Ring of Coffins Pattern: Tips and Tricks Part One

Ring of Coffins Pattern: Tips and Tricks Part One {an Art School Dropout's life} EPP English Paper Piecing Foundation Paper Piecing Halloween Quilt

A few weeks back Sylvia of Flying Parrot Quilts contacted me with her idea to do a quilt along for a quilt she made using a mash up of a bunch of Halloween themed patterns. She calls it the Epic Halloween Quilt. You can see a photo of it here.

Each week she talks about a different pattern, either free or paid, that fits in the quilt. Like a puzzle piece.

This week is my Ring of Coffins pattern with Heidi Kenney’s Occupied Coffin add on (that’s included)

For anyone out there that hasn’t worked with English Paper Piecing / EPP, where it needs to be basted straight, I’m here to help! Just Keep Reading…

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About two months ago I was contacted by the lovely people over at Andover Fabrics with an idea they had for a rainbow wall of mini quilts at QuiltCon this year. They would send me the fabric in a specific colorway and I would send them a mini quilt to hang in their booth during the event. I have been very sick, and haven’t had the energy to finish anything large, but I figured I could hand sew most of the mini so I said “yes!”

They sent me the gorgeous bundle of blue and white fabric shown above, which arrived right at the beginning of the blizzard we had. The majority of the fat quarters were either by Lizzy House or Alison Glass. The rest was from various other lines with Andover (I really should look in to them because they were all beautiful).


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The Sewing Party: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial


This week on the Sewing Party blog I show my step by step process for using my sewing machine to bind a quilt! It’s a perfect technique for when you just don’t want to spend hours hand sewing the binding on or you are crunched for time!

I have received very good feedback about the post so far, so please go check it out too!

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The Sewing Party: How to Make Your Own Patches


I have been a bit behind due to travel and catching a cold, so I missed posting about my October blog post on the Sewing Party blog.

I showed how you can use a domestic embroidery machine to make your very own iron on patches. Even if you don’t have a machine, it’s still neat to learn about, I promise!

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Reusable First Day of School Banner for Sizzix


CT_KINDER_002CT’s first day of Kindergarten was this past week. It was a HUGE milestone for both of us, so of course I had to take loads of photos.

I also figured I should make a little sign so we never forget it was the first day of school.

Then after much thought I decided on a second piece that can be detached that says which year of school shes starting.

All of this snowballed into the fabric banner above! It’s 8″ square with marine grade vinyl letters cut out using my Sizzix Fabi and the Block Talk Alphabet Die Set. The background is Andover Fabrics chambray in black. I made it pretty much the exact same way as my Appliqued Vinyl Letter Pillow.

Reusable First Day of School Banner for Sizzix {an Art School Dropout's life}

CT_KINDER_005CT_KINDER_004 CT_KINDER_003I also added snaps to the bottom of the banner so I could make an attachment for each year she is in school. I plan on making all the grades later this week when things have calmed down around here and putting this in a safe place.

Reusable First Day of School Banner for Sizzix {an Art School Dropout's life}

The idea of her using this every year makes me all teary eyed! Can you imagine her in 12th grade holding this little banner?!?!?

As you may be able to tell, I’m a complete mess over her going to school. Yes I gained 8 uninterrupted hours each weekday, but I still miss her soooooooooo much. Does it get easier?!?

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Tutorial: Appliqued Vinyl Letter Pillow for Sizzix

Appliqued Vinyl Letter Pillow Tutorial for Sizzix by Jessee Maloney {an Art School Dropout's life} Brand New - Seventy Times 7

Today I share with you another tutorial as part of my Sizzix Design Team series using their 1.5″ Bigz Alphabet Die Set. This project also is the first in my new “Jessee’s Playlist” series, where I create a project using either lyrics or images pertaining to songs in my playlist. I thought it would be neat to combine my two greatest loves, creating and music!

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