Black Friday Specials

It’s that crazy time of year. Time for the best sales of the year from all of your favorite online fabric shops. Here are some of the specials going on this weekend.

black friday 2 (1)Lady Belle Fabrics is having 40% off their entire store + a free fat quarter bundle with every order over $50 and free shipping in the US. Offer good through Monday, November 30. No codes needed.


BlackFriday Fat Quarter Shop has 25% off all orders Friday and Saturday (with a new deal coming for Cyber Monday.) No codes needed.




Mad About Patchwork has lots of great mark downs of 40% off on over 200 items.




Honey Be Good organics is having 25% off all fabrics and patterns in stock.




green fairy logoGreen Fairy Quilts has all Moda Jelly Rolls marked down to $26.70 (Batiks $28.70) for Black Friday, Saturday all FQ Bundles will be 40% off, and for Cyber Monday all our Moda Layer Cakes at $26.70 (Batiks $28.70).

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The Little Fabric Shop is clearing out everything with all fabric at $6.00 a yard.



Tfabric20he Cloth Parcel is having 20% off all fabric with the code “fabric20″ and 20% off all patterns with the code “pattern20″ through the month of November.




Connecting Threads has HUGE discounts on fabric, notions, thread, kits, etc (up to 60% off!)through Monday, November 30.







Shabby Fabrics is having $1 BOM/Club Sign Ups

20% OFF Patterns/Books, Remnants

Pre-Cuts, Thread, up to 30% OFF Select Fabrics and Kits

40% OFF Clearance Items




Bloomerie Fabrics is having a Super-Duper Black Friday sale with 20% off everything in stock with code SUPERDUPER at checkout. Sale goes through Tuesday, December 2.





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35% off all Bundles (fat, half and fat eighth) including already on sale.
30% off all Jelly Rolls and Layer cakes  including already on sale.
25% off all patterns and notions
25% off all charm packs
20% off all yardage
No coupon needed. Free U.S. Shiping for all orders over $100.  Free Gift with each purchase.



DuckadillyBFDuckadilly specializes in all things Liberty of London. Enjoy 20% off your entire order with coupon code “BlackFriday2015″ (excludes subscriptions, sale items, and gift certificates) through Saturday, November 28th. Ends at Midnight EST




Forth Worth Fabric Studios has all Riley Blake & Michael Miller fabrics 15-25% off.  {No code needed, sale prices will be reflected in the shopping cart}. Treasure Hunt: Tuesday 11/24 through Saturday 11/28:   Each day will feature at least 5 new treasure hunt items!


Pink Castle Fabrics BFPink Castle Fabrics has 20% off all fabric and notions with code BLACKFRIDAY (good through Cyber Monday); 20% off your first three months of any of the monthly clubs with code CLUB20!  Including new Low Volume club and popular Liberty of London club.
Special pricing on our Janome sewing machines!  Some include extra packages as well.  Including 48 months 0% financing for purchases over $3000!


Dinkydoo Fabrics in Canada has big markdowns on lots of Fat Quater bundles, precuts and notions!






Westwood Acres BF

Westwood Acres is having 35% off all Factory Precuts and 45% off all notions.



 Fabric WormFabricworm has 15% off all orders over $50 with coupon code HOLIDAY + 30-50% off their entire sale section!


 Fab_Fast_Final_F&BCov.inddSigned copies of Fabulously Fast Quilts are marked down to $12.00 in my shop. Good through Monday, November 30.




 Stately Type Sewing shirts
Stately Type Sewing T-shirts are on sale all weekend! Check StatelyType for details and discount codes!


Craftsy Craftsy is having a huge sale with up to 70% off supplies and all classes for only $19.99






Accuquilt Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday – Lowest Prices of the year at Accuquilt!


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Gifts for Quilters 2015

Gifts for Quilters 2015Over the past two years, one of my most popular posts of the year are my Gift Ideas for Quilters and Sewists. I love writing this post and have a bunch of fun new recommendations this year for your favorite quilter. (Or for yourself, if you’re someone else’s favorite quilter – just point them in the direction of this post. 😉 )

I’ve tried to include gifts in a wide variety of price ranges – from something for that super-special someone, to small gifts for a bunch of quilting buddies. (This post contains both affiliate links and recommendations of items that I have been given to sample by vendors. All opinions are my own, however, and only my genuine favorites make this list. Many of the items on this list are things I’ve purchased with my own cold, hard cash because I loved and wanted them!)

First of all, notions – or those super handy gizmos and gadgets that make the sewing or quilting process easier.

Pleasant Home magnetic Pin Bowls

A new favorite this year are Pleasant Home’s magnetic pinbowls. They are quite simply the best at holding those pins in place. And they’re super cute to boot. I have one for my pins and one for my binding clips. They are available in lots of colors. Grab one early because they do sell out.

Also available from Pleasant Home are their Ruler Pals – a nifty, colorful way to keep your quilting rulers handy, but organized. (They will be in stock again starting Friday, November 27.)

Olfa folding cutting mat

Cutting mats area a necessity when it comes to quilting and this year Olfa has come out with a foldable version (in two different sizes) of their top-of-the line cutting mats. The Olfa Folding Mat 12″ x 17″ and 17″ x 24 folding Mat. I have and love both. They’re so much easier to take with you when you’re quilting on the go plus they have a nice gripping backing that prevents them from sliding.

Olfa rotating cutting mat

Other favorite cutting mats include a rotating cutting mat which is so handy for squaring up blocks. Also a mini cutting mat and rotary cutter comes in SO handy. I love it for quick trimming next to my machine – especially when I’m paper-piecing. It would be a great, affordable gift for guild friends, etc. I also love my foldable Omnigrid cutting and pressing station.

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One of my favorite ever quilting-related gifts was a set of numbered marking pins – I have one set that is numbers and one that is letters of the alphabet. I use mine ALL the time for marking rows and keeping in order rows that need to be sewn together. Mine were made by Nancy and she has a tutorial for making these quilt row markers here. If time is not on your side, you can also buy a set of Marilee’s Numbered Pins.

Another simple and easy gift is a little pin cushion made from a small rice bowl like the one in the photo.

sewing notions for quilters

Some of my other simple favorite notions include:

Most of these notions are found, not only at big box sewing-supply stores like JoAnn’s, but also at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. You can use those weekly coupons to get some great deals on quilting supplies, extra rotary cutter blades, etc. At the same time don’t forget to support your local quilt shop! You can’t replace the expertise and customer service only found in local shops.


Thread is always a great gift because it’s always a necessity. Pretty thread collection gift boxes are available from Connecting Threads. A little pricier, but my favorite, is Aurifil 50 wt thread.  Christa Quilts and the Fat Quarter Shop have a great selection.

basic quilt supplies sewing machine and iron-1

I love to sew with a cone of thread (my favorite is Aurifil 50wt cones in any neutral color) because they last forever and are economical in the long run. Those cones work best with a thread stand. I love my simple heavy-weight Cone and Spool Stand to do the job.

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Design Wall: I love my Design Wall. It’s so handy for laying out projects. Connecting Threads has an easy hang design wall with grommets like mine. (During their Black Friday sale they are only $10!)There are lots of tutorials for making your own. My friend made one for her mom last Christmas and she loved it! Here are a couple of design wall tutorials from Ellison Lane, Oh Fransson, and Craft Buds.

Product Details

Also falling in the handy gizmo category is an Ottlite. These lights put off beautiful white light, making it so much easier to see clearly. I bought a desk size lamp at Costco a few weeks ago. They also come in floor size models and are available at online and in most craft stores.

quilting books of 2015

These are some of my favorite books of 2015:

  • Vanessa Christenson’s Simply Color Series – these are such pretty, hard cover books. Each talks about color theory and choosing a color palette and includes about 10 different projects in each book. Lots of inspiration. (You can see more and read my review here.)
  • Anna Graham’s Handmade Style – a large variety of pretty sewing projects ranging from quilts to bags, pouches, and clothing.

Quilt books of 2015

  • Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox – a darling book of little bird-themed applique projects
  • Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman – a large, creative collection of modern patchwork quilt blocks
  • For Keeps by Amy Gibson – an inspiring book about making quilts with meaning, including 10 patchwork quilt patterns
  • Improve Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood – beautiful book that will inspire you to improv piece with your fabric scraps
  • Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson – a great resource for anyone who would like to start quilting with their home sewing machines.

Red and White Quilt book

Probably my favorite quilting book that I bought for myself this year is Red and White Quilts; Infinite Variety. This is not a pattern book but a heavy-duty art/’coffee table’ book, if you will. It documents the red and white quilt collection of Joanna Rose that was displayed in New York in 2011 by the American Folk Art Museum. I’m still sad I didn’t get to see that display in person, but this book is the next best thing.

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This is not a book of patterns, but contains so much quilt inspiration! Photos of over 650 quilts made over three centuries. I can not begin to tell you how much I love this book.

Fabric: What quilter doesn’t love fabric?! In addition to buying yardage or pre-cuts (precuts would be a great gift!) some online shops such as Westwood AcresPink Castle Fabrics,  or Duckadilly offer monthly subscription clubs where they send you a new bundle of fabrics each month. A great way to gradually build a stash.

Gift certificates are another great option – any of the shops with a button on my right sidebar or your local quilt shop will gladly sell you one! (Personally, I love getting gift certificates because it’s like getting a present twice – when your get the gift certificate and when you get to use the gift certificate!)


A gift certificate could also be used to take a class. Classes are often available at local shops or there are many video online classes on sites such as Craftsy.


One of my favorite recent gifts was a set of customized quilt labels from Modern Yardage. Having a label ready to go has made labeling my quilts SO much easier and automatic. They have a great variety of styles and prints available and you can order them blank or customized with a quilter’s name. Modern Yardage also sells customizable juvenile prints with your personalized names inserted.

Sewing and Quilting themed t-shirts have been so popular this year. I love the Sewing collection from Stately Type T-shirts. I have each of these. So clever and stylish all at the same time.

Quilter bag

I also love my Quilting Steps Tote from Stately Type. For only $19 it’s an inexpensive gift. Looks good and functional = always a winning combination.

Charmed Collections sewing necklaces

Charmed Collections has a sweet selection of Sewing-Themed Jewelry.


And let’s not forget Handmade Gifts. Those always mean a lot – and they’re especially loved by other creators because they know and appreciate the actual work that went into making them! Here are a few suggestions:

Home Dec fabric Pressing Table

A pressing table is a super-useful gift that is relatively inexpensive and not very difficult to make at all.


A favorite adorable handmade gift is NanaCompany’s Needle Book tutorial. My sweet friend Calli made this Union Jack version for me a couple of years ago. I love it so much.

Another pretty idea from Amy Sinibaldi is this adorable Mason Jar pincusion sewing kit. So sweet!

Melissa from the Polkadot Chair has another version of the Mason Jar sewing kit + a free printable swing label.

 This adorable Travel Sewing Case makes an awesome gift for a fellow-quilter. Sometimes Crafter has a link to the original pattern as well as a tutorial for some cute add-ons. (Image used with permission from Sometimes Crafter.)
Another handy gift for quilters – especially if you’re looking for something to make for a bunch of friends at once are Lori Holt’s mini design boards. These are perfect for keeping pieces for quilt blocks laid out and organized.
Good Neighbors pin cushion party
Pin cushions are always a fun gift for quilting friends. For lots of patterns and ideas, check out the round up of pin cushions made as part of Crazy Mom Quilt’s new fabric tour. You can see thirty different pin cusionideas and links here.
fabric basket collage

images via  Noodlehead and Kelby Sews

Fabric baskets and trays are also a fun gift – great for storing notions, projects, or just more fabric! Anna at Noodlehead has a Fabric Tray tutorial and Kelly from KelbySews has this efficient 1-Hour Basket pattern/tutorial.

Follow Amy Smart’s board handmade gifts on Pinterest.

If you’re looking for ideas for handmade gifts in general, I’ve also created a Pinboard on Pinterest with links to lots of great handmade gift ideas! Also, be sure to check out Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays posts all through the month of December with great list of handmade made gifts in a variety of categories – something for everyone on your list!

So there you go! Hopefully that will get you started. For more ideas visit last year’s post. If you have other ideas of gifts that would be great for sewists and quilters, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Handmade Gift Ideas using Scraps

Scrap gifts ideas

Holy smokes. I seriously can’t believe it’s the week of Thanksgiving here in the US. Because that means Christmas is tomorrow. Or almost. Whoa! With that wake-up call, who else is looking for Handmade Gift ideas? Well Sew Mama Sew can hook you up. Every day for the past month they have had round-ups with links to different hand made gift tutorials and patterns in a huge variety of categories.

SMS Handmade holidays

Today I’m sharing a list of gifts made from using scraps. We all accumulate scraps and finding pretty and awesome ways to use them has become one of my life’s missions. And since you’re using something you already have on hand, it’s like making free presents! You can see the post with my list of suggestions here on the Sew Mama Sew blog.


I’m also feeling happy because I got three quilt tops off to the quilter this week. For some reason I’ve had an abundance of quilt tops waiting for me to get my act together and choose/piece a back. I’m hoping to get one of them bound and share it by next week. Others are for Christmas.

Also, I finished prepping my yard for the winter – so I’m looking forward to sewing this week with no yard guilt hanging over my head! I’m also trying to enjoy these last quasi-warm, fallish days before they’re gone.

Have any other links to great handmade gifts made with fabric scraps? Leave them in the comments!

Pattern sale from The Cloth Parcel

Logo The Cloth Parcel

Sponsor shout out today to the Cloth Parcel, an online fabric shop owned by mother/daughter team Audrey and Diane with a pretty selection of fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake, and Free Spirit.
Confetti Weave Quilt 5 web

Audrey and Diane also specialize in creating and publishing a variety of unique quilt patterns. Their newest release is called Confetti Weave and is made using a Jen Kingwell Gardenvale Jelly Roll and a solid gray fabric for the background. I love the way the fabrics and colors pop!

Candy Shoppe Quilt Pattern

Another popular pattern is the Candy Shoppe Quilt. This quilt is also made using a single jelly roll and a solid background fabric.

Cloth parcel patterns

You can see more of the Cloth Parcel patterns in their shop. Patterns are available as both hard copies and PDF’s.

thanks20And through the end of the month, the Cloth Parcel is offering 20% off all their patterns using the code “thanks20″ at checkout.

There are also some great collections (including past, popular hard-to-find collections) in their fabric SALE section as well.

To keep tabs on the latest news, tutorials, and deals, you can sign up for the Cloth Parcel newsletter, or follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

Charm Squares and Fabric Destash sale

blue, aqua, green fabric bundle

For the past few weeks and days I have been pulling fabric and cleaning out my stash. Today I am listing bundles and yardage pieces in my Etsy store starting at 4:00 Eastern.

I spy charm packs

I am also listing charm packs of I-spy squares like the ones I used to make the quilts in the previous post (not all fabrics shown in those quilts are included in this kit). Each charm pack has 65+ different fabrics. The fabrics are the ones seen in the above photos.  The order also comes with a free I-spy quilt pattern PDF that will be emailed.

Fabric Destash

I’ve got bundles and yardage pulled from cleaning out my personal stash and all are high quality quilting cottons. They include fabrics from Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt, Cotton + Steel, American Jane, Bonnie and Camille, and Lizzy House as well as many others.


Finally, I’m also listing signed copies of my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts for a temporary deep discount if you are looking for Christmas gifts and want to combine shipping. :)

Shipping minutia: I’m trying the Etsy generated shipping rates for the first time, so we’ll see how this goes. Hopefully it’s more efficient and accurate than my previous guesses. I will refund shipping overages if it’s cheaper to ship once things get combined. I will be packaging and shipping through this weekend.

Thanks so much for all of the support over the years!

Two I-spy quilts

children's quiltsTwo quilts just for fun. Both of these are for gifts. I pulled out all of my novelty fabrics and past i-spy kits to put these together. An i-spy quilt is typically made of novelty prints with little pictures to play a game of ‘i-spy’.

i-spy baby quilt-001

I decided to try something different from my previous I-spy quilts. In the past I’ve used the Essex Linen as my off-setting squares. This time I decided to use the Riley Blake black Swiss-dot. I also laid out the colored blocks in color-spectrum order.


I cut all my squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

riley blake swiss dot

I really like the texture that the dots give. I think it makes for a fun change giving it a little more of a vintage look.


The backing on this one is a piece that I’ve had in my stash forever. It’s an Alexander Henry print that I got years ago called Paris Park. (Which is a little extra poignant today.) It was the perfect backing for this quilt.

And I’m feeling proud that I actually put a label on it. I used one of my personalized labels from Modern Yardage.

i-spy baby quilt kits

I also made one with alternating i-spy blocks. It makes the quilt a little busier, but gives you lots more things to “spy”.

mini polkadot fabric binding

I love the little black and white Moda micro dot on for the binding.

Moda Passport New York map fabrics

For the backing on this one I used the Moda Passport map of New York City. I only had a yard so I pieced some cheerful clouds above the city. :)

I-spy quilts

I am going to be listing sets of custom i-spy charms  in my shop next week. Probably Tuesday or Wednesday. (I don’t want to make a hard and fast promise, because who knows what wrench will get thrown in… ) So as soon as I have everything ready, I will update the day here and write a new post as well as post it on Instagram to give a heads up ahead of time. I am also pulling some fabric bundles to destash.children's i-spy quiltsFinally, thank you SO much for all of the kind words this week. They were a huge boost and lift. I could not do an adequate job of thanking you all individually, but please know each kind word meant so much.

I have been feeling so sad for Paris. It’s one of my favorite cities and I’m praying for Paris. It’s awful to see that there is so much bitterness and sadness in the world, but encouraging to see the outpouring of love and support that brings people together under adversity. Keep being kind and seeking out the beautiful. Don’t let ugly win!

POST EDIT: Etsy shop will be updated with I-spy kits and fabric destash Wednesday, Nov 18 at 4:00 Eastern/1:00 Pacific. SHOP LINK HERE