Monday, November 30, 2020

Virtual Quilt Festival

This year the International Quilt Festival could not occur in October in Houston as it has the last 45 years. Therefore, it has gone virtual. In three days, December 3-5, you can enjoy the fun from the comfort and safety of your own home. For those who have been unable to attend in the past due to the logistics of travel, this year presents a special opportunity. There will be vendors, lectures, demonstrations and a brilliant show full of special exhibits.

Tickets are $10 and Master Classes $20. Make sure you adjust to U.S. Central time to watch live, but classes and lectures will be available to view for a week following the event. 

Click HERE to preview Master Classes, Lectures, and Forums.

Click HERE to purchase a ticket and register for educational offerings.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Black Friday Specials

Fat Quarter Shop is having a huge Black Friday sale until November 28 at midnight CST. It's 20% off all orders. If you order $150 or more, you get a a special grab bag valued at approximately $40 (while supplies last). Don't forget the daily Mega Flash Sales too.

Annie's has 35% off fabric and yarn with code YARNFAB until 11:59 pm ET on November 30.

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Pineapple Fabrics has a variety of deals. Use code PINE5 for 5% off site wide, PINE25 for $25 off $225+, PATTERN20 for 20% off patterns, and PINE10 for $10 off $100+.

Accuquilt has BOGO 1/2 off Go! Dies.

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National Sewing Circle has 25% off the entire site with code THANKS25 and 30% 0f National Quilters or Sewing Circle with $75+ purchase using code CYBER30.

Creativebug has 3 months for $1.

Kangaroo Cabinets is having a major sale. The Bandicoot II is now under $500--more than 50% off!
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Friday, November 20, 2020

Odif Just My Type Challenge

I'm still not ready to let the haunting holiday go. When Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis sent me four fat quarters of her upcoming Just My Type collection for Island Batik, I saw 👀 in the Keys Small Hay print. What fun it would be to make eyes peek from the windows of a haunted house, right? 

So I pulled out the Haunted House Block designed by Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts, which had gained my notice during the Epic Halloween Quilt Along. I used Odif 808 on the wrong side of my first piece to adhere it to the paper, and avoid lumpy pins or difficult-to-remove glue. Make sure to protect your iron and work surfaces with parchment paper when using 808.

The fabrics provided included Wow Mystic (!), Keys Large Marble (@), and Steam Med Lagoon (?), in addition to the aforementioned Keys Small Hay (o).

The pattern has a special window unit that is constructed, then used as a singular piece within another unit. This is similar to how I created the eye units. I cut 1/4" around two eyes, and then improvisationally pieced these into a unit small enough for the eyes to fit within the window, but large enough to cover the space.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

FYI: November 2020

I thought I'd share some fun things I've been seeing on the web.

First, sign ups have started for the 365 Challenge Quilt by Kathryn Kerr. There's a free quilt block each day for a year to make one phenomenal sampler. There's a Facebook group too.

Jacquelynn Steves is hosting a "My Hometown" free BOM starting February 2021. One block is issued each month, and sign ups have started.

Clover products are the notion of the month at Fat Quarter Shop. The entire inventory is 30% off for November.