Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rainbow Jellyroll Quilt for Creativebug

My latest workshop for Creativebug is now available! This is my Rainbow Jellyroll Quilt and it's such a fun and easy project. As the name suggests, it uses a precut jellyroll fabric bundle, which means there is virtually no cutting of fabrics during the construction of this quilt. As you can imagine, it comes together really quickly. 

I chose a rainbow bundle of Kona solids from Robert Kaufman, but this project would look great in lots of other color combinations, too. And while is it very easy to construct, the simple design of the quilt has quite a strong visual impact.

So head on over to Creativebug to take my class, and I'll walk you step by step through the construction of the Rainbow Jelly Roll Quilt. And don't forget, if you subscribe as a member to Creativebug through the end of September, you can lock in the monthly rate of just $9.99 to have access to all of their great classes. It's such a great deal!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Creativebug subscription special!

My friends at Creativebug have an incredible deal going on this month, and I wanted to take a moment and share it with you. Through the end of September, you can subscribe as a member for just $9.99 a month! That means you have unlimited access to classes by Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fasset, Liesl Gibson, Heather Ross, Natalie Chanin, Cal Patch, and yours truly, plus many more for less than ten dollars a month.

I have a new workshop this month and I'll share more about it tomorrow. In the meantime, go subscribe!

Friday, September 20, 2013

it's on...

I'm ready to take on Luke and Mark and help support the Quilt Alliance! There are only 25 tickets left for the After Dark Cocktail Party, part of the Quilters Take Manhattan which includes our Quilt Match Manhattan, so please act quickly if you want to join us. Tickets can be purchased here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

National Sewing Month Giveaway with Coats and Clark!

You all know how much I love Coats and Clark, and they truly are my thread of choice, so I'm really excited to be taking part in their great giveaway in honor of National Sewing Month. The quilt above is my Around the World quilt, and it's still one of my favorite designs of all time. It's so simple, but it has such a strong visual impact, and it's really easy to construct, too. You can find the free pattern for it on the Coats site here.

Now, on to the giveaway!! 

Coats and Clark wants to help you with your National Sewing Month projects, and you have five chances to win! One lucky reader of my blog will win a Coats and Clark Anniversary Tin filled with sewing goodies like fabric, zippers and thread.

I have one of these myself and it's awesome! Once you use up all of the goodies that it comes with, the tin makes a great place to store all sorts of things in your sewing space.

Have you checked out the new look of the Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog? I really love the clean design and it's full of lots of great free tutorials as well as tons of  product info, all in one place. You might recognize this project, in particular...

That happens to be my Improv Color Block quilt, the latest quilt that I designed and made for Coats and Clark, and the pattern is available as a free download on their site here.

1) To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me: When you’re in a sewing rut, what motivates you to sew?

2) For a second entry, Like Coats and Clark on Facebook and leave a second comment telling me that you did! And don't forget to check out the other giveaways all week long for five chances to win! Monday, 9/16: Craft Buds Tuesday, 9/17: West Coast Crafty Wednesday, 9/18: Olive and Ollie Thursday, 9/19: Simple Simon and Co. Friday, 9/20: CraftFoxes

Please be sure to leave your email address in the comment so I can notify you if you're the winner. International participants are welcome to enter. My giveaway ends Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 5 pm ET,  and I'll randomly choose one lucky winner then. Good luck!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SewDown Portland!

I'm really excited and honored to share that I'll be teaching at the SewDown Portland next February. The SewDown is an all inclusive weekend quilting getaway hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild, and this one takes place February 7-8, 2014 at the Nines Hotel.

I'll be teaching my Modern Strip Piecing class where I'll show you how to make my You + Me quilt, which is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see all of the variations that my students will bring to the pattern! This is a great project for beginners and a rather fast one for more experienced quilters, and the results are really striking and bold. I'd love to redo this design in another color palette myself, because I think it would have an entirely different feeling.

Other classes at the SewDown Portland are Improv Round Robin with Sherri Lynn Wood, Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini with Lee Heinrich, and Sidekick Sampler Workshop with Julie Herman. There will also be lectures by Valori Wells, Violet Craft, and Bill Volkening. It's going to be such a great time!

Registration for the SewDown opens today at 10 PST, and if you're a member of the Modern Quilt Guild you'll qualify for a really nice discount on the weekend. Find out more about the event here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Quilt MATCH Manhattan

Wow, has it really been almost a month since I last posted??? This summer (well, the entire year, in fact) has been hectic and the last few weeks have been particularly busy. Hopefully now that my kids are in school I'll have more time to share some fun things here.

And what could be more fun than the Quilt MATCH Manhattan? That's me in the middle, right between Mark Lipinksi and Luke Haynes, and we'll be duking it out, all in the name of fun, for a design competition at the After Dark Cocktail Party at the home of Victoria Findlay-Wolfe.

This evening event is part of the Quilters Take Manhattan, which is a fundraiser for the Quilt Alliance, a wonderful organization whose mission to is document, preserve, and share the story of quilts and their makers. I'm a huge fan of the Quilt Alliance and their work, and I couldn't be more honored to be a part of this great weekend. The main event of the Quilters Take Manhattan takes place on Saturday, September 28, but there are lots of other fun activities that weekend as well. You can find out more about the event on the Quilt Alliance's site and purchase tickets for the event here. See you in NYC!!!
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