March 17, 2015

A new project!

Circle Lattice
Two things I've had on my mental must-do list have finally made it to reality!  When I first saw Carolyn Friedlander's Circle Lattice quilt in her Savor Each Stitch book, I thought it was amazing.  Then when I saw Carolyn's trunk show I was even more convinced I had to make this quilt!  The design is stunning, but I also love the idea that both the background fabric and the appliqué fabric are one piece.

The fabric has a similar story:  I have loved Alison Glass' fabric forever and have used some of them in my quilts.  The Geese in Storm print from Alison's Handcrafted line has such a wonderfully large repeat, I thought it would be perfect to show off as the background in a Circle Lattice quilt.  Bonus - it is a dusty dark blue and I've had a dark blue quilt on my mental list too.  Add Plus in Chartreuse and I am one happy quilter!

The final piece that made this quilt rise to the top of the long list is that I have been badly in need of a new hand appliqué project!  I meet every two weeks with some friends to do handwork and, for the past year or so, I've been playing around with several small projects and ideas but I am ready to commit to a new, larger project.

So far, all I've done is cut out the appliqué fabric - it is just stuck on top of the background on my design wall so I can see how it looks (that's why it looks a bit wonky :)).  Next steps, square up the background fabric, pin the lattice in place and stitch away!  I can't wait!

How about you?  Anything new in the works?

March 11, 2015

Inked winner!

Ellyn is the winner of the Inked giveaway!  I've sent her an email.
Ellyn was the first commenter - how often does the random number generator pick #1!  Thanks to all for playing along!

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.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win!

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 whose 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!