Friday giveaway, thanks to Nido

Hello, hello! Thanks for all your sweet comments about Henry’s arrival. We’re enjoying lots of snuggles and trying to sneak in naps when we can (easier said than done, what with the two older ones who seem to always know the exact moment I’ve closed my eyes!)
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Today I have a giveaway for you thanks to my local quilt shop, Nido. Nido is owned by Phiona, who is now a great friend (another reason to love your local quilt shop!). While I don’t get to town to visit the shop as often as I’d like, I love knowing that Phiona’s shop is there. It’s really nice to be able to see fabrics in person (though that also often causes me to buy more than I intended!), and it’s also fun to have a chance to chat with others who love fabrics. This Saturday happens to be Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, too, so if you’re local, I’d urge you to stop in to Nido (or take a visit to your own local quilt shop!). Nido will be offering an extra 20% off all bundles, and all purchases over $75 will also receive a great Nido tote bag.


Phiona has recently reduced the per yard pricing on her quilting fabrics too, so you’ll find it won’t cost more to shop in person. All quilting cottons are now $8.25/yard, both in the shop and online.

In addition to a great fabric (and yarn!) selection, Phiona also offers a number of great classes and has also organized some really special workshops (most recent workshops included one with Anna Graham and also one with April Rhodes).


Next month Heather Jones will be in town to offer her Improvisational Linework and Design Workshop. There are a couple spaces left in this February 6th workshop, so be sure to contact Nido if you’d like more information or to sign up.


In July, Carolyn Friedlander will offer two workshops – Ebb and Outhouse: Beginner Hand Appliqué + Beginner Paper Piecing Full-Day Workshop on July 16th and Everglade: Full-Day Advanced Hand Appliqué Workshop on July 17th. Sign up for one or both!
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And now, a giveaway! Nido is offering up a fun custom FQ fabric bundle made up of 10 coordinating prints. To enter, please leave a comment here (one per person, please!). I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening! (this giveaway is limited to the US).

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Update: A winner! selected comment #242 –

Barbara says:

ooh! So beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Congrats, Barbara! Look for an email from me shortly.

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hello, henry!



We’re so pleased to welcome the newest addition to our family, Henry Alexander, born January 14th. We’re all doing well and adjusting to life as a family of five!


Hazel and Max have been great, and so far seem pleased with their new little brother (though they’re both already so concerned about him playing with their toys that they’ve moved all their favorites to their bedroom!)


And an attempt at a group shot…phew! that was challenging. I have a feeling we won’t be getting a monthly sibling photo this time around!


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a (late!) look back at 2015

I was kind of putting off this post, since thinking back it didn’t seem like I had finished many quilts this year. Then I took a quick peek and realized that there were many more than I remembered, so I decided that it would be nice to see them in a mosaic as in years past (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – looks like I’m on the every other year plan!).

(links to these quilts can be found under the Quilts tab)

I’m excited to see what 2016 will bring – we’re most excited for the birth of the new baby (any day now – and hopefully sooner than later!), and can’t wait to see how Max and Hazel settle into their new roles as big brother and big sister. One is more excited than the other, so it should be interesting! I also have big plans to make up lots of quilt backs and finally get many of those unfinished quilts finished. I think I may take some help in getting them finished by sending out the larger ones to be quilted. I’m not sure what the next quilt will be, though I’m dying to finish my Carkai stripe quilt. I’ve also been thinking a lot about another Maze & Vale quilt, something out of my large pile of solid and printed scraps, and maybe a series of free tutorials on constructing blocks from my Painted Paddles quilt. Do let me know if there are other things you’d like to see/read here.

As always, I so appreciate you taking the time to read my blog – thank you, thank you!

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