Guest book quilt SALE

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All of the guest book quilts in my shop are on sale 10 % off now through Wednesday of this week!!  No coupon needed.

However, the whole shop has a sale for 15% off, coupon code “happybirthday9”.  That means that on guest book quilts you can save 25% just by purchasing before Wednesday.

25% off!!

Shop guest book quilts here.

Additional items you might want to have at your wedding if you buy a guest book quilt (click pictures to view details):


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The photo contest continues, and you have until January 27th to send me a picture. I choose a winner on January 28th.  Winner gets a quilt!  See the details here.

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Guest Book Quilts + A Bit of Gardening + Friday-Sunday Order Progress





I know I’ve posted these pictures before, but Brittany was the only customer to ever show me pictures of a wedding guest book quilt displayed, so I’m showing them again. I will soon have more pics of displays like this, my step daughter is getting married next year so I’ll take some picture of my own.

This is a fantastic display though, don’t you think?

Summer must be the time to get married b/c I have sold more guest book quilts this summer than ever before. I have had many ask me how to display and I thought what better way to show you than a Pinterest board. As usual. They are so handy. Are they not?

So here is my Sign Our Quilt – a Guest book Quilt display smorgasbord.

It’s so nice to have so many ideas in the same place. If you have pics you’d like to share with me, I’d LOVE to see them! Email them to me.

GARDENING


Last year I talked a lot about my garden, but this year I haven’t so I thought I’d just give a quick update.

Though the tomato plants look unhealthy they are producing a huge amount of tomatoes. I canned 6 cans of them just this weekend. LOVE canning.

I have used and diced up bell pepper after bell pepper. I use these usually to cook with and it’s nice not to have to buy them at the grocery store every time I go. I’ve got some I’m using fresh and I’ve frozen several of them all diced up. They are also the healthiest plant growing in the garden, right up front. At least ten inches bigger than last year.

We planted zucchini. I don’t eat it, but my husband does and I can’t cook it fast enough there are so many of them. Maybe I should make a bread with it? Not excited about it since I don’t eat it.

I usually have more cucumbers than I can handle, but this year not so much. It’s producing, but at a more reasonable rate that I can deal with. We didn’t plan nearly as many. We like cucumbers though, cold, in water, pickled, over my eyes. Cucumbers = good.

The cantaloupe plant looks good, no fruit yet.

Watermelons are the same as usual, rotting before ripening. I think we get too much rain here for this plant to ever make it. Will keep trying. I am not letting it take over the garden like last year though. See I’ve gotten smarter.

I’m done with corn though. Done. I will not plant it again and take care of it just to watch the birds and squirrels steal from it. I put up a fence, but it still doesn’t work, the little thieves. Plus, the cobs are never good size. Not planting again. Ever. Next year I will put strawberries in their place or something yummy. Or potatoes.

ORDER PROGRESS

I didn’t post order progress posts Saturday and Sunday and I thought that this is what I will start doing for a little break from it. From now on on Mondays, I will update the progress for Friday and the weekend. So let’s get to it.

I’m super messy right now. Blah.

The following orders were completely completed and then shipped out: Teresa H, Joey S, Kori M, and Lindsey L.

Country I, Stacey O, & Melody L: Your quilt tops were cut up.

Karina R: your quilt’s backing and batting were cut. Then it was pinned, quilted, and unpinned and I have started sewing it together.

Have a good Monday!

Using Pinterest to Choose fabrics for your own Quilt

I get asked a lot on the custom quilts and the guest book quilts about how to go about choosing your own fabrics. Some folks need no help and sometimes they need A LOT of help. Sometimes I don’t have time to help as much as I would like to so that is why I’m having this post.

 

In all my custom quilt listings, meaning the ones where you choose all your own fabrics, the description gives you a link to a fabric shop and how many fabrics for you to choose. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. I like to begin with a color palette, I think it is the easiest way, especially when I’m working with the wedding guest book quilts. Most people have a particular color in mind, so we should start with that.

This is not the only way to do this, there are lots of ways and you should find one that works best for you, but this is for all that ask my advice.

Let’s say you have a color in mind, let’s say blue, but you don’t know what else you want. Go to pinterest and look up ‘blue color palettes’. An army of selections will pop up. Choose a palette that works best for you and ‘pin it’ to a new board where you are going to put your fabric choices. Here is the color palette and photo I chose.

Now be sure that you have a new board created in your pinterest and a color palette pinned to it.

Now that I’ve chosen my color palette, I need to find fabrics that fit in it. Go to Hawthorne Threads, a really great fabric shop that I use all the time.

There are many ways to search for fabrics here, but we are going to use the color grid since we are trying to match fabrics to specific colors (see bottom arrow), but the search bar is another great way. Like if you were doing a deer themed wedding, you might put deer in the search bar and all fabrics with deer will pull up, just an option.

When you click on the color grid, you have the options of many colors, choose a color that best matches your color palette. When you see a fabric that you like, click on it, and then pin it to your board on pinterest. Here is my board here for this particular color palette.

Doing it this way will help you choose fabrics that match your color palette, but it will also give you a good idea what all your chosen fabrics will look like together. If you don’t like one, delete it, simple as that.

This is not going to work for everybody, but hopefully it will help some. I would love to know any helpful ideas you have when choosing fabrics for a quilt, wedding or anything else, or even if this has worked for you.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Customer Pictures

I’ve been getting dozens of customer pictures for the photo contest. But I wanted to share a few earlier that are a display of the quilt blocks for the wedding guest book quilts. I just thought this was SO creative and I have lots of customers always asking me what they should do with them, or how they should display them.

These are all from Brittany and her beautiful wedding.




These are too darling. I love them. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing these with me Brittany.

Another wedding quilt

I was ready to begin quilting this one when I realized that my backing was basted wonky. I had to completely take it off and re-do. I was not a happy camper.

Luckily, I am no longer using pins to baste and now using spray adhesive, so it was just a matter of pulling the backing off and putting it back on the wall and spraying it back on. Mega time saver. Not that big of a deal, but I was trying to beat the sun going down so I could take pictures. I barely made it as you can tell. My pictures have a bit of a ‘sun down’ filter to them. Oh well, I will try again on the next quilt for a sunny picture.

This is one of my wedding quilts. View all details here.

Quilt In Progress

I was really not a fan of these fabrics when they were requested. I’m also not a fan of making quilts with fabrics I’m not a fan of, but…….

After the quilt top came together, I started to like this pink shabby chicness, particularly that minty fabric with the pink roses. All of these fabrics came from Shabby Fabrics.

Looking up on the wall.


Squaring up.

Final pics tomorrow.

A Weekend Getaway

Along with the all the good things that come from the holiday season, came some rough days at work, trying to get orders out on time, stress, and all the aches and pain that comes along with working too much.

I very much love what I do, but even something you love can start to seem old when you need a little getaway. I took three days off this past weekend and am feeling refreshed and ready to get back at it. My shelves have been emptied and are in need of quilts. So back to work I go.

This new year I’m going to be mixing up a lot of the things I do. I need change, I’m craving it and that is what my shop is going to be about now. I’m still going to have all the usual quilts, but I think throwing some new ones into the mix will spice things up for the shop and power my creative juices.

I want to try things I don’t normally do and I want to re-learn a lot of things I do. I’ve self taught myself everything up to this point and I’ve noticed while learning new things that my ways may not always be the easiest way so I think learning the correct way might be helpful to me.

The quilt above is a wedding throw. It measures approx.. 59×67 inches. I used all Pat Bravo’s Summerlove fabrics. They are especially yummy I think. On the binding I used Free Spirit’s solid in Caribbean sea.

So until tomorrow….

Hope your New Year’s Eve is filled with laughter and fun!