some slow sewing for the summer

Hello there! It’s been a while, sorry! This kitchen renovation certainly has kept me from sewing for the past month, but thankfully it’s nearly complete. I haven’t been able to access my sewing machine for the last month, so instead I picked up a bit of hand sewing.


I’m so thankful to have a great sewing shop in town and even more thankful that Phiona organizes great events and brings in awesome teachers on a regular basis. The most recent was the fabulous Carolyn Friedlander, who had a great trunk show and then taught two classes. I had a chance to attend one of her classes and spent the day (without kids!) learning needle turn applique while working on blocks from her Everglade pattern. It’s a little tricky to get the same nearly invisible stitches as Carolyn’s, but I’m having fun trying. I cut out fabrics for four blocks, but I’ve enjoyed it enough that I’ve since cut out fabrics for an additional four. Who knows how many I’ll actually complete!


It’s quite nice to have a portable project – I like to take a block with me to the pool, pretending that I’m actually going to have time to do some stitching (ha!). Mainly I slowly work on a block while watching tv at night. More soon!


If you find yourself in the Burlington, VT area, do be sure to check out Nido! You can also shop online - Nido offers great fabric prices for fabrics cut in whole yard increments!
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les fleurs giveaway, thanks to lady belle fabrics!


Today I have a great giveaway for you all, courtesy of one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric. I’m always pleased when Brooke suggests a giveaway, as she always picks a bundle that I’d love to have! And indeed she’s done it again with this giveaway, offering up this amazing collection, the full Les Fleurs collection from Rifle Paper Co, one of the newest lines for Cotton + Steel.


Les Fleurs is one of many great bundles that Lady Belle fabric carries. They love bundles at Lady Belle Fabric and always have a great selection! Here are a few fun new bundles now available in their shop –

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morningsidefarmMorningside Farm

pixie-noel-copyPixie Noel 

mendocino color wheel copyMendocino

I hope you’ll take a few moments to head on over to Lady Belle Fabric and take a look at their beautiful bundles. As a bonus, all in stock bundles will be 15% off this weekend (no code needed), and FITF readers can also receive free shipping with code freeship (US only).


Want to win this Les Fleurs bundle? This giveaway is open to all (thanks, Lady Belle, for being so generous!) and will be open until Sunday evening. Please leave a comment here (one per person, please!) to be entered. If you’d like, let us know your favorite bundle available in the shop or what you think you’d make out of this amazing Les Fleurs bundle!

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Update! We have a winner! has selected #116, Laura, who said “My favorite is black and white 2 by cotton + steel, because I love those bears!”. Congrats, Laura! We hope you’ll love this beautiful bundle!!


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a monday giveaway!

Thank you to all who left comments about my recent Maze & Vale quilt top! I always appreciate you taking the time to comment, especially as I know it’s far easier to just read and move on to the next thing!


I imagine many of you already know of my love for Maze & Vale fabrics. I’ve probably gushed over these prints enough in the past, so I’ll make this brief today (plus I have a couple kids who are very anxious to get to the pool!). I’ve been fortunate enough to collect quite a bit of Leslie’s gorgeous designs over the past several years. I’ve used up much of my stash recently, but I’ve pulled together a fun little bundle that I want to offer up to one of you! I hope that the person who wins will have as much fun as I’ve had sewing with these great prints!


This giveaway is open to all – please just leave a comment on this post (one per person, please!). I’ll let the random number generator select a winner sometime on Wednesday. (er, or late Thursday… oops!)

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Update! A winner! selected a low one this time – lucky number 5, Megan. Congrats, Megan! I hope you’ll have fun sewing with these lovely fabrics!


Want to see more quilts I've made using Maze & Vale prints? Here are some other posts!

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