improv solids – finally finished!

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It’s only taken me 4 years to finally finish this quilt! But I love that even though it feels like an old quilt to me, it still looks like something I might make today.

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It’s made up of lots of Kona solids, some Essex cotton/linen blends and a few crossweaves – basically whatever was on hand at the time! I particularly love the little striped sections and the tiny little strips of colors here and there.

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I found a great backing in this Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print. It’s a favorite of mine, and I was pleased to see that it contained similar colors. I even took the time to perfectly piece the backing so you can’t tell where it’s seamed.

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I originally was going to quilt it with straight lines vertically, but then thought I might instead make those vertical lines a bit wavier. (I think I might have liked it better if I had made the quilting lines denser, but unfortunately I realized that too late!) I used 4 or 5 different variegated thread colors for a little added fun.

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It’s great to check this one off the list and finally be able to put it to use!

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Welcome, Quilt Sandwich Fabrics (+ giveaway!)

Phew, it’s Friday! Today I hope you’ll help me in welcoming a new advertiser to FITF – hello Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, thanks for becoming a new sponsor! I asked Kris and Becca to give us a little information about their shop, and here’s what they had to say…

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Quilt Sandwich Fabrics was started by Kris and Becca, two fabric-obsessed sisters who love to quilt! We started our shop on Etsy in 2008 and we now have over 1,000 bolts of high-quality, fun fabric. Some of our favorite fabric designers and companies are Cotton + Steel, Carolyn Friedlander, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Alexander Henry, and Art Gallery Fabrics. We also carry patterns for quilts and bags and pretty ribbons.

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We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and have received great feedback from our customers. We take care to ship your order quickly and package it nicely. We always have discount codes to save you money on shipping – use the code 5OFF50 to take $5 off your order of $50 or more, and use the code 10OFF100 to take $10 off your order of $100 or more!

Check us out online at our blog (www.quiltsandwichblog.com)  or on Instagram (@quiltsandwichfabrics), where we like to show new fabrics and projects we’re working on. You can sign up to receive our newsletter at our blog, or email us at quilt-sandwich@hotmail.com and ask us to add you. It’s a great way to find out what’s new and about upcoming sales! 

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Kris and Becca also have a giveaway for you today! They’re giving away a fun set of colorful fabrics, perfect for Spring! The winner will receive 1 yard of one of their favorite Cotton + Steel prints, Mochi Floral on a linen-colored background. They’re also adding some pretty coordinates to go with the bright colors – a half-yard each of Windham Fabrics Heavy Metals in Yellow and Turquoise and also Cotton + Steel’s Sprinkle in Petal.

To enter, please leave one comment here. I will randomly select a winner on Sunday evening and will update this post.

Update! Winner, winner…

Random.org selected #16, Stephanie, who said “I am mostly a beginning quilter. I have only finished two quilts and they were very simple. Looking forward to trying something harder and this fabric would be perfect. Thank you!” Congratulations, Stephanie!

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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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