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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October Sponsor News and FOUR Giveaways!

It's the middle of the month, and of course that means it's time to fill you in on the latest and greatest news from my favorite shops around the web.  This post is packed with giveaways and specials, so read on, friends!



First up, Lady Belle Fabrics has lots going on, including 20% off of the Cozy and Lil Monsters collections, and 25% off of tons of bundles in the Fall Favorite section, like this Winter Walk bundle by Denyse Schmidt.


  

Of course, Lady Belle also has lots of bundles on clearance for 30% and 40% off every single day, so you can really get a big bang for your buck, and you don't even need a coupon to take advantage of these deals!






Lady Belle Fabric is also sponsoring our first giveaway of the day- a $25 gift card to spend any way you choose!

Lady Belle Fabric


If this month has you thinking about a fun Halloween project in time for next year, you're in luck!  Shabby Fabrics has this adorable Happy Halloween block of the month club to help you out.  It runs January through September, and sign ups are happening right now!


One of the greatest features of Shabby Fabrics appliqué projects is that they are all laser cut, and pre-fused.  There is no tracing or cutting out the shapes.  Just iron in place and stitch!



              Shabby Fabrics








Our second giveaway this month is sponsored by Shabby Fabrics, and you're going to love it!  They are offering a fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake Sweet Prairie fabrics.  That's seven gorgeous fat quarters!










At Fort Worth Fabric Studio, you can easily find all of the holiday fabric your heart desires with their special Houses.  Right now, I've been having fun browsing through their Haunted House, and Holiday House for Halloween and Christmas fabrics, but they also have the House of Hearts, and House of Heroes if you're already planning for Valentine's Day and 4th of July.



Each house includes yardage, bundles, and even kits for your holiday needs, all in one place!











Lately, something else I've been crushing on at FWFS are these adorable printed scissors!  These cute embroidery scissors and full-size scissors are just too adorable, and available at an amazing price!


       



Fort Worth Fabric Studio is having some fun with their giveaway this month, and giving away four mystery Moda charm packs to one lucky winner (continental US only).

           Fort Worth Fabric Studio



I always like to highlight the Basic of the Month at Fat Quarter Shop.  These fabrics are amazing for building stash and filling out a quilt project, and each month Fat Quarter Shop offers a single basic at 20% off for the entire month.

This month's basic is one to snatch up, because I'm excited to let you know that this month, Moda's Grunge fabrics are featured!  They are available in yardage, precuts, and several curated bundles!


            Fat Quarter Shop


Last, but certainly not least is LouLou's Fabric Shop, home of the LouLou Bundle, a specially curated bundle of 8 fat quarters, released every Tuesday!  These bundles are limited quantity, and sell out quickly.  Check out some of my favorite past bundles, just perfect for the season.


LouLou’s Fabric Shop








LouLou's is offering an awesome coupon this month!  Just use the code LouLou to save 20% on your entire order, excluding preorders and sale items.  LouLou's is also sponsoring our final giveaway of the day- a $25 gift card!  Believe me, you'll have no trouble at all finding fun ways to spend it.






Okay friends!  I know I've given you lots to think about, but before you rush off to take advantage of these deals, be sure to enter the 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 (October 25th).


Happy shopping, and happy fall, y'all!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Reversible Quilt and NTT

Happy NTT, y'all!  If you're a regular reader, it's no secret that I love to piece my quilt backings with leftovers from the front. What happens though, when the fabric hoard is so out of control that there are is more fabric left over than I actually used in the quilt top?  Make the quilt completely reversible, of course!


Most of the time, when I piece a quilt backing, I don't worry too much about print and color placement, but for a truly reversible quilt, I took my time to make sure that everything was balanced nicely.  I had to work with the sizes I had leftover, which dictated the design, but I love the fact that the three narrow strips will be centered on the bed.

If you assumed that this backing (which measures 116" square) used up the remainder of the AMH, you were mistaken.  Shockingly, I still have enough fabric left for a scrappy binding for this one, plus a nice sized throw quilt for my sofa, and probably even enough for the backing of that quilt to have some scrappy interest.  The lesson here- 35 yards of fabric is a ton!

As big as this backing is, it isn't the biggest thing I've been working on this week!


My publisher sent my book pages for review, and when I opened them, I'm pretty sure my squeals of delight could be heard for miles around.  It is surreal to see my creative work take shape in book form, and I can't wait until I can start revealing little snippets about the concept, title, and of course, the quilts.

I hope your week has been as fun as mine!  Before we party, let's take a look at some of my favorite projects from last week.  Sew Preeti Quilts linked up her Esmeralda quilt tutorial.  Just gorgeous!


Check out these fun, scrappy pineapples by Angel on flickr.


Something Rosemade linked up this beautiful quilt top, and I'm Smitten with it too!


Jess at Quilty Habit is a free-motion maven with this whole cloth clamshell quilt.  Look at all of the amazing details!


and finally, I love this pretty, curvy quilt called Teal Fizz by Lori at Crossquilt!  I had the pleasure of seeing this finished top in person at my guild meeting last Sunday and it is fantastic!


Okay, my friends!  It's time to show what you've been working on 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!  :)


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

King Sized Difficulty and NTT

In case there was any doubt, every step in the process of making a king-sized quilt is more difficult, right down to photographing it.  Add a little wind in there, and getting a nice, smooth shot of this massive (108" x108") quilt top was next to impossible.  That being said, I love love LOVE it!


Since this quilt is going on my bed, I had to take the opinions of Mr. MQI into account, which usually doesn't happen with quilt design.  Finding a pattern that kept the larger prints intact and wasn't too fussy was key.  Just in case you missed my last post where I showed my AMH hoard, you can rest easy knowing that I had way more prints than needed, so I also decided to pull out some of the fabrics that were heavy on hot pink and fuchsia, leaving just enough to keep the quilt balanced.

I opted for a 12" block that I like to call 2-4-6.  Beyond basic patchwork, this one is about as simple as it gets, but it lets those prints shine beautifully.  Here are the block measurements, just in case you're wondering-


These are finished measurements, so you would need to cut your pieces 6.5", 4.5", and 2.5" wide x 12.5" in length.  Then I just alternated the position and direction of the strips in the quilt.  Easy peasy!

I have enough fabric to make a completely reversible quilt (plus some), and I'm working on the backing now.  I've decided to turn this monster over to my friend who is a professional longarm quilter.  Her Christmas rush is already on, and since I'm not on any sort of deadline, it will be after the first of the year.  Having someone else quilt for me is a first, and though I truly enjoy quilting my own (reasonably sized) projects, I'm not going to lie, the fact that I don't have to baste this sucker is making me do a little happy dance.

Alrighty friends!  I've been super busy sewing this week, and I know you have as well but before we party, let's check out some of the amazing projects from last week.  This set of cheery quilts is by Simply, Sarah, and I love the bright colors and fun, random piecing.


Soma at Whims and Fancies shared her crisp and pretty Squares Plus quilt.


and finally, check out the quilting on this modern beauty by Leanne at Devoted Quilter!


Okay, y'all!  Let's kick off our first Needle and Thread Thursday of October with a bang!  It's 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!  :)


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