Bethlehem Star - Jesse Tree Quilt

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I love Christmas! I love the traditions and joy of the whole season. And in 2020, I love that people are embracing Christmas just a bit sooner than usual. One tradition that we do in our family is to countdown to the Big Day with books! On Thanksgiving, I individually wrap 25 (well, honestly it's over 50 now...) Christmas-themed books. Then each night before bed, the boys pick a couple to unwrap, and we read them for bedtime stories. We usually have an activity-based activity Advent calendar too. I really love the anticipation that the Advent calendar builds!

Paper pieced Bethlehem star for Advent quilt

So imagine my delight when Jen of Faith & Fabric announced she had designed an Advent quilt! I immediately knew this needed to be in my future! I jumped at the chance to make a block as part of her blog hop to celebrate the launch!

My Quilty Friends Quilt

Friday, November 20, 2020

Some quilts are just fabric and thread, but some quilts have stories sewn into every stitch. This is one of those quilts.

Friendship star quilt with quilt blocks that were bleached and dyed

This quilt started back in 2017. A group of my quilty friends spent the weekend at a sewing retreat. (You can read all about that HERE!) We decided a few weeks before the retreat that we would each make a set of friendship stars, then we would trade at the retreat so we would each have one from each friend to make into a quilt. It was a lovely idea. The reality was that everyone used completely different colors and styles of fabrics, so none of them went together at all. It was an immediate UFO.

Quilty friends from a sewing retreat

Fast forward to just a couple months ago. Bobbie of The Geeky Bobbin challenged other quilt bloggers to sign up for UFOvember to share and finish a UFO. I have quite my share of UFOs! (I bet I could find at least two dozen if I tried!) When Bobbie set up the blog hop, she asked for people to either Resume, Rework, or Rehome their UFO. This immediately reminded me of these friendship stars from 2017. I knew now was the time.

UFOvember

COMING SOON! Holiday Gifts to You Blog Hop

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

I always make a few homemade gifts for the holidays, so I'm excited to be participating in the Holiday Gifts to You blog hop with some fellow designer friends from Partners in Design!

Quilty handmade gifts blog hop


Each designer will share a pattern and tutorial for a super quick gift you can sew last minute! The fun starts the first week of December, so you can procrastinate just a bit more before starting on those gifts! ;) 

If you can't wait for this year's blog hop to start, you can look back at the patterns and tutorials we shared last year!



Here's the schedule for this year so you can follow along!

December 4 - Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <--- I'll be sharing how to make rice neck warmers!

What other gift ideas would you like to see a tutorial on?


And remember to join the Quilting & Sewing Deals group to find the best sales and deals on quilty things around the web!

QAL By the Sea - A Finished Quilt!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The planning for the QAL By the SeaQAL By the Sea started way back in about March of this year, so this finish feels like a long time in the making!

Ocean themed sampler quilt from QAL By the Sea quilt along

All twelve blocks have been released, and are still available as free patterns (though the designers may switch them to paid once the QAL officially ends in a couple weeks). 



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Just My Type - Digital Blog Hop

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

This is a fun 2020 blog hop! It's all digital! So 2020, right?!

Exploding Heart quilt in Just My Type fabrics from Island Batik

Tammy of Tamarinis has a new fabric collection with Island Batik called Just My Type, and she's asked a dozen designers to use the fabric to have a digital quilt show!

Just My Type digital quilt blog hop

November 4th

The past few weeks have seen a flood of "VOTE" quilts on social media. Making a quilt using the letters v, o, t, and e is like the quilting version of an "I voted" sticker. The quilts are relevant, timely, and very important.

However, I began to witness some not-so-nice things on social media too. Name calling, cursing, bullying, personal attacks... This type of behavior breaks my heart in real life, and it broke my heart to see it on my favorite social platforms from some of my most respected business and quilting colleagues and friends. I knew I needed to make a quilt to try and say what my heart was feeling.

Love / Vote red white and blue quilt

Christmas Wreath - FREE Quilt Block

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

'Tis the season to start planning for Christmas! This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is Winter Celebrations! Dozens of designers are sharing FREE quilt block patterns for you to sew!

I created a FREE pattern for a Christmas wreath! Have you seen those fun and colorful wreaths made from Christmas ball ornaments?? This is exactly the inspiration behind this quilty version!

FREE quilt block pattern for a fun and modern Christmas wreath

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QAL By the Sea - Block 12

It's time for the LAST block for the QAL By the Sea!! That means there's also a chance to win prizes! Be sure to read THIS POST for TWO ways to win!

The final block is the "Quilted Cliffs Lighthouse" by Karen at Tu-Na Quilts! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

This is the twelfth and final block in the QAL By the Sea! You can still get the patterns for all twelve blocks - though they may not stay free forever! Hop over to the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

QAL By the Sea - Segment 3 Wrap Up and final quilt top!

Have you been quilting along with the QAL By the Sea?? I am SO excited to share my finished quilt top with you!!

QAL By the Sea - ocean themed sampler quilt

All twelve blocks have been released, so now it's time for some prizes! And this time there are TWO different chances to enter!

QAL By the Sea

I will recap the blocks in Segment 3, then tell you how to enter to win the prizes. And be sure to keep scrolling after that as I'll share the directions for how I made my quilt top!

QAL By the Sea - Block 11

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day!

Crab quilt block with raw edge applique

This week is the "Ab the Crab" block by Abbie at Sparkle On! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the eleventh of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

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USA Block Tour - Missouri

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Welcome to Missouri!

Missouri quilt block - 50 US states tour

I am so excited to share about this quilt block! I partnered with Denniele of Louanna Mary Quilt Design to design a complimentary Missouri quilt block pattern for the Around the Block - US Tour! This is part of a larger project with dozens of other pattern designers. Each week, a new FREE block pattern is released representing another one of the 50 US states. If you quilt along, you'll be able to make a quilt representing all 50 states!

Around the Block - US Tour

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QAL By the Sea - Block 10

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day!

QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

This week is the "Sunset Beach" block by Sandy at SandyStar Designs! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the tenth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns! 

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Going Batty! - A Finished Quilt!

Welcome to my stop on the Halloween Hoppin' Blog Hop! Hosted by Marian at Seams To Be Sew, the hop is a fun way to meet new quilters and see what spooky things we've all been stitching!

Going Batty Halloween quilt

I knew the hop would be the perfect excuse to sew up a quilt using my free Going Batty! quilt block pattern! (Get the pattern at the bottom of the post!)

Halloween blog hop

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The Houses on the Hill

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Back in April, a customer messaged me through my Etsy shop to commission a quilt. Due to a series of unexpected events (all related to the pandemic), the quilt took WAY longer than anticipated! But I am thrilled to be able to show you the finished quilt now!

Custom Hillside Houses quilt

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QAL By the Sea - Block 9

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day! 

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

This week is the "Setting Sail" block by Karen of Tu-Na Quilts! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the ninth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

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Pumpkin Spice Season

Monday, October 12, 2020

The leaves are beginning to change color here in Missouri, and that makes me want to sew autumn things! Do you remember this quilt? When the fabric designer, Nancy Archer, mailed me fabric for that quilt, she also sent a half-yard bundle of her Pumpkin Spice collection too!

Autumn star quilt with Pumpkin Spice fabrics

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Paper Chain Family - FREE Quilt Block

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is Family! Dozens of pattern designers have come together to share FREE quilt blocks with you every month! Carolina from AlwaysExpectMoore is spearheading the project, and it is so fun to see what everyone comes up with each month!

Paper Chain Family quilt block

Last year, when I made this quilt, I also made a cute "paper" chain made from fabric. The people are holding hands, and it creates hearts in-between them. 

Paper chain people made from fabric

I really love the paper chain, and it sits on a shelf in my sewing studio. When this month's prompt was "family," I knew the paper chain people needed to be featured again!


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Diamond Star Quilts + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Welcome to my stop on the Diamond Star Quilts blog tour! This week, seven bloggers along with C&T Publishing and author Barbara Cline have teamed up to give you a sneak peek into the new Diamond Star Quilts book! There are giveaways at every stop too, so be sure to enter to win on each post!

The Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

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Quilter's Planner - A Quilty Planner Review

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

My series on quilty planners continues this week with a review of the Quilter's Planner! This is the planner that first comes to mind for me when I think of quilty planners, so I'm excited to see what's new for 2021!

An honest review of the Quilter's Planner

This is the fourth planner in my quilty planner series. You can read about the other planners HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Morrison Park - Exploding Heart

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A few months ago, Pat Sloan emailed me asking if I'd like to join her social media tour for her new Morrison Park fabric collection. Of course I immediately said YES! Fast forward to today, and it's my turn to share my Exploding Heart quilt!

Exploding Heart quilt made with Morrison Park fabrics

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QAL By the Sea - Segment 2 Wrap Up

Are you quilting along with the QAL By the Sea??

Eight blocks (of twelve) have been released so far, which means it's time for a one-week break for everyone to catch up.

QAL By the Sea blocks 1-8

It also means that you can enter to win prizes!

QAL By the Sea

I will recap the blocks in Segment 2, then tell you how to enter to win the prizes at the bottom of this post! (Visit THIS POST for a recap of all the blocks in Segment 1.)

QAL By the Sea - Block 8

Today's the day for Block 8 of the QAL By the Sea! It's also the end of Segment 2, which means you have an extra week to catch up and a chance to win some prizes! If you're sewing along, be sure to read the Segment 2 post!

Mariner's Compass block in solid aquas for the QAL By the Sea

This week is a paper pieced Mariner's Compass block by Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing. The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the eighth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

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Simplicity Vintage Sewing Planner - A Quilty Planner Review

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

My series on quilt planners continues this week with a review of the Simplicity Vintage Sewing Planner!

Simplicity Vintage Sewing Planner Review

This is the third post in this series. You can find my review of the Plan to Quilt here and my review of the Quilter's Project Planner here. This one is quite different than the first two!


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QAL By the Sea - Block 7

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It's time for Block 7 of the QAL By the Sea!

Ocean waves quilt block using raw-edge applique

This week it's my turn to share my Waves quilt block with you!

QAL By the Sea

This is the seventh of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

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Quilter's Project Planner - A Quilty Planner Review

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Quilter's Project Planner

I'm continuing my series on quilty planners this week with a review of the Quilter's Project Planner! (There's a giveaway at the end of this post too!) See my other two quilty planner posts HERE and HERE.


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QAL By the Sea - Block 6

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Today's the day for Block 6 of the QAL By the Sea!

The sixth block is "Stars at Sea" by Snowy Days Quilting! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

This is the sixth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

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Plan to Quilt - A Quilty Planner Review

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I have had a thing for office supplies since a very young age. I remember the feeling I got when opening a new box of 64 crayons, and it's the same feeling I get when opening a new pack of pens as an adult. I love pretty notepads, washi tape, colorful pens, and all things paper. I've started a small collection of quilty planners, so I'd thought I'd share them each with you over the next few weeks. I'll do a round up post at the end to share what I love (and don't!) about each one too!

The Plan to Quilt project planner is an undated organizer great for tracking and recording quilty finishes!

First up is "Plan to Quilt" by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake's Makery. (You can read about two other quilty planner review posts HERE and HERE.)


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QAL By the Sea - Block 5

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

It's time for Block 5 of the QAL By the Sea!

The fifth block is "Heads or Tails?" by Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Fish quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

This is the fifth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

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Going Batty! - FREE Bat Quilt Block Pattern

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is Halloween! Dozens of designers are sharing FREE quilt block patterns for you to sew!

I created a FREE pattern for a spooky bat!

FREE spooky bat quilt block


Double the fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

One of my childhood friends is expecting twins! Of course I wanted to make quilts!

My favorite baby quilt to make is what I've dubbed the Three Hour Quilt. And honestly, I might rename it to the Two Hour Quilt. I can make the whole quilt from start to finish in only two hours!! Which means I could make two of them in just four hours!

Quick and easy quilt-as-you-go baby quilts

I've made this same quilt a few times before. I don't normally like to make the same thing more than once, but when it only takes a couple hours, it's a great go-to baby quilt! You can read about all the other ones I've made here, here, here, here, and here.

QAL By the Sea - Block 4

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The weeks are flying by! It's already time for the 4th block of the QAL By the Sea! (It's also the end of segment 1. That means you have an extra week to catch up, and a chance to win some prizes! If you're sewing along, be sure to read the segment 1 post!)

QAL By the Sea - the first four blocks!

The first three blocks were all raw-edge applique, but this block from Sherry at Powered by Quilting is a mix of traditional and paper piecing! Find the pattern and tutorial HERE!

QAL By the Sea

QAL By the Sea - Segment 1 Wrap Up

Are you quilting along with the QAL By the Sea??

Four blocks (of twelve) have been released so far, which means it's time for a one-week break for everyone to catch up.

QAL By the Sea nautical themed quilt blocks

It also means that you can enter to win the first set of prizes!

QAL By the Sea