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My Latest Pattern for Dear Stella!

I work with several fabric companies and have the privilege of working with upcoming fabric collections to design quilt patterns for them. Recently, I created Cane Weave for Dear Stella.

I created Cane Weave for the Are You Kitten Me? fabric collection which is in stores now. It’s a cute collection that features cats. I simply couldn’t resist.

Cane Weave finishes at 57" x 68". I just love those cute little kitties!

If you want to make Cane Weave in the Are You Kitten Me fabrics, Hancock’s of Paducah is selling kits!

To celebrate my new pattern release, take 20% off Cane Weave this week (until Saturday, 4/27 at midnight EST). Click here to visit my shop.

If you make Cane Weave or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Tell me...Cane Weave features cute kitties. have you ever used cat or dog fabrics in a quilt?

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My Latest Pattern for Island Batik!

As you know, I’m an Island Batik Ambassador. From time to time, I preview the upcoming batik collections and create new quilt patterns for them. Recently I created a new pattern I call Emerald Lodge for the Elk Lodge Island Batik Fall/Winter 2018 collection.

You can view Emerald Lodge and Belfast Market (another quilt pattern I designed for the Fall/Winter 2018 collection) in the online Fall Winter catalog. The fabric collections for both patterns are in stores now.

Emerald Lodge finishes at 88" x 88". The colors in this collection are so warm and wonderful, just like fall.

I had Emerald Lodge quilted with an all over pattern that included pinecones and pine needles. I just love it!

For the backing, I used Pinecone, an Island Batik Basic. Basics are available all the time so you should be able to easily find it at your local quilt store.

Again, you can click here to view the Fall catalog online. Here are a couple of the pages from it.

To celebrate my new pattern release, take 20% off Emerald Lodge this week (until Saturday, 4/20 at midnight EST). Click here to visit my shop.

If you make Emerald Lodge or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Tell me...Emerald Lodge features checked batiks. Have you ever used checked fabrics in a quilt?

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My April Goals

Today’s my birthday and I’m working at the quilt store surrounded by lovely fabric. If you live nearby, stop in and say hello! Tonight I’ll see my daughter and have a nice dinner.

It’s April and time to list my quilting goals for the month. I wrote this up ahead of time so I didn’t have to do this on my birthday. Maybe I’ll get some time to sew instead.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. As you know, because of a challenge at the quilt shop where I work, I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for April is to piece the remaining half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt..

  • Make a Accuquilt Go baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors got an awesome Accuquilt Go cutter in our first box of supplies. The challenge for April is to design and make a baby quilt using my Accuquilt Go dies. I have the 8” Block Cube, so the block is going to be 8” finished. The rest is up to me!

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet. My goal is to get the appliques all fused and edge-stitched. I got a lot of them done last month, but need to finish that. I’d like to commit to getting more done, but this month is pretty busy so I’m trying to also be realistic.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I’ve shamelessly had this one on my to-do list for months, but I have to get these blocks done and mailed to my bee mates. Wish me luck! Based on past history, I’m going to need it.

  • Write three new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I need to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell to quilt stores who will be so impressed with my quilts when they see them at Market that they will order tons of patterns! <grin>

  • Timeless Treasures recently selected another one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal is to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April.

    They’ve also asked me to make a sample, which I need to get done and quilted before Quilt Market which is in mid-May. So my goal is to get the quilt cut out and pieced before the end of the month.

    Cant show you anything yet since the fabric collection I’m using won’t be released until Spring Market.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. We’ll be releasing Blocks 3 and 4 in May, and I’m playing host by creating step by step photo tutorials to help you make each of the blocks. Block 3 is released tomorrow, so be sure to come back!

Those are my goals for April! Wish me luck!

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March Goals Recap

Although the weather hasn’t warmed up that much, March is out of here and it’s time for me to recap how I did at meeting my March goals.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is being done in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for March was to piece half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt, and I got that done, and I made progress on the April goal which is to piece the second half.

  • Make a Vintage Reimagined quilt for the March Island Batik challenge. The challenge for March was to take a vintage quilt and use it as inspiration to make make something new. I got this one done too, making a modern version of a double-wedding ring quilt. You can read more about it here.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge—Despite my modest goal (to finish the top by fusing the appliques in place), I didn’t make it. I got most of the appliques fused and stitched in place, but not all of them.

  • Create a new pattern for Timeless Treasures. Timeless Treasures recently selected one of my designs for a free download pattern, so my goal was to get it written and submitted for publishing. Got this one done but I can’t show you the pattern yet since the fabric collection has not yet been released.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this one done too! I made Block 1, but not Block 2. However, I created the tutorials I wanted to, and now they are available on my Tutorials page.

    Block 1 was a Sewing Machine. Click here to learn more about it. For Block 1, I created a tutorial for the stem and outline embroidery stitches.

Block 2 was a Quilter’s Mug. Click here to learn more about the block. I didn’t make Block 2, but I did create a tutorial on printing on fabric for it.

So those were my goals for March. Let’s see how I did:

I had 5 goals and got 4.5 of them done. That’s 90%

I’ll be publishing my April goals on Monday. Come back then to see what I’ll be working on in March!

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