Good Habits for Quilters - Machine Cleaning

A few weeks ago I read a book called Atomic Habits. Generally I am purely a fiction reader, but a friend recommended this one a while back and I decided to give it a try. I'm not going to say that this book has revolutionized my life, but it has made me think a lot more about the small habits in my life.

Which of course made me think about quilting, because quilting is a big part of my life, and guys . . . my quilting habits are bad. HORRIBLE. So I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts this year on developing good quilting habits and I am going to start with one of the only habits I am actually pretty good at: cleaning my machine.
Good Habits for Quilters Machine Cleaning - Kitchen Table Quilting

The Cleo Quilt - Rainbow Version

As much fun as it is to buy new fabric, working from my stash is so much more satisfying. When I started planning for my Cleo quilt pattern, I knew I wanted something that would make working from your stash easy (pretty much any fabric will work in this quilt) and fun.

The Cleo Quilt, Rainbow Version - Kitchen Table Quilting

I particularly love the rainbow version of the pattern - it does take a little time and planning to get your blocks figured out, but it makes a really fun, colorful quilt.

Stacked Squares Tutorial

Several years ago I wrote a tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop that was wonderfully popular. It uses layer cake squares and jelly roll strips and is fairly simple to put together while still giving you a lot of creative flexibility. After lots of requests, I supplemented that lap size tutorial with info for baby, twin, and queen sizes as well.

Stacked Squares Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

In the last year or so, due to the large number of posts contained on their blog, the Moda Bake Shop lost some of its tutorials. They are working on getting them all back up, but I thought it was a good excuse to update the tutorial and combine all of the information into one location. Plus, I have started getting 10+ emails a day from people asking me to send them the PDF and it was getting a little overwhelming.

The Cleo Quilt - Pattern Testers' Quilts

The Cleo Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting
The pattern testers' quilts on the Cleo Quilt were so exciting to me because the pattern is so open ended. There is always a lot of variety in what people make and they are always delightful, but I had no idea what to expect. It was so exciting to see what they created!

I am going to list them here starting with the largest and going down to the smallest. Click on the testers' name to visit their Instagram page.

The Cleo Quilt - A New Pattern

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Do you ever buy fabric for a new quilt even though you have plenty of fabric in your stash? I do (and I know you do too). Buying new fabric for a project is fun, but I wanted to write a pattern that is specifically for all of that other fabric waiting around in your stash.

The Cleo Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting

Meet The Cleo Quilt Pattern. Isn't it fun? This is a stash-busting, anything goes type of pattern - if it's in your stash, it will work in this quilt. It can be made from leftover scraps or fat quarters. It can be very neutral or vivid and bright. It can be rainbow or monochrome. It can be anything you want!

Here are a few things I love about the pattern:
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