Model Farm Quilt Pattern Review

Do you know Brittany from @Loandbeholdstitchery? If not, you need to start following her! She designs and writes incredible patterns. Brittany’s grandma Lois was a quilter too and passed down her enthusiasm for this great art. I love this about Brittany/Lois because, I too, come from a quiltin’ grandma!

A few months ago Brittany came up with this awesome way to honor grandma Lois by starting to release patterns that are inspired by her own work: the Lois Quilt Collection. The first pattern to release as part of the collection was the First Gift Quilt, which I loved so much that I made TWO! (Click here to see them!) And now the second pattern inspired by grandma Lois is Model Farm! You can read Brittany’s story behind the quilt design here!

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Therapeutic Quilting and the Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi-sabi

Let me introduce you to my most recent quilt finish: Mod Mountains, a SuzyQuilts Pattern. I recently finished the very long process of making this quilt, and realized through it just how therapeutic quilting can really be when you let go of any stress and just let yourself get lost in the process. The quilt really does not have to take a long time to make, but for me, the time spent on it was so refreshing for my soul.

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How to Embrace & Disguise the Imperfections in a Quilt

Womp Womp Womp… Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this before.

Recently I finished a quilt top and was SO thrilled with how it looked and then when I brought it outside into natural lighting for photos, I noticed that some of the white background pieces got mixed up and I somehow used the WRONG SHADE OF WHITE.

In this post, I want to teach you what I did to try to embrace the imperfections instead of ripping out the seams!

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Reflections Quilt Pattern Review

Are you into awesome quilt patterns that hype up long lines and geometry? If yes, then I am 99% sure you already follow @SuzyQuilts. If you don’t, click this link right now. Suzy probably doesn’t know this, but she has been one of my quilt mentors for literal years. In 2014 when I decided to start an Instagram specifically to log my quilt progress, her account was one of the first I found that allowed me to see quilting as a fun modern thing that hip young people are into too. I loved that she played with crazy fun colors and shared just as much of her heart as her abounding creativity. I was drawn in by her cool downtown Chicago apartment (at the time), super cute dog Scrappy, and ability to break down quilting in a way that makes even tricky steps look easy.

OK, OK, that is enough about my obsession with Suzy. I am here to tell you about her newest quilt pattern: Reflections!

The Reflections Quilt Pattern is beginner friendly and comes in 5 awesome sizes: Baby, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King! As per my usual, I decided to make the Baby size which finishes off at 40″ x 40″. Continue reading

Bear Path // Quilt Pattern Review

Is it just me or have there been tons of amazing patterns coming out lately?! I’m always so impressed by the amazing creativity of quilt pattern designers and how easy they make it look! I recently got the chance to test @patchworkandpoodles’ newest quilt pattern: Bear Path, and spoiler alert: it’s a fun one!

If you want to purchase this pattern for yourself, you can find it in Patchwork & Poodle’s Pattern shop.

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9 Tips for Selling Homemade Goods

Are you a creative person looking to make some side money selling things that you make? You want to turn your HOBBY into a JOBby? Are you wondering how to find your niche and actually start making sales? I’m here to help you start your creative business.

While there is a ton of information out there, I hope these tips help get you started and give you some ideas for things to research further while building your creative business. If you think of any other tips you have learned, please leave me a comment! I love chatting about business and sharing tips within this community, please reach out and share your input!

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Zakka Home // book review

Today’s stop on the Quilt Pattern Book Review Blog Series is a book that’s not even entirely dedicated to quilt patterns since sometimes you just gotta switch things up and break some of your own rules.

Quilting books have a very special place in my heart because I am a naturally budget-conscious, debt-free kind of girl, and I love how you can get literally tons of patterns for a fraction of the price if you were to purchase them individually! I also love how you can get books on a budget by using your local library or checking to see if your guild guild members have the one you are looking for!

I saw a few people on Instagram make some really cool projects from the book Zakka Home and it got me thinking of ways I can use my sewing and quilting skills to make other little things for my house. The first thing I knew I just had to make was the arm chair sewing caddy. This little organzational tool makes hand stitching so much tidier and is super cute too! Continue reading

Learning how to English Paper Piece (EPP)

Brimfield Blocks – that’s what caught my EPP attention!

As I am somewhat new to the EPP world, I’ll be honest: I don’t really know what I am doing here, but I want to share this journey with you because I am having a blast learning along the way! I learned some English Paper Piecing tricks last month at quilt con and I haven’t been able to put it down ever since.

I saw the Brimfield Blocks and immediately fell in love, and knew I had to try it. And since I am the type of person to always dive right in, I got the paper pieces in 3 sizes: Bitty Brimfield, Baby Brimfield, and the regular size Brimfield. I plan to make all the sizes and incorporate them all into one quilt.

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10 Steps to Easy Hand Quilting

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10 easy steps to hand quilting like a pro:

Do you want to learn how to hand quilt? Now’s the perfect time to get started! If you’re really unfamiliar with hand quilting, head over to read about the supplies you’ll need.

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STEP 1: Time to gather your “quilt vision”. Lay the quilt out on a nice flat area and just look at it for a while. Ask the fabric where it should be quilted and plan out in your mind where your stitches will go. It is essential to start with a plan, so don’t skip this step! This is also where a nice ruler and hera marker come in very handy if you plan to mark your lines!

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STEP 2: Once you have a plan or a general idea in mind, go ahead and put your basted quilt into your nice, large, quilting hoop. This device provides tension on your layers of fabric and batting, and will help keep your stitches straight and even. TIP: Make sure not to make it too tight, you do want a little give in it.

STEP 3: Thread one of your needles and tie a little knot at one end of the thread. Just one simple knot is perfect.

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STEP 4: Carefully take your needle and insert it through the quilt top and batting fabric nearby where you plan your stitches, and draw it back up exactly where you want your first stitch to start. Give the thread a tug to pull the knot to the inside of the quilt layers. (HINT: this is referred to as “burying the threads” and is SO cool because it’s like hiding tiny little secrets inside the layers!)

Step 5: Insert your needle straight down in the place you want your stitch to complete. Push through all layers this time.

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Step 6: Rock your needle backwards while pushing up on the fabric with your other hand, creating a tiny little mountain in your hoop. Immediately push your needle back to the top of your quilty layers. That’s your first stitch.

Step 7: Repeat steps 5 & 6 until your thread tail is just a few inches long, or you reach the end of your design. The key here is to aim for each stitch to be the same size.

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Step 8: Tie a little knot in your thread tail, using your needle or your finger to pull the knot as close to the quilt itself as possible. Draw the needle down into the hole it just came up, but only through the quilt top and the batting. Pull the needle back up through the top an inch or so away, and tug the thread until the knot disappears into the quilt layers. **MAGIC**

Step 9: NEW PIECE OF THREAD AND YOU’RE ON A ROLL

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Step 10: Don’t give up. You’re just getting started! …and be sure to send me pictures of your awesome progress! Please! I want to see your work!

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