Fabric Give-A-Way From Cuts of Cotton and A Busy Week

This past week has been so busy. A lot has happened. 

My monthly quilting goal is to finish the Lighthouse quilt. http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=3149. It’s basted and I’ve finished stitching in the ditch. I will be doing free motion in each of the light areas below.

This quilt is for our newest cousin who was born this week on Wednesday, March 12, in Chicago. Each of the four triangles are lighthouses. But one of my friends in my quilting clinic said it reminded her more of beach umbrellas.  Either way it is representing Lake Michigan. 

On the back I used a strip of scraps in between 1/3 and 2/3rd’s of the green and white checkered fabric. In my last post, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2014/03/quilting-blogging-and-taxes.html, I showed part of that strip. In the end, that strip is going to take on some embellishments. I will keep that a surprise for now. But I will tell you that it has do with Andrew’s new family.

I had a birthday too. Tuesday, March 11. And my husband and I had a great day.  It started with a long walk together outside.  The temperature was in the upper 50’s.  Finally!!  This was followed by a long massage at a new spa in Briarcliff, New York, http://www.bellamaiyadayspa.com/ I highly recommend it to those of you who live in the area, or may visit Westchester County, New York someday.

Later we had a cupcake decorating lesson and learned how to decorate with fondant and pipe icing through plastic bags at, http://www.sweetoothkatonah.com/.

This was our journey;

We added special food coloring into the plain white fondant.  Not to appetizing yet. But it will be! 

A bee.  Looks more appetizing now!! 

We’re in progress at this point.

Our finished cupcakes; iced, decorated and ready to take home!! We only ate one each so far. They are yummy!!  The others we put in the freezer for another day.

This is us, showing off our cupcakes.

And this week we have a great give-a-way from Cuts of Cotton.

There are 12 fat quarters in this bundle in a variety of colors. All you need to do in order to win is “like” us both on facebook; https://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyQuiltsInc, https://www.facebook.com/cutsofcotton.  Sign up for Cuts of Cottons, newsletter, http://www.cutsofcotton.com/ and sign up to receive the Hudson Valley Quilts blog, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/.  Let me know that you did by leaving a comment in my comment box.  And Cuts of Cotton is running some great specials; http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1908c26e5c89688c7abbaa2bc&id=ecf1d11799&e=6f9f717793

This give-a-way ends at 12:01 AM on Thurday. Please leave me your e-mail address, so I can contact you if you are the winner. I will announce the winner later in the day on Thursday. Good luck!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy Quilting!!

Winner of January Blues from Cuts of Cotton

Congratulations to Sharon Eshlaman, the winner of January Blues bundle from Cuts of Cotton. Please e-mail me at acbeier71@gmail.com with your mailing address so we can get this right out to you.

We are taking a little holiday break, and will be back on January 2, with some great quilting and fabric news. Some really interesting interviews are scheduled for January with some great give-a-ways too. I can’t wait to share some of what I have planned.

I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season, and Year!!

Interview and Fabric Give-a-Way from Emily Kennedy of Cuts of Cotton

An Interview with Emily Kennedy, Owner of Cuts of Cotton

1. How long have you been sewing, and what got you interested in sewing/quilting? Were there other quilters/sewists in your family? 

I first started about 16 years ago, when I graduated from college. I wanted to have custom pillows, bedding, window treatments, etc. in my first apartment, but knew that sewing them myself would be much cheaper than having them made. So, I asked for a sewing machine from my grandmother as a graduation present, and pretty much taught myself. That lasted for about a year. I then loaned my machine to a friend, who did much more sewing than I did at the time, and that was the end of sewing for me for a while. 

When I got married a few years ago, the same “itch” came back – to decorate my house. This time I decided it might be wise to take a few lessons, so I signed up for an Intro to Sewing class at what was, Whipstitch Sewing Lounge. It was there that I got excited about all the things I could create, as well as found a community to create with. My second class was an intro to Modern Quilting class. After that, I was hooked on quilting! 

As for sewing in my family, my mother owned a machine, but it was mainly for mending. I remember her making a couple of projects when I was young, but it wasn’t really a passion area for her.

2. Tell us a little about you.

I grew up in a small town outside of Orlando, FL. Windermere is practically in Walt Disney World’s backyard. My father worked for Disney, so we spent a good bit of time out there. i had a really fun childhood and got to experience a lot.  My family has moved from the Orlando area, but I still love going back to Disney and can’t wait to take my kids there someday.  Which leads me to kids….My husband and I are expecting our first child (a baby boy) in April!!

Since I live in the South, I have to be a college football fan, right? Well, I am. I attended the University of Florida and grew up as a Gator fan.  I also have another Orange and Blue team that I cheer on, and not just because they are about to go to the BCS National Championship this January. My husband went to Auburn, and since that is a lot closer to Atlanta, I end up at more Auburn games these days, than Florida games.  It kind of works out – they seem to recently have alternating “good” years, and do not play each other very often.

We currently live in Atlanta, GA. I’ve been here for 16 years, and love it.

3. Why did you start Cuts of Cotton?

I love fabric, especially the part where you get to put the colors, patterns and textures together. I have also always wanted to run my own business. These just seemed to fit together and I finally took the leap and started Cuts of Cotton in the Spring of 2013.

4. Where is Cuts of Cotton located? Is it an online and brick and mortar store?

Cuts of Cotton is an “online store” only store, operated out of Atlanta, GA. 

5. How did you come up with the name “Cuts of Cotton” for your blog/business?

I knew that I wanted to carry cotton fabric, and as my husband and I tossed around names, this one just “stuck”!  (And the web site was available :-))

6. What is Cut’s of Cotton’s specialty? 

Cuts of Cotton specializes in stocking the basics: Solids, textured solids and basic patterned 100% cotton fabrics, with the exception of a few linens here and there.

7.  How do you see your business growing?

I’d like to continue stocking fabrics in my focus categories and eventually be known as a one stop shop for all things basic.

8.  Tell us about some of the favorite quilts you’ve made.

I have given away a lot of my favorites. I currently have several in process quilts.  I’ve been a part of a quilting bee for the past 2 years, so I have lots of blocks, but am still in process of sewing them together.  Starting a business has slowed that down a bit 🙂

9.  Tell us what designers, fabrics and colors inspire you and why?

I have loved both of Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines, (Architextures and Botanics).  I think my favorite thing about her lines are her color choices, and the texture in her prints. As far as favorite colors, I can be across the board.

10.  What is your favorite and least favorite part of the quilting process?

I love picking the fabrics and deciding on the quilt design.

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about Cuts of Cotton, and sharing a bit about your life with our readers.

This month Cuts of Cotton graciously offered to give-a-way a bundle of fabric, that Emily put together called “January Blues.”  

In order to win this beautiful bundle of fabrics, please sign in to facebook and follow both www.cutsofcotton.com and www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com, and sign up to receive each of our blog posts. The Cuts of Cotton button is also on the left side of my blog. This offer ends at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 20th, and will be announced on Saturday and again on Monday. Please leave me your e-mail address so we know where to send the “January Blues” fabric bundle.

Thank you again, Emily. And wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season.

Great Fabric Sale From a Small Business – Cuts of Cotton

There are so many great fabric sales going on out there. Cuts of Cotton, my sponsor has a fabulous 3 day sale going on, which i want to plug a little.

BLACK FRIDAY | small business saturday | CYBER MONDAY SALE!! 

FRIDAY – MONDAY enjoy the following discounts: 

20% OFF Dotten Ovals 
20% off Sun Print Feathers 
20% off Sun Print Party Streamer 
20% off Minimalista 
20% off Kona Solids 
**use discount code thanks at checkout** PLUS – lots of markdowns in the sale section

I am especially thankful that Cuts of Cotton believed in my new blog enough to advertise with us.

Winner of Patriotic Bundle Give-a-Way from Cuts of Cotton

Congratulations to Lee, who is the lucky winner of the Patriotic Bundle from Cuts of Cotton!! Please contact me at acbeier71@gmail.com with your mailing address, so we can send the bundle to you. 

Later this week, I will post a full list of brick & mortar stores and online stores that offer great sales throughout the year.  Monday I posted the first 10, in no particular order.  If you sign up for their newsletter, their sales and specials will come right to your inbox. How easy is that?

Enjoy it!!

Building Your Fabric Stash Without Breaking Your Budget – Part 2

This is going to be a quick post. As I work on this series, I have a good list of brick & mortar stores and online shops that offer great selections and offer great sales. The list will grow longer by the end of the month, so keep checking back. I will also provide an update every six months. If you subscribe to their newsletter, they will send you information about their sales, fabrics clubs and other specials. It’s great to have such good news come right to your mailbox.

List of Online and Brick & Mortar Stores That Have Great Sales 

http://www.cutsofcotton.com – Great choice of contemporary bundles, and solid fabrics. Can shop by designer or colors. Fairly priced. 

http://surlystitches.com – (Also called Surly Sheep). Nice assortments of color wheels options. Five-piece bundles start a $6.00. Also carries clothing patterns. They sell from Etsy and from their own web site.

http://stashfabrics.com/blog – Nice assortment of contemporary fabrics. Can be purchased through Etsy. 

http://www.southernfabric.com – Wide choice of fabrics, pattern and notions. Lots of choices, and sales. Modern and contemporary fabrics. 

http://www.connectingthreads.com – A wide variety of fabric at amazing prices. Free shipping for orders over $50. 

http://www.intrepidthread.com/ – A wide variety of fabric choices. Lots of sales and offers. 

http://www.pinkcastlefabrics.com/ – Huge selection of fabrics. Great sales, a monthly fabric clubs. Every season they offer a retreat.

http://www.fabricshack.com/ – Stumbled upon this shop and was amazed at how much they offer. The customer service is outstanding. 

http://www.fatquartershop.com/ – Have been a fan of theirs for a long time. The offer lots of great sales and deals of the week. 

http://www.larkcottons.com/ – Discovered them recently. They have a lovely selection of fabrics and good sales and features. 

Tomorrow morning I will announce the winner of the Patriotic Bundle, thanks to my sponsor, Cuts of Cotton. It’s open until midnight tonight. Just leave a comment on my box, and tell me what your favorite color is. 

Thanks and Good Luck.

Great Fabric Sale at Cuts of Cotton and a Give-a-Way

There is a great sale going on at Cuts of Cotton. If you are low on yellow, now’s a good time to fill in your fabric stash. Every month they offer a nice discount on a color. Today through Monday, they are offering a 15% discount on all yellow fabrics, which is a great deal. Go to http://www.cutsofcotton.com/blogs/blog or click their button on the right side of this blog.

Additionally, to celebrate Veteran’s Day, my sponsor, Cuts of Cotton is offering this Patriotic Bundle of beautiful fabrics. In order to win, please leave a comment in the comments box, telling me what your favorite color is, and your e-mail address so i can contact the winner. Give-a-Way ends at midnight on Tuesday, November 12.

Have a great weekend.  Good luck with the give-a-way. And please take some time to think about those who serve, and their families. It means so much to them, and we need to let them know we are grateful for the freedoms they help to protect.

Fabric Give-A-Way And An Anniversary

Twenty Years ago I started quilting. I knew nothing more than how to sew a button onto a piece of clothing. I bought a great beginners book called Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!!!: The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking by Diana McClun and Laura Knowles. 

I took the book to The Country Quilter in Somers, New York on October 8, 1993. I poured over the many bolts of beautiful fabrics, observed a class that was going on, and I was hooked. 

So I signed up for beginner lessons, bought some fabric, a cutting board, thread and other beginners tools, and began my journey. And a great journey it has been. Later that day I met the man I would eventually marry. He also did a monumental thing that day before he met me, and shaved off a mustache he had for many years. 

So to celebrate, my new sponsor, Cuts of Cotton is offering a great bundle of fall fabric as a give-a-way. 

In order to enter in the give-a-way, please leave me a comment below, and include  what your favorite fabric to work with is, and your favorite color. I will put all names in a hat, and my husband will randomly pick one on Wednesday, October 16. I will post the winner on my blog on Thursday,October 17, by noon, EST. Please include a way I can reach you, in the comments box. 

Good luck!!!!