Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Because I Love You Sew Blog Tour + Giveaway!




I'm so honored to be a stop on the blog tour for my friend Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod to celebrate the launch of her new book, Because I Love You Sew, published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T. I'm lucky to know Trish in real life, and as she is another Ohio girl, we are fortunate to be able to get together in person occasionally, although I wish it were more often!  Her new book is such a great glimpse into her life and the love that she holds for both her family and her craft.

Because I Love You Sew contains complete instructions for 17 projects that are designed to give as gifts, although they all can certainly be gifts that you make for yourself, too. Trish has included adorable bags, projects for new babies and children, holiday decorations, as well as items that will become instant family heirlooms, such as the Family Tree Crazy Quilt, which happens to be my favorite project in the book. Here's a fun video that Trish put together to give you a sneak peek of Because I Love You Sew.












Here are two more of my favorite projects in the book, Trish's Sewing Kit, shown above, and her Father Knows Best Bag, below. I just may be making a few of these bags for Christmas gifts if I have enough time!




Trish writes in the introduction to the book, "For me sewing is spiritual, peaceful, and a connection to people in my life whom I have loved and who are gone. It is also a connection to people I love in my life right now, who inspire me, encourage me, and surround me with an energy that absolutely feeds my soul." I love this, and I feel exactly the same way.

Keeping in the spirit of giving gifts, C&T is generously giving a copy of Because I Love You Sew away to one of my readers. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite item that you have ever given as a gift. Please leave your email address as well, if it's not in your profile, so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. The giveaway will run through December 10th at 5 pm ET and I'll pick one winner randomly. 


Be sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour to learn more about the book and for more chances to win your own copy. Here's the schedule:

December 3rd: Heather Jones
December 8th: Generation Q Magazine
December 9th: Sew Cal Gal
December 13th: Bernina
December 15th: Trish Preston

Monday, December 1, 2014

Join me in Lexington at the Quilter's Square



I'm so excited to be teaching at Quilter's Square in Lexington, Kentucky this Saturday, December 6! There are still a few spots in my class, so I hope some of you can join me. I'll be teaching how to make my Luminosity block, which is shown above. It's such a fun block to make and in class you'll
tackle half square triangles and learn how both color and value placement affect an overall design with this quilt block. We’ll discuss the basics of color theory and interaction, and then create this large quilt block as a study of color and fabric placement. I'll guide you through fabric cutting, consistent seam allowances, accurate piecing, and precise pressing skills. At least one block will be created in class that can be finished as a mini quilt or the start of a larger project, and we’ll discuss a variety of ways that they can be finished. 

The class runs on Saturday from 10:00 am- 5:30 pm. For more information and to register, please visit Quilter's Square site here. See you there!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quilting the New Classics winner




Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway of Quilting the New Classics by Michele Muska. The winner was lucky number...


who happened to be...



Congratulations, Karen! I'm off to email you now!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quilting the New Classics





Today is my stop on the blog tour for the new book by Michele Muska, Quilting the New Classics. The book features twenty projects that are inspired by ten different quilting patterns, each one made in both a traditional and a modern version. I was so excited when Michele asked me to make a quilt for her book last year, and I'm even more exited to finally be able to share it with you!




For my project I designed this modern version of a traditional rail fence quilt. It's no surprise that I used solids for my quilt, and in this case I used three different FreeSpirit Designer solids: Dogwood, Cosmic Blue, and Natural. I really love this combination of fabrics and Dogwood, in particular, has become a favorite color for to me use.






Traditionally, rail fence quilts are made out of strips of fabric that are cut to uniform sizes. The inspiration for my design was a quilt made by Plummer T. Pettway of Gee's Bend, although I varied the widths of the rails throughout the layout to make it my own. As you can see, some of the strips are wider, some are more narrow, some are longer, and some are shorter. I really love the movement that all of these different sized pieces add to the overall composition of the design.



And here is some more information on the book by Michele herself: 



All quilters draw inspiration from the past. But how do today's artisans put their personal stamp on classic patterns? Twenty influential quilters from across the stylistic spectrum present their unique creative vision of timeless designs. Each pattern, Double Wedding Ring, Crazy Quilt, Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Hexagon, Yo-Yo, Flying Geese, and Rail Fence, comes with step-by-step instructions for two adaptations, one traditional, the other modern.The book also includes a history of each pattern, images of heirloom or museum-quality quilts for inspiration, easy-to-use templates and essential quilting techniques.Forwards by Meg cox and Janneken Smucker.



I've also got one copy of the book to giveaway to one reader. To enter, please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite quilt pattern is, modern or traditional. I'll choose one winner randomly on Monday November 3. 

Be sure to follow all along the blog hop too! Here are a list of participants and dates:


Oct. 20th Michele Muska http://www.lolarae.com/blog.html
Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison  http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com
Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker   http://www.janneken.org/category/blog/
Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell http://pinkbunnykansas.blogspot.com
Oct. 24th Kaari Meng www.frenchgeneral.blogspot.com
Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury : www.stitchoutsidetheditch.com
Oct. 26th Heather Jones www.oliveandollie.com
Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
Oct. 28th Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog\
Oct. 30th Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai  http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=62
Nov. 1st Allie Aller www.alliesinstitches.blogspot.com
Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl www.styledbykristin.com
Nov. 3rd Jacquie Gering http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/


Sunday, October 12, 2014

just a few more days to vote!




There are just a few more days left to vote for me in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Thank you so much for all of your support so far. I really appreciate it! Please keep it up and remember that you can vote up to six times a day.






And then don't forget to enter my giveaway, as a thank you for your vote. All of my pdf patterns are still on sale as well. To receive the 25% off discount, please enter the code "AmericanMade" at the checkout in my etsy shop.




And speaking of voting, if you're so inclined, feel free to vote for your favorite quilt in the Modern Solids, Traditional Challenge, hosted by FreeSpirit Fabric. You might remember that I made the improvisational pineapple quilt, and I think I'm the only challenger to use all 75 colors in their project! To vote, please leave a comment on the Challenge Facebook album. Thank you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

join me at the Labryinth Arts Festival in Cincinnati




Cincinnati area folks, I'll be at the Labyrinth Arts Festival at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township tomorrow, Saturday, October 11, from 10-4 and I hope you can join me! I'll have a booth set up and all sorts of things for sale, from finished quilts to hand drawn illustrations of my designs, and a lot more. 



It's a great way to get a start on your holiday shopping! For directions and more information on the festival, please visit their site at http://huuc.net/laf/.


Monday, September 29, 2014

my finished improv pineapple quilt



It's finally done! Here is my finished improv pineapple quilt that I made as part of the FreeSpirit Modern Solids Challenge. As a reminder, a handful of designers and bloggers were asked to create a quilt that was a modern interpretation of a traditional quilt pattern, using Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids fat quarter box and additional FreeSpirit Fabric. And it was quite a challenge, but I had a great time making it, and I'm really pleased with the result. 





I choose the traditional pineapple quilt block as my inspiration, but instead of following a pattern, I made my blocks improvisationally. I really love the irregular shapes and movement that this type of construction lends itself too. This quilt took me about two weeks to complete, from start to finish.





The blocks each measures 12" square (finished) and the quilt measures 60" x 60", as specified by the design challenge. It took me about an hour to make each block, and I'm proud to say that I used all 75 colors of the bundle in this quilt. That was a challenge in and of itself, especially for someone like me, when I typically use only two to four fabrics in each of my projects.














I backed the quilt with FreeSpirit Designer Solids in Raven, which is a gorgeous, deep dark gray. 





As I said above, I used all 75 of the colors that are included in Denyse's Modern Solids bundle. While we were not asked specifically to use all of the colors in box, I made that part of my design challenge as well.  I used an additional four FreeSpirit Designer Solids throughout the blocks: Winter White, Mist, Arctic White and Natural. So, all in all, this quilt contains 80 different colored fabrics.




Another design stipulation that I gave myself was to use the colors straight out of the box, that is, to create my blocks using the fabrics in the same order as they are arranged in the bundle. Each of the twenty five quilt blocks is made up of three colors, so this was an easy way for me to make sure that I was able to use all 75 colors. I arranged the blocks in five rows each consisting of five blocks, starting with the upper left; for the second row, the orange block on the far right side follows the yellows in the box, and the order continues from left to right. Then row three continues the order from right to left, row four runs left to right, and finally, the last row runs right to left. 




Here's what my box looked like after all of my blocks were finished. I kept all of the fabrics in the same order as they were originally, as a fun visual reference to the layout of my quilt. 





During the construction of the blocks, I pressed all of the seams to the side. This was quicker than pressing them open, but there are some areas where there is a but of bulk from the seams.




I quilted it on my long arm machine last night, using Coats Machine Quilting thread. For the design, I used a freehand figure eight pattern that has been my go-to technique for the past few months. I really like the organic quality of this quilting design and I feel like it doesn't distract from the design of the quilt itself. 







And I burned the midnight oil to get it bound last night, too. I used Natural for the binding because I felt like it would frame all of the colors of the front nicely.  




Thank you, Denyse, for designing such a gorgeous palette of solid fabrics. They were a delight to work with and I feel like they are certainly a must have for any modern quilter. 


And thank you to all of you who have been voting for me everyday. Please keep it up! And don't forget to enter my giveaway as a thank you, as well! 



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