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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!




Hello Friends and Happy Friday!  So, I am sitting here waiting from some programs to download on my computer(I got a new computer yesterday!–yay!)  and thought I’d shoot up a quick blog post while I wait. =)

So, no pretty pictures–I don’t really have any on this computer.

What I really wanted to post was a huge thank you to all of you who responded to my call for pattern testers!–I appreciate each one of you so much.  I received hundreds of wonderful emails & comments from all over the world from ladies eager to be testers.

Thank you, thank you!

I wish I could have reached out to each and every one of you–and wish I would have the time to thank each one of you personally!

I have several ladies working on my current round of patterns and I will be adding all of you who expressed an interest in pattern testing for me into a data base to pull from as I design new patterns that need tested.  So, if you didn’t hear from me over the last week, no worries–I will have more patterns I’ll need tested down the road. =)

Again, thank you all so much!

I can’t wait to share the patterns with you all!


Quiltmaker Giveaway Winner

Widget Size

Just popping in with the 100 Blocks giveaway winner!  It was comment #149, Nancy–and I just sent you an email.  Congrats!


I’ve got so much to share with you all–but it will have to wait until next week.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Quilty Stitches Block 16

Quiilty Stitches Block 16


Quilty Stitches Block #16–The Last One!! =)  Thank you so much everyone for following along!  I can’t believe this stitch along is coming to a close.  I went back to check on the date of when I posted the first block pattern and it was January 20–almost 7 months exactly.

Our block today is called Good Cheer–how fitting, right! =)

Quilty Stitches

I think it adds just the right amount of punch down there in the right hand corner. =0)

Quilty Stitches 16

Quilty Stitches Block 16 PDF Pattern

The coral color is DMC #351.

Well done if you have managed to keep up for the whole sampler!–If not, or if you are just starting the sampler or somewhere midway through, you can find all of the links at the top of the screen under “Quilty Stitches”.


I also wanted to announce the winner of my giveaway scraps winner:

Giveaway Winner

The winner is comment #11:

Comment #11

Emma, congrats!, I’ve sent you an email. =)

I hope everyone has a great Monday!  I know some of you are sending little ones off to school this week.  Chloe will be starting 4th grade on Wednesday and Elonie starts Kindergarten on Friday.  It’ll be so strange to have them both in school!–I’m thankful to spend a couple days with them yet this week before our summer is over!

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Friday Freebie {Weekly Goal Checklist}

Cleaning Routine

Happy Friday everyone!  Sad, as I am about summer coming to an end and the kidders heading back to school (Elonie starts Kindergarten this year!), I know that it’s a good time for me to get back into a regular routine.  It is very easy for me to get off task if I don’t have a list of things I know I need to get done.

Last year, I ran across this cleaning printable which works very well for helping me complete what I need to each week.  As I have been working on sewing goals as well as other goals, I decided I wanted a printable that combined everything into one tidy place.


I came up with this cute little printable–goodness knows a cleaning checklist needs to be cute! =)  It combines all of my weekly cleaning goals, space for my sewing goals, reading goals, misc. goals, and a don’t forget to pick-up section(for grocery items, not kids 😉

Quilty Printable

I thought some of you might enjoy a cute printable checklist of your own, so here it is in PDF for you to print off yourself if you’d like:

Weekly Goals Printable PDF



B&C Swap Update

Hey all!–Hope your Friday is off to a great start!  I just wanted to pop in with a swap update for you all.

I sent out email confirmations to the first 39 people who responded on Tuesday with their contact information.  If you didn’t receive an email from me, you weren’t among the first 39 to respond.  For those that are in Round 1–Congrats!–I’m so excited for all the great fabric!

This leaves a lot of you still hoping for a Bonnie & Camille fabric swap….So, keep an eye out for Round 2!  Those of you who sent me your info. but didn’t make it into round 1 have been added to my round 2 list.  I’ll see how this swap finishes out but I’m thinking Round 2 would start July/August.  I’ll be in touch with my Round 2 list gals before opening up signups on my blog.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!


Bonnie & Camille Fabric Swap?

I think I’m going to host a Bonnie & Camille Fabric layer cake square swap and I wanted to test the waters a bit to see if there would be interest in me hosting one.

The swap would consist of 40 members, each of which would purchase 3 yards of one Bonnie & Camille fabric from any of the following lines:








Aren’t they fabulous altogether?!?  Each person would cut their yardage into (40) 10″ layer cake squares mail them to me along with a SASE and would receive back a scrappy layer cake which would have 40 different Bonnie & Camille 10″ squares.  The swap would be set up so there would be no duplicate fabrics.

If this is something you think you might be interested in just comment below–if I’ve got enough people thinking this is a nifty idea I’ll go ahead and host a swap.

Note:  Commenting below does not sign you up for the swap–if enough people are interested, I’ll make a fancy schmancy sign up post explaining the swap in detail with sign-ups taking place at that time.

I also wanted to let my Quilty Stitches peeps know that the next pattern, (maybe even the next two) will be available here on Monday(or maybe even sooner–but def. by Monday).


No Quilty Stitches Today!

Sorry Guys!–I know you have been checking in this morning for the new pattern.  I have been super busy with Quilt Market prep among other things!  I’ll be back to share all kinds of fun things next week. =)

I did want to announce the winner of the Great Granny Squared Book from my giveaway last week.  My girls chose comment #64–Karen. =)  Karen I’ve emailed you. =)

And I drew a winner for my Quiltmaker 100 blocks giveaway last week and that winner was #231–Julie.

I will be at Quilt Market this week so I’m sure I will see some of you there!–Can’t wait. =0)  And if you are at Market on Saturday, I will be signing Playful Petals in the C&T Booth #1935 from 10-10:55.

Have a wonderful week!

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Posey Patch Quilt

Posey Patch

Today I’m sharing one of the quilts from my book.  This quilt is Posey Patch and it might be my favorite quilt from the book!  The quilt is made using mostly Art Gallery Fabrics–all except for the orange and the white background are Art Gallery Solids.

Pure Elements

I really enjoy the Pure Elements color palette and hand to their solids.I always have them on hand and keep adding new colors as they become available.

Posey Patch Closeup

Posey Patch features a fun stacked petal design and simple piecing.  All of the quilts in the book feature an accompanying pillow.  That way you can try out the block, the applique, and maybe some fun new quilting techniques without committing to a whole quilt.

Posey Patch Pillow

For the pillow, I used a variety of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt–some older lines; Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope, as well as some newer lines and even some of her fabrics for Joann’s.

The pattern works really well in both solids & prints.

And check this out!:

Posey Patch Tote

C&T Publishing used Posey Patch to create a new Eco tote.  I have been using mine so often!–It’s roomy and durable and it has my fave quilt on it. =)

If you make any projects from Playful Petals, I would love to see it!–You can share via instagram using #playfulpetals, my flickr group, or just email me a photo!

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Quilty Stitches Block 5

Quilty Stitches

I am so excited about this week’s Quilty Stitches block!  It’s based off of Lori Holt’s super popular Barn Quilt Along she hosted last year.  If you have spent any time in blogland at all recently you have probably seen some of these super cute barn quilts popping up all over the place.  I did a quick screen shot after searching “Bee In My Bonnet Barn Along” on pinterest and look how many cute blocks/quilts popped up!  And these are just the ones that fit on my screen all at one time!

Barn Along Screen Shot

It’s such a great block!

The colors I used for my block are Sullivan’s 45121(Coral), DMC 351(Dark Grey), White and all of the following for the little squares:  Sullivans 45220, Sullivans 45338, DMC 743, Sullivans 45345, DMC 964, Sullivans 45169, DMC 958, DMC 744, Sullivans 45076, Sullivans 45422, Sullivans 45105, Sullivans 45193.

Quilty Stitches Block 5

Quilty Stitches Block 5 PDF Coloring Page

Barn Block

If you want to snag any of Lori’s Barn quilt block patterns, do so quickly!  You can still find them all on her website right now–all the posts are linked here.  But, I don’t think they are going to be available for very much longer at all–as I believe I heard a little rumor that they may be coming out in book format this fall… =)

Share your Quilty Stitches blocks over on flickr or via instagram using #quiltystitches.