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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!!

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Quilt Books

Sweet Celebrations Moda Bake Shop Book

I have been waiting for almost a year to be able to share some exciting news with you all.  First off, Moda Bake Shop has a new book coming out in October, which is pretty exciting news by itself.  Secondly, I was asked to contribute to the book!  I had so much fun last fall–designing and working with Moda Fabrics to create some pretty cool patterns.

While I can’t share with you just yet the projects that I made, I can tell you that I got to work with California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts.

And, I can also tell you that one of my projects just might be pictured in this promo shot of the book:

Hmmm….I think that might be a rather large hint. =p 

I’ve got a couple other projects in the book using California Girl as well–it’s such a great line of fabric.  I do love me some Fig Tree!  I mean seriously:

Those are all projects I have made using various Fig Tree lines of fabric…Yes indeed, love Fig Tree!

I’ll be talking more about this book in the upcoming months and sharing my projects as we get closer to the release date.  I’m sure that Lissa has all sorts of things in the works for the launch of this book!–so stay tuned!

Make sure to pop on over to Cindy’s blog today for the 2nd installment of the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.  I loved reading Cindy’s blog post this morning and she echoed so many of my thoughts.  Cindy is so on the same page as me right now–I totally could have written the same post!  I’m certainly no crochet genius & she’s provided some great resources to help us all along.

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Giganto-Retro Flowers

My Destash Sale is still going on over on Etsy–I’ve added a couple new goodies and I’ll keep on adding as I have time.  Thanks so much to everyone who has purchased fabrics!

I’ve had a Fresh Cut stack of fabric hanging around ever since the line first came out several years ago.  I thought I had a plan for them but after Christina’s Retro Flowers pattern came out, I had a new plan.

The original Retro Flowers block is a 12.5″ block ( the aqua/green block is a finished block ).  I’ve decided to make a super sized Retro Flowers Quilt.  Fun, right?!?  Fresh Cut has a lot of large scale prints which I really didn’t want to lose plus the idea of making a zillion small curved blocks so I could end up with a queen sized quilt just wasn’t working for me.  My new super sized blocks will finish at 24″ in the quilt–I’ll need 20 of them to make a queen sized quilt.  Perfect because I happen to have 20 prints that I want to use.

Jill made me some fantastic templates to use for my quilt–which makes the cutting a breeze.  And, if you missed out on Fresh Cut the first time around it’s being reprinted and will be available soon.  Plus some of the prints are being reprinted on flannel–I might have to pick up some of those!

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Sew to Swap Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Sew to Swap Blog Tour! 

I was so excited when Chrissie asked me to participate in such a fun book with so many other great bloggy folks!

Make sure to pop by the blogs of all the amazing contributors!

November 7 Lovely Little Handmades

November 8 Stitches & Scissors

November 9 Cluck Cluck Sew

November 10 My Three Sons

November 11 Twin Fibers

November 12 Stitchy Quilt Stuff

November 13 The Creative Juices of Ariel

November 14 Texas Freckles

November 15 Quilt Dad

November 16 Artsy-Craftsy Babe

November 17 Little Miss Shabby  {You are Here}

November 18 A Cuppa and a Catch Up

November 19 A Quilt is Nice

November 20 A Little Sweetness

November 21 House of A La Mode

November 22 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

November 23 Little Bit Funky

November 27 In His Grace

Scrapbuster Quilt

I got to participate in a number of the swaps for this book but, the one that I was most excited about was the one featuring my scrapbuster blocks! =)  I was thrilled when Chrissie asked me if we could use my tutorials for one of the swaps!

I made the block in the center of the quilt and each of the contributors in this swap sent me their completed scrapbuster blocks which I sewed into the quilt top and then quilted.

It was such a great project to be a part of!

(BTW,  F+W Media is offering any of my blog readers a special discount during the blog tour if you’d like to purchase the book. Just use promo code SEW2SWAP to get the book for $14.99 — that’s $10 off of the cover price.)

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I was so excited when this little gem arrived at my house yesterday…why?  you ask.

Yes, indeedy! — I was so honored to be asked to participate in such a fun project–& look at all those fun folks I got to party with!–I’m a little it excited to say the least & excited that I can finally share this news with you all.  I had a number of deadlines last fall involving this book with the last one being November 1st–so over a year….it’s so much fun to be able to share it now!  If you’d like to purchase your own copy you can pop on over to Amazon and pick one up. =)  I’ll be sharing more about this book soon!