a Friday giveaway from Llama Fabrics


I’m pleased to be able to bring you a giveaway for your Friday, thanks to Llama Fabrics! If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember a few other giveaways offered by Chio of Llama Fabrics. They’re always generous, and they always include her gorgeous photos of beautiful fabrics!


Chio provides so many great fabrics in her Etsy shop, and she definitely has some of the best prices around! She is focused on her customer service and offers great communication and super fast shipping, with most orders going out the same day. (I speak from experience, as I often wait until the last minute to order and then want the fabric immediately – and Chio always comes through!)


Today Chio is letting the winner have their pick of any one of these three great new lines to arrive in her shop. Each bundles is a fat quarter bundle and you can decide from these great lines – Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery, Jolly Farms by Makower UK for Andover, or Far Far Away by Heather Ross for Windham. (You know I’d pick Far Far Away, how about you?)


Please leave a comment here for a chance to win! One comment per person please, and as usual, while you don’t have to visit the shop in order to enter, I hope that you will take a minute when you have time to see what Chio has to offer. And if you want to keep up with her latest fabric arrivals, be sure to follow her on IG or on Facebook! I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening. Oh! This giveaway is open to all! Thanks, Chio!

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Update! We have a winner! Random.org selected #340, Laura, who said –

“The photography is seriously the best I’ve seen. I think I would pick Winged but the photos make it all look irresistible.”

Congrats, Laura! And thank you to you all for reading and entering!


P.S. Great new logo, right?

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city gym shorts!


The free city gym shorts pattern was posted on the Purl Bee recently, and I had it printed out the same day. [And yes, it’s as great, and as fast!, as I thought it would be!] Since then, I’ve been a bit obsessed with making (and wearing!) these shorts. I like the chambray paired with the Liberty, so I haven’t veered from their design, though if you check the #citygymshorts tag on IG, you’ll find them made up in a variety of fabrics.

I find the Liberty to be a bit thin (not so much for shirts, but perhaps a bit thin for something covering my bottom half!) so I opted to use a layer of Liberty along with a layer of voile. I cut two pairs of each front piece (one each of the Liberty and one each of the voile) and just treated it as one fabric (I think Meredith mentioned doing this?). I really like the extra little bit of weight it provides. So far I’ve made the three pairs above, and also a plain chambray pair, which I was wearing while taking this photo, and I have a lightweight (unlined) pair nearly completed for pajama bottoms.


And of course Hazel needed a couple pairs as well. Nothing cuter than a little one who’s just learned to walk wearing teeny little gym shorts!

I couldn’t get my act together to get photos of us actually modeling these shorts, though you can see a partial photo of mine here and a pic of Hazel in hers here.

Liberty of London and chambray fabrics purchased locally at Nido (also available online). Liberty is also available at Jones & Vandermeer, Pink Chalk Fabrics, and DuckaDilly.

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As an aside, if you're looking to start a Liberty collection, Pink Castle Fabrics is offering Liberty of London Stash Boxes for a limited time. It includes 45 fat sixteenths of Liberty of London prints - an instant collection, and a great way to get a nice variety for a patchwork quilt!

There are also a few spots left in the Westwood Acres Liberty club (I have a subscription, and love getting a surprise selection each month!).

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all signs point – a finished quilt in Cotton + Steel


As soon as yardage of Cotton + Steel became available I bought up a few yards of the Tiger Stripes print in pink for the backing of this quilt. I just couldn’t resist! As a bonus, both kids seem to be loving cats at the moment, so it’s become a fun game to find the cats on this quilt (not a real challenge, but provides some entertainment!)


I love the colors in this one – the majority of the prints come from Alexia’s Hatbox collection, along with a couple prints from Melody’s Mustang collection and a number of the C+S basics.


I paired those with a few Cotton Couture solids and then grouped the prints a bit as I put it up on the design wall. You can see my inspiration in my previous post about this quilt.


I kept the quilting simple, which I really like. Someday I’ll have the time to experiment with different quilting styles, but for now this is about all I have time for. I fancied it up a bit by using a pink Sulky variegated thread. I usually am more for the thread blending in, especially on a white fabric, but this pink is light enough that I’m ok with it and I like the extra bit of color it adds.


And hey look, a barn quilt! I exclaimed loudly in the car to the kids as we drove by it on our way to pick blueberries – they weren’t as impressed, but I was pleased to return to get a few photos in front of it.

Cotton + Steel is available at many great shops now. The majority of shops that sponsor this blog (listed on the right side of the FITF website) have Cotton + Steel in stock!

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