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Candied Pineapple Free Pattern

When I was little, we had a punched copper pineapple in the entryway with “Welcome” painted across the bottom. I always wondered why a pineapple? What makes it so welcoming? Well, according to my mom, and a quick google search, pineapples have been symbols of hospitality since colonial times. As one of the quirky cool
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Fierce Quilter Enamel Pin

We have pins! Glorious, shiny, rose gold pins! Like the cool kids. Now you can proclaim to the world your status as the Fierce Quilter we know you are. This adventure started, like so many other things, with me wanting to be a cool kid. The 90s are back in style, and though I’ll forego the brown
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Simply Moderne Issue No. 8

It’s been exactly one month since I came home to find some very happy mail. On Valentine’s Day, Issue No. 8 of Quilt Mania’s Simply Moderne arrived, you know the one WITH OUR QUILT IN IT! Bam! Painted Ladies is on page 68 in all of its gingerbread house glory. There are also some great close-ups
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16th and Baltimore

I have always wanted to do a Baltimore Album quilt. They are so pretty and intricate and classic works of quilt art. But the classic part was also the sticking part for me. The original Baltimore Album quilts exist in a very small period of time in a very localized place, which also means that
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Aurelia

Ahhh, Aurelia. This quilt has so many stories stitched in it, so let’s start with two. The spring of 2014 was our first spring in our first house. Our house is 80 years old, and I love it. However, that was a very wet spring, and we had a little bit of water in the
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Pacific Coast Highway

Fun story—my dad was a California surfer dude with a van in the 70’s, the kind of guy you wouldn’t want your daughter to date. He’s told me lots of things about his escapades along the Left Coast. And though I’ve never been to California, Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH for short, is my ode to his
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Fierce Pearfection

Last year, around this time, I got a magical package of goodies in the mail. The only rules were that I had to make a quilt, and it needed to be 22″ or smaller. Oh, and they needed it in about 3 weeks. I wanted to use as many of the fabrics as possible, along with
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Painted Ladies Pattern Correction

In the block assembly section of our Painted Ladies pattern, you need to make 34 complete houses, not 33.

 

Fierce Ladies

Since the original Painted Ladies quilt was inspired by the iconic neighborhood in San Francisco, the Fierce Ladies were inspired by doll houses. How sweet would it be to have a tiny version of those beautiful houses to play with?! I can do that. Our good friend Deb put together Fierce Ladies with a mixture of
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Fierce Kismet

Brenda was inspired by antique cut glass buttons when she chose the color palette for Fierce Kismet. That black background accent fabric has touches of silver. Paired with the pale grey pearlescent Cotton + Steel background, as well as all the vibrant cross-weaves, Fierce Kismet glows. Though you don’t need a ruler to put Fierce
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Fierce Weftovers Pattern Correction

In our Fierce Weftovers pattern, in the fourth paragraph on the first page of Block Assembly, the dimensions of the middle band should be: 3½” x 1½”

 

Fierce Weftovers

When I was little, I loved the color peach. I was even a peach princess for Halloween one year. So when I pulled out the Valentine’s line First Crush by Sweetwater, which is all about love, it just made sense to mix in some peachy fabrics from OneCanoeTwo’s Tucker Prairie. The perfect palette for Fierce Weftovers! I used red
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Fierce Exhibit

After our block swap with Crafthouse in Lincoln last year, we’ve had our Exhibit quilt on the brain. It only made sense that the first fierce quilt we tackled was Fierce Exhibit. It’s a good graphic pattern that doesn’t lose any of its wow factor when you smoosh the size, and that chunky sashing lets you
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The Fierce Quilts

I am at the wonderful age where all my friends are having lots of cute little babies. This also means that my Pinterest is blowing up with baby decorating ideas, tips, and sayings. One day while I snuggled my feline fur babies and scrolled through, one post in particular caught my eye: “Though she be but little, she
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Detour Worksheet

Yesterday I mentioned that you can tweak the Detour quilt ‘recipe’ to create a fun quilt out of leftovers. The first one I made using Alison Glass fabrics and leftover appliqué flowers. The center could be any size I wanted it to be, so I stuck with a finished 18″ square to give all my floral
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Detour

Detour was a design I came up with to use leftovers. No matter what quilt I make, I wind up with plenty of extra fabric and generally a couple of orphan blocks. Sometimes they go on the back, or I can make a mini quilt, or I toss them if I’m sick of looking at them.
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Painted Ladies

Ahhh, we can all relax. The Full House reboot has been approved for a second season, so we can all enjoy more time with the Tanners. Full House, the original that is, was one of my favorite shows when I was little. And I loved the opening with all the houses around San Francisco! Who
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Quixote

Considering it’s September I think we better get some of those market quilts up here, don’t you think? What better way to start than with Quixote. Isn’t it spectacular?! Brenda wanted to capture the whirring movement of windmills across the fields. The blocks are a mix of everything. A little Zen Chic, some V and
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The Smorgasblocks: Borders

Ta daaa! A smorgasblock quilt top complete with borders! And the picture taken in natural sunlight, not the icky fluorescent light of my basement. I feel kind of guilty making you wait a whole week for borders, because they are so easy. All you need to do is to stitch chunks of fabric together that
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The Smorgasblocks: Putting It All Together Part 2

Didn’t it turn out so fun?! I love seeing all the different versions everyone does through Instagram and the smorgasblocks hashtag. Keep’em coming! Grab your smorgasblocks and let’s get to it. First, take eight of your Orange You Glad orange peels and stitch them into two rows of four. Pay attention to which direction your
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The Smorgasblocks: Orange You Glad

Greetings Smorgasblockerinis! It’s the last smorgasblocks! Well, not really. We have two more weeks of smorgasblock-goodness, but this is the last week that you will make new blocks. So without further ado I present Orange You Glad! Orange You Glad is a throw quilt and appliqué tutorial by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies, click
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The Smorgasblocks: Arrow

All signs point to this being a very exciting smorgasblock, the arrow by Carla of Grace and Favour. Carla designed this to mix in with other blocks in a fun throw quilt, but since you can adjust the length. Think of using it in a row quilt. How about in a baby quilt? Or you could
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The Smorgasblocks: Garden Fence

This is going to sound weird (I feel like you guys should be used to that by now) but easy blocks feel like chips and dip, or a frappuccino, or cake to me; they’re part of the food pyramid that tastes so good but leaves you feeling a little guilty afterwards. Now, I hope you don’t
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The Smorgasblocks: Whiskers

I present this week’s smorgasblock, Whiskers. She’s a mighty big kitty. A jungle cat even. It’s paper-piecing. I know I know, we’ve done paper-piecing. In fact, this is our third paper-pieced block. Let me explain my logic; each block or set of blocks used paper-piecing in different ways. In the No Y-Seam Feathered Star, you
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The Smorgasblocks: Barn Bats

Did everyone enjoy their restful catch-up week? Or were you itching for your next pattern? Never fear, back to the blocks! This week we’re doing Elizabeth Hartman’s Barn Bats free project. Elizabeth Hartman is one of my favorite designers, check out her blog here. Most people I talk to know her for her pieced animal
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The Smorgasblocks: Putting it All Together Part 1

Hello Smorgasblockerinis! Do any of you follow American Patchwork and Quilting aka @allpeoplequilt on Instagram? I was super excited to see that Lindsay Mayland, one of their lovely editors and also a Smorgasblocker, posted a picture of her beautiful smorgasblocks-in-progress during her Instagram takeover this weekend. Yay! I think Lindsay may have persuaded some new
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The Smorgasblocks: Twizzle

How’re your Smorgasblocks coming? I saw some great curved piecing with last week’s Scandi Windmills. Your quilts are inspiring! Keep it up! This week we’ll tackle half rectangle triangles with Twizzle by Heidi Grohs of Buttons and Butterflies. Heidi makes beautiful quilts and her blog is chock full of step by step pictures of her
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The Smorgasblocks: Scandi Windmills

Sunday Sunday Sunday means smorgasblocks smorgasblocks smorgasblocks. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but oh well. This week we’ll tackle curved piecing with No Hats Quilts’ Scandi Windmills pattern. I haven’t done circular piecing in 10 years and I love this block. I’m going to make more of them. They’re not scary and it’s a lot
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The Smorgasblocks: Spinning Pyramids

Is everyone enjoying their holiday weekend? I’m not an outdoorsy person (pasty people don’t do well in sunlight), so while my neighbors blow up everything in sight I stay inside and sew. But in keeping with the holiday spirit, I watch National Treasure. Because it’s historical, obviously. And in National Treasure, Nicolas Cage guides us
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The Smorgasblocks: Raspberry Kiss

This week’s block selection is easier than last week’s, but last week’s wasn’t as scary as you thought, right? However, you will be making more than one block. Cue pictures! That’s right, it’s Raspberry Kiss time! You’ve probably seen this block by Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts before. I know I’ve seen it in
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The Smorgasblocks: No Y Seam Feathered Star

First up on our delicious Smorgasblock menu is this beauty, the No Y Seam Feathered Star by Jessie Ziegler of Threaded Quilting. Now before you think I’ve gone completely insane and this quilt is going to be way too difficult for you, let me explain. I have never made a feathered star before but this
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The Smorgasblocks: How It Works

I get a lot of crazy ideas, I know that, but I also know that I’m pretty good at making those crazy ideas work. This is one of those crazy ideas. Modern grocery stores are great. They have everything from marshmallow-filled cereal to kiwifruit to dish soap to bacon (I have a point, I promise).
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Nobody’s Poet

We’re finally getting the chance to sort things out after our second Quilt Market. I would say that we’ve gotten a chance to slow down, except do we ever really? There are new ideas and new quilts to make! But first, lets brush up on the new pretties from this spring. First up in our
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Kismet Quilt Along: Halfsies

Half block time! The last piece of the puzzle. I promise these are easy, they just take a couple minutes to wrap your brain around, at least for me. Also, there are other ways to do your flying geese assembly than what I stated in the pattern, and none of them are wrong. Ok, there’s
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Kismet Quilt Along: Layout

“Layout? Is the quilt along over? I thought it went for four weeks? I’m so confused.” Never fear! To answer the questions that I know are flooding your brain right now, in order: yes layout, nope we’re not done yet, and yes there’s another week with tips to come. Why am I doing the layout
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Kismet Quilt Along: Hybrid Pressing

I’ve never been a rebel, most of the time I’m good with sticking to the rules. However there’s one quilting ‘rule’ that I’ve never followed, simply because that was not the way I was taught; I press my seams open. All of them. I know that’s not necessarily the norm for most of you, and this
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Charmer Quilt with Dear Stella Fabrics

A couple of months ago, we had the opportunity to work with a gorgeous new Dear Stella fabric line called Love Letter. After many sketches and thoughts and emails, because over thinking is our forte, this perfectly simple and sweet quilt popped into our heads. Charmer! Finishing at 51″ x 63.5″, Charmer is a small throw quilt
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Kismet Quilt Along: Pointy Units

One of the things that I think makes Kismet fun is that the block uses triangles that are different than your average half square triangle units, but most of the time that also means that it takes a little bit of thought for making those triangles. Hopefully this will make it easy for you; there are
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Kismet Quilt Along: Getting Started

 

Hello, Gourd-Geous! Borders Correction

In our Hello, Gourd-Geous! pattern, the cutting instructions for the half square triangles in both the cream and the black should read: (4) 2-⅛” squares Subcut the 2-⅛” squares once on the diagonal to make half square triangles. Note the change in the size of the square to make the end pieces for the border.   Additionally, the last
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Cotton + Steel = Mini Madness

Another day, another swap. Yes, I signed up for two in one month. No, I will not be doing that again. But it’s Cotton and Steeeeeeel! Weeeeee! Willpower is overrated. My partner for this swap was a high school math teacher. Quilting is definitely math-y! I remembered a project I had to do in geometry
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Exhibit

Exhibit is another quilt that started out as a design for Andover fabrics. The first version was done out of Lizzy House’s Natural History line.   We knew we couldn’t get the Lizzy House fabric in time to make the quilt for market, so to the stash we went! A stash is a beautiful thing.
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Kismet

Kismet has been a wild ride. Kismet is a quilt that we designed featuring Andover Fabrics and Alison Glass’s new fabric line, Ex Libris. It needed to show off all the gorgeous fabrics, but in a quirky cool Eye Candy Quilts way. Alison Glass fabrics honestly are our wheel house. We can do quilts with these all
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The Real Meaning of S.W.A.P.

I think I’m officially addicted; I’ve signed up for two more mini-quilt swaps. Do I have time to do them? Probably not. Am I a little stressed about the number of things on my plate for Quilt Market? Decidedly yes (shingles, anyone?). So why do I do it to myself? Why add more to the
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Carpe Noctem Mini Quilt

My Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt for swappin’ is complete! Done quilted, bound, labeled, and off to its new home. I’m calling it Carpe Noctem which translates to ‘seize the night’ in Latin. As I am a night person, and my partner is a night person, I was going for a midnight sun to illuminate our
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Pop Clink Fizz Pillows

These little gems started with a bunch of fat quarters from Andover’s new line Bel Air by Lauren Marcella. Pretty cool, right? Now this is only half the line. The other half is turquoise and purple and black, much brighter than the elegant neutrals we were playing with. They tell me that this line’s inspiration was the
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2014 In Review, and Looking Forward

I wasn’t nearly as absent from here as I was in 2013, but I think the year in review stream of consciousness should become a tradition. Here’s your rundown of 2014. Possibility was my word of the year and it delivered went to the zoo in the snow discovered there’s an Olympian named Annelies Eye
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Swap It, Swap it Good!

The Eye Candy Quilters haven’t fallen off the face of the planet. 16th and Baltimore is very much alive and going strong. Yes, there are exciting things in the future. But right now, I’m going to tell you about a tidbit of excitement. I’m doing my first ever mini-quilt swap, and I’m as nervous as
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I Love My Photographer.

Because guys, look! This is our Mes Petits Choux quilt. I’m so in love. Isn’t this sculpture fantastic for our Fully Glazed quilts?! And you know what? That Fully Glazed with the wool applique is really hard to photograph. It just looks so flat. But this picture is sooo good! And the pink and brown Fully Glazed
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16th and Baltimore: Block 5

I have a confession: roses are not my thing. Rose bushes came with the house, but I told them (that would be the rose bushes) that I wasn’t going to baby them and they had to survive on their own. Well, my roses have lived a whole year under my lack of care and they’re
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