Gale’s Lattice

Last year, I bought a cute little cottage in North Carolina. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the blue fireplace and other little touches as I renovated every inch of the house. (And by I, I mean the amazing contractor and team that I hired. Although Team Monroe did the painting!.) One interesting feature was that the entire front porch was covered in lattice, top to bottom. It was like a little lattice cocoon. The previous owner’s cat would hang out on the porch. Mack the Chihuahua wanted open air and breezes. This is a long intro to tell you that this quilt was inspired by the lattice! Meet Gale’s Lattice!

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I used Fig Tree Co.‘s new Coney Island line from Moda. This line totally lives up to the Fig Tree reputation! I wanted to make a somewhat patriotic quilt; I’ve had a red, white and blue quilt on my list for years! I think this quilt wants to go on a picnic too:)

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This quilt has optional borders. The borders are part of the design which makes for a great look and makes them less cumbersome to attach. Since there is piecing in the borders, you have things to line up. This baby version was quilted by Laura Davies of Tanderwen Quilts.

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Laura does a great job with creating shapes in the quilting that complement the piecing. She created a large square on point in the border that I love. She did a beautiful custom job!

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You can find this one in the online shop to, it is here!

xx LC

 

 

 

 

Lulee’s Garden

When I saw Corey Yoder‘s latest line for Moda, I knew that I needed to created something in honor of my grandmother. Corey’s line is called Lulu Lane and my grandmother was named Lulee! It seemed like the perfect tribute. I named it Lulee’s Garden!

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This is a great pattern to work on your piecing techniques. It’s fun either scrappy or with your favorite collection! How delightful is the palette of this collection. I smell Spring!

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In a fun coincidence, when I messaged Corey that I was naming the quilt for my grandmother, she told me that this line was named for her grandmother! Here’s to two great ladies!

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xx LC

Pinnies Parade

Who doesn’t love pinnies?! I have quite an extensive collection! You can really never have too many. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself as I continue to hoard carefully curate my collection. Today I’m showing my Pinnies Parade pattern.

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This little cutie is designed to hang out in front of your machine and tilts a bit for easy usage. Because pinnies are not just for display, we get to use them too!!

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The pattern includes a few optional embroidery designs. You can “Stick It” or “Make It”. Or there’s a flower that you can add a button to.

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Pinnies Parade is part of the Mini May series, so you can complete it in just a couple hours! It’s in the shop; don’t forget FREESHIP17.

xx LC

A Romance Between the Line It Up Tote and Liberty

What happens when the Line It Up Tote meets Liberty lawn fabric? Perfection.


I made the panel go from light to dark in value with some tiny Liberty scraps. No piece of Liberty is too small to be treasured and saved. The grey is Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed. It plays well with the colors of Liberty.


This tote has piping so I used a dark piece on the dark edge.


And light for the light edge.


For the lining (and piping), I used some faux-berty. Robert Kaufman’s London Calling and Moda’s Regent Street are both lovely lawns that play well with Liberty lawn. Plus I actually remembered to put in a label.


This little tote is for my friend Pam! I hope it will go on many great adventures with her.


xx LC

Another Lazy Sunday

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Time to meet another pattern! This one is fast and packs a punch! It’s a close cousin of my Lazy Sunday pattern, so it’s called Another Lazy Sunday! It’s also now available in the new online shop! Don’t forget to use FREESHIP17.

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Who loves precuts? Me too!! This pattern is precut friendly! You just need a jelly roll and a treat. Treats are a new precut from Moda; they’re 3 1/2″ squares. You can use a charm pack in lieu of a treat. You can also use fat quarters with just a bit more cutting.

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It’s made with Bonnie + Camille Basics from Moda! If you’re a B+C fan, this line is for you. They’ve printed tons of awesome blenders in their signature palette. I’ll be adding lots of these to my stash!

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I used Bonnie + Camille wideback for the backing. I think it would be a crime not to take this quilt on a picnic! Gingham backing plus gingham binding is pure happiness.

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So grab a jelly roll and get started!

xx LC

 

Meet Cased

It’s new pattern week! And also new online store week! I’m quite excited to show you lots of great new things. First up is a pattern that was born out of personal need. I like to have lots of pens on hand for doodling and such, but it makes me crazy when I can’t easily see them all. I decided that I needed a little case that would lay open for easy viewing but also quickly pack up for on the go travel! Meet Cased!

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This case is perfect for pens and stationery supplies. It also works well for a little sewing kit for class. Or a travel hexie kit! Or journaling loot! Or jewelry for a trip! Really, the options are endless.

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This is another pattern in my Mini May line. These are intended to be completed in just a couple hours. It uses a hard frame clutch (you can find those here and here). I personally find the frames with screws to be a bit sturdier, but I use both!

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You might be wondering what this lovely fabric is?! It’s from Alison Glass and called Seventy Six. I loved the fussy cutting opportunities and the scale is perfect for these little cases. I had to actually stop myself from fussy cutting every piece.

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The pattern is available in my shop in both PDF and printed paper and coming soon to your local quilt shop! Use code FREESHIP17 for free shipping! And remember to use #casedbag on social media as you create your cased bags! Warning, you can’t make just one…

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xx LC

 

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

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

 

Georgia’s Gratitude 

Quilts of Valor is a wonderful organization dedicated to making quilts for Veterans. Lots of amazing quilters stitch up tons of gorgeous works of art to thank those that have served. They’re having a silent auction fundraiser at America Quilts Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. I was invited to make a quilt! I used my Georgia’s Dresden pattern.  

My pattern is named for my great-grandmother. The quilt I inherited from her is a pretty little 1930’s dresden. Her son Lynn was a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. So I named the quilt Georgia’s Gratitude! 

I quilted up a storm on this one since it’s a wall hanging. I did infinity loops on all the wedges and shells in the background. Plus a fun little flower in the middle!

It was such an honor to be able to contribute to this organization! I hope my quilt finds a wonderful home!! I not so secretly want to keep it. You can see all the quilts here.

You can also check out a Quilts of Valor quilt that I made here. Plus the Patchwork Threads tee featuring my Designer Star benefits QOV. 

xo LC