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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!


Comment #57 is the winner!


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.


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.


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


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.


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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American Patchwork and Quilting Radio11.04.13

This afternoon I’m a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan.  You can listen live by clicking this link at 4pm eastern, 3pm central, 2pm mountain, & 1pm pacific.  If you miss the live show you can listen later on your computer, subscribe by iTunes (search American Patchwork and Quilting), or download to a player.  You can find more details on how to listen on Pat’s Blog Page.

We’ll be chatting about all kinds of quilty things and I will be sharing some exciting news….

I hope you all will tune in!


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Rainbow Row Along {Row #12} Last Row!09.30.13

We’ve made it 12 weeks and we are now ready for the last row of your Rainbow Rows quilt!  Yay!–I know Elonie is ready to have her quilt finished!

For this row, I am using Pure Elements Cabernet.  I had such a hard time photographing the true color of this dark purple fabric.  You can best see it in this post–so just pretend that all the pictures below are a nice dark purple and not some off shade of black! =p

Fabric Requirements:  1/4 yard Cabernet Pure Elements Fabric by Art Gallery and  1/2 yard Moda Bella PFD White

From the Purple fabric cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (16) 2 1/2″ squares, cut an additional (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric cut (2) 6 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (7) 6 1/2″ squares and (2) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, also cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (32) 2 1/2″ squares

Sew together two white 2 1/2″ squares and one 2 1/2″ purple square as pictured.  Make a total of 16 units.

Sew together two of the units made above and one 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ purple rectangle to make a plus block.  Make a total of 8 blocks.

Sew together the plus blocks and the white 6 1/2″ squares–alternate pieced/white squares beginning and ending with a pieced block.  Sew a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle to the top and the bottom of the strip.

Sew the final strip to the Rainbow Rows Quilt Top.

And we now have a completed quilt top!  I hope you have all enjoyed these weekly installments of the Rainbow Rows Quilt.  I am glad to have a finished quilt that I hope Elonie will enjoy for years to come!

If you have made or are making a Rainbow Rows Quilt of your own I would love if you would share it in the LMS flickr group!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #8}09.02.13

I hope all of you are enjoying a little bit of extra sewing time over this extended holiday weekend!  This week in our Rainbow Row Along we will be starting on our first blue row.  Art Gallery Pure Elements have the prettiest aqua shades–I’m excited to use several of them. =)

Fabrics:  1/2 yard+ of Fresh Water Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics(this row takes 19 1/2″ of fabric so depending on who cuts your fabric you might be able to get away with 1/2 yard or bump up the yardage to 5/8 yd.) & 1/4 yard of Moda Bella PFD White.

From the aqua fabric cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF strips, subcut into (16) 6 1/2″ squares.  From the white fabric cut (2) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips, subcut into (32) 2 1/2″ squares.

Next, sew a white square onto one of the corners of the aqua square.  You can use the handy lines you marked on your sewing machine earlier.

Sew another white square onto the opposite aqua corner.

Trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press.  Make 16.

Sew together the squares alternating the square orientation.

Sew the row onto the quilt top.

One of my blog readers asked me if it was possible to do up a mock-up using prints.  I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to do that myself!  So, here are a couple print options(showing the rows to this point) for those of you on the fence about this row along.  I especially love it in Fig Tree’s Honeysweet line of fabric:

Or in Sunnyside by Kate Spain:

I think it’s just as much fun in prints.  And it’s a great way to show off a few select prints.

Happy Sewing!

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Bee Purposeful {Scrappy Trip}08.23.13

About 2 months ago I wrote this blog post to see if anyone was interested in starting up a bee with me to benefit missions trips from my church.  Ryan and I are fortunate enough to attend a church where missions work is in the forefront, as such, we have many teams traveling throughout the year .

I was blown away by the response to my post and within just a couple days had a team of amazing ladies ready and willing to participate in this venture with me.  I am so thankful for their willingness and generous hearts to work with me on this! =)

We kicked off our bee in August and I had the fun of choosing our month theme and fabric colors.

I decided to go with a Scrappy Trip Around the World(appropriate, right?) and fun, bright happy colors.  You’ve probably seen these blocks all over the internet–there’s a great tutorial for making them here.

These are the blocks I made for the quilt–I’ll probably end up making a couple more to finish off the quilt.  They are fast to make!

We are all working from our stash for this bee so there is a wonderful scrappy vibe to this quilt.  But at the same time, the ladies have chosen perfect fabrics that are all very cohesive together.

I can’t wait to receive the last couple blocks for this quilt and start putting it together!  The ladies in this group have all been so quick in sending back the blocks so I should have them all soon!  I think it will be such a pretty quilt.

I am really excited for September in this bee also.  Toni has already chosen our theme and fabric colors and I’m in love with both!

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A Tula Pink Project07.24.13

I started on a new project over the weekend.  I’ve been hanging onto a Tula Pink Full Moon Forest(from when she was designing for Moda) for years just waiting for the right project and this weekend inspiration struck.  I pulled some fabrics from Tula’s Birds & Bees line of fabric and many of the fabrics from her full moon forest and starting cutting.

After cutting squares, I began piecing the fabrics into these sort of bug shaped pieces.  Chloe asked me if I was actually making some kind of a bug.  They certainly do have a “bugish” look to them!

Much less buggy in the layout I intended for them.

And an in progress shot:

A tip if you are working on a smaller project with a lot of little pieces(each of these blocks finishes at 3″) is to lay all of your pieces on your cutting mat.  They are easy to move around if you need to move them, and they stay in the right order.

Just need to finish up the last couple rows and then I can move onto the next part of my project!

Hope you all are having a great Wednesday!

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Urban Village–A Free Quilt Pattern04.26.13

I apologize in advance if you have received several notifcations from me today!–I was having some email glitches but I think all is well now!

I really enjoy working with the folks over at P&B Textiles.  I have worked with a number of their collections of fabric over the past year–while I enjoy working with all of them sometimes one comes along that really catches my eye.

Village Green by Carolyn Gavin is one such line:

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I have purchased Carolyn’s fabrics in the past–I’ve used her seed pod fabrics from Wild Thyme in a number of different projects.

Seed Pods from Wild Thyme

Probably my fave project made using these little seed pods is my cathedral window pillow I made for my partner during a round of the Pillow Talk Swap over on flickr:

So, when the opportunity arose to work with Carolyn’s latest line of fabric, I was pumped.  And the fabrics are so cute–trees, birdies, houses…really cute.

I really like the trees print as well as the little ditsy floral print:

I knew right away I wanted to play off the fabric theme…and Urban Village was born.

This  quilt combines piecing and applique & the free pattern is available here.

I played around with the pattern a bit this morning in EQ7 to check it out in another fabric line.  And I think it’s very cute in Bonnie & Camille’s Happy Go Lucky line.

Hope you are having a fun productive Friday!  If you make an Urban Village quilt I’d love to see it!

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