I am so delighted to find out that Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilts has her newest patterns available at her online store! Thelma shared her version of "Bounce" yesterday on her blog Cupcakes 'n Daisies. She is such an amazing quilter. It's a beautiful pattern, and Thelma has a copy to giveaway!
AND Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter did a review of Shape Workshop for Quilters, and is giving away a copy of this amazing book.
Oh and one more thing. The Queen of Quilting has a free download and a very cool video, BUT it is only available until June 30th. Check out Eleanor Burns Block Party if you would like to download her Melon Patch Pattern. But hurry, after Saturday it will no longer be a free download.
I've been working on my NewFO and it has shown itself to be a pretty tedious project.
The pattern is Chain Reaction -
Cutting up LOTS of 6 1/2", 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips
And then sewing them into the chain pattern.
It's definitely a modern look for this traditional quilter ;-) But I am plugging along in the evenings.
And a question for all of you. Do you use bobbin thread??
I have started using Sulky Bobbin Thread and I do think my bobbin doesn't run out as quickly as it used to. Have you used any other brand of Bobbin Thread? Sulky only comes in white and black. I buy it at JoAnn's when the threads are on sale for 50% off. I'd like to know if you have used this type of thread before. What are your thoughts as there is always so much discussion about the new threads available.
Miss Ladybug is all finished and ready to be delivered.
There were a couple of questions on how I quilt on my domestic sewing machine and not have puckers on the back. I've been using the Quilt basting spray adhesive AND safety pins. I have found that using only one or the other does not seem to do the trick for me. And even so, this time I still had one pucker along the border. All in all, it was a fun quilt to make and I hope the baby will enjoy using it.
It's for a sweet little baby that was born this week.
And I was wondering if anyone is interested in swapping some fabric. I have two packs of assorted purple fabric cut into 5" squares. Each pack has 42 squares. I'd love to swap them for some reds. The fabric doesn't have to be cut. 3/4 yard equals 40 charms. Let me know if you'd be interested in one pack or both.
Sinta over at Pink Pincushion has been encouraging us to dig out and finish our BOM projects.
So I have been working on a Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM that has been sitting around here for a couple of years.
One bit of advice. Do NOT make a mistake in cutting :-S There is no extra fabric to re-cut anything. I am having to rob peter to pay paul on one of the blocks. I think I can make it work, but we will see. I'm feeling good about getting my BOM finished and at least making up a block here and there.
Looking for some inspiration for your next quilt project? Have you checked out the Free Quilt Patterns website?? Lots of free patterns and tutorials. Be sure to bookmark this page, as it will take a month of Sundays to get through them all :-)
A very sad thing has happened lately. As most of you know, many brick and mortar shops are closing. So recently, when I heard that one of my favorite Quilt shops had closed, I was deeply saddened. Patchwork Pig carried a large and diverse selection of fabrics, where you could always find something that would work for any specific project.
It made me think about how supporting our local Quilt Shops helps to keep their doors open. It's hard sometimes, as Quilt shops are becoming more and more scarce, at least in our area. Some have veered away from carrying traditional fabrics. It seems because we live in the deep south, some of the shops have limited their lines to tropical or modern fabrics. I like these just fine, but as a traditional quilter, I do so love the traditional fabrics like Civil War and Reproduction fabrics.
The other day I stopped in at Country Quilts and Bears. It's a small shop but they carry the type of fabric that I like. On the day I shopped, they were offering a sale of 30% off if you finished the bolt. When I have been to this sale previously, there were many shoppers, cleaning out the end of bolts. But this time, there were few in the shop. Actually there were only two other people. I was there looking for fabric to make a baby quilt for a friend. I could have gone to the big chain store, but decided that I would make my purchase there. I found this cute fabric with the ladybugs, and already had a pattern in mind.
I also came across this Jo Morton fabric that I can use with a Civil War pattern.
So I dug out my pattern.
And have started working on this baby quilt.
As fabric prices continue to escalate it will be harder and harder to buy much fabric from my Local Quilt shops. But I will try to shop smart, and watch for sales.
Are you finding it harder to support your local businesses?? Do you buy fabric online?
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