Welcome Quilter’s Bug!

Quilter's Bug / Quilter's Stash Box : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

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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!

Welcome Fanciful Fabrics!

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Today I’m very pleased to introduce Fanciful Fabrics, my newest blog sponsor. Owner Karen Lester opened Fanciful Fabrics in 2012, an online Etsy shop carrying modern quilt and apparel fabrics, ribbons, quilt & apparel patterns (even several of mine! :)), books, and handwork supplies (embroidery transfers and floss).

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Karen has been sewing for over 30 years and she loves to create with fabric. She opened Fanciful Fabrics after teaching school for several years and deciding to follow her passion and open a fabric business.

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I asked Karen to tell me a bit about her shop – she is very committed to providing top notch customer service.

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Karen ~ “Customer service is #1 for me. I answer convos and ship orders quickly. Orders placed by 1:00 pm Central Time are shipped the same day (except Sundays and holidays) unless otherwise specified in a shop announcement.

I love to put together custom quilt kits. I am happy to take photos of fabrics so that the customer can compare colors and designs. It’s important to me to be able to serve the customer as if she were here with me in person.”

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At Fanciful Fabrics, U.S. shipping is free for orders over $40 with the code SHIPFREE.

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You can keep in touch with the latest sales and happenings by “Liking” the Fanciful Fabrics Facebook Page. Every Monday a new weekly special is announced.

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Welcome Fanciful Fabrics and thank you for your support!

Welcome Gotham Quilts ~ and a Discount!

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a brand new fabric shop that was interested in sponsoring this blog. I went on over to check out Gotham Quilts (such a cool name) and was so excited! A beautiful new shop full of beautiful new fabrics! Gotham Quilts was started just this year by fabric and quilt lovers Andrea and Ivete. They live in Manhattan and plan to open a brick and mortar storefront next year.

I did some poking around their shop – so easy to navigate. You can shop fabric by Category, Designer, Manufacturer, and Color. They carry a ton of the new American Made Brand solids. I haven’t used these but they are on my list! Love the idea of supporting fabric manufacturing in my home country.

Ivete is a huge Tula Pink fan, and Gotham Quilts carries her latest collection Moon Shine.

I loved Far, Far Away by Heather Ross the first time around (when it was on double gauze), but I was even more thrilled when it was reprinted on quilting cotton!

If you love bundles or are looking for holiday gift ideas for a quilter, Gotham Quilts offers precuts and kits as well.

Now for the discount! If you sign up for the Gotham Fabrics newsletter, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your order of full priced fabrics. You can find the sign up on the very bottom right of their shop, under “NEWSLETTER SIGNUP”. You can also keep in touch with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Welcome Gotham Fabrics!

Welcome Sew Modern ~ and a Coupon!

Sew Modern

Today I’m welcoming a new sponsor to the blog ~ I’d love to introduce you to Sew Modern! I met shop owner Lauren nearly 2 years ago, in a Starbucks at QuiltCon! It was so great talking to her, and I was thrilled when she contacted me to start sponsoring the blog.

Sew Modern is a brick and mortar shop located in Los Angeles, California, as well as an online store. For those of you that aren’t lucky enough to live in southern California (like me, but I was born there!)…doesn’t this look so fun and welcoming? I love knowing my fabric comes from a happy home.

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Sew Modern stocks fabric yardage, scrap packs, bundles and precuts.

They also carry every color of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton solids and many other solids as well. You know I love solids!

Sew Modern stocks patterns and notions as well, including some of my favorite “This Took Forever” labels. I seriously want to slap that onto every single quilt I make.

Have you heard about the SOAK nail polish that matches your favorite fabrics? They have some of that too!

You can keep in touch with Sew Modern by subscribing to their blog (tutorials! recipes! ~ subscription on the righthand column of their blog), signing up for their newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.

And now for the coupon! Sew Modern has generously offered all of you a 20% discount off regular priced fabric in the shop, using coupon code FRESH20. The code is good through Tuesday, October 7th. Thank you so much Sew Modern! And thank you to all of you for your awesome support of my sponsors.