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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A Watery Fabric Pull

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I'm still on my mission to bust through my stash, and as I was evaluating what I have left, it became very apparent that my aquas/teals are my most plentiful.  I have a ton of prints in this color but also, when a friend was destashing, I ended up with a fat quarter bundle of solids as well.  Since aqua/teal is one of my favorite colors, it seems like a logical choice to put them all together in a single-color quilt.

So, I pulled all those solids, and then paired each one with a coordinating print.  Some are on the blue side,  and some are more green, but I really think they all work well together.  My plan is to make a bunch of two-fabric blocks with the fabric pairs.  I haven't yet decided which block, but I'm leaning toward bowties.  I think the final color wash effect will be really neat.

Last week's party had so many amazing project linked up, like this cute quilt from Maggie at Making a Lather-

This sweet low volume baby quilt is from Frederique' at Quilting Patchwork Applique'-


This scrappy explosion from Sandra at mmmquilts is so much fun!

And finally, I can't help but show this one from Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room.  Anne-Marie was in my class with the Bloomington Quilter's Guild, and I just love her color choices for the Churn, Churn, Churn quilt-


It's always so much fun to meet quilters I "know" from blogging in real life!  I'd love to come visit your guild and meet you, so send me an email, and let's get something on the calendar for your guild.  I'm booking 2025 and beyond now!

Okay, y'all!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you have going on in your studio.  Bring on the eye-candy!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Fiesta Party!

Hey y'all, welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  It's been a super busy, fantastic week!  As I mentioned in my last post, I visited The Bloomington Quilter's Guild in Bloomington, Indiana and had the BEST time.  All of my flights were on time, which is a small miracle since I had to sneak through stormy weather and tornado warnings both coming and going.  After getting home, I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend, and even with all of that, I still managed to finish my latest quilt, which I'm calling Fiesta Party.


This quilt was fun to make.  The colors are so cheerful, and the entire quilt is completely from stash.  If you missed my post a couple of weeks ago, my print stash is dwindling down pretty low, and I'm on a mission to see just how many quilts I can make without purchasing a single bit of fabric.  Of course, piecing my quilt backs really helps in this endeavor.  I like to pull way more fabrics for the front of the quilt than I really need, which leaves plenty leftover for the back.  For this 60" x 60" quilt, I used 25 different fabrics!  

And speaking of pieced quilt backs-


I am in love with the back of this one!  I used the Chunky pattern from my book Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs to use up all the leftovers, so only a very few small pieces were added to my scrap jars.


With my busy week, I needed an easy finish.  For me, that means a nice, wide(ish) stipple.  It is by far my favorite way to quilt.  It adds plenty of allover crinkly texture, but the process is fast and relaxing.  It's definitely my go-to motif.


I pulled this Kona Royal Blue from my solids stash for the binding, and it creates a great solid frame for all of these cheerful prints.

I hope all of you had a great week as well.  Last week's party was downright jaw-dropping.  There were SO many fantastic things linked up.  This sweet, scrappy pineapple quilt is from Deb at A Scrappy Quilter-


Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic shared this beautiful hexie quilt-


This fun quilt is from Kris at Sew Sunshine-


And Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room showed off this striking quilt top.  By the way, I got to meet Anne-Marie in person in Bloomington last week, and it was such a treat to visit with her!


I could have easily highlighted SO many more amazing projects, so if you missed last week, head over there to browse through all the awesomeness.

I hope you're ready to party.  Let's get it going!

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 
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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, May 8, 2024

Sneak Peek at the Back and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  As I write this post it's only Monday, and I'm leaving to visit the Bloomington Quilter's Guild tomorrow, very early in the morning, and won't return until about midnight Wednesday night.  Thank goodness for the marvel of scheduled blog posts!  Since this is a short week for me, I haven't yet finished my spring quilt, though I have made good progress on it.  I did get the quilt basted and I'm all ready to start the quilting.  Here's a little peek at the back-


I used all the leftovers with the Chunky pattern from my book, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs, and I'm looking forward to showing off the whole thing!

Okay then- let's get down to business!  Last week's party was full of awesomeness, like this dreamy quilt from Sew Preeti Quilts-


And Susan at Patchwork n Play, who managed to turn old pajamas into this cute quilt-


Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting is killing it with all her finishes lately!


Take a look at this 3D art quilt from Andree' at Quilting and Learning- What a Combo!  I shared a peek at this project in progress, but now that it's finished, I can't help but show the full reveal.  The tulips can even be rearranged.  Stunning!


And finally, this lovely, classic blue and white log cabin quilt was linked up by Viridian's blog-


Okay, friends!  As the party kicks off, I'll be on my way home from Indiana, and I'd love lots of eye-candy to peruse at the airport.  Let's do it!

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 
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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, May 1, 2024

A Spring Quilt Top and NTT

Hey there, friends!  Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  I've been moving right along on my spring quilt, all while still giving myself plenty of time outside in the sunshine.  The top is all finished now-


I have the back pieced from all the leftovers (and I can't wait for you to see it!), and today I'm planning to get it basted.  I'm leaving very early in the morning on Tuesday for Bloomington, IN- my final teaching trip this spring, and I may or may not get the quilting done before I go.  Our weekends are pretty busy, so I don't usually work on quilts then.

I'm planning to get next week's NTT post ready to go before I leave, so don't worry.  Even though I'll be out of town, the party will be on!  Now, let's check out some of my favorite projects from last week (there are lots!). This amazing bit of eye candy is from Gretchen's Little Corner-


All of these fantastic finishes are from Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic linked up this fun quilt-


This beauty is from Maggie at Making a Lather-


Jen From Handmade With Heart showed off these cute quilts-


And finally, this happy quilt is from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl-


Okay friends!  I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week.  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 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, April 24, 2024

A Spring Quilt and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week, I've been working on a happy new quilt, and all the blocks are done!


All these fabrics are straight from my stash.  For the last couple of years, I've been trying really hard to use the fabric I have.  That's not to say I haven't purchased fabric for a specific quilt (like my son's Southwest Scenery graduation quilt), but I've really tried my best to shop my stash first.  And I've challenged myself to make whole quilts from stash without purchasing anything.  Pieced backs really help with that endeavor.  I'm happy to report that I've made a HUGE dent in it!  Here's all that's left of my prints-


Okay, so full disclosure- I do have a small stash of Christmas prints and school/sports team prints that are kept in a separate spot, but believe me when I tell you that those are very few.  And, I also have a small solids stash that I keep folded elsewhere.  But, wow!  My regular print stash is really small these days.  Each color section is so small that it's becoming more and more difficult to pull enough fabrics that feel cohesive.  I really want to see how far I can take this little experiment, though.  We shall see...  

Have any of you ever given yourself a similar challenge?  How did it go?  What did you find the most difficult?  Let me know in the comments!

Okay, y'all!  Because of last weeks big announcement, it's been two full weeks since the last NTT.  So, I hope you have double the projects to link up.  Just a reminder, there's no limit to the number of links you can add, so if you have more than one project to share, be sure to show off everything!  Our last party was full of awesomeness, as usual.

This sweet quilt is from DonnaleeQ.  I absolutely love birds, and this is adorable!


Andree' at Quilting and Learning- What a Combo! shared this beautiful little quilt.  Be sure to check out other photos on her post, but I couldn't resist showing the close-up here.


And finally, these scrappy churns from Maggie at Making a Lather are so fun!


Okay, y'all!  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!  :)






Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The NEW Stash Statement!

Hey there, friends.  Needle and Thread Thursday is taking a little break this week so I can share some huge news.  The NEW and improved Stash Statement is now available in my Etsy shop!


If you have the first version of Stash Statement, you'll notice right away that the cover is very different, but that's not the only change.  Here's a little rundown of all the ways the NEW Stash Statement is bigger and better than ever-

The NEW Stash Statement now contains my personal recommendations for choosing quilting tools, plus full finishing instructions, including tips for adding lots of great quilting texture.  With these additional sections, even novice quilters can make these quilts from start to finish.  Stash Statement was first published with Martingale, who preferred to refer readers to their website for general finishing instructions.  Fox Chapel/Landauer likes to include them within each book, and I agree!

The NEW Stash Statement now contains fifteen patterns!  The original twelve patterns are all there, but three additional ones have been added.  As a little reminder, here are the original twelve patterns in the book-


And here are the three additional patterns-

Lily Pad Pond was included in the original manuscript, but was cut for space reasons.  This dreamy lagoon quilt was inspired by Monet's Water Lilies, and I'm so happy it's a part of the new version of the book.


Old Glory has been available as a little tutorial on my blog, but I frequently had quilters reach out, asking for a full pattern for this quilt.  Now you have it!


And finally, Take Flight!  You may recognize this quilt as the bonus "thank-you" pattern that I have always gifted with the purchase of the book, and now it has been added!

And finally, the NEW Stash Statement has a new price point.  Fox Chapel/Landauer prices their books a little differently, so it's actually less expensive than when it was first released.  If you've wanted to add this book to your library, there's no better time!

Since this book is a re-release, I'm not planning a new blog tour, but you won't want to miss all of the amazing versions of these quilts from the original release.  Each one of these superstar bloggers made a project from the book, and included their honest review of the structured improv process and the book itself.  Everything is linked here for you, and I've included the links to each original design as well.

Stash Statement Blog Tour-

Grand Bazaar    My original quilt

Louvered   My original quilt

Precarious  My original quilt
          Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                                                            
Beach Retreat  My original quilt
          Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
          Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
Fire Pit   My original quilt
          Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                                                            
          Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                                                            
Murrina    My original quilt
          Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                                                            
Scattered   My original quilt
          Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                                                            
Bloom Chicka Boom   My original quilt
          Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                                            
Regatta   My original quilt
          Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                                                            
Catch a Falling Star  My original quilt
          Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
          Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
College Prep   My original quilt
          Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
          Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            

I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the amazing quilts included in this lineup!  And I also hope you'll consider adding the NEW Stash Statement to your library.  

The NEW Stash Statement is available in my Etsy shop now.  You can find it HERE, or by clicking on the book cover on the top left sidebar.  It will also be available on Amazon and everywhere else you usually buy books in mid-May.  Thanks so much, friends!




Tuesday, April 16, 2024

April Sponsor News!

Hey y'all!  It's the middle of the month and you know what that means!  It's time to fill you in on the latest happenings at my favorite shops around the web.

Over at LouLou's Fabric Shop, spring is definitely in the air.  Check out this fresh and cheerful Feed My Soul quilt kit.  I just love these colors and prints!






Or, if you're looking for spring basics to round out your latest project, look no further than the latest LouLou Bundle.  Gingham is the perfect print for spring!


            LouLou’s Fabric Shop







I usually like quilting with the season, but if you prefer to get ahead of schedule on your projects, you might be looking at fall fabrics.  It's hard to believe, but Halloween collections are arriving in shops now, and this adorable Hey Boo collection from Lella Boutique is brand new at LouLou's.


Of course, to make room for all the new goodies, the older fabrics have to go!  LouLou's is having a BIG spring clear out, and right now, you can use the code Springsale to get an extra 20% off of items that are already marked down (and it's a LOT)!







Lady Belle Fabrics is getting their spring vibes on too!  Just arrived in the shop are yardage and kits from the Tulip Time collection from Sharon Holland.  These fabrics are so pretty, and the feel of Art Gallery Fabrics never disappoints.  Check out this Tulip Time Spring Garden quilt kit.  It is just lovely.



     Lady Belle Fabric
















If you're a sale hunter, don't miss Lady Belle's bundle section.  There are lots of beautiful bundles marked down to amazing prices.  I love the rich colors and bold prints in the 365 Fifth Avenue collection by Bari J.  Check it out!












Okay friends!  I know I've given you lots to look at, and these little highlights are just a snippet of all these shops have to offer.  I hope you'll take a few minutes and check them out.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  Happy shopping!



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