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Book Giveaway Winner – Sew a Modern Home

Wow, what a wonderful turnout we received from everyone last week! It was great getting to read through everyone’s favorite color combinations for a chance to win Melissa Lunden’s newest book, Sew a Modern Home!   And the giveaway winner of this custom signed copy is comment #58, Mary Ellen! We have already emailed her the good news and can’t wait to send this out!   Many thanks to everyone who commented last ...

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JOY Pillow

I was a late comer to the Plethora of Pillows extravaganza, but knew I had to make this pillow.  The pattern is from Sherri K. Falls book Holly Jolly.  I selected fabrics from my newest collection for Connecting Threads, Snowed Inn. This was a very quick and easy pillow to complete, it used the fusible applique technique, and some very basic piecing to complete the pillow ...

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Book Giveaway – Sew a Modern Home!

There aren’t many things about my job that I love more than meeting some of the amazingly talented authors and bloggers out there. Melissa Lunden is no exception! When her new book came across my desk, I knew that I needed to meet this incredibly talented person! Her design aesthetic is chic, classic, and, in my opinion, not so modern that it can’t work in most homes. I found her quilts to be stunning, and some of her smaller ...

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Chevron Technique Bonanza

Chevrons seem to be everywhere in quilting, home décor, and clothing. They have a modern, graphic appeal with a sense of movement and vibrancy. Since my work revolves around quilting patterns and designing, I have come across several ways to construct chevrons. While there is often more than one way to do a design or technique in quilting, it is a bit unusual to find so many methods to accomplish the same design element. Please keep in mind, I am ...

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Plethora of Pillows: Painter’s Palette Pillow

For my Plethora of Pillows project, I chose to sew a pattern called Painter’s Palette Pillow by Laura Jane Taylor. It’s an easy, no-applique scrappy project sewists and quilters will love. You’ll find the pattern in this book. Pillows! I chose a 20″ x 20″ pillow form that we sell and they are the softest ...

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Plethora of Pillows – Joy To The World Pillow

When we started our pillow challenge I had just seen Nancy Halvorsen’s book Christmas Pure & Simple and I knew I wanted to do some of the projects.  The Joy to the World Pillow was a great place to start! Christmas Pure & Simple I chose fabrics from 2 different collections to ...

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Plethora of Pillows – Double-Z Block Pillow

A little something about me, though I am in love with quilts and fabric and anything related, I am not a quilter. I’m more of a huge fan. I have not worked on a sewing project in so long, my machine was dusty and my fabric scissors were squeeky. I was a bit nervous about taking on a quilted pillow, but I wanted to make one that really jumped out ...

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Plethora of Pillows – Dresden Fan Pillow

For the Plethora of Pillows I chose a pattern from a book I reviewed, The Quilt Block Book by Nancy Wick. I chose to combine the Tulip appliqué pattern and the Dresden Flower Fan pattern.  These two patterns were shown as a quilt layout in the book.  I used a corner section of nine blocks for my pillow.  Page 172 shows this layout.  For my fabric ...

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Scrappy Log Cabin Wall Hanging – Part 1

I spent part of the weekend cutting out hundreds of little pieces to make a wall hanging for an office we converted into a bedroom for a foreign exchange student. The pattern is Shoreline Log Cabin, designed by Judy Martin from her book Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book. Before I discuss my wall hanging in progress, let me tell you about the book. This classic book from ...

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A Book Review: Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

I wanted to share with you a gem of a book that we carry: Thomas Knauer’s Modern Quilt Perspectives. When I first saw this book, I thought it might be just another modern quilt pattern book. As the title accurately describes, this book is full of perspectives. It’s more of a quilting art appreciation book, with strong ties to social and political reflection; and Thomas’s quilt designs and ...

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