Category Archives: staff projects

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A Goodbye Quilt

Since last summer, my husband and I have opened our home to students visiting from other countries who are here to improve their English and learn about life in the United States. As a home-stay family for Pacific International Academy, we have had one or two students at a time living with us for intervals of 3 weeks up to 4-1/2 months. What started out as way to help pay ...

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April Little Quilt ~ Tutorial 2

Here we are with our second installment of the April Little Quilt tutorial. I had mentioned in the first half that the kit is made from the Primitive Pennies collection. My remake of the Little Quilt is pieced in the Settlement collection. Not quite as ...

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Designing the Liberty for All! fabric collection

For the collection, Liberty for All! I was really inspired by some distressed, wooden folk art that I had seen at a local farmers market. I wish I had taken a picture of it! The artist had used reclaimed painted floorboards to create an American flag. It was a little bit like this: I loved the ...

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Hex N More Ruler & the Disco Quilt

I just love it when things fall into place and I have a reason to start a new quilt! Truthfully, this happens to me more often than I am inspired to finish an existing project – hence my reputation as a quilter with Quilt Project Attention Deficit Disorder (QPADD). Since this condition does not seem to cause me much distress, I will blithely tell you about my newest project. Here are ...

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A Modern Yo-Yo Wall Hanging

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Quilting the New Classics by Michelle Muska. The unique approach of the book was to ask twenty quilters to make quilts using ten of the most well-known and much loved quilt blocks: Double Wedding Ring Crazy Quilt Dresden Plate Bear Paw Log Cabin Nine-Patch Hexagon Yo-Yo Flying Geese Rail Fence Ten quilters designed a quilt that reflected the traditional use of the block assigned to them. Another ten took the same block ...

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt

I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. You can read my book ...

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Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest. One day, Dawn asked me to ...

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A Mini Twister Mini Quilt

If you are a regular follower here on Notions, CT‘s staff blog, you may remember that I have a history of starting more projects than I finish, love to try new tools, and tend to make scrappy quilts to help justify the size of my fabric stash (25+ years worth). Recently at least, I tend to embark upon smaller quilted projects with the hope I will complete ...

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Pineapple Ruler – Pineapple Pillow

EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler I was recently asked to test EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler, a new product on the CT website. I wanted to finish the project and tell you about it because this specialty ruler is still on sale for a few more days! The EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler instructions called for using an assortment of 1-1/2″ strips. I had lots of ...

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Photo Credit: Tami Webb Photography
Orca Wall Hanging

  This was the table runner in the quilt shop. If you remember, back in June I talked about a quilt shop I visited when I was on a trip to Alaska. I found a great tribal Orca wall hanging/table runner pattern while at the Rushin’ Tailor Quilt Shop. I just knew my boy Austin would love it. He was planning on getting ...

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