The Sugar Block Club is Back!

Why hello dear friends!  What a delight to finally be back on the blog after a much-needed hiatus!  Oh how I’ve missed you!  SO so much to catch up on.  We’ve been busy!  At the moment though, anything BUT busy is the goal.  We’re savoring a fabulously mellow Thanksgiving weekend here in the Gibson household…a feast with loved ones yesterday, and this weekend we’re kicking our feet up with leftover pie, movies, and Christmas decorating (and perhaps a few sled runs if this snow keeps up).

WELL, on to the title of this post…the Sugar Block Club!  As some of you might know, the Sugar Block Club is the monthly block of the month program I’ve hosted here on my blog since 2013.  This year (2015), I decided to take a break from it to allow time for some other exciting projects.  Well, I am happy to say that the Sugar Block Club is back, and this time it will be free!  That’s right, this year’s club is free!

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Starting January 1, 2016, I’ll be posting monthly sampler block patterns right here on my blog.  And it’s easy to stay up to date when new blocks or patterns are added- just enter your email address below to subscribe to receive
Along with the free block tutorial, I’ll also be offering for-purchase downloadable quilt patterns to accompany each block.  So you can follow along with me and stitch up a single block each month, or, if you like, you can go a step further and stitch a whole new quilt inspired by that month’s block!  It’s the best of both worlds!  Then at the end of the year, we’ll explore some fun, unique layout ideas for sewing your blocks together.

I do hope you’ll join me in following along with this year’s Sugar Block Club!  Mark your calendar, start thinking about your fabrics, and be sure you are subscribed so that you don’t miss any updates.

Happy Thanksgiving!  XO

Learning to Quilt

Have you ever heard the saying, “Bite off more than you can chew…THEN CHEW IT!”?  I heard it for the first time today, and I instantly thought- that’s me!  Chewing like crazy!  Admittedly, I’m up to my eyeballs at the moment in homeschooling, sewing projects, writing projects, church stuff, kids’ activities, and family events, not to mention my 7th year straight as president of the “Will You Please Stop Wrecking My House” Society…and I know I’ve probably bitten off more than I can chew, but darn it if I’m not going to just chew like a mad woman and keep plugging away.  It’s day by day mode this month…hectic and intense, but oh how exciting life is.  The kids won’t be little forever, and there’s just something about crazy hard work that is so full of promise and satisfaction.

Unfortunately I can’t share with you about the crazy fun projects yet (still chewing!), but I can share about what my littles have been up to, and let’s be real- they’re much more entertaining than I am, even with one hand tied behind their backs (actually, let’s make that 2 hands tied behind their backs…perfect…now don’t move, while Mommy goes to sneak a bowl of ice cream and catch up on Netflix).  Seriously though, my 2 sweet girls have been keeping busy with their own sewing adventures, and it’s such a delight to finally see them both taking such a strong interest.  I guess you could say it’s the year of learning to quilt.

SO- quilts, quilts quilts.  We’re PSYCHED about making our own quilts.  First up- doll quilt for a best friend recently, using her favorites from the latest Heather Ross collection, Tiger Lily.

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She sat down and pounded this out without so much as a word from me…I think she stunned herself, as much as she did me!

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And another fun beginner project with our girls’ club this week- 9 patch tic-tac-toe boards.  What a fun idea for a simple mini for kiddos?  They did an awesome job!

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But what’s most fun?  Undoubtedly, video tutorials from my 2nd grader.  Yes, she’s 7, and somehow my recent filming for Craftsy has made a MAJOR impression.  So much so, that she seems to be in constant tutorial-filming mode!  Anytime I try to catch a moment on video…say, her explaining her science project or opening a birthday gift…the instant that red light goes on she’s like “HELLO THERE, I’m Nora, and welcome to another Craftsy tutorial!”  It’s too cute.

So here is my eldest’s first sewing tutorial video- “Quilting Humps”…completely unplanned and off the cuff, filmed in the euphoria of having completed a mini-sized doll quilt for the beloved “Pandy”.  It’s 6 minutes, I know, but I just couldn’t bear to cut her off.  :)

How about you??  Any budding sewists in the house?  Are you having fun teaching your kiddies to quilt, or maybe learning to quilt, yourself, or hoping to learn?  Jump in!  If you’re looking for a good teaching resource, check out my new Learn to Quilt series over on Craftsy.  4 brand new classes that walk you through making your very first quilt (no rotary in the first class, so kids can definitely join in too!), all the way up to a fabulous bed-size hexagon quilt.  From the very basics of quilt anatomy, and beginner-friendly info on tools and materials, to piecing and quilting basics, and even 3 types of bindings, it’s a great way to jump in, without fear, and learn to quilt!

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Ta ta for now, friends!  XOXO


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