Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year End Sales

Hello! As 2015 is winding down, a lot of my retailers are clearing out inventory with terrific are a few you might want to visit...

Fat Quarter Shop has their fabulous end of the year sale now with up to 60% off on fabrics, patterns, and more!

Green Fairy Quilts has a spectacular year end clearance going on.

OlieandEvie is offering 16% off all purchases with the code YEAREND16 good now through January 1st.

Lady Belle Fabric has 15% off all bundles & quilt kits, 20% off precuts, notions & quilt patterns --no code needed--sale prices good through the end of the year.

Calico Cottage has a 20% Off sale right now through December 31st on all Kona Solids, Frivol Tins, and Sale items.  The checkout cart will automatically calculate the price - no code needed.

Bear Creek Quilting has their year-end inventory clearance going on now.

 And...Craftsy has their sewing and quilting supplies on sale for up to 75% off through the end of the year...find those deep discounts here!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy New year!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Year in Review: Quilts

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The last week of the year is when I typically post my "year in review" posts of projects. This year I made a good assortment of small items (mostly gifted) like bags, pillows, pincushions, place mats, table runners and table toppers; since a lot of these small projects live in other homes now, I had fun remembering them all when I went over my posts from the year.

Since I've already re-shared most of the smaller projects in my gift-giving ideas posts, I thought that for the year end wrap up I would just share the bigger quilts I finished this year. From my count I finished 20 quilts in 2015. Of course there are a few I can't share because they are waiting to be published in magazines and such, but here are the quilts of 2015.

First up is my Go Four It Quilt which was designed by Lissa Alexander and was one of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along quilts last year. I used all Fig Tree scraps from my stash for this one.

I actually started getting my scraps ready for this quilt at the end of 2014, but

the majority of the work on this project was done in 2015. It is really one of my favorite quilts ever and is king-size, so we use it on our bed for a few months every year!

Next up is my Moda Building Blocks quilt in scrappy reds and whites and creams. I also started this one at the end of 2014 but didn't finish it until half way through 2015. This is another favorite and one of those "bucket list" quilts.

This is my Starlight quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley) using Kate Spain fabrics along with some favorite Moda dots. I actually pieced the original sample of this quilt for Camille when she first released her pattern and always wanted to make my own. Since I was teaching this at a class last January I finished it up just in time!

My Honey Braids quilt was another finish from 2015. I started this several years ago, and it was sure a fun finish...those works in progress finishes are often the sweetest...and they give me confidence that someday I'll finish up the other works in progress quilts I have going.

My scrappy Fig Tree Jumping Jacks quilt was another 2015 finish. I actually pieced this quilt top in 2014, but it sat waiting to be quilted until March...when I found out that American Patchwork & Quilting was coming to my home for photos, I knew I wanted it on the bed in the guest room, and my friend Marion quilted it in a hurry!

My Mahalo quilt pieced in the Fig Tree collection Aloha Girl was another favorite from this year. This quilt is another one that I originally pieced for Joanna and had to re-make for myself.  This quilt just says "summer" to me!

The next few quilts were sure made in a hurry...when our Bright Sun fabric arrived we didn't have much time to get the quilts ready for market. Luckily I had help with three of the quilts, but here are the three I pieced in just a little over a week. First is Shangri-La which really is a favorite...I love the large and small flying geese in this quilt.

 Next up is Anasazi which is a fast and fun jelly roll quilt! I'm teaching this quilt at a retreat in early February and can't wait to see all of the different versions!

And then there is Star Bright...another favorite because of all the secondary patterns created by this design! This quilt actually got to go to Japan for a trade show but is back in the US now residing at a quilt shop!

Dream Catcher (pieced by Kaitlin Pallas) and Bliss (pieced by Gail Begay) were my two other Bright Sun Patterns. 

This is my FanFare quilt which is a modern version of a quilt my great great grandmother made. It was actually made pretty quickly as I had a lot of deadlines around this time! It's home now and is going up on the wall as soon as I take the Christmas quilts down. You can find this pattern in the February 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

Next up is my scrappy Log Cabin Swap quilt. I made this quilt from June to August I believe, and had a lot of fun not only using my own scraps but also seeing the fabric bits from the other swappers that participated. Some of my favorite people made blocks for this quilt, and it is a real treasure!

Next up is my Farmhouse version of the 9th Grade Quilt I made for Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs for their Pre-Cut Primer book with Fat Quarter Shop.

When our Valley fabric collection arrived we had a little extra time for sewing the quilts, so this time I was able to make four quilts and had two others pieced by friends! This is the Desert Sky quilt in the multi-color version.

 Desert Sky also has a two color version in navy and cream which is elegant and classic--I sure love this quilt!

 Hope Valley was another one of our Valley quilts...

 And finally, Hope Chest was probably my favorite Valley quilt. I made it last, kind of on the spur of the moment when I realized I actually did have time to make one more quilt. There is just something about this quilt that I really love!

Stepping Stones (pieced by Gail Begay) and Oasis (pieced by Kaitlin Pallas) were my other two Valley quilts.


My Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots quilt was a project I worked on throughout the year. It's always fun to finish up a Fat Quarter Shop block of the month quilt.

And the last 2015 finish I can share is my Hello Darling No Bake Jolly Bar quilt which I recently shared on the blog. This was a fun one, too!

It was fun to look back and review, and the process of doing this has helped me come up with ideas for my quilting goals for 2016. I have some great ideas that I will be sharing right after the first of the year. My focus will be on using my stash and the scraps I've collected, and I hope you'll be able to find a lot of useful ideas for your own 2016 quilting projects.

Finally...according to this website, the collage of photos below were my most liked posts on Instagram for 2015 (if you have Instagram, I'm @aquiltinglife there). While some favorites are definitely there...some of the quilts I shared in this blog post didn't make the cut...funny...

Thanks so very much for reading my blog, for offering words of encouragement and support, and for teaching and inspiring me with your ideas and suggestions. I hope that 2016 will be a wonderful year for us all!

In the meantime, please enjoy 30% off of everything in my Etsy shop using the code "THANKYOU2015" as my way of saying thank you!

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I'm ever so grateful to be able to be spending this wonderful holiday weekend with most of my family. My best wishes to you and your family for a joyous holiday season!


Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Quilted Bags

Happy Wednesday! It's getting down to the wire for gift making! I'm almost finished...I think (although I keep thinking of more things I could do)! But at some time I'll have to decide I'm done for this the meantime, though,

I made a couple more of the Project Bags I shared a couple of weeks ago. This

time I made a smaller size, opting for the medium size. And I put handles on both of them. Think how easy it would be to hang these in a closet with handwork or applique ready to go!

While the larger size I made first is perfect for transporting projects and blocks, this medium size is better for smaller blocks (6"-8") and hand work and English paper piecing. I like that this size is big enough to still hold quite a bit but small enough to put in a larger bag.  I think I'm going to have to make the smaller size, too, because I think it's probably bigger than I realize and would also do for paper piecing or applique.

This is a size comparison between the large and medium size...the large isn't a lot wider but is quite a bit taller.

Two are gifts...but one is for me...I have a work in progress that has been sitting in a pile that I'm going to put in my bag. Then I'm hoping I'll take it on the go more frequently and maybe even get it finished up in 2016.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Some Favorite Christmas Quilts

Happy Tuesday! I realized while looking for a photo the other day that while I frequently share my smaller Christmas pillows, wall hangings, and projects, I haven't shared my larger Christmas quilts in quite a little while...

so I thought today it would be fun for a Christmas quilt parade!

I think my favorite Christmas quilt of all time is my Scrappy Trip Around the World that I made with Christmas scraps. I made this a few years ago and backed it with a favorite hounds tooth flannel I had been saving for years.

This was a lap size quilt, and I'm wondering if my Christmas scraps have grown enough yet to make a bed-size version for next year because this really is my favorite Christmas quilt ever!

 My Vintage Holiday ornaments quilt is another favorite...I made it using Aneela Hoey Christmas fabric and absolutely love this quilt, too.

 Since I have my red and white quilt in the guest room right now, I figured I could count it as a Christmas quilt...this is a 2015 finish.

Last year's Christmas quilt was the Lori Holt Christmas quilt along on Instagram. This is actually wall-hanging size, and I have it in my front entry this year.

 I think the wreaths with their red bows are my favorite! I made this quilt using mostly Kate Spain Christmas fabrics with a few others mixed in!

 I also made a scrappy patchwork tree skirt one year...and we have been using it every year since. I love getting this out each year! This tree skirt replaced the patchwork tree skirt I made the first Christmas after we got married. My daughter uses it now, and it's fun to see it under her tree each year.

My Farmer's Wife Christmas version quilt is on the quilt ladder in our front entry. When I first started sewing the Farmer's Wife quilt I was making my blocks in set in Fig Tree with another set in Christmas fabrics. I didn't make all of the blocks in Christmas fabrics, but I made enough for a nice-size quilt.

 My most recent Christmas quilt finish--my Fig Tree red and green quilt--isn't quilted yet...but it will be for next year for sure!

I've been making a list of projects I'm thinking of for next year, and after writing this post, I know another Christmas quilt is going on the list!

 I'll be back tomorrow with my final batch of finished-up gifts...thanks so much for stopping by!

Don't forget that Craftsy classes are on sale for up to 50% off until the day after Christmas!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Little Binding

Happy Monday...It's been a little of this and a little of that around here as I try to finish up the last minute gifts and preparations for the holidays.  On Friday my No Bake Jolly Bar quilt arrived in the mail, and I couldn't wait to get started on the binding. This isn't actually a Christmas present, but it was too cute not to get started finishing it!

Plus, it's perfect quilt binding weather as we've been having some cool temps!

My friend Michelle did the quilting for me, and used a cute pattern called "Mellow Yellow." I thought it was the perfect pattern for this quilt because of all of the big spaces with just background fabric. The cute flowers in the quilting add so much to this quilt!

I decided on a mint green stripe that was from the Scrumptious fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille (all of the quilt fabrics are from Hello Darling, and the tone on tone background is from DaySail).

 The backing is that cute strawberry print on mint from Hello Darling...

 It's all machine sewn...ready for hand stitching!

 If you're still doing some last minute shopping (for someone else or for yourself)...Craftsy has all classes discounted up to 50% off through December's the perfect time to take a class if you have one you've been thinking about.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

OttLite Review

Happy Friday! Today I'm reviewing the OttLite 3-in-1 Craft Lamp. I received the lamp for free from the OttLite Company; however, all of the opinions in this blog post are my own. I've been using this light in my little sewing area in our family room for a couple of months now, and I don't know what I'd do without it!

 I've always had this comfortable chair with an ottoman that is just perfect for hand-stitching and binding...but the lighting was always an issue until now.
 When I took the photos below there weren't any lights on in the room...just the natural light coming in through the windows. You can see what a difference there is between the photo on the left with the OttLite on and the photo on the right where it is off.

 Not only do I do all of my hand-sewing and binding here now, but I've also noticed my husband sits there to read when he needs extra light!

This lamp is a 24-watt lamp that has a conversion kit; it can be a floor lamp (as I'm using it) but can also be a table lamp or a clamp on lamp. There is a clip for holding patterns or photos as well as a 5X optical grade magnifier. Everything is adjustable, so you can move the lamp and the extra attachments into the exact position you are looking for.

Another feature I love about this lamp is that it allows me to sew with a very bright light...that doesn't bother anyone else in the room. Sometimes everyone else is watching a movie, and I'm able to sew...see perfectly...and yet not have my light affect their enjoyment of the movie.

 In summary...I am very pleased with the OttLite K94CP3 3-in-1 Adjustable-Height Craft Floor Lamp with Magnifier and Clip, Champagne. It's made things so much easier for me, and I'm super thankful OttLite contacted me for this review!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy sewing and quilting! 

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