Complimentary Sparkle Patterns! (and the APQ Quilt Along)

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Hi everyone,
Sparkle is starting to ship to stores in March so I thought I’d post the free patterns for this collection.  (Click on the captions to have them sent to your email or you can also link to them on the sidebar of my blog or on the downloads page.)

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Sparkle Sampler
Sparkle Runner
Sparkle Runner

Both of them use the Sparkle panel, but different parts of it so you can make both with one cut, plus yardage.  There will even be a couple of blocks left over to make placemats or other small gifts!  Oh – here is the Sparkle panel so you can take a peek….


For those of you who are new here, I also wrote up a free pattern for my Sparkle Embroidered gift bags.


And the other Sparkle patterns are in my shop.

All Sparkle patterns

And for those of you who are participating in the APQQuiltAlong – isn’t it fun?  I haven’t started quilting but I did manage to get my Easy Addition Sparkle blocks (pattern in the most recent issues of Quilts and More) pieced together. It was super-fast-and-easy – so much so it felt like I must be cheating!


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Happy quilting!


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APQ Quilt Along 2016: Part 2

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you guys know that the instructions are now on newsstands for all three quilts in the APQ Quilt Along.  They can be found in the current issues of Quilts and More and American Patchwork & Quilting.

I made some progress on my Easy Addition quilt (featured in Quilts and More actually) earlier this week.  I’m sewing it in Sparkle, my holiday line for Benartex – which should arrive in stores in March/April.  (If you are working on this project remember to follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #APQQuiltalong !


My favorite Sparkle color combination…
I like it so much I made it twice!
Another favorite…


But maybe I just like the wreaths?

Easy Addition is made in such a clever manner – all four outer corners are cut from one simple square-in-a-square block which you pre-piece and then cut.  Which means, if you are using directions prints, that you get all four corners with the prints oriented in the right direction automatically!


Also this year in APQ they are running a quilting series where Angela Walters, Leah Day, and I all show you ideas for quilting a particular block.  This month it is the split rail fence.  Fun to see that everyone comes up with something very different and unique!



Finally, a lot of people have been joining our Free-Motion Quilting Idea facebook group, which is awesome!  We are talking about all things quilting over there.  I try to loosely screen membership requests to make sure are all quilters or at least crafters so, if your membership request hasn’t been accepted, chances are that you might need to change your settings so I can see something about you – or message me so I know who you are.  If your feed is in another language that is ok, but just make sure that I can see some pictures or posts that indicate your interests so I can tell you aren’t a spammer, ok?

Also, I had so much interest in my last quilting tutorial on swirl feathers that I’ll be working another free quilting tutorial for you all in time for Valentine’s Day – stay tuned!

So that is it – I hope you all have a wonderful week and get in a few minutes of sewing along the way!

Happy quilting!


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Quilting BERNINA-Style: Swirl Feathers at We All Sew

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Hi everyone!
I hope you had wonderful holidays. This is just a short post today to tell you that I’m guest-posting over at We All Sew today on Friday (sorry – change of plans!) with a free step-by-step quilting tutorial there and below. Last month when I visited I could tell from comments there was a lot of interest in learning how to quilt feathers – so today I have an easy and forgiving variation of a feather for you. It is one of my favorites – a swirl feather!

This swirl feather is quilted on a red print for my Sparkle line for Benartex (shipping in March/April) in Aurifil 50 wt. thread on my lovely BERNINA Q24.

You can get step-by-step instructions for quilting a swirl feather by clicking here or on the picture below and you can see more pictures and a few videos by visiting We All Sew on Friday!

Happy quilting!


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