Wednesday happenings and a free pattern

Wednesday is usually my day to catch a breath and see where I’m at on my list of projects in process and coming up in the future.  I’m caught up with my blocks for the Classic Meets Modern QAL at Sew At Home Mummy.  August’s block was a modern churn dash with some improv piecing.  I like the block, but I’m not so sure about the background fabric that I chose.  A little too busy for this one.

Modern Churn Dash @ The Crafty Quilter

September’s block is the maple leaf and it’s definitely appropriate for this time of year.  I’m loving the bright oranges:

Maple Leaf Block @ The Crafty Quilter

As I was cleaning up my sewing room, I found a partially-made Swoon block that I had started as a class sample.  I finished piecing it together, and I’m in the process of turning it into a table topper.  I’ll have more info on that later.

Swoon block from The Crafty Quilter

And finally, I want to pass along this FREE pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s called Color My Heart and it’s all about spreading the love of sewing and quilting this month.  This pattern uses charm squares and finishes into a 27″ square.  Make one for a mini quilt or more for a larger quilt.

free heart pat (2)

I will be making this pattern soon and sharing my version with you next week.  Also, the Fat Quarter Shop has challenged some of their favorite bloggers to work on something that they’ve never done before and share it with their readers.  I’ve accepted the challenge and I’ll give you the full details next week, September 17.  Here is the full list of participating bloggers:

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Lynne of Lily’s Quilts
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melanie of I Heart Stitching
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N’ Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Sara of Sew Sweetness
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Erin of Why Not Sew?
I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  I hope you’re all enjoying your Wednesday!

Sew Thankful Sunday, September 2014

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button


Welcome to the September edition of Sew Thankful Sunday!  This month is full of activity with schools starting AND it’s national sewing and quilting month.  The ideas and projects that are featured today will reflect all of those things!

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  The folks at Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog are celebrating National Sewing and Quilting Month with a free “Color My Heart” quilt pattern, plus they’re hosting an “I Love Quilting & Sewing” Blog Tour all month long.  I’ll be one of your tour guides on September 17!

Nat Sewing and Quilting Heart Banner-08



2.  The Moda Cutting Table blog is having a Moda Love Blog Tour with some of their own designers.  As part of the blog tour, you’ll see various interpretations of their FREE pattern, Moda Love, and there are giveaways and prizes too!




3.  When I saw this tote bag on the Riley Blake Designs Blog, I thought it was just another tote pattern.  Wait until you see how clever the designer, Melissa of Sew Like My Mom, is in creating The Polly Tote!  A great way to keep your kids in tow.

Polly Tote


4.  I love the look of this quilt-as-you-go panel from Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa.  This a great technique that yields a modern look for this North West block!



5.  Don’t forget that the Aspen Glow Quilt Along at Cora’s Quilts just started this month. It looks like it will be a beautiful project to keep busy with this fall.

Aspen glow quilt along



6.  Bernina is celebrating National Sewing Month with giveaways each Friday for the month of September.  You can join them at their blog, We All Sew, and enter to win; plus check out their tutorials and project gallery for more inspiration.



7.  If you are looking for a baby or toddler quilt pattern, check out this Deep Blue Sea Quilt Tutorial by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. This is a great introduction to easy curved piecing!

deep blue sea tutorial



8.  Does your ironing board need a face lift?  Check out this great way to recover your ironing board by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  It will look like new again!

new ironing board cover



9.  I love this new block, Trapped Square, from Chrissie of Made by Chrissie D.  She made this for her NYC Metro MQG Bee and she did an awesome job with the tutorial!  I love the modern look.

trapped square block


10.  Sometimes the back of the quilt can be just as beautiful as the front.  Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! recently shared a free pattern for her Pixelated Heart that she has used on the backs of several quilts.  It would be just as pretty as the front, too!

Pixelated Heart

Pixelated Heart Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson!


11.  I am a big fan of the Curve it Up Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful, and I’m happy to see that they’re having a “Curve it Up Challenge Quilt Along” on their blog.  They’ll have prizes and giveaways along the way and lots of inspiration to cheer you on!

QAL Curve it Up Challenge

12.  There’s nothing more fun than peeking into someone’s new studio to get you motivated with your own.  Lee of Freshly Pieced recently shared her studio tour and it’s loaded with ideas and inspiration!

Studio Tour at Freshly Pieced

New Studio Tour at Freshly Pieced


13.  Sometimes the simplicity of a quilt block along with color placement makes for a great combination.  Andy of A Bright Corner has made that winning combo with her tutorial for The Scrappy Susannah Quilt Block. As the name suggests, it’s great for scrapbusting, too!

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14.  I am a newbie when it comes to embroidery, so I’m very happy to spread the word (and blog) of Red Brolly.  This lovely mother/daughter team has a great series of tutorials on embroidery, most recently this one on Selecting Fabric for Embroidery.



15.  You’ll love this Itty Bitty Quilt tutorial from Monica at Happy Zombie.  It’s quick and easy; perfect for beginners and young sewers, too!  Monica was motivated by the “do-something-good” quilt making event put on by her local guild.  I think she succeeded!

Itty Bitty Quilt

Itty Bitty Quilt Tutorial @ The Happy Zombie


16.  Anyone have travel plans coming up soon?  If so, you’ll want to check out this Travel Wallet Tutorial by Marina of Frocks & Frolics for the Sew Mama Sew blog.  I’ve got this one on my list!


Travel Wallet @ Sew Mama Sew


17.  If you’re new to free motion quilting, you will appreciate the answers to these questions that were posed by readers of Wendy’s blog, Ivory Spring.  I love her Thread Talk posts and I always learn something new!

Ivory Spring FMQ

Free Motion Quilting Example by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring


18.  Jen of Quilter in the Closet shares her process for free motion quilting in How I Free Motion Quilt, Part 1 and Part 2.  Great information for machine set up, tension and lots more.



19.  I hope you’re ready for one more lesson on FMQ.  This one is fittingly called “Graffitti Quilting”, and it’s a great tutorial from Amy of 13 Spools.  I just love the look of this!

graffitti quilting


The month of September has always been a favorite of mine.  Beautiful weather, new beginnings, a time to get organized and lots of new projects to start (and finish) in my sewing room. Thanks to everyone featured today for helping inspire us towards that end!

Happy National Sewing and Quilting Month!



Destash Sale!

Hey everybody!  I’m having a destash sale on my blog today!  I’ve been sorting through my fabric stash so I can make room for new and future fabric.  This is what happens after quilting for 16 years and working in a quilt shop for 7 of them!  It would make me sew happy if they were to find a new home with some of my blog readers.

UPDATE:  All of the bundles have SOLD!  Thank you so much, everyone, for participating in my destash.  I wish I had enough bundles for everyone, but I am working on round 2!  I’ll let you know when.


I have made bundles of coordinating fabric that average about 4 yards each.  The minimum each bundle will contain is 3 1/2 yards and the max is 4 1/2 yards (with 2 exceptions).  I’m also adding in a free pattern, just because!  These are all high quality 100% cotton fabrics and they come from a smoke-free home.

The cost of each bundle is $20 (US) (excluding bundle #14 and #18 – see their description for price) and that includes priority shipping.  I will ship to Canada, but the price will reflect a higher shipping cost.

In order to claim a bundle, leave a comment with the bundle # and your name/email. I will reply with an email requesting your Paypal address.  It will be first come, first serve.  I would like to give everyone a chance to purchase a bundle, so please limit yourself to one for now.

Bundle #1:  SOLD. Christmas collection – assorted Christmas fabrics including 1 yard red/tan holly stripe, (4) 1/2 yards, 8 fat quarters.  5 yards total. BUNDLE 1 copy

Bundle #2:  SOLD. Luna Notte from Moda collection – 2 charm packs + 3 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 2 copy

Bundle #3:SOLD. Stars & Coxscombs from Moda collection – 2/3 yd. of quilt patch print, 3/4 yd. solid red +  2 1/2 yards assorted cuts.  3 1/2+ total yardage. BUNDLE 3 copy

Bundle #4: SOLD. Country Collage from Wilmington Prints collection – 1 panel plus 3 1/2 yards assorted cuts (a few have been cut into strips for pattern that is included). BUNDLE 4 copy

Bundle #5:  SOLD. Marzipan from In the Beginning collection – 2/3 yd. red/pink hearts, 2/3 yd. black heart print, (5) 1/2 yards.  3 3/4+ total yards. BUNDLE 5 copy

Bundle #6:  SOLD. Pink & Gold collection – includes Rosa de la Baguette by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse – 21″ large floral, 2/3 yd gold plaid, plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 3 1/2 yards. BUNDLE 6 copy

Bundle #7:  SOLD. Chocolate collection – includes 1/2 yard of brown print “Chocolate” by 3 Sisters and 1/2 yard of tan print “Chocolate” (not pictured) plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 4 1/4 yards. BUNDLE 7 copy

Bundle #8:  SOLD.  Harvest Vineyard collection from Robert Kaufman, includes 1 yd harvest grape fabric and 1 yd. red grape fabric.  Total 3 1/2+ yards. BUNDLE 8 copy

Bundle #9:  SOLD. Fall scrappy collection – 4 yards total of various fall prints. BUNDLE 9 copy

Bundle #10:  SOLD. Vineyard Collection from Robert Kaufman – includes (2) 7″ x 56″ strips of grape fabric plus 3 1/2 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 10 copy

Bundle #11:  SOLD. Brown & Blue collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 2/3 yd. “Porch Swing” brown print from Moda.  The tan multi-print shown has been replaced by a red/gold swirl print and I’ve added some tan scraps. BUNDLE 11 copy

Bundle #12: SOLD.  Cottage Garden collection – 4 yards total, includes 1 yd. of Cottage Garden from Red Rooster Fabrics.  Mostly half-yards and fat quarters. BUNDLE 12 copy

Bundle #13: SOLD  Pink & green collection – 4 yards total of half-yard and fat quarter cuts. BUNDLE 13 copy

Bundle #14: SOLD. Fig Tree collection – 5 1/2 yards total including many fabrics from the Cinnamon Stars collection by Fig Tree for Moda.  $25 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 14 copy

Bundle #15: SOLD.  Apples & Coffee collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 1 1/2 yd. of apple fabric and 1 yard of “Daily Grind” by Clothworks. BUNDLE 15 copy

Bundle #16: SOLD.  Grapes collection – 3/4 yd red “Etchings” fabric, 3/4 yd tan, 2/3 yd cream, 1/2 yd grape fabric, plus some fat quarters.  Total 3 2/3 yard. BUNDLE 16 copy

Bundle #17: SOLD. Flower Show collection by Benartex – Includes 1 yard and 3/4 yard cuts of large florals, and 1/2 yard of each stripe.  I’ve added a red, green and peach (not pictured) to make the total yardage 4. BUNDLE 17 copy

Bundle #18: SOLD. Butterfly collection – mostly 1/2 yards and fat quarters for 2 3/4 yards total.  All from Riley Blake’s “Enchanted Butterfly” fabric.  $15 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 18 copy

Bundle #19: SOLD. Blue & Yellow collection – 3 3/4 yards total of various blue, yellow, and green fabrics. BUNDLE 19 copy

Bundle #20: SOLD. Bold Citrus collection – very scrappy bundle of various prints, including (1) 1/2 yard cut of white with dots, 4 fat quarters and lots of scraps.  Many of them are from the Daisy Dots collection by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse. BUNDLE 20 copy

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If this is successful, I’ll be having another round of destashing soon.  And thank you for helping my fabric stash find new homes!


Pictures to share and destash update

I hope you don’t mind if I share a few pictures with you that are not about quilting, but I’ll leave with you with a destash update at the end.  Let’s start with the pictures.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Crafty Quilter and I celebrated our 30th anniversary – I know, I can’t possibly be old enough to say that!  We spent it with our kids and their spouses/fiances in the California Sierra mountains along the Feather River.

feather river

We stayed in rustic cabins (no more tents for me) and had a blast!  It was beautiful and awesome to be all together for six days.


group photo

John & Nicole, Steven & Kelly, Jon, Sara, Allen & Julie

One of the nights, the kids cooked us dinner and made a cake to celebrate our anniversary.  Not bad for cabin cooking!

me dad and cake

This next picture is our four kids jumping for joy because they love us so they’re so happy to be together in their favorite spot.

Our kids jumping for joy

Kelly, Jon, Nicole & Sara (in age order, coincidentally)


I was happy to see this little barn quilt on the side of one of the cabins.  It’s becoming trendy up here!

Barn quilt on cabin @ Camp Laymans


Here’s our dog, Cooper, all tired out from a full day of romping:

Cooper snuggling on a vintage pillow case

Anyone recognize that pillowcase he’s sleeping on?  Definitely vintage and it brings back memories from my childhood.  It’s the reason I own the fat quarter collection of “Dreamin’ Vintage” by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.

dreamin vintage2


And that leads me to my DESTASHING PROJECT!  On Monday, September 1st, 7 a.m. (California time) I will post fabric bundles for sale.  I currently have 20 bundles of fabric that I have put together and they each contain about 4 yards of fabric.  I’m also including a pattern with each package.  The cost will be $20 each and that includes priority shipping.  I’m still looking into shipping to Canada – if I do, the price will reflect a higher shipping rate.

I will show a picture of each bundle and it will be labeled as A,B, C, etc.  If you want it, you will need to leave a comment indicating which one and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.  It will be first come, first serve.


Most of these bundles are traditional-style fabrics and all of them are 100% cotton, quality quilting fabric.  I have a lot of fall colors, so the timing is perfect.  There’s a very good chance that I will have a destash #2 after this first one is finished.  I’m finding all kinds of goodies in my sewing room that need a new home!

We’ll see if I’m brave enough to show a “before” picture of my sewing room.  Thanks for everyone’s encouragement and I hope you’re having a great week!


It’s a Wrap!

I finished the final video taping of The Quilt Show’s block of the month, A-Z for Ewe and Me, designed by Janet Stone, on Friday.  It’s a wrap, and it feels so good to have it completed!

Here is a picture of me in Alex Anderson’s home studio; she is the one holding the camera!

Julie video 640

She is so gracious and made me feel very comfortable (which was soooo appreciated).  Hopefully, I’ll be working more with the TQS gang in the future.

I made this monogrammed mini quilt as a sample for the last video I did.  It’s a great example of how you can take a piece from a quilt and change into a completely different project.

MK Mini copy

This was originally part of the “F” block from the BOM quilt. I added another row of flying geese and widened the center to fit the letters “MK”.  It will be a “thank you” gift for a friend once I get the binding finished.

My F Block


Now that this BOM is over (for me), I get to work on some of my own projects.  I’m hoping to add a few tutorials for you all in September, but first I have to clean my sewing room!  Holy cow, what a mess!

As part of this clean up, I’ll be doing some destashing.  I’m thinking of putting some fabric bundles together and offering them to my blog readers (at a great price). If that sounds good to you, let me know!  I hope you have a great week.