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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LuLu Lattice and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Wow, it has been an exciting but busy week for me around here, and that includes finishing up my latest quilt, made with the LuLu Lane collection by Corey Yoder.


The colors in this quilt are so pretty.  They're muted but still feel fresh, and the shot of aqua helps it feel springy to me.  Since I'm a sucker for alliteration, I am calling this one LuLu Lattice.


On the backing, I used up all of the scraps, and paired it with an apple green polkadot, which really plays up the more vibrant tones in the collection, and the Kona Pool binding is such a happy frame for these fabrics.


This quilt is a gift, and I know it's going to make the recipient very happy!  In a week with posts for April CMM blocks as well as the Stash Statement blog tour kickoff and giveaway, last week's party seems like it was a long time ago (of course, it wasn't)!  Nevertheless, it was filled with awesome projects, and I definitely want to highlight a few.

Just look at this Postcards from Sweden quilt by Something Rosemade.  The colors are a little deeper than the ones I usually see, and it is just beautiful!


And oh my goodness!  Look at this hexie quilt top by Den syende himmel.  It contains 16,762 hexies!  By the way, she is Norwegian, but her blog is written in English too.


And this queen size quilt by Julie at Pink Doxies, made with Amy Butler's Hapi collection is gorgeous, and the layout is unique!


Wow!!  What awesome inspiration!  I can't wait to see what you share this week.

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 17, 2018

April Sponsor News

Wow!  There really has been tons going on around here this week, with the kickoff of the blog tour, celebrating the release of my new book, Stash Statement.  Since it's the middle of the month though, I definitely want to take a few minutes to let you know of some special happenings at a couple of my favorite shops on the web.

Since there's so much going on, I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, so read on!


Over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, there's a Bundle Bash going on!  Most of their exclusive FWFS bundles, and even some manufacturer bundles are at least 40% off, starting at just $8.95!

You can find them HERE.  Once they're gone, they're gone, so you definitely don't want to delay.


         Fort Worth Fabric Studio






At Shabby Fabrics, the first round of signups for the Enchanted Garden Block of the Month went so quickly, they've decided to add a second round.

The program will run from July 2018 through June 2019, and includes all patterns, pre-fused and laser cut pieces, top fabric, background, sashing, and binding!  Check out all of the details HERE!


                      Shabby Fabrics



There is not a sponsored giveaway with this month's post, BUT, there is another giveaway happening right now.  Take a minute and visit the kickoff post (HERE) for the blog tour to celebrate the release of my new book, Stash Statement, and enter for a chance to win a copy!

Happy Spring and happy shopping!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stash Statement Kickoff and Giveaway!

After months and months of hard work and tons of secret sewing, it is officially time to kickoff the blog tour to celebrate the release of my new book, Stash Statement!  Because this time of year is so busy, the tour will span several weeks, featuring one quilt each week.  The very first quilt in the book is Grand Bazaar, and it's also the cover quilt!

(why yes, my husband and dad really did move this antique vanity from my bedroom to my backyard so I could take this photo!)



The design of this quilt was inspired by hanging lanterns in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  The improv piecing adds to the light illusion, and gives the lanterns an awesome twinkling effect.  The background fabric is Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in Ash, and the soft gray adds to the look of lanterns shining at dusk.



I quilted with a fairly tight stipple with Aurifil 50 wt. Dove #2600, and though it adds plenty of crinkly texture, it doesn't compete with the design.



The backings of each quilt are not featured in the book, so I will definitely be showing them all during the tour.  For the back of the Grand Bazaar quilt, I decided to stick with the ornate theme and pull out my stash of Amy Butler prints.



Stash Statement is all about using your own scraps to make quilts with WOW factor!  The book covers three different (easy!!) methods of improv piecing, with virtually no waste, and the technique requires no extra cutting of your scraps to specific sizes.  Then, you'll take those pieced units and use them within twelve full, detailed quilt patterns!  It's the perfect blend of structure and play.  Whether your scraps are bright and modern, or softer and more traditional, they'll create gorgeous quilts, and I promise, this is doable for everyone.


You can get a signed copy of Stash Statement in my Etsy shop HERE, which of course, comes with the free Take Flight bonus pattern.  It is also available on Amazon, or you can ask your local quilt shop.  I hope you'll give it a try to make your treasured scraps make a real statement!


Shelley at Cora's Quilts, and Connie at Freemotion by the River are the first two stops on the tour,  and I can't wait for you to see their gorgeous versions of the Grand Bazaar quilt.  And Jenny, from Stitch This! The Martingale Blog made a mini version of the Precarious quilt to kickoff the tour.  

Take a look at the entire lineup.  There are lots of quilty superstars in there, and you won't want to miss any of these quilts!

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Before you go though, I'm giving away two copies of Stash Statement- one hard copy to a US winner, and one digital copy to an international winner.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a single comment on this post.  Don't forget to let me know whether you're a US or international quilter!

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 be sure to put your email address in your comment.  Additional replies/comments/entries will be deleted.  I'll announce the winners at next week's NTT (April 25th).

Good luck, friends!



                                                            

CMM April Blocks

It's hard to believe it, but we are a third of the way through the Classic Meets Modern QAL!  Don't worry if you've fallen behind, or even if you just want to join in now.  With only two blocks per month, the pace is leisurely enough that you can catch up!

This month's blocks include one of my all time faves, the Rolling Stone block.  If you're a regular around here, this won't surprise you at all.  I love blocks that have a rounded look, and sewing snowball corners doesn't bother me one bit.


Since this block is a big 18 inches, I chose one of the largest teal prints for the main part, and I love how the twigs in the pink print sort of have a swirling look around the center block.

The second block for this month, Susannah, was a really simple one to sew, but beautiful nonetheless.


My corners between the orange and green sections don't match perfectly, but when the quilt is all put together and quilted, that won't be a big deal at all.

I usually don't even point these kinds of things out, but it's important to note that there is plenty of beauty to be found in those little imperfections.  My rule of thumb is that if it isn't visible from five steps away, I don't unpick it.  Perfection is overrated, after all!

If you're looking for an easy way to sew corners without drawing lines, try the tape method.  Just use a piece of painter's tape or washi tape, aligning the right edge straight out from your needle.  Sew your square corner to corner, keeping the corners aligned with the edge of your tape.


It takes a few squares to get used to sewing without a drawn line to guide you, but after just a little while, you'll be able to sew those corners quickly and accurately!

By the way, don't forget that if you're sewing along but don't have a blog, you can still link up your blocks each month.  An Instagram account and Flickr account are absolutely free and easy to use, and you can link up from there.  When I first released the CMM pattern and kicked off the quilt along, LOTS of you purchased the pattern, but only a handful have linked up each month.  If you have trouble, let me know and I'll help as much as I can.  We definitely want to see your blocks, and remember, there will prizes at the end!

Okay, let's see those April beauties!

1.  If you're a little late to the party, it's okay!  You can still join in anytime.  This is a Block of the Month Quilt Along, so we will only be completing two blocks each month.  The pace is leisurely and it will be easy to catch up.  You can get the Classic Meets Modern pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shops (links on my right sidebar).

2.  Remember, the link party opens on the 15th of each month, and will close at midnight CST on the last day of the month.  You can certainly link to my weekly NTT post if you like, but be sure to link your quilt along blocks to this party, so everyone is sure to see your progress.

3.  You don't have to have a blog to join in!  You can link to an Instagram post, or even a Flickr account.  Use the hashtag #classicmeetsmodernbomqal on Instagram!  If you do have a blog, grab a button to let everyone know you're participating!  You can get the button on my right sidebar.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

LuLu Lane

These past couple of days, I've been putting together a new quilt with a palette that is a little unusual for me.  It's not often that I work with brown, but in the LuLu Lane collection, it really is lovely.


The lattice pattern with these fabrics is simple, but it creates such a pretty wash of color.  Last time I made a quilt with this pattern, several asked me how to make this quick block.  It's super simple!  Just cut starting squares at 6.5 inches, then slice them along the diagonal.  Cut the center strips at 1.5" x 10.5" and sew between the two halves.  Give the block a press, and trim to 6.5" inches.  Easy peasy and oh, so pretty!

**Edited, since a few have asked- I was able to just "eyeball" to line up the two triangle halves.  There is a little bit of wiggle room there.  Then, when I trimmed the block to size, I used the bias line on my square ruler to make sure the strip was centered within the block.



I'm looking forward to getting this one all quilted and finished!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kite Festival and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  This week, I've finished up this cute little baby quilt.  My April CMM blocks also got done, but I'll save those for the post on Sunday.


I love the simplicity of the half square triangle, and the layout options are practically endless.  I opted for a random layout on this quilt, and I think the layout, along with the happy colors, gives the look of lots of kites flying.  So, I'm calling this one Kite Festival.


The backing of this quilt is an example of what happens when quilt math goes wrong.  In a hurry to get started, I determined that I needed 64 blocks for this quilt, and promptly started cutting four squares from each of my 16 prints.  Of course, since each pair of squares yields four HST, I realized too late that I was actually cutting double the number of squares that I actually needed.  Well, waste not, want not!  All of the extras just went on the back, and lesson learned-  even for a simple quilt, don't do quilt math in a rush.

I finished it off with a binding in Kona Candy Blue, and now this one is all ready for baby boy snuggles!

Okay then!  Let's get to the highlights from last week's party!  Look at this adorable Sea Otter quilt by Jess at Quilty Habit-


I'm loving the colors in this quilt by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


And this sunny Flying Geese quilt by The Lilac Cat makes me wish for warm, sunshiny days!


What are you working on this week?  I can't wait to see.  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!  :)


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Angelic and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've finished up my latest Take Flight quilt (the last one for awhile), and I'm so pleased with it.  To be clear, I love the original version as well, but practice does indeed make perfect, and I'm happier with the feathers on this one.


The wings are a little tricky since they can't really be quilted upside down (it would be difficult to get the angle of the feathers just right).  So the right wing is pretty easy, without too much bulk in the throat of the machine, but when it's time to quilt the left one, almost the entire quilt is bunched up in the throat.  Obviously it's doable, but it does require a little more patience to keep everything smooth and even.  I quilted with one of my favorites; Aurifil 40 wt. Dove #2600.  The soft gray adds just a little extra dimension to the wings, but it blends in so well with the scrappy background too.


The background of this one is quilted with a much denser stipple than the original, which really gives the wings a puffier look.  The spacing between the stippling lines is about a quarter inch.  I don't usually enjoy quilting this densely, but sometimes it's worth it.  This is one of those times for sure.


On the back, I used a combination of this gorgeous bold floral from the Recollection line by Katarina Roccella, with Moda Grunge fabric in Aruba.  The flowers are pixelated, which echoes the chunky background on the front of the quilt, and the quilting shows up so well on the Grunge.


One of my favorite parts of the quilt is the binding.  When I make a scrappy quilt with all of the colors, I usually opt for a black or gray binding, but I'm loving the choice of metallic gold!  It's Cloud 9 Glimmer Solids in Champagne, and the photo just doesn't do it justice.  Even though it is in full sun, the sparkle is so much prettier in person.  I'm calling this one Angelic, just to differentiate it from the original Take Flight quilt.

So, let's get right to the highlights from last week's awesome party!  This bright beauty is by Kris at Sew Sunshine-


Shelley at A Pigeon in Pungo shared her fantastic Opal Bracelet mini-


And this stunner, called Cascade, is by Liz at Savor Every Stitch-


Just, wow!  I'm amazed at all of the fabulous eye-candy shared week after week.  So much inspiration.  Let's party, friends!

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!  :)



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Perfectionism

When I teach classes, I stress that I'm not a perfectionist quilter.  Constantly ripping out seams is demoralizing, and can stop quilt progress in its tracks.  I firmly believe that to improve a skill, it's best just to gain experience and practice by forging ahead to get the project finished.  So, I rarely rip out seams, unless I truly can't help it.


On the other hand, practice does make perfect, and when I made the Will's Wings quilt for my friend, the feather detail quilting on the wings turned out so much better the second time around that I couldn't help a remake for keeps.  I'm hoping that the third time's the charm for this pattern and I can't wait to start quilting it!

I also wanted to share a gorgeous version of the Take Flight pattern, made by a friend in my guild who tested the pattern for me.  She made this quilt for a friend in memory of her husband, and the black/gray ombre wings are so striking, and definitely give the quilt a more masculine look.


ps- the Take Flight pattern is an exclusive FREE bonus pattern, only available with the purchase of my brand new book Stash Statement.  You can get a signed copy in my Etsy shop HERE!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Florida Sunset and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks my latest quilt looks like it belongs amongst sunny, warm weather.  My wild thing strolled through my studio as I was quilting it and casually mentioned that it looks like the sunset from our beach vacations.  As far as I'm concerned, that's the perfect inspiration for a name- Florida Sunset it is!


Shades of teal and orange always strike me as very Floridian, and the addition of navy just gives the quilt more depth.


I stippled this quilt with Aurifil 40 wt. #1133, Bright Orange, and though it really just blends into the quilt from a distance, up close, the extra pop of color in the quilting stitches is fun.


All of my leftovers went into the backing of this quilt (though I did have to pull an extra aqua fabric from my stash to widen it out).  I used Kona Navy for the binding, and went ahead and stitched it with the orange thread as well.  The dark binding frames the colors in the quilt really well, and since I also used a stripe of Kona Navy on the backing, it worked out perfectly!


I love when I can make an entire quilt from my stash, and this one was even better, since I even pieced together some batting leftovers for it.  It is destined for the silent auction at our church to benefit youth mission trips, and I hope it sells high for them.

So, let's go ahead and check out the features from last week's party.  This beauty is by Stitching Stories by Sharon.  I love these peaceful colors!


I'm in love with this quilt by The Lilac Cat.  The warm palette, as well as the block pattern are so lovely.


And I'm so impressed with this awesome Fountain Pen quilt block from Soma at Whims and Fancies (ps- check out her post the pattern!)


Alright, friends.  Are you ready to party?  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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