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Apr 23, 2014

Patchwork Napkins Blog Hop next week!

Apr 23, 2014
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Next week will be an exciting week!  I've put together a little blog hop for my latest pattern - the Patchwork Napkins Pattern with some of my sewing friends.  Each day next week, a different sewist will be sharing her version of the Patchwork Napkins Pattern and telling you a bit about their experience sewing them up.  I hope you'll join us!

These would make a SUPER Mother's Day gift.....**wink wink**

Patchwork Napkins Schedule
Mon. Apr. 28  Diane / From Blank Pages
Tues. Apr. 29  Lee / Freshly Pieced
Wed. Apr. 30  Adrienne / Little Bluebell and Amy / Sukie
Thurs. May 1  Kati / From the Blue Chair
Fri. May 2  Debbie / A Quilter's Table

(The Patchwork Napkins Pattern is available here in my shop.)

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Apr 21, 2014

Fabric Loft Pre-Cuts at Target + Giveaway

Apr 21, 2014
Pin It Did you hear that Target is now carrying fabric pre-cuts?  Target usually reflects my somewhat low-maintenance style (I say somewhat because I'm not sure my husband would agree :) for home decorating and clothing.  So when Fabric Editions contacted me about the new fabric lines available at Target, I of course wanted to see what it was all about!
Select Target stores are now carrying Fabric Edition's 4 new Fabric Loft lines that come in cotton, canvas and burlap.  You can check here if your local Target is carrying Fabric Loft - and if not, you can request they start here.
I received 1 yd. of Motley canvas and 2 yds. of Motley cotton solids.  With these fabrics, I decided I'd finally make one of the Jane Market Bags I'd been pining over on Instagram.  I love this orange floral print.  I have recently decided that orange is my new favorite color.  This really confuses my kids because red has been my favorite since I was a teenager.  Apparently, it is difficult to change your favorite color mid-stream.  Anywho....
I loved the floral print, so I decided I wanted to add an embroidered accent of the flowers to the middle pocket on the tote, where the cotton solid would be.  I had to plan this in advance of beginning the bag - which I am so glad I did.  Sometimes I get in too much of a rush to get into the meat of a project to think about embellishing beforehand.
I ended up using the canvas for part of the exterior and all of the lining for the bag.  I liked the weight of the canvas - in my opinion, it didn't need interfacing, especially when putting the heavier canvas on both the inside and outside of the bag.  The cotton definitely needed interfacing added to compete with the canvas it would be flanked by.  I backed both the solid on the side of the bag and the pocket with Craft-Fuse.  This was a bit of overkill on the interfacing, but I like my bags stiffer and it's what I had on hand.
I added some polka dot from Bonnie & Camille's April Showers line (available here and here) on the handles because navy and orange are awesome together.  I think navy is my new second favorite color.  :)

I am in love with this bag.  I can see I will be making some more Jane Market bags in the future!  It has pin tucks at the corners that are an adorable addition to the bag. This Fabric Loft canvas was a perfect choice for a market bag like this.
Want to win some Fabric Loft of your own?  I am giving away 1 yd. of canvas and (5) 1 yd. cuts of cotton from Fabric Loft's Trapeze line.  Remember if you want Fabric Loft carried in your Target, go here.

If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:59pm)

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Apr 19, 2014

Bella Maiden Quilt Finish - In American Quilter May 2014

Apr 19, 2014
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Meet my latest quilt, Bella Maiden, that is in AQS' American Quilter magazine for the May 2014 issue.  Isn't she lovely?  Last year, we made Old Maid's Puzzle blocks for the Sisters' Ten BOM.  I really love the look of this block - and I decided I wanted the Old Maid to be featured full size in a quilt.  With all the complimentary triangles that match and mate in this block, it felt extremely fitting that an over sized version of this block should also be composed of triangles.  This time as Half-Square Triangles.
Sisters' Ten Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks
I enjoyed piecing this quilt as each triangle in the overall design is composed of both prints and solids.  The HSTs pair the solids and prints together to add dimension to the quilt.  This line is Bonnie & Camille's latest line, April Showers (available here, here and here).  I personally think all of B&C's lines break up very nicely into different color families which I was trying to showcase here.
Funny story about this quilt.  I was working on this quilt in January and February with the awful winter we had this past year.  Michele Duffy, editor-in-chief of American Quilter and a wonderful person to work with, was asking me to take photos of this quilt outside for the issue.  I was in a complete panic!  In the two weeks I had to get the job done, we never crossed into positive digits in terms of the temperature outside.  Not to mention we had several inches of snow on the ground - while I was supposed to get my quilt model to look "springy" for a May issue.  With the subzero temps and swirling snow, I never made it outside with the quilt.
Instead I tried my best to get shots indoors in my home.  The pictures used for this quilt are in my home.  My own home!!!  On the pages of a magazine!  How strange does that feel to see your own home looking all Martha Stewart in the pages of a magazine.  :)  It has that same strange feeling as when you clean your house immaculately for the realtor to come take photos when selling your house.  It almost doesn't look recognizable since there are no legos or nerf guns on the floor.  
Overall, I love this quilt.  It was easy to put together and is quite stunning.  If you are interested in making Bella Maiden, pick up a copy of American Quilter May 2014.  This pattern takes and Old Maid and turns her into a beautiful maiden.  :)
Quilt Stats.
Name: Bella Maiden Quilt Pattern
Size: 64" x 64"
Design: by AnneMarie Chany
Fabric:  April Showers by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures
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