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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Courtyard Tiles and NTT!

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday!  I am so humbled by the fantastic response I received about this quilt in my last post!  I'm delighted that it has been so well received, and I'm excited that I can share the finish today!  I finished the binding after school today, then rushed to our neighborhood park to get some quick pics before the sun went down.  That is happening so much earlier these days.

I could not be happier with the way this quilt turned out.  I love it so much and can't wait to share the pattern!  I even started working out the math last night, before the quilt was finished!

I used the rest of my Amy Butler fabric on the backing.  Wide, WOF stripes are great for using up leftover fabric, and I think it's even better when the widths are varied.

I used the same teal binding that I used on my Jeweled quilt, because I think it works so well with these fabrics.  Amy Butler fabrics are so rich in color that I have had trouble finding just the right binding in the past.

I'm working like mad to get this pattern finished, so be on the lookout!  I'm calling both the quilt and the upcoming pattern Courtyard Tiles, and I hope to have it finished this weekend!

Now, it's time to announce the winners from the three giveaways!  A whopping 229 commenters entered the giveaways- WOW!

First up, the winner of my Amy Butler scraps (which is actually quite a bit of fabric), is comment number 170, Addie Polston!

Love the colors! Hope I win!! Love your blog too!!

Next, the winner of the four Amy Butler fat quarters is comment number 98, TS Quilter!

Beautiful quilt and I too love the pattern. 

and finally, the winner of the $25 gift certificate from Southern Fabric is comment number 186, Dixie!

Love the quilt - very nicely done!! and Amy Butler fabrics always gorgeous!!! Very inspirational~~

Congratulations to all three of you!  I'll be contacting you soon to get your information so that you can get your goodies!

Okay!  Let's take a look at some of the fantastic projects that caught my eye from last week's party!

Cynthia from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework shared this scrappy, fun quilt.  If you've never checked out Cynthia's blog, she is a master at using scraps!

Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventure linked up this fun quilt.  I know it is a team-inspired quilt, but with Halloween right around the corner, this one just makes me smile!

and Katie Mae Quilts showed off this cheery quilt top!

So much awesomeness, week after week!  Let's get down to business!

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!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Pattern Available!

No, I haven't finished the pattern for my latest Amy Buter quilt yet.  I'm not that fast!  I promise to get it written soon though!  The latest pattern I'm talking about is my Acadian Trellis quilt pattern-

This pattern was featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine recently, but only in the lap size.  I've done all of the quilty math for you and expanded the pattern to include twin and queen sizes as well.  It is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops, so hop on over and check it out!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Final AB and THREE Giveaways!

It is (almost) finished.  I am working on my final Amy Butler quilt from my huge stash.  I have some fabric set aside for the backing, and there are a few prints that I have put into my general stash that I think will be easier to mix with others.  And I'm giving some away as well, so keep reading!

I have been so inspired by the all of the Moroccan tile fabric prints I've been seeing lately.  I wanted to make a quilt with the same interlocking tile design without having to sew curves (I'm still a chicken about that).  I'm so pleased with the way this came together that I think it's going to be my next pattern!

So, what about the giveaways?  Well first off, I have a scrap bag with several different Amy Butler prints.  There are at least a dozen different prints in this stack.  The pieces are in a variety of sizes, and there is a pretty decent amount of fabric in here!  I will be adding the scraps from my quilt backing as well before shipping it out.  If you've never worked with Amy Butler fabrics, but want to give the bold, saturated colors a try, this would be a great way to dip your toe in the water without having to plunge into making a huge quilt.

Secondly, I have cut a few fat quarters from some of the prints that I had more yardage of.  Do you ever have SO much of a single fabric that you worry that you can never use it up?  Well, that has happened with a few of these prints.  Usually it happens when I buy something for a quilt backing, then end up changing my design.  So, I'm giving away four fat quarters.  Two of them are from the Cameo line (aquas), one from Soul Blossoms (lime green), and the last one is from the Alchemy collection (pink).  I think the lime green print is actually a quarter yard cut, and not a FQ.

Finally, I am SO excited that I get to offer you a $25 gift certificate to Southern Fabric!  Southern Fabric is one of my spectacular sponsors, and if you've never shopped there, you are really missing out!  They have a wonderful selection of precuts, fat quarter bundles, patterns, notions- you get the idea!  They always have a daily deal going on that is tough to pass up!

They are generously offering my readers 20% off of their entire purchase TODAY ONLY!  The coupon will expire at midnight, so hop on over there!  The coupon code is quiltinfatuation!

Southern Fabric
Okay, so the great thing is that to enter ALL three giveaways, all you need to do is leave ONE comment below!  Easy peasy!

The Southern Fabric giveaway is open to all, but the two Amy Butler giveaways are open to my readers only, in thanks for being such a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement! 

I will use a random number generator to select the winners next Wednesday afternoon, and announce the winners at next week's NTT party.  Good luck to all and happy weekend!

*This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you so much to all who entered!  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jeweled and NTT

Welcome to another Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  My lovely week of fall break sewing is over and I'm back to the daily grind.  I managed to get this quilt basted and quilted before the weekend was out, but the binding was left for Monday night.

When I was working on this quilt, I envisioned a picturesque location for the photo shoot to really show off the beauty of the fabrics and pattern, but the huge swath of storms that made its way across the country over the last couple of days has made everything soggy.  Thankfully, the Memphis area just got lots of rain, without any tornadoes or wind damage.  My deck isn't completely dried out yet, but it was okay for a few quick pics.

I really had fun with this one and I love the way it turned out.  Originally, diamonds weren't in the plan for this quilt.  I had planned to do a basic equilateral triangle quilt, but when I was playing around with the layout, I loved the diamonds so much, I just had to do it.  It's amazing how something as simple as laying the triangles end to end creates such a different look!

The wide stripes on the backing were certainly helpful for putting a dent in my Amy Butler stash, but even still, I probably still have enough for a couple more quilts.

I always try to use scraps where I can, and that includes the binding when possible.  In this case, though, I knew this quilt needed a less busy binding.  The teal tonal print is just solid enough that is contains the busy pattern of the quilt and frames it nicely.

Some quilts are much easier to name than others.  Sometimes, I know the name of the quilt as soon as I pick out the fabrics, and other times, I have to think about it for days.  With the diamond shapes and the rich jewel tones in the fabrics, the name for this one came to me pretty easily.

Okay!  On to last week's NTT highlights.  Kate at Thread Everywhere shared her Supernova blocks.  This quilt is going to be fabulous!

Janet at Simply Pieced showed off three different projects!  If you missed her XPlus quilt, you should definitely check it out, but take a look at what she made with the trimmed corners from it.  What an amazing use of scraps!

and Wendy's Quilts and More linked up this bold beauty!

I just love browsing your links week after week!  Thanks for all of the inspiration.  Let's link up, shall we?

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!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Amy Butler Diamonds

So, here's the deal.  You all know I love Amy Butler fabrics, and through no fault of my own, I have amassed quite a hoard of it.  Okay, maybe I'm at fault just a little bit.

At one time, I probably had over 30 yards of Amy Butler fabrics, in 42 different prints (I counted).  Yikes!  That is a LOT!  Little by little though, I am chipping away at it, which is why I've made so many quilts with them.  I am ready to bust my stash.  I have considered separating them by color and mixing them with others, but Amy Butler fabrics are so bold and vibrant that it can be tough to do that.

Anyway, all of this is to say that I am working on another Amy Butler quilt, and this one really is one of my favorites.


It all started when I designed Acadian Trellis for Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine almost a year ago.  I used 16 different Cameo prints, and ended up with quite a lot left over.  Westminster Fabrics graciously provided the fabrics for that quilt, and they were very generous with their cuts.

The rest of my Amy Butler stash was collected for a custom twin sized quilt over the summer, and then the customer found other fabrics she preferred.  To be fair, I ordered the fabrics before she completely committed to them because the thought of all of that Amy Butler made me a little giddy and I lost my head.  Other than that, I have collected a print here and there, but nothing major- honest!

The good thing is, when I sold my Unruly quilt, two other people wanted a quilt made with similar fabrics, so this is one of those. I didn't have to hunt down the fabrics I needed because they were already sitting right there on my shelf!  As much as I love Amy Butler fabrics, I have to admit that I'm ready to use them up.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rain or Shine

I have been cramming a lot of sewing into this Fall Break "staycation" and finished up my Sunnyside snowball and nine patch quilt yesterday!

I love the colors in this fabric collection, and I think that the white background really keeps it light and airy!  One thing about this pattern- there is a LOT of seam matching.  The blocks themselves are pretty straightforward- just snowball and nine patches (six inches finished) with cleverly placed white squares, but it's when the blocks go together that things can get tricky.

A consistent 1/4 inch seam is crucial to getting all of the nine patch squares to line up perfectly with the edges of the snowball block.  For the most part I did okay, but there are a few places on the quilt where my alignment wasn't perfect.  I don't think it takes away from the quilt as a whole though; it's just a bit annoying.

On the back, I used up every single scrap, along with wide stripes of orange and green.  The Sunnyside fabrics have so much blue and gray, and I really wanted some contrast and color pop on the backing.

I had a fat eighth bundle of these fabrics, and the pattern left a perfect 2.5 inch strip of each one.  I took that as a sign from above that this quilt was begging for a scrappy binding, and I really love it!  Sometimes, I think that busier quilts need a solid binding to contain the crazy a little bit, but with all of the white in this one, the scrappy binding works!

If you've never seen this fabric line up close, it has some really cool prints that include raindrops, clouds, and a cute text print.  It is whimsical without being overdone and feeling like novelty fabric.  In the close up photo above, you can see a good shot of all three.  It's fun, but subtle enough that it doesn't look themed.  I decided to use this subtle design as inspiration for the name.

After working on Hush, Little Baby, it feels wonderful to finish a quilt that I really love, that feels much more "me."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Break NTT!

Ahh...I love Fall Break!  We are having a lovely "staycation" this week, and I've been enjoying plenty of extra sewing and family time at home.  First of all, I'm so happy to report that I have finally had the time to finish up my Unruly quilt pattern.  It is for sale in my Craftsy and Etsy shops. This one has NO small pieces (really!) and is fat quarter friendly.  You'll be surprised at how easy it is.  I hope you'll check it out!

I also owe you a winner from my Scattered Maple Leaves project, and the winning comment was number 59, Soma Acharya!  Congrats, Soma!  I'll be contacting you by email soon to get your address.

Just wanted to let you know that I love your fall quilt! The background is so perfect for those bright colours and the binding ties it all so well.


Well, even with finally publishing my Unruly pattern, I have been able to get lots of sewing time in this week.  I've been on a bit of a mission lately to use up my fabric bundles.  I always enjoy buying bundles, but sometimes they sit longer in my stash than they should because I enjoy mixing fabrics so much myself.  I figured the time was right to finally do something with my Kate Spain Sunnyside fat eighth bundle I've had for months.

I've been wanting to do a snowball and nine patch quilt for awhile, but I just had to mentally prepare myself for all of those small pieces.  The blocks finish at only six inches, and usually I shy away from this many two inch pieces.  The top is all finished up, and I'm planning to get this one completely finished before I have to go back to school on Monday.  So far, I really love it, which is a wonderful change of pace after finishing my last one!

So, let's get down to business with last week's features!  Katie at Good Golly Ginger finished up her Christmas medallion quilt, and I love it.  It is getting to be that time of year, isn't it?

Tanya Quilts in CO shared her beautiful stars quilt.  The scrappy feel of the fabrics is so fun!

and last, but not least, Nero's Post and Patch showed off this fun triangle quilt top.  What a great layout!

You all give me so much inspiration week after week!  I can't wait to see what you have going on this week!  Let's 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!

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