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Needle & Foot Blog Hop & Giveaway

I’m excited to be a part of a week-long blog hop to celebrate the expansion of my friend Bernie’s Etsy shop, Needle & Foot. Bernie recently decided to follow her heart and is now stocking a variety of modern quilting cottons in addition to her made goods, and she invited a few blogging friends to help spread the word and spark inspiration about what can be made using the fabric newly stocked in her shop. She invited me to select some fat quarters from her shop, and I’m excited to show you what I made.

She’s also generously offering a giveaway so that one lucky reader can win either 6 fat quarters or 3 half-yard cuts of fabric! Read on to find out how to enter! In addition to the giveaway at the end of this post, Bernie is offering everyone a coupon code to her new shop. Use the code NANDFREADERS15 for 15% off any order over $5.00, active through Sunday, March 26th.

needle and foot blog hop makesBut first, my makes! When Bernie first invited me to be a part of this blog hop, and asked which fabrics I’d most like to use, it was all I could do to resist her selection of Alison Glass fabrics, since, well… you know how I am with all things Alison Glass! I decided to go with a bit of variety though, with the plan to make a few small things and incorporate her fabrics into my current projects. Stash building is a totally legit way to fabric shop, right!?

needle and foot fabric selectionI ultimately selected two (2) low volume prints–Hashtags and Small Letters in black–from the Basically Low fabric line by Helen Stubbings for Red Rooster, three (3) prints from Sweet Tweets by Kim Schaefer for Andover fabrics–Rainbow on White (isn’t it gorgeous?!), Hip to Be Square Multicolor, and Cheerios on black, and I just couldn’t resist the Bumble Buzz Blue by Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer line for Art Gallery Fabrics!

buzz bumble rainbow zip pouchI probably could incorporate that Rainbow on White print into every single one of my projects somehow–the colors are just so perfect! I started out by making a half moon zippered pouch with the Rainbow on White and my Sizzix 8″ Half Oval die, and I added a meticulously cut, fused, and stitched bee from Bumble Buzz Blue as a fun embellishment. The colors play so nicely together, and there’s nothing like a little hand-stitched detail to add some extra fun to FUNctional.

buzz bumble rainbow zip pouchI lined the pouch with the Hip to be Square print, and love how festive it is. This pouch now lives in my purse, and contains two spiral bound notebooks and a couple of mechanical pencils so that I know that I will always have entertainment for my two oldest kids no matter where we may be. I will most likely add a few other items (colored pencils, maybe a matchbox car or two), but it is so nice to have a designated “kid pouch” in my purse.

rainbow zip pouchIf the kids decide they can’t share, I could always take it right back and use it to smuggle… er, transport… fabric!

garden snail snail paced sew alongI wasn’t quilt finished using that Rainbow on White, so I decided to pair some with the Basically Low Hashtag fabric and Cheerios on Black to make a block for one of my ongoing Sew-Alongs, the Garden Snail Snail Paced Sew Along hosted by Angie at Gnome Angel.  I’m using the snails to brighten up my otherwise-entirely-greenery quilt, and I think this little guy will do *just* the trick!

snail and low volumes worked into greeneryDoesn’t he look great up there!? I have also begun to incorporate both low volume fabrics into my Greenery quilt blocks, as you can see in the bottom left block. Low volumes fabrics are among my favorite to stash since there’s always a perfect project for them!

fabrics from needle and footI’m pretty set on sneaking one of these bees into the quilt somehow, too. Time will tell!

Giveaway

Now, for the giveaway! Bernie has generously offered a prize of your choice of either 6 fat quarters or 3 half-yard cuts selected from any of the available fabrics at the Needle & Foot Etsy shop.

To enter the giveaway today, tell me what fabrics from Needle & Foot you would select if you were to win. Leave a comment and make sure I’m able to get ahold of you if you win. For an additional entry, follow Needle & Foot on Instagram. For a third entry, follow Needle & Foot on Facebook. Leave a separate comment once you complete each entry.

This giveaway is open to US and international participants, but international winners must be willing to split the cost of shipping. The giveaway will be open for one week, until Wednesday March 29th at 8pm EST when I’ll select the winner randomly with random.org. Good luck! Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Chris!

*Please note that comment moderation is on, so if you do not see your comment right after posting, do not be alarmed! I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this. 

Be sure to visit all of the other stops on the blog hop to see the nice variety of modern fabrics now stocked by Needle & Foot, and to see what everyone else made with them, and don’t forget to use coupon code NANDFREADERS15 for 15% off any order over $5.00 in the shop through Sunday, 3/26.

Blog Hop schedule:
Monday 3/20 – Cheryl @ Meadowmist Designs
Tuesday, 3/21 – Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Wednesday, 3/22  – Jayne @ Twiggy & Opal
      and Kitty @ Night Quilter – <—YOU ARE HERE
Thursday, 3/23 – Mari @ Academic Quilter
Friday, 3/24 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
I’ll be linking up with Let’s Bee Social & Finish it up Friday. Happy making!

Sponsor Introduction: Fat Quarter Shop {& a Giveaway}

I’m excited to kick off the week by announcing a new sponsor: Fat Quarter Shop. Many of you most likely know about this pinnacle online fabric shop that not only stocks a wide selection of fabrics, but also engages the community in a big way through free video tutorials and patterns, quilt alongs, block of the month clubs, and more. I’ve worked with Fat Quarter shop in the past during two separate quilt pattern blog hops: Layers of Charm and Welded, and they are also a big sponsor of the 1930s Farmer’s Wife Sew Along hosted by Angie at Gnome Angel, for which I’m an official blogger. Fat Quarter Shop has long been very supportive of independent bloggers. When they reached out to me wanting to sponsor my blog, I graciously accepted.

fat quarters shop quilt shop

Here are some of my favorite features about Fat Quarter Shop:

  • They have a *really* extensive selection of fabrics that span from traditional to more modern.
  • fat quarter shop stash bundleThey stock gorgeously curated bundles of solids, some of which have matching Aurifil threads!
  • The shop is searchable by color, which is always a good starting point in finding the perfect fabric for a project.
  • fox fabric searchThey seem to have an endless supply of novelty fabrics, which helps tremendously with eye spy or any other themed quilts.
  • They have many free tutorials and patterns that are great for both quick projects and skill building, not to mention learning short cuts that can help in all future quilt projects.
  • They have great sales including a 24 hour flash sale each day.
  • Their customer service is always stellar.
Giveaway Time!

contemporary splendid sampler fat quarter bundle fat quarter shopFat Quarter Shop is generously offering a Contemporary Splendid Sampler Fat Quarter Bundle, consisting of twenty (20) gorgeous fat quarters by Moda Fabrics, to one of my readers. This is a great stash-building bundle (look at those teals! swoon!), or perhaps a reason to jump in on the Splendid Sampler Sew Along by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

To enter the giveaway today, let me know your favorite fat quarter bundle offered by Fat Quarter Shop. You can peruse the selection HERE. Leave a comment and make sure I’m able to get ahold of you if you win.  If you’re a follower of Night Quilter, leave a second comment telling me how you follow for a second entry. Tell me how you follow Fat Quarter Shop (facebook, twitter, Instagram, their blog Jolly Jabber, etc.) for a third entry.

This giveaway is open to US and international participants.  The giveaway will be open until 8pm Monday 2/29 when I’ll select the winner randomly with random.org. Good luck! Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Pam S.!

Thanks again to the Fat Quarter Shop! Blog sponsors help me to keep this blog going by helping cover the costs of hosting, photography equipment, supplies, and of course time. Sweet, precious time. Many many thanks to all who support me!

 

 

Sponsor Introduction: Pile O’ Fabric

I’m excited to introduce you to a new sponsor: Pile O’ Fabric. Many of you may be familiar with Pile O’ Fabric, an independently run modern sewing shop and blog by Alyssa Lichner. It is rare for me to find a shop in which I love ALL of the stocked fabric, but Pile O’ Fabric just may be such a shop.

Here are just a few of the great shop features that keep me coming back:

Curated bundles complete with both prints and solids.

Pile o fabric Life of a Botanist fabric bundle
Life of the Botanist bundle at Pile O’ Fabric.

You know me and color. I play with color palettes every week, so when I visit Pile O’ Fabric and see that the curated bundles include not only coordinating color palettes with matching solids, but ALSO a bundle of said coordinating solids, I swoon.

Easy fabric search-ability based on different characteristics like color family, scale, and material in addition to manufacturer, designer and collection. For example, you can search for all fabrics in a specific color family, including fun unique colors like pickle and persimmon, or you can browse only fabrics with large scale prints. This definitely makes it easier to find the perfect fabric for your project.

A great selection of kits.

Pile O Fabric technicolor galaxy kitNot only does Alyssa carry kits for her Skill Builder Block of the Month  quilts–have you SEEN the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt for 2015!?–but she also has kits to help get you started with a new craft, such as an English Paper Piecing Starter Kit, or make one of your favorite patterns, such as a Sew Together Bag.

The Pile O’ Fabric blog also provides a great resource full of tutorials, patterns and inspiration. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Alyssa and Pile O’ Fabric, and definitely recommend checking out all her shop has to offer.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be helpful or enjoyable for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”