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My Faves: Recent Fabric Acquisitions

I have a large stash. A stash that lets me design and play and have fun with quilting. Still, there are holes. How does that happen? I go looking for a particular red or a certain yellow, and can’t quite find it.

Sometimes though a fabric acquisition has nothing to do with adding a particular color to my stash. It’s about love. Fabric love.

Here are some recent additions to my stash. I hope you love them. <wink>

I saw this lovely collection while on retreat and had to get it. I was sure I had written down the name, and this is one of those fabrics where they don’t print the name on the selvage. Drat! The name might Kaleidoscope or something similar, but if any of you recognize it, please let me know!

I love me a good batik, especially when they are on sale. Aren’t these beautiful?

I’m also very fond of lime, as you can see. I found this lime batik (gotta love that!) and a bunch of lime print fat quarters from the Wrens & Friends collection by Gina Martin for Moda.

Love brights, love bling! This beauty caught my eye with its light touches of gold and it said, “Take me home please!” It’s from the Basic Glitter collection by Laurel Burch for Clothworks.

I love, love the Bee Creative collection by Deb Strain for Moda, and in fact, I’ve already used some of it to make a cute quilt block zippered pouch.

Now you know I love brights, but I also love neutrals. And these two fabrics, from Sound of the Woods II by Avery Tillmon for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, are to die for!

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Tell me...have you added anything to your stash lately?

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Stash Builder Box: A Subscription with Heart

Subscribing to Stash Builder Box is like getting a secret present every month from your best quilting buddy! Even better, 20% of the proceeds from Stash Builder Box go towards a quilt for a needy child. With Stash Builder, you’re building your stash of fabric, patterns, and notions while helping others at the same time. What could be better than that?

When Amanda Kelly of Stash Builder Box contacted me and offered a free monthly box in return for an honest review, I must confess that my natural inclination was to say, “Heck yeah!” I mean, I simply loooove surprises.

But it was after I learned more about Stash Builder and #TheBoxWithACause that I decided, box or no box, I had to help spread the word about this incredible charity effort. As I said earlier, 20% of the proceeds from every box goes into the cost of making quilts for needy children. The current charity is My Stuff Bags, a charity that provides bags stuffed with personal items and a quilt to abused or neglected children entering crisis or foster care. Amanda is a businesswoman with a generous heart: If you can’t afford a monthly subscription, she’s provided other ways in which you can help this worthy cause--by donating orphan quilt blocks, batting, thread, or fabric, or by volunteering to piece tops or quilt charity quilts as a designated HeartBuilder.

But let’s talk about the box. Yes, I was given the box but I was also asked to provide my honest opinion so I’ll do just that. First off, I was honestly impressed with the packaging. Everything about Stash Builder Box screams pampering. The box is stamped with a professional label and a lovely gold seal—the perfect symbol of quilting royalty. I don’t mind admitting that I’m a Queen and I enjoy being treated as such. <grin>

Inside, there are more Queenly touches—tissue wrapping, beautiful stickers, a reusable bag and tons of pink ruffly filler material. A special welcome inside the lid greets you, and a box full of quilting goodies beckons.

So what does the July Stash Builder Box contain? Let’s take a look.

Turns out that the something in the back that looks like a vintage McCall’s pattern is actually a cute notebook. It'll come in handy since I'm always jotting down design ideas, and besides, it’s stinkin’ cute! Win-win.

Next, I decided to open the big black tissue wrapped package that was looking all mysterious. Inside, I found a quilt pattern, a block of the month pattern, and three adorable fat quarters with an ice-cream theme. Man that quilt pattern by Initial K Studio is cute! That’s certainly going on my to-do list. And the Snowball block looks easy and scrap-worthy. That's a plus for me, a quilter who loves scrappy quilts. The fat quarters are lovely and modern, and hey, who doesn't love ice-cream?

There was also a surprise bag to explore. Inside, I found a packet of Soak, a “You can never have enough fabric” pencil (my mantra) that pairs beautifully with the notebook, a “I Heart SBB” button for my button collection, and oh! a spool of Aurifil thread that perfectly coordinates with the fat quarters. I love, love, love Aurifil and you simply can’t give me enough. Really.

Wondering what fabric line that was because you want more? Like the thread but need to know its exact color? Well, wonder no more because Stash Builder Box provides a lovely card with a detailed description of everything in your box. I told you they treat you like a Queen! A quick looks tells me that the July box features Boardwalk Delight by Dana Willard, and Medium Juniper 50 wt. Aurifil Mako cotton thread.

Pretty good haul, I must say. Would I subscribe? I’d give it a try because I can always cancel if I get surprise box overload (is that even possible?). It’s certainly affordable, and as I say, I love surprises! The box would make a great gift too, especially for a new quilter or a quilting friend who could use some cheering up.

Here’s something fun…the Stash Builder Box is interactive! Every month, they ask their Instagram followers to vote on the fabric to be included in the next month’s box. The August vote is already closed, but I'm sure they'll be asking your opinion soon for the September box!

And the fun continues…Stash Builder Box has just issued a Selvage Challenge with cool prizes! You can make a selvage quilt or other item to enter.

Interested in ordering the July Stash Builder Box for yourself? You’ve got until July 14th to order one because they start shipping on July 15th. As they say, “And there’s more!” The kind folks at Stash Builder Box have provided my readers with a coupon code worth $3 off your first month’s subscription! You can subscribe for a single month or several, so if you’re not feeling committed, you don’t need to be. Here’s the code to use at checkout:

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I hope you will consider treating yourself while helping a good cause. As Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

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My Faves: Clover Wonder Clips

Wonder Clips by Clover are my new fave. I keep finding uses for them! For example, they are simply perfect for holding your binding in place while you sew.

When you’re trying to sew a zipper, Clover clips are like an extra set of hands.

If you’ve cut up pieces for a quilt and you want those pieces to stay organized, the clips are pretty handy.

Wanna sew something you don’t want to poke a hole in, like vinyl or chalkboard fabric? I found that my Clover clips were irreplaceably useful when I sewed a business card holder to my camera strap and luggage tag, and also when I sewed vinyl to my can koozie.

Really, any time to need to hold something in place while you sew, these clips are a genuine must-have.

The clips come in multiple colors so you can find ones that match your eyes, your cat, or you favorite color.

As cool as the colors are, probably the coolest thing about Clover Wonder clips are the markings on the back at 3/16”, 1/4” and 3/8”. The markings let you accurately measure what you’re clipping while you're clipping it.

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Tell me, what do you use Clover Wonder Clips for?

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My Faves: Dotty Fabric

I love bees because I get to share what I’m working on, get quilting advice if I need it, and best of all learn something new. I missed my last bee meeting <sob> and I’m sorry I did because when Becky #3 showed a quilt she was working on, everyone went dotty!

My beemates were instantly inspired by the dotty magic of this quilt to host a block exchange—you know, where everyone makes a block and then somebody wins them. We were going to have the dotty block exchange at our next bee meeting. In the meantime though, we met for a bee retreat I talked about in an earlier post and were inspired to take our dottiness to the next level.

At the retreat, our change of direction started when Becky #3 showed the block she’d made for the dotty block exchange. She loved it so much she made several more, then lamented the idea of possibly losing them to someone else. Can’t say I blame her!

It was decided then and there to have a different kind of block exchange. The new plan is for each of us make a dotty block and then replicate it for each of the members in the bee. Since we have nine members, I’ll be making nine blocks, keeping one for myself and giving one to each of my bee mates. We’ll each end up with enough blocks to make a quilt or whatever else we desire. Best of all, we’ll have a memory of our lovely beemates!

I haven’t decided yet what dotty block I’m going to make, but I know I want it to be special. Our definition of dotty fabric includes anything that even remotely has dots, such as these lovelies I pulled from my stash. So tell me, are you suffering from dotty fever as well?

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