Saturated Rainbow Fat Quarter Bundle giveaway

Canton Village Quilt Works
I was recently asked by Jackie Kunkel, owner of Canton Village Quilt Works, to put together a “Blogger’s Bundle” of fat quarters from her shop.
Since I am really feeling the vibe of saturated color lately, this is the bundle I chose. It makes me want summer! The bundle consists of fabric from Kaffe Fassett, Australian Aboriginal, and Batiks. This Over the Rainbow bundle is available for sale from Canton Village Quilt Works.
image from Jackie’s blog
Jackie has been quilting for over 20 years and is a gifted quilt designer and teacher. If you follow her blog, you will see her amazing, detailed quilts in deep, saturated colors. 
Kaffe Fassett Collective Fat Quarter Bundle - Sampler 2
It was really fun to go through then entire Canton Village Quilt Works shop. CVQW has a brand new online interface that is so beautiful and easy to navigate. Jackie has been selling fabric for over four years and her inventory is a great reflection of her personal style. She stocks lots of deep, saturated colors and unique prints. Of all my sponsors, Canton Village Quilt Works has the biggest selection of batiks and Kaffe Fassett prints including some shot cottons. (Kaffe’s are even on sale 15% off this weekend – March 29-30.)
Kona Cotton - Summer '13 - Fat Quarter Bundle
Canton Village Quilt Works also stocks an amazing selection of Kona Cottons. CVQW is often my go-to source when I stock-up on Kona’s. Jackie has a huge selection of not only dozens of different shades, but also Kona bundles and pre-cuts such as jelly-rolls, charm packs, and hexagons in multiple palettes. Another one of my favorite basics CVQW keeps in stock is Essex Cotton-Linen blend. I have ordered those frequently from Jackie for the past few years as well. Her service is excellent.
Today, Jackie is generously giving away one of these Over the Rainbow fat-quarter-bundles (a $25.00 value) to one of you! If you would like to enter to win this bundle, sign up for the Canton Village Quilt Works Newsletter. This is full of information and frequent specials and sales (perfect for stocking up on basics like Kona solids!) For a second entry you can also follow the Canton Village Quilt Works blog.
Leave a separate comment for each entry. Giveaway open until midnight MST on Wednesday, April 2. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
Signed up!
You can also keep track of Jackie and Canton Village Quilt Works on Facebook and through Jackie’s podcasts here, on itunes, or on YouTube.  Thanks so much for the giveaway, Jackie! 

Short-cut quilt preview and new fabric

Today another sneak peak of a quilt in the upcoming Fabulously Fast Quilts. This book is a collection of of quilt patterns – some traditional, some all new – with some kind of short-cut method for assembling them. This modern version of a traditional buzz-saw pattern is one of them. (The quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.)
This was the last quilt I finished before shipping them all off to the publisher last May. I took this shot as I finished stitching the last bit of the binding, the morning before I took all the quilts to the UPS store. I was feeling so giddy by that point to have this huge project done
For this quilt I used a lot of Vanessa Christenson’s collection Simply Style – which I still really like. There are some great tonal basics in that collection. (Simply Style is still available from the Southern Fabrics (on sale!) and Fat Quarter Shop.)

Vanessa’s latest collection, Color Me Happy, is hitting stores right now. I’ve sewn quilts for Vanessa to use at Quilt Market a few times and she super-generously sent me this bundle as a thank you. (whoa.)

This is another cheerful, colorful collection of prints and some great basics and blenders. I’m especially smitten with this micro-dots. I think this is one I need to stock up on for sure.

The bundle looks so pretty the way it is, I can’t bring myself to break it open. I’m going to have to get really courageous to do it at some point. (Why is it so hard??) Color Me Happy is available from the Fat Quarter Shop, Green Fairy Quilts, and coming soon to Pink Castle Fabrics.

Latest projects behind the scenes

I’m being a busy little stitcher behind the scenes, with lots to share in the coming weeks, but not much to share at the moment. So a few glimpses of WIP’s (works-in-progress) for now. I made the block above for a charity quilt sponsored by Chili’s for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. I sent it off, but I like how it turned out and I think I need to make some more to keep. 
I’ve started some new six-point English-paper-pieced stars as my latest hand work project. (No, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them. I’m still working on that.)

I’m piecing them with my growing little collection of Liberty tana lawns. (I got them from Westwood Acres.) This is my first time sewing with tana lawns. It’s like sewing through silk. Tana lawns are cotton, but they’re different from regular quilting cottons in that they’re a tighter weave and lighter weight with more drape.
Usually I baste my fabric over the cardstock templates with thread, but the tana laws are a little more slippery. With only 4 corners on the diamonds I found that the templates easily slipped out of the fabric diamonds. So I decided to try glue-basting for the first time. Not only was it so much faster, but it worked REALLY well holding the templates in place. I’m hooked. I bought this little glue pen at my local quilt shop. (With my own hard-earned cash. I was not asked to review this product.) I haven’t tried a regular glue stick, but I assume it could work too as long as it’s water soluble.

Post edit: More details: I like knowing that this product is specifically for fabric use. I put the glue on the cardstock template and then stick the fabric. It is plenty strong enough to baste the fabric to the template and hold it in place while I sew that pieces together, but the fabric releases cleaning from the template when I’m ready to remove it. I’m totally sold. I also like that the glue stick is thin – less mess.

I started another project last week using Jennifer Sampou’s latest collection (for Robert Kaufman) called Shimmer. The collection is made up of metallic or iridescent prints and they’re so pretty. And different from my usual go-to fabrics. I really loved this colorway because it reminds me of mercury glass, which I’m recently digging (along with the rest of the design world, I guess.) I’m excited to see this one come together. I’ll share it in a few weeks when it’s done.

Finally, one more upcoming project includes a Quilt-along for this quilt next month on the We All Sew blog. It’s a good basic quilting pattern, but I think there are some good tricks for making it efficient and fast. I’m looking forward to sharing it!

Moda Sale at JAQS Fabrics

JAQS Fabrics is a well organized, easy to navigate online fabric shop and here’s a fun sale alert today: JAQS Fabrics is having 20% off all their Moda collections.

This includes the brand new Mirabelle collection by Fig Tree as well as recent collections by Bonnie and Camille,

Other basics that I love included in this sale are: the texture prints from Bluebird Park collection, Asterisk and others from the Comma collecion, and Bella Solids. To get the 20% off use the coupon code MODA20 at checkout. This deal is only good through Sunday March 23, so act fast!

Other new collections at JAQS include Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collection, Mormor,

Q also carries a huge collection of Robert Kaufman basics including Metro Living circles and Kona Solids.
You can also check out Q’s specials and clearance section for other great deals! To keep up with future sales and promotions at JAQS Fabrics you can follow them on Facebook.

Sneak peak of my new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts

I had a GREAT mail weekend this last weekend. An advance copy of my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts arrived and I got to hold it in my hands for the very first time. It still feels so surreal.
Also arriving in the mail were 8 of the 12 quilts I sent off last May. (The other 4 are still with the publisher for marketing purposes.) This was my first time seeing them againo. The book writing/publishing business is such an interesting thing. You create quilts, some as long as a year and a half before you ever get to show them to other people. I started making the quilts for this book in September of 2012!
As the book gets closer to coming out (it will start shipping to retailers the second week of April) I’ll share more sneak peeks of some of the quilts that are in the book.
If you’ve been visiting these parts for a while now, you may remember this quilt I made at Christmas time over two years ago. Since that time I’ve had multiple people ask me if I had a pattern for this quilt.

Well, I’m excited to share that the pattern for the Countdown to Christmas quilt will be in this book! It’s called Square Deal. Here’s a sneak peak of version in the book. I tried to take it outside yesterday to get a picture, but the wind was CRAZY. So this will have to do for now. (The quilting on this quilt as well as the one with the red and white blocks was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.)

Fabulously Fast quilts is a book about quick tips to speed up quilting projects and contains 12 quilting patterns. As I mentioned, it won’t start shipping until the second week of April but you can pre-order it from Martingale or Amazon. If you would like a signed copy by yours truly, you can pre-order one from my shop and I will personalize it for you. (POST EDIT: International shipping rates have been added.)  As I mentioned before, I have been so touched by the amazing response and generous support since I first announced I have a book coming out.

Thank you again, for all of the generous and kind words, vibes, and thoughts you have shared. I’m excited to share more of the projects and quilts from Fabulously Fast Quilts.

Spring + Prioritizing

It’s my month to send out fabric and block instructions for my BeesKnees group. Add that to the list of the bajillion things I am behind on right now. Finally I pulled out some fabric a couple of nights ago (which is something I always enjoy, but seem to be finding less and less time to do…). While I was at it I started setting aside fabric for a big destash. Who knows when that will actually happen, but it is a needful thing. Time to purge!
Last night I carved out a little time to put some of these beauties into piles to mail out to my group ladies. I’m excited to see what they come up with. 

These are the blocks they made last year. I LOVE how they all look together. This year I am having them each make one more block with a little bit of a twist to make the squares even busier. I’m so excited to see what they come up with. Of course, I had the instructions all typed up and ready to go and then blogger freaked out at me and it was all lost. I was way too drained last night to try to summon that brain-power again. I’ll have to try again today.

my poor little favorite magnetic pindish is in need of some TLC
Speaking of brain power- mine feels a little fried at the moment. I think I’m just in one of my funks – you all know how that goes. And it’s pretty much following the same pattern as most funks – a lot on my plate and feeling overwhelmed and just needing to step back and recharge. I’m not sharing so that you’ll all throw me a pity-party – but because I think it’s healthy to be real. I never want to present the image that I have it all together. Heavens no!
Life is good. It’s full and busy with 4 kids and some weighty responsibilities elsewhere right now, but my life is full of things and people that I love. I just need to do a better job of prioritizing. I’m finding that there is less time for quilting and sewing and that’s okay too. I’m glad I have something that I enjoy so much and that fulfills my creative needs, and at the same time has even become a business that I love, but I’m learning that I need to keep it in the realm of “stress-reliever” not “added stress.”

In fun news, a new friend and fellow-quilter sent me the funnest little surprise in the mail, which was a great pick-me-up. Look at these numbered labeling pins! No more using random post-it note scraps for labeling my quilt rows. Thanks Nancy!! POST EDIT: Nancy has a tutorial for these Quilt Row Marking Pins!