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Thursday, April 16, 2015

NTT!

Okay, y'all.  State testing season is in full swing, and I have literally crashed every night this week.  I have to leave for school in a couple of minutes, but I wanted to host NTT really quickly before I head out the door.

So let's get to some super quick highlights this week!  Party on!

Modern Material Girl's Juggle quilt is so beautiful!


Tanya Quilts in CO shared her Tulip Patch finish.  Lovely, bright colors!


and this Fall Out quilt from Ida Rather Be Quilting is so neat!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

April Fabric Deals and Giveaways!

Yep,  you read that correctly.  I have not one, but TWO fantastic giveaways in this post, from TWO awesome fabric shops.  You don't want to miss out on them, so read on!

I've decided to start something new to bring my readers the latest and greatest deals in fabric.  I am partnering with my sponsors to bring you special coupon codes, promotions and (sometimes) even giveaways, all in one monthly post.  I hope that you find them helpful, because when it comes right down to it, don't we all need a little more fabric on sale?  Yes, I used the word need.  I have a loose definition of that word when it comes to fabric, and I'm okay with it.  So, let's kick it off, shall we?

Lady Belle Fabric has lots going on!  For one week only, use the code quilts at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.  The offer ends Sunday, April 19th.  Lady Belle has lots of new fabric lines in stock, including-

Ambleside by Brenda Riddle Acorn- Bundles, precuts, a quilt kit and select yardage available. 
Fantasia by Sara Lawson- bundles and yardage available.
Morning Walk by Leah Duncan- bundles and yardage available
Elizabeth by Tula Pink- available in half yard and fat quarter bundles. 

Other new lines include: Feed CompanyClementineFresh CutDaysail and Hello Bear 
(I have my eye on this yummy Clementine bundle)


There are also some great deals on select fat quarter bundles happening right now!  Check out these bundles on sale!

Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry
Winged by Bonnie Christine 
Far Far Away by Heather Ross
Up Parasol by Heather Bailey
Lady Belle Fabric
Dragonfly Fabrics is also offering a special coupon code just for my readers!  Use the code QuiltLove20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase through April 19th!  They have lots of great new fabric lines in, like Fantasia by Moda, and Priory Square by Art Gallery Fabrics, just to name a couple.  Click HERE to see all of their new lines.
 


Dragonfly Fabrics is also home to a weekly sale!  Right now, the entire Arizona line is 15% off.  Just use the code Arizona15 at checkout through April 26th.  Check out their other fabric lines on sale HERE (and there are a bunch of them)!
Dragonfly Fabrics
Shabby Fabrics is sponsoring giveaway number one!  My kind friends at Shabby Fabrics are offering a $30 gift certificate to spend however you choose.   You really have to pop over to see what's going on there.  Right now, they have several new collections, like Luna LoungeAmbleside, and Veranda.
If you've never shopped with Shabby Fabrics, let me just tell you that you can get lost in their sale section.  It is huge!  Right now, several beautiful fabric lines are on sale, including Origami Oasis and  Emma's Garden...LOVE!

On their sale items, Shabby Fabrics offers a "buy more, save more" discount.  If you purchase one, you receive 10% off, two- 20%, or three- 30%!  You can also rack up loyalty points for each purchase which translates to a discount on future purchases.  Check it out!
Shabby Fabrics

If you love quilting with coordinated bundles, Fort Worth Fabric Studio offers bundles that you can't get anywhere else.  They pull fabrics from different lines that go together beautifully, so all of the guesswork is done for you!

                         

I just love the way Fort Worth Fabric Studio organizes their sale page.  Instead of categorizing their sale fabrics by percentage off of the regular price, the fabrics are organized by the sale price per yard.  That makes it easy to shop while keeping the actual cost in mind.  Right now, they have Miss Kate, Happy Flappers, Fancy Free, and Horizon marked below $7.00 a yard (and that's just a few)!


Southern Fabric is home to the Daily Deal, and it is often a very deep discount on a great fabric line!  Right now Southern Fabric has lots of new fabric lines in, including Sea Buddies, which gets me in the mood for summer, as well as Anna Maria Horner's Folk Song.

 
Their sale section is certainly not lacking!  A couple of my favorite lines on sale are Violette by Amy Butler, and Honor Roll by Anna Maria Horner.  Check out all of their awesome sale items HERE.

 
One thing I always love about Southern Fabric is that shipping is always $5, and free for orders over $150.  They ship internationally as well, so be sure to check them out!

Southern Fabric
Last, but certainly not least, is Fat Quarter Shop.  They have such a huge collection of fabrics, patterns, kits, and notions that I could spend hours browsing all of it.  They are also home to several clubs and choice bundles from great bloggers and designers.  Seriously awesome stuff.  Chances are, if you need something, they have it, and you'll get great service to boot.
Fat Quarter Shop
Fat Quarter Shop is also sponsoring giveaway number two!  They are generously offering a fat quarter bundle of Clementine by Heather Bailey in the Jade color way.
So, how do you enter both of these awesomely fantastic giveaways?  Just leave a comment on this post and let me know what yummy fabric lines you've had YOUR eye on lately.  On Sunday evening, Mr. Random will help me pick the winners.  Please, please, PLEASE be sure that I can contact you by email.  Good luck in the giveaways and happy shopping!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Snowballs for a Nursery

I finally finished putting my snowball quilt top together last night and I am so happy with how it turned out.  I wanted to do something a little different from a traditional snowball quilt, so I just started sketching and this is what I came up with.


I used three different sizes of snowballs- 12 inch, 8 inch, and 4 inch, and constructed the quilt in sections.  I like the way the snowballs "float" across the quilt, making it difficult to see where the sections are.  I think when it is quilted the illusion will be even cooler, that's what I'm hoping for anyway.

This quilt is destined for a twin bed that is part of a sweet nursery, all decorated in shades of pink and gray.  I can't wait to finish it!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ticker Tape

Every April, my school has a huge carnival fundraiser, complete with food trucks, dunk tank, cake walk, games, face painting, and lots of silent auction items.  This year, the PTA asked each class to create a piece of art to be auctioned off, and we could choose to make anything we wanted.  Of course I chose to use fabric.  Was there ever really a question?


I went through my scrap jars and found all of the smallest bits, and decided to make a Ticker Tape "quilt" on canvas using this tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I LOVE it so much, I think I'm going to try to win it for my sewing room...although my assistant principal has her eye on it for her office.

The biggest change I made from the method in the tutorial is that I added two coats of glossy decoupage medium on top of the fabric as well, rather than just sticking the fabric down with it.  I didn't want to take any chances with the fabric edges fraying, and I like the texture it gives.  The kids had so much fun placing the pieces (with a little guidance from me), and I think it will do well at the auction.

The canvas is big, measuring 24 x 36 inches, so this is a real statement piece.  Even if I don't win it, I think I might have to make another one for myself!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Link Up, Friends!

Happy almost Thursday, my friends!  Spring has definitely sprung around here, and baseball season and the end of school year countdown are constant reminders (32 school days until summer vacation, in case anyone was wondering).

I have started a new project, and don't have much to show for it yet, but I'll have more progress soon. My April MQG meeting is Sunday, and I want to have the top done by then.  We are discussing alternate gridwork as an element of modern quilting, and this is going to be a great example of it for show and tell.


This one is going to be twin size, and will go on a bed in the nursery of a baby on the way.  I'm going to be working as quickly as I can to put the top together before the weekend, so be on the lookout for it.  I'm so excited about the design!

As always, last week's party provided tons and tons of quilty eye candy!  Leigh Laurel Studios showed off this Charm Box quilt.


2 Dogs Studio linked up this Ribbon Candy quilt top, and the fabrics are lots of fun!


and Lori at Crossquilt (who also happens to be a guild friend) shared this awesome quilt to donate to the hospital as part of our guild project.


Okay y'all!  During this crazy time of year, browsing through all of your fantastic projects every week really helps me stay energized, and keeps my creativity flowing.  Bring it on!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sunny Skies

The name of this quilt is a bit of wishful thinking.  It was finished and photographed in a mad rush, trying to beat the thunderstorms that are heading our way, which will inevitably make the ground soggy and unsuitable for photos for days.  I did get sprinkled with a few raindrops, and had to get my shots as efficiently as possible between gusts of wind, but that's just all part of the beauty of spring!


I really enjoyed working with the calm, soothing color palette of this quilt.  It feels so light and airy to me, and perfect for the season.


I used all of the scraps in the backing, and used an aqua pin dot fabric to finish it out.  You can see the fabric really well in the photo of the quilt label.  I like the way both the yellow and navy pop against it, and the way that the navy binding stands out as well.





Slowly but surely, everything is turning green again, just in time for Easter.  After such a long, icy winter, the warmer days and blooming trees are so inspiring, and everything feels light and hopeful.  Happy Easter weekend, y'all!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Welcome to NTT, friends!  This week has been a crazy one.  If you've ever worked with kids, you will know what I mean when I say that April Fool's Day is not my favorite day.  A few pranks are fun, but with 5th graders, it can get excessive.  Ah well, at least it only comes around once a year!

I have managed to put the backing together for my latest quilt, but have progressed no further.  This is baseball season after all, and is just the time of year when I feel like my quilting happens in slow motion.  I'm thinking that the three day weekend might just afford me the time to finish it up.

So, we'll get right to last week's amazing party features!

Anne at Springleaf Studios linked up this bright, fresh beauty, and since the photo cropper cut much of the quilt out of the thumbnail last week, I wanted to be sure that everyone got to ogle it.


Maryse Makes Things showed off her gorgeous clamshell top.  Amazing!


and this scrappy masterpiece from Janet at Simply Pieced is a stunner.  Believe me.  I saw this quilt at our last guild meeting, and it is even better in person.


Edited- I just realized that I owe you a winner from the mini charm and pattern giveaway!  Out of 199 comments, the lucky winner was number 199!  Congrats and I'll be contacting you by email soon!

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Okay.  NOW it's time to party!  I can't wait to see what awesome inspiration you bring 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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