Top Five Sewing Machine Needles

Today I’m continuing the TOP FIVE lists with my favorite sewing machine needles!

Microtex: Microtex are also sometimes called sharps. They’re perfect for neat piecing because they are sharp. I typically piece with a 70 or occasionally an 80. I also sometimes quilt with a Microtex 90. 

Quilting: I use these for quilting (shocking I know!). They’re designed to go through multiple layers. I find the tension is usually magically perfect when I use these. I prefer the smaller size 75 because I use a relatively thin batting.

Jeans: I use these almost anytime I have something with interfacing. They’re designed to prevent breaking when sewing through difficult substrates like denim. I love that they rarely break! I use all the various sizes depending on how thick the interfacing and thread I’m using is.

Leather: If you’re stitching through leather, these are the best. The needle pierces a hole in the leather for smoother stitching. Because of the piercing nature, these needles aren’t always perfect for synthetic leather because it can cause ripping. I always do a test.

Ball Point: This is mostly when I’m in garment sewing land. It can also be called Jersey. These are perfect for stitching with knits. I use assorted sizes depending on the thickness of the knits. 

One needle that I get a lot of questions on that is notably missing from my list is the Universal. Universal needles are part ball point and part sharp. I find they don’t do either job particularly well. Would I use one if that’s all I had? Absolutely. Do I buy them regularly? No. They’re universally not that great because they’re trying to do two jobs. I prefer to use a Ball Point when I need it or a Microtex when I need it.

xx LC

Top Five Tools

As part of my Blogoversary celebration, I’m spending five days sharing top five lists. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on this post! Today, I’m sharing my top five sewing tools. These are more specialty tools but everyone of them I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! 

The Kwik Klip: If you baste with safety pins, you need this tool! It saves your fingers and fingernails. There’s more here including a video of the Klip in action!

Clover Wonderclips: These clips are lifesavers in the sewing studio. You can use them to clip down your binding, keep your pieces or blocks in order and even clip up your hair in a pinch! More here

Sunflower Thread Cutter: This thing is a must when you’re a chain piecing fool! You can clip apart your pieces in half the time. There’s more info here

The Purple Thang: It has so many uses! You can poke out corners and check your quarter inch seam. You’ll reach for it over and over and keep finding new uses! More here

Perfect Seam Guide: Everyone should check their 1/4″ seam! Even if you’re using a 1/4″ foot, it helps to visually see the 1/4″. More here

What are your favorites? 

xx LC

Five Years! It’s my Blogoversary GIVEAWAY

I woke up this morning to my calendar telling me it’s my Blogoversary! This was news on a few fronts: A. I definitely did not remember the date. B. I definitely had no idea that I had a calendar alert set for such a thing! C. How would I celebrate?! Here’s what I decided…it’s all about FIVES! 

There will be FIVE WINNERS who will choose FIVE PATTERNS each. All you have to do to enter is tell me your TOP FIVE in sewing! Top five what you might ask…whatever you want! You can name your top FIVE FABRIC DESIGNERS or your top FIVE SEWING TOOLS or your top FIVE PLACES for sewing inspiration! Plus you get FIVE BONUS entries if your list is something that no one else has listed! Creativity counts my friends:) Just leave your TOP FIVE in the comment section.

My trusty sidekick is napping now but he’s excited to read your entries and randomly draw FIVE WINNERS! Entries open for FIVE DAYS until June 21! I’ll be sharing some fun things during those five days. Get ready!

Entries are open internationally. One entry per person:) The winner will get to choose whichever FIVE May Chappell patterns that their heart desires!

xx LC


It’s winner time! The young chihuahua rested up last night and we picked winners this morning!


The winner of the giant box of goodness is lucky number 40 aka Roxanne! Congrats!!Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.12.34 AM

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And the winners of the PDF patterns are number 57 and number 219! Congrats Sarah & Angie!

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I’ve emailed the winners!

xo LC



Blogoversary Week GIVEAWAY


I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fun announcements on the blog this week! We had the Blog Tour, the announcement of the new series on the blog and the new Back of the Month club. I’ve had a great time planning them and I can’t wait to show you the actual projects!! Now it’s GIVEAWAY time! There are THREE prizes since my blog turned three! First up is all this loot!


Prize includes: Twenty Fat Quarters/Half Yards, Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card, Two Mini Charm Packs, Quilt with Scraps, MSQC Mod Block, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Uppercase, Quilt Labels, Sewing Kit, MQG Sketchbook Ruler & Colored Pencils, Sew Sweetness Pattern, Quilters Dream Batting, Aurifil & More

I’m also giving away a few patterns! Two lucky winners will get to choose three of my PDF patterns!
It’s easy to enter! Enter once or enter a bunch of times with all these ways:
1. Leave a comment with what project you’re currently working on.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Like me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email. It’s on the right sidebar (or down at the bottom if you’re on a phone or IPad).
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)

Please post a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to everyone, international welcome. Entries open until next Tuesday, June 23! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner using his magical powers (and/or the random number generator).

Good luck!

xo LC

Join the Back of the Month


I love to design interesting quilt backs! Sometimes they’re as much fun as the front. I’m starting a new club called Back of the Month, it’s like a block of the month of quilt backs! Each month, I’m going to publish a new pdf outlining a quilt back design. Each will focus on a way to design an interesting back.


I love to bring elements from the front (and use all those scraps!). The label is also important to work in.


Since obviously quilt backs are all different sizes, there will be lots of information about sizing things and applying the designs based on what you have. I always try to conserve fabric, especially if it’s a hard to find one.


Here’s the details!

1. On the 15th of each month, you’ll get an email from Send Owl to download a pdf. Starts July 15, 2015.

2. The subscription lasts for 6 months and is only $12. You can subscribe here.

3. You have until July 14 to join! UPDATE: Enrollment has been extended until August 14. You’ll automatically receive Month One when you sign up!

It’s going to be fun! Hope you’ll join in! Tomorrow is GIVEAWAY day so I hope to see you back here!

xo LC


Winner! Winner!

First off, thanks so much for all the entries in the Blogoversary GIVEAWAY! I love reading them all and hearing what your favorite posts are! Normally, I let Mack the Chihuahua choose a winner, but he was busy…


The guru’s best friend from childhood, Margaret, is visiting Winston-Salem this week. I recruited her to pick a winner!! Well, actually six winners!


She chose the grand prize winner…Cara!!



Cara will be receiving:
– One package of Pellon Fusible Fleece
– Four spools of Aurifil
– Three spools of washi tape
– Three Collage fat quarters
– Two Echino fat quarters
– Three B&W fat quarters
– Two Melody Miller stickers
– A Needle Threader
– An Artnest pincushion ring
– A Designer Star pattern with 2 1/2 yards of Tula, Denyse, Amy & Joel to make it!


Then, Margaret chose FIVE winners of a pattern. They’ll get to choose the PDF pattern they want from my etsy shop! The winners are…











Congratulations everyone!! And I might just have another surprise coming soon for a special commenter;)
xo LC

Happy Blogoversary! GIVEAWAY

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year!! I’ve really loved sharing my sewing & teaching adventures with you!! It is always interesting to me to see which posts people react to. The most popular post is my O’ Christmas Tree Tutorial!


Rounding out the Top Five are Happy 100! GIVEAWAY, Giveaway Day GIVEAWAY, North Carolina Bound: Day 8 & Twelve Weeks of Christmas
It’s not surprising that GIVEAWAYS are the most popular! And I always say, GIVE the people what they want!!
Sooooo, I’m having a giveaway of a few of my favorite things to celebrate my first blogoversary!! One lucky winner will receive:
– One package of Pellon Fusible Fleece
– Four spools of Aurifil
– Three spools of washi tape
– Three Collage fat quarters
– Two Echino fat quarters
– Three B&W fat quarters
– Two Melody Miller stickers
– A Needle Threader
– An Artnest pincushion ring
– A Designer Star pattern with 2 1/2 yards of Tula, Denyse, Amy & Joel to make it!


I’m also giving away a few patterns! Five lucky winners will get to choose one of my PDF patterns!
It’s easy to enter!
1. Tell me your favorite post! My favorite is What’s in a Name?.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Like me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email.
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
Please post a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to everyone, international welcome. Entries open until next Sunday, June 23!
I have to give a shout out to my Dad since it is Fathers’ Day!! I have my Dad to thank for my sense of humor, taste in music and more than just a bit of my creativity! He’s the best:) And he was the subject of my second blog post. Thanks for supporting me in everything I do! (This picture amuses me because I caught him wearing his 47 year old college sweatshirt! The man throws NOTHING away.)


Thanks to everyone for joining me in this journey!
xo LC