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Quilty Stitches Block 1608.18.14

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”.

Scraps

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}08.08.14

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.

Printable

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

Enjoy!

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B&C Swap Update05.30.14

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!

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Bonnie & Camille Fabric Swap?05.22.14

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:

VintageModern-bundle-450

Scrumptious

Ruby-bundle-450

Marmalade

HappyGoLucky-450

Bliss

AprilShowers-Bundle-450

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).

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No Quilty Stitches Today!05.12.14

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 Quilt05.01.14

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 503.17.14

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.

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Quilty Stitches Block 403.03.14

Block 4

Just a quick post today to share Quilty Stitches Block #4.  I’ve been away all weekend and my house is in dire need of attention!

This block is a fun take on a flying geese block which I’m sure you are familiar with. =)

The colors I used:

Orange Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 721, Sullivans 45169, Sullivans 45422, Sullivans 45453

Aqua Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 958, Sullivans 45293, Sullivans 45313, Sullivans 45113

Coral Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 351, Sullivans 45076, Sullivans 45077, Sullivans 45283

Pink Row(Dk. to Lt.): Sullivans 45338, Sullivans 45297, Sullivans 45220, Sullivans 45221

Block Diagram

Quilty Stitches Block 4 PDF Coloring Diagram

And the last 3 blocks altogether:

Cross Stitch

I hope you are enjoying stitching along!

If you have just stumbled onto this stitch along, it’s not too late to join in!  You can find all of the Quilty Stitches posts at the top of my blog under the “Quilty Stitches” tab.  We have been sharing our progress on flickr in the LMS group (there are some amazing blocks on flickr–check them out!)as well as on IG using #quiltystitches (again, some great blocks here as well!).

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Giveaway Winner01.15.14

Just wanted to pop in quickly with the giveaway winner of the Liberty bundle!–Almost 400 entries–you guys have great taste in fabric!

RNG

Comment #57 is the winner!

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Congrats Marguerite!  I just sent you an email. =)

For those of you interested in receive your own bundle of Liberty fabrics, Amanda has just a couple more spots left in her Liberty Club.  By subscribing to the club, you will receive 10 pieces of Liberty Tana Lawn each month of fat eighths, fat 16ths or fat quarters–your choice.

Thanks again Amanda & Westwood Acres Fabrics for such a great giveaway!

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Scrappy Faux Piped Binding Tutorial11.25.13

Faux Piped Binding

On Friday, I shared a little sneak peek over on facebook of what I had been working on .  And today, I’m excited to bring to you a binding tutorial that I’m pretty excited about.

You all know that I was finishing up the binding on Elonie’s quilt and had pretty much decided to do a scrappy binding after getting all of your opinions.  But, it stuck in my head that several of you had mentioned that you felt a scrappy binding usually detracts from the quilt itself.

Edges

After mulling this over a bit, I decided to try a scrappy faux piped binding done completely by machine.  Now, I have tried machine binding methods before and I have n.e.v.e.r. been happy with the results…pin this, glue that, and after binding only 15.2 quilts you, too, will have great machine bound quilts.  I’m picky about my binding, and I want the back to look as good as the front(preferably on the first try–if you click the picture above you can see the back side of my quilt binding in larger detail)–which I have never had success with with machine binding.  I found this method to be less finicky than other machine binding I have tried and I was much happier with the results right out of the gate.  I’m also excited to have a machine binding technique that I am happy with so I can choose not to hand stitch!  So, I’m excited to share this tutorial with you and some tricks I learned along the way.

Make Binding

First off, you’ll cut your binding strips as you normally would with one exception–you will be cutting two sets.  Cut the strips for the piping 1 3/4″ x wof(these are the colorful strips) and cut the strips for the main binding 1 1/2″(these are the white strips).  Sew all of the piping strips together(I use a mitred seam) & sew all of the white strips together(again, I use a mitred seam).  Tip:  Cut your strips as accurately as possible.  This will help with the accuracy of the piping width and seam along the backside of the quilt when you sew the binding down.

Sew

Next, sew the binding strips and the piping strips right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press

Press the seam to one side.  I pressed toward the piping fabric to bulk it up a little bit to give it more the look of actual piping.  Tip:  Be careful when pressing to keep your strips as even as possible–the less ripples the more accurate the final result will be.  Next, press the strips wrong sides together–be careful to align the raw edges.  You’ll end up with some great piped binding.

PIped Binding

The next step is to sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Complete this step as you normally would when initially sewing binding to a quilt.  Somehow, I managed to not take a picture of this step but I think you get the idea. =)  After sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt, flip the binding to the front and machine quilt it down.

Align Walking Foot

Initially when I started this step, I carefully pinned the binding into place to insure everything lined up.  But, somehow, everything didn’t line up.  So, I gave it a whirl with no pinning and I found out that on my Bernina with a walking foot, if I lined up the right side of the foot with the fold and the needle in the ditch of the piping/binding that the seam on the back was perfect.  As long as I kept everything lined up the back was fantastic.  Now, of course there were times when I veered off a tad but all in all, pretty good!–You can click the 2nd picture from the top to get a larger view of the back to see the stitching(the row with no piping is the back of the quilt).   For the corners, I mitred them together as I got to them–this will take a bit more practice to get perfect–the key here is to make sure when you initially sew the binding to the quilt that your corners are neat and tidy.

Binding

You should end up with a great alternative binding to hand stitching–and hopefully with less frustration than machine binding can be!

Piped Binding

And, here’s Elonie’s finished quilt.  I think the scrappy piping is just perfect it doesn’t overwhelm the quilt and it’s not as harsh as a solid might have been or as busy as a print might have been.

Hope you all enjoy the tutorial!

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