Target Cartwheel - Win a $1,000 Target GiftCard®!

I love Target! I wish so badly that we had one here in my town, but since we don't, it's still worth the 25 minute drive to get to the closest one. 
So, I love to save money, but clipping coupons and storing them and keeping track of them, it's all so overwhelming to me. But I love the concept, it's like free money! A while back I heard about the new Cartwheel at Target. Uhm, yes, what a brilliant idea. I would think I'm not alone when it comes to people who love saving money...

Did you know that Target has a new program called Cartwheel? It's a cool new app to help you save money! Yay, even more reasons to LOVE Target, it's super duper simple to use, really all you need is your smartphone and then download the Cartwheel app. I've been using it and saving lots of money! I seriously LOVE this app!
So.... here are some of the awesome features about Cartwheel:
 **There are more than 700 offers (coupons) in Cartwheel - 700, than't awesome, I don't know about you but I've never boughten 700 items in one trip to Target. :)
** Cartwheel can only be used on in-store purchases, you can't use this app online.
** Cartwheel can be used on your desktop, tablet, mobile web or iPhone and Droid apps.
 Using either the iPhone or Droid native apps, guests can scan any barcode in store to see if that item has a Cartwheel offer on it. This is a very fun feature that everyone can love!
**Mulit-use, so here is another awesome feature with this app.... you can use any offer on the list as many times as you want until the offer expires, there are a few exceptions, but that's pretty awesome!!!!!
**You can use the Cartwheel along with other coupons! Bonus, save even more moolah!

** Badges—badges are a fun way to earn more spots on your Cartwheel list! They are awarded for reaching savings milestones ($10, $25, $50, etc.), interacting with Cartwheel (example: adding an offer from a collection to your list), and via social sharing (an invited friend who joins Cartwheel). For each badge that is earned, a new spot on your Cartwheel list is opened.
**Offer spots—each guest starts with 10 spots on their list. More spots are earned when badges are awarded.
**Cartwheel collections—Cartwheel collections are curated lists of offers that make it easy for the guest on the go to add items to her list. The collections are created to support seasonal offerings and categorical offers (grocery, women’s apparel, baby items, etc.). Collections are not comprehensive lists of all offers.
What would you go shopping for with the Target Cartwheel app?
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How to: Machine Quilt a Modern Triangle Border

Earlier this week I spent a little time machine quilting this fabulous triangle border on one of my customers quilts.
Right before I got started I got the idea to share a little Instagram tutorial as I went. It was so fun I thought I'd share those pictures over here so I'd have them all together in one place.
First up - measure, find the centers of your blocks, mark them on the top and bottom edges of your border, then draw a line using a water soluble marker, point to point.
Your lines should look like this.
Use a ruler, or walking foot on your conventional machine, stitch a line 1/4" on the outside of your blue line.
Repeat this process on the inside edge of the blue line.
Next, fill in the outer triangles. I chose to use a pebble design. I teach step by step how to quilt pebbles in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
Pebbles should look like this.
Now fill in the inner triangles. I chose to use a swirl design. I teach step by step how to machine quilt swirls in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
Use a water bottle and spritz away the blue line.
Completed border should look something like this. :)

There were a few questions while I quilted this border, I thought I'd answer those questions on here: 

Christine asked: Do you have a favorite brand of marking pen that you use when longarming? I most often use Mark-B-Gone.

Kris asked: Are you machine quilting the borders BEFORE the rest of the quilt? Yes, when machine quilting on a conventional machine you would quilt the borders last, however I am quilting this quilt on a long arm machine so I am quilting the top border first.


Love You - A Free Dish-cloth tutorial

Our obsession with dish-towels and holidays continues...
Today we've created these adorable "Love You" dish towels.
To make these fun and adorable dish-towels simply follow the directions on our week-day dish-towels tutorial for the bottom band.
(make sure to pre-wash your dish towels)

Then download and embroider the three Valentines Day embroideries.

Time to enjoy!
Pretty simple to make and a fun way to add a little color to you kitchen this Valentines Day!

All of our embroidery is done on a Bernina Aurora 440QE with embroidery module.


Buckle Up - A Modern One-Block Quilt

Kathleen and I are pretty excited to share Buckle Up, the 6th quilt in Modern One-Block Quilts. 
My kids have already taken claim to this fun baby version of Buckle Up, I can't be mad, I think their little cars are pretty adorable on this quilt. :)
We had a lot of fun making this "scrappy" version of Buckle Up, this version features Road 15 and Reunion fabrics by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. Honestly, I'm now contemplating re-doing my little boy's bedroom in black white and gray, that's how much I love this color combo. 
The Buckle Up pattern from Modern One-Block Quilts comes in three sizes, Baby 47"x47", Throw 63"x63" and Coverlet 95"x95"
The original version of Buckle Up was made in the Coverlet size and the quilt features Mod Basics by Birch Fabrics and Avalon by Jay-Cyn for Birch Fabrics.
A few fun details:

**Batting used is Quilters Dream Poly Select.

**Signed copies of Modern One-Block Quilts are available for purchase here.


Block of the Month - Lisa's Version

Yesterday I spent the day machine quilting this beautiful quilt for Lisa, she made most of the blocks as a part of the Fat Quarter Shop's  2012 designer mystery quilt. After she made the blocks she decided that she wanted to quilt bigger, so she made more blocks and put the quilt together in this setting. I love what she's done with this quilt.
When Lisa brought me her quilt and told me she wanted custom machine quilting, I knew exactly what needed to go in all that white space, feathers. Lots and lots of feathers. Have I mentioned before that I kinda LOVE feathers!
As I was machine quilting this quilt I shared a couple pictures over on Instagram, seriously, thank you all so much for your support over there. The positive comments and likes make me so happy and encouraged!


Postage Stamp Quilt

MaryAnn pieced this darling Postage Stamp Quilt in a quilt-along with Rachel a while back. Don't you just love the look of these scrappy quilts! and....they are a great use of Jelly Rolls!
MaryAnn sent me her quilt and asked me to machine quilt this all over swirly-pebble type pattern, I had machine quilted one of her quilts a while back with this same pattern and she loved it, so why not use the same pattern. :)
While I was machine quilting this quilt the afternoon sun was shining in my studio and right on her quilt just perfectly. I think that afternoon sun, showing off texture on quilts is the highlight of each day!

Thanks for letting me machine quilt your adorable quilt MaryAnn!

Have a great Monday!


Flying Geese

Cheryl pieced and appliqued the is adorable Flying Geese quilt, I love what the applique adds to the quilt! 
Cheryl asked me to machine quilt this fun quilt with an all over feathery type pattern.
The pattern that we chose has a fun little swirl and feather, it's such a soft elegant pattern, yet so subtle.
 Cheryl is going to scallop those large outer borders, it's going to be adorable when she's done!

Thanks for letting me machine quilt another one of your adorable quilts Cheryl!


Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Kathleen and I are pretty excited about this new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, for a few reasons. First of all, if you haven't picked up this magazine I'd highly recommend it, it's full of beautiful quilts and wonderful eye-candy......and we have a new quilt pattern in this issue. Yah, we're pretty excited!
Churned- originally appears in our new book, Modern One-Block quilts, but is making it's second appearance in this magazine.
Churned is a fun modern version of a traditional Churn Dash quilt, super fun and happy quilt.

You can pick up a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.


Applique Quilt

Cheryl made this beautiful applique quilt, yes it's all turned applique. Awesome!
Cheryl sent me her quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her, she wanted echo quilting around the applique.
So, that's exactly how I machine quilted it, and added in a few feathers, I love feathers. :)

Thanks for letting me machine quilt your fun quilt Cheryl!


Round and Round

Last week I machine quilted this darling Round and Round quilt for Donna. I've machine quilted several of Donna's quilts over the years and they are always such a joy!
When I asked Donna how she'd like her quilt to be quilted she quickly came up with the idea to quilt it just like our Colored Candies quilt I shared last week. I was so dang excited that she chose to use that pattern, I loved it on the Colored Candies and I think I love it even more on her quilt!

Thanks for letting me have fun machine quilting your adorable quilt Donna!

Happy Monday everyone!


Mixing It Up!

Lisa has made some adorable quilts lately! Remember the Cherry Quilt I shared the other day, that was hers too!

This one is called Mixing It Up, it's a pattern originally designed by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. I love this pattern.
I had so much fun machine quilting this quilt, I loved adding little details to the mixers, bowls and spatulas.

Lori Holt (designer of this pattern) will be teaching this adorable quilt in a hands-on class at Small Town Quilt Show - In a Big Town Way, this summer, June 26-28.
Hop over to the website to register for one of Lori's classes or trunk shows, she also recently announced that she's writing her second book, I'm sure her trunk shows are going to be fantastic! I can't wait to attend.


Colored Candies - A Modern One-Block Quilt

Kathleen and I have been doing so good remaking the quilts in our new book, Modern One-Block Quilts, we've been making them in order, starting at the beginning of the book. This time we skipped ahead a little bit, we couldn't help it, Kathleen came up with the idea to re-make Colored Candies in a Valentines Day version. :)

When we originally made and designed this quilt it reminded me of Skittles or Starburst candies, but when it came time to re-make Kathleen got the idea to re-make it inspired by Conversation Hearts. I love how it turned out!
We designed 26 Conversation Heart inspired embroidery files for this version, you can purchase them here, on our website.
I machine quilted this version of Colored Candies with one of our new digital pantograph patterns, Polka Dots
Long-arm quilters can purchase that pattern here.
We may have been a little bit out of control taking pictures of this one, oh well, who doesn't love a little eye-candy! :)
This is the original version of Colored Candies, I think it's so much fun to see the original versions next to the new re-made versions. It's kinda crazy how much different they look from each other.
I custom machine quilted the original version. Here is a close up of my machine quilting.

A few fun details:
**Embroidery files for Valentines version of Colored Candies are available here.

**Fabrics used in the original version and the re-made version are Moda Bella Solids and Kona Cottons.

**quilting pattern used on the Valentines version is Polka Dots, patterns is available for purchase here.

**Colored Candies pattern is published in Modern One-Block Quilts, pattern is published in 3 sizes, Baby - 45"x45", Throw - 63"x63" and Coverlet - 72"x72".

**Embroidery was done using Aurifil thread on our Bernina Aurora 440QE.

**Batting used is Quilters Dream Poly Select.

**Signed copies of Modern One-Block Quilts are available for purchase here.

Make sure to check out Alternating StarsA-Maze MeAmerican Stars, Bouncing & Bow Ties.


Cherry Quilt

Yesterday I spent the day custom machine quilting. I feel like I've been out of my groove since Christmas, this quilt was so refreshing and the perfect thing to get me back in my groove!
Lisa owns a cottage in Traverse City, MI, the Cherry capitol of the world, so she said that this quilt will be perfect in there. I have to agree!
There is something about cherries that just make you smile, they are just so happy!
I had a lot of fun custom machine quilting this quilt for her. There is a lot of negative space to I added in a few feather medallions, I love the little bit of detail that they added to the already adorable quilt.

This pattern was originally designed by Joanna Figeuroa of Fig Tree & Co. Joanna will be in Utah teaching and sharing her quilts at Small Town Quilt Show - In a Big Town Way, this summer, June 26-28, 2014. Registration for those classes is now open and we'd love to see you there. 
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