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Action Kivu Fundraiser

Action Kivu

Today I’m excited to share with you a fantastic Community Giving opportunity. This week is the Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. For the last 5 years, Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa has hosted a fundraising effort to support Action Kivu.

Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.” – Alissa

Action Kivu

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 by Friday, August 24th. For different giving amounts, you are entered to win prizes donated by amazing artists and quilters like Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Jacquie Gering and more. For all the details and to donate to this amazing cause, visit Alissa’s blog. And remember, you can keep up with all sorts of great ways to help others on my Community Giving page.

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Saturday Sales

Happy Saturday everyone! School is starting here in just a few days, and that means…more time at the sewing machine! It’s a great time to stock up on fabric, so I thought I’d share a few deals from my sponsors. Enjoy your shopping!

Lovequilting.com is currently running a special of $5 off any purchase from the Batik category with coupon code BATIK. Also be sure to check out the What’s on Sale category for the most current products on sale, by clicking here. We love FREE, so we offer free downloadable projects and patterns in our free pattern category – check back often for new additions! Shipping on purchases over $50 is always FREE!

Custom Labels 4U ~ free shipping on any order of wholesale custom woven labels until 8/31/14, USA only, using discount code FRESHLEMONS.

Dragonfly Fabrics ~ 15% off storewide using coupon code freshlemons15, expires Wednesday, August 20th.

Discover Fabric ~ Great Sale on Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundles this weekend including Splendor, Giraffe Crossing, and Evening Blooms. Check out the Sales Section to see all new sale items including by the yard, and patterns. Always Free Shipping on all Domestic Purchases over $75.00.

Contemporary Cloth ~ 10% off orders with code: ThanksFaith. Ends Wednesday, 8-20, midnight, EST. Includes all New Arrivals!

Southern Fabric ~ Come on over and join them because starting at midnight e.s.t. they are giving away a FREE $24 – Cotton and Steel Fat Quarter Bundle for each order above $80 before shipping. Southern Fabric is so in love with these colors and they hope you as well. Offer ends midnight 8/15/2014. Open to all U.S. and International customers. Happy Shopping!!! Coupon Code: cottonsteel

Lark Cottons ~ 20% off all fabric with discount code summer14 entered on the shopping cart page, with 40% off collections from select designers: Rosemarie Lavin, Laurie Wisbrun, Malka Dubrasky, Lucie Summers, and Creative Thursday (automatically applied to cart). Coupon code is valid until Thursday 8/22. 40% designer special is good through the end of August.

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Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt ~ And a Giveaway for You!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Free Spirit Fabrics asking if I was interested in participating in a fun contest with a few other bloggers. We would all receive a fat quarter box of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt, design and make a 60″ x 60″ square quilt using the fabric. The design was to be influenced by a traditional pattern/block/concept. Well, if you are a regular here in this space, it’s probably not news that I love Free Spirit Designer Solids…and I love Denyse Schmidt…and I LOVE modern traditionalism! What a dream come true!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The fabric arrived about a week ago. My breath actually caught when I opened the box and saw it. It is really a stunning collection of colors. I honestly think this would (A) be an *awesome* gift for any quilter **hint, hint** time to send links to loved ones! And (B) be a perfect way to start a collection of solids for those that have none and don’t know where to start.

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be posting some updates on my quilt progress here on the blog. You can also follow on Instagram by searching the hashtag #modernsolidschallenge. At the end of September, the quilt bloggers participating will have their big reveal and then you guys can vote on your favorite.

You can find these Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt boxes at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics
The Intrepid Thread
Fat Quarter Shop – (looks like they are currently Sold Out)

And now for the giveaway! The Modern Solids were not the only goodie in the box from Free Spirit. They also included this Hadley by Denyse Schmidt fat quarter bundle! This fabric was just released and is only now arriving in shops.

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just leave a comment for a chance to win. I’d love to hear what you’d do with the fabric if it ends up in your home. I’ll pick a winner Friday, August 15th.

+++ Closing comments to pick a winner! +++

The winner is…

#364: Peggy Gibbs – “I’d use the fabric to make gifts for my charity group, World of Charity Stitching. Thanks.”

Awesome Peggy! I’m sure your quilts will be much loved. I will be emailing you for your mailing address. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting!

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A Quilter’s Mixology ~ And a New Quilt Start

This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!

A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.

Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.

Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.

After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.

I have some favorites of course!


Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology


Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Arabian Nights Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Nine Patch Curves Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.

I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.

These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.

For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.

I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.

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