A Churndash Quilt Block–the easy way.

churndash pillow

churndash pillow

Both liZ and I have been fans of the Accuquilt products for awhile.  They are simple to use and make fabric cutting a cinch and even my kids have gotten into the Go! Baby Accuquilt cutter that we received a couple of years ago.  I have used it often for sewing and felt projects (I love this flower project for May Day) and we have also used it for many a school project too.  So when Accuquilt asked us if we’d like to be involved in their new GO! Big Blog Hop—I jumped at the chance, because I really do love their products.  Their newest cutter is GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter, which if you can’t guess by the title is completely ELECTRIC!  You push a button and it cuts your fabric for you.  My 9 year old described it as “magic.”

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SNAP Sewing Room Giveaway!

snap ticket

snap ticket

 

What is the SNAP Conference?

It’s a three day craft-minded, DIY blogging conference (April 23-25) in Salt Lake City Utah.

What Do You Do There?

Wellllll…there are loads of classes to choose from everything from improving your photography to jewelry making to how to use Instagram…but as for us we spend our entire time in the sewing room and this year there will be not one but two sewing rooms!!!

What?  There are 2 Sewing Rooms?!?

Yes!  There will be two rooms full of the most amazing Baby Lock sewing machines.  One room will be dedicated exclusively to sewing machines while the other will be filled with sergers and embroidery machines.  It’s going to be heaven!!!  We can’t wait!

What Will Be Going On In the Sewing Rooms?

Classes classes and more classes…along with open sew times….and of course visiting, talking, and more visiting….

Who Will Be Teaching the Sewing Room Classes?

Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
Jamie Curtis from Pretty Prudent
Amy Bell from Positively Splendid
Melissa Mortenson from The Polka Dot Chair
Kris from My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe (a local brick and mortar)
Mimi G. from Mimi G. Style 
Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
Kelly Crawford from Sewing in No Man’s Land
Amanda Herring from The Quilted Fish
Emily Herrick from Crazy Old Ladies Quilts
Elizabeth and liZ from Simple Simon and Company
Besides the Sewing, Why Else Would You Want to Join Us at SNAP?
My first answer is for the company…so many fun ladies attend this conference….but then there is the amazing swag bags that everyone gets, terrific keynote speakers, fun parties every night, and loads of yummy food.  Oh and so many fun prizes….like a brand new sewing machine!!!
SO How Do You Enter To Win A Free Ticket?
It’s easy!  Just leave a comment on this post and you are entered to win.  And just for fun have the comment be about what kind of a sewing or quilting class you would enjoy taking.  (For me…I would love to take an English Paper Piecing class…)

Easy Quilt Layouts for Beginning Quilters

Easy Quilt Block Layouts for Beginning Quilters

For this months edition of our “Quilt Block of the Month” we are going to show you how to use a PLAIN, SQUARE BLOCK to make a quilt.

That’s it…a block…a square piece of fabric…no cutting, ironing, or fancy moves…just a bunch of squares sewn together to create something fabulous.

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So, if you are ready to give quilting a try check out some of these ideas.  I swear if you can sew a (semi) straight line you can sew up one of these quilt tops!

If you haven’t sewn quilt tops before you may not have some of the tools that quilters frequently use like a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and quilting ruler.  If that is the case well, it’s  no problem!  All you need for these quilt tops are a pair of scissors, thread, and your sewing machine.

Now let’s get started!

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March 2015 Holidays

March 2015 Holidays

Today is the first Monday of the month so it should be our Quilt Block of the Month Day….but….I hijacked the blog tonight and am putting in the holidays for the month and then tomorrow we will do the quilt block of the month.  (And the quilt block of the month is a PERFECT one if you are just beginning to quilt.)

Soooo….since I stole the day let’s get to it!  Here are the days to celebrate this month:

March 2015 Holidays

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Think Big Pillow

Think big pillow Title shot

Think big pillow Title shot

When liZ and I have met up with Amy Ellis the last two times it has been on an airplane…and it really is a wonder that she still wants to hang out with me. For real.  I am THE most nervous Nelly flier that you will ever meet.  And both Amy and liZ can attest to it.  I make liZ (and everyone around me) nervous on airplanes….it’s a real problem.  The minute turbulence sets in I am white-knuckled with my hands to the arm rests and I have to keep telling myself, “it’s just bumps on the road, it’s just bumps on the road.”  It’s a problem that I hope to someday overcome ;)

Anyway, back to the post….Amy has flown with me at least four times and still wants to hang out—now there’s a true friend.  So, when she asked if I would join in her new Quilting Book Pattern tour…I had to say yes.  Simply because she’s seen me at my worst and still likes me.  And because Amy is awesomely amazing.  She has fabric lines, she has books, and she can free motion quilt like bananas (that’s a good thing).  And she is super, super nice.

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simple mac n cheese recipe

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Super Simple St. Patrick's Day Skirt Title

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churndash pillow

A Churndash Quilt Block–the easy way.

Both liZ and I have been fans of the Accuquilt products for awhile.  They are simple to use and make fabric cutting a cinch and even my kids have gotten into the Go! Baby Accuquilt cutter that we received a couple of years ago.  I have used it often for sewing and felt projects (I love…

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