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

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

 

Meet Cased

It’s new pattern week! And also new online store week! I’m quite excited to show you lots of great new things. First up is a pattern that was born out of personal need. I like to have lots of pens on hand for doodling and such, but it makes me crazy when I can’t easily see them all. I decided that I needed a little case that would lay open for easy viewing but also quickly pack up for on the go travel! Meet Cased!

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This case is perfect for pens and stationery supplies. It also works well for a little sewing kit for class. Or a travel hexie kit! Or journaling loot! Or jewelry for a trip! Really, the options are endless.

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This is another pattern in my Mini May line. These are intended to be completed in just a couple hours. It uses a hard frame clutch (you can find those here and here). I personally find the frames with screws to be a bit sturdier, but I use both!

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You might be wondering what this lovely fabric is?! It’s from Alison Glass and called Seventy Six. I loved the fussy cutting opportunities and the scale is perfect for these little cases. I had to actually stop myself from fussy cutting every piece.

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The pattern is available in my shop in both PDF and printed paper and coming soon to your local quilt shop! Use code FREESHIP17 for free shipping! And remember to use #casedbag on social media as you create your cased bags! Warning, you can’t make just one…

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xx LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Copy the Pattern

 
Sometimes the cutting list on a pattern is daunting and you lose track almost the second you start. Make a photocopy of the cutting page so you can check off as you go! You can also attach your fabrics to this page for ease.

 
And if your making a size in the middle of the chart, you can fold back your copy so you don’t have to search for the numbers.

xo LC

A Visit Home

Last weekend, I took a trip home to Dallas. While I was there, I went out to Stitched with Love in McKinney! I met Lynn, Joy & Sarah at Quilt Market and they are awesome!! This shop is flooded with light and beautiful fabric!

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I wanted to buy all of these!!

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Check out the wall of patterns! (There might be a few May Chappell!) It’s such a cool display, but quite difficult to photograph. Love it!

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Their fabric display is too cool and makes you want to buy everything!!

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They had some fabulous samples of All Sewn Up! I’m loving the Cotton + Steel and the selvages are brilliant.

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And I’m pretty excited about their classroom because I’m coming to teach here in February! (Saturday, February 28 to be exact. Call the shop to register.) I’m also doing a trunk show for the McKinney MQG here on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30. Visitors welcome for all my Dallas peeps:)

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Here I am with Sarah & Joy. It took three attempts to get to this. I am obviously looking at the pretty fabric.

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I can’t wait to come to Texas!
xo LC

The New Shop SALE

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about all the VATMOSS situations with downloadable patterns. (If you haven’t heard, google it.) It’s an annoying situation and nobody seems to have a really good answer on what to do. I decided to make my PDF patterns available here on my site! As an added bonus, they’re all 30% off through Friday, January 16! Check it out here.

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Unfortunately, I blocked EU buyers due to the new tax regulations. You can still shop for printed patterns in my Etsy shop. EU shoppers should go here. Worldwide shipping available.

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My patterns are also available through your local quilt shops! I’m a huge supporter of shopping local and would love for you to ask them to order for you! They can contact me directly or place an order with distributors. (Tell them to mention this post and I’ll hook them up with free shipping.) I’ll be highlighting each of my patterns this week in a series of posts! It’s going to be fun!!
xo LC

Made with May Chappell Pretties

I love when people email me or tag me with a picture of something made with one of my patterns or tutorials. I’m constantly amazed with the pretties! And I really love when they take it in a new direction! Check out this Fantastically Fussy quilt made by Mia. She changed the way the blocks are set and it’s amazing!

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Ann made this beautiful Lazy Sunday! I love the colors; it’s cheerful and serene which is a tough combo to achieve.

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Such cute backing too!

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This little bag was made with my Fiver Tote tutorial (using the Fiver gets Wider option). Sarah did a great job!

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I love the mix of solids with that fun ribbon.

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These cuties were made by my awesome friend Debbie!! She did such a great job that I stole them (borrowed;) for my booth in Houston. They’re made with my Dotty Pouch tutorial.

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Shanna made this HUGE Lazy Sunday! It’s gorgeous! She made so many great color choices here.

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This gorgeous Lazy Sunday was made by BJ! She’s a prolific quilter and fabulous person. I love the colors she chose.

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Xandi made this adorable All Sewn Up sewing kit. I want to steal it. The scissor fabric is perfect!

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She did a beautiful job!!

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These two Lazy Sundays were made by the same person. I feel terrible because I didn’t note who sent them. If you made them (or know who did!), please comment and I’ll update the post! UPDATE: They were made by Lisa Marie! They’re just lovely:)

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They’re both beautiful so I had to share!

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Debbie made this Fiver Tote for Gail! I love her fabric picks; they’re perfect for the bird loving Gail.

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These beauties were made for Seams Like Home in Alaska! I love that they showed multiple sizes. The Designer Star pattern includes information for 10″ to 100″.

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These are just a few of the amazing samples! Keep them coming.
xo LC

Designer Star Both Big & Small

Lately I’ve been resizing my Designer Star pattern a lot. I made it a baby quilt for my cousin. And I also made this great mini for a friend…more on that later!

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So, I wanted to tell y’all how to resize it. This will only make sense if you have the pattern. You will follow all the directions from the pattern; you will only change the sizes cut. For those of you that don’t have the pattern, you can get the PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop! Use coupon code: 20OFFBLOG for 20% off!! Good through May 1.
Here are the size options:

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And the yardage requirements:

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And here’s a PDF of this information if you want to print it.

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope this will help y’all!

xo LC

Stars of Designer Star

My Designer Star pattern came out last year and lately I’ve seen some really amazing versions! I always love pictures, so keep them coming!
Debbie took my class at Sew Original and made this beauty! She used just three fabrics instead of five which gives it a different look. And then Gina Allen did the most amazing quilting on it!

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Then, the adorable Abby made TWO! She’s a piecing maniac!! I can’t wait to see them quilted:)

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And Louise! Louise took a class from me in December while she was visiting. She is delightful and had never really made a quilt. She bought my pattern and I gave her the briefest of instructions. Well look at this!! (And she’s already making another one; I’ve created a quilting monster:)

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This beauty belongs to Alison. She took my class at Linderella’s! She’s newer to piecing, but I knew she’d do well! I love the fussy cut toile panels.

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And my quilty friend Gina is making one! It’s still in progress, but I’m loving the Notting Hill fabric. And her quilting!

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Remember to add your pics to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group! I love seeing them!!
xo LC

A Sampling of Samples

For the past few weeks, I’ve been madly sewing samples for my new classes! I’m teaching at Studio Stitch in Greensboro and Sew Original in Winston. This quarter I’m teaching some of my own designs which I’m very excited about.

First I worked on my wonky star baby quilt for Studio Stitch. I fussy cut Lizzy House pearl bracelets. It took quite a bit of fabric, but I’ll be able to use the scraps. I love scraps!!

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I did simple wonky lines for the quilting which I really think goes well with the design.

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I’ve been in a lot (A LOT) of charm swaps and I used all my pink and lavender charms to make this extra scrapaliscious!!


The finished size is 42.5 square. Of course I had a piece of cute pink polka dot that would be the perfect back and measured exactly 40″. Grrr…. so I pieced the back to fix that issue!! I had actually put the first strip in the back and was quilting away when I realized that I needed a little more on the end. Double grrr… another strip added and I was back in action. I actually think the strips make for an even cuter quilt:)

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The guru and I took it over to Reynolda for a quick photoshoot in the gardens. I used my grandmother Lulee’s sewing chair as a prop:)

In my spare time, I’ve also been working on my designer quilt samples for both shops. I initially mapped out this design for my Laurie Wisbrun Stacked Chair fabric, but I haven’t brought myself to cut into it…yet! I am working up to that!

For Studio Stitch, I chose Kaffe Fassettprints. Aboriginal Dots is one of my favorite all time prints. I combined a few of these with his Spots- a wonderful staple for any stash! This quilt is going to live with the guru eventually, so she helped with the piecing:) And I did some jagged triangle quilting. This was my second attempt at free motion quilting; I’m quite pleased with the result! I found the jagged shapes to be much more forgiving than swirly shapes.

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I made a TULA PINK option for Sew Original at the same time! Obviously, this puppy is going to live with me!! I chose my favorite Prince Charming prints for this:)

There are also some cute pictures with a special friend in the chair…Miss Shelby. Check it out!

I quilted it at the same time as the Kaffe version, so it was also my second/third attempt at free motion. I did some straight line quilting first and then came in with some swirly infinity shapes. I mimicked the shapes in the fabric thanks to the guru’s great idea. I am thrilled with this one:) I still need more practice, but it’s coming right along…

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The back print is probably my favorite all time print- Turtle Bay. My aunt lives on the water near Charleston and she has a tree with a swing over the water just like the fabric! Kitty’s front porch is easily in my top ten favorite places in the world-just look at that view. This fabric looks just like it! I LOVE IT:)

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Since I associate this fabric with her, I did a quickie side project and made her a basket with the Turtle Bay leftovers and a few other great prints. Her birthday is next week:) I still need to sew down the binding, but it’s almost done. Happy Birthday Kit!!

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The last time I made this basket, I broke FOUR needles. It was really frustrating. BUT I just went to a lecture on needles and thread at Sew Original with Shirley and figured out the problem. I had used top stitch needles last time. They are thick enough for the rigid weave, but they don’t have enough give. I switched to denim/jean needles, which have a little give, and it was smooth sailing!

Hope everyone else is having as productive a July as I have!!
xo LC