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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Positive Signs and NTT

Oh. My. Goodness!  Somebody send me some wood so I can start building an ark over here.  We just cannot seem to get away from the rain for more than two or three days at a time, and this has been going on since the fall.  We did have two glorious days of sunshine this weekend and my parents were in town visiting, so my dad and hubs held up my latest quilt for some great photos.


I'm calling this one Positive Signs.  Obviously the crosses/plusses helped me decide on the name, but also, this is my first quilt finish after some pretty major life upheaval, and it feels so wonderful to be back in my studio.


All of my leftovers for this quilt (and there were a LOT after my cutting mishap) went onto the back, and I think the varied width of the strips make this really fun.


This quilt was finished with a nice, easy stipple, and I absolutely loved doing it.  There's just something about the smooth, gentle curves that is relaxing, especially when I have awesome music playing.


When cutting up my leftovers for the back of this quilt, I realized that I had a full half yard of this dark blue print, and decided it would be perfect for the binding.  Because I rarely buy fabric in larger cuts than 1/2 yard, that was certainly a pleasant discovery.  This is from the Macrame collection for Cotton and Steel, and though I usually prefer more solid bindings, this one turned out great.  Best of all, I didn't have to buy more fabric to get it finished!

This quilt has already gone home to live with my Mom (and Dad too, though this one's a little girly for him), and I've already started cutting fabric for a new quilt to hang on a wall in my new home.


What you're seeing here is a variety of 1.5" strips from about 35 different text, cream, tan, light gray, and metallic gold prints...plus a few bits of green for good measure.  This is quite a departure from the riot of color I've been working with for the past few weeks.  I'm so excited for this project to take shape, and I can't wait to reveal a little more to you so stay tuned for updates!

I'm super excited to show you some of the fantastic highlights from last week's party.  Sandra at mmm! quilts shared this stunning quilt-


I just love the scrappy beauty by Anorina at Samelia's Mum-


These curvy string blocks by Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking are gorgeous!


And finally, this lovely quilt is by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework-


Y'all are just amazing, week after week.  Okay friends, party on!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February Deals and a Giveaway

It's February y'all, and with Valentine's Day coming up on Friday, love is definitely in the air.  And with all of the cute stuff right now, it's also the perfect time to indulge in a little fabric love.

Over at Shabby Fabrics, there's lots of Valentine's awesomeness going on.  They have an entire section devoted to fabrics, projects, kits, and patterns all about the day of love.  It's your one stop shop for all things pink and red, and you can see all of it HERE.


They also have a special project kit right now.  this cute table runner is perfect for adding a quick seasonal touch to your table, and best of all, the pattern is free!  There's even a video tutorial to help you along.  You can find all of it, and get your kit right HERE.


                         Shabby Fabrics

At LouLou's Fabric Shop, they have TONS of fabric, kits, patterns, and precuts to choose from, but if you're looking for a perfectly curated bundle for a special project, their LouLou bundles are the way to go.  They release a brand new one each week at a great price, and once they're gone, they're gone!

Right now, they are offering a special deal on their LouLou bundles.  Buy three or more, and get 20% off with the code bundleup !  These are perfect for a single project, or great for stash building.


LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Lady Belle Fabric always has new stuff in the shop, and to make room for all of it, their Last Chance and sale sections always have amazing goodies!
If you want to create a Valentine's project with a softer feel, take a look at this gorgeous Ballerina Fusion bundle.  The blush and cream hues are whisper-soft, and so pretty.  It's brand new in the shop!
ps- Lady Belle is on vacation through tomorrow, 2/12 and any orders placed will start shipping on 2/13.
Lady Belle Fabric
And finally, Fort Worth Fabric Studio has lots of amazing things happening.  They always have a monthly bargains section that does not disappoint, but I think my very favorite thing in their shop right now is the Just Red collection by Moda.  I am in love with all of the different shades of red and pink.
This collection is available in yardage, precuts, bundles, and four different quilt kits.  I wish I could include all of the kit photos, because they are ah-mazing, but you can see them HERE.
Fort Worth Fabric Studio is also sponsoring today's giveaway!  They are generously offering this beautiful Follow Your Dreams bundle to one lucky (US) winner.  This bundle was curated in the shop and features Hoffman's Dragonfly Dreams fabrics.  Aren't those jewel tones yummy?
           Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Okay!  Before you rush off to visit these amazing shops, if you're in the US, take a minute to leave ONE comment to enter the giveaway.  Don't forget to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and remember, 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 (February 19th).  

Happy Valentine's Day, happy shopping,  and good luck!  :)


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Riding a Bike and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've been making steady progress on my throw size Greek Cross quilt, and it's finally all quilted. (pouring rain outside though, so still no pretty photos).


Since I haven't done free-motion quilting (or any quilting, for that matter) since September, I worried that I might have trouble keeping my curves nice and smooth.  As it turns out though, for me, smooth stippling is like riding a bike.  Woohoo!  I put on some great music and got right in the zone.  You know what was out of practice and caused me to take more breaks than usual?  My arm and shoulder muscles.  I remember when I first started free-motion quilting, I felt like my shoulders were up in my ears after a little while.  Over time, I learned to relax and and built up some stamina, and eventually my muscles never protested even the longest quilting sessions.  Apparently it's a use it or lose it thing, ha!  Better get busy using them more often then.  :)

I still have the binding to put on this one, which is happening tomorrow for sure, and then if the rain will stop (please!!), I can get some pretty photos of the finish this weekend.  I am using this dark blue print from Cotton and Steel's Macrame collection, which I think will frame these happy colors perfectly.

Last week's party was full of creative inspiration as usual.  Angela at Better'n Dog Biscuits shared this gorgeous improv quilt-


Janine at The Sweetest Dreams linked up this adorable baby quilt finish-


And oh my goodness!  I'm in love with this sweet hummingbird by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal!


I could have chosen SO many more, but I am a little bit late with this post, and I want to go ahead and get this party started!  Sooo....show me what you've got!

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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