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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Spring is in the Air and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all. It feels like spring here, with temps in the low 70's and sunny, with a warm, light breeze.  As I write this post, I'm out here soaking up the sunshine.

No sewing for me this week, but I did have a lovely visit with my family last weekend, and of course they saw the memory quilts and ornaments in person for the first time.  They loved them as much as I hoped they would.  

So, without delay, let's get right to the highlights from last week's party.  Linda at Kokaquilts linked up this sweet quilt top-

This pretty quilt top is from Gretchen's Little Corner-


And this little baby quilt top is from Kat at Scrapbox Quilts-


Okay friends!  It's time to get our party started.  Show me what's been going on in your studio!

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 within your 
    post.  
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, February 14, 2024

Memory Ornaments and NTT

Happy Valentine's Day, and welcome to NTT friends.  Thank you so much to all who left kind condolences on last week's post.  It has been a very long ten days.  I have been keeping myself busy, and staying away from home much more than usual.  Home is where the memories and sadness hit the hardest.  My parents and grandmother are coming in town tomorrow though, so I'm really looking forward to that.  

On that note, I'll be sending the quilts made from my grandfather's shirts back to Louisiana with them, as well as these finished ornaments.  Though I haven't gotten any sewing done since Finn's death, these ornaments were a nice, mindless distraction.  Decoupage is a little messy, but it's fun to do and pretty simple, which was just what I needed.  I do love how they turned out.

These four ornaments are for my sister and my three first cousins, one for each granddaughter in our family (my own ornament is already put away, so it's not pictured).  Each ornament is a simple 4" plastic ball ornament, decoupaged with 1.5" squares, layered to cover the entire ornament.  I used the same thirty shirts from the memory quilts, and I used the chambray fabric from the quilts to add a decorative tie.  I am certain these ornaments and the three memory quilts will be treasured.

Okay friends, let's take a look at some of the gorgeous links from our party two weeks ago.  Sew Preeti Quilts shared this beauty-


Check out this fun one from Sandra at mmm...quilts-


This minimal quilt from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is fabulous!


This quilt by Gretchen's Little Corner looks so cozy-


And finally, this quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine is a stunner!

Okay, ya'll!  Party on!  And enjoy your Valentine's Day!

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 within your 
    post.  
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!  :)



Tuesday, February 13, 2024

February Sponsor News

Hey there, friends!  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and actually, today is Mardi Gras.  What better time to treat yourself to a little fabric goodness.  I have the very best sponsors, and I'm delighted to let you know what's going on with them.




Over at LouLou's Fabric Shop, they're having a Valentine's Day fabric clear-out, and all Valentine's fabrics are on sale right now.  Take a look at the latest LouLou Bundles.  Aren't they sweet?


               LouLou’s Fabric Shop





You can take advantage of this storewide sale, PLUS LouLou's has graciously offered my readers an additional 10% off your entire purchase with the code myquiltinfatuation.  This code is good through 2/20/24, so don't miss out!








Do you follow LouLou's Fabric Shop on social media?  If not, you definitely should.  It's the very best way to keep up with the very latest happenings, and right now, there's a giveaway going on.  Check out their social media pages to find out how to get this cute little bundle of goodies.


If you're into solids, Lady Belle Fabric has you covered.  Take a look at this bundle of Pure Solids by Art Gallery Fabrics.  And, if pinks and reds aren't your vibe, there are a few different solid palettes to choose from.









If you'd rather skip right to spring (and I must admit that I'm right there with you), Lady Belle Fabric also has so many fresh bundles and you're sure to find something you love.  How about the Sunroom collection by Elizabeth Hartman?














And isn't this bundle of the Flower Fields collection by Maureen Cracknell gorgeous?




              Lady Belle Fabric





There you have it, friends.  Each of these shops has so much amazing fabric that I have a tough time choosing what to show you each month.  I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit these wonderful shops.  I know you'll find something you love.  What better day to treat yourself?

Happy shopping, y'all!



Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Wading Through Sadness

Hey there, friends.  It's been a tough few days around here.  On Sunday night, our beloved Boxer, Finn, died suddenly at the very young age of four.  Last May, he collapsed while on a walk and was diagnosed with a ventricular arrhythmia.  He was immediately put on a beta blocker to treat it in the hope that it would not progress to cardiomyopathy, and by all accounts, the meds were working.  He had another episode five days after the first, while the meds were still getting into his system, and then had not had another episode since. 

Two additional visits to the vet with normal ECG's over the last seven months lulled us into a false sense of relief that we had caught this in its earliest stages before the catastrophic happened.  How wrong we were.  I had fully accepted that his life might not be the 10ish years we expect to get from our dogs, but never in a million years did I think we would lose him at four, and so very suddenly.  We had no warning at all.  One second we were watching a movie and he was sitting right by us in front of the couch, and the next second, he collapsed from sudden heart failure.  He was gone in seconds, despite my futile attempt at CPR. It was very traumatic, and I feel like he has been stolen from me.

These last few days have been a constant battle to keep tears at bay, and if I'm being honest, I've been mostly unsuccessful.  Since I'm home all day, Finn was my constant companion.  He took a nap between my legs on an ottoman in our living room every morning while I drank my coffee.  When I was in my studio, he would drag his special blanket in there just to lay beside me, and when I was cooking in the kitchen, he was never more than a few feet away.  We joked that I couldn’t even shower or use the restroom without supervision.  Every single part of my day included him.  He was so attached to me.  There is an enormous void in my house right now, and I miss him so much that my chest hurts.  We are heartbroken and in a state of shock.

So, NTT is taking a break this week, and instead, here are some pictures of my sweet boy.  Thanks for understanding.







Wednesday, January 31, 2024

All Three Finished and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I have been a quilting and binding fool this week, and I am so happy to report that all three quilts made from my grandfather's shirts are now finished.  In fact, I just finished binding all three this morning!  



I chose my favorite shirt quilt pattern for all three quilts, and though the pattern is the same, the layout is different in each one.  The simplicity of the pattern allows the shirts to take center stage, and it also allows the use of lots of different shirts.  And, the size and regularity of the pieces means that there isn't a ton of wasted fabric.  I used thirty different shirts in these quilts.  

My grandfather had shirts of many different colors, but he especially loved pastels- pink, yellow, mint green, and salmon.  He was a very casual dresser, and the chambray background fabric is the perfect compliment for his wide variety of colorful shirts, since he almost always wore jeans.



With so many shirts, there were plenty of leftovers to make pieced backs, and again, each one is slightly different.  When my grandfather needed to dress up a little bit and wasn't wearing jeans, he wore chinos, so I widened out each backing with strips of khaki.


Even when it's 100% cotton, men's shirting fabric doesn't behave exactly the same way as quilting cotton.  It's not as thick, and because shirts have been worn, the fabric is soft and supple.  That's great for clothing, but it makes piecing and quilting a bit more difficult.  So, I always stipple shirt quilts.  It adds plenty of great crinkly texture, but it doesn't quilt the more delicate fabric to death.


Several of the shirts have navy accents, so a solid navy binding was a great choice for framing these quilts.  And because these are for family, I attached a handwritten label to each one.  When I made the labels, I thought there was no way I would finish these quilts in January, but I was wrong by one day.  That's okay, they won't be delivered until February, so the label is still true.


The three quilts are going to my mom and aunt (his two daughters), and my grandmother.  My parents and grandmother are coming to visit in a couple of weeks and I'm glad I can give them to them then.  I have a few more scraps of each shirt and I have a plan for them to make something for each of his five granddaughters, of whom I am the eldest.  Yes, you read that right.  My grandfather was the Daddy of two girls and the grandfather of five girls, and he loved it.  He was truly a special man, and it was an honor to make these quilts in his memory.

Last week's party was amazing, as always!  Take a look at this super cute quilt from Jen at Handmade With Heart-


Jocelyn at Happy Cottage Quilter shared this awesomely scrappy quilt-


This lovely drunkard's path sampler is from Maggie at Making a Lather-


 
And finally, it always thrills me to see someone make one of my patterns and put their own spin on it.  Something Rosemade made my Bubble Bath pattern, and I just love these fabrics!



Okay y'all, without further ado, let's get this party going!  You know what to to!

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 within your 
    post.  
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, January 24, 2024

Three Plus Three and NTT

Good afternoon y'all, and welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday!  I've been sewing my tail off this week and have finished all three memory quilt tops and pieced all three backs for them.  It was quiet and undertaking. 

Today, I've actually been basting all three of them, and it's been an all day affair.  I like working on all three quilts in tandem because the overall process is faster, but it does make each step feel monumental.  In case you're wondering, next week I'll just be over here quilting...and quilting...and quilting!  :)

Last week's party was ahhmazing, as usual!  Frederique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué linked up this stunning reversible quilt, and I can't decide which side I like better!


This gorgeous art quilt was linked up by Andree at Quilting and Learning-What a Combo, and the texture is fantastic!


Look at this striking quilt by Leanne at Devoted Quilter!


And finally, I can never resist the beautiful wash of colors in a Postcard From Sweden quilt.  This one is by Sandra at mmmquilts-


Okie dokie, friends!  Let's get our party on!

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 within your 
    post.  
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, January 18, 2024

Sewing Memory Quilts and NTT

Please forgive the delay in NTT this week.  My internet was down yesterday and has been spotty this morning.  This week, other than being snowed in, I've finished cutting up my grandfather's shirts, as well as the background fabric for all three quilts.  We're actually getting more freezing rain today (ugh), so I've started piecing the tops between cooking, watching movies, and working on a puzzle with my husband while we're both home all day.  


The pattern I've chosen for these three quilts is one I've made a couple of times before.  It's a simple pattern, but it's my favorite to use for shirts.  It allows the use of lots of shirts, and it shows them off well.  These quilts will feature 30 different shirts, so it was a natural choice.

I've also been finalizing several upcoming trips for this spring.  I'll be visiting the Charlotte Quilters' Guild in North Carolina this March, the Bartlesville, OK Quilt Guild in April (near Tulsa), and finally, I'm heading to the Bloomington Quilters Guild in Indiana in May!

I LOVE traveling to visit guilds, and I only have two available months left in 2024- August and September.  I would love to visit YOU during one of those months!  And of course, I'm already booking 2025 as well.  Please send me an email and we can get something on the calendar, or pass my information along to your guild's programming chair.

Okay friends, before we party, let's check out some of the amazing projects shared last week.  This lovely quilt is from Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic-



Look at this beauty from Kat at Scrapbook Quilts-


Maggie at Making a Lather linked up this fun, scrappy quilt-


JanineMarie at Quilts From the Little House shared this pretty quilt-


And finally, this one from something rosemade is so happy!


Okay y'all!  I know the party is later than usual, but I can't wait to see what you have going on in your sewing studio!

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 within your 
    post.  
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!  :)



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