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New Sponsor Announcement

I am happy to announce that Needle and Foot is currently sponsored by Brewstitched!  You might remember that I posted a write up on this shop when I received my first shipment from Sheryl in early February. Since then, Sheryl and I have been in contact and have decided to work together. We have a few fun things planned for the next couple of months, including some discount offers and giveaways for Needle and Foot readers. I really look forward to working with Sheryl and hope you will get to know her and her shop as a result!

Here is a bit of background on Sheryl and her Etsy shop, Brewstitched.

Sheryl is a Management Consultant by day and maker by night (and weekends!). Early on in 2015 she decided to open an Etsy store offering many of the great modern fabrics that she also enjoys using in her own creations. Her hope is to offer her customers the most up to date modern fabrics for their creations and provide exceptional customer service.

Sheryl has been sewing for over 30 years. Her love of fabric and making began at an early age as she watched her grandmother and mother make quilts by hand. Sheryl quickly picked up the sewing bug and began making dresses for school dances and later in life for her beautiful twin daughters.

Through experience, I can vouch for Sheryl’s incredible attention to customer service and speedy shipping. She makes herself available for questions and provides input and ideas quickly. Her product is lovely and the packaging of her orders is such that it feels like you are receiving a gift when your orders is delivered.

Now that March is upon us, Brewstitched will be shipping the March fabric club orders, which are themed in the color Teal. I recently received the bundle of fat quarters and would love to share it with you. You will have the opportunity to order the bundle with the ability to see the fabrics that Sheryl carefully curated for the month of March.

This bundle is a great way to add a specific color to your stash. The various hues of teal blue are richly saturated. Additionally, Sheryl includes a small spool of Aurifil 50 Wt, #5005. Fantastic value for $15.00 plus S/H.



The bundle includes from left to right; Island Droplets Celeste by Angela Walters, Ad Lib Blooms Quiet by Pat Bravo, Arrows in Luna Metallic  Michael Miller, Wildflower Lagoon by Jeni Baker, and Bandana Panda Bebe by Cotton and Steel. All are first rate manufacturers and fabric designers, making for a gorgeous bundle of color.

Of all of the March fabrics, I have to say this Cotton & Steele’s Bandana Panda Bebe is my favorite. The pandas are subtle enough that the fabric doesn’t look juvenile, but still so adorable (because … pandas are, right?)


The Aurifil thread that Sheryl is including this month is the perfect choice.


Other than having to force myself to cut into them, I will have no problem using these pieces in a project. If you are interested in the bundle for March, or purchasing any items from BrewStitched, Needle and Foot readers will receive 10% off of their purchase through March 31, 2016. Use coupon code NANDFMARCLUB10 at checkout. Fabric shopping at Brewstitched is such a joy – gorgeous choices and great prices.

Linking to Sunday Stash and Main Crush Monday.


Aurifil Block of the Month

I have never taken part in an on-line bee or a block of the month quilt activity. Not for any real reason, it just hasn’t happened.  Well, I decided to join up and do one. I follow Amy Smart’s blog, Diaryofaquilter, avidly.  I love her style and her genuine speak. She has wonderful tutorials. When I first got started quilting I stumbled on to her website and I never left. My first few projects were items made from her tutorials.

Like this tabletopper:

Valentine Table Topper (Amy Smart Tutorial) February, 2014

Valentine Table Topper
(Amy Smart Tutorial)
February, 2014

and this little table runner:

Pinwheel Tablerunner April, 2013

Pinwheel Tablerunner
April, 2013

If you are new to quilting or want info on the basics, I cannot recommend her enough!

Anyway…. lately Amy has written some posts about the Block of the Month activity sponsored by Aurifil Thread. They are featuring various designers each month and along with an interview of that designer, they post the block that the designer created for this activity.Amy is one of the designers that was featured and interviewed by Pat Sloan. You can read about it here and here and here. The more I read about it, the more I saw the look of the different blocks, the more I wanted to do it.  Really, by making one 12 1/2″ block per month, you’ll end up with a quilt at the end of the year.  What’s better than that? It doesn’t really get in the way of other projects that are in progress.  It all started back in January so I am a wee bit late to the party. But, better late than never!  This week I got everything together and started.  I chose to use a collection of fabric called Stitch in Color, designed by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda.  I saw pieces of this on clearance (the line came out in 2012) during a shop hop I did earlier this year and snatched them up. I love the bright colors. Plus it is wayyy out of my norm for colors and value. Much bolder than what I usually choose. I supplemented the set with a solid white and solid orange, as well as the blue stripes and dragonfly fabric.  I don’t think I have enough of Malka’s line to do all twelve blocks and really, I wanted some solids in there.

What do you think??

aurifil stitch in color fabs


I have finished four of the blocks so far.  The thing that pleases me most is that my triangles worked well and my points line up!!  Yay – that is something I have been working on.  These blocks were a great place to practice. It provides the opportunity to make blocks that are different and it is kind of fun to make something where you don’t know what the finished result will be (since you don’t see all of the blocks at once). I look forward to placing the blocks come December!


aurifil 4 blocks


I love how this is coming together.  The colors match absolutely nothing in my house but I am keeping this one anyway.  It is going to be so bright and spirited.  Just in case anyone out there decides to join up, I will tell you that the March block, called Borders (upper left block) was designed to by 12 x 12.  The rest of the blocks are 12 1/2″ square.  So I will have to modify it and add a 1/2″ border to it so it fits with the rest.  Luckily it is an easy one to fix! If you participate, post pictures of your blocks to the Aurifil Flickr site.  They are randomly picking one participant per month and sending a box of Aurifil thread.  Ahhh…. love that stuff and it is spendy.  I can only hope – pick me, pick me!

If you are making blocks, leave me a comment and a link so I can see yours!!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced as well as Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts. Also linking to Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.