Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Helping Others

As I watch the devastation left behind by Superstorm Sandy on the television, I am left feeling helpless to help our friends and family in the northeast.  This is usually a time when folks are gearing up for the holiday season, which to many also means the giving season.  Beyond gifts to family and friends, the holidays also bring seemingly endless opportunities to give to others less fortunate.  One of my favorite things about quilting is the community and generosity of quilters.  To help you help others, I would like to extend a discount code for 25% off all items store-wide at  The hope is that you will use at least a portion of your purchase to help someone in need.  The discount code is: GIVE25 and is active until November 15th.  
If you need inspiration, two of my favorite places to browse for free projects are the Moda Bakeshop (click here) and Riley Blake's YouTube videos (click here).
Happy Sewing!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Great Blog and Coupon Code

Swim, Bike, Quilt - a fabulous blog which encourages donating quilts to charities - is featuring the shop today and is offering a give-a-way and coupon code. Check it out for more info: Pin It

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Moda Quick Reference Guide

Moda's website has some wonderful resources including their "Quick Reference Guide." Some of my favorite parts of this guide include:

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Charm Pack Cross Quilt

I created the cross (aka plus) quilt shown below for our family pastor.  He is very tall and has a deep voice so I wanted a "manly" fabric that would fit his personality.  Given his profession, I thought a cross quilt would be perfect.  To help cut down on the fabric cutting, I used white solid charm packs to make things go a bit faster.  If anyone is interested, I have the pattern I used and would be happy to post it.  Just leave me a comment, and I would be happy to oblige :-)  I thought this would also look great with crosses/pluses made with a variety of fabrics instead of just one fabric like I did with the brown.  Maybe next time.  Could be a great stash buster!!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Free Shipping!

It is the week of the 4th of July and to help do our part in letting freedom ring we are offering free shipping through Friday July 6th when you use discount code: JULY42012. In addition to some of your favorite pre-cuts, we just added some exciting new products including gorgeous Riley Blake chevron fat quarters, Moda Kate Spain Christmas stocking panels (one panel makes two stockings and three gift tags), and Moda Kate Spain serenade apron panels (including all of the ties and adorable embellishments). Moda's Oh Deer by Momo should arrive late this week, so if you place a pre-order we will ship as soon as it is in stock.

Happy 4th of July and Happy Shopping!

Karolyn Pin It

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jelly Roll Quilt

I made this quilt for my Mom's 65th birthday (hope she doesn't mind me broadcasting her age!). She looks MUCH younger than she is, so this will keep her honest :-). I just sewed four Kate Spain Good Fortune Jelly Roll strips together and cut them into triangles along the 45 degree angle.  I wanted a sort of pinwheel feel, so I arranged my triangles accordingly. I also wanted a larger quilt since she has two hounds to keep warm under there with her, so I added some sashing and voila! One birthday present for Mom. She may have to fight little Lucy for it though!
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Give-a-way Announced Tomorrow

The wonderful and talented Mary from Tulip Patch is giving away a layer cake or jelly roll of your choice! Stop by her blog for more info: Below is a picture of a quilt top I made using Pezzy Print charm packs and one of her amazing Ritzy Cracker tutorial from the Moda Bakeshop:
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Port Pillows

After witnessing friends and family members battle cancer, I have been trying to think of a way to help others that are suffering from this terrible disease. As a quilter I find that I have an unhealthy stash of fabric that I rarely touch and think it is such a shame that the fabric was going unused. I'm constantly is awe of the awesome quilts that others pull together from their fabric stash, but my type A personality makes it very difficult to repurpose the fabric with scraps from collections that I wouldn't intentionally pair together. I know. I just need to get over it. In the meantime, I'm sewing port pillows for folks have ports for chemo treatments. The idea is that the port can create discomfort especially in cars when you wear a seatbelt, especially for breast cancer patients where their ports are typically along the seatbelt line. The pillow is velcroed over the seatbelt and creates a comfortable cushion to help ease the tension and therefore source of pain around the port site. I distributed my first batch today at a cancer support group. The reaction was inspiring and I am just so happy to help ease even a small amount of pain for those in the room and their friends also going through treatment. In case you want to make your own, I made mine from 5" squares (extra charm pack or layer cake squares are perfect!!), a 5" strip of Velcro, and a bit of polyester fill. A picture of the pillows is attached.

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Sayre's Quilt

Well, after my sister's surgery my wonderful friend and cousin-in-law had a procedure so I made a quilt for her too. It was my first adventure with curves which are much scarier than they actually are. I was just shocked at what a fabric eater they are! I used charm packs and a block of four squares was only 7x7 after all of the seams are accounted for! I used the awesome rotary cutter/compass combo that OLFA makes. I thought the hexagons on Kristen's quilt were so cool, but the curves on Sayre's are just so modern. I thought the curves really played off of the modern take of the Pezzy Print fabric. I hope you like it too - clearly my hound Tawney did :-)
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Kristen's Quilt

Well, I finished my sister's quilt about a month and a half ago so I am clearly tardy in my posting. Thankfully, her surgery went as well as it possibly could have and we are all so grateful for her continued health. She was very sweet to say that the beautiful colors from her quilt helped make her feel better. I made the quilt from a Kate Spain layer cake and about 4 yards for the backing and the borders.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Kate Spain is here

The awesome new Moda Kate Spain line is here.  Her new line, Good Fortune, is amazing.  I am already working on a quilt for my sister using a layer cake.  I couldn't help myself with this line, so we ordered charm packs, layer cakes, and jelly rolls.  You do not want to miss out on this!  Pictures coming soon (hopefully!) of the quilt top from this layer cake:

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I am excited to make my first post on the new blog!  I have had writer's block since I secured the blog.  What to write?  There are so many great blogs out there already, why read mine?  Second guessing myself caused me to continue to have a blank blog.  You know what makes a terrible blog?  A blank one :-)  So, here I go...  I would LOVE your feedback on everything so please email or post comments as much as you would like.  I will do my best to blog often and I really hope you enjoy it.  Happy Sewing!! Pin It