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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fab Tuesday!

Ready to link it up today??  Last week I was sooo late getting Fabric Tuesday started.  Sorry.  I got the post ready and thought I hit "Publish" except I didn't and it just saved as a draft for a few hours :(

So many great link-ups like usual!  I saw a theme of triangle quilts...increasing my desire to stop everything I'm doing and cut one.  Sigh...

Let's jump in and see some from last week.

Your turn!
Fabric Tuesday #183
Link up a recent post that uses fabric :)


Monday, April 28, 2014

Blossom Quilts and Crafts feature!

I've got a great feature quilt today to share!  Alice from Blossom Quilt & Crafts is sharing her Kaffe Fassett Stripes Quilt.  So pretty and vibrant!  I also love her sweet Chevron Quilt for Baby Grace.  Thanks for sharing Alice!
Today I would like to talk to you about a quilt I previously made. It was quilt #4, just after mum’s heart appliqué (that you can find here). Mum was impressed with my new sewing skills and intrigued about my new hobby. To encourage me, she offered me some Kaffe Fassett stripes. She lives in Alsace (East of France) where a big European quilting meeting takes place every year (le carrefour european du Patchwork). She went there to buy fabric for me, how sweet is she seriously?
IMG_7087At that time, I didn’t even know Kaffe Fassett but I loved the fabric so much that I had to start a quilt straight away. I was thinking of a very simple pattern, keeping the stripes as the main geometrical design. I bought some white fabric, cut some stripes out of it and started putting them together randomly.
I liked how it looks and I just continued sewing rows after rows. Mum loved it too and was eager to help, so she was my “pressing assistant”. She actually enjoys ironing, so she loved her new assignment.
By the end of the weekend I was visiting her, we finished the quilt top.
P1240746At that time, I was living in Marseille (south of France) and I brought back my sewing machine with me to finish it.
I wanted to offer this quilt to one of my new friend in Marseille. I just arrived couple of months earlier for a 9 months training program. On this program, I sat next to a girl who became, in now time, a very good friend. She had a 5 months baby girl: Perrine (I saw a recent picture of Perrine and she definitely do not look like a baby any more). This quilt would be perfect for her little girl.
I added a red border to the quilt top to let the stripes pop even more. For the backing, I chose a pink/red floral that I found in the local store. I quilted it with a cotton batting, sewing straight(ish) lines.
Of course, I couldn’t help but embroidered the little girl’s name.
P1250147My friend loved it. She proudly displayed it in their living room for Perrine’s play area.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kitty cats and sales!

Hey there! I'm a week late on our sales and events for our shops because I was out of town last week.  Every third Friday we'll share some great deals and new lines out there...there are often hidden deals and coupon codes so pay attention!! :)  Including the CUTEST kitty line!!!

Patterns Only stock a huge selection of PDF ePatterns and paper patterns by all your favourite designers and offer a fabulous rewards points system, so everytime you shop you earn points to use against future orders saving you even more money!

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Southern Fabric has some awesome sales this week!! Check it out:
40% off- Sewing Box by Gina Martin
20% off - Mixed Bag by Studio M
10% La Fete De Noel by French General and Vintage Verona by Emily Taylor

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A Joyful Soul Fabrics

We are cleaning out the shop in preparation of closing for the summer.  Those of you that follow us on Facebook know about my sisters struggle with leukemia and I intend on spending the entire summer with her!  $7.00 per yard for fabrics by Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry and MORE!  ALL pre-cuts and kits marked down as well!  Thank you for supporting our business for the past 6 years!

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Here Kitty, Kitty

100% GOTS certified organic cotton poplin. Designed by Alyssa Thomas for Clothworks.

Limited Time Offer

Save 10% on preorders placed through April 30.
Regular price: $10.50 per yard. Pre-order price: $9.45 per yard. Use coupon code KITTY
Pre-order Terms: Your credit card will be charged when order is placed. You may cancel prior to the shipment date for a full refund. Orders will begin shipping May 1, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Kate and something you can do!

Sweet Baby Kate

I love this baby girl and her family.  I attended her funeral last Saturday.  It was sweet and heartbreaking.  I spent a lot of time with my friend and it was really nice.  We cried together and we laughed.  Such a difficult part of life dealing with death.  And no one should ever have to deal with the death of their child.  They are doing well, all things considered.

I know many many of you prayed for Kate.  Many of you follow Amanda on instagram (@rykerandamanada) or on Facebook (Kate Cherrington Conway).  Many donated, sent gifts and cards.  I feel awkward saying thank you as it isn't really my place..but I'm just so grateful for the outpouring of love Amanda and Ryker have received.

Last week I auctioned a quilt on instagram, all the benefits went to the Conways.  Lori from SewPsyched! was the highest bidder.  She has an AWESOME idea I'm very excited about.  Here is her post.  Make sure if you want to participate you MUST go to SewPsyched!.

Quilt by Quilt Story Meg

I am going to sign the back of the quilt with my name and place of residence and a brief message.
Then I am going to send it along to the next person who would like to sign it. And on it will go.

Because Ryker and Amanda lost little baby Kate.  Less than two brief months is all they got with her.  You can read her story here on a Quilt Story's website, and on Instagram under user @rykerandamanda.   
I won this quilt in an Instagram auction to benefit Kate's parents because they had recently lost her and were experiencing devastating hospital bills. They did not know about the auction. They haven't asked for money from anyone.  The only thing that is holding them together right now is their love for each other and  the love of  family and friends.  
You can share in this mother's grief and send her kind words and thoughts by viewing her instagram profile @rykerandamanda .  It is startling, heartrending, incredibly brave. I honestly do not know how to help her other than to show her that she is not ALONE. That there are others out there who understand, or want to, and who care.
Let's try to get as many signatures, from as many places and people as possible. So that when Amanda wraps herself in this beautiful quilt, she will think of her beautiful baby, and know that we are all there thinking of them, too.
It doesn't have to be fancy. Mine's not. I'm not a fancy kinda gal :)

And so, I am starting a Send Along with this quilt. For Kate. For Ryker and Amanda. For us all.

To enter the Send Along:
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name.  If you are a no-reply blogger, please email me at
  • I will make a list, by country, of folks who would like to sign the quilt.
  • I will send the quilt out to the first recipient. I will send them the next recipient's email. You can then exchange addresses, or even get together over coffee. Wouldn't that be nice?
  • I will add two fat quarters of some luscious fabric that I would not normally give away.
  • Won't you please do the same for the recipient after you? I believe that receiving a thought/gift from another signatee will bring us all together, and also maybe help defray the cost of postage.
  • I will pay postage to the first Non-USA recipient, and the return postage to the USA, through Paypal.
  • I will post where the quilt is, every time it moves.
  • Please take a pic of your message on the quilt, and link it here. If you don't know how to do that, just email it to me, and I will post it for you.
  • I am going to include a notebook so that you can record a message for Ryker and Amanda, or thoughts, if you wish to do so.  

Let's all get together and no something kind for a mother who we do not know, but can surely understand.

Thank you Lori!!!!

PS Winners from First Friday Giveaway are HERE.  Check it out to see if you won!!!


Friday, April 18, 2014

REPOST: Easter Canvas tutorial


Hello! Okay, my camera had some issues, or my computer. I lost a lot of photos. But we are not going to panic. You don't need all the photos for this simple tutorial.  (if you need more photos, you can refer to myValentine's Canvas tutorial. Very similar projects.)

Darling. Frugal. About 1 hour of your time. 

I know Easter is this weekend, but I am going to leave it up for spring. 

All you need is a 16 x 20 canvas. Hobby Lobby or Walmart. Then a 16x20 piece of fabric. I went all springy on mine. Love it. But would love to see someone do it in a more modern print too... Mod Podge, your fabric to the canvas. Press out bubbles.

Print out these link 1  link 2  files on regular 8.5 x 11 paper. Tape them together at the notch (you will see what I mean). Using the bunny template and white wool felt, cut the bunny out. I found that cutting it with a small blade rotary cutter was the way to go with this project.

Then I just used spray adhesive and placed it on the almost dry mod podge fabric layer.

The nice thing about these canvases is they are super light. You can prop them just about anywhere without nail holes. Just a fun spring touch.  Hope you make one too!

And one more bit of spring decor. I lined the back of my hutch with Michael Miller Pillow and Maxfield fabric. So bright! I am going to bring lots of these bright colors into my living room this year. Hope you like!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP's and deadlines...

Heather here, It is one of those days when my brain is constantly bothering me with all I have to do, and this is just today:
Walk with friend
Blog post
2 soccer practice
Church  youth groups
Fed Ex store
Post office
Laundry (at least 3 loads)
Run Weston's hand me downs to a neighbor
Phone calls
work on quilt deadlines...
I don't know what to cut out!
I am sure my brain didn't remember all...

What I really need to work on is this fun project. Linen. Lace. Lecien. Love. 

After I knock out a few obligations, I am only going to work on projects I have started, or kid room projects. I feel like I am not balancing all my crafting properly. 

I found these untrimmed HST's in my craft room. Is supposed to be a quilt for Westons room. Over a year ago I started. I have so many projects like this. I just need to get caught up!

Remember a few more of my WIP's...

Man, this post didn't help my stress levels!

I vow that you will see a lot of these getting finished in the next few months!