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Christmas Ornament Mini-Quilt

img_9579Happy December, you guys! If you’re looking for a quick, fun little holiday project, head over to the Bernina blog today for a complete tutorial to make my Christmas Ornament Mini-Quilt!


It uses super-simple raw-edge appliqué, so no need to worry about curved piecing, and the half-square triangles in holiday brights give it a clean, modern look.

While you’re enjoying that, my goal for the day is to finish the Christmas decorations around my house. Have a lovely Monday!

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Playful Petals Pillow

Some of my favorite quilt books lately are the ones that take a basic concept—like, for example, a simple petal shape—and turn out all of these amazing, innovative, inspiring designs using that concept. That’s why I’m so excited to be part of the Playful Petals
blog tour today!
Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby, is a perfect example of all the creativity and beauty that can come from something as simple as a petal shape.
When Corey asked me to be a part of the blog tour, I was a little nervous. I’m no appliquér. I’ve done a few small appliqué projects here and there, of course, but it’s hardly my thing. But. Such cute projects! Such an inspiring book! How could I say no?
Fortunately, every single project in Playful Petals has a full-size quilt design and a mini/pillow design. So you always have the option to make something small. As a novice appliquér, I especially love that. Much less intimidating. : ) I made the Daisy Fields pillow from the book. Corey’s use of bright, scrappy prints throughout the book is always inspiring, so of course I had to go in that direction with my version as well.
And you know what? Appliqué is much easier than I remembered it being. I followed Corey’s suggestions in the “Appliqué Basics” chapter of Playful Petals—she gives some excellent tips there. I probably complicated things for myself by deciding I had to blanket-stitch my petals—straight stitch would no doubt have been easier. But with the yarn-dyed linen background, I wanted to do something that complimented a more home-spun look.

Bikes! So cute!
I think my Bernina 750 helped make the appliqué task much easier as well. That machine does some seriously beautiful blanket stitching, despite my minimal expertise. This blanket stitching isn’t perfect, of course, but I think this is my first time attempting it in at least three years, so I’ll take it!
I’m so pleased with my finished Daisy Fields pillow!
Be sure to check out blog posts about Playful Petals from everybody on the hop. The schedule is below:

September 15: Amy @ Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced – Me!!!
September 27: Corey @ Little Miss Shabby – blog tour wrap-up and giveaway!

Thank you, Corey, for having me on your blog hop today! : )


Welcome to Wisconsin! American Made Brand Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for American Made Brand cotton solids! Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods today: beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m not a Wisconsin native (I grew up across the lake in Michigan), but I’ve lived here for 10 years now and love my adopted home, so I was very excited to represent the Badger State.
For those who are new to the AMB blog tour, quilters in all 50 states are making “license plate” blocks from American Made Brand solids, a new line of solids from Clothworks made (you guessed it) right here in the US of A. For my block, I considered all the usual in-state suspects: Cheese. Beer. A cow. You can’t go wrong with any of those in Wisconsin, after all. : ) But in an effort not to be too clichéd, I ended up pursuing a more offbeat idea. I wanted my block to look like one of those old-school retro postcards. Like this little piece of awesome right here:

So here’s what I came up with:

Want to make your own “Greetings from Wisconsin” block? You can download my applique templates right here. I chose American Made Brand solids in a retro-ish palette that echoed my inspiration postcard above, and just traced the applique shapes onto double-sided fusible. I ironed the fusible onto the fabric, cut out the shapes, and fused it to my background fabric. Stitch down your applique in whatever way you choose, and then embroider on the “Greetings from” (I used my Bernina 750’s alphabet stitches). And there you have it!

But wait! Before we get to the giveaway, here are a few fun facts about Wisconsin:

• You can thank Wisconsin for the following: Blenders, ice cream sundaes, bone marrow transplants, typewriters, Harley Davidson motorcycles, Les Paul guitars, the National Weather Service, and kindergarten. You’re welcome.
• Wisconsin actually has more lakes (14,000) than its next-door neighbor, Minnesota, the land of only 10,000 lakes. : )
• Wisconsinites inexplicably call drinking fountains “bubblers.”
• We have racing sausages. Yeah, I know you’re jealous.
• Oh, and Wisconsin has this whack-a-doodle place. Also, a mustard museum. Enough said.

Now, giveaway time! I’m giving away two prizes:

1) an FQ bundle of American Made Brand solids from Clothworks, and

2) All the solids from my bundle that I didn’t use, plus your very own racing sausage. This is Bratwurst—he’s fresh out of Miller Park and can’t wait to come live with you!

Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw two random winners next Friday, June 13. And don’t forget to visit all the other stops on the American Made tour for more chances to win—including Kindred Quilts, who is representing Iowa today. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by Wisconsin today!