Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year Catch Up and a Fun Giveaway!

Happy New Year! I can't believe we're already a week into 2015. I hope you all had a lovely holiday break with your families over the last few weeks, I truly enjoyed unplugging a bit and spending time with my boys. So much so that I completely neglected to share some fun stuff that's come up as of late!

First up, I'm doing a fun mini quilt pattern series for the fantastic British magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting. Can I just say how wonderful the photography is in this magazine?! Everything is so beautiful! The first issue for the mini series is Issue 16, and it's on sale now even in the US at Barnes & Nobles and Jo-Ann's, and the first mini is the super fun Create mini.



This mini uses half-square triangles to spell out a word ever so near and dear to my heart - create. It's a great little mini to hang up in your sewing room or to gift to a creative friend, and it's super easy to sew up! 



Another really fun thing to share is that I've collaborated with the wonderful Patchwork Threads folks to create a shirt inspired by the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club from 2014 - the Spunky Star shirt! How fun is that?! Well, we're so excited about the shirt's release that Patchwork Threads is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader! Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and I'll announce a winner on Monday, January 12th. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Good morning!! Have you seen the Around the World blog hop posts that have been cropping up lately? It's a fun little blog hop where you can find all kinds of new blogs to read, and it's kind of like a six-degrees-of kind of game, where you can see all kinds of interesting connections between people. I was invited to join in the fun by my sweet friend Lee of May Chappell. Lee is a great pattern writer, who had her first booth at Quilt Market this past fall, and I'm so happy that I got to see it because it was really stunning! She and I have a mutual love of all fabrics Denyse Schmidt and she's a much more disciplined and regular blog writer than I am, so check her out!

If you're hopping on over to check me out for the first time, hello! Bonjour! Welcome! I'm a quilter with an obsession for foundation paper piecing and free-motion quilting. I write patterns and teach regularly, and as my day job, I'm the Events Manager for The Modern Quilt Guild, so it's all quilts, all the time for me these days! I adore Denyse Schmidt fabrics as well as Cotton + Steel, and I very clearly have a fabric collecting problem. I often teasingly call my fabric collection my own personal 401K.

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I've just wrapped up my holiday sewing, which included six new holiday stockings for my family and some infinity scarves for my mother and mother-in-law, which I naturally forgot to take pictures of before wrapping! But I sure did take lots of pretty pictures of my stockings :)

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I'm also hard at work on a big project that I can't share much of, but here are a few sneak peeks of some of the things I've been making for that...

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And last, but definitely not least, I'm raising a puppy at home - a beautiful five month old Goldendoodle named Maximus. We got him in September, and he's grown literally by leaps and bounds these past three months. He's got such a personality and has been so much fun so far. I'm really glad he's part of our family :)

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Now, being the holidays and all, I wanted to invite you guys to join in the Around the World fun! Tell me a little about you in the comments and be sure to share your blog link and pop over to a few other blogs to share in the Around the World fun!

Enjoy the Around the World fun! Get inspired and happy holidays :)
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Icicle Star Free Block Pattern

Happy almost holidays everyone! I just wanted to tell you about a new free paper-piecing block pattern you can download from me over at Sew Mama Sew. The Icicle Star is a great block to adorn a pouch or pillow or as the center of your own medallion quilt, and the download includes 6" and 12" block templates so you can go big or small! Check it out right here!


Also, Craftsy is having a giant year-end sale right now, so treat yourself to a little crafting online learning, or gift a class to a friend you want to introduce to quilting or sewing or knitting! All classes are $19.99 or less between now and 12/25. Click here to start shopping! Happy holidays!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Buried in selvages

I've been digging through my selvage bin over the last few weeks, steadily trying to both organize and tidy up my selvages, which I've been collecting in a giant Tupperware container in my sewing room closet pretty much since I started sewing. For the first few years, I was real haphazard about my selvage saving, but about two years ago, I really fell in love with string piecing and saw loads of selvage projects that I adored, so I actively started saving my selvages at that point.

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It was like looking through an old yearbook, sorting through these selvages and seeing all sorts of fabric collections that I haven't used or thought about in eons, and discovering some serious finds in my selvage bin, like some original Flea Market Fancy selvages (which are adorable) and I decided that my absolute favorite selvage that I own at the moment is this one right here from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Moonlit collection for Cotton + Steel. I adore all the Cotton + Steel selvages, but I especially love Rashida's handwriting, so this one is a current fave :)

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What am I doing with these guys? Well, I'm working on a project for another larger project that I can't share much about at the moment, but here's what I can say - it's going to be a quilt, and yes, there will be a pattern. And yes, there will be more sneak peeks as I start to get these little pieces together. And I can hardly wait!
Monday, December 1, 2014

December: The Persnickety Star

Wow, December has arrived, friends! Time for a new Lucky Star, the last in the 2014 series. The Persnickety Star is a really unique paper pieced star, with an interesting, irregular frame around the star to draw you into that center star, and some additional star points around the frame for extra pop. It may look like a lot of pieces, but it comes together surprisingly easily!

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How are you doing with your Lucky Stars? If you're saving them for your next sewing retreat or a rainy day, no worries, but if you're making them, I'd love to see them! You can add hashtag #luckystarsbom on Instagram or Facebook to share them! Have a great day :)
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