Lay out of a quilt in a progress

I am working on a Snowball quilt and a few of the fabrics are very “strong”. By strong, I mean fabrics that really stand out and your eye seems to go to those designs. When I am laying out blocks for one of these quilts, I take a lot of photos with my phone along the way. The pics will point out where I need to move around those blocks that jump out. Try taking pics of your lay out along the way and see if it helps you balance your quilt!

pansy layout

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Patriotic jelly roll quilt

I just finished this patriotic jelly roll quilt and yes I made another jelly roll quilt. I have noticed this about myself in the last couple of years that once I make a quilt pattern (really this is not a pattern at all) I want to make it a couple of times with different color ways. I become fascinated with how color makes such a difference.

One of my goals has been to piece together backings out of my fabric stash. I really struggled with this one (just like on my other jelly roll quilt) but I am very pleased with how this backing came together. The thought has occurred to me to start with the backing and then find the fabrics for the top! Talk about working backwards……

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and found some time to sew or quilt. I have also been watching the Masters golf tournament so it has been a fabulous weekend.

Tamipatriotic frontpatriotic back1

Great places to shop for quilt fabric and kits

Hi and happy Wednesday! Today I thought I would write about some of my favorite places to shop for quilt fabric and kits. I have found as I get older, I really like to purchase kits (especially if I can find them at a great price). If I buy a quilt kit, all of the work of coordinating fabrics is removed and I get to just jump in and start cutting and/or sewing (especially if the kit involves precuts)!!

CRAFTSY–this is probably my number one favorite place to find great prices on fabric and kits. If you sign up to get emails from them, you will get notifications of the great sales they have. Of course, Craftsy is known for their online classes but I have never gotten around to doing one of those. I have read some blogs on there and really enjoyed them.   http://www.craftsy.com/

GREEN FAIRY QUILTS–a great online shop that also has wonderful sales. They mostly seem to carry precuts (a great selection) but they have a few kits and some yardage, notions, patterns. Again, sign up for emails and get notified once a week of their sale.    http://www.greenfairyquilts.com/

SOUTHERN FABRIC–an online shop that awards you points for every purchase and then you can redeem those points on future orders. They always have 30%, 40%, and 50% sections in their store!  http://www.southernfabric.com/

QUILT KIT MARKET–I honestly cannot remember how I found this site, but I really like it. You would think from their name that they only sell kits, but they have precuts and always a great assortment on their sale page.  http://www.quiltkitmarket.com/

CONNECTING THREADS–I have been shopping with this company for a long time and never been disappointed. They have started carrying brand names of fabrics along with their “house” lines. They create quilt kits from their lines of fabrics that are created by their in-house designers! I also really like their line of thread they make, lots of wonderful colors at great prices! http://www.connectingthreads.com/

Take a moment to browse around these sites and see if you agree with me….have fun!

A photo of my first quilt

My lovely youngest daughter happens to use my first quilt as her ‘car’ quilt. You know, the blanket you carry around in your car in case you are ever stuck on the side of the road and need warmth? Or you decide to have an impromptu picnic and need something to throw on the grass? Yep, that is what she uses my first quilt for and I am 100% okay with that. I know she is using and loving the quilt and I know the materials I used were not of the best quality.

 

1st quilt