Cooking with Craftsy & the Black Friday SALE

It’s already Black Friday in certain parts of the Interwebs! Craftsy’s SALE has started with most classes at $17.99 through this Monday. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen! My class is included! You can check that out here.

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I’ve also been taking this awesome cooking class with Ellie Krieger. I am loving it. I’m not usually super into cooking, but she’s an awesome instructor. Full disclosure, of the five or so cookbooks I regularly use, two are hers. Here is a meal cooked by me from the class.

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Craftsy did a little post about instructors crossing disciplines which was fun!

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I’m definitely a neater cook than quilter!

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This recipe is from the first lesson which are one pan meals. I’m moving on to soups because it’s getting cooler!

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xx LC

ps: This post includes affiliate links. Full disclosure, I get paid when you buy my class!

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

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

PS: This post contains affiliate links:)

 

 

Stitchfest Texas 2016

What a weekend?! I had the pleasure of teaching at Stitchfest Texas last weekend and let me just tell you, a good time was had by all! These ladies stepped it up with adorableness everywhere. They made name tags and station tags and cute shirts and so many special treats!

The other instructor was Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. She’s a super talented fabric designer for Moda. And she’s hilarious. You know I like funny; she’s top notch;)

The Stitchfest ladies got a ridiculous amount of swag for door prizes and a constant stream of fun gifts. Moda was the major sponsor and they were SUPER generous! I wanted to win every prize they announced.

We kicked off the weekend with a tour of Moda world headquarters! There’s Lori Hartman posing with the signature Moda tape.

I rolled fabric onto a bolt! Let’s just say that it’s harder than it looks;) And yes, I was really having that much fun!! I was only allowed to use the “slow” handle, not the “fast” foot pedal…it was for the best.

Here’s the land of sample fabric! And a motorized rotary…wow.

After Moda, we headed off to tour some local shops. This Row by Row was in Urban Spools. I grew up in Dallas so obviously I had to buy a kit (and one for The Guru!). The building outlined in lime is the building Mr Guru worked in!

Oh how I wish this adorable shop had been there when I lived there!

Next up was Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store! They laid out the red carpet with confetti!!

I’m pretty sure I need to copy this adorable All Sewn Up Kit! Hello dresden!!

Everybody on the bus!

Finally we went to Stitched with Love! I love this shop and have taught there a few times. Great to see the whole crew!!

Back at the retreat center, I taught two workshops. First up was Georgia’s Dresden. Lori made the adorable Christmas version with Cotton + Steel while Sarah used Jen Kingwell’s new Moving On lawns.

Teresa made this beauty. I was really pleased with how her backgrounds and wedges played with one another.

Joy made this stunner with Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabric.

There should always be a rainbow!

Look at all those dresdens!

We also made hats…er, clutches!

I was pretty obsessed with this cute pieced clutch made by Stephanie!

And Christina did some pretty epic fussy cutting!

Hello Liberty! This sweet combo of linen and Liberty was made by Natalie.

So many cute clutches!!

Here are the pillow covers made in Corey’s workshop.

Perhaps one of the nicest presents of the weekend. The Stitchfest girls had pieced an initial for each attendee so that we could learn big stitch quilting from Corey.

I had everyone sign my quilt. There was a Photo Booth. I had some fun there. Too much fun? Maybe.

My secret stitcher made me this amazing bag!! Are you kidding me?! So spoiled! Lori made me so many amazing presents and genuinely spoiled me.

The retreat center was just lovely!

And then it was over:(

I love my job! I feel so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing weekend. I made so many new friends and just had the best time! If you want to find out about future Stitchfest events, here’s their website.

xo LC

Are You Local(ish)?

Tomorrow I’m speaking nearby! I’ll be visiting with the Durham Orange Quilters’ Guild and talking all about color. I’ve got a GIANT pile of quilts ready to teach all about Understanding the Rainbow. The meeting is at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 903 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC at 7 pm. They welcome visitors and it’s a fun opportunity to check out a new guild home if you’re not already a member.

I hope you can make it if you’re in the area! And don’t forget to register for my blogoversary giveaway if you haven’t yet.  Happy Fathers’ Day:) 

xo LC 

I’m Teaching at Quilt Con

Some of you might already be creating spread sheets and plotting the perfect Quilt Con schedule. Some of you might be saying, what is Quilt Con?! Let me address the latter first. Quilt Con is put on by the Modern Quilt Guild and is a giant quilting extravaganza celebrating modern quilting and all the ideas/discussions/making/creativity that comes with the modern quilting movement! You can read more about it here. A quick google search will yield countless blog posts about how life changing the event can be. In 2017, the event will be in Savannah, Georgia! You’ll want to be there!!

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I’m very excited to be teaching and wanted to share a bit more about my workshops and lectures! I’m teaching four workshops and giving one lecture. My lecture is Thursday at 1:30. It’s called Techniques of the Trade: Tips for Easier Quilting & Sewing. This lecture was born on Tuesday…my Terrific Tip Tuesday blog series to be precise! It’s a lecture full of things you wish you’d already known mixed with tips long forgotten. There’s something for everyone who has a passion for quilting!

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My first class is Thursday night, from 6 to 9. We’ll be making my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit. This fun little kit is the perfect size to pack for class or take your sewing project on the road. There are lots of lessons in perfecting your top stitching and bag making skills, plus a quick introduction into interfacing.

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On Friday morning from 9 to 12 and Saturday evening from 6 to 9, I’ll be teaching my Understanding the Rainbow class. This class is based in Color Theory, but goes far beyond to apply your skills to your fabric selection and quilt layouts. We will make a dresden color wheel. The fabric is included in the class fee and I’ve already started pulling together some goodies!

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My last class is all about free motion quilting on a domestic machine. We will focus on quilting those quick smaller projects, from table runners to mug rugs to minis. The only requirement is that you’ve at least attempted free motion quilting prior to class. My quilting method is very learn as you go and this class will be about exploring what works for you. I’ll also load in lots of tips and tricks and a few go to designs.

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I hope to see you at Quilt Con in Savannah! And I’d definitely love to see you in one of my classes! Remember, you can also just get a show pass to enjoy the AMAZING quilt show and vendors. Let me know if you have any questions about the classes or Quilt Con in general!

xo LC

My Craftsy Class is LIVE

Well, not LIVE technically since I filmed it a few weeks ago. But it’s now available for purchase (Full disclosure: I get paid if you buy my class;) I’m pretty excited to tell you about my class, but honestly the best way to hear about it, is checking out the trailer here. It outlines the class and really gives you a preview of the information covered. Plus, there’s a picture of Mack the Chihuahua. Oh, did I mention that link gives you $20 off!?!

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This class focuses on techniques to be an efficient piecer while maintaining accuracy. It’s full of ideas and tools to make things easier and more precise. There are two patterns included in the Class Materials to “practice” what you’ve learned but the class is designed for you to apply to all your projects! Here’s one of the included patterns.

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It’s designed for Advanced Beginners and beyond! Basically, you should have successfully made a quilt before. Whether you’re on Quilt 2 or Quilt 92, you’ll discover something new!

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Now that I’ve talked about the class, I should introduce you to Craftsy in case you’re not familiar! Craftsy is a site where you can learn all kinds of things, from photography to painting to gardening to cake decorating. (Hello, I will be master of the cupcake by summer’s end!) They also have a really great platform where you can share your projects. The best part about their classes is no expiration date. You can watch as many times as you want FOREVER. The site is interactive, so you’ll be able to make notes and post questions anytime. You can also see previously asked questions. I’m a successful graduate (that’s not a thing; I made it up) of a few Craftsy classes: Next Steps with your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gehring, Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee & Start Foundation Paper Piecing with Elizabeth Dackson. These are just a few that I’ve enjoyed, you should check out the full catalogue!

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I try to keep it real in the class and I think it’s a lot like taking a workshop from me in person. There’s a tense moment where I accidentally sew over a pin and freak out! HAHA! Sewing over pins is bad. It’s always bad. If you’re going fast, it can shoot up at you. And if you’re going slow, it can still knock your machine out of alignment. It’s bad.

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I can’t wait to hear what y’all think and start answering questions! And seeing projects you’ve made!! Let me know:) Oh and the giveaway winner of the class is jansteffe, so check your email if that’s you!

xo LC

 

I’ve Been Craftsy

I’m so excited to share that I now have a Craftsy class!! I’ve basically been bursting with the news for months! I put a ton of work into it and cannot even begin to tell you the sheer awesomeness of everyone at Craftsy! It will be launching soon and I’ll be doing a more detailed post then. It’s called Quilt Faster: Accurate Streamlined, Piecing. But for now, who wants to win it?! Just click here and you’ll be entered. You have until May 30. Many will enter, one will win! Technically Craftsy is picking the winner, but Mack the Chihuahua will be there in spirit!


Back to my regularly scheduled Quilt Market. New pattern reveals & more soon!

xo LC

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I grew up in Dallas, so I always jump at the chance to head “home”. Plus this time I was visiting two of my favorite groups, the McKinney MQG and Stitched with Love. This guild is full of talented quilters! We made Hattie’s Dresden for the workshop and the range of awesome work was…just wow!!

I’m a sucker for a color wheel!! Seriously, almost any pattern looks amazing in color order form.

And I’m loving this low volume version. I’d never seen Hattie’s in neutrals!

Sarah made these beauties and posed with Lori! She’s planning on making it into a tote with one dresden on each side.

Scrappy works well with Hattie’s. This palette is so bright and fresh.

I love when students bring in pretties made with my patterns! Check out this Line It Up Tote

And Designer Star!

Such a wonderful two toned version! Ellen already finished her quilt and you can read more about it here.

More scrappy fun!! I seriously wanted to steal this one! She pulled some excellent scraps and even mixed in different substrates.

Gorgeous spring flowers! Love the accent pieces in the middle.

Another gorgeous color wheel!

Sweet Alice and Catherine gifted me this awesome tee! It’s sparkly:)

This cutie also appeared in class!

I had a mini trunk show for some of my best friends. Thanks Em J for being the quilt holder. This one is Georgia’s Dresden.

Plus I ate excessive tacos and guacamole.

I even slept under a Designer Star quilt made by The Guru’s best friend (and my second Mom!), Sue. This one was quilted by my sweet friend, Sheri.

It’s always great to go back home!

xo LC

Visiting the Houston MQG

This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Houston MQG. It was nice to be in Houston at a time that Quilt Market wasn’t happening! First off, we ate a lot of tacos…it’s Texas, what did you expect? Next up was a trunk show with more delicious snacks. There are dark chocolate salted caramels. Kate is my favorite. These two items are directly related. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)

 

And a little cutting demo. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)

 

The workshop was the next day. I was a little impressed by the PowerPoint upcoming events calendar. I love borrowing awesome ideas from guilds I visit.

  

We worked on Georgia’s Dresden. Lots of dresden making went down. Here’s Patty and Frieda.

  

Love all the Reds!!

  

Kate crowned herself queen.

  

Not too sure what Stephanie crowned herself;) 

  

Love Jane’s finish with Patty’s fabric!

  

Debbie used TULA!! Debbie was also a completely hilarious tour leader and drove me all over Houston!

 
She’s already finished with her block! (Photo credit to Debbie Grosskopf.)

 

Loving the Blueberry Park!

  

Such a great group of gals! Can’t wait to see them again!!

xo LC