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Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Fabric Deals

**If you're looking for NTT, you can find it HERE!

After a summer break, it's time to kick off fall by letting you know about latest happenings at some of my very favorite shops.  This post is packed with deals, so read on, friends!



At Shabby Fabrics, autumn means the kickoff of their Merry and Bright Ornament Club.  These super cute ornaments are pre-fused and laser cut, and ready for you to add your own personal touches.

The Merry and Bright Ornament Club starts this month, so head HERE to sign up!



                         Shabby Fabrics









Fort Worth Fabric Studio has lots going on as well.  Blue Carolina, by Riley Blake is brand new in the shop, and the fabrics are so crisp and pretty!

FWFS is also offering an additional 10% off of all sale items right now, with the code 10MORE, through TODAY ONLY.  You can check out all of their sales HERE!

             Fort Worth Fabric Studio



Some of the best features of Fort Worth Fabric Studio are their seasonal "houses."  All of their holiday goodies are categorized and easy to find in their Holiday House, Haunted House, House of Hearts, or House of Heroes.  I find this especially helpful this time of year, when holiday sewing is in full swing.




Over at the Fat Quarter Shop, I always keep my eyes on their Basic of the Month to score an amazing price on basics I use all the time.  Their Basic of the Month is 20% off during the entire month, with no code needed!  During the month of September, you can get Art Gallery Denim at this special price.


          Fat Quarter Shop




At Lady Belle Fabrics they always have lots of gorgeous bundles at 30% and 40% off, and right now, that includes this fun Penny Arcade bundle.




Lady Belle Fabric





If you're a Tula Pink fan, I'm happy to report that Lady Belle has Tula's newest collection, Spirit Animal in stock.  Those colors are so luscious!















LouLou's Fabric Shop has lots of amazing things going on each and every week.  Every Tuesday, they release a brand new LouLou bundle- 8 perfectly coordinated fat quarters that are great for stash building, or a project all their own.

            






Another fantastic feature of LouLou's is that you can save 10% on all preorders with the code preorder, and right now, you can preorder the Farmer's Daughter collection by Lella Boutique.  What beautiful colors!







LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Last, but certainly not least is a perfect addition to every quilt or sewing project- personalized labels! If you've promised yourself that you'll do a better job of labeling your quilts, then let Finer Ribbon help you!  I absolutely LOVE my labels, and they are quick and easy to add to all of my projects.
I have used my full color labels for over two years, and the quality is top-notch.  At just over $100 (US) per spool, they may seem pricey, but each spool contains 1000 labels, which works out to about ten cents per label.  Ordering a spool means that you won't even have to think about labels again for a LONG time!
FinerRibbon

The labels I use on my projects are available HERE.  

If you want to order, there are a couple of important points to consider-

*My labels are 2 1/4 inches wide.  You'll have to choose your width in the drop-down menu.


*My labels are printed from side to side, rather than running the length of the ribbon.  I think it works perfectly for quilts, but I have also sewn them to mug rugs, pillows, etc., and I still like this size.


Finer Ribbon will work with you to design your labels, so you don't need to be afraid of the process.  They will send you a full-scale, printable proof so that you can print, cut, fold and make absolutely sure that your labels are exactly what you want.  Best of all, they are super patient during the process.  I had two or three different proofs before I approved my labels, and the Finer Ribbon team was so friendly from beginning to end!

Well, I know I've given you lots to check out, so hurry on over and snag some great deals for yourself!  Happy shopping, and happy fall, y'all!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leftovers and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Usually, I am meticulous about figuring out exactly how many prints and pieces I need to cut for a project before I even begin, but after finishing my Poolside quilt, I realized that a rare miscalculation left me with quite a few extra squares.  Since they were all uniform sizes, rather than add them to my scrap jars, I decided to sew them up and make a little preemie quilt.


My guild donates these to a local hospital each year, so I always have that in the back of my mind.  I like to donate a few quilts each year, and using up leftovers for them makes it a win-win.  This little quilt measures just 36 inches square, with the larger squares in the photo finishing at three inches and the smaller ones at just an inch and a half.  It won't take me long to finish this one up- and just in time to join my other two preemie quilts for our guild donation day this Friday.

Last week's party was amazing, with lots of fun inspiration.  Check out this cute pumpkin table runner by Lisa Marie.  This puts me in the mood for fall!


This sampler quilt by Tanya Quilts in CO is so cheerful!


and this fun quilt is by Something Rosemade-


I love the eye-candy, and I can't wait to see what's going on in your space 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!  :)


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Poolside

When I took a photo of my stash a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my cabinet was very heavy on teals, aquas, and grays.  When I'm out shopping for fabric, I am drawn to those colors and tend to purchase them more often as stash builders (obviously), even as I show discipline with fabrics in other hues.  Of course I know this about myself, but actually seeing the evidence in a picture really made me realize that I should stop stashing those colors for awhile, and put some of those yummy fabrics to good use.  I haven't done a two-color quilt in a little while, and thought a classic Bowtie pattern would be a perfect way to tame those sections of my stash.


Before I go any further, let me apologize for not making a post during the process of this quilt.  I think it's important to do that, since we all know that quilts don't just magically appear out of thin air, but we've had some rainy days lately, and the indoor photos I took didn't capture it well at all.  This one did go together rather quickly as well.


Because I love aqua and gray, I had some larger cuts of most of the fabrics in this quilt, and I used up all of the leftovers on the back.


The quilting is done in Aurifil 50 wt. #5006 (Light Turquoise), and it adds another layer of sweetness to this one.  And I decided to bind it in one of the darkest teal prints.


The colors in this quilt remind me of a backyard oasis, with glistening water surrounded by stone, so I've decided to name it Poolside.  I'm loving the way the modern prints set off the traditional Bowtie block, and I especially love that I used up 10 aquas and 10 grays from my cabinet.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lolly, Lolly and NTT

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here!  Any other Schoolhouse Rock fans out there?  I watched them as a kid, and fell in love with them again as an adult when I showed them to my students, and when my son watched them.  Even though I named this quilt Lolly, Lolly because it looks like sweet lollipops all lined up, when I say the name aloud, what secretly goes through my brain is one of my favorite songs from the collection.


On the back of this fun quilt, I used all of the leftovers, plus some yardage of the hot pink polkadot that I had in my stash as well, making this a zero purchase quilt.


A nice relaxed stipple and a pretty purple crosshatch binding, and this quilt is all ready for the silent auction coming up at my son's school.  I think the colors seem pretty perfect for a tween girl.  This quilt measures 60" square, and I hope it goes to a good home!

Last week's party knocked my socks off!  Take a look at this Storm at Sea quilt by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal, and be sure to go to her original post to see more pics of the quilting!


This amazing mini is by Jess at Quilty Habit-


Ali at Arabesque Scissors shared this barn quilt-inspired mini-


I love the beautiful low volume background in this plus quilt by The Lilac Cat-


and just look at how the ombre fabrics in this quilt by Sarah at Quilt Moderne make it look like it is shimmering!


Okay friends!  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, September 6, 2017

Stash Sewing and NTT

As often as possible, I try to pull fabric for an entire quilt from my stash, and make it without purchasing any extra fabric.  The discipline in this practice was born of necessity a few years ago, as quitting my teaching career to be a full-time quilter and pattern designer meant that finances immediately got a little tighter.  That being said, I have really grown to love the challenge of stretching my stash.


As I'm sure you've guessed, this bright and happy quilt is entirely from my cabinet, including the Kona Ash background, which I scored as three separate remnants (major luck)!  I'm really not a pink person, so I don't use it very often, but it can be sweet every now and then.

You know, many people are surprised when they see my fabric stash, thinking that surely a full-time quilter has mountains and mountains of fabric.  Though I try to keep a decent variety of colors, my stash is very modest in comparison to many, and I like it that way.  Because the fabrics in my cabinet turn over pretty quickly, I hardly ever come across a print that I've had for so long that I no longer care for it.


Shopping my stash becomes more difficult as the selection dwindles, but that's part of the fun of the challenge!  Don't get me wrong, of course I love buying fabric too, but when I feel like I've sewn an entire quilt from "free" fabric, I really feel like I've accomplished something.

What about you?  Do you like to keep a huge stash and shop from it exclusively?  Do you prefer to purchase fabrics specific for every single quilt, or do you use a combination of approaches when you're starting a new quilt?

Okay y'all!  Let's check out last week's party highlights.  This beauty by Savor Every Stitch is just fabulous, and my oh my, just look at that quilting!  ps- There are more close-ups on her post!


Barb at Mountain Quiltworks shared this fun sampler quilt-


Take a look at this awesomely round mini by Kittens and Threads.  I can't resist a rainbow, friends!


I love this Postcard From Sweden quilt by Anja Quilts.


Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty linked up this pretty reminder that we are on the downhill slide of another year, and Christmas will be here before we know it!


and finally, Kitty at Night Quilter shared this colorful bit of EPP awesomeness.



Yes, you counted correctly.  I did actually link up six features this week, rather than the usual three.  Double the features = double the fun!  I simply could not help myself.  There were just too many fantastic projects, and I couldn't narrow it down any further.  I'm super excited to see the fantastic projects that you bring this week!  Party on!

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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