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Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 3

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that today is the third and final week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Today we will talk about sewing your blocks together and wavy line quilting.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along schedule is below:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

If you’ve been quilting along, I would love to see your finished project. If you have just been watching and thinking about it, the quilt along will be online waiting for you when you are ready.

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Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter ~ Blog Hop!

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Welcome to today’s stop on Cheryl Sleboda’s Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter blog hop! I am lucky enough to know Cheryl through the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild. When she asked me to be part of her blog hop, I jumped at the chance. Cheryl is not only fun and kind, she is incredibly talented and motivating.

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Cheryl has just released a new video, Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter. (Available as a DVD or digital download.) When I think of smocking, I tend to think of the dresses I wore when I was young.

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Me in a smocked dress…mid 1980′s :)

Cheryl really has taken this classic technique and many others, and put her modern spin on them. I’ve seen her work in person, it’s really amazing!

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Take your next sewing project to new heights by adding an unexpected twist–fabric manipulation! Learn the basics and beyond of vintage sewing techniques that can transform your quilts from flat to fabulous. Award-winning quilter and heirloom sewing expert Cheryl Sleboda takes the mystery out of smocking, pintucks, pleats, and gathers, and will soon have you applying these simple and effective techniques to your own quilts and home décor projects.
After an overview of the history, tools, and materials used in dimensional sewing, Cheryl deftly describes and demonstrates each technique. Her shortcuts and tips simplify the most mystifying designs into easy-to-follow steps. Imagine creating smocked inserts for a sampler quilt, or a charming vintage-inspired pillow with a contemporary flair. Soon you’ll be creating your own dimensional designs using the time-tested methods demonstrated on this video.

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

If you’ve ever thought about adding texture to your quilts and projects, or just want to add another skill to your bag of tools, I highly recommend checking out Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter.

You can follow the blog hop on the below websites. :)

June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – Me!
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog

June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/

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Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 2

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that today is the second week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Today you will start making your blocks.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along schedule is below:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

I hope you will come over and check it out!

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Welcome The Loopy Ewe!

Today I’d like to introduce you to my latest blog sponsor, The Loopy Ewe! The Loopy Ewe started as a yarn shop 8 years ago, and has recently grown to add fabric as well. I always am intrigued and love to hear how small business owners got their start, so I asked one of the owners, Sheri, to tell me a bit about their shop.

Sheri: “We started The Loopy Ewe in a little corner of our basement in St. Louis, back in the summer of 2006. At that time, we carried a few lines of sock yarn to sell online, and thought it would be great to reach a point of a few orders a day. Little did we know! We quickly outgrew our basement and moved out into a brick and mortar space a year later. With that move and extra space, came the opportunity to add in all kinds of yarn – not just sock yarn any more.

We loved St. Louis, but had always vacationed in the mountains and hoped to live in Colorado one day. So, in 2011, we sold our house and moved the shop to Fort Collins, CO. (One moving van for the household, two moving vans for the shop!) We love living here and have a pretty view of the mountains outside the shop windows.

Last summer we expanded our space once again so that we could open up the fabric side of our business. Having been a long time sewist and quilter, I was thrilled to see the space fill up with bolts of beautiful fabrics. Now we have 7000 square feet of gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online) for inspiration, and to find their next project! We add new yarn to the website most every Monday, and new fabric is added most every Thursday. Between the arrival of new stock and the departure of orders sent out, we keep the postal service and our UPS/Fed Ex guys busy!”

The Loopy Ewe ships most orders within 24 hours (Monday through Saturday) and offers free U.S. shipping on orders over $75.

They also have a rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit, every time your orders accumulate to $250. (Plus other fun rewards – you can read about the program here.)

The Loopy Ewe sponsors Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat.

Unique to the shop: Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes in the yarn shop.

Big welcome to The Loopy Ewe, so happy to have you on board!

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