kim Niedzwiecki 
Karen Miller
Wendy Sheppard  
Brenda M. Ratliff  

xx LC

Stitching With Lorelai GIVEAWAY

I hope that everyone has enjoyed all of the Stitching with Lorelai projects. I am pretty sure that I need to stitch up all of them! My house needs its own Gilmore corner.

Here are all the projects for easy access:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I was a bit torn about which design to use for my post, so I’m sharing my other designs here as a bonus! I pulled some of the best gilmorisms! First up is “I Smell Snow!” and you can download the design here. As all true Gilmore lovers know, all good things happen in the snow!

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Next up is a pretty common word. But to none other than the fabulous matriach, Emily, it is a come hither pick up line! In fact, it’s a line she “learns” from Lorelai! Hello. Don’t go saying it to too many men now:) You can download this design here.

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And one more! I’m pretty sure that this is my life motto as well! I can hear The Guru snickering as she reads that;) You can grab this design here.

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I’ve loved checking out all the goodness on Instagram under #stitchingwithlorelai. Remember, you have until December 1 to post to that hashtag and be entered for a $50 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric! Enter often:) And peruse all the cuteness that’s popping up already. Y’all are some speedy stitchers!

Who’s ready for a surprise GIVEAWAY?! Claudia who is the dealer of all things embroidery and beyond over at Snuggly Monkey has generously offered a $25 gift certificate. And it’s pretty easy to enter! All you have to do is comment on ANY of the Stitching with Lorelai blog posts. So, there are up to six entries per person! You can comment on anything you want, but if you’re looking for a topic, how about #teamdean, #teamjess or #teamlogan? Enter before Wednesday, November 23 at noon est.

Here are links to all of the awesome projects of Stitching with Lorelai one more time:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I think all dedicated fans will want to check out this pledge. Don’t be a spoiler!

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The really important thing is that we are now WITHIN a week of A Year in the Life!! Can you stand it?!

xx LC

 

Stitching with Lorelai TUTORIAL

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If you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, “Lorelai Gilmore is my spirit animal!”, then welcome to the Stitching with Lorelai stitch along. (If you thought, “Who is Lorelai?” Get thee to Netflix and start watching Gilmore Girls. You will not regret it.) For those of you already firmly on Team Luke, I’m glad you’re here! In honor of the Gilmore Girls Revival coming next week, I’ve pulled together a few of my stitchy friends who are also longing for Stars Hollow. This is a pretty simple stitch along. Each day, one of us will post a simple stitching project. Here is the line up!

Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, November 19: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell

This is a SUPER casual stitchalong! Basically, all the designs are free. We’d love for you to stitch them up while binge watching your favorite episodes or even during the second viewing of the revival. The first viewing will require focus. We are having a little giveaway on Instagram. Every time you use the hashtag #stitchingwithlorelai, you get an entry. You can post anything from choosing your floss to your finished product. Unlimited entries. On December 1, we will randomly choose a winner who will receive a SewLux gift card for $50! Special thanks to Chrissy & Linda for donating this awesome prize!

I decided to start where the series started. The perfect song for the perfect show. “Where you Lead, I will Follow.” Thank you Carole King. You can download my design here.

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Here are the colors I used:
Purple Lettering: Anchor 89, 3 strands, stem stitch
Yellow Daisies: Anchor 303, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Light Purple Daisies: Cosmo 483, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Teal Daisies: Anchor 187, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Aqua Daisies: Cosmo 413, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Bright Pink Daisies: Cosmo 3115, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch

There are so many other fun things that are Gilmore related that are cropping up everywhere! I’m dying to make some of these coffee cups. Amy Friend of During Quiet Time made these for each of the major characters. It’s a fun game to guess the character she’s depicting. The swan for Jess made me laugh out loud! You can get her pattern here (US & International) or Etsy (US only) or Craftsy (US only).

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I hope you’ll enjoy Stitching with Lorelai! Let the games begin!

xx LC

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:)

What’s Your Story?

I recently got my hands on the new Intentional Piecing book by Amy Friend (full disclosure: the publisher sent it) and I was immediately hooked. It’s rare to flip through a quilty book and find so many projects that I cannot wait to make! There’s lots of foundation piecing and TONS of unique projects.

I started right in on the Tell Me a Story blocks. I decided to choose not just fabrics I love, but fabrics that represent things I love. I used lime for the tiny frame corners, teals for the frame and a mixture of dots for the corners.


My first block is about travel, then another for ocean animals and obviously one for sewing! In case you can’t read it, it says “a clean house is the sign of a broken sewing machine”. A cheesy joke AND sewing…my heart sings. I already have a pile of future blocks selected.

The other quilt I can’t wait to start is Crazy Eights! I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it with Jen Kingwell lollies!

The best part of this book is how conversational it is. I don’t know Amy personally (just in the online stratosphere) but I felt like we were buds sitting down to make a quilt. The book is well thought out, clever and full of fresh ideas.?I highly recommend it!

It’s available through your local quilt shop, your local bookstore or here with a 30% discount using FRIEND30.

xo LC 

Sew Adorkable Winner

I’ve just returned from Quilt Market and I’m brimming with new ideas and projects to tell you about! But first, we needed a winner for the Sew Adorkable GIVEAWAY. Congrats to Carmen aka number fourteen.

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The poor thing got the measles in third grade so hopefully this hilarious and awesome book will help ease a bit of that memory.

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Congrats Carmen!

xo LC

Sew Adorkable GIVEAWAY

Today is my stop on the Sew Adorkable Blog Hop! Sew Adorkable is the new book from Samarra Khaja. If you don’t know Samarra, you need to. First off, she’s hilarious and you know that I like funny!! She’s a designer of some of my favorite fabrics (stay tuned for pictures…) and her book is just what I’d expect: clever, unique & fun! Every time I turned the page (or clicked the arrow since I had a digital copy), I saw a new project that made me smile! The book has everything from red staplers that would make Dwight proud to braille inspired quilts. I had trouble choosing what to make. Spoiler alert: A notepaper curtain!

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I wanted to start by helping you to get to know Samarra, but not just any Samarra…the truly adorkable third grade Samarra. With a little time travel and some googling to remember what happens in third grade, I introduce you to Lee Samarra and Lee sometime in the eighties.

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Hi Samarra! I’m doing a little time travel so that my third grade self can meet your third grade self. Want to be BFFs?
Hi Lee! Yes! And pen pals with LOTS of stickers all over the envelopes too, ok?! I have a Swedish pen pal and she sends me long letters with lots of yellow and blue stickers.

I live in Dallas. Where do you live?
I used to live in Houston and now I’m in Dubai. It’s on the Persian Gulf. It’s pretty and very hot. I was in a sand storm once. I was inside, so it was all okay.

That sounds scary! But cool! I have a brother. He’s cool. Do you have a brother or sister?
I have a big brother. He has Downs Syndrome so I help him do stuff. We like watching the Muppet Show and my favorite episode was when they had James Coburn on. I like Mummenschanz too.

My brother and I love the Muppets!! Where do you go to school? 
I went to Spring Branch Elementary when I was in Houston and now I go to the Jumeirah American School in Dubai.

What’s your favorite subject?
I like reading and writing a lot. And art.

Me too! Math is gross. (Like, I could totally use a calculator.) But do you know your multiplication tables?
I’m pretty good at math. I like seeing the patterns it makes. But I think I like drawing more.

My teacher is Ms. Parsons. She’s nice and pretty. Who’s your favorite teacher?
I like Ms. Chivvis a lot. She’s nice and wears neat dresses that look like a shirt and a dress together with a matching belt.

I’m reading all the Baby Sitter Club books. Do you read those? Who’s your favorite girl? (Mine is Claudia!)
I’ve never read those! I love all the books about Ramona Quimby. “Ramona the Brave” is my favorite. I also read “For the Love of Benji”. Have you read that? There were sad parts but it’s a good book about a sweet dog!

I read Ramona too! What’s your favorite book?
I really like “Louis Braille”. I chose it from that Scholastic form we get in our cubbies. It’s got braille on the back cover and you can feel it! It really easy to read, but I still love “Miss Nelson is Missing” because it’s funny. It’s about a teacher whose class always misbehaved, so one day she decides to come in dressed as a mean scary substitute teacher and is not nice to her students and then they realize how much they miss and like Miss Nelson and want her back.

What’s your favorite thing to do at recess? We should play Red Rover!
I’ve never played Red Rover! Do you do that thing where one person stands still against a tree with their eyes shut and another person pretends to crack an egg over that person’s head and then moves their hands slowly down around your hair and face — BUT WITHOUT TOUCHING —  so you get tricked into feeling like there’s pretend egg yolk that dripping down your hair and face? Oh, no? Okay, maybe that was just a made-up thing we do. I’m also pretty good at hanging upside down on the monkey bars.

That sounds very cool! I’ll have to show my friends. My Mom made my dress in my picture. Can your Mom sew?
Yes! She makes dresses for me too. She also helps make my Halloween costumes. I was Little Bo Peep last year.

I was Laura Ingalls Wilder and my Mom made it too! What’s your favorite color?
Green!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I love animals so I want to be a vet, but I like doing art stuff too.

Are you ready for the speed round?! Yes!

Pigtails or braids? Braids

Lunch or recess? Lunch

Coloring book or construction paper? Construction paper

Climbing trees or throwing rocks? Throwing rocks

Marco Polo or Capture the Flag? Marco Polo

Painting or drawing? Drawing

That was fun!! I’ll send you some mail and stickers!!

And now back to 2015! I first met Samarra through her fabric! She designed one of my faves, this Civil Rights fabric. I’ve backed more than one quilt with it. This is simply adorable (and adorkable!).

I also love her NYC print! Her style is so graphic!

She has one of the funniest feeds on Instagram. Her #quiltconartist where she inserted herself into Quilt Con was so popular that it continued at Quilt Market. Hilarity ensued.

From Sew Adorkable, I decided to make the notepaper curtain. She designed it as a shower curtain, but I’m going to use it in my sewing room. I’m renovating the sewing room, so it’s not really time for curtain sewing, but I didn’t let that stop me!

She used really cute giant grommets to mimic the holes in notebook paper which I love. I’m currently working with a tension rod. Once I’ve finished the room, I think I’ll go back and change mine to have the grommets. I just didn’t want to cut holes for the grommets until I was sure. I left enough fabric to change it. This is her curtain!

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As you can imagine, her curtain is much larger. I adjusted all the sizes by about 50%. Remember to deduct the seam allowance, then reduce by 50%, then add back the seam allowance. It’s miles of tube making!!

Congrats Samarra on your new book!! It’s so you and I think that’s the ultimate compliment!

Now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment below about your favorite third grade memory! The winner will receive a copy of Sew Adorkable! If you’re in the U.S., you’ll get a paper copy. If you’re international, you’ll get a digital copy. Giveaway open until Friday, October 26 at 9 pm est. Mack the Chihuahua will pick a winner with the random number generator:)

Be sure to check out all the other fun!!

09/14/15:  C&T/Stash Books
09/18/15:  Sew Timeless
09/23/15:  Art School DropOut
09/25/15:  Craft Buds
09/28/15:   Pellon
09/30/15:  Crafty Planner
10/02/15:  Modern Handcraft
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15:  May Chappell
10/09/15:  Nancy Zieman
10/12/15:  Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15:  Sew Sweetness
10/19/15:  Aurifil
10/21/15:  Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15:  Samarra Khaja

xo LC