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My Little Sunshine Blog Hop

August 21st 2017

Welcome to my teaser post about My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry.

Who is Cherry Guidry? She is a fabulous designer for Benartex fabrics. Her fabrics are soft on the eyes, enchanting and whimsical. It was Quilt Market 2014 when I met Cherry, I was drawn into her booth because it was so bright and cheerful and ended up staying quite a while. She was kind enough to share her journey into the quilting world with me and we became fast friends.

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And speaking of bright and cheerful, her My Little Sunshine fabrics are adorable! The pleasant pastels in greens, blues, pinks, yellows and grays, feature all things “baby” plus elephants, monkeys and duckies, oh my!

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  It’s perfect for little nurseries for all the babies in your life. Cherry outdid herself creating with her new line (you may have spotted them at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in May) see how she showcased her fabrics right here.

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I am so excited and honored to have been invited to be part of the Benartex Blog Hop featuring her new line, many other designers will also be sharing their projects using these lovelies, see schedule below.

Tuesday: Mary from Needled mom

Wednesday: Carol from Just let me quilt

Thursday: Erin from Avery Lane Designs

Friday: Free patterns from Sew in Love with Fabric

Monday: Me!

Tuesday: Annie from Annie Smith

Hop on over to Benartex fabrics for the blog hop kick off!

3, 2, 1… Hello Pat Sloan

September 21st 2015

In about 10 minutes, at 4:00 pm eastern I’ll be chatting with Pat Sloan. That gives you plenty of time to click on American Patchwork and Quilting and listen live! 

Afterwards we can talk about what I forgot to say. 🙂

Pat Sloan radio

You can also access the show later and listen here.

Belated Birthday Bag

June 14th 2015

I said I would make her a bag for her birthday. And I did. Almost a year later but in time for vacation! That has to count for something, right?

gray and gold bag done

I remember that summer afternoon last year, I was obsessing over this gold and gray fabric variety Julie from Stitchin’ Stash had in her shop. She was so gracious and patient with me (helping me match combinations) as I selected the ones I wanted to purchase. The flower fabric is from my first visit to Hobby Lobby!

gray and gold fabric

I knew the general exterior design would be similar to my vacation tote from last year.

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For the patchwork, I used the technique from the Scrappy Trip Along. You sew strips together, cut them horizontally so you have squares. Sew end to end (like a tube) and unpick the seam where you want the color pattern to continue. You can select random or patterned. I did patterned this time but I REALLY prefer random.

gray and gold patch technique

I was trying to imitate the style from a bag I already have from Marshall’s. I won’t tell you how much it cost and how that compared to the cost of time and fabric for this one, but way more enjoyable and prettier for sure! Once the outside was done, the lining was easy to choose.

gray and gold lining

I decided early on that I would add inner pockets and a zipper (like the bag I had) first I thought about three pockets, but later decided two would be better. I’ll have to ask the owner how that worked out!

gray and gold inside

The construction was tricky. I  had to quilt the pocket units first then sew them into the lining pieces. Then I quilted the outside of the bag flipping the pockets one way, then flipping them the other way to quilt the bottom and other half of the bag.

gray and gold pocket plan

Once it was all quilted I sewed the sides together. It was too thick to do a French Seam (pictured below) as I had wanted so

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I sewed a 1/2 inch seam to make sure and catch the multiple layers. I also serged (zig-zag stitched) them to make them as secure and tidy as possible. I didn’t even notice the pockets were uneven until…. It must have been around 2 am at this point. 🙂

gray and gold serged seams

bag side view

I did a boxed bottom and I am happy to say that came out perfect!

gray and gold box bottom

It also had a zippered top and handles inserted between the patchwork and top panel with extra stitching so it would hold when the bag was full.

gold and gray bag

Of course I added a little label.

gray and gold label

Overall, I think it got two thumbs up, but I still need to practice zippers in all it’s forms.

gray and gold bag

You can tell it’s a pretty big bag, 18″ by 16″ by 6″ (estimate) I love the happy yellows.

Quilt Market 2014: The experience Part 1

November 8th 2014

“I loved it! I laughed. I cried, it was better than Cats. I”m going to see it again and again!”

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In actuality,  I did NOT see Cats [The Musical] but all the rest of that is true! The first day was overwhelming! I didn’t know where to go, who to see, what to do.

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Then I had to kick myself and say “you are here so you better take advantage and do something!” And I did.  I started talking to some great designers who are the sweetest people. It’s true what they say about quilters, they ARE the nicest people!! In this post, I want to share who I met at Quilt Market.

The first person I met was Jo from The Fat Quarter Gypsy, see her designs here, she’s doing well revving up her pattern business. She’s was holding my hand the whole way, before Quilt Market, answering my questions and sharing with me about this whole experience as if we were BFFs. I came to know her because she also worked with Morna McEver Golletz from Professional Quilter Magazine and I started emailing her and she didn’t think I was a lunatic. Lucky me!


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Then I met Pat Sloan. Gush! That’s it. I was dumbfounded and said nothing else. Silly me!

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She was kind enough to give me a mini of her “The Sweet Life” line. Later I also bought a mini of “One for you, one for me”  Theses fabric lines are so cheery and bold (heart).  She is wonderful! Did you know she has always answered all of my emails?

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I also met this sweet gal. Her booth was so soothing. Her new fabric line is Cascade from Windham Fabrics. Her name is Jessica Levitt and I could have talked to her the whole time. Just like the girl next door!  
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I also met Bonnie and Camille whose fabric and love of quilting have been so inspiring and contagious. Again, I was at a loss for words. I did buy the pattern for this adorable bag and they were so generous giving me 2 minis of Daysail. I was also jumping for joy the night before when I nabbed a bundle of it at the Fabric Spree, woohoo!! (Disappointed with this blurry picture)

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Here is the Smooth Sailing quilt designed by Cotton Way (Bonnie Olaveson) Teaching my husband the ways of “Quilt Love” and he’s coming around!

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Of course, I just HAD to go by and congratulate Maureen Cracknell. She just released a limited edition fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics (which is right near me in Florida, thank you very much!) It’s called Wild and Free and it will be coming out in just a few weeks! Pre-order some here or here and search “Wild and Free.” Check out her market booth in detail here. She won the “Best New Exhibitor” Award” Yay Maureen!!  She was so genuine and lovely to talk to. I even hugged her because it felt like I already knew her, LOL.

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Her booth was so warm and welcoming you wanted to sit down for a spell.

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Also for Art Gallery Fabrics, is April Rhodes her new line is Wanderer. Coolest girl ever! (Yes, girl, I swear I could be her mother!)

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Her booth was right off a wall and it was like camping but classier, you know, Glamping.  April rhodes 2
I also met a new designer wasn’t familiar with, her name is Cherry Guidry from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. Her patterns are SUPERB, unlike any you have ever seen, check them out here. She started selling patterns and now she has designed this gorgeous and fun fabric line for Benartex it’s called Frosty Forest and it’s adorable!!! She talked with me for a while telling me about her “journey” in the business, I enjoyed listening to her, hoping I’ll have a similar story to tell soon. (Our husbands talked to each other too)

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Down the aisle of darker booths, hers just jumped out with brightness and joy and Christmas, of course, I HAD to stop and say hi!

Cherry Guidry's booth

This is her best selling pattern called A Feathered Christmas.

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It was so great meeting all these talented designers and “normal” people. They made the experience so worthwhile and I learned a little from each one of them. Next time on the blog, I’ll have more photos  of what else I saw at Quilt Market 2014.

Wanted: Pattern Testers

August 3rd 2014

I am so excited to already be up to 4 finished quilt patterns. (Yay for me!) That’s why I haven’t been around blog land much the last few weeks, I hope you’ll pardon my absence.

This is my first one called High Seas, for sale over on Craftsy.  Aaargh! It’s so simple, you can tackle it in an evening with its easy to follow diagrams.

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Susie and Kristen were good sports to test that out for me and give my some great feedback. Thanks ladies! Check out Susie’s version below.

Susie's version 1

So far, my patterns are geared to the confident beginner. They are easy and fast to put together. In addition, they are fat quarter friendly, fun, whimsical and great for stash busting too! So far the themes are perfect for summer: sunny, nautical and very vacation-y.

I have three more patterns ready to go but I need a few awesome quilters such as yourselves, to test the patterns and make sure they are good to go. If you are interested in testing any of them please leave a comment or send me an email and I’d be glad to send you the details.

The pending quilts include, ducks, fish and a mermaid!