Today I am honored to share with you Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt Along to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital


Join the 2015 Snapshots Quilt-Along, as we sew twelve novelty blocks that capture and celebrate moments of happiness in our lives. Watch our introduction video with Kimberly, Bonnie and Camille to learn more about our exclusive sew-along.

Our Snapshots Quilt-Along benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 of donations raised for this amazing cause. And, on top of that, we will auction our Snapshots Quilt Along Quilt at the end of the program, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to our St. Jude campaign. So please DONATE today!

We created a limited supply of quilt kits and pieced backing sets using the Daysail collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. You can also use other fabrics of your choice by downloading our Fabric requirements PDF!

Quilt Kits backing Sets Fabric Requirements

Our Snapshots quilt blocks are FREE to download. On the 15th of every month in 2015, we will release a new pattern in the quilt and make them available for download. We only ask for a suggested donation of $5 to our St. Jude campaign for each time you download our patterns.

Download the Let Them Eat Cake PDF
Watch our video tutorial!

Download the Sew On & Sew On PDF
Watch our video tutorial!

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This year, we’ve invited a few of our favorite bloggers and designers to sew along with us for this great cause. Check out their blogs every month starting January 2015 to see their progress.

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N’ Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse
Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts
Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel

Share your progress and creations with us on our Snapshots Facebook group and Flickr page. Post using #fqssnapshots on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Google +.

Liz from Sew Modern shares her preparations and organization tips as she prepares for Quiltcon!

Traveling in Style – Travel Sewing Organization

With Quiltcon coming up in just about 2 weeks (OMG!) I’ve been thinking about how to organize my sewing supplies for traveling. I have a large tool box I usually use when I need ALL my sewing stuff but for this trip I need to streamline my supplies. I want to bring just the essentials so I don’t have too much to lug around. Ideally, I’ll carry it all in an adorable handmade bag. Here are a few I’m considering making:

Atkinson Designs – Bridget’s Bagetts
atkinson-designs-bridgets-bagettesThese cute little zip bags would make finding everything so easy with the clear vinyl windows

Noodlehead – Road Trip Case  
insidesewing31This hold it all has a lot of great pockets plus built-in needle/pin holder!

Atkinson Designs – Classmate
atkinson-designs-classmateThis one is similar, but slightly smaller than the Road Trip Case and with lots of great pockets!

Carolyn Friedlander – Nest Egg Tote
Nest-Egg-tote_8_Carolyn-Friedlander_webI think this one is the cutest option! It’s got nice pocket and elastic storage options, zips up and has a strap you can throw over your shoulder. Plus, I could remove my sewing supplies and use it as a small bag for going out!
(Psst… We also have a class coming up for this cutie in March)

It’s so hard to pick just one to make! I might have to make one of each and then pick the winner once they’re all sewn up. You can’t have enough bags right?!

As for the essential notions to pack with me, here is what I’ve got planned:

Olfa – Splash Rotary Cutter
51VOofj1-VL._SY355_Cute and compact!

Seam Fix – Seam Ripper

The best seam ripper ever!

Easy Kut – Spring Action Scissor
easy-kut-snips-with-foam-gripsI LOVE these! They make snippin’ threads a breeze.

Tulip – Straight Pins and Tulip – Hand Sewing Needles

Compact, adorbs packaging and amazing quality!

Aurifil Cotton Mako Thread
aurifil-cotton-mako-thread-50wt-256px-256pxA big, fat spool of the best in a neutral color

Are you going to Quiltcon? I’d love to see what everyone else is planning on packing and what you’re packing everything in.

xo Liz


How many of you are under a deep freeze right now?  This bundle created by Fabricworm not only can remind us that the spring will come soon in all its blushing pinks and tender greens, but I chose to feature this bundle today because I feel like it’s been a recurring metaphor for my life.

Right now, under the snow, under the earth, in dark, growth lies in wait.  Protected by nourishing mud underground from the cold, harsh elements it just waits.  And when the storms have passed and the damaging cold are gone, when there is just enough warmth, that growth will be gently called to the surface, growing slowing, until it blooms forth in its greatest beauty.  And everyone who sees it will appreciate just how beautiful it is.

Sometimes life is a bulb or a seed just waiting in the dark.  We want to spring to the surface in bright beauty but God just says “Wait…wait a little longer…It might seem dark now, it might seem muddy and messy and like you are in the pit, but I am preparing a time for you.  Soon you will be sending down roots and I will call forth your sprouts and grow you into truly what you were meant to be.  When the time is safe, when the conditions are right, you will be all you were created to be.”

No, I don’t normally glean this much inspiration from a fabric bundle, but I wanted to share some of my deep thoughts with you this morning.



Here’s what’s in this week’s bundle:

Denyse Schmidt, Ansonia, Fine Stripe Mushroom
Dear Stella, Flirt, Polka Dot Blush
Riley Blake, Roots & Wings, Stripe Coral
Japanese Import, Foxes Magenta
Cosmo Textiles, Floral Kitty Pastel
Art Gallery, Cleta, Translate Nero
Robert Kaufman, Studio Stash Yarn Dyes, Plaid Aloe
Marcus Fabrics, Lattice Green
Windham Fabrics, Oh Clementine, Stripe Green
Art Gallery, Squared Elements, Seafoam

Mix It Up Monday aims to help you coordinate fabrics from multiple collections to take the guess work out of your fabric selections.  I hope this week’s bundle inspires your next project!

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 Today’s quilting post comes from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works!  She has a video tutorial for us about how to get perfect curves…well…at least the sewing kind of curves!

Piecing a Curve

Hello Everyone,A few years ago when I was training to become a Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, I was taught a way to piece curves, by Judy, that is just amazing!  If you have taken a class from me, I teach it this way and you will get perfect curves every time.  From a Drunkard’s Path to a Double Wedding Ring, the sky is the limit!Watch this short little video tutorial to see what the fuss is about and then give it a try yourself.  You will never want to do a curve another way again!I hope you enjoyed the video and will give it a try!  Let me know what you think!  Happy Sewing!We carry all the supplies for what you saw in the video, just click here.

Until Next Time… 

Jackie Kunkel


Today’s guest post comes from the lovely Long Ladies at Marie Madeline Studio.  Their super sweet  taste when it comes to fabric prints and pattern design is easily recognized.  They have created some amazing things in their studio and this ironing board cover is just a small sample.  I’m happy to have them share their tutorial with you!

Ironing Board Cover Tutorial



We use our iron + ironing board a lot. We mean. A lot. So it’s no wonder that after three + years we needed a new one! (We’re too embarrassed to show you a picture of the old one. Really. You could hardly tell what it was made of!)

Mommy and Abi got together and in an afternoon whipped up this new ironing board cover. They took step by step pictures. Measurements will depend entirely on your own special ironing board. Ours is old and dips (just a little bit) in the middle, so we needed extra padding. We’ll explain more below!

So — are you ready??!

Ironing Board cover {a tutorial}

1. Choose your fabrics! Fun! Since our ironing board sits by the one red wall in our studio, we wanted to have red in our cover to make our board pop. (Mommy’s favorite color choice.)

2. Cut and arrange your patches. This can be one of the most enjoyable parts, so have fun mixing and matching your favorite pieces! You’ll want it to be 6″ to 8″ bigger than your ironing board (so that you have several inches left-over on all sides of your board).

What you’ll Need:


Putting it Together!

1. Layer sheet, batting, and patched top. Use large safety pins to pin it together.

2. Sew through all layers. We chose one of our favorite (and sturdy) stitches on Mommy’s machine.

3. Lay your ironing board face down on top of your Insul-Fleece. Use a permanant marker to draw the shape of your board onto the fleece. (NOTE! if your board is not like ours (dipped), than you are more than welcome to skip the batting when your quilting your cover. Use the Insul-Fleece in place of the batting. We’re also hoping that once we wear this cover out we can replace it and the insul-fleece will still be good).

4. Our Insul-Fleece was shorter than our board, so we pieced it.

(Continuing) 4. Pieced.

5. Cut out the board shape and lay the Insul-Fleece right on the board!

6. Lay your ironing board face down on top of your patched top and prepare to cut around the board shape.  Be careful to leave several extra inches all the way around the board!!!! Do a finishing stitch (we did a zigzag stitch) around the edge of your cover after you’ve cut out the board shape.

7. Working from the top of your cover and at the middle back-end, fold back a little end of the raw end of the extra wide double fold bias tape. Sew on at 1/4″.

(Showing) 7. See?

8. Finish sewing on the bias tape just like you started. Do not overlap the pieces, but only meet them up together.

9. Fold the bias tape completely over to the back. Stitch in place.

10. Use a large safety pin to run your 1/4″ elastic through your “casing”. We cut approximantly 122″ of elastic because this was the measurement around the under side of our ironing board.  We ended up cutting plenty of elastic off, but we want you to have plenty too. Put your smashingly adorable cover onto your board and pull and tug, working the gathers to fit around your board. After your elastic is just perfect, knot and knot your elastic ends. Cut off extra elastic. (And save the rest of another project!)

11. Grab your Scotch Gard and head outside! Follow the instructions on the bottle. (We gave ours plenty of spray-layers.)

(continued) 11. Cute dog not required. (But helpful.)

And your ironing board cover is finished!!!!!

Let us know what you think!  And happy ironing.

xoxo  Kristie & Abi (for all)