Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today's the day! Join in the Brooke Quilt Along!

Let's kick off the Brooke QAL with a bang today!  Pop over to the QT Fabrics blog for all the details and introduction post for the #QTBrookeQAL.

Be sure to ask at your fave LQS for Brooke!  Here's a link to the QT shop locator to find the nearest QT retailer near you:

We can't wait to share this beautiful design with you!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

QT Fabrics new line, Brooke, just released. Check out the QAL and our Giveaway!

Giveaway has ended, congrats to Barbara W!
See you all November 8th on the QT Fabrics Blog!

Oh, my blogging friends....
I know that I will never be the blogger I once was or that you hope for, but at least I hope that what I do share with you here is uplifting, fun & always full of quilty-goodness.

My latest design for QT Fabrics features the bright & beautiful new Brooke collection, and starting November 8th, QT will be hosting a Quilt-Along (QAL) on their blog!

Here is our project!  She's 60" square,

with a fun dimensional applique!  (The applique reminds me of Billie Holiday - if you get that reference, we are instant friends.  If you don't, we are still friends.)

I hope you will join in our QAL - a fun-filled 6 weeks to a beautiful quilt!  This quilt is a great skill builder.  Not only will we cover fusible machine applique, but also embellishing, bias edged patchwork, chain piecing and more.  I hope to see you over at "on the QT (a not-so-secret blog)" on November 8th!

Be sure to ask at your LQS for Brooke & get your Brooke kit today (click for store locator)!  If your LQS does not have the fabric, let them know they can still order it for winter delivery!  Maybe they can have a series of classes and help you learn, hands-on, the techniques we cover in the QAL.  Trust me when I tell you that as a quilt shop owner, I love to hear what my customers like to see.  It takes the guess-work out of putting together the activities and fabrics you are interested in!  

If you don't have an LQS (living rural, I totally understand that is the case for so many), not to fear!  We have reopened our Etsy shop & the kits available.

To share our excitement about our latest partnership with QT Fabrics, I am going to give away a kit for the QAL!
Our giveaway is open to US residents.  To enter, leave a comment for each of the following you complete:
1.  Follow the QT Fabrics blog (there's a handy little button right in the bottom right of the page when you click over)
2.  Like/Follow us on either FB or IG
3.  Sign up for our newsletter
4.  Like/Follow QT Fabrics on either FB or IG
Contest starts Sunday, 10/29/17 and ends midnight (CST) 11/1/17.  Winner chosen at random.

I'm so happy to bring you another fun design for the beautiful fabrics from QT.  If you've missed any of my prior designs, you can find them on the Free Patterns page on!

Don't forget to share this giveaway-I mean if you don't win, don't you hope one of yours friends will?
Happy Stitching!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Quilted EMbrace delivery to Signature Healthcare of Fentress County

A most wonderful afternoon

This past Tuesday afternoon, we gathered all our Quilted EMbrace quilts, and some wonderful snacks for our distribution of quilts at Signature Healthcare of Fentress County. 

We did a little photo shoot on Monday. 
Thanks to Alive in the Spirit Church and Mark Justice for helping us capture all this beauty.

Quilted EMbrace is a 501(c)3 charity founded by Linda Thielfoldt of The Quilted Goose.
Inspired by Linda's vision, we at Fabrics N Quilts decided it was too hard for us to pick a few residents of our local nursing home to receive a quilt, so we decided to embark on a year-long community service project that would cover every resident with a new quilt.  The 138-bed facility also provides in-patient physical rehab, so we wanted to make sure we left a few excess quilts to handle turnover.  Our 145 goal seemed lofty, but as the months ticked by, it was soon clear that we would exceed that goal.  Our final quilt tally was 162!

 This was a labor of love for all those involved.  Many quilts had several hands in the completion, as we divided the tasks among our many hands.  Most quilt tops were made by one quilter,  quilted by a second, bound and labelled by a third.  Sometimes even a 3rd or 4th hand touched the quilt as we divided the construction tasks.  I tried to keep a list of all our contributors & want to recognize each of you for your contribution to this project.  If I have forgotten anyone, I sincerely apologize in advance.  Some months we had quilts coming and going in rapid fashion!
Many hands make light work & though you may feel undeserving of credit for the completion of this year's Community Service Project, I assure you that without each of you, this would not have been a success.  Thank you!

Barb Harvey
Barbara Terry
Bernice Peavyhouse
Beulah Pennycuff
Bonnie Sullivan
David Luinstra
Debbie Hart
Delois Bledsoe (Pickett County)
Diana Smead
Eileen Powell
Geneva Beaty
Jaime Blevins
Jan Davis
Janie Jenkins (Pickett County)

Joann Simpson
Justine Upchurch
Karen Smith
Louann Callahan
Lynn Schuster

Marlene Thomas (Crossville)
Martha Sells
Marty Stockton (Knoxville)
Mary Slaven
Mickey White (Indiana)

Nancy Gernt
Pamela Kissel
Patricia Hinds
Patsy Littrell
Sandra David
Sandy Brendel
Shannon Ownby
Sharon Lyons
Sherri Stilts
Sue Crooks
Sue Klienfelter (Pickett County)
Susie Traughbauer (Kentucky)

Suzann Huff (Monterey)
Teri Stout (Florida)
Woodie Trentham (Knoxville)
Several Ohio & Kentucky quilters from the Jabez Quilt Seminar, 2016

Thank you to the quilters who attended the party and enjoyed the time with the residents.

To see pictures of the residents receiving their quilts, check out this Facebook post by Signature Healthcare of Fentress County: 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Quilted EMbrace January update

 We set our goal for 145 quilts for 2016 & we are rolling right along!  January has closed with 16 quilts either finished or just in need of some binding!

I already have another 12 in the pile to quilt, so February is looking to be another bountiful month toward our goal!
Thank you, Fentress County quilters, for your generosity of time, talent & supplies!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Your Handmade Christmas

How's your handmade Christmas coming along?

Need some last minute gifts? Try using some shortcuts and aim for smaller projects like table runners or wall hangings.
Use the free pattern "In Chains" from our website!
Shortcuts, you ask? Try using some notions that can shave hours off your prep or stitching time, like Yo-Yo Makers, pre-cut fabrics, or a specialty ruler-like the Dresden Ruler.  
Try using a panel -they are quilter's candy!  Here's a project I made several years ago with a Moda Days of Christmas panel (sorry, the panel's out of print) & the large yo-yo maker.
Making time for your projects is also hard this time of year.  Try to squeeze in 20 minutes each day.  If you have your project primed & ready to go, you'll be amazed what you can accomplish in 20 minutes!
Because which gives you more joy?
A little of this,
or a little of this  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's time for our Open House!
One day only, all fabric bolts are on sale 25% off!

Additional mystery specials every hour too.

Plus refreshments to keep you fueled up (with recipes, in case you like them).

See you Saturday!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday

Today's the day we show a little extra love to all the small businesses in our towns.  It may seem like you don't make a difference, but I assure you, YOU DO!

Each small purchase (and large) keeps us going.  Connecting with you when you come in, learning about your project, your family, and your preferences are why we find joy in every day.

I hope you will take time to read my recent article on the importance of supporting the small business in your town throughout the year, if you haven't already.  That pack of needles or spool of thread really CAN make the difference to your LQS.

Now get off the computer & go find the small business gems in your community!