Henry – 1 month!

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Henry was one month old on Valentine’s Day, so it gave me good reason to pull out my red and pink quilts and fabric! I wasn’t sure I was going to attempt these monthly photos, but I do know I’ll regret not having them, so attempt it I shall. As you can see, it’s taken me a couple weeks to actually get the photos off the camera and online…

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And a group shot –

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Unrelated, but do you all follow Deborah of Whipstitch? I’ve followed her for years and have always loved her writing style and her upbeat and fun personality which comes through in her writing. She’s so enthusiastic about sewing and teaching people to sew and is now offering another fun opportunity for new and seasoned quilters alike with her Murder Mystery Quilt (a monthly subscription club).

When she emailed me about it to see if I’d help spread the word, I was immediately intrigued – it sounds like such a fun and unique idea! You can read more about it here. Knowing Deborah as I feel I do, I knew this would be well thought out and presented beautifully, and I’m pleased to say I was right – I had a chance to peek at January and February’s chapters and quilt blocks and I was immediately sucked right into the story. It’s well written and I can tell already that it will be fun to read and to try to look for clues to figure out the mystery. Deborah also provides nice detail and instruction for the accompanying quilt block – giving enough instruction so that a new quilter could follow along but also keeping it interesting enough for someone who’s been quilting a long time.

Sign ups close at the end of February, so do be sure to head over and take a look if it’s something you’re interested in!

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double gauze plus – a quilt top

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As you can imagine, life’s been busy around here lately. Luckily Henry seems to be a pretty calm baby so far – spending most of his days asleep (and then most of his nights awake…I’m very tired!).

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I spend quite a lot of time sitting up in bed feeding the baby and on occasion I find myself in somewhat of a daze, just staring at  the quilt covering our bed (this king sized plus quilt out of favorite Denyse Schmidt prints). One sleepless night I decided a plus quilt might be a good way to ease back into quilting.

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I had purchased many of these lovely Nani Iro prints a while back at my local fabric shop, and paired them with a few others from my double gauze stash, thinking these soft colors would make a nice quilt. The stack happened to still be hanging out on my sewing table, so it was easy enough to decide to use that stack for the plus quilt.

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You’ll notice that a few of the prints were swapped out – after arranging them on the design wall I felt the darker ones stood out too much in this type of design, so they were replaced with a few other lighter prints. I’m really pleased with the final arrangement and of course I can’t wait to wrap up in double gauze goodness!

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(Henry seems to be a fan as well and snoozed here on the floor for quite a while the other afternoon. His bed? Not so much…)

 

Another double gauze quilt, in case you're interested...

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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! Random.org 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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