What’s Cooking? 

I was quite excited when Amy Gibson’s new book arrived on my doorstep. She’s of the famed Stitchery Dickory Dock. It’s called The Quilt Block Cookbook and is published by Lucky Spool. The photography is lovely so I immediately spent some time flipping through. It doesn’t take long for me to grab some fabric and start plotting.


I love this block and see it in my future. I really wanted to make a single block for a pillow. This block has a lot of background so I decided to keep looking.


Of course the book didn’t disappoint. There are fifty block designs. And really endless possibilities because the blocks combine with one another quite well and Amy has included TONS of size options in charts in the back of the book. This is the block I finally chose. A whole quilt of these would be epic. I used Emily Herrick‘s adorable Up & Away fabric from Michael Miller. 


This is one of my favorite blocks in the book. The combination of curves and straights will surely create interesting shapes as the blocks interact. One huge bonus of the book is a nice photo fully showing each block. It’s the perfect combination of fabulous photography while also showing the work!

I think this book would be perfect for almost any skill level as you can choose simple, fast blocks or more complicated piecing. Amy has also included a great section for designing your quilt!


You can ask your local quilt shop to order a copy or it is available on Amazon. Be sure to check out all the stops on her blog hop.

xx LC

PS: I received this book for free. I’m telling you about it because I find it interesting and valuable:)

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

Around the World Blog Hop

Have y’all seen all the Around the World blog hop posts popping up? It’s a cool idea because you can trace back and see who tagged who and discover a million new blogs and a million new things that you want to make! (Or at least that’s what I did!) I was invited to join the extravaganza by Jen Kingwell! If you’re not already following Jen’s blog, then you should! She’s an amazingly talented quilter, pattern writer and now fabric designer! And I must add, one of my favorite people in the quilting world! The point of the blog hop is a glimpse into my world and then I send you on your merry way to a few new blogs that you’ll love discovering. So, here goes…I’m a pattern writer and teacher. My style definitely skirts the line between traditional with a modern touch. I love color and scrappy!

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My background is in graphic design and that comes in handy with pattern development. I love color and some of my most popular classes are my color workshops. I love teaching and count many of my students among my closest friends. I have a huge passion for quilting and enjoy passing that along. At heart, I am a perfectionist, but I balance that with the reality that life is too short! One of the most popular series on my blog is Terrific Tip Tuesday where I share little tricks and tips for making sewing and quilting easier. Check them out here.

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Here are some things that I’m working on right now. I bought a pack of Denyse Schmidt charms from Marci on Instagram and I’m making a simple quilt. I love it!

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I’m hosting a swap called To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirt where we are swapping Carolyn Friedlander Shirts and Outhouses. All the details are here. This shirt was made by Cynthia Lees and outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander.

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Now I’m going to introduce you to three awesome sewists! First up is Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. She’s a fantastic quilter and an even more fantastic person. She’s loads of fun and makes beautiful things, including her very own book! I met her at Sew South and feel lucky to call her a friend. Check her out here.

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Next up is Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! She’s uber talented with lots of books, patterns and teaching gigs. Her Craftsy classes are quite popular; she has a new one about paper piecing that I’m hearing good things about. On a personal note, she’s helped me more than words can say on the Leadership Conference for the MQG. She’s the bomb! Check out her blog here.

4857_Stills_005_SQ-WEB2_zps9a8b596bLast, but certainly not least, is Miss Ginny Fisher of Fishcreek Studio! She makes all kinds of pretties and is a great person to follow on Instagram. Her blog chronicles her projects and you’ll find lots of inspiration. She’s also a really fun gal to hang out with and her lake house is the perfect sewing destination when I find myself in the Midwest! Love her!! Check out her blog here.

Ginny updated pic 32013I hope y’all are all lost in the quilty inspiration of the Around the World Blog Hop as I was.

xo LC

Merry Mug Rug TUTORIAL

Today I’m joining Jennifer from Ellison Lane on the Merry Mug Rugs blog hop! She’s got a great line up of talented sewists full of fun holiday ideas. I’m generally not a huge mug rug person, but I’ve found A. People love them! B. Most mug rug tutorials can easily become potholder tutorials. C. They make fast, easy & fun gifts! If you need more holiday gift decoration and gift ideas, check out all my other tutorials!

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We are going to make this fun little mug rug with buttons!

 

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Let’s get started!
1. Supplies: You need two pieces that are about 10×10″. I used leftover pieces from a layer cake. You’ll also need a 12×12″ piece of batting. And 30″ of binding; I used a scrap!

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2. Prep the Sandwich: Make the quilt sandwich. I pressed the pieces to the batting in lieu of pinning.

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3. Quilting: Quilt the background. I did pebbles that looked like snowballs. You could also straightline quilt. Anything goes!

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4. Trimming: Trim the piece to 8×8″.

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5. Binding: Bind the mug rug. This is a great opportunity to use a piece of scrap binding.

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6. Marking the Tree: Mark 1 1/4″ in from the sides and 1 1/2″ from the bottom on each side.

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Mark a dotted center line of the tree as well. Make sure you just do small marks that you can cover with buttons. Remember, these are just a guide.

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It should look something like this. I placed a button on the point so you can see them.

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7. Place the Buttons: Start placing the buttons. I glued them in place with plans to go back and sew them!

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I used as many greens as I had mixed with bright colors.

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Enjoy!

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xo LC

Crafty Traveler Winner & Link Up

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I hope y’all have been enjoying the Crafty Traveler blog hop as much as I have! I’ve bookmarked about ten things that I “must make now”! Here’s my contribution with a bunch of tips for my All Sewn Up pattern. It’s time for the link up party over on Jennifer’s blog. Check out all the details!

And I picked a winner in my own little giveaway!! Lucky number six!

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This is your best Facebook like ever! I’ll send your email to Sewlux Fabric so they can send your prize!!

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And I promised a PDF pattern for the International winner! There were only two entries and I felt bad doing a coin toss…so you both win! I’ll email you:)

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Don’t forget to link up your travel handmade project! And check out all these great ideas!

2/3: Patchwork Posse & Fabric Mutt
2/6: Random Thoughts Do or Di
2/10: Golden Willow Quilts
2/13: Between Quilts & The Sewing Chick
2/17: May Chappell & Modern Handcraft
2/20: Bryan House Quilts & Love By Hand
2/24: Petit Lyons Sew Many Possibilities
2/27: Owen’s Olivia
3/3: Old Red Barn Co.  & Go Go Kim

Go forth and travel handmade!
xo LC