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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quilting Pride and NTT

Whoop whoop!  I am so excited to share that I have finished with all of the quilts for my book, so all of my secret sewing is finished- yay!  I'm a terrible secret keeper, so I'm excited that I now get to share what I'm sewing in its entirety.  Now I just have to write, write, write!  In these last few quilts, I took a little more risk with my quilting and did a couple of designs I have never done before.


This design was so much fun, and pretty easy to move around the space.  It's not exactly a paisley because there are no overlapping stitches, and not really a swirl either, so if anyone knows if this motif has a name, I'm all ears!


As hard as it is to believe, I have never quilted a giant spiral on one of my quilts, and I changed that last week as well.  The spiral is very dense in the center, which I quilted free-motion, and gets wider toward the outside of the quilt.  I used my trusty walking foot for the outer rings.  It has been raining here every day just enough to keep everything damp, so both of these are inside photos.  The spiral backing looks super puffy, but in person, it really isn't.

All in all, I am so proud of myself for branching out with my quilting, and I even enjoyed quilting the top motif as much as I love stippling, so you'll definitely be seeing that one again.  The spiral felt tedious though, so unless the quilt really demands it, I'm not sure I'll do that one again.

Let's get to last week's party highlights!  Love Quilting shared this pretty Storm at Sea quilt-


Anja Quilts shared her fun Modern Sampler quilt-


and Simply, Sarah share this fresh hexie baby quilt-


Okie dokie friends!  I can't wait to see what you've got going on this week in your sewing space!  Party on!

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, January 17, 2017

January Deals and FOUR Giveaways!

Well, it's a brand new month and a brand new year, and I'm super excited to fill you in on the latest happenings at some of my very favorite shops!  This post also includes four different giveaways, so read on to find out how to enter!



I always love kicking off a post with a giveaway, and this one from the Fat Quarter Shop is super awesome- a fat quarter bundle of Kate Spain's new line, Early Bird!  This collection is so new, it's not even shipping just yet, so the lucky winner will be one of the very first to receive it!


           Fat Quarter Shop



I also want to call your attention to a couple of other fun things happening at FQS right now.  At the beginning of every month, I make a point to check out their Basic of the Month, which is at a special 20% off price for the entire month.  Even if you've vowed to use up your stash this year, basics are always a necessity for helping every project come together.  This month's basic is Moda's Concrete Basics line, a great tonal basic that has a similar feel to the Grunge Basics.

If you're looking to expand your horizons into a neat new shape, Fat Quarter Shop also has a new set of orange peel templates, with an array of fun, new patterns to put them to good use.




Over at Shabby Fabrics, they're beginning a brand new year of their fun pillow club, A Year in Words.  For me, decorating my entire house for each new season just doesn't happen, but I enjoy a little touch here and there.  These fun pillows are perfect!  The shapes are laser cut and pre-fused, so all you have to do is iron in place, and sew around to create a perfect appliqué.

           Shabby Fabrics



Over at LouLou's Fabric Shop, so much awesomeness is going on!  They are continuing their HUGE Year-End sale, with literally hundreds of fabrics marked down to $6.00/yard, and great prices on some precuts as well, with no coupon necessary.

If a special, full-priced collection has really struck your fancy, LouLou's has generously offered my readers 15% off all full priced fabrics with the code quilt.  I have my eye on the new Acreage collection!

LouLou's is also sponsoring the second giveaway of the day- a $25 gift certificate to spend however you choose!

LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Fort Worth Fabric Studio is another shop that offers amazing fabrics at fantastic prices.  Right now, the Dear Stella collection is only $5.55 per yard through January 21st!
                     Fort Worth Fabric Studio
One of my very favorite features of shopping at FWFS is checking out their expertly curated bundles.  Each week, they mix fabrics from different collections for a unique, perfectly coordinated bundle.  The color combinations, as well as the prices are hard to pass up!  Fort Worth Fabric Studio is generously providing one of their Love Is In the Air bundles as a giveaway this month!  
*Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to US residents.
The start of a new year is the time that many quilters not only make some life resolutions, but some quilty ones as well.  If you've promised yourself that you'll do a better job of labeling your quilts, then let Finer Ribbon help you!  I absolutely LOVE my labels, and they are quick and easy to add to all of my projects.
I have used my full color labels for well over a year, and the quality is top-notch.  At just over $100 (US) per spool, they may seem pricey, but each spool contains 1000 labels, which works out to about ten cents per label.  Ordering a spool means that you won't even have to think about labels again for a LONG time!
FinerRibbon
My labels are available HERE.  
If you want to order, there are a couple of important points to consider-



*My labels are 2 1/4 inches wide.  You'll have to choose your width in the drop-down menu.


*My labels are printed from side to side, rather than running the length of the ribbon.  I think it works perfectly for quilts, but I have also sewn them to mug rugs, pillows, etc., and I still like this size.






Finer Ribbon will work with you to design your labels, so you don't need to be afraid of the process.  They will send you a full-scale, printable proof so that you can print, cut, fold and make absolutely sure that your labels are exactly what you want.  Best of all, they are super patient during the process.  I had two or three different proofs before I approved my labels, and the Finer Ribbon team was so friendly from beginning to end!



And finally, there are always great things going on at Lady Belle Fabrics.  Did you know that their sale bundles, like this Gooseberry bundle, are always 30% off?  You can check out all of these awesome sale bundles HERE.




Right now, in addition to 30% off of tons of great bundles, Lady Belle is offering free shipping with the code freeship.








Lady Belle is also sponsoring the final giveaway of the day!  They are offering a $25 gift certificate to spend however you choose.  If you're looking for a brand new, sweet collection to help you spend it, Lady Belle has Heather Ross' new collection, Sleeping Porch!


      
Wow, so many great happenings at so many wonderful shops!  Even though I've promised myself to bust my stash this year, I've always got a little room in my cabinet for some fabric love found on sale!
Time to enter these four fantastic giveaways.  Just leave a single comment on this post to let me know if you've made any quilty resolutions this year, or you can just tell me what you have on your wish list!  Since one of the giveaways is only open to US residents, in your comment, please let me know if you live outside of the US (don't worry, though- you're still eligible for the other three!).  That will help me out when I draw the winners!

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 at NEXT week's NTT (January 25th).


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More Sneak Peeks and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've made tons of progress in the last week on quilts for my book, and I have two more little peeks to show you.  These photos are of the backings only, but you can at least see the quilting.  In fact, I've expanded my quilting horizons a little bit with these two.


The first quilt has a very peaceful palette, and I thought some free motion waves with aqua thread would complement it nicely.  It's the first time I've ever quilted waves, and I'm pleased with them.  Next time though, I plan to try to have some of the waves come closer together in places.  I think this will make the movement more organic.


I backed the second quilt with French General fabrics and quilted with flowers in muted gold thread. French General fabrics aren't exactly considered modern, but being a south Louisiana girl, the warmth of these French influenced fabrics are near and dear to my heart.  They just remind me of home.  This is the second time I've quilted flowers, but I made these a little smaller than the first attempt.  I found that making them smaller actually made it much easier to cover the quilt evenly without blank spots.

Let's get to last week's party highlights, shall we?  I'm embracing a final bit of Christmas kitsch in this quilt from Homespun Hannah-


Kate at Life in Pieces linked up her progress on this pretty quilt.


and I know I shared the blocks last week, but I couldn't help but share this finished top from Tanya Quilts in CO.  Y'all know I love a curvy illusion!


Alrighty friends!  Let's link up and party!

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, January 4, 2017

NTT- Kicking off 2017

Happy New Year, y'all, and welcome to the first NTT of 2017!  I have my first big book deadline approaching February 1st, so for the past week and a half or so, I've been quilting like a mad woman at all hours of the day.  No exaggeration- I basted my current quilt at 3:30 am this morning...yikes!  I do have a couple of finishes to share soon (backing and quilting only), but today's daylight was waning, so they will have to wait for another post.

Never fear though, we can still get our eye-candy on with these drool-worthy projects from last week!  Check out this Cotton and Steel beauty from Judy at Sew Some Sunshine-


I love, love, LOVE how these Bonnie and Camille fabrics play against the charcoal background in these blocks by Tanya Quilts in CO-


And oh. my. gosh!  Check out this stunner by Summer Lee Quilts-


Clearly, y'all have been busy at your sewing machine too!  Time to kick off a brand new year of Needle and Thread Thursday.  Let's party, friends!

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, December 28, 2016

Third Time's the Charm (and NTT)

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I hope everyone had a magical Christmas last weekend.  Ours was lots of fun, but so busy!  I squeezed in some time to quilt and bind my latest quilt, and as the title of my post suggests, this one is called Third Time's the Charm.  This is the third of three identical quilts I've made with these fabrics and pattern, but this one is all for me!


This is made with my Baubles pattern, available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops, and though it looks curvy and complicated, it uses all straight piecing, and goes together in a snap!


It's hard to tell, but I stippled this one with the perfect shade of Aurifil coral thread (#5002).  In person, it adds a fun, unexpected little pop.  I kept the stippling a little wider so that the coral thread didn't add too much busy pattern to the prints.


The Baubles pattern only requires 16 fat quarters for a generous lap size quilt, but since the Joel Dewberry Flora collection contains 24 prints, I used all of them and just put the leftovers to good use on the backing.  I widened out the backing with a couple of stripes of Kona Navy, which I also used to bind.

Though I am busy with plenty of secret sewing for my book, I'm glad I got a chance to fit this quilt into my schedule!

Alrighty, friends!  I'm super excited to share the features from last week's party.  There were so many fantastic things linked up!  Like this scrappy strip quilt from Susan at Quilt Fabrication.  What an amazing use of leftover strips!


Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework linked up this Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  The blocks are beautifully jumbled up, and it makes the quilt so interesting!


and finally, HeARTs Creations shared this unique red, black, and white finish, called Planetary.  Super cool!


Can I just tell you how much fun it is for me to browse all of these amazing quilts, week after week?  Particularly when I'm traveling and I can't get to my machine, it is so wonderful to be able to satisfy my need for quilty eye-candy via internet.  This is my last post of 2016, and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store.

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, December 21, 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Merry almost Christmas, friends!  This past week has been filled with last minute shopping, wrapping, and baking, and not too much sewing.  I have managed to put together this quilt top using my Baubles pattern though.  It goes together so quickly!


If you're a regular reader of my blog, this quilt looks awfully familiar.  In fact, I have made two others exactly like it, and really hated to part with them.  The third time's the charm though, because this one is for keeps!  I saw this Joel Dewberry Flora fabric bundle for a ridiculously low price on Black Friday, and snagged it!  I'll sneak some sewing time in and finish this one up soon!

Last week's party was full of fabulousness as usual!  Check out this fun table runner from Sew Brainy!


Ariane Quilts shared her progress on this awesome medallion quilt-


and this fun little girl's quilt is from Lori at Crossquilt!


I can't wait to see what you share this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!  Let's party!

.  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, December 14, 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Happy NTT, friends!  Can you believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away?  When I think about how little is left of 2016, it just shocks me.  I finished another secret quilt, and I was brave enough to try another brand new free motion motif, and even more brave to quilt this brand new motif with contrasting thread.  It's hard to tell with the sunlight throwing it into relief, but the thread is navy against the lilac backing.


I've done swirls before, but these are nested together, which I found a little bit easier to control.  With this motif, I could easily avoid quilting myself into a corner by adding another ring on the spiral, making sure that I was heading in the right direction.  The one part that is a little trickier is the fact that it includes lots of little overlapping stitches, so that took a little bit of practice.  I like the result on this, but I will definitely be doing some practicing to make my spirals a little more uniform.


Last week's party was amazing!  Georgi at The Shy One Sews shared this fun quilt-


This bit of improv awesomeness is from Luna Lovequilts.


and check out this beauty from Sew Preeti Quilts-


Okay y'all!  Time to share what's going on in your sewing space this week!

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!  :)










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