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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Back At It, and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  Well, my quilts, manuscript, and other materials for my book have been shipped out to Martingale, and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted right off my shoulders.  Though I'm sure I'll have plenty of contact with my editor and some revisions to do before the book is released next spring, I'll be getting much more sewing time now that the big push is over.  Woohoo!


After all of that work, I needed some fast, fresh inspiration.  Anna Maria Horner to the rescue!  I've been hoarding AMH prints for the past several months for an eventual king size quilt for my bed.  By hoarding, I mean that I have amassed 120 different fat quarters (umm, that's 30 yards of fabric- yikes!), and though I am not quite ready to tackle a giant quilt right now, I couldn't help but cut into several of them.  This quilt is my Folk Dance pattern, designed to look like bright, twirling skirts, and it took just over a fat eighth of 25 different prints (including a couple of Amy Butler fabrics for good measure).  I sold my original Folk Dance quilt before I began teaching quilt classes and presenting trunk shows, so a remake was in order, and these prints were the perfect choice for a celebration quilt.

It also occurred to me that I never got the chance to share this fun mini with you here.  My guild organizes a couple of swaps each year, each with different themes, and they are always SO fun!  The theme for this particular swap was Savvy Solids.


This mini has 24 different solids and each strip only measures 3/4" wide, making the entire mini 18 inches square.  Most are Kona colors, but there are a few Moda Bella solids, and even a couple of Cloud 9 Cirrus solids as well.  I quilted it very densely and matched the thread as closely as possible to each solid.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the thread actually makes its own soft rainbow in the background.  I love this little mini so much that I almost kept it for myself (and I definitely plan to make a second one someday), but it makes me happy to know that the recipient truly loves it.

Don't feel sad for me though, because the swap mini I received flat-out rocks!  I was lucky enough to receive this mini made by prolific modern art quilter Paula Kovarik, who is also a member of our guild.



So, let's get down to the eye-candy from last week's party!  This improv sampler from Diann at Little Penguin Quilts is awesome!


Just look at this fantastic mini created by Lori at Crossquilt.  Lori is one of my guild friends, and I always love getting to see her projects in person.


Check out the Grape Fizz quilt from Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.  It's gorgeous, and the addition of the single print amongst the solids is a great design choice.


And I just can't help but share this improv quilt with stunning quilting by Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts. Be sure to check out her post for close-ups of the quilting.


Wow, friends!  I am floored by your amazing work week after week.  This week, it was particularly difficult to choose features.  I hope you're having lots of fun in your sewing space this week, too.  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!  :)










Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Deals and Three Giveaways!

It's the middle of another month, friends!  You know that means that I've rounded up some amazing deals from my very favorite shops on the web!  Keep reading, because this post includes three fantastic giveaways.


First up is Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and they're also sponsoring the first giveaway of the day!  Check out this adorable spring embroidery.  The colors are so cheery and I love the grunge fabric in the background.  It gives it such great texture.  FWFS is giving away TWO of these cute kits to two lucky readers (continental US only).


There is plenty of other awesomeness happening over there, as well. Riley Blake's Road Trip yardage 35% off right now, with precuts 30% off through April 20th only (no code needed), and Olive's Flower Market is 30% off through April 20th with the code OLIVE30.




One of my favorite features at FWFS is their Friday Bundle Batch. I just couldn't help but share the fresh, happy fabrics in this week's bundle!

          Fort Worth Fabric Studio









Over at Fat Quarter Shop, if you're looking to stock up on your solid stash, you're in luck!  Riley Blake Confetti Cottons are 20% off this month with no code necessary!


        Fat Quarter Shop









If you're a Lori Holt fan, you should also know that her latest book, Spelling Bee, is available for preorder right now, which will include a signed bookmark, and an entry into a drawing for a special prize pack.

This book includes instructions for 100 letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols, as well as 18 quilt projects.  So cool!














Check out what's happening at LouLou's Fabric Shop!  The biggest news is that Bonnie and Camille's newest collection, The Good Life, is available for preorder!  I know that a full collection bundle can get expensive, and LouLou's knows that too!  With preorders, LouLou's offers a special price, or you can choose to pay in installments, making that special fabric just a little easier on your wallet.


LouLou’s Fabric Shop







There are lots of new collections arriving soon, so they're making room by offering some great sales on many existing fabrics.  Check all of them out HERE.  And just for a little bit of eye candy, check out the latest LouLou bundle! Coral and navy is one of my favorite color combos!

LouLou's Fabric Shop is also giving away a $25 gift certificate to a lucky reader.  Woohoo!














Did you know that at Lady Belle Fabric, there are tons and tons of bundles at 30% and 40% off?  That's hard to beat.  Right now, use the code freeship to get free shipping on your order, and take advantage of some of those amazing deals.














Lady Belle is also sponsoring the final giveaway of the day, a $25 gift certificate to spend on anything in the shop!  Believe me when I tell you that you won't have a hard time spending it!


Lady Belle Fabric




Wow!!  I know I've given you lots of info to digest, and I know you want to know how to enter these three giveaways.

Leave a single comment on this post to enter all three 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, though.

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 (April 26th).


Good luck to all.  Happy shopping, and happy sewing, y'all!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Needle and Thread Thursday

Happy NTT!  The weeks are moving right along these days.  I can't believe it's almost Easter!  This past week, I have had my nose to the grindstone, getting all of my book stuff ready to send to Martingale.  I have just one last thing to check off of my list, and then everything will be on its way.  That being said, there hasn't been a lot of sewing going on around here for the past several days.  So, I've decided to just go crazy with highlights from last week.


This Rainbow Rose mini is by Sevenoaks Street Quilts.  You know I can't resist a rainbow!


Look at this sweet Jack and Jill quilt set by Sew Preeti Quilts-


This cute and scrappy quilt is by Teje at Nero's Post-


The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts shared this fun jelly roll quilt-


This amazing whole cloth quilt is by Jess at Quilty Habit-


Sewgiving linked up this lovely quilt, and the setting is so picturesque!


I told you I was going to go crazy!  Last week's party was so amazing, and I just didn't want to narrow it down!  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 5, 2017

Anniversary Quilt and NTT

Welcome to the downhill slide of another week, friends!  Spring has definitely sprung, and around my house, that means evenings and weekends at the baseball field and enjoying the perfect temperatures as much as possible.  Today, I have a finished anniversary quilt to share with you.  My friend's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month, and my friend asked me to make a special quilt for them (for privacy reasons, I've blurred their identifying info that is embroidered in the center of the quilt.


This quilt was a long time in the making (for me, anyway).  My friend wanted the quilt to be personal and represent their family members, and she actually began collecting the handprints at Thanksgiving and Christmas last year!


She traced each family member's handprint onto Heat n Bond Lite, wrote their names on them, and mailed all of them to me.  She fell in love with the Dixie fabric collection by Allison Harris, and I think these cheery fabrics are perfectly lovely in this quilt.  I constructed the quilt in 12 inch blocks, fitting the handprints around the center.  I was even able to arrange the handprints by family group.


On the back, I used all of the leftovers, and used a navy tonal fabric to widen it out.  Wide-ish stippling kept me from quilting through the handprints and embroidery too much, and I chose a red binding to frame it out.  It's not my usual type of quilt, but I'm so happy I was able to make this quilt for my friend, and I do love the Dixie fabrics.

Last week's party rocked, and I have the highlights to prove it!  Look at this improv string diamond quilt by The Lilac Cat!


This fun quilt is by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-


and oh my goodness, this little mini by Slice of Pi Quilts is awesome!




and because I can't help myself, I have to share another mini by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.  What a cool twist on the pattern!



I can't wait to see what's going on at your machine this week!  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!  :)



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