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A few weeks back, I went to a baby shower for a friend's new baby boy and thought it was a good excuse to make a quick baby quilt.

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The July Giant Block Tutorial is now available (for free) in my shop!
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I had a goal to post my giant block quilt before the end of June and it is currently about 10pm on June 30th so I am cutting it close, but I made it. The long days are totally throwing me for photo taking - I like to take pictures within about an hour of sunset and the sun is going down after 9pm at our house. I'm too tired to take photos by then!

This quilt was quick and it was fun and I loved working with the Amalfi fabrics so much. This is the second quilt I have made with them and I still have some scraps left so it probably won't be the last. 
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I have been looking forward to writing this post since I decided that I wanted to do the Giant Block Tutorial Series.  The blocks are fast, fun, and mostly pretty easy, but how do they look together? These blocks use the January - June blocks and I will make another post at the end of the year using all of the blocks.

These are just a few suggestions to use as inspiration - mix and match as much as you want!
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Lately, I have been thinking a lot about deadlines. Do you set deadlines for yourself when you are working on projects? It is a very important part of the process for me and, though I give myself some wiggle room, I tend to keep to my deadlines.

Even though I have been squeezing some sewing time in this summer, I am desperately behind. Of course my deadlines are pretty artificial - I made them so I can break them - but it has left me a little bummed out. In addition, my son has been pretty sick and until a couple of days ago we didn't know why (he's okay, it's nothing serious) and that has been a huge drain on me emotionally. I am hoping to stay on schedule with my Giant Block Tutorials, but if I get a few days behind, I apologize.

Which brings me to the June Culcita Box Unboxing, which I had scheduled for last week, but I am just posting today.
The fabrics this month are from Palm Canyon. They are mixed with some linen, have a great combination of different textures and tones. They have a really cool Mid-Century Modern vibe.
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I am excited to share a new pattern with you - this is the Echelon Quilt Pattern and it is 20% off for the rest of the week. It is the 4th in my Super Simple, Beginner Friendly pattern (the first three can be found here, here, and here).
It is a perfect choice if this is your first ever quilt, but also fun for more experienced sewers because you can do so many fun things with color and value. The pattern has a section with tips on how to choose fabrics for your quilt. Read more »
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I know that this topic doesn't apply to everyone, but I also know that I'm not the only one who has kids home for the summer and is desperately trying to figure out how they are going to find time to sew.


This year I have a plan. So far, it is working pretty well so I thought I would share it with you. My kids are 3, 8, and 10, so based on your kids ages, some of these may not work for you.
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If you saw my last post, you got a sneak peek at this quilt. These fabrics are from the May Culcita Box and they were PERFECT for making a new cover for my Glenda Quilt Pattern.
Since I just had fat quarters of the fabrics I wasn't sure if I could make it work, but I had some yardage of the Cotton + Steel Basics prints and ordered an extra fat quarter of a couple of the prints and it worked out perfectly. I have been sewing with so many blues and greens lately that this was a really fun change.
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I have been working on updating the graphics in my older patterns.  This is not a quick process because I am using programs that are new to me. The learning curve has been steeeeeeep, but the challenge of learning to something new is good. And it's good for you too because I think my patterns are much improved (and The Glenda Quilt even has a new quilt on the cover, I will be sharing more photos later this week).
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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed some in-progress shots of this quilt pop up over the past few weeks.
With the assistance of this really fantastic book, I have been making a medallion quilt.  This isn't my first medallion quilt (see here and here), but it was the most fun.
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