Modern Quilting

  • Fall Blooms Stash Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    With days still reaching over the the hundreds here in Arizona, I am dreaming of cooler weather and fall festivities! This week I am naming the color scheme for Pile O' Fabric Stash Share, Fall Blooms. This color scheme was inspired by turning leaves, fall holidays and since I am such a sweet tooth I can't help but think of Candy Corn! Just looking at the bundle gets me in the mood to make a fun fall quilt, in fact I will be back tomorrow with a free tutorial for an awesome quilt block you can make with these lovely prints and...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday - Kona Essentials Bundle


    This week I wanted to start off the new Fabric Giveaway Friday (which will be giveaways from my shop from now on) with a bang! This weeks prize is the Pile O' Fabric Kona Essentials Bundle of 40 Fat Quarters. With now over 300 colors in their line up, choosing which Kona Cotton colors to use as the essentials in your solid stash can be quite difficult. After much deliberation I have narrowed the choices to my top 40 colors and those are what I am starting off carrying in the shop. I feel this bundle has a good range of colors...
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  • Big Changes! We’re now a full online quilt shop!


    It’s been very quiet here on the blog, our family has been making some changes around the house preparing for bolts and bolts of fabric to arrive over the next few months. That’s right you heard me, bolts of fabric. Pile O’ Fabric is now not only a quilting blog, it’s now a full online quilt shop too! My husband Jacob and I thought it was only a matter of time and a natural progression for Pile O’ Fabric to sell fabric, befitting of the name right? I thought maybe when our kids were grown up we could start that adventure, but...
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  • Raceway // New Quilt Pattern


    Today I would like to share my newest quilt pattern coming out for Aria Lane. Meet Raceway, designed and pieced by yours truly and machine quilted by professional longarm quilter Sarah Wilson from Crinkle Love. I made the Raceway quilt in a 60.5" x 60.5" throw size with Kona Cotton Solids in Cerise, Charcoal, Nautical, Breakers, Chartreuse, Coral, Red, Teal Blue, Crocus, and Brt. Peri. The Technique Do you like sewing curves? Most quilters I meet along my travels usually say they're afraid to try curves piecing, but I want to challenge you to give them a try! Over the years I...
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  • Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This post is part of a weekly series called Pile O’ Fabric Stash Share. Each week I challenge myself to put together a custom bundle of fabrics based on a custom color scheme. Challenge yourself and join me each week, create a custom bundle from your fabric stash based on the color scheme I post each week. Then share a picture of your final bundle here on the Stash Share post. See all posts. This Weeks Color Palette and Bundle This bundle includes (left to right) Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, Les Amis Star Pods by Patty Sloniger, Hope Valley Four Square by...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday – $25 Gift Certificate


    Fabric Giveaway Sponsor Today’s featured sponsor is Southern Fabric. Southern Fabric has been a full time fabric shop since 2004. They are located in the heart of Middle Georgia and sell online only. They currently have three lovely girls working for them - the newest employee is Ellen, who was brought in to run the shop while Aubrey (the owner) had her third baby, Kennedy. Ellen brings with her over twenty years of quilting experience and loads of great ideas. They have sold thousands of yards of fabric to thousands of customers throughout the world. Feel free to browse their shop...
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  • Cutting and Piecing the Concerto Quilt // In the "Studio"


    This week I have been making another version of the Concerto Quilt pattern, but this time I am using printed fabric. This is the quilt my students are making in my Beginner Modern Quilting Class and I am making a sample along with them. The fabric choice is a little out of my comfort zone, but I wanted something super fun and child friendly since I am making it in a crib size. For this weeks In the "Studio" Episode 11, I am cutting and glue basting the fabrics to begin piecing the Concerto quilt.   I have all my rows glue...
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  • Teaching Quilting to All Ages


    For the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of teaching a Beginner Modern Quilting class at my local quilt shop here in Arizona. The class is three weeks long, however I wish it was more like 4 or 5 weeks. I am really digging deep into the important foundational aspects of quilting. The first week we went over the different tools used for quilting, the quilting lingo, the elements of fabric, choosing fabrics, working with color schemes, fabric preparation, and how to properly, safely cut fabrics. The second week we went over how to set up our machine for proper...
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  • Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This post is part of a weekly series called Pile O’ Fabric Stash Share. Each week I challenge myself to put together a custom bundle of fabrics based on a custom color scheme. Challenge yourself and join me each week, create a custom bundle from your fabric stash based on the color scheme I post each week. Then share a picture of your final bundle here on the Stash Share post. See all posts. This Weeks Color Palette and Bundle This bundle includes (left to right) Classic Dot by Connecting Threads, Reflection by Violet Craft, Michael Miller Dots, Domino Dots by Violet...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday - Cotton and Steel at Fat Quarter Shop


    Featured Sponsor The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the...
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  • Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This post is part of a weekly series called Pile O’ Fabric Stash Share. Each week challenge yourself to create a custom bundle from your fabric stash based on the color scheme posted for the week. Then share a picture of your final bundle here on the Stash Share post. See all posts. This Weeks Color Palette and Bundle This bundle includes (left to right) Heath by Alexander Henry Fabrics, True Colors by Anna Maria Horner, Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock, Domino Dots by Violet Craft, Zig Zag by Dear Stella. Coordinating Kona Cotton Solids (not shown) based on the...
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  • Playing with Hexagons // In the "Studio" + Giveaway


    This week I had the sudden urge to play with some hexagons and do some English Paper Piecing. I didn't have a specific project in mind, I just wanted to simply play! I figured this would make a super fun In the "Studio" video for episode #10. Watch and see how I glue baste my hexagons and the different ways you can stitch them together. Using this technique for English Paper Piecing is really great because the pre-cut hexagons are not cut from your typical card stock paper, they are actually a leave-in applique foundation. This means no more spending time taking...
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  • Layered Applique // Skill Builder BOM


    This month for Skill Builder BOM we are making the Scissor and Rotary Cutter Blocks. These blocks are made with a technique called Layered Applique or sometimes called Applique by Number. This technique looks difficult, but it's actually really quite easy. For this technique you use freezer paper templates and Liquid Stitch glue. I have some really fun designs in mind using this technique, which I will probably put together as technique kits in my shop for those of you interested in trying the technique. You could also join the Skill Builder Block of the Month at anytime!   Alyssa
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  • Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This post is part of a weekly series called Pile O’ Fabric Stash Share. Each week challenge yourself to create a custom bundle from your fabric stash based on the color scheme posted for the week. Then share a picture of your final bundle here on the Stash Share post. See all posts. This Weeks Color Palette and Bundle This bundle includes (left to right) Timeless Treasures Sketch, Zen Chic, Unknown, Tula Pink Birds and Bees, Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, Mama Said Sew, Comma by Zen Chic. Coordinating Kona Cotton Solids (not shown) based on the color palette from left to...
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  • What I've Been Up To


    Today I was looking at my recent blog posts and realized its been weeks since I took time to share about what I've been up to. Summertime is usually a very busy time for my family, but even more so this year. Classes This last month I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach three local classes. I taught a Scrap Buster Class and Cross Stitch Quilting class. My students seemed to have a really fun time and its been a pleasure to see their super cute Cross My Heart quilts showing up on Instagram.   Trunk Show Last week I...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday – $25 Gift Certificate


    Fabric Giveaway Sponsor Today’s featured sponsor is Southern Fabric. Southern Fabric has been a fulltime fabric shop since 2004. They are located in the heart of Middle Georgia and sell online only. They currently have three lovely girls working for them - the newest employee is Ellen, who was brought in to run the shop while Aubrey (the owner) had her third baby, Kennedy. Ellen brings with her over twenty years of quilting experience and loads of great ideas. They have sold thousands of yards of fabric to thousands of customers throughout the world. Feel free to browse their shop and...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday - $25 Gift Certificate


    Giveaway Sponsor Here is what Dragonfly Fabrics owner Amy had to say about the shop… "I love fabric.  I started Dragonfly Fabrics when I was manufacturing custom baby bedding and blankets for my online company.  What began as a few bolts turned into a few more and soon I realized I wasn't just buying the fabric for my business.  I was feeding an obsession!  I looked around my fabric room and realized I had more fabric than I could ever sew in a lifetime.  And I still kept ordering because it was so darn pretty!  So, Dragonfly Fabrics was born....
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday - Botanics and Kona Cotton


    Featured Sponsor Marmalade Fabrics has a huge selection of modern fabrics from custom color bundles, to solid Kona Cotton, low volume prints, text prints as well as modern quilt patterns. Semi-Annual Clearance Sale It's time for the semi-annual clearance sale at Marmalade Fabrics! Most of the shop is marked down from 40% to 60%. Nearly all prints and even selected solids have been reduced. Don't wait. Quantities are limited so shop now for the best selection.   Cotton + Steel Subscriptions I am sure that you have heard about the beautiful new collections coming about by Cotton + Steel. If not check...
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  • Creating Color Harmony // Guest Post at RK


    Today I am guest posting over at Robert Kaufman's blog Swatch and Stitch! I am sharing about my process in choosing colors and fabrics for my quilting projects! Go check it out… Creating Color Harmony    Alyssa p.s. No Fabric Giveaway Friday today my busy life has messed up my giveaway schedule and I am trying to get it back in order. Stay tuned :)
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  • Ceylon Dress // Pattern Review


    Why did I have to make those dresses last week? Why didn't you guys tell me making dresses would be so addicting? Like I need something else to suck up my time, but I just couldn't resist. About a year ago I purchased the Ceylon dress pattern by Colette Patterns. I knew someday I would like to make it, but I didn't have much time. The other day I decided to dig through all my patterns to take inventory and found this among my patterns. All night Friday I was thinking about making the dress trying to resist the urge,...
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Alyssa Lichner from Pile O' Fabric

Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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