Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Christmas Fabric Giveaway!

Good morning! We are all so excited about some special projects that Jen and I have going with Lea Anne from Podunk Pretties blog! She is doing a linky party every month and we are her first sponsors! As you may know, she is a fabulous quilt designer and has many wonderful tutorials and patterns that are free to you! So I'm not supposed to say what we are working on but I'll bet you can guess! Here's what you can win:
A Santa Express fabric bundle from our Etsy Shop! Yes, it's time to start thinking about those Christmas projects you want to get done ahead of time this year! So hop over to Lea Anne's blog HERE and enter to win! While you're there, check out her free tutorials! She's amazing! Have a wonderful Sunday! XO and cheery wave from Bev

The holidays will be here before you know it! Be ready this year!

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's Already Friday!

Hi everybody! Just thought I'd check in and see what you guys are up to.When did time start going so much faster than it used to? Is that because I'm older or because the waves of time (per Einstein) have us on a down hill slide? Whatever causes it, it's making me crazy! Although I have to say that maybe, it's possible, perhaps, that I'm not getting as much done because I have to stop and play with Blossom or hold Blossom or brush Blossom. As most of you know, I've been selling unfinished quilt tops to make money. Here's one I finished yesterday:

It's so hard to get a photo of a top with no-one to hold it up. This is  a top I put together with my favorite bright, fun fabrics. I like the way it looks.

Hope you have fun this weekend and get lots of sewing done! Cheery wave from Bev

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

How are you all doing on this beautiful Tuesday? I'm enjoying some nice weather here (so unusual). The mold, tree and grass counts are ultra high but I have Allegra! Ha! So lately I know I've been sharing a lot about what the shop is doing because that has been most of my activity--with a little sewing thrown in. I did want to tell you about something I've been using that I just love! It's Lori Holt's Seam Guide:

It is so awesome! It fits on your sewing machine bed and attaches with little removable glue dots so you can take it off if you need to. Those 3 straight lines make it possible to sew triangles and corner squares without marking! You just follow the lines and NO marking!

 I don't know about you but it makes it a lot faster for me. Another thing is that you can follow the line on the right and get a perfect seam allowance. Yes, you can buy these seam guides other places but we have all the colors and a great price and you can buy them HERE. They come in red, aqua, green and pink.

I think this is a perfect gift for your quilting and sewing friends or for a guild secret Santa! And I couldn't go without giving you an update on Blossom. She is a spunky, adorable little girl! 
She's been to the groomer who evened up her hair and it's growing back in pretty quickly. 
You can see what a large area was affected but now there is inch-long sort of sparse hair growing there. Most of the hair on her tail is gone but I still think she looks adorable. Have a wonderful day! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Friday, September 25, 2015

September Block for Stash Bee and a 20% Off Sale!

Is everyone ready for the weekend? I've been busy but don't have anything finished. I did finish the block for September Stash Bee.

If you don't know what that is, when you join a Bee, you commit for a year to make a request block each month for one of the other members. The member tells you exactly what she wants and gives a tutorial for it. So at the end of the year, everyone has 11 blocks from other members. So I'm telling you all this because they are taking sign ups for 2016 and they fill up and close it before you know it! You can take a look and sign up HERE

More exciting news! This weekend we are doing a 20% off sale in the Etsy shop. It applies to everything except pre-orders. We have tons of new fabric including Hello Darling and Farmhouse! Well, have a great weekend! Cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

X and Plus to Empty the Scrap Basket and a WINNER!

Good morning! I don't know about you but I have tons of scrap bags and baskets that are full to overflowing. When working on a quilt top and my scrap basket by the sewing machine falls over and scraps go everywhere. I just grab them up and make blocks. These are X and Plus blocksTaDah!
I don't even pay attention to matching colors. It's such an easy, fun block to do. It's so busy that these blocks will probably need a dark sashing though. I've seen this block done by tons of people and some are selling the pattern. There are also free patterns if you google them. 

Now for the winner of the Cozy Afternoon Giveaway by Jacquelynne Steves! The winner is:

Michelle who said:

"Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway!"

Thanks to everyone who entered! Don't forget Jacquelynne's  Sew Along Day! She will be giving away prizes, including yardage of the fabrics she designed and much more. It's a chance for everyone to catch up on their blocks because next month we put the quilt together
Have a great day! XO and Cheery wave from Bev

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday and a Little Hourglass Tutorial with NO Matching!

Hello! It's just noon on Sunday and I'm stitching happily while watching Monarch of the Glen. It's a wonderful BBC show that is lots of fun to watch. I'm on Season 3 and it just gets better and better. The scenery is gorgeous too. We are having an Instagram giveaway right now for 4 charm packs from Hello Darling (just go to Instagram and type in @44thstreetfabric to enter). Someone asked me what you could do with a charm pack. Here's one thing that I like to do. Just sew 4 charms together in a 4 patch. I use spray starch to help prevent stretching of bias edges. I press each set of 2 squares in opposite directions and then press the center seam open so it lays nice and flat.
I have a 9.5" Omnigrid square ruler but any square ruler will do. I don't know if you can see but there is a diagonal yellow line running right down the middle of the ruler. I center that line on the block and put the tip of the ruler on the top center seam.
Make sure that the edges of the ruler are on the center seam edges at the sides. Then cut off the corners. 
Turn the square over and line up the center diagonal line on the ruler again, making sure that the ruler touches the corners of the block.
Then make your second trim. 
Line up the diagonal line on the ruler on the block and see how close it is to 6.5". If it is off by a smidge, square it up now, always keeping the diagonal center line of the ruler on the block. Sewing 4 of these together makes a 12.5" block that you can use however you want.
And you have the triangles left over to stitch together into 20 half-square triangles! Trim the half square triangles to 4" x 4".
There are 40 charm squares in the Hello Darling charm packs so you can make 10 squares from one pack. Alternating with the triangle squares, you can make a lovely table runner from just one charm pack. I hope you like this little tutorial. If you don't have any charm squares, we have them in the shop. I have other fun things I do with charm squares that I'll share here later. Happy Sunday! XO from Bev

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Hello! How about another giveaway! We're having a Giveaway on Instagram! Have you tried Instagram yet? Our Instagram name is 44thstreetfabric and we are giving away 4 (that's right - 4!) Hello Darling Charm Packs!
There are 40 5" squares in each charm pack so you can do some serious sewing and quilting! So please visit us on Instagram and enter. Don't forget to enter the Cozy Afternoon Giveaway too! Have a great Wednesday! XO from Bev

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cozy Afternoon FREE BOM - BLOCK 5 and a GIVEAWAY!

It's here!! Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 5 AND a Giveaway! The Cozy Afternoon quilt is from fabric and quilt designer Jacquelynne Steves! It's a versatile, easy and fun quilt that includes 3 ways to finish your blocks. You can piece them using a plain fabric square in the middle, applique them or embroider them. Jacquelynne provides a video tutorial for the two stitches that are used for the easy embroidery so it's a great chance to learn! This BOM has gone on for 5 months and included the pattern for each block, plus the border and finishing instructions that are given at the end. Imagine curling up in front of the fire with this quilt, a good book and a cup of tea or giving it to a family member or special friend. Perfect! Jacquelynne has even done quilt labels for this little project or any other!

This month, you get the free pattern for Block 5. Here's mine:


It's a terrible photo but best I could do today. I photographed my block on the floral fabric that I am going to use for the border and the large setting squares just so you could see where I got my color inspiration. I decided to use raw edge applique for my blocks. I did embroider the little antenna on the butterfly but you can barely see it. I dropped my camera and had to use my phone camera. If you haven't already signed up, it isn't too late! Click on Jacquelynne's link and you will get all 5 patterns if you need them. These blocks stitch up quickly so you should be able to easily catch up! And she's having a day to catch up!

There will be giveaways, prizes and all sorts of fun activities. You can catch up, make extra blocks and win some cool stuff!
To get your block pattern Five, just visit Jacquelynne's website HERE, enter your email and click to sign up. That's it! Jacquelynne is also the editor of a gorgeous emagazine and it's FREE too! You can sign up for it while you're there. And, just when you thought you couldn't take any more FREE fun, there's more! Just leave a comment on my blog and you will be entered to win the beautiful free patterns shown below
that you can only get directly from Jacquelynne!
Because these are electronic patterns, my blog friends from all over the world can enter! Jacquelynne will send the patterns to the winner during the week of August 21st. The giveaway is open until September 20th. The winner will receive the free patterns the next week directly from Jacquelynne. The ONLY way you can get these patterns is to enter the giveaway on my blog and on the blogs of the other quilters who are hosting the giveaway and showing you their versions of the blocks! Here's a list of participating bloggers. Be sure to visit them to see how they are doing their Cozy Afternoon blocks.

A Quilt and a Prayer 
 Lily Pad Quilting 
Red Letter Quilts 
The Crafty Quilter
Kathy's Quilts 

Be sure to join the fun on Jacquelynne's blog and enter to win prizes there too!

 You can see Jacquelynne's quilt labels and note cards from this QAL! They are adorable!

So leave a comment on my blog to get the free patterns and be sure and go to Jacquelynne's blog to join the fun on the "Catching Up Sew Along Day"! This is the last block. Next time we finish the top! Cheery wave from Bev!

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Good morning! I don't know if anyone else has had this problem but I haven't been able to access Blogger for forever! It seems like I'm supposed to let my European followers know that this site uses cookies AND what type they are. The notice I read says that Blogger will put up that notice for me. I was glad and went on my merry way because I have NO idea what cookies are even on here. Well, apparently that notice has an expiration date. I wasn't able to get onto Blogger until I put up the correct notice. Finally, I found a place that had a bunch of code for this and I just picked one and entered it. Nothing happened. Then I entered the next one and, ta dah! I'm in! I have no idea what the first bit of code did. I don't want to know. I just want to be able to put up my blog posts and go on! I don't even know if my European blogging friends care about the cookies on my Blogger. Well, for now, I'm in! I've been working on many things this week and taking care of Blossom. She is adorable and is starting to look better now. I'll take photos soon! Jen came up with something fun to do for the shop. We are doing a pick your own Farm House bundle! Just pick what you want from the yardage we were able to get:
You can find that HERE! Also, we have chosen our winners for the beautiful patterns from our friend, Cheryl, at Meadow Mist Designs: Congratulations to:

Jacklynn wrote:

I really like Cheryl's Charming quilt pattern, that would be awesome with the Hello Darling layer cake! Thanks for the chance to win!
Laura wrote:
I have a jelly roll ready to use my favorite On a Jelly roll.

Bobbie wrote:

Only pick one? Making things difficult today :) I like them all. Charming is charming, on a Jelly roll is adorable, plus plus gets an Aplus!  

Ladies please email me at: with your addresses and I'll send your prize! Thanks for entering everyone! We are putting up another giveaway tomorrow! Be sure to visit! I'm so glad to be back! Cheery wave from Bev XO

Saturday, September 5, 2015

More and More Giveaways!

Happy Saturday and Labor Day Weekend! We are celebrating the holiday weekend with our Instagram Giveaway (44thstreetfabric is our Instagram name) where you can win a Hello Darling Layer Cake and Jelly Roll! Well, guess who else is having a giveaway? Our friend and fabulous designer, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs! She is giving away one of our Hello Darling Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls! And WE are giving away 3 of her patterns! We are carrying her patterns and have the giveaway patterns listed in our Etsy Shop plus we've listed other patterns by Cheryl that you are going to just love! Take a look! First we're giving away her pattern Charming:
It's an easy and fun quilt in 3 sizes that is charm square and layer cake friendly! I love the graphic look! Another lucky blog buddy will win On A Jelly Roll:
Make this quilt from some of those jelly rolls you've been hoarding! It contains instructions for 3 sizes! I want to make this one from Hello Darling! And our third winner will get a pattern to make the Plus Plus quilt! It is my favorite and I'm going to make one!
It's a fat quarter friendly quilt. Here it is in the bright colors that you know I love! And here it is in a different, modern version:
To win, leave a comment letting us know which of Cheryl's patterns is your favorite! We will pick winners and announce them on the 13th. You'll find a lot of her other patterns in our Etsy shop and you are sure to find several you want. After you enter our giveaway, go to Cheryl's blog, Meadow Mist Designs and enter her giveaway for Hello Darling HERE! It's a giveaway palooza! Cheery wave from Bev!