Thursday, November 26, 2015

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 in stock items for 24 hours only with coupon BLASTFRIDAY.  Ends midnight Friday EST.


Sew Modern has 20% off all regular priced fabric with coupon BLACK20 through November 30th.  Enjoy browsing their HUGE selection with great filtering tools at a brand new website!


Find some amazing deals at Connecting Threads, where select kits and fabrics are up to 60% off! 


Lark Cottons has 25% off storewide through Dec 2nd. 
Use code turkey25 entered on shopping cart page.


Everything at Fat Quarter Shop is 25% off through Saturday, November 28th. 


At Jones & Vandermeer save an additional 20% off items in the “gobble it up” bin with code:  GOBBLESTITCH20 Includes some Cotton + Steel, Liberty, Carolyn Friedlander, patterns and more!  Sale ends midnight EST on Monday.


Canadian shop, Mad About Patchwork, is in on the fun with 40% off selected items from Friday through Monday!


At Gotham Quilts all fabrics are on sale through Saturday.  If you miss the fabric sales, stop by Monday for free shipping on every U.S. order!  No coupons necessary.


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


Save 20% off patterns and fabric at The Cloth Parcel, my newest sponsor!  Use code thanks20 for patterns and fabric20 for fabric.  Now through the end of November.


Fabric Bubb has 20% off all regular priced fabric with coupon TURKEY20 on Friday only!  Does not apply to gift cards, sale or destash items. 

Ok, I've got a few shopping carts open now.  I'm looking at some low volume prints, black prints and threads to round out my basics.  Happy Stashing and gifting, friends!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Love on Bourbon Street

Yesterday I may have made some slightly optimistic goals for my work day today.  I was hoping to finish assembling my Bourbon Street quilt top, create a quilt back, baste, quilt, bind, photograph and post about the finished project.  Lofty, high hopes though they were, it wasn't such a crazy plan given that Bourbon Street quilt top was just short two seams and it's a smallish quilt after all.

I'm not crazy!  Right?  Right.

But then, last night, I got only one hour of sleep.  The baby had a super fussy night.  That meant I had to start my work day with some catch up sleep and hope for the best....

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street

It all came together just in time for photographs before the early autumn nightfall.  Ta da!

Love on Bourbon Street

Oh my gosh, I love this quilt!  And, in my opinion, this is a super traditional quilt.  It has classic red and white "sashing" combined with scrappy, postage stamp appeal.  Working on it just after my improv project reminds me that I love all kinds of quilts, be they traditional repeated blocks, improv-crazy or works with lots of "modern" negative space.

Quilts are good.

Love on Bourbon Street

This quilt is a collaborative work, made with my bee mates in the Love Circle of do. Good Stitches, using the Bourbon Street pattern available at Connecting Threads.  It languished unfinished for quite some time, due to a missing block.  Perhaps the delay was meant to be, because it feels absolutely perfect for the time of year.  Doesn't it feel like a Christmas present quilt wrapped in red ribbon?  If we didn't already have a Christmas quilt, I think I'd be sorely tempted to make one exactly like this for our home!  I especially like how the different shades of red add extra depth to the work.

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street is quilted with my fastest finish - continuous figure eights.  Backing and bindings are mainly Denyse Schmidt fabrics, including Deco Fan (which always makes a fab binding). To be donated to someone in need.

Thanks for sewing with me, Love circle!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome, The Cloth Parcel!

Oh, how we love a cloth parcel!  It's that perfectly delightful package of squishy goodness that arrives at the door, quite bidden.  And opening one is the closest we grown ups get to our own Christmas morning.

Well, The Cloth Parcel is also a quilt shop brought to us by a mother-daughter team north of Salt Lake City.  They purvey a well-edited collection of designer fabrics, original patterns and notions for today's modern quilter and crafter.  Come meet my newest sponsor!

First, the patterns.  Sometimes the perfect pattern is exactly what you're waiting for.  At The Cloth Parcel you'll find quilt patterns and patterns for small projects that you can't find anywhere else.  And most often you'll be able to buy the fabrics to match!  Scrap-friendly Candy Shoppe, Bustling Beehive pillow and the Confetti Weave quilt each caught my eye.  To enter our giveaway The Cloth Parcel wants to know which pattern you favor!

Next, notions.   From saturated, high quality wool felt to ric rac, pom pom trim and even monkey socks, the ladies of The Cloth Parcel make it a point to stock notions they use and love.  You know, I have yet to try pom pom trim...  I always think it looks so sweet on stockings, pillows and such.

And then, fabric.  Yes, I saved the best for last!  If you prefer a smaller collection of goods all suited to your style rather than a vast, diverse collection, The Cloth Parcel may be your ideal fabric shop.  There are offerings for home, boys and girls, with a pretty, yet modern aesthetic.  And, I do like the way the fabrics are grouped by collection.  You can see from the main shopping pages up to 4 fabrics offered in a given collection, with large individual fabric swatches displayed and clearly labeled when you click through to a collection page.   Here's an example of Far Far Away fabrics:

It's a convenient and elegant way to speed browsing.  Fabric is sold by the fat quarter, 1/2 yard or yardage.  I hope you'll pop over and give them a look-sy!


As a way of saying, "Hello, and nice to meet you," The Cloth Parcel is gifting a double giveaway.

One U.S. winner will receive a 1/2 yard set of Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two, plus Cloth Parcel's newest pattern, Confetti Weave.  In addition, one international reader will win a copy of Confetti Weave quilt pattern.  To enter, add a comment naming your favorite Cloth Parcel original pattern.  Include in your comment whether you're U.S. or internationally-based and don't forget to provide an email address if your Google account doesn't share it.  Enter now through noon EST on Wednesday the 25th.

Good luck!

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Our U.S. winner is #98, Sylvia Anderson, and our international winner is #110, which is Kata from Austria!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Design {Improv Handbook Score #2}

On Monday I shared my first cuts into the string sheets I sewed up a la Improv Handbook score #2.  I had such fun designing the rest of the quilt this week.  Come see!

Design {Improv Handbook Score #2}

First I cut and put up on my design wall the large, main diamonds.  I cut the triangles for those large diamonds freehand, aiming for equilateral triangles for practical construction reasons.  Being equilateral, I can tip the triangles on their side, creating movement by changing the orientation of the string stripes.

Wanting more happy, tipsy diamonds (naturally), I cut a row of smaller ones and set it out below.  Much to my delight, a zigzag pattern of background striping appeared between the large and small tipsy diamonds.  Yay!

Then I was stuck.  More tipsy diamonds?  How many rows would look right?  What scale would allow me to balance the rows I'd already made?  A quilt composed entirely of those tipsy diamonds didn't feel quite right.  Hm....

Design {Improv Handbook Score #2}

Here's what happened next!  I cut my black and white string sheet into a bunch of even smaller equilateral triangles.  They looked sharp stacked in a non-diamond layout.  Those who've taken my Angled class might recognize that this whole quilt is built on the construction principles we practiced in the Indian Blanket quilt project.  I feel moderately confident I can sew these different angles together, even though they're irregular due to the ruler-free paradigm.  Moderately.

Then I decide that I don't want this quilt to be composed of simple, repeating rows of triangles.  Adding a simple stripe of saturated sheet across the top suits me.  A large, black and white triangle at bottom makes a statement in negative space.

Design {Improv Handbook Score #2}

The next step is to actually sew these puppies together.  I started with the first design element - the large, tipsy triangles.  Combining equalizing techniques (see back of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters) and my understanding of sewing angles, I was able to cut background triangles that fit nicely with the freehand saturated triangles.

Design {Improv Handbook Score #2}

My first rows sewed together just fine.  Maybe too fine.  I'm a little nervous that I'll equalize and strategize the irregularities right out of the work!  I love how Sherri's quilts have a topsy-turvy, free spirited personality.  Here's hoping I find a way to take risks while joining these triangles.

Have a great weekend!  See you on the other side.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

::ideas:: for sewing Christmas Decor

Aria and Liam are literally counting down the days until we decorate for Christmas.  It's our tradition to venture out the day after Thanksgiving to our favorite local tree farm, where they've been growing Christmas trees for ages.  We listen to Christmas music all they way there, trek around choosing the right tree, cocoa in hand, and then return to decorate the tree and the house all in one fell swoop.  Quite a full day.

Last year when I opened the Christmas decor boxes I was surprised at the amount of handmade goodness I've generated over the years.  I seem to sew something new each year to add to our festive home decor!  Maybe you'd like to add more handmade touches to your space this year?  Here is a collection of ideas for sewing your own holiday decor.  Follow the links to find blog posts with tutorials or construction details.

*Quilted Christmas Stockings

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

*Patchwork Christmas Rug 


*Make Merry Tree Cards

Make Merry cards

*Circles Scrap Garland

handmade Christmas scrappy garland

*Oh Christmas Tree mini 

"Oh Christmas Tree" mini

*Lovely Little Forest Pillow

Lovely Little Forest Pillow

*Embroidered Christmas Stockings

Color play.

*Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt (Tutorials Part A and Part B)

Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt

*Fabric Tags 

some of my gift tags

That last project, the fabric tags, was made when a group of ladies came over for my first "crafty social" way back in 2010.  I'm so looking forward to this Friday, when I'll be joined by some special local ladies for another crafty social (aka sewing night).  It's the first time I've hosted a sewing night since Eleni was born.  I finally feel ready.  It's going to be grrrreat! 

Now I just need to decide what I'll be sewing Friday night.  Maybe work on a quilt?  Sew up some Chritmas-y patchwork towels?  Hmm....

Monday, November 16, 2015

Magic {Improv Handbook Score #2}

Color me excited!  I love where my second score from Sherri Lynn's book is heading.  It could be my favorite improv work yet.  Really, really!

Improv in Strings {score #2}

Upon return from our week of baby's therapy (which went smoothly and hospital-free, thanks for asking!) I pressed and photographed my finished "string sheets."  Here are the saturated sets above and the low volume/low contrast sheets below.  For details on how I planned and assembled the sheets, see my getting started post.

Improv in Strings {score #2}

And here's my high contrast, black + white sheet.  Hoping it adds some spunk to the work!

While making the sheets I brainstormed the next, crucial step - using them.  In her book, Sherri invites us to give the finished sheets a good stare down, ponder different scenarios and then choose one to explore.  My brain kept returning to angles, specifically triangles.  How would freeform cut triangles sew together?  What kind of movement could I create with those stripes?  How could I be sure that the background sheets (the low volume/low contrast) allowed the other sheets to carry the show?

Improv in Strings {score #2}

Pondering is all well and good, but cutting... cutting is what makes things happen in my world.

Improv in Strings {score #2}

I do believe there's some magic to be had here! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

have a Scandi Christmas!

I am probably the last person this year to admit on my blog that it's time to think about Christmas.  But, truly, when I came across the Scandi Christmas fabric collection at Shabby Fabrics the ice around my grinchy heart melted a bit.

It's those deer and snowflakes and sweater-inspired rows.   
I can't resist.

Hmmm... what I could make for Christmas this year?

Scandi Christmas fabrics

Watch out, if you're trying to resist the holiday project snowball effect.  There's a sweet stocking panel designed to become an advent countdown project and another panel full of framed holiday vignettes.

Plus, Shabby Fabrics has produced and kitted up several enticing projects:  a tree skirt, table runner and wall hanging.  Learn how to English paper piece the stars with this Shabby Fabrics free video tutorial!  Find the patterns and kitted pattern options right here.

Also, and this is unusual for a holiday collection, there's a fat quarter set of taupe-y neutrals from Scandi Christmas.   What perfect background fabrics for holiday projects or springboard for more subtle decor!


If you find yourself dreaming of a Scandi Christmas this year, why not put your name in the hat to win some cloth?  Shabby Fabrics is giving away one panel + two yards of Scandi Christmas (1 yard cuts, winner's choice) to one lucky reader.  International entries welcome!  Enter now by adding your comment to this post before noon (eastern time) on Monday.

Good luck!

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And the lucky winner is Tisha of QuiltyTherapy, comment #15.  Enjoy!

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