Basting
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Quilts

Bonus Bouquet {Quilting}

I have had a really productive week. Not only was I able to finish squaring up the Bonus Bouquet blocks, but I got the quilt top pieced and it is now basted and ready for quilting. I really love this design, so to not spoil it too much, I'm going to wait to give you the full reveal next...

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Bonus Blocks
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Quilts

Bonus Bouquet {Work in Progress}

I had a really fun and productive week quilting last week. The air quality in my California town continues to be bad enough that I am not able to go outdoors for my evening walk, and I started sewing in the evenings after dinner for a bit instead. I'm definitely stir crazy but thankful our area isn't near any...

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Rainbow Mini Mini Quilt
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2020 Finished Quilts

Rainbow Mini Mini Quilt {Patreon Reward}

I love making mini mini quilts, and I especially enjoy getting to make them when they are for my Patrons. I've had a few patrons unlock their mini mini quilt rewards recently, so I've had some fun making these tiny quilts. Today I can share one of the recent finishes; I'm still waiting on an international package to be...

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Free Motion Quilting Sample
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Fabric, Quilts

Works in Progress

I am currently working on a lot of different "secret sewing" projects, which is both exciting and frustrating. I definitely look forward to being able to share details about these projects when I can (stay tuned for more about some on Friday), but it's frustrating because I have less that I can share and talk about in the mean...

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Tips

Tips for Using a Hera Marker {Video Tutorial}

Today I want to share a quick video tutorial that I recorded yesterday to give you some tips for using a Hera Marker. It includes how I use a regular acrylic ruler to mark curves and suggestions for how to modify the lighting at your sewing machine in order to see the marked lines, especially on prints, better while...

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Quilt Pattern

Sky Full of Stars Pattern Release

Thanks to Cheryl's (Meadow Mist Designs) amazing technical editing help, today is the pattern release day for the Sky Full of Stars digital quilt pattern! Deep dive into intermediate to advanced curved piecing techniques to create a joyful constellation of curve star blocks. The design is perfect for featuring your favorite large scale prints and fat quarter bundles. The Sky...

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Hang On
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2020 Finished Quilts

Hang On {Finished Quilt}

Many thanks to Kathe E. (@_duchick_) for the perfect name suggestion for the Sky Full of Stars bonus quilt: Hang On. Like many others, she saw a rope like shape and, in her own words, " is ready to be tied into a knot for that saying, ‘tie a knot and hang on’. Perfect thought for this peculiar year!" I...

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Quilting Prep
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Quilts

Bonus Quilt Progress

Last week was a long week of computer work. Between preparing to release the pattern for Mum's Garden and laying the ground work for the next few patterns (Sky Full of Stars, which will include instructions for this bonus quilt, is out for review with my technical editor, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs), I didn't make too much progress...

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Quilt Pattern

Mum’s Garden Pattern Release

Thanks to the wonderful editing eyes of Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs, I am ready to release the Mum's Garden digital quilt pattern today! Inspired by the Kona Cotton colors Burgundy, Spice, Yarrow, and Bone, I found a photograph of fall mums which was a great spring board for the design. Explore your own color palette with the included coloring...

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Sky Full of Stars Bonus Blocks
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Quilts

Sky Full of Stars {Bonus Quilt}

When piecing the curve star blocks and inset curve stars for the Sky Full of Stars quilt, (4) large convex scraps were created from each of the prints that I used to create the stars, for a total of (68) large scraps. I quickly trimmed them down using 5" finished / 5 1/2" unfinished convex templates. I looked through...

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Curve Star and Inset Curve Star Mini Quilt
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2020 Finished Quilts

Curve Star and Inset Curve Star Mini Quilt

This week I was able to turn my test block for the Inset Curve Star tutorial into a finished mini quilt. The mini quilt uses curve star blocks, square in a square blocks, and an inset curve star. With the test block finished as a mini quilt, I have one long term WIP that needs to be quilted, but...

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Inset Curve Star Mini Quilt
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2020 Finished Quilts

Inset Curve Star Mini Quilt

I was able to finish the first of two test piecing blocks that I figured deserved to become finished mini quilts over the weekend. When I pieced the brightly colored yellow, green, and purple test block that was my first attempt at piecing an inset curve star, I wasn't sure if my piecing idea was going to work. To...

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Sky Full of Stars
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2020 Finished Quilts, Quilt Gallery

Sky Full of Stars {Finished Quilt}

Well, in the end I stuck with the 1" quilting density for Sky Full of Stars. The quilting seems to be just what the quilt needed, and I probably didn't have enough of the dark navy thread to double the density. The quilt finished at 48" square after quilting and binding. I love how the quilt shows off both the...

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Sky Full of Stars - Mapping Out Quilting Reference Lines
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Quilts

Sky Full of Stars {Quilting}

I don't know about anyone else, but I was really busy at the end of July. I was really glad at the end of last week when I was able to take a deep breath, start working on writing up a pattern for Mum's Garden, and dive into quilting Sky Full of Stars. I took a quick photo of the...

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Curated Quilts - Half-Square Triangles
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Life

Curated Quilts – Half-Square Triangles

When Amy reached out to me to ask permission to include Oh Happy Day in the upcoming Curated Quilts - Half-Square Triangles edition, I was more than happy to say yes. Oh Happy Day is pieced using a wide variety of quilt blocks, but it definitely relies on Half-Square Triangles. More than anything, though, this quilt felt timely all...

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Block Tutorials

Inset Curve Star Tutorial

I am really excited to share a photo tutorial today for inset curve stars. If you are comfortable sewing drunkard's path blocks, you can sew an inset curve star; the inset curve star does require partial seams, but I promise they are really gentle and easy to do! This tutorial will create a 24 1/2" unfinished / 24" finished...

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Block Tutorials

Curve Star Block Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a photo tutorial on how to create a 12" finished curve star block, like the 6" finished versions that I pieced in the borders of the Mum's Garden quilt. If you are comfortable sewing drunkard’s path blocks, you can sew a curve star block! I am really excited about the possibilities of what these blocks can...

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