Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Free Motion Quilting Fun

Want to improve your free motion quilting skills? Be sure to visit Lori Kennedy. She has an amazing blog with free tutorials and she has a fun class on Craftsy that I just signed up for! I can't wait!!! Once you are on the Craftsy website, just search for Lori Kennedy. The name of her class is Divide and Conquer!

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy, The Inbox Jaunt 

 She is working with QuiltShopGal to bring us a Free Motion Challenge that starts Thursday, October 1. Visit her blog to get all the details. 

I am simply amazed by her skill and her ability to teach us how to free motion quilt her creative designs!

Quilt Shop Opening!

Calling all quilters in the central Texas area!!!!

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A new quilt shop is in the making! Be sure to stop by Early, TX and find The Quilter's Hideaway. It opens on Saturday, October 3!!! When I can get an address, I will post it, but I have heard it is close to Cousin's Convenience Store on the highway!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


One of our members, Carol, had a great program at our last meeting.

She showed us how to do paper piecing, specifically Hexies!

I think I am hooked!

Carol shared a pattern from Mickey Depre's book Pieced Hexies. She also has other books available and they can be found on her website (link is below), amazon.com or other sites on the Internet.

Pieced Hexies Book       Pieced Hexies Deux Book    Ring Around The Hexies Book

Mickey Depre shared this fabric site on her Facebook page: 5 Bucks a Yard. She discovered it while she was lecturing in Houston. Apparently, all fabric is $5 per yard!! I glanced at it and it is brand name fabric like Amy Butler and Riley Blake. I love their fabric!

If you have Facebook, Mickey Depre has great information. If that link doesn't work and you have Facebook, search for MDQuilts and that is her.

I also found her on Pinterest: Mickey Depre. She has some fabulous boards to follow! They are very inspirational! Below is one of the pictures from Pinterest featuring Mickey's patterns!

Hexagon variations. These are by Leslie Claypool from Lafayette, IN.  Look like the designs from Mickey Depre's book  

Mickey also has a website: Mickey Depre.


...and a blog!  Look at the pattern I found on her blog! Wow!!

 December 14, 2014 Next Up, Sondra Stars!

Have I hooked you, yet? Want to order those paper pieces already cut out for you? Then shop here at Paper Pieces.

Now that you have pieced those hexies, what to do?

Check out this site for tips on how to add a border to your odd shapes:  J Morton Quilts - border suggestion for hexies!

Still not enough of hexies? Check out Bonnie K Hunter and her love of hexies at Quiltville!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Moda Bake Shop

I forget about the awesome 'recipes' on the Moda Bake Shop!! If you are in the market for a new project: a quilt, Christmas stockings, a pillow, or more, be sure to stop by!

All patterns are free!  ...and they tell you if they are good for beginners, intermediate or advanced!

Below is a picture of fabulous pattern for a 9-Patch Posie Quilt pattern that you can find here:


Tips & Tricks: Seam Allowances

Are you tired of the tedious marking required when you have odd seam allowances?

Head over to the Moda Bake Shop to this post from Oda May. She has a great idea using tape to mark your allowance on your sewing machine rather than marking on the fabric.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Quilt Pattern adapated

If you like making fast quilts that look complicated, check out the tutorial at Beyond Sock Monkeys. She has a variation on the disappearing 9-patch! It looks awesome!


Start with this!

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and finish with this or any of her other examples!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fabric Giveaway from Henry Glass

If you love collecting fabric as much as I do, then you need to check out this giveaway from Henry Glass! You might even find some cute project to use it for!!! To enter the giveaway, click here! But hurry, the giveaway is over at the end of this week! (March 21, 2015)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Great Tutorials

Looking for some inspiration for that next project? Try Cluck, Cluck, Sew!

I wish I could get as much done as she has!!!!

There are so many cute tutorials on this site.
Below are just a few.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sewing Goodies

I found some of the coolest sewing notions!! USB drives in the form of sewing notions, prewound bobbins, and more! Be sure to check out this site for some goodies that you can't resist!

Go to Smart Needle and browse to your hearts content...just don't spend too much money or time!

Block of the Month from Debby Kratovil Quilts

Are you ready for a knock-your-socks-off Block of the Month? 

Free Block of the Month from Debby Kratovil Quilts

This is a free block of the month, but Debby requires that you sign up by email or follow her on bloglovin' to be able to receive a notice that the next block is available.

 Debby designed this quilt as a Block of the Month program for Intown Quilters (Atlanta, Georgia) in 2006. It also appeared in Quilt Magazine in the November/December 2006 issue. Now you can enjoy the beauty of this quilt for yourself, making it in the colors of your choice! And it's FREE!

Click here to access this beautiful pattern!

And thank you, Debby for sharing your gorgeous design with us. I love the colors!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Want to listen to two fun quilters share tips, tricks and just facts of everyday life as they try to quilt around family and a busy schedule?

Be sure to checkout these podcasts by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns and Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.

They are free through iTunes!

Click here to access QuiltCast

Monday, February 9, 2015

Looking for a cute quilt pattern? Have some scraps and you just don't know what to do with them?

Check out the tutorial and free pattern at Mishka's Playground.

My favorite is this one:


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Row by Row Quilts

I have been spending lots of time browsing through Pinterest, Google and other places looking at Row by Row quilts!

I am wishing I had a place to do some sewing. Hopefully, my sewing machines will be out of storage and in a home soon and I can start working on a project!

In the meantime, I will continue to drool and 'Pin' some beautiful quilts.

Want to look for yourself? Here is a good place to start: Cathy Buel's Row x Row board.

If you are really into Row by Row quilts, here is a great place to get started. They even have a free pattern!!! Visit Row by Row Experience!

I also discovered a new Riley Blake line. I love this line of fabric. It would make some awesome Row by Row quilts!!!

Free Pattern

A friend has steered me towards Row by Row quilts. What fun! I have not worked on one, yet, simply because everyone of my sewing machines and all of my supplies are in storage.

Hopefully, I will have access to my 'stuff' soon!

In the meantime, as I was browsing and looking at Row by Row quilts and patterns, I ran across a cute free pattern for a rooster mug rug here on the WestMichQuilter Blog.