Making Quilts & Eating Strawberries 

A few weeks ago, I headed down to Florida to teach a few workshops and do a few trunk shows. Upon arriving at The Cotton Patch, I was greeted by the cutest bassets ever! You know it’s a good sign when dogs are involved.

The workshops were loads of fun! Check out those Hattie’s blocks!

Some major fussy cutting happened!

I love to see quilts made with my patterns! Check out this stunning Lazy Sunday made with Kate Spain Canyon.

While I was in Florida, I had to check out the local hotspots. We went to eat at The Columbia. I had my first Cuban and the best guava pastry ever! It’s a good thing that I don’t live too close to that place.

I was pretty excited to find out that it was strawberry season! So we headed to a produce stand. I’ve long had an obsession with hand painted signs. Hand painted signs advertising my favorite food are a double win.

And live sign painting!

My next workshop was with the Orlando MQG. What a great group!! We talked about precision piecing tips and had a fun day! (And they said I couldn’t fit twenty people into a selfie.)

Then it was time for more strawberry eating. There was whip cream on tap.

Next up was manatee watching. The blob on the right is a baby manatee!

Obviously we had to pose with the giant painted manatee and buy a manaTEA steeper.

There’s nothing better than a trip to Florida in the Winter!

xo LC

 

MO Sewing*

I headed out to Missouri this weekend to teach a few workshops at the Sew Sweet Quilt Shop annual July event.

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The shop is really cute and full of all kinds of things that I NEED!

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Seriously, lots of needs.

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The first day, my workshop was the All Sewn Up sewing kit! We had a blast. This is one of my favorite patterns to teach because the students learn all the little tricks to finishing up a bag to look polished. Here’s some of the great finishes!

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The next day, we did the All Squared Up quilt!

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There were lots of finished blocks in this class too. We chatted about color and value placement.

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I love seeing the block in all different fabrics!

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Melinda was a bit of an overachiever and finished five blocks!!

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All the instructors did a trunk show. May Gunter is a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor. Her quilts are stunning.

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And Jenifer Dick of 42 Quilts showed off all her pretties!

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There was also time for open sew!

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And visiting the giant pecan in town! Seriously, that’s a giant pecan.

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xo LC

* Sew MO was on a Row by Row license plate in Missouri. How cute is that?!

Kit it Up

I’ve noticed some really great kits popping up using May Chappell patterns. Plus, I’ve gotten to select a few myself! There are some Hattie’s Dresden kits at Sewlux! One kit is a fun mix of bright limes, oranges and blues.

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The second option looks like the pattern cover with Tula Pink True Colors. Both have multiple background colors to choose from and are for the throw size.

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They’re available through Sewlux here and there is a coupon code good until July 4: HATTIE15. It’s good for 15% off the kits. I’m working away on making myself one! One dresden down, eleven to go! Pictures soon:)

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This kit uses my Georgia’s Dresden pattern and is available locally at The Village Fabric Shop! The backgrounds are a really great mix. It’s for the throw size.

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Are you doing the Row by Row experience? I designed the row for The Village Fabric Shop and she has kits available. You have to come to the shop for a FREE pattern and the kit is an optional buy. It’s a fun thing to do while you travel; you can read more about it here.

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Red Thread Studio has kitted the All Squared Up throw in Gardenvale. I’m a bit obsessed with the grey background they chose for the background. Plus, let’s be real, everything looks great in Gardenvale.

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They brought it to quilt market and Jennifer and I took a photo! I tried to steal it, but I guess I’ll have to make my own! I love the colors.

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Last but certainly not least is this awesome version of All Squared Up at Park Bench Quilt Shop! They used Valori Wells’ new line In the Bloom for Robert Kaufman. They’ve used the scraps for a stunning quilt back. 

 

Happy Kit Sewing!

xo LC

All Squared Up Quilt Pattern

This week I’m highlighting all my new patterns. First up is my All Squared Up quilt!

AllSquaredUpCoverThis pattern is not brand new, I initially released it as just a wall hanging. Now there are directions for Wall Hanging through King! If you have a copy of the earlier version of the pattern, just shoot me an email and I will send you the updated version.

AllSquaredUpBackCoverThe cover quilt is really special because The Guru and I pieced it together!! I chose all different Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I love that they work so well together. I can’t wait for it to live on my bed!

allsquared2Gina Allen of Ginabean Quilts did the quilting! I love what she did.

AllSquaredUpDetailThe PDF pattern is available here and the printed pattern is available here. This is a really fun pattern to piece!

xo LC

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.

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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.

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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

Sewoff! Week 2

It’s time for another post on the Sewoff! Here’s the deal, the pattern we were working with is really more cutting directions than pattern. Amy and I chatted over the weekend and we’re struggling with inviting other people to join us on a pattern that could prove difficult for some. So we are changing it up! We are going to make my All Squared Up pattern!

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We’d love for you to join us! You can buy the pattern in my shop. I’ve discounted it to $6, no coupon code needed. We will be sticking with a similar schedule, our next post will be January 14, with final quilts on February 4. You can make one block or a big bed quilt!
xo LC

More Class Fun!

I’ve been teaching a lot the last few weeks, but I’ve not been good about taking pictures! I taught a pouch class at Knit One Smock Too that was so much fun! Seriously, they were just a great group! And check out this pouch!! Love!!! (She was inspired by a pouch I had made.)
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Then I taught the Lazy Sunday class at Studio Stitch. Regina & Jerrie are really funny, so we laughed through the whole class. And their quilt tops are gorgeous!! Regina worked from her stash and Jerrie used a Sphere layer cake.

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I taught a voile string quilt at Studio Stitch. Once everyone has finished their blocks, it’s tons of fun to arrange them every which way!

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We loved the chevrons!

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But this also got top votes! These beauties are Kathy’s!

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I love this arrangement. It’s the one I use the most often. Nancy’s blocks are so serene.

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Nancy made chocolate cake. It was delicious!

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We played around all night!0

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I taught the AccuQuilt wedge at Sew Original. These are Denise’s. She’s using Leah Duncan Tule with solids. Love! I’m plotting to steal it!!

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And the Designer Star class is underway at Sewingly Yours!

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This wasn’t for a class, but Theresa made this with my All Squared Up pattern! I love it!! Theresa was my very first (and only:) ) student in my very first class. She’s amazing and talented!! And just a really great person. It makes me happy that she still takes my classes years later!

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She also made this one because Theresa is nothing if not an overachiever!!

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I’m starting to book up classes through the Fall! Lots of great ones coming up!
xo LC

It Was a 19 Aurifil Year!

As 2014 begins, we all reflect on 2013. 2013 was the year of free motion quilting for me! I made it a goal to study, improve and most importantly just practice free motion quilting. I’m not likely to get better by sleeping under a quilt, so I best start quilting like a fool. The year started with a voile string quilt. It’s fairly busy, so I practiced a different pattern in each square.

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I figured out that loopy curvy shapes are easier for me than angular shapes.

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Next up was a mini for a swap. I did some straight line quilting to stabilize it before I went to town.

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Pebbling is relaxing to me. Because they’re organic (read: don’t need to match), they’re much easier than some other designs.

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Because these fabrics kind of became solids, I needed to be neater in my quilting! Everything showed!! I love busy prints because I can try something new and no one will ever see it.

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For the Understanding the Rainbow sample, I appliquéd around the circles as part of he quilting. Then I did little shell shapes in the white. The quilting REALLY showed. One thing I’ve found is that if your consistent in the density, you can hide mistakes. What really stands out is a different amount of spacing in the design.

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Sometimes there are three loops and sometimes four, but I kept the spacing consistent.

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I was starting to feel really good about my pebbling at this point, so I went a little crazy and decided to do this.

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I pebbled all of the background of a Designer Star. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I used a pale grey thread so my work showed!

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While I was recovering from that experience, I did all over loops on my granny squares. There’s a lot of white background so the quilting does show, but to me this quilt called for something simple and almost utilitarian.

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I’ve discovered that it’s much easier for me to do dense quilting that is custom to my piecing than to do an all over design. It’s easier for most people to draw a close to exact 1/4″ circle than a 3″ circle, so it would make sense that smaller is easier. FMQ is drawing with thread. Dense is easier, but boy is it time consuming!!

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Next up was another mini quilt for a swap! This one was for a quilter I really admire, so I wanted the quilting to sing!!

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This was dense quilting! And intense quilting!! Lots of my go-to shape…infinities. I find that shape easy to stay consistent with. With FMQ, you have to do the shapes that work for you!

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This quilt was in celebration of the Accuquilt Barn Quilt competition. (I got second!) And it also became the cover quilt for the Accuquilt version of Designer Star.

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Lots of (stressful) solids led to lots of infinities. I’m not really into switching thread a million times to match so I usually just pick the best overall color and go with it. For this quilt, I used a winter white.

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The Mod Tree Wallhanging is one of my more popular tutorials. It’s also my personal favorite! I used pebbling to mimic snowballs all over the background.

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Again, I used a soft grey. I also think grey is easier to see as you’re quilting. Sometimes I can’t tell where I’ve quilted when it’s white thread on white!! The black blanket stitch is part of the quilting and the first stitching I did when I put the quilt sandwich together.

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This quilt is busy busy busy!! But I didn’t want to mess it up! This is my Scrappy Star.

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I did all over infinities in every direction. I used a light grey thread. I was able to really practice infinities since this is bed sized and the quilting barely shows!!

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Then came my All Squared Up quilt. The quilting needed to complement the piecing.

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The quilting shows on the pattern cover. I was pleased with how consistent it was. I’m not much into marking. I find it difficult to stitch along markings. I tend to count instead. For example, there are five loops in each triangle.

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Next up was the Lazy Sunday and more busy prints to hide the quilting! I did shells on this one.

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And infinities on this one!

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And more shells on this one! Practice! Practice!! Practice!!!

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I also made two Taffy Quilts this year. The first was made in Blubird Park. I did custom quilting with infinities, loops, shells and swirls.

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The quilting showed in some places and less so in others. I quilted fairly densely since this was a shop sample. Dense quilting hangs nicely.

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This is the quilt where I discovered my favorite new thread! It’s Aurifil 4060. It’s a variegated neutral. Love!!

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The second Taffy is brighter Spring colors. I used a mix of infinities, loops, shells and curves on this one too!

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I want to frame this picture when I look back at the beginning of the year to now! Is it perfect? No, but I have improved so much. Practice really does make perfect better!

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All these quilts (and many others that weren’t major players in my FMQ journey this year) were pieced with Aurifil. I have a habit of keeping the empty spools. It’s exciting to see the inside of an Aurifil spool; it’s sort of like a unicorn sighting. I sometimes quilt with Aurifil, but these are just the piecing spools. 2013 was a year of 19 spools. Color 2310 is my favorite, but any neutral is fair game.

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May 2014 bring you a full bobbin, a sharp rotary blade and a full stash!
xo LC

Linderella Love

Yesterday was a full day of teaching over at Linderellas! I love going there!! We started with the All Squared Up class.

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Polly chose a gorgeous chrysanthemum for her center square! I love how all the fabrics she chose have texture.

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And sweet Pat C. used lots of Tula!

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I love the raccoon center!! Awesome fabric choices!

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And Pat P. made another beauty!! The green she used is a shot cotton! Gorgeous!

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Tabitha made a fun farmy version! Anything with a cow print is automatically adorable.

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Wendy’s is so awesome!! She used V & Co. It’s so bright and fun!!

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The afternoon class was the All Sewn Up sewing kit!! It was another great group!

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Wendy used really cute sewing fabric for the inside!

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And Lori also made some great fabric choices!

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Carol made hers bright and fun!

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They still need to sew down the binding. But they’re great! It was another fun day in Southern Pines! I always love a day with Linda and Carl.

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xo LC

Ready to Learn?


It’s that time again! I have a new teaching schedule. I’m pretty pumped about all the new classes coming up this quarter- there are some new patterns and lots of fun things that you can make for holiday gifts! I am teaching at all the usual locales. Let me know if there is something that you want to take that is not working with your schedule and we can work something out! You can download a pdf here. See you in class:)

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xo LC