Modern Quilting

  • Triangle Wheel Block // Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial


    Almost three years ago I posted a tutorial for the Triangle Wheel Block. In this tutorial I showed you how to make the block using basic patchwork piecing. Though it was "basic" it wasn't the easiest block to conquer. All of the bias edges on the triangles can make the block stretch and warp easily. Since writing that tutorial I have learned so many ways to stabilize bias edges, making blocks lay flatter and points align better. Today, I would like to re-address the Triangle Wheel Block tutorial, but this time we will be using foundation paper piecing. You Will Need In order to make one...
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  • Making a Concerto Crib Quilt


    This weekend I finished my first quilt of the entire year. I used to bust out about 12-15 quilts a year, but this is my first completed quilt in 2015! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen all the videos and photos I posted as I worked on a Concerto crib quilt for a baby gift. But, for those of you who did not see the posts I figured it would be nice to share my progress making the Concerto quilt here on the blog too. First, I starched, pressed, cut all my fabric, and laid...
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  • Modern Beauty Block // Raw-Edge Applique Tutorial & Pattern


    This month I had the pleasure of collaborating with Patchwork Threads, on a new t-shirt with the design of my Modern Beauty quilt block from the Skill Builder BOM 2013. You can get this awesome shirt for yourself at Patchwork Threads. In light of this awesome new quilty t-shirt I thought it would be fun to put together another tutorial for the quilt block. Originally during Skill Builder BOM 2013 the block was made using turned-edge applique, you can check out that tutorial here. For this tutorial I would like to show you how to make the block using basic raw-edge applique. This is a...
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  • Butterfly Lagoon Bundle + Giveaway // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    These summery fresh prints were chosen for a bundle by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios. This week Karin is giving away a fat quarter Butterfly Lagoon Bundle in Prints and Solids over on her blog. You can enter to win here. This bundle includes (left to right): Miniflores in Sunbathed, Remix Crisscross in Green, Rumpled in Sour, Adventure in Springs, Prisma Elements in Larimar Sea, snd Butterfly Box in Green  Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Persimmon, Kona Cotton in Chartreuse, Kona Cotton in Kumquat, Kona Cotton in Kale, Kona Cotton in Breakers, and Kona Cotton in Silver. Get Your Butterfly Lagoon Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash...
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  • Blanche Barrel Bag // "In the Studio" + Review


    Today, I would like to share a bag I made using the Blanche Barrel Bag pattern by Alicia Wietholter for Swoon Patterns. All of the bags in the Swoon Pattern lineup have a really professional, "store bought" look and shape. I don't make and sell items often, but for those of you who do, you will love Swoon Patterns. They give you full permission to make and sell their bags! If you're looking for some Swoon bag inspiration then you must check out Erin Morris (@diedelbughandmade), she makes and sells bags using Swoon Patterns and they're so beautiful.   Since it has been quite a while since...
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  • Emery Dress and Patchwork Leather Belt


    The last sample my very talented sister, Sherrana made for QuiltCon was the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. She enjoyed making the pattern so much, she made two. She has written about her experience making the Emery Dress version one in plaid and version two in linen on her blog at Needles and Nails. For the dress she made for me I picked out Folk Plaid, a print from Maureen Cracknell's beautiful collection Wild & Free from Art Gallery Fabrics. The dress comes with options for short sleeves, longer sleeves, collar, or a bow waist. I asked Sherrana to make the dress with a collar and longer sleeves....
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  • Crafty Mixup Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    Minty aloe, reds, black and blues this mixup makes for a pretty palette. This bundle includes (left to right): Dotted Boulevard by Sara Lawson, XOXO in Night Owl from Cotton and Steel, Geo Braid in Navy from Camelot Fabrics, Herringbone in Turquoise by Joel Dewberry, Oval Elements in Saffron from Art Gallery Fabrics, Metro Living Loops in Iron from Robert Kaufman. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Black, Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Windsor, Kona Cotton in Aloe, Kona Cotton in Tomato, and Kona Cotton in White. Get Your Crafty Mixup Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Crafty Mixup Bundle in Prints | Crafty Mixup Bundle in Solids What...
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  • Luck of the Irish Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This weeks bundle is an awesome stash builder. The Luck of the Irish Bundle is a great assortment of green prints and solids just in time for St. Patrick's Day! This bundle includes (left to right): Take Flight in Jade, XOXO in Picnic Gold, Dottie in Picnic, Remix Crisscross in Green, Eyelet in Green, and Forest Geo in Calico. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Spruce, Kona Cotton in Jungle, Kona Cotton in Grasshopper, Kona Cotton in Parrot, Kona Cotton in Chartreuse, and Kona Cotton in Bonsai. Get Your Luck of the Irish Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Luck of the Irish Bundle in...
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  • 241 Tote // Pattern Review


    A few years ago I made the 241 Tote Noodlehead for the first time. You may recall an old blog post I wrote with pictures of two 241 Totes I made as gifts for my sisters. Since then the pattern has been revised and comes in a printed version. I stock the 241 Tote and other Noodlehead patterns in my shop. One of the things I really love about the 241 Tote is how simple and easy it is to make. I would definitely consider this a beginner entry level bag. Sometimes you make a bag with a pattern and...
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  • Marilyn Dress // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.   The Marilyn Dress The third project Sherrana made was the Marilyn Dress by Serendipity Studios. It was made using Sunday Clippings, Les Points in Rose,...
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  • The Pocket Tote // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.   The Pocket Tote The second project Sherrana made was the Pocket Tote by Jen Fox Studios. It was made using with dark denim, Mustang...
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  • The Sunburst Sling Bag // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.    The Sunburst Sling The first project Sherrana made was the Sunburst Sling by Jen Fox Studios. It was made using one of...
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  • Summertime Fun Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This weeks bundle is inspired by a summer filled with fun at the polo club. Enjoy horseback riding, crossword finds, baking and jacks. This bundle includes (left to right): Hot Cross Buns in Natural, Netorious in Mixing Bowl Gold, Jacks in Aqua, Mustang in Metallic Olive, Wordfind in Navy, and XOXO in Bright Plum. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Putty, Kona Cotton in Ice Frappe, Kona Cotton in Aloe, Kona Cotton in Yarrow, Kona Cotton in Nautical, and Kona Cotton in Gumdrop. Get Your Summertime Fun Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Summertime Fun Bundle in Prints | Summertime Fun Bundle in Solids What would...
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  • 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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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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