Welcome Quilter’s Bug!

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Those of you with an eagle eye may have noticed I have a new sponsor on the blog ~ Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box! Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box is a wife (Brenda) and husband (James) owned company located in western Maryland.

I love hearing how small business owners got their start. Brenda tells me:

We previously owned a tech company and after selling our share decided we wanted to pursue more creative ventures. Along with creating videos and documentaries (one feature length and a WIP on vintage sewing machines) as well as e-commerce websites for other quilters and designers, we wanted to have a business that blended our two artistic interests – quilting and technology.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for long, you know I was also previously in the tech industry. So I especially love their story!

Quilter’s Bug offers a modern, online community for quilters. There’s chatting, online quilt journals, classified ads, business directories, groups and community swaps.

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They also offer a very creative and fun subscription ~ the Quilter’s Stash Box!

Quilter’s Stash Box is a subscription service that provides a monthly variety of inspiring, fun, and practical surprises for quilters of all skill levels. Boxes contain a minimum retail value of $48 with shipping included throughout the U.S., and subscribers can enjoy steep savings with quarterly and annual subscription terms, as much as $108 off of for a year of monthly Stash Boxes. In addition to quality patterns, fabric, thread, notions, DVDs, books, magazines, and accessories, subscribers also receive a year-long membership to Quilter’s Bug, the first truly modern social network for quilters. The Stash Box container is a 12″ x 12″ craft box, 2 inches high, that is an ideal size for storage – you can mark the box with the included labels, then stack them neatly in your sewing room to organize work-in-progress and any sewing supplies.

Brenda sent me a Quilter’s Stash Box to check out and share my thoughts with you.

Quilter's Stash Box : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My box contained a bundle of seasonal Halloween fabric, along with a pattern to make a cute table topper with it. It also had some Best Press (which I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time!), a tin with pins, a Clover seam ripper and a fun decorative tag and pin. I think Quilter’s Stash Boxes are great for people that are looking to build their stash, like surprises, and enjoy the feeling of treating themselves each month!

You can find out more about how it works here with a video demonstration here. You can also follow them on social media on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box, and thank you for supporting my sponsors!

Cutting Fabric, Here and There

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Summer vacation is officially half over…maybe even a little more than half. There hasn’t been as much sewing as I thought, but there has been a lot of creative time. We’ve been making much use of the various “… Ways to Draw” series of books. Our favorite is Lisa Congdon’s 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip. We’ve also spent a lot of time in the garden, planting new flowers and enjoying those that have been there a few years. The kids even built a fairy garden! It’s been so wet here…the mosquitos are out of control, but the plants seem to be loving it.

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I was able to sneak some time in over the weekend and do a bit of design work. Oh, how I’ve missed spending time in Photoshop and then pulling fabric. My original pull was at the top of this post. I will likely still use that stack for a project. But for this design, I’ve tweaked and narrowed things down a bit.

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I spent yesterday morning cutting half square triangles – fun! Today I’m hoping to cut the background fabric and then start sewing. I see a lot of HST trimming in my future. :) I hope to share more soon!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!

Saturday Sales ~ Memorial Day Edition

Saturday Sales : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! In the USA, this weekend honors those that lost their lives serving our country. It also marks the unofficial start of summer. I am spending time with family, celebrating my nephew’s high school graduation. (I was there when he was born…feeling quite old!)

If your weekend plans also are filled with stitching and planning and fabric shopping…my sponsors have a some great sales for you!

Connecting Threads ~ Tool sale going on right now! Savings apply to select thimbles, pins, needles, and sewing machine accessories.

Love Quilting ~ Final day of our HUGE MAY BLOWOUT SALE at www.LoveQuilting.com! Save 30% off your entire order with coupon code THIRTY at checkout. Coupon expires Saturday 5/23/15. Great time to stock up on backings or treat yourself to a luscious new fabric! Check back each week for weekly sales/specials.

Gotham Quilts ~ Gotham Quilts is having a Memorial Day sale, with tons of fabric collections on sale for 30% off! Check out the sale page to see all the deals. No coupon code necessary. And as always, US shipping is free on orders over $75! Sale ends Monday, May 25th.

Discover Fabric ~ Memorial Day Weekend Sales, Deals and Special Offers. Use Our Coupon Code: MEMORIALDAY for $10.00 off your order of $50.00. On sale all Sewing Threads and Patterns. Enter our Discover Fabric Giveaway today! Giveaway ends Saturday May 30th. Follow on Facebook for all details on New Arrivals and upcoming Giveaways.

Fanciful Fabrics ~ 20% off for orders $50 and over with the code MEMDAY (includes free shipping — shipping charges will be refunded), expires 9:00 am Central Time, Tuesday, May 26

Dragonfly Fabrics ~ Save 25% off all items in the store with code MemorialSale25 at checkout! The sale will be going on through Monday, May 25th.

Lark Cottons ~ Save 10% on Zen Chic’s new collection Reel Time (applied automatically) and save 30% on all other fabric by Moda, Alexander Henry, Blend, Cloud 9, and Riley Blake with discount code 15may entered on the shopping cart page. Sale runs through Wednesday May 27th. Includes designers Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree Quilts, Basic Grey, Cori Dantini, and many more!

Southern Fabric ~ 25% off storewide on all full priced in stock items. Does not apply to items on sale or on back order. Best sale since Black Friday! Code: memorial

My Modern Quilt Shop ~ 15% off site-wide through Memorial Day 5/25. Clearance items are excluded. Shop a wide selection from Art Gallery, Cotton+Steel, Kaffe Fassett, Carolyn Friedlander. All 15% off with coupon code FRESH15.