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Friday, September 23, 2016

Just Under the Wire

Right now, there is all kinds of quilty goodness going on at the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side, and with everything going on this week, I can't believe that I almost let it slip by without entering!  I've decided on only one entry into this fall's festival, in the Original Design category.


My Carrelage quilt was designed to look like antique encaustic cement tiles, and that is actually how it got its name.  My research led me to discover that the French term for these tiles is "carrelage encaustique."  

Though I have released several patterns this year, I decided to enter this one because it creates such a great illusion.  I'm especially proud of the fact that the illusion is created without a single snowball corner, HST, or partial/Y seam.  I love designing patterns that look much more complicated than they really are, and this one definitely fits that bill. (ps-it is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops)



Quilt Name- Carrelage
Finished Size- 60" x 60"
Category- Original Design
Pieced and quilted by me!  :)

Be sure to hop on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival HERE, and peruse all of the quilty eye candy!  You won't be sorry!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Winners, NTT, and a Gift

Happy NTT!  I feel like this week is really just a lull between two ultra-hectic weekends for me.  I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a trunk show and teaching two classes to the lovely ladies and gentlemen of the White County Quilt Guild this weekend, and I am sad to say that I committed a cardinal sin of quilt teaching.  I completely forgot to get photos, but suffice it to say that a great time was had by all, and there was lots of amazing sewing going on (I'm hoping for some emailed photos later).

This weekend, I am flying down to the Houston area for my sister's baby shower.  You may remember  that a couple of months ago I made my Sun Dappled Sea quilt to match the nursery's nautical theme.   Since I knew she was anxious to get the nursery finished, I gave the quilt to her over the summer, but I wanted to sew a little lagniappe for the shower (lagniappe means "a little something extra" for all of you non-Louisiana natives).


Every baby needs plenty of burp cloths, so I made a little set in the same soothing shades as the quilt.  I used my One-Hour Baby Gift tutorial to whip these up, and if you've never tried these, they make an adorably easy, personal handmade gift!

So, even though both weekend trips are packed with fun, the week in-between has been one long checklist of unpacking and last minute details before leaving again.  Amidst everything, I have actually cut all of the fabric for a brand new quilt, but right now it's just in pieces, so nothing interesting to see there.  So without further ado, let's just move onto the winners from last weeks giveaway post.  There are six winners this month!





First off, the winner of the gorgeous Handmade fat quarter bundle in the coral color way, provided by Shabby Fabrics, is Sarah Goer, comment number 65!






Next up are the five winners of the Jolly Bar books, provided by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Congratulations to-


Joan- comment number 17 
Lori Smanski- comment number 73
Kristine- comment number 36
rosemaryschild-comment number 61
Emily C. -comment number 126

I'll be contacting you all by email very soon to get your shipping address so you can get your prizes!

Okay!  Before we get to the party, let's check out a few highlights from last week's awesome NTT.  Take a look at this gorgeous quilt top from Patch the Giraffe (and there's a block tutorial)!


and the rich colors in this beauty by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-


and this scrappy Christmas Trip Around the World by Maryse Makes Things is so awesome!  You know busy and scrappy are just my style!

Alright!  Time to link up the latest from your sewing space!

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!  :)






Thursday, September 15, 2016

September Deals and Giveaways!

Happy fall, y'all!  I know that some of you are in the same boat as I am, where it is a steamy 94 degrees, and a heat index that just takes your breath away.  It just doesn't feel like autumn at all, even though we are only days away from the official first day of the season.  I am definitely in a fall state of mind already though.  We are already enjoying pumpkin goodies in our house, and I'm looking forward to a day where I can put on some jeans and boots and not pass out from heat exhaustion.  I surely hope that some of you are experiencing some fall weather wherever you are!

I am super excited for this month's sponsor post.  There are some amazing goodies being given away, along with some great coupons to help kick your holiday projects into gear.






Let's start with the first of the giveaways, sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!  Shabby Fabrics is kindly offering a fat quarter bundle of coral color way from the Handmade fabric collection.  Oh my goodness!  These fabrics are so scrumptious that I could just eat them up!













Another cool thing that is happening at Shabby Fabrics right now, is their brand new monthly club.  The Count On It Club is an adorable wall hanging club with designs for each month to add a little seasonal decor to your house.  The best part about these kits is that all of the shapes are pre-cut and fused.  All you have to do is peel off the backing, iron them into place, and stitch them down.  Simple and cute!

The club sign-ups are open now, and will start in January, so head on over there and check it out right HERE!



           Shabby Fabrics










Over at LouLou's Fabric Shop, there are tons of great things going on as well!  Tons of brand new kits, featuring great collections, like Sundrops, Bumble Berries, Cookie Exchange, Lullaby, and upcoming Bonnie and Camille Basics!  Take a look at this adorable By the Chimney kit, featuring Juniper Berries!

I would be remiss if I didn't also let you know that LouLou's Last Chance Clearance section is ahh-mazing!  You can score gorgeous fabrics as low as $5.50/yd.

              LouLou’s Fabric Shop

LouLou's is also offering a great coupon for my readers.  Use the code infatuation  and save 20% off all orders over $50, through 9/21!

My, oh my!  If you're looking for a fat quarter bundle for a special project, you simply must hop over to Lady Belle Fabrics.




Lady Belle has just put tons of delectable bundles on sale at 30% off with no coupon needed.  What a steal!  There are too many to list, but let me tell you- this Fibs and Fables AMH bundle has my name all over it.



         Lady Belle Fabric




Up next is Finer Ribbon.  If you've followed my posts for awhile, you know that I am a huge fan of my custom ribbon labels.  These labels are ultra soft, easy to sew right into the binding of my quilt, and they are fully washable and won't fade.

I worked with the kind folks at Finer Ribbon, and they helped me design my label with my own logo, and I was even able to put washing instructions on the back.  I wholeheartedly recommend their product to everyone!

                     FinerRibbon


Right now, Finer Ribbon is offering a 15% off coupon with the code MQI15.  This doesn't happen very often, so if you're thinking about taking the plunge on labels to really add a professional touch to your quilts, I'd jump on it.  Each spool of labels has 1000 labels, printed with marked cutting lines, which works out to less than 10 cents per label!

You can order the labels HERE.  A couple of important points to consider-

*My labels are 2 1/4 inches wide

*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!


Five Monkey Fabrics is also offering a great coupon to help you stock your stash!  Use the code MQI15 at checkout to save 15% off your entire purchase!

If you're like me, you're gearing up for some holiday sewing right about now, and just take a look at this awesome bundle of Christmas basics.  Love them!





Five Monkey Fabrics        
**Edited to add- Five Monkey Fabrics is actually on vacation until Monday, September 26th, BUT the coupon will be active for two weeks after they return!




Last, but certainly not least is the Fat Quarter Shop.  I don't know about you, but I've been seeing lots of super adorable quilts made with Jolly Bars, a FQS exclusive precut.

They have a brand new book, with lots of fun Jolly Bar projects, and this month, they are giving away a copy of the book to FIVE lucky readers!


          Fat Quarter Shop

That means that we will have SIX winners this month!  Entering the giveaways is simple, just leave a single comment on this post to let me know your favorite fall activity (mine is heading to a corn maze with my family, by the way).

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!


This giveaway has ended.  I will be announcing the winners at this afternoon's NTT.  If you missed out, be sure to follow me on your favorite blog reader, or subscribe by email so you don't miss the next one.  I host amazing giveaways often!

Good luck to all, and happy shopping!




Autumn Sunset and NTT

Short weeks really throw me for a loop sometimes.  The kids here are out of school on Friday, and though in theory that shouldn't affect my schedule, everything is just off.  So, please forgive the slightly late party post!  I finished my latest quilt, and though I still won't say that it's one of my favorites, I do like it better now that it is completely finished.


A couple of things gave me a different perspective on the quilt.  First, one person commented that the quilt was more of an autumn quilt, rather than the summery Pop Star quilt that I made previously with these colors.  I completely agree with that assessment, and it has allowed me to embrace the bolder colors a little more.  Secondly, I decided to try out a new free motion quilting motif on this quilt- and though it is far from perfect, I do love the quilting, so I'm counting that as a win!


I decided to use the autumn feel of this quilt as inspiration for the name.  The colors kind of remind me of dusk, where the sun is almost completely gone, and the shades of the day and night are mixed beautifully in the sky.


I used all of the scraps on the back, and I love how the quilting shows up on the darker colors (even though it definitely throws some of the imperfections into greater relief.  By the way, there were some great suggestions for "salvaging" this quilt by adding more blocks with white, borders, etc.  One thing I know about myself though, is that it was better for me to just finish it and move on.  Someone will love it as-is!

Okie dokie!  Let's check out a few features from last week, shall we?  This mini mini from Jennifer at Little Black Cat Quilting is ahhh-mazing!!  Y'all it is super tiny.  This whole thing is only about 6 inches square!


This fun chevron is from Mary at Addicted to Fabric.  Love the cool varying strip widths!


and Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow shared three current projects, and they are all awesome!


Alright, y'all!  Let's 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!  :)




Monday, September 12, 2016

Sometimes, It Just Doesn't Work

I know this has happened to everyone before.  You have a vision of a quilt in your mind with specific colors and design, and when you sew it together, it just doesn't come out the way you envisioned it.  I'm feeling that way about the quilt I'm working on right now.


I wanted a color palette that I don't use very often, and wanted to make a quilt that was simple and fun to sew.  I used purple, orange, and teal in my Pop Star quilt and loved that combo so much!  I thought that the fun, funky colors needed a fun, funky pattern, and decided on a quartered log cabin.   Sadly, what was fun and happy in my Pop Star quilt, just feels a little too overwhelming in this one.  These rich, bold colors apparently need lots of white to keep them fresh and light.

I am going to go ahead and finish this quilt, and I hope it will grow on me.  The great thing about quilting though, is that even if it isn't my cup of tea, someone else is sure to love it.  And, what have I really lost by playing around?  Nothing.  Sometimes design ideas work and sometimes they don't, and that's okay.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Happy NTT, friends!  Since last week's party, I have actually started and finished a quilt, but I can't share it just yet, so let's kick off this week's party with some features from last week!

There's no resisting a rainbow for me.  I love them!  This eye-catching rainbow pixel quilt is from Shannon at The Flemings Nine-


These happy circles are from Smiles From Kate!


and because I'm a shameless Hamilton junkie, I can't help but share this awesome mini by Jess at Quilty Habit- LOVE!!  Even if you don't love Hamilton (or just aren't familiar with it), the quote and mad quilting skills are totally share worthy.


I do have one thing to share, and that is a photo of a finished Stems and Stones quilt top from someone in my June class with the Courthouse Quilters in White Bluff, TN.  Nancy made a twin sized quilt with a black background, and just sent me a pic of the finished top.  I think it looks so striking with the dark background!  I can't seem to get the photo any bigger without becoming blurry, but I'm so glad she shared it with me!


Okay then, friends!  It's time to party.  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!  :)





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Serenity and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I am happy to report that my latest quilt was finished, and shipped to its new home yesterday, but not before I got a couple of quick photos.


I'm calling this quilt Serenity, with the hope that it brings its recipients just that.  I had just enough leftover fabric to use on the backing, and I used the darkest greige for the binding.  I love the shade of the binding fabric, and I really wish I had gotten a closeup of it for you before shipping it off.  It is the perfect blend of gray and taupe, and it frames the softer colors so well.


I know that the recipients of this quilt are dealing with a lot right now, having lost everything in the flood, but I hope this quilt brings a little ray of sunshine to them, and much needed Serenity.

So, let's check out a few of my favorites from last week's party, shall we?  Tracy at From One Twenty Seven linked up these three pretties!


Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty linked up this sweet baby quilt finish.


and just look at this cute tote by Celine at Esprit Patch!  Love the selvages!  I keep saying that one day I'm going to make a bag.


Alright then.  Let's party, friends!

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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