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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NTT- Purples in Progress

Welcome back to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  My vacation last week was really wonderful, even if I did bring home an unwelcome souvenir.  I started feeling unwell just as our trip was coming to a close, and unfortunately it has persisted.  A test confirmed that it's not Covid, but since I'm going on a full week of fever and other cold symptoms, it's still a pretty big bummer.


Even still, between naps I have gotten in a few minutes of sewing here and there, and my purples are really coming together.  I don't even have them pressed yet, but I love how they look so far, and I can't wait to see the full rainbow laid out on my wall.

Our last party was two weeks ago, but it was filled with plenty of amazing projects.  Take a look at this beauty by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking linked up this sweet quilt finish-


And Anorina at Samelia's Mum shared this gorgeous quilt.  Just lovely!


Okay, y'all!  It's time to link up the latest projects from your studio.  And while you're at it, I'd love some good vibes so I can get back to feeling 100%.

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

NTT- No Purples Yet

Hey there, y'all!  Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  I have made zero sewing progress on my scrap project this week.  Between birthday activities that spilled over into the weekend and vacation prep, my dance card has been full.  NTT will be taking a break next week while I'm gone, and I'll tackle those purple scraps when I get back!

At last week's party, there were lots of great quilts linked up.  These two are by Quilting Gail-


Julie's Quilts and Costumes shared this sweet baby quilt-


And this stunning finish is by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl-


You know I'm going to be browsing through your links while I'm on vacation, and I can't wait to see them.  So, let's get this 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 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, June 8, 2022

NTT- Another Week, Another Color On the Wall

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  It's birthday week around here, so there have been lots of fun things going on.  I turned 45 yesterday, and today is our son's 18th birthday!  It really is shocking how quickly the years go by.  It was a low-key day with plenty of time spent with my very favorite people, and I couldn't have asked for anything more.

I've also made some progress with my scrap project this week.  I finished out my aquas/teals, and as I suspected, it is by far my most plentiful color.  Then I moved onto the true blues.  I didn't have a ton of those, so I knocked them out pretty quickly.  Purples are next on the agenda, once all of the birthday activities are all finished of course!


As usual, last week's party was filled with goodness, like this fun quilt from Julie's Quilts and Costumes-


I love this quilt, shared by Rebecca Grace Quilting-


And finally, check out this pretty table runner by Sunshine in the Attic-


Okay, friends!  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 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, June 1, 2022

Lots of Aqua/Teal and NTT

As I suspected, my aqua/teal jar was very full, and even though I've already sewn three full panels, I think I still have another couple of panels worth of scraps left.  I just love the rainbow taking shape on my wall, but I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to do with these, especially since  I underestimated the number of scraps I had.  I'm just going to keep sewing them up and figure it out later.


 I'm feeling like I'm in the home stretch now.  Once I finish the aqua/teals, I just have blues and purples left!

I'm ready to get our party on, but before we do, let's take a look at some of the gorgeous things linked up last week.  This rainbow beauty is by Rita at Quiltpiecer-


This stunner is by Sandra at mmm quilts-


And finally, Turid at Den syende himmel shared this beautiful, scrappy quilt.  And that photo is just breathtaking!


I hope you're getting lots of fun sewing time.  I can't wait to see what you've been working on lately!

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, May 25, 2022

Moving Into the Cool Scraps and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I had a fantastic time with the Gwinnett Quilters Guild in the Atlanta area last week!  Meeting and visiting with quilters is one of my favorite parts of my job, and the Gwinnett Quilters were so friendly and welcoming!  I still have a little availability in 2023, and I'd love to visit your guild.  Send me an email and we'll talk!


I have also continued plugging away at my scrap jars, and I'm pleased to say that I've finished the warm colors, and have now moved into my cool scraps. The aqua/teal jar is up next, and it's pretty full.  In fact, I think most of my cool color jars are packed a little tighter than the warm jars, so it'll be interesting to see how many improv panels I can get from each one.

It feels like it's been too long since our last party, even though it was only a couple of weeks ago!  But it had lots of amazing projects linked up!  This pretty quilt top is from Rita at Quiltpiecer-


I love this sweet quilt top by Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room.  I'm a sucker for birds!


This beauty is by Melva Loves Scraps.  What a gorgeous photo!


I love, love, LOVE this scrappy churn dash quilt by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-


Gretchen's Little Corner shared this stunner-


And finally, Linda at kokaquilts linked up this lovely finish!


I simply couldn't narrow down the highlights any further this week!  Y'all really know how to bring the inspiration!  So without further ado, 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 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, May 11, 2022

Scrappy Improv Progress and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I'm steadily working through my scrap jars, and I've made some good progress.  Each of these panels is actually pretty large, measuring about 15" x 25".


I won't fib and tell you that my pink, red, and orange jars are completely empty, but they are pretty close.  When I have a big chunk of a single fabric in my jar, it's hard to use all of it in a single-color panel without throwing off the balance of the improv, so inevitably some of those larger pieces get left behind for another day.  As you might have guessed, yellow is up next!

My plan is to sew up everything in my jars, and then see what I have to work with.  I do have a rough plan, but I don't mind changing it to maximize my scraps.  As you can see, the amount in each jar is a surprise!  Pink was (by far) my sparsest scrap jar, and if I had to guess, I would say that green and purple are the most full.  But, I won't really know until I dump them out and start sewing.

Before we get to our party, let's take a look at some of the amazing projects linked up last week!  This pretty quilt is by Sandra at mmm quilts-


Something Rosemade shared this oh, so gorgeous Amy Butler throw.  I LOVE Amy Butler prints and used to collect them pretty extensively, particularly her earlier collections.  In this throw, I'm spotting fabrics from the Soul Blossoms, Love, Belle, Midwest Modern, and Cameo collections.  Love it!


And finally, Kathy's Quilting showed off this scrappy stunner-



NTT will be taking a little break next week, because I'm flying to Atlanta to visit a guild there.  I'll be gone for a few days, and I'll be busy presenting and teaching!  I'll be back the following week, on 5/25!

Ready 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 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!  :)




Tuesday, May 10, 2022

May Sponsor News!

Hey there, y'all!  I hope you're getting to experience glorious spring weather wherever you are.  Everything is in bloom and the weather is so gorgeous that I've had a tough time making myself go inside.  Just give me some sunglasses, a glass of tea, and a good book, and I can stay outside for hours.  When the weather is so beautiful, I don't worry myself about all of the sewing I should be doing.  Here in Tennessee, it will be HOT before we know it, so I'm going to soak up all of this natural inspiration while I can!  And when the heat descends upon us, I'll be in my air conditioning with some lovely fabrics that will remind me of a fresher, prettier time.





At LouLou's Fabric Shop, they have enough spring inspiration to last you for months!  Take a look at this Flower Garden bundle!  So beautiful!









Friends, I am also excited to let you know that LouLou's is having a HUGE bolt clearance sale.  They are constantly getting tons of new fabrics, which means they need to clear things out to make room for the newest beauties.  


As a special thank-you to my awesome readers, you can save an additional 20% off your purchase through Sunday, 5/15 with the code quiltinfatuation.  You definitely don't want to miss out!




At Lady Belle Fabric, I always love browsing the bundles, and I always try to snag them when I see them on sale!  This New Dawn bundle by Citrus and Mint Designs is so scrumptious.  


Even if I don't have a plan for it, I can't resist a bundle at a great sale price.  I justify it by telling myself I'm just "working ahead" on a future project, haha!








And, did you know that Lady Belle has three different sale bundle sections in the shop?  You can search bundles by 20%, 30%, and sometimes there are even some that are 40% off!


This Pink Lemonade bundle is in one of those magical sale sections right now, and the price is a steal, so snatch it up before it's gone!








Fort Worth Fabric Studio is another one of my very favorite shops.  You could get lost browsing through the yardage, bundles, notions, and kits.  


So many pretty things, and so little time to sew it all!  This lovely Enchanted Meadow bundle by Riley Blake is brand new in the shop.






If you're a sale-shopper (and who isn't?), theres also plenty to check out at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Each month, there's a Bargain section with pages and pages to browse through.  There are lots of versatile blenders and small prints, perfect for stash-building, but you can also find fantastic bundles and kits in there too!


This Love Lily bundle by April Rosenthal for Moda is in the May Bargains section right now!  Like most sale sections, when they're sold out, they're gone for good, so don't delay.




So my friends, I hope you'll take some time to visit each of these three amazing shops and show them a little love.  With just a little (not so hard) work, when the oppressive heat and humidity of summer hit you, you'll be happy you did.  In those dog days of summer, you'll be all stocked up with plenty of cheerful fabrics, ready to sew the day away in the cool air-conditioning!  ;)  

Happy shopping!





Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Finally Sewing and NTT

Hey there, y'all!  Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  I've finally been getting some sewing done this week!  I like to do a big scrap purge in the the summer where I use up every single scrap in my jars. My last purge was two years ago with my Strata Squared quilt. I'm not sure this quilt will completely empty my scrap jars, but I know it will put a big dent in them.

Scrap quilts also happen to be my go-to when I need a little inspiration, and since I haven't sewn in awhile, diving into my scraps was a perfect way to get my sewjo going again.  It took me a little while to come up with a plan, but now I'm ready to move full-speed ahead.  Here's a little peek at what's happening-


Well, of course it's scrappy improv!  You know that's my favorite way to use up scraps.  I've written two books on it, for goodness sake.  haha!  I'm excited about what these improv panels will become, and you'll just have to wait to find out what it is.

Last week's party was filled with fantastic creativity, like this scrappy beauty by Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking-


This quilt by Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room is a stunner!


This cute and colorful quilt is from time4stitchn-


And finally, Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting shared this lovely quilt-


Ready to party, friends?  Let's do 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 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, April 27, 2022

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!

Hey there, my friends!  I am sprinting to the finish line on my manuscript.  I can't believe it's getting SO close to being all done.  This week was all about the outdoor "beauty shots" for the book.   It was so much fun to brainstorm locations with the photographer and make these happen.  

The hardest part of the photos (both inside and out) was making sure the quilts were free of folding creases.  For the indoor shots, that meant ironing and steaming each quilt just before it was laid out for the shot, but since I can't drive around with a hot iron and steamer, the beauty shots were trickier.  Instead, I meticulously pressed and steamed each quilt at home, then used pool noodles to keep them rolled up in the car.  It worked like a charm.  I've stored quilts on pool noodles before, but I've never had to use so many!

Since I'm waiting for the photos to finish up my manuscript, I'm actually planning to get some sewing done this week (gasp!).  It's been awhile, and I can't wait to get back to it!  I'm planning on something easy to ease back into the groove.

Last week's party was filled with awesomeness, as usual.  Just take a look at this beauty by Sew Preeti Quilts-


Sandra at mmm quilts linked up this sweet quilt-


This fun quilt top is by Linda at Flourishing Palms-


Jocelyn at Canadian Needle Nana shared this lovely fan quilt-


And finally, Rita at Quiltpiecer showed off this pretty sampler quilt-


Okay, friends!  Let's get our 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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