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

 

 

 

 

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

Color Inspirations with RJR

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RJR Fabrics asked me to design a mini quilt pattern with their Cotton Supreme solids. I’d sewn with them a bit, but was excited to test out a whole quilt.

The collections were curated by Brenda of Just a Bit Frayed. She’s selected an entire year of color which translates to 12 free patterns! My pattern can be found here for download. My pattern is pretty simple using foundation piecing and I included an option for you to select your own color inspiration.

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I quilted this baby on my friend’s Tiara midarm which was fun to try out.  Regulating the stitches was easier than I expected because it’s so similar to quilting on my regular machine.


If anyone is interested in making one of these, comment below and I’ll pick a winner for my scraps. I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, February 7. There is more than enough to make a mini just like this! And you can check out the other free patterns here.

xo LC

GO! Pillow Talk: May Pole Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day for my GO! Pillow Talk series with AccuQuilt! You can head over to their site to download the free pattern here and check out my tips for topstitching it on their blog here.

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I love this pillow! It was inspired by a May Pole. It is a really fast project!! (Which also makes it a favorite.) My pattern cover was made with various fabrics from my stash and then I whipped up this version with Cotton + Steel Basics. I LOVE their basics line because the colors are interesting. They’re not your usual rainbow! I just chose neutrals and a few greens for the pillow.

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I played around with some zigzag stitching on this one.

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Now I am back to my regularly scheduled market sewing! I cannot wait to show you all the new patterns. Soon! Very soon!!

xo LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Tag Your Pattern

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Today’s terrific tip is for organizing your pattern and fabric! While I’m choosing the fabric, whether at the shop or at home, I cut a sliver from the printed selvage side.

Then tape the sliver on the pattern. You’ll never question your fabric choices again! Or wonder what “blue flower dot” means!!

xo LC

Georgia’s Dresden & the Grand Opening

Yesterday was the Grand Opening of Trailer Stash! It was such a great day!! I revealed one of my new patterns (coming out at Spring Market). It’s called Georgia’s Dresden. I’m going to be doing a workshop for this pattern on May 4 with Trailer Stash. There is still space, contact Gina to register! Make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you’ll know about upcong events!

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The workshop will be a great day. We will learn all about making dresdens, baby border dresdens and balance in scrappy quilts. Plus, you’ll learn options for appliquéing.

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Gina will have the trailer parked at WinMock and we will be in the barn. It’s a gorgeous space with lots of room for sewing and laying out the projects. Plus, a yummy lunch is included. 

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I had a little trunk show highlighting my patterns and upcoming classes. Remember, you can see my full teaching schedule here.

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The trailer is adorable! Basically, there’s cuteness everywhere.

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Anywhere that has boxes of Liberty is a happy place.

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Love these Cotton + Steel basic bundles!

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She’s carrying Flatter and Soak, two of my go-to products!

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Check out the adorable (and delicious) cupcakes!

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And loads more of pretty Liberty on rolls!

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Congrats Gina on your opening! I’m so proud of you and happy to be a part of it!

xx LC

Fragments Crossed TUTORIAL

Here is a link to all of my TUTORIALS.

Today I’m really excited to share a new tutorial with you! I saw this fabric at Quilt Market in the Dear Stella booth and really wanted to cross stitch it. So I did! Isn’t that fabric great?! The name of the line is Fragments and the center print is called Cross Stitch, so obviously it was meant to be.

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I owe a huge shout out and thank you to Martha from Knit One Smock Too for patiently helping me choose the floss for my cross stitch. I wanted to find all the perfect colors and she’s the best!

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This was so much fun to piece! And a great hand stitching project to boot!! My floss colors are slightly lighter than the fabric so that the stitching pops.

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You can find a complete step-by-step TUTORIAL on the Dear Stella blog here! Another huge thank you to Jessie at Dear Stella! I love working with Dear Stella fabrics and it was great to work with you on this project. Here are a few more pictures because I just can’t stop myself!

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I quilted so that the pieced cross stitched blocks popped.

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xo LC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye Candy Quilt Pattern

The Eye Candy Quilt Pattern is up next for highlight week! I got to take an unexpected trip to my hometown of Dallas. It’s good news for you because I’m extending the pattern SALE through Monday! There’s just no time to unSALE the shop.

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This quilt is great beginner friendly pattern! The pattern includes all sizes Baby through King. It highlights large-scale fabrics well.

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I made this version with Tula Pink‘s new line Elizabeth! It will hit stores this Spring! It was such a fun line to sew with. Look at those faces! And Tula has the large scale backs that go with the line already available.

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I did my own quilting on this one with infinity swirls through the lines of candy in a soft green and shells in aqua on the aqua. It took an entire spool of Aurifil on the background. I actually ran out with about 5×5″ left to go and had to run some thread off my bobbin to finish. I’m pleased with the quilting. It came out just as I envisioned it.

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I got a bit out of control on the back of this quilt. I wanted to use every last precious scrap of Tula! I used the selvage to mark the line that I used. The name of the Elizabeth face print is 16th Century Selfie. That is awesome. You can see the quilting so nicely on the back.

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And I finally cut my Plume Tailfeather! I still can’t believe it. It makes me so happy that I can see a big piece of this fabric on the back. This is one of my favorites of all time.

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I also made a Christmas version of Eye Candy! I used Kate Spain‘s Joy! I’m going to finish it for next year.

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The PDF version is available here and is on SALE! And the printed version can be found here.

xo LC

Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern

There is nothing more beautiful to me than the mountains of North Carolina! This quilt is an homage to that!

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There are a lot of flying geese involved. I highly recommend the Bloc Loc ruler. It makes everything go faster and makes all the points perfect! There are directions for Table Runner through King included in the pattern. I’m dying for someone to make the King:)

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This is the back of the quilt. I used some half square triangles from the front on the back. They would make a wonderful whole second quilt!

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Here’s a close up of my quilting. I only quilted the backgrounds so the trees popped. A part of me still wants to go back and quilt the trees.

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I used this pattern on my brother’s Christmas present.

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You can find the PDF pattern here and the printed pattern here.

xo LC

Line It Up Tote Pattern

The Line It Up Tote is up next up to be highlighted! This tote pattern uses a mini charm pack. It’s hard to find good patterns for those as they’re really not too much fabric! I used Carolyn Friedlander Botanics with Essex Linen.

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The tote is quilted and also features cording up the side!

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I put a quilted pocket in the bag. It’s great for your phone!

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I used folded leather and sewed ribbon to the inside for the handles. They look really polished. This Etsy shop supplies the leather. I don’t have any affiliation with this shop.

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You can get the PDF here and the printed pattern here. I’m making myself a version of this bag with Liberty! You’ll see it soon!!

xo LC