Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Friends, I want to take this time to wish you and your family a very Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!

This turkey was from last year. For some reason I ended up with a 19 lb turkey this year. I told my family we will be eating leftover turkey through the entire month of December.

It’s been a busy and crazy year! Nonetheless, I have jotted down the last couple of weeks in my planner to remind myself that God is good, and to make being thankful to Him a lifestyle.

In case you didn’t see, Gwen shared her trinket stitching pumpkins on Aurifil’s blog. You may download the chart there. You may read her post here.

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I have been making blocks for my Basketful of Blessings in November. These blocks go really quickly. I like that I am able to incorporate the Ohio Star unit in my blocks. You will get a chuckle if you have attended my How Many Ways to use the Ohio Stars presentation.

This design works well with anything from your stash. 10 FQs + fabrics for background and border. Of if you want yours scrappy, you could use 20 different fabrics for the 20 blocks. Or you can just make 3 or 4 blocks for a table runner.

You may purchase the pattern here:

My house is cleaned. My table is set. I have a few hours still before I have to work on Thanksgiving sidedishes. I am going to sit and just do some handstitching for a couple of hours while listening to my daughter chatter on.

Some of you might have seen QuiltShopGal’s feature on Gwen’s call for sponsorship for Wreaths Across America. If you haven’t, here is the link.

Click HERE if you would like to sponsor any wreaths at Arlington Cemetery this year. We were going to help lay the wreaths this year, but just got news that this year’s laying will not be open to the public.

And with that, I hope you will remember in your thoughts and prayers the gold star families in our country as you gather amongst your loved ones in commemorating Thanksgiving this year.

Love and blessings to you, from my house to yours!

More bag talk – not back talk!

Hi Friends, I hope your week has gone well for you! We are about 2 weeks from Thanksgiving, and it seems to me time only flies these days!

I know many of you sew gifts for gifting for Christmas! I will do some as well this year. My daughter and I stitch at least one Christmas ornament each year to add to our tree. She already stitched hers for this year with the two sled ornaments I had shown you here. I just have to finish mine.

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If you indulge in hand applique projects, I am sharing with you a gift item you could possibly add to a gift list for yourself — the Maxie Yazzii (CA375). You may read the specifications of this bag here,

So, it’s a large-sized bag, but narrow, compared to the many other Yazzii organizers. I like the large size, and the not so bulky depth of the bag. I can definitely see it used as bag one would bring to a multi-day class or retreat — because this bag actually stores a small-sized cutting mat!

So, what I really really like about this package deal is that the bag comes with 4 pouches – all see through so you know the contents of the pouches. It comes with a large square pouch, and 3 much smaller organizer pouches. The large square pouch is perfect for storing the fabrics you would bring to class, while the pouches and organizers within the bag are great to bring all your notions and tools.

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BUT, I am actually using the Maxie Yazzii as a bag to hold what I need for one major hand applique project! It is one that I was teased that my granddaughter (!) would have to finish for me one day. But I persist… it’s the Mary Brown quilt. Do a search to see an image of the quilt, and you will see the teasing is quite justified.

I am NOT starting another hand applique needleturn project until I get this one completed. The only problem is that this is my “ME” project, and I don’t get much of any “ME” time. So, most of the time, it would be months before I get a block of time to work on my “ME” project. And I lose track of my blocks, patterns, and fabrics because they end up all over the place. With Maxie Yazzii, I am able to consolidate all my hand applique supplies into one spot, and best of all, this is conveniently portable. I tend to work on my ME projects when I go on trips — so, I can easily bring the bag with me, versus lugging a plastic tub + a pizza box for the blocks!

You can see that I am using the large square pouch to store my completed blocks. The smallest pouch has my essential notions – toothpicks, scissors, needles and a thread spool.

[My thread of choice for hand applique is the 80wt made by Aurifil – which I use for hand applique as well as for machine quilting. I have written about them here, and here.

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I am using the other pouches to store fabric pieces for my next block. I don’t have my fabrics picked out yet. But it will be pieces for a pineapple block in the Mary Brown quilt.

So you open up the actual Maxie Yazzii bag — this is what you see. See the large see through pocket on the left? That is where my little pouches will go! One thing about these pouches, if you have them in another color, they are even better for identification purposes when they are in the pocket.

Then, the see through pockets on the attached sleeve are where I sort my Aurifil 80wt spools by color.

Then I turn the sleeve over, and there are more see through pockets for me to organize my bits and bobs specifically used for hand applique.

And on the other side is the another pocket for me to store my patterns.

I hope you can see from the picture that is where the “depth” of the bag is, where I will lay my large pouch (on top of the pattern pocket).

I like this bag a lot to organize my applique project. IF I were to have another applique project, I would not hesitate to use another separate Maxie Yazzii bag to organize my project that way. I said IF — haha! The only thing I would like is a front zipper pocket like the Quilters Project Bag (CA880). I have written about the bag HERE. I like the front zipper pocket to either store my phone or keys. Being able to find my keys/phone easily in a front pocket would come in really handy if I were to bring my Maxie Yazzii to a class.

Yazzii is having a giveaway on their Instagram feed at the moment – check out their feed for more information. So, do give them a follow. They also regularly post vidoes on how to use their bags. They are fun to watch, and are great for organizing ideas!

For my list of reviews on Yazzii’s bags, click the following:

CA880 – Quilters Project Bag

CA140 – Oval Organzier

Stay tuned — my daughter will have a say on another Yazzii bag in a few weeks! She is using hers for cross-stitching purposes, and she is definitely doing much better keeping track of her stitching things with her own Yazzii bag. One thing I really don’t like to hear as a mother is… “Mom, where is my….?”

That’s all for now, Friends. It is close to 2am, and I need to catch a few zzzz’s before I do it all over again!

Have a lovely rest of your week!

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Maisons de Patchwork ready for Christmas!

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well. There’s no pressure or anything, but it would seem like there are only 46 days till Christmas! I thought I would share with you my completed Christmas quilt made with my pattern Maisons de Patchwork.

The fabrics are Christmas Figs II by Moda Fabrics. The fabrics are current at the moment, and I have seen many have made different quilts with this beautiful fabric line.

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You may purchase the pattern in PDF format by clicking HERE.

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Most of my patterns from my pattern line are written non fabric-specific fashion. But I have been asked about the fabrics used in my Maisons de Patchwork Christmas quilt. If you are interested in making the quilt using Christmas Figs II fabrics, click HERE for the Fabric Chart.

I have also made a block for my new Quaterfoil pattern using Christmas Figs II. This block is 20″ square. I am going to finish it as a pillow.

Click HERE to purchase the pattern.

Meanwhile, I have added a page on my blog for Pattern Corrections. There is an update on my You Can’t Catch Me pattern. Click HERE to read.

That’s all for now — it’s crunch time for pattern writing for the next round of pattern release! Here are some patterns coming to you within the next few months.

I shall catch up with you again before the week ends!

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It’s Your Turn to Stomp

Hello Friends, Happy Friday to you! I hope you have had a good week. I want to thank you for all the comments you left for beloved Pat Sloan last weekend in my Morrison Park fabric tour post. It is evident that we ALL love Pat! Click HERE if you had missed it.

I had mentioned to you in the Fabric Tour post last week that we were on the last stage of the editing process for the Stomping Ground pattern. I am excited to share the news that the pattern is NOW available. Many thanks to my editors Laurel and Sue for working hard to get this ready.

IT’S YOUR TURN TO STOMP!

Click HERE to purchase the pattern in pdf format from my Etsy shop. Pattern copies in paper format are available exclusively to shops – shops may order directly from me, or United Notions.

This pattern is Fat-Quarter Friendly, and totally fabric independent. Here are a few versions using a few different upcoming fabric lines.

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Forget Me Not by Dear Stella Designs

Woodland & Songbirds by Poppie Cotton

And of course, you have seen the quilt in Morrison Park by Benartex.

Construction Tip: Now there are a few small pieces in order to make the shape of the elephant’s trunk, body and ear happen.

My tip in working with tiny pieces is this:

#1. Starch press fabric to stiffen the fabric before cutting.

#2. When piecing, finger press first, use a fine fine pin to hold fabric pieces in place while sewing. I will remove the pin (if necessary) if I see that the needle will hit the pin directly. Otherwse, I slow down my machine, and have the needle just glide over my pin. These are the pins I use when piecing. You may purchase them HERE.

THEN, finger press again before press with iron to set in seams.

Otherwise, the block construction is straightforward.

There you have it, my friends! I hope you will have fun making these elephant blocks. Send me pictures of your blocks so that I can brag about you!

Have a great weekend!

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Morrison Park Fabric Hop Giveaway Winner

Top of the morning to you, Dear Friends! I hope you have had a good week so far!

I want to thank ALL of you for your amazing comments for Pat in my Morrison Park Fabric Hop post last Saturday. It is evident to all that Pat is much much love in the quilting community.

I am happy to announce the winner for the giveaway — Jayne P from the UK! Please watch for my email, and reply with your shipping address! Congratulations, Jayne!

I am also very thankful for all the lovely comments you left for my Stomping Ground quilt. Many have asked for the pattern. Pattern will be available on my Etsy shop this Saturday (or earlier). So, do check back! I will announce on my Instagram feed once the pattern is ready.

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I do have a rather fun piece of news to share. My daughter (whom many of you have known since almost the beginning of thi sblog) is now 11. She recently had her own editorial feature in the December 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch, on newsstands now. She is now almost as tall as me, and more often than not, things that she says make me feel like she is the parent! She remains to be the joy of my life.

I want to thank you all for your friendship over the years. It’s a milestone like this one that makes me stop and think back on the journey I took the last 11 years. And as always, Soli Deo Gloria!

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Morrison Park Fabric Hop – celebrating Pat Sloan’s new fabric line & GIVEAWAY!

Hello Friends, it’s been a looooong time since I last visited with you. Please forgive me for my absence. Life took a really hectic turn when I started having to play teacher earlier this year, and then, it seemed like the pace never let up due to one thing or another. I do hope you are well, and are enjoying the fall season. Can you believe 2020 is almost over?

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Well, I am back today to celebrate Dear Friend Pat Sloan‘s new fabric release with Benartex, with my newest finished project. But first, have you see Pat’s Morrison Park fabrics?

Have you been following Pat’s Morrison Park Blog Tour?

September 28 – Cheryl Bricky Meadow Mist Designs

September 29 – Laura Pilan Slice of Pi Quilts

September 30 – Andy Knowlton A Bright Corner

October 1 – Amy Ellis Amy’s Creative Side

October 2 – Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl

October 3 – Pam Vieira-McGinnis Pam Kitty Morning

October 4 – Jen Shaffer Patterns by Jen

October 5 – Heather Valentine The Sewing Loft

October 6 – Annie Unrein By Annie

October 7 – Melissa Corry Happy Quilting Melissa

October 8 – Karen Pratt Cream Craft Goods

October 9 – Jane Davidson Quilt Jane

October 10 – Wendy Sheppard Ivory Springs

October 11 – Pat Sloan

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The prints are sweet, adorable, and quite Liberty-like, and so cheerful and happy too — much like Pat herself! And these fabrics are in shops now!

There are so many prints I like from Morrison Park. But my favorite is actually this one! I am always on a hunt for a good background fabric that is interesting (not too loud, but not too dull), effective in highlighting other prints, and yet not overshadowed by the prints.

And with that I shall show you my quilt made with Morrison Park fabrics!

You can see that even the elephants have busted out from the zoo to celebrate Pat’s new fabric line! Let’s take a closer look at the elephants! You can see how well that background fabric plays with the other prints in the following pictures.

This quilt is actually made for one of my upcoming patterns called Stomping Ground. We are going through the final edits for the pattern as I write, and it will be ready within 7-10 days, if not sooner! Watch my Instagram feed. This is a Fat-Quarter friendly pattern — so, start collecting your favorite Morrison Park fat quarters. You can make the blocks with using a background fabric + 10 FQs.

While I haven’t used all the fabrics in the entire Morrison Park collection, you may click HERE to view all the fabrics!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Stomping Ground design in Pat’s Morrison Park fabrics!

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

There will be one winner for this giveaway.

Prize Option 1 is US prize – of a Morrison Park layer cake and a Benartex Fat Quarterly club newsletter w/charm pack. 

Prize Option 2 is outside the US – Pat’s Aurifil Perfect Box of Neutrals. 

Between now and Oct 13, 2020 (23:59, or 11:59pm EST), leave a comment here and tell me:

  1. If you follow Pat on any of her social media sites (if you aren’t, you should!), or
  2. If you have made a quilt from Pat’s vast offerings of patterns and books, or
  3. Something appreciative you would like to say to Pat!

I will pick and announce a winner on Oct 14 at 8am EST!

Thank you for spending part of your Saturday with me! I wish you a most lovely weekend — and those who are in Louisiana in the path of Delta, do stay safe! Hugs to you all.

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Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  You know what July 25 is?  It is National Merry-Go-Round Day, and that also means there are 152 days till Christmas!

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I am happy to be a participant in Benartex’s Christmas in July Project Hop this year.  And my fabrics of choice are from the Ode to Joy collection.  You may click here to view all the fabrics in this metallic Christmas line.  Of all the prints in this fabric line, I think my personal favorite is this one.  It’s Christmasy cheerful, and whimsical at the same with the gold accents!

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With this fabric, I made a gingerbread man block from my You Can’t Catch Me pattern.  Pattern is available for sale HERE.

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The gingerbread man block finishes at 9″ x 9″.  I added border strips around the block to make it into 15″ x 15″ finished block for a Christmas throw pillow.  I have a secret to share.  While I can make quilts, I can’t make much of anything else, except throw pillows!

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You remember my You Can’t Catch Me pattern, don’t you?

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And these sneak peeks I have shared?

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Well, in the case of using Ode to Joy for the gingerbread man block, the take-away lessons are:

#1.  Gingerbread Men don’t all have to be brown!

#2.  If a quilt pattern has a distinctive block design, chances are you can easily just make one block, and turn it into a throw pillow, or small wallhanging.

#3.  The advantage of making just that one is two fold — it serves as a test block to make sure you have cut the pieces, and followed the instructions correctly, and to determine whether you like making that particular block enough to invest the time to make a larger quilt with the blocks!

And here you see that I used the Ode to Joy fabrics to mock up a 9-block quilt using the gingerbread man blocks in keeping with my suggestion earlier that not all gingerbread men have to be brown!

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And here are a couple more fun versions for you!

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So you see, the different fabrics chosen give the design totally different final looks, don’t they?  Therefore, I hereby declare that quilters don’t have to feel guilty about their large fabric stash.  How else would quilters decide for the final looks of their quilts without a large fabric stash to play with? Haha.

If you are thinking about attempting these gingerbread men blocks, I shared a few construction tips HERE.  There is also a block diagram available for you to print if you would like to note the measurements of the different pieces cut for the block.

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With that, I shall wish you a Merry Christmas in July, my friends!

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Be sure to check out the projects from the other participants here:

Monday July 20th – Nancy Scott, Winterberry http://masterpiecequilting.blogspot.com/

Tuesday July 21st – Heidi Pridemore, Rejoice https://www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com/

Wednesday July 22nd – Laura Piland, First Frost http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/

Thursday July 23rd – Lisa Ruble, Camp Joy https://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/

Friday July 24th – Debby Kratovil, Festive Chickadees https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/

Saturday July 25thME! Wendy Sheppard, Ode to Joy https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Sunday July 26th – Debby Brown, River’s End https://www.debbybrownquilts.com/

Monday July 27th – Charisma Horton, Deer Festival http://charismascorner.com/

Tuesday July 28th – Sandra Walker, Better Not Pout https://www.mmmquilts.com/

Wednesday July 29th – Kate Colleran, Joy https://seamslikeadream.com/

Thursday July 30th – Tammy Silvers, Snow Village & Rustic Village Christmas https://www.tamarinis.com/

 

Answers to a few questions…

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a lovely start!  I am still chugging along at my end tending to the different irons in the fire!  First off, the second round of flowering has begun on my rose bushes.  Due to the heat, the flowers aren’t as pink as in the early spring.  And they don’t last as long either.

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I actually tracked the “life” of a rose on my Instagram stories a couple of weeks ago, trying to see how long it took for a bud to mature into a flower.   With the growing conditions in my reason, I say it’s about 14-18 days.  I never thought it would be that long.

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Every week I receive emails from quilters asking where they can purchase stand-alone patterns for kits they see in catalogs like Keepsake Quilting.   Most of the time these patterns are not available as stand-alone for sale patterns because they are exclusive collaborations among all the parties involved in offering a design as kits .  The only way to get the pattern is to purchase the kits.  I have also learned that Keepsake Quilting almost never re-kit a project after their kits sell out.

So if you like a kit you see, it’s probably best to purchase it while it is still available.  Click HERE to check out the kits that I have designed for Keepsake Quilting.  

I thought I would share with you the newest kits available that I had designed with the Walnut Creek fabrics by Windham Fabrics.

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The first one is Homestead.  Click HERE to purchase the kit.  Remember the house blocks I had shared with you a few weeks ago?  The design is offered as quilt kits using the Walnut Creek fabrics.

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The second one is Plum Creek.  Click HERE to purchase the kit.

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Receiving frequent requests for my stand-alone patterns is a big determing factor for the launch of my own pattern line in December 2019.  I want to thank those of you who have purchased the patterns.  I am appreciative of your support.  Please know that my editors and myself work really hard to make each of these pattern happen!

Click HERE to see the current offerings.  More will be added within the few weeks.  

All my patterns are non-fabric specific, and oftentimes precuts friendly.  And chances are I am sewing my quilts right along with you!

What if you really like the version(s) of my quilts I have shown in my fabric choices?  Email me, and I am more than happy to share with you names of fabric lines, and pertinent details.

Please also let your quilt shops know that copies of paper pattern are offered exclusively to them.  They just need to email me for details.

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This is one I am working on.  It is actually a log cabin quilt.  In case you missed it, I had blogged about it here.  Pattern is available here.  And here is my latest progress picture.  A quarter of the blocks are made!

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Meanwhile, I am working on these blocks…. details coming soon!

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That’s all for now, Friends.  I am burning midnight oil trying to get a huge quilt completed…. This quilt has more than 850 HST units!  I am crazy, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Take care, and may the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose!

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Till next time!

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Elliptical Quilt: Construction Tips

Hello Friends, Happy Thursday to you.  I am glad you stopped by today!  Here is a fun tip for you before we go further!  I am guessing you probably have folded fabric stacks somewhere in your sewing space.  I find these fabric stacks a great way to keep track of units I construct for my quilt blocks.  Just stick a pin and the units to a fabric stack — and chances are, you won’t lose them like I would if I place my units somewhere on my sewing desk.   I have tried using trays, but I think because I work on more than one or two or three quilts at one time, it’s harder to keep track of various block units using the trays.

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Now, onto my newly release pattern Elliptical Quilt.  Pattern is available HERE.  Elliptical Quilt is a fat-quarter-friendly design.  So, get busy raiding your stash.  You will need a total of 18 FQs + backgroudn fabric!  You can also use jelly roll strips to cut the print pieces as well.

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DESIGN SUMMARY: This is actually a quilt made with log cabin blocks with a twist!  The conventional log cabin blocks end up being square blocks, but these log cabin blocks have to end up being rectangular in order to achieve an overall elliptical look!

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THINGS I LEARNED FROM MAKING THE BLOCKS MYSELF:

Because of the elliptical nature of the quilt design, here are a few things to watch for —

1. Follow the block cutting diagram CAREFULLY when cutting the pieces because the pieces are not cut at the more regular or familiar dimensions.  For example, one of the pieces is cut 2 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ — be sure to cut at those dimensions and not 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.  Or there is a narrow piece that is cut at 1″ x 6″ — be sure to not cut 1″ x 6 1/2″.

All those dimensions are necessary in order for us to achieve the elliptical look.

2.  Therefore, I find it easier to cut the pieces piecemeal as I make the blocks instead of mass-cutting.  The following pictures show how I organize my pieces.  I find that index cards are great for keeping my pieces organized because I can write down the dimensions of my cut pieces.

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3.  The other thing to watch for when constructing the blocks is the block orientation.  The left and right blocks are mirror-imaged, and will need to be constructed as such.

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4.  One more thing, the mirror imaged concept applies to inside blocks as well.  If you look closely, you will notice that the inside blocks has an extra rectangle at the tip so that the center makes a secondary 9-patch design.

[Note:  If you don’t want to be bothered with making the inside blocks, you can always just make the outside blocks, noting the block orientations of course, and you will be fine!]

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5.  It’s also helpful if you sew with an accurate scant 1/4″ seam allowance, especially for the pieces cut 1″ width.  You could cut the 1″ wide pieces at 1 1/4″, and then trim to size after you sew.  For example, when the pattern calls for a 1″ x 6″ piece, cut the piece at 1 1/4″ x 6″.  Sew, and then trim to 3/4″ width measuring from the seam line.

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6.  There are raw edge to raw edge measurements listed after you complete certain steps in the construction process.  Be sure to use those measurements to double-check your cutting!

I am making mine in the upcoming Apricot & Ash by Moda Fabrics.  I think they are shipping to stores sometime in August this year.

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I hope with these tips that I learned from making the blocks myself, you will find that it’s really fun making these hipster Log Cabin blocks!  Once you get the details figured out, it should take about 15-25 minutes max to sew up a block.  For me, the effect from the overall layout is the best part about this design.

By the way, did you know that the log cabins are a Scottish invention?

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Sewing, Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you a lovely rest of the week!

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We have a winner!

A great shoutout to Karen of GA who inspired me to organized my sewing tools!  Meeting you and seeing your sewing organizer was one of the memorable moments in my travel-teaching adventures.  I hope you keep inspiring others to organize their sewing tools!

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Hello Friends, I hope you are still keeping well.  I want to thank all of you for entering the giveaway for the pink Yazzii Quilters Project Bag, and sharing the different things you consider important in a sewing organizer bag!

Giveaway is now closed for the bag shown below (CA880 Quilters Project Bag), but you can read about how I am using it HERE.

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Many of you expressed —

#1.  Good quality zippers is a must!

#2.  Multiple sized organizers to organize the various notions.

#3.  Durability is a must!

#4.  See through pockets so you don’t have to hunt for notions already organized in your organizer.

#5.  Appearance of bag is important.

I think the Quilters Project Bag definitely meet the requirements!  AND I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUCE THE WINNER of the giveway is: JoyceO — CONGRATULATIONS!  I will be sending you an email.

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Yazzii is offering free shipping for any orders over $50 in the US.  You may purchase the Quilters Project Bag (CA880) by clicking HERE.

NOW — I would like to offer a quick note of caution.  Since the pocket systems of Yazzii organizers provide easily see through plastic windows, I personally would not place sharp-tip scissors straight into the pockets for fear the tips would poke through the plastic.  

2 solutions:  Store your scissors in the pocket with a scissors sheath, or store scissors in a separate pouch before placing the pouch in the organizer pocket.

Yazzii has some fun pouches that would fit the window pockets… like the CA405.  Click HERE for more information.

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And I would advise buying contrasting color pouches to go into your organizer, like I have done here.  That way, you can easily spot your pouches!  I organizer my pouches according to the notions I need for various techniques.  The one below is my hand applique pouch.  Just in case I can only take my hand applique supplies with me, I would grab that pouch and use the notions in it.  After I am finished, pouch goes right back to the organizer.

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For those of you who travel to classes, or retreats, I think the Yazzii Carry All (CA120) might be for you!  It allows you to fit a cutting mat!  I think that’s absolutely cool!  I have never seen this item in person, but from the website, it looks like the ultimate of the ultimates!

I am also thinking with the shoulder straps, it could even double as a travel bag if you travel to classes or retreats.  As long as you don’t have prohibited items, I am thinking this would be a nice bag to take when traveling by plane and have long layovers.  How nice it is to be able to sit at the airport and just break out a sewing project to work on, AND have everything for the project right there!

Click HERE for more information of this CA120 Carry All.

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The other bag that I found intriguing is the Maxie Yazzii (CA375).  I think this is a great bag for taking to classes or retreats because this bag actually holds fabrics (2-3y according to the website information!) + notions and tools.  Click HERE for more information.

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Now I personally LOVE large purses because I pack almost my entire house in my purse — because one never knows what one might need at any given time! Hahaha.  So I am naturally gravitated toward large totes or purses.

Some of you expressed a liking for a more compact sized bag.  I highly recommend the Oval Organizer (CA140).  I have written about it HERE.

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Well, window shopping for you was really fun!  I hope you will take a look at Yazzii’s website, and hopefully you will find the organizer after your own heart!  Take a look at their smaller organizers — I think they would be perfect for organizer EPP pieces if you are into it.  EPP is on my to-do list (I already have designs in mind), but right now my life schedule doesn’t allow taking on EPP.  One day…

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely day.

I hope to be back later this week to share with you tips on my Elliptical Quilt.  Log cabins that have gone hip is how I describe these blocks.  You may purchase the pattern HERE.

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But I have to run for now — the dreaded deadlines await.  Take care, Friends!!!

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Update, Upgrade & Giveaway!

A public announcement:  If you had commented in my last post, I have responded to all of you – either by visiting your blog and leaving a comment, or emailing you!  HOWEVER, if you had provided a yahoo  or aol email address, the reply from me will come from my gmail account.  For some reason, yahoo or aol always return emails sent from my primary email address.  A little frustrating!  If you aren’t seeing my email in your inbox.  Please check your junk folder!

**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Hello Friends!  I hope you had a restful weekend.  We took time over the weekend to pray for the gold star families, as one of the gold star mothers had said, “Everyday for a gold star family is Memorial Day.”

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The weather where I am at has been great for my roses.  It’s been mild and cool, and the bugs aren’t out in droves yet!  After 300+ blooms produced in the First Flush, I found the pinkest of them all.  Here is a no-filter picture of my Oliva Austin Rose from two days ago!  I spent an entire morning cutting back the remnants of the First Flush.  I am keeping my fingers crossed on the second round…

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Speaking of pink — I have an update and upgrade confession to make!  I have upgraded my Yazzii red oval organizer to a PINK QUILTERS PROJECT BAG!

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You have read about how much I liked my oval organizer in THIS POST.  And at the end of the post, I mused about being curious about the larger Quilters Project Bag!  Well, here it is — all MINE!  Right off the bat, this bag stands!  I like my bags to stand, and not limp.

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The technical information on the Quilters Project Bag is HERE.  The truth is there still were a few things I would love to fit in one place as far as the organizer goes — a few more notions, and the needlework projects that have my present attention, as well as the patterns that I couldn’t fit in my oval organizer.  And I was straining the oval organizer to its full capacity.  So, I decided to try out the Quilters Project Bag.  Below I will show you what I am able to fit into this 13 x 10.5 x 5 inches bag:

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The top pink pouch is what I use to store cleaning supplies for my sewing machine.  That way, I don’t have to hunt for my little lint brush that I keep misplacing!  And of course, I have quite the stash for handwork needles.

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The Quilters Project Bag has large built in pouches with windows that I love!  I can easily see what I have placed in the pouches.

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I like to combine the use of the pouches offered by Yazzii to organize my notions based on techniques, and store these pouches in my Quilters Project Bag.  This is my hand applique pouch.  You can view the pouches HERE.  The pouch below fits into the window pocket of the Quilters Project Bag.

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Here are more of  what I can store in the next few pages of storage windows.

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Now comes the fun part — I have a brand new Quilters Project Bag to give away, a $107.95 value!  It is also in PINK!  Between now and next Tuesday (June 1), please leave a comment answer this question:

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LOOK FOR IN A SEWING ORGANIZER BAG?

You have to answer this question in order to qualify for the giveaway drawing.  Winner will be announced on June 2.  Giveaway is only available to US addresses.

Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you a lovely rest of the week!

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Happy Wednesday!

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks trying to juggle everything that is going on!  I fully believe one of these days, I will be able to impress my friends and family with the real juggling act at the park!  But until then…

We have had some windy days, but temperature-wise, it has been great for my rose bushes.  I am a novice rose gardener, and am bumbling my way through this rose gardening (or rather, gardening in general) business.

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Rose4Meanwhile, I am not sure if you had seen this quilt.  I set out to see just how many quilts I could make with the Ohio Star block.  Over the years I have built up a collection of about 20 quilts using the Ohio Star blocks, enough to do an entire quilt lecture just on the Ohio Stars!  I named this one Twinkle, Twinkle as a tribute to my daughter playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars for a little over a year when she first started learning to play the violin (4 years of age at the time).  It became a running joke among friends in that they would ask me if Gwen had graduated from Twinkle, Twinkle yet.  Truth be known, seven years later, sometimes she still uses Twinkle, Twinkle to hone her skills.

Twinkle, TwinkleTwinkle, Twinkle is now one of the latest patterns added to my Etsy Shop.  You may purchase the pattern HERE. This design is FQ friendly — so, start raiding your stash!  In the near future, I will do a blog post to share the tricks I use to make the Ohio Stars!

Cover PageHere are a couple of versions of Twinkle, Twinkle.

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Moda Bitter Sweet2_70 x 90And then, I have these patterns on their way to quilt shops — perhaps yours?  If not, they are available as PDF downloads from my Etsy Shop HERE, or you could certainly have your local quilt shop order the paper pattern from me.

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I am also really excited to have the quilt center of my Maisons de Patchwork (Christmas Edition) completed!

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Now I just need borders!

Christmas Figs1Click HERE for pattern!

IMG-1844And then, if I get all my ducks in a row, I will be cutting into these fabrics sometime this week…

Apricot & AshAnd with that, I shall say good night/morning!  It’s 1:57am!  YIKES!

Have a lovely rest of your week — chat soon!

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Find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivory_spring/

My Etsy Shop (THREADS SHIP FREE to continental US): https://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryspring 

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