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Blog Tour, Cove Clutches, Second Star Quilt

Windsor Garden Blog Tour

Hello friends! Its been a busy summer here for me as I've been preparing to leave for Africa with Mothers Without Borders—TOMORROW! I've also been house hunting, working on new patterns, and trying to keep up with all the lovely quilts I receive every day. With all of this stuff going on, I'm very grateful I was able to squeeze in a bit of leisure-sewing with this beautiful new fabric collection from Kelly Parker Smith called Windsor Garden by Sweet Bee Designs. Next up, I'm going to share some more sneak peaks of the two new patterns that will be released very soon. I just couldn't wait! I haven't quite set a release date yet, but it will be very soon after I return from Africa. If you sign up for my newsletter, you'll be the first to know. First, here it is my first-ever quilt pattern Second Star. This quilt was designed...

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12 Minis in 12 Months

Child’s Play Quilts

I am so excited to be able to participate in Stacey's book tour for her new book Child's Play Quilts. This book is absolutely darling, and jam-packed with a huge variety of quilt ideas.  There are traditionally-pieced quilts and  appliqué quilt patterns. There are also tips for fabric sorting, choosing fabric, and working with your own stash. I got the chance to make a portion of this darling Apple Blossom quilt from the book: I chose to use up some Tula Pink scraps from her Eden Fabric Collection. I love the traditional feel of this quilt and can't wait until I have time to make a full version of this great timeless design. Stacey's instructions are perfect for quick piecing methods, so you'll be able to put it together fast! I added this mini quilt to my mini gallery wall and am excited that I have my April #12minisin12months Mini quilt completed...

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12 Minis in 12 Months

Needles and Thread

As I prepare to begin any sewing project, I always make sure to start with a few important things: (1) Some good fabric, (2) good cutting tools (which I shared more about in my last post), and (3) some good thread, and a great needle. In this post, I want to focus on my favorite types of thread and needles. I have used many kinds of thread over the years, and many of them have been very good. However, there is one thread that I’ve come back to over and over again. I know that I might be biased, since this company is headquartered in my neck of the woods—Saint George, Utah. Nonetheless, I’ve been a big fan of Superior Threads for the past 10+ years. I’m particularly fond of the So Fine! #50 thread line. They have more thread lines to choose from than I care to try and count,...

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Edge-to-Edge vs. Custom Quilting
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Long Arm Quilting

Edge-to-Edge Vs. Custom Quilting

Hey there, happy Easter to you! I hope you enjoyed time with your family and that you felt peace. It was a beautiful spring day here in Utah, and I enjoyed some quality with my family. One of the questions I get most often is whether I offer custom quilting, edge-to-edge quilting, or both.  I want to spend a bit of time clarifying the difference between these two types of quilting and the pros and cons of each. I'll also briefly explain what role I can play in process of finishing your quilt. Edge-to-Edge quilting entails a single design that covers the entire quilt top.  It is sometimes referred to as an all-over design as well. An edge-to-edge design can be very intricate and even span the entire width of your quilt, but it repeats the same design for each row. This is most definitely the most affordable type of quilting,...

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6 Tips to Improve Your Cutting Accuracy
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12 Minis in 12 Months

6 Tips to Improve Your Cutting Accuracy

One of the most common problems that happens with quilts is inaccurate measurements and cutting. This keeps the seams from lining up exactly and results in crooked lines and uneven angles, which take away from the integrity of the quilt’s design. It can also cause problems in the quilting process, leaving tucks and folds in the fabric. Here are 6 tips to improve your cutting accuracy, so that your quilts will come out looking prim and precise. Three of the tips are for selecting your notions, and the other three are for the process of actually cutting your fabric. Get a great rotary cutter. This will ensure that your cutter doesn’t “skip” as you make your cuts. I am particularly fond of the Splash rotary cutters. (I am guilty of owning three, with the fourth on its way. Have you seen the new pink ones?!) Anyway, I love the...

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DIY Easter Baskets
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Olivia's Baskets

DIY Easter Baskets – Olivia’s Baskets

The bright blossoms and blooming buds of springtime always feel so refreshing and invigorating to me. They remind me of new beginnings, of starting over with a clean slate. I’ve gained a new appreciation for this feeling since I’ve moved to Utah County, where there’s actually snow (I’m originally from Saint George, Utah, where there’s rarely ever snow)! The snow melts, and green grass and colorful blossoms take its place. As I ponder the newness and purity of spring, I am reminded of something else that’s pure and clean—babies! I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my pattern—Olivia’s Baskets—is named after my second niece (the pattern for my first niece Truvy will be in the works later this year). For me, these baskets represent the freshness and stillness of a new baby and a dewy Spring morning. When I designed this pattern, I wanted to create something that was useful and simple...

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12 Minis in 12 Months

4 Tips for Sewing with Vinyl

*This post was inspired by How to Sew. Vinyl can be a really useful material to use for a bunch of different types of projects, like my Hello Pouches pattern. Since it's see-through, the vinyl allows you to see inside the pouch without actually opening. This is only one of the many applications of vinyl in projects.  However, sewing with vinyl can be tricky because it sticks to your pressing foot. It's also much thicker than regular fabric, and it doesn't maneuver the same, either. Sometimes, this means broken needles if you don't take the right precautions. Here are 4 tips you can use to sew with vinyl: 1. Use a size 90 needle. Since vinyl is so much thicker and less pliable than normal fabric, it requires a special needle. Otherwise, you'll end up with a bunch of broken needles and an unfinished project. A thicker needle (specifically size 90) will do the...

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12 Minis in 12 Months, Blog Tour, Foundation Fabric, Hello Pouches, Knot and Thread Design, Mini Quilt, Sassafras Lane, Sew-A-Long

Foundation Fabric Blog Tour

I was more than thrilled when Shayla from Sassafras Lane asked if I would participate in her Foundations Fabric Blog Tour.  Foundation is a fabric line designed by Shayla for Windham Fabrics  with the perfect rainbow palette. Ever since I released my Hello Pouches pattern I have wanted to do a little improv piecing work on the base of the pouches.  These fabrics gave me the perfect opportunity. I especially loved quilting my pouches with these prints. Each hand drawn print created the most perfect quilting lines to follow. I accented the rainbow patchwork with mini pipping which highlighted the colors so nicely.   I am also hosting a Sew-A-Long through the year of 2018. #12minisin12months A mission to create more mini quilts for my sewing space while connecting to other creatives and improving and learning new skills.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create my February Mini from this Foundation fabric.  Here...

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