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June 13, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Brooke's Blossoms Week THREE

Week Three of Brooke's Blossoms brings us our first ribbon border, which I feel would be a good stopping point if you just wanted a mini quilt. I'm not encouraging you to stop here, I'm just pointing that fact out ;) These are easy blocks, with few…

June 11, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Brooke's Blossoms Week TWO

This week, we will work on the first border (the eight blocks that surround the center medallion). These are made up of Anthuriums and Palm leaves. When assembling the center medallion and the first border, be sure to pay attention to the…

June 04, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Brooke's Blossoms Week ONE

This week launches the Brooke's Blossoms quilt! We are starting in the center of the quilt, and working our way outward. This means you can stop at any border and still have a finished quilt! I will also have some mini quilt surprises along the way…

May 23, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Brooke's Blossoms Quilt Layout Diagram

Our Brooke's Blossoms adventure begins next week with the Center Block! What I love about this quilt is that you can make it any size you'd like by stopping at any of the borders. Here are the finished measurements for the quilt with each of the…

May 15, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Brooke's Blossoms, Introductory Information

We are starting a new adventure! This time, we will work on a full-sized quilt instead of a mini quilt. I am very excited about this colorful bouquet! Brooke's Blossoms finishes at 62 1/2" square, but contains many options for other sizes and…

May 14, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Outer Border B for the Mini Stellar Quilt

If you chose Border A for your Mini Stellar Quilt, the last download was last week. For those of us Border B'ers, this week is the last download! I am so sad for this adventure to come to a close, but my sadness is offset by the satisfaction of a…

May 08, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Borders, part 2 for the Mini Stellar Quilt

We are so close to being done with our mini quilts! And if you chose Border A, this IS your last week! For Border B, you'll have one more week of borders before finishing! Border A is pictured above, Border B is pictured below. Happy sewing! I've…

May 02, 2021
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New Pattern: Papa's Pizza Party Quilt!

This all started with a sketch that my dad gave me. I said "How cute!", then set the sketch down and kept it in the back of my mind for years. I don't know what took me so long to turn the concept into a quilt, but I couldn't be more excited about…

April 30, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: BORDERS for the Mini Stellar Quilt

This week marks the beginning of our borders! I've decided to offer two choices. Border B is the original that has always been shown in the photos up until now (pictured below). Border A is pictured above. The two options finish at slightly…

April 25, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Mini Stellar Quilt ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

With the nicer weather in Indiana, I have been trying to spend more time outside. I might have gone overboard in ordering rose bushes, and berry bushes as well! I have also been swamped by my production sewing and fell behind on my mini quilt. I…

April 09, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: FOUR CORNERS of the Mini Stellar Quilt

This week is the last of the blocks: the four corners! These are simple blocks as I specifically picked blocks without Y seams or funny angles. If you've made it this far, you've earned a break :) Enjoy! Next week we get to put our quilt together…

April 03, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Blocks TWENTY and TWENTY-ONE, half blocks

This week is the last of our half blocks, thus finishing the interior blocks! Next week, we will take a break to allow for catching up or just trimming threads! You can choose to remove all of your backing papers now, or leave them until after final…

March 19, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Blocks SIXTEEN and SEVENTEEN; half blocks

This week, we're doing two half blocks at a time. Not too much more work than one full block! I am enjoying the nicer weather in Indiana, and have already started my seeds inside for transplanting outside later! And I've started some cold weather…

March 12, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block FIFTEEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

As we work through the half blocks, I'm also using this time to catch up on some of the blocks I'm behind on! Next week we will do two half blocks at a time, then the four corners. I'm really looking forward to choosing borders! About our mini quilt…

March 07, 2021
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FREE DOWNLOAD: Kona Cotton Color Cards

Since I have started making quilts from Legit Kits (legitkits.com), I have amassed a large collection of Kona cotton colors. The mess was getting overwhelming, so I came up with a way to organize the colors. Because they are now organized and filed…

March 05, 2021
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FREE BLOCK FRIDAY: Block FOURTEEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

This week is the first of our half blocks, and we're going to take it slow for the next two weeks in case anyone needs a little extra time to catch up (including me, not gonna lie!). So just one half block this week, and one next week, then we'll do…

February 28, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block THIRTEEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

This is the final FULL block of this mini quilt! I am so excited to move to the next phase: half and quarter blocks. Those will go quickly as there are 8 half blocks and four quarter blocks. Then we will spend some time on the borders. Block…

February 20, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block TWELVE of the Mini Stellar Quilt

We are very close to being done with the full squares, then we move on to the half squares! This whole quilt finishes at about 25" square, and we will have a couple border options to choose from! About our mini quilt adventure: I have always been…

February 12, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block ELEVEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

We have lots of snow here in Indiana, but I'm spending most of my days inside working and sewing quilts! It's too cold to go outside! This week's block is straightforward, worked in just eight sections. If you haven't started your mini quilt yet, it…

February 05, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block TEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

I have really enjoyed making these mini blocks and am getting excited as we get farther and farther along! Block ten looks daunting, but is really only made of eight sections. Each section has a lot of pieces, but they come together easily and in a…

January 22, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block NINE of the Mini Stellar Quilt

I spent most of the morning thinking it was Thursday! Thankfully, I eventually figured out what day it was, and although I have "lost" a day, I had finished this week's block earlier in the week. This week has a fairly straightforward block, without…

January 15, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block EIGHT of the Mini Stellar Quilt

I can't believe we are already to week EIGHT! This week offers a bit of a challenge in the form of a Y seam (gasp!), but I don't want anyone to panic. I know this is a sore topic for some, nightmare-inducing for others, but I want you to keep an…

January 07, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block SEVEN of the Mini Stellar Quilt

I had a different block picked out for this week, but time got away from me and I decided to switch to an easy block instead of the more difficult one. So at least you have something to look forward to next week: Y SEAMS!! Don't fear, I'm right here…

January 01, 2021
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block SIX of the Mini Stellar Quilt

It's week six and I've managed to keep on schedule for this long! It's a miracle! This week's block is fairly simple again, just pay attention to the color placement. After cutting out the pattern pieces, I like to place them in two stacks so that…

December 25, 2020
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block FIVE of the Mini Stellar Quilt

It's week five, and I've picked a fairly simple block for this week. After all those center blocks and busy centers, I thought this would be a nice break for all of us. Don't worry, there will be more skill-building blocks in the future! This…

December 18, 2020
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FREE PATTERN FRIDAY: Block FOUR of the Mini Stellar Quilt

It's week FOUR of our fun little mini sewalong! I really took my time with this one and tried to enjoy the process. There are no center squares (phew), or a million points meeting at the center, but there are lots of places where accuracy counts…

December 11, 2020
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Free Pattern Friday: Star THREE for the Mini Stellar Quilt!

It's week three and we are moving along nicely! So far, we've dealt with inset center squares and some tricky points! This week's star has a center square again, but you should be pros at that, right?! We could technically work that center square…

December 05, 2020
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Free Pattern Friday: Mini Quilt! Block ONE

I have always been intrigued by miniature things, almost as much as I love a good challenge! This little quilt finishes at just under 20 inches, not including borders. If you're interested in piecing this mini with me, check here every Friday for…

November 26, 2020
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Free Pattern Friday! Star TWO for the Stellar Mini Quilt!

We are off to a great start with our mini quilt!! This week brings us STAR TWO. Now maybe you noticed that center square, but don't be scared if you haven't worked your way through something like this before. I wouldn't quite call it a "Y seam…

November 20, 2020
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My adventure in mask making: over 4,000 masks made!

Anyone who has ever sewn, crafted, or even just looked at fabric once in their life was called to action earlier this year. Being a production seamstress, I make large numbers of items for wholesale to my clients. I never knew how much that…

November 20, 2020
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Free Pattern Friday: Friendly Fowl Block!

Now that we are heading into winter and it's getting darker earlier and earlier, I'm trying to finish up some projects that have been on the back burner for a while. This little bird block evolved from a sketch a long time ago. I love how simple it…

March 22, 2019
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The Pattern That Took Six Months to Design

It has been one year since my hubby left his full time job in order to be able to help out with my sewing business. I was facing an order for 3000 fish weigh bags, due in two weeks, and I was slightly (read: very) panicked. I have learned a lot this…

February 05, 2018
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Working From Home: What I’ve Learned

Someone asked me to talk a little more about working from home and working for myself. I will preface this by saying: I am self-taught in every aspect of this, from sewing to the taxes, etc. So please don’t take this as an all-encompassing…

February 01, 2018
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Saying “No” Brings Inner Peace

When I tell people that I work from home, usually they think (or sometimes say!) “oh! What a nice hobby!” In reality, it’s a full-time job that I am just lucky enough to be able to do from home. But that also comes with some sacrifices. I also…