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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The End of the Drought

Hooray!  My sewing drought is finally at an end!  It isn't like I haven't had the desire to sew, I have just had trouble finding the time since finishing my Laundry Money quilt right before Thanksgiving.  Yesterday was our last day of school before Winter Break, and when I got home, I just crashed.  A late afternoon/evening nap is not great if you want to be able to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but even thought I didn't plan it, I decided to seize the opportunity for some quiet sewing into the wee hours of the morning.


I was so excited to make such great progress that I woke up and finished this quilt top this morning.  I've had this bundle of Up Parasol for a couple of months, and it was just killing me to leave it alone for so long.

This weekend is really the calm between two storms.  Life has been so hectic lately, and it feels wonderful to have a relaxing weekend at home; but of course we're gearing up for a busy Christmas week next week.  I'm hoping I can at least get the back put together, and get this quilt basted before Christmas, but I just don't know if it's going to happen.  We shall see!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Better Late Than Never!

Oops!  SO sorry NTT is late this week.  We went out of town for a wedding last weekend, and I feel like I've been running in circles since getting home Sunday evening.  The wedding was under the Evangeline Oak (of Longfellow's Evangeline fame), right on the banks of Bayou Teche in Louisiana,  and it was really lovely.


You know, even though I haven't lived in Louisiana in 16 years, it is still home, and there are always some experiences that bring me right back.  Right now, it is sugar cane harvest time.  After harvesting, the fields are burned, filling the air with a sweet, smoky scent that I just love.  Of course, the rehearsal dinner and reception served traditional Cajun fare, and we even stumbled across the local high school band playing jazz in the town square.  Added to that was the fact that I got to spend some quality time with my parents and grandparents, which made it a really fantastic weekend!  Since our 16th anniversary is tomorrow, it was a nice little getaway!

Last week's party was awesome!  Heather at Modern Parti Quilts linked up this fun little pillow-


Kaja at Sew Slowly showed her progress on her Big City quilt.  I love how modern it is.  It really does give the impression of a cityscape!  So. cool.


And last, but not least, Shanna from Sparrow In Flight shared this fun triangle quilt.  What great colors, and all of that negative space really shows off the amazing quilting!



Before we party, there is a little bit of business to attend to.  Since Christmas Day and New Years Day are the next two Thursdays, NTT will be taking a two week break and will return on January 8th!  I'm sure I will still post a few times between now and January 8th (I'm counting on some serious sewing time once school is out!), but we just won't have the scheduled NTT party.  I truly hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Let's send 2014 out with a bang!  Time to 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.  
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Party Time!

Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I am happy to report that I made it through all three of my parties and a choir concert last week, and even managed not to go crazy (just don't ask my hubby if he agrees).

I still haven't sewn anything at all, and it is starting to make me a little bit antsy.  I'm hoping that I can squeeze in a little bit of sewing time once school gets out for Winter Break.  I have a bundle of Up Parasol that is really calling to me.

Last week's party boasted some ahhh-maazing link ups!  I may not be sewing much, but YOU sure are!

Oh my gosh!  Kim at Leland Ave. Studios finished this orange Diamonds in the Deep quilt and I am completely in love with it!


Conni's chevron snowflake quilt from My Creative Side is a great modern take on a holiday quilt.


and this blue beauty from Michelle at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts is absolutely lovely, especially against that snowy backdrop!


Let's party it up, 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!




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time to Link Up!

Welcome back to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Although I missed NTT last week, my Thanksgiving holiday was absolutely fantastic, and  I hope yours was as well (if you're in the US, that is).  I'm posting early, because tonight I'm hosting the first of three parties this week.  The teachers I work with are coming over after school for some holiday fun!  So, I figured NTT was better early than late (or forgotten after the party is over!).

Since finishing Laundry Money, I haven't sewn a single stitch.  That's just the way it is around the holidays for me.  This is how I end up spending a lot of my time this time of year instead, and that's okay by me.  I hope that even as I'm losing sewing time, my family is gaining priceless holiday memories.  So, let's go ahead and check out some of the highlights from our party two weeks ago!

Jess at Quilty Habit shared these oh-so-awesome Supernova blocks.  Don't you just love these rich colors?


Curlyque Sue showed off this green and gray star beauty.  You know how much I love green, and I really love how it pops against the gray.


and Janet at Simply Pieced linked up this reverse appliqué wall hanging.  What a fun idea.  The scrappiness just rocks!  Incidentally, Janet is coming over on Sunday for our MQG Christmas party/meeting on Sunday (the final party for the week) and I really hope she brings it so I can ogle it in person.


Even though I'm not getting much sewing time lately, I surely hope you are!  Time to link up your latest creative quilty endeavors!

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!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Pattern Sale!

Hey there friends!  I hope that everyone here in the States had a fantastic turkey day!  It was a low-key holiday for us, which was absolutely wonderful because our low-key times are just about over for the month of December.  I am hosting three Christmas parties this week alone.  Yes, I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew, but I just love Christmas so much that it's hard to say no to a party!  So, we spent the weekend cleaning, decorating inside, and getting the lights on the house.

We did NOT set one single toe inside of a mall.  I like getting my shopping done before the season gets here so that I don't have to fight crowds.  All but three of my gifts are already purchased and wrapped under the tree;  and what I don't already have, I am ordering online.



Speaking of online shopping, in honor of Cyber Monday I am having a pattern sale!  All of my patterns on Craftsy and Etsy are discounted, including my latest- Laundry Money.  The sale will run through Wednesday!  Happy shopping!



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Laundry Money

I'm supposed to be using my time wisely cooking and getting my house ready to decorate for Christmas today, but I couldn't resist taking a few minutes to share my Miss Kate coin quilt finish with you!  It's not really procrastination though.  I actually finished this quilt over the weekend, but it was so rainy, I couldn't get any pictures, and of course the days are so short lately that it's almost dark when I get home from school.  So today was the first opportunity I had to get pictures of it.  There, now that I've justified enough, I feel no guilt whatsoever.


I really love these cheery fabrics!  I wish it was spring or summer so that the backdrop could show off the colors better.  Bonnie and Camille fabrics fabrics just make me smile!


This was my first ever jelly roll purchase.  Yes, that's right- my very first.  I usually don't buy a lot of precuts (unless you count fat quarters), because I don't always know what to do with them.  I love quilts with strips, but I usually just use the fabric I have on hand.  I have to say that the jelly roll was nice though.  I didn't have to cut the strips, and more importantly, it gave me tons of fabric variety.


Of course, that meant that I didn't have leftovers for my usual scrap festival on the back, but that's okay.  I like the way the wide green stripe echoes the shape of the coin strips, and the navy blue shows the stippling really well.  There was a time when I used to shy away from quilting with contrasting thread in case I made any mistakes, but I've gotten to where I really like the contrast.


The other great thing is that a jelly roll has built in binding strips!  I used all of the solids, and I love the way it frames the coins.  Sometimes, I think a pieced binding is too busy, but with all of the white sashing in this quilt, it works.



Although I'm calling this pattern Laundry Money since it's a coin quilt,  I didn't want to give that name to the quilt itself.  Since "coin quilts" are a quilters' term, I don't see a little girl enjoying that name.  I decided to call the quilt Ticker Tape Parade.


I have been putting my time to good use over the last several days, knowing that the holiday season really cuts down my sewing time.  I went ahead and finished up my Laundry Money pattern, and it is for sale in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!  It's a great use of a jelly roll, so I hope you'll check it out!


I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and fun!




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  These weeks leading up to the holiday season just fly, don't they?  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is in ONE week, and then of course, Christmas will be here in a blink of an eye.  By the way, NTT will be taking a break next week for Thanksgiving, but we'll party again the following week on December 4th!

Speaking of the holidays, I owe you a winner for my Christmas scrap fabric giveaway!  The winning comment was number 41, Dorothy Thornton.  Congratulations to you Dorothy.  I'm so happy that my fabrics will have a new, loving home, and I can't wait to see what you decide to make with them!



I would love to make a scrappy Christmas lap quilt and pillows. Thanks for the chance. I love playing with scraps
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Oh my goodness, y'all are really in full sewing swing lately because last week's party rocked!  SO much fabulousness (it's a word!) was linked up, like this Endless Chain quilt from Lori at Sew French.


This beauty, Lilacs and Lavender, was shared by Diana from Red Delicious Life.


and this Variegated Violets quilt from Tanya Quilts in CO is fantastic!


I know I say this often, but it is so true.  I can't wait to see what you have going on 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!


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