Author: lsmith

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life quilt pattern is now in stock in the shop! This pattern frames the beautiful Dear Stella Tree of Life panel, using bright borders to match its cheery center. This quilt is ideal for beginners who want a lovely throw or large wall hanging to practice their quilting skills. The panel will […]

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Look Book News

As many of you who follow me know, I have been working with Northcott and Timeless Treasures. I am always excited when their new Look Books for patterns are available to the public and this is no exception. First, I am happy to announce that Pinwheel Puzzles is featured in the new Patrick Lose Look […]

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When Did Applique Appear on Quilts?

We know from earlier posts that quilting started millennia ago. Some of the earliest forms were whole cloth quilts decorated with stitched designs augmented with trapunto and corded quilting. The next question in my mind was “when were whole cloth quilts embellished with applique?” There are two schools of thought depending upon your social status. […]

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What is a Whole Cloth Quilt?

When researching quilt history, I decided to delve a bit deeper quilting. Some of the oldest quilts still intact are whole cloth quilts. These may have been made from linen, silk, wool, or cotton. Beautiful designs were made on a single piece of fabric (or few similar pieces sewn together if the loom was small […]

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Kitty In the MIddle

This is my latest pattern release – Kitty in the Middle! The pattern is designed with Dear Stella’s Les Chat Noir fabrics. The fabric is scheduled to be released in November. Kitty in the Middle is a wonderful Block a Month or Quilt Along pattern. It has eight different blocks and the borders – one […]

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How Long Have We Been Quilting?

Last night, my husband asked me how long quilting has been around. I knew that it arrived in America when the European settlers did. So it must be at least a few centuries old. Not knowing the exact answer, I started to research. (The internet makes it so easy to get started, but I prefer […]

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Origami Stars

This month, the EQ8 Block Spotlight was Origami Stars. This is an unusual block for many reasons. First, it is a six pointed star, which makes designing interesting on a square grid. Hexagons, just seem more appropriate when dealing with six sided objects. The origami star block is surrounded by a circle, which lent itself […]

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Tail Feathers

The Tail Feathers pattern is now in stock! Just in time for the release of Timeless Treasures fabric collection by Chong-A Hwang, “Glow” in November! I hope you enjoy this pattern based upon a wedding ring pattern. The templates are provided. Happy Quilting! 🙂 Laureen

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Be Bold

Christa Watson’s blog, “How to Make Quilting Your Business” was a huge influence on my decision to become a professional quilt designer. She is one of my inspirations. So this month, when EQ offered a challenge using Bernatex’s “Good Vibes” fabric collection by the same Christa Watson, I wanted to do something different. As usual, […]

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Rustic Refuge

I love working with fabric companies and playing with new fabrics. The hard part is sitting on the announcement that they have accepted my patterns until they publish the new lines. Northcott has published their Fall Lookbook and Rustic Refuge is on page 34! The fabric starts shipping April 2021 and Northcott will be taking […]

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