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Aug 26, 2014

Hourglass Snuggle Quilt Finish

Aug 26, 2014
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If you give a moose a muffin...
If you make one boy a quilt, then you must make one for the others.

After finishing the first snuggle quilt for my middle man, the endless questions about "When are you going to finish MINE?" started.  
How many kids do I have?  Oh, yes.  That's right.  3.  I guess I'm not done then yet!  Here is snuggle quilt 2 of 3.  This one for my oldest's belated (yes, I missed the deadline again) birthday (8).  Simple hourglass blocks in what I hope are boy-ish enough colors for an 8 year old.
I can see that making quilts for my mini men is only going to get harder and harder.
But as long as they keep asking..... of course, I will oblige.  

Quilt Stats.
Size: 30" x 44"
Design: Hourglass blocks framed in white or khaki
Fabric:  all scraps; binding is Alison Glass Sunprint
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: Me.  Stipple - keep it easy!
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Aug 22, 2014

Patchwork Pillow Patterns for Beginner Quilters

Aug 22, 2014
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In the spring, I began teaching classes with these patchwork pillow patterns to help beginning quilters learn some of the tips and tricks I wish I knew when I first started quilting.  The patterns have been very fun - they are small manageable projects (which is easy on your time and budget).  They allow beginners to focus on learning a specific skill in a mini quilt turned pillow.
I am now teaching the second round of the series at Dabble & Stitch in Columbus, OH and I've finally listed the patterns for sale in the shop.  They are beginner friendly - the instructions are more detailed than you would normally find in quilt patterns to help explain terminology and tips.

There are 3 different 16" x 16" pillows.  They are available in PDF form individually - or - buy all 3 patterns together and save some $.  I made all 3 of my pillows to coordinate - but you don't have to follow suit.  

The first pattern is is the Plus Pillow shown above (teaches nesting seams - getting your intersecting seams to line up).

The second pattern is the Chevron Pillow shown below (teaches half-square triangles).

And the third pattern is the Flying Geese Pattern below (teaches Flying Geese).
Regular price for all 3 patterns is $12.
Each Pillow Pattern individually is $5.

Coupon: To introduce these patterns to you, they are all ON SALE until the end of the month (9/01/14).  Use the coupon code PILLOWS to get $1 off each pattern.

These patterns would be a great way to introduce quilting to a friend...
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Aug 19, 2014

Dresden Plates in Oh, Clementine by Cluck Cluck Sew {wip}

Aug 19, 2014
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I bought a fat quarter bundle of Cluck Cluck Sew's second line for Windham Fabrics, Oh, Clementine, at Sample Spree during Spring Quilt Market.  I knew I wanted to make a traditional block.  The prints are so cheerful and fresh.  They remind me of a summertime picnic - and I couldn't get Dresden Plates off my mind. I decided to go for it... I've never made a Dresden quilt.  And Dresdens are definitely on my bucket list of quilts.
I'm planning to make 9 Dresden blocks.  These are 17" finished.  So far I've completed #1-4.  I've been using mostly Oh, Clementine with a few other prints from my stash thrown in.  The center orange stripe print is from American Jane.
There are a number of crosshatch prints in the collection (like the blue above) that will make for great colorful foundations for the Dresdens.  I need so desperately to get away from white backgrounds.  This will be the perfect change.
Since a summer picnic is on my mind, I couldn't help throwing in some gingham and checks.  :)
Dresdens are such a great classic.  They can be made to look traditional or modern depending on how you spin it.  Check out these Dresden Plate tutorials and some variations of a great block.

Dresden Plate Block Tutorials
12 Blade Dresden Plate by Crafty Gemini
20 Blade Peppermint Pinwheel by Diary of a Quilter
Dresden Octagons by Geta's Quiting Studio
Modern Dresden Plate by The Girl Who Quilts
20 Blade Dresden Plate by Sew Mama Sew
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