Alison Glass Handcrafted giveaway from Massdrop

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Today I have a fun giveaway to share from Massdrop. I’ve talked about Massdrop before, but if you’re new or need a refresher, here’s the scoop: Massdrop is an online retailer, but not in a traditional sense. They’re more like a broker, helping consumers get a lower price on desirable items by negotiating bulk pricing with the vendors. They list a new offer or two daily, called “drops”. The item is only available for about a week and as more people opt into the “drop” the price will go down.

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You can order the item by clicking Join Now – this means you are committed to buy the product, no matter what drop point is reached. But if you click the “Commit to Join” button, you will only purchase the item if the lowest price is met by the end of the drop. You can also opt out before the drop ends and you are not officially charged until the “drop” ends. You can read more about how it all works on the Massdrop FAQ’s page.

Massdrop collageI keep an eye on the latest drops all the time and I love it for stocking up on items that I’ve had my eye on or use regularly. Just last week I ordered a bundle of Alison Glass’s latest Sun Print fat quarters as well as some Clover flat-head quilting pins that I’ve needed for a while. They frequently have great drops on basics like thread, notions, and other sewing supplies – including sewing machines sometimes. Right now there is an Olfa rotary blade drop – a great time to stock up on blades!

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The reason Massdrop can bring great prices is because they don’t order the product until the drop ends and there is a known quantity of orders. The items are shipped soon thereafter, so keep in mind that your item will be delivered about a week or so after the drop ends. Personally, I’m okay with not having the instant gratification because I like the discount and I’m usually buying something I’ve had my eye on for a while or I’m stocking up on supplies.

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Today, Massdrop is giving away a bundle of Alison Glass Handcrafted 1/2 yards to one of you. (I LOVE this bundle! – It is also available to buy!) If you’d like to enter, click here to sign up for a Massdrop account to get notified of the latest drops. If you’ve already signed up, just leave a comment on this post, letting me know that. Giveaway open until midnight, Thursday April 23 at midnight, MST. (Remember – the COMMENTS link is at the TOP of this post.)

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Zen Chic’s new Reel Time fabric

Moda-Reel-Time-quilt-by-Amy-SmartA little while ago I was contacted by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic inviting me to play with her latest collection, Reel Time for Moda fabrics. I was so honored because I have been a fan of Brigitte’s for a long time. The first time I was introduced to Zen Chic was at quilt Market in Salt Lake City about 5 years ago. I LOVED her modern and minimalist style and have enjoyed watching all that she has done since.

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Reel Time is inspired by old time cinema rolls and TV screens with lots of great black, white, and gray prints as well as some contrasting oranges and lime-y greens.

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It’s a fun, modern color palette with lots of great individual pieces – especially if you like neutrals and ‘low-volume’ prints.

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I had a Layer Cake (42 10″ x 10″ squares) to play with. I wanted to include everything and make something scrappy so I went with a traditional hour glass pattern.

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The fabrics and colors do all the work to take this traditional quilt design and give it a modern look. I’m excited to get some yardage and finish this quilt. I have a finished Hour Glass pattern in this design using 10″ squares in my shop (on sale!) that includes yardage requirements, borders, etc. Also an hour glass quilt blocks tutorial for a quick method to make this traditional block.

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I especially want to stash some of these great black and white prints – such great basics! I’m particularly smitten with the crosses in the circles.

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Brigitte has organized a bunch of other quilters who have also been playing with Reel Time. You can check them below out for more pretty inspiration. And be sure to stop by Brigitte’s Zen Chic blog at the end of the tour to enter to win Reel Time Fabric!

14 April     www.freshlypieced.com
15 April     www.diaryofaquilter.com (ta-da!)
16 April     www.modernhandcraft.com
17 April     www.luckylucille.com
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Reel Time is arriving in stores and online. Precuts are available now from the Fat Quarter Shop, and Green Fairy Quilts.

A few new things

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First of all thanks so much for the love for the Scrappy Trip quilt in the last post. And my personal male model. ;)

It’s Spring Break here this week. This is the first year we haven’t traveled during the break and it’s actually been a nice week to hang out with the kids and catch-up a little on other things. Like sleep. We’ve still been on the go a little, and one thing I finished this week was this cute little hand-sewn pincushion I stared a few weeks back at the Cabin Fever retreat.

I’ve decided I’m determined to do more hand-piecing. There’s something really therapeutic about it. The whole thing was hand-sewn. The pattern is by Messy Jesse and was in a Issue 17 of  Love Patchwork and Quilting.

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Here’s another project I’ve been cutting into over the past few days. This fabric is called Reel Time by Zen Chic for Moda. I’ll share what I’ve been working on next week.

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In other fabric inspiration, this pretty bundle was picked out by Lynne from Lily’s Quilts for Westwood Acres’ I Want Her Stash Club. It’s been so fun to see the bundles that have already arrived this year. I’m in need of a few updated blacks, and these ones were especially fab.

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Not fabric, but still ‘fiber art’ – check out this string art we saw at a local museum this week. (As part of the school break, we’ve been doing a little bit of “staycation” activities and visiting local museums, etc.)  I’m such a sucker for anything in spectrum order lately, and I thought it was pretty cool. The picture does not do it justice –  I don’t think you can get the scale of it from the picture, but it was in a huge skylight.  I love when people make cool stuff.

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Nature makes some pretty cool stuff too. Thanks Spring.

A Finished Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World Quilt!

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Someone cue the marching band: another UFO (unfinished object)  is complete. Behold the the long-time-WIP (work in progress) Scrappy-Trip-along is finished!

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This quilt was started over two years ago. I finally got serious about finishing it this past January when I became determined to start tracking and finishing all those (many, many…many) WIPS.

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This is such a fun project – a great way to use up 2 1/2″ wide scraps or to just bust through a lot of fabric stash. Bonnie Hunter wrote the original tutorial for this quilt  and can be found here on her blog. I used red  in every block and made it my center color to give the quilt some unifying design.

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One of the reasons I put this WIP away for a while is because the colors weren’t working for me. I just didn’t love it. The trick that gave this quilt new life was adding more non-matchy-matchy fabrics. Some more turquoise, different shades of red for the main diagonals, more ‘sour’ colors including gold, darker shades of green, etc. all made a difference. Picking a “zinger fabric” (or two or three or ten, when it’s this scrappy) can give some great life to a quilt.

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Since I wanted this to have an old-fashioned, rag-bag, kind-of-look, I had Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting quilt it with an all-over Baptist Fan design. I love how much it really pops after I washed the quilt.

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The binding is also from my stash (*pats self on the back*). I love this bias stripe print. It’s also a couple years old from a Moda collection called Baby Jane. I was originally going to do a red binding, but it making myself stay away from the matchy-matchy-ness I decided to go with mustard/gold. The white stripes kind of lighten it up a lot which gives it a more subtle finish. I think I like it.

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I’ve been saving this yardage for a while now to back just the right quilt. This is that quilt. This fabric is an American Jane print by Sandy Klop for Moda from a few years back. I have a fun personal connection to this print (you can read here), so it’s fun to finally have it on a quilt. I used a few scraps in the quilt blocks too.

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I didn’t have quite enough yardage, so I had to piece a back to expand it just a little. Which is hard to really see here since we weren’t getting many great pictures thanks to the wind.

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Here’s another “good effort” try at getting a full-body shot of the quilt.

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Further proof that the wind had a mind of it’s own.

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Which just devolved into to this. I shared a few more outtakes last night on Instagram. (And that is how I learned about the #husbandsholdingquilts hashtag there. It is quite hilarious.) What would we do without our quilt holders?

full-scrappy-trip-along-quilt-pic    Fortunately the wind granted us one decent full shot. And there you go.