Carpe Noctem

The idea for a full-sized Carpe Noctem quilt has been rattling around in my brain for the past couple of years. When I did my very first mini quilt swap, the first version of Carpe Noctem was born. I was really pleased with the overall idea, but I wanted the block to be bigger and
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Fierce Chain Pattern Corrections

On the background cutting instructions for the block, the first two lines should read: (2) 2½” squares for piece C (1) 3” square for piece B Note that the C and B labels were switched and you should cut (2) 2½” squares per block. That means you will have (18) 2½” background squares total for
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Fierce Chain

One of our favorite patterns is our Island Chain quilt. There are just so many possibilities. So when the time came to make more fierce quilts, it was one of the first on the list. Introducing Fierce Chain! We kept it simple with a two color version, but this time did a black background. Lime
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Pin Primer

While at Quilt Market a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to wear my pins with every outfit. They’re new and shiny and they make me happy. Why not wear them all? But the questions I got over and over were, “How did you find quilt ones? Where did you get them?!” For most of my
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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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