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Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday is HERE!

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday yesterday!  Though I've been Christmas decorating, sewing, and shopping for weeks, Black Friday means that it's finally time to officially usher in the holiday shopping season.  Whether you're looking for a special gift for your quilty BFF, or looking to score some special holiday deals just for you, read on friends!  I've got all of the details from my favorite shops around the web.


Let's kick this off with Fort Worth Fabric Studio, who has been running different Black Friday deals all week long.  You read that right- their sales started on Monday!  They will be continuing their specials through Cyber Monday, so be sure to pop over there and get on their email list.  I promise that they won't overload your email inbox, and you'll never miss another sale from them! 


There are LOTS of things on sale today, like this super cute holiday gift tin is stuffed with all kinds of quilty goodies, and just perfect for putting a smile on the face of a friend of family member who loves to quilt.




And this Moda Gradients Holiday Tree Panel in Ruby is included in today's sale list as well.  What a gorgeous statement this would make hung on a wall!  It's also available in blue (and that one's on sale too!), but I am in love with the red one.


                    Fort Worth Fabric Studio









Over at Lady Belle Fabric, there is always lots going on.  New items are added to the shop all the time, and they even offer longer services if you need someone to finish your quilt.  

Just for my readers, Lady Belle is offering 20% off of your entire purchase (not including longarm services), and shipping is always free for orders over $125.  











Use the code BF2021 at checkout, but don't delay!  This code expires at midnight on Cyber Monday (11/29).



                      Lady Belle Fabric









And finally, LouLou's Fabric Shop is not to be missed this weekend!  They are having a HUGE clearance event to make room for lots of new bolts arriving soon.  

















From now through 11/29 (Cyber Monday) at midnight, enjoy 20% off of the entire shop.  The discount will automatically be applied at checkout, so there's no code needed.


              LouLou’s Fabric Shop







So, what are you waiting for?  It's time to bring some holiday cheer to someone special- or to yourself!  Or you know, it could just be time to bulk up that stash for the long winter ahead.  Don't want to run out of fabric in the middle of a snowstorm, am I right?  Head on over to these fantastic shops and show them a little love.  You won't be disappointed.

Happy shopping, and happy holiday season!  :)



Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Ho! Ho! Ho! and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I have been thinking that I want to make another Christmas quilt, but though there are lots of patterns that I love, none felt quite right.  I had a spark of an idea the other night though, and I'm SO excited about it.  I started sketching on graph paper, which is what  I always do when I'm first fleshing out a design, and I was so pleased with it that I couldn't wait to make him!

Pictures can be deceiving, so let me just tell you that this block is small!  Santa himself only measures 5" x 12", and all the tiniest pieces and snowball corners (the silver belt buckle, and around his hands) finish at only a quarter inch!  This is all traditionally pieced, and I try to never sew that small if I can help it, but for this project, I knew he couldn't be too big.  

I was so happy with the way he turned out that I immediately jumped into my next idea, thinking that it would be just as straightforward, and boy was I wrong!

Rudolph was so much trickier!  I worked and worked to get the proportions right, and the hardest part by far was the angles of the legs- and those antlers!  Again, this block is traditionally pieced, and while Santa has just a few 1/4" pieces, Rudolph is full of them!  Just to put this in perspective, all of those antlers are in a tiny, 3" x 3" section!  Rudolph himself measures only 7" from nose to tail, and just 10" from antlers to hooves.  

I confess to almost throwing this block away a couple of times during the 8.5 hours it took to make him.  Yes, you read that right.  Eight. and. a. half. hours!  I'm so happy I stuck with it though.  Rudolph is going to make a great addition to my quilt.

Now that these two blocks are finished, the rest of the quilt should be much easier.  It will still be a little bit fussy, but it won't be difficult like this.  We are hosting a Christmas party on December 4th, and my goal is to get this one finished and hung on the wall in my den before then, but with Thanksgiving next week, and all of the other prep stuff that has to happen before the party, that is a lofty goal.

Last week's party was full of inspiration, both holiday themed and not.  Amanda at Quilt As We Go shared with autumn beauty.  It's perfect for getting into the Thanksgiving mood.


This fresh, pretty quilt is by Linda at kokaquilts.  Linda is in New Zealand, so she is feeling all of the spring vibes in her hemisphere right now!

And Deb at A Scrappy Quilter linked up this warm, cozy, scrappy quilt.


Okay, friends!  Let's get our party going!  But before we do, I want to let you know that NTT will be taking a break next week (11/24) for Thanksgiving!  BUT, be sure to stop by on Black Friday!  I'm gathering up the best sales and holiday specials from my favorite shops on the web, and I'll be putting it all into one special post.  And we'll get right back to NTT the following week, 12/1.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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 10, 2021

NTT- Holiday Lights

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  I've been doing more secret sewing this week, along with lots of Christmas shopping and decorating- including our outside lights (which was a full weekend affair)!


We like to do the lights when we have a nice weekend, and when we have the time.  The weather obviously gets colder as November goes on, but it also has a tendency to be more rainy too.  Last weekend was breezy and sunny with temps in the mid-sixties, so we jumped on it. We have just a little more to do, and then they'll be all ready to turn on Thanksgiving night.  

With all of the secret book sewing, secret gift sewing, and holiday hubbub, I'm sad to say that there really hasn't been time for any non-secret sewing.  So, let's just jump right into the highlights from last week's party!  This awesomely scrappy quilt is by Sandra at mmm quilts-


DonnaleeQ shared this amazing quilt-


Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic shared this fun Christmas tree wall hanging, with the link to the tutorial!


And Leanne at Devoted Quilter showed off this temperature quilt stunner.  Definitely check out her post to see more detail shots of that quilting!

Okie dokie, friends!  It's time to show me what's been going on in your sewing space!  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, November 3, 2021

Christmas Sewing and NTT

Happy November, friends!  It is so hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us.  In fact, I've already started pulling out stuff to start decorating my Christmas trees.  I put up four trees, plus decorate inside and outside my house, and it takes awhile to get all of that done.  Since we are hosting family for several days at Thanksgiving, and then hosting a Christmas party the very next weekend, all of my decorating has to be finished before Thanksgiving.  So I have to start early!

Between the secret book sewing/writing and decorating, I also need to carve out some time to do some holiday sewing, and this week I did check a couple of gift items off of my to-do list, including these cute cloth napkins.


We use cloth napkins every day because it's so much less wasteful than paper, and because it's another way for me to enjoy fabric!  My everyday napkins are all green prints which match my kitchen, as you can tell by my KitchenAid mixer.  You can see my everyday set, as well as how all of my napkins are made HERE.  

Last year I started with just eight Christmas napkins, and this year I added another eight to the mix.  So, obviously there are more than eight napkins here.  In fact, there are sixteen.  These are 18" napkins, so a half yard of fabric makes two.  I'm keeping a set of eight for myself, and gifting the other set.


I love buying pretty Christmas prints when I see them, and this quick and easy project is the perfect excuse.  I have 24 everyday napkins, and that is a good number for our family.  We always have clean napkins when we need them, and not too many extra.  So next year, I'm sure I'll add another set!

What about you?  Have you started gift sewing?  Are you an early decorator, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?  No judgment here either way!  With all of the negative things going on in the world these days, whatever you do, do what makes you happy.  

It also makes me happy to check out your amazing projects week after week.  This beauty is by Jan at the Colorful Fabriholic-


This amazing creation is by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color-


This colorful quilt was shared by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-

 

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


Okay, y'all!  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, October 27, 2021

Another Week, Another Peek and NTT

Hey there, friends!  Welcome back to our regularly-scheduled Wednesday evening NTT!  This week has been another whirlwind of crazy hours of sewing that I can't really share yet, but here's another sneak peek for you.  These little birds are so sweet, and I'm loving the texture of the dense swirls.


There were so many amazing projects linked up last week!  This cute little quilt is by Zenia Rene at A Quilted Passion (btw, her photo of the back side shows so much awesome quilting!)-


I'm feeling the fall vibes from this pretty quilt by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Love these birds by DonnaleeQ-


Tubakk at Den syende himmel linked up this soothing beauty-


And this unique neutral quilt is by Kris at Sew Sunshine-



Okay, y'all!  It's time to 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!  :)




Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Peek and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've had another week of secret sewing at lightning speed, and though I can't give you a full shot of the quilt, here's a little sneak peek.  I told you that my third book is completely different from my first two, and it definitely is, but what can I say?  Scrappy improv just makes me happy!

Suffice it to say that when I finally get to reveal everything I've been working on, you're going to love it!  Until then, I'll just give as many peeks as I can.

Last week's party was amazing with so many great projects linked up.  This Highland Cow quilt top by Anne-Marie at Stories from the Sewing Room is super cute!


This happy quit top is from Julie's Quilts and Crafts-


Quilting Gail linked up this sweet quilt-


And take a look at this huge king-sized quilt from Something Rosemade.  She put her own twist on my Unruly pattern, and it looks amazing!


Y'all just bring the inspiration week after week!  I can't wait to see what you're working on, but first I want to remind you that the blog tour for the release of my book, Scrappy Improv Quilting, wrapped up yesterday, so NTT will be returning to its regular Wednesday evening time next week.  In case you missed any of the posts, the whole list of the blog hop participants/links can be found HERE!  And you can see all of my quilts from the book HERE!

Okay 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, October 20, 2021

Bonus Pattern, Finishing, and Wrap-Up!

Alright y'all.  We've been together through more than six weeks on the Scrappy Improv Quilting blog tour, and today it's time to wrap it up, but before I do, the book has a few more tricks that I need to tell you about!  


But first, let's recap.  Throughout the blog hop, so far- 

    *I've given lots of different ways that mini quilts can be used.

    *You've seen how the book helps even novice quilters get started with quilting tools and piecing tips.

    *I've shown how the book has step-by-step instructions for piecing scraps into improv chunks to create texture and depth in your quilt.

    *AND you've seen my 22 (!!!) mini quilts included in the book, and the beautiful versions of those patterns made by 22 different quilters along the way.  

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial- But wait!  There's more! (just couldn't resist, haha!)  I mentioned that this book is written so that even a beginning quilter can finish the projects.  There's no "baste, quilt, and bind as desired" here!   

The Finishing Your Quilt section of the book has all of the guidance you'll need to transform your scrappy improv masterpiece into a completely finished quilt.  This chapter has so much great info, I decided to put it into bullet points for you!  The Finishing Your Quilt section contains-

    *Guidance for making your backing, choosing batting, and full basting instructions (with graphics!)

    *Quilting options- free-motion vs. walking foot quilting, choosing a motif to accentuate the design, and how to square-up the quilt after quilting

    *Full binding instructions for machine binding or hand-finished binding, including how to measure properly for a scrappy binding

    *Display options- how to turn your mini quilt into a pillow and how to add a hanging sleeve

    *Laundering tips to keep your mini quilt looking its best

    *Sizing Up- how to turn these mini quilts into larger projects if you want a full sized quilt, and how to apply the scrappy improv technique in a variety of ways!

It really is a comprehensive book!  Even if you've been quilting awhile, you're sure to find a helpful hint or two.  As if that wasn't enough, don't forget that I've also created the exclusive Sweet Bee digital pattern as a little thank-you gift with the book purchase.


Thanks so much for following along with the blog tour, and I truly hope you'll add Scrappy Improv Quilting to your quilt book library!

Signed copies are available in my Etsy shop HERE, or ask about it at your local quilt shop.  It is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major booksellers.  

And shop owners, you can get it from any of the major distributors- Checker, Brewer, United Notions, and EE Schenck.  I hope you'll consider adding it to your library or carrying it in your shop!  You know you want to start having fun with your scraps, and I promise, it's super easy and FUN!  :) 

In case you missed any of the blog tour stops, here is the full list for you.  There is a ton of quilty eye-candy in these links!

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule-





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