Modern Quilting

  • Fabric Giveaway Friday // Wedding Elegance Bundle


    This weeks prize for Fabric Giveaway Friday is the Wedding Elegance Bundle in Prints and Solids! Bundle Includes This bundle includes (left to right): Zig Zag in Lilac, Squared Elements in Merlot, Aves Chatter Shine by Bonnie Christine, Hatch in Bone, Confetti Dots in Stone, Stitched Road in Granite by Bari J. Also included is Kona Cotton in Putty, Pewter, Aloe, Berry, Lilac, and Ash.  Enter the Giveaway Please log all of your entries in the Rafflecopter widget below to properly be entered into the giveaway. This giveaway will end next Friday, September 26th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose one winner and I will announce their name...
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  • The Backlog! We all have them…


    Sometimes I think it must appear as if I do a project, get it done and move on week after week. Truth is I have a backlog just like many you. It's one of those backlogs which causes you to actually forget some of the projects you have, because you started them over a year ago. Most of the projects in my backlog were started on a whim around 10:30 at night when I was bored with the project I actually needed to get done.  Today, I thought I'd share my backlog with you and hopefully that will give me a little accountability! Let's begin… Fall...
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  • Wedding Elegance Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    I have been married for almost 8 years, but from time to time I still catch myself pinning beautiful wedding color schemes and unique decor ideas on Pinterest. The Wedding Elegance bundle is inspired by the idea of an elegant wedding, set outdoors with twinkle lights, turquoise accents, lilac roses and beautiful purple bridesmaids dresses!   This bundle includes (left to right): Zig Zag in Lilac, Squared Elements in Merlot, Aves Chatter Shine by Bonnie Christine, Hatch in Bone, Confetti Dots in Stone, Stitched Road in Granite by Bari J. The Coordinating Solids Coordinating Kona Cotton Solids (left to right): Kona Cotton in Lilac, Berry, Aloe, Putty, Ash, and Pewter. Get Your Wedding Elegance Bundle Share any...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday // Schoolhouse Fat Quarter Bundle in Prints and Solids


    This weeks prize for Fabric Giveaway Friday is the Schoolhouse Fat Quarter Bundle in Prints and Solids.   Bundle Includes This bundle includes (left to right): Serenity Entwined Pearl, Ta Dot in Graphite, Triangle Tokens Metallic, Script Honeycomb, Zig Zag in Raspberry, and Bee Damask in Wine. Kona Cotton Solids in Snow, Coal, Ice Frappe, Curry, Pomegranate, and Crimson. Enter the Giveaway Please log all of your entries in the Rafflecopter widget below to properly be entered into the giveaway. This giveaway will end next Friday, September 12th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose one winner and I will announce their name on...
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  • Beautiful and Fast Longarm Quilting!


    One of my favorite steps of the process of making a quilt is definitely machine quilting or free motion quilting. However, these days I am lucky if I have time to piece a quilt let alone machine quilt one. When I was working on the Raceway Quilt I was on a really tight deadline and knew it was time for me to find a professional longarm quilter to team up with. That is when I found Sarah Wilson from Crinkle Love. Raceway Quilt Front Sarah uses a Gammill Statler Stitcher for all her quilting. Sarah does primarily computerized quilting in all over designs and in some...
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  • Schoolhouse Stash Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Schoolhouse Bundle color scheme was inspired by the Pile O' Fabric branding colors and as for the name… well, it's the first thing that popped into my head!  This bundle includes (left to right): Serenity Entwined Pearl, Ta Dot in Graphite, Triangle Tokens Metallic, Script Honeycomb, Zig Zag in Raspberry, and Bee Damask in Wine. The Coordinating Solids Coordinating Kona Cotton Solids (left to right): Kona Cotton in Snow, Coal, Ice Frappe, Curry, Pomegranate, and Crimson. Get Your Schoolhouse Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Schoolhouse in Prints | Schoolhouse in Solids So what would you make with this bright bundle?...
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  • Fabric Giveaway Friday // Fall Blooms Bundle in Solids


    This weeks prize for Fabric Giveaway Friday is the Fall Blooms Bundle in Solids. Bundle Includes 6 colors of Kona Cotton Solids in Black, Charcoal, Salmon, Punch, Tangerine, and Kumquat. Enter the Giveaway Please log all of your entries in the Rafflecopter widget below to properly be entered into the giveaway. This giveaway will end next Friday, September 12th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose one winner and I will announce their name on September 12th in the shop newsletter and I will also email the winner directly. To enter the giveaway you must: Be a Pile O' Fabric Shop Newsletter Subscriber Share about...
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  • Lotus Blossom Bias Applique Tutorial


    Today I am excited to share a really fun bias applique tutorial with you. The technique may look scary or intimidating, but with the right tools its actually not too difficult. My hope is this tutorial will give you a little boost to give bias applique a try, you could even even submit your own project to the Panasonic Quilt Challenge by the MQG and have a chance to win a prize! Okay, lets get started… You Will Need In order to make one 18.5" x 18.5" Lotus Blossom quilt block you will need the following: (12) 5.25" x 7.5" pieces in various printed fabrics...
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  • 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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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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