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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Luscious Color and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I finished up my latest quilt top and in these doldrums of winter where everything is brown and gray, I could stare at these vibrant colors all day long.

These florals have me wishing for spring!  I've got the backing all put together, but this one will have to sit on a shelf for a little bit because I just received the draft of my book from my publisher!  For the next week or so, I'll be going over (and over and over) each word, measurement, image, and photo to make sure everything is exactly as I want it.  It's a little tedious, but seeing my manuscript turned into an actual book NEVER gets old.

So, onto last week's highlights!  Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting shared this rainbow beauty-


This lovely churn dash is from Alycia at Quiltygirl-

And this stunning pink quilt is from Kris at Sew Sunshine-

Y'all are awesome!  I know you've got lots happening in your studio, so let's see 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 
    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 18, 2023

Easy and Quick, and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Sometimes the best remedy for a lack in sewing motivation is just to jump in and DO IT.  Such is the case with my latest project.  I shared my latest fabric pull last week, and though I loved the fabrics, I was still having a hard time coming up with a pattern for them.  I found myself paralyzed between wanting to "do justice" to the beautiful fabrics and not wanting to expend the brain power to make something difficult or intricate.  After a few days, I decided to just choose something simple and get down to business.  Sometimes easy sewing for the sake of getting back into it after such a long creative break is exactly what's needed.


As it turns out, this simple block was a great choice.  There are enough bigger pieces to keep the large prints intact, but enough smaller pieces that it doesn't look too chunky.  I've always called these blocks window panes, but maybe they have another name?  Anyway, these blocks are all finished, and it won't take me long to press them and turn them into a quilt top.

Last week's party had lots of amazing links.  This beauty is from Pam's Applique Paintbox-


This mesmerizing quilt was shared by Rebecca Grace Quilting-


And finally, this cheery quilt is from Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-


Okie dokie, friends!  It's time for you to link up all of your awesomeness!

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, January 17, 2023

January Sponsor News!

Hey there, y'all!  Welcome to another roundup of the best happenings from my very favorite shops.  Let's jump right in!



There's something fun happening at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!  Their Nothing Sweeter mystery quilt is starting SOON!

  

If you sign up right away, you'll have no trouble getting up to speed.  This quilt is beginner friendly, and you'll have a finished quilt just in time for Valentine's Day.  Read all the details HERE.


So head over there and grab your quilt kit ASAP!






If you're already looking ahead to spring, take a look at this bundle of beauties.  This gorgeous stack contains nine fat quarters curated from a variety of designers and collections.  They're all so lovely!


             Fort Worth Fabric Studio









They have ALL the flowers at Lady Belle Fabric, and if you're a fan of maximalist design, check out the new Fluent collection by Anna Maria Horner.  Look at all those luscious colors and prints!



You can get these saturated prints in a fat quarter bundle.












Or, you can try your fussy cutting and piecing skills and get a full kit for the Fluent Trilingual quilt.  Stunning!



             Lady Belle Fabric








And finally, LouLou's Fabric Shop has lots going on!  They have the most adorable LouLou Bundles curated in-house each week.  


Right now, if you purchase three or more of these sweet little bundles, you can get 20% off!  Use the code bundleup to take advantage of this great deal. 


           LouLou’s Fabric Shop







I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for holiday fabrics on sale, and the best sales often happen just after the holiday is over.  Well, LouLou's is clearing out their Christmas and Halloween fabrics, including yardage, bundles, precuts, and even specialty panels.  



I never seem to tire of Christmas prints, and this is definitely the time to buy them at an amazing price.   There are tons and tons of bargains, so do yourself a favor and stock up for next year!





Okay friends!  I hope you'll take a few minutes and spend some time browsing through the selections at these fabulous shops.  I promise you won't regret it!



Wednesday, January 11, 2023

A Jolt of Inspiration and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  You know, I'm a huge cheerleader for making quilts entirely from stash, and I've done it many, many times.  The next best thing is using stash for most of the quilt, and filling in the gaps with purchased fabric for background, backing, etc.  And I enjoy doing that too.  My stash isn't huge, but it has a well-rounded rainbow of color that gives me plenty of options.  Then, there are some times that I just open my fabric cabinet and no matter how long I stare at it, I can't come up with anything I really want to make.  When that happens, I know it's time for me to do a little fabric shopping.


I found Riley Blake's Blissful Blooms bundle on sale, and used my stash to round it out.  The prints are absolutely gorgeous.  The bundle is heavy on pink and purple, but I noticed that the florals use lots of blues and greens as accents.  So, I pulled those from my stash to balance it a little bit.  I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to make with them, but this luscious bundle has me spinning lots of ideas in my head and wishing for spring!

Last week's party had some really wonderful links, like this beauty from Julie's Quilts and Costumes-


Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking shared this lovely, soothing quilt-


This festive finish was linked up by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color-


And Linda at Kokaquilts shared this fantastic kaleidoscope quilt.  Hooray for getting rid of a UFO!


There were SO many choices this week.  Y'all are really rocking it in the new year!  Let's get our party 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 
    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 4, 2023

Happy New Year and NTT!

Happy 2023, quilty friends!  I hope your holiday season has been wonderful. Ours was truly fantastic.  In fact, my hubby is still on vacation so they days have been getting away from us a little bit, so please forgive the later than usual post.  I just forgot today was Wednesday! 

Since getting back in town after the holiday, I've slept in, cooked some of our favorite meals, put my house back in order, watched a ton of college football bowl games, and hosted some friends for New Years Eve.  I even took out my 2023 planner and started filling in some of the big dates- you know, like my son's high school graduation (eek!!!) and all of my scheduled teaching engagements.  It has been a thoroughly restful vacation, and now I'm looking forward to getting back into my studio.

Though I took a break from social media and sewing, it's obvious that lots of you were busy sewing right up through Christmas, so this week's features will give you one last bit of holiday cheer.  Judy at J Bigg's Scrap Pieces linked up this festive quilt-

I love this little table runner from Sue Dario Quilting-


Julie's Quilts and Costumes showed off this sweet little mini quilt, including hand embroidery-



And finally, this Christmas stunner is by Rebecca Grace Quilting-


I'm so happy to kick off another great year of Needle and Thread Thursday!  Y'all are full of so much inspiration!  Cheers to the new year, friends!  Let's 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 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, December 14, 2022

Quick Christmas Coasters and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Even though we had another party this weekend (but not at our house), this week I got a tiny bit of sewing done and made some little gifts for a couple of friends.


I pulled all of the fabric for these coasters from my Christmas scraps and sewed them with a double layer of cotton batting for extra absorbency.  I used THIS method, but I opted to use two 4.5" squares of fabric for each instead of piecing the coasters.  Also, I have found since writing the tutorial that the coasters actually absorb a little better if they aren't quilted through.  So, I just stitched around the edges and called them done.


I made two sets of six coasters (each with the same six prints) and they turned out so cute!  They've already been gifted so they can go ahead and get some use during this Christmas season!


Last week's party had so many amazing projects!  Check out this cute one by Sandra at mmm quilts-


Brenda at Songbird Designs linked up this beauty-


And Gretchen's Little Corner shared this scrappy project (with a tutorial!)-


Before we party, I want to let you know that NTT will be taking a break for the next two weeks for Christmas and New Years, and our 24th wedding anniversary is in there too.  We will resume our party on January 4th!

And since it's the last party for 2022, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for participating in Needle and Thread Thursday for another year.  A link party is only as fun as the links shared, so I couldn't keep it going without YOU!  I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and I'll see you again in 2023.

Okay, y'all!  Let's 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, December 7, 2022

A Whirlwind Weekend and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  As expected, this week did not afford any sewing time.  We hosted a small gathering of friends over on Friday, and a full-blown party on Saturday for my husband's work colleagues.  Throw in a Sunday School Christmas brunch on Sunday morning, and this weekend was jam-packed.  I think I'm still recovering!

So, without further ado, let's get right to the highlights from last week.  This beauty is by Rebecca Grace Quilting-


This gorgeous quilt is from Melva Loves Scraps-


Turid from den syende himmel linked up her progress on this EPP masterpiece.  Those hexies are tiny!


And finally, this simple but striking quilt is from Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Okay friends!  Let's get our party going.  I need my weekly dose of inspiration!

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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