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Posted on April 24, 2017

Faded Memories Blog Tour – Rolie Polie Quilt

Jelly Roll Quilts/ Lap Quilts
CleverQuiltStudio.com Faded Memories Strip Quilt

Hey Y’all! A few weeks ago I was asked to take part in another Penny Rose Fabrics blog tour.  This quilt is for Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs very first line for Penny Rose called Faded Memories.  It’s a rich mix of reds, blues, and neutrals that all come together to make a very classic and luscious combination.   You may be thinking, uh oh, she’s going to show us a very traditional quilt with lots of separate cuts and lots of yardage…that just isn’t like Crystal.  Never fear we’re going to slice up a Rolie Polie in our usual studio fashion.  As always, I have a YouTube tutorial for you as well as photos to follow along.

What do you say? Let’s get started.

Finished Size – 48″ x 60″
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Posted on February 19, 2017

Disappearing 9-Patch Block – X’s & O’s

Baby Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ Lap Quilts/ Layer Cake Quilts/ Uncategorized

Hey Y’all!

I get the pleasure of speaking with the Johnson County Quilt Guild on the 27th.  I am working on a fun precut demonstration for them, but just had to share with everyone!  Here’s a new and fun take on a disappearing 9-patch using 3.5″ squares.

The line is an older one by Riley Blake Designs called A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn.  I don’t think you can get it anymore, but I think we can all agree it’s simply adorable!

Anywho, I hope you enjoy!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Posted on January 8, 2017

Finally! A Log Cabin Redeux!

Bed Sized Quilts/ Jelly Roll Quilts/ Lap Quilts
paradigm shift, modified log cabin, clever quilt studio

Hi! You are probably looking for my infamous black, white & green (Paradigm Shift) quilt or you’ve pinned it in the past (Thank you for that!).  This was the very first quilt I made for my blog back in 2013 and I used a pattern that was published in America Makes Fast Quilts If you are really wanting that pattern you can click on the link and buy a copy of the magazine just like I did.  If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I was asked to pull the previous post by the author. I won’t go into the details because who needs to relive the past? Instead, why not make a new and improved version? So, without further ado, here it is! (Finally!!)

This version is similar to the original but I just gave it my own spin, using a different method and measurements to get essentially the same pattern.  The blocks do end up a little smaller, but can I just say, I think I love this new version WAY more!  In the true spirit of the studio we’re using precuts, yep precuts! The original had you cutting individual squares and stripes out of yardage so I thought, why not use a Jelly Roll or 2.5″ strips?  So, that’s what we’re going to do and trust me when I say it’s way faster.

Here’s the only minor hiccup. In order to get the look of my original quilt you’ll want to pick a jelly roll with fewer color lines and more repeats.  The one I’m using is Cotton + Steel’s Pixie Strips Basics Roll in navy.  They also have a berry one that is to die for.  I’ve added some rolls from my Shoppe that I think would be great for this at the bottom of the post if you’d like inspiration.  Just make sure the roll you choose says 3 or more of the same color-way per roll.  Or, by all means you can make it your own and throw caution to the wind!

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Posted on November 19, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Binding the Quilt!

Charm Pack Quilts/ Lap Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Brr it’s cold outside! Fall/Winter has finally hit North Texas and I could not be happier.  I don’t have to turn on my air conditioner today and can even wear long sleeves.  It’s also my college’s rival football game today (GO BOBCATS!) so I am desperately searching for an online source to get a local Montana channel…wish me luck.

Who is ready to bind this quilt? I know I am!  Let’s get started…

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Posted on November 19, 2016

DIY Quilt Label

On the Side...

Hi Everyone!  All of us put a lot of hard work into our craft and we should be signing it similar to how a painter signs their canvas. That’s where a quilt label comes in handy and is essential in finishing off your quilt.  Here is a quick DIY label tutorial for you!

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Posted on November 8, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – QUILTING!!!

Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Hey Y’all! Well, the rain has begun here in north Texas so that can only mean one thing; fall is here!  We can finally catch up to the rest of the country and pull out our sweaters, and boots…even if they are rain boots.  I am so excited for apple cider, pot pies and all things fall.  I would also like to thank you all for being patient with me this week.  I know I’m a bit tardy on this post, no excuses, just bit a little more off than I can chew. But the good news is I’m getting caught up which means we get to QUILT today! Yay!

I contemplated a write up on this one, but honestly, I think it’s easier and more self explanatory to watch the video. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate in reaching out.

Here are links to the items we used today –

Next week we’ll be going over binding and some tips and tricks with that….and once that’s done you can cuddle under your very own hand made quilt. Just in time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

p.s. I’m going to add a special bonus post next week…(think quilt label)

Until next time; Happy Quilting!

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Posted on November 5, 2016

Introducing our new Block of the Month – Tea for Two!

Fat Quarter Quilts/ On the Side...

Happy Saturday Everyone! I’m busily filming and quilting for our Sew-A-Long and a new post will be out later today or early tomorrow.  First, however, I wanted to let everyone know about our next Block of the Month which will start on December 1st, 2016. I’m super excited about this one.  It’s using another Pam and Nicky Lintott pattern called Tea for Two and Captivate by Alisse Courter for Camelot Fabrics.  This is a hexi made easy quilt too! Have a look and click here or on any of the photos to learn more or to sign up.  This one is going to be so much fun!

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Posted on October 29, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Backing, Basting, Pinning

Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Happy Day Everyone!

Today we’re going to go over how to make your backing, spray the batting to the front and back as well as pin for quilting.  I’m going to be honest here…this is my LEAST favorite part of the quilt making process.  I think it’s because now we’re dealing with yards of fabric and not small blocks.  It can become a circus to try to tackle it all.  Likewise, I have a dog and a cat who have sixth sense about quilts and always need to get in the middle of the process.  I’ll add a cute ‘outtake’ below so you can see what I’m talking about.  Okay enough babbling…as I said least favorite, but with these techniques it should be fairly painless.  What do ya say? Let’s get started!

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Posted on October 22, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Sewing the Final Squares

Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Hey Everyone!

I’m so sorry I am late with this post. The truth is, even I get overwhelmed at times.  This overwhelmed feeling got me thinking that maybe some of you are trying to keep up with the speed of this sew along and, quite frankly, it’s too fast.  Because of this revelation I’ve decided to slow it down a bit.  Now, if you are on a deadline and needing to get this project finished next week please send me a note and we’ll work something out on the side.  For everyone else, use this week to catch up!

Here’s the only video for this post. It shows you how to put the final squares together.

If you get ambitious you can put the entire front together as well. Just follow how we read when assembling; left to right, top to bottom.

Happy Quilting!

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Posted on October 14, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Nesting, Sewing and Cutting!

Bed Sized Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

quilting-from-square-one-1

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to week two of Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Disappearing 9-Patch! How did week one go?  Hopefully smoothly and y’all are pumped to put these sets of three together.  What do ya say; let’s jump right in!

This week we are going to go over the art of nesting seams, sewing the 9-patches together, cutting the 9-patches apart for your surprise block and then finally the final layout of your quilt.

Step 1 – Nesting Seams.  I’ve been talking about this and talking about this, now we get to put it into action! Below you will see our three lovely rows that we have sewn together in anticipation of this ‘nesting’ moment.  Hopefully you’ve sewn all of your groupings of three together and are excited for this next step. Did you happen to catch my bonus video on YouTube? It’s all about chain piecing so if you are a little behind it is definitely a good watch and will speed up your process immensely. Okay back to business…let’s combine these three patches into nine shall we?

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