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

Winner! Winner!

It’s time to pick a winner from the Imagine Quilts giveaway! I caught Mack the Chihuahua accepting bribes. Can’t you see the guilt?

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So I used the random number generator myself and the lucky winner is number 21!

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Her favorite dog is her pooch! I approve.

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Plus, there’s a surprise!! You win the e-book of Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard AND a pack of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics Aurifil thread. Thanks to Dana for the bonus prize!! Congrats Sue!

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I can’t say enough nice things about this book (and Dana!)!! Make sure you check it out!
xo LC

Imagine Quilts GIVEAWAY

A few weeks ago, the amazing and sweet Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. came to visit the Triad MQG and Sew Original. We celebrated her new book, Imagine Quilts! Can we just start with the cover?! I love that quilt! Perfect scrappiness.

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We were able to do a workshop with her and make tons of blocks for charity! She’s very calm about sewing curves and offered some great tips. We combined all the blocks we made for nearly three quilt tops.

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The book is wonderful! There are some great quilts in there. The whale is adorable!! It’s a favorite of mine as I love whales.

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There are loads of great ideas with Dana’s scrappy style shining through. And she was sweet enough to offer an electronic copy to one of you! This giveaway is an easy one. Make a comment below about what your favorite animal is. Mack the Chihuahua and I will do a random drawing from these entries to choose a winner! The lucky winner will receive an electronic copy of Imagine Quilts! And there might just be a bonus prize. Entries open through Wednesday, August 20 at noon.
xo LC

A Quilty Visitor

It’s a big week here in Winston! Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. is coming to town to share her quilts and celebrate her new book, Imagine Quilts! She will be at Sew Original for a book signing from 2-4 on Tuesday. The Triad MQG will host her trunk show at 6:30 that evening. We meet at Southfork Community Center behind Cricket’s Nest on Country Club. (Books will also be available at the guild meeting.) Visitors always welcome! Dana is also doing a workshop on Wednesday at Sew Original. I hear it’s full, but you can join the waiting list.

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It’s going to be a great quilty week!! Dana is as sweet as she is talented and I’ve been looking forward to this for months!
xo LC