Taking a quick break from my holiday crafting (lots of potholders this year!) to show you this brightly colored quilt top I finished sewing together recently. For now it will join its other quilt top friends in the closet, but I have big plans in January to finally get all the backings made and the quilts finished. Yes, I’ve said that before.
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!