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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

 

And be sure to stop by Melissa’s blog, Happy Quilting. She’s doing a huge giveaway with copies of the book, plus many other goodies! Want to know where to buy Irish Chain Quilts? You can pick up a personalized, autographed copy from Melissa, or order from Amazon or Martingale.

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Accurate Curved Piecing: A Video and a Giveaway

If curved piecing worries you (and let’s face it, it worries everybody), what you just might need is for somebody to talk you through it. And who better to talk you through curved piecing than Angela Pingel, author of the book A Quilter’s Mixology?

 

Angela has a new video class out from Interweave Publishing, “Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing,” that will help you tackle those curves. Angela makes curved piecing feel remarkably easy with her helpful explanations and techniques, so she’ll have you piecing gorgeous curves in no time at all.

 

Cutting the fabric, pinning the pieces, sewing the units and trimming them are all covered in this video. I love Angela’s one-pin curve-sewing method from A Quilter’s Mixology, so it was great to be able to see that method demonstrated so clearly. And the hints Angela gives for making the curve-piecing process both faster and more accurate are invaluable.

Angela’s book focuses entirely on Drunkard’s Path blocks, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that her video class covers not only Drunkard’s Path units, but many other types of curved units as well. Among the units Angela teaches in this video are apple core and clamshell designs—both of which I’ve long had on my quilting bucket list for a long time.

Angela even covers improvisational curves and shows off a curved-block sampler at the end of the video. It’s really amazing how much this video covers, and it’s so fun and inspiring to see how versatile curved piecing truly is.

You can hop over to the Interweave store to purchase Angela’s video—it’s available as a download or on hard-copy DVD. I hope you’ll check it out, along with the other stops on the Curved Piecing blog hop!

 

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
And guess what: Angela and Interweave are giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA readers only. To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a winner next week. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.
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WIP Wednesday: Steppin’ Out

Happy Wednesday! I took a spur-of-the-moment, completed unexpected trip to South Carolina earlier this week to visit my grandma, so I’m a little behind on all things sewing-related, and have about 8 trillion things to do between today and Friday. So let’s make this a quick one!
These guys are sitting on my cutting table, waiting to be trimmed down and turned into Modern Maples blocks.

But before I get back to my maple blocks, my top priority is making step-outs for a class I’m teaching on Saturday in Minneapolis. Yep, it’s going to be step-out central up in here today.

This week’s WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Lima Sews! Lima Sews owner Linh offers both long-arm quilting and a fabric shop, so it truly is one-stop shopping over there. : ) I love Linh’s taste in the fabric collections she carries, such as Bark and Branch from Cloud 9 and Catnap by Lizzy House.

COUPON CODE: Lima Sews is offering 20% off anything in the store! Just use code FRESH2015, now through Feb. 3.

GIVEAWAY: Lima Sews is also offering a $30 gift certificate to one lucky reader! You could get a lot of Bark and Branch with that. : )

To win, do any or all of the following (each gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Aaaand We’re Back

Happy 2015, you guys! I hope your holidays were happy and included lots of sewing time. : ) I had a busy couple of weeks, and am happy to be back to our normal schedule now. Or whatever passes for normal around here.

I spent my holiday break working on a baby quilt. I’m using Elizabeth Hartman’s Preppy the Whale pattern. The baby’s mom is a veterinarian, so an animal-related quilt seemed like a good idea. (Not that she treats whales or anything. But I think she’ll like it anyway.)

These whales are just so darn happy.

I was planning to quilt it with a free-motion stipple, but then I realized—scallop quilting! Because WHALES. This is the same quilting method as my Chandelier quilt—the scallop decorative stitch on my Bernina 750 (stitch #719), along with my even-feed foot. It is soooo easy.

This week’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Intrepid Thread. Intrepid Thread has Doe by Carolyn FriedlanderPetal and Plume by Bari J., and some awesome canvas called Geo Pop in stock now! Go check it all out!

GIVEAWAY: Julie from Intrepid Thread has a fabulous one for you guys this week!  She decided to use the most recent photo posted on my blog as inspiration to create a bundle—no matter what that photo happened to be. As it turned out, it was my white Christmas tree from this post. : ) So you won’t be surprised to hear that I am seriously in looooove with the bundle shown above! And one of you is getting it, completely free!

To win the bundle, do any or all of the following (each gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below


LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
Have a great week!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Home Stretch

It’s the Christmas home stretch, you guys. Are you ready? Not me, but it will all get done somehow. It always does, right? Right? : )


So remember that second baby quilt I needed to make? It’s now officially for a boy. So I need to finish up one girl baby quilt and one boy baby quilt, like, yesterday. This photo shows how far I’ve gotten on the boy one—i.e., not at all far. : )

In other news, I managed to finish that Christmas stocking I’ve been working on, and it turned out great—except for the fact that it is strangely, comically gigantic. I mean, this thing is ginormous. The pattern says it should be 20″ from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the heel, but mine is more than 26″. A full 6 inches too big! (No, I didn’t check my gauge before starting, and yes, I have now learned my lesson about that little oversight!) Anyway, I’m contemplating washing it and then throwing it in the dryer, in hopes it will shrink. Is that crazy talk? (It’s alpaca yarn.) Any other suggestions, or am I just stuck with this oddly gargantuan stocking? It’s like something Hagrid would knit. LOL.

 

Hey! This WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Pink Castle, and I think Christmas actually came early to WIP Wednesday land, because Brenda at Pink Castle is offering an uh-MAZ-ing giveaway this week. This bundle of Cotton + Steel fat quarters will go to one random winner. Comment on this post for one chance to win, and/or link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or IG photo (with #wipwednesday hashtag) for a second chance to win. By the way, this is the November bundle from Pink Castle’s Cotton + Steel club—a great way to get a monthly Cotton + Steel fix!

Pink Castle also has an awesome sale going on right now—20% off all imported Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN20. Sometimes it’s hard to justify buying Japanese fabric, with the higher prices, but this sale kind of makes it hard to justify not buying them. : )

What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!Scheduling note: WIP Wednesday is taking the next two weeks off for the holidays. Our next WIP Wednesday will be on January 7. Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!

 

 

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WIP Wednesday: Settling In To the New Studio

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Well, now that the new studio is done, my kids are in school, and I can actually find all of my various fabric and supplies, my efficiency should increase tenfold, right? Watch this space and see!

I didn’t sew at all this week up until yesterday, since I was working on the studio the whole time, but here is yesterday’s WIP line-up:

My Nordic-inspired “Christmas Sweater” quilt pattern. It may not look like it, but the top is almost finished!

And here’s what I’m cutting into next—Flower Power from Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I LOVE this book! Can’t wait to make this one in Heather Ross’s Far Far Away II line. It’s for my sweet purple-loving kindergartner. She deserves something special.

Today’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by The Intrepid Thread! The big news at The Intrepid Thread is that they are now offering $5 flat-rate shipping to anywhere in the U.S., for any amount of fabric! And owner Julie misses all of her international customers since shipping rates went up a few years ago, so Intrepid is now also offering 1/2 price international shipping on quilting cotton purchases over $70. Great deals on shipping all around!

 

Giveaway: How aboute a bundle of Tula Pink’s new line, Moonshine, courtesy of The Intrepid Thread? Julie is offering a free Moonshine fat-quarter bundle to one of my readers! Woot! Just link up below for one chance to win, and/or comment on this post for another chance.

What are you working on this week? Here’s how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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Happy Birthday Olfa!

Ever look at an antique quilt and think, “Dang. That poor lady had to cut out all 6,050 of those pieces with scissors.” It’s kind of an appalling thought, isn’t it? Fortunately, us lucky quilters in this day and age have a little invention called a rotary cutter. And we have Olfa to thank for creating this indispensable tool 35 years ago.

That’s right, the mighty rotary cutter turns 35 this year! To celebrate, Olfa has asked a group of quilters (including me!) to make 6-1/2″ blocks for a special birthday quilt. I can’t think of a single sewing notion that has revolutionized the quilting world more than the rotary cutter, so I was happy to participate.

Our instructions were to make a 6-1/2″ block that represented Olfa’s 35 years—and to include Olfa’s trademark yellow. So I thought, what better fabric line to use for Olfa’s birthday block than Sew Yummy by Monica Solorio-Snow and Cloud 9? I mean: Smiley thread bobbins and seam rippers and tomato pincushions. (But no smiley happy rotary cutters? Darn!)


When I think of techniques that have been made easier by rotary cutters, two things come to mind for me—half-square triangles (because trimming), and fussy cutting. So I decided to feature both of those things in my block.

I fussy-cut around Monica’s fab circle of pins for the center of the star, and trimmed up some lovely yellow star points using Sew Yummy’s tomato pin-cushion blenders. Pretty cute, right? This block is off to Olfa to be included in the birthday quilt!

And while it may be Olfa’s birthday, you get the prize! Want to win a rotary cutter and a small cutting mat from Olfa? Just leave a comment (any old comment) on this post. I’ll draw a random winner on August 5. Now go cut up some fabric!

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WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Lindsey

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hi there! My name is Lindsey and I am really excited to be here for WIP Wednesday! I am a mother of three little ones, and in my spare time (which isn’t much with the littles running around) I love to quilt, blog, run, bake, and binge on Netflix. (My current addiction is House.) Although I am a fairly new quilter, I have completely fallen in love!

I have two bloggy homes where I share a lot of fun stuff! You can find me sharing my latest quilts, sewing projects, and tutorials at both the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog and Inspiring Creations. 

Here are just a few projects you can find from my blogs:
Right now I have two quilts that I am working on. Believe it or not, I have never made a patchwork quilt before, and decided I needed to take care of that right away! So I have pieced this fun little patch work quilt! I am in the process of quilting it right now.
The other WIP I am working on right now is a quilt from Lori Holt’s book Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork.  It’s a very slow process, but I can’t wait to finish this baby! The butterflies are just a small piece of what will go into this quilt!
I want to thank Lee for having me today, and I look forward to seeing what you all are working on!
This week’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Canton Village Quilt Works. Canton Village is owned by Jackie Kunkel, a fantastic teacher, long-arm quilter, shop owner, and podcaster. (You can find her podcasts here or on iTunes—you can also check out her YouTube channel here.) Check out her amazing selection, including a huge range of Kona solids and precuts.

This week, Jackie’s offering one lucky winner her Black and White and Bright fat quarter bundle! Yay! To enter, just link up below for one chance to win, and/or do one of the following for a second chance: Follow the Canton Village blog, subscribe to their newsletter (click here to subscribe), or like their Facebook page, and comment that you’ve done so.

 

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished Work-In-Progress (WIP).
2. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog.
3. If you are linking to an Instagram photo, please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced. (To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon in the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link—for example, my URL would be www.instagram.com/freshlypieced.)
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Market Aftermath

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Happy Wednesday! I’m back from Quilt Market and feeling so motivated! I saw some amazing fabric, fabulous new patterns, and I can’t wait to get sewing. And you know what? I have only a few deadlines on the horizon and I am so excited to do some fun, whatever-I-want-to-do kind of sewing this summer.

Anyway, since I spent most of the last week in Pittsburgh, how about some pictures from Market in lieu of WIPs today? Here were some of the highlights for me:

Violet Craft’s new line Brambleberry Ridge for Michael Miller. Also, she has paper-pieced animals! So there’s that.

Carolyn Friedlander‘s new book Savor Each Stitch
is uh-mazing.

Deer! So many deer. Harvey here looks pretty stylin’ in Emily Herrick‘s Rustique collection for Michael Miller.

Heather Ross‘s line Far, Far Away is being released on quilting cotton for the first time by Windham. Yay!

Indelible by Katerina Rocella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

 

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter gave a great schoolhouse session for her book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.

A Quilter’s Mixology
by Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces—this book is such a fresh, original take on Drunkard’s Path blocks and curved piecing. Angela’s Schoolhouse session actually made me excited about curved piecing for the first time ever! For real!

Oh yeah, the Cotton + Steel collections really do live up to the hype. Everything these ladies do is just so … smart. I want to grow up to be them someday. : )

American Made Brand solids by Clothworks is a fantastic new line of solids that are made right here in the states. Gotta love that.

Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew‘s new line for Windham, Oh, Clementine.

And friends old and new. So many of my favorite people were at this Market! This is Angela of Cut to Pieces, Kaye of Miss Print, Anna of Noodlehead, Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew, Ashley of Film in the Fridge (and her crazy-cute daughter Hazel), Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts, and Amy of Diary of a Quilter.

My WIP Wednesday Market Wrap-Up has been brought to you by Marmalade Fabrics. Marmalade is running the second year of its Around the Color Wheel monthly bundles. You can subscribe in 1/2 yards of FQs, or you can purchase the bundles individually (past bundles are still available!). Marmalade even has a special program for buyers outside the U.S. to save you on shipping. Check out all of Marmalde’s bundles right here.

Giveaway: This week Marmalde is giving away one Around the Color Wheel bundle for May, in the Ruby Red colorway. To enter, just leave a comment answering this question: “When purchasing fabric bundles, what do you consider the perfect size/amount of fabric per bundle?” a) 12 fat quarters; b) 6 fat quarters; c) 6 half yards; d) 8 half yards. I’ll draw a random winner next Wednesday!

And in the meantime, link up your WIPs! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: Crazy Good

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It’s been another crazy week, with Quilt Market prep, a new pattern release, and my youngest turned five years old today! I guess the preschool years are just about behind me, and I am entirely unsure how to feel about that.

But at any rate, I’ve mostly been stitching away on this quilt top in Sara’s bomb new line for Art Gallery, Jungle Ave. Looks like an ordinary string block, right? Oh, but it is so much more. Can’t wait to show you!

Some other exciting things are happening around here, too—specifically on Friday! I’ll give you a hint: It starts with a B and it comes with a stitch regulator. : ) More on that next week.

Today’s WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Intrepid Thread, always one of my favorite fabric-buying stops. Dreamin’ Vintage by Jeni Baker is coming to Intrepid Thread this week, and there are over 800 new additions to their sale section this week, so check that out too!

Giveaway time! Julie at Intrepid Thread was kind enough to let me pick out a custom bundle based on my new Wavelength quilt pattern! If you’d like to make a Wavelength quilt similar to mine, this bundle will get you started, with two of my favorite background prints and lots of bright jewel-tone colors. Just leave a comment on this post for one chance to win an FQ bundle of these prints, and/or link up below for another chance.

And don’t forget, my Wavelength PDF pattern is still on sale for just $4.99, through Friday only. Grab your copy while the getting is good!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!