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!

Happy holidays!

How do you audition your quilting stitches?

I'm guest posting again today over at Sew Mama Sew, sharing my top three methods for testing out quilting stitches without sewing a single stitch. I don't know about you, but I positively detest having to rip out quilting stitches. I think most of us prefer to avoid the seam ripper when possible! So I really like getting an idea of what my stitches might look like before stitching them, thus preventing as much ripping as possible. Check out my post right here :)

Speaking of quilting, if you are looking for some new quilting stitches to master this summer, you might want to pop over to Craftsy over the next few days, as they're having a giant summer sale, with big deals on all their classes, including Angela Walters's latest class, Little Changes Big Variety. Have a great day!

Guest posting at Sew Mama Sew today!

I'm super excited to tell you that I'm going to sharing over the next few months at Sew Mama Sew - it was one of the first blogs I ever guest posted on several years ago, and I love how much information they've cultivated there over the years! I'm posting the first in a series of posts about free-motion quilting over there today, Top 10 Tips for Beginning Free-Motion Quilters. If free-motion quilting has gotten the best of you in the past or if it's been something you've been hesitant to try, check out my tips for getting started on the right foot, and remember that your attitude will make or break your early experiences with free-motion quilting.

When I first started free-motion quilting, I didn't know I was supposed to be scared of it, so I just went for it and did it. It wasn't perfect, and I knew it, but I didn't let that get to me. I focused on having fun with it, and over time, with lots of practice, my stitches got better and better. And yours can too!

You can check out my top tips right here, and if you want more free-motion tips, tricks, and examples, check out my Craftsy class and save $15 on your class registration right here - Start Free-Motion Quilting! If you're more of a fan of walking foot quilting, you can also check out Jacquie Gering's new Craftsy class, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot, which is just fantastic. Have a super day!

Sharing my first quilt today

I'm sharing the story behind my first quilt today over on my good friend AnneMarie's blog, Gen X Quilters. For those of you who've followed this blog a long time, you might just recognize this quilt as my previous Blogger and Flickr avatar! It was a lot of fun to dig up photos from early on in my quilting life, and marvel over how bad some of them were, and to laugh and remember the mistakes I made early on in quilting. It really makes me see how far I've come as a quilter! Pop on over to Gen X Quilters to read all the gory details. I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday today :)

SMBQ - Zoology Baby Quilt
my first quilt, for my munchkin's toddler bed

Guest posting today at Stitch This!

Good morning and happy Tuesday to you! This morning, you'll find me guest posting and sharing loads of pictures (which are totally pin-able, hint hint!) from my new book, Becoming a Confident Quilter at Martingale's blog, Stitch This. I'm also sharing the story behind my first experience with foundation paper piecing, as well as the story behind the foundation paper pieced quilt in my book, Wham. Pop on over and check it out - you could win a copy of my book!

Wham quilt - from Becoming a Confident Quilter, my book
from Becoming a Confident Quilter
photo courtesy of Martingale & Co