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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gossip Queen and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I am thrilled to share that my grandfather is out of ICU.  He is still in the hospital, but we are hoping that he will be moved to a skilled nursing facility within the next few days to finish his recovery.  Thanks so much to all of you who shared your well wishes.  We were very worried for awhile there.  Even though his recovery and rehab still has many weeks to go, hopefully the worst is behind us.

I am also delighted to share the quilt top from all of my warm color scraps with you today.  I'm calling this quilt Gossip Queen, and I love it SO much.


One of my favorite summer flowers is the Gossip Queen hibiscus, and the color palette for this quilt is inspired by the vibrant colors in the blossoms.  They have a rich, reddish magenta center, which blends into soft peachy yellow petals.  Hibiscus are tropical, and here in Tennessee, they are considered an annual plant.  I buy one every single year for a large pot on my patio.  When I lived in the Houston area though, the climate was so mild that hibiscus could be planted in the ground, and they survived the winter with ease.  At my home there, my Gossip Queen was over seven feet tall, and we had to prune it yearly so it didn't outgrow the space!  When we moved, I was sad to leave it behind.

(image from flores-reinecke.de)

I'm traveling to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend to present a trunk show and workshop for the Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild, and I'm hoping to make some good progress on the quilting before I fly out on Friday.

Before we party, check out a few of the amazing projects shared at last week's party.  This Hydra quilt by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts is so amazing!


Tanya Quilts in CO linked up her finished Farm Girl Vintage quilt.  Love it!



I love this soft, scrappy quilt by Katie Mae Quilts.


Afton at Quilting Mod shared this fun Perfect Treats quilt, perfectly FUN for summer!


And this improv beauty is by Sophie at Luna Lovequilts.


I'll be spending some time in the airport this weekend, and you know that means that I'll need some eye candy to help me pass the time.  So let's party, y'all!

1You 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.  
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*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, May 8, 2019

Mindless Scrap Sewing

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday friends.  This week has been a trying one for our family.  My grandfather was in a horrific car accident last Thursday night and has been in ICU ever since.  We are worried but hopeful for a full recovery, even though it will be an extremely long, hard road ahead.  We took a trip to my hometown over the weekend and since getting back, I have been working on sewing more scraps together.  This kind of sewing occupies my mind but doesn't require a ton of thinking, not to mention zero precision, and that's just perfect right now.


This, my friends is a stack of over 30 (!!!) improv scrap panels, using all of my warm colors.  I have a fantastic plan for these, and I am looking forward to pressing them and getting them all cut up.  I really hope this project turns out as awesome as I see it in my own head.


Y'all shared some awesome stuff at last week's party.  Check out this awesome quilt by Melva Loves Scraps.  I love the quilt AND the scenery!


Sandra at mmm! quilts showed off this sweet finish.  What a lovely color palette!


And check out the yummy quilting texture on this gorgeous quilt by Liz at Savor Every Stitch.  So amazing!


Fantastic!  I can't wait to see what you're working on this week.  Let's get our party on!

1You 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, May 1, 2019

Fruit Punch Scraps and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Between a couple of doctor's appointments, baseball, and general procrastination, I actually haven't sewn a single stitch since last week's party.  It's not that I haven't wanted to, it's just that I have really had a tough time deciding what to do with my next three scrap jars.


I had a vision in my head for these colors and even held out a few berry scraps from my last quilt to make it happen, but I couldn't seem to get it quite right when I sketched it out.  Until I'm sure that I'm heading in a direction I like, I just can't get started.  So, I've changed my plan a little bit and finally got them all sorted and ready to go.  Tomorrow, I'll start sewing them up!

Instead, enjoy a few extra highlights from last week's party!  Vasudha from Storied Quilts shared this stunner.


Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts linked up this super cute pineapple quilt.  Check out those prairie points!


This fresh table runner is by Vicki's Crafts and Quilting.


This pretty quilt in shades of purple is by Micki at 2 Dogs Studio.


Check out the gorgeous quilting on this quilt by Anja Quilts.


And finally, I am completely in awe of this bridge block designed and shared by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.


Okay friends!  Let's party!

1You 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 24, 2019

Princess Sugar Pie

Well friends, though this quilt certainly hasn't been one of my favorites to work on because I'm not a huge fan of pink, this one grew on me a little bit.  The best part though, is that with this quilt, two more of my scrap jars have been completely emptied.


I went around and around with myself about how to quilt it.  There was a big part of me that just wanted to stipple it to be finished, but deep down I knew that a quilt this sweet would be perfect with an allover floral motif.


I decided to keep the blooms large and flowing, and they almost have a "doodling" quality to them, which really works great with the colors in the quilt.  I love how the quilting shows up so well against the solid panels on the back.


For the backing, I used this awesome Alison Glass print from the Sun Print 2016 collection, and widened it out with pieces of Kona Lavender and Kona Bright Pink.  While I was piecing my scraps, I got down to the very end and originally worried that I wouldn't have enough for a little bit of improv on the back.  This little improv piece was ALL I had leftover for the backing, and I love the little pop of fun that ties the quilt together.


The deep Kona Purple binding creates such a nice frame for the quilt, and overall, it tones down the brightness of the pinks a little bit.


A quilt this sugary requires a super sweet name, and I decided to have a little fun with it.  Princess Sugar Pie is about the most precious name I could come up with, and I think it suits this quilt perfectly.

Before we get to the highlights from last week's party, I owe you two giveaway winners!  Janie, comment number 56, is the winner of the Butterfly Jewel 2.5" strip pack from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  And Laura, comment number 36, is the winner of the $25 gift certificate from LouLou's Fabric Shop.  Congrats, ladies!  Thanks to all who entered, and a BIG thanks to my fantastic sponsors.  Giveaways are so much fun, and I couldn't do it without them.




Okay then, time to bring on the eye candy from last week!  This quilt by Lori at Crossquilt is so cute I can barely stand it!


These aqua flowering snowball blocks by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color are just scrumptious.


And this quilt, by Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook is so fresh and airy.  Love it!


Alright, y'all!  Time to show what you've been working on this week.  Let's link up!

1You 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 17, 2019

Super Sweet and NTT

Around here, we are squarely in the time of year that we refer to in my family as "tassel season."  If you're familiar with Red Oak trees, you know that just as the leaves emerge in the spring, they drop pollen filled tassels, and they cover everything, including my deck.  Throw in a good rain, and those tassels stick together into big, icky clumps.  Which means that quilt photos become more difficult until we can get them cleaned up, because the last things I want on my newly finished quilt top are pollen and oak tassels.  All of this is to say that taking this photo of my latest quilt was an adventure, especially since I had to solicit the help of my wild thing (hence the feet and head in the photo).


Okay, so it's no secret that I'm not a pink girl.  If I had to pick a least favorite color, pink would definitely be it.  I do like purple and berry tones though, and as I was going through my scraps for my giant color wheel project, I realized that I had lots of scraps that were right on the line between pink and purple.  So, it just made sense to tackle the pink and purple jars together to give all of those hybrid pink/purple fabrics a good home.

Though I am happy with the way this turned out overall, there are definitely quilts that I've made that I like better.  I'm sure it will grow on me as I finish it, but the color palette is just verrrrry sweet, much more so than my usual project.  

Last week's party was filled with awesomeness, as usual.  Check out this Pickle Dish quilt by Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic!


This Somerset quilt is by Shannon at The Flemings Nine, and she is releasing it as a brand new pattern.


Look at this adorable monster quilt, made by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts, along with her son's 4-H group!


And finally, this woodland-themed baby quilt is by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts is so cute!



Y'all are fantastic!  Let's party, friends!

1You 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 16, 2019

April Deals and TWO Giveaways!

Happy April, friends!  Spring is in full swing around here, and it is so refreshing to see all of the bright green new leaves and vibrant pink Dogwood blooms opening up right now.  These cheery colors are everywhere, and it really makes me want to grab a happy bundle of fabrics and make something fun.  Even if spring hasn't sprung yet in your area, you can still get ready to welcome it with some fresh fabrics and amazing deals.  This post also contains two giveaways, so let's get down to business!

Over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, they have mastered the art of putting together gorgeous bundles to reflect every season and occasion.  These bundles are perfectly color coordinated, and great if you want them for a specific project, or even just for stash building.



            Fort Worth Fabric Studio









The Purple Pushover fabrics are so much fun, and the Jammin bundle is perfect if you're looking to pump up your purple stash!



         










Right now at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, you can also get these luscious Butterfly Jewel 2.5" Strippies Packs on sale for $19.95.


Fort Worth Fabric Studio is also sponsoring the first giveaway of the day!  One lucky US winner will receive a pack of these vibrant strips.











At Lady Belle Fabric, they're still doing a shop clean-out, so their Last Chance section is still going strong.  I love popping in there every now and then to see goodies that I may have missed before that I can't find anywhere else, like this Aria bundle by Kate Spain.


Since lots of the fabrics in this section are out of print, once these deals are gone, they're gone forever, so don't miss out!









I'm also crushing on this Behind the Scenes bundle by Jen Kingwell (also in the Last Chance section).  It's such a beautiful selection of neutrals.



Lady Belle Fabric
At Shabby Fabrics, they're celebrating the season with lots of fun decor.  They have tons of monthly clubs with wall hangings, table runners, door hangers, mug rugs...you name it!  
Each monthly design is super cute, and perfect for adding just a little seasonal touch to your home.  My favorite of their clubs though, is the Year in Words pillow club.
If you're new to appliqué, Shabby Fabrics has you covered.  All of the appliqué shapes come pre-fused and laser cut for precision.  All you have to do is iron them down and stitch them into place.  Easy peasy!
If you're not into seasonal decor or appliqué, that's okay!  Shabby Fabrics still has lots for you.  They have a wide selection of yardage, kits, and notions for every taste.  
I love this fun bundle of Pom Poms and Stripes prints from the Tula Pink All Stars collection.
          Shabby Fabrics




And finally, LouLou's Fabric Shop has plenty of amazing things going on.  I always love to check out their weekly LouLou Bundle for some project inspiration and they never disappoint.




LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Did you know that LouLou's Fabric Shop also has a gift section?  It's the perfect place to find quilting or sewing related gifts for your quilty BFF.  Check out these cool Rustic Ceramic Button coasters.  They're so unique!  Everything in this section is priced to be wallet-friendly, which means you can surprise your quilty friends with little happys anytime!
Next week, LouLou's is launching a BIG spring sale, but I have an early bird code just for you!  Use the code happyspring for 20% off your entire order!  This code is good through this Friday!
LouLou's is also sponsoring the final giveaway of the day.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to spend in the shop on anything you choose!
To enter both giveaways, leave a single comment on this post, and then head over to these amazing shops to take advantage of the amazing things happening right now.

If you are not in the US, please let me know!  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 if necessary.


Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners at NEXT week's NTT (April 24th).  Happy shopping and good luck!  :)

This giveaway has now ended.  Thanks to all who entered.  I'll announce the winners at today's NTT!


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