Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Block of the Month~Underground Railroad


As we reflect on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War of the United States, we can also reflect on the history of quilts in the Underground Railroad.

Your Block of the Month will include Barbara Brackman's Facts & Fabrications, Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery as your guide through history & these blocks.

The awesome part with this block of the month is that you can customize your quilt by choosing your sashing, cornerstone & binding fabrics from any of our inventory.  We recommend staying period relevant and choosing a fabric from our 1800's section, or a solid

We are also offering a full bed size option!


Join us on our journey!

Friday, December 24, 2010

And the Winner is….

A Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all!

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We hope you will congratulate these 4 Lucky Duckies with us!

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Comment #10 (Fat Quarter Bundle)

Nanbon44 said...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 17, 2010 1:48 PM


Comment #381 (charm pack)

Marianne said...

My Quilty Resolution this year is to sew more and shop less.

December 23, 2010 6:47 AM


Comment #29 (pattern)

Mimi said...

I signed up for your newsletter and look forward to the next one! Awesome giveaway, by the way!

December 17, 2010 5:00 PM


Comment #367 (pattern)

Nancy Sue said...

My quilty new years resolution is to make a list of UFO's and starts, and record finishes :)Who knows? Maybe I'll be on the other side of the blog fence in 2011 :)

December 22, 2010 9:21 PM


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cleaning Surprises




I spent Sunday organizing my home sewing studio and found all three rag purse kits already cut.  I thought that stitching them up was kind of like using scraps, since I don’t even remember how long ago they were cut. (except for the bottom bag)




So  the top set would make a nice mommy & me set I think.


It’s not my NCAA school, but I am in Vol Country


This purse is a custom order for Christmas.  I will be listing this Robert Kaufman fabric very soon.  I have been on a sewing binge lately & have much to add when I put my IT hat back on!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s Tuesday, Talkin’ Tuesday

It’s time again for that weekly twitter chat, Talkin’ Tuesday!

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Search #talknt hashtag on twitter tonight to join in the fun.

We are happy to provide the prizes this week: 1 yard bella solids from Moda in Natural plus 1 charm pack of Pindot.  The bundle will be awarded to 2 lucky winners during the night!


Save 40% in today’s Deal of the Day

All the supplies you need to make this awesome On the Dot table runner top are 40% off today!

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Here’s the one I made using Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Reason for the Season

Well, I lost track of time & didn’t get my blog post done in time to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas as I had hoped.  I did want to share with you the symbolism of the song, in the event you hadn’t seen it before, or wanted to reflect on it again.


Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas  
(The 12 Days of Christmas)

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

(thanks to

I understand that not all my readers are Christians, but I do believe you all have a big enough heart & mind to appreciate the faith of the faithful.

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Time for a giveaway!

It’s time for some customer appreciation!
We want to thank all of our customers for a great 2010 and we are looking forward to an even bigger 2011.
‘Tis the season of giving and appreciation, and we think that makes it a perfect time for a giveaway!
Guidelines (cuz I am not a fan of RULES):
*Each comment is an entry
*One entry for each of the following
  • a note of good tidings
  • a favorite holiday story
  • a purchase
  • a shout out on your blog about our giveaway
  • a signup for our newsletter
  • a link to a favorite free pattern (not site, but specific pattern) & you have to say why you like it.
  • join the Scrap Quilt Challenge facebook group (
  • a twitter shout out for our giveaway
  • fan the Fabrics N Quilts facebook page
  • Tell us your most favorite item from the Fabrics N Quilts store
  • Tell us about your quilty gifts-a-giving this year
  • Tell us your quilty resolutions for 2011
(if you weren’t counting, that’s 12…as in 12 days of Christmas Winking smile)
Do as many as you wish, each comment counts as an entry, so remember to NOT put all your answers in 1 comment.
Now on to the good stuff!  What’ll you win?
We will draw 1 winner of a chartruese colorway fat quarter bundle from Sugar Pop

We will draw 1 winner for a Hideaway charm pack

We will draw 2 winners of the Sugar Pop pattern

We will do all this drawing at noon on December 24th (central time)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bubbles wants to see some friends


I came in this morning to find Bubbles hanging out with the quilting elf & Santa in the tree.  I guess he’s lonely.

I thought maybe more monkeys would make him most happy, so check out our Deal of the Day and Sale sections to save on all your supplies to make Bubbles a friend.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Us Southerner’s go a little crazy when we see snow.


Our biggest snow in recent memory and howling winds making nice drifts everywhere

This morning I started shoveling the lot, since we won’t be above freezing most of the week (and I have to be ready for any UPS deliveries of fabric, right?).    So, I thought I would go another round with the shovel & it’s snowing like crazy again


At least I have a running start at it!

We are here for any phone & web store help, but we hope our local customers are staying home & working on those few last minute quilting gifts. 

We hope to reopen tomorrow, though will shoot for a little later open, around 10am

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The beginning of a scrap quilt



  • basket of 2” squares
  • small stack of sewn pairs of said squares
  • strips from some American Jane fabric

I have not idea what it will become, but I know the 2” squares must be sewn to at least 1 more 2” square, so I figure that’s a start!

Friday, December 3, 2010

What fun!

Today we were blessed to be a stop on the Quilt Trail Bus Trip organized by the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail.


It was great to see so many familiar faces from the regional quilt shows I attend and have them see me (wink).

If you look real close in the pic above, you can see a sneak peek of the 2011 Block of the Month, our tribute to the history of the Underground Railroad (top left corner on the wall)

With our sconce lighting, taking pictures inside our store is a challenge, to say the least, so please forgive the grainy/dark exposure.


So a big, huge THANK YOU to all of you for coming on the trail ride & to the UCQT for organizing this event! 


(look at everyone hard at work & there I was goofing off taking pics)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another finish!

I really love this one block scrappy quilt.  I think I love the quilting as much as the pattern, though.

This was quilted by Helen-Marie Kulis of Cookeville, TN.  Check out & friend her on Facebook!

As with 99% of my quilts, I have laundered this quilt before showing it off.


I didn’t straighten that pic up too well, did I?


Close-up of awesome quilting & Helen Marie’s card


For the backing I used a print from the Nostalgia Collection designed by April Cornell.  It’s so pretty!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Last day of our After Thanksgiving sale!

Our Web specials include up to 55% off over

250 items!

Don’t miss out on our biggest sale of 2010!

No code needed, prices are all marked.

Sale ends midnight, mountain standard time

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

It’s a "Finally Finished"

Last fall, during my personal scrap challenge, I pieced 195 6” strip blocks and eventually set them together last spring (so my blog tells me {a mind is a terrible thing to lose})

I have had the top hanging in the store since then…unfinished.

Spurred on by the upcoming Quilt Trail bus tour this week, I decided it was time to finish off some of my quilt tops (enter the professional long arm quilters of my community).

I sent this big-un’ to Maggie Porter in Clarkrange, TN.


I love the rolling loopy random look and the use of the red white & blue variegated thread is great. 


In the same scrappy vain, I also pieced the back with an off center black lotus print between the mirror image tan/maroon print.  The lotus on the back is a little larger scale than the lotus used in the sashing on the front.


I love the look of the crinkle of warm & natural batting after the wash.  So soft!

I have 2 other quilts being quilted by other quilters so we will have more sew & tell this week!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

5 day after Thanksgiving Sale now ON!

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
Now - Monday
We've marked down almost everything for this weekend.
Door buster deals start at midnight, Mountain Standard time & will continue through Monday @ midnight.
* While Supplies Last*

Thursday Door Busters

Fabrics up to 50% off!

Up to 50% off over 150 fabrics!

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Up to 50% off Fat Quarter & Half Yard Bundles

Saturday-Monday Door Busters
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Quilt Kits

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Little peek at my hand quilting

A couple *years* ago we did a block swap in my eBay group.  As the swap coordinator, I had a jump start on everyone else & got my top done within a week or so of sending the swap blocks off to everyone else.

Then she sat for a while, all folded up & lonely.  I figured since the swapping ladies meant so much to me, that I would hand quilt it.  And the process began…..

I only quilt in the evenings in front of the tv, so I am not devoting a ton of time to the quilt, even IF I quilt it every day.  and that’s a big if, or rather a laughing if.  Truth is, I quilt on this sporadically, at best.  I’ll quilt on it every day for a week or 2 and then it will sit for a month or 6.

Now that the weather is/should be turning colder, I have picked it back up.  You can see 3 quilted rows.  There are 2 unquilted rows tucked under.  I have a beautiful cable & fan border design already picked out.


Maybe now that I have aired my shame in the “month or 6” I will be more motivated to keep working on this quilt & finish it this winter….maybe…

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A couple ornies for me

I don’t play with my embroidery machine nearly enough.DSCN4085

so today I decided to try some applique & and this cute round ornament.

I think I will make more!

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Under 40 days until Christmas and we are all wondering if we will finish our handmade gifts in time.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

It’s hand quilting weather!

And I am ready for it!

Just marked the border of our community project & hope to sting together some stitching time tomorrow.


The marking was a challenge, with the calico blue & white.  I opted for pink & gave the new-ish Sewline graphite pencil a whirl.  Oh my, like a hot knife through butter!  It marks with such ease.  Not sure how easy it will be to see here in the pic, but should be good enough to see to quilt.



Our “Tennessee Puzzle” is going to be fabulous!