Friday, May 31, 2013

Sponsor Giveaway: Fabric Fly




A quilty picture...because I have a hard time writing a post without some quilty goodness!





Today I'm happy to announce a giveaway from Fabric Fly! Sharon from Fabric Fly has a $50 gift certificate for one of my readers! In addition, Fabric Fly is offering 10% off your entire purchase through June 7th!

Here's a little information from Sharon about her shop (and the giveaway):
 

 Fabric Fly was started in 2009 by two sisters, Laura and Sharon, who love fabric! After selling on Etsy for nearly 5 years we knew it was time to move to a stand alone website. We just opened our new website at www.FabricFly.com. We specialize in high quality fabrics from Riley Blake, Moda, Michael Miller, Free Spirit... just to name a few.

Here are just a few reasons you will love our shop:

1. Loyalty Points--Rewards for everything you purchase! Cha-Ching!

2. Super Fast Shipping--We wish we could blink our eyes and have your fabric on your doorstep immediately, but until our magic fabric super powers kick in, your order will most likely ship the same day it is placed or the next business day.

3. Awesome Customer Service. We are a small company, so we can't afford to NOT please every single fabulous customer. We want to be your absolute favorite Local Quilt Shop...Online!

 
 We want you to experience everything we have to offer so we are giving away a $50 gift certificate FabricFly. If you don't win, no worries! Enjoy 10% off your entire purchase with coupon code AQuiltingLife10 through June 7.

 You can also follow FabricFly on Facebook  and Instagram (FabricFly)

 

 

You have two ways to enter...for one entry, stop by FabricFly, then come back and leave a comment mentioning something you'd like to get if you win the gift certificate.

For a second entry, sign up to receive the Fabric Fly newsletter...then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you signed up.

That's it...two ways to enter...good luck! I'll keep the giveaway open until Monday evening!

Thanks so much for stopping by! GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congratulations to Cotton Blossom


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What I'm Working on Wednesday



Yesterday I started a baby quilt for my daughter to take to a baby shower on Saturday (yes, I know...I was cutting it close)! I was actually planning on a simple design, but then I decided to use Heather's new book and ruler as a basis for my quilt (I kind of combined two of her designs from the book). I wish I had a really good photo of this quilt...but the best photos are ones from my phone.



The quilt is actually for a baby girl, but the Mom-to-be isn't a fan of pink and requested aqua and grey. I used Moda Bella Ivory along with some of my Bunny Hill fabric stash and one print from Emily Taylor's Verona. Hopefully I can get a better photo to share after it has been quilted.



Since it's a "What I'm Working on Wednesday" post I have to mention that I love my new Olfa Splash cutter. There is something about the shape of this that I love more than any other 45mm cutter I've used. I've been using this constantly since it arrived.



I also finished up my "Gentle Art" Schnibble...such a fun quilt to make!



My quilt uses Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious (the binding is the green scallop from Happy Go Lucky) and is already hanging on the wall in my sewing room!


Just a couple of other notes...C&T Publishing has a giveaway for my book, A Quilting Life, Creating a Handmade Home on their blog today. Head over here to enter to win!






And...announcing a brand new quilt along featuring Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House! One of my sponsors, Christa Quilts, is starting her 6th in a series of complete quilt alongs on her blog. String of Pearls will launch Wednesday, June 5th at ChristaQuiltsBlog.com. Christa will have a limited number of kits available with 10% off any kit purchase through 6/30. Just use the coupon code CQA2013 at checkout. For complete details along with the quilt along schedule, visit ChristasQuiltAlong.com.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Marcelle Medallion...Quilted





Earlier this year I was pretty much smitten by the "Marcelle Medallion" pattern by Alexia Abegg found in her book Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. I meant to take a long time with this project, but as I completed each additional border I just wanted to finish it up. The quilt was pieced from my stash (except for the backing), and I had a lot of fun pulling fabrics each step of the way.


I sent it to Natalia for quilting, and it arrived home last week. Her quilting is absolutely beautiful. She emailed me the weekend I was at market to let me know she was starting on it, and the funniest thing happened. While at market I noticed lots of quilts with bubbles and circle quilting designs, which I loved. I made a mental note to have something quilted sometime with that pattern. I didn't say anything about this to Natalia; however, she did lots of gorgeous circle quilting on my quilt! The combination of the circles and the straight line quilting in the borders is just fabulous!


I love the low-volume backgrounds and the mix of fabrics I love! (Photo above by Natalia)


I didn't waste any time binding this quilt--it's already finished! (Phot above by Natalia).


Thanks, Natalia for amazing quilting on my Medallion!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Bee Blocks and a Winner



Spring was pretty busy...and my Bee blocks started to pile up! So the first sewing I did after returning home from market was to play catch up for Sinta and Calli! First I made Sinta's blocks, and I have to say I'm absolutely in love with this block. Sinta's modern Dresden blocks were based on this tutorial from Cindy. I will definitely be using this design to make some blocks for me one of these days!



Calli is making a pickle-dish quilt based on Aneela's terrific tutorial. Again, this is another tutorial I'll use again. I had so much fun paper-piecing this melon. And for me to have fun paper piecing means that the pattern was terrific!




Congrats to KMSC, the winner of the Angles with Ease pattern book and ruler from Heather. KMSC, you are a no-reply blogger, so I'm unable to email you. Please email me with your mailing information so I can send out the book and ruler!

It's been a nice and relaxing weekend here...Happy Memorial Day...I'm so grateful for those who have protected freedom and given their lives for this amazing gift I cherish so much! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Solids Along Post 5



Welcome to the fifth post in my Moda Bella Solids-Along Series. I have three more blocks to share!


This is Kate Spain's block pieced using Bella Cobalt (9900-227) and Bella 30's Blue (9900-25). You can download the pdf here.


Next I pieced Kathy Schmitz's block using Bella Mango (9900 222) and Bella Capri (9900 225). PDF available here.


Finally, I pieced Lauren & Jessi Jung's block using Bella Robin's Egg (9900 85) and Bella Raspberry (9900 140). PDF here.



And here are all 15 so far. Even though I added more blue this week, I'm still planning on some more blue for my next blocks. And a little more gray. And orange...that's the plan for now!

I'd love to have you leave a comment today if you've been making some of these blocks...I'm doing a little planning for the parade and want to start lining up the prizes...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I think I've recovered from market and even have some sewing to share next time!



PS Craftsy is having a wonderful Memorial Day sale this weekend with proceeds from every class going to benefit a veteran's organization. Some of the classes are even 60% off right now, so if you were thinking about taking a class, now is a good time to sign up.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

All Things Moda



It's no secret that I love all things Moda...and as usual, the Moda booth and new designer fabrics did not disappoint.


Here is one of the new quilts by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic using her new collection Barcelona.


And here are a few other new Barcelona quilts. The Barcelona collection is stunning. Brigitte spoke during the Moda Designer Schoolhouse, and her thoughts on quilting and sharing our talents with others were very inspirational.



The French General collection is always beautiful, and Josephine does not disappoint. I was able to get a mini-charm pack of this and will share it soon.



I got a chance to catch up and say hi to Pat Sloan in front of her Bits and Bobbins collection which is delightful (and has a wonderful text print, too). Pat is genuinely nice!



And here is Vanessa of V&Co. I love her new collection Simply Style. I can't wait to get sewing with it!


Here is a little of Sandy Klop's Potluck display...now that she has reprinted the ruler fabric I can use the fat quarter I'd been hoarding saving all these years! Or maybe I need to now hoard the old and the new...either way...I'm going to buy some yardage of that print this time around!


I love, love, love Minick & Simpson's Mid-Winter Reds. I'm finally going to make a red and white quilt using this collection


And here are the sisters of Me & My Sister...seriously, these two are the nicest! And their new collection, Giggles, is bright and cheerful!


Here is Lissa Alexander of Moda...she is amazing! She not only inspires everyone around her but also is a great friend. We are standing in front of the two quilts I pieced for Camille for this market...Fireworks and Summer!



I probably should have moved this photo up closer to Sandy's Potluck picture...this is a quilt with her fabric that was in the Moda booth. I love this line!



And finally...another shot of the Moda leaves. Each of the four sides of the Moda rep section had a different colorway of leaves. I mentioned earlier that there were 19,123 leaves total--and they were truly stunning.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Moda, Craftsy, and a Giveaway




Happy Wednesday! I thought I'd start off today's post by sharing the three Moda bundles I couldn't live without from Sample Spree. Clockwise from left are Simply Style by V & Co., Potluck by Sandy Klop, and Sunnyside by Kate Spain! My Moda booth post is almost finished, and I'll share it tomorrow.






One of the booths I visited while at market was the Craftsy booth. I've enjoyed writing for Craftsy for the past few months and have also been taking some Craftsy classes. The lectures from QuiltCon are also free on the Craftsy site. To watch the QuiltCon lectures for free you'll just need to register for an account (You can do that here).

I'm also currently taking Camille Roskelley's Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple and have also signed up for Sara Fielke's Scrap Quilting: Big Techniques from Small Scraps.

What I like about the Craftsy classes is that they are available to you whenever and forever. You can watch just a segment or sit down and watch the whole class. Then if you want to review something or watch it again, you can. It's so easy, and it's like having a personal instructor "on call!"

The classes also come with pattern downloads. I'm really looking forward to playing with these two classes this summer.




And now for my first post-market giveaway! One of my favorite designers in the quilting world is Heather Mulder Peterson. I always love her fresh ideas and inspirations for fabrics. At this market she debuted her newest book, Angles with Ease and a ruler to go along with it! When I purchased my copy and ruler at Sample Spree she gave me an extra set to give away to one of my readers! I didn't get any pictures of Heather's booth...but you can see the quilts in this book on Heather's blog here and here.

To enter the giveaway, simply let me know what your quilting goals are for this summer! I'll keep the giveaway open through Friday evening!

Thanks so much for stopping by...and I'll be back tomorrow with the Moda booths!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Some of the Booths



It's always fun to see the booths--especially when you are able to see the transformation take place from a messy convention center with forklifts and boxes and packing materials strewn all over the floors to a beautiful showroom with inspiring booths. First up is Allison's booth (Cluck, Cluck, Sew). She always has a darling display and is soooo nice!



Next is Tasha Noel's Simple Life collection in the Riley Blake booth. Her fabrics are adorable, and I was able to see a sneek peek of her next collection, Country Girl which is just as adorable (and it has navy in it, too)! Tasha is absolutely one of the nicest people you'll ever meet...I enjoyed visiting with her at market!


This is Emily's (Crazy Old Ladies--although she isn't crazy or old...just super nice) Technicolor Display. Her booth was amazing, and she won a booth award for her incredible display. I have some of this fabric ready to sew...can't wait!


Nordika is Jenny Baker's upcoming collection. Of course I loved her hexagon display of all the prints!


This gorgeous patchwork dress was even more stunning in person...it was in the Art Gallery booth section.


Of course I had to stop by the C&T Publishing booth...it was fun to see my books on the shelf!


This is Denyse Schmidt's corner of the Free Spirit section. I can't remember the name of her new collection, but it is fantastic. Actually, this quilt doesn't even show the range of beautiful fabrics. I thought it was reminiscent of Hope Valley; there was a fat quarter bundle of the collection on the ground which I should have taken a picture of...it was beautiful.


And here is the Lakehouse section with Pam Kitty Morning's adorable fabric. Don't you love her Bee in My Bonnet row quilt?! Pam is always so much fun to visit with!


Of course I had to make a stop at Tula Pink's booth (after all, I'm almost finished with my Tula Pink quilt). Her fabrics are absolutely stunning. I may just be tempted to wait for them to purchase the backing for my quilt.


Her butterfly quilt was absolutely stunning!



I always have to make a stop by Aurifil...and take a picture of the threads. Every market I do this--there is just something about their beautiful displays. I always think how nice it would be to have an entire cabinet of this thread in my sewing room!

I still have at least two more market posts...the next one will highlight some of my Sample Spree finds and include a giveaway of some goodies. Another one will highlight the Moda designers and their fabrics.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS  My friend Stefanie is having a "Back from Quilt Market" sale, and everything in her shop is marked down.