Carolina Carousel

Yesterday I introduced the two quilts that I designed for Quilt Carolina. But I wanted to show some more pictures- who doesn’t love quilty eye candy?!

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This quilt was made with Jen Kingwell fabric, made by Moda. I combined two lines, Moving On and Behind the Scenes. Moving On is printed on lawn and feels amazing. It’s a bit thicker than voile and has a great drape if you use it for garments. For clothes, it makes the quilt perfect for the South, lightweight and luscious. Behind the Scenes is a great collection of background prints. It is quilting cotton weight. I love how all the slightly different values add a new dimension to the quilt.

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I quilted this by machine but also added in some big stitch quilting, a la Jen Kingwell.

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I used Aurifloss, the floss made by Aurifil. They have a HUGE selection of colors. I’ve almost gone through a whole spool of this marine blue, it’s obviously a go-to color for me.

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I used Lollies, also by Jen Kingwell, for the binding. This might be my new favorite binding. The look of scrappy binding without all that piecing. I pieced the strips end to end, instead of mitre, to keep the look consistent.

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This quilt features lots of different style blocks. There’s traditional piecing, a bit of foundation piecing and some appliqué. I did freezer paper and hand appliqué, but machine appliqué would also be lovely!

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Here’s a full shot! If you’re interested in taking a workshop for this quilt, you can read about that here.

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xx LC

Quilt Carolina

I was really honored this year to be asked to design the quilts for Quilt Carolina, the shop hop that covers the middle of North Carolina. There are two major areas The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill) and The Triad (Winston Salem <—my hometown:), Greensboro & High Point), so obviously there needed to be TWO QUILTS! Basically, as you visit each shop, you’ll get a block and then you can make the quilts. The sizes are interchangeable on some of the blocks, so you could even combine the blocks for your own version! Here’s The Triad, called Carolina Crossroads! And if you want to learn more about making this one, I’m doing a workshop on November 3, from 9:30-3:30, here in Winston. You can sign up and learn more here! The workshop is at Brookstown Inn in Old Salem which is such a awesome location! It’s one of my favorite places to teach:) This is made with Amy Butler Eternal Sunshine.

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Here’s the quilt for The Triangle, called Carolina Carousel! There’s a workshop for this one in March! Learn more and register here. This one is made with Jen Kingwell for Moda. It’s a mix of Behind the Scenes and Moving On.

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I love Shop Hops because they are a great way to find new shops near you! If you’re interested in getting these patterns (shipping after November 1), you can order them from the shops listed here:

Village Fabric Shop, Winston-Salem
Trailer Stash Fabrics, Bermuda Run
Sew Original, Boone & Winston-Salem
Sewingly Yours, Lewisville
Wish Upon a Quilt, Raleigh
Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill
Quilts LIke Crazy, Wake Forest
Loving Stitches, Fayetteville
Cary Quilting Company, Cary
Bernina World of Sewing, Raleigh

Some of the shops made cool projects with their assigned blocks! Sew Original Winston Salem made this fun pillow!

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Sewingly Yours made this gorgeous quilt in batiks!

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And a really cute bag with their block!

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Quilts Like Crazy made this cool quilt using their block! It also features the Quilt Carolina batiks!!

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Village Fabric Shop set up this adorableness! Their pillow is in the back and they have a super cute little mannequin sporting their block.

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Happy Shop Hopping!

xx LC

The Talented Mrs Kingwell

Jen Kingwell came to North Carolina! We kicked it off with a book signing at Sew Original! (I might have told her to wave like the queen in this photo…) Cyndy made that cute sign in Gardenvale for the event.

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Then we headed to the Triad MQG for a trunk show. The guild had a blast hearing stories, asking questions and looking at all the pretties! She was a huge hit with the guild and might have even sparked a hand piecing craze!

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The first class was at Sew Original. I picked my fabrics including these great African waxed prints from Crimson Tate.

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Class was in Greensboro at Studio Stitch the next day. I had made all of this at the end of day two. I’m not going to start hand piecing everything any time soon, BUT I am sold on hand piecing an inset circle. That would have taken me twice as long on a machine and the results were perfect. No lost points!

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We had fun!

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As we were driving home, we passed a Dash game in progress and Jen had never been to a baseball game, so we went! And we ran into Amy, who had been in class! There’s a video of Jen & me singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but I’ll spare you…

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Obviously, Jen had to pose with Bolt!

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Next, we were off to the mountains for some rest, relaxation and stitching!

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I finished my circle after the class at Stitch in Time!

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My sweet family hosted a southern picnic in Blowing Rock! Pimento cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, deviled eggs…so yummy!

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She taught at Sew Original in Boone and then we headed to Charlotte for a trunk show at We’re Sew Creative! I finally took some quilt pictures!

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Jen is a genius!

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I love this happy row of flowers.

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So much brilliant scrappiness!

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Sadly I was not able to swipe one.

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It was a great trip full of laughter and stitching. I can’t wait for her to come back!

xo LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Smooth Curves Ahead

 

While the amazing Jen Kingwell was visiting, I was able to take a few workshops from her. When she told us this, I actually thought…duh! I’ve never thought of it, but it’s so SMART! When you’re clipping a curve, in this case for needle turn applique, don’t clip right in the middle (marked with a pink mark). Instead, clip to either side. You will have a smoother curve!

 
It’s so obvious, but I’ve never thought of it! In fact, I’m pretty sure I start clipping in the middle! Not anymore!!

xo LC

Spring in Minneapolis

It’s time I finally recapped the market experience this year. Spring Market is different; it’s smaller and travels to different cities! This year, it was in Minneapolis. I love Minneapolis so I was pretty excited. We packed up the booth! Same booth as Fall Market with different insides. And new quilts!

Since it’s Fathers’ Day, I will give a shout out to my awesome Dad, aka the booth builder! Those are my notes and directions for the booth that he’s putting it together. It’s really a miracle that he still takes my calls.

At the close of the first day of set up, this is where we were! We had walls and everything unloaded.

Back in the hotel room, there were lots of shenanigans with these two amazing ladies! Angela of Bunny’s Designs/Fabric Supply and Nicole of Fist Full of Fabric are my dear sweet friends who volunteered to help me with booth set up. We had to put pillow forms in a lot of pillows! I really could not have done it without these gals. I’m lucky to have them as friends!!

At the close of day 2, we had this! I was pleased that the bed frame actually worked out and only collapsed once (with me underneath it and my phone ringing). Hattie’s Dresden hung on the back wall and Squiggly Bits & Salem Square adorned the bed.

This is a version of Squiggly Bits made with Cotton + Steel basics. I had pieced the rows and was running out of time and my sweet friend Tessa of The Sewing Chick finished piecing the rows, quilted it and bound it. She’s the best! I love the square quilting she did.

This pillow is a scrapalicious version of Salem Square made with Hello Darling from Bonnie & Camille. It was made by Chrissy of Sewlux! She’s awesome:)

And here are two more made by dear friends! This Blue Ridge table runner was pieced and quilted by my dear friend Sarah of Stitching & Bacon. See that gorgeous Liberty pillow? Nicole not only helped me in my booth, she quilted that! And didn’t even bat an eye when I suggested 1/4″ straight line quilting. She’s good peeps!

One of the best parts of market is seeing what everyone else is up to! Carolyn‘s booth was perfection, as always. She has a new block of the month that’s stunning! And had a neat hand sewing element in her booth.

I had to visit my friends at AccuQuilt! They were showing off the GO! Big which is fabulous and that cute animal quilt which had a bunch of animals all made from the owl die.

Melody was showing off all the pretty new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Their booth is always so clever. And full of vintage things that I want to steal for my house.

Dear Stella had a lot of great projects!

Emily Herrick is one of my favorite people at market. She’s really funny and obviously quite talented. Her booth won an award for creativity and her new line is sodalicious!

Tula‘s booth was quite inspiring! Her Eden book offered free patterns (and pillows to make with the scraps!), as well as a guide to make this rainbow Butterfly. And the most exciting news?! Wide backs! They’re gorgeous!!

I love visitors to my booth! The Pinks came by! Tula, her Mom Kat and her brother Cameron. They’re tons of fun and absolutely hilarious! My Salem Square, mixing Eden with True Colors is to the left and Hattie’s Dresden made with True Colors is to the right. I do love to sew with her fabric:)

Sara of Sew Sweetness stopped by. She is really so sweet! She made a dress with the wide back fabric from Tula’s new collection that was just clever and awesome!

Heather Bailey stopped by! I made Georgia’s Dresden with her Clementine line. She’s quite inspiring!

The adorable Miss Kingwell stopped by for a nap! Squiggly Bits is made with her first line for Moda, Gardenvale. It’s deliciously scrappy.

I failed to get a picture of her cute face, but it’s always great to see Jacqueline of Soak!  There was an emergency handmaid delivery because Minnesota was still experiencing winter!

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I had to head over to the announcement of the newest shops in Quilt Sampler because one of my fave shops is in it! Lynn of Stitched with Love posed for me! Congrats Lynn and crew! Well deserved recognition for a great place!

And now I must start getting ready for Fall Market!

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

All the Way from Melbourne

Guess who is coming to North Carolina!? Jen Kingwell! I still can’t believe it. Jen is absolutely one of my favorite quilters!! Her work is beautiful and unique. She thinks of color and shape in such interesting ways. Her quilts are total eye candy! If you don’t already follow her work, you should check her out here.

She’ll be starting out with a book signing on Tuesday, May 26 at Sew Original Winston Salem from 2-4. UPDATE: The book signing is actually 3:30-5! They’ll have Gardenvale from Moda on hand. This is also a great time to meet and greet!

She’ll be doing a trunk show at the Triad MQG meeting that evening. We meet at the Southfork Community Center at 6:30 PM. It’s $5:) There will be books available for purchase here too!

On Wednesday, May 27, she will be teaching at Sew Original Winston Salem. She will be teaching Georgetown on my Mind. I’ve had this pattern for ages. I just love it! It’s a full day workshop, with lunch included for $130. To register, call the shop at (336) 760-1121.

On Thursday, May 28, she will be teaching at Studio Stitch in Greensboro. Her workshop will focus on the Bring Me Flowers quilt. Lunch is also included. The workshop fee is $130 and you can call the shop at (336) 288-9200 to sign up. If you do both of these workshops, there is a discount of $20.

On Saturday, May 30, Jen will head to the mountains for more teaching. She’s doing a hand piecing, applique and quilting class at Stitch in Time in Franklin. The fee is $40 and you can register online.

Then she is heading to Sew Original Boone for a class on Tuesday, June 2. Call the shop for more information at (828) 264-1049. Then, sadly she heads back to Australia. I’m already looking forward to our visit; I’m sure it will be here quicker than expected. If you live locally (or within driving distance), you need to be at one of these events. Jen is genuinely one of the most amazing quilters you’ll ever meet! She’s creative, inspiring and kind… all things I love to be around!!

xo LC

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

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