the 5th annual Action Kivu fundraiser


It’s time for the Action Kivu fundraiser, organized by Alissa Haight Carlton. It’s a really wonderful way to raise money for the women of the Congo (and maybe win yourself a great prize at the same time!).

This nonprofit offers sewing workshops to the women of the Congo, teaching them skills to be able to provide for themselves and their families and also helps to fund the education of the children affected by the conflict. You can read more about their mission here.


I spent a little time reading through their blog and was moved by some of the stories of the graduating sewing students. It’s so hard to imagine what some of them have been through, yet they all talk about having hope after graduating the program. What a great feeling to know that our fundraising efforts have in part been able to give these women hope and a renewed outlook on life.


Donating is easy, and every little bit counts! Together lets help Alissa meet her $15,000 goal. Hop on over to Alissa’s blog to donate and to enter to win one of the great prizes.


Help spread the word on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Let’s get to that $15,000 goal!

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Did you know Lotta Jansdotter has a new line coming out with Windham Fabrics? I didn’t, so it was a really fun surprise when I received this lovely bundle. I have always loved Lotta’s prints, and I love how this new one is instantly recognizable as her work. I’m quite fond of the pink and that periwinkle blue included in this collection (and the yellow, and the grays…oh, and the orange…).


I had recently finished a similar quilt out of Cotton + Steel, and thought it might be fun to see those pointy triangles made up with other fabrics. I grouped the prints again, but this time I added in a few more solids and instead of using lots of white, I used a few different grays.


I love the mix of colors and I’m particularly fond of how these prints play so well with so many different solids. And of course I still really love those triangles!


Follie is due to start shipping in November.



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Friday giveaway from DuckaDilly!


Happy Friday to you! I have another great giveaway for you today, this time from DuckaDilly fabrics, a wonderful shop out of Ann Arbor, Michigan that specializes in Liberty of London fabrics. I think I mentioned it before, but I love that their shop name, DuckaDilly, was the the nickname that Winston Churchill gave to one of his daughters, Marigold, which is also their logo.


The owner, Lesley, offers a fabulous selection of Liberty, as well as a number of different ways to purchase it – perhaps you need a jelly roll? You can buy a lovely soft rainbow roll, or this great one in shades of pinks, purples and greens. (A jelly roll is perfect to use if you want to make Elizabeth’s Fancy Fox quilt…just saying!)


Or maybe you’d like to go nice and simple and make a patchwork quilt? You can buy precut 5″ charm packs, or you could opt for a great Liberty stash pack! They also offer a fun I love Liberty club, where you can receive a monthly Liberty fix! You select a Fat Quarter, Fat 8th, or Fat16th bundle and it arrives in your mailbox each month! (there are still a couple of spots left!)


Of course you can also buy Liberty by the yard (minimum cut is 1/4 yard). And if you’re looking for a fun way to add a bit of Liberty to your wardrobe, these city gym shorts only require about 1/2 a yard of fabric. They’ve also just received Liberty chambray and cotton fleece, just in time for some Autumn sewing!


Today DuckaDilly is offering a very generous prize (oh, how I wish I could win!). The lucky winner will win a $100 gift certificate to the shop!! Just think of all the lovely Liberty you could add to your stash!

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To enter, please leave a comment here (one per person, please! If your comment doesn’t show immediately, never fear! It may just need to be approved on my end, and I’ll go through and do that periodically). The giveaway is open through Sunday evening and at that time I’ll select a winner and update this post.

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Update: A winner! has selected #286 as our winner, Kandyce, who said “oh, gosh. i would love to make a liberty quilt.”. A big congrats to you! I think you’ll certainly be able to order enough Liberty for a beautiful quilt!

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While it’s not a requirement, I do hope that you’ll take some time when you have a chance to hop over and take a look through the DuckaDilly shop – I know Lesley would appreciate having you take a peek! And in case you’re tempted by anything, Lesley is offering 10% off through August 17th (excluding gift certificates or subscriptions) with coupon code FITF10.

You can follow DuckaDilly on Instagram or on Facebook for updates!

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