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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

All Packing...No Sewing

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Well, we are supposed to close on our new home in two short weeks, which means that fast and furious packing is happening day and night.  Since I knew that sewing would be impossible, my studio was the first room I finished.  It makes me a little sad to see it in this state, but pretty soon it will be in my new house!


Before we get to last week's party highlights, I owe you four different giveaway winners!  Chris, comment number 13 is the winner of the gift certificate from Lady Belle Fabric, and Darlene, Lori, and Nancy, comments 13, 7, and 11 are the winners of the cute Halloween napkin sets from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Congrats, ladies!  I have emailed you so that you can get your prizes!  :)



 

Last week's party was amazing!  Take a look at this stunning X+ quilt by Anne at Springleaf Studios-


This textured twist finish is by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal-


This scrappy beauty is by Sew Preeti Quilts-


This festive jelly roll quilt is by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Check out this pretty sawtooth star quilt by Linda at kokaquilts-


And finally, I am loving this Metro Rings quilt by Gretchen's Little Corner-



Okay friends, it's time to help a girl out.  It's time to link up your latest quilty projects.  Oh, and if you wouldn't mind, while you're sewing this week, send some good vibes my way for efficient packing, because it is a monumental job.  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!  :)

*NTT will be taking a two week break while I pack and move to our new home.  I'll see you on 11/20!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Adding To the Madness

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  As if things weren't busy enough with our new puppy, we have thrown another huge change into the mix.  We are moving in a few weeks!  I'm not usually a glutton for punishment, but when the perfect house comes along, you just have to jump on it.

So, needless to say, the roller coaster that is my life right now isn't slowing down anytime soon.  And until everything settles down a little bit, my days will be filled with packing and puppy-minding instead of sewing.  While I won't be sewing for a little while, I still LOVE keeping my inspiration fueled by browsing all of the awesome projects you link up.  In fact, it's my favorite way to wind down my day before going to sleep at night.  Take a look at some of my favorites from last week's party.

Yvonne at Sew Yummy linked up this bit of vibrant, scrappy awesomeness.


Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook shared this sweet baby quilt.


And this amazing quilt is by Soma at Whims and Fancies.


Alrighty friends!  I'm looking to YOU to help me keep my creativity going, and I'm going to live vicariously through your quilty victories, so bring them 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!  :)




Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October Sales and Awesome Giveaways!

Happy fall, y'all!  There is definitely a chill in the air, and this is the time I really get busy thinking about sewing lots of snuggly things.  I have rounded up the best sales and happenings from my favorite shops on the web, so let's get down to business.





First up is Fort Worth Fabric Studio where there's always lots going on.  Brand new in the shop is the Rose Lane collection by Riley Blake.  I love these fresh, sweet colors in these fabrics.











Also, the Cat Happy collection is on mega-sale right now through October 29th, so don't miss out.  These are such great neutral prints!









Fort Worth Fabric Studio is sponsoring the first giveaway of the day, with a spooky vibe!  THREE different (US only) winners will receive a set of these fun Bone Appetit napkin sets.  They're sure to add an extra creepy touch to any Halloween gathering.


             Fort Worth Fabric Studio




Over at Shabby Fabrics, they celebrate the holidays and seasons in a big way!  Check out the Eek!  Spooks!  stuffed pumpkin kit.  The single kit makes all seven pumpkins and they are super fun.





If you're already looking ahead to Christmas (and really, who isn't?) take a look at The Joy of Christmas Block of the Month.  Everything is all laser cut and pre-fused for you, so you just have to iron it down and stitch into place.  It's starting this month, so hurry over!


         Shabby Fabrics








At LouLou's Fabric Shop, they've got a perfectly curated fabric bundle for every style.  With Halloween coming up next week, I love this Bats and Cats bundle.














And if cute, quirky Christmas is your jam, LouLou's has this Eat, Drink and be Ugly bundle on sale right now!




LouLou’s Fabric Shop
And last, but certainly not least is Lady Belle Fabric.  Over at Lady Belle, folks in the US can take advantage of free shipping with the code freeship.  This shop is also a great place to take advantage of elegantly curated bundles, like this gorgeous one called Autumn Feels.  I love that these fabrics definitely look like fall, but are a little more subtle.

Lady Belle Fabric








Listen up, Tula Troops!  If you're looking for the new Monkey Wrench collection, look no further-  Lady Belle has plenty in stock.






Lady Belle Fabric is also sponsoring the final giveaway for today.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to spend any way you choose!






To enter all of the giveaways, just leave a single comment on this post, and then hop over to these fantastic shops to take advantage of these amazing deals.

Since one of today's giveaways is only open to US residents, please be sure to let me know if you're international.  Don't forget 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 (October 30th).  Happy shopping and good luck!  :)


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Needle and Thread Thursday

Happy NTT, friends!  Well, another week of puppy chasing has been going down around here, so no sewing from me.  My original plan for that luscious stack of fabric I showed last week was a little complicated, including the cutting, so I have just shied away from it since I can't really spend lots of time on it at once.  So, I'm trying to come up with a much easier pattern for those fabrics, because I really want to cut into them.  I need something that will be easy to do in 10-15 minute spurts.

With no personal sewing progress to show, let's get right down to the highlights from last week's party, and my goodness!  There were SO many awesome things shared.  Take a look at this gorgeous quilt linked up by Vasudha at Storied Quilts.


Linda at Flourishing Palms sewed up a storm this week.  She shared this colorful beauty, plus several more in her post!


This fun quilt is by Cynthia Brunz Designs.  I love all of the pretty purples!


This beautiful and unique quilt is by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts.


And Jayne at Twiggy and Opal keeps finding new and inventive ways to show off her amazing textured twist technique!


Okay, y'all!  It's time to party.  I can't wait to see what you have going on this week!

PS- NTT will be taking a break next week for fall break.  I'll catch you on two weeks, on 10/23!

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, October 2, 2019

Accomplishments and NTT

Sometimes in life, accomplishments are measured in vastly different ways.  For the past several days, the measure of my personal success has had nothing to do with my sewing machine, and all about keeping my curtains and the legs of my furniture chew-free.


On Saturday, we welcomed a brand new member of our family.  He is an 11 week old Boxer puppy, and we have named him Finn.  Let me tell you, it doesn't take long to fall in love with a puppy, and after losing our last Boxer last year, it took awhile, but we were finally ready for another one.  But, goodness!  At this age, they are so. much. work.  Between chewing and housebreaking, we have to have eyes on him every second.  He is a smart little guy and learns quickly, and I know it will all be worth it, but I really am looking forward to getting back into my studio.


I have this stack of beauties pulled and all ready for my next project... if I could just get to it!  :)  Until then, I'll have to sneak inspiration from all of your awesome links.  Sophie at Luna Lovequilts linked up this gorgeous quilt last week-


Vasudha at Storied Quilts shared this pretty, wavy quilt-


And Susan at Quilt Fabrication showed off this fun, Halloween inspired quilt.  So fun!


Thanks for keeping me in the quilting loop while I have to be away from my sewing machine friends.  I can't wait to see what you have going on this week!

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, September 25, 2019

Leftovers and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  One of my favorite ways to keep my scraps in check is to set aside some of my leftovers when I make a quilt, and immediately sew them up into a preemie quilt to donate to our local children's hospital.  It always feels great to finish something fast and simple, and I love not having to add lots of fabric to my scrap jars.  Otherwise, they can fill up in a hurry!  Such is the case with this little quilt-


These scraps were from the Seafaring quilt I made for my son, with the addition of a little bit of Kona Navy for some extra depth.  I just took all of my leftover strip pieces and cut them to a consistent 6.5" to create this little quilt, measuring 36" square.


In general, I had larger cuts of my yellows for his quilt, so naturally, I had more of those scraps left.  So for the back of this one, I used a strip of yellow scraps with some orphan block pieces, and widened it out with some Kona Steel from my stash.  I also had a piece of Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in Denim which was just perfect for the binding.  This little quilt will join my sweet Amy Butler leftovers quilt for donation soon!  As the mom of a former preemie who was in the NICU for 5 weeks at birth, it always makes me happy to donate these.

It also makes me happy to see all of the awesomeness that y'all link up week after week.  Last week's party was no exception!  Jayne at Twiggy and Opal shared this sun-drenched baby quilt.


Look at this fantastically cool quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine-


And this quilt by Linda at Flourishing Palms is an absolute stunner!


Right now, life circumstances have hindered my will to take on more complicated projects, but let me tell you, I LOVE browsing all of the amazing things you're creating week after week.  Y'all are super-awesome, so let's get down to it.

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, September 18, 2019

Homecoming and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week has been such a blast for me, because I traveled down to Baton Rouge, LA to teach the Remember Me Quilt Guild.  In fact, I just got home this afternoon.  We worked on improv piecing scraps with the Detour quilt from my book, Stash Statement.  Take a look at the original quilt from the book-


This is actually the first time I've taught in my hometown, and the church where the class was held is literally minutes from the house where I grew up.  We had such a good time that several ladies ended up leaving before I realized we hadn't gotten a group photo.  Oops!


It is always amazing to see how the variety of scraps and background fabric choices make such a huge difference in the feel of the finished quilt.  Each one is unique, and they are all beautiful!  That's one of the greatest things about this technique.


Usually, I teach and present my trunk shows on two consecutive days (or even sometimes in a single day), but since I was visiting my parents and grandparents as well, having the class on a Saturday and presenting my trunk show on Tuesday night at their regular meeting was no problem.  My mom and I did a little shopping, hit some of my favorite restaurants, and had a grand time.  Those extra days gave a couple of ladies the chance to really get busy on their Detour quilts-


and one super efficient person even finished her ENTIRE quilt between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening!  Amazing!


It is great to be back home with my husband and son, but if I have to be away, my hometown sure is a great spot to travel!  If your guild would like to learn a fun and EASY technique to tackle those scraps (I know we all have them!), just send me an email using the Email Me button on my right sidebar.  I still have plenty of availability in 2020, but it's filling up.  And, be sure to use the button at the top of my left sidebar to check out my book, Stash Statement, for yourself!

Before we get to last week's party highlights, I owe you FOUR winners from my September sponsor post.  First, the winner of the $25 gift certificate is comment number 11, Lee.  The winner of the cute wooly mug rug kit from Shabby Fabrics is comment number 50, Pamela.  The winners of the two cute charm packs from Fort Worth Fabric Studio are Kathy and Danette, comments 16 and 7.  Congratulations to all!  I sent emails to you this afternoon so you can get your prizes.  :)


Last week's party was awesome!  This cheery quilt is by Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts-


These soft Ohio Stars are by Alison at Little Bunny Quilts-


And this pinwheel stunner is by Leanne at Devoted Quilter, and it's featured in Make Modern magazine!


Wow!  I'm a little travel weary from driving home today, but I know that browsing all of your beauties will perk me up.  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!  :)




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