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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Eclipse and Oklahoma!

Hey there, friends!  It's been a great week around here, including a solar eclipse day trip.  Though we worried about cloud cover in central Arkansas (only about 2.5 hours from us), we ended up with lovely weather and four full minutes of totality.  Though my son and I traveled to Paducah for the eclipse in 2017 (with my mom and grandmother), my husband was on a work trip and missed that one.  So, a total solar eclipse was a new experience for him, as well as for my son's girlfriend, who also came along with us on Monday.  Even though I experienced the 2017 eclipse, this one was no less amazing.

And now, at the time of posting, I'm actually on my way to visit Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  No sewing this week, but plenty of other great things going on.

So, let's go ahead and check out a few highlights from last week's party.  Deb at A Scrappy Quilter showed off this finish-


This pretty quilt is from Gretchen's Little Corner-


Check out this awesome purple quilt from Something Rosemade-


And finally, I love this scrappy quilt from Maggie at Making a Lather-


Okay, friends!  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 
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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, April 3, 2024

A Spring Color Palette

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've still been enjoying the outdoors this week with yet another landscaping project  I'm pretty sure this is the last one!  I decided to dig up some monkey grass in a narrow flower bed alongside our driveway (planted by the previous owners of our house), and replace it with plants I actually love (dense monkey grass was the ONLY thing in that flower bed).  The monkey grass filled seventeen garbage bags, and I listed them on a local resale site (for free).  All seventeen bags were claimed within an hour!  I don't love monkey grass, but it makes me happy that someone does, and that perfectly healthy plants didn't get thrown away.

And all this outdoor time inspired me to pull this cheerful spring color palette out of my cabinet.  I'm not sure what I'm going to make just yet, but the colors make me smile.

Once again, last week's party was awesome!  Check out this gorgeous quilt top from Maggie at Making a Lather-


Gretchen's Little Corner linked up this fun quilt top!

This quilt from Quilting Gail is a beauty!


And finally, I love this sweet quilt top from Linda at kokaquilts-


Y'all are amazing week after week!  Let's get this party started, friends!

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, March 27, 2024

Happy NTT!

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  I wasn't kidding when I said last week that I love yard work so much that I even help my friends.  After two exceptionally hard winters, two of my very good friends are doing lots of reevaluating what plants are actually hardy enough for this area, and lots of replanting.  And yep!  You guessed it.  I've been to the nursery and right there digging holes with each of them this week.  

Last week's party had lots to ogle though!  I love this sweet quilt from Susan at Patchwork n Play-


This fun quilt is from Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic-



I love this one from Sew Preeti Quilts-


And finally, check out this cozy beauty from Maggie at Making a Lather-


Okay friends!  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 
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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, March 20, 2024

Lots of Landscaping and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday and happy spring, y'all!  I know I've probably mentioned how much I love working in my yard, but in case you don't already know- at my house, I am the grass-cutter, the leaf-raker, and the flower planter.  My husband is wonderful and is almost always working alongside me, especially with jobs that are too big for me to handle alone.  I prefer yard work over the gym, so I insist on doing as much as possible without his help so I can skip my evening workout.  I love yard work so much that I even help my friends with theirs, lol!

The spring weather makes it easy to be outside, and since I returned from North Carolina, we have been hard at work adding a HUGE flower bed along our back fence.



I have two large oak trees in my backyard, and this area only gets sunshine in the morning.  Over the past four years, the sod that was laid there has gotten more and more sparse.  So, I decided to turn the area into a big, beautiful flower bed.  I've planted several types of hydrangeas, some azaleas, and a camellia in the bed, with a few hostas in the deep shade area just under the biggest oak tree.  All of these plants love morning sun and need protection during the hottest part of the day, which the fence and trees will provide perfectly.  The plants are just babies now, but they'll fill up this bed in just a couple of good growing seasons.



And I can't stop staring at my redbud tree in full bloom.  The small pink flowers make the branches look like they're coated in cotton candy (and yes, they smell wonderfully fragrant).  I won't bombard you with photos since you're here for the quilting, but we also added another small flower bed on the side of our house, and had to plant some new things in the front that never quite bounced back from the arctic blast two winters ago.  Needless to say, I've been super busy (and dirty) this week.

Instead of sewing, our days have been filled with tilling, dirt, SO much mulch, and several trips to my favorite nursery.  And in the moments that I haven't been digging in the ground, I've been reading on my back patio, just to be surrounded by all of it.  Quilting will wait.

So, let's check out some of my favorite links from last week.  I love this sweet quilt top from Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room-


This blue beauty is from Melva Loves Scraps-


And Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting linked up this lovely quilt-


Alrighty friends!  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 
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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!  :)



Monday, March 18, 2024

March Sponsor News!

Hey there, my friends!  Despite the fact that it is going to be 28 degrees tonight (boo!), I'm going to wish you a happy almost spring!  Here, it has been positively spring-like for the past few weeks.  Some rain for sure, but mostly tons of sunshine and soft, warm breezes.  In fact, after this temperature drop tonight, we'll be right back in the 60's tomorrow.  Spring is such a source of inspiration for me, and I just love ogling all of the gorgeous collections.  So, let's check out the latest spring things from my favorite shops around the web-



LouLou's Fabric Shop has lots of new beauties arriving in the shop, so they're doing some spring cleaning in the shop to make room.  Use the code springcleaning through 3/31 to get an extra 20% off sale items, like this lovely bundle of the Homestead collection by April Rosenthal.


                        LouLou’s Fabric Shop









And don't forget about the LouLou Bundles!  I just love these.  Each week, LouLou's curates a collection of eight perfectly coordinated fat quarters.  They are always super cute and seasonally appropriate.  They're great for smaller projects, or a perfect starting point for a larger one.  Or, you can even use them to bulk up colors in your stash that are lacking.  If you see one you love, you'd better grab it- when they're gone, they're gone!  Here are two of the latest-








Spring is in the air at Lady Belle Fabric too!  This bundle of the Sunroom collection by Elizabeth Hartman is so fresh and cheerful, and it's brand new in the shop.




               Lady Belle Fabric









Are you a fabric treasure hunter?  Or a scrap-lover?  Or maybe you like a little mystery with your fabric shopping?  Then you should check out Lady Belle's new scrap packs.  As the name suggests, these bundles contain pieces from a wide variety of Art Gallery fabrics, ranging from 18" width, to no smaller than           3 1/2"x 42".  Each bundle is guaranteed to contain five full yards of fabric for a super-low price.  All of Lady Belle's fabrics are gorgeous, so you can't really go wrong.







Oh, and one more important thing.  Lady Belle is currently running a sale as well- 25% off your entire purchase!  There is no code needed to take advantage of this deal, and the discount will be applied in your shopping cart.  I don't have an end date for this sale, so you might want to jump on it!

Okay friends, I really hope you'll hurry off and show these amazing shops some love.  You'll be so happy you did.  Happy shopping!



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Welcome to NTT, y'all!  My trip to Charlotte last week was fantastic!  I loved presenting my trunk show to the Charlotte Quilter's Guild, and we had so much fun in the class.  What was NOT fun was my return trip home.  I was scheduled to leave Charlotte at 8:30 pm following my class, catch a connecting flight to Memphis at 10:30 pm, and make it home a little after midnight Thursday night.  Well, the weather had other plans.  As it turned out, because of weather in Dallas (where my plane was coming from), my flight from Charlotte didn't take off until almost 2:00 am!  Needless to say, I missed my connecting flight back to Memphis and the next available flight from Chicago to Memphis didn't leave until 9:10 am.  I had no choice but to stay awake in the airports, and after teaching all day, that was tough.  I finally made it home and in my own bed at noon Friday, and after being awake for about 31 hours straight, my bed has never felt so good.

I haven't sewn anything since getting back home.  Instead, I've been either catching up on sleep, or outside enjoying the glorious spring weather and working in my yard.

As always, last week's party was amazing, and it certainly gave me some awesome eye candy while I was awake in the airport.  Take a look at this stunner from Karen at Quilts...Etc.


This quilt (and pattern) is from Sew Preeti Quilts.  It's a brand new pattern, and there are several other versions linked up to last week's party as well!


And finally, these two fun quilts are from Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Okay, friends, 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, March 6, 2024

A Finished Class Sample and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I'm super excited that I get to visit Charlotte, North Carolina this week, and I've been getting all my last minute things finished before I go.  When this post goes live, I'll actually be getting ready for my trunk show!  One of the things I checked off my to-do list this week was to finish this class sample of my Churn, Churn, Churn quilt.


This quilt is by far my most popular class.  It is almost endlessly customizable with improv color choices and background fabric, and I wanted to make another example for quilters to see.  The quilt in the book is quilted with an allover box stipple design, and I wanted to do something different here.  I quilted each churn block with dense lines, radiating out from the center, and then the black background lines are in the opposite direction.  The effect is very neat.  I tried to brighten the picture and add a bit of contrast so you can see the quilting against the black.


My decision to use the cool side of the color wheel was entirely dictated by my scrap jars.  As you all probably know by now, I sort my scraps by color and not by size, and my cool scrap jars always seem to fill up the fastest.  The black background really makes these cool colors stand out.


Awhile ago, one of my good quilty friends decided to pare down her stash.  Her quilting studio has been overtaken by her home office since Covid, and she just doesn't quilt as much as she used to.  And I was lucky to get first pick of her destash. This gorgeous print on the back is one that came from her, and I love how it blends so well with the front of the quilt.  I think it's an Alison Glass print, but I'm not completely sure.

I have a busy spring of travel ahead. This little quilt is heading to North Carolina with me this week, to Tulsa, Oklahoma next month, and finally to Bloomington, Indiana in May. If your guild is looking for a teacher in the fall, send me an email!  I just have two available months open in 2024.  Of course, I'm already booking 2025 as well.

Okay friends!  Before we party, let's check out the highlights from last week.  Check out this gorgeous finish from Maggie at Making a Lather-


I love this one by Viridian's Blog-


And even though it's spring now, this autumn quilt from Kim at Purring Cottage is so lovely-


Are you ready to party?  I can't wait to browse through all of your projects while I'm in the airport on the way home!  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!  :)



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