Best Book: Quiltmania Special Kids 2014

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Quiltmania has been one of our very favorite magazines for as long as I can remember. We always think everything included in fabulous, unique and right up our alley in terms of style. When we started designing our own patterns, one of our lofty goals was to be featured in Quiltmania. So we were a bit giddy, to say the least when we found out they wanted to publish not one but TWO of our designs!! Yesterday a few copies arrived of OUR issue arrived and to say we are excited is the understatement of the century. Not only do our quilts look stunning on the pages, but all of the other projects that we are surrounded by are just beautiful! The issue is called Quiltmania Special Kids 2014 and has 28 different patterns inside, all geared towards the little ones. We will have issues in our shop and online to sell in a few weeks or you can pick it up at your local shop, or Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. Pick one up, its a keeper!

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Our E is for Elephant and our W is for Whale patterns are both featured, and our Whale is even on the back cover!

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I honestly love everything else that is included and am a little obsessed with the penguin quilt pattern below.

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Quick Tips & Tools: Turn your quilt into a Scrapbook

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This is s super simple tip, that will turn your quilt into a scrapbook of any kind with only a little effort. Why not turn your quilt into a record of memories. This is our O is for Owl quilt and we have been recording the milestones in my niece Piper’s life onto the flags as she creates them. We have used a permanent Pigma pen to write them down, and as she is now writing herself, she can start to record them in her own handwriting. Now, not only does she have a quilt she loves but it will be a scrapbook of sorts for milestones in the beginning of her little life. You can do this on any pattern and it really doesn’t take much time! This will work great for children, babies, anniversary gifts, weddings and much more!

 

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Sneek Peek: Sleepytime is here!

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This is Sleepytime! I think it is my very favorite baby quilt, EVER! And that is saying a lot! This quilt combines simple patchwork with adorable little sleepy animals that are appliqued into their beds. The border is a beautiful scallop that is also the binding as it comes around from the back. We used a beautiful Irish Linen that is included in our kits. Jeanette also hand quilted this little lovely to make it extra special. You can purchase just the pattern or a kit through the links below. So, what do you think?

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Sleepytime Kit with Irish Linen and Pre-cut squares!

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Best Books: Love & Patchwork Magazine

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Love & Patchwork is one of my very favorite finds as of late! It is from the same group that does Mollie Makes, and I have loved every square inch of the first 2 issues that I got my hands on. It is out of the U.K. but you can subscribe, or pick it up around town, or even get it on your e-reader, plus hopefully we will be carrying it soon. The cover above is issue 3, the latest issue, that to my surprise our Animal Alphabet series is featured in as a new and wonderful find! So exciting!! P.S., I totally need to make that buttons quilt!

 

On the Docket: Hexie Posie’s

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I am currently having too much fun with Bee In My Bonnet’s Hexie Half Ruler! I have been making this Hexie Posie quilt and a larger honeycomb style baby quilt at the same time.After years of not having one,  have finally put some batting up on my wall for a make shift design board. What a difference! Now I wish I could cover one entire wall in it! Someday, in my dream sewing room. So, what are you working on?