welcome, new sponsors!

Hello! Today I want to take a minute to introduce two new sponsors to the site. First up is Lady Belle Fabric, a relatively new online shop owned and run by a husband and wife team, Rob and Brooke Becker. They specialize in beautiful modern fabrics, sold by the yard, by the bundle as well as a wide variety of precuts. Their shop is easy to navigate and provides you with a variety of ways of searching. They’ve even made it easy to complete your holiday shopping, with a holiday sale section, and a fun stocking stuffer section, including these great Tulip quilting needles (on my wish list!)

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I love learning the origin of shop names, so I asked Brooke how they came up with the name Lady Belle. Here’s what she had to say – “We named our store, Lady Belle after our Alaskan malamute, Lady. Lady passed away June 7th from a heart tumor. It was very sudden and luckily she didn’t suffer.  It has been the most heart breaking thing I have ever been through, I loved Lady so much. She was the most beautiful dog, and she knew she was beautiful. She was super sassy, full of personality and was even a bit of a drama queen. When we were thinking of a name for our shop I kept coming back to Lady. Here I was wanting to sell the world gorgeous fabric – I was wanting to sell a beautiful moment. You know the moment, when the fabric comes together, the ideas of the pattern all click, and the project starts coming to life.

Most quilts are gifts to others, an heirloom of love, hard work and beauty. Those are things which Lady is to me. She left a beautiful moment on my heart. What better way to show others how much I care about their fabric choices then to name my store after the girl I loved so dearly. I also wanted a bit of “southern,” in it, since we are located in Tennessee. Belle is a pretty southern term and means beauty.

My friend designed our logo with Lady sitting on the fabric, because that is what she always did. She sat on things she shouldn’t have, and ran through carefully laid out quilt designs.”

Rob and Brooke offer free shipping on orders over $150, and charge just $5.75 for other orders. They do their best to ship the same day, so be sure to check our their shop!

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I’d also like to welcome Stitched, a local shop I’ve been frequenting for several years now. Stitched is located just outside of Burlington, so if you’re visiting the area, be sure to check them out! Their shop is filled with a great variety of fabrics (including a great selection of fat quarters, sorted by color), books, notions. In addition, they sell and service Berninas and offer a wide range of classes. They’ve also now started selling some of their fabrics online, and will continue to add new products there.

And a tip for some of you, ahem, fabric collectors, Stitched is a great place to check for some of those harder to find prints. They usually have a good selection of Tula Pink prints, and even a couple past Heather Ross prints.

Be sure to sign up for their newsletter for upcoming events and coupons!

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As always, I thank you for taking the time to help me welcome these new shops. I appreciate you visiting and shopping with my sponsors, and I truly appreciate their support of my blog!

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Doe – tracking quilt

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I had fun finishing this little quilt. The top came together pretty quickly, since I was just trying to see what I could make out of that mini Carolyn Friendlander Doe charm pack, but then I debated for a while on how to finish it. I went back and forth about whether or not I should hand quilt it. Pros – it’s relatively small, so it wouldn’t be crazy to consider hand quilting… but there’s always that con – that I’m not totally convinced that my handsewing would hold a quilt together for the long run!

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After staring at it for a few days, I decided that a mix of the two might be perfect. I started with machine quilted straight lines – alternating straight lines that were about an inch apart with one a quarter of an inch apart. It was first just a way to mix up the straight line quilting, but in the end turned out to be the perfect channel to keep my handquilting somewhat straight!

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I matched some perle cottons with the solid color of each vertical band and spent a few evenings doing some hand quilting. It was more fun than I expected, and adds some great texture and color to the quilt!

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On the back I used more of the Essex yarn dyed in black with a fun little strip of those improv triangles out of the solids used on the front.

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The binding is a crosshatch in black, which was meant to blend in with the background fabric.

I’m glad I took the time to finish this one in a slightly different manner than usual. It was fun to try out some hand quilting again! While I don’t think I’d want to hand quilt a large quilt, I do think it would be fun to add some handquilting to other machine quilted quilts.

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P.S. I listed a few quilts for sale over the weekend. I typically only sell quilts once a year, so if you are looking to buy one, now’s your chance! They’re all listed here on Instagram, and I’ve already removed those that have sold, so those that are still pictured are available. An IG account is not necessary – feel free to email me at ashley at filminthefridge.com with any questions!

 

You can find my initial post about this quilt here.

Carolyn Friendlander's Doe line is starting to pop up in shops now, so be sure to check out my sponsors in the sidebar on the right if you're looking to add some of this great line to your stash!

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shopping, anyone?

I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful (and tasty!) Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a great meal and I had perhaps more than my fair share of pie! I’m thinking about spending the rest of the evening on the couch handsewing the binding on this little quilt I’ve been working on, and I’m sure that I may not be able to resist the urge to check out a few online sales over the weekend.

I checked in with my sponsors to find out about their sales, and I’ve included all the info below for you, in case you should also be unable to resist the sales!

Fat Quarter Shop: 25% off the entire store Friday through Saturday, 11/29. No coupon needed. (And remember, they now offer free shipping on US orders over $80)

Lady Belle Fabric: 1/2 yards starting at just $2.50. Fat quarter bundles are 15% off and jelly rolls are 10% off. Free shipping on orders over $75. Friday through Monday.

Westwood Acres: Shop their biggest sale of the year – lots of great fabrics, thread, and notions in their large sale section.

Fabricworm: 24 hour Black Friday sale, with 30-75% off lots of newly marked down fabrics. Ends Saturday at 8am PST.

Intrepid Thread: Yardage and 1/2 yard bundles at least 30% off, with deeper discounts in the clearance section. Sale starts at midnight Thursday and ends midnight on Friday.

FabricBubb: 10% off orders with discount code TURKEY10. Save 15% on orders of $250 or more with code BIGTURKEY15. Sale runs through Monday.

Canton Village Quilt Works: All Batiks and Kaffe Fassett are marked down by 25%!  No code needed! Valid Cyber Monday.

Llama Fabrics: Check out the Black Friday Sale section, which will include many fabric bundles, fabrics, patterns and more! Sale runs from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday ET.

Nido: In store sales Friday-Saturday will include a sale on fabric yardage, with deeper discounts if you purchase multiple yards. Sale fabrics will be $5/yard. 10% off yarn. Cyber Monday sale of 20% off is valid in store and online with discount code HOLIDAY2014.

DuckaDilly: 20% off storewide.  Discount may be applied to both regular and sale priced items (excludes gift cards and subscriptions). Use coupon code “BlackFriday2014″ during checkout. Valid through Saturday, 11/29.

Jones & Vandermeer: 15% off everything (excludes shipping; please no prior or post adjustments) + free US shipping for orders $60+. Use code “THANKSFILM15″ (enter on Step 5 of check-out).

Hawthorne Threads: Many great fabric lines are on sale for $7.50 or $7.99/yard, including a few by Heather Ross and Anna Maria Horner. You’ll also find a sale on select precuts, quilt kits and patterns. Valid through Monday.

Pink Castle Fabrics: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY30. (Doesn’t include camp tickets, presales or clubs)

The Quilted Castle: 25% off all regularly priced items with code TURKEY25 (does not apply to discounted items, cannot be combined with other offers. Code must be entered when ordering.) Valid through Monday, 12/1.

Stitched:  20% off one item $100 or more with code BF2014. Valid through Monday, 12/1

Sew Modern: 20% off fabric, including sale items, with code BIGTURKEY. Valid through Monday, 12/1

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And wait, there’s more! These aren’t sponsors, just other shops/products I like with sales over the weekend…

Grainline Studio: Give Thanks pattern sale – take 20% off all patterns with code GIVETHANKS. Valid through December 1st.

True Bias: 20% off patterns with code THANKS20. Valid through Monday.

Finch Sewing Studio: In store and online sale – 30% off orders of $15 or more online Friday from 6am-11am with code EARLYFINCH. 15% off orders of $30 or more Friday afternoon through Monday with code FINCHMADEHOLIDAY.

Imagine Gnats: 50% off printed and digital patterns. 30% off chambray and denim fabrics, 20% off everything else. Valid through 12/1.

Patchwork Threads: 20% off all apparel with code THANKS. Valid through 12/1.

Soak: Free shipping with code SOAKWORTHY

Alison Glass Design: Save 20% storewide with code FRIDAY. Valid until 5pm on Friday.

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Slightly off topic, though not… do you use Ebates? My sister turned me on to it about a year ago. They provide cash back for purchases you make at larger online shops (think Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s, Sephora etc… Fabric.com is even on there, so not so off topic after all!). Once you set up an account, you just click through to your desired online store from Ebates and it shows you the % cash back that particular store offers. Then you just shop as usual. Periodically they send out checks, which I find to be a nice little reward for shopping! (We’re not talking huge amounts here, but when I can remember to click through from them, I’m rewarded by a fun $10-$15 check every once in a while!)
*link above is a referral link, though I’d recommend the site regardless! Feel free to just type in ebates.com in your browser if you don’t want to use the referral link.

 

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