Thursday, May 17, 2018

Missing Market

While I'm back at home (since I was too scared to bring the whole family on a trip that would be in excess of five hours airplane travel time), I'm going to throw out some Market highlights from afar. I will be missing Voodoo Donuts, but I can still cheer myself with some virtual appreciation. Pictures belong to their respective parties.

Northcott, the company known for super-realistic rock fabrics, is venturing beyond the traditional, and starting up a modern division know as Figo. That's "cool" in Italian. If you're familiar with Aurifil thread or tiramisu, you know Italian is a great way to go.

Inscription Rock by Afton Warrick 2012
The first set of collections have five contributing designers: Pippa ShawNaomi WilkinsonAbigail Halpin, Annie Chen of Lemonni and Isabel Serna of Black Lamb Studio. Check out their lookbooksIG and Facebook

Guicy Giuce has been making very miniature things with Alison Glass fabrics. I do think the littler things are, the cuter they become.

Tula now has seahorses as part of her Zuma collection.

Elizabeth Hartman has gone Arctic with her trademark style of creatures. Her Sasquatch has gone all yeti on us.

Tilda has me awing over this adorable quilt from Bird Pond.

Alison Glass has a vivid collection, Road Trip, debuting in the fall.

The temptation continues with Rifle Paper Company. The big news on the C+S front, however, is that the original designers will no longer be with the RJR-owned brand. 😮 Some are now promoting their new brand, Print Factory Studio.

I've also noticed some Peter Pan (Jill Howarth for Riley Blake and Sarah Jane for Michael Miller) and strawberry themes (Alison Glass and Stacey Bloomfield @gingiber for Moda) going on.

I better get to some sewing (fingers-crossed) and my teething, booty-scoothing, electrical cord fixated  baby. Happy #missingmarket to you all.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fat Quarter Shop Mother's Day Special

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This deal is too good to pass up, so I have to let you know! Until May 13, Fat Quarter Shop is offering $10 off emailed gift certificates of $50 or more. (And you can take advantage of the savings whether you have little ones or not! 😜) Get one for yourself, and/or tell all your offspring what you really want--a day of undisrupted sewing time and a few e-mailed gift certificates to use when the festivities subside and the fabric acquisition need arises. It's brilliant that you can save the certificates to your account (by clicking the Gift Certificates or Store Credit tabs from the My Account section) so they don't get lost in and inbox shuffle.

Another fun present would be The Nesting Box, a one time mystery package full of goodies purposefully selected to help the recipient create a beautiful project while learning new techniques. The retail value of the enclosed items is $120, so you'll save $65 when you use promo code NEST10. If you like to know what you're getting into, see a spoiler (by clicking right) here.

For the mom that has everything, or is trying to sew down off her fabric stash, a Craftsy Unlimited subscription is a smart choice. There are some fun specials going on now. Watch free all weekend. then extend your creativity with $25 in coupons when you subscribe monthly and $100 in coupons with an annual subscription.

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Have a great weekend!

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Monday, May 7, 2018

FYI: May 2018

Remodeling is still underway at my home, but I thought I'd pop in and catch you up on some of the fun things going on in the quilty world.

The 2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge is open for entries, in case you'd like to do a little sewing with purple. If you're just getting started, never fear, there's a Mini and a Just The Top category. May 11 is the cut-off.

I've made no secret of it; I adore Angela Walters classes. She has a new release on Craftsy, Quilting with Rulers. It's on sale for $29.99, or watch it free with a week-long trial subscription of Craftsy Unlimited. If that's not enough time to absorb all the great content available, a monthly or yearly subscription is a great value.

Shelley Savannah is hosting a free QAL, Moonlit Paths.

Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland are co-hosting the Community Sampler. It's not to late to join the free fun, and maybe even win a prize. View the action on Instagram by following #communitysampler.

Olfa is hosting a contest for those who'd like create their Splash Mini Quilt.

Piecing the Past Quilts has a free Block of the Week Program, Signs of Spring, available by e-mail subscription. Blocks are available for purchase after their release date. See what others are doing in the Facebook group.

Applications are open until May 11 for the 2018 Aurifil Artisans. Hurry up and apply; just remind them to leave a spot open for me! 😉

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wonderland Quilt Along Block #8: The Teapot

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Welcome to the May edition of the Wonderland Quilt Along. Check the tab above for previous posts, and to get all caught up if you're a new arrival.

Grab the pattern if you are ready to jump right in. Since we've covered paper-piecing a few times before, I'll be brief, and share a few tidbits and bloopers.

I've been doing some overhauling on our home, as I come to grips with the revelation that we may as well stay in our 4 bedroom with four kids instead of doubling the mortgage just to add a bedroom. I'd also have to pack up everything if we moved, and I'm no death cleaning guru. This all lead to an additional master closet and faux wood tile. Next will be carpet. I highly recommend Magic Moving Sliders if you have to shove furniture from one room to the next. (Not an affiliate link, though I would love to be an affiliate for Harbor Freight.) This all brings me to quilting out of my son's room temporarily, and using my Omnigrid Foldaway Cutting & Ironing Mat and my old iron on top the ironing board. Cue the disaster reel. So the old iron must have touched the plastic-y ;handle of the mat, and melted it. Then I rubbed it all around my beautiful, finished block. You're supposed to lift directly up and down to press, not what I do, by the way. Well, come to find out, nothing, but nothing will remove black plastic you've melted on your block. Alas, I'll be redoing a few sections. I really should have brought my Oliso upstairs. It pops up on a little platform and doesn't;'t let you singe things. (Download Ebates for 5% off, and use 15FORYOU to get 15% off on the Oliso website  if you want your own.)

Let's get some real advice though, because you're not going to be a doofus like me anyhow. In sections with two pieces, you can actually start with whichever one you want. If you'll be highlighting a fussy-cut section, start with that piece. In this case, print an extra section. cut out the piece you want to use a fussy-cut fabric for, and then cut 1/4" around it to make a window. Use this as a cutting guide, and a window to see what will appear. If you aren't highlighting a print, start with whichever is the lighter fabric to reduce shadowing. When this isn't possible, make sure the darker fabric is trimmed even with or a hair shorter than the lighter fabric when cutting the seam allowance back to 1/4". Also, the bottom piece should be trimmed to 10 1/2". You're printer may want to hack off one edge like mine did.

If you are working with smaller pieces of fabric that you need, sometime you can just seam things together like I did on the green piece above. Probably no one will notice. Unless you point it out, like I just did.

Show me what you're making in the Facebook group and with the #wonderlandquiltalong hashtag on Instagram.

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