Pre-game post for FASHIONISTA Sewalong

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week – and Happy Weekend to you! Just 5 more days on May 26th is when we start on my new Leaders/Enders Fashionista Sew along.

BE SURE TO USE THESE HASHTAGS when you share pictures on your social media:

#fashionistasewalong

#iloveleadersandenders

Since then, I have been asked how to prep jelly rolls if this is the first time using them. I have a couple of tips for you:

#1. Before you unroll, use a small hand held vacuum to gently run over the raw edges of the jelly roll. Alternatively, you may also use a piece of painter’s tape and just rub the sticky side on the raw edges. This will prevent an explosion of fabric dust when you un-roll some jelly rolls. Trust me, you want to use your time to sew/quilt, and not dust – haha! :-)

#2. I do not press my strips before cutting. In the past, I find that pressing can potentially distort the straightness of the strips. I am OCD about cutting my pieces precisely, and it can be a bit of a problem if my strips aren’t straight just so. Your jelly roll strips should come nice and smooth anyway, except for that center crease. So, there is really no need to press before hand.

3. Save your scraps – they make great 2 1/2″ squares that can be used for a fun scrappy postage stamp styled quilt.

TO GET READY:

1. Pattern & fabric yardage information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2022 issue HERE.

Note: You may make your quilt with or without the outer border. I am going to make mine without the outer border for the sew along. So I won’t need an outer border fabric – just a jelly roll & the background fabric. Be sure to add the outer border fabric to your shopping list if you want your quilt to have an outer print border.

NOTE: YOU MAY ALSO MAKE THIS WITH ANY LEFTOVER 2 1/2″ RECTANGLES YOU HAVE SAVED FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS. THE PATTERN WILL HAVE THE SIZES OF PIECES YOU WILL NEED TO CUT!

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Cutting (May 26)

Week 2:  Pieced strip section (June 2)

Week 3:  Handle section (June 9)

Week 4:  Catch up & Finishing up blocks (June 16)

Week 5:  Sew blocks together to make quilt center (June 23)

Week 6:  Catch up & finishing up quilt top — end of Sew-Along (June 30) with a special assignment!

Alrightie, that’s it from me today! I am catch up on minor housework, and then, I will be sitting down to SEW! See you on May 26th!

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2-Cent Tuesday

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Hi Friends, I hope you have had a lovely week!

Have you seen my Kitchen Tiles quilt in Quilters World Summer 2022 issue? It is another precut-friendly quilt.

You may purchase the pattern HERE.

You may purchase the fabrics HERE if you want to make the quilt using the fabrics I used.

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And for today’s 2 cents:

I use a pin to indicate the block orientation when block orientation matters. That way, I always know which way is up or down for the block when I sew the block into a row when putting the quilt top together.

And that’s it from me! It’s now your turn!!

Thank you for stopping by. See you next time!

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2-Cent Tuesday

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend, and that you have had a great week so far. I also hope you had enjoyed the Shades of Blue Thread Hop that happened last week over at Aurifil’s blog to celebrate my INDIGO thread collection. In case you missed it… click HERE to read! Be sure you catch all three parts.

Should you decide to purchase the thread collection, it is available HEREHERE, or HERE!

If you like blue and white, my Norfolk quilt “fresh blue and white” edition is now available as a BOM kit. Click HERE to sign up.

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My 2-cents this week are almost too obvious, but often overlooked. Here we go…

It’s a new week – if you haven’t changed out the needle, clean and oil your machine, it’s time to do so!

I have shared my 2-cents. It’s now your turn. I am curious though… how often do you perform maintenance on your machine?

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Friendly reminder on my upcoming FASHIONISTA Leader/Enders sewalong — it will be fun! Click HERE if you hadn’t heard about it. Get your materials ready to start on May 26!!

TO GET READY:

1. Pattern & fabric yardage information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2022 issue HERE.

Note: You may make your quilt with or without the outer border. I am going to make mine without the outer border for the sew along. So I won’t need an outer border fabric – just a jelly roll & the background fabric. Be sure to add the outer border fabric to your shopping list if you want your quilt to have an outer print border.

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Cutting (May 26)

Week 2:  Pieced strip section (June 2)

Week 3:  Handle section (June 9)

Week 4:  Catch up & Finishing up blocks (June 16)

Week 5:  Sew blocks together to make quilt center (June 23)

Week 6:  Catch up & finishing up quilt top — end of Sew-Along (June 30) with a special assignment!

That’s it for now! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

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INDIGO Shades of Blue Thread Hop HAPPENLING RIGHT NOW

Hello Friends, it’s rarely you hear from me TWICE a day! I shared the news about the release of my new thread collection INDIGO last December. Click HERE to read if you had missed it.

INDIGO was inspired by my love of British blue transferware.

I want to share with you the news that Aurifil is running a Thread Hop with my INDIGO Thread Collection today, tomorrow and Friday! There will be a giveaway everyday as well. The hop features my sweet friends and quilting/stitching stars!

TODAY: Susan Ache (Instagram: @yardgrl60) and Pat Sloan (blog: https://patsloan.typepad.com/)

TOMORROW: Carol Inglis (Instagram: @caroling55) and Lissa Alexander (blog: https://modalissa.com/)

FRIDAY: Karen Miller (blog: https://redbirdquiltco.com/) and Moi!

Go to www.auribuzz.com to follow along Shades of Blue Thread Hop – and be sure to enter the giveaway of the thread collection.

Should you decide to purchase the thread collection, it is available HERE, HERE, or HERE!

That’s it for now, and I hope you will have fun following along Shades of Blue Thread Hop!

Till next time!

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2-Cent Tuesday (a day late!)

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week! The last couple of weeks have been more or less a zoo over here, but all’s well! Be sure to check back later today — something rather exciting is going on!

BUT FIRST, Gwen and I want to thank you for the very sweet comments you have left for her regarding her stitched sampler on Aurifil’s blog. Thank you for being so gracious and taking the time to comment. Gwen loved reading every one of your comments! In case you missed it, her guest blog post on Auribuzz is HERE.

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For today’s 2-cent, I have actually shared this in the last installment of the Heart Quilt Leaders/Enders sewalong, but I thought I would share it here in case you missed it.

For quilts that do not have cornerstones when sewing together the rows, use imaginary cornerstones!

Since my heart quilt doesn’t have cornerstones to help with keeping the alignment precise when we move from row to row, here is a trick I use to do the trick. I mark imaginary cornerstones after I sew together ONE ROW and SASHING STRIP, and before adding the next row.

I used the heat-sensitive FRIXION pen. The markings are easily removed by a hot iron. You may purchase the pen HERE.

Then you would match up and pin the seams of the subsequent row to the markings on the previous row and sashing strip combo.

Sew – and now the hearts are aligned from row to row!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a lovely day!

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Norfolk Sampler QAL – Check in #4

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Hello Friends, today is our 4th check-in for Norfolk Sampler Quilt Along! I am loving all the sightings on Instagram. Just do a search on #norfolksampler2022, and see what quilters have done! And on that note, if you post on Instagram, ALWAYS add hashtag #norfolksampler2022 and #wendysheppard so that I can oooh and aaah over your blocks!

AND SHARE YOUR PROGRESS PICTURES – ANY PROGRESS PICTURES WILL WORK!

Before I show you my third block, let me quickly go through the QAL essentials in case you just heard about it. You may read previous blog posts HERE.

  1. NO sign-up necessary. Join in anytime. This QAL runs the entire year of 2022.
  2. Pattern is released in 4 installments in Quilters World magazine. Purchase the first pattern (spring 2022) installment HERE. Purchase the second pattern (summer 2022) installment HERE.
  3. USE hashtag #norfolksampler2022 when posting your quilt progress picture on social media.
  4. The fabrics in the original sample quilt are available HERE. The pattern will tell you exactly which fabrics to purchase, and how much to purchase.
  5. I have curated a companion thread box called INDIGO to go with this project. You may purchase the threads HERE. Read about the collection HERE.

Now, back in Feb I mentioned to you the BOM kit club for Norfolk in its original fabrics sold out really quickly. I have curated for Annie’s another blue version using Moda’s Summer Breeze fabrics. The kits are NOW ready! If you want make the quilt in a fresh blue colorway, get the kits before they sell out again. Click HERE to purchase the kit. See other patterns and kits by me at Annies HERE.

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And now for our Block #3, we are supposed to make (7) of these, but we are only make (4) for today’s check-in — because remember, this is a low stress, low demand kind of quilt along!

I am using a One Fine Day FQ bundle, by Moda. You may purchase the FQ bundle HERE.

Here are my four blocks for today. As long as you are careful in sewing and use my tips from check in #1 HERE, your blocks should turn out fine.

And my previous blocks:

I did the Math – with today’s blocks done, we are 36.5% done! Woohoo! Keep making the blocks, and pretty soon, we will have an entire quilt DONE! Till next time.

p.s. In case you missed it, here is my announcement for a new Leaders/Enders sewlong! Click HERE for the initial details.

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Announcing FASHIONISTA Sew Along!

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So, last week we wrapped up our #iloveleadersandenders Sew Along! I hope you have had fun making the quilt. Today, I am happy to share with you I finalized the details on our NEXT #iloveleadersandenders Sew Along! We are going to sew my FASHIONISTA Quilt. May 26th is when we start.

TO GET READY:

1. Pattern & fabric yardage information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2022 issue HERE.

Note: You may make your quilt with or without the outer border. I am going to make mine without the outer border for the sew along. So I won’t need an outer border fabric – just a jelly roll & the background fabric. Be sure to add the outer border fabric to your shopping list if you want your quilt to have an outer print border.

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Cutting (May 26)

Week 2:  Pieced strip section (June 2)

Week 3:  Handle section (June 9)

Week 4:  Catch up & Finishing up blocks (June 16)

Week 5:  Sew blocks together to make quilt center (June 23)

Week 6:  Catch up & finishing up quilt top — end of Sew-Along (June 30) with a special assignment!

This is going to be a fun sew-along! SO, get your jelly roll ready so that we can get rolling!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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2-Cent Tuesday

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Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well! What have you been sewing? I am determined to work on my Confetti Stars quilt while I work other things. Want to sew along with me? This won’t be a formal sew along… I will just post pictures when more blocks are completed. Confetti Stars has a total of 30 blocks – you can just set a personal goal and work on the quilt at your own pace.

The Confetti Stars pattern and kits are now available for order at Fat Quarter Shop HERE.

The Confetti Stars pattern and kits are now available for order at Fat Quarter Shop HERE.

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Here are my quick 2-cents for you this week:

Rulers with bright color markings are great for contrast when cutting!

The ruler shown in the picture is made by QuiltCut. Click HERE to view their offerings!

That’s it from me. Your turn to share your 2-cents — GO! :)

Have a great rest of your week — don’t forget, our 4th check-in for #norfolksampler2022 quilt along is this Saturday! Details HERE!

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Leaders/Enders Sewalong Part 8 & FINAL

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week! Today is FINAL check-in for our Leaders/Enders Heart Quilt Sewalong! It’s been a fun sew for me, and I hope you have enjoyed it too! If you just heard about the Sewalong, you may click HERE to follow along what we have done for the last few months.

We were to complete our heart blocks, 56 of them, for the assignment from our last check-in.

For today’s assignment, we are to sew the blocks into rows, and sew the rows together alternating with sashing strips. Then, add the outer border, and we are DONE!

Since this quilt doesn’t have cornerstones to help with keeping the alignment precise when we move from row to row, here is a trick I use to do the trick. I mark imaginary cornerstones after I sew together ONE ROW and SASHING STRIP, and before add the next row. I wanted all my heart blocks to line up just right. So I went ahead and make a mark extended from the middle of the heart blocks as well.

I used the heat-sensitive FRIXION pen. The markings are easily removed by a hot iron. You may purchase the pen HERE.

Then you would match up and pin the seams of the subsequent row to the markings on the previous row and sashing strip combo.

Sew – and now the hearts are aligned from row to row!

AND THAT’S A WRAP, Friends! I have about 4 more rows to sew together before I complete the quilt. Due to current and upcoming workload, I am giving myself about 2 months to get this quilt quilted and bound! I will share a picture of my quilt when it is all completed!

Thank you for sewing along with me.

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Our next Leaders/Enders Sewalong will be my Fashionista Quilt! Details are forthcoming, hopefully next week!

But if you want to get ready, here are what you need:

1. Pattern & fabric information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2021 issue HERE.

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

This will be a fun sewalong! I am looking forward to it. I hope you can join me!

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

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2-Cent Tuesday

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Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday! You heard it here first — I will be hosting another Leaders/Enders style sewalong after we conclude our heart quilt sewalong later this week. This time, we will be making my Fashionista quilt! Details are forthcoming sometime next week. For now, the #fashionistasewalong will start toward the end of May. So, you will have ample time to get the supplies ready. :)

You will need to purchase the Summer 2022 issue of Quilters World for the pattern. Click HERE to purchase the issue.

A girl has to have her totes, purses and handbags! I am not as talented as many of you who make ACTUAL quilted bags. So, I settled for making two-dimensional ones. And I was able to make the quilt quickly with a jelly roll + background + outer border fabric!

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

Click HERE if you want to shop around to find the jelly roll of your choice to make the handbag blocks!

It’s going to be another low stress, low demand sewalong… come join me!!

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Here are my 2-cents for the week:

I am often asked what my favorite background fabrics are. I have REALLY liked Bee Lori’s Bee Cross Stitch on Cloud background. I find that the crosses are just non-intrusive enough when I want to use a background that has a print, but not overpowering. The crosses come in different colors. I have used the pumpkin, coral as well as daisy!

Image Source: Riley Blake Designs website

I used the Bee Cross Stitch on Cloud Pebble background fabric to sash my scrappy red quilt below. The background fabric sort of unified the scrappiness of it all and made the quilt happen! You may purchase the Bee Cross Stitch Background fabrics HERE.

I have shared my 2-cents. It’s your turn!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

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2-Cent Tuesday

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Hello Friends, I hope you have been well! The year has gone by really fast, and before long summer will be upon us. If you are looking for summer/patriotic quilt kits, Annie’s is carrying two that I had designed. You may click HERE to purchase the kits.

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For this week’s 2-cents, I have an updated version from last week’s 2-cents. Remember last week I suggested using Post-It notes or a piece of contrasting paper for cutting fabric that has the same color as your cutting mat?

Well, I found that a piece of tape works EVEN better because the tape, once attached to the mat, doesn’t move like the paper! Why hadn’t I thought of the tape trick till a few days ago? :)

So, here you go — those are my 2-cents for this week. Now it’s your turn!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely and blessed Holy Week!

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Norfolk Sampler Quilt Along UPCOMING CHECK-IN DATES!

Hello Friends, Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week. Now that we have completed the assignments from Quilters World Spring 2022 issue for the first two blocks, I thought I would check in with you to make sure you know what to do for the next steps.

When you post pictures of your progress, always use hashtag #norfolksampler2022.

However, if you are just starting to make this quilt, NO WORRIES AT ALL! The blocks are really easy and quick to make. This quilt along is supposed to be stress-free. All you need to do to get started is to purchase the Quilters World Spring 2022 issue HERE. You may also read all the post about the quilt along HERE.

For those who have made the first two blocks, it’s time to delve into the Summer 2022 issue. Be sure to purchase the copy that has the following cover HERE.

So here are our next 3 upcoming check-in dates:

April 30 — Make 4 star blocks

May 31 — Make 3 star blocks

[Of course, I know some of the overachieving quilters amongst us will just go ahead and make all 7 blocks in a month. And that’s TOTALLY fine! You are in control of your own quilt progress.]

June 30 — Make 2 star in elongated churn dash blocks. I forgot to snap a picture of the block when I was making the quilt. But the block is the one on the front pillow. YES, there are also instructions to make these two throw pillows in the Quilters World Summer 2022 issue.

I have received questions about the cutting instructions that might cause confusion to some. Please note that the editorial team has used the same alphabets to denote fabric and cutting measurements. For example, Fabric F to cut F square.

SO the first F is the FABRIC, and the second F is the measurements for cut pieces. In other words, you would use FABRIC F to cut 4 F squares, with the squares measuring 4″. In the diagrams, the alphabets denotes measurements of cut pieces. If alphabets are used to denote fabrics, they will also start with “Fabric”.

Also, the measurements denoted by alphabets in the SUMMER issue would not be what were used in the SPRING issue. So, if you have labels for cut pieces from the SPRING issue, you will need a separate set of labels. FABRIC identification using alphabets will still be the same, but NOT the alphabets denoting measurements.

Keep these in mind, and I think you will have fun making these easy blocks!

Have a lovely weekend!

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