Talking about QuiltCon on Modern Sewciety.


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Hey, so I did a pretty bad job of announcing this, but I’ve got a couple more classes that were just added for QuiltCon. I’m teaching my Alturas project (pictured above) on Friday, Feb 20 from 6pm-9pm, and I’m doing a big stitch hand quilting (see below) class on Saturday, Feb 21 from 6pm-9pm. I’m pretty excited about both because they are handwork classes in the evening, which is totally my preferred time to slow sew. Of course since it’s QuiltCon, and since we’ll be in Austin with so many other awesome quilty friends, I’m not sure how effective any attempts at winding down might be since I’m sure we’ll all be pretty amped up from all of the QuiltCon excitement. Both classes will be appropriately paced for folks who have or haven’t tried either technique before. They will be loads of fun.


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Stephanie had Cheryl Arkison and me on her Modern Sewciety podcast to chat about QuiltCon. You can head over here to listen to what we chatted about.


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Summer Makes: Aerial Grove in a multitude of Kona cottons.

Continuing with what I’ve been making this summer, next up is another version of Aerial Grove–a project that’s in my new book and one that I keep coming back to.


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I tend to enjoy projects that embrace a “more is more” type of attitude, and this one is no exception to that. I designed it to be an outlet for a variety of little bits–each appliqué starts with just a 2 1/2″ square–so it’s quite perfect for including many of your favorite fabrics. When I heard about the new Kona cotton colors being released this summer, I was eager to celebrate that by making this project again with a magnificent multitude of Konas. I believe there are about 86 different Konas in here…


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While I do (happily) quilt my own quilts, one of these days I would like to pass off a top for someone else to quilt. Being a fan of creative collaboration, I am constantly interested in seeing how my work can play off of someone else’s. Originally, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for that–since I’ve already made and quilted a few versions myself–but instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how to quilt it as I cut and pieced the top.


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I’ve been really into mixing big hand stitching with machine free motion quilting, and so I knew I wanted to mix the two to add some detail to the project. The handwork would add a new layer of texture and color, while the machine strategy was a curiosity in my head about mixing grid work and scale to unify certain areas while distinguishing others.


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Today, this quilt and many others are heading off to Portland, Oregon. They’ll be on display at the lovely Modern Domestic from Sept 5 until about Oct 4. If you are in the area, you can stop by and check them out as well as all of the other wonderful goodies that Modern Domestic has to offer.


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Also, I am plotting away on yet another version of Aerial Grove, but this time in Liberty. Full disclaimer: One of my amazing students at Purl had the idea to create a version in Liberty, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed to get on top of a similar version myself. (Oh the excuses to accumulate and hoard more fabric…hehe.)


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Summer Makes: Totem quilt.

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This is also something that I’ve gotten into this summer–another Totem (one of my new patterns this past spring). The fabrics that I am using are a soft and happy mixture of things–some architextures, botanics, gingham, dear stella, blueberry park, lotta, essex…and whatever else I have on hand.


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I started this while I was up in Vermont earlier this summer and have a few more blocks to complete before I add the borders, which I haven’t decided on yet, but I might be leaning towards some Essex…



The Nest Egg tote.

Introducing the Nest Egg–my newest pattern and contribution to the Road Trip Pattern Club.


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I had a lot of fun putting this project together! It all started with a desire for a cross-body-style bag that could be used not only for a purse, but also for carrying some sewing necessities. (I’m planning to make at least one for each purpose!)


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I liked the idea of a super round shape that could open up flat, so there’s a zipper that runs around the entire side and then a hinge at the bottom to hold it all together.


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Inside, I played around with a couple different ways to hold some things. On one side are some elastic bands, and then on the other are two big pockets.


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It’s very canteen-esque, which I like, but I couldn’t seem to work that aspect into the name. So I went with calling it the Nest Egg, the name of a local road and a name that I just kind of liked for this project.


Fabrics used were some Botanics on the outside, inside pocket and hinge. I also used two of my favorite new Konas in the lining (Pickle–it’s amazing!) and Limestone on the strap and handle.

Other fabric variations are definitely planned and in the works.


It’s been a lot of fun being a part of this pattern club! You can still sign up and receive all 5 of the patterns by September 15.

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Happy sewing!


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Slow Sewing on Sew Mama Sew.


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I’m absolutely thrilled to be helping kick off a new series on slow sewing over at Sew Mama Sew. You can find the post here. I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts on why I slow sew, and it was super fun putting together a tutorial for these fun, big-stitch coasters.


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Head on over, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Why do you slow sew?



Summer Makes: City Gym Shorts.

Warning: These are addictive.


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So much so, that I couldn’t stop at just one pair.


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And the only reason that I’ve stopped at two (for now…) is because I need to be working on other things. But I’m sure I’ll make more at some point soon.


The is pattern is called the City Gym Shorts, which is a free pattern from the Purl Bee. (And a super cool side note about the tutorial is that they use an Architextures print in the example. Sweet!)


I (quickly) decided to make the first pair a few weeks ago when I saw them come up on Purl’s instagram feed. I’d been really wanting to jump on the cute-crafty-sporty-shorts bandwagon, and so these popped along at just the right time. The pattern is great because they hardly use any fabric at all (both of mine whipped up easily from my stash), and they go together quickly and easily. Plus, they fit great and are quite flattering on top of being super comfy to wear.


The fabrics that I used were both from Botanics (on the fronts), and I used a Robert Kaufman double cotton on the first pair with a voile trim, and then a stripe from my stash on the second pair with some of Robert Kaufman’s lovely cotton lawn as the trim.


I have many other fabrics in mind, and ready, for future pairs.



Road Trip teaser.

My travel schedule has been super fun but definitely nuts lately–I just got back from Austin last night and I’m heading back out to North Carolina this week! I do plan to catch up on sharing some of that as well as what I’ve been making recently. But for today, I’m going to start with a little teaser for the project that I’ve been working on as part of the Road Trip Pattern Club. Mine’s up next, and I’m really excited about it.


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If you are in the club the pattern will officially release a week from today, and if you want to join you can still sign up until Sept 15. Here’s the info.
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More soon!

Road Trip Pattern Club update.

Have you been keeping up with the Road Trip Pattern Club? I’ve been pretty excited about the projects. Here’s what’s happened so far.


#1 Betz White’s road tripper duffel




#2 Patty Young’s kimono wrap




#3 the most recently released pattern from Carla Hegeman Crim




There are two more patterns still to come–including mine–and you definitely can still join.

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Talking about Savor Each Stitch on Modern Sewciety.

Taking 2 weeks off was really fun (and much-needed), but now I’m definitely playing a lot of catch up since getting back. In fact, I’m just now getting to this…


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I chatted with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety recently about my new book–that is finally out (how crazy is that?!) You can find the chat here along with some other enticing interviews.


My goal is to tackle more of my inbox this morning so I can work on some projects later while listening to the show. I’m especially excited to hear what Jen Beeman has to say. I’m a big fan, and actually have quite a few of her patterns waiting in my queue…




Spring Quilt Market 2014.

Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh was a little over a month ago now (kinda hard to believe!)…which I guess means that it’s time to share some photos from it. Better late than never, right?


I’ve never been to Pittsburgh before, and I was surprised by how lovely the city is. The convention center was also surprising in ways, the best of which was the natural light. This was how it looked when I walked through the loading dock to unload on the first day of set-up. It’s always crazy to me how much of a blank canvas it starts out as.


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Another highlight (that I didn’t get a picture of) was the scenery from the front of the convention center of the river and all their wonderful bridges and buildings. This was a city and convention center with plenty of character and charm.


Set up is always a whirlwind and a little stressful. There are those details that you hope will work out in reality how they work out in your head…or at least that’s how it is for me.


Set up quickly started out with plenty of ironing…


Carolyn Friedlander booth under construction at Spring 14 Market


…as well as a body-esque bag o’ quilts that we kept having to shuffle out of the way and try not to destroy.

(also, not super glamorous…)


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These old grove ladders (that I still need to do a deeper clean on) were a recent procurement and where I wanted to display most of the 23 quilts from the book. Here I was just starting to figure out their placement.


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This other wall was more of my new pattern area, and I wanted it to have a flame/tangerine theme. While I was getting the big stuff up there, I noticed that the two Circle Lattice quilts from the book (lower left) worked well with the them, so they went up too.


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The ladder wall was my Savor Each Stitch wall, and the plan was to make use of a ton of the photos we had from shooting the book. (Note to self: I need to devote an entire blog post to these photos–I have no one but our local girl, Alexis Wharem of Green Photography, to thank. She is amazing!)


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More photos.


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Here’s how it all turned out.

New patterns–Totem and Post on the left, Savor Each Stitch stuff on the right.


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And I was really surprised and totally flattered to win an award.


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Alright, now we’ll move into my random pics from the show. When you’re holding down a booth, I can’t say that you get out too much to walk the floor (hence the not-so-comprehensive Quilt Market photos of anything else but my booth and what was right around me), but you do get some great visitors.

Starting with my awesome neighbors–I totally lucked out!

Vintage quilts and fabric across the way…


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Jen Kingwell was one of my immediate neighbors–such a dream! Her quilts are beautiful to stare at, and she’s a great person too.


Jen Kingwell at Quilt 14 Market


I paid closer attention to her Green Tea and Sweet Beans again, since I’m taking a stab at making my own.


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And then to the other side was Valori Wells! She’s so much fun and super creative. Here she is adding some final details during set-up. Such a pro.


Valori Wells booth painting


She and I made sure to show off some Kaufman love.


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It was great having the entire Kaufman team nearby…they are so supportive…and just nice!

Below are Elisabeth and Nichole from their super team.


Elisabeth, Nichole and Carolyn at Quilt Market


The Kaufman booths were amazing, and I especially enjoyed this quilt that was within eye-sight. So stunning. It looks like the free pattern is coming soon. It’ll be hard not to want to try this in some of my favorite fabrics…


amazing quilt at Robert Kaufman booth


I also really liked this group of solids from Elizabeth Hartman


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…so much so that I went home with some and have already cut them up and worked them into a project.


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Other Market snippets include…

book signings (a weird–but flattering–experience)


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This awesome picture of the wonderful Jacqueline from Soak


Jacqueline from Soak


The Soak team also set me up with a sweet manicure courtesy of their Denyse Schmidt Soakbox.


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And my little Market take away was this awesome succulent from one of the Kaufman booths..isn’t it lovely?


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