Monday, March 4, 2013

FOLK Magazine || review and giveaway

Are you familiar with FOLK Magazine? If not, you should be. I'm a huge fan of the people at FOLK Magazine and I'm so excited to be able to share their work with you. FOLK Magazine was founded by Ben Ashby, the editor in chief  and CEO (who, I may add, is still a college student, which is so great!), and their motto is to live authentic. Here's how Ben describes FOLK on their site:

So great, right? It's been so cold in southwest Ohio lately, and I've really been longing a bit of Spring,  so I was excited to receive the Spring issue a bit early to review for you. First of all, I really love the look and feel of the magazine. Secondly, as a visual person, I'm really drawn to the photography in each issue. All of the images are beautiful, and they often capture simple day to day scenes which are transcended to exquisite moments in time.

Case in point. And this totally makes me want to buy a few sheep for our new house.

The stories are what capture your heart, though. From the tale of a young couple who leaves the big city to start a family and a handmade business in the foothills of the Appalachians in rural North Carolina, to an interview with Ben's childhood idol Leann Rimes, and really everything in between. There are features on artisan Lori Ann Corelis, author and gardner Margaret Roach, musician Greg Sczebel, designer Melody Doyel, and much more. There are stories about a mushroom farmer in New York, a shop owner in Portland, Oregon, an antique store in Nebraska, and a sheep farm in Massachusetts. And more. Plus there are some great recipes and fun craft and DIY projects, too. I'm totally going to make an old ladder stand for the new house, but instead of plants (as suggested) I think I'm going to display some of my vintage quilts on it. 

I've seen two issues of FOLK Magazine so far, and I'm honestly pleasantly surprised at the amount of great content that is included in each one. These days, many magazine are so full of advertisements, so it's really a nice change of pace.

Ben and the team at FOLK are offering a great deal on their subscriptions as well. Just enter the code #FOLK for 50% off of the regular price. You can purchase your subscription here.

Plus, I'm giving away a subscription to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment below. The giveaway will end on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at midnight ET. Please be sure to include your email address in your comment if your blogger profile doesn't include it, so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Be sure to check out FOLK Magazine on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for daily doses of inspiration, too!

DS inspired improv blocks, in progress

The other day I shared a bit about my experience in Denyse Schmidt's improv patchwork workshop that I was lucky enough to attend at QuiltCon. Since I returned home last week, I haven't been able to get these blocks off of my mind. And I've added quite a few to the ten or so that I finished in Denyse's workshop.

I'm trying to construct the blocks as randomly as we did in Denyse's class. I even made my own version of scrap bags similar to those that we used in her workshop and have been choosing fabrics without looking. It really is a lot of fun to work this way and I love the result. 

Each block is totally unique and this technique forces you to use fabrics in combinations that you may never would have otherwise. And somehow, if you trust in the process, it all works out in the end.

You start to notice relationships between the blocks as they come together: the repetition of color, shape, and pattern in what seemed like completely random blocks.

This isn't the final layout of the blocks. I'm just hanging them on my design wall as I go, and in fact, I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with all of them. I have a couple of baby quilts that I need to make, but I wonder if something like this would be too much for a project like that.

Here are my two latest, which I finished the other night. The one on the bottom has a large piece of Denyse's corduroy for FreeSpirit fabrics and it adds such a great texture to that piece. I'll keep you posted on the progress of them and the finished quilt, or quilts, that they become.

P.S. Please excuse the poor quality of these photos. Most of them were taken late at night after the kids have gone to bed. They have been attached at my hip during the hours that they are awake...I think they missed me while I was in Austin, just a bit. :)
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