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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NTT and Winners!

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Lately, I've been doing a little sewing to benefit the NICU/Infant Ward of our local children's hospital, which you know is very near and dear to my heart since my wild thing was just over 3 lbs. at birth.

If the fabrics look familiar to you, it is because they are leftovers from Bubble Bath and First Light.  I always try my best to add as little fabric as possible to my scrap jars, so if I think I have enough leftovers for a preemie sized quilt, I try to whip one up between bigger projects.  I love scraps, but they can get overwhelming quickly, and it feels so good to know that they are being used to bring comfort to babies and their families during a very tough time.

When I finish these up, that will make 5 preemie quilts so far for the year.

Okay!  Time to announce the winners of the May Fabric Deals giveaways!  First up is the $25 gift certificate from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  The winner is comment number 137, aus_chick.  Congratulations!

I love FQS! They have such fast shipping and great selection :)

Second is the gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop, valued at $25.  Comment number 9, Anita is the winner!

You are absolutely correct, one can get "lost" wandering through these shops looking at the gorgeous fabrics they have to offer, way too much to choose from! The color coordinated bundles are just to die from! But my favorite is the black and white bundle from C+S, sigh...

And finally, the winner of the oh-so-fabulous Black and White Cotton and Steel fat quarter bundle from Lady Belle Fabric is comment number 98.  Congratulations to PK Sews!

What wonderful sponsors you have! Thanks for sharing their great selections. I visited them all! And thank you for your inspiring blog! 

I'll be contacting all of you very soon via email to let you know how to get your prize!  :)

NOW!  Onto last week's highlights!  Sometimes I think I'll skip the highlights when I have a lot in a NTT post, but I always do them because y'all BRING IT every single week!  I just can't help myself!

Marly's Quilts linked up this gorgeous rainbow modern sampler.  You know I love me a rainbow quilt.

Katelyn at Sing While Crafting showed off this fun and bright pineapple block table runner.  I happen to have seen this one in person, and it really is stunning.  I couldn't resist featuring it!

and Tanya Quilts in CO finished up her Journey of a Quilter quilt.  This one has been a year in the making and it really is beautiful!

I really could have picked several more to feature.  Last week's party was so filled with amazing inspiration.  I can't wait to see what you're working on this week!  Bring it on!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Well, it's that time of year again!  The time when there is so much quilty eye-candy on display that it's hard to tear yourself away from the computer.  That's how it is for me anyway. Yep!  It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time over at Amy's Creative Side!

I really thought long and hard about the quilt I wanted to enter, and decided that my Bubble Bath quilt should go in the original design category.  It is definitely one of my favorites from the first part of this year, and I published the pattern for it as well.

My vision for this quilt was to have the the different sized snowball blocks float across the quilt like bubbles through the air.  It took lots of sketching and re-sketching, but I love the finished result.

I always try to use up the scraps in the backing, and this quilt was no exception.

I really loved creating this design, and it has really inspired me to dabble in more alternate grid work in my patterns.

Quilt Stats-

Name- Bubble Bath
Size- 72" x 92"
Quilting- free motion stippling by me!
Entry Category- Original Design

Be sure to head on over to Amy's Creative Side and check out all of the other awesome entries in all of the categories, and vote for your favorites on May 22nd!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Instagram and a New Finish

I feel like I've gone over to the dark side.  Okay, so I'm being a little bit dramatic, but yesterday I went to my monthly guild meeting, where we had a presentation on how to use Instagram, and I was totally strong-armed into setting up an account.  Again, I'm totally being dramatic, but the fact that I am so entrenched in social media and the modern quilting world, and had not yet taken the plunge into Instagram has been the topic of some good natured teasing lately.

So it's done, and I'm glad I finally jumped into it.  I resisted for so long because I didn't want to over-commit myself to yet another social media platform, and because I love blogging so much that I didn't want this side of things to suffer.  By all accounts though, Instagram is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and super easy to use, so you can find me there at myquiltinfatuation!

This weekend, I finished up my latest quilt, and incidentally, my next pattern (in the works).  The diamond shape, with the negative space reminds me of a faceted diamond ring, so this pattern is called Girl's Best Friend.  I made a quilt in this pattern a couple of years ago, but I never wrote the pattern.  I have made some modifications to it since that first incarnation, and I like this one much better.

I really love the colors in this quilt, and I'm not one to use a ton of brown in my quilts.  This Joel Dewberry Aviary fabric is just yummy though. The palette feels very calm and warm to me.  The fabrics were specifically chosen to match a friend's bedroom, and I can't wait to give it to her.

I bought half yard cuts specifically so that I would have a quarter yard leftover of each print for the back.  I like how the front feels very airy with all of the white, while the backing is an explosion of print.

The chocolate brown pebble print fabric on the binding ties the whole thing together so well.

I had just enough small scraps leftover to make a couple of throw pillows for her bed to match the quilt.  They are backed in the same Tiffany blue damask, and have the same brown pebble binding.  Each pillow is 16 inches.

I'm so excited to take these to school tomorrow and give them to her, and I hope she loves all of them!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May Fabric Deals and Giveaways

Welcome to another month filled with awesome coupons, features, and sales.  May is such a busy month for me, but also one filled with quilty planning and anticipation.  Summer vacation gives me SO much time for quilting, and I find myself splurging on lots of fabric at this time of year.  This month, my fabulous sponsors have some really great things to share, and several giveaways are sprinkled throughout the post so read on!

Let's kick this off with the first giveaway!  Fort Worth Fabric Studio is offering a $25 gift certificate to spend any way you choose.  I know I have a list of fabric "needs" a mile long, but in case you don't already have plans on how to spend it, check out some of the latest sale info, as well as their recently added collections.

You can save 30% off Riding Hood by Blend with code RIDING30, good through May 21!  Carousel by Dear Stella is 40% off with the code CAROUSEL40, good through May 21 (includes yardage, blenders, and a limited supply of FQ Bundles and Half Yard Bundles)!

and the latest line in the shop is Spring Showers by Kaye England for Wilmington!  

Be sure to hop over and check out all of the great things going on there!

Dragonfly Fabrics is offering a coupon for 20% off your total order, through May 24th.  Just use the code QuiltyLove20!  One of the best things about Dragonfly Fabrics is that they photograph every collection they stock, and handpick solids that coordinate perfectly.  So, you don't have to leave your solid choices to the "chance of the computer screen."  You know that the solids you're getting will match!

Dragonfly Fabrics

The latest collection at Dragonfly Fabrics is Cultivate, by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This is such a pretty and soothing palette.

There's always lots going on at the Fat Quarter Shop, and this month is no exception!

It's time for their Designer Mystery Block of the Month program.  For this program, they have invited 12 Moda Designers to design a block for the quilt.  This year’s quilt features the Snowman Gatherings II Collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics.  Check out all of the pertinent info HERE!  This Block of the Month will begin in June 2015 and run through May 2016, so get ready!  Here's a little sneak peek for you!

Fat Quarter Shop is also graciously hosting our second giveaway!  They are offering a $25 gift certificate, and believe me, you could get lost for hours in the pages of their shop deciding how you want to spend it.

Shabby Fabrics has just added 6 entire collections to our “On Sale” section where you can save up to 30% off of over 1,200 fabrics!  You can find their huge sale section HERE!
They are also getting ready for a holiday block of the month: Gingerbread Village! This is a 7 month program that runs from August 2015 to February 2016. The BOM includes all of the patterns, the accessory packet, all top fabrics, borders, binding, and ric-rac that are needed to complete this charming 62” x 72” Christmas quilt! They are offering this BOM in a pre-fused laser-cut option as well as a traditional option.  Check it out HERE, and take a look at the adorable quilt!  Christmas is one season where I embrace the "cutesy."

Shabby Fabrics is also offering a coupon for 20% off of an entire order. The coupon is valid for through May 30, and there is no minimum purchase- hooray!  Head on over and use the coupon code: INFATUATION20

Next up is Southern Fabric.  I can't even begin to tell you how many great deals I've gotten through their Daily Deal.  For example, as I type this post, their daily deal is 40% off of a Winterberry Jelly Roll... 40%!  If you don't happen to see this before the deal runs out, don't worry!  There will another deal equally as awesome.  If you've never taken advantage of these amazing deals, you are really missing out!  You can even sign up to have them emailed to you HERE.
Southern Fabric

Southern Fabric's latest collection is Skopelos by Katarina Roccella.  Oh my goodness.  I am in love with it!

Last, but certainly not least, is Lady Belle Fabric, who also happens to be the sponsor of our final fantastic giveaway!  Here is what has been going on this month at Lady Belle-

They have several new Arrivals this month, like Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell, Winterberry by Kate and Birdie Paper Co, Black & White by Cotton + Steel and Cultivate by Bonnie Christine.  On Monday, they will be getting Holly's Tree Farm, and will have fat quarters and Half yard bundles in stock. Other precuts should come a little later.

They also have lots of deals going on with no coupon code needed!
GardenvaleDaysailFresh CutColor Theory and Ambleside full collection fat quarter bundles are all on sale this week for $90.00!  and Feed Company is on sale for $85.00. If you're a Bonnie and Camille nut like I am, you can also preorders Hello Darling.  As soon as it arrives, Holly's Tree Farm fat quarter bundles will be on special for $90 as well.

You can also follow Lady Belle on Instagram @becker1210!

Lady Belle Fabric is offering a fat quarter bundle of the NEW Cotton and Steel Black and White collection!  Eeek!  I wish I could win them myself!  Aren't they gorgeous?

Soooo....I know you all want to know exactly how to win one of these three fantastic giveaways.  Well, all you have to do is leave a comment here to enter and thank my generous sponsors by browsing a few shops.  If you are a no-reply blogger, please be sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you!

Mr. Random will help me choose the winners on Wednesday, and I'll announce them in my NTT post on Wednesday evening.

Happy shopping and good luck to all!

This giveaway has ended.  Be sure to become a follower so you won't miss the awesome deals and giveaways next month!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Needle and Thread Thursday Time!

Welcome to another NTT friends!  These days, I am on the countdown to the end of the school year BIG time, but I have still squeezed in some fun sewing in the evenings.  I have been turning this gorgeous Aviary bundle (plus a couple of extra fabrics)-

Into this quilt top.  I'm making this one for a friend to match her bedroom, and I love the soothing colors.

I've made this pattern before, and I call it Girl's Best Friend as a nod to the diamond shape in the blocks.  I changed it up a bit from the first time I made it though, and I like it much better this time around.  I'm actually writing the pattern for this one next!

There was SO much quilty awesomeness linked up last week.  It really was a tough job to pick only three to feature.  I've really been ogling this finished Gypsy Wife quilt top from Katie at Good Golly Ginger-

Heather at Modern Parti Quilts shared this fun, scrappy log cabin.

and isn't this Square Dance quilt from QA Creations is just gorgeous!

Oh my goodness!  There is so much fantastic sewing going on lately!  I can't wait to see what you show off this week!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First Light and NTT

Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  It has been a crazy week around here.  I'm pretty sure I have been saying that a LOT in the last few weeks, but that's just the way it is at the end of the school year.  I am so excited to share my latest finish with you, along with a good shot of my roses in full bloom.

As with most quilts that are out of my comfort zone, I was relieved to get this one finished.  It actually grew on me the longer I worked on it.  My eyes just needed to adjust to the pastels, I think.  Brights are definitely still my preference though.

I pieced the backing with scraps from the back, and chose to bind it in the darkest gray chevron.  Instead of making my usual label, I included a simple message for the recipient.  I decided to name this one First Light, because the pinks, aquas, and soft grays remind me of the sun peeking over the horizon at dawn.  Even though the name isn't actually on the quilt, I decided to name it anyway for myself.

I can't wait to see her face when she opens it up (along with the matching burp cloths) at the shower.  I just know she's going to love it!

Without further ado, let's check out some of the awesomeness from last week's party.  Kate at Life in Pieces shared these beautiful blocks!

This triangle quilt from A Note to Follow Sew really caught my eye.  The colors are really gorgeous!

and this baby girl quilt top from Quilts and Such is super sweet!

Okay friends,  Time to party!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

One-Hour Baby Gift

As far as I'm concerned, you can't have too many burp cloths with a new baby, and when my wild thing was little (which admittedly was quite some time ago), I always reached for the ones that were super-cute, as well as functional first.   I promised a tutorial on these burp cloths a couple of months ago, but I haven't needed another baby gift until now.  So, here is my method for creating adorable, yet oh-so-useful burp cloths; guaranteed to be loved by any new mom.  And really- you can make an entire set of these cuties in under an hour.

For a set of three burp cloths, you will need -
*three cloth diapers (not pre-folded)- I have used the Babies R Us store brand and the Gerber brand, and both work well.  I have seen some people use terry cloth, and that would work as well, but I love how the diapers get softer and softer with each wash.

*three fat quarters of flannel or minky fabric-  of course, you can't find minky in fat quarters, so what I really prefer is to buy half-yard cuts of fabric, which will yield two burp cloths each, in a few different prints.  That way, I can make coordinating sets of burp cloths, and I just keep the extra fabric to use for later gifts.

I usually try to keep a package of cloth diapers and flannel or minky fabric on hand so that I can make a set of these without even heading to the fabric store (not that I don't enjoy that, it's just that sometimes time is of the essence).  Okay, time to get started!

First, press your cloth diapers and measure them.  Keep in mind that these are not always sewn very precisely, but that's okay.

Next, cut your chosen fabrics to the same size as the cloth diaper.  If your cloth diapers are not sewn with perfectly straight edges, just cut your fabrics as closely as you can to the size of the diaper.  I promise it will still look awesome.

Sew the diaper and your fabric, right sides together with a quarter inch seam, using your walking foot as a guide.  You can use pins to hold your fabric in place, but these are so small, I just like to hold it in place while I sew.

*if you want to attach a decorative edge to the burp cloth like ric rac, now is the time!  Just lay the trim between the two fabrics, with the edge aligned with both fabrics.  When it is turned out, it will create a cute decorative touch.  If I have ric rac on hand, I like to use it, but if not, I don't worry about it.  These are still cute without!

Make sure to leave an opening large enough for your hand, so that you can turn it right side out.  Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop sewing so that it doesn't pull apart.

To reduce bulk, and to get a nice, crisp corner, make a diagonal cut across each corner.  Take extra care to avoid cutting your stitches!  Also, if you have any excess diaper sticking out (where it was not sewn straight), trim it up now.

Time to turn it right side out!  Use your finger to push the corners out to make them as sharp as possible.  Smooth it out, then turn the edges of the opening to the inside, and press.  Creating this little crease with the iron will really help when it's time to sew it closed.

Next, topstitch all the way around the cloth, including over the opening.  I usually sew this seam fairly close to the edge.

Almost done!  Just two more straight seams, and that's it!  Turn the burp cloth over.  See these two seams that run along the length?  Use them as a guide for your two quilting lines.

The two lines of quilting are just enough to hold the fabric in place.  Again, be sure to backstitch when you start and stop your sewing.

And there you have it!  A soft and cuddly burp cloth that absorbs a lot, and is fun to snuggle with!  I like to cut a strip of fabric from the scraps and tie them up in a sweet little set.

There are so many different flannel fabrics available that these are simple and fun to personalize.  You can make them to match the nursery, or can turn them into sports swag for the tiniest of fans.  The sky's the limit!

Handmade gifts are such a treasure, but I know that sometimes there is just not enough time in the day!  Well, the next time you're in a rush, and need a quick and easy baby gift, I hope you'll give these a try.  Whether you give them as a stand-alone gift, or as a little handmade "extra," they are sure to be loved!

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