I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping up with this commitment. Last month, although, was quite the challenge to get everything finished on time.

Our task was Scrappy Stars, the color orange and incorporate this ‘not so me‘ fabric in somewhere.

CLMQG medallion quilt

Well the fabric is not so much the problem but keeping the stars small was a bit of an issue. Since the majority of my quilt is bitty sized, I didn’t want to add a 6″ star around it. I’m trying to keep with a theme here ya know! And, I didn’t want anything that would come across as ‘chunky’ like a sawtooth star.  So I searched the Internet and found that Quiltmaker has a feature they did on bitty blocks and thank gawd that one of them was a friendship star. It’s perfect for scrappy and it’s only 3″ finished!! Woo hoo win!!

My stars look like they’re twinkling around the border. I love it! I’ve only used two whites in this quilt, a ‘less than bright‘ white tone on tone dot from LakeHouse Fabrics which I hoard and only use on special projects, and a white and aqua dot from Riley Blake. I figured the two different whites would give it a more scrappy and vintage feel. I think that’s working for me…

CLMQG medallion quilt

CLMQG medallion quilt

Wondering where the ‘challenge’ fabric is? Can you find it? It blends in so well. That’s one of the advantages of starting with your medallion in a variety of colors. You don’t end up boxing yourself into one color combo and it’s less stressful when the next color task is picked because you know it can be incorporated into your quilt somewhere.

CLMQG medallion quilt

Scrappy Star✔️
Orange✔️
Challenge fabric ✔️

The next task chosen for us this past Sunday at our guild meeting is hand applique and/or crosses and the color peach and/or yellow. Yes. You heard that right…we get to choose one or both tasks & colors. Hmmm…the possibilities.

Maybe a Cross variation with a picket fence like the one from this Shabby Fabrics block.

CLMQG medallion quilt

Or I could just skip the Cross block altogether and hand applique all of the hexies I’ve been working on for this quilt. Either way I’m guessing it’s the same amount of time for each. Any suggestions?

CLMQG medallion quilt

I’d better get a move on it. I still have to finish the embroidered corners and my last border before our next meeting on June 12th to be eligible to stay in the running.

This will be our last task for this challenge and then it will be time to get this baby quilted and bound for a quilt show. Wish me luck this month!

My quilt now measures 36″.

You can find the previous border tasks here…
Border task 1
Border task 2
Border task 3
Border task 4

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Have you seen this super cute book by Elea Lutz making its way around social media? Are you just waiting to get your hands on it so that you can make every time a ‘Pretty Playtime’? Well I sure was! So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to participate in Fat Quarter Shop’s Pretty Playtime Quilt Along! Eeek!

Pretty playtime quilts

So here’s the scoop and I hope you’ll head over to Fat Quarter Shop to get your book and kit and play along with us. Over the next 16 weeks, several bloggers will be choosing a block from the Garden Fairy Sampler and showcasing it every Monday. So mark your calendars!

Starting first on the tour, May 23rd, is Erin Cox from Why Not Sew. She will be stitching the Dragonfly.

I’ll be showing you my block on August 22nd. I’ll be sewing the ducks. Adorable, right?!?

Pretty playtime book

I’m really excited to be a part of this sew along and share it with you too.

The book, kit & fabric line is available at Fat Quarter Shop. Hurry over to get yours now. You don’t wanna miss playtime!

Come visit us this weekend. It will be a great show!

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Friday, May 13th 2-7 pm and Saturday 9-5 pm
NIU campus in Naperville.
1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, Il. 60563

We had such a great time getting together this past weekend to teach the Patchwork Glamper. Spending the day before Mother’s Day sewing, chatting and crafting. What more could a mom want to start the weekend off.

Patchwork Glamper

The Patchwork Glamper is a fun way to incorporate all those trims, buttons and embellishments you’ve been stashing and a great way to learn many skills like English Paper Piecing (EPP) hexagons and embroidery with low commitment.

It’s so fun to see how each persons creativity shines through when we hold workshops or customers send us pics of items they’ve made with our patterns.

This design is so flexible and forgiving. Each of the girls work was unique.  For example…A few of the girls decided to leave out their center hexie and let the flower be the focus and the background fabric shine through.

Patchwork Glamper

Or design your own camper to add to the work. Ann wanted her camper to be similar to the one she travels in so she designed her very own and added a little bling.

Patchwork glamper

Or how about how Wendy decided she’d rather have a pillow and tweaked hers to be more square. Check out her cute puppy button in her center hexie!

Patchwork Glamper

Jalana had a great idea to repurpose the burlap from a bouquet she received. And check out all the details she added to glamp up her work…her wheel is a adorable!

Patchwork Glamper

Jen’s Glamper is so bright and cheery! Her first time at hand sewing hexies and embroidery work. Great job Jen!

Patchwork Glamper

Ann finished and framed her Glamper. I think I’m now partial to the tilted letter. It gives it a whimsy feel.

Patchwork Glamper

The workshop was so relaxed that us teachers even got in on the action. Paige used her time to refresh her hand sewing skills.

Patchwork Glamper

And I finished up my sample while I showed the girls the techniques.

Patchwork glamper

Thanks everyone for participating. We had a great time!

Contact me if you’d like SewMod to come teach a Patchwork Glamper class. You can find all of our workshop info here.

I’m going on a Staycation. Over the past year I’ve been one busy girl, hurriedly finishing up one idea/project and moving straight to the next. I’ve been blessed with lots of new opportunities but to really give 100% of myself and my creative abilities, I need a break! I’ve finshed up my priorities and this seems like a great week to give this a shot.

Which means I’ll roll outta bed when I want, I’ll binge watch all the Real Housewives, and I’ll take Daisy on longer walks.

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My house will be clean. My refrigerator (or ice box which is what we call it in Oklahoma) will be spotless and organized. My shower will be squeegeed and free from streaks.

I’ll take my time driving. Hell I might actually go for a drive ‘just cause‘.image

I’ll drink when I want and eat what I want. I’ll enjoy the smell of the blossoming trees with my windows open while it lasts. I might nap. I will cook dinner.

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I’m definitely going to take my time and flip through every page of these books I’ve collected over the past year. I might even make something from one.

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Or I might not…it’s my Staycation and I’ll do what I want!

The shop will still be open and I’ll be answering convos and emails. Your orders will ship on Friday. Thanks friends. I’ll be back next week!

New Clambake kits are ready to go. The last Clambake was a big success and you have shown me that you’re not intimidated by curves. That they’re actually pretty simple!

Curiousities Clambake kits

I used Jeni Baker’s line from Art Gallery, Curiosities. “Inspired by the many small wonders in life, Curiosities invites you to explore the world around you. A sophisticated color palette with a vintage twist transports you to a whimsical garden. Curiosities is dedicated to Jeni’s bunny George, who is ever curious.“-Art Gallery

Curiousities Clambake kits

Aren’t these little bunnies the cutest?! It’s the perfect quilt to get your spring mood going.

Paige did some fabulous quilting for me. Swirls in the borders and a sweet pop up flower in each clamshell.

Curiousities Clambake kits

If you remember from the last Clambake post, all of the clamshells are easily attached to the top border, glue basted on and top stitched with your machine. No pinning. No hand sewing!

Curiousities Clambake kits

Each fabric from the line is used in the quilt. The border is a teal pressed flower. The binding is a navy dragonfly. Clambake measures 55″ x 62″ and is a perfect lap quilt.

Curiousities Clambake kits

Kit includes all the fabrics for the quilt top, binding and the pattern. As always, I try to share useful info to ensure a successful sewing and quilting experience, so helpful tips and tricks are posted on this blog post HERE.

Clambake KITS, PATTERN, and APPLIQUÉ KIT can be found now in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

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And you can also find all of these plus the Curiousities line at our upcoming show in Napierville for the Riverwalk Quilters Guild.

Friday, May 13th 2-7 pm and Saturday 9-5 pm
NIU campus in Naperville.
1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, Il. 60563

We hope to see you there. It’s going to be a great show!

Two more rounds left for the CLMQG Medallion Border Challenge!

My goal for this challenge, other than actually completing it on time, is keeping it small. When the task/color for last month was chosen as a red Dresden block, I knew I wouldn’t have a problem. I’ve been making bitty Dresdens for a while now. I got this one covered.

CLMQG edallion border challenge

Do I really need to to point out the red. Nope, didn’t think so. It’s everywhere! I made 40 half Dresdens for a total of 200 Bitty Dresden blades..whew. Lots of fun work ya’ll!

CLMQG medallion border challenge

I took this baby all the way to Florida. I was the only nerd on the beach under an umbrella sewing 40 Dresdens by hand.

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Red✔️ Dresden✔️ I also added a small red Dottie border between the 2nd & 3rd borders for some sort of separation.

CLMQG medallion border challenge

What’s next months challenge you ask? Orange is the color. Scrappy stars is the task. But wait, there’s more! We have to incorporate this green icky fabric in it somehow. As little or as much as we want.

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My quilt so far measures 31-1/2″. This one will be a challenge for sure!

To read about the previous border challenges click below…

Border task 1
Border task 2
Border task 3

Spring break happy easter

SewMod will be on a short break for Easter & Spring Break. If you place an order March 25th, 2016-April 3rd, 2016, your orders will ship April 4th, 2016. Thanks so much for your patience while we enjoy our short Holiday with family & friends.

Have a Happy Easter everyone!

Lorrie💕

So I know you’re wondering what prettiness I came up with for my 2nd border. Well…I wanted to do 2 rows of clamshells for my curves but once again I became distracted and time got away from me. So I put my medallion on the design board and walked away. Then I would walk back again, audition a few things, then walk away again. Only to do this, what seemed like a few thousands times, and end up with one row of clamshells which inevitably ended up looking like a scrappy scalloped border lol. Whew. All that to end up with scallops!!

Clmqg medallion border challenge

Curves ✔️ Carnation Pink ✔️

CLMQG medallion border challenge

Anyway, the end result is still fabulous in my eyes and that’s all that counts. This challenge, even though it’s time consuming, is sparking a bit of creativity in me. I knew when I started it, that I wanted scrappy, embroidery, beautifulness. And so far I think I’ve achieved my vision.

Clmqg medallion border challenge

Like everything else I design, I kinda fly by the seat of my pants at first and my ‘scallops’ didn’t end up meeting where I wanted in the corners. But I’m not gonna fret. Embellishments can fix that! I have cute buttons to add as a ‘distraction‘ after the quilting is complete. Do not add embellishments like buttons and sequins before sending to the quilter. That’s a big no-no!!

Clmqg medallion border challenge

And obviously I’m taking my sweet ass time on the embroidery work…I’ve still only finished the two corners. Time seems to escape me these days, between family, the guild commitments, SewMod, and all of the wonderful opportunities so far this year.  I wish I could clone myself!

March’s task is dresdens and the color is red. Dresden blocks are a plenty! If you Google dresden quilt block you will find so many creative ways to make one. I’m looking forward to this one for sure!

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Find the medallion and border #1 HERE & HERE.

Good morning everyone!

One of our CLMQG members is hoping to sell her practically new Bernina 440QE. If you’re interested, leave a comment and I’ll put you in touch with her. This baby needs a new home!!

**Stock photo

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“The aurora 440 QE – A sewing machine for everyone and every application.
The aurora sewing machine is a sensation, making sewing easier than ever before. A wealth of new functions and the greatest possible ease of operation make the aurora a sewing machine for everyone and every application. The aurora 440 QE is the first sewing machine in the world to be equipped with BSR (BERNINA Stitch Regulator) – the exclusive BERNINA innovation for free-motion stitching with consistent stitch lengths even at variable sewing speeds. The BSR makes free-motion quilting easier for novices and pros alike.”-Bernina.com

Check out the attached photos for more info…don’t ya just want to take her home and whip up a fabulous project!?

Bernina

Bernina

 

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