The Quilter's Planner

Patterns from the Quilter’s Planner and My First Podcast Appearance with Pat Sloan!

November 23, 2015

Hello friends!

I’m excited to let you know that later today, at 4 pm Eastern, 3 pm Central, 1 pm Pacific, 2 pm Mountain, I will be interviewed by Pat Sloan on American Patchwork and Quilting’s podcast.

2 American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 285 Nov 23 2015

You can go to ITunes to download the podcast and you can listen live, or check it out later.  I love listening to podcasts when I’m sewing, and the kids are all finally asleep…

Update on The Quilter’s Planner

I can’t thank you enough for believing in The Quilter’s Planner, and being so supportive with your comments and orders. We just received our 600th backer yesterday!

The planners will begin shipping out via USPS in mid December.  Our Austin-based printer is working as quickly as possible, and we are still hoping that barring any unforeseen circumstances, all planners ordered by November 30th will be received in mailboxes in the United States by January 1st.   You will receive a confirmation email and an email with a tracking number once your order ships.

International shipping may take a bit longer, and we may not be able to provide tracking on deliveries to all countries, depending on the shipping method we are required to use.

The last day to order the planner at $35, or discounted bulk orders, is on Cyber Monday, November 30th.  The planner will still be available on and with other retailers after that date, however the price will change to the recommended MSRP of $39.98.

Quilt Patterns in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner

I want to take a minute and highlight the first 3 (of 8) beautiful quilt patterns you will see in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner.

Cake Slices By Cheryl Brickey of MeadowMist Designs

Triangle Transparency

By Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl


By Amy Garro of 13 Spools

I am so excited about these patterns, and that I am able to include them in The Quilter’s Planner to make it a valuable addition to your quilting library.

Stay tuned, I’ll send another update later in the week revealing the other fabulous quilt patterns you will see in the book!


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Where in the World is Wanderlust Quilts: A Blog Hop for Mandy Leins

November 2, 2015

It’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (scroll to the bottom to enter links to your own tips and tutorials)!

Today I have a fantastic tip for you about the new book Wanderlust Quilts, written by my dear friend, Craftsy Instructor Mandy Leins.

Mandy has been a close friend and a mentor to me for quite awhile now.  She is a quadruple threat in the quilting world:

Mandy pieces challenging quilts impeccably, with precision and great attention to detail.  She is a master longarm quilter.  She is a natural writer, and a skilled teacher. So it is not surprising that she has come up with a book that no one else on earth could have written.

For a chance to win an autographed copy of her book, scroll down for details.

Cover of Wanderlust Quilts by Mandy Leins

Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.


Wanderlust is an unusual quilting book: it doesn’t offer basic patterns or simple techniques.  Wanderlust is meant to take you to another level in your quilt-making; it’s a book you can grow with and never get bored reading. It’s a book that even your non-quilting friends and family will enjoy perusing.

Aqueducts made by Kristi Ryan designed by Mandy Leins

Aqueducts made by Kristi Ryan designed by Mandy Leins. Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.

Mandy’s Master’s degree in archaeology allows her to see quilting through an entirely different lens, in the context of classic architecture, history, culture, and art.   I guarantee you will be inspired and in awe of the creativity you see within its pages.  Don’t be surprised if you sit down with a cup of tea to leaf through the beautiful photographs, when you are suddenly overtaken by a sense of adventure and a longing to travel.

Mandy’s patterns are challenging and thought-provoking.  Who says quilts have to be rectangular anyway???

Just look at the Flowing Fabric quilt featured on the cover, isn’t it decadent and gorgeous?  With rich reds in Kona solids, it evokes the flow and drape of ancient cloth, in a color reserved for the most elite in Greek Society.

I stared at the cover of Mandy’s book, and laughed at her sense of irony, making a quilt in colors reserved for the culturally elite (Mandy is the furthest thing from culturally elite in our quilting world.  She is funny, kind, approachable, and a fierce advocate for those who need a friend.)

I see Mandy’s playfulness in her designs.  And for this blog post, I thought I would be a bit playful too, and show you one of the most adventurous things I’ve done in awhile.


Indoor Skydiving

That’s me, indoor sky diving.  And yes, of course, I brought along my copy of Wanderlust quilts on my adventure!  All I’m missing is the luxe red cape from the cover of her book, and I’d be the spitting image of Supergirl!  Believe me, as soon as I finish this enormous project I’m working on now, Mandy’s Flowing Fabric pattern is next on my list.

I’ll be sure to bring it with me on my next skydiving trip.

To enter to win an autographed copy of Mandy’s book, Wanderlust Quilts, please follow her on Instagram @mandaleiquilts so you can see all the wonderful things she posts, and leave a comment below telling me the most adventurous thing you’ve done lately.  And don’t worry, if you’re not on IG, just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.

And lest you think that indoor skydiving is not for you (that you couldn’t possibly fly straight up a 30 foot wind tunnel and spin in circles all the way back down) take a look at this next snapshot.  If my littlest firecracker can do it, so can you!

Indoor Skydiving

Bloggers, please link up your tips and tutorials below.  Link as many as you’d like!  We look forward to seeing what you’ve made!



Giveaway Winner Announcements

November 2, 2015

Hello everyone!

I’m writing a quick note to give you a heads up:



Tomorrow is Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (I’ve moved it to once a month during my work on The Quilter’s Planner 2016). So if you’re a blogger and you have tutorials from the past month, visit my blog tomorrow to link up!

I also want to announce the winners of my two last recent giveaway posts.

Pool Party Kona Cotton Solids Giveaway

The first winner, of the fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is comment #40:The Eclectic Abuela!

The Eclectic Abuela

I am an email follower.


Picture of Peek Pattern by Melanie Tuazon

The second winner, of the digital copy of the Peek Pattern is comment # 14: 


It’s so fun to see it in different colors and prints.

If you didn’t win, and you’re feeling disppointed,  don’t cry!  You can get your very own version of Melanie’s gorgeous Peek pattern right here for $8.  And seriously, this is one of those patterns that is so worth having because you can make any style of quilt from it: Traditional? Check. Modern? Double Check.  Modern Traditional?  You got it.  This is a hard-working pattern that is definitely worth the money.

See you in the morning!



Peek Pattern Launch and Giveaway {The Late Night Quilter Version}

October 28, 2015

I am so honored that my friend Melanie Tuazon  asked me to participated in Peek Wednesdays this October, where she is launching her new pattern, Peek.  Mel was one of the first bloggers I ever started following when I first began reading blogs.  I love seeing and reading about her work! She’s a talented modern quilter and teacher, and I am inspired by all that she does.

Last year, Melanie wrote a pattern…  a really, really special pattern. I loved it the second I laid eyes on it; I immediately thought it was one of the most versatile and classic modern patterns I have ever seen.

Melanie’s original version of Peek was displayed at QuiltCon 2015, and is sleek and modern as can be.

Peek by Melanie Tuazon

Modern Red Peek by Mel Tuazon 1


I loved Melanie’s first version because it included so much negative space.  As a modern longarm quilter, I love nothing more than lots of negative space to free motion quilt.

But for my version, I though I might go in the opposite direction, just for fun, and to show off the versatility of the Peek Block.  I chose soft, dreamy prints (Whitewashed Cottage by Moda) that evoke memories of relaxing lakeside in a swinging hammock.  I surrounded my shabby chic Peek blocks with borders and patchwork.

It’s the most un-modern thing I’ve ever made, and I LOVE it!  I don’t say this often, but I would make this pattern again and again.  It’s so fulfilling because each different fabric choice made gives a totally different look.

Peek by Stephanie Palmer

Peek Quilt designed by Melanie Tuazon made by Stephanie Palmer

I added a little embellishment around the four center Peek Blocks, with cotton twill ribbon that looks like measuring tape.  I found it at my Local Quilt Shop, Valli & Kim; you can order it online from them, if you like it. It comes in 5/8″ or 3/8″ (I used the 5/8″), and it’s only $1.75 a yard.

Peek Block with Cotton Twill Ribbon Detail

I used a single layer of wool batting to give it some loft and softness that my children won’t be able to resist.

Peek Quilt on Longarm by Late Night Quilter

I had plans to free motion quilt loops and feathers all over it… but then I loaded it on a longarm, and the quilt refused my plan.  I stared at it, and realized that the delicate white strips of fabric, the window panes of the block, were begging to be carefully stitched around.  As I began working on it, I realized I wanted to quilt it minimally, to focus on the beauty of the pattern.

Do you see what I mean about how versatile the pattern is?

I love Melanie’s second version of Peek too, which uses vibrant jades and blues! It’s an entirely different quilt!!!

Jade and Blue Modern Peek Block by Mel Tuazon

Last week, our friend Karin showed off some fun Halloween pillows using Peek.  Again, they are so different, it’s hard to believe it’s the same block!

LeighLaurelStudios Halloween Peek Blocks

For a chance to receive a free copy of the Peek block, please give Melanie a follow on Instagram ( @melintheattic)  and comment below (if you’re not on Instagram, now worries, just comment below and you’ll be entered to win).  The pattern is available for sale for $8 in Melanie Tuazon’s Etsy shop.  I hope you give the Peek pattern a try.  If you do, please show us what you’ve made!  #PeekQuilt on Instagram

Picture of Peek Pattern by Melanie Tuazon



Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway {Thank You for Supporting The Quilter’s Planner}

October 21, 2015

Pool Party Kona Cotton Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who has shown such excitement and support for The Quilter’s Planner that’s available for pre-order on Indiegogo!

We hit our Stage 1 funding goal within one day and I am feeling so grateful.  Everyone has shown such excitement about the project, telling me how much they need something like The Quilter’s Planner in their lives.  It has filled me with a new energy and desire to make this planner available to everyone I can reach in the community.  So thank you for continuing to share this project with your quilting friends, and for your overwhelming support.  We are all on pace to have an organized and creatively inspired 2016!

To show my thanks, I am having a giveaway this week!

I had fun shopping over at the Fat Quarter Shop last night for the giveaway; I selected a fat quarter bundle of beautiful Kona Cotton solids in my favorite color palette, aquas and teals.  To enter, please give me a follow on Instagram @latenightquiltersign up for my email list, or just share this post with someone through the social media buttons at the top of my blog.  Many of you have already done these things, and I send you hugs and gratitude.  Just leave me a comment below letting me know that you’ve entered the giveaway. I will select a winner on Sunday evening, November 1st at 8 pm.

I love how the quilting community is a powerful force to be reckoned with– if you go to the Design Tab on Indiegogo, the Quilter’s Planner is featured as a trending campaign!  I think the people over at Indiegogo probably just sat up and noticed the quilting community and realized how powerful they are.  We are a niche community that rocks the world.

A Note About the Indiegogo Campaign:

The Indiegogo pre-order campaign will be active until November 30th at midnight.  The planners will be shipped out during the first and second weeks of December. 

On another fun note, today I have a guest post over at at Sew Mama Sew – 5 Tips for Achieving an Accurate Seam Allowance! I hope this article is a useful reference tool for you.    If you’re a member of The Late Night Quilter’s Club on Facebook, or a friend on Instagram, and you shared your thoughts on seam allowances with me, I thank you for widening my understanding of the challenges we all face as we fine-tune our sewing skills.

5 Tips for an Accurate Seam Allowance


Order The Quilter’s Planner 2016 on Indiegogo Today!

October 20, 2015

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

Today I am launching the pre-order campaign for The Quilter’s Planner 2016!

I have been working so hard over the last several months to develop a beautiful and useful tool that will help us all organize our lives and our creative projects, all in one place.

The prototype arrived, and it is looking beautiful! I have had so much fun playing with it, highlighting it, scribbling all over it, testing it out.

The-Quilters-Planner 600 x 200

What’s Inside:

  • Monthly calendars
  • Weekly calendars
  • Project planning pages
  • Swatch saver
  • Graph paper
  • Free motion quilting practice pages
  • Goal-setting prompts
  • 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers (Cheryl Brickey (Meadowmist Designs), Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl), Amy Garro (13 Spools), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Mandy Leins (Mandalei Quilts), Pat Sloan (Pat Sloan), Kitty Wilkin (Night Quilter) and me).
  • 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
  • Gorgeous artwork pull-outs by the talented Kelsey Boes from Lovely and Enough
  • Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques

Monthly Calendar:

I love that the monthly calendar has prompts on the left to write your goals for the month, and the personal, work and quilting projects you need to tackle during the month. I also love the space on the bottom to write notes… phone numbers, addresses, reminders, ideas.

The Quilter's Planner - Monthly Calendar

I decided to launch the pre-order campaign on a site called Indiegogo.  If you click over, you can watch my video about the project and read a lot more details, and click to order!!!  Whooo hooo!!

Here are a couple more glimpses of what’s inside:

Weekly Calendars:

Check out the awesome, original block design in the left hand margin (this Whirling Plus design is by the talented Josi Heron of Avocado Quilts!)  Each weekly spread will show a fabulous block design by a blogger in our quilting community.

I also love that at the top of each day of the week, there is space to include your daily top three. These are the top three things you have to do during the day in order to feel that you’ve accomplished the big stuff (I promise – crossing these things off your list at the end of every day will make you sleep better!)

And one of my favorite parts of this whole book is the separate to-do lists for your work, personal and quilting aspects of life.

The Quilter's Planner Weekly Calendar

Individual Project Planning Pages:

You can track all the steps you need to take to complete the project, and list out the supplies you have, and those you need. You can even attach an inspirational picture or sketch a block design, and attach swatches of fabric with included sticky dots!

The Quilter's Planner - Individual Project Planning Pages

There are so many more wonderful sections of the planner.  I hope you’ll click over to Indiegogo and check it out.

How You Can Help

So many of you have given me immense support throughout the development of this project.  In many ways, it is a community project, and I am so grateful.

If you can take a second of your time to help me spread the word about the planner, I would appreciate it so much.  You can click to share this blog post (there are icons at the bottom of the post, or in the top right corner of my blog).  Or you can log on to Indiegogo, and use the share tools in the left and right margins.  If you use the share tools on the Indiegogo site, you will be automatically entered into my Indiegogo Share contest.  The friends who share the most (because sharing is caring) will receive rewards from me like a free planner, a fabric bundle, or a fun t-shirt!

Indiegogo is a fabulous site for start-ups and creative projects (be careful –browsing through the fascinating projects is totally addictive).  It allows me to collect pre-orders for the planner, which makes it much easier to determine how many to print. I have already invested substantial funds into the complete development of the planner, but I am publishing the project on Indiegogo to support the printing.

What I love about Indiegogo is that I don’t have to meet a “funding goal” in order to go ahead and print the planners and send them out into the world (unlike Kickstarter, another well-known crowd-funding site).  So if you order a planner, you are guaranteed to receive a planner. There’s no threat of an unsuccessful crowd-funding project.

I have pulled together a fabulous team, and I am so grateful that they are all such incredible idea partners. Thank you to all of you (you definitely know who you are because I have exhausted you over the last several months) who have made this project a reality.



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: Machine Quilting with Style

October 6, 2015

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! As I work on the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner, I’ve decided to temporarily shift Tips and Tutorials Tuesday to once a month.  Please scroll down below to see the fantastic tutorials that have been added below, and if you’re a blogger feel free to add as many as you’d like!

For my tip today, I want to share a new book with you that I’m thrilled I added to my bookshelf. Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites (Amazon affiliate link).

Machine Quilting with Style

I met the author of this wonderful book last month at the HandiQuilter headquarters.  Christa Watson is a warm, effusive, funny, joyous person, and I enjoyed every moment I spent with her.

As a longarm quilter with four young children, it is rare for me to have time to sit down to practice my quilting skills on a home sewing machine.  But I have been making a point to try to do it a few times a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.  A longarm is a wonderful tool, but it doesn’t work well for certain designs (for example- long diagonal lines). So I was ecstatic when Christa told me about her new book.  It’s perfect for beginners and more advanced quilters alike.

Since I’m a professional longarm quilter, I know I shouldn’t be telling you this… but I love the idea of making a quilt from start to finish all by yourself.  So I love that Christa empowers quilters to do just that (even if it means less business for me!)  She has a practical, logical way of presenting information.  And I love the little tips that are off-set throughout the book.  These are details that patterns don’t usually mention – that you usually learn the hard way; Christa’s suggestions spare us from this pitiful fate.

The book contains 12 modern patterns. Christa walks readers through all steps of the quilt-making process, from start to finish.  I love this comprehensive approach to teaching. Christa’s book is a primer of sorts, with 10 free-motion quilting techniques and 8 walking foot desgins that are perfect starting points for me on my domestic sewing machine.

Of all the 12 patterns in the book, I particularly like Focal Point.  Here is a version of it by the oh-so-talented Amy Garro of 13 Spools:

13 Spools Focal Point quilt by Christa Watson

I also love Rain.  I think I could make this quilt over and over again with different color combinations.  Here is Cheryl’s version from Meadowmist Designs:

Rain by Cheryl

I hope you get a chance to take a peek at Christa’s book for yourself.  Add it to your list of modern quilting must-haves!




Add a Little Vintage to Your Life

October 5, 2015

I have a small obsession I haven’t shared with you yet.  Vintage quilts.  Oh, you’re not surprised, are you?

When I travelled to Utah last month to film an episode of the show called Quilt It (affiliate link), I met someone else who has an even greater obession with vintage quilts.  Her name is Kelly Cline.   Have you seen her work yet?  Kelly is a longarmer, like me, and she follows in the footsteps of domestic machine quilter Cindy Needham.  Kelly’s specialty is taking vintage linens, and filling them with new life.  Here’s a sample of her work that you can find on her blog. I’m a huge fan; Kelly is so full of joy and enthusiasm for what she does.

Kelly Cline quilting

Kelly is a free-motion quilting whiz. And on occasion, she combines FMQ with intricate computerized designs to create masterpieces that will surely live to see another century. If you like the idea of trying this, she has a facebook group that will give you plenty of inspiration!

Although I love old quilts, I don’t often have the opportunity to visit antique shops like Kelly does.  So I troll ebay and etsy, looking for beautiful pieces from the past.  If they’re unfinished, that’s even better!

Look at this lovely log cabin.  I like to daydream about how I will quilt it.  But I can never seem to commit.  The ghosts of quilters past hover over me, and I collapse under the pressure and tuck it back on the shelf, only to pull it out the next week and stare at it again.

vintage Quilt CLose Up log cabin 1

We visited the lake the other day, and I brought some of my vintage finds along with us.  The kids played at the playground next to me, and I snapped a few sunset pictures.

The grass is burnt and dessicated from the blistering August heat.  But there’s still something beautiful about it.

vintage Quilt Aunt Ginny log cabin 1

Sophie vintage quilt at lake jpeg III

My daughter can’t resist a quilt photo shoot.  She thinks it’s just a normal activity that all moms do with their kids every week.  We had so much fun attempting to flip this quilt out against the lake breeze.  We tried and tried until we were both in hysterics.

Then we turned around and looked at the giant sign two feet away from us.  How did we miss it?!?!?! We ran away screaming and laughing at the same time.  Apparently the water moccasins like this location too.

Swim at Your Own Risk and Snakes

We moved to higher ground for the rest of the pictures.  This X block quilt is from the 50s. I love the high value crispness of it.

vintage Quilt CLose Up 1

Can you see the perfect little hand stitches on the back?  I think of the time spent on these quilts, how much must have happened in a woman’s life during the time she slowly stitched each piece together with her hands.  I think about what she might have been thinking and feeling with each length of thread.  What would she think of me holding her quilt now?  How would she want me to finish it?

vintage Quilt CLose Up 1 Hand Stitches on Back

My mother found these feedsack Sunbonnet Sues for me.  There’s a whole perfect set of them.  What would you do with them to finish them?  Would you stay true to the period, or would you run with the solid colors and do something with a modern twist?

Sunbonnet Sue set of 3 Sunbonnet Sue set of 2

They are all hand stitched too.  So much time.  So much love or heartbreak, or laughter or tears.  Probably all of those things.

Tomorrow I will finally post another Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  I know you bloggers out there have written some amazing posts in the last month.  I hope you’ll link them up for us all to share!


Finish it Up Friday

My Favorite Quilt Ever – Modern Paper Pieced Stars

October 1, 2015

Happy October!!!  Are you feeling the signs of fall yet?  Not so much here in Austin… we’re still enjoying the heat.

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you might have seen my pictures of a quilt I finished longarming last month for a wonderful client named Rachael Ferrera.  This is Rachael’s own layout, using paper pieced stars from a number of sources.

I love it so much that I think it would make a beautiful cover for the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner.  I’ve been busy working with Rachael to get permission from all the various designers who published these different paper pieced stars.  And so far, everyone has said yes!

Modern Stars Ferrera_ WholeQuilted by Stephanie Palmer watermarked

Speaking of the planner, I heard all your feedback, and we are moving from our original plan for a moleskin-type cover, to a hard cover with a spiral binding.  This way, you can easily open the book flat on a table, or fold it in half to make it easier to use.  I am excited about this change of plan.  Thank you all for sharing your opinions with me about it!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera quilted by Stephanie Palmer

If you’ve wondered what happened to my Tips and Tutorials posts and Linky parties- don’t worry! I’ll get back on the wagon again soon.  I’ve been spending every minute of my work day putting together the content for The Quilter’s Day Planner so we can launch it in mid-October.

And my children – yikes.  My children have been sick (it always happens that way at the beginning of the school year) and needing some extra attention.

I will admit that I’ve been overwhelmed this month.  The big clue to me that I’m burning the candle at both ends came the other day when I repeatedly entered my ATM pin into the microwave while trying to warm a snack for my kids.  It took me at least three tries to figure out what was wrong.  I know.  Pitiful.

So I’m thinking of moving the Tips and Tutorials Linky party to a once-a-month event until I finish birthing this planner.  This baby is demanding all my attention!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rahael Fererra, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera Quilted by Stephanie PalmerI



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

September 15, 2015

Hello!  Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  To link up your own tips and tutorials today, scroll to the bottom of the page.

I have an exciting announcement today that many of you have heard tidbits about over the last few months.


2016 Day Planner for Quilters by Stephanie Palmer at Late Night Quilter 

I am thrilled to announce that I am publishing a Day Planner  for 2016 that’s specifically designed for  quilters!  It’s a  daily  planner   that will inspire you to  achieve your  goals, and  organize both        your personal  life and your  quilting life.  Imagine  having to-do    lists for your quilting  projects and your home and  work life all in     one place…. and space to write all  your  appointments and    responsibilities too.  

  And what about when you have those  brilliant ideas in the      middle of the night for your next project?  There’s graph paper  for   sketching out your quilt ideas, blank space to  brainstorm or      practice  free  motion quilting drawings, and project planning    pages.  And a quilting reference section too.  It’s all  there!

 Plus, there will be instructions for a gorgeous, original  quilt  block on each weekly spread (courtesy of the wonderful new quilt bloggers from 2015), and fantastic quilt  patterns from top  designers like Pat Sloan, Kitty Wilkin, Lee Heinrich, Mandy  Leins, Yvonne Fuchs,  Cheryl Brickey, me and more!

 To learn more about it when I launch the pre-order site, please sign up here:

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The Quilter's Day Planner for 2016 by Stephanie Palmer

I can’t wait to share more details about the planner with you as it evolves. Please feel free to leave me comments about your ideas for the planner.  I am editing content every day, and working on making it the best product it can be!

What things could I include that would make a planner most useful to you?
The Quilter's Day Planner for 2016 by Stephanie Palmer


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

A Tip for Tuesday – The Ideal Seam Gauge

September 8, 2015

Hi everyone!

First, let me say congratulations to Connie C. for commenting on my blog last Wednesday and being the randomly selected winner of a 1/2 yard bundle of fabric from Fabri-Quilt!

It’s Tuesday, and I’ve got another quick tip for you today that will make your life so much easier. If you have a link of your own to share this week, scroll down to the bottom and share your knowledge!

Changing my seam allowances from project to project drives me nuts.  I frequently switch back and forth between 1/4″, a scant 1/4″ and 3/8″ for attaching my binding to the face of my quilt.

It’s so important to be perfectly accurate with these seam allowances; and for awhile, I found that I was failing on that front.  Enter the Ideal Seam Guide! By the way, this is not a paid endorsement or an affiliate link… I just want to share a tool that I love with you.

The ideal seam guide is a small plastic ruler, with tiny holes in it for each possible seam size you might need (all the way from 1/8″ to  1 1/2″).

Ideal Seam Gauge image

You choose the hole you need that corresponds with the marked seam allowance of your choice, and lower the needle of your machine into the hole, and attach the seam guide of your choice.

Here’s a quick video to show you how it’s used:


(Sidenote: I’ve tried everything for a guide– 1/4″ foot, moleskin, sticky notes, frog tape, sticky cork, and now my heart and seams are happy with my adjustable screw-in guide on my Janome 1600P).

You can buy the Ideal Seam Guide in several places.  I bought mine directly from  I’ve seen it on Ebay, and on Fat Quarter Shop in the past too.  I’ve also seen cheaper versions by Dritz and Connor on Amazon, but they don’t seem to have a scant 1/4″ option, which is a must for me!



Another Set of Free, Fabulous, Brand New Quilt Block Tutorials for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop

September 3, 2015



Terri Ann Childlike Fascination Tutorial Fabri Quilt

Today is the last day of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop.  This is the gorgeous block my friend Terri Ann, from Childlike Fascination, created.  You can visit her blog today to download this tutorial, and enter to win a 1/2 yard bundle of some beautiful Fabri-Quilt fabrics. You can also visit 15 other bloggers’ sites to get more free, unique block tutorials!

Terri Ann is a wonderfully creative quilter, who has also developed a helpful site called that maintains an up to date list of swaps, block of the month clubs and community quilting projects. It’s such a fabulous resource. I’ve bookmarked it on my computer and I visit it regularly.

If you missed any of the 60+ tutorials this week, you can catch up by visiting the following links below:

Monday, August 31st, 2015
Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs (me)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Host – Stephane @Late Night Quilter

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Host – Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination



Free Pattern, Giveaway Day

Geese at the Crossroads Tutorial: Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop

September 2, 2015

Block Hop Collage

Welcome to Day 3 of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop sponsored by Fabri-Quilt. I am hosting 15 bloggers today as they show off new, beautiful quilt blocks, using Fabri-Quilt’s Prairie Cloth Solids.

Turquoise, Chartreuse, Lapis Blue, Aqua, Coral


Here are the links to each of their blogs. I hope you enjoy visiting them all, and pin the block tutorials for future use:

Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios

Kitty @Night QuilterF

On Thursday, make sure you visit Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination to see the last 16 blocks in the hop.

Now it is my turn to share my new block with you!

Geese at the Crossroads Block

Geese at the Crossroads Cropped

Click for a Downloadable PDF of the Block Tutorial: Geese At the Crossroads 

Here is a digital rendering of the secondary design the block creates, when 4 are sewn together:

4 Block Image I - 24 inches

And here is a second possible layout that I really love:

4 Block Image II - 24 inches

Instructions to Make Geese at the Crossroads

Finished bock size: 12″ x 12″

Unfinished block size: 12.5″ x 12.5″




*Wash and dry Prairie Cloth Solids, with like colors, or with a color catcher, before cutting.


Combine B1 and B2 and cut 1 piece 2½” x 16″. Cut B1, B2 and C1 longer than necessary (at least 16″). This will make it easier to diagonally trim.




  1. Make 10 half-square triangles (HSTs) from A1 and A2:


2. Trim HSTs to 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″


3. Make flock of geese:

Sew together white square and HSTs.


4. Sew together rows. Press seams for Row 1 to the right, Row 2 to the left, Row 3 to the right and Row 4 to the left.



5. Trim on diagonal 1/4″ away from HST points.



6. Add B1, B2, C1 and D1


Here is a trick I used to make sure I lined up my blue triangle on the bottom left correctly:  I placed a ruler at the top of the block, measuring 10.5 inches.  Then I lined up a second ruler vertically on the left, at 10.5 inches, and made a chalk mark on the coral strip where I wanted the blue triangle to line up.


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Then I placed the navy triangle on top of the coral, right sides together, with it’s left corner at the chalk mark, and pinned and sewed a scant 1/4″ seam.

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7. Trim block to 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.



8. Add strips to side in this order:






For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer palette, please follow the Inspired by Fabric blog (either by email or blog reader) and let me know how you are following in a comment here on my blog.

This giveaway is open to everyone (international entries welcome), and the giveaway will be open through Sunday, September 6th at 11:59 pm EDT when I will use a random number generator to select a winner from the comments.

Good luck! Inspired by Fabric is also hosting a *separate* giveaway today, so don’t forget to visit and enter to win there as well!

Geese at the Crossroads Corner



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

The Secret to Making Test Blocks You’ll Love and Day 2 of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop

August 31, 2015


Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday and Day 2 of the Fabri-Quilt New  Block Hop!

Today, it’s my wonderful friend Cheryl’s turn to host the blog hop.  Cheryl is  an amazing person who inspires me every day.  She’s got an incredible quilt  design business, she has young children and a husband, a busy job, a blog, and  is  an  incredibly creative, prolific person.  I have no idea how she gets it all  done,  and so perfectly to boot.  I am lucky to call her my friend, and have her  on  speed dial.

For today, in honor of Cheryl, it seems appropriate to share with you a  quilting tip that she taught me:

When you’re making test blocks, choose one line of fabric that you will always use.  After you make test blocks for that new pattern you’re trying out, or the bee block for a friend, or a challenge block for your guild, you’ll be surprised to find that you have a collection of interesting blocks, of many different sizes, that look beautiful together with the addition of a little negative space.

Farmer's Wife Blocks

I’ve begun making test blocks in the same Bonnie and Camille fabric line I used for my neglected Farmer’s Wife project.  Although I may not have an official Farmer’s Wife quilt in the end, it will eventually be a finished sampler top, with many different styles of blocks that remind me of the projects I have taken on over the years.

Test Blocks

My test blocks, all made from Bonnie and Camille’s Happy Go Lucky line, by Moda.

If you have a tip or tutorial you’d like to link up today, please scroll to the bottom and enter your information.

Here is the list of 16 bloggers that Cheryl is hosting today.  If you click over to their blogs, you will see that they each are sharing brand new, creative, unique block tutorials with you. Pin them for later, and have fun being inspired!

Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Josi @Avocado Quilts
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @Love You Sew
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Adrian @Making It – Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @Pink Doxies
Sarah @123 Quilt
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @The Zen Quilter

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop Button 2015


For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer palette, you have two opportunities to win today.  Visit Cheryl at MeadowMist Designs and leave her a comment for one entry and visit Inspired by Fabric to enter to win there as well!

Free patterns

Check out 64 Free, Brand New Quilt Block Tutorials Starting Today

August 30, 2015

Welcome to Day 1 of the Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop! Over the next 4 days, you will have access to tutorials from 64 bloggers who are all creating brand new quilt blocks for you.  How cool is that?

If you’ve wanted new ideas for quilt designs, and want to see unique and modern blocks, this is the week for you!

Click over to my co-host Yvonne’s blog, Quilting Jetgirl to check out the amazing blocks designed by the first 16 bloggers.

Here is the list of today’s participants:

Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Fabri-Quilt is also generously sponsoring a half yard giveaway of the fabric bundle put together for the blog hop, so don’t miss out on two different ways to enter to win (details at the bottom of the post).

All of the quilt blocks featured this week are going to be assembled into quilts and donated to charity. I hope you enjoy this fantastic creative endeavor.

I’ll see you tomorrow with news of the next 16 new block tutorials for you!


Inspired by Fabric

For a chance to win a half yard bundle of the Watermelon Summer palette, you have two opportunities to win today.  Visit Quilting Jetgirl and leave her a comment for one entry and visit Inspired by Fabric to enter to win there as well!