November 12, 2014

Modern Appliqué Illusions!

I am thrilled today to be part of the blog tour for Casey York's new book, Modern Appliqué Illusions!  I've been watching Casey's creations ever since her quilt Onwards won the Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road fabric challenge.  I loved the modern, minimal design and the perspective conveyed by the trees.  Casey now brings those same wonderful design qualities to her new book Modern Appliqué Illusions.  It is fascinating to see how she can bring a third dimension to a basically two dimensional quilt.


When I saw Casey's book, I was eager to try one of her quilts.  Grand Canal is inspired by the gardens at Versailles in France.  Being a bit of a francophile who has always wanted to visit Versailles, I knew that was the project for me!  Casey graciously downsized the templates for Grand Canal so I could make it as a mini quilt.  She warned me that some of the pieces would be tiny and that she had slightly adjusted some of the proportions to make the quilt work in such a small size.  The original Grand Canal is 80" x 60" and my quilt is about 24" x 18".  My retreat last week was the perfect time to indulge in such a fun project.  I was able to pull all the fabrics I needed from my stash and set about tracing the templates and working with the fusible.
When I came to those tiny trees along the rear hedges, I knew that I had met my appliqué limits.  They are about the size of the fingernail on my pinky and stitching around the appliqué would totally cover the fabric in stitches.  After thinking a bit, I decided that stitching was the best way to make these little trees and I found a stitch on my machine and stitched the trees - no appliqué needed!

I chose quilting that echoed the perspective of the design and bound it all in the blue water fabric (which isn't quite as bright as it seems in the photo).

In addition to amazing quilt designs, Modern Appliqué Illusions features detailed information on appliqué techniques including Casey's special embroidery-finished appliqué method.

Casey and C&T Publishing/Stash Books have graciously offered to give away a book to one of my lucky readers.  The giveaway is open internationally - a US winner will get a hard copy book, an international winner will get an electronic copy.  If you are not the lucky winner or you just can't wait, Casey is selling signed copies of her book on her website.

In addition, Casey is also doing posts on her blog during the blog tour that provide more information about her inspiration and process as well as an additional giveaway of Pellon interfacing.

Check out all the other stops on the tour:
11/11: Jenifer Dick/42 Quilts                                   
11/12: Debbie Grifka/Esch House Quilts
11/13: Pink Chalk Studio                          
11/15: Pellon 
11/20: Violet Craft 

To enter the giveaway, tell me if there is somewhere that inspires you that you'd like to turn into a quilt one day - or maybe you already have!  Don't forget to include your email so I can contact you if you win!  The giveaway will close Friday, Nov 14 at the end of the day.

November 10, 2014

Giveaway winner!

Jodi is the winner of the Robert Kaufman 30 Quilts for 30 years giveaway!  Jodi will receive a charm pack of the 2014 new Kona colors and my Sedimentary pattern.  An email has been sent to Jodi.

Thanks everyone for playing along - it was such fun to read all your favorite colors!

November 9, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday #11!

Hi, I'm Lynn Harris. I blog over at  The Little Red Hen. I am thrilled that Debbie asked me to share my latest quilt for Sew Solid Sunday this month. Scrap quilts are my passion but occasionally I like to make a more controlled looking quilt and use only solid fabrics. Inspired by the Infinite Variety show of Red and White quilts in 2011, I have made a few red and white quilts. This more recent finish is also a (more loosely defined) two color quilt in Teal and Orange, one of my all time favorite color combinations.


The background is Peppered Cotton, in peacock  and a variety of orange solids make up the free form circle. 



I used Jean Wells' method for free form cutting and piecing curves to make the orange quarter circle sections. This improvisational way of working is not the way I usually work but I found it to be quite fun and freeing. 


The quilt is finished with straight line machine quilting in the background and hand quilting in the orange arcs.

(This is Debbie popping back in to thank Lynn for guest posting on Sew Solid Sunday!  If you are a scrap-lover like Lynn is, be sure to check out her upcoming book, Every Last Piece!)


November 8, 2014

30 Quilts for 30 Years!

Welcome to the Robert Kaufman 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop!  We are celebrating 30 years of Kona cotton solids with 30 days of blog posts and giveaways!

I was so honored and excited when the lovely Nichole from Robert Kaufman asked if I'd be interested in participating in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years celebration I could hardly say yes fast enough!  I LOVE working with solids and Kona is my go-to choice.

The lookbook the RK team put together is just stunning!  My quilt is River Run, an all solid version of my Sedimentary pattern (Paper pattern available here or PDF here or here).  Ever since I designed Sedimentary I've had this quilt in the back of my mind - like a river running through a forest or field.  There are so many beautiful Kona colors now, 303 in all, that I was like a kid in a candy store selecting the greens and blues for my quilt.  The greens are avocado, basil, bonsai, chartreuse, grass green, palm, peapod and peridot.  The blues are copen, prussian, regatta, riviera and surf.  I quilted River Run with an abstract leaf pattern in the green areas and a design inspired by reflections on water in the blue area.

Now for the giveaway!  Leave me a comment below and you'll be entered to win a charm pack of the new Kona colors for 2014 AND the paper version of my Sedimentary quilt pattern.  Tell me something about you and color - whether it is your favorite Kona color, one you love to work with or one you're dreaming of!  Don't forget to include your email address - you can't win if I can't find you!  The giveaway is open internationally and will close at 10 am Sunday morning US EST (UTC-5).

I wish I had the space to show you all the other beautiful quilts in the celebration!  You can see them in the lookbook and follow along all the stops on the blog hop listed below.  There will be a grand finale prize too!

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

Comments are closed now - I'll announce the winner Monday!

November 6, 2014

Celebrating 30 years of Kona!

Robert Kaufman is celebrating 30 years of Kona cotton solids!  The blog tour started Saturday and lasts 30 days (of course!).  My day is Nov 8 so stay tuned!

Check out the other participants below - there will be giveaways!




Week 1:


Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts


Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer


Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs


Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander


Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of DonÕt Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!





November 3, 2014

On the road again!

This week is my biannual retreat with my Handwork group!  It is perfect timing. I got back from Quilt Market in Houston last Tuesday night and was useless for several days*.  Now, I'm ready to go again!

As usual with quilters going on retreat, I'm taking far more projects than I could possibly finish!  This photo does not include any clothes yet :)

I have one small quilt to make for a blog tour I'll be part of in about ten days.  I have some quilting to finish on another quilt, another quilt that I could make start to finish and a third that needs to be pinned and quilted.  I'm leaving this morning and will be home again Thursday afternoon - think I'll have enough to keep me busy?  I added that last quilt to be pinned and quilted "just in case".

Retreats are the best - what could beat sewing for days with friends?!

*Quilt Market is fantastic and fun, but a lot of hard work.  Going full speed for 12 hours a day for that many days means my brain is in recovery mode when I get home :)

October 31, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Kathy E is the winner of the Follie fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop!

You all sound like you have lots of wonderful quilts to keep you warm this winter and quite a few of you are planning on making new ones too!  The quilt we have been using on the couch during the winter is a few years old now and not one of my designs.  I should be making a new one too!

Congratulations, Kathy!