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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quilt Bliss, almost ready!

I am going to Quilt Bliss retreat in a few hours! I am almost ready, and think I have enough time to write this post. I am excited, I know a handful of girls, and hope to meet many more. 

I had anxiety of what to pack. What to work on. Make sure I have enough without over packing like I always do. I have narrowed it down to a jellyroll quilt. Not sure which. But I figured at least I won't have to cut up lots of fabric. I am not going to do anything too complicated, because I want to not use my brain much this weekend. :)

They are having a low volume fat eighth swap. And a layer cake 10" swap. These are mine. I will get a variety of 20 in return. 

There is a friendship swap too. I made this cute box pouch from a tutorial here. I am going to try to whip together an embroidery too because this seems not enough. The lining inside is that yellow ric rac. Hope she likes!

I am also going to work on a simple low volume 4" quilt. I will cut up from the low volume and text swaps to add to it. I have got a pretty cute pile going!

See you next week!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine Canvas decor tutorial....


Hello. Today I am going to show you a simple Valentine canvas tutorial. This project takes about 1 and a  half hours (with 3 littles), uses up fabric scraps, and costs around $5. Easy, cheap, adorable!

I will start by saying this would be really easy with paper and a punch, but I didn't have either. Plus I really like my fabric scrap selection.

All you need is a 16 x 20 canvas. I got mine from Walmart, 2 pack for $10. You could probably do better at Hobby Lobby with a coupon.  You will need scraps, craft paint, mod podge and a brush.

I didn't include a template, but my heart is around 3" high, and 3" wide. I just piled a bunch of scraps together and cut around my template. I probably did to many scraps, because I had to clean the edges up a bit. But I didn't care if the hearts were not all the exact same size. They appear to be, that's all that mattered to me. 
First paint your canvas. I did more of a wash. Equal parts water and paint. I spread it around with a rag.  After it is dry, lay your hearts in place.

One row at a time, lift the hearts, spread mod podge, place hearts back and "glue" them down. Push tight if you didn't iron first (like me) Then once they are in place and look nice, spread mod podge on top.  

 Do this to all the rows. Push out any air bubbles (easy do do with fabric) Make sure your edges don't lift either. 

Let it dry and hang or prop wherever you like! 

 Finished and cute! Hope you like!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fabric Tuesday Friends, come link up!

I think Spring is on my mind. Based on all these quilts I picked to feature from last week. They are all so bright and springy and cheery. Love them all. 

I am headed off to Quilt Bliss in a couple days, any of you? I am so excited to meet new people. This will be my second retreat, I plan on having a great time! Hopefully I have some fun projects to share from my weekend. Can't wait!

 All 99 of these darling little blocks. From Carla- Grace and favour

This bright and happy quilt from Talking Lunch box Quilts. Love!


Love this low volume/bold color quilt. Isn't this just amazing? From Like to Sew
From Modern Tradition Quilts, Just love this quilt. Love is all that needs to be said!

This quilt tom from My Quilt Infatuation. Reminds me so much of spring. So cheery.

And last but not least, the Cat quilt, and I am not even a cat person. From Leigh Laurel Studios. Cuteness

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Lovely bundles

Happy Monday friends!  This weekend felt long! Which I guess is a good thing?  Well the fact that school was out all last week (weather) except for 4 hours Friday and is off again today has probably contributed to that feeling.  I don't mind my oldest (6) out of school though, he is a really big help (mostly)!  But with our time spent with my family over the holidays he has been out of school for SEVEN WEEKS!  It was a straight up summer break for him!

While in Utah I indulged in too much fabric.  Heather and I can't help it.  It's a problem.  A very very pretty problem.

One of the gorgeous things we got was this awesome bundle from Knotted Thread.  

Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille - Fat quarter bundle

We split the complete fat quarter bundle in half.  You'd be shocked at the time it takes us to do it.  Then after we split it we start trading and bargaining with each other.  It's ridiculous. Here is my half I ended up with:

Sorry for the annoying glow..the pic is from my phone.  It's hurting my eyes!!  Sorry :( Anyway I like my selection.  And Heather's. You can't go wrong really.

Well Jennifer owns Knotted Thread is a fun quilty friend of ours (follow her on IG like us, @knotted_thread) and a new sponsor...and we couldn't be happier!  We love promoting awesome shops and people!  Here is a little from Jennifer herself about her shop!

I have been open about 15 months, I focus on offering modern fabric bundles of all sizes (F8, FQ, 1/2) at affordable prices. I'm usually pretty quick on my turnaround shopping because lets face it, when we order fabric, most people are itching to start immediately and I don't want my customers to wait! 

Jenean Morrison - True Colors - Complete F8 bundle

I also only charge shipping, so all overages of $1 or more are refunded when the labels are printed. We're expanding the shop a bit this year to include patterns (we have 3 available now) as well as quilt kits (diamonds in the sky by tula pink is available) to adding threads and notions later this year.

Jennifer has a generous deal for us all!  Use the coupon code QUILTSTORY10 for 10% off your purchase at Knotted Thread for the rest of the month.  And bonus...she's sticking mini charm packs in all orders over $30! (while supplies last)  I love those mini charm packs!  Anything mini is adorable right??

Thanks Jennifer!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fabric and Notions and Books oh my!

Well with the sudden events in our lives December and the start of January didn't go as planned (in every way) but on the blog as well.  We began last Fall new series with our Sponsors that we feel will best benefit them and you!  So if you're looking for a deal, need to add to your stash, looking for gifts, notions, books, etc. you've hit the spot!  Once a month we'll share the latest deals and steals from some of our favorite places.  Lots of great finds below and you can do it all from your comfy chair :)

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New Exclusive Connecting Threads Collections:

What’s on Sale:

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HoneyBeGoodyour eco-chic fabric boutique, specializes in organic cotton and sustainably sourced hemp and linen fabrics for quilting, home and apparel. 

Our newest additions include a delightful set of 9 prints faithfully reproduced from the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon. 100% GOTS certified organic cotton from Cloud9 fabrics. For a limited time, Fat Quarter or Half Yard Bundle orders receive a free copy of the 60th anniversary Goodnight Moon book! While supplies last. One book per customer, please.

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Want to save big on a hot fabric collection?  Shop the Fat Quarter Shop weekly special! 50% off Lario by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics w/code LARIO at checkout. Ends 1/26/14.

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Shop our Inventory Reduction sale at A Joyful Soul Fabrics!  You’ll find fabrics, patterns, pre-cuts and kits by the MOST popular designers like Tula Pink, Sis Boom, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Heather Bailey and more for 20% to 50% off!  While you’re there shopping the sale, see our newest lines:  Hapi by Amy Butler and Botanique by Joel Dewberry!  Through 2/1/14

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Recent arrivals at Mad About Patchwork include Charley Harper from Birch Fabrics and Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander. Look for our MondayMosaic on Facebook - this week's feature is Cherry Wave at 20% off only until Sunday.The Kona stash builder for January is the Sunset palette - 10% off bundles, pre-cuts and yardage. Use the promo code WINTER14  to save an additional 14% on all clearance fabrics - you'll find Briar Rose and Glimma marked down, and lots more. 

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It is cold and snowy here at 1 Choice 4 Quilting but the New Spring fabric lines are here & warming our spirits!  Please enjoy 20% off everything in the store though Monday 1/27 using coupon code "newmoda20" 

New lines include Hapi by Amy Butler, Daydream by Kate Spain, Sphere by Zen Chic Hubba Hubba by Me & My Sister Designs, Little Black Dress 2 by Basicgrey and Hello Petal by Aneela Hoey.  

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The Stitch Sanctuary is a modern virtual sewing center carrying supplies for quilting, machine embroidery, and basic garment sewing.  We are family run and love when our customers share their stories and projects with us.  Log onto our blog  and tell us  what your favorite solid or basic is for a chance to win a package of Kona solids charm squares.

London Calling Daisy Floral Cotton Lawn - Click Image to Close


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Meg's Seasonal Runners

When my mom was staying with me in October she and I put together an Ikea table that I'm using to decorate for holidays.  She asked me if I was going to make runners for each holiday to which I said "Probably".  And then she mentioned that would be so cool or neat...something along those line.

So the plan was made...not for me but for her!  I called Heather and told her my idea, to make mom runners for the major holidays/seasons.  She was in and we were on!  My holidays were Valentine's, Summer and Halloween.  Heather's were Spring, Fall and Christmas.

As you know our dear dad passed three days before Christmas.  It was so hard being in their home Christmas morning which a few weeks before I thought the very worst case scenario it would be my dad's last Christmas.  I was relieved that Heather and I already had thoughtful gifts for her.

Here was the start of my Valentine's:

And I shared a couple months ago the start to my Halloween blocks.  The whole runner is black and whites with just a few pops of purple.

I'll share the finishes on those another day (as well as Heather sharing hers!).  Here's my "cheater" runner. I say that because it's not quilted ;)

This is summer...our mom has shades of aqua and teal in her home.  I thought this could really fill in whenever.  Burlap, lace down the sides and ruffles on the end.

Sorry I didn't iron the burlap...again.  I was just too busy with everything going on but wanted to make sure I got some pictures before I wrapped them up!

I cut the ruffles on the bias.  Basically the edges are unfinished but they will not fray anymore than you see here, that's the beauty of cutting fabric on the bias!

There you have it.  She really liked them.  And I still don't have seasons for myself...what the heck??

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fabric Tuesday friends!

Time for another Fabric Tuesday.  Last week was awesome, you welcomed us back perfectly!  Lots of link-ups and gorgeous things for us to look at.  Here are some pretties from last week:

2 economy blocks pm


Chicopee pillows B pm

There you have it!  Many inspiring projects.  Speaking of which I have 80 HST's to create and trim today...

Fabric Tuesday #169

Your turn!  Link up a current project that involves FABRIC!  You can link up more than one too!
Take time to visit other links...that just makes it more fun.