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Exciting New Pattern-of-the-Month Club – 2 Months Free!

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Hi friends! Today I’m excited to be posting about an amazing new pattern-of-the-month club called Pattern Drop!

My co-author, frequent collaborator, and good friend Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt created Pattern Drop, which offers a new PDF quilt pattern every month for an amazingly low price—as low as $6.99 per month!

Pattern Drop will be offering high-quality, modern patterns from some of your favorite designers (including me—I’m Miss February!), as well as commissioning brand new patterns that will be available only to subscribers. (January’s quilt is a gorgeous pattern that is available exclusively to subscribers.) Plus you get access to members-only deals, a private Facebook group for subscribers where you can share your progress and chat with fellow quilters, and much more!

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Pattern Drop‘s first quilt of the month is Amy Smart‘s Hopscotch pattern, which will be sent to subscribers in December. Hopscotch is one of those patterns that looks much more complicated than it actually is—which to me is the gold standard for quilt patterns! LOL. So if you sign up for Pattern Drop now, this will be the first PDF delivered to your in-box!

And even better: If you sign up for an Annual Membership, you’ll get 2 months free! Just use coupon code 2FREEFP. You already get two free months when you choose an annual membership, so that means you actually get 4 free months! Four completely free patterns just for signing up now. And the best part of this discount is that it’s a forever discount, meaning that each year you renew, you’ll get the same low introductory rate! But hurry, because this offer expires on December 5, and it will not be repeated at any time after that. Click here to sign up!

For more information about how it works, visit thePattern Drop website or Katie’s website. Happy sewing!

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Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Finished

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

My Summer Sampler 2016 quilt is done!

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

I’m really happy with how it turned out … which more or less looks like the mock-up you all saw at the beginning of the quilt-along. : )

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

I finished it off with some straight-line quilting. I don’t know what I was thinking when I put those lines so close together, but it’s done now! And as usual, I bound it in the same color as the background. I just love that look, so nice and clean.

Summer Sampler 2016 quilt by Freshly Pieced

So with that, the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt-along is finished, but not to worry, you can still make the quilt! Click here to purchase the pattern—now that the quilt-along is complete, everyone who buys the pattern will get full, immediate access to all 20 block patterns. And within the next week or two, Katie and Faith and I are planning to put all of the blocks together into one PDF for your convenience. All previous buyers will get access to that combined PDF when it’s released.

I want to thank all of you who purchased a Summer Sampler subscription and quilted along with us! It was loads of fun. It’s hard to believe these 20 weeks have already come and gone—I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with myself now!

Brand New Website

Notice anything different around here?

I’ve been working for the past several weeks to completely overhaul my website, and it’s finally here! Poke around and check it out, I think you’ll love it. I know I do.

My goal for this new website was a cleaner look, easier navigation, and a better comments system for you all. I think I’ve gotten all three of those things! One item worth noting: The first time you comment on this new site, you will be asked to log in, and your comment will require my approval. But once I’ve approved one comment of yours, then you can comment on all future blog posts without needing my approval first.


I Heart Intentional Piecing

I’m sure I don’t need to proclaim my love for paper-piecing yet again, because you guys totally already know that about me. (But if you need a refresher, you can click here. Or here. Or here!) So it probably also goes without saying that when I saw Amy Friend’s book, “Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing,” I knew I had to have it!

Amy, who blogs at During Quiet Time, is one of my very favorite quilters out there, and paper-piecing is one of her specialties. Intentional Piecing is full of adorable projects that take advantage of my favorite technique! (Visit Amy’s website to see more of her book projects.) To start with, I decided to give her “Tell Me a Story” block a go.
The Tell Me a Story quilt from Intentional Piecing actually uses both fussy-cutting and paper-piecing—but in spite of that, this is a super-easy, quick little block to make! Seriously. Mine took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

And my favorite thing about the Tell Me a Story block is that Amy encourages quilters to use fabric selections to do just that: Tell a story within each individual block. There’s an interesting sidebar in the book in which Amy talks about how she makes connections between the prints used in each block—sometimes those connections are obvious, other times, less so.
I decided to fussy-cut from this adorable print by Heather Ross of underwear and clothing hanging on a line. To me, long underwear on a clothes line brings to mind images of an old-time farm and a harried farm wife trying to get all her chores done.
So a gingham print and a chicken wire print? What could be more perfect than that? : ) Suddenly I had a detailed picture of the farm, the clothes line, and even the wife in my head. This is whole new dimension of fabric selection that I’d never really considered before. Pretty fun!
Whether you’re a hard-core paper-piecer like me or a relative beginner, I think Intentional Piecing will make you look at piecing—and the prints in your stash—in a whole new light! A great one to have in any sewing library.

New and Improved Pattern Shop!

Happy Cyber Monday! In honor of this great holiday (LOL), I’ve unveiled a new and improved pattern shopping experience for you all! Click here to visit the new shop!

The improvements include:
• I’m now accepting payments via all major credit cards (previously I had only accepted Paypal).

• PDF patterns now download automatically, right on your check-out page, as soon as your payment clears. No more waiting for an email to arrive! (Although you will also still receive an email with a download link, for those of you who prefer to download the pattern at a later time.)

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED PDF PATTERNS FROM ME IN THE PAST: If you purchased a PDF pattern from me prior to today (Nov. 30), you MUST download your patterns and save them to your computer by December 18. After December 18, all downloadable links from my previous system will become inactive. In the next week or so, I will be emailing links to ALL of my previous pattern purchasers giving you one last chance to download your patterns before the system goes down. I apologize for any inconvenience, but this is a necessary step to allow me to move to this better new PDF delivery system. I appreciate your understanding in this! 

Now, happy shopping, whether it’s in my new shop or anywhere else!

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My Block From Irish Chain Quilts

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for Melissa Corry‘s new book, Irish Chain Quilts!

I had no idea how versatile Irish Chain quilts were before Melissa’s book landed in my mailbox. I guess I thought there was just one way to make an Irish Chain. Thanks to Melissa’s creative interpretations in this book, I’m realizing that Irish Chains have huge design possibilities. And now I’m dying to make a scrappy Irish Chain of my own!

But before I do that, Melissa asked each of us to choose one block to make from her book. She’s going to put all of our blocks together into a big, scrappy charity quilt. So awesome!

I chose the String of Pearls quilt for my block. Everyone participating in the blog hop made their blocks in certain colors, and mine was blue.

This was a really fun, easy, quick block to make, so a scrap Irish Chain quilt should come together great. As you can see, I went pretty scrappy with mine. Can’t wait to see how Melissa’s charity
quilt turns out!

To see more blocks and quilt designs from Irish Chain Quilts, check out the other stops on the blog tour:

June 8th –   Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th –   Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander + Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner + In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis + Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez + Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich + Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson + Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones + V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell + Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

QuiltCon FYI

You guys! I’m getting excited about QuiltCon now! Up until now, I’ve just been feeling the stress of preparing for the classes I’m teaching, but now that most of the prep work is done, I’m starting to really look forward to it. Anyway, if you will also be at QuiltCon, I have a few things to share:

First, Faith Jones and I will be signing books in the Sew Much More Bernina booth, booth #507, on Friday at 3 p.m. Come meet Faith and me, and score signatures of two out of three Vintage Quilt Revival authors. (You’ll just have to track Katie down somewhere else—we’ll miss you, Katie!)

Second, I’m honored to have four quilts hanging in the QuiltCon show. They are, clockwise from top left, Freeflow (quilted by Anne Books), Sugar Snow (from Vintage Quilt Revival, quilted by Krista Withers), Chandelier, and Wavelength. My Terrazzo quilt will also be on display in the Free Spirit booth on the show floor. Look for them as you’re walking the show!

Finally, keep an eye out for me if you’re doing the #quiltconpinswap, because I’ve got pins for swapping! Stop me anywhere to swap—and introduce yourself while you’re at it! The more I think about this Pin Swap idea, the more I love it, because it gives people an excuse to interact. I know it can be intimidating to just walk up and introduce yourself to someone out of the blue—it’s like the equivalent of cold-calling in sales. : ) This takes the pressure off, which is pretty awesome. If you want to know more about the Pin Swap, check the hashtag to admire the pins people are swapping.

See you in Austin!


Sewtopia Chicago

With all the fun modern sewing retreats happening around the nation recently, I was disappointed with the lack of events in my own backyard. I mean, I’m headed all the way to Salt Lake City in November for the Sewtopia retreat that’s happening there! Well, I guess my friend Sukie (who is the mastermind behind Sewtopia) heard me complain one too many times, because now we Midwesterners have our own event: Sewtopia Chicago, happening April 16-19, 2015. I can’t wait!

If you’ve never attended a modern sewing weekend like this, you’re in for a treat. We modern quilters are so used to connecting online, but there really is no replacement for meeting and bonding in person. And I think Sewtopia Chicago has a great balance of the things modern sewists are looking for in a retreat: Classes with amazing teachers, but without an overly ambitious schedule—there will be plenty of laid-back open sew time as well. There will be swaps and fabric challenges you can participate in that build community, but loads of less formal socializing time too. There will be a shop hop and other organized activities, but you’ll also get ample time to explore Chicago on your own.

And the teachers: Latifah Saafir will be teaching a class on curves (which I could sure use some help on), and Rita Hodges from Red Pepper Quilts will be teaching her Kansas Dugout pattern. Rita’s coming all the way from Australia to teach! You can’t miss that! And it’s all happening at the Drake Hotel, a gorgeous hotel on the Magnificent Mile. I’m so in.

Registration for Sewtopia Chicago opens this Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. Mountain time, 11 a.m. Central. Regular registration is $375, which includes:
• Classes with Latifah and Rita
• A shop hop on Thursday
• An open social on Thursday night
• Breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday
• Access to the Sewtopia sewing lounge
• Swaps and challenges (if you choose to participate)

Tickets will go fast on Friday (and there are some early-bird discount tickets!), so hop over to the Sewtopia website for more information. I hope to see you in Chicago in April!



Alternate Layouts and Advanced Piecing with Me

With QuiltCon registration starting on Tuesday, I wanted to give you more details about the classes I’ll be teaching in Austin. I am beyond excited about these workshops!

My first class is “Advanced Piecing.” In this class, we’ll be using the blocks from my book, Vintage Quilt Revival,
as piecing bootcamp, and you will leave with mad skills, you guys. We’ll be covering foundation piecing, partial seams, and piecing with templates. If you’ve never tried these techniques (or even if you have, but need a brush-up), this is the class for you! And you’ll leave with a great start on a Vintage Quilt Revival sampler.

My second workshop is more creative and design-focused. “Off the Grid: Working With Alternate Layouts” will help you start thinking outside the box in terms of how you use quilt blocks. I’m asking participants to bring pre-made quilt blocks so that we can design and sew creative, unique layouts during class. We’ll be talking about negative space, asymmetry, scale, and much more. The goal will be for you to arrive with pre-made blocks and leave with a completed—and very modern—top.

If you’re planning to attend QuiltCon, I hope you’ll sign up for one or both! I’m looking forward to meeting you in Austin!


I’m Teaching at QuiltCon

Did you all see the Modern Quilt Guild’s big announcement? I am so excited that I will be teaching at QuiltCon in Austin in February 2015, and thrilled to be in such good company. Yeah, that’s my picture right there next to Anna Maria Horner’s. No big deal. LOL.
You can see the full list of teachers right here. Really looking forward to seeing the quilters of Gee’s Bend in the keynote address!

Can’t wait to tell you all more about my workshops, but in the meantime, I hope to see you in Austin!