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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Final Two and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  This week has been a flurry of activity around here.  I've decorated two Christmas trees (I put up four each year) and refinished my dining room chairs (they needed a facelift), but before all of that, I buckled down and finished up the final two memory quilts in the set I've been working on.  Check out my last post if you missed the first three.



These two were a little bit more involved than the other three because of the HST's.  Oh, how I hate trimming HST's, but with shirt fabric that is already a little stretchy, trimming was unavoidable.  As with the other three quilts, these two use the same Kona Khaki background and Kona Chocolate binding, and the backing and quilting are exactly the same on all five quilts as well, which succeeds in making them a unified set.


I'm so happy with the way these five quilts turned out.  They look so warm and cozy, and I truly hope they are a treasure for their recipients.  Memory quilting isn't always the most glamorous and I don't always have time to fit them in my schedule, but when I do them, it is always rewarding to see how treasured they are.

Last week's party was filled with amazing projects, like this pretty quilt from Better'n Dog Biscuits-


This quilt by heARTS Creations is so cool- and it's mounted on canvas!


And finally, Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room linked up this striking quilt-


NTT will be taking a break next week for Thanksgiving, BUT be sure to check back next Friday for a roundup of some fantastic Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals from my favorite shops around the web.

Okay 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!  :)





Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sewing Pedal to the Metal and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  I have been sewing like crazy this week, and actually have three finishes to share with you.  I'm currently working on a series of five memory quilts from men's shirts, and these three are the first set.  


I had originally planned to make the entire set of five quilts in one giant batch, but realized that I don't have enough safety pins for basting to have five quilts basted all at once.  So, breaking them up into two smaller sets was a good alternative.  


I've chosen to keep the background, binding, and backing consistent in all five quilts.  The Kona Khaki background works really well with the earthy colors in the shirts, and the Kona Chocolate binding creates a nice frame around them.

I quilted each quilt with a nice relaxed stipple which serves a couple of purposes.  Since clothing fabric is more worn than brand new fabric, it shouldn't be "quilted to death," and the stipple pattern blends right in, allowing the shirts to take center stage.

Each quilt also has a consistent chambray backing with a stripe of Kona Chocolate down the center.  I feel like pairing the shirts with these fabrics is almost like putting them with jeans or khaki pants.  It's just classic.

I am so pleased with the way these have turned out, and I'm also loving the way they look photographed with the sunlight and fall leaves behind them.  It makes them look extra snuggly and perfect for the season.  I already have the fabric for the final two quilts all cut out, and tomorrow I'll get busy on them.  This wasn't really a Christmas order per se, but I think it will be nice to get them finished and sent off as soon as I can.

Okay friends!  It's almost time to show what you've been working on this week, but before you do, take a look at some of the fantastic projects from last week.  Gretchen's Little Corner linked up this awesomely scrappy quilt-

Dreamworthy Quilts shared this pretty quilt.  It looks so warm and homey.

JanineMarie at Quilts From the Little House showed off this amazing quilt.  The quilting adds so much movement!

Quiltpiecer linked up this oh-so-amazing stunner-

And finally, this scrap-happy snowball quilt is by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal-

Are y'all ready to party?  Let's do this!

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, November 4, 2020

Shirts Galore and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  I've been swimming in men's shirts for several days this week.  Ordinarily, when I take a commission for a memory quilt (which is not very often), I make one or two quilts, and continue on with my other sewing at the same time, but right now, I've been processing 26 shirts and cutting out five lap size quilts from them.  When my commission is so large though, I have to put everything else aside and get down to business.  


I always choose fairly simple patterns when working with shirts, partly because I don't want to take away from the patterns in the shirt fabrics, but also because very often, the shirts given to me are not 100% cotton, which is the case with these.  Many of them are cotton/linen blend, a few are cotton/poly blend, and a couple are 100% linen, which is challenging to sew to say the least.

I usually keep the background, binding, and backing fabric consistent when I make "sets" of memory quilts.  For these, I chose Kona Khaki as a background fabric to give them a unified look, and I love the look of men's shirts with khaki.  I'm planning to "batch" these quilts to finish them as efficiently as possible.  At this point, I have all five quilts cut out and ready to piece.  I'm hoping to have these done and shipped off well before the holidays (even though this isn't actually a Christmas order).  They will definitely be keeping me busy for awhile.

Before we get to the party, let's check out the projects from last week that are keeping you busy!  Take a look at this stunning autumn quilt finish by Quiltpiecer.  I just love the fall colors!


Anja Quilts shared this lovely quilt.  The chunky hand quilting is so pretty!


This icy snowflake quilt top is by Celine at Espritpatch-


I love this sampler quilt by Lori at Crossquilt-


And finally, Frederique at Quilting, Patchwork, Applique showed off this cool quilt finish-


Okay, y'all!  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 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, October 28, 2020

Renovation, a Little Christmas Sewing and NTT

Hey there, y'all!  Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday.  As we speak, an outdated wet bar in our house is being converted to a walk-in pantry, and I could not be more excited about it.  It's an odd thing.  My husband and I have owned three homes during our marriage, and though each home has been a little bigger than the last, each home has also been built with progressively less pantry storage.  My home is 43 years old, and older homes just weren't built with certain things.  Enter the wet bar space.  Perfectly situated in the kitchen with lighting already installed, and just waiting to be turned into something useful for us.  This project is taking several days and it's hard to get any sewing done while that's going on, though I have found a little time to make this cute pillow cover for a friend.


I made this using the measurements included in my post HERE, and substituted a subtle red crosshatch fabric for the scrappy pieces I used in my own pillow.  I love using gold in my Christmas decorations, but my friend is a silver lover.  So, this belt buckle is made with Cloud 9 Glimmer Solids in Silver to give it some sparkle.  The photo isn't showing it very well, but the buckle is quilted with pebbles, the belt with dense lines, the white fur with swirls, and the background with stippling.  I still have to buy a pillow form for it, but I can check this one off of my holiday to-do list!

Before we get to the party highlights from last week, I owe you three giveaway winners from my October sponsor post.  I have the very BEST sponsors and they are so kind to consistently provide such amazing prizes.  First up, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Lady Belle Fabrics is comment number 30, GranChris.  Next the two winners of the adorable quilty socks from Fort Worth Fabric Studio are comment 104 (Darlene), and comment 51 (Gretchen).  Congratulations to all of you!  I'll be contacting you via email so you can claim your prizes!  :)


Okay!  Let's check out the highlights from last week's party.  Jayne at Twiggy and Opal linked up this fun, scrappy circle quilt-


I am in love with this hexie top by Canadian Needle Nana-


Check out this soft geometric quilt by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework-


And finally, Brenda at Songbird Designs is getting into the Halloween groove with this fun quilt-


Okay, friends!  Shall we party?  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 
    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, October 21, 2020

Autumn Weather Wins and NTT

Hey y’all!  Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday!  This week, I am reminded of the Anne of Green Gables quote, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers," because I have surely been enjoying the glorious weather and colors right now.  We've been taking advantage of it and have spent as much time as possible outside lately, so my sewing life has amounted to not much more than making some plans for what I need to sew for the holidays.  It's clear that even though I haven't been sewing up a storm, you have!  Check out the awesomeness from last week-

Snowy Days Quilting shared this perfectly adorable quilt-


This striking quilt is by Leanne at Devoted Quilter.  That quilting is ahh-mazing!

Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic shared this simple but pretty quilt-


This sampler quilt is by Lori at Crossquilt.  What a unique color palette!


And finally, look at this stunner by Tiina at Kasityolainen-unelmissaan (ps-her blog also includes English!)-

WOW!  Y'all really know how to bring the inspiration!  It's almost time to party again this week.  Before we do though, in case you missed it, there are some fun giveaways going on right now in my last post.  Take a minute and enter!

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 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, October 20, 2020

October Sponsor News and TWO Giveaways!

Hey there, y'all!  It's the middle of another month, and that means that it's time to round up the best happenings from my favorite shops around the web.  If you're like me, you're working on holiday gift sewing (or at least giving it some serious thought by this point), and also making a mental note of any extra fabric you'll need to cross those off your to-do list.  Well, read on friends, and let's get those projects added to the "done" pile.  This post also contains two giveaways, so let's get to it!


We'll kick off today's post with a giveaway from Lady Belle Fabric.  Lady Belle has several new things in the shop, like this Trapeze Sky quilt kit by Sharon Holland.




               Lady Belle Fabric









Or, take a look at this bundle of Sevenberry Florals by Robert Kaufman.  So pretty and delicate!

By the way, Lady Belle is offering FREE shipping on all US orders right now, which is an amazing savings (no code necessary).

Lady Belle Fabrics is sponsoring the first giveaway of the day.  One lucky winner will get a $25 gift certificate to the shop, and I promise you won't have any trouble finding something to spend it on!




Shabby Fabrics is up next, and if monthly clubs are your jam, they are guaranteed to have one you'll love.  They have two brand new ones that are super cute!  This Sleigh Bells Block of the month is perfect if you love the homespun holiday look.


But the club that has really caught my eye is this fantastic Better Not Pout ornament club!  I LOVE Christmas ornaments.  My tree is full of every kind of ornament imaginable, and I'm a sucker for one-of-a-kind, handmade ones!



                                                                     Shabby Fabrics



Do you ever want to sew up something quick and easy for a holiday, but don't want to hunt down the perfect little collection of fabrics for it?  LouLou's Fabric Shop has you covered.  Their LouLou bundles are offered every week.  They each have eight coordinated fabrics, and are often seasonal!  Check out their two latest bundles.  

A cloth napkin set, a mini quilt, a throw pillow... the possibilities for these cute bundles are endless!  If you love a particular bundle, jump on it, because when they're gone, they're gone!













              LouLou’s Fabric Shop










Last, but never least, is Fort Worth Fabric Studio, where their fabric selection is second to none, and there's something new almost every day.  I'm loving this Flea Market Mix fabric collection, which is brand new in the shop.

  

             Fort Worth Fabric Studio










Oh, don't worry!  If you're strictly in holiday sewing mode, they've got plenty for you as well!  This Winter Frost flannel collection is so pretty, and there is even a quilt kit with these silvery, festive fabrics!











Fort Worth Fabric Studio is also sponsoring the final giveaway of the day.  TWO lucky US winners will each get a pair of these super fun quilty socks (random selection).  After all, we are getting close to the time of year that I wear socks around the clock to keep my feet warm!











Okay friends!  I know I've given you lots to look at, but before you head off to browse through these amazing shops, take a minute to enter the giveaways.

Leave only ONE comment on this post to enter all three giveaways.  

Don't forget to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and remember, 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 28th).

This giveaway has now ended.  Thanks to all who entered!  :) 


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