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Thursday, February 15, 2018

CMM February Blocks

It's officially the middle of the month, and that means that it's time to link up your Classic Meets Modern blocks for February.  This month's blocks included the Nested Churn Dash, which is the only other 24" block (finished size) in the quilt.


The largest churn dash is a great place to show off a big print, and I am in love with these orange roses.  The different shades of orange are so lush, and the photo doesn't quite capture it properly.  Given the size of this block, it goes together pretty quickly, and I even managed to keep all of my triangle points intact!


The other block this month was the Greek Cross, and because they are only six inches (finished), there are two of them.  If you've made lots of quilts, you probably already know this, but for those who are a little less experienced, I want to point out that the construction for the Greek Cross and Churn Dash blocks is exactly the same, and why I put these two together in the QAL.  Both have HST on the corners with strip sets between, and a solid square in the center of the block.  The only difference is color placement!  It's cool how a single construction method can yield two blocks that look so different.

I'm loving how my quilt is coming together so far, and I can't wait to see your progress.  Did you use your coloring sheet to plan your color placement, or are you winging it?  If you've colored your planning sheet, I would love to see a photo of it in your post, and if not, of course that's great too.  I am a fan of winging it.  ;)


Before we link up, I want to mention a couple of important points.

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.

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 for your sidebar to let everyone know you're participating!

Classic Meets Modern QAL

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4.  Finally, don't forget about the prizes!  Several goodies will be up for grabs at the end of the year for anyone who links up a finished quilt top!

Okay, quilt along friends.  Time to link up your February blocks!




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Glitzy Girl and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, and Happy Valentine's Day, friends! My latest baby quilt is finished, and the pink and gold palette is a fitting share for today's holiday.


I just love the simplicity and elegance of this pattern.  For those of you who have asked, I started by cutting 6.5" squares, then sliced them on the diagonal.  The center strips were cut 1.5" x 10.5" and sewn between the two halves.  After pressing, the block was trimmed to 6.5".  Easy peasy!


I used up lots of leftovers on the back, and widened it out with a piece of the darkest pink print.  I quilted using Aurifil Baby Pink #2423, with a relaxed stipple to keep it nice and soft.  My favorite part of this one though, is the binding.

When I was choosing fabrics for my last pink and gold quilt, Pink Champagne, I can't believe that I almost left this strong metallic gold chevron out of the mix.  The chevron is actually cream and gold, and since the fabric was so much warmer than the others, I almost decided against it.  In my Pink Champagne quilt, I used it a little more sparingly, and realized that I absolutely loved it in the finished quilt.  So this time around, I decided to go for the gusto and use it prominently on the binding.  I love, love, LOVE how it sets the whole quilt off and just glows.


This finished quilt measures, 48" square, and I'm calling it Glitzy Girl.  She's already on her way to her new home!

In case anyone was wondering, I have the BEST weekly party friends around.  Week after week, you knock my socks off with quilty awesomeness and tons of inspiration.  Choosing each week's features is a tough job! , and last week's party was no exception.

Oh my goodness, this In Full Bloom quilt by Anne at Springleaf Studios is just scrumptious!


Julie at Pink Doxies linked up this beautiful quilt with twirling stars.


And this fun, modern quilt top is by Sophie at Luna Lovequilts!


Before you link up today, be sure to hop over to my post from yesterday to check out all of the February fabric deals going on right now, and to enter the giveaway!

Okay y'all, I'm opening up the party a little earlier than usual today, just in case you have plans with your Sweetie, or even your Galentines.  It's time to show me the eye-candy!

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, February 13, 2018

February News and a Giveaway!

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day, friends!  It's the middle of the month, and that means that it's time for a rundown of the best deals from my favorite shops on the web.  Whether you're shopping for yourself or your favorite quilt friend, fabric is always a sweet gift option. This post contains a giveaway as well, so read on for all of the details!

First up is Shabby Fabrics!  Shabby Fabrics is having a fantastic Valentine's Day sale, but it's a big secret!

All I can tell you is that you will definitely want to visit their shop tomorrow to check out the details and take advantage.  The sale will have a special coupon code, and will be for one day only, so don't miss out!

           Shabby Fabrics





Over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, there is lots of awesomeness going on!  New in the shop is the Sugar Berry Collection by RJR Fabrics.  Aren't those prints luscious?



          Fort Worth Fabric Studio





If you're looking for a fun way to add a little Valentine's flair to your home for next year, then check out the Love Throughout the Year Mystery quilt kit HERE.


FWFS will be posting all of the instructions for the quilt on their blog, beginning tomorrow, so get your kit ASAP!












Did you know that at Fat Quarter Shop, they choose a quilter's basic each month and offer the entire collection at 20% off for the entire month?  I always like to keep my eye on the month's special, and really stock up when I can.

This month, ALL Bella Solids are on sale!  You don't even need a code to get this deal.  The sale prices are already posted on their site.


           Fat Quarter Shop



If shades of pink aren't your thing, LouLou's Fabrics has a fun, love-inspired bundle with a different palette.  Check out this Heartthrob bundle.  The mint and black combo is super cool, but the prints are still perfect for Valentine's Day!


LouLou’s Fabric Shop
If you feel like getting a jump start for next Christmas (because really, who doesn't stock up on Christmas fabrics, year-round?), LouLou's has the entire Merry Merry collection by Kate Spain on clearance.  The prints in this line are so fresh and pretty, and I think I might have to get some!
Last, but never least, is Lady Belle Fabrics.  Lady Belle is known for their beautiful bundles, like this beautiful stack of Spectrum by V and Co., and lots of them are priced 20-40% off!  That's tough to beat. 
Lady Belle Fabric


I've been seeing lots of Liberty lawn projects popping up on Instagram lately, and I also think that Lady Belle has one of the best kept Liberty secrets around.  Check out this gorgeous 22-piece bundle on sale.  It's a perfect way to try working with Liberty lawn fabrics without breaking the bank.


Lady Belle is also graciously sponsoring our giveaway today.  One lucky reader will win a $25 gift certificate to the shop!









Before you head over to these amazing shops to check out the goodies, be sure to enter the giveaway by leaving a single comment below!

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 (February 21st).

Good luck, happy shopping, and Happy Valentine's Day!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Little More Glitz

After seeing my Pink Champagne quilt, my aunt loved it so much that she decided she needed a quilt with the same colors for a friend's daughter who is expecting.  The fabrics in this one are almost identical, but I opted for a different pattern this time around.


The 6" finished blocks in this one went together pretty quickly, and I think the look is very elegant in these colors.  I'm planning to get this one finished up and shipped to her in plenty of time for the baby shower at the beginning of March.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Twin Quilts

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I have finished both of my LSU quilts, and though I don't usually work on two quilts at once, working on both simultaneously did help me get both of these done pretty quickly.


Both quilts contain the exact same fabrics, and of course, the same pattern.  Because I put different fabrics together when creating the blocks, they each have a slightly different look though.  I definitely wanted them to echo each other without being exact copies.


On the back, I used Kona Purple, along with the extra block quarters and just a little bit of one of the LSU prints to add a little bit of fun.


I opted to quilt these with a nice, relaxed stipple using Aurifil Medium Lavender (#2540).  The thread was slightly lighter than the deep purple on the back, but still blended well, and it wasn't so dark that it took away from the blocks on the front.  The binding is Kona Papaya, and the rich golden yellow just pops against the purple backing.

This pattern is so much fun, and the illusion looks great in fabrics that are not sports themed as well.  The pattern is called Stacked Squares, and you can find the free pattern on the Moda Bakeshop HERE.  I love the pattern, but I don't use a lot of precuts, so I have modified the cutting instructions to use fat quarters or yardage HERE.  I just know my cousins are going to love their quilts!

Last week's party was filled with awesomeness!  Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs shared her finished Magnolia Mystery Quilt, and it is just fantastic.


This cute little scrappy improv quilt is from Cynthia Brunz Designs.


I love this modern quilt by Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts.  The quilting is amazing!


And finally, check out this stunner by Rebecca Grace at Cheeky Cognoscenti using Tula Pink's Tabby Road fabrics.  I can't wait to see more progress on this one.  Those colors are just luscious!


Okay friends!  Without further ado, it's time 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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