Crossing Paths Quilt Pattern

Today I’m highlighting my Crossing Paths pattern. It’s a really fun one and I love that fabric choice makes this pattern look totally different. I shouldn’t play favorites, but…

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The pattern includes three different block sizes. I wanted to be able to use the pattern for all different scale fabric, so I designed small, medium and large blocks. This also means that you can make Baby through King quilts.

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I made this version using the large blocks! It is a throw and sews up quickly! You only have to make four blocks!!

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I had this vision of getting a picture with the baseball stadium in the background because the quilt reminds of the bases on a baseball field. It turns out it’s really windy on this hill! My friend Karen is a trooper and didn’t complain once during my ridiculous nitpicking of photoshoots.

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I did a combination of straight line quilting and free motion quilting. It’s really densely quilted. I was reminded that straight line quilting takes forever. This was a really fun one to quilt.

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I accidentally cut twice as many 1″ strips as I needed. I knew if I put them in my scrap bin that I’d never use them. Sewing 1″ strips is not really much fun. So I designed a fancy back. It took longer to piece than the front, but was totally worth it! Plus the quilting really shows through here. I also matched the pattern of the navy Tula Pink fabric when I pieced the sides.

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I fussy cut the binding on this quilt. It needed to happen. That’s a print from Terra Australis.

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The version on the pattern cover is the Medium blocks and made into a Queen. You can see how moving where you use light and dark fabrics totally changes the look of the layout.

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Do you ever have a piece of fabric that you just love?! Even though it is not really your usual style? The red flowers were like that for me! I fell in love with them, despite the metallic floralness that was going on. Metallic is not usually my jam, neither is floral. This quilt is also significant because I’ve wanted a red and white quilt for ages and now I have one! Woot! I used the blue print for the back which is a nice surprise.

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And here are the small blocks! This was made with Sara Lawson‘s Jungle Ave fabric for Spring Market 2014. It was the original design before I added the other block sizes. I wanted to highlight this adorable elephants!

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These ellies were made for fussy cutting! And how great is the subway print?!

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I used the selvage with my label!

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Crossing Paths is available as a PDF here and as a printed pattern here. All PDFs are on sale through Friday.

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

My First Booth Part 4

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And that all the international folk enjoyed watching the Americans gorge on food.) I am feeling very thankful and blessed for the amazing year I’ve had. This is my final installment about Market and, in my mind, the most important. I owe the biggest shoutout and thank you to all those friends and family that made something/finished something for my booth! (And everyone that listened to me talk about my plans ad nauseam the past few months.) I really cannot ever thank you enough! First of all, let’s talk about Shirley Bailey, you might know her as the owner of my main local quilt store, Sew Original. For me, she’s the binding fairy. She hand bound almost every quilt in my booth. You might know that I’m picky and her binding is PERFECT. Absolutely perfect. Shirley, I owe you:) I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you.

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My sweet friend Tessa pieced and quilted this beauty! I had cut the fabric and knew that I wouldn’t get to it. I mailed it to Tessa and the USPS ate the package. So, I cut it again and mailed it off. She finished it (in about five days!) and shipped it directly to my hotel in Houston. She’s a really good friend. A really, really good friend. It’s going to be a free pattern coming soon:)

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Sarah made this table runner with my Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern. We facetimed and picked really great fabrics. I love her quilting choices! She’s the best!!

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Kelly Wood quilted this for me! I’ve stolen the image from Quilters Dream Instagram account; they took a fabulous photo. Kelly used two layers of Quilters Dream Select batting to make the quilting really show. I pieced this top with half square triangles based on my All Squared Up pattern.

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She hid so many little gems in this piece. There’s a bee that’s an homage to the Flora & Fauna fabric that I used.

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And she quilted honeycombs. Needless to say, she’s pretty amazing.

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It was over:( I sent my quilts off to Country Fabrics in Minnesota for a trunk show. This was a huge relief as it cleared some room in the car.

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Taking it all down is MUCH faster than putting it up!

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My last big thank you is to my Mom & Dad. My Dad built my booth and went on countless Home Depot treks! (More on that later.) The booth was amazing and exactly as I wanted it to be. My Mom was my right hand man/The Guru/Chief Minion. She abandoned all her own sewing projects for the past two months to help me. I could not have done it without her. When I decided to do my first market booth, I asked them to help and they both jumped on board. I’m not sure any of us knew what we were getting into. I always joke that it’s a miracle that they answer my calls.

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I’m already looking forward to Minneapolis in the Spring!

xo LC

My First Booth Part 3

I’m back with more picture goodness from Quilt Market! This was hands down my favorite booth! I loved the whimsy. It’s Alexander Henry!

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Carolyn Friedlander always does impeccable work and this year was no different. Love the dark wall!

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And here’s Carolyn and Nichole chilling on the amazing sofa! She quilted those cushion covers. You need to read about it here. Amazing!

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Alison Glass also had a great booth! I thought her fabric display was quite clever. It would be easy to shop the prints and mix/match your choices!

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Here’s the super cute Melody Miller! The new lines of Cotton + Steel are fab, a great mix of vintage and modern.

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Tula Pink‘s new line Elizabeth inspired quite the fantastical booth! Don’t you want to sit on that thrown?!

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I made Tula this clutch with her new line! I’m not sure I’ve ever been that stressed sewing something!!

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Here’s Sara Lawson in her booth! The quilt above her was done by the super talented Casey Johnson, a fellow Triad MQG member.

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And another of Sara with a bag made by Kim Johnson, another Triad MQG member! Awesome booth!

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I’m pretty excited for Priory Square by Katy Jones and her booth didn’t disappoint! It was like walking into a mod tearoom.

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Look at the moss mannequin in Bonnie Christine‘s booth! Her new line Cultivate is just lovely.

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Looking back at these pictures brings back just how inspiring everyone at market is!! I can’t wait to sew!
xo LC

My First Booth Part 2

It’s hard to describe how it felt to stand in my booth. I was surrounded by a 100 square foot space of my work. My first booth visitor was Susanne Woods! I was just a little excited.

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Guess who else came by my booth?! Denyse Schmidt! I’d never met her before. She’s just as wonderful as you’d hope. I was basically beside myself and the epitome of uncool. She was so complimentary and kind.

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The Guru is a super fan so luckily we were both there when the came by!

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I was thrilled to see the Olfa quilt that I contributed to earlier this year. My friend Amy and I found our blocks. The quilt turned out really amazing! Happy 35th Olfa!!

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They used my block on the brochure!

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Moda had their party at the baseball field which was beyond cool.

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Soak was offering free manicures. I’m a huge fan of all of their products: nail polish, soakwash, flatter and handmaid. If only I could make my nails look like this.

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Carolyn visited! Her Doe skirt was really amazing. She’s a great friend for answering hundreds of booth related questions over the past few months.

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And the amazing Jen Kingwell with her daughter Lucy! They’re both brilliant quilt designers and can we talk about Jen’s new line for Moda?! Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

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Roxanne and Connie from Modern Textiles came by! They own the super mod and fabulous shop in Fargo that I visited earlier this year. They’re such fun!

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To be continued…
xo LC

My First Booth Part 1

I’m still on a bit of a high from my first booth at Houston Quilt Market! The Guru and I packed up her Subaru Outback and drove. We were packed to the max!

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It was a tight fit, but we got it in! We love a good road trip!!

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Setup started bright and early at 10am. We found our spot and got everything unloaded.

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My awesome Dad built my booth. We designed it together; there will be a separate post all about that! My Dad is good peeps.

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We got the walls up pretty quickly! And then the real work started.

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It looked like this at the end of the first day. We had All Squared Up hung on the back wall. We had also made the discovery that we were a row short on carpet squares. I’m still not sure what went down, but nothing a few beige bath mats in the corner couldn’t fix.

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We hung the posters and yard sticks.

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And then it was done!! Ta-da!

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There were a lot of details in the booth. I wanted it to feel like my house. I love pieces with history and family connections. All the crates came from my cousins. The thread belonged to my Aunt Ann. I picked up that driftwood on the banks of Lake Superior.

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The antique postcards in the corner are all from places I love. The crib belonged to my grandfather and his siblings.

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I included a picture of May Chappell in the booth. Here’s the story on why I named my company May Chappell.

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We were able to go to a few school houses. Carolyn’s was great!! She introduced this new pattern, Outhouse. Obviously a swap is in order; details on the blog this Wednesday!

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We also loved Shea Henderson’s schoolhouse introducing her new book School of Sewing. I got zero pictures of it, but the book is awesome and deserved a shoutout. To be continued…
xo LC