Saturday, November 30, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - November 2019

Welcome to November's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!

My favorite finish for November was my Camden Road quilt.  My friend Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts helped me with the fabric pull for this quilt and I am in love with it.  As soon as the pictures were taken, this quilt went onto my couch for some snuggling.

The Camden Road pattern is available in my new pattern shop: and is a fat quarter friendly pattern that contains instructions for baby, lap, and twin sizes.

Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November - Slice & Stitch Challenge

I had the privilege of taking part in November's Slice & Stitch Challenge hosted by OLFA and Aurifil.  In each challenge, one Aurifil Artisan is paired with one OLFA Creator / Ambassador and given a OLFA and Aurifil product to make a project out out.

I was so excited to be paired with Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, one of my best quilting friends.  We even wound up both making reverse applique pillows (without talking to each other)!

For the Slice & Stitch Challenge, we were given OLFA scissors and Aurifil 12 wt thread.  I made a raw edge applique, snowflake pillow using the products.  I have needed some new Christmas pillows and this was the perfect excuse to make one :)

You can hop over to the Auribuzz blog to get the quick tutorial and see more pictures of the finished product and make sure to visit Yvonne and see her tutorial and finished pillow too.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Sale

I hope that you will be enjoying the holidays this week!

To celebrate, I am offering a special discounts in my new pattern shop (these codes will not work in my Etsy shop). 

Use the following coupons codes for:

15OFF - 15% off all items in the shop
25OFF - 25% off your purchase when you buy 2 items
35OFF - 35% off your purchase when you buy 3 or more items

These coupon codes will work on everything in the shop: digital patterns, printed patterns, and books.

The sale starts right now and will run through midnight (EST) on Monday, December 2nd.

Due to the holidays, any print patterns or books order between Tuesday the 26th and Sunday the 1st will be shipped on Monday the 2nd.  Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you so much for your support throughout the year!

Friday, November 22, 2019

A Quilter's Christmas Wish List

My husband was asking me the other day what I would like Santa to bring me for Christmas this year.  I had a good time shopping virtually on Amazon (the only place my husband will shop) and thought you might like some ideas to put on your list too.  Links are affiliate links.

You can find all of these items and other quilting equipment and notions on my Amazon page.

1.  Fabric
I think that number one on most quilter's wish lists are fabric.  I added my favorite Carolyn Friedlander print as well as a couple of fabric bundles to my wish list.

2.  Mats, Cutters, and Rulers

OLFA is my go to for cutting items.  My favorite rotary cutter is their ergonomic rotary cutter, their cutting mats last forever, and their rulers have a slight texture to them to help prevent sliding.  I have a number of OLFA rulers but would love to have Santa put the few remaining ones under my tree.

3.  Notions

Have you ever finished basting or quilting a quilt only to see that there is a dark thread under the quilt top you can see?  The Clover Soft Touch Pic is like the world's tiniest knitting needle and can pull those evil little threads out through the quilt top.

Organ Needles are the only needle I use in my machine.  They are so cheap ($11 for 100 needles) I have no excuse not to change the needle as frequently as I should.  I got 100 each of 3 different sizes for Xmas last year and still have a bunch to last me through 2020.

I tie and bury all of my thread tails and use a self threading needle to quickly thread and the tails and tuck them into the quilt top.

505 Spray is my go-to basting spray.  I have a tutorial up on the blog about how I spray baste my quilts, you can find it here.

4.  More Notions

I have tried basically every thimble made and never found one comfortable that did not fall off until I tried the leather thimble from clover.

Everyone needs thread for quilting.  My favorite is Aurifil thread because my machines love it, and it is strong, low lint, and comes in tons of colors.  I do almost all of my piecing and a lot of quilting using the white 2024 color in 50 wt.  I also enjoy quilting (both by machine and hand) using their 12 wt thread.

Finally for notions, I would suggest adding a pair of quilting gloves to your list.  They get dirty and lose some of the grippiness over time so it is always nice to have a new pair.

5.  Other Quilting Items

During a class with Kitty Wilkins, she showed us an LED light box.  They are super thin, light, and inexpensive.  I bought one for foundation paper piecing and English paper piecing, it makes fussy cutting so much easier.

We all need batting.  You can buy it folded up in the size you need, but I recommend biting the bullet and buying a roll.  The roll as less waste of batting when cutting out batts for quilts and is cheaper than buying it individually.  My favorite batting is Warm & White by the Warm Company.

Binder clips have really come down in price over the years.  I stocked up on a 160 of them for less than $13.

I love making pincushions, but for when I am pinning seams on a quilt top and using 100 more pins, I love my Zirkel magnitic pincushion.  I can just kind of toss the pins on the cushion and they "stick" with the magnetic and they are easy to remove.

I have a number of other gift ideas in the Christmas Wishlist Page and you can also stop by the Meadow Mist Designs Influencer Page for even more ideas.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Camden Road Pattern Release & New Pattern Shop!

I have two pieces of news to share today: the first is the release of my newest pattern Camden Road and the second is that my new pattern shop is now open!

You can find Camden Road in my shop (digital and printed versions) and on Etsy.

Camden Road is fat quarter friendly pattern based on the traditional Mrs. Bryan’s Choice quilt block.  I love the design and how it highlights all of the different prints against the two background fabrics.

The quilt is named after the street I grew up on. You might have seen some of the pictures of the quilt in progress on my Instagram account.

Camden Road contains instructions for 3 three sizes: baby, lap, and twin.

The flying geese in the quilt blocks are made using the no-waste (also called the four at a time) method which is perfect because you need the flying geese in sets of four for the blocks. 

The cover quilt was made using a variety of fat quarters on a white background.  Warm & White batting from the Warm Company and Aurifil thread were used in the quilt. 

A used a favorite Anna Maria Horner print for the backing which incorporates many of the colors used in the front of the quilt.

You can find Camden Road in my shop (digital and printed versions) and on Etsy.  For extra savings, use code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns

Many, many thanks to Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts for helping me pick fabrics for this quilt, she turned my boring fabric pull into one of my favorite fabric combinations ever and to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for her spectacular tech editing skills.  You can see Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts' blocks on her Instagram account.

Cindy and I are thinking about running a little quilt along for Camden Road starting in January.  Would you like to join in?

And now for more good new pattern shop is OPEN!

I have been working behind the scenes for the last couple of months setting up a new pattern shop on the Shopify platform.  I hope that you will find the new shop easy to navigate with clear pictures and descriptions.

If you have a minute I would love for you to hop over and take a look around, check out Camden Road, and let me know what you of the new shop.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ November Diagonal Block Linkup

Today is the link up to show off pictures of your Square in a Square units for October and enter to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:

November's Sponsors & Prizes

$50 gift certificate

Christine Scholz, is the owner of BackSide Fabrics, an internet only, family run business, and is located in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). They specialize in a large selection of wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable, and Quilters Dream Batting.

Check out Backside Fabric's Instagram account, they are always posting pictures of their new fabric arrivals.  I love wide back fabrics and not having to piece my quilt backs.

1 winner of 2 pdf patterns

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs focuses on producing innovative patterns with clear instructions by combining her technical writing and math skills with her love of quilting. She loves teaching computer aided quilt design and basic quilting skills to others. You can find all of her patterns in her shop.

**Congrats to the winners, #64 and #59**

Now onto the linkup!

Linkup Details:
  • You will link up your picture of your fabrics using the inLinkz system below.  Details on how to link up and a practice link up party can be found here.
  • The linkup party will open at 12:01 am EST on the second Thursday of the month and will stay open until 11:55pm EST on the last day of the month.  Winners will be announced within the first week of the following month.
  • The prizes will be awarded randomly to people who link up using this system on this post (posting a picture on Facebook is awesome, but it needs to be entered here to be eligible to win).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Diagonal Blocks

The Mosaic Mystery Quilt instructions for November are here!

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:

Now that the Mosaic Mystery Quilt has ended, you can find a easy to print, full version of the pattern for sale in my pattern shop.

Diagonal Blocks

1.  Combine 32 fabric C squares 2" x 2", 64 bg fabric triangles 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜", 32 fabric C triangles 3 ⅞" x 3 ⅞", and 32 bg fabric squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 16 diagonal blocks 6 ½" x 6 ½" using steps a.-c.

     a. Sew together 1 fabric C square 2" x 2" and 2 bg fabric triangles 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜" to make a pieced triangle.  Repeat to make 32 pieced triangles.

     b. Sew together a pieced triangle from step 1 and a fabric C triangle 3 ⅞" x 3 ⅞" to make a corner unit 3 ½" x 3 ½".  Repeat to make a total of 32 corner units.

     c. Sew together 2 corner units 3 ½" x 3 ½" and 2 bg fabric squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make a diagonal block 6 ½" x 6 ½".  Repeat to make a total of 16 diagonal blocks.

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Mosaic Mystery Quilt!

Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's progress.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of December (the 5th).