USA Block Tour - Nevada

Saturday, January 30, 2021

After I graduated from college (and BC - before children!), my husband and I moved to Las Vegas. In the six years that we lived there, we visited as much as the state as we could. My quilting journey even started here! From the sprawling City of Lights to the beautiful forests and open deserts, Nevada was home.

Home Means Nevada state quilt block

"Home means Nevada, Home means the hills,
Home means the sage and the pines.
Out by the Truckee's silvery rills,
Out where the sun always shines,
There is the land that I love the best,
Fairer than all I can see.
Right in the heart of the golden west
Home means Nevada to me."

The Pi family in Vegas
The Pi family in Nevada

I'm excited to share the complimentary "Home Means Nevada" quilt block for the Around the Block - US TourThis 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

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 4

Thursday, January 28, 2021

It's week 4 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week, we finished sewing and trimming all the blocks, and this week we'll begin sewing the blocks into rows! Be sure to watch the video at the end of the post and enter this week's giveaway!

Exploding Heart QAL

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Dazzling New York Beauty Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, January 24, 2021

I am thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog hop for Cinzia White's newest book! It's a book of 54 New York Beauty blocks, and I've never made one! I love trying new things, so this was the perfect excuse to cross it off my quilty bucket list! Be sure to read to the end to find out how to win a copy of the book, too!

Dazzling New York Beauty Sampler quilt block made with solid fabrics

An Ugly Quilt Challenge + TGIFF

Thursday, January 21, 2021

At the end of last month, Prairie Flower Crafts (a quilt shop I love shopping at when I go visit my mom) announced an Ugly Quilt Contest. I've participated in an ugly quilt challenge before, so I knew I wanted to do this one too!

An ugly quilt made with vintage fabrics for an ugly quilt challenge

The challenge was to use three one-yard cuts of "ugly" fabric to make a quilt top using one of Fabric Cafe's free 3-yard quilt patterns. The rules for the contest said you could use any cotton fabric, but it had to be made into that exact pattern. I immediately began the quest for my "ugly" fabric!

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 3

It's week 3 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week we started sewing the blocks, and this week we'll finish sewing them and trim them to size. Don't miss this week's video at the end of the post! There's a giveaway too!

Exploding Heart QAL Week 3

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Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 2

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It's Week 2 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week was all about cutting, and this week we will start sewing the blocks! There's a video you can watch this week, and a giveaway at the end of this post!

Exploding Heart QAL

If you're just joining in, be sure to check out the previous quilt along blog posts:


Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 1

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Welcome to Week 1 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! I am SO excited that so many of you are going to be quilting along with me! (Over 2,000 of you!)

Exploding Heart quilt along

Heart Postage Stamp - A FREE Quilt Block Pattern!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is "Romance" - quite fitting since the Exploding Heart QAL begins this week! I'm a bit smitten with hearts lately, so I knew my block would need to feature one!

Free heart postage stamp quilt block

My husband was in the Air Force and spent lots of time deployed overseas. We still have a box of letters that we sent to each over those years. The Heart Postage Stamp quilt block brings back lots of memories from that time more than a decade ago!