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In 2010 I created the first original Block of the month for Aurifil and it was so much fun we've done it ever year since! 2018 is the start of my 8th year running this super fun program.  Learn more about how it works at our intro of the 2018 team

Our July Aurifil designer is my friend Sherri McConnell, and you will love her block!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have a story about one of my fabrics in my block!.

I may have to make a whole quilt of these! I LOVE the stripe, it turned out even better than I expected because it gives a bit of a 'woven' effect. 

Do you see the fabric with the tiny pineapples? Can you guess where it came from?

This is my husband's shirt, and I can't tell you how excited I was when he finally decided to 'retire it'.

As soon as he bought it I wanted to cut it up.  

When it came out of the dryer the other day he handed it to me, the angels sang and the sun shined bright!  haha.. ok, that was dramatic, but hey, I wanted it.

And.. it's black and white.

AND...I had not made Sherri's block yet.. so... 


 

It was perfect timing to be put into this block!

The dot fabric is a similar off white, so I liked the balance of them on either side of a more crisp white. 

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Looking good in the Neighborhood!  Where can you find such unique blocks as our Aurifil project, not many places!  

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Each month the Interview, download & Challenge Block entry are done at the Aurifil Website. 

Read My interview with Sherri, pattern at end of the interview

& enter your block there too

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YWhat better way to celebrate Friendship than with my talented friends? Today is my stop on Amanda Herring's Friendship Quilt Along! 

Here is Amanda's beautiful quilt using her fabric line Hello, Lovely!  

First I have to tell you that I've know Amanda a long time. I will never forget how welcoming she was when we first meet. Then every time she sees me, she will make time to chat.  If we lived close to each other I know we'd spend a lot of time together.

To celebrate her new fabric she created this super fun sew along. You need her templates, and the patterns at then at her website. It's such a fun idea as the templates can be used for so many things!

Each block is giving a name that relates to how she feels about her friends. We got to pick which image we wanted to do.

You know me, I selected the largest flower there is, and it's called Warm.

Since this sew along is about friendships, I decided to show you Amanda's project in another friends fabric.

Her fellow Riley Blake designer, Minki Kim, sent me a bundle of her Serendipity fabric, which is just perfect for this project. 

A little up close of the fabric & my stitching.

I used a variegated pink Aurifil 50 wt.(number 4660)

If you want to learn to do machine applique, I have all my tips in my book. 

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The hexagon fabric is the backing for my pillow!

This might just be the roundest 'square' pillow form I have EVER owned, I may have to open it up and take out some stuffing, it's a roly poly one!

 

To celebrate friendships, here are a few of the blocks that have been made by my friends (there are many more at Amanda's site!)

On the left is from my friend Christopher of the Tattooed Quilter, I love his photography!   

On the right is a closeup from Celine & Rachel at Just Another Button Company who sewed with their newest mini assistant.. YOU MUST click HERE to see who helped Rachel sew.. ahhhh.. so darling!

Another good friend of mine is Celine Perkins who is making the entire quilt, it's gorgeous in blue and cream!

 

Find all the patterns at Amanda's Website

All the Details

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Author and talented quilt designer Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting joins me again today! I wanted to catch up with her, talk about her finished Splendid Sampler 1 and get a few details about keeping organized as she makes a lot of projects, I need some tips!

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Visit her at http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

I love catching up with designer Jacquelynne Steves! She has fun projects, a gorgeous newsletter and a cool sew along. Today I asked her to talk fabric selecting with me, one of those topics near and dear to a quilters heart.

Visit her at https://jacquelynnesteves.com/ 

I’m so excited to have Vicki McCarty of Calico Patch Designs shop in Morehead KY back on the show today. And we convinced her fun husband Tom to join us! Vicki & Tom own and run the shop and so many fun things have gone on since we last talked, like being selected for the 2018 Fall Quilt Sampler magazine!

Visit them at http://www.calicopatch.net/

Their Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/calicopatchdesigns/

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Time for the layout my friends!  My 'Let's Go Camping'! free sew along is made possible by  FreeQuiltPatterns.info.  If you are new to my sew alongs, read at the end to learn how this one works. 


For my quilt Layout we get right to it, PLUS I have 2 more wonderful quilt shops featured in my article at the end.

After you read my article & download the block at FreeQuiltPatterns come back!


With our blocks on point and the setting directions, we can sew sewing that one section and cutting fabric for the border. 

Many of you told me you would be using different fabrics you collected for the setting. So in the pattern the directions are for a square cut in half once. This uses a smaller piece of fabric. But if you have yardage, I have directions below on how to cut in half twice so the outside has straight of grain. 

AND Keep reading as I have another fun project starting you can join me in... 

Remember at the end is where you upload your quilt block photo to be in the running to win my monthly mystery prize!   

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  • Cut 2 squares 18 1/4" x 18 1/4".  I'm using a 20 1/2" square for this. It's a purchase that I saved up for and I have used it so much that it is worth it. 
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  • Take your long ruler and cut on the diagonal the other way and now you have 4 setting triangles. The corners are in my pattern.
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My next Wednesday Sew Along is 'Merry and Bright' and starts in July! The blocks are SUPER easy so we can just have fun each week!

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THIS MONTH we'll take a break from the Photo sharing Giveaway and start again with Block #7 in August! 

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Block #6 is the last for the Clementine Charity quilt along! I am sew along with my friends at The Fat Quarter shop and Moda fabrics.



The project supports St. Judes, which does amazing work for children.
There are six big blocks like mine above, and six smaller versions for the original quilt. 
 
Clementine Quilt Along Month Six– Strawberry Star – Fat Quarter Shop – benefiting St. Jude's - YouTube

All Six of my big blocks!  The fabrics I'm using are

My quilt will be auctioned to support St. Judes, so honored!

Block #6 is Strawberry Star.. and the videos by Fat Quarter Shop shows you how to make it.

Most importantly, we are benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s quilt along. We are asking for a small donation in exchange for downloading each month’s pattern, and together Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of your donation

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The finishing pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop for the Large & Small blocks is July 25. But I'm done now and have my layout!

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Download 2018 Pat Sloan layout for her charity quilt

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When my quilt goes up for auction I'll do another post with close ups

I hope you enjoyed this!! 

 

I have wonderful quilty friends joining along for the Charity Sew Along-- Visit
April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)  Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving) Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara) Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics) Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain) Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)  Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin) Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)  Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan) Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)  Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads) Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)  Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks) Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)  Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh) Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts) Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart) Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc) Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc) Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)  Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts) Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)  Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt) Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop) Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)  Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison) Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty) Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco) Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)  Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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I have been sewing along with Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop using her Sewing Bee book (on sale!) AND the sew along part is almost done.  This is my 2nd time on the tour to share the Number 6...

If you have been CRAZY good and sewed the blocks assigned each week, today is 6 & 7. I'm using the 6" size blocks.

I've made one of each letter and number and some of the images to put into a quilt. Is the quilt ready to show you? mmmmm....

I had GREAT intentions of showing you a top today, but i will in the future! I'm making it for my nieces two little boys

And I made it scrappy 'I spy' kind of a quilt. Most of the fabrics have some sort of image they can hunt for. 

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The book has tons of darling images & projects, here is another block that will be in my Alphabet quilt. 

 

The Spelling Bee Book is currently at 24% off

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It’s great to have the talented Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Springs back! You know Wendy’s amazing quilts, her great stitching and lately her daughter Gwen has been doing embroidery! We are talking the two world of Wendy… free motion quilting and hand embroidery with her daughter.

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Visit her at https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

I’ve long followed Melanie Ham’s youtube channel. She does super fun and engaging projects. Quilts, crochet and a bit more! I wanted you to meet her and someday I’m REALLY going to get back to crochet as she has such cute projects!

Visit her at https://melaniekham.com

Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs is a talented fabric designer and manufacturer of the most adorable accessories ever. If you have seen a binding baby, then you’ll know how clever Shari it. I asked Shari to share some behind the scenes of the life of a designer with me with during the second half of the show today.

Visit her at doohikeydesigns.com

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--Then Listen ON YOUR COMPUTER or download the PODCAST after the show, the recording is available after 6pm eastern.

--ITUNES subscription available - CLICK HERE To subscribe

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Button Club #3 has a Twist!  The amazing team at Just Another Button company has 3 ideas for you to work with all in the 6" Finished block size.. and guess what? ONE option is a block from our Splendid Sampler 1 book!  

TRUE CONFESSIONS these are my blocks from sewing book, I think I'm going to put them to a GREAT use over the next 12 months!  Read on.... you are going to LOVE this!

Your June Button collection is the first for year 3 of the Button Lover's Club series. 

I'm SO EXCITED to be sewing along for year #3! My goal is to use my Splendid Sampler blocks, some of the applique and to create a red/aqua/white quilt to hang... goals are good right? Keep scrolling to download the sweet bird!

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This Free little pillow pattern is done with Nest, such a cute fabric line!  

I love filling the bird up with the teal buttons and adding the sweet flowers


I decided to dig into my scraps to create a red and aqua project to go along with the Splendid Sampler blocks.

In our Splendid Sampler book there is a setting with stars for the intersection. I think I'll use that one!

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Carolina Asmussen, Andrea Tsang Jackson, and Donna Lynn Thomas Chat with Pat!

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Carolina Asmussem is a talented designer and quilters. She creates very unique one of a kind quilts. She also teaches machine quilting on your home machine, so you can learn how to do amazing things! Carolina quilted the Aurifil 2017 Designer of the Month quilt for the company and I can't wait to chat with her about that


Visit Carolina at https://www.carolinasmussen.com/

Aurifil DOM 2017 Quilt, Blocks by the team, I designed the setting, Carolina quilted it

Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop joins me to share about an amazing international project she is doing with songwriter Meaghan Smith called Our Song. This is such a cool project! I honored that Andrea asked me to share what community means to me.

See the AMAZING Video about the project an song HERE

Visit Andrea at  http://3rdstoryworkshop.com/

CLICK to Join in the community & Order your swan pattern or kit

I’m thrilled to have author, designer, instructor, and quilt expert Donna Lynn Thomas back. We are going to chat about tiny piecing techniques and sampler quilts. If there is time, we'll chat about what a quilting cruise is like. We have both taught on them, and many people want to know what they are all about!

 

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Visit Donna  at http://www.donnalynnthomasquilter.com

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