Monday, November 30, 2020

Fun Gifts for Quilters + Giveaways

Shopped enough for yourself, and now looking for something special for your quilt friends? Sure, a fabric gift is always welcome, but let's go a little further and think outside the box. Take a look at these fun quilt themed gifts - two are even giveaways!

gifts for quilters

(Note: Amazon affiliate links are provided for further information on the items listed. I do receive a small commission, which does not affect the price, if the item is purchased through the link).

First up is this 1000 piece Thimble Blossoms puzzle. A perfect gift for the puzzle lover or quilter during these shelter-in-place times. And I know just who I'm gifting this one to!

puzzle featuring quilt items

Next, a book full of quilt themed word puzzles. Crosswords, word searches, word scrambles, etc fill this book. It's perfect for those wanting a quilt themed brain-teaser book.

quilt themed puzzle book

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win this book! Open to continental US residents only, now until midnight December 6, 2020.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here's a fun gift: a quilt themed license plate frame. Show the whole world how much you love quilting!

id rather be quilting license frame

My son got me a personalized frame last year, with on it, license frame

and we could have gone with a personalized plate too, but decided this was enough.

For a fun, colorful item, check out these Peels thread spool holders - aren't they cute?

colorful thread spool holders

I could definitely use some of these, as I've got a few spools with no way to hold the thread end. 

For those who love mysteries with a quilt theme, Carol Dean Jones puts it all together in book 11, Beneath Missouri Stars. There's even instructions for creating the cover quilt given at the back of the book - bonus!

beneath missouri stars book by carol dean jones

Enter a second Rafflecopter giveaway to win this book! Open to continental US residents only, now until midnight December 6, 2020.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced at next week's Midweek Makers.

And one last gift idea, which I'll be gifting to myself. It's an inexpensive lightbox for tracing applique. It's about time I upgraded from the window!

lightbox for tracing

That's all there is for now and good luck on the giveaways!
Happy Quilting

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Friday Quilting Sales

Who wants some fabric to freshen up the stash? We all do, right? Or how about other necessary quilt related items - books, thread, batting, needles, pins? Really, the list is endless!

woman pushing a cart of fabric bolts

Now through Monday is a great opportunity to stock up on anything quilt related cause there are a ton of sales going on right now. Check out the my curated list below:

Connecting Threads

This page heads to books on sale, and I see there are a few of my favorites that I highly recommend adding to your bookshelf. Remember these: 180 Doodle Quilting DesignsPrecut Primer? Strip Your StashFreemotion Quilting Idea Book?


For those wanting an Accu-Quilt cutting machine, check out their Black Friday deals. There's lots of items and value packs to choose from.

That AccuQuilt needs some fabric to cut and has got it! Check out their extensive collection of fabric - you're sure to find something!

Sew It Is

A nice little fabric shop, with blenders, panels, precuts, etc. I was impressed with their extensive collection of Grunge fabrics. I need to add some of that to my stash.

Odds and Ends

Another fun little shop, this one carries an extensive range of quilt fabrics - blenders, seasonal, kids, novelty, reproductions, 30's, etc, etc. Certainly lots to shop for here.

Nikki's Quilt Shop

Though a small shop, Nicki's has a nice selection of some name brands - Kimberbell, Henry Glass, Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree, Timeless Treasures, etc, etc. And precuts too!

And for those residing in Canada, check out Dinkydoo Fabrics. Though the shop is closed to foot traffic, there's up to 80% off sitewide now thru November 30, 2020.

Quite the list for shopping heaven! Hope you find some goodies!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome to Midweek Makers, and Happy Thanksgiving! 

I had such a fun time reading all the responses to the Quilter's Project Planner giveaway question of how many quilts do you plan to make. The minimum was 5, and most were in the 10-15 range - impressive! Let's congratulate Barb, of Mountain Quiltworks, who says she plans to make "as many as her body will allow!" Hopefully, this planner will help her with that!

Though I'm still sewing away, my share today is not a quilt, but a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe - my mom's cranberry relish. I loved helping her with this, feeding the hand crank food grinder to make this delicious sweet-tart side dish. Here's what's needed:

  • 2 12oz bags of cranberries, washed and sorted (remove soft and discolored)
  • 2 red delicious apples, sliced and cored (keep the peels)
  • 2 naval oranges, cut into slices (keep the peels)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
Alternately put the cranberries, apples, and oranges through the grinder or a food processor. Add 1.5 cups sugar. Place in the fridge overnight. Test the next day for sweetness and add more sugar if necessary. Then enjoy with all the Thanksgiving favorites! 

Now back to quilting. Here are a few quilts projects that caught my eye last week.

From Ulrikes Smaating, her sewing themed blocks are finished and as cute as could be!

sewing themed quilt blocks

from Mountain Quilt Works, Barb made this adorable gnome quilt (see - they're everywhere!)

red and white gnome quilt

and from Purring Cottage, this Advent quilt. I need to show my recent client this one!

green and red tree advent quilt

What's your share today? Come link up!
  • please link directly to your post, not your home page
  • link a recent quilt related item
  • visit with the others, and leave a comment or two
Have fun and enjoy the cranberries tomorrow!

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays

Let's finish up this year in a festive way, adding some fun with Gnome for the Holidays!

red gnome next to a house with trees by QuiltFabrication

I don't know about you, but I've been seeing gnomes everywhere - quilt patterns, embroidery patterns, sales fliers, websites, and stores. They're so darn cute, I had to make one myself!

red gnome with beige snow covered house and a snowflake

Gnome for the Holidays is so easy with fusible applique. The plump little gnome next to his Christmas-y snow-covered house, plus the wonky, snow covered trees makes such an adorable little table decoration!
red gnome, beige snow covered house and three snow covered pine trees

As a table runner, Gnome for the Holidays measures 14" x 36".

red gnome, beige house, pine trees for a table runner by QuiltFabrication

Or make a small wall hanging by removing the right hand section with the extra trees - it would be just as cute!

red dressed gnome, snow covered beige house, pine tree

If your seeing a lot of gnomes and just have to have one, the Gnome for the Holidays table runner pattern is now available in my Etsy shop. As usual, with a new pattern release, special pricing is going on now through CyberMonday, November 30. 

And if your interested in a learning how to use a freemotion zigzag to stitch around those appliques, avoiding all the fabric turning, check out last week's tutorial, Freemotion Applique.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Freemotion Applique

Bet you're wondering what freemotion applique is. 

pine tree stitched with freemotion applique

It's a process of using the machine's zigzag stitch along with it's darning or freemotion foot to stitch down the edges of fused appliques.

So, how is this different than any zigzag to secure appliques? This technique doesn't involve stopping with the needle in place, and rotating the fabric. It's all stitched moving the fabric side to side or up and down, just like freemotion quilting.

Bet you're wondering why. For me, the quicker I can get applique stitching done, the better. No stopping to turn the fabric shaves off some precious time.

Now I know this technique is not for everyone, as it does take a bit of control to move the fabric to catch the zigzag. But with practice, it moves along fairly quickly. And that's a big plus in my book!

Go ahead and watch this little video, Freemotion Applique, that I have of the process. 

Note that when I'm on a more horizontal plane, the stitches zigzag at an angle, like this,
as seen on this tree, in both white and green thread.

applique stitching around a pine tree

And when going around curves, the angle switches direction.

Here it is on the gnome's nose.

gnome nose

Looks pretty good, right? For me, I love this technique for speeding up my applique stitching. Not sure if the quilt police would though!

As far as my gnome project, it will be here Monday - stitching, quilting, and pattern writing have taken longer than expected.

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome to Midweek Makers - time for some sharing!

holiday themed gnome quilt by QuiltFabrication

Though it's still technically fall, the holiday season of red and green is fast upon us. I'm in the process of making an adorable little holiday gnome runner to replace Halloween Candy on my kitchen counter. If all goes well, he should be done by Friday - stay tuned!

My other shares are 1) a free pattern, Pinwheel Parade, an RSC2020 scrap lap quilt, 

12 different colors of pinwheels in a quilt

and 2) the Quilter's Project Planner book giveaway.

quilters project planner book

Be sure to visit each post, for the pattern, and to enter the giveaway!

And check out these beautiful quilts shared last week:

from Karen's Quilting, her finished Alaska quilt, a quilt I've enjoyed seeing come together,

alaska quilt from karens quilting

and from Rebecca Grace Quilting, this special baby quilt with custom quilting.

custom quilted baby quilt from rebecca grace quilting

Now it's your turn - come share your quilt projects!

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  • visit with others and leave some comment love
Have fun!

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Quilt Planner Giveaway!

A new year is fast approaching, and what better way to start off January 2021 than with a quilt planner! 

quilter's project planner book

I last featured the Quilter's Project Planner in September as part of a social media tour, showcasing several pages for planning quilt projects, 

quilter's project planner book planning page

and keeping track of important information.

quilter's project planner book information page

Over my 15+ years of quilting, I've developed my own system for keeping track of quilt projects, given that a lot of my own projects are spur of the moment inspirations.

Therefore, I wish to give this brand-new Quilter's Project Planner (affiliate link provided for more information) to one lucky reader, someone who would love to have a place to capture inspiration, realize their dream quilt, and have notes and comments to pass along with the quilt. 

Enter the Quilter's Project Planner giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Contest is open to continental US residents only, from now until midnight Sunday, November 22. Winner will be announced at next week's Midweek Makers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Pinwheel Parade - Free Pattern

Another finish to report this week - Pinwheel Parade, my project for RSC2020.

12 colors of pinwheels in a quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, especially with the few adjustments since I last showed progress. I decided to move the red and yellow pinwheels to balance out the values in the quilt. Otherwise, there would have been a lot of strong colors on one side, and light colors on the other. 

colorful pinwheel quilt by QuiltFabrication

And that idea of black? Too strong for this quilt, though the backing is mostly black with a cream print. Fortunately, I had a taupe in my stash that worked perfectly to add a bit of interest in the setting squares, coordinate with the background, and not overpower all the other colors.

quilting with multicolored thread on a pinwheel quilt

The quilting? Just like the Rainbow Celilo quilt, this one too has the Happy Times pantograph and a variegated thread of primary and secondary colors. Both work so well!

I've received lots of compliments on my scrappy pinwheels, using the "Making Blocks from Crumbs" tutorial and video. For this quilt, those crumb blocks and background squares are 7".

scrap squares

After stitching on both sides of a diagonal line, then cutting on said line, 

squares sewn on the diagonal for HST's

there are four HST's which are trimmed to 6.5" square.

coral half square triangles

Put them together and they make one 12.5" x 12.5" pinwheel block.

coral pinwheel quilt block

Here's part of the setting squares, cause I forgot to take a finished picture of those. Just three 4.5" squares, finished off with 4.5" x 12.5" strips for a 12.5" block.

grey and cream setting squares

And let's not forget those setting corners and triangles to finish off this on-point quilt. Cutting those setting triangles on each diagonal gives the quilt an edge that's on the straight of grain. Woohoo for no waves!

cutting on diagonals for setting triangles

If you would like a pdf version of all the cutting sizes, instructions and details, feel free to download Pinwheel Parade from Google Drive. It's a free pattern to say thank you for following along!

diagram of pinwheel parade quilt

Happy Quilting 


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