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Imagine Quilts

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Happy Monday everyone! As I type this, I’m sitting in a very quiet house. Last week, for the first time in almost 8 years, both kids went to school at the same time. Although I obviously knew it was coming, it’s so weird. So now I’m plotting and cleaning and stitching and beginning to think about this new chapter. (And the kids area absolutely loving school and their new teachers.)

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Today I’m excited to share with you a new quilting book, sent to me by Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn, Co. ~ Imagine Quilts : 11 Patterns from Everyday Inspirations. Dana is a hugely talented quilter and as soon as I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of her new book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Imagine Quilts is 64 pages and contains 11 quilt patterns. The patterns are sorted into 4 sections: “be inspired by your stash”, “use techniques in new ways”, “look around”, and “break the rules”. There is a 1 page introduction and then Dana jumps into the patterns.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

I love the idea of being inspired by your stash. Many of us are a bit of fabric collectors…sometimes even forgetting what we have buried under the piles. Dana talks about pulling fabric, making piles, and seeing where that leads you.

Imagine Quilts not only has very in depth patterns…

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

But also even shows alternative layouts with one of the blocks.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

The “Zip It!” quilt is one of my favorites. I just look at it and think “how did she do that??”

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

I also love the “Princess Crowns” quilt and Dana’s ideas on working with Dresden Plates. This quilt would be fun in a huge range of colors.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Each pattern that requires templates has them printed in the book, to scale. All you need to do is make copies – I don’t believe I saw any that required enlarging (which is always nice!). The end of the book contains 6 pages of terms, tools and tips and tricks.

I hope you will check out Imagine Quilts and also be inspired by the patterns inside!

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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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