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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Pop Star Finish

I'm so excited to share my finished Pop Star quilt with you.  I'm continuing to branch out in the free motion quilting department, and for the first time, I actually quilted three different motifs on the same quilt.  In the past, I've worried about everything looking too busy and just stuck with an allover design, but I'm so pleased with the way this one turned out.


The Kona Navy background just makes these colors sing, but unless you're looking at the quilt in person, it does make it more difficult to tell how it's quilted.


Though these are technically stars, I kind of thought of them as flowers when I decided on the quilting designs.  The main petals of each block are quilted with loops, which really add to the flower effect, and I decided on a very tight organic (read imperfect) grid for the center stars. The grid spacing is smaller than 1/4 inch.  Since I used the center star outline to travel from one area to another, I decided to embrace a "sketchy" outline on them.  It seemed easier than trying to perfectly travel over lines of stitching, which would have inevitably ended with gnashing of teeth.

The background is stippled with navy thread.  You know, because stippling is still my very favorite, and it seems I just can't help myself!  You can really see the quilting detail on the back of the quilt.


Since I've had some of you ask me with other quilts, I'll go ahead and let you know that there is no marking involved in any of these designs.  It's all done free-motion, including the outlines of the stars themselves.


The only fabric I had to purchase for this one was the navy, as well as the red and white backing fabric.  Everything else came right from my cabinet.  I even had these little yellow polkadots in my stash, and they are a perfect little pop of sunshine against the dark background.  I'm calling this quilt a win on all fronts!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sliding Geese Mini, and a Giveaway

Good morning, friends!  Today, it's my turn on the Sew In Love With Fabric Summer Mini blog hop, and I'm so excited to share this little mini quilt with you, featuring the Patio Splash fabric collection.


These particular prints from the collection are called Color Strokes, and they are absolutely gorgeous.  They have the perfect amount of texture for when you are looking for fabrics that are almost solid, but not quite, which makes them extremely versatile.  They are so saturated and fun, and are perfectly summery!

I decided to design a mini quilt using flying geese, a classic quilting building block, but give it some interest by varying the sizes to create the sliding effect.



I have written a full tutorial for this mini, making it super easy!  Be sure to head over to Sew In Love With Fabric to check it out the full tutorial.  But before you go, I'm thrilled to let you know that Benartex is offering a fat quarter bundle of these luscious fabrics as a giveaway, so take a second to enter.


Just leave a single comment on this post to enter the giveaway.  I'll announce the winner at next week's Needle and Thread Thursday post (5/24).

By the way, and I also have FOUR other amazing giveaways going on right now which also run through next Wednesday evening.  To enter those as well, just head over HERE to check them out.

All of these giveaways have ended, and I'll announce the winners this afternoon in my NTT post!

Good luck to all, and happy (almost) summer!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Come Party, Friends!

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  We have been practically living at the baseball field this week, so I'm feeling pretty accomplished to have my latest quilt basted.  I haven't gotten to actually start quilting on it yet though, so let's jump right into with some features from last week's party!

These awesomely modern placemats are by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal-


Karen's Quilting shared this scrappy postage stamp masterpiece-


and Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic linked up this fun Dancing Plusses quilt-



So without further ado, it's time to link up!

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, May 16, 2017

May Sponsor News and Four Giveaways!

Well friends, we are officially in the month of the year where summer vacation is so close, I can barely contain myself.  My son has fewer than ten days of school left, and I can't wait to live life on my own schedule for awhile.

Fun is definitely in the air, so let's keep the mood rolling with this month's fantastic fabric deals and FOUR giveaways!  Y'all, there is no doubt in my mind that I have the BEST sponsors!


Let's kick off with a giveaway, shall we?  LouLou's Fabric Shop has lots of new markdowns in their clearance section to make room for all of the yummy new collections, like Riley Blake's Glamperlicious!




LouLou’s Fabric Shop
If you're thinking ahead a little bit to the 4th of July, LouLou's is also putting together some fun patriotic bundles that you'll love!  
Remember, you can always save 10% on any preorder with the code preorder.

LouLou's is graciously giving away a $20 gift certificate to spend on whatever tempting goodies you like best.  Awesome!
Fort Worth Fabric Studio is definitely helping you get into the holiday spirit.  I know it seems early, but you'll want plenty of time to get your sewing done before those special days actually arrive;  and you know, I always love sewing holiday projects at "off times" of the year.
Right now, FWFS is offering 15% off all preorders for this pretty Holiday Meadow collection with the code MEADOW15.  I love the softer, more rustic colors, and the text gives the fabrics lots of depth.
           



If you're a Halloween-lover, Fort Worth Fabric Studio has you covered.  This fun six pack of fat quarters are great for fun, spooky projects, or at this amazing price, even for black and orange stash building.
Fort Worth Fabric Studio is generously offering one of these bundles to a lucky reader (US only).
          Fort Worth Fabric Studio



Over at Lady Belle Fabrics, there is a major sale going on, but don't delay- this sale ends on Sunday.  20% off of new bundles, 25% off of quilt kits, and 15% off of precuts is a steal!  
I'm drooling over this Tula Pink mix-up bundle, as well as Sugar Pie, by Lella Boutique (pictured below).
Lady Belle Fabric
Oh, and don't forget to check out the clearance bundle section too, with lots of amazing bundles at 30% and 40% off. 
 
No matter what catches your eye, if you're in the US, be sure to use the code freeship to take advantage of free shipping!
Lady Belle is sponsoring the third giveaway of the day, a $25 gift certificate! 
Last, but never least, is Fat Quarter Shop.  Did you know that FQS chooses several special items each month, and offers them at 20% off for the entire month?  I love to keep an eye on the Basic of the Month.  It's a great opportunity to stock up!  The Basic this month is Art Gallery Essential solids!  They are available in tons of colors as yardage, and plenty of color way bundles as well.
            Fat Quarter Shop





Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring the final giveaway of the day, a Midnight Essentials 10 Karat Mini Crystals.  The deep, black on black tones in this set are such a great neutral!















Okay friends!  I know I've given you lots of exciting info to process, but before you head off to check out my favorite shops, be sure to enter all four giveaways!

Leave a single comment on this post to enter all four giveaways, and since one of our giveaways is open to the continental US only, please let me know if you are NOT in the States!  Don't worry though, you're still eligible for the other prizes.

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 (May 24th).


These giveaways have now ended.  I'll announce the winners later today at my NTT post, so be on the lookout!

Happy shopping!




Monday, May 15, 2017

Pop Star for Keeps

Happy Monday!  I hope all of you mommas out there had a fantastic Mother's Day weekend!  I had a packed weekend, and part of it included finishing up this Pop Star quilt (pattern available HERE and HERE).  With 18 inch blocks, this one went together pretty quickly.


Little by little, I've been remaking several of my quilts to use as class samples, so this one is for keeps.  I decided to use a navy background on this one to give it a little wow factor, and I love how the colors just pop against it.  I'm still deciding how I want to quilt it. but since we are smack in the middle of our end of season baseball tournament, this one may have to wait a little while until I can finish it anyway.  We practically live at the ball field at this time of year, and I love it!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

When Things Just Don't Work

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I really debated with myself on whether or not to share these two preemie quilts with you.  In fact, if I'm being totally honest, I really struggled with myself on whether to even finish them.


To give you the full story, I need to back up a few weeks.  In the midst of finishing up my book manuscript, I decided I wanted to work on something easy and stress-free, and decided to make a class sample of my Interference pattern.  I pulled a group of fabrics from my stash in a palette that I really loved, even if it was a little different from the norm for me, and I got super excited for a fast finish.


Even now, as I look at the stack I pulled, I think this color combination is awesome.  Unfortunately though, these fabrics didn't translate into a quilt I loved- at all.  I made a lap size quilt, measuring 55" x 66" and...I hated it.  I don't know if the colors and prints were just too busy or if the problem was something else, but I just didn't like the result.  Even though several of my guild members thought it was great, it never grew on me.  The quilt top sat in my cabinet for a few weeks while I decided whether to finish it or cut the whole thing up into scraps (no kidding- I almost did this).

Luckily, before I cut the entire quilt apart for scraps, inspiration struck.  Instead of calling this quilt a total loss, I split it into two preemie size quilts, and I will donate them to our local children's hospital with my guild this fall.  Though I never grew to love this one, the fact that several of my guild members loved it means that it is donation-worthy (I would never donate a quilt that everyone agreed was a total mess).  All in all, these little preemie quilts feel like a win (though I still need to make an Interference class sample).

Before we get to last week's highlights, I want to offer an apology to those of you who tried to link up but had trouble, or noticed that the linky list was missing altogether.  The problem was with the server of linky service itself, and it should be fixed now.  Thanks for your patience!

At last week's party, Sew Not Often Enough shared this beautiful finish, called Cool, Cool Water.


This gorgeous quilt was linked up by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty-


and last, but not least, check out this lovely medallion quilt by The Lilac Cat-


Okay, ya'll!  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!  :)







Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Come Party!

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, and happy MAY!  I can't help it.  All of those years as a teacher means that I get positively giddy when May rolls around, because it means that summer is just around the corner!  This week, I've been doing more secret sewing (for a different purpose than my book), and I hope to be able to share some news on that with you soon!  I'm not too sad about that though, because there was plenty of eye candy at last week's party to pretty-up this post.

Like this awesome triangle quilt for Slice of Pi Quilts-


Or this beauty by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts, called Brick Cottage Lane 2-


And how about this fun quilt from Tanya Quilts in CO?  I just love those pops of green!



Alrighty, friends!  Let's link up!

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!  :)










Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Folk Dance Encore and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  With my roses in full bloom, it's my very favorite time of year to take quilt pictures, so I hope you'll indulge this slightly picture-heavy post.


As I mentioned in my last post, this quilt is a remake of my original Folk Dance quilt, and I'm keeping this one as a class sample, as well as for trunk shows (pattern available HERE and HERE).

I thought a dense, allover flower quilting motif would compliment the Anna Maria Horner fabrics nicely, and I have to say- I am as proud of this quilting as any I've ever done.  I even had a quilty friend ask if I had bought a longarm machine.  Nope- all quilted on my domestic BERNINA, but I take that as a huge compliment!


Even though I used 25 different prints in this quilt, I am saving the remainder of these fat quarters for a king size quilt for my bed.  I did use the smallest leftover pieces on the backing though, and it adds just a little bit of flair.


This quilt has a full rainbow of color, so I could have chosen almost any color binding.  This Kona Oasis was already in my stash, and I love how it frames the twirling skirt blocks, so it was a no-brainer.



Okie dokie, friends!  I owe you some winners from last week's April sponsor post!  First up, the two winners of the adorable Hello Spring embroidery from Fort Worth Fabric Studio are comments 20 (Lee), and 16 (Mary).

 

Next, the winner of the $25 gift card to LouLou's Fabric Shop is comment number 52 (Angela Bowling).













And last, but certainly not least, the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Lady Belle Fabrics is comment number 34 (Susan L.).  Congratulations to all four of you, and happy stitching and shopping!













Time to check out the eye-candy from last week's party!  This stunner is by Cyndi at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-


Katie Mae Quilts shared this lovely quilt.  Definitely check out the post for some close ups of the quilt, but I couldn't resist including this gorgeous rainbow shot here.


Speaking of beautiful photos, check out this quilt from Elm Street Quilts.  A gorgeous quilt, and I love the beautiful setting!


The talent showcased at NTT week after week is simply amazing.  Without further ado, 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!  :)










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