Stitching With Lorelai GIVEAWAY

I hope that everyone has enjoyed all of the Stitching with Lorelai projects. I am pretty sure that I need to stitch up all of them! My house needs its own Gilmore corner.

Here are all the projects for easy access:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I was a bit torn about which design to use for my post, so I’m sharing my other designs here as a bonus! I pulled some of the best gilmorisms! First up is “I Smell Snow!” and you can download the design here. As all true Gilmore lovers know, all good things happen in the snow!

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Next up is a pretty common word. But to none other than the fabulous matriach, Emily, it is a come hither pick up line! In fact, it’s a line she “learns” from Lorelai! Hello. Don’t go saying it to too many men now:) You can download this design here.

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And one more! I’m pretty sure that this is my life motto as well! I can hear The Guru snickering as she reads that;) You can grab this design here.

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I’ve loved checking out all the goodness on Instagram under #stitchingwithlorelai. Remember, you have until December 1 to post to that hashtag and be entered for a $50 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric! Enter often:) And peruse all the cuteness that’s popping up already. Y’all are some speedy stitchers!

Who’s ready for a surprise GIVEAWAY?! Claudia who is the dealer of all things embroidery and beyond over at Snuggly Monkey has generously offered a $25 gift certificate. And it’s pretty easy to enter! All you have to do is comment on ANY of the Stitching with Lorelai blog posts. So, there are up to six entries per person! You can comment on anything you want, but if you’re looking for a topic, how about #teamdean, #teamjess or #teamlogan? Enter before Wednesday, November 23 at noon est.

Here are links to all of the awesome projects of Stitching with Lorelai one more time:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I think all dedicated fans will want to check out this pledge. Don’t be a spoiler!

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The really important thing is that we are now WITHIN a week of A Year in the Life!! Can you stand it?!

xx LC

 

Stitching with Lorelai TUTORIAL

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If you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, “Lorelai Gilmore is my spirit animal!”, then welcome to the Stitching with Lorelai stitch along. (If you thought, “Who is Lorelai?” Get thee to Netflix and start watching Gilmore Girls. You will not regret it.) For those of you already firmly on Team Luke, I’m glad you’re here! In honor of the Gilmore Girls Revival coming next week, I’ve pulled together a few of my stitchy friends who are also longing for Stars Hollow. This is a pretty simple stitch along. Each day, one of us will post a simple stitching project. Here is the line up!

Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, November 19: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell

This is a SUPER casual stitchalong! Basically, all the designs are free. We’d love for you to stitch them up while binge watching your favorite episodes or even during the second viewing of the revival. The first viewing will require focus. We are having a little giveaway on Instagram. Every time you use the hashtag #stitchingwithlorelai, you get an entry. You can post anything from choosing your floss to your finished product. Unlimited entries. On December 1, we will randomly choose a winner who will receive a SewLux gift card for $50! Special thanks to Chrissy & Linda for donating this awesome prize!

I decided to start where the series started. The perfect song for the perfect show. “Where you Lead, I will Follow.” Thank you Carole King. You can download my design here.

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Here are the colors I used:
Purple Lettering: Anchor 89, 3 strands, stem stitch
Yellow Daisies: Anchor 303, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Light Purple Daisies: Cosmo 483, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Teal Daisies: Anchor 187, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Aqua Daisies: Cosmo 413, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Bright Pink Daisies: Cosmo 3115, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch

There are so many other fun things that are Gilmore related that are cropping up everywhere! I’m dying to make some of these coffee cups. Amy Friend of During Quiet Time made these for each of the major characters. It’s a fun game to guess the character she’s depicting. The swan for Jess made me laugh out loud! You can get her pattern here (US & International) or Etsy (US only) or Craftsy (US only).

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I hope you’ll enjoy Stitching with Lorelai! Let the games begin!

xx LC

An Olympic Sized Hole in My Heart

I’ve taken a bit of a break from the blog for the summer and I’ve really missed it. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a break from working…so I have so much fun stuff to show you in the next few weeks! There were lots of good times this summer hanging out with my favorite co-pilot.

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I am an Olympic superfan and might have openly wept during closing ceremonies for three major reasons. A: What will I watch while stitching? Who knew that I could watch so many hours of a cycling road race. B: Why is the dance portion before synchronized swimming not required national vewing? Seriously. Google it. You’re welcome. It rivals some Broadway shows I’ve seen. C: Will college football fill the Olympic sized hole in my heart?

In honor of the Olympics (and because I was too slow for the Fourth of July), I made this cute flag mini. It’s a Thimble Blossoms pattern. These quilts were all the rage on Instagram.

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I hosted a little stitching soiree with some sewing buds. We had the ridiculous idea of making a swap item. I made this little cutie with some Liberty lawn. A dresden is always a good idea. Tessa of The Sewing Chick won it!

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I received this cute little pouch. It was made by the super talented Sarah of Stitching & Bacon using a Carolyn Friedlander pattern.

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The Triad MQG did a swap with the McKinney MQG. I made this colorful rainbow with the pattern from my Craftsy class.

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And I also made this Bonnie & Camille dresden! I had two partners:)

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The Guru made this awesome Designer Star!

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And this gorgeous Blue Ridge mini! I REALLY wanted to steal this before she sent it off. She also had two partners.

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I’ve been busy this summer designing two quilts for Quilt Carolina! There’s one version for the Triangle and one version for the Triad. The big reveal will be on October 6. You can learn more about the shop hop here and buy passports from any of the participating shops!

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I also started a little cross stitching project this summer. In honor of the National Park Service turning 100, I’m making the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery design. We’ve only gotten one clue, but I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue.

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More fun soon!

xx LC

My First Booth Part 4

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And that all the international folk enjoyed watching the Americans gorge on food.) I am feeling very thankful and blessed for the amazing year I’ve had. This is my final installment about Market and, in my mind, the most important. I owe the biggest shoutout and thank you to all those friends and family that made something/finished something for my booth! (And everyone that listened to me talk about my plans ad nauseam the past few months.) I really cannot ever thank you enough! First of all, let’s talk about Shirley Bailey, you might know her as the owner of my main local quilt store, Sew Original. For me, she’s the binding fairy. She hand bound almost every quilt in my booth. You might know that I’m picky and her binding is PERFECT. Absolutely perfect. Shirley, I owe you:) I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you.

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My sweet friend Tessa pieced and quilted this beauty! I had cut the fabric and knew that I wouldn’t get to it. I mailed it to Tessa and the USPS ate the package. So, I cut it again and mailed it off. She finished it (in about five days!) and shipped it directly to my hotel in Houston. She’s a really good friend. A really, really good friend. It’s going to be a free pattern coming soon:)

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Sarah made this table runner with my Blue Ridge Quilt Pattern. We facetimed and picked really great fabrics. I love her quilting choices! She’s the best!!

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Kelly Wood quilted this for me! I’ve stolen the image from Quilters Dream Instagram account; they took a fabulous photo. Kelly used two layers of Quilters Dream Select batting to make the quilting really show. I pieced this top with half square triangles based on my All Squared Up pattern.

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She hid so many little gems in this piece. There’s a bee that’s an homage to the Flora & Fauna fabric that I used.

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And she quilted honeycombs. Needless to say, she’s pretty amazing.

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It was over:( I sent my quilts off to Country Fabrics in Minnesota for a trunk show. This was a huge relief as it cleared some room in the car.

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Taking it all down is MUCH faster than putting it up!

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My last big thank you is to my Mom & Dad. My Dad built my booth and went on countless Home Depot treks! (More on that later.) The booth was amazing and exactly as I wanted it to be. My Mom was my right hand man/The Guru/Chief Minion. She abandoned all her own sewing projects for the past two months to help me. I could not have done it without her. When I decided to do my first market booth, I asked them to help and they both jumped on board. I’m not sure any of us knew what we were getting into. I always joke that it’s a miracle that they answer my calls.

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I’m already looking forward to Minneapolis in the Spring!

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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!!

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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.

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

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

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

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Then we went out for burgers and shakes!

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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

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

First Finish

I rang in 2014 with a quick little project!! I made these phone and iPad pillows. I don’t actually have an iPad, but The Guru does and she’s a sharer.

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The pattern is from Diane of From Blank Pages. I won it on Instagram!! Diane’s patterns are great! The only thing I did different was stuff them with crushed walnut shells instead of fish rocks. I already had them and it made the pillow a nice weight. This was also a really quick project!! They took about 30 minutes to sew and then another 30 minutes to stuff and hand sew.

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I actually won one for me AND one for Sarah! We were ridiculously excited!!

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Sarah and I FaceTime sew and this is a common view because we end up laying down the phones…

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Well not anymore my friends, I’ve got a pillow for my phone!
xo LC

Challenge Accepted

It’s Ladies Night here at May Chappell! Two of my favorite ladies, Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and Sarah of Stitching and Bacon, and I decided that we needed to add one more CHALLENGE before the holidays! And obviously, we want you to join in the fun!

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Each of us have chosen a bundle from Chrissy’s shop based on the theme Ladies Night! This is mine! You can buy it here!

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And this is Sarah’s! Love those colors! You can buy it here!

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And Chrissy’s! I want them all!! You can buy it here!

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And here is the challenge part. You get to make anything!! I’m pretty sure that mine is going to become a holiday gift;) You’ll just need a completed project in time for the link up party. If you choose to make a quilt, you need a finished top. All projects welcome…bags, decor, quilt tops…endless possibilities! The link up will be December 10 through December 23! Details about that will follow. You can enter up to three times (one per palette). You’ll be able to link from Flickr or a blog. (Let us know if you need another way:) But basically, you just need to make something inspired by ladies night and you could win prizes!! The prizes are pretty sweet: gift certificates, patterns and maybe even a little something handmade! Sarah’s in charge of the handmade and word on the street is that she makes rockin’ pouches. You can sew with any of our bundles or from your stash. If you sew from your stash, you can choose any of the three palette options!

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So start sewing!! I did;) Well, cutting at least…accuquilt style.

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xo LC