Deep in the Heart of Texas

I grew up in Dallas, so I always jump at the chance to head “home”. Plus this time I was visiting two of my favorite groups, the McKinney MQG and Stitched with Love. This guild is full of talented quilters! We made Hattie’s Dresden for the workshop and the range of awesome work was…just wow!!

I’m a sucker for a color wheel!! Seriously, almost any pattern looks amazing in color order form.

And I’m loving this low volume version. I’d never seen Hattie’s in neutrals!

Sarah made these beauties and posed with Lori! She’s planning on making it into a tote with one dresden on each side.

Scrappy works well with Hattie’s. This palette is so bright and fresh.

I love when students bring in pretties made with my patterns! Check out this Line It Up Tote

And Designer Star!

Such a wonderful two toned version! Ellen already finished her quilt and you can read more about it here.

More scrappy fun!! I seriously wanted to steal this one! She pulled some excellent scraps and even mixed in different substrates.

Gorgeous spring flowers! Love the accent pieces in the middle.

Another gorgeous color wheel!

Sweet Alice and Catherine gifted me this awesome tee! It’s sparkly:)

This cutie also appeared in class!

I had a mini trunk show for some of my best friends. Thanks Em J for being the quilt holder. This one is Georgia’s Dresden.

Plus I ate excessive tacos and guacamole.

I even slept under a Designer Star quilt made by The Guru’s best friend (and my second Mom!), Sue. This one was quilted by my sweet friend, Sheri.

It’s always great to go back home!

xo LC

Making Quilts & Eating Strawberries 

A few weeks ago, I headed down to Florida to teach a few workshops and do a few trunk shows. Upon arriving at The Cotton Patch, I was greeted by the cutest bassets ever! You know it’s a good sign when dogs are involved.

The workshops were loads of fun! Check out those Hattie’s blocks!

Some major fussy cutting happened!

I love to see quilts made with my patterns! Check out this stunning Lazy Sunday made with Kate Spain Canyon.

While I was in Florida, I had to check out the local hotspots. We went to eat at The Columbia. I had my first Cuban and the best guava pastry ever! It’s a good thing that I don’t live too close to that place.

I was pretty excited to find out that it was strawberry season! So we headed to a produce stand. I’ve long had an obsession with hand painted signs. Hand painted signs advertising my favorite food are a double win.

And live sign painting!

My next workshop was with the Orlando MQG. What a great group!! We talked about precision piecing tips and had a fun day! (And they said I couldn’t fit twenty people into a selfie.)

Then it was time for more strawberry eating. There was whip cream on tap.

Next up was manatee watching. The blob on the right is a baby manatee!

Obviously we had to pose with the giant painted manatee and buy a manaTEA steeper.

There’s nothing better than a trip to Florida in the Winter!

xo LC

 

Kit it Up

I’ve noticed some really great kits popping up using May Chappell patterns. Plus, I’ve gotten to select a few myself! There are some Hattie’s Dresden kits at Sewlux! One kit is a fun mix of bright limes, oranges and blues.

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The second option looks like the pattern cover with Tula Pink True Colors. Both have multiple background colors to choose from and are for the throw size.

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They’re available through Sewlux here and there is a coupon code good until July 4: HATTIE15. It’s good for 15% off the kits. I’m working away on making myself one! One dresden down, eleven to go! Pictures soon:)

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This kit uses my Georgia’s Dresden pattern and is available locally at The Village Fabric Shop! The backgrounds are a really great mix. It’s for the throw size.

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Are you doing the Row by Row experience? I designed the row for The Village Fabric Shop and she has kits available. You have to come to the shop for a FREE pattern and the kit is an optional buy. It’s a fun thing to do while you travel; you can read more about it here.

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Red Thread Studio has kitted the All Squared Up throw in Gardenvale. I’m a bit obsessed with the grey background they chose for the background. Plus, let’s be real, everything looks great in Gardenvale.

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They brought it to quilt market and Jennifer and I took a photo! I tried to steal it, but I guess I’ll have to make my own! I love the colors.

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Last but certainly not least is this awesome version of All Squared Up at Park Bench Quilt Shop! They used Valori Wells’ new line In the Bloom for Robert Kaufman. They’ve used the scraps for a stunning quilt back. 

 

Happy Kit Sewing!

xo LC

New Pattern Day

It’s new pattern day on the blog!! And in person if you’re at Quilt Market:) First up is Hattie’s Dresden!! This is a really fun one to piece. It’s pieced like a traditional dresden but with a twist. This was beautifully quilted by Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters and made with Tula Pink True Colors.

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Here’s Squiggly Bits!! You know I love scrappy! This makes for a great scrap buster or choose a scrapalicious line like Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale. I did!

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Here’s Georgia’s Dresden! I taught a workshop for this one at Trailer Stash and it was a great success. I’m already plotting a bed size version for my bed!

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Here’s Salem Square! This was made with Hilltop by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella. It’s an oversized block so it stitches up fast! This was quilted by Sherri Collette of Maxine & Me.

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And I’m introducing another Mini May pattern, Bon Voyage passport covers. Mini Mays are designed to be completed in a short class. They’re quick and easy! This one also offers the option of a little embroidery.

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There will be a detailed post about each of these next week! And PDF and patterns will soon be available!!

xLC