Market Preview Party

It’s that time of year again! Quilt Market starts next week so I’m frantically finishing things up. Before I head off to Houston, my sweet friend Amy at the Village Fabric Shop is hosting a market preview party!

 
We had one before Spring Market and it was great fun! So come see the new quilts and enjoy some tasty treats!! It’s Monday, October 19 from 6 to 8 at Village Fabric Shop in Reynolda Village. Everyone is welcome, but no pictures please:)

xo LC

Spring in Minneapolis

It’s time I finally recapped the market experience this year. Spring Market is different; it’s smaller and travels to different cities! This year, it was in Minneapolis. I love Minneapolis so I was pretty excited. We packed up the booth! Same booth as Fall Market with different insides. And new quilts!

Since it’s Fathers’ Day, I will give a shout out to my awesome Dad, aka the booth builder! Those are my notes and directions for the booth that he’s putting it together. It’s really a miracle that he still takes my calls.

At the close of the first day of set up, this is where we were! We had walls and everything unloaded.

Back in the hotel room, there were lots of shenanigans with these two amazing ladies! Angela of Bunny’s Designs/Fabric Supply and Nicole of Fist Full of Fabric are my dear sweet friends who volunteered to help me with booth set up. We had to put pillow forms in a lot of pillows! I really could not have done it without these gals. I’m lucky to have them as friends!!

At the close of day 2, we had this! I was pleased that the bed frame actually worked out and only collapsed once (with me underneath it and my phone ringing). Hattie’s Dresden hung on the back wall and Squiggly Bits & Salem Square adorned the bed.

This is a version of Squiggly Bits made with Cotton + Steel basics. I had pieced the rows and was running out of time and my sweet friend Tessa of The Sewing Chick finished piecing the rows, quilted it and bound it. She’s the best! I love the square quilting she did.

This pillow is a scrapalicious version of Salem Square made with Hello Darling from Bonnie & Camille. It was made by Chrissy of Sewlux! She’s awesome:)

And here are two more made by dear friends! This Blue Ridge table runner was pieced and quilted by my dear friend Sarah of Stitching & Bacon. See that gorgeous Liberty pillow? Nicole not only helped me in my booth, she quilted that! And didn’t even bat an eye when I suggested 1/4″ straight line quilting. She’s good peeps!

One of the best parts of market is seeing what everyone else is up to! Carolyn‘s booth was perfection, as always. She has a new block of the month that’s stunning! And had a neat hand sewing element in her booth.

I had to visit my friends at AccuQuilt! They were showing off the GO! Big which is fabulous and that cute animal quilt which had a bunch of animals all made from the owl die.

Melody was showing off all the pretty new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Their booth is always so clever. And full of vintage things that I want to steal for my house.

Dear Stella had a lot of great projects!

Emily Herrick is one of my favorite people at market. She’s really funny and obviously quite talented. Her booth won an award for creativity and her new line is sodalicious!

Tula‘s booth was quite inspiring! Her Eden book offered free patterns (and pillows to make with the scraps!), as well as a guide to make this rainbow Butterfly. And the most exciting news?! Wide backs! They’re gorgeous!!

I love visitors to my booth! The Pinks came by! Tula, her Mom Kat and her brother Cameron. They’re tons of fun and absolutely hilarious! My Salem Square, mixing Eden with True Colors is to the left and Hattie’s Dresden made with True Colors is to the right. I do love to sew with her fabric:)

Sara of Sew Sweetness stopped by. She is really so sweet! She made a dress with the wide back fabric from Tula’s new collection that was just clever and awesome!

Heather Bailey stopped by! I made Georgia’s Dresden with her Clementine line. She’s quite inspiring!

The adorable Miss Kingwell stopped by for a nap! Squiggly Bits is made with her first line for Moda, Gardenvale. It’s deliciously scrappy.

I failed to get a picture of her cute face, but it’s always great to see Jacqueline of Soak!  There was an emergency handmaid delivery because Minnesota was still experiencing winter!

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I had to head over to the announcement of the newest shops in Quilt Sampler because one of my fave shops is in it! Lynn of Stitched with Love posed for me! Congrats Lynn and crew! Well deserved recognition for a great place!

And now I must start getting ready for Fall Market!

xo LC

New Pattern Day

It’s new pattern day on the blog!! And in person if you’re at Quilt Market:) First up is Hattie’s Dresden!! This is a really fun one to piece. It’s pieced like a traditional dresden but with a twist. This was beautifully quilted by Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters and made with Tula Pink True Colors.

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Here’s Squiggly Bits!! You know I love scrappy! This makes for a great scrap buster or choose a scrapalicious line like Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale. I did!

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Here’s Georgia’s Dresden! I taught a workshop for this one at Trailer Stash and it was a great success. I’m already plotting a bed size version for my bed!

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Here’s Salem Square! This was made with Hilltop by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella. It’s an oversized block so it stitches up fast! This was quilted by Sherri Collette of Maxine & Me.

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And I’m introducing another Mini May pattern, Bon Voyage passport covers. Mini Mays are designed to be completed in a short class. They’re quick and easy! This one also offers the option of a little embroidery.

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There will be a detailed post about each of these next week! And PDF and patterns will soon be available!!

xLC

Market Prep by Review

I’m heading off to Quilt Market in Minneapolis!! Full disclosure: When this posts, I’ll be setting up my booth! I’m in booth 721, so come visit! There are presents:)

 
This market was unofficially sponsored by Starbucks. I’m usually a skinny cinnamon dolce latte kind of girl, but they’ve introduced two things that have changed my life. The tiramisu latte and the s’mores frappacino! Trust me, try them. Three words: marshmallow whipped cream. 

My other unofficial sponsor was Red Box. I went and sewed at our cabin aka the land of no internet. It was great because I was basically off the grid and got so much done! I thought it would be fun to review the movies I watched while I pieced. These are obviously just my personal opinion. Here we go!

Big Eyes: Five Quilt Blocks A fascinating true story of artist Margaret Keane. There were so many plot points happening: a controlling marriage, commercial success versus “real” art, finding your voice, how one lie can blossom. In her heart of hearts, she creates because she must. And I think we all can relate to that. Amy Adams was superb and her husband was superbly creepy.  

The Imitation Game: Five Quilt Blocks This was also a true story. I’m a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, (If you don’t watch Sherlock, you’re making a life mistake.) so I expected that I’d like it, but I freaking loved it. It was a different era and it’s crazy to think how the world would be had they not succeeded. His life was cut far too short by ignorance which breaks my heart. Everyone should watch this. 

Whiplash: Five Quilt Blocks I did not expect I’d like this. Oh my, I was wrong! It’s about a drum student. Yep, two hours of loud drumming.  It was interesting to compare to my art school experience. Teaching something creative is about nurturing natural talent and there are definitely different ways to do that. This guy is certifiable, but each student must find their mentor.

You’re Not You: Five Quilt Blocks I have no clue when this came out, but Hilary Swank was robbed if she didn’t win an award for it. She’s a concert pianist stricken with ALS. I cried so hard that I couldn’t see my stitches. But it was so great!! 

Alexander & the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Four Quilt Blocks It’s a fun kids’ book and a fun kids’ movie. We’re not winning any Oscars for Alexander here, but there are lots of laughs. 

Annie: Four Quilt Blocks I love Annie and this was a pretty great version. They updated it in all the right ways. Cameron Diaz is hysterical as Ms. Hannigan. The girl who plays Annie is perfect for the role. If you like Annie, you’ll like this!! 

Beyond the Lights: Four Quilt Blocks I’d never heard of this movie. The music is great and it’s a sweet love story. Very watchable while sewing as its super predictable. And Minnie Driver is in it! Who doesn’t love her?!

Boyhood: Four Quilt Blocks It’s worth seeing this just for how they filmed it over many so years with the same actors. I sometimes had trouble figuring out if time had passed because I was listening more than watching. I’d love to watch it again.

Gone Girl: Four Quilt Blocks It’s just as creeptastic as the book. I had read the book but I was still on the edge of my sewing chair. Read it! See it! In that order.

Horrible Bosses 2: Four Quilt Blocks The first one is funnier, but this one is still full of laughs! It’s a bit more criminally insane than I expected. I kind of want the weird shower thing they invent. Only kind of.

Rewrite: Four Quilt Blocks It was clever and fresh for being a Hugh Grant movie. (which is not to say that I don’t LOVE Love Actually!) It’s inspiring and reminds you that you’re never too old to live your dream or find your passion. I really loved it! Highly recommend.

The Vow: Four Quilt Blocks Another true story. She loses her memory and doesn’t remember her marriage or why she hates her family. I would’ve said ridiculously cheesy if it weren’t true. So I’ll give it an epic tale of love conquers all.

This is Where I Leave You: Four Quilt Blocks Who would’ve thought that a movie about sitting shiva would be really really funny?! I would watch this again because I’m pretty sure I missed some of the subtle jokes while I was listening.

Blended: Three Quilt Blocks With Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore, this should’ve been funny, but it really wasn’t. Not terrible, but not good. Pass.

The Best of Me: Three Quilt Blocks The cheese factor was high even by Nicolas Spark’s standards. Poor boy meets rich girl. They fall in love. Rich girl’s family breaks them up. Old friend reunites them. You’ve seen it before and this wasn’t a good version of it.

The Longest Week: Three Quilt Blocks More weird than funny, but I do feel like I owe it another chance when I’m paying attention. It turns out Billy Crudup is still an actor. I last saw him as the mean brother in Inventing the Abbotts, which is an all time favorite of mine. 


A Most Violent Year:
Two Quilt Blocks My disc was scratched. I missed the first ten minutes and didn’t really enjoy the next thirty. I bailed and used the code that Red Box gave me to get something less violent. 

22 Jump Street: Two Quilt Blocks To be fair, I’ve only seen part of 21 Jumpstreet. (Unless we’re talking the Johnny Depp version, in which case I’ve seen them all!) If I were a twenty something man, this is awesomely hysterical. I’m not, so it’s just ridiculous.


Wild Card:
Zero Quilt Blocks This movie is so bad that I seriously considered asking Red Box for a refund. I want my $1.50 back and that hour of my life. I’ve seen elementary school plays with better acting…and plot lines. 

Happy Streaming! Assuming you have an Internet connection. My next post will reveal all my new patterns! 

xLC

  

Mini May Clutched Pattern

It’s the final highlight of the May Chappell pattern extravaganza! Today I’m showcasing my Mini May Clutched pattern. Mini Mays are a new series of patterns that are designed to be completed in a three hour class. I love teaching and one thing that I hear over and over is that students would like to leave class with a finished product. Some of the patterns will include add-ons such as embroidery or appliqué. I’m quite excited about this series and the first one is Clutched!

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Clutched is a hard frame purse and includes easy to follow step-by-step directions.

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I made a sample with the pattern for Tula! She was pretty excited so I was basically beside myself. That face was meant to be a clutch.

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I’ve taught this class quite a few times. Here are a few made by my students.

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Here’s Cydney & Cynthia with theirs!

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I made a bunch for holiday presents.

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And this fun version with a Gardenvale mini charm pack.

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I’m teaching it again this week on Tuesday at Knit One Smock Too in Winston Salem and Wednesday at Studio Stitch in Greensboro. Check out the schedule here and contact the shop directly to sign up. You can find the PDF here and the printed pattern here. Remember all PDF patterns are on sale through tomorrow!

xo LC

 

Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern

There is nothing more beautiful to me than the mountains of North Carolina! This quilt is an homage to that!

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There are a lot of flying geese involved. I highly recommend the Bloc Loc ruler. It makes everything go faster and makes all the points perfect! There are directions for Table Runner through King included in the pattern. I’m dying for someone to make the King:)

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This is the back of the quilt. I used some half square triangles from the front on the back. They would make a wonderful whole second quilt!

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Here’s a close up of my quilting. I only quilted the backgrounds so the trees popped. A part of me still wants to go back and quilt the trees.

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I used this pattern on my brother’s Christmas present.

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You can find the PDF pattern here and the printed pattern here.

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

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

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

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