Welcome Custom Labels 4 U!

Hello everyone – I hope you all had a great weekend! I traveled to Cincinnati to visit my family and take in the International Quilt Festival. The Modern Quilt Guild had some traveling quilts there and it was so fun to see quilts that really speak to my design taste (and some of my friend’s quilts as well)!

Today I’d like to introduce you to my latest sponsor, Custom Labels 4 U. As a quilter, we spend a *lot* of time and effort on our projects. I think labeling them when I’m finished is really important. It’s nice for everyone to know where the quilt is from, and also really adds another level of professionalism.

Custom Labels 4 U provides 100% Egyptian cotton woven labels, available as sew-on or iron-on. They are embroidered, not printed, so will not fade. To me, this is the most important thing.

But if you would like your logo image on your label – you can get printed ones as well. If you also sew clothing, they have a big selection of size and care labels too.

Big welcome Custom Labels 4 U! And thank you for supporting my sponsors everyone!

Welcome LiMa Sews + Salt Water Fat Quarter Set Giveaway!

I’m very excited to introduce to you my first new sponsor of 2013, LiMa Sews! LiMa Sews is an Etsy store devoted to designer quilting fabrics and is operated by a wife/husband team of Linh and Mark. Linh gets to do the fun stuff like browsing and buying fabric collections and putting together daily orders, while Mark is responsible for the business side of the store, as well as the photography and graphic design.

LiMa Sews currently operates as an Etsy store but has big plans for growth including a brick-and-mortar store. The website is currently being updated to add longarm quilting services, but if you want to get in ahead of time, please e-mail Linh at limasews(at)gmail(dot)com. You can find the store at www.limasews.com, or follow Linh’s blog.

I love the modern fabric choices at Linh and Mark’s shop. All the new Pearl Bracelet colors by Lizzy House! These are pretty much my all time favorite prints for stash building.

I’m a big fan of Joel Dewberry’s new Notting Hill collection as well.

If you can’t decide what prints to get in a collection, LiMa Sews also sells precuts and bundles.

To celebrate joining us over here on the blog, LiMa Sews has offered to give one of you a FULL Fat Quarter Set of Tula Pink’s newest line, Salt Water! That’s about as good as it gets!

To enter, just leave a comment! I’d love to hear what you’d do with all these goodies. πŸ™‚ I’ll pick a winner Saturday evening, January 5th. Good luck everyone!

+++ Closing comments to pick one very lucky winner! +++

The winner is Nancy! Nancy said: “Quilt Quilt Quilt – that’s what I do!” – January 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations Nancy ~ I will email you for your address and thank you everyone for entering. πŸ™‚


I’ve mentioned once or twice before that while this blog is 99.9% a quilting/sewing blog, sometimes it’s my personal outlet too. Today is one of those days. It feels so weird to think about getting back to blogging about quilting after what happened in our country on Friday. Like many of you, I have wonderful, young children. My oldest is 6.

Lost her first tooth!

She is bright, energetic, innocent, eager to learn, loving, artistic – she is my life. Every day with her and my son is a gift from God. And every time I looked at her this weekend, I saw what was lost to so many families on Friday. It’s unbearable to imagine. I think about the teachers who lost their lives protecting the children and am humbled by their bravery, heartbroken for their loved ones.

Once again I feel like our country has lost a piece of it’s innocence. I’m preparing to send my little girl off to school today when my heart is screaming to keep her home forever. She loves school. The bus, her friends, her teachers, the learning, the specials, there is nothing she would rather do than spend all her time there. She has grown so much this year under the guidance of her awesome teacher. And I know I can’t keep her next to me forever. But I spent most of the weekend cuddling her and my son. Luckily they are young enough not to be annoyed by all the extra hugs and kisses.

Like many of you I imagine, I am left here feeling a bit helpless. I wonder what I can do to help the families and community of Newtown. I received an email over the weekend about a pillow case drive – see Flickr for details. If you know of other ways to help, please feel free to post them in the comments here.


Saturday Sales and a Threadbias Kickstarter

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m a little late today because of a sick little boy last night (croup!), but I have some new sales to share today. Keep in mind, many shops are in Houston right now at Quilt Market, picking out new fabrics to carry soon! So orders will most likely take a few extra days to ship.

Also, keep reading after the sales because there’s some very cool Kickstarter campaign information by one of my sponsors, Threadbias.

I Don’t Do Dishes
Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella yardage is on sale for $7/yard. Orders ship starting 10/31 when Caitlin gets back from Quilt Market.

Skye Reve Fabrics
FREE shipping on purchases over $40.00 in the US with the code FREESHIP and 1/2 off international shipping with the code HALFSHIP. Loads of new fabrics in stock!

Christa Quilts
Free US Shipping – No Minimum Purchase, No Coupons to Enter. Christa’s Daily Deal – Save 10% on All Jelly Rolls Saturday October 27th Only. Next Weekly Special – Save 20% on All Sewing & Quilting Patterns – October 29-November 4.

Pink Castle Fabrics
25% off everything with the code MOVING.

Canton Village Quilt Works
Use the discount code fallin15 to take 15% off your entire order. The sale runs from Midnight Eastern Time Wednesday, October 24 through Midnight Eastern Time Sunday, October 28, 2013. Orders placed October 25 -29, 2013 will NOT ship until October 30, 31, and November 1, 2013.

Intrepid Thread
Our after Quilt Market Sale starts Tuesday 10/30. Take 10% off our already great prices for 2 days only (until 11/1 at midnight US Pacific time) with this coupon MARKET10

Stash Fabric
In celebration of quilt market and all the new fabric coming out, take an additional 15-30% off already reduced prices in the “Sale” section of the shop. No coupon needed, price already reflects discount. Many $5-$6/yard!! New to sale section: Tula Pink’s Bird and Bees. Also, new fabric in the shop: Floressence by AGF, Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille, Robert Kaufman Essex Linen and Yarn-Dyed Essex. As always, free shipping over $50 which will be refunded as orders are processed (or contact me for a custom listing to get the discount up front)!

Threadbias Kickstarter Information
Many of you have visited the website Threadbias. For those of you that haven’t, Threadbias is an online sewing community with forums, patterns, fabric libraries and more. Alex Peachey, one of the great minds behind the online community, is currently developing a web-based Quilt Design Tool where you will be able to design your quilts in a program in your web browser.

I get emails every week it seems, readers asking how they can design their quilts. This tool is really needed! Threadbias has started a Kickstarter campaign which is wrapping up in a few days, in an effort to raise money to continue development. There is a great video – you can watch it and see the tool in action. If you have a few minutes and are interested in supporting a new small business, I encourage you to watch the video and consider investing – any amount helps them reach their goal, from $5 on up.

Thanks everyone!