Welcome to I Don’t Do Dishes ~ New Sponsor and Coupon Code

Hello everyone! Today I’d like to introduce you to my newest blog sponsor, online fabric shop I Don’t Do Dishes. Boy can I related to that shop name, how about you? 😉

I Don’t Do Dishes is an Etsy shop owned by Caitlin McIntyre. Exceptional service is Caitlin’s main priority, and she promises same-day shipping if payment is received by 3pm Central Time. She cuts generously, so there is no need to worry about having squaring-up room.

I first “met” shop owner Caitlin when I purchased a Michael Miller Couture Cotton color card from her shop.

Caitlin not only carries the color cards, but several colors from the line (you know I love solids!) If you’ve never used the Cotton Couture solids, you will not be disappointed, they feel extremely high end.

In addition to the cotton couture, she just got in the highly anticipated Madrona Road by Voilet Craft. I seriously LOVE this line and predict those text prints go fast.

I Don’t Do Dishes not only carries fabric but also offers patterns (which ship free in the US!) and thread, including Aurifil. I just started using Aurifil last month and I am most definitely a convert. Caitlin even carries interfacing and Quilter’s Dream batting, the batting I use exclusively!

Keep an eye on I Don’t Do Dishes – Caitlin is expecting small tonal chevrons from Riley Blake in the next few weeks and Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt in September.

Caitlin is offering 10% off all orders through the end of July using coupon code FRESHJULY. You can keep up with the latest fabric happenings on Facebook. Happy shopping everyone and thank you so much for supporting my sponsors.

Boys at Play

Boys at Play - Front

When pulling fabrics for a child’s quilt, I seem to have a much easier time selecting prints, patterns and colors for a girl’s quilt. Part of my problem is that I tend to have a hard time finding “boy” fabrics that I like. But last summer Sarah Jane really hit it out of the ballpark with her Children at Play line. I just love her artwork, something about the innocence of the designs – paper airplanes and sailboats, hopscotch and dress up dolls, pinwheels and wagons.

Boys at Play - 1

I decided to take some of the little boy line and pair it with some of my favorite blenders in green, blue, yellow, orange and red.

It’s really fun to play with prints like stripes, sometimes aligning them horizontally based on the center of the block…

Boys at Play - 2

And sometimes vertically.

Boys at Play - 3

I quilted this quilt in a diagonal grid. It was the first time I used the metal guide that came with my walking foot. It was actually quite helpful! The lines are about 1.5″ apart. I marked the starting line and then just used my guide to work off from there.

Boys at Play - Quilting

The back is a lime green and the binding is a turquoise. The blocks are 12″ squares and the final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I decided to list this little quilt in my shop – it is so lacking in boy items!

Stash Builder

Stash Builder

I received some new fabrics in the mail today! These are all from Sew Fresh Fabrics on Etsy. I already have some of the Metro Living Circles in other colors…I just love them, a great basic to have in your stash.

From left to right, Metro Living Circles in Marigold, Doll Baby Dots in Pink, Sanctuary Orchid Feng Shui in Sherbert, Sanctuary Glass Tiles in Sherbert, Ta Dots in Fuchsia, Ta Dots in Lime, Metro Living Circles in Chartreuse and Dan Bennett’s Eggs in Lime.

This and That from the Fabric Shack

Fabric Shack Loot

Over the weekend we traveled to Cincinnati to celebrate my daughter’s 4th birthday with her cousins. FOUR! I can’t believe it, where does the time go? She is growing into such a sweet little girl, I’m very proud of her. And I know this isn’t a personal blog, but I plan on working in some birthday weekend photos into this post. 🙂

This was the second trip back home that I was able to squeeze in a visit to the Fabric Shack. I just love that place. This time I brought my husband because I knew the kids wouldn’t last for even half the amount of time I planned looking around. My son actually never even went in to look and my daughter lasted about 50% of the time before getting sent out to daddy. 🙂

Mommy and A at the pumpkin patch

Every time we visit I just can’t get over how nice everyone is that works there and how well run the store must be to have THAT much fabric, have THAT many customers inside, AND run a very successful web front as well.

When we arrived I met Amanda who I had emailed earlier in the week about if they would be getting AMH’s new line, Innocent Crush. (no luck :() But she came back and gave my daughter the sweetest little 1″ charm pack of Moda’s Hoot line. How sweet is that?! Really, I think that’s the nicest thing to ever happen to me in a fabric store!

I can do it!

My mom bought me the fabrics and Fig Tree pattern in the photo up top for my upcoming birthday. The bottom pattern and fabric are for a dress for my daughter. You can’t tell, but the coral solid has a really nice pintuck to it. The bottom print is from Erin McMorris’s Weekends collection.

The top fabric is Michael Miller’s Hedgehog Heaven and the blue/gray fabric is a basic that I just love and had been running low on in my stash at home.

Hammel House Inn

Even though the little town seemed quite empty, the store was packed. Lots of people buying fabric, a family looking for something special for a graduation quilt. Afterwards we went to lunch at the Hammel House (along with everyone else from the store I think!) Overall a great trip. Can’t wait to go back – in the meantime, I’ll keep ordering online!