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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sparkle Pop!

Over the weekend, it finally warmed up, and the sun peeked out just enough for me to get some photos of my latest quilt finish, and now that it's done, I love it even more.  I'm calling this quilt Sparkle Pop!


I used the past two years' Pantone Colors of the Year, Ultra Violet (2017) and Greenery (2016) as a starting point for this quilt, and the addition of royal blue and ice blue gives it some great dimension.  As of now, I am still undecided on whether I'm planning to write this pattern or not.  The block is 18" which is always fun, but the spade block is a little bit fussy, and I'm just not sure it would make a good pattern.


I used up all of my leftovers on the back, and then added some Kona Chartreuse to widen it out.  I quilted with a nice, wide stipple just to get it done, and used Kona Royal on the binding.


All of the ice and snow days happened as I worked on this quilt, and that meant that my family was at home.  I loved having them home, but that meant more family time, and less quilting time.  As my wild thing gets older, I am keenly aware of how short these days really are, and I'm okay with that trade.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bitter Cold and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I have actually finished the quilt I shared last week, but I don't have photos to share just yet.  We have been gripped with bitterly cold temperatures and a couple of rounds of ice and snow lately.  I do love a quilt against a snowy backdrop, but by the time I actually finished the quilt, the snow in my backyard had already been tromped though and gathered into snowballs.  Fun for my wild thing and his friends, but doesn't make for a very pretty picture.

Instead, we'll get right to the highlights from last week's party.  This snowflake quilt by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts is just perfect for this blustery weather, and she even has notes on her method for making it.


Alison at Little Bunny Quilts shared this beautiful Twinkle quilt.


Susan at Quilt Fabrication shared this fantastic quilt called Winter Feed (ps-it's available as a pattern!)


and finally, Sarah at Quilt Moderne shared this crisp, modern flying geese quilt.  I love the way she used a range of neutrals in this quilt.


Okay, y'all!  I know that much of the US is dealing with winter weather right now, and I hope you're all staying warm and getting tons of sewing time.  Let's party!

1. You 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.  
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 16, 2018

January Fabric Deals and Giveaways!

Now that the mad holiday rush is well behind us, it's time to get back into the groove of things, and that includes a monthly rundown of the best fabric specials and news from my favorite shops around the web.  Maybe this is the year that you've vowed to make a few patterns that have been waiting on the back burner?  Or maybe you've promised yourself to only purchase fabric at amazing deals?  Either way, you're in luck.  I've rounded everything up for you, and this post even contains a couple of fun giveaways!




First up, is Finer Ribbon.  For those of you who don't already know, I am a firm believer in labeling my quilts.  I used to take time to make a hand written label, but a couple of years ago, I made the switch to professionally printed ribbon tags, and I've never looked back.


FinerRibbon
These are full-color, washable, and very soft.  Best of all, the customer service and design team at Finer Ribbon is top notch, and will walk you through the entire process.  My labels even have laundering symbols printed on the back!
If you love appliqué, but hate fusing and cutting your shapes, then Shabby Fabrics has you covered!  With their appliqué clubs, the pieces are pre-fused, and laser cut!  All you have to do is iron them in place and stitch.  All of the tedium is done for you, leaving just the fun!  Check out this cute Be Attitudes club from Shabby Fabrics, starting this month.
                   Shabby Fabrics




Shabby Fabrics is also sponsoring the first giveaway of the day-  TWO yards of fabric!  From their entire inventory, you can choose a single, two-yard cut, or two different one-yard cuts.  This is a perfect opportunity to stock up on a basic or two.





At LouLou's Fabric Shop, there is lots going on!  Check out this Oh, Sweetheart LouLou bundle.  It's just perfect for any special Valentine's projects you have in the works!

LouLou’s Fabric Shop









Right now, all Christmas fabrics, as well as plenty of other fabrics on sale as well, and some are on clearance as low as $6.00 per yard.  That includes prints from the Acreage collection, which I'm using for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt Along this year (ps- LouLou's still has FQ bundles of this collection, too)!


If you love to snatch up remnants or end of bolt pieces, you're in luck!  LouLou's has just added lots of those to the shop.  There really are some awesome deals to be had.











If you love pretty bundles of fabric (and let's face it, what quilter doesn't?), then Lady Belle is a shop you need to visit.  They have 30% and 40% off their clearance bundles, and also put their newest arrivals on sale for a limited time!



Lady Belle is offering free shipping with the code freeship right now, so it's easy to take advantage of these amazing deals.










Are you a low-volume lover?  If so, Lady Belle Fabric's new Little Whispers fat quarter club is right up your alley.  The club includes free shipping and a free gift, without having to commit for the entire year.  You can cancel anytime!



Lady Belle Fabric

Last, but certainly not least is Fort Worth Fabric Studio, where they have a fantastic selection of holiday fabrics and curated bundles. They also have a great selection of Grunge Basics, and Grunge Dots,  some of my favorite stash builders.
          Fort Worth Fabric Studio




Check out this super cute red polkadot Box of Love- a perfect little care package for yourself, or a quilty friend.  It contains a little fabric, notions, a pattern, and even a few pieces of candy, all packaged in an adorable, reusable box.



Fort Worth Fabric Studio is generously giving away one of these goody boxes to a lucky reader (US shipping only)!









Before you head over to take advantage of these amazing fabric deals, be sure to enter the two giveaways by leaving a single comment below!

Remember to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and 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.  Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners at next week's NTT (January 24th).

Good luck, and happy shopping!


Monday, January 15, 2018

CMM January Blocks

It's time to link up your January blocks for the Classic Meets Modern BOM Quilt Along!  When I was deciding on the block order for this quilt along, I made the choice to go ahead and put one of the most time consuming blocks at the very beginning.  The piecing is basic, but any 24 inch block is bound to take a little more time to put together.  That being said, the Star of Bethlehem block has real wow factor.


Because this block uses some larger pieces, I thought it was perfect for the largest print in my bundle, and I love how well it shows off the pretty blooms.

After piecing the Star of Bethlehem block, I thought we could all use an easy peasy second block this month.  Even though its construction is simple, there's something about the Antique Tile block that is classically appealing.


Before sewing my January blocks, I took a few minutes to plan the color distribution for my quilt.  I was able to color mine digitally (and I wish I could share that capability with you), but a blank planning sheet has been added to the pattern for you, and a few colored pencils will work just as well.  Once I had my planning sheet filled in, I taped it to one of the blank pages in the back of my Quilter's Planner.  I'm going to be referring to it all year long, so I wanted it in an easily accessible place.

  
Now that I see all of the colors planned out, I am even more excited about this quilt along, and I didn't think that was possible!  If you're thinking of participating with us, you still have time!  With just two blocks per month, it will be easy to catch up.  If you're just joining in, you can check out the kickoff post HERE for all of the information you'll need (including links to the pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops).

A few notes about the link party before we get to it, since several people have emailed me and asked-

*You do NOT need a blog to participate in this quilt along.  You can link your blocks to an Instagram page, or even a Flickr or Photobucket account.  When you add your link, just use the web address to the specific post.  If you have trouble, just shoot me an email, and I'll walk you through it as best I can.

*Remember, the party for each month will post on the 15th of the month, but you don't have your blocks finished by then, don't stress!  The link party will remain open through the last day of the month.  And, even if you have a crazy busy month and can't sew your blocks, just catch up later on.  There's no quilt police here!  As long as you have a finished quilt top by our final link party at the end of the quilt along, you'll be eligible for the prizes.

*Finally, don't forget to grab a button for your sidebar, and add a link to your post so others can join in the fun, and use the hashtag #classicmeetsmodernbomqal on Instagram!

Classic Meets Modern QAL

<a href=" http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com/2018/01/classic-meets-modern-kickoff.html" target="_blank"><img src=" http://i1275.photobucket.com/albums/y450/kellydyoung/CMM%20button-2_zpsd8gude1q.jpg " border="0" alt="Classic Meets Modern QAL" /> </a>

Okay, friends!  I can't wait to see your Star of Bethlehem and Antique Tile blocks.  Time to link them up!









Wednesday, January 10, 2018

First Top of 2018 and NTT

Happy Needle and Thursday!  This has been a busy week around here.  In case you missed it, on Monday I kicked off the Classic Meets Modern BOM Quilt Along, and I finally got back to my machine after the holidays.  On top of all of that, my awesome husband and Quilt Holder Extraordinaire was diagnosed with the flu on Monday.  Wild Thing and I immediately started taking Tamiflu to avoid getting sick ourselves, and so far, we've managed to stay well.  So, props to my hubs for dragging himself outside for quick quilt hold since the ground is all wet (he swears he didn't mind).


Even though my sewing hiatus wasn't very long in the grand scheme of things, it feels so great to be creating again, and after I got everything cut out, in just a little over two days, I finished my first top of the new year. As you know, I've been on a mission to quilt directly from stash as much as possible for awhile, and I am continuing that this year.  It makes for guilt-free shopping when I see fabrics that I just can't live without.  Other than the Kona White background fabric, all of these fabrics came straight from my cabinet.

When I was deciding on the color palette for this quilt, I used the Pantone Colors of the year for 2017 and 2018 as a starting point.  Unlike a warmer, berry purple shade, which I use often, Ultra Violet is not a color that usually finds its way into my quilts, and I love the addition of it here.  A quick glance at my blog will tell you that including Greenery (last year's color) was no stretch for me though.  Green is my color of the year every year!  I love quilts made with all cool colors, so royal blue and ice blue looked right at home.

These blocks are big, 18 inches in fact, making this quilt 72 inches square.  Not too bad for a few days of work.

Last week's party was full of drool-worthy projects!  Like this king size beauty from Gretchen's Little Corner.  Look at all of those tiny pieces!


and this Soulful Quilt by The Lilac Cat is just gorgeous-


and finally, I love this Nova quilt by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting!


and because I just can't resist sharing just one more Christmas project, check out this awesomeness by Katie Mae Quilts-


Okay, y'all!  Time to party!

1. You 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.  
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!  :)




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Classic Meets Modern Kickoff!

I've been looking forward to this day for weeks and weeks, and I'm thrilled that it's finally here!  It's time to kick off the Classic Meets Modern BOM Quilt Along.  I hope you're as excited as I am to get underway.


This quilt is fun from start to finish!  As the name suggests, each of the blocks in this quilt is a classic block in the public domain, but the modern sizing and layout give it a fresh twist.


I know I've covered some of these things in previous posts, but I want to be sure that all of the pertinent information is all in one place to make it easy on everyone.  So let me give a quick overview of the way the quilt along will be structured.

This will be a Block of the Month (BOM) Quilt Along with just two blocks each month, making it simple to stay on track.  I'll post my own finished blocks and open the link-up on the 15th of each month, and leave it open through the end of the month so you can link up your progress, and so you can have fun browsing other quilters' fabrics as well!

The entire final month of the quilt along will be reserved for putting the quilt top together, so this quilt along is designed to be stress-free from beginning to end.  And if you need a little extra incentive to push you over the finish line, everyone with a completed quilt top will be eligible to win some fantastic prizes!


Want to participate, but don't have a blog?  No worries!  You can link to an Instagram post, or even to Flickr or Photobucket.  Even if you're a little late to the party, feel free to get your pattern and join in the fun.  You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop HERE or my Craftsy shop HERE!



Here is the lineup of blocks for each month.  Remember, the link party will be live on the 15th of each month, and remain open until the end of the month!

January- Star of Bethlehem, Antique Tile
February- Nested Churn Dash, Greek Cross (2)
March- Propeller, Sawtooth Star (2)
April- Rolling Stone, Susannah
May- Double Arrow, Crossroads
June- X-Plus, Ribbon Star
July- Bowtie, Weathervane
August- Dutch Pinwheel, Chevron Diamonds
September- Squash Blossom, Eccentric Star
October- String Diamond, Log Cabin
November- Flying Geese, Snowballs
December- layout and quilt top assembly

If you're a serious planner and want to be absolutely sure the color distribution in your finished quilt is just right, you're in luck!  I've added a handy coloring sheet to the digital pattern.  Print it out, and all of you who are just a little bit OCD can plan every block perfectly.



So that you don't have to search for each month's post, I'll be sure to link them up to this page as well, so be sure to grab a button for your sidebar.  You'll be able to stay up to date with the latest blocks easily, and help spread the word in case others want to join in along the way.

Classic Meets Modern QAL

<a href=" http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com/2018/01/classic-meets-modern-kickoff.html" target="_blank"><img src=" http://i1275.photobucket.com/albums/y450/kellydyoung/CMM%20button-2_zpsd8gude1q.jpg " border="0" alt="Classic Meets Modern QAL" /> </a>

So, let's get started with a kickoff link party so you can share your fabric choices.  I can't wait to see your vision for this fun quilt!  I know that's an extra blog/Instagram post, so if you're crunched for time and would rather just join in on the 15th, that's great too!  I'm making my second version with the Acreage collection.  I've had this collection set aside for a few months, and I can't wait to cut into them!



Happy New Year, and happy quilting along!




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kicking Off Soon and NTT

Happy 2018, and happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and fun!  I haven't sewn a single stitch since before Christmas, which has been weird, but my days have been filled with other amazing things, so it's all good.  Even so, I am looking forward to getting back into the quilty groove.  I'm also looking forward to kicking off the Classic Meets Modern BOM Quilt Along in just a few short days!


The kickoff post will be THIS Monday, 1/8, where you can link up a quick initial post to share your fabric choices for this fun quilt.  So if you're still on the fence about whether or not you're participating, now is the time to jump in with both feet!  The pace will be nice and easy, with just two blocks each month, and the design looks great with solids, as well as prints.


I'm actually planning to make my second version in the cheerful Acreage collection, and I know it's going to be awesome!  We'll have linkups every month along the way to stay motivated, and keep it fun!  If you need even more incentive to jump on board, there are some great prizes up for grabs as well.


So, what are you waiting for?  Raid your stash for some awesome fabrics (you know you have some), and hop over to my Etsy shop HERE or my Craftsy shop HERE for the pattern.  It's almost time!


Our very last party of 2017 feels like forever ago, but we definitely can't skip out of highlighting a few of the fantastic projects that were shared.  This Modern Starstruck quilt is by Christa Quilts, and the colors are just so vibrant and happy.


I love this fun little quilt by Carol Quilts Sometimes.


This adorable postage stamp mini quilts by Ali at Arabesque Scissors.


And finally, this sweet giraffe quilt was made by Anja Quilts.


Alright y'all, you know the drill!

1. You 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.  
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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