Gale’s Lattice

Last year, I bought a cute little cottage in North Carolina. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the blue fireplace and other little touches as I renovated every inch of the house. (And by I, I mean the amazing contractor and team that I hired. Although Team Monroe did the painting!.) One interesting feature was that the entire front porch was covered in lattice, top to bottom. It was like a little lattice cocoon. The previous owner’s cat would hang out on the porch. Mack the Chihuahua wanted open air and breezes. This is a long intro to tell you that this quilt was inspired by the lattice! Meet Gale’s Lattice!

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I used Fig Tree Co.‘s new Coney Island line from Moda. This line totally lives up to the Fig Tree reputation! I wanted to make a somewhat patriotic quilt; I’ve had a red, white and blue quilt on my list for years! I think this quilt wants to go on a picnic too:)

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This quilt has optional borders. The borders are part of the design which makes for a great look and makes them less cumbersome to attach. Since there is piecing in the borders, you have things to line up. This baby version was quilted by Laura Davies of Tanderwen Quilts.

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Laura does a great job with creating shapes in the quilting that complement the piecing. She created a large square on point in the border that I love. She did a beautiful custom job!

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You can find this one in the online shop to, it is here!

xx LC

 

 

 

 

Lulee’s Garden

When I saw Corey Yoder‘s latest line for Moda, I knew that I needed to created something in honor of my grandmother. Corey’s line is called Lulu Lane and my grandmother was named Lulee! It seemed like the perfect tribute. I named it Lulee’s Garden!

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This is a great pattern to work on your piecing techniques. It’s fun either scrappy or with your favorite collection! How delightful is the palette of this collection. I smell Spring!

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In a fun coincidence, when I messaged Corey that I was naming the quilt for my grandmother, she told me that this line was named for her grandmother! Here’s to two great ladies!

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xx LC

A Romance Between the Line It Up Tote and Liberty

What happens when the Line It Up Tote meets Liberty lawn fabric? Perfection.


I made the panel go from light to dark in value with some tiny Liberty scraps. No piece of Liberty is too small to be treasured and saved. The grey is Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed. It plays well with the colors of Liberty.


This tote has piping so I used a dark piece on the dark edge.


And light for the light edge.


For the lining (and piping), I used some faux-berty. Robert Kaufman’s London Calling and Moda’s Regent Street are both lovely lawns that play well with Liberty lawn. Plus I actually remembered to put in a label.


This little tote is for my friend Pam! I hope it will go on many great adventures with her.


xx LC

Another Lazy Sunday

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Time to meet another pattern! This one is fast and packs a punch! It’s a close cousin of my Lazy Sunday pattern, so it’s called Another Lazy Sunday! It’s also now available in the new online shop! Don’t forget to use FREESHIP17.

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Who loves precuts? Me too!! This pattern is precut friendly! You just need a jelly roll and a treat. Treats are a new precut from Moda; they’re 3 1/2″ squares. You can use a charm pack in lieu of a treat. You can also use fat quarters with just a bit more cutting.

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It’s made with Bonnie + Camille Basics from Moda! If you’re a B+C fan, this line is for you. They’ve printed tons of awesome blenders in their signature palette. I’ll be adding lots of these to my stash!

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I used Bonnie + Camille wideback for the backing. I think it would be a crime not to take this quilt on a picnic! Gingham backing plus gingham binding is pure happiness.

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So grab a jelly roll and get started!

xx LC

 

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

Stitchfest Texas 2016

What a weekend?! I had the pleasure of teaching at Stitchfest Texas last weekend and let me just tell you, a good time was had by all! These ladies stepped it up with adorableness everywhere. They made name tags and station tags and cute shirts and so many special treats!

The other instructor was Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. She’s a super talented fabric designer for Moda. And she’s hilarious. You know I like funny; she’s top notch;)

The Stitchfest ladies got a ridiculous amount of swag for door prizes and a constant stream of fun gifts. Moda was the major sponsor and they were SUPER generous! I wanted to win every prize they announced.

We kicked off the weekend with a tour of Moda world headquarters! There’s Lori Hartman posing with the signature Moda tape.

I rolled fabric onto a bolt! Let’s just say that it’s harder than it looks;) And yes, I was really having that much fun!! I was only allowed to use the “slow” handle, not the “fast” foot pedal…it was for the best.

Here’s the land of sample fabric! And a motorized rotary…wow.

After Moda, we headed off to tour some local shops. This Row by Row was in Urban Spools. I grew up in Dallas so obviously I had to buy a kit (and one for The Guru!). The building outlined in lime is the building Mr Guru worked in!

Oh how I wish this adorable shop had been there when I lived there!

Next up was Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store! They laid out the red carpet with confetti!!

I’m pretty sure I need to copy this adorable All Sewn Up Kit! Hello dresden!!

Everybody on the bus!

Finally we went to Stitched with Love! I love this shop and have taught there a few times. Great to see the whole crew!!

Back at the retreat center, I taught two workshops. First up was Georgia’s Dresden. Lori made the adorable Christmas version with Cotton + Steel while Sarah used Jen Kingwell’s new Moving On lawns.

Teresa made this beauty. I was really pleased with how her backgrounds and wedges played with one another.

Joy made this stunner with Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabric.

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Look at all those dresdens!

We also made hats…er, clutches!

I was pretty obsessed with this cute pieced clutch made by Stephanie!

And Christina did some pretty epic fussy cutting!

Hello Liberty! This sweet combo of linen and Liberty was made by Natalie.

So many cute clutches!!

Here are the pillow covers made in Corey’s workshop.

Perhaps one of the nicest presents of the weekend. The Stitchfest girls had pieced an initial for each attendee so that we could learn big stitch quilting from Corey.

I had everyone sign my quilt. There was a Photo Booth. I had some fun there. Too much fun? Maybe.

My secret stitcher made me this amazing bag!! Are you kidding me?! So spoiled! Lori made me so many amazing presents and genuinely spoiled me.

The retreat center was just lovely!

And then it was over:(

I love my job! I feel so blessed to have been a part of such an amazing weekend. I made so many new friends and just had the best time! If you want to find out about future Stitchfest events, here’s their website.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Moda Match Maker

  
Before I even had this in my hot little hands, I knew it would be a Terrific Tool! It’s just such a genius idea…giant swatches of solids that easily separate so you can pull palettes. Thank you Moda

 
It’s called the Match Maker. I’m already plotting for next year’s Color Stories!! There’s even a little spot for notes on the back which would keep you organized during a big project. 
   

I scored this from Moda at Quilt Market, but they’re hitting stores now and are already available at Sew Lux.

xo LC

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