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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Take home some of Moda’s Fall Fabrics TODAY!

We all love having a little leg up, even in our quilting!

Moda has released a NEW pre-cut fabric, the Mini Charm!  These 2.5” squares are just a mini version of the charm packs we already adore.  And for a limited time (or quantity, as the case may be), you can get your own little sample MONTHS ahead of it’s anticipated release!

We have just added 5 of the fall collections to our website & you can snap up the mini charms NOW!

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I also feel I should tell you how awesome these new mini charms will go with the Mondo Bag!  You’ll need 5 mini charm packs to complete your mondo bag exterior.  Remember, yardage for these lines will not be available until fall, so you’ll need to dig in your stash (or ours) for your liner & handles!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Scrap Quilt Challenge 2012

My scraps are running rampant—again (ok, not again, still)!  (I still think there is hanky-panky afoot in the basket when no one is looking).  I bet you would like to thin yours out too.

I have been trying to finish off UFO’s this year, while still creating new & exciting things from the great new fabrics we stock at www.fabricsnquilts.com

In the spirit of my personal challenge with UFO’s & scraps,
I have a Quilt Contest for you!
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Fabrics N Quilts  Scrap Challenge Quilt Contest 2012
For those of you that joined in the fun last year, the challenge is very similar!
  • 60” x 60” minimum size
  • Entries must be completed quilts (patchwork, applique, rag quilt are all fine.  It just must be a completed project)
Scrap, Strip or String quilts are historically a way to use up the smallest scraps & strips of fabrics from other projects. Quilters would put every string of fabric to use, in those times when there was no room for waste.
Even in our times, we all have a scrap bin that overflows or a collection of fat quarters stashed away longing for a project.
There are no design limitations on your challenge piece, other than overall size and that the quilt should utilize scraps of fabric in an obvious way/be the focus of your quilt, and the quilt must be finished (quilted).


So gather up your scraps & start designing your masterpiece!
  • Quilt pictures must be uploaded to our Flickr group by August 31, 2012. http://www.flickr.com/groups/fnqscrapqc2012/
  • Voting will take place from September 1– September 15, 2012 and take place on http://www.fabricsnquilts.com. Voting open to all, but limited to 1 vote per computer. Any tie will be broken by staff vote.
  • Grand Prize Winner will receive a prize pack of goodies PLUS a $30.00 gift certificate to www.fabricsnquilts.com, not to mention bragging rights for the next year!
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Join our facebook group to share ideas & pictures along your scrappy journey!

Let’s get scrappy!
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Scrappy Quilt Inspiration

This week I have been organizing some scrap bins.  They had begun to look like Medusa’s hair, so they need some squaring up.  A day of Go! cutting later & I have a nice pretty stack of 2.5” squares.  I sorted the rest of that first basket into “will become a triangle” and “squared up strips.”

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I knew that I wanted to make a scrappy quilt that used 2.5” squares in the blocks & then put a piano key-type border on it.  Strips won’t all be the same width, but that’s the general idea.

Today I was linking up with Sarah for the weekly Whoop Whoop and realized I missed last week’s whoopin’-hope that doesn’t mean I am in for one -

Well, last week, Sarah shared her completed scrappy Jacob’s Ladder quilt. {swoon}  Go see it here: http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-friends-dont-let.html

Off to EQ7 I went!

I found this Alabama Variation block in the library.  Love it, just not sure I want that much un-scrappy in the quilt this time.  Granted, the blocks are 16” so this quilt would whip up in a jiffy!

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So I went back to the original (stolen) idea of a Jacob’s Ladder.  I noticed that Sarah’s used larger squares in the corners instead of 4 patches & I really liked the way that looked.  So here is my draft (without border).  I can totally get into that!

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These blocks are 12”, but will use a lot of squares/scraps.

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If you like it, dig into your scraps & join me!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Long Arm Quilters, UNITE

I am so blessed to live in an area overflowing with talented long arm quilters!  It takes the wind out of my sails every time I think I want one; I mean it’s just so easy to hand those flimsey’s off!

Over the past week & a half, I have received 3 quilts back from 3 quilters.  Yes, I learned that if you want to get a lot done quickly, spread the work around!

I also experimented with different battings with these creations.  All the quilts have been laundered once.  I love that crinkled effect from cotton batting {swoon}. 

(before we start, I should say that I am glad I don’t have to make my living as a photographer)

First up is my Orca Bay Revamped(Read more here on my process of using the pieces from the mystery in different ways.)

Orca Bay Revamped

This quilt was quilted by Maggie Porter of Clarkrange, TN.  I love her hand-guided scrolls.  This quilt is batted with Hobbs 100% cotton.  It does bunch up more than my usual Warm & Natural blended.  It’s also thinner.  Great for a summer quilt.

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Next up is my Pinwheels at Play. 

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This quilt, obviously 30’s inspired, was a scrap quilt from the 2010 BOM we did in the shop.  I had a few 12” block kits not claimed, so I sprinkled a few in the layout & also in the corners.  This quilt is batted with my faithful, Warm & White, backed in white muslin.  I was going for classic on this quilt, so Margie Cravens of Jamestown, TN quilted this in a simple overlapping loop pantograph.  I think it’s a perfect fit.

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Last, but by no means least, is Maddie Bea.  (Read more about Maddie Bea here.) 

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This quilt is batted with Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon by Helen Marie Kulis of Cookeville, TN.  I love this panto & this is the 2nd quilt I have used it on.  It’s elegant (or refined, or some other word that conveys cool in a formal kinda way).

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Having all these finishes makes me want to dig more tops out & hand them off.  The Good Lord knows, there are plenty to go around!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Remaining Simple Stitches fabric now on Sale

Save 20% on Pat Sloan’s folk art inspired collection, Simple Stitches, has been reduced 20%!

What a beautiful quick & easy quilt you can make from the panel & border stripe.  Bind it with the bias stripe & you are ready to show off your creation!

 

Find all of our sale fabrics HERE

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Monday, June 4, 2012

The hand embroidery bug has bitten

For years, I envied from a distance.  Last month, I said, ‘Why not?!’

Given my luv of all things puppy, I chose this iron on transfer as my first foray into the world of hand embroidery:

I didn’t want Days of the Week towels, I wanted a baby quilt for a boy.  So I made 2 of one block so I could have nine blocks. 

I set them together & backed the quilt  with these cute Buck A Roo Baby fabrics.  My other fabrics are Bella Solids-Natural, Pale Yellow Solid, Bella Solids-Christmas Red (binding)

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I quilted 1/4” on either side of the ditch with variegated thread by Signature.  The back was quilted with Superior Masterpiece in graphite (my every day bobbin thread ❤)

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I really think it’s a cutie.  I have already started on my next project.  Handwork is such a joy.  To be able to fill that TV time with something other than bad-4-me snacks!  It’s nice to have something other than yo-yo’s to play with!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

June Snap Sack Table Runner Kit - Giveaway


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, CECLIA!

Summer is finally upon us!  Thoughts will soon turn to our next holiday, and with our latest Snap Sack, you will be ready in style!
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Remember, our Snap Sacks are complete quilt kits.  Use your project as a wall hanging or table runner.
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Everything you need for the top, the batting, backing, binding, and of course the pattern is included.  Just add needle, thread & YOU!
Perfect for gift giving (or treating yourself)!  This kit is available in the shop or online HERE!

Since some of the pieces are small, this is a great project to practice your cutting and piecing skills.
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A new kit comes out each month. Check out all of the kits right HERE.
As we have in the past, we will give away a free kit of this month’s Snap Sack to one of you (though without the bag)!  Leave a comment telling me your best childhood summer vacation memory.  I will draw a random winner on Wednesday, June 6th. 
Go ahead & share the love (you know you want to )…use the share button below to tell those in your online quilting circle about this giveaway!
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