Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lint Rolling

  
The lint roller is a brilliant invention both inside and outside the sewing room. One of my favorite uses is cleaning up “cutting lint”. My accuquilt dies look like this after cutting.

 
The lint roller makes it look like this!
  
It’s also a great tool for your cutting mat after an intense cutting session! Thanks to Dana for suggesting this as a great tip!

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!

IMG_1318.JPG

 

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

GO! Pillow Talk: May Pole Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day for my GO! Pillow Talk series with AccuQuilt! You can head over to their site to download the free pattern here and check out my tips for topstitching it on their blog here.

GOMayCover

I love this pillow! It was inspired by a May Pole. It is a really fast project!! (Which also makes it a favorite.) My pattern cover was made with various fabrics from my stash and then I whipped up this version with Cotton + Steel Basics. I LOVE their basics line because the colors are interesting. They’re not your usual rainbow! I just chose neutrals and a few greens for the pillow.

IMG_1010

I played around with some zigzag stitching on this one.

IMG_1011

Now I am back to my regularly scheduled market sewing! I cannot wait to show you all the new patterns. Soon! Very soon!!

xo LC

 

GO! Pillow Talk: Wedged Together Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day in the GO! Pillow Talk series! This month we are using the wedge die and learning about piecing before you send your fabric through the AccuQuilt! Head over to the AccuQuilt blog here to read all my tips on this. The pattern is here.

 

The pattern version is made with a mix of Carolyn Friedlander’s Archtextures and Doe lines. It makes for a lovely subtle and light pillow. For my second version, I used Cotton + Steel‘s first lines. 

 

I used a lot more fabrics than the pattern calls for. (That’s right, I don’t even follow my own patterns!) I used two strips per fabric, with eighteen fabrics. These were some leftovers from a layer cake. I quilted with vertical stitches 1/4″ from the seams using the always faithful Aurifil 2021 in 50 wt.

 

I used the same leftovers for a scrappy back!

 

The pattern calls for six pieces on the back. It’s also scrapalicious!!

 

These pillows actually look pretty good together! I’m pretty sure they’re going to live together. 

 

The wedge die is one of my favorites! I use it A LOT! I have a quilt tutorial made with it here, plus loads of other projects! It’s really versatile.

Go forth and make pillows! They’re faster than quilts;)

xo LC

 

GO! Pillow Talk: Ohio March Pillow

It’s time for the next new pattern for my AccuQuilt Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

IMG_9211.JPG

This month’s pillow features the Ohio Star block! You can down the free Ohio March Pillow pattern here.

GOMarch

I wanted to see how more colors would play with the pattern. I used Cotton + Steel fabrics on this one for a fun patchwork feel. I free motion quilted with Aurifil 50 weight, my new go-to quilting thread. Don’t forget to check out more about the original pattern here. There’s also a quick tip to make the corners of your pillow less pointy!

FullSizeRender

See you next month with another festive pillow pattern! Remember to use the hashtag #GOPillowTalk when you post your lovelies!

xo LC

 

 

Let’s GO! BIG

Today is my stop on the GO! BIG Blog Hop! I initially saw the GO! BIG at Bernina University and I’ve been wanting one ever since. (Full Discloser: AccuQuilt sent me the cutter, die & mat.) If you thought the GO! was easy, wait until you see this! It’s electric so you don’t even have to crank the handle. You turn it on and push your die in and it sucks it in and shoots it out the other side. (It’s really more of a gentle slide out the other side.) Genius. Simply genius. Here‘s the cutter information so you can check it out! There’s a video of it in action too!

HP-BlogHop-1501ENL

I am using the double wedding ring die for my project! I’ve always wanted to make a circular pillow with the double wedding ring block and since this was perfectly cut, I knew there was little chance of it coming out wonky.

IMG_9860.JPG

Andover Fabrics sent these pretties! I loved the soft blues so I added a grey solid to the mix for a vintage vibe. They’re from their Downton Abby Downstairs Collection.

IMG_9538.JPG

I cut strips and folded them accordion style to cut six at a time. It took me about fifteen minutes to cut the whole pillow. Crazy fast. I’ve made a double wedding ring with templates; fifteen minutes would’ve yielded about six pieces.

IMG_9548.JPG

Just like with the other cutters, you can put a mat over just the area that you’re cutting. The bed of this cutter is wider so you can fit two of the narrow dies on at the same time!

IMG_9549-0.JPG

I wanted the fabrics to be random, but I arranged them a bit just to insure that I had all the right pieces.

IMG_9550.JPG

Sewing curves is a dream with AccuQuilt because they have notches that you align and everything just fits perfectly the first time.

image1

Piecing all the curved strips took about two hours with half of that being pressing time.

IMG_9847.JPG

I used a starch alternative to keep the bias edges crisp.

IMG_9846.JPG

Initially I was planning to free motion the whole thing, but when I finished the piecing, I thought it needed something more old fashioned looking. I just did straight line 1/4″ from the seam with Aurifil 50 wt.

IMG_9850.JPG

It’s an awesome little machine! I can’t wait to cut more things on it. I think a double wedding ring quilt is in my future! Be sure to check out the rest of the Blog Hop!! You’ll get to see the other four dies that utilize the wider bed on the GO! BIG.

February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25: It’s me! Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26: Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27: Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash

xo LC

GO! Pillow Talk: Hearts Around Pillow

I’m really excited about a new project that I’m doing with AccuQuilt! It’s called Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

(null)

We are kicking off today with the Hearts Around Pillow! You can get the pattern here.

GOFebruaryCover

Along with each pattern, I’m offering a cool technique! You can check out AccuQuilt’s blog here to read about how to use paper to make appliqué designs on the AccuQuilt! As you can see, this is an appliqué pillow which makes it both fun and FAST! I whipped up this version using all white hearts on a red background! I stitched around each heart with the trusty blanket stitch. (It’s stitch 1329 on my Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. It’s one of my favorite stitches.)

IMG_9209.JPG

Thanks so much to AccuQuilt for this great opportunity! It’s going to be an action-packed (and pillow-packed!) year! I’ll see you February with the next pillow. My couch is about to be even more full than it already is!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Counting Rows

TerifficTip

Today’s terrific tip is brought to you by my buddy Dana, of Old Red Barn Co. Dana is one of the nicest and funniest people you’ll ever meet. We were able to get together to sew last weekend. So obviously, I hit her up for a good tip. She uses pins to mark her rows by placing the number of pins for that row. Five pins means row five.

(null)

A brilliant plan! And it uses supplies already on hand!! Thanks Dana!
xo LC

PS: Check out the awesome quilt top that Dana whipped up with the AccuQuilt! Love!!

(null)

The New Shop SALE

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about all the VATMOSS situations with downloadable patterns. (If you haven’t heard, google it.) It’s an annoying situation and nobody seems to have a really good answer on what to do. I decided to make my PDF patterns available here on my site! As an added bonus, they’re all 30% off through Friday, January 16! Check it out here.

IMG_8803.PNG

Unfortunately, I blocked EU buyers due to the new tax regulations. You can still shop for printed patterns in my Etsy shop. EU shoppers should go here. Worldwide shipping available.

IMG_8804.PNG

My patterns are also available through your local quilt shops! I’m a huge supporter of shopping local and would love for you to ask them to order for you! They can contact me directly or place an order with distributors. (Tell them to mention this post and I’ll hook them up with free shipping.) I’ll be highlighting each of my patterns this week in a series of posts! It’s going to be fun!!
xo LC

Winter Wonderland Ornament TUTORIAL

Today we are kicking off the Christmas in July series with Sewlux Fabric! I’m so excited to share my tutorial for these fun ornaments!!

20140721-065543-24943870.jpg

Here’s the schedule of events!
July 14: Solstice Wreath Mini Tutorial on Sewlux
July 21: Here today!
July 22: Be Jolly, Chrissy of Sew Lux
July 23: Folk Art Holiday, Sarah of Stitching & Bacon AND Megan of Quilt Story
July 24: 25th & Pine, Tessa of The Sewing Chick AND Tracey of traceyjay quilts
July 25: Solstice, Christen of Love by Hand AND Stephanie of Quarter Incher
July 21-August 4: Linky open to link up your projects!
August 5: Winners Announced

1. Supplies: You need six fat eighths (three red and three white) to make three ornaments. I used this adorable Winter Wonderland bundle. You’ll also need 1 yard of Wonder Under or a similar lightweight double sided fusible and three feet of ribbon or small ric rac for the hanger.
20140707-101828-37108076.jpg

2. Fusing: Fuse the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the three red pieces of fabric.

20140721-070805-25685370.jpg

Remove the protective paper from the Wonder Under. (Helpful Hint: If you let it cool for about twenty minutes, it comes off much easier.) Fuse a piece of white fabric to the back of each piece of red fabric.

20140721-071103-25863139.jpg

3. Cutting: Cut eight 3″ circles from each piece. I used my AccuQuilt.

20140721-071223-25943110.jpg

You could also use an Olfa circle cutter or trace a can and cut with scissors.

4. Ordering & Marking: Place the circles in order alternating between the two designs being face up.

20140721-072429-26669444.jpg

Using a Frixion Pen or similar erasable marking tool, draw a line through the center of the top circle.

20140721-072617-26777877.jpg

Attach all eight circles together with Clover Wonderclips. Mark the back circle as you marked the front being careful to align the marks. I used my clips to tell me where the line was on the other side.

20140721-072834-26914428.jpg

Clip the hanger to the ornament along the line on each side. It should come down the ornament approximately 1″.

20140721-073005-27005128.jpg

5. Stitching: Stitch along the line. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

20140721-073106-27066252.jpg

NOTE: If you’re having difficulty with sewing through so many layers, you can skip the back stitching and tie off the ends. If you’re still having trouble, you can reduce the number of circles to six. (It must be an even number.)

Erase the marking pen.

20140721-073520-27320816.jpg

Use pins to mark approximately 1/3 down on each piece. You’re pinning together at the top and alternating by pinning at the bottom. You’re also pinning a new piece each time, using one of the pieces you previously pinned. Make sure that the pieces with the hanger attached are hidden underneath by pinning at the top of those pieces.

20140721-073651-27411940.jpg

Stitch near the edge, back stitching at the beginning and end. I used my Bernina #10 foot with the needle moved over three spots.

20140721-073833-27513134.jpg

It should look like this. Trim the threads short.

20140721-073911-27551043.jpg

Voila!

20140721-074212-27732297.jpg

Be sure to check out Chrissy’s project tomorrow and join the link up by August 4 for a chance to win!
xo LC