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Thursday, November 15, 2018

CMM November Blocks

Okay, so I have a little confession to make.  I was so excited to finish the very last blocks of my Classic Meets Modern quilt that I totally forgot to take process photos.  I went right from finished blocks to a finished quilt top all in one day.  I only realized after the fact that my snowballs and flying geese didn't get pics all by themselves (and of course, unpicking was out of the question).  Even so, you'll still have to wait until December for the full quilt reveal!

ps- if you're looking for this week's NTT, you can find it HERE!




Rather than sticking with a consistent color scheme for my filler snowball and flying geese blocks, I decided to go all-out scrappy, using up plenty of my favorite leftover bits.


Instead of two different flying geese pointing outward from the center, I decided to substitute a single square on point;  and for my smaller flying geese, I did decide on a consistent gray background.  I thought that section of the quilt would have been a little too busy otherwise.


I love how using prints with this pattern gives it a completely different look from my original version with solids.  I can't wait to see all of your final blocks (and of course, your quilts!)  Okay, ya'll!  Let's see those snowballs and geese!

1.  If you're late to the party, it's okay!  You can get the Classic Meets Modern pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shops (links on my right sidebar).  As long as you have a finished quilt top at the end of the QAL, you'll be eligible for the prizes.

2.  Remember, the link party opens on the 15th of each month, and will close at midnight CST on the last day of the month.  You can certainly link to the weekly NTT post if you like, but be sure to link your quilt along blocks to this party, so everyone is sure to see your progress.

3.  You don't have to have a blog to join in!  You can link to an Instagram post, or even a Flickr account.  Use the hashtag #classicmeetsmodernbomqal on Instagram!  If you do have a blog, grab a button to let everyone know you're participating!  You can get the button on my right sidebar.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Farmhouse II Lattice and NTT

Well friends!  After many hours of sewing, I am happy to report that my Farmhouse II quilt has been sent off to the longarm quilter, and I love the warm colors and simple pattern in this top.


We seem to have skipped right over autumn here in west Tennessee, which is a bit of a bummer because I absolutely love fall.  As I type this, we are actually waiting on our first snow of the season (which is unheard of for November in the Memphis area), and the days have been wet and dreary lately.  In a perfect world, I would have waited for a sunny day to properly show off the colors in this collection, but since time was of the essence, I settled for a quick cloudy day pic and then shipped it off for quilting.  I am super excited about the quilting pattern chosen for this quilt, and I can't wait to get it back!

Last week's party was late, but the projects linked up were fantastic!  I love this fall beauty from Danice at Homespun Hannah-


Sew Preeti Quilts linked up this scrappy quilt filled with fun, whimsical trees-


and finally, this gorgeous modern improv quilt is from Sophie at Luna Lovequilts-


Without further ado, let's get to the party!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Thursday, November 8, 2018

Playing Fabric Chicken

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends.  My internet service was spotty yesterday, so I'm a little later than usual;  but hey!  It is Needle and Thread Thursday, so I am still calling it good.  I have just one big project left to finish before Christmas, and I'm using the Fig Tree Farmhouse II collection.  Ordinarily, in mid-November there would be plenty of time to get a quilt done before Christmas, but a few factors are making this finish a little tighter.


This quilt is going to be a queen sized (90" x 96), and it's going to a longarmer for quilting, which will take longer than finishing it myself.  As if that wasn't enough of a time crunch, this collection is brand new, and when I ordered it several weeks ago, I just prayed that there wouldn't be any manufacturer delays that would affect the release.  Also, my wonderful husband and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage on December 18th, and we are taking a little anniversary trip before Christmas (yay!!).  It's definitely a reason to celebrate, but it does mean that I have less time than it seems to get this quilt done.  Thankfully, I just received the fabric this week, and for the past several days, I've been cutting and piecing like mad to get this top put together ASAP.  As soon as I get it done, I'll be sure to get a quick picture before sending it off.

Before we party, check out some of the great projects from last week!  Sandra at mmm! quilts shared her Fallen Sky quilt-


Denise at For the Love Of Geese linked up this paper pieced beauty-


This Bowser pixel quilt by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal is so much fun!


And this scrappy Christmas tree wall hanging from Barb at Mountain Quiltworks is perfect for getting in the holiday spirit!


Okay friends!  Let's link up!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Little Christmas Sewing and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, and Happy Halloween y'all!  This is right about the time of year when I start itching to decorate for Christmas.  We don't usually decorate until Thanksgiving Day, but every year, I find myself wanting to start even earlier.  So, to satisfy my desires for Christmas spirit, this past week I dug into my Christmas scraps and put together this 18" pillow (plus some secret things).


Since these triangles are only three inches I pulled out my smallest scraps for this one, sewing them together using the improv methods from my book, Stash Statement.   The Kona White background is nice and crisp against the reds and greens, and I quilted it densely with a paisley design, which adds lots of great texture.


On the envelope backing, I used some leftover fabric from my Gift Wrapped quilt, along with some Kona Limelight.  I usually like solid bindings, but I couldn't pass up binding this pillow with a peppermint stripe.  I love how this pillow turned out, and I especially love that I got to use up some of my Christmas scraps.

Are you looking for a unique way to use up your own treasured scraps?  Stash Statement gives three step by step methods for sewing your scraps together, and then includes twelve full quilt patterns.  The best part though, is that once you get the hang of it, you can apply the techniques to any project, just like I did with my pillow.  Christmas is coming soon, so I hope you'll check it out.  It's the perfect thing to add to your wish list, or it would make a great gift for your quilty BFF!

Last week's party had so many wonderful projects linked up, so let's get to the highlights, shall we?  Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking shared this pretty quilt, called Tidal Pool.


This classic Log Cabin quilt was shared by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.


And this bold beauty is from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.


Okay, friends!  before you head out to go trick or treating tonight, take a few minutes to link up your latest eye candy!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Handmade Handprints and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  I've finished this family handprint keepsake quilt, and it is already on its way to its new home.  I had a lot of fun finishing this one.


These Bonnie and Camille Handmade fabrics have a fantastic retro vibe, and are just perfect for a couple celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  Since this quilt is a big surprise, once again I have covered the names so there is no identifying information showing.


I used Heat n Bond Lite to appliqué the handprints to the background, as well as the nametags (covered in the photo).  When the quilt is washed, the raw edges of the appliqué will curl just a little bit, but the Heat n Bond will keep them from fraying.  Really heavy quilting would have distorted the handprints, so I opted for wide-ish stippling instead, using my favorite Aurifil 50 wt. White thread.


I started with a full bundle of the Handmade collection containing 40 different FQ's, so I had plenty left over for the backing.  I always love when I can create a fully reversible quilt.


A solid binding is great for containing all of the busy print, and Kona Limelight is a great match for the crisp green in the collection.  I can't wait for the recipient to get this quilt.  I truly hope it becomes a cherished family heirloom.

Edited to add-  Oops!  I forgot to announce the winners from the three October giveaways!

Comment number 7, Beachy Quilter is the winner of the stuffed pumpkin kit from Shabby Fabrics.  Sue, comment number 38, is the winner of the fantastic black and white bundle from Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and comment number 4, Shauna, will receive the Little Whispers low volume bundle from Lady Belle Fabrics.  Congrats, ladies!



Last week's party rocked!  Barbora from skalabara quilts shared this graphic cross tile quilt-


I love this quilt by Liz at Savor Every Stitch, called Tangerine Dreams.


Susan at Quilt Fabrication linked up this fun Halloween quilt-


And Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts showed off this purple version of her Flurry Quilt.  So gorgeous!


Okay, friends!  Show me what you've got!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Special Gift and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week, I have been working on a commission quilt and having a lot of fun with it.  This quilt is for a friend who's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  I finished up this top today, just in the nick of time for NTT.


Don't mind those white dots.  Next to each family member's handprint, I also appliquéd a patch of fabric with their name, and I just didn't want to post any identifying information.  I've made one other quilt like this, but on that quilt, I sewed the handprints to solid white squares.  With this quilt, I decided against that for a couple of reasons.  First, because this family has so many more people, I thought the quilt might have too much white if I did that, but most importantly, this Handmade collection from Bonnie and Camille has so many gorgeous low volume prints that I just couldn't bear to put them aside. I'm so glad I decided to use them for the background for the appliqué.  It creates a quilt that is just a little bit busier, but I love it.  Since this quilt started with a full fat quarter bundle, I might even have enough for a fully reversible quilt.  I'm crossing my fingers (I'm also crossing my fingers for drier weather soon, hence the indoor pic)!

Last week's party was full of awesomeness, as usual.  Check out the progress on this beauty by Linda at Kokaquilts-


This quilt by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts has real wow factor!


Jen at deJong Dream House shared these two lovely finishes-


Isn't this wonky log cabin by Quilting Gail perfect for fall?


Look at this cute pumpkin table topper by Marie at QuiltBee-



And finally, I love the elegance of this quilt by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Before we party, have you seen the latest issue of Curated Quilts (Issue 5- Improv)?  Well, check out their Curated Studio page-


That's right!  A write up of my book Stash Statement is right there with summaries of books by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sherri Lynn Wood.  That's pretty amazing company if you ask me.  Whoop!

By the way, you can get your own copy of my book on Amazon, Connecting Threads, or anywhere else quilting books are sold.  Or you can get a signed copy from me HERE!

Okay y'all, let's link up!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Sales and Three Giveaways!

Ahhh...it's finally cooled off enough that I had to grab a little jacket when going outside, and my first pot of gumbo for the season will be on the stove this afternoon.   This is the kind of weather that really makes me start giving some serious thought to holiday decorating and projects.  Luckily, my favorite shops around the web are here to help with that, and I've rounded up this month's best deals.  There are also three great giveaways this month, so read on, friends!




First up is Shabby Fabrics.  If you love holiday themed decor, they've got you covered with tons of super cute Halloween and Fall themed projects.  You can see all of them HERE.

Shabby Fabrics is offering this awesome Stuffed Pumpkins Kit as a giveaway this month.  These are such a perfect way to add a little whimsy to your autumn decor.


       



Even if seasonal decor isn't your thing, you still need to hop over to Shabby Fabrics and check out the sale they have going on!  They have just marked down many of their quilt kits, and when they're gone, they're gone!  Some of them are as low as 50% off!


                 Shabby Fabrics



At LouLou's Fabric Shop, their inventory clearance is still going strong, with literally hundreds of bolts marked way down.  Many of them are as low as $5-$6 per yard!

LouLou's also has tons of fun bundles to satisfy your every need.  This Dot Dot BOO bundle is so cute!

For the rest of the month, you can get free shipping at LouLou's with the code quiltinfatuation.

LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Lately, I've been having a fun time perusing the Haunted and Holiday Houses at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. I just love how all of their seasonal projects are easy to find in one place.  Just search the appropriate House for the holiday you want, and tons of projects and fabrics are right at your fingertips.  Isn't this Jack Attach FQ bundle just fantastic? 
FWFS is giving away one Jack Attack bundle to a US winner. (PS- there are several other Halloween and autumn bundles.  You can see all of them in their Haunted House HERE
 
       





Also, Fort Worth Fabric Studio has the new Spotted collection by Zen Chic.  These are really fantastic blenders, and come in a gorgeous rainbow of colors.  You can get them in yardage, or in a bundle!



            Fort Worth Fabric Studio





The final shop in the lineup is Lady Belle Fabric.   Lady Belle has gorgeous fabrics at truly amazing prices.  Just look at the rich colors in the De La Luna collection by Tula pink!  This bundle would be perfect for making a Halloween quilt with a bit of sophistication.


Lady Belle Fabric



If you are a low volume fabric lover, Lady Belle's Little Whispers fat quarter club is perfect for you.  With club membership, you'll get a precious bundle of ten low volume fabrics each month at a great price.   Best of all, shipping is free and you can cancel anytime!



Lady Belle is giving away a Little Whispers fat quarter bundle to one lucky reader.  Woohoo!









I know you're all getting ready to check out the deals at these amazing shops, but before you go, take a minute to leave a single comment on this post to enter the two giveaways.  If you are not in the US, please let me know!

Remember to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and only one entry per person please!  Unfortunately, replies to your own comment counts as an entry (the system numbers those, too), so remember to put your email address in your comment if necessary.

Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners at NEXT week's NTT (October 24th). 

This giveaway has now ended.  Thanks so much to all who entered!

Happy holiday shopping, y'all!

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