May 2, 2015

Smash Your Precut Stash winner!

Thanks for playing along with the Smash Your Precut Stash blog hop!  Sherry of sherryberrybim is the winner of the book!

Fat quarters were the favorite precut by a long way with charm packs in second place.  That's pretty much how I feel too :)  Though, if a collection is very large, I might go with fat eighths to save a bit of money.  I also like layer cakes - they are so versatile.  I've only ever bought one jelly roll and it is still all nicely rolled up.  I'll have to use one of the jelly roll patterns in the book to break it out!

April 24, 2015

Smash Your Precut Stash!

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Smash Your Precut Stash blog tour!  Isn't this the best idea for a book!

I don't really think of myself as someone who can't resist a good precut but this picture of some of my precut stash tells a different story.
"some" of my precut stash
Well, if your stash of fat quarters, charm packs or jelly rolls is getting a bit out of hand, Kate and Elizabeth of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs have a solution for you.

Each quilt in the book is designed for use with a specific precut, but the authors have also given instructions for how to cut other precuts if you'd prefer to use them. They've also provided advice on how to choose the background and coordinating fabrics to use with your precut.
Two of my favorites from the book are Picturesque and Mediterranean Mosaic.  Picturesque is made using charm packs and Mediterranean Mosaic uses fat quarters.  Aren't they pretty?
Mediterranean Mosaic

C&T Publishing is giving away a book at each stop on the blog tour!  US residents will receive hard copy books and international winners will receive ebooks.  To enter, just tell me which precut is your favorite.  Don't forget to include your email address in your comment - if I can't reach you, you can't win!  I'll choose a winner at random at the end of the day on April 30.

Visit the other stops on the blog tour for more chances to win!

Tuesday April 21: C&T Publishing
Wednesday April 22: Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks
Thursday April 23: Linda Pearl of The Patchwork Pearl
Friday April 24: Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
Saturday April 25: Casey York of Casey York Design
Monday April 27: Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse
Tuesday April 28: Susan Emory of Swirly Girls
Wednesday April 29: Pat  Sloan
Thursday April 30th: Seams Like a Dream

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!