Cooking with Craftsy & the Black Friday SALE

It’s already Black Friday in certain parts of the Interwebs! Craftsy’s SALE has started with most classes at $17.99 through this Monday. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen! My class is included! You can check that out here.

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I’ve also been taking this awesome cooking class with Ellie Krieger. I am loving it. I’m not usually super into cooking, but she’s an awesome instructor. Full disclosure, of the five or so cookbooks I regularly use, two are hers. Here is a meal cooked by me from the class.

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Craftsy did a little post about instructors crossing disciplines which was fun!

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I’m definitely a neater cook than quilter!

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This recipe is from the first lesson which are one pan meals. I’m moving on to soups because it’s getting cooler!

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xx LC

ps: This post includes affiliate links. Full disclosure, I get paid when you buy my class!

Craftsy T-Shirt Shoe Bag TUTORIAL

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A few weeks ago Craftsy put out a challenge to their instructors…make something awesome with some extra Craftsy t-shirts. I can’t really explain my train of thought, but I thought shoe bags! I’ve been wanting some shoe bags for when I travel. And the knit of the t-shirts meant that the shoe bags would be both stuffable and stretchable- both selling points when traveling! We were sent two Craftsy shirts. They are super soft knit.

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I chose four fabrics that went well with the soft khaki of the shirt. I wanted bright, fun and cheerful. I mixed and matched the fabrics and the ties.

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Here’s a quick little tutorial so you can make your own! These would also be a great way to repurpose old t-shirts (especially the ones that you can’t let go of!).

Supplies: One t-shirt per bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for ties (or substitute 2 1/4 yards of twill tape or ribbon)

Cutting: Cut two 10 1/2 x 13″ pieces of knit from each t-shirt.* Cut four 4 1/2 x 10 1/2″ pieces from the bag fabric. Cut two 1 1/2 x 38″ pieces for the ties. * You might want to adjust the length based on your shoe size. I added 3″ to the length of my shoe.

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Step 1Mark the center inch on the back of two of the bag fabric pieces. It is 1 3/4″ from either edge. Two pieces remain unmarked.

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Attach a marked bag fabric piece to a knit t-shirt piece along the 10 1/2″ edge using a 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the other two pieces (one marked bag fabric piece and one knit t-shirt piece). Note that you will want to use a needle designed for stitching knits- ballpoint/jersey/stretch. You will also want to pin heavily as the knit can be unruly.

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Attach the unmarked bag fabric pieces along the 10 1/2″ edge of each marked bag fabric piece. You should now have two identical pieces with a knit t-shirt piece, then a marked fabric bag piece and another unmarked fabric bag piece. It will measure 10 1/2 x 20″. Press all seams away from the knit.

Step 2Place the two pieces right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam down each 20″ side. DO NOT stitch the 1″ marked area and backstitch at the beginning and end of this gap.

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Make certain the seam is pressed away from the knit t-shirt.

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Then stitch a 1/4″ seam along the bottom. The corners should cross as shown creating a strong seam.

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Step 3: Turn the bag right side out. Fold under a 1/4″ seam along the top raw edge. Pin each of the side seams and stretch out on your ironing board. Use pins to keep the 1/4″ even along the edges. Press.

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Fold the top of the bag in along the seam. Pin in place and topstitch along the edge securing the inside edge.

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Topstitch along the top edge as well. Topstitch along the outer edges of the inch openings creating a channel for the tie.

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Step 4: Press the ties in half, then press in each side to create double fold binding.

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Press in half again concealing all raw edges. Top stitch. Put a safety pin on the end and feed through the channel. Feed the other tie through the channel from the opposite side. Tie the ends in place.

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Step 5: Plan an awesome trip and use your bags!

xx LC

 

Surprise! Craftsy SALE

Craftsy is having a surprise SALE! All classes are under $20! So if you had your eye on a class, here’s your chance. The sale includes a class with yours truly;) The sale lasts through Monday, September 26.

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I’m stitching away at Sew Virginia Beach this weekend! Can’t wait to tell you more about it:)

xx LC

PS: This post contains affiliate links:)

 

 

An Olympic Sized Hole in My Heart

I’ve taken a bit of a break from the blog for the summer and I’ve really missed it. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a break from working…so I have so much fun stuff to show you in the next few weeks! There were lots of good times this summer hanging out with my favorite co-pilot.

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I am an Olympic superfan and might have openly wept during closing ceremonies for three major reasons. A: What will I watch while stitching? Who knew that I could watch so many hours of a cycling road race. B: Why is the dance portion before synchronized swimming not required national vewing? Seriously. Google it. You’re welcome. It rivals some Broadway shows I’ve seen. C: Will college football fill the Olympic sized hole in my heart?

In honor of the Olympics (and because I was too slow for the Fourth of July), I made this cute flag mini. It’s a Thimble Blossoms pattern. These quilts were all the rage on Instagram.

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I hosted a little stitching soiree with some sewing buds. We had the ridiculous idea of making a swap item. I made this little cutie with some Liberty lawn. A dresden is always a good idea. Tessa of The Sewing Chick won it!

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I received this cute little pouch. It was made by the super talented Sarah of Stitching & Bacon using a Carolyn Friedlander pattern.

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The Triad MQG did a swap with the McKinney MQG. I made this colorful rainbow with the pattern from my Craftsy class.

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And I also made this Bonnie & Camille dresden! I had two partners:)

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The Guru made this awesome Designer Star!

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And this gorgeous Blue Ridge mini! I REALLY wanted to steal this before she sent it off. She also had two partners.

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I’ve been busy this summer designing two quilts for Quilt Carolina! There’s one version for the Triangle and one version for the Triad. The big reveal will be on October 6. You can learn more about the shop hop here and buy passports from any of the participating shops!

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I also started a little cross stitching project this summer. In honor of the National Park Service turning 100, I’m making the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery design. We’ve only gotten one clue, but I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue.

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More fun soon!

xx LC

Let’s Learn

Last week I told you all about my new Craftsy class! In case you missed it, you can read about it here. My class launched just in time for Craftsy’s giant sale:) You can get almost ANY class for $19.99 this weekend! Check them out here.

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Naturally, I had to take this opportunity to investigate all new things I want to learn. Here’s what I’ve found! Amy Smart has a great new class about using precuts. Amy is the mastermind behind Diary of a Quilter and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Her class is here.

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I also plan to make this bag! My Weekender is about fifteen years old and has seen better days. This looks adorable AND it has a should strap! This class is here.

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I want to up my leather sewing game so I’m going to check this out! I have limited leather sewing experience and sometimes it goes well and sometimes it goes in the trash. This class is here.

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I can’t limit myself to just sewing and quilting so I’m going to check out Continental Knitting:) I’ve tried to learn before, but I never really got into it. I think with the slow view feature, I’ll be able to pick it up and stick with it.

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Let the learning commence! I’m also going to find a good cupcake class for my future as a  cupcake master! So check the classes out if there’s something you want to learn:) (Full disclosure: I get paid if you buy a class.)

xo LC

 

 

 

 

 

My Craftsy Class is LIVE

Well, not LIVE technically since I filmed it a few weeks ago. But it’s now available for purchase (Full disclosure: I get paid if you buy my class;) I’m pretty excited to tell you about my class, but honestly the best way to hear about it, is checking out the trailer here. It outlines the class and really gives you a preview of the information covered. Plus, there’s a picture of Mack the Chihuahua. Oh, did I mention that link gives you $20 off!?!

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This class focuses on techniques to be an efficient piecer while maintaining accuracy. It’s full of ideas and tools to make things easier and more precise. There are two patterns included in the Class Materials to “practice” what you’ve learned but the class is designed for you to apply to all your projects! Here’s one of the included patterns.

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It’s designed for Advanced Beginners and beyond! Basically, you should have successfully made a quilt before. Whether you’re on Quilt 2 or Quilt 92, you’ll discover something new!

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Now that I’ve talked about the class, I should introduce you to Craftsy in case you’re not familiar! Craftsy is a site where you can learn all kinds of things, from photography to painting to gardening to cake decorating. (Hello, I will be master of the cupcake by summer’s end!) They also have a really great platform where you can share your projects. The best part about their classes is no expiration date. You can watch as many times as you want FOREVER. The site is interactive, so you’ll be able to make notes and post questions anytime. You can also see previously asked questions. I’m a successful graduate (that’s not a thing; I made it up) of a few Craftsy classes: Next Steps with your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gehring, Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee & Start Foundation Paper Piecing with Elizabeth Dackson. These are just a few that I’ve enjoyed, you should check out the full catalogue!

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I try to keep it real in the class and I think it’s a lot like taking a workshop from me in person. There’s a tense moment where I accidentally sew over a pin and freak out! HAHA! Sewing over pins is bad. It’s always bad. If you’re going fast, it can shoot up at you. And if you’re going slow, it can still knock your machine out of alignment. It’s bad.

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I can’t wait to hear what y’all think and start answering questions! And seeing projects you’ve made!! Let me know:) Oh and the giveaway winner of the class is jansteffe, so check your email if that’s you!

xo LC

 

I’ve Been Craftsy

I’m so excited to share that I now have a Craftsy class!! I’ve basically been bursting with the news for months! I put a ton of work into it and cannot even begin to tell you the sheer awesomeness of everyone at Craftsy! It will be launching soon and I’ll be doing a more detailed post then. It’s called Quilt Faster: Accurate Streamlined, Piecing. But for now, who wants to win it?! Just click here and you’ll be entered. You have until May 30. Many will enter, one will win! Technically Craftsy is picking the winner, but Mack the Chihuahua will be there in spirit!


Back to my regularly scheduled Quilt Market. New pattern reveals & more soon!

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