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Italian Tiles Quilt Pattern

Italian Tiles Quilt Pattern

  The Italian Tiles quilt is LIVE! You can purchase the quilt pattern here. Today on the blog I wanted to share a little about my inspiration and quilt design process. Towards the end I am sharing some really fantastic Italian Tiles Quilts from my lovely pattern testers. Enjoy! I was so inspired by all the old marble floors, ceilings and walls throughout Italy that I came home and sketched up a quilt pattern!      When I originally drafted this pattern I was torn between the Star Blocks being square or diagonal. This pattern also challenged me to think outside...

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Bellissimo!

Bellissimo!

Earlier this year I signed up for Bonnie Christine's Immersion Course to learn more about Surface Pattern Design. Before the Immersion Course, I had taken all of her classes I could find on Skillshare and still learned a ton in Immersion. This was a 8-week course, taken online through Bonnie's website. The course was taught using Adobe Illustrator to create repeating patterns. There was also a bonus portion illustrating how to use an iPad to do the same. You can take the course at your own pace and starting at any skill level. ( If you want to find out more...

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Origami Quilt Pattern

Origami Quilt Pattern

The pattern is available now ya'll!  This is just a simple post that I hope inspires you when you are shopping for fabrics for your own version of the Origami Quilt Pattern. If you make one - please tag me on Instagram or Facebook: @SewnHandmade so I can see your gorgeous quilt.   This first version is the baby size of the quilt. I used a Rifle Paper Co floral by Cotton and Steel. The solid is a blue Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman. The background is actually a very old Carolyn Friedlander that you can't purchase anywhere anymore... I know this...

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Itajime Shibori

Itajime Shibori

    You might have read that title and thought, "Huh?!" Last week at the North Texas Quilt Festival I had the wonderful opportunity to take a few classes and one of them was a class on Itajime Shibori. Cindy Lohbeck teaches several classes throughout the year. She sells all the supplies for her Itajime Shibori dyeing techniques on her website here: Hands-on Hand Dyes   Yes, they did stick us in a commercial kitchen for this class. Did I mention this gets messy?? Shibori is an ancient Japanese fabric resist dyeing technique that is used to create patterns on...

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Podcast + Sewing = Perfect Pair!

Podcast + Sewing = Perfect Pair!

  I love to have something on in the background when I am working. Don't you? The day I discovered Podcasts made for a much happier sewing room. For me, music just doesn't cut it some days. Podcasts provide a way for me to learn while I quilt! Full disclosure - I didn't even know what Podcasts were or how to listen to them until about a month ago. (I probably shouldn't admit that!) I assumed when I heard others talking about them it was something you had to pay for or subscribe to. They are FREE folks!  If you have...

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