Modern Quilting

  • Adventures of QuiltCon


    Between Skill Builder BOM and QuiltCon preparation I have been snowed under for months. Last August when I started the shop addition of Pile O' Fabric I decided to apply for a booth space at QuiltCon.  QuiltCon was my first time ever having a booth at a show. Im happy to say it was a great success! I really enjoyed getting to meet many online friends in person. Thank you so very much to those of you who stopped by to support our shop! Leading up to QuiltCon I had so much help preparing from family and friends. My dad and sister Holly helped me...
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  • Kona® Illustrator Swatches File Updated


    A while back I put together an Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Swatches file of Kona® Cotton colors. This file makes designing quilts easier in Adobe applications. Now Robert Kaufman has a whopping 303 Kona® Cotton colors! Updating the file to add the new colors has been on my to do list for months, but thanks to Anne Sullivan at Play Craft's the file has been updated with all off the current Kona® Cotton Colors. Thank you so much Anne! You can download the new file below and I have a video tutorial on my past blog post that explains how to use and install the swatches....
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  • Valedictorian Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Valedictorian bundle has a sophisticated palette featuring many trendy geometric shapes, feathers and arrows. This bundle includes (left to right): Prisma Elements in Onyx, Panache in Profundo, Weave in Yarrow, Netorious in Cloud Silver, Breeze in Natural, and Fletching Chant. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Pepper, Kona Cotton in Windsor, Kona Cotton in Yarrow, Kona Cotton in Stone, Kona Cotton in Tan,  and Kona Cotton in Ivory. Get Your Valedictorian Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Valedictorian Bundle in Prints | Valedictorian Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a picture of your own fabric pull using hashtag #pileofabricstashshare.  Alyssa
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  • Frequently Asked Questions // Skill Builder BOM


    Next year is quickly approaching, will you be participating in the 2015 Skill Builder Block of the Month? Are you considering joining, but nervous, scared or have questions? Well today I want to answer a few FAQ's about the Skill Builder BOM and next years Technicolor Galaxy quilt, to help you decide whether or not this block of the month is the fit for you. About Skill Builder BOM What is Skill Builder Block of the Month (BOM)? The Skill Builder Block of the Month (BOM) is a monthly quilt-as-you-go block of the month, taught online by myself, Alyssa Lichner of Pile...
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  • Cottage Rose Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Cottage Rose bundle was inspired by the color scheme in a cottage style quilt at Ikea that has crimson roses, green leaves, and black accents on a cream background.  This bundle includes (left to right): Swarm in Indigo, Spot On in Metallic Jungle, Woodgrain in Straw, Sun Tracks, Netorious in Cloud Silver, and Steeping Awakening in Metallic. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Pepper, Kona Cotton in Jungle, Kona Cotton in Curry, Kona Cotton in Crimson, Kona Cotton in Stone, and Kona Cotton in Putty. Get Your Cottage Rose Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Cottage Rose Bundle in Prints | Cottage Rose Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a picture of...
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  • Meadow Mist Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Meadow Mist bundle is a beautiful selection of prints and solids curated by blogger Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs. This bundle includes (left to right): Script in Watermelon, Midnight Flora in Navy, Dottie in Jean Jacket, Line Scratch in Blue, Branches in Blue, and Sketch in Fog. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Windsor, Kona Cotton in Candy Blue, Kona Cotton in Baby Blue, Kona Cotton in Punch, and Kona Cotton in Ash. Get Your Meadow Mist Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Meadow Mist Bundle in Prints | Meadow Mist Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a picture of your own fabric pull using...
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  • For the Love of Sewing // Skill Builder BOM 2014


    That's a wrap folks! This year's 2014 Skill Builder Block of the Month has come to an end. This year the quilt theme was sewing room tools and supplies and the quilt is called For the Love of Sewing.  Even though the year has come to an end, you can still join the online class for 2014 Skill Builder BOM. The class will be available for many years to come! Participants Finished Quilts Did you participate in the 2014 Skill Builder BOM? Be sure to link up your finished quilt, we all want to see it! An InLinkz Link-up Next...
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  • Quilter's Tool Belt + Crafting Apron


    Looking for another quick handmade gift? Today I listed my new Quilter's Tool Belt pattern.  No more losing your tools! Stay organized and keep your sewing tools, phone, and goodies on you at all times with the Quilter’s Tool Belt! Also works great as a cooking, gardening, and crafting apron. This apron has an 80” waistband and measures approximately 19” x 15”. The pattern includes full step-by-step assembly instructions for your own Quilter’s Tool Belt.  The Quilter’s Tool Belt shown on the cover was made with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black,Netorious in Cloud Silver Metallic by Cotton + Steel, NY...
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  • Stash Bundles Giveaway // Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


    Is it that time of year again? Today is the bi-annual Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  One of the reasons Sew Mama Sew hosts the Giveaway Day twice a year is to help you find great new blogs to read and to help bloggers find new fans. So have fun hopping around blog to blog and may the odds be ever in your favor! The Giveaway Prize Every week I put together a new Stash Bundle for sale here in the Pile O' Fabric shop. Myself or other guest bloggers come up with a color scheme, pull Kona Cotton Solids in...
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  • Neon Moon Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Neon Moon bundle is filled with super saturated and bright fun fabrics! This bundle includes (left to right): Nightsky in Midnight , Netorious in Teal, New Wave in Olive, Les Points in Rose, Haystack in Country Bouquet, and Confetti Dot in Fire. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Breakers, Kona Cotton in Wasabi, Kona Cotton in Pomegranate, Kona Cotton in Coral, and Kona Cotton in Tangerine. Get Your Neon Moon Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Neon Moon Bundle in Prints | Neon Moon Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a picture of your own fabric pull using hashtag #pileofabricstashshare.  Alyssa
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  • Purpose of Skill Building


    In my quilting journey I have learned a lot of amazing things in a short period of time. It all started in Pottery Barn Kids, I saw a beautiful quilt and said to myself I could make that! At the time I had experience with sewing clothing and accessories, but had never made a quilt and I hadn't sewn in years. My First Quilt I approached the making of my first quilt without any fear or apprehension, no thoughts of fear even cross my mind. I wanted to make a quilt so I made one. I wasn't worried about whether my points...
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  • Mega Holiday Giveaway Winners!


    I cannot thank you all enough for your support of our shop this weekend! It is my absolute pleasure to award these awesome prizes from our Mega Holiday Giveaway. The Winners… Fineline® Glue Tip - 2 pack Susan Fix Gretchen Kimmies Amy Carmona Teresa Kasch Kathy Tims Pre-cut Hexagons in Kona® Cotton and Stabilizer Mary P. Smith Gretchen Kimmies Elizabeth Smith Sandy Borglum Kathy Tims Jo Ann Bryan Kona® Cotton Color Card Elizabeth Smith Kona® Cotton Rollup Clarissa Sanchez Lisa Tucker Skill Builder BOM 2015 - Online Class Mary Cunningsworth Hand Inlaid Quilt Block Necklace Susan Fix Congratulations to the winners...
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  • Frozen Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    The Frozen bundle is a beautiful selection of prints and solids curated by blogger Katie Dold at Good Golly Ginger. This bundle includes (left to right): XOXO in Night Owl, Trophy in Teal, Deo Petal in Turquoise, Sealing Wax in Amethyst , Zig Zig in Shell, and Branches in Ash. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Baby Blue, Kona Cotton in Ice Frappe, Kona Cotton in Cerise, Kona Cotton in Primrose, and Kona Cotton in Snow. Get Your Frozen Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Frozen Bundle in Prints | Frozen Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a picture of your own fabric pull using hashtag...
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  • The Holiday Weekend


    Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday? I hope so! This was our first year hosting Thanksgiving at our house. I was afraid it was going to be overwhelming, but it was actually so relaxing and I enjoyed watching the kids play, spending time with my sister, mom and nephew Brennan. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday every year! I know your probably overloaded with holiday sales galore this weekend, but we too have some fun sales and a mega giveaway planned this weekend. This is our first Holiday Season as a full service online quilt shop and we...
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  • Making Flying Geese with Bloc_Loc™ Rulers


    A few weeks ago I shared about the Night Sky quilt along at Jana Machado's blog, are you quilting along? The Night Sky quilt pattern by Camille Roskelley has a bunch of classic sawtooth stars, these stars have flying geese in them. I thought this would be a fun time to play with the Bloc_Loc® Flying Geese Rulers and put together a quick flying geese tutorial for you all. Bloc_Loc® Rulers were created by a husband and wife team in Loveland, Colorado. Each ruler has a unique groove that hugs the seams in your patchwork tightly, helping you to trim up your blocks perfectly....
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  • Celestial Road Trip Case for the Celestial Gift Along


    Last week I shared the Celestial Stocking that I made for the Celestial Gift Along by Alison Glass. I am back again for some more Celestial sewing inspiration! This week I made a bag using Anna Graham's Road Trip Case pattern paired up with a reduced version of block D from the Celestial pattern by Alison Glass. The fabrics I used are Kona Cotton in Wasabi and Pomegranate, Cottagely Posy, XOXO in Shag Carpet, and Urban Sprawl in Grass.  I added some chunky hand quilting to the Celestial star and then machine stitched my nieces name, Hailey. The Road Trip Case pattern was very easy to follow,...
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  • Blue Ice Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    With temperatures dipping lower than usually so far this year the Blue Ice bundle is perfectly befitting! This bundle includes (left to right): XOXO in Night Owl, Graph Paper Garden in Blue, Line Scratch in Blue, Branches in Blue, Symphony in Neutral, and Hand Drawn Stripes in Charcoal. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Copen, Kona Cotton in Candy Blue, Kona Cotton in Baby Blue, Kona Cotton in Snow, and Kona Cotton in White. Get Your Blue Ice Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Blue Ice Bundle in Prints | Blue Ice Bundle in Solids What would you make with this bundle? Share a...
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  • Skill Builder BOM 2015


    When I started the Skill Builder Block of the Month in 2013, I had a strong desire to learn new things and build up my skill level in sewing. I thought if I made the project available to my readers it would give me motivation, accountability and it would help others to grow as well. Little did I know that the Skill Builder BOM would help me and others to grow by leaps and bounds. This block of the month allows me to continue learning not only about sewing, but about being a teacher, instructional writer, photographer, video maker, and more. I...
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  • Celestial Stocking for the Alison Glass Celestial Gift Along


    Over the past few months I have shared a little bit of my progress working on a Christmas version of a Celestial quilt using the Celestial pattern by Alison Glass. This has been a fun project and a really terrific pattern. Alison invited me to participate in a Celestial Gift Along. We were asked to make a holiday gift using any of the six star blocks from the Celestial pattern. Think of all the fun projects you could make with the stars! Since I am already making the Christmas quilt I thought it would be nice to have a matching stocking and...
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  • Kona® Cotton to Aurifil Thread Conversion Chart Updated!


    Kona® Cotton Solids now come in 303 colors, so I thought it was about time to update the Kona® Cotton to Aurifil Thread Conversion Chart that I put together a few years ago.  The original list of colors was provided by Aurifil.com and I added a bunch of missing colors myself by matching up my color cards for a few hours. Aurifil has less colors than Kona® Cotton, so the colors chosen for this chart are a close but not exact match and there are duplicates.  Download Chart Hope this is helpful for you! Alyssa
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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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