Terrific Tool Thursday: Mini Screwdriver

I was recently gifted the best little screwdriver! It’s perfect for getting into tight spots on your machine.

There are six interchangeable tips! One is perfect for the screws on the hard frame clutches I use. Double score! If you’re local, they’re available at Sew Original. If you’re not local, ask your local shop! 

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.


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.


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!


Sewingly Yours made this gorgeous quilt in batiks!


And a really cute bag with their block!


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


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


Happy Shop Hopping!

xx LC

Modern Applique Coming to NC

I met Shannon Brinkley at Quilt Market a few markets ago and she was there promoting her book Scrappy Bits Appliqué. I thought it was a cool technique and we invited her to come visit the Triad MQG. I’m always excited when someone awesome is coming to North Carolina to teach quilty things! She will be doing a lecture/trunk show on March 22 at 6:30. We meet at South Fork Community Center on Country Club. Because she’s coming from out of town, there is a $5 charge.


This was the quilt that got me! I love to travel and want this in my house!! I love how her scrappy technique blends the colors together.


She is going to teach that one at Sew Original on March 23! Call them at 336-760-1121 to sign up! And she’s doing a technique workshop at Studio Stitch on March 24. Call 336-288-9200 to register. The workshops are $110 each or $200 if you register for both.


Shannon is a delightful person and I’m certain that her workshop will be great fun!


I’m already looking forward to it!

xo 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.


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!


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


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!


We had fun!


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…


Obviously, Jen had to pose with Bolt!


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


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


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


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!


Jen is a genius!


I love this happy row of flowers.


So much brilliant scrappiness!


Sadly I was not able to swipe one.


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

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

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Covered Cording


Today’s Tuesday! You have no idea how often this is news to me! Our tip is from Shirley Bailey of Sew Original. She’s full of useful knowledge and I learn something every time I sew with her. A few weeks ago, I learned this. And now I share… So, imagine that you want to make covered cording with no seam, for a strap or tie or something like that. You cut your cording twice as long as you need it with a few extra inches. (Calm down, cording is about thirty cents!) Sew your bias fabric around the cording as shown. Bias is key to success and it should be the finished length with an extra inch or two. Sew across the fabric and cording in the middle as shown.


Now, you skunch (technical term) the fabric. It’s hard to get over the hump, but once you do, smooth sailing.


Here’s the finished product. You’ll trim the excess cording and you’re in business!


xo LC

The Sewing Porch GIVEAWAY

I’ve recently cleaned up the Sewing Porch! Why you ask? Because I GOT A NEW SEWING MACHINE! Don’t worry, Macy is still around; she’s going to be my travel machine. I wanted a full size machine and I chose the Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. I’ll admit to being swayed by the super awesome red faceplate. This machine is pretty amazing! I’ll also admit that I might have gotten a new cutting mat to match. I do love red!


I moved out of my bedroom and onto the Sewing Porch about a year ago. I love the space since it’s full of natural light. I wrote about my old space here. There are lots of tips for organization! I have most things set up the same in the new space. Off to the side, I have my old laptop (for endless trivial tv viewing), my iron, two tv stand ironing boards and a basket for scraps under my desk. I keep scraps in there until it’s full (this is pretty close!) and then I make a scrap project and donate the scraps to my guild!


I still use my handy dandy red box from my old Bernina 830. It’s a great box for all my feet and such. I’ve long been a Bernina lover.


Here’s a good shot of the machine! And my view!!


To the other side, I have more stuff super important sewing loot! I love all the friends that made me these treasures and I hope that my treasures are loved in their sewing spaces.


The new machine does some pretty fancy stitching. I had to play!


And play some more!


So, it’s time for the GIVEAWAY! What should I name the new machine?! Lucy and Big Red have been very popular as I’ve chatted with people this week. But what do you think? Nominate a name in the comment section. If I choose your name, I will make you something cool on my new machine!!


I can’t wait to hear your ideas! The contest is open until I pick a name!!
xo LC

Carolyn’s Big Visit

Last week was Carolyn Friedlander’s big visit to North Carolina! It was even better than expected (and I had high expectations)! We started with a trunk show and book signing.


Cynthia made her a shirt! She’s an active participant in the All Shirts Swap.


The next day was the Stripes class at Sew Original. Carolyn talked about arranging prints in color order. It was a great new approach to color and applies easily to this quilt. It was fascinating to see all the different arrangements.


I made this. It’s going to grow up to be a pillow. It’s for my pal Sarah.


Amy made these! Gorgeous!! She’s doing a Wake Forest themed wall hanging.


Then we headed to dinner at The Porch! Here’s Shirley, owner of Sew Original, Carolyn & The Guru.


Sarah showed off her just finished Tangelo! A full reveal is coming on her blog soon. She worked on this during countless retreats and FaceTime sewing events over the last year. It was so exciting to see it finished. It’s amazing!!


The next day was the big class at Studio Stitch. There were so many fun folks in this class! We worked on another paper piecing pattern, Olive.


A bunch of the gals from my sewing group came to the class! Here’s Carolyn, me, Xandi, Melissa, Amanda Jean, Sarah & The Guru.


Here’s Shirley with her block. I love how well stripe fabric works on this block. Carolyn’s original had stripes as well.


Here’s my block! It’s also going to grow up to be a pillow!!


Then we went out for burgers and shakes!


Carolyn brought tons of her quilts from her new book, Savor Each Stitch, and patterns. Eye candy was everywhere. This is Facing East from her book. It’s on my “to make” list!


Aerial Grove, which is also from her book, is a favorite of mine. I love the subtle color change in the background.


This is Stripes, the pattern we made at Sew Original. It’s so interesting how she played with color.


Sessoms, a pattern, is also an amazing color study. This is a close up, but the color change across the quilt is fascinating.


And here is Botanics, an appliqué pattern. It’s amazing in person; photos can’t do it justice.


They’re all so unique, yet her aesthetic shines through. I love the use of color and different fabric types.


This is Olive, the pattern we made in the second class. Stripe fabric are so cool in this pattern. Love!


The last class was needle turn appliqué at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill. I’ve never done needle turn and enjoyed the class. My assistant also enjoyed the class!


And Nicole and Amanda Jean had a blast! We were definitely the trouble table, but it was so great to hang out and stitch.


All in all, it was a great weekend of stitching and friends.
xo LC

Another Sampling of the City Samplerers

My City Sampler group at Studio Stitch is hard at work! Dianne has so many lovely Tula fabrics; her blocks are so bright and happy!! And I want to raid her stash.


Regina is doing a great job mixing up her colors.


Heather is using batiks and it’s looking wonderful! She has a lot of subtle value changes, but it makes you look closer.


Cathy is using plaids and homespuns. She’s had some trouble with the loose weave, but they’re looking great.


Emily has some awesome fussy cuts in there! These blocks need the fussy cuts even if you’re using graphic shapes.


Sharon caught up on all her blocks! Love the pops of color!!


Paula is also the fussy cut queen! I’m going to need some of those horses and bunnies.


Kathy is working from her (epic) Kaffe stash. The bright colors look awesome. And we have sashing!


Nancy is using a variety of fabrics. She has this great fussy cut that says “I like you.” I like it.


Marsha is all over the Tula! It’s bright and gorgeous. It’s amazing to me that even with all the people using Tula, they look different.


Nancy is pulling from a gorgeous rainbow of fabric. By selecting the same palette that Tula did in the book, she’ll get her own rainbow.


Lydia’s blocks look wonderful! I love how she fussy cut graphic shapes and mixed Tula with solids and blenders.


Barbara is working with the same fabrics as Nancy, but it somehow looks totally different! They’re great! And the sashing…swoon.


Pamela is master of the fussy cut! I don’t know where she finds all these cool things.


Susanne is using Kaffe and it’s looking so awesome! She’s working hard to bring in all values and it’s paying off.


Joanne is using Allison Glass. She’s focusing on just one color per square. They look fabulous.


Justi is channeling Joel Dewberry. They look awesome. And this line is so extensive that it still has a scrappy vintage vibe.


The Sew Original crew is getting closer to the end! Chris made this month’s blocks!


And caught up on last month’s blocks! She has great pops of color. Love!!


Jeannie’s are looking wonderful! She has some great pairings of fabrics!


The Guru’s are also looking really good! She’s working to make sure she mixes up which fabric she pairs together.


The end is in sight for this crew!
xo LC

Imagine Quilts GIVEAWAY

A few weeks ago, the amazing and sweet Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. came to visit the Triad MQG and Sew Original. We celebrated her new book, Imagine Quilts! Can we just start with the cover?! I love that quilt! Perfect scrappiness.


We were able to do a workshop with her and make tons of blocks for charity! She’s very calm about sewing curves and offered some great tips. We combined all the blocks we made for nearly three quilt tops.


The book is wonderful! There are some great quilts in there. The whale is adorable!! It’s a favorite of mine as I love whales.


There are loads of great ideas with Dana’s scrappy style shining through. And she was sweet enough to offer an electronic copy to one of you! This giveaway is an easy one. Make a comment below about what your favorite animal is. Mack the Chihuahua and I will do a random drawing from these entries to choose a winner! The lucky winner will receive an electronic copy of Imagine Quilts! And there might just be a bonus prize. Entries open through Wednesday, August 20 at noon.
xo LC