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!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ July Edition

Great Big Giveaway Day : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy July everyone! I spent the last week in Michigan with family – fun and exhausting! I have a large coffee in front of me as I face re-entry today. :)

This month we are kicking off things with four awesome giveaways from my lovely sponsors.

     

     


1. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Moonflower Lady Anna Elise Fat Quarter Bundle by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. Bari is such a talented artist and this collection is stunning!


2. Shabby Fabrics is giving away a Patriotic Seventh Heaven Fat Quarter set!


3. Gotham Quilts is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate so you can buy anything you’d like from their shop!


4. Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

They also have a July Designer Sale going on : Save 30% on fabric by Sweetwater, Fig Tree Quilts, and Julie Comstock. No coupon code necessary – discount is automatically applied to cart.


To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Friday, July 10th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! ++

Congratulations to the below winners! I’ll be in touch to connect you with your prizes. Thank you so much to everyone for your kind comments and supporting my sponsors.

Fat Quarter Shop Moonflower Lady Anna Elise Fat Quarter Bundle by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
28 – Barb jacovitch

Shabby Fabrics – Patriotic Seventh Heaven Fat Quarter set
433 – Mary

Gotham Quilts – $25 gift certificate
314 – christie m

Lark Cottons – $25 gift certificate
318 – Allison C

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve managed to find a bit of free time over the last week (why is Summer always busier than I anticipate?), and I used it to finally crack into Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook. It seems like forever ago that I was relaxing at the pool flipping through this book after QuiltCon…only 4 months though.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is on my all-time-favorite-most-beautifully-photographed-books list. There is just so much content (174 pages!) and fuel for creativity in here. I’ll be honest, I’m a picture person and I usually don’t read everything in a quilting book. But I sat down with this one and it’s been so interesting. I actually keep it on my coffee table!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I knew the first project I wanted to try to tackle in this book was one of the curve quilts. I went through a bit of color-paralysis but decided on some monochromatic segments. Mostly solids with a few coordinating, low volume prints mixed in.

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It was a somewhat messy, but totally freeing process. VERY fun. It did not take too many hours to finish these segments.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I need to make more. Should I add more colors? Stick with this palette? Now is when I begin to over think it. I’m a bit nervous about how it’s all going to go together, but the instructions have over 10 pictures so I think it should go well. I’ll share more as I create!

+++ Update! +++

There are a couple supplemental resources for those of you working with this awesome book. First, the Test Quilt Galleries ~ 165 quilts made by testers during the book writing process. Amazing!

Second, the Improv Handbook Facebook page. This is a space where Sherri Lynn Wood and other quilters actively share their process.

I hope you are inspired!