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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Last Pattern Holdouts and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  This week has been spent at the computer rather than the sewing machine.  I'm entering the home stretch of preparing my manuscript to be sent off to my publisher, which is happening within the next couple of weeks.  I also took a few days to add cover photos to the final two patterns that I've been sitting on for awhile.  The first one is my Rock Candy pattern-


I finished this quilt and pattern last summer and right after they were complete, my world went a little sideways.  My mother-in-law passed away, we got a new puppy, and then we moved to a new house, all in succession.  Getting the pattern released was shoved to the back burner for awhile, but I am so glad that it is finally ready for you!  The graceful geometric pattern is simple yet striking, and though it has a great curvy illusion, it is achieved with all basic, straight piecing.

The second release for today (and for awhile) is the Veranda pattern, which is a much more recent quilt finish.


Though the quilt was finished just a couple of weeks ago, the pattern was actually designed and partially written over two years ago, and I'm glad it's not hidden away any longer.  This pattern has an elegant feel, and I think it's perfect for larger-scale prints.  The interlocking tile and flower shapes are really unique, and though this one looks tough, it really isn't.  This one just requires basic, straight piecing techniques as well.

Each pattern is written for lap, twin, and queen sizes, and as with all of my patterns full-color illustrations and detailed instructions are provided for each step.  Cutting diagrams are included as well.  You can find these two patterns in my Etsy shop HERE, and I hope you'll take a look!

Last week's party was fantastic (as always).  Just look at this stunner by Kris at Sew Sunshine- (ps- there are a few others in her post that you definitely don't want to miss)!


Rita at Quiltpiecer shared this fun Halloween quilt.  So cute!  The weather has turned a little cooler here and I'm so happy Fall is on its way.


And just look at these sweet clamshells and butterflies by Rebecca Grace Quilting (formerly Cheeky Cognoscenti).  Love it!


Y'all are amazing, friends!  I can't wait to see what you're working on this week. I'll be at my computer a lot until I get my manuscript (and quilts) sent off, so I'll have to live vicariously through the pretty projects you're creating instead.  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 within your 
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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 16, 2020

Two New Pattern Releases and NTT

 Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week, I have finally gotten two (long overdue) patterns ready for release.  They were all finished and just waiting for cover photography!  First is my Pocket Full of Posies pattern, which uses fat quarters with very little waste.  I originally made this quilt and finished the pattern this spring, and this sweet pattern is lots of fun to put together.    


My second pattern release is Moroccan Star.  Though I just finished the quilt a few weeks ago, I actually wrote the pattern for this one in April 2019.  Yikes!  It was definitely time to make this quilt and get the pattern out into the world.


These two patterns are available in my Etsy shop HERE, and I hope you'll check them out.

Last week's party was packed with awesomeness, like this finish by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework-


I love this cheerful beauty by Sew Yummy!


And Allison at New Every Morning linked up this pretty quilt-

Okay. y'all!  Let's link up the fabulous things you have going on in your studio!

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 within your 
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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, September 15, 2020

September Sponsor Highlights!

Hey there, y'all!  It's the middle of a new month, and that means it's time to fill you in on the latest happenings from my favorite shops on the web.  



So, let's kick things off with LouLou's Fabric Shop!  Autumn is in the air, and it really shows in their latest LouLou bundle!  These earthy shades are perfect for welcoming cool, crisp air.  They showcase a brand new LouLou bundle every Tuesday, and when they're gone, they're gone. so don't wait!


               LouLou’s Fabric Shop










They also have TONS of new holiday kits being added to the shop.  You know the holidays are coming up fast, and now is the time to get cracking on those gifts!










Shabby Fabrics is also ready to help you get your holiday sewing done.  Take a look at this adorable Noel sampler sew along!  This quilt is made using the fabric and stocking panels from the Better Not Pout collection by Nancy Halvorsen, but what makes it special is the way the fabric is used.  It's so cute and unique!  The sew along starts soon, so head over HERE to reserve your kit and sign up!


              Shabby Fabrics





If you're not quite ready to tackle holiday projects, but are ready to welcome cooler weather with some warm colors, Lady Belle has you covered.  Check out this Terrakotta fabric bundle by Art Gallery Fabrics. These fabrics are soft and warm, and make me think of apple cider.


             Lady Belle Fabric









And check out the coordinated solid bundle.  Definitely snuggle-worthy!  I love that Lady Belle often has curated bundles of solids to round out their bundles.  It eliminates the guesswork!















Finally, let's jump over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio, where there are plenty of great seasonal fabrics and projects for Halloween and Fall.  Take a look at this Halloween bundle for a fun mystery quilt.  The sew along begins on September 28th, so you still have time to participate!  You can find it HERE.










If Thanksgiving sewing is on your mind, then you need the Give Thanks fabric bundle.  These fabrics would be perfect for any holiday table or anywhere in your home!


                         Fort Worth Fabric Studio




Okay, friends!  It's time to take a few minutes to browse these amazing shops for yourself.  I promise you won't regret it.  Happy shopping!



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Veranda and NTT

Happy Needle and Thursday, y'all!  It has been a super busy week around here.  My father-in-law got all moved into his new house, and we are so happy to have him just 15 minutes away.  Considering that he was previously almost 600 miles from us, that is quite an improvement.  We've been over there helping him unpack and get settled, but during the time I've been home, I was able to baste, quilt, and bind my latest quilt.  And here she is!


I'm naming this quilt Veranda, and yes!  I will be releasing a pattern for it.  I need to buckle down and finish up several patterns that are basically complete and just missing cover graphics, but I can't help but choose my sewing machine over my computer most days.  I'm planning some serious computer time to get those done this week.


I quilted Veranda with an allover paisley motif, which looks like scattered flower petals to me.  I think it fits the floral fabrics so nicely and adds plenty of amazing texture.


Since I used many more prints than I really needed in this quilt, I had lots of leftovers, and I put them to great use on the back of the quilt.  I used Kona Pond from my stash to finish off the backing, and I love the way the quilting shows up against it.


I opted to use even more leftovers to create a scrappy binding.  Scrappy bindings are the way to go if you want the binding to blend right into the quilt without creating an obvious frame around it.  Plus, using more scraps for the binding also means that I had only a few pieces of fabric to add to my scrap jars.  Yay!

Okay, friends!  Before we link up, take a look at these amazing projects that caught my eye from last week.  This lovely quilt top is by Gretchen's Little Corner-


Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking linked up this amazingly curvy quilt-


Margo at MY Quilts and Crafts shared her progress on this fantastic modern quilt-


This quilt by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal is subdued but striking-



And this string heart quilt was linked up by That Fabric Feeling-


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 within your 
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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 2, 2020

Waiting For the Right Fabrics and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I have a brand new quilt top to share with you today, and I am so very excited about it.  I designed this pattern over two years ago and at the time, I had a very specific feel in mind for this quilt.  I really wanted the fabrics to have a certain vibe, and I couldn't immediately find a collection that felt right.  So, the pattern stayed in my design folder where I kind of forgot about it for awhile.


When I saw the 365 Fifth Avenue collection by Bari J, I started thinking about a quilt pattern for them, and when I stumbled across this one in my design folder, I knew right away it would be a perfect marriage of fabric and pattern.  Now that the quilt top is all put together, it's clear that it was totally worth the two year wait.

This is move-in week for my father-in-law, so helping him get all settled will be my priority for the next week, but I'm going to get this quilt finished as soon as I can.  After two years, what's another week, right?

Before we party, check out the highlights from last week.  This quilt by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting is so lovely.  I can't resist a quilt photographed in a beautiful setting.


This rainbow beauty is by Julie's Quilts and Costumes-


Sandra at mmm! Quilts showed off this fun quilt-


And Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts linked up this sweet baby quilt-


Okay, y'all!  I can't wait to see what you're working on this week.  It's time to 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 within your 
    post.  
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, August 26, 2020

Needle and Thread Thursday Time!

 Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I got my new fabric bundle this week (365 Fifth Avenue by Bari J), and though I love it as it is, I needed a few more fabrics for the quilt I'm planning, so I added some blenders from my stash to round it out and give the eye a few more places to rest amongst the florals.

Sometimes I work on a quilt by sewing one complete block at a time, but more often than not, I sew the smaller units for the entire quilt first (HST, snowball corners, flying geese, etc.), and then the blocks go together in a flash.  It doesn't make pretty progress photos to sew that way, but I find it much more efficient for me.  So, let's just say that I've been a snowball cornering fool these past couple of days, and I can't wait until I can show you something prettier!

My sewing has been in fits and spurts this week, because besides being glued to hurricane coverage (which is what happens when you grow up on the Gulf coast and still have tons of family there), we're getting very close to welcoming my father-in-law to Tennessee (from Texas).  He purchased a house about 15-20 minutes from us, and we could not be more thrilled to have him so close.  Much of my time lately has been spent at his home while it has been painted, carpets cleaned, etc., getting it all ready for his move-in next week!

Before we get to the highlights from last week's party.  I owe you two winners from my August sponsor post, generously supplied by Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Comments 62 (Karrin) and 12 (Jocelyn) are this month's winners!  Congrats, ladies!

                         

Okay!  Now that we've taken care of business, check out the highlights from last week's party!  Myra at Busy Hands Quilts shared this sweet quilt-


Andree at Quilting and Learning showed off this little quilt.  I love the texture!


Anja Quilts shared this fun quilt finish-


And finally, Tubakk at Den syende himmel showed these TWO versions of her epic hexie quilt.  Just gorgeous!


Alright, y'all!  What's happening in your sewing space these days? Let's link it 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 within your 
    post.  
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, August 19, 2020

Finding Inspiration and NTT

Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  There are definitely ups and downs to being a one-project-at-a-time girl, and this week, the downside has come into sharp focus.  Most times, I have my next quilt idea all figured out before I even finish my current one, but there are times (like right now) that I don't, and with no other projects in the works to give me a spark, I've been at a sewing standstill.  My usual fallback for these times is to pull from my scrap jars, but I completely emptied those with my Strata Squared finish a few weeks ago.  So, onto another strategy, new fabric!  

There was a time when I purchased bundle after bundle and made quilts from single collections all the time.  These days, I prefer to mix my own fabrics and palettes and work from my stash as much as I possibly can (not knocking either method, by the way).  I've actually been doing a pretty good job of keeping my fabric habit under control, and my stash is getting noticeably smaller, which is a good thing. That being said, a new fabric collection that I really love almost always gives me the creative jolt I need, and this 365 Fifth Avenue collection by Bari J is oh so luscious (photo courtesy of Lady Belle Fabrics).

I'll mix in a few more blender fabrics from my stash, because I just can't help myself, but just like that, I already have a plan for these, and it's going to be awesome.  What do you do when your inspiration is lacking? How do you pull yourself out of a sewing slump?

One great way to get lots of inspiration is by browsing others' projects.  Whether it's through blog links or Instagram, the web is a treasure trove of eye candy, and last week's party had some great links, like this flag quilt shared by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-

And this quilt by Sew Yummy is a stunner with that black background-

This penguin quilt by Anja Quilts is just adorable!

Carole at Fresh Off the Frame linked up this cute little quilt-

This scrappy beauty is by Linda at kokaquilts-

And finally, I love this quilt by Sew Preeti Quilts-

Okay, friends!  Let's get this party going!

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 within your 
    post.  
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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