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Precut Primer 4th Grade

Precut Primer

Happy Thursday!–Today is my day on the Precut Primer blog hop hosted by Fat Quarter Shop & Barb & Mary over at Me and My Sister Designs.  I am always very impressed with the books that Fat Quarter Shop publishes.  With Barb & Mary on board, Precut Primer is really, quite top notch.


I am quite excited about this book.  There are very few quilting books that I would be interested in making more than one or two quilts from the book.  In this book, however, there are a lot of quilts I would love to make.

I have to share this funny little story.  When, Precut Primer arrived on my doorstep, I was browsing through and deciding which project I wanted to make first.  I asked my 6 year old, Elonie, which was her favorite.

She asked me if she could use clothespins to mark her favorites.  I said, sure–that’d be great.  And, here are the results:


She had so many favorites!–I’m inclined to agree.  My most favorite quilt from the book is the 11th grade quilt:

11th grade

I think this quilt might have to be made sooner rather than later.  I think it would be stellar using my vintage sheet collection.  I already have the strips cut and just need to get sewing.

The great thing about this book is that all of the projects are precut friendly(you probably already had this figured out).  There are projects for mini charm packs all the way up to fat quarter bundles.  Using precuts sure cuts down on the amount of time spent prepping a project for sewing.

These are another of the two quilts that really caught my eye.  The 8th grade quilt is looking pretty fancy in Prairie fabrics!  And that 9th grade quilt is just too pretty.

Favorite Quilts

So, I ended up choosing the 4th grade quilt to make first.

Fourth Grade Quilt

It’s a perfect little wall hanging size made in some of my favorite Kate & Birdie fabrics, Autumn Woods.  I had a charm pack just waiting to be used for this project.

4th Grade

It quilted up quickly using an easy wavy line stitch.

Autumn Woods

All in all, a fun perfect for fall project.

You will want to check out the remaining stops on the blog hop and any you may have missed earlier this week.  I hear there may be prizes…

September 2, 2015
Me and My Sister Designs
Moda Fabrics
Pat Sloan
April Rosenthal

September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby  You Are Here

September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side

September 7, 2015
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Heidi Grohs of Buttons & Butterflies

September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

September 9, 2015
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting 
Lissa Alexander of Moda Fabrics

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Vintage Vibe Blog Tour


Today is my stop on the Vintage Vibe Tour–such a beautiful book!  I was excited when Amber, the mastermind behind the book Vintage Vibe  asked me to participate.

Growing Up
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

I am such a sucker for beautiful photography in quilt books.  And this book not only has beautiful photography–a lot of great outdoor shots–but it has great quilts also.

Amber had each blog tour participant select a project from the book to share.  And I chose, Playing Favorites.  I’ve been on a churn dash kick lately(haven’t we all!) and this quilt is such a fun modern take on a traditional block…which I love!

Playing Favorites
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

And I especially love the story behind this quilt design–in Amber’s words:


Amber’s Churn Dash is a lot bigger than you might think–over sized blocks along with the borders bring it to a roomy 73 1/2″ square.
A lot of bang for your buck.

Amber’s quilt reminded me that I have been meaning to work on some mini Churn Dash blocks–they’ve been on my to do list for awhile and “forced” me to cut into some of my Daysail fabrics.

Mini Churndash

You’ll be seeing more of these little guys!

And, now one last photo from the book–this quilt is Vintage Vibe.  And it might be my favorite picture in the book–but really, the photography and quilts are all just beautiful!!  Congratulations on a wonderful book Amber!

Vintage Vibe
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

I hope you all will check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour–I hear there are some giveaways along the way!:

11/11/14 – April @
11/18/14 – The Fat Quarter Shop @
11/20/14 – Corey @  That’s Me! 
11/25/14 – Sherri @
12/2/14 – Jodi @
12/11/14 – Heather @
12/16/14 – Andy @
12/23/14 – Melissa @
Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway

GG2-SewAlong-HeaderHello!  Welcome to my stop on the Great Granny Sew Along blog tour!  If you are here for the first time, I welcome you to browse around my blog a bit as I share what’s been going on in my quilty life.  I am a new author, long time designer, and passionate about fabric.  There is always something fun going on around over here!

Great Granny Along

I have been enjoying following along each week of the Sew Along!  This week we will be making the Mama Blocks for our sampler.  And I just finished mine yesterday.

Mama Blocks

There are 20 of these blocks to make for the sampler.  When I started cutting them on Saturday, I thought no way was I going to be able to finish them in time to share all of them on Monday.  I got a late start Saturday–and I try not to do a lot of sewing on Sundays.  But, much to my surprise these little blocks whipped up in no time–just a couple hours including cutting time(I should have known as all of Lori’s patterns are so user friendly and quick!).  So, I finished all 20 of them with no problem–and here they are:


You will find all of the information to follow along over on the Jolly Jabber.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book Great Granny Squared, & the pdf instructions for each week.  Here is the pdf for this week.

Great Granny Sew Along

The Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to send me an extra copy of Great Great Squared to give away to one of my readers!

So just leave me a comment about your current favorite fabric line to enter. =)

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Also, make sure to add the Mama blocks you make this week to the GGS flickr group for a chance to win a Creative Grids 6 1/2″ Square it Up Ruler.  This makes squaring up those Mama blocks a breeze!

And stop by Amy’s,  Amy’s, Lori’s , and of course The Jolly Jabber for more Great Granny Squared Fun today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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{National} Book Lover’s Day

 Did you all know that today is National Book Lover’s Day?  The ladies over at Moda Fabrics have put together a fun quilty event to celebrate!  Complete with the opportunity to win some great books!  Make sure to pop on over to check out all of the other blogs participating.

All of us Moda Bake Shop Chefs were asked to talk about quilting books that have influenced our quilting.  For me, these are two books that I use often.  They are a great source of inspiration and such a neat look into the history of quilt blocks.

Both books are set-up similarly, the have block pictures and their original publication date–many dating back to the early 1900’s.  The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Designs has B&W illustrations:

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

And 5500 Quilt Block Designs is in color:

5500 Quilt Block Designs

Both books are a wealth of information.  And I always have a few of my fave blocks bookmarked(with fabric of course!)

Now, I love a good thrift store.  You can always find some of the best things when you hit a couple thrift stores.  When I visit thrift stores I always check to see if I can find any old quilting books.

Now, they might not look like much..and they  might smell a little funny…and the fabrics certainly aren’t up to date.  But I bet if you browse thru them you’ll see some blocks you recognize.

And some of the quilts are downright “modern”.

I typically don’t buy a lot of brand new quilting books–they really have to know my socks off.  But, I knew that Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley was a must have.

If for no other reason than the great photography and dreamy fabric combos–It is a feast for the eyes.

So, there you have it.  A wrap up of some of my old favorites(some very old) and my current new favorite.

Make sure to pop over to The Cutting Table to check out the giveaway!

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Moda Bake Shop Sweet Celebrations Winner!

Thanks everyone for stopping by during the MBS Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop!

The winner of my giveaway is Comment #344:

Congrats Sue Bone!  I’ll be in touch shortly!

If you weren’t a winner here at LMS, be sure to stop by all of the other blogs to see if you were a winner.  You’ll find a list of all of the participating blogs here.

And, you can now snag a MBS Sweet Celebrations book of your own on Amazon.

Happy Sewing!!