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November 17, 2016

Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop and Springs Awakening Debut!

As many of you may remember, in September I made my way up to Chicago for the Sew Pro Convention.  I cannot say enough about how beneficial this conference was.  I learned a lot and met a ton of great people.  Just to give you an idea our keynotes were with Pat Sloan...

and Tula Pink...

We learned about submitting designs to magazines from Jenny Fox Proverb...

about designing patterns by Sara Lawson from @sewsweetness...

I met, and had a long conversation with Brenda Ratliff, fabric designer for RJR Fabrics, leading to her offering of fabric from her new line, One Room Schoolhouse, to design with (see that pattern here)...

And had the chance to listen to Sharon Thornton from Free Spirit Fabrics talk about becoming a designer for them (which led to a wonderful working partnership already!)...

I have already benefited so much from this convention and cannot wait for the next one.  If you have any desire to break into the business, I would so totally recommend it!!!

And this week, we are having a blog hop to share what we've learned with the world.  One of my biggest lessons learned was to be myself and to do it now.  When I got home, I dove into my pattern designs and today, I want to share my newest one with you!!  This is Spring's Awakening!!

 A Quilting Chick - Spring's Awakening

It's one of my favorite patterns!!  The pattern is available in my Etsy store.  But I wanted to give you a tutorial on one of the blocks here.

This block is so simple but has such a neat look to it.

 A Quilting Chick - Setting Block

And here's an idea of what it would like like as an entire quilt...

 A Quilting Chick - Setting Block Quilt Layout

Here's the tutorial.  Enjoy!  It takes a background fabric and three coordinating fabrics.

Pin 2” Fabric 2 strip to long edge of 2-1/2” background strip as shown.  Sew and press open.  Repeat with 2” Fabric 3 strip and 2-1/2” background strip.

 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

Subcut into 4 - 2” sections of each Fabric 2 and Fabric 3.

 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

 Pin 1” x 4” background to right side of Fabric 3 section from Step 2.  Sew and press open.  Repeat to make 4 units.

 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

Place Fabric 2 section from Step 2 to units from Step 3 as shown.  Sew and press open.  Repeat to make 4 units.

 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

Place 2” x 4” Fabric 1 piece to top of unit from Step 4 as shown.  Sew and press open.  Repeat to make 4 units.
 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

Place 2” x 5-1/2” Fabric 1 piece to left side of unit from Step 5 as shown.  Sew and press open.  Repeat to make 4 units.
 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

Using the 2-1/2” x 5-1/2” and 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” background pieces, and the units from Step 6, arrange your blocks as shown.  Join first in columns, then join columns to complete your block.
 A Quilting Chick - Block Steps

 Square up block to 12-1/2”.
 A Quilting Chick - Setting Block

 A Quilting Chick - Spring's Awakening Fence Shot

If you'd like to see what everyone else is sharing about the Sew Pro Convention, be sure to hop along with us...

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14
Sherri Noel - Rebeccamaedesigns.com
Andi Stanfield - http://truebluequilts.com/

Tuesday Nov 15
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart - http://www.thestitchtvshow.com
Joanne Kerton - www.canuckquilter.com

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross - seecarmensew.com
Jessica Caldwell - www.desertbloomquilting.com
Pamela Morgan - mysweetlittlestitches.com

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell - www.marvelousauntiem.com
Lissa LaGreca - lovinglylissa.com

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker - prettypiney.com
Trinia Braughton - www.penguinfeats.com

And did I mention?  There's a giveaway too!  Here's the one for the blog hop...

And....I'm having my own giveaway!  This is a charm pack of Lecien, Flower Sugar Paisley Wind!  I picked it up at quilt market a few weeks ago when I got the fabric for this quilt!  All you have to do to win it is leave a comment here telling me what you'd like to make with it!  For an extra entry, follow me here or on Instagram and let me know here!  I'll draw for the winner on Monday and contact the winner by email.

 A Quilting Chick - Charm Pack

Good luck and thanks for sticking with me through this long post!!

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for NTT. With Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, Fort Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, TGIFF at The Quilted Journal, and Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts. Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Show & Tell Monday at Bambi's, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.


  1. VERY NEAT DESIGN! THANK YOU for a sweet giveaway1
    HAPPY DAY! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

  2. Wow that's beautiful! I can tell a lot of work went into this quilt. Great job!

  3. I would make a table runner from the fabric.

  4. I think charm packages mixed with white or cream make the most delightful table toppers

  5. I have a baby quilt for a little girl I think it would be lovely for! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nice to read of your adventures. Clear block directions - think i'll give it a try! Thanks for chance for charms!

  7. I would make a quilt gor a friend thsts going through a hard time.

  8. It sounds like the Sew Pro convention was a great opportunity for you - how great to access so many people sharing their expertise all in one place. I like your new block a lot - and the fabrics in your test block are very pretty too.

  9. Your block is really nice! It would make a terrific wall hanging.

  10. Beautiful quilt! I am glad Sew Pro led to such great opportunities. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love a nice big block! I like the secondary patterns you get there. It was a pleasure following along on your journey to Sew Pro, it was a pleasure meeting you there, and now I'm looking forward to what's next!

  12. Your pics took me down SewPro memory lane...thanks! Great pattern and tutorial!!

  13. I'm happy the convention was so beneficial for you, and thanks for the links to the blog hop. It will be fun to read about everyone's experience. Congrats on your new pattern! Thanks for sharing it on Main Crush Monday! :)

  14. Sounds like a fun and useful convention. Congrats on the beautiful new pattern.

  15. Sounds like a great convention! Love your pattern!