Quilt the World 2022

Hello Quilting friends!  I wanted to share with you my Charity Quilt for the Pay It Forward Campaign called Covering the World: One Quilt at a Time 2022.  This is my charming Quilt of Valor Quilt.

I am an AccuQuilt Go!Getter and I have teamed up with other quilters and designers from AccuQuilt, Moda Fabrics, and Brother to create and donate our time and quilts to a charity of our choice.  Every week in 2022, one person from our teams will be donating a quilt to our favorite charity.  My chosen charity is the Quilt of Valor Foundation.

The Mission of the Quilt of Valor Foundation is to cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  I have many friends and family members who have served our country and I have a special place in my heart for the veterans and members of the military who have given so much of themselves.

I belong to my local group, Stitching Sisters Quilts of Valor in Clawson, Michigan.  We get together monthly to sew quilts in fellowship and fun.  Here is a picture of our group showing some of the blocks we were making for our quilts.

This picture showing the completed quilt made with our blocks being awarded to a deserving veteran.

This is a picture of our latest group of veterans to receive their Quilts of Valor.

We often get fabric donated to our group from the local community.  All of the fabrics in the quilt I made were donated.  I had a selection of chambrays and red and blue cotton fabrics with tiny stars printed on them.

I used the AccuQuilt GO! Blazing Star 12” Finished die (55051) by Eleanor Burns for my quilt blocks.  The contrast of the prints and chambray really make the Blazing Star stand out.  I used sashing and cornerstones to pull it all together.  My friend, Sue Baker, did a beautiful job of completing the long arm quilting.  She was one of the sisters who founded our Stitching Sisters QOV group.

Do you make quilts for Quilt of Valor? I have a FREE TUTORIAL to make this GO! Rising Star Quilt of Valor quilt on the Accuquilt Blog.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Quilt of Valor charity quilt.  Would you like to join us in making a quilt for charity?  For more information on making and donating a charity quilt as part of the Quilt the World 2022 project, visit AccuQuilt.

New GO! Friendly Pattern – Honey Bee Hive

Honey Bee Hive by Lori Miller Designs

Introducing Honey Bee Hive, this pattern has been all of the buzz. This is an AccuQuilt GO! Friendly pattern. It uses the Storm at Sea Block on Board Die and several strip dies.

Honey Bee Block by Lori Miller Designs

This little quilt has a special place in my heart. My Dad was a beekeeper for over 50 years. I used to go and help him work the bees and take off the honey. The honey was so delicious.

Honey Bee Hive – Baby or Wall Hanging by Lori Miller Designs

I designed my quilt using Electric Quilt Design software. Honey Bee Hive comes in three sizes, Baby or Wall hanging, Throw Size and Queen, of course.

This pattern only comes with AccuQuilt GO! Cutter instructions. You will need the following dies:

  • GO Storm at Sea Die (9” Finished) (55221)
  • GO! Strip Cutter 3 ½” (3” Finished Strip Die (55032)
  • GO! Strip Cutter – 1 ½” (1” Finished) (55024) OR GO! Strip Cutter – 2 ½” (2” Finished) (55017) depending on Quilt size.

I love the accurately cut pieces which makes string piecing go quickly.

A closeup of the little Bee Skep Beehive in the center. So Cute!

Thanks for stopping by to see my new Pattern Design. Available now in my Etsy Shop!

Check out these other AccuQuilt GO! Friendly patterns in My Etsy Shop!

New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt BOB SET 3

You have been asking for them and they are finally here! This Add-on EQ8 Block Library for AccuQuilt contains another 15 lovely BOB blocks. BOB die blocks enable you to create an entire block with one die board.  Every piece needed for the block is on the design board. You can design your quilt with EQ8 and then use your AccuQuilt GO! cutter to cut it out.

This file contains SET 3 of the BOB block designs which includes 15 blocks.  The blocks vary in size as indicated to match the BOB die. I have included the size of the block by the name reference.

The ONLY designs included in this set are:

  • GO! Basket of Lilies 12” Finished (55530)
  • GO! Carpenter’s Wheel 18” Finished (55531)
  • GO! Cornucopia 10” Finished (55532)
  • GO! Crossroads 9” Finished (55533)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 3.5” Finished (55070)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 4” Finished (55338)
  • GO! Drunkards Path 7” Finished (55034)
  • GO! Feather Star 16” Finished (55535)
  • GO! Goose Tracks 9” Finished (55536)
  • GO! Pickle Dish 10” Finished (55539)
  • GO! Prairie Star 14” Finished (55540
  • GO! Rising Star 10” Finished (55541)
  • GO! Schoolhouse 9” Finished (55542)
  • GO! Tangled Star 10” Finished (55543)
  • GO! Weathervane 8” Finished (55544)

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software from The Electric Quilt Company.

Required: You will need the Accuquilt BOB die set in the size that matches the EQ8 library file in order to cut out these block designs with the Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  Make sure your cutter is the right size for the BOB die.

This is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8 Design Software.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled to match the reference guide.

Now you can use the power of EQ8 to recolor and combine blocks to design beautiful quilts.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your BOB design quilts. You can purchase these downloadable block files in my shop HERE.

Happy designing with your Accuquilt Block on Board Set 3 library blocks in EQ8!

If you liked the new Add-on EQ8 Block Library files for AccuQuilt BOB Set 3, check out my other available Add-on Block libraries for EQ8 that work with AccuQuilt.  See the complete line of products HERE!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product. Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram with your designs, I would love to see them.

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New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library – AccuQuilt Qube English Paper Piecing (EPP)

Introducing my latest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file, AccuQuilt Qube English Paper Piecing. Included are 40 Pieced Hexagon blocks to load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns. I love this design software!

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube English Paper Piecing (EPP) (1″ Finished Sides) Die set.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qube EPP to cut out these blocks. These pieced blocks finish with a 2″ side.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

40 Pieced Hexagon Blocks!

I have included the 36 Pieced Hexagon Blocks included in the GO! Qube English Paper Piecing Brochure plus 4 bonus blocks. These pieced blocks finish as a hexagon shape with 2″ finished sides.

These blocks are Pieced Hexagon EPP Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube English Paper Piecing die set.

Designing with the EQ8 Block library lets you play with fabrics and colors using these shapes to design and tailor your own beautiful quilt to your unique style.

Complete Instructions including EQ8 Hexagon Quilt layout design lessons!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and four EQ8 Hexagon Quilt layout design lessons.

AccuQuilt provides detailed instructions to create the 36 pieced blocks on their website, a link is provided in the instruction document.

You can purchase this file in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Designing!

More Products Available!

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the Accuquilt Qube original 216 Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party, Five Patch Fun, Sweet Sixteen and two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Product! Add-On EQ8 Block Library – Accuquilt Qube Sweet Sixteen

Introducing my newest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file, Sweet Sixteen! I am excited to offer the next set of digital EQ8 Block Library files for the Accuquilt Qubes.  These files include 60 gorgeous Sixteen patch Patch variation block designs that you can load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns. I love this design software!

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix and Match Die sets.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qubes to cut out these blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

60 Beautiful Sixteen Patch Blocks!

I have included 60 Sweet Sixteen Block designs with brand new, traditional and even familiar blocks. There are so many design possibilities in EQ8.

These blocks are Sixteen Patch Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube Mix & Match Set, no companion dies are needed.

Since the Sixteen Patch design is based upon a 8 x 8 grid, your finished block sizes will finish larger as indicated in the chart below.

The Sweet Sixteen block files come in all the Qube sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ .  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need. You only need one size of EQ8 Qube files as EQ8 will let you resize the blocks.

Complete Instructions including Die Cutting Guide!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and a Die Cutting Guide.

The Die Cutting Guide provides pictures of the Sweet Sixteen blocks and which shapes are needed from the Qube to cut out that block similar to the picture above.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

You can purchase these files in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Quilting!

More Products Available!

If you like designing and making your own quilts with EQ8 and Accuquilt, you may like some of my other products.

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the original 216 Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party, Five Patch Fun and two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Pattern – Bundle Up Holiday Coasters

Hello Friends! I have a new pattern available called Bundle Up Holiday Coasters. Featuring four mix and match designs, these super cute little guys are the perfect last minute homemade gift. All of the designs are centered around my Bundle Up for Winter theme, a mitten, stocking, Knit Cap and Turtleneck with Sweater Vest.

This pattern started out with the Mini Mitten which was published by itself in Modern Patchwork Gifts back in 2016. It was so cute, I had to add a few more coaster designs to create a collection.

Want to add a little pizazz to your coasters? Try fussy cutting and piecing the sweater vest with adorable prints like these. You can go crazy creating these. For these coasters, I quilted by using straight stitch quilting on the diagonal with a walking foot about 1/4″ apart.

Need to whip up the coasters in a jiffy, go for the simple stocking and just a 3 way color scheme. Those polkadots are just too cheery. Again I am straight line quilting with a walking foot, this time straight up and down.

These coasters don’t take much fabric either, you could easily make them with your holiday fabric scraps.

The pattern is available now in my Etsy Shop HERE.

If you like this pattern, check out my other holiday patterns below:

Gingerbread House Ornament, Gift Card Holder and Pincushion Pattern
Poinsettia Pop Quilt Pattern

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stitching!

Published – Santa Baby Door Hanger

USED WITH PERMISSION FROM QUILTS & MORE™. ©2021 MEREDITH CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

HO HO HO! Santa Claus is coming to town! This adorable Santa Baby Door Hanger is a festive way to celebrate the season. I am so proud to have it featured in Quilts & More Magazine. It is made with wool felt applique and embellishments. A great gift idea for friends and family too.

My Santa Baby Door Hanger is featured in the Winter 2022 issue of Better Homes & Gardens Quilts & More Magazine available now.

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I designed this little project with my trusty EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

I designed this little project with my trusty EQ8 Quilt Design Software. I used it to create the little applique shapes and the background piecing. I love that you can add or remove a seam allowance around the applique shapes depending on the applique technique you are using.

The little guy really starts to take shape as you add embellishements like buttons, pom pom and the fuzzy wool felt I found for the beard and mustache.

USED WITH PERMISSION FROM QUILTS & MORE™. ©2021 MEREDITH CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The extra fringe, pom pom trim and ribbon loop add to the holiday charm.

You can find the pattern and instructions in the Winter 2022 Issue of Quilts & More.

Happy Stitching!

Published – Autumn Aglow Quilt

Autumn Aglow by Lori Miller Designs

I think it is too early to think of fall, yet here I come with a colorful fall quilt call Autumn Aglow. This gorgeous quilt is reminiscent of falling leaves. The large block is simple to piece and when put together creates a unique tesselating quilt design. I love the cheery fall colors.

Featured in the September/ October 2021 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine, this issue is full of delightful fall, leafy projects… including my Autumn Aglow quilt.

I used blender cottons called Canvas by Deborah Edwards for Northcott. The blenders are perfect for creating the maple leaf pattern in the blocks.

I designed this quilt with EQ8 Quilt Design Software. It made it so easy to try different colors and draw up the blocks.

This quilt uses only four colors and you only make multiples of these two blocks for the design. Looks complicated but it is super easy.

Photo courtesy of Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine, Quiltingdaily.com Copyright 2021

I used an allover edge to edge maple leaf design. The batting is Tuscany Cotton/Wool batting 80/20 generously provided by Hobbs. This is my favorite batting as the loft really shows off the quilting.

Pick up a copy of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting September/October issue for my pattern and more information.

Happy Stitching!

Free Tutorial – Updated Silverware Rolls

I first introduced these handy little silverware rolls back in 2015. They are such a great project that I have revisited the pattern and updated the design. They are still great for picnics, family reunions and bbq’s, or just throw them in the car when you grab some take out and go to the park.

They are sized perfectly to fit plastic or regular silverware and a napkin. Make one or tuck in a paper napkin, they all work well.

These stitch up so fast that you will want to make several and give some away. My quilt guild used to hold holiday potlucks and these made perfect gifts for my quilty friends for those dinners. I love that you can just wash them up, refill and use again and again.

Materials Needed:

This will make 4 silverware rolls.

  • 5/8 yd red print fabric for outside and pocket
  • 3/8 yd blue print fabric for lining
  • 3/8 yd of batting
  • 1/4 yd Medium Weight iron-on interfacing
  • 3-4 yards of coordinating ribbon
  • Coordinating thread

Directions:

Cut

For each silverware roll (Make 4)

  • 1 — 9″ x 10″ rectangle of red print fabric for outside
  • 1 — 9″ x 10″ rectangle of batting
  • 1 — 9″ x 10″ rectangle of blue print fabric for lining
  • 1 — 10″ x 10″ rectangle of red print fabric for pocket
  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 10″ rectangle of interfacing
  • 22″ of ribbon for the tie

Stitch

  1. Take the 10″ x 10″ pocket and fold in half and press flat.
  2. Place the strip of interfacing inside and press.
  3. Top stitch the top of the pocket at the fold stitching two lines, 1/8″ and 3/8″ away from the fold.



  4. Layer the batting, the lining and the pocket all facing up as shown.



  5. From the left side of the pocket, measure 2 inches, 3 1/2″ and 5″ at the top and bottom of the pocket.  These will mark the stitch lines to make the channels for the silverware.
  6. Stitch down from the markings on the pocket to make the silverware channels.  You will have three stitch lines.  Do a couple of back stitches at the top to secure the channels.



  7. Next, take your 22 inch ribbon and fold almost in half leaving one end about one inch longer than the other.  Pin the ribbon flat on the right side of the pocket about halfway down the side of the roll.  Make sure that you will catch the ribbon when you stitch the side seam.  Tuck the ends out of the way so that you do not catch them in the side seams.


  8. Layer the rectangle from the print fabric over the pocket, right sides together and pin in place.
  9. With a 1/4″ seam, stitch all the way around the roll leaving an opening for turning on the bottom.  Clip corners.

  10. Turn the roll right side out and tuck in the raw edges on the opening.  Iron the silverware roll flat.


  11. Top stitch close to the edge of the roll all the way around being sure to catch the edges of the opening and sew them shut.


  12. Your first silverware roll is completed, now just make three more!  These really do stitch up fast, sew them assembly line style! To store, just roll them up and tie with the ribbon.

Published – Peabody Pouch

Hot off the Press! I am delighted to share my Scrappy Peabody Pouches! These cute little pouches feature a unique shaped top that opens wide to fill with whatever goodies you like. I used color coordinated scraps from the stash to create these little cuties.

Featured in the July 2021 issue of American Quilter Magazine, this issue is loaded with lots of fun projects…including my Peabody Pouches.

I pieced the scrappy half square triangles and then used scrap linen from the stash for the body of the pouch.

I stitched the zipper right on curved top of the pouch to create the unique shape.

I quilted right through the lining and just used binding to hide the raw edges on the inside.

That curved top helps the bag open wider to really fill it up whether you use for cosmetics, quilting notions or essential chocolate.

You can stitch up a whole group of little Peabody pouches for gifts or just make something special for yourself. They make great assembly line sewing, so make up a pile of them.

Grab a copy of the latest issue or head over to Americanquilter.com to get a digital copy.

Happy Stitching!

New Product! Add-On EQ8 Block Library – Accuquilt Qube Five Patch Fun

The fun never ends! My newest Add-on EQ8 Block Library file is Five Patch Fun! I am excited to offer the next set of digital EQ8 Block Library files for the Accuquilt Qubes.  These files include 60 gorgeous Five Patch variation block designs that you can load into EQ8 Quilt design software.

EQ8 is Quilt Design Software by The Electric Quilt Company.  I design my quilts in EQ8, I teach EQ8 and I use EQ8 in my original patterns.

These block designs work with the Accuquilt GO! Qube Mix and Match Die sets.  You can use the Die Shapes in the GO! Qubes to cut out these blocks.

These EQ8 Block Library files are downloadable digital files that are designed to work with your EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  They are only compatible with EQ8.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software.

60 Gorgeous Five Patch Blocks!

I have included 60 Five Patch Fun Block designs with new, creative and even familiar blocks. There are so many design possibilities in EQ8.

These blocks are Five Patch Blocks that can be cut out with your Qube Mix & Match Set, no companion dies are needed.

Since the Five Patch design is based upon a 5 x 5 grid, your finished block sizes will finish larger as indicated in the chart below.

The Five Patch Fun files come in all the Qube sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ .  They are color coordinated by size in the shop so you can find the size you need. You only need one size of EQ8 Qube files as EQ8 will let you resize the blocks.

Complete Instructions including Die Cutting Guide!

Each set of library blocks comes with a complete set of Instructions, a Block Reference Guide and a Die Cutting Guide.

The Die Cutting Guide provides pictures of the Five Patch Fun blocks and which shapes are needed from the Qube to cut out that block similar to the picture above.

Please note:  If you have more than one size of Qube, you only need one size of library.  Once you have the EQ8 Library for Accuquilt installed into EQ8, you can easily resize to your other size Qubes as it will scale properly.  You can certainly purchase other sizes for convenience, but it is not necessary.

You can purchase these files in my MY SHOP!

Thank You!  And Happy Quilting!

More Products Available!

If you like designing and making your own quilts with EQ8 and Accuquilt, you may like some of my other products.

Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries by Lori Miller Designs

I have Add-on EQ8 Block Libraries for the original Four Patch designs, Nine Patch Party and now two sets of BOB libraries.

You can purchase these downloadable files in my shop HERE!

New Product! Add-on EQ8 Block Library File: Accuquilt BOB SET 2

It’s Here! I have getting requests for more BOB’s or Block on Board die Blocks and it is finally here. This Add On Block Library for EQ8 contains another 20 fabulous BOB blocks. BOB die blocks enable you to create an entire block with one die board.  Every piece needed for the block is on the design board. You can design your quilt with EQ8 and then use your Accuquilt cutter to cut it out.

This file contains SET 2 of the BOB block designs which includes 20 blocks.  The blocks vary in size as indicated to match the BOB die. I have included the size of the block by the name reference.

The ONLY designs included in this set are:

  • Arkansas Traveler 12”
  • Blazing Star 12”
  • Cleopatra’s Fan 12”
  • Courtyard 10”
  • Crazy Quilt 6”
  • Crazy Quilt 10”
  • Double Wedding Ring 11.5”
  • Double Wedding Ring 12.5”
  • Dresden Point 5 – 6”
  • Dresden Point 20 – 12”
  • Dresden Round 5 – 6”
  • Dresden Round 20 – 12”
  • Flowering Snowball 12”
  • Kite 4”
  • Local Color by Bill Kerr 6” x 12”
  • Mariner’s Compass 12”
  • Robbing Peter to Pay Paul 7”
  • Spider Web 6”
  • Winding Ways 8”
  • Wonky Heart 6”
  • BONUS! Hunter’s Star 12”

I have added a bonus Hunter’s Star 12″ because the first set of BOB’s only had the Hunters Star 6″ piece, so now you can design with both.

Required: A running copy of EQ8 Quilt Design Software from The Electric Quilt Company.

AccuQuilt Block On Board (BOB)

Required: You will need the Accuquilt BOB die set in the size that matches the EQ8 library file in order to cut out these block designs with the Accuquilt GO! Cutter.  Make sure your cutter is the right size for the BOB die.

This is a downloadable digital file that you will place into your personal block library.  Once you place the block file in your library, you will be able to use it immediately to draw and design quilts.  I have included all of the instructions to add the files to your EQ8 Design Software.  You will receive the EQ8 Block library, a block reference guide and an instruction document.  The blocks are all labeled to match the reference guide.

Now you can use the power of EQ8 to recolor and combine blocks to design beautiful quilts.

Once you have designed your quilt, you can use your Accuquilt GO! Cutter to make it.  I have also included tips and suggestions for determining what dies to use and how to determine fabric requirements.

I hope you enjoy these files as you create your BOB design quilts.

You can purchase these downloadable block files in my shop HERE

Happy designing with your Accuquilt Block on Board Set 2 library blocks in EQ8!

If you liked the new Accuquilt BOB Set 2 EQ8 Block Library Files, check out my other available ADD-on Block libraries for EQ8 that work with Accuquilt.  See the complete line of products HERE!

More EQ8 Accuquilt Library files coming soon!

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions on this product.

Free Tutorial: Adorable Bee Applique with Accuquilt

 Isn’t this the most adorable little bee applique?  As an Accuquilt GO! Getter, I get to play with some fun dies and this little guy comes from the GO! Critters Die (55030).

The Accuquilt GO! Die cutting system allows you to cut accurate shapes very quickly out of fabric which is perfect for applique.


The GO! Critters die actually contains 3 different Critters, a Butterfly, a Bee and a Dragonfly.  But today, we are going to focus on the busy little bee.

By getting creative and with a little bit of piecing, you can create a super cute Bee applique.

Bee Applique

Materials Needed:

  • Black fabric                      5″ x 10″ rectangle
  • Gold Fabric                      5″ x 10″ rectangle
  • White Sparkle Fabric       5″ Square
  • Fusible Web Interfacing  5″ Square

Cutting:

Black fabric 

  • Cut 1  – 2 1/2 ” x 3 1/2 ” Rectangle
  • Cut 3 – 1″ x 3 1/2″ strips

Gold fabric 

  • Cut 3 – 1″ x 3 1/2″ strips

White Sparkle Fabric

  • Cut 1 – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle

Sewing

  1. Sew the black and gold strips together.  Start with the black 2 ½” strip and alternate with the 1” gold and black strips. 
  2. Press very flat.  I used starch to get it nice and flat. 

Finishing

  1. Press a 2 ½’ x 5 ½” piece of fusible web to the back of each pieced bee.
  2. Press a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of fusible web to the back of the sparkle white fabric which will be used for the wings.
  3. Cut bee using the GO! Critters Die.  Carefully align the pieced fabric FACE UP so the seam of the wide black strip is along the neck of the bee.  Die cut.
  4. Carefully trim the top of the bee so the back is smooth and curved.
  1. Cut the wings for the bee.  With the sparkle fabric facing up, carefully align the fabric to cover the bee’s wings.  Die cut.

  2.  Arrange the pieces with the wings tucked under the body and press the applique down on your project.  Finish the edges as desired.

Hint:  If you want the bee facing the other direction, just lay the pieces FACE DOWN instead.

After you applique your cute little bee, why not try some fun BIG STITCH quilting to mimic the bee buzzing in flight.

This adorable bee made the perfect applique to go with some pieced flowers on a quilt.

Use this happy little bee in this GO! Garden Bench pillow. You can find my free pattern at AccuQuilt.

Happy Stitching!

In Memory of Cookie Cat

I had the best kitty in the world. His name was Cookie Cat and he was special. A lovely gray and white tabby, he was gentle and kind and he smelled like cotton candy. He was my quilting companion and he had my heart.

He would follow me downstairs to my sewing room and just stay with me while I sewed and quilted.  Whenever I started quilting, he would appear and try to help.  I would look away for a second and he would be…right..THERE.  LOL

I had this little rolling cart and I finally put his cat bed in there and I would just roll him around the room with me.

In 2017, I designed a quilt in his honor with a big block and his sweet face on it and I called it, Cookie cat. 

I thought it was adorable and versatile, four blocks for a baby quilt and one block for a pillow. 

We have a little black kitty named Oreo too and to not be left out, I made some Halloween pillows in the pattern for him too.

But this sweet boy was my little shadow.  At the beginning of 2020, he was diagnosed with cancer.  I was glad to be home due to Covid to take care of him.   He was spoiled rotten and got anything he wanted.

He started to just come and want to sleep in the bay window in front of my sewing machine.  He could see the birds and squirrels.  He would still follow me downstairs and just be with me while I quilted and sewed.

He passed away just after Thanksgiving and it hit me hard.  I still miss him.  I decided that I would do something to honor his devotion to me and celebrate that pure love he gave to me.

I have updated my Cookie Cat pattern with his picture and I have reduced the price in my shop.  You can find it HERE!

This year, 2021, I am going to give the proceeds from this pattern to my local humane society.  A tiny way to give back to the place where I rescued Cookie cat to begin with and a way to honor and grieve him in a positive way.

I appreciate your support of my charity this year and wish you too will experience the joy and unconditional love of a pet.

Warm Wishes, 

Lori

Published – Cool Waters Quilt

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation All rights reserved

I am pleased to share my Cool Waters Quilt that is published in the January 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.  This throw size quilt is a block full of triangles.  It is easy to piece and I love the calming color way.

This is the cover of the January issue to look for.  It is packed with great projects to sew this winter.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Here is the full Cool Waters quilt in all its glory.  I loved the way a secondary pattern appeared in the design as the blocks were sewn together.  By limiting the fabric choices, I think it seems crisper and simpler even with all those triangles.

I designed my quilt with EQ8 Quilt Design Software.  It is a regular pieced quilt block. It makes it so easy to try different fabrics and combinations of colors.  I could add or remove blocks until I got the size of quilt that I wanted.


Here are all my stacks of pieces.  EQ8 gave me a handy rotary cutting guide to help cut all the patch shapes.  I print it out and scribble all over it as I cut things out and take notes.

 

 

I Pieced the larger triangle modules first to make it easier to assemble.

 

This is a common scene when I am in the middle of a project.  Pieces of fabric and notions everywhere!

 

I used free motion quilting to quilt a paisley  all over design on this quilt to finish it off.  I usually quilt on a Bernina domestic machine.

Please tag me on instagram @lorimillerdesigns or on facebook @lorimillerdesigns.  I would love to see your version!

Happy Stitching!