A Fabulous Fat Quarter

Novel ideas with novelty fabrics from 4my3boyz.com

20. December 2012 06:29
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This Week's Fabulous Updates

20. December 2012 06:29 by tbev | 0 Comments

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It's time for another update to keep you in the loop and feeling fabulous. Here's what's going on:

~The world may or may not be ending tomorrow, but our special shipping offer is definitely ending on December 31st. Take advantage of $5.00 maximum domestic shipping, and half-off international shipping at 4my3boyz Fabrics!

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~On Tuesday, we shared some breathtakingly beautiful images of quilts from the Sacred Threads exhibits. Expressions of grief, hope, peace, and brotherhood are created stitch by stitch. It's something we can all appreciate in light of recent events. You can view all the quilts in the gallery. It's worth the visit.

~Congratulations to our most recent giveaway winner, Mary R. from Mt. Vernon, IL! 

~Our current giveaway is going to last for two weeks. You can enter to win by making any purchase at 4my3boyz Fabrics, plus re-pinning any of our pins on Pinterest.

~BIG SALE! Now through the end of the year, save 20% off ALL FABRIC! That's right, anything and everything is on sale, so stock up now while the prices are great and the shipping is cheap! 

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

18. December 2012 07:32
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Finding Solace in Sacred Threads

18. December 2012 07:32 by tbev | 0 Comments

If this time of year hadn't already turned our thoughts to hopes for peace and comfort, certainly the events of last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut have. Today I am finding solace in a favorite gallery of quilts from Sacred Threads, an organization that recognizes quilting as an artistic medium and as a connection to the spiritual. Their exhibits have been shown around the country, and have even included a very special exhibit from women incarcerated in prison called Beyond the Barrier

From their website:

For the exhibit, quilts are divided into categories based on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood.  The artwork themes provide thought-provoking insights, encouragement, inspiration and healing responses to grief and human hardships. It has attracted a wide array of visitors and has proved appropriate for all ages from young teens to seniors. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.

I've collected some of my current favorite pieces, finding solace in their incredible artistry and emotion to share with you, but I encourage you to explore the entire gallery. Below each image is a note from the artist.

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"The Last Squeeze"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL

I was eight years old when my mother died unexpectedly. The last precious memory I have of her is sharing a tight hug. I wanted to capture that hug is a quilt design and layer in fabric some of the confusing feelings of loss and pain. Those grieving emotions have faded, but the memory of that squeeze has lasted my lifetime.

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"Abuela"
Artist: Jennifer Day, Santa Fe, NM 

Abuela means grandmother in Spanish. This image of Abuela is a photograph of mine printed onto fabric and then stitched in intensive thread play. Her body is totally covered thread. The background is free motion embroidery. She is sitting in the window of an old adobe building near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her demeanor is one of peace and contemplation. You get the feeling that she has seen many things in her life and she is at peace with what she has seen. It was my honor to have captured this moment and have been able to express this through my art. 

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"Where Have All the Children Gone? Innocence"
Artist: Liz Berg, Castro Valley, CA

The series, “Where have All the Children Gone?”, is a lament for lost childhood.  Children the world over are being killed, tortured, turned in to killers, abused, ignored and forced to grow up before their time.  Old images, my own personal lament and other surface design elements such as discharging and foiling have been included in this piece.   

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"Gethsemane"
Artist: Carol Auer, Carmel, NY 

An interpretation in fabric of one of the windows in St. James the Apostle Church, Carmel, N.Y. of "The Agony in the Garden" by stained glass artist Pierre Millous of Chartres, France. It took me seven years to complete this reverse appliqué quilt as I prayed through grieving the loss of my son, Nicholas.

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"Wish There Were More"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL 

My mother died when I was 8 ½ years old. I have wanted to remember everything I can about her. Some memories are vivid moments suspended in time. Other memories are fragile and hard to hold, like soap bubbles. I find comfort in the memories that I have, but also wistful longing because I wish there were more.

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"Pastoral Disturbance"
Artist: Susan Polansky, Dedham, MA 

I am but a child when it comes to understanding random acts of violence. I can look at the shattered remains and know what they used to be, but what forces brought on the destruction and why? Can the pieces be re- united; what is too damaged to salvage? How do people reconcile grief and anger with forgiveness? Pastoral Disturbance focuses on a Pennsylvanian Amish schoolhouse where a massacre occurred in October, 2006. The perpetrator randomly victimized the children within, and surprisingly, even after ten girls were shot and five of them died, the community responded with forgiveness.

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"Can We Sew Peace by Morning"
Artist: Carol Bridges, Nashville, IN 

“Can We Sew Peace by Morning” came to me after thinking about the war in Iraq and the many wars that have plagued humankind. Quilters are a very compassionate people, often devoting hours of work into a quilt to be given to someone in need. This quilt depicts five women and a child, each expressing a slightly different emotion which they have embroidered into the quilt of the world as the sun begins to rise in the background. The fringe depicts that which is yet unfinished, threads of love not yet woven into the fabric of the world.

Peace and God bless to you, my friends, and to all those seeking solace.

13. December 2012 07:59
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This Week's Fabulous Updates

13. December 2012 07:59 by tbev | 0 Comments

 

Another week has flown by and I'd venture to say that our little workshop at 4my3boyz Fabrics is every bit as busy as Santa's. By the looks of what's going out the door, it seems as if you're own workshops are plenty busy too! I've got lots of fun stuff to share, so let's get right to it.

~The Holiday FabShop Hop wraps up this weekend (Saturday, to be specific), and it's sure been fun to participate and meet a bunch of new friends from all over the world. There's still time to play, which means there's still time to win! 

4my3boyz Fabrics Stocking Stuffer Collage 
4my3boyz Fabrics Stocking Stuffers

 

 

 


~We shared some simply fabulous ideas for stuffing your stockings with Fat Quarters this week. Fold them into triangles, stars, squares, even Christmas Trees! Perfect gifts for the fabric lovers on your list.

~If your scissors are getting overworked and dull, check out these great ideas for bringing them back to life. 

~Got a lot of characters on your holiday list? Good news—all Character Fabrics are on sale now through 12/19. Here's a peek at a few of my favorites:

4my3boyz Fabrics M&M Funfetti Characters on Brown

M&M Funfetti Characters on Brown Fabric

4my3boyz Fabrics Hello Kitty Faces Strawberry Cupcake Houses

Hello Kitty Faces Cupcake Strawberry Houses Fabric

4my3boyz Fabrics Ruby Slippers on Sparkling Yellow

Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Sparkling Yellow Fabric 

~A big congratulations to our latest giveaway winner, Jamie M. from Canonsburg, PA! There's always a giveaway going on at 4my3boyz, so enter to win! Remember, every purchase at 4my3boyz Fabrics is an automatic entry. Plus, this week a comment on our blog or signing up for our newsletter will earn you a chance at the prize!

{Top image via Pinterest.}

11. December 2012 03:44
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Fabulous Ways to Stuff Stockings with Fat Quarters

11. December 2012 03:44 by tbev | 0 Comments

4my3boyz Fabrics Stocking Stuffer Collage
4my3boyz Fabrics Stocking Stuffers

Fat quarters are often made into beautiful gifts, but what if the fat quarter is the gift? For the fabric lover on your holiday list, I've put together some creative ways to stuff their stockings full of colorful fat quarters. Check out these great ideas and share your own! 

1. Make Fat Quarter Suckers in delicious colors. 
2. Fold fat quarters into a Christmas tree.
3. Fold fat quarters into tight triangles to create a stack of stars.
4. Wrap a stack of fat quarters with a tape measurer.
5. Fold fat quarters into tight squares, then tie with a ribbon.
6. A small, transparent paint can makes a great display case for Fat Quarters.

Happy stuffing!