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Jina's Holiday Gift SachetJina from Riley Blake Designs spends some time with Cindy to show how to make a simple sachet you can give as a gift for the Holidays.

Embellished Sweatshirt Jacket

One of my favorite things that I used to make for my girls when they were little was a jacket made from a sweatshirt. It was usually made from the scraps of a skirt that I had made.

Believe it or not it was actually hard to find a white sweatshirt. I did find one finally, at Walmart. First you need to find the center of the jacket. All edges of the jacket are covered with a ruffled trim. I make the trim from ripping 1-1 1/2" pieces of scrap fabric. Join the strips of fabric together to create one long ruffled piece of trim.

Sew ruffled trim to all edges of the jacket: center of jacket, cuffs, collar and bottom of jacket. Ribbons can be added to the top of the sweater for tying the front closed. I like to fussy cut some of the fabric designs and then raw edge sew them to the jacket. Such a quick and easy project.

I used the Delighted collection designed by Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs. The pattern for the skirt is from my Butterfly Kisses Collection …

Winners for the 100 Block Magazine Vol #6

Here are the winners for the 100 Block Magazine Vol #6

Nancy Sue wrote:
This magazine is so packed with inspiration and ideas, that I have torn them apart and used them in a binder. I was dog earring them too much and started to look like a preschooler had gotten a hold of them! Well loved I should say! Congrats on your block being included!!!

Tami C wrote:
Love the soft colors you picked for your block. I've been collecting material for years, but made my first quilt just 2 months ago. This Blog Tour is my first & is opening my eyes to so much beauty! It would be wonderful to have a copy of 100 Blocks! So much to see!

Thanks for a chance to win Jina!

Congratulations to our winners!!! Enjoy the magazine.
Happy Sewing!

100 Blocks Quiltmaker's Vol. 6

I love being apart of this Volume #6 in the Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine. I am always excited to share my block.

My inspiration comes from the wonderful shades from Riley Blake Designs. We have a variety of colors to choose from.

When combining colors I like the element of surprise with a subtle basic color to keep the colors from being too overbearing.

For the element of surprise color I chose the coral and lime and for the basic color I chose gray.

Of course, you have to have the light cream color to break up all the colors and give the eye a place to rest.

Thus the combination of bold brights and muted basics  creates a block that is pleasing to the eye and not too busy.

This block uses a half square triangle combination.  You can see the pinwheel block that the half square triangles create.

When making half square triangles I like to place 2 blocks with right sides together. Trace a line from corner to corner on the wrong side. Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn lin…

100 Block Blog Tour

Come and Join me for the 100 Block Blog tour on November 7. 

I will be giving away 2 of these magazines. See more details November 7 when I blog about my block.

Happy Sewing!

Save the Date Las Vegas September 9-12, 2013

We have announced our big secret!!!

We are headed to Las Vegas for a Fabric Fest and want you to come. Go here for more details.
We will be doing a lot of Happy Sewing!!!

2012 Fall International Quilt Market in Houston

So here we are at the Riley Blake booth in Houston for the International Quilt Market. It is always so much work to get here and I fret that I won't have enough to decorate the booth. I really scaled things down this market and there was still plenty in the booth to display. I could never do all this without the help of the many designers and sewists who sew their little hearts out getting all of these items ready for quilt market.

This is Happy Ever After by Sandra Workman of Pine Needles. They have a fabulous store in Gardeners Village. 

Chevrons. How can you go wrong. They looked great.

Prairie Rose by Sue Daley of Australia. 

Riley Blake Designs kits.

The Sweetest Thing by Zoe Pearn. Really cute knits and cottons.

Geekly Chic along with ribbons and trims by Riley Blake Designs.

All our new fabric lines for 2013.

Little Matryoshka by Carly Griffith.

Indie Chic by My Mind's Eye.

Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.

Fabulous quilts that Lori is busy writing pa…