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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rain, Rain Go Away

Happy NTT, friends!  I've finished up my latest quilt, but I love it so much that I can't bear to share it with icky indoor photos.  This quilt deserves some sunshine, and luckily it looks like the weather for the next few days will oblige.  So for now, you just get a little sneak peek!


Why yes, that IS wood grain quilting!  And yes, I absolutely love it.  Be on the lookout for the full reveal very soon.

Before we get to last week's highlights, I owe you two winners from my January sponsor post.  The winner of the cute wool appliqué mug rug kit from Shabby Fabrics is Susan, comment number 31.  The winner of the cute heron scissors from Fort Worth Fabric Studio is Nikki, comment number 33.  Congrats you two.  I'll be emailing you soon so you can get your prizes.



Last week, y'all partied while I was teaching in Houston, and I loved looking through all of the eye-candy while sitting in the airport.  By the way, I posted a few photos from my class on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to check them out.  I'm My Quilt Infatuation on both platforms.

Speaking of teaching, I only have ONE open month in 2018, and that's April!  So, if your guild is looking for a fun, unique workshop where you can bust through some serious scraps, contact me ASAP to reserve your spot!

At last week's party, Jayne at Twiggy and Opal shared this fun, scrappy Drunkard's Path scrapbuster.  


Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework linked up this rainbow postage stamp beauty.  What a stunner!


Karen at Karen's Quilting shared her finished Good Fortune Quilt top.  I love how the warm and cool colors play in this quilt-


And Alison at Little Bunny Quilts showed off this Blocked Rainbow quilt.  Those colors just sing against that black background!


Okay, y'all!  Time to show me what you've got 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, January 16, 2019

Simplicity With Flair

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I'm happy to report that after sewing up a mountain of green and gray scraps, I've turned them into this finished quilt top.


One of the things I love best about using the structured improv methods from my book Stash Statement is that even the simplest patterns are given a little extra pop when they're made with lots of scrappy goodness.  My book contains twelve original quilt patterns, but when I wrote it, I definitely wanted to teach a technique that could be applied beyond those twelve.  As far as patterns go, this strip quilt couldn't be any more basic, but when made with scraps, looking at it is like a little treasure hunt.

If stash-busting is one of your resolutions, my book is a great place to start!  Check it out HERE!


I used Kona Bone in the background, and the creamy white keeps the palette very soft and natural, even though some of the greens are very vibrant.  I'm traveling to teach in Houston this week (in fact, as you read this, I'm already there), but when I get back, finishing this one is first on the agenda.

Last week's party was so awesome!  I can't help but share this Classic Meets Modern quilt by Lori at Crossquilt.    It is made with Allison Glass modern batiks and it is just stunning!!!!  She improv pieced the backing, and you definitely need to head to her post to check it out.  


Something Rosemade also linked up her Classic Meets Modern quilt.  It is just amazing how different fabrics give the quilt an entirely different look.  



If you're a regular reader, you know that the CMM quilt along was a block of the month sampler that I hosted last year.  You can find the pattern HERE, and you can see the other finishes HERE (including my second one).

This beauty is by Liz at Savor Every Stitch-


I love the boldness of this minimal quarter log cabin quilt by Indigo Threads-



This modern fans quilt is by Shelley at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts-



And finally, this lovely modern medallion quilt is by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty-


Okie dokie, friends!  Let's get our party started!

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, January 15, 2019

January Sponsor News and Giveaways

Well friends, we are halfway through the first month of 2019, and for me, January epitomizes the doldrums of winter.  The holidays have passed, but spring is still a long way off.  As far as I'm concerned, there's no better way to beat the winter blues than by taking advantage of some great fabric sales and getting plenty of time at my sewing machine.  To help you conquer the cold, I've rounded up all of the happenings at my favorite shops on the web, and there are even a couple of giveaways this month, so read on!


First up is Shabby Fabrics.  At Shabby Fabrics, they not only have tons of great fabrics year round, they also have some of the cutest seasonal projects around.  These little projects are perfect if you don't like to decorate your whole house for each season, but want just a little touch here and there.

This Snowman Lane wool appliqué kit is so whimsical and fun, and a perfect compliment to a winter tabletop.  Check out all of the details HERE.


             Shabby Fabrics



Shabby Fabrics also has a great new series if a table runner seems too ambitious.  Their wool appliqué mug rugs are an easy way to dip your toes into the technique.  I love that this is not a club with a commitment for the year.  Instead you can just purchase the kits each month as you like.

Just look at the adorable January design.  Each kit makes two mug rugs, and if you're still unsure about it, Shabby Fabrics has even put together a video tutorial to help you along.

You can find the January mug rug kit HERE, and their tutorial video HERE.

Shabby Fabrics is generously giving away one of these cute mug rug kits to a lucky reader.  Hooray!





At Lady Belle Fabrics, there are lots of great things going on.  Did you know that Lady Belle has recently launched their longarm quilting services?  Brooke at Lady Belle quilted my Farmhouse Charm quilt beautifully, and I know she would love to quilt something for you as well.  Take a look at all of your options HERE.

In their fabric shop, there are always deals to be found, along with beautiful new arrivals like Maureen Cracknell's Sun Kissed collection.  Just gorgeous!

If you're a low-volume lover, Lady Belle has the perfect club for you!  Their Little Whispers fat quarter club contains ten beautifully curated fat quarters each month, so you'll never run out of low volume staples.  Find all of the details HERE.
Lady Belle Fabric
LouLou's Fabric Shop is here to help you get a jump start on your Valentine's sewing with some sweet fabrics, and an even sweeter deal.
Just use the code Valentine for 15% off of your entire order (excluding sale products).
LouLou’s Fabric Shop
If you're a real deal hunter, you know that shopping off-season is the best way to get amazing prices.  
So, if you're looking to build up your Christmas stash for next year, LouLou's also has ALL Christmas yardage on sale right now.
Last, but certainly not least is Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  At FWFS, they're having a sale on the Sunnyside Up collection by Corey Yoder, including all kits, bundles, precuts, and yardage.  I just love these fresh colors and prints.
You don't need a coupon to take advantage of this deal.  Just head over HERE before January 22nd, because that's when the sale expires.
            Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Also at FWFS, check out these gorgeous heron and guitar embroidery scissors!  The rainbow coloring and fun design are a perfect way to add a little flair to the mundane task of snipping threads.  You can find them HERE.


               


Fort Worth Fabric Studio is sponsoring the second giveaway of the day, and generously offering a pair of heron embroidery scissors to one lucky US winner.


I hope I've given you some fun ways to fight the frosty weather.  Before you go, take a minute to leave a single comment on this post to enter the two giveaways.  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 (January 23rd).

This giveaway has now ended.  Thanks to all who entered!

Stay warm, and happy shopping! 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taming the Beast

Every summer, I usually make it my mission to empty my scrap jars.  Although I did complete a few scrappy projects in the summer of 2018, for a few different reasons, I didn't do the big clear-out as usual.  I've just been sewing with reckless abandon; largely ignoring the fact that the lids on most of my jars are too full to close completely.  Well, 'tis the season to start fresh, so before I make another quilt, the scrap beast must be tamed.


I decided to pull out all of my greens and grays, along with just a little bit of metallic gold sparkle, and sew them together using the improv piecing methods from my book, Stash Statement.  I just need to make one more panel, and then I have a fun plan to cut them up and turn them into something really special.  The cloudy, inside photo isn't showing the color very well, but these greens are so fresh and vibrant, and the gray gives them a little extra modern edge.

It feels so great to finally begin using up the mountain of scraps in my jars.  I can't wait to show you what they'll become!

Last week's party was fantastic!  Clearly, we're all off to a running start in 2019.  This pretty quilt is by Shannon at The Flemings Nine-


Prairie Charm Quilts linked up this cute and cheery triangle quilt, and in her post she shows several other quilt beauties-


And Vasudha at Storied Quilts shared this stunning Spiral Nova quilt.  In her post, you can see the lineup of her best quilts of 2018-


Okay, ya'll!  Let's make the second party of 2019 as great as the first.  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, January 2, 2019

Hello, 2019!

Happy New Year to you!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday.  Mine was great, and very busy.  My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on December 18th, and decided to take a little trip before Christmas.  Altogether, our anniversary getaway, plus two family Christmas celebrations spanned twelve days.  During that time, we traveled through seven different states, and covered 2,100 miles!  As wonderful as it was, there's no place like home, and after being away for that long it feels soooo good to sleep in your own bed.

Since getting back a few days ago, I've just been catching my breath a little bit while getting my Christmas decorations put away and watching plenty of football.  I've really missed my sewing machine, and now that everything is back to normal (and my neck is feeling better, hooray!), I can start on a new project.  So, no project photos from me today, but plenty of eye candy from last week's party!

Jayne at Twiggy and Opal shared this amazing modern quilt-


Anja Quilts shared this cute baby quilt finish-


And this fun quilt is by Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook-


I hope you've had a little more sewing time than I have lately.  It's time to link up your latest projects!

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!  :)




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