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Circle 7 :: Amy’s Quilt




For August I received Amy’s quilt.  She had originally requested 16 patch blocks and sent 2 off as her starter to the quilt.

In July she decided to give us free reign and told us to go for it and make whatever we’d like!

Jennifer had the quilt before me and she made the beautiful hexy/star strip at the top.

When I got the quilt package it contained 6  blocks and the long strip.     I stuck them on my wall and waited to see if inspiration would come.

For 2 weeks I looked at everything and rearranged the 16-patches.   I kept feeling like it was hard to go in a new direction with so many of the previous blocks still intact.

Hopefully no one will be mad at me for taking their blocks apart!

I split 4 of the blocks in half and used them to frame a long dash block that I made.

I felt like it helped give the quilt a new start, tying in with Amy’s decision to go a different direction.

Amy I hope you think so!

I also added in the diamond block for the next person to use as she’d like.

Love the cheery colors and am excited to see it grow!





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Circle 7 Bee :: Courtney’s Quilt

I am really beginning to have fun in this bee.   I had Courtney’s quilt last month and her theme was ‘favorite things’.

My favorite is the geek glasses from Sew What Sherlock.   It was a really great paper piece pattern, highly recommend.  (You can find here for $2.50)

Amy’s quilt just arrived yesterday so I need to start brainstorming!   I finally feel like I’m getting in a groove with contributing to these.

I was really nervous on the first two quilts.  Worrying that I would get it ‘right’.   Worrying if I was adding something meaningful to the quilt.

I’m embarrassed to admit how often I doubt myself.     In my design work, in blogging and life in general.

I have so many ideas unshared and many that I have shared that I have yet to accomplish.

What the heck!

I know I’m not the only one with self-doubt, but ugh it’s annoying!

I had just planned to share pictures  but apparently I needed to give myself a public pep talk.

Baby steps, a little each day.    Start your idea, don’t think about how you will finish it, just start.

Don’t get so wrapped up with the details, learn and enjoy the process.

You are creative.   It’s okay if not everyone likes what you do.   You are doing it for you, no one else.

Take this day and make it count.    Each moment be purposeful.

xo Lindsey



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Zakka 2.0 Week 8 | Books for Baby Quilt

Week 7 winner, #3 Debbie!

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I just love the project for this week, the Books for Baby Quilt.   This  project uses paper piecing and a chance to use scrap fabrics to make the little book covers.     Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts is sharing her quilt today and her finished project is so cute!

This project is one of the larger in the book so the prize this week is a big one too.  Our linkup prize this week includes (1) twin size Legacy by Pellon Natural Cotton batting, a $50 gift certificate to Form&Fabric and a welcome pack from Spoonflower that includes a $35 shop credit, the book “Field Guide to Fabric Design” by Kim Kight and a swatch book with samples of all fabric and materials Spoonflower uses for printing.

SO thankful for the generosity of the sponsors!




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You may link up your finished quilt or quilt top today through Sunday July 28th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the batting from Pellon, the $50 GC to Form&Fabric and the welcome pack from Spoonflower.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

Have fun this week!


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Circle 7 Bee :: Jennifer’s Quilt

I just finished up my first month in a traveling quilt bee I joined called Circle 7.

I’ve been following along with   The Traveling Quilts + Stitch Tease and was very excited when Jennifer decided to start a traveling bee!

We chose to share the progress of the quilts since none of us could stand trying to keep a secret for a year.

So, here is my addition to Jennifer’s quilt:

She sent me her starter which included a long herringbone piece and the star block below.

She also created a Pinterest board with inspiration ideas here.

I started by making two triangle borders using solids and shot cottons and then decided it would be fun to make some churn dash blocks and make log cabin centers like in her original block to tie everything in.

I also discovered that washi tape is amazing for piecing together paper piece templates because it tears just like paper when you’re finished!

After putting the churn dash up I got an urge to cut apart the herringbone piece and use it to make a larger starter block.

I folded it up and put it on my design board to see what it might look like.   I really liked the look but decided to think on it for a bit because I was nervous about cutting her block apart!

And then I decided to just go for it since  that was the point of the bee!  Thankful that she liked it.   Such a thrill to just fly by the seat of your pants and sew!

Here’s my finished addition and extra herringbone piece mailed off to the next friend on the list, Val.


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Friday Randoms…

1.  Colorful churn dash blocks on my design wall!  I’m getting ready to figure out the layout for my month of Do. Good Stitches.  I am so in love with these little 6″ blocks.

2.  Only 3 days left of school! ack.   This year has completely flown by and I can’t believe I will have a 1st and 2nd grader next year.

3.  Tomorrow I’ll be at Bless My Stitches quilt shop in Murphy, NC.    Sweet Dana from Old Red Barn Co. and the shop owner, Karen, invited me along to the book release party for Modern Baby.   Dana is SO wonderful and I loved getting to met her at Sew South.    She’s the cover girl!  Isn’t her fishy quilt cute??  The party starts at 2pm, so please come say hello if you’re local. 🙂

1871905_origHave a great weekend!



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Orbit QAL :: Winner!

Today is the close of the Orbit quilt along, what a fun 6 weeks!

Below are the 12 beautiful quilts that you finished.   I am so impressed by how uniquely made each quilt is.



I’ve used to pick the winner of the Cold Spring Dreams fat quarter bundle.

Congrats #6, Emilee!


I am feeling like a schmuck this morning because mine is still.being.quilted.   Straight line quilting is not as fast as my normal stipple I have discovered.

If you’re still working on yours, keep going!  We’ll  get finished soon!

I’m reopening the link up so that you can share your finished quilt, whenever you’re ready.

I’ve decided to leave the pattern open for free download for a few more weeks, so download it now if you’d still like a copy.

Thank you so much to all who participated!

xo Lindsey

P.S.  I’ll be back later today to announce  round 2 of a fun sew along happening this summer!


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Orbit QAL Week 5 :: Quilting, Link up Open!

Another Monday and we’re ready to get quilting!

The link up opens today, too, so if you’ve already finished go ahead and add in your quilt at the end of the post.

The link up will stay open until April 1st and you can enter a finished quilt or a complete quilt top.  One entry per person please!

I’ve got my top spray basted and ready to go.

I’m going to quilt a concentric circle on mine.   I’ve never done that before, so hoping it goes smoothly!

I was inspired by Jeni’s beautiful quilting on her Color Hex quilt.   Have you decided how to quilt yours yet?

Color Hex Quilt by Jeni Baker
Color Hex Quilt, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.


Quilting and binding will take up the last two weeks of the sew along.  I can’t believe it’s almost coming to a close!
To be entered for a chance to win the fat quarter bundle of Cold Spring Dreams, you need to have your finished quilt or completed top linked up by April 1st.
You can do it!
xx Lindsey
Link up below by clicking on the frog picture and following the instructions.  One entry per person please.


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Orbit QAL Week 4 :: Backing + Basting

Hi all!

We are heading towards the finish line with our Orbit quilts.  My top is finished and I’m ready to start working on the backing today.

How are you coming along?  If you’re running a bit behind, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time!

Are you doing anything special for your backing?  I usually like to do a design on the back, but sometimes that makes me feel overwhelmed and the quilt ends up in the WIP pile.

I am ready to get quilting so I think I’m going to just piece together the fabrics I have left over and call it a day.

I did play around with some ideas for backing that I thought I’d share with you.

In the process of making the hst blocks, you end up with a few extra triangles.   I put them together with the background fabric to make a floating line of triangles across the back.

My other idea was to do something similar to my Dresden quilt back and piece a single orbit, surrounded by my leftover scraps.

Lots of quilts popping up in the  flickr group.  If you’re doing something special for the back, add a picture.  I’d love to see your ideas.

A few of you are already quilting!  I’m loving Courtney’s all voile quilt that she is hand quilting, it looks amazing.

I’ll be back later this week with my progress!



Feb 11th, :: Getting Ready! (fabric selection + supply list)

Feb 18th, Week 1 :: Pattern release + cutting/organizing

Feb 25th, Week 2 & 3 :: Piecing + quilt layout

March 11th, Week 4 ::  Backing + Basting your quilt

March 18th, Week 5 & 6 :: Quilting & Binding + Link Up Opens to add your finished project

April 1st, Link Up Closes and Winner selected from photo pool


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Orbit QAL Week 3 :: Another piecing week!

How’s everyone coming along on this Monday?

Today starts week 3 of the QAL and we are still piecing this week.

I know several of you are done, woot!  They are looking awesome.   Add yours to the flickr group if you haven’t yet, I’d love to see it!

Here is Rumeysa’s completed top:


Pinkebody has a scrappy version in progress: 

I love the dark yellow corners in the one orbit!

And Rebecca is working on a beautiful top:

I have one row left to sew on mine and I hope to get that finished today.

Next week we will start working on our quilt backing and getting our quilts sandwiched and ready for quilting.

xo Lindsey


Feb 11th, :: Getting Ready! (fabric selection + supply list)

Feb 18th, Week 1 :: Pattern release + cutting/organizing

Feb 25th, Week 2 & 3 :: Piecing + quilt layout

March 11th, Week 4 ::  Backing + Basting your quilt

March 18th, Week 5 & 6 :: Quilting & Binding + Link Up Opens to add your finished project

April 1st, Link Up Closes and Winner selected from photo pool


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Orbit QAL Week 2 :: Piecing

I’ve enjoyed seeing peeks at the fabrics some of you have picked out!

Today starts Week 2 in the quilt along and we’ll be piecing our quilt together over the next 2 weeks.

The four blocks in the quilt are very straight forward in construction and should give you no trouble at all.

If you’re new to half square triangles, I wanted to share a little picture step-by-step on putting those blocks together.

Click on each collage to see the image up close.





The triangles are sized just enough to allow you to square up a small bit.   I really don’t like a lot of waste so you will notice there is not much to trim away.

You can always enlarge your original square size to 6.25″ or 6.50″ to give you a bit more wiggle room.

If you’re familiar with hst blocks you won’t necessarily have to pin.   Pinning is helpful though to make sure your pieces don’t shift and eat up your small trimming allowance.

I recommend making all of your hst blocks first because they are the most tedious (the trimming).   It’s nice to have them out of the way!   You can cut and pin (or stack together) each individual unit and then chain piece.

Week 2 and 3 are for piecing together your quilt.  This includes the individual blocks, rows and on to sewing all the rows together to make your top.

Use the quilt layout guide at the back of the pattern to help you as you go.   I keep it open on my computer as I sew.


Use the flickr group to ask questions, or do so in the comments!  Any questions you have, I’m happy to help!

I will be sharing my progress over the next 2 weeks and I’d love to see yours too.



Feb 11th, :: Getting Ready! (fabric selection + supply list)

Feb 18th, Week 1 :: Pattern release + cutting/organizing

Feb 25th, Week 2 & 3 :: Piecing + quilt layout

March 11th, Week 4 ::  Backing + Basting your quilt

March 18th, Week 5 & 6 :: Quilting & Binding + Link Up Opens to add your finished project

April 1st, Link Up Closes and Winner selected from photo pool


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