Let the Scraptastic Adventure Begin

Last year, I showed you the awesomeness that is Shannon Brinkley’s scrappy appliqué. You can check out that post here. It’s possible that I still need to finish my project that I made with her, but I did baste it, so there’s that. This is it pre-basting.

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I’m mentioning it because Shannon is about to offer another round of her class online. Her Scrappy Appliqué technique is great fun (and highly addictive). If you want to check out one of her workshops, you can find out more and sign up here. She has two dates coming up on Tuesday, April 4, 7-10 CST and Saturday, April 8, 12-3 CST.

xo LC

PS: This post contains affiliate links. I’m telling you about because I find it interesting and valuable:) They’re paying me a small referral fee because they’re good people.

Corey & Her Quilts are Coming to NC

Who’s a fan of Corey Yoder?! She’s the awesome designer behind quite a few stunning Moda collections, including her latest, Lulu Lane. Corey is also a pattern designer under the clever name Coriander Quilts and author of Playful Petals.

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And let’s get real for a second, she’s one of my favorite people in the quilting world. She’s quick witted with a kind, generous personality. It’s hard to find a more genuinely wonderful person. We taught together at Stitchfest last year and instantly became buds. You will love her!

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Now that I’ve talked her up, you can meet her in person if you’re local. She’s coming to Triad MQG on Tuesday, March 28 for a trunk show. We meet at Southfork Community Center on Country Club at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. There is a $5 fee at the door for out of town speakers. We are also offering a workshop!! The workshop will be Wednesday, March 29 from 10-4, also at Southfork. The workshop is $75 for TMQG members and $85 for non-members. The workshop fee includes a copy of her book, Playful Petals. To sign up, email TriadMQG at gmail dot com and reserve your spot.

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We will be making the gorgeous Petal Pillow on the cover of her book! And we will be getting a hand quilting lesson in the afternoon. Corey is a master hand quilter! I’m already picking my fabrics for the pillow!

xx LC

 

Love All Around TUTORIAL

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Lately I’ve been feeling as though there’s a lot of negativity going around, from the election to world affairs to right here in our own quilting community. I decided to create a block called Love All Around. It’s all about coming from a place of love and kindness. Quilting brings me joy and I love sharing that with all of you! Let’s all try to take a second to send a note of support, offer a word of kindness, cheer for the underdog or offer a helping hand. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or maybe keep thinking and find something nice to say!

This year, I’m going to make this block whenever I see kindness in my community! I want 2017 to be a year with Love All Around! I’m expecting to end the year with a sea of hearts…and an epic quilt. I’ve started spreading the love by asking a few of my stitchy friends to join in the fun!! I was more than a little overwhelmed when almost everyone said YES! The quilting world does love to spread love. The best part of sharing a tutorial is that everyone makes a unique block (and a few fun extra ideas!). Everyone will be posting today and through the weekend. Check out all the blocks:

Alex Duenkel
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Amy Friend of During Quiet Time
Amy Shively of Amy by the Park
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Amy Southerland of Amy Sews
Angela Gubler of The Green Apricot
Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces
AnneMarie Chany of GenX Quilters
Asha Patel
Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse
Chrissy Lux of Sew Lux
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Debra Jalbert of Made of Honor Quilts
Gina Allen of Ginabean Quilts & Trailer Stash
Ginny Robinson
Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell Designs
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Kristen Ballou

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studios
Nicole Carroll of Fist Full of Fabric
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
Sarah Huechteman
Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Stephanie Soebbing Quilt Addicts Anonymous
Tara Kordich of Amelia’s Garden
Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick 
Xandi Hamilton

Let’s get started! Grab some scraps (or a dreamy stack of half yard cuts as I did!) and let’s get started spreading some love!

Love All Around Block Tutorial
Finished size: 8″ (Remember, this means it will be 8 1/2″ when you’re done making it and 8″ once sewn into your quilt.)

Use a 1/4″ seam throughout.

Supplies: Fabric A & Fabric B (hearts): One 6″ square and four 2 3/4″ squares of each. Fabric C (corners): Two 3 1/4″ squares. Fabric D (background): Four 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangles and two 3 1/4″ squares. *All the pieces are oversized for trimming, so if you’re a smidge short on fabric, it’s okay!

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Making the Hourglass Unit: Place the two 6″ squares on top of one another. Cut in half diagonally. Make sure to align the 45° line along the bottom edge for a perfect cut.

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Cut in half diagonally in the opposite direction as well.

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You will only need two of each fabric opposite one another. Save the extra pieces for another block!

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Stitch the triangles together in pairs as shown. Press to the darker fabric.

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Align the seams and lock them together to stitch along the diagonal. Because you’re stitching along bias edges, they can be stretchier. I pin each end and the two seam allowances in the middle.

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Trim the hourglass unit to 4 1/2″. I used my Bloc Loc ruler. Make certain that the center of the block where all four points meet is at 2 1/4″ on your ruler. Also make certain that the 4 1/2″ trim line will land where the two fabrics meet as shown by the pins in the picture.

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If you don’t have a bloc loc, your trimming will look like this. Use the 45° line (marked with washi tape) and make certain that the center points meet at the 2 1/4″ mark (shown by the pin).

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This is what you should have!

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Making the Flying Geese Units: Put a piece of tape on your sewing machine showing the center needle line. Place a 2 3/4″ square on a 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangle. Align the top corner with the needle and the bottom of the corner with the tape edge. Stitch through the middle of the square diagonally keeping the bottom corner along the edge of the tape.

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Repeat so that you have two with Fabric A and two with Fabric B.

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Trim a 1/4″ from the seam line. It just needs to be neat, not perfect! I use scissors, but you can also use a rotary. Press towards the dark.

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Place a matching square on the other corner of each piece. Stitch through the center of the square as you did in the previous step.

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Repeat for all four flying geese units. Press towards the dark.

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You will have this.

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Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″. I used a Bloc Loc ruler.

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If you don’t have the Bloc Loc available, make sure to center the point and have the point be 1/4″ from the edge as shown by the center pin. Use the 45° line on the ruler (marked with washi) to align the seam. Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ as shown by the outside pins.

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Making the Half Square Triangles: Place a piece of tape along the 1/4″ mark of your machine to extend the mark. Place a 3 1/4″ square of Fabric C and Fabric D right side together. Align the top corner of the square with the edge of your 1/4″ foot. Align the bottom corner of the squares with the edge of the tape. Stitch two lines each 1/4″ from the center line.

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Cut apart the triangles. Press towards Fabric D/Background.

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Trim to 2 1/2″.

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Assemble the Block: Place all the units as shown.

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Sew together as three rows of three units. As you stitch the flying geese unit, make certain that your 1/4″ seam crosses right at the point of the flying geese unit.

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The corner unit seam will lock with the flying geese unit seam as shown.

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A pin is your friend.

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Press the top and bottom rows towards the corners. Press the center row towards the hourglass unit. Stitch the rows together and press the seams towards the hourglass unit.

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Spread the love!!

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I’ll be filling my year with lots of mementos of kindness. These blocks would also make a fun gift when you see a kind act or need to send a little love. Make them your own!!

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

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

PS: This post contains affiliate links. I’m telling you about because I find it interesting and valuable:) They’re paying me a small referral fee because they’re good people.

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

Let’s Learn

Last week I told you all about my new Craftsy class! In case you missed it, you can read about it here. My class launched just in time for Craftsy’s giant sale:) You can get almost ANY class for $19.99 this weekend! Check them out here.

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Naturally, I had to take this opportunity to investigate all new things I want to learn. Here’s what I’ve found! Amy Smart has a great new class about using precuts. Amy is the mastermind behind Diary of a Quilter and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Her class is here.

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I also plan to make this bag! My Weekender is about fifteen years old and has seen better days. This looks adorable AND it has a should strap! This class is here.

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I want to up my leather sewing game so I’m going to check this out! I have limited leather sewing experience and sometimes it goes well and sometimes it goes in the trash. This class is here.

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I can’t limit myself to just sewing and quilting so I’m going to check out Continental Knitting:) I’ve tried to learn before, but I never really got into it. I think with the slow view feature, I’ll be able to pick it up and stick with it.

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Let the learning commence! I’m also going to find a good cupcake class for my future as a  cupcake master! So check the classes out if there’s something you want to learn:) (Full disclosure: I get paid if you buy a class.)

xo LC

 

 

 

 

 

Listen Up

During Quilt Market (I still need to write my recap!), I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie from Quilt Addicts Anonymous. She has a fun website full of BOMs, tutorials and tons of cool quiltiness. Plus, she told me she is starting a new podcast called Sit & Sew Radio. Her background is in Communication/TV/Radio so it makes total sense. She used to work for NPR; so obviously I geeked out. Guess who her very first guest is…Me! You can listen to it here

It’s a fun episode! I was once again reminded that my brother and I have the same laugh and I only told about three cheesy jokes which is really low for me. Plus, the other two guests are really interesting! I’ve already extensively checked out the cool bobbin case that’s discussed. 

xo LC

Here Comes Emily

The Triad MQG is about to host another exciting speaker! Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies fame will be coming to speak with the guild and teach a few workshops at Village Fabric Shop. Her guild presentation is Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm. We meet at South Fork Community Center on Country Club. Her first class will be Wednesday, April 27 from 10-1. We will be making this adorable hand embroidery project. 

 

Then Wednesday night, she’ll be teaching this mini! It’s based on her Big Game quilt and a Village Fabric Shop exclusive. I’ll be making it for my uncle. So awesome!
  

Emily is a really fun person so be sure to check out one (or all) of the events! You can register for the classes by calling the shop directly at (336) 779-6155.

xo LC