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Introducing Neutral Love II

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During my time here, I’ve learned many essential tips to what it means to be a quilter and what are major necessities when quilting.  A quilter’s stash is especially important!  After seeking advice from my coworkers who are avid quilters, it seemed like a great idea to create a collection that would be a stash building collection.  So I first created Neutral Love, with the intention of it being solely neutral colored prints; blacksbrownsgreystanscreams, etc.  Neutral Love was a great hit by our customers, so it was a no brainer to bring it back.  Or at least bring the concept back…so Neutral Love II was created!

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A Book Review and Giveaway: Vintage Quilt Revival

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I love the concept behind the Vintage Quilt Revival book as well as the book itself. The three women who wrote this book all come from different places but are all connected through quilting. That in a nutshell is how a lot of us quilters came together; while we may not have anything else in common, including the quilts we choose to create, we all still have a love of quilts and quilting that unites us.

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Gifty Galore – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels

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Yet again, my gifty galore project for this week is another project from Ayumi Takahashi’s Patchwork, Please! As I’ve said before, this book is full of wonderful projects. This time I chose the “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels.” This being one of the first projects in the book, it quickly made its way onto my to-do list after the first time I flipped through. Bright colors + text + linen = I’m sold. Since the project was kitchen-oriented, I picked Nana’s Pantry as my collection of choice for this round. I love the vibrancy and versatility of this collection and found it fun to mix and match prints for the different letters.

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A Book Review and Giveaway: Quilts Made with Love

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This was a hard review for me to start writing because, in all honesty, I struggled to narrow down all that I want to say about this book and its author. Rachel Griffith, the author of the new Quilts Made with Love, is an amazing person to know, and an absolutely fabulous quilt designer. I’ve known and worked with Rachel for a couple of years now, and through the stress of maintaining a blog, keeping up with her four kiddos, and writing a book (!), she always remains positive, motivated, and utterly inspiring. Rachel has a knack for designing quilts that can be used for really every occasion. She understands that the sentimentality that goes along with the gift of a quilt speaks loudly in times of happiness or sadness. One of my favorite things about this book is that it is divided into two different themes: Quilts to Celebrate, and Quilts to Comfort.

Because I love this book so much, I was eager to get it in the hands of as many people as possible. You know what that means, right? It’s giveaway time!

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Obsessed With Spritz Cookie Ornaments

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Favorite Fussy Cut

Spritz Cookie Ornaments

I was looking for a project that was portable and could be done in my lap while watching Karate and cheerleading practices.  I also wanted something that didn’t require buying too many new supplies or would take too long to complete. Inspired by Tiny Obsessions by Vicki Bellino, I decided to give English Paper Piecing (in miniature) a try.  Rather than adding a split loop to the Keychain project, I thought a loop of invisible thread would turn these into terrific Christmas tree ornaments.

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Fall Pin Cushions for Gifty!!

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Judy and I decided to collaborate on a Gifty Galore project, since I love to embroider and she loves to sew.  It was a win win situation!  For Gifty Galore, the staff here at CT typically just chooses a project out of one of the new books that we are going to showcase.  For this project though, we chose a project from a book and paired it with a pin cushion pattern we carry. 
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Sponsor Highlight: Quilters Newsletter Magazine

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It is my great pleasure to introduce our third and final sponsor for the Christmas in July contest. Meet Quilters Newsletter Magazine (QNM). We’ve known the wonderful editors and staff over at QNM for several years, and have always been so inspired by what we see in their magazine. No matter what quilting topics interest you, you will most certainly find something that will pique your excitement in every single issue.

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