a bit of shopping?

It’s that time of year again – Black Friday is upon us, and my inbox is filled with emails about sales. As usual, I like to put together a little post highlighting the sales offered by my fabulous sponsors – I hope you find something to tempt you!

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Jones & Vandermeer


Use code GOBBLE15 to take 15% off many things in their wonderful shop. They also offer free shipping over $60.

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Fat Quarter Shop


Take 20% off everything this Friday and Saturday, with no coupon needed. Be sure to also check out the bonus free gifts and the 10 special mega deals, offered throughout the day.

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Lady Belle Fabric


Up to 40% off  bundles
30% off precuts
25% off quilt kits
Free mini quilt pattern with orders over $50

Sale ends Cyber Monday at midnight central time, prices as marked, no codes needed.

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Intrepid Thread


Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on the website. 20 to 70% off on all in stock yardage, including 50% on notions patterns, and books. No coupon code is necessary

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Stash Fabrics


Stash Fabrics is offering 20% off your entire purchase with discount code THANKFUL4U. Good through November 28th.

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All quilting cottons are just $8.95/yard!

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Hawthorne Threads


Select quilt kits are 40% off
Kona precuts are 25% off
Select patterns are 50% off
Many print bundles are 25% off

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Use code small2016 for 20% off all retail items, good through 11/28.

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Quilt Sandwich Fabrics


Take 25% off everything in the shop with code THANKFUL. Good through Monday, 11/28.

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As always, thanks for supporting those shops that choose to sponsor this blog! I am awfully thankful for them. Happy shopping!


P.S. I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re shopping elsewhere online, be sure to sign up for Ebates! They offer cashback for shopping at a wide variety of stores (think Gap, Nordstroms, J. Crew, even Etsy!). You simply sign up as a member, click a link to activate the cashback for the store you want to shop at, and then you do your shopping. On a quarterly basis they send you a check! Since signing up as a member, I’ve received over $500 back, just for doing the shopping I was going to do anyway! Use this link to sign up and receive $10!
(this is a referral link, but I would highly recommend using them even if it wasn’t! I love getting a little something extra back on my shopping!)

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ds scrap string quilt


Quite a long time ago (2009!), I had a chance to go to Denyse Schmidts annual studio sale. It was such fun to see her studio space, to admire those beautiful and inspiring quilts, and a bonus to be able to take home a couple scrap bags.


I bought scrap bags then trying to get a bit more flea market fancy (I was obsessed at the time!), but one bag also included the scraps above – maybe from Denyse’s stash? I’m not sure, but for some reason I’ve held onto these scraps for all these years. On their own, they’re not really my style, but I always thought I might include a piece or two in some quilt. The other day while looking for a ladder in the garage I came across the bag of scraps (don’t worry – I don’t store fabric in the garage normally!). I decided it was time to put them to use and challenged myself to make something I like out of fabrics I didn’t necessarily love.


I went back to an old favorite – the string quilt. I wrote a tutorial on how to construct these blocks many years ago (find it here!), and over the years I’ve made quite a lot of string quilts. I decided to pull from my bag of neutral solids for this one, so there’s an assortment of whites, creams, and tans, in a variety of base cloths including some linens and a few unknowns! In addition to the DS scraps, I added in a few other scraps with a similar feel. I cut all the scraps to 1.5″ wide and pieced them into 5.5″ squares.


I made as many blocks as I could with the fabrics I had and it’s ended up at about 30″ x 40″. I’m pleased to say that I’m very happy with how it’s turned out. I have plans for it to become a wall hanging for above our couch. Next step is building a frame!

P.S. Denyse’s studio sale happens to be this weekend, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it! (If only I didn’t have three kids who dislike car trips!)

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chambray + vintage patchwork


Without expecting it, this quilt has become my current favorite. The chambray and those vintage fabrics make me happy, and it’s surprisingly soft, too! I told Morgan it could be his, then promptly claimed it as mine once it made its way to the couch.


I backed this one with a fabric I ordered from Westwood Acres when they had a sale on yardage. I wasn’t as fond of it as I thought when it arrived, as it was more beige than I expected, but as it turns out, a good match with these vintage blocks. There’s one bright red square in one of the blocks, so I quite like the pairing. (Previous post about this quilt, along with a full shot of the top, can be found here).


It has a number of stains, and the hand sewn blocks will definitely need some repair (in some places sooner than later!), but I think it adds to the charm. I love that it already feels a bit worn and broken in. I like to think that the person who made these quilt blocks would be happy to know they’ve found their way into a quilt and are being used and loved!

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