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  • Here's my fully colored layout plan for my #SummerSampler2019 quilt, ready to tape right into my Quilter's Planner @thequiltersplanner ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ Making this Dandelion Clock block by Jo @mybearpaw today (see previous post) and fully sketching out this idea that has been dancing at the edges of my mind for a while really helped seal the deal with this one. I'm such a visual person that I love to have an idea of where I'm heading with quilts, so especially for more complex (in design or color flow) quilts, a detailed sketch is a must.โœ“
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It was really tough to decide which blocks to include, since I would love to make them all, but it looks like in addition to the center by @poppyprint and my Fierce block, I'll be using Mission Beach by @swimbikequilt , Summerside Star by @freshlemonsquilts , Spring Fever by @lynncarsonharris , and of course 4 Dandelion Clock blocks by Jo @mybearpaw. There are also 4 improv filler blocks I'm excited to play with, and their design means that I'll also get to give the suggested curved setting a try (a small try! LOL). I'll share more as this comes together! ๐Ÿ’•
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Here's also a good look at the Project Planner pages that are included in the Quilter's Planner, one of my favorite ways to track my progress on special projects. Not every quilt I start gets added to a Project Planner page, but the samplers ALWAYS do, especially if I'm using an alternate layout. So basically, ALWAYS, since I always create an alternate layout for Sew Along Samplers, since I know I will only be able to make a fraction of the blocks ๐Ÿ˜‚ and this way I set myself up for success (and get to stretch my creativity within a structured sew along)๐Ÿ’ช. So much fun!๐Ÿ’•
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#quiltersplanner #quiltersplanner2020 #alisonglass #aginsignia #agkaleidoscope #quiltplan #quiltsketch #quiltplanning #plannersofinstagram #plannerlove #sewtherainbow #makeaplan #aurifil #aurifilthread #olfasplash #samplerquilt #sewalong
  • Here's my fully colored layout plan for my #SummerSampler2019 quilt, ready to tape right into my Quilter's Planner @thequiltersplanner ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ Making this Dandelion Clock block by Jo @mybearpaw today (see previous post) and fully sketching out this idea that has been dancing at the edges of my mind for a while really helped seal the deal with this one. I'm such a visual person that I love to have an idea of where I'm heading with quilts, so especially for more complex (in design or color flow) quilts, a detailed sketch is a must.โœ“
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    It was really tough to decide which blocks to include, since I would love to make them all, but it looks like in addition to the center by @poppyprint and my Fierce block, I'll be using Mission Beach by @swimbikequilt , Summerside Star by @freshlemonsquilts , Spring Fever by @lynncarsonharris , and of course 4 Dandelion Clock blocks by Jo @mybearpaw. There are also 4 improv filler blocks I'm excited to play with, and their design means that I'll also get to give the suggested curved setting a try (a small try! LOL). I'll share more as this comes together! ๐Ÿ’•
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    Here's also a good look at the Project Planner pages that are included in the Quilter's Planner, one of my favorite ways to track my progress on special projects. Not every quilt I start gets added to a Project Planner page, but the samplers ALWAYS do, especially if I'm using an alternate layout. So basically, ALWAYS, since I always create an alternate layout for Sew Along Samplers, since I know I will only be able to make a fraction of the blocks ๐Ÿ˜‚ and this way I set myself up for success (and get to stretch my creativity within a structured sew along)๐Ÿ’ช. So much fun!๐Ÿ’•
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    #quiltersplanner #quiltersplanner2020 #alisonglass #aginsignia #agkaleidoscope #quiltplan #quiltsketch #quiltplanning #plannersofinstagram #plannerlove #sewtherainbow #makeaplan #aurifil #aurifilthread #olfasplash #samplerquilt #sewalong

  •  355  14  15 November, 2019
  • Welllllll that was incredibly fun! One Dandelion Clock block by Jo Avery @mybearpaw finished, three to go! The block patterns from the #summersampler2019 hosted by Katie @swimbikequilt , Lee @lee.a.heinrich , and Faith @freshlemonsquilts are fantastic, and I'm newly excited to "catch up" and finish this quilt! For my first improv curves sewn in a loooong time, I'm happy with this attempt, and still love the block as much as I did before sewing it (always a good sign! ๐Ÿ˜‚). The @alisonglass #aginsignia is such a wonderfully vibrant rainbow base, and doesn't it feel right at home with the @tulapink fairy dust background fabric? This quilt will be mine, all mine!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•
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This photo is a fun demonstration of how these two blocks will play together in the finished quilt. Swipe to see the finished Dandelion Clock block solo, then again a couple times to see some progress shots along the way. I used the itty bitty 18mm rotary cutter from @olfacreates for freehand cutting the curves, and it was fab! Who wants to go pick up my kids from school so that I can sew another one of these? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just kidding, I'll go.๐Ÿ˜˜
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I also finished coloring in my plan, and I'll share a photo of that a bit later. This is exactly what I needed today after a really long week, so thank you all for encouraging me to play with color and set aside the to-do list. Sewing soothes the soul! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ
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#summersampler #mybearpaw #improvcurves #freezerpaperfpp #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #tulatroops  #sewingsoothesthesoul #fridaymood #dscolor #creativelifehappylife #olfasplash #olfaruby
  • Welllllll that was incredibly fun! One Dandelion Clock block by Jo Avery @mybearpaw finished, three to go! The block patterns from the #summersampler2019 hosted by Katie @swimbikequilt , Lee @lee.a.heinrich , and Faith @freshlemonsquilts are fantastic, and I'm newly excited to "catch up" and finish this quilt! For my first improv curves sewn in a loooong time, I'm happy with this attempt, and still love the block as much as I did before sewing it (always a good sign! ๐Ÿ˜‚). The @alisonglass #aginsignia is such a wonderfully vibrant rainbow base, and doesn't it feel right at home with the @tulapink fairy dust background fabric? This quilt will be mine, all mine!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•
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    This photo is a fun demonstration of how these two blocks will play together in the finished quilt. Swipe to see the finished Dandelion Clock block solo, then again a couple times to see some progress shots along the way. I used the itty bitty 18mm rotary cutter from @olfacreates for freehand cutting the curves, and it was fab! Who wants to go pick up my kids from school so that I can sew another one of these? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just kidding, I'll go.๐Ÿ˜˜
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    I also finished coloring in my plan, and I'll share a photo of that a bit later. This is exactly what I needed today after a really long week, so thank you all for encouraging me to play with color and set aside the to-do list. Sewing soothes the soul! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ
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    #summersampler #mybearpaw #improvcurves #freezerpaperfpp #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #tulatroops #sewingsoothesthesoul #fridaymood #dscolor #creativelifehappylife #olfasplash #olfaruby

  •  565  25  15 November, 2019
  • Throwback Thursday to this gorgeous block I made for the Summer Sampler 2019 a couple months ago. This block was designed by Krista @poppyprint and will be my quilt center, guiding color flow throughout, and it's currently on my bedroom design wall (LOL it's the only wall with any space at all). Looking at it every day, I've been itching to keep working on this quilt, since the colors just sing. I have a plan that involves 9 total blocks and I have 3 finished right now, so that's not toooo much work to catch up, right? Oh, plus the spacer blocks.... still! I want to create more for this project! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ
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This week has been pretty nutty, with the holiday on Monday and all three kids home from school, then a snow day Tuesday with all three kids + work-from-home hubby home, then Wednesday was catch up on groceries, errands, etc. day, today was a much needed friends time play date, and tomorrow is my one and only "free to work" day of the week. While I have a bunch of work I *should* do, like computer work for my Runner pattern, photography for a couple other projects, not to even get started with laundry and dishes at home, I'm thinking a good play with color would be best. Do you ever treat yourself when your to-do list piles up too high? I'm not alone on this, right? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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#throwbackthursday #tbt #summersampler2019 #alisonglass #olfasplash #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #tomorrowiplay
  • Throwback Thursday to this gorgeous block I made for the Summer Sampler 2019 a couple months ago. This block was designed by Krista @poppyprint and will be my quilt center, guiding color flow throughout, and it's currently on my bedroom design wall (LOL it's the only wall with any space at all). Looking at it every day, I've been itching to keep working on this quilt, since the colors just sing. I have a plan that involves 9 total blocks and I have 3 finished right now, so that's not toooo much work to catch up, right? Oh, plus the spacer blocks.... still! I want to create more for this project! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ
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    This week has been pretty nutty, with the holiday on Monday and all three kids home from school, then a snow day Tuesday with all three kids + work-from-home hubby home, then Wednesday was catch up on groceries, errands, etc. day, today was a much needed friends time play date, and tomorrow is my one and only "free to work" day of the week. While I have a bunch of work I *should* do, like computer work for my Runner pattern, photography for a couple other projects, not to even get started with laundry and dishes at home, I'm thinking a good play with color would be best. Do you ever treat yourself when your to-do list piles up too high? I'm not alone on this, right? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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    #throwbackthursday #tbt #summersampler2019 #alisonglass #olfasplash #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #tomorrowiplay

  •  968  25  14 November, 2019
  • The clear preference both here on IG and in Facebook was for the block-head version of the runner, so here they are! I may need to come up with a kinder description than "block-head", and I tend to prefer the triangular head, but I figured I'd give this one a try since that's what the majority requested. The 6" runner is together, and I've started planning a fabric pull for the pattern as well as began getting the 3" runner together. I'm loving the combination of these @alisonglass #aginsignia colors, with a Kona black thrown in to help this runner fit in. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
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On the running front, I also started a new training plan. I'm trying out an actual running coach ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (although @vernerific is an amazing coach and I wouldnโ€™t be where I am today without her guidance and support! ๐Ÿ˜˜), and there are quite a few short, easy mile days in there. It felt really weird to run only 2 miles today, going as slowly and easily as I could. But the miles are in, and there are 2 more on the docket for tomorrow! There's a potential for โ„๏ธ on the forecast for tonight, so the fun is about to *really* begin! My next half marathon at @runmillinocket is only 4 weeks away! I wonder if I could get this pattern ready by then? Yay for #runningquilters #fitquilters. ๐Ÿ’ชโœจ
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#runnerquilt #alisonglass #foundationpaperpiecing #newpattern #runrunrun #fabricpull #olfasplash #inprogress #runningquilt #paperpieceallthethings #siezetheday
  • The clear preference both here on IG and in Facebook was for the block-head version of the runner, so here they are! I may need to come up with a kinder description than "block-head", and I tend to prefer the triangular head, but I figured I'd give this one a try since that's what the majority requested. The 6" runner is together, and I've started planning a fabric pull for the pattern as well as began getting the 3" runner together. I'm loving the combination of these @alisonglass #aginsignia colors, with a Kona black thrown in to help this runner fit in. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
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    On the running front, I also started a new training plan. I'm trying out an actual running coach ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (although @vernerific is an amazing coach and I wouldnโ€™t be where I am today without her guidance and support! ๐Ÿ˜˜), and there are quite a few short, easy mile days in there. It felt really weird to run only 2 miles today, going as slowly and easily as I could. But the miles are in, and there are 2 more on the docket for tomorrow! There's a potential for โ„๏ธ on the forecast for tonight, so the fun is about to *really* begin! My next half marathon at @runmillinocket is only 4 weeks away! I wonder if I could get this pattern ready by then? Yay for #runningquilters #fitquilters. ๐Ÿ’ชโœจ
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    #runnerquilt #alisonglass #foundationpaperpiecing #newpattern #runrunrun #fabricpull #olfasplash #inprogress #runningquilt #paperpieceallthethings #siezetheday

  •  410  22  7 November, 2019
  • After a rather hectic day (flooded floors ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธand a $1800 new house drain๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ› )...before I ate...I am happy to have finished this block.  Amazing how 6 1/2" block can brighten your day and begin the return  to normal. #olfaquiltalong #olfacreates #olfatrueblue #olfarotarymat #olfasplash
  • After a rather hectic day (flooded floors ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธand a $1800 new house drain๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ› )...before I ate...I am happy to have finished this block. Amazing how 6 1/2" block can brighten your day and begin the return to normal. #olfaquiltalong #olfacreates #olfatrueblue #olfarotarymat #olfasplash

  •  21  0  24 October, 2019
  • Do you have a weekend crafting buddy? We'd love to meet them! Share a photo of you and your buddy with us using the hashtag #olfacreates! Repost by @meadowmistdesigns
Oreo the cat wanted in on the True Blue OLFA trend. She thinks that she looks fantastic on the navy blue cutting mat. I have to agree that blue is her color! #OLFAcreates #OLFAsplash #OLFAtrueblue
  • Do you have a weekend crafting buddy? We'd love to meet them! Share a photo of you and your buddy with us using the hashtag #olfacreates! Repost by @meadowmistdesigns
    Oreo the cat wanted in on the True Blue OLFA trend. She thinks that she looks fantastic on the navy blue cutting mat. I have to agree that blue is her color! #OLFAcreates #OLFAsplash #OLFAtrueblue

  •  319  4  18 October, 2019
  • "Hi again, Sarah with Designs by Sarah J (@sjmax105) back to talk about my favorite OLFA tools. 
This is a sneak peek of one of my new patterns, Written in the Stars, using Zen Chic's Just Red fabrics. If officially debuts at  Fall Quilt Market but the PDF version of the pattern is available on my website now.

The key to cutting the triangles for this quilt was the OLFA rotating mat--it's so much easier to work with templates when you can turn the mat so you don't disturb the pieces.

Did I mention I LOVE matching my cutter to my project? It's OLFA for the win here since I could alternate between my pink Splash cutter and my OLFA Ruby cutter.

Do you have a favorite color that hasn't been added to the line up yet? Maybe we should make some suggestions on this post of what color we want to see next? Comment below!

#designsbysarahj #olfasplash #olfaruby #olfacreates #writteninthestars #justred #zenchic #showmethemoda #zenchicfabric"
  • "Hi again, Sarah with Designs by Sarah J (@sjmax105) back to talk about my favorite OLFA tools.
    This is a sneak peek of one of my new patterns, Written in the Stars, using Zen Chic's Just Red fabrics. If officially debuts at Fall Quilt Market but the PDF version of the pattern is available on my website now.

    The key to cutting the triangles for this quilt was the OLFA rotating mat--it's so much easier to work with templates when you can turn the mat so you don't disturb the pieces.

    Did I mention I LOVE matching my cutter to my project? It's OLFA for the win here since I could alternate between my pink Splash cutter and my OLFA Ruby cutter.

    Do you have a favorite color that hasn't been added to the line up yet? Maybe we should make some suggestions on this post of what color we want to see next? Comment below!

    #designsbysarahj #olfasplash #olfaruby #olfacreates #writteninthestars #justred #zenchic #showmethemoda #zenchicfabric"

  •  218  5  13 October, 2019
  • "Hi everyone, it's Sarah of Designs by Sarah J.  I'm usually hanging out on my feed @sjmax105, but I'm back with my takeover of the OLFA Instagram account this weekend. 
I have about 20 new patterns debuting in a couple of weeks at Fall Quilt Market. (I know, what was I thinking, introducing that many new patterns at once?) There were just SO many awesome new fabrics available that I had to try to use them all. 
Of course, these purples caught my eye. And they got bonus points for coordinating with one of my favorite OLFA Splash cutters. (Don't tell the other ones--they all think they're my favorite.) For years, I was a fan of the 60mm cutter because I like to cut LOTS of layers at once (how else can a girl get so much done?) But, then the OLFA Endurance blade for the 45mm cutter debuted and I am a convert--you can still cut so many layers with the smaller cutter and you get the added bonus of being able to collect all the colors. 
What's your go-to cutter size?

#designsbysarahj #olfacreates #olfaambassador #olfasplash #quiltmarket2019 #fallquiltmarket"
  • "Hi everyone, it's Sarah of Designs by Sarah J. I'm usually hanging out on my feed @sjmax105, but I'm back with my takeover of the OLFA Instagram account this weekend.
    I have about 20 new patterns debuting in a couple of weeks at Fall Quilt Market. (I know, what was I thinking, introducing that many new patterns at once?) There were just SO many awesome new fabrics available that I had to try to use them all.
    Of course, these purples caught my eye. And they got bonus points for coordinating with one of my favorite OLFA Splash cutters. (Don't tell the other ones--they all think they're my favorite.) For years, I was a fan of the 60mm cutter because I like to cut LOTS of layers at once (how else can a girl get so much done?) But, then the OLFA Endurance blade for the 45mm cutter debuted and I am a convert--you can still cut so many layers with the smaller cutter and you get the added bonus of being able to collect all the colors.
    What's your go-to cutter size?

    #designsbysarahj #olfacreates #olfaambassador #olfasplash #quiltmarket2019 #fallquiltmarket"

  •  362  11  13 October, 2019
  • "Hello again from Sarah/Designs by Sarah J! You'll usually find me over on my feed: @sjmax105 but I'm thrilled to be sharing all my favorite Olfa tools today here.

Quilt Market is almost here and this year I'm participating in ""Take and Teach"" where quilt shop owners and their employees can take a class from me to learn all about my Morse Code Quilts book and technique. I'm getting ready to cut kits for all the class participants, and I'm counting on my OLFA True Blue and Pacific cutters to get this done at warp speed since I just might have left this task to the last minute. 
That's my new Step Up quilt in the background. It's another Quilt Market debut, but you can find the PDF pattern now on my website. And, all this fabric is from Libs' Greatest Hits by Libs Elliott for Andover.

So, how many of you will be at Quilt Market soon?

And, how many are attending Quilt Festival? I'll be there too, so you can see all these items up close and in person if you're at either show.

#designsbysarahJ #stepupquilt #olfatrueblue #olfasplash #olfacreates #olfaambassador #quiltmarket #fallquiltmarket #quiltfestival #sewwiththebest #andoverfabrics #morsecodequilts"
  • "Hello again from Sarah/Designs by Sarah J! You'll usually find me over on my feed: @sjmax105 but I'm thrilled to be sharing all my favorite Olfa tools today here.

    Quilt Market is almost here and this year I'm participating in ""Take and Teach"" where quilt shop owners and their employees can take a class from me to learn all about my Morse Code Quilts book and technique. I'm getting ready to cut kits for all the class participants, and I'm counting on my OLFA True Blue and Pacific cutters to get this done at warp speed since I just might have left this task to the last minute.
    That's my new Step Up quilt in the background. It's another Quilt Market debut, but you can find the PDF pattern now on my website. And, all this fabric is from Libs' Greatest Hits by Libs Elliott for Andover.

    So, how many of you will be at Quilt Market soon?

    And, how many are attending Quilt Festival? I'll be there too, so you can see all these items up close and in person if you're at either show.

    #designsbysarahJ #stepupquilt #olfatrueblue #olfasplash #olfacreates #olfaambassador #quiltmarket #fallquiltmarket #quiltfestival #sewwiththebest #andoverfabrics #morsecodequilts"

  •  207  0  12 October, 2019
  • Clearly, I need to plan ahead for weekends, since I totally dropped the #iloveEPPparty2019 ball over this past weekend! I'll play a bit of catch up today, since I'm loving the prompts by @the_makers_stash ๐Ÿ’• The day 5 prompt was Fabric, and I figured it was a perfect time to show off my fabric pull for my next #PollenPillowEPP, pieces of which I plan to bring as class step-outs for the Pollen Pillow class in Charlotte @cltmqg at the end of the month! I'm so excited to use @misterdomestic 's #agfcatchandrelease fabrics since I've been itching to fussy cut that mountain fabric from the moment I set my eyes on it. Only after I decided to use these fabrics for my next Pollen Pillow did I remember that I used Mathew's fabrics (Aura) for my second Pollen Pillow ๐Ÿ˜‚ It looks like I'm going to have a family of Mister Domestic Pollen Pillows! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŸ
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What fabrics do I like to use for EPP? I LOVE fussy cutting, so I love using fabrics that allow for a variety of meticulous secondary design options, OR fabrics that can be cut any which way without detracting from the colorful goodness (solids, near solids). I LOVE saturated color, which is why @alisonglass fabrics make up the majority of my stash (swipe twice to see the saturated rainbow that is Alison's signature palette and is evident in oh so many of my quilty makes!. (A single swipe will show you how adorable my fabric purchase was when it arrived from @stashfabrics ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ˜) True to form, my original Pollen Pillow (shown in the bottom left of the first photo and first published in @thequiltersplanner magazine) was made from Alison Glass fabrics. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆโœจ
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#epp #englishpaperpiecing #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #misterdomestic #artgalleryfabrics #stashfabrics #fussycutting #meticulouscutting #olfasplash
  • Clearly, I need to plan ahead for weekends, since I totally dropped the #iloveEPPparty2019 ball over this past weekend! I'll play a bit of catch up today, since I'm loving the prompts by @the_makers_stash ๐Ÿ’• The day 5 prompt was Fabric, and I figured it was a perfect time to show off my fabric pull for my next #PollenPillowEPP, pieces of which I plan to bring as class step-outs for the Pollen Pillow class in Charlotte @cltmqg at the end of the month! I'm so excited to use @misterdomestic 's #agfcatchandrelease fabrics since I've been itching to fussy cut that mountain fabric from the moment I set my eyes on it. Only after I decided to use these fabrics for my next Pollen Pillow did I remember that I used Mathew's fabrics (Aura) for my second Pollen Pillow ๐Ÿ˜‚ It looks like I'm going to have a family of Mister Domestic Pollen Pillows! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŸ
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    What fabrics do I like to use for EPP? I LOVE fussy cutting, so I love using fabrics that allow for a variety of meticulous secondary design options, OR fabrics that can be cut any which way without detracting from the colorful goodness (solids, near solids). I LOVE saturated color, which is why @alisonglass fabrics make up the majority of my stash (swipe twice to see the saturated rainbow that is Alison's signature palette and is evident in oh so many of my quilty makes!. (A single swipe will show you how adorable my fabric purchase was when it arrived from @stashfabrics ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ˜) True to form, my original Pollen Pillow (shown in the bottom left of the first photo and first published in @thequiltersplanner magazine) was made from Alison Glass fabrics. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆโœจ
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    #epp #englishpaperpiecing #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #misterdomestic #artgalleryfabrics #stashfabrics #fussycutting #meticulouscutting #olfasplash

  •  264  5  7 October, 2019
  • Hereโ€™s your next look at the Couch Bag Collection (itโ€™s official name๐Ÿ‘) oversized hardware in tones of brass & nickel, all farmed from useless and unrepairable handbags on their way to the landfill. More to come! Follow along as I turn an old couch into beautiful & useful bags using this hashtag #couchbagcollection ๐Ÿคฉ
  • Hereโ€™s your next look at the Couch Bag Collection (itโ€™s official name๐Ÿ‘) oversized hardware in tones of brass & nickel, all farmed from useless and unrepairable handbags on their way to the landfill. More to come! Follow along as I turn an old couch into beautiful & useful bags using this hashtag #couchbagcollection ๐Ÿคฉ

  •  25  1  7 October, 2019
  • Do you know all the places to clear out the dust in your rotary cutter?
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If you don't check out my tips at https://www.ilovetomakequilts.com/tips/ .
#olfacreates #olfasplash #quilttips
  • Do you know all the places to clear out the dust in your rotary cutter?
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    If you don't check out my tips at https://www.ilovetomakequilts.com/tips/ .
    #olfacreates #olfasplash #quilttips

  •  476  11  18 September, 2019
  • Today I'm excited to share the block I designed as part of @OLFAcreates 40th Anniversary of inventing the rotary cutter! Meet Pinnacle, a foundation paper pieced block combining a celebration of a high point of achievement for OLFAโ€”40 years since the invention of the worldโ€™s first rotary cutter!! and my love of the sharp points that result from foundation paper piecing, with an added nod to the mountains upon which I love to hike. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’• A fairly simple foundation template is jazzed up with the use of a pre-sewn panel of fabric as the peaks, creating a fun block that will look slightly different every time you sew it. ๐Ÿ’œ
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I used a gradient of @alisonglass fabrics from my stash, along with neutral @aurifilthread and my trusty purple #olfasplash rotary cutter to make this block--all of my favorites in one place! You can get the block instructions over on the OLFA Quilt Along page linked in their profile @olfacreates, OR via my blog which is linked in my profile--Yes, you read that correctly! I actually BLOGGED! What!? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
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This block finishes at 6" and the possibilities are endless. I'd love to see yours, so please tag me when you make it! Will yours be purple mountains majesty, or sharp monster teeth? Let's see where your imagination takes you....๐Ÿฆ–
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#olfaquiltalong #foundationpaperpiecing #aurifil #purple #alisonglass #OLFA #sewalong #paperpieceallthethings
  • Today I'm excited to share the block I designed as part of @OLFAcreates 40th Anniversary of inventing the rotary cutter! Meet Pinnacle, a foundation paper pieced block combining a celebration of a high point of achievement for OLFAโ€”40 years since the invention of the worldโ€™s first rotary cutter!! and my love of the sharp points that result from foundation paper piecing, with an added nod to the mountains upon which I love to hike. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’• A fairly simple foundation template is jazzed up with the use of a pre-sewn panel of fabric as the peaks, creating a fun block that will look slightly different every time you sew it. ๐Ÿ’œ
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    I used a gradient of @alisonglass fabrics from my stash, along with neutral @aurifilthread and my trusty purple #olfasplash rotary cutter to make this block--all of my favorites in one place! You can get the block instructions over on the OLFA Quilt Along page linked in their profile @olfacreates, OR via my blog which is linked in my profile--Yes, you read that correctly! I actually BLOGGED! What!? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
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    This block finishes at 6" and the possibilities are endless. I'd love to see yours, so please tag me when you make it! Will yours be purple mountains majesty, or sharp monster teeth? Let's see where your imagination takes you....๐Ÿฆ–
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    #olfaquiltalong #foundationpaperpiecing #aurifil #purple #alisonglass #OLFA #sewalong #paperpieceallthethings

  •  635  15  19 hours ago
  • You know when you're young and stupid, making bad decisions?  It was 1980, stupid choices required me to have a distraction.  Yes, a new bed!  Now to the mall across the street to buy a bed spread.  Big box department stores...at the time...$300 bucks?  Shotty craftsmanship, one wash, it's coming apart.  Walking past a fabric store...ah, now's a good time to learn how to quilt.  I picked out the book Quilts, quilts, quilts by Nounes and McClune.  It said...I needed a rotary mat, a ruler and cutter.  I picked a pattern, bought fabrics and the notions.  I hand quilted my first quilt and still have it...although she has been retired.  An Olfa rotary cutter was my first, only, and always cutter...now reaching 30 years.  Yes, I have all the sizes and most of the colors, the Endurance  blades  are worth their weight in gold.  To which I have added Olfa rulers and Olfa mats.  I think the pink mat saved my eyeballs when cutting green fabric for a 2 color quilt.  I didn't even know, when I started, that my Olfa Rotary was invented and released only the year before.  Thank you Olfa...for helping me forgive myself and get into something that saves my sanity.  Happy Anniversary Olfa...you ROCK my quilting world!!! #myOLFAstory #olfacreates #olfatrueblue #olfasplash #olfaruler #olfarotarymat โค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š
  • You know when you're young and stupid, making bad decisions? It was 1980, stupid choices required me to have a distraction. Yes, a new bed! Now to the mall across the street to buy a bed spread. Big box department stores...at the time...$300 bucks? Shotty craftsmanship, one wash, it's coming apart. Walking past a fabric store...ah, now's a good time to learn how to quilt. I picked out the book Quilts, quilts, quilts by Nounes and McClune. It said...I needed a rotary mat, a ruler and cutter. I picked a pattern, bought fabrics and the notions. I hand quilted my first quilt and still have it...although she has been retired. An Olfa rotary cutter was my first, only, and always cutter...now reaching 30 years. Yes, I have all the sizes and most of the colors, the Endurance blades are worth their weight in gold. To which I have added Olfa rulers and Olfa mats. I think the pink mat saved my eyeballs when cutting green fabric for a 2 color quilt. I didn't even know, when I started, that my Olfa Rotary was invented and released only the year before. Thank you Olfa...for helping me forgive myself and get into something that saves my sanity. Happy Anniversary Olfa...you ROCK my quilting world!!! #myOLFAstory #olfacreates #olfatrueblue #olfasplash #olfaruler #olfarotarymat โค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

  •  15  2  14 September, 2019
  • New & Navy! We are loving our @olfacreates Splash in August's Quilty Box!
  • New & Navy! We are loving our @olfacreates Splash in August's Quilty Box!

  •  90  2  30 August, 2019

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  • Welllllll that was incredibly fun! One Dandelion Clock block by Jo Avery @mybearpaw finished, three to go! The block patterns from the #summersampler2019 hosted by Katie @swimbikequilt , Lee @lee.a.heinrich , and Faith @freshlemonsquilts are fantastic, and I'm newly excited to "catch up" and finish this quilt! For my first improv curves sewn in a loooong time, I'm happy with this attempt, and still love the block as much as I did before sewing it (always a good sign! ๐Ÿ˜‚). The @alisonglass #aginsignia is such a wonderfully vibrant rainbow base, and doesn't it feel right at home with the @tulapink fairy dust background fabric? This quilt will be mine, all mine!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•
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This photo is a fun demonstration of how these two blocks will play together in the finished quilt. Swipe to see the finished Dandelion Clock block solo, then again a couple times to see some progress shots along the way. I used the itty bitty 18mm rotary cutter from @olfacreates for freehand cutting the curves, and it was fab! Who wants to go pick up my kids from school so that I can sew another one of these? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just kidding, I'll go.๐Ÿ˜˜
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I also finished coloring in my plan, and I'll share a photo of that a bit later. This is exactly what I needed today after a really long week, so thank you all for encouraging me to play with color and set aside the to-do list. Sewing soothes the soul! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ
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#summersampler #mybearpaw #improvcurves #freezerpaperfpp #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #tulatroops  #sewingsoothesthesoul #fridaymood #dscolor #creativelifehappylife #olfasplash #olfaruby
  • Welllllll that was incredibly fun! One Dandelion Clock block by Jo Avery @mybearpaw finished, three to go! The block patterns from the #summersampler2019 hosted by Katie @swimbikequilt , Lee @lee.a.heinrich , and Faith @freshlemonsquilts are fantastic, and I'm newly excited to "catch up" and finish this quilt! For my first improv curves sewn in a loooong time, I'm happy with this attempt, and still love the block as much as I did before sewing it (always a good sign! ๐Ÿ˜‚). The @alisonglass #aginsignia is such a wonderfully vibrant rainbow base, and doesn't it feel right at home with the @tulapink fairy dust background fabric? This quilt will be mine, all mine!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•
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    This photo is a fun demonstration of how these two blocks will play together in the finished quilt. Swipe to see the finished Dandelion Clock block solo, then again a couple times to see some progress shots along the way. I used the itty bitty 18mm rotary cutter from @olfacreates for freehand cutting the curves, and it was fab! Who wants to go pick up my kids from school so that I can sew another one of these? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just kidding, I'll go.๐Ÿ˜˜
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    I also finished coloring in my plan, and I'll share a photo of that a bit later. This is exactly what I needed today after a really long week, so thank you all for encouraging me to play with color and set aside the to-do list. Sewing soothes the soul! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ
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    #summersampler #mybearpaw #improvcurves #freezerpaperfpp #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #alisonglass #tulatroops #sewingsoothesthesoul #fridaymood #dscolor #creativelifehappylife #olfasplash #olfaruby

  •  565  25  15 November, 2019
  • Throwback Thursday to this gorgeous block I made for the Summer Sampler 2019 a couple months ago. This block was designed by Krista @poppyprint and will be my quilt center, guiding color flow throughout, and it's currently on my bedroom design wall (LOL it's the only wall with any space at all). Looking at it every day, I've been itching to keep working on this quilt, since the colors just sing. I have a plan that involves 9 total blocks and I have 3 finished right now, so that's not toooo much work to catch up, right? Oh, plus the spacer blocks.... still! I want to create more for this project! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ
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This week has been pretty nutty, with the holiday on Monday and all three kids home from school, then a snow day Tuesday with all three kids + work-from-home hubby home, then Wednesday was catch up on groceries, errands, etc. day, today was a much needed friends time play date, and tomorrow is my one and only "free to work" day of the week. While I have a bunch of work I *should* do, like computer work for my Runner pattern, photography for a couple other projects, not to even get started with laundry and dishes at home, I'm thinking a good play with color would be best. Do you ever treat yourself when your to-do list piles up too high? I'm not alone on this, right? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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#throwbackthursday #tbt #summersampler2019 #alisonglass #olfasplash #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #tomorrowiplay
  • Throwback Thursday to this gorgeous block I made for the Summer Sampler 2019 a couple months ago. This block was designed by Krista @poppyprint and will be my quilt center, guiding color flow throughout, and it's currently on my bedroom design wall (LOL it's the only wall with any space at all). Looking at it every day, I've been itching to keep working on this quilt, since the colors just sing. I have a plan that involves 9 total blocks and I have 3 finished right now, so that's not toooo much work to catch up, right? Oh, plus the spacer blocks.... still! I want to create more for this project! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ
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    This week has been pretty nutty, with the holiday on Monday and all three kids home from school, then a snow day Tuesday with all three kids + work-from-home hubby home, then Wednesday was catch up on groceries, errands, etc. day, today was a much needed friends time play date, and tomorrow is my one and only "free to work" day of the week. While I have a bunch of work I *should* do, like computer work for my Runner pattern, photography for a couple other projects, not to even get started with laundry and dishes at home, I'm thinking a good play with color would be best. Do you ever treat yourself when your to-do list piles up too high? I'm not alone on this, right? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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    #throwbackthursday #tbt #summersampler2019 #alisonglass #olfasplash #olfacreates #aurifil #aurifilthread #sewtherainbow #tomorrowiplay

  •  968  25  14 November, 2019
  • One of my favorite rotary cutters has a new look! Olfa's trusty 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter (you know, the bright yellow one) now comes in Pacific Blue. โ 
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#olfa #rotarycolor #olfasplash #blueolfa #sewingnotionsโ 
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Shop with link in profile.
  • One of my favorite rotary cutters has a new look! Olfa's trusty 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter (you know, the bright yellow one) now comes in Pacific Blue. โ 
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    #olfa #rotarycolor #olfasplash #blueolfa #sewingnotionsโ 
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    Shop with link in profile.

  •  1,784  43  27 June, 2019