Destash Sale!

Hey everybody!  I’m having a destash sale on my blog today!  I’ve been sorting through my fabric stash so I can make room for new and future fabric.  This is what happens after quilting for 16 years and working in a quilt shop for 7 of them!  It would make me sew happy if they were to find a new home with some of my blog readers.

UPDATE:  All of the bundles have SOLD!  Thank you so much, everyone, for participating in my destash.  I wish I had enough bundles for everyone, but I am working on round 2!  I’ll let you know when.


I have made bundles of coordinating fabric that average about 4 yards each.  The minimum each bundle will contain is 3 1/2 yards and the max is 4 1/2 yards (with 2 exceptions).  I’m also adding in a free pattern, just because!  These are all high quality 100% cotton fabrics and they come from a smoke-free home.

The cost of each bundle is $20 (US) (excluding bundle #14 and #18 – see their description for price) and that includes priority shipping.  I will ship to Canada, but the price will reflect a higher shipping cost.

In order to claim a bundle, leave a comment with the bundle # and your name/email. I will reply with an email requesting your Paypal address.  It will be first come, first serve.  I would like to give everyone a chance to purchase a bundle, so please limit yourself to one for now.

Bundle #1:  SOLD. Christmas collection – assorted Christmas fabrics including 1 yard red/tan holly stripe, (4) 1/2 yards, 8 fat quarters.  5 yards total. BUNDLE 1 copy

Bundle #2:  SOLD. Luna Notte from Moda collection – 2 charm packs + 3 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 2 copy

Bundle #3:SOLD. Stars & Coxscombs from Moda collection – 2/3 yd. of quilt patch print, 3/4 yd. solid red +  2 1/2 yards assorted cuts.  3 1/2+ total yardage. BUNDLE 3 copy

Bundle #4: SOLD. Country Collage from Wilmington Prints collection – 1 panel plus 3 1/2 yards assorted cuts (a few have been cut into strips for pattern that is included). BUNDLE 4 copy

Bundle #5:  SOLD. Marzipan from In the Beginning collection – 2/3 yd. red/pink hearts, 2/3 yd. black heart print, (5) 1/2 yards.  3 3/4+ total yards. BUNDLE 5 copy

Bundle #6:  SOLD. Pink & Gold collection – includes Rosa de la Baguette by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse – 21″ large floral, 2/3 yd gold plaid, plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 3 1/2 yards. BUNDLE 6 copy

Bundle #7:  SOLD. Chocolate collection – includes 1/2 yard of brown print “Chocolate” by 3 Sisters and 1/2 yard of tan print “Chocolate” (not pictured) plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 4 1/4 yards. BUNDLE 7 copy

Bundle #8:  SOLD.  Harvest Vineyard collection from Robert Kaufman, includes 1 yd harvest grape fabric and 1 yd. red grape fabric.  Total 3 1/2+ yards. BUNDLE 8 copy

Bundle #9:  SOLD. Fall scrappy collection – 4 yards total of various fall prints. BUNDLE 9 copy

Bundle #10:  SOLD. Vineyard Collection from Robert Kaufman – includes (2) 7″ x 56″ strips of grape fabric plus 3 1/2 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 10 copy

Bundle #11:  SOLD. Brown & Blue collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 2/3 yd. “Porch Swing” brown print from Moda.  The tan multi-print shown has been replaced by a red/gold swirl print and I’ve added some tan scraps. BUNDLE 11 copy

Bundle #12: SOLD.  Cottage Garden collection – 4 yards total, includes 1 yd. of Cottage Garden from Red Rooster Fabrics.  Mostly half-yards and fat quarters. BUNDLE 12 copy

Bundle #13: SOLD  Pink & green collection – 4 yards total of half-yard and fat quarter cuts. BUNDLE 13 copy

Bundle #14: SOLD. Fig Tree collection – 5 1/2 yards total including many fabrics from the Cinnamon Stars collection by Fig Tree for Moda.  $25 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 14 copy

Bundle #15: SOLD.  Apples & Coffee collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 1 1/2 yd. of apple fabric and 1 yard of “Daily Grind” by Clothworks. BUNDLE 15 copy

Bundle #16: SOLD.  Grapes collection – 3/4 yd red “Etchings” fabric, 3/4 yd tan, 2/3 yd cream, 1/2 yd grape fabric, plus some fat quarters.  Total 3 2/3 yard. BUNDLE 16 copy

Bundle #17: SOLD. Flower Show collection by Benartex – Includes 1 yard and 3/4 yard cuts of large florals, and 1/2 yard of each stripe.  I’ve added a red, green and peach (not pictured) to make the total yardage 4. BUNDLE 17 copy

Bundle #18: SOLD. Butterfly collection – mostly 1/2 yards and fat quarters for 2 3/4 yards total.  All from Riley Blake’s “Enchanted Butterfly” fabric.  $15 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 18 copy

Bundle #19: SOLD. Blue & Yellow collection – 3 3/4 yards total of various blue, yellow, and green fabrics. BUNDLE 19 copy

Bundle #20: SOLD. Bold Citrus collection – very scrappy bundle of various prints, including (1) 1/2 yard cut of white with dots, 4 fat quarters and lots of scraps.  Many of them are from the Daisy Dots collection by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse. BUNDLE 20 copy

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If this is successful, I’ll be having another round of destashing soon.  And thank you for helping my fabric stash find new homes!


Pictures to share and destash update

I hope you don’t mind if I share a few pictures with you that are not about quilting, but I’ll leave with you with a destash update at the end.  Let’s start with the pictures.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Crafty Quilter and I celebrated our 30th anniversary – I know, I can’t possibly be old enough to say that!  We spent it with our kids and their spouses/fiances in the California Sierra mountains along the Feather River.

feather river

We stayed in rustic cabins (no more tents for me) and had a blast!  It was beautiful and awesome to be all together for six days.


group photo

John & Nicole, Steven & Kelly, Jon, Sara, Allen & Julie

One of the nights, the kids cooked us dinner and made a cake to celebrate our anniversary.  Not bad for cabin cooking!

me dad and cake

This next picture is our four kids jumping for joy because they love us so they’re so happy to be together in their favorite spot.

Our kids jumping for joy

Kelly, Jon, Nicole & Sara (in age order, coincidentally)


I was happy to see this little barn quilt on the side of one of the cabins.  It’s becoming trendy up here!

Barn quilt on cabin @ Camp Laymans


Here’s our dog, Cooper, all tired out from a full day of romping:

Cooper snuggling on a vintage pillow case

Anyone recognize that pillowcase he’s sleeping on?  Definitely vintage and it brings back memories from my childhood.  It’s the reason I own the fat quarter collection of “Dreamin’ Vintage” by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.

dreamin vintage2


And that leads me to my DESTASHING PROJECT!  On Monday, September 1st, 7 a.m. (California time) I will post fabric bundles for sale.  I currently have 20 bundles of fabric that I have put together and they each contain about 4 yards of fabric.  I’m also including a pattern with each package.  The cost will be $20 each and that includes priority shipping.  I’m still looking into shipping to Canada – if I do, the price will reflect a higher shipping rate.

I will show a picture of each bundle and it will be labeled as A,B, C, etc.  If you want it, you will need to leave a comment indicating which one and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.  It will be first come, first serve.


Most of these bundles are traditional-style fabrics and all of them are 100% cotton, quality quilting fabric.  I have a lot of fall colors, so the timing is perfect.  There’s a very good chance that I will have a destash #2 after this first one is finished.  I’m finding all kinds of goodies in my sewing room that need a new home!

We’ll see if I’m brave enough to show a “before” picture of my sewing room.  Thanks for everyone’s encouragement and I hope you’re having a great week!


It’s a Wrap!

I finished the final video taping of The Quilt Show’s block of the month, A-Z for Ewe and Me, designed by Janet Stone, on Friday.  It’s a wrap, and it feels so good to have it completed!

Here is a picture of me in Alex Anderson’s home studio; she is the one holding the camera!

Julie video 640

She is so gracious and made me feel very comfortable (which was soooo appreciated).  Hopefully, I’ll be working more with the TQS gang in the future.

I made this monogrammed mini quilt as a sample for the last video I did.  It’s a great example of how you can take a piece from a quilt and change into a completely different project.

MK Mini copy

This was originally part of the “F” block from the BOM quilt. I added another row of flying geese and widened the center to fit the letters “MK”.  It will be a “thank you” gift for a friend once I get the binding finished.

My F Block


Now that this BOM is over (for me), I get to work on some of my own projects.  I’m hoping to add a few tutorials for you all in September, but first I have to clean my sewing room!  Holy cow, what a mess!

As part of this clean up, I’ll be doing some destashing.  I’m thinking of putting some fabric bundles together and offering them to my blog readers (at a great price). If that sounds good to you, let me know!  I hope you have a great week.



A Few Updates

I feel like I have been a little absent from the blogging community this summer, so I’d like to give you a few updates.  I’m busy getting ready for the next set of videos for The Quilt Show’s BOM for 2014.  I have really enjoyed making this alphabet sampler, but I’ll be glad when the “pressure” is off.  I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt!

Mr. Crafty Quilter has been keeping me busy with fun things to do, but also, recently, with (his) rotator cuff surgery.  He’s an active guy so I’m trying to keep him out of trouble and on the road to recovery!  Plus we’re celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this month, and we have all four of our children going on a 6-day camping trip with us in the Sierra mountains.  I have to confess that camping for me is really more like staying in a rustic cabin with running water and a stove!  We leave on Sunday, and I’ll share pictures when I get back.

I also wanted to let you know about a few sales going on this weekend.  First of all, don’t miss Craftsy‘s Dog Days of Summer Sale happening now! Enjoy up to 50% off ALL online classes! I’ve seen quite a few NEW quilting classes recently that I would love to try.  Take advantage of big savings today. This offer expires August 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT.



Also starting this weekend, the Fat Quarter Shop is offering 20% OFF ALL RILEY BLAKE FABRICS  with coupon code:  RILEY.  This sale starts Friday, August 8 and continues until Thursday August 14th at 11:59 PM CST.


If you have wanted to make a t-shirt quilt, now is your chance!  My friend Diane Gilleland is teaching a free online class on CreativeLive about how to turn your old t-shirts into a fantastic keepsake.  You should join her!  For more information, check out:


T-Shirt Quilting with Diane Gilleland @ CreativeLive


And, I wanted to let you know about a special offer from The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  They are inviting all email newsletter subscribers to join them for their In The Beginning BOM.  No subscription is necessary; the pattern is free. You can sign up here:


In The Beginning BOM @ Quilt Pattern Magazine


There are lots of great things happening this month online for the quilting community.  I hope you get a chance to take advantage of some of them!

I’ll be back in a few weeks with some pictures from our vacation and hopefully some quilt projects!




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Sew Thankful Sunday: August 2014

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re having a great summer so far.  I can’t believe it’s August already.  I had so many good intentions for getting some projects finished, but the craziness of life keeps getting in the way.  Fortunately, there are many other bloggers that have been busy with fresh ideas and awesome tutorials to share with you, so let’s get started!

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  The girls at Clover & Violet and Sew Lux Fabric have teamed up to bring you The Summer Breeze Mini Medallion Series.  With a leisurely pace and a small project, you can’t help but join them in the fun!  It starts off with this center block:

SewLux-SummerBreeze-medallion @ Clover & Violet

Summer Breeze Mini Medallion Series by Sew Lux Fabric @ Clover & Violet


2.  If you’re a quilter, you’re constantly striving to get that perfect 1/4″ seam allowance.  Anita at Bloomin’ Workshop has a few pointers to help you in her Piecing 101 Series.  I appreciated her mention of feed dogs and how they can help or hinder your efforts.

Quarter Inch seams @ Bloomin' Workshop

3.  You might not think of Elmer’s School Glue when you think of quilting, but Cristy at Sew Much Like Mom will have you thinking again!  She gives you great tips and examples of how using glue instead of pins can help improve your accuracy in quilting.  After reading her post, I’m a believer!

Glue Basting Tips @ Sew Much Like Mom

Glue Basting Tips & Tricks by Sew Much Like Mom


4.  I’m a huge fan of the Superior Threads company and their products.  They are very quilter-friendly, and they have a great website that is designed to educate (among other things).  In their recent newsletter, they shared a great Q&A for quilters that will give you lots of “ah hah” moments.

Superior Threads Newletter

5.  Whether you’ve made a few quilts or a hundred, at some point you’re going to have to store them.  Check out Red Brolly and her 8 Tips For Storing Your Quilts.  She has lots of great suggestions!


6.  Are you looking for a summer tote bag to make?  Check out the Calypso Tote designed by Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings for Inspired by Fabric.

Calypso Tote Bag

7.  I am seeing quite a few English paper piecing tutorials, and I love how comprehensive this one is by Jessie at Messy Jesse.  This is part of a series that just started in July.

English Paper Piecing Basics @ Messy Jesse

English Paper Piecing Basics @ Messy Jesse


8.  I always appreciate a good tip, and Geta of Geta’s Quilting Studio has a good one for all of you bag makers out there.  I love how she makes the interior pockets of her bags and she has great patterns, too!

interior pocket tip

9.  I love this GenX Aztec Baby Quilt from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  She gives you the full details on her blog so you can make one too!

Gen X Baby Quilt

GenX Aztec Baby Quilt at Sew Fresh Quilts


10.  Here’s a very pretty Laptop Bag Tutorial by Rebecca of Our Busy Little Bunch for Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Functional, practical and cute all in one!


Laptop Bag Tutorial by Rebecca at Our Busy Little Bunch for Bear Creek Quilting Company


11.  Have you seen projects made with Quilt As You Go fabric panels and wondered, “how did they do that?”  Caroline at Sew Can She has a fabulous tutorial that takes you through every step with great pictures and instructions.  It’s on my bucket list!

Quilt as you go

Quilt As You Go Fabric Tutorial @ Sew Can She


Last month, there were lots of Christmas in July happenings, and I’d like to give you a recap of what I saw:

12.  These free printable Christmas gift tags from Stitch This, the blog of Martingale Publishers, are perfect for handmade gifts:



13.  Here’s a roundup of Christmas in July projects from the archives at the Moda Bake Shop that are sew cute!


14. The Sweet Scandinavian Sew Along has just started at Little Bits of This & That and will continue until August 28.  This sew along requires Sherri Fall’s book, Holly Jolly, which is loaded with adorable Christmas projects.

Scandinavian Sew Along

15.  Christmas in July has just ended at Fort Worth Fabric Studios but you can still be a part of the giveaways and free projects/tutorials if you hurry!

FWFS Christmas in July

Here are some of the tutorials from guest contributors at Fort Worth Fabric Studio:

Check out these Patchwork Pocket Placemats from Melissa at My Fabric Relish:

Patchwork Pocket Placemats

And this quick and easy table topper by Paula at The Sassy Quilter:


Also this Boxing Day Block Tutorial by Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts:

Boxing Day Tutorial

16.  Here’s another great Christmas in July series from Sew Lux Fabric.


They, along with some guest bloggers, have made up some really beautiful holiday projects.  You must see them all, and most recently, they shared this Snowy Stars Table Runner:


And that’s a wrap!  I’m so glad you joined me today and thank you to everyone who was featured.  I hope you are as inspired as I am!