228 Giveaway from Shabby Fabrics: Best.Day.EVER! FQ bundle.

9.12.2014

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my newest sponsors, Shabby Fabrics!

Shabby Fabrics is an online fabric store specializing in floral quilt fabrics and unique quilt kits, including laser-cut applique kits.  They also offer a variety of Block of the Month programs and tons of other great products.  Shipping is free within the US for orders over $75, and international shipping is 20% the published shipping rates.  You can also earn 5% back on every purchase in Loyalty Points that can be used on your next order.



Shabby Fabrics just turned 9 years old last week, and has started a new Birthday Club to celebrate. You can sign up by creating an account and get a coupon for 20% off everything on your birthday!

There are lots of new collections in stock in the store, including Oh Clementine by Allison Harris, Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille, and Best.Day.EVER! by April Rosenthal.

You can follow Shabby Fabrics on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the Shabby Fabrics Blog.  You can also sign up for their newsletter here to keep updated on what's happening in the shop!

Shabby Fabrics has a great giveaway for you today, a fat quarter bundle of Best.Day.EVER! in your choice of colorway!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!  Followers get an extra entry by leaving an additional comment.  Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.  I will choose a winner on Wednesday, 9/17.

Shabby Fabrics is also offering a coupon code to all of you!  Save 10% off your order by entering the code BijouLovely10 at checkout (expires 10/12/14).  You can also enter the birthday party giveaway on the Shabby Fabrics blog for a chance to win another prize!

Thanks so much to Shabby Fabrics for the giveaway and support!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

7 Modern Solids Challenge.

9.05.2014

A few weeks ago, I got the most beautiful box in the mail! Filled with Free Spirit solids in colors hand picked by Denyse Schmidt.
I was asked to participate in a contest called the Modern Solids Challenge with several other bloggers. We'll each be making a 60x60" quilt using the box of Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids, and the design must be inspired by a traditional quilt pattern or concept. Sounds like fun! 
I have finally figured out my design and should be starting to sew next week! I've decided on a color scheme too, which is always my favorite part.

I'll be sharing my progress on the quilt both here and on IG over the next few weeks, under the hashtag #modernsolidschallenge. You can check out everyone else's progress there too! You'll be able to vote on your favorite quilt as well once they're finished.

13 a finished quilt.

9.04.2014

I haven't done much sewing this summer, but I did finally finish this quilt for my sister last month. It was her birthday present last year, but thankfully she has been patient with me! I have no idea why it took me so long, the piecing was simple and the quilting was fast too. It just kept getting pushed down on the list of projects to finish.
This quilt is very similar to the Candy Coated Quilt in Sunday Morning Quilts, if you're looking for a pattern!  Just a simple stacked coin quilt, but I sewed some of the strips together a little bit wonky on purpose.
I am really happy with the colors in this quilt, teal, orange, purple, black and white all go together so nicely.  Lots of favorite fabrics in this quilt too!

I quilted it with straight lines through the center of each column, and then zig zags across the width of the quilt to form a herringbone pattern.  I used mint colored Aurifil thread from Jeni's Favorite Things thread box, fun to break away from the neutrals sometimes!


The backing is from Erin McMorris' Moxie collection, which is also used throughout the front of the quilt.  I love modern graphic florals like this one!
 I finished the quilt just in time for Gaby to bring it to college with her.  I think she liked it :)




170 Fat Quarter Style Book Tour & Giveaway.

8.20.2014

Hi there!  Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour.  This is a great book from Fat Quarter Shop featuring 12 pretty patterns using fat quarters.
I was asked to make a block from the Primrose Quilt, which was really fun and fast to sew together!
I used fat quarters of three prints from Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage for the block, and I think it turned out pretty cute!  Since I don't really have time at the moment to make a full quilt with this, I think it will become a mini!
The Fat Quarter Shop sent me an extra copy of Fat Quarter Style to give away to one of you!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. I will choose a winner on Monday (8/25).  You can also purchase the book here if you'd like!

Update: This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to our winner, Mindy!

Don't forget to check out the other tour stops as well to see more blocks from the book!
August 2nd: Fat Quarter Shop Kick off
August 4th : The Sassy Quilter http://www.sassyquilter.com/
August 6th : My Quilt Infatuation http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/
August 8th : Leigh Laurel Studios http://www.leighlaurelstudios.com/
August 11th : Sew Can She http://www.sewcanshe.com/
August 13th : Jana Machado http://janainamachado.blogspot.com/
August 15th : Stitchery Dickory Dock http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
August 18th : Freshly Pieced http://www.freshlypieced.com/
August 20th : Bijou Lovely http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/
August 22nd : Film in The Fridge http://filminthefridge.com/
August 25th : Why Not Sew? http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/
August 27the : Pretty By Hand http://prettybyhand.com/
August 29th : Diary of A Quilter http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
August 30th : Fat Quarter Shop closing of tour

0 Modern Sewciety Podcast.

8.11.2014

I was both excited and extremely nervous when Stephanie asked me if I would like to chat with her on the Modern Sewciety podcast this past week.  There was really no reason to be nervous, it was so fun chatting with her!  I always enjoy listening to her podcast, it's so nice to hear from other people in the industry who love sewing and quilting!

I am honored to be able to share this episode with two amazing quilters that I think you might know, Anna Maria Horner and Christa from ChristaQuilts!  I loved listening to both of their stories.  You can listen to Episode 37 of the Modern Sewciety podcast on iTunes or on the Modern Sewciety website, here.

259 Giveaway from Fabric Spark: FQ Bundle

7.18.2014

Happy Friday! It has been yet another busy week here, I hope you all had a good one!

Today I'd like to introduce you all to a new sponsor of mine, Fabric Spark! It's a shop based in Canada, and is all about loving fabric and seeing it as inspiration. The owner Daryl is super sweet and buys what she loves, which usually means she wants to make something each time new fabric arrives in the shop!
Fabric Spark has a great selection of fabric, with lots of prints we all know and love, and some really awesome prints that are a little less common.  Here are a few of my favorites that I hadn't seen before!

Fabric Spark is having a summer sale this week, with 25% off any purchase of $50 or more until midnight on Saturday using the code "Summer Sale"!  Make sure you check it out.

I had the opportunity to curate a bundle for the Fabric Spark shop recently, which was fun!  You can find it here.  I love those Dreamin' Vintage prints mixed in with some really graphic blenders!  Today Daryl is offering the chance for one of you to win this exact bundle!  
To enter, simply comment on this post.  As usual, followers get an extra entry by leaving an additional comment.  If you follow Fabric Spark on any social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) you can also get another extra entry.  Please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you!  I'll choose a winner on Monday, 7/21.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Ronnie!

Thanks so much to Fabric Spark for sponsoring my blog, and to all of you for supporting my sponsors!  Hope you have a great weekend!

7 Brambleberry Ridge.

7.14.2014

It's been quiet around here lately as I have been trying to balance work, sewing, and photography.  It's the busy season for senior portraits, which is really fun, but that means less time to do other things.  I just finished my last big deadline sewing project for a little while, so now it's time for some fun!  I'm going to cut into Violet Craft's new line, Brambleberry Ridge this week and do some simple sewing.  I wanted to share some photos of the fabric first though, because it's just so pretty!
Coral, Mint, Lilac and Taupe, with lots of metallic gold accents.  I'm sure you all know by now how much I love these colors!
This collection has a good mix of prints, including deer, lace, plaids, dainty florals and triangles.  Plus more of those birds I just can't seem to get enough of.

Here it is all stacked up!  Isn't it gorgeous?
I was lucky enough to get some advanced yardage from Violet and the team at Michael Miller Fabrics.  I'll be sharing more about my project later this week over on their blog.

Brambleberry Ridge is in shops now and can be found at Fat Quarter ShopStash Fabrics and Bobbie Lou Fabric Factory.
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