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Jun 24, 2016

Row by Row Experience 2016 - Thread & Thimble Row in Ohio

Jun 24, 2016
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Squee!  Do you guys follow along with the Row by Row Experience?  The whole event kicked off this week and I have designed a row for The Thread and Thimble Sewing and Quilt Shop in Marysville, Ohio (NW of Columbus).  Please stop in and pick up my row if you're traveling around OH this summer!  I'm just so tickled with how my row came out.

Above is the focal center block.  A Circle of Spools.

Below is one of two thimble blocks.  This block has my inspiration print, so brightly colored with a happy floral and 3 Flying Geese inside the thimble.
The third block in the row is another thimble.... but this one has..... a house inside!  Looooooove this block.  It's so sweet.  Amanda of The Thread and Thimble and I thought these blocks perfectly suited her shop's name AND this year's RxR theme: Home Sweet Home.
For those who are wondering, this row is all pieced.  There are templates for the half rectangle triangles.

And here is the completed row.  So pretty!
If you've never tried the Row by Row Experience before, give it a try as you travel this summer.  Each pattern is FREE - but can only be found at that particular shop.  You have to stop in to get it.  Have fun collecting patterns from all the states!  There are prizes you can enter for sewing up the rows.

Check out the hashtags #rowbyrowexperience and #rowbyrow2016 is see all the fun! Pin It

Jun 21, 2016

Hattie's Trick Baby Quilt Finish

Jun 21, 2016
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Hooray for a finish today!  The Hattie's Trick quilt is based on a quilt block from my book, Sister Sampler Quilts.  Since we mostly think that the blocks used in samplers only exists in sampler quilts, I decided to make a quilt entirely from only one block in the book.  And here she is, in all her bright cheerfulness.

I debated about this binding.  I love DS prints, and wasn't sure I should use it for the binding - because it could be SO much more used in blocks in a quilt.  I tried to substitute some other solids for binding, but it just wasn't right.  I'm so glad I picked this print.  It picks up the soft hazy greens from the quilt top so well.
The Hattie's Trick blocks are all set on point.  Can you see the original block?
I've outlined below what the Hattie's Trick quilt block looks like.  I changed the coloring of the block across the quilt.  Then setting them on point really gives a much different look and it's almost hard to distinguish where the blocks are.  I like when designs blend like that and it's hard to tell exactly where the blocks begin and end.
This quilt will be a baby gift, so I chose a bunch of girly pink prints I collected on the back.  I never found out ahead of time if I was having boys or girls when I was expecting.  I ended up with all boys,  but since I never knew, I always collected baby girl prints too.  This quilt back puts them to good use.
I've decided that I need to show you more than just the pretty finish pics that normally appear on both this blog and social media.  There is SO much that goes on behind the scenes of running a quilt pattern business, and I want to share some of that with you.  To some, it might seem like my projects just magically appear - but we all know how much time it takes to sew a quilt and the care that goes into making each one.  So here's my second "Behind the Scenes" pic (follow me on instagram for more).  I'm sewing the binding by machine to this quilt.  I almost always machine bind because it's so fast.  And for baby quilts, it will hold up well to repeated washing.
Quilt Stats.
Name: Hattie's Trick Baby Quilt
Size: 50" x 50"
Fabric:  Misc stash fabric with Kona White
Pattern:  Hattie's Trick Block from Sister Sampler Quilts book
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures
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Jun 15, 2016

Sister Blocks coming to Love of Quilting TV

Jun 15, 2016
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The new 2800 series of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV show starts airing in just a few short weeks in July.  I am the guest on episode #2802 and I am bringing Sister Blocks to the masses!  On the show, I teach you how to make the Kin Coterie quilt.  Kin Coterie is a companion project to the samplers found in my book, Sister Sampler Quilts.  You can see a sneak peek of that quilt at the end of this video clip.

The clip above is a little web extra we filmed that showcases the Bonfire Sampler (the current 2016 Block of the Month Club here on the blog).  Sister Blocks, Strings and more!  Don't forget you can make Sister Block Samplers with a partner to make them even more fun.

Check your local PBS station for air dates starting in July.  Air dates are already listed in some states when I did a google search - hopefully, it's coming to you soon! Pin It
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