March 5, 2015

Get Inked!

No, I didn't get a tatoo at QuiltCon :)  Today is all about the new fabric line, Inked, by Lynn Krawczyk for Red Rooster Fabrics.  I first met Lynn about 5 years ago when the Brighton (MI) Modern Quilt Guild formed and we both attended.  Lynn's beautiful screen printing on fabric captured my attention right away and now she has translated it into a fabric line for all to enjoy!

When Lynn asked if I'd like to play with some fat quarters and make a block to be made into a sampler quilt, I jumped at the chance.  Hop over to Lynn's blog to learn more about her fabric, the blog hop and interviews with each quilter.  Each of the participants will have directions for their blocks on their blogs so you can make the sampler quilt too.

I call my block Which Way?  It is an uneven rail fence variation.  It seems I can't get enough of simple strips of fabric lately.  You can download the PDF directions here.

Would you like to win the set of fat quarters I used for my block?  If so, leave a comment telling me if you've ever tried printing on fabric and I'll draw a random winner at the end of the day on Monday, March 9.

The rest of the blog hop schedule is below - there are amazing blocks and giveaways at each stop!  Have fun!

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp
March 3 – Teri Lucas
March 4 – Jessica Darling
March 5 – Debbie Grifka
March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris
March 7 – Jen Osborn
March 9 -Flaun Cline
March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk
March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda
March 12 – Maddie Kertay
March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 4, 2015

Happy mail!

You know there is no better mail day than when you get quilty mail!  Fat Quarter Shop has some great new clubs featuring Aurifil thread, modern fabric fat quarters and solid fat quarters that will bring that happy mail right to your door.  I'm planning to sign up for the thread club since there isn't a store close to me that sells small spools of Aurifil. With the club, I'll get a good selection that I can use for my projects and for color reference if I need to order a bigger spool to quilt a quilt!

The fabric clubs are a great way to build some variety into your stash!  I know I tend to get in fabric buying ruts - I like what I like!  But buying fabric this way can get me out of my comfort zone and trying some new things.  Check out the details for all the clubs here.

February 27, 2015

Think Big!

I love a good pillow!  They're fun and fast to make and add a new punch of color to things when winter is making them a bit dreary.  Today, I'm taking part in Amy Ellis' Pillow Collective.  Each day this week 3 or 4 bloggers have been posting about pillows they've made.  Check out Amy's blog to see who has been posting each day.  Of course, there is a giveaway too - see below for more info.

I made my pillow using the Mod Pod design from Amy's new book, Think Big.  The fantastic idea behind Think Big is big blocks - 18" blocks!  Amy has ten projects to choose from and each of them can be made using just one block (a pillow), a table runner or 5 more quilts sized from baby to king.  Since all the blocks are the same size, it would be fun to mix and match some of them too - maybe in a medallion style.  My pillow uses the new Reel Time line of fabric by Zen Chic for Moda due out in April (love those retro TV shapes!).

You could win all this!
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is pin to Pinterest! Just add #ThinkBigBook and #PillowCollective to your pin description! There’s no limit to the number of pins you can add, visit all the blogs to see more projects from Think Big, and pin away! Amy will select winners over the weekend, and announce them on Monday, March 2nd, 2015.  To order your own copy of Think Big, use the discount code "ILovePillows" in Amy's shop to get 30% off a signed copy now thru March 1!

February 17, 2015

Exciting news!

I'm getting ready to head out to QuiltCon bright and early tomorrow morning.  With perfect timing, the cover image of the new QuiltCon magazine landed in my inbox this morning - and guess who's quilt that is on the cover?  Yep, mine!  How exciting!

This quilt is called Sailor's Delight from the old rhyme, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky at morning, sailor's warning".  Two pretty blues and a brilliant red-orange play on a field of creamy white.

Off to finish packing!

January 22, 2015

Instagram 1000 follower giveaway!

1000 Instagram followers calls for a giveaway!  You could win this amazing Doe fat quarter bundle (thanks Fat Quarter Shop!) and my Escape pattern, perfect for fat quarters.  To enter, follow me on Instagram (@eschhousequilts), repost the photo on Instagram (I use the "R&R Free" app) and #ehq1000 so I know you entered.  Entries close Saturday, Jan 24, midnight EST.  You can only enter this contest on Instagram!

January 9, 2015

2014 Mosaic

I was scrolling through my Pinterest account looking for a specific photo and realized I never did a mosaic for 2014!  Better late than never :)

1. River Run, 2. Escape, 3. Linked, 4. Cooler Weather, 5. To-Do List, 6. Smooth Sailing, 7. Waves, 8. Holiday Sweater, 9. Dashing, 10. American Notebook, 11. Secondary, 12. Sedimentary, 13. Daisy Pillow, 14. Zephyr, 15. Mode Mondrian, 16. An economy of red
These photos represent 5 new patterns, 6 Sew Solid Sunday projects, 1 project for a book, 1 magazine project (I did at least two more, but don't have good photos of them yet), 1 quilt for MQG members and 1 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids.  They are loosely in reverse chronological order with An Economy of Red (pillow) being one of the first projects I finished in 2014.

It is such fun to look back at the previous year!  I've added an album of mosaics to my Flickr account to keep them all in one place.  Has my style changed over time?  I'm not sure - each year includes some projects I loved and some that I'm not as wild about.  I'm just going to keep sewing!

Now - on to 2015!

January 5, 2015

Make It! Patchwork

The editors of Modern Patchwork have a new special issue publication just out.  Called Make It! Patchwork, it features 27 fun and fast patchwork projects.  Many of the projects are small and can be made from your stash in no time at all.

Two of my projects are included.  Twinkle is one of my all time favorite quilts - I just love a Carpenter Star pattern!  This one is a fun, fast version using a charm pack.  It finishes at 40" square - a perfect baby size quilt.  I love the soft palette of the original quilt, but wouldn't it look fun in some great kid prints or brighter colors too?

My Car Trash Bag pattern has to rank up there as one of the most-used things I've ever made.  I've had one version or another of this trash bag in my car for years!  It keeps all those bits of paper, wrappers, tissues, etc from spreading all over the car. What a great place to use up small pieces of your favorite fabrics!

I have to give a shout out to two other Michigan quilters included in the magazine:  Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts and Lori Miller of Lori Miller Designs.  Rossie's project is Stalactite and Stalagmite Table Runner and Place Mats featuring improv triangles.  Lori's This and That Carry-all Tote includes some small paper pieced blocks in a roomy tote that she finished with straight line quilting.

What are you planning to make this year?