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22

2014

One Million Pillowcases Blog Hop!

Welcome to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop!!

This is one of the favorite blog hops I’ve ever been in. As soon as we were asked to participate I knew this would be fun because one of my favorite charities came to mind …

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I was a McDonald’s worker throughout high school and they taught me many of the people and business skills I have today. I’ve been a fan of Ronald McDonald charities for years!

I’ve decided to make and donate 4 different pillowcases. So lets get this party started! I’ve pulled some of my favorite LOL fabrics from my stash …

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And printed some of my favorite patterns from the All People Quilt website.

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There are 43 different free patterns to choose from and it was difficult to narrow it down. The only one I wasn’t tempted to make was the ruffled cuff. Sorry you ruffle lovers but this girl doesn’t have the ruffle making gene! I love them just don’t like to make them:(.

Here are my finalists. Number One … I chose pattern #15 for these fabrics because I loved the simple piping and wanted to do something blue.

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Number Two … I chose the “Roll it Up!” pattern and these fabrics because it’s the simplest and I’m a big fan of the “tube method” … and turquoise fabrics.

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Number Three … Piano Key blocks are some of my favorites to make so pattern #16 was a have to make in pink.

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Number Four … Pattern # 39 was chosen because I have a beautiful box of Bella Solids and I wanted to use a bit of them. I also love purple.

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Ready, set, sew!

Earlier in the week I delivered my 4 pillowcase to our local Ronald McDonald House!

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It was a great feeling to know that someone might find a bit of comfort …

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And sleep a little easier tonight on one of my pillowcases.

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Please help us make our goal of One Million Pillowcases and visit some of the other designers participating in the hop …

· Alison Glass
· American Patchwork & Quilting
· Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
· The Benartex Design Team: Sew in Love with Fabric
· Debby Kratovil
· Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
· Heidi Pridemore
· How To Sew
· Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom
· Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts
· Karrie Winters of Freckled Whimsy
· Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle
· Linda Carlson
· Lori Mason
· Modern Quilt Studio
· Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
· Northcott: Patti’s Patchwork
· Shannon Fabrics: My Cuddle Corner (http://shannonfabrics.com/blog/index/)
· Tammy Silvers
· Timeless Treasures: Sew Timeless
· Valori Wells
· Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
· Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring

There will be a 24 hour sewathon on September 19th!

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American Patchwork and Quilting will be hosting an event in their Des Moines offices but shops and small groups across the country are hosting their own sewathons! To help you find a shop in your area go here.

Don’t forget to add your pillowcases to the tally … It’s sew easy! I’m adding mine today!

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Lets reach the goal!

Barb

AUG

20

2014

New “Bandana” Swatches Are Here!

Our newest fabric group is coming to Quilt Market in Houston this October and we have the fabric swatches up on the website!!

Here’s just a few of the prints …

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To see more visit the “fabrics for moda” page.

Hope you like all the fun new prints in this group!
Barb

 

AUG

17

2014

Beach Umbrellas!

There’s a new free pattern and tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop!

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It was designed by Becky from the Patchwork Posse and uses our “Weeds” fabrics!!

Thanks for the adorable pattern Becky!

Barb

 

AUG

13

2014

A New Free Pattern ~ XOXO!

Our newest fabric group is getting ready to ship in September and you know what that means …

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There’s a new free pattern on the website!!

It’s called XOXO!

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It’s made using a LOL layer cake!
To get your free pattern simply go to the “free patterns” section of our website on the upper left of this screen. Then click and print.

XOXO!

Barb

 

AUG

08

2014

Just For Fun Videos!

We have new videos for you!

These are just for quilty fun!!

The first is how to fold fat quarters into a cute little bundle for gift giving or just to decorate your sewing room …

The second shows you how to make a cute scissor fob …

Both are just for fun and so cute!! Fold 8 fat quarters into a bundle …

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Or try some singles and line them up!

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Impress your friends with your fabric folding skills or throw them at your sister.

Happy folding and fobbing!

Barb

 

AUG

06

2014

Fat Quarter Fizz!

Welcome to the newest quilt in the shortcut quilt series form the Fat Quarter Shop!

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The quilt is called “Fat Quarter Fizz”, is made using fat quarters and the possibilities are endless.

I’ve chosen to make my quilt using fabrics from our new “Weeds” collection.

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But all types of fabrics will work from modern to traditional and everything in between!

Our quilter, Sharon Elsberry quilted this fun flower design using red thread in the dark areas …

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And white on the light areas. I love this affect.

I just had to add my own touch and embellish one of the corners with our new Makin’ It Cute flower templates!

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I used my favorite print from this fabric collection for my backing.

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I like how the red quilted flowers run across the back!

This backing print was inspired by a vintage tablecloth!

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Thanks Fat Quarter Shop for another awesome free pattern.

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There’s even a video for making this quilt extra easy!!

Visit the other bloggers on the tour today to see what they’ve done.

· Shruti from 13Woodhouse
· Sherri from A Quilting Life
· Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop
· Kate from Kate Spain Designs
· Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
· Melissa from Happy Quilting
· John from Quilt Dad
· Jane from Quilt Jane
· Michele from Quilting Gallery
· Caroline from Sew Can She
· Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
· Tonya from the Crafty Mummy

Quilt along with your friends!

Barb

 

AUG

05

2014

More Videos!!

You need to sit inside, relax and watch quilting videos on these hot Summer days!

We have 2 more to share with you today. We filmed both while visiting the Fat Quarter Shop this past April.

Both are quilting techniques. The first is a Stitch and Flip technique …

The second is a fun way to make 4 patches …

Both can be found in our book …

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It’s available on our website and also at the Fat Quarter Shop … featured as their book of the month and only $11.99!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

AUG

02

2014

And The Winner is …

Thanks for all the fun comments!

Most of you pre wind bobbins before you start a project and most of you piece with a neutral thread BUT there sure are a lot of purple thread lovers out there!

So without further delay the winner is …

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Kim!  I love red and I usually wind about 4 or 5 bobbins before I start a project. I hate stopping to wind one.

Congratulations and I’ll be contacting the winner by email shortly.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

AUG

01

2014

Pattern Of The Month ~ Birthday Sale!

This months pattern was selected by my little birthday girl …

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Bella turns 13 today!

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To celebrate were baking cookies and having a party!

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So while I’m getting the cookies in the oven you can shop and take advantage of the 25% off our Simply Ho Ho Ho pattern!

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This pattern features 3 fun projects that you’ll want to make for the holidays. The first is a cute table topper with some embroidered snow ladies.

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The second a table runner …

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And the third is a gift card bag!

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What a great value! 3 projects for only $7.50. And all 3 are fast, fun and easy! This pattern is only available at this great price for download.

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I guess you don’t need a bowl when your gobbling fresh baked cookies faster than the speed of light off the floor! I should know cause I’ve done this a few times myself.

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Get your pattern today and get started on those holiday projects faster than the speed of light!

Barb

 

JUL

31

2014

A Handy Little Tip!

Today’s handy dandy little video tip …

Mary and I have been using Stitch Witchery for years and every time we teach somewhere and bring it out people are always amazed that we use it in quilting. It’s just not for hemming pants!

You can use it just about anywhere that needs pinning. I works especially well when putting on a quilt label or holding thick layers of bulky fabrics together. You know those times that the fabrics bend your pins! Mary likes to use it when she’s doing those thick tote bag handles.

I’ve even used it to hold binding down until I can get it hand sewn. Those sometimes when we’re on a tight deadline with a photo shoot … a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Hope you enjoy our little tip today and don’t forget to watch the videos from Monday!

Just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite thread color is or how many bobbins you like to fill before you start a new project and you might win these …

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If you left a comment on Monday here’s your chance to enter again!

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

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