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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Starfire Release and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I have been working for the past few days checking math, perfecting tables and illustrations, and making sure my Starfire quilt pattern is all ready to go, and I am so happy to announce that it is now available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!


As I mentioned before, I have wanted to make a quilt with fire colors for quite some time, and I really had fun working on this one.  The way the colors twist around the stars has the wheels turning in my brain, and I'm imagining all sorts of great color combos (you know that blue, green, and aqua are at the top of that list)!

Last week's party rocked, as usual!  Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework linked up this stunner.  Oh my, I love all of that color!


This quilt, inspired by Polish Pottery, is by Carol Quilts Sometimes, and it's a real beauty!


and I can't wait to see more of the progress on this one from Karen at Quilts...etc.


Okay, y'all!  Time to party!

1.  You 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!  :)



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Starfire Finished and Winners!

My Starfire quilt has been finished for awhile, but we have been getting just enough rain each day to keep everything a little bit damp.  Today we were finally granted a reprieve, just long enough for things to (mostly) dry out and afford a quick photo op.


It was really energizing to work on a quilt with a color palette so outside of my norm, and I put a serious dent in my warm color stash to boot.  Sometimes, I feel like I get stuck in a quilting rut, using similar colors and fabrics too often, and when I start worrying that all of my quilts are starting to look to similar, a project like this gives a nice jolt to my creativity.


I'm making a concerted effort to sew my stash more lately, so I tried to fit as many different prints as I could into this one.  I just used up the leftovers on the back.


Since purple is used very little in the quilt, I wanted to really pull that color out.  So, I opted to bind with one of the purple prints.  It helps that I already had it in my stash!


This pattern is almost finished, and I'm hoping to release it at next week's NTT, so be on the lookout!  

Okay, I owe you a couple of winners from the wonderful August giveaways!  




First up, the winner of the sweet Gigi Blooms zipper pouch (filled with goodies!) sponsored by Fort Worth Fabric Studio is comment number 105, Rosa!











and the winner of the Merry Moda Mix fat quarter bundle, provided by Fat Quarter Shop is comment number 110, Annette Ellis!







Congratulations to both of you, ladies!  I'll be contacting you soon via email to get information from you so that you can get your goodies!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday...A Little Late!

Oh my goodness, I can't believe that NTT sneaked up on me this week.  In case you aren't aware, I am a Baton Rouge native, and over the weekend they received historic amounts of rainfall- over 30 inches of rain fell in about three days, causing massive flooding.  Communication was sporadic for days, and the photographs of the devastation bring tears to my eyes.  My heart is hurting for my beloved hometown.

My parents' home is not even located in a flood zone, yet they still received several inches of water in their house.  My husband left this morning to help my parents with tearing out sheetrock, flooring, and general cleanup (since school has already started for my wild thing, I had to stay behind).  Needless to say, with all of this going on, the week has gotten away from me a little bit.

I have actually finished my Starfire quilt, but have not had the chance to photograph it yet, as it has been rainy here too.  so, we'll just kick off NTT with last week's features.  This stunner is by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty-


Lori at Crossquilt shared this bright, happy finished Quilt for Pulse-


and check out this fun Crosscut quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine.  Love it!


Okay friends!  Time to party.  I can't wait to see what's going on in your sewing space this week.  I could use a little quilt therapy right about now.

1.  You 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, August 16, 2016

August Sales and Giveaways!

It's the middle of the month, so that means it's time for a brand new post to let you know what's happening at my favorite fabric shops.  I have a couple of great giveaways today too, so read on!







Fort Worth Fabric Studio is having a Hot Friday Bundle Sale.  You can get 20% off with the code FRIDAY20 through this Thursday, 8/18 so don't delay!  Check out all of these fabulous goodies HERE.















I'm super excited to let you know that Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away this adorable Gigi Blooms zipper pouch, and a little birdie told me that it is sure to be filled with goodies!



                  Fort Worth Fabric Studio






At Lady Belle Fabric, there is something equally fabulous going on.  Right now, all clearance bundles are 30% off (no code required)!


Lady Belle Fabric
And last, but certainly not least is the Fat Quarter Shop!  At the beginning of each month, I always love checking out their Monthly Picks.  They choose a basic, book, notion, and pattern each month, and you can save 20% on those picks all month long!  This month's basic is the Cozy Christmas solid bundle by Riley Blake, and I think these colors are just so fun.
                     Fat Quarter Shop







Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring the second giveaway of the day, this oh so cheery Merry Moda Mix bundle.  This is just perfect for all of those holiday projects that you know you'll be sewing in a couple of months!
Okay friends!  To enter these two awesome giveaways, just leave a single comment on this post.  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.  Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners this Saturday, 8/20.

These giveaways have now closed.  Thanks so much to all who entered!  If you missed out, be sure to follow by blog reader or email.  I host fantastic giveaways every month!

Best of luck to all, and happy shopping!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Starfire and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  There has been LOTS going on around here lately, and not all of it is quilting related- my wild thing started middle school on Monday, and I cannot believe it.  There is no doubt about it; in parenthood, sometimes the days are long, but the years fly by in the blink of an eye!

On the quilting front, I have been working like mad and actually have a couple of finishes to share today.  The first is a brand new quilt top in a fiery color palette.  I've always wanted to make a quilt in these colors, and I can't believe it took this long.  I really love it!


The way the reds and oranges twist around the stars is lots of fun, and in my mind, I can already see this pattern in several great color ways.  I'm calling this one Starfire, and I plan to release the pattern for it as soon as I can find the time!

I did finish up one pattern this week though.  I'm happy to let you know that Lavalier is now available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.  If you're looking for a pattern to show off some bold prints with an Art Deco flair, check it out!


I hope you've all had a fun and productive week of creativity as well.  Before we link up though, check out some of my faves from last week's party.  This modern beauty is from Deb at New Creative State


Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe showed off her awesome Starlight quilt.


and this quilt by Dawn at First Light Designs is so soothing in all of those shades of blue!


Time to show what you've got!  Let's party, y'all!

1.  You 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, August 3, 2016

Lavalier and NTT

Thank you all for your wonderful name suggestions for this pattern.  When I initially designed this quilt, I thought it looked sort of like antique brooches from the Art Deco era, so when a reader mentioned the name Lavalier, I grabbed hold of it, and I couldn't get it out of my mind.  A lavalier is a kind of necklace with a large pendant that was very popular during that time as well, so it's perfect!

Naming quilts is a tricky thing sometimes.  Though I could definitely see jewels, retro TV's, cheval mirrors, and decorative keyholes in this design, I couldn't come up with a pretty name I liked to fit any of those themes.  I truly appreciate all of the creative ideas offered, and a special thanks to Kathy, who suggested the name Lavalier.


I really had a blast choosing fabrics for this quilt.  Slowly but surely, over the past few months, I have amassed another hefty Amy Butler hoard (AB fabric is my kryptonite), and there are fabrics from eight different Amy Butler collections in this quilt- Belle, Daisy Chain, Soul Blossoms, Love, Cameo, Alchemy, Lark, and Hapi (plus some others). I love how the vibrant colors and prints in her collections are all harmonious with each other.


I pieced the backing with leftovers, and also made a scrappy binding, which means that I only have a couple of these prints left in my stash, and just a little of them.  I'm okay with that though.  Using up my stash just means that I can add more to it without guilt!



I am working on the pattern for this one, but it's the last week of summer vacation, and we always make sure summer goes out with a bang, with plenty of fun family activities during this final week before school starts.  So, pattern work is happening around lots of other things.  I already designed the pattern cover though!


Before we get to this week's link up, check out some of my favorites from our last NTT, like this Constant Flux quilt from Kitty at Night Quilter-


or this awesomeness by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.  By the way Michelle, I feel you on the lack of summer sewing productivity.  My son is 12 years old now, so it's not as much of an issue, but I remember the days when he was much younger and sewing time was hard to come by.


and I love this cool quilt top by Luna Lovequilts -


Okay, y'all!  Let's link up!

1.  You 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!  :)










Saturday, July 30, 2016

A New Quilt Top

I love playing around with quilt design.  Sometimes I sketch on paper if an idea strikes me and I don't have my computer around, but usually I experiment in my design program while watching TV at night (I use Quilt Canvas).  Regular practice keeps my creativity flowing, and I definitely notice a slump in my creative mojo when I haven't played with design in awhile.

Lots of times, I don't even like a design enough to save it, and other times I save it, but tweak it over time before actually turning the pattern into a quilt.  Still other times, I create a design and have to make the quilt right away.  Such was the case with this new quilt top.


I immediately loved the interesting shape of the blocks, as well as the secondary cross pattern created in the negative space, and I knew it was perfect for my Amy Butler stash (plus a few additions).  I can't wait to finish this quilt, and I am planning to release the pattern.

This one has kind of a southwestern feel, or I think the shapes look a little like ancient Egyptian scarabs, or maybe even vintage brooches.  This one needs a name, so tell me- what do you see?


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