Friday, November 28, 2014

Weekend Sales Bulletin

In America, the Thanksgiving holiday is closely followed (or rather immediately followed!) by one fantastic shopping weekend. Beginning on Friday morning, most shops have pretty awesome sales.  Sooo... this is the time to get your fabric, people!   Go shop in your bunny slippers:

Intrepid Thread has 30% off all yardage and off all half yard bundles for 24 hours only.  Even deeper discounts in their clearance section!  Ends midnight Friday the 28th.



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Enjoy 20% off stash-building Short Stacks at The Loopy Ewe.  Sale extends Friday through Monday. 





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Sew Modern has 20% off all regular priced fabric with coupon BIGTURKEY through December 1st. 






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Fresh Modern Fabric has 20% off storewide with coupon SAVE20 through December 1st. 

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Find some amazing deals at Connecting Threads, where select kits and fabrics are up to 60% off and all 3.5 yard bulk fabric cuts are 55%.  Friday only!




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Lark Cottons has 25% off most fabric through Dec 2nd.  Includes fabric from designers Heather RossDenyse SchmidtJoel DewberryBonnie and CamilleSweetwaterLotta Jansdotter and many more.  No coupon code necessary!

Save an additional 5% off your entire cart on orders over $100 with discount code Take5, or save an additional 10% off your entire cart on orders over $150 with discount code Take10.  Discount codes must be entered on shopping cart page to be applied.


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On Friday only, Fabricworm is having a Huge Inventory Clearance! Save 30-75% off tons of newly marked down sale items.





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At Dragonfly save 10-20% storewide through Monday.

-Spend $35.00+ and get 10% off with blackfriday10
-Spend $50.00+ and get 15% off with blackfriday15
-Spend $75.00+ and get 20% off with blackfriday20



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Everything at Fat Quarter Shop is 25% off through Saturday, November 29th.  Offer excludes clubs, programs, preorders and gift card purchases.





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At Canton Village Quilt Works get 25% off all Kaffe Fassett fabrics and off all Batiks.  Monday only!




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Canadian shop, Mad About Patchwork, is in on the fun with a Handmade for the Holidays sale November 28 – December 7.  Use coupon HANDMADE to save 15% off kits and patterns for simple gift ideas that can still be made in plenty of time for the holidays.

Plus, all notions, pre-cut charms and rolls, flannel and fleece are on sale.   Orders of $60 or more receive a bonus handmade pincushion gift!  And in the holiday spirit of giving, Mad About Patchwork is donating a portion  of all sales from November 28 – 30 to The Snowsuit Fund.


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Ok, I've got a few shopping carts open now.  Best get to work narrowing this down.  Happy Stashing and gifting, friends!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Citrus Improv

Nov. Improv bee blocks

Today's been anything but normal.  I've been bouncing from appointment to appointment and running way more errands than usual (since usual is... none).  In between things I did manage to churn out some bee blocks. Lucky me, they were speedy improv blocks. Lucky, lucky.

Nov. Improv bee blocks

Our Love circle quilter asked for pink, yellow, orange and green improv blocks finishing between 8.5" x 12.5".  I do so appreciate a range like that when working improv.  It allows for the scraps to say when they're done. I always start my improv by sewing together random small bits of fabric.  Then press and trim and see what's to be done with them!

Starting a project like this is easy because I keep my scraps organized by size and color.  I separate bitty crumb scraps, medium squares/rectangles, long strips and biggish pieces (less than fat quarter cuts).  Each of these four types lives in a separate soft cloth bin, the kind from Ikea made to organize clothing (see scrap organization details and pictures here).

Nov. Improv bee blocks

When I work improv, I'll grab the two smallest size bins of the colors I plan to work with and take them to my work table.  I might pop up to get a long string scrap too, as needed.  I love how improv leaves just fabric slivers behind, since I design the blocks to take advantage of the actual scrap sizes.  So rewarding.

Nov. Improv bee blocks

In a little over an hour of focused, zen-like work I was able to produce three citrus-pretty bee blocks from scrap! And off they go in the mail to become part of another do. Good Stitches quilt. 

Hmmmm, whats next? 

Wishing everyone in the states a safe and sweet Thanksgiving.   See you on the other side, when the Christmas season really begins! 

xo,

Rachel

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a Kona Celebration + Cascade Quilt pattern release!

This November, Robert Kaufman is celebrating 30 years of Kona Cotton Solids.  They put together a pretty sweet blog hop, with a grand total of 30 quilts all made in glorious solids by a diverse group of bloggers.  If you haven't already... run, run, run to flip through this virtual lookbook.  Eye candy and inspiration await!

a Kona Celebration!

And you know, I like the idea.  What better way to celebrate fabric than to actually commission some quilts, include as many people as possible and give away fabric?  Oh, yes, that too.  Those people at Robert Kaufman are sensible.



One of my favorite quilts in the lookbook is this one by Valori Wells.  The construction is simple, but it makes such a glorious impact on the bed!



















When invited to participate, I was deep in the trenches designing Angled class.  Cascade quilt is a dual-purpose work, both for Angled and for the 30 Quilts for 30 Years celebration.  Win!  It's a twist on the flying geese block, using mainly flying geese and a few half square triangles to create a tumbling cascade of color and shape.

Cascade for Angled online class

Cascade quilt

I included some of my longtime favorites like Kona Cerise, Kale, Paprika and Storm, plus new stars from the 2014 color series:  Mediterranean, Sangria and Grellow.  Some of those new colors are dynamite.  Serious.

Cascade for Angled online class

Today, in celebration of Kona, I'm releasing Cascade as a stand alone pattern.  You can pick up your copy in my pattern shop now!  Pattern includes complete color story, so you can make a carbon copy of my Cascade.

Cascade quilt wintry colors

Or... well, I don't have to tell you that making your own color story would be entirely rewarding too.  Here's another version I had mocked up early on.  Doesn't it feel like winter?

And thanks to the RK team, comment on this post in the next 24 hours for a chance to win the New 2014 Colors Charm Pack.  Anyone can win, but be quick about it!  Good luck, friends. 

This giveaway has now closed.  Sorry!

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Bloghop Schedule

Week 1:
Saturday, 11/1: Johanna Masko
Sunday, 11/2: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, 11/3: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, 11/4: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, 11/5: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, 11/6: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, 11/7: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, 11/8: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, 11/9: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, 11/10: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, 11/11: Nichole Ramirez
Weds, 11/12: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, 11/13: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, 11/14: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, 11/15: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. 11/16: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, 11/17: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, 11/18: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, 11/19: Valori Wells
Thursday, 11/20: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, 11/21: Cortney Heimerl
Sat, 11/22: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, 11/23: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, 11/24: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, 11/25: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, 11/26: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, 11/29: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, 11/30: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, 12/1: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, 12/2: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, 12/3: Grand Finale!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scattered

Lately I've been juggling half-spent projects.  My workspace is a storm of scrap piles, pulled for bumper blocks and tossed by kitty Susan, who has developed a habit of carrying piles of fabric around the house at night, and whenever we're not home.  Really.  I don't know what to do for her!

Sawtooth Stars for Aria

A few weeks ago I started a quilt for Aria.  I'm making she and Liam matching sawtooth star quilts for their bunkbed.  It's nice to be working on something for them in the midst of all this baby sewing!

Sawtooth Stars for Aria

Aria's quilt will have a Kona Ruby background, while Liam's will be Kona Storm.  Somehow they both intensely want a red, white and blue room.  Not sure how that happened?

Sawtooth Stars for Aria

These stars are in fabrics pulled from my stash.  I love how the sawtooth star blocks presents each print pretty as a picture!  Tutorial here.

The baby's room has the best light on this moist, cloudy day. 

Sawtooth Stars for Aria

I cut and cut and cut her fabrics until I ran out of Kona Ruby.  Now we're waiting for that shipment....

And I would show you something else today, but my bumper blocks are stalled out waiting fabrics too and my baby gown project is in process, but not quite ready for a reveal.  Then there's the camper gifts I've almost completed and the Angled charity quilt I have all the blocks to start.  Last week I made a list of Christmas gifts to sew.  Where to start?  Can you see me going in circles? 

So I just keep picking up Susan's fabrics and hoping a fluffy package will arrive in the mail to solve all my problems.

This is not how I work best!  One or two projects at a time, worked all the way through until glorious completion.  That's how I like it.  Sometimes the world does not cooperate.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Encore, encore!

In the busy holiday season, you may find yourself sewing up lots of "lists" and spending less time than you'd like developing true interests and new skills.  That's why, for a lot of us, the new year is a good time to challenge and treat yourself to an online class!

Oodalolly quilt finished!
Oodalolly, a Curves Class project

Have you been wanting to learn to hand quilt and embroider?  Tackle sewing curves?   Maybe learn to paper piece or to piece more precisely?  Work more confidently with color?

::Handstitched:: this summer

In the new year, I will be encoring two of my best-loved original classes.  Which two?  That depends... on YOU!  On the table are Curves ClassHandstitched, the Penny Sampler and Color Intensive (follow the class links for detailed info or see here for a quick summary of each class).

the Manipulative Kona Color Card

In the month of December I'll invite four guests to present these classes through their eyes as previous students. They'll share their class experience with you: what they learned, what they made and how they're using those skills now.

the Penny Sampler

Then, on December 15th, I'll open voting here on the blog.  You, dear reader, can vote to tell me which class you'd most like to take.  The top two winning classes will be announced December 29th and open for purchase on January 1st.  Classes will launch January 12th, to give us a few weeks to recover from the holidays.

So, stay tuned!

"Oh Christmas Tree" mini
Oh, Christmas Tree, a Curves Class project


May your holidays be Merry & Bright and your new year filled with Stitchy Goodness!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

the gifts of Autumn are...

the gifts of Autumn

Glowing, fluttering, falling leaves and the carpet they leave behind.

the gifts of Autumn

Warm, earthy colors - the evergreen, dear vanishing lime, widening skies, the goldens and earthy browns.

the gifts of Autumn

Cold crafting weather ripe for the making.

the gifts of Autumn

Wise old owls.

the gifts of Autumn

So we turn inwards, gathering our scraps, gathering ourselves.

the gifts of Autumn

the gifts of Autumn

We drink deep the delight in handmade gifts, little and big for those that touch our lives.

And we are Grateful.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a Quilter's Wish List

The other day, Brandon asked, "What would you like for Christmas?"  And I said, quite without a second thought, "Christmas in a snowy cabin, chocolate treats and fun baby things for Eleni."  He gave me a weird look.  Guess that wasn't what he expected.

I love a good surprise!  In a perfect world, I prefer that the gifts I give and get don't come from a list.  But, but... that's pretty hard to come by when your loved one is into a hobby that you just don't share.  So, this list is dedicated to all those dear folks who have no idea how easy it is to shop for a quilter!

no.  1  {Fabric}  Obviously.  Even if she has a cabinet full (and especially if she doesn't) a bundle of new cloth is a sure win.  Let me point you in the right direction:



for those who love color: Cotton & Steel basics


for a modern aesthetic:  Gramercy by Leah Duncan



for someone soft and pretty:  Grey Abbey in organic cotton

*Edited to add:  Also, don't underestimate the fun of a gift card to her favorite fabric shop!  She'll enjoy the shopping, we promise.

no. 2  {Batting}  Wow her with a huge gift (literally, huge!) of batting so she can make as many quilts as her heart desires!  Dear Mr. Practical, this is the most useful gift of all.



Warm & Natural Batting in a 90" x 40' roll


no. 3  {Beyond-Basic Tools}  She probably has the essential tools covered, but a quilter of several years, still may not yet have invested in these super-helpful tools.   These save time and increase accuracy. 


set of versatile Square Rulers



super-speedy 505 Basting Spray (also at Connecting Threads in smaller size)


my favorite Flying Geese Ruler



the indispensable Kona color card


Edited to add:  Also, Clover Wonder Clips, a very popular suggestion!


no. 4  {Real Luxuries}  Want treat her to something she wouldn't buy for herself?  These are the kind of extras that would delight my quilter's heart.


fancy, time-saving Rotating Cutting Mat


cover all her bases with several Sets of Thread


finger-saving Clover Mini Iron


no. 5 {Stocking Stuffers}  Surprise her with little, inexpensive treats that any quilter could use.



pretty new pins


sharpest little scissors known to man


a fun Charm Pack

 my favorite marking tool

my favorite marking pencils


the best quilt-line marking tool

Alright, how did I do?  Did I miss a tool or notion on your wish list?  Quilter's speak up!  And drop a clue for your best guy this week.  With a little thinking-ahead, he could totally take advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales next week!  Might as well, right?  It's holiday time!

*FYI:  This post includes affiliate Amazon links as well as links to two of my sponsors:  Fresh Modern Fabric and Connecting Threads. 
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