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Rectangle Blues

Have you all seen Quilt Scene?? So much great stuff in here!

Quilt Scene

I was lucky enough to have a quilt pattern published in it!

Rectangle Blues on Couch

Rectangle Blues in Mag

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And the Modern Quilt Guild also got a nice mention!

MQG Mention

I made this quilt a while ago… so nice to finally be able to blog about it! I used a lot of Moda Crossweaves in it.  They are so beautiful!  A couple more photos…

Rectangle Blues on Rocking Chair

Quilting Rectangle Blues

Want a copy of the magazine?  Just leave me a comment.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

And it’s back to the sewing machine for me… Hope you all have great weekends ahead of you!

Sewing room snippets

Blocks for Liz

Some bee blocks for Liz.

Beans

And Beans overseeing things.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I spent mine in the sewing room, how about you?

A space quilt??

Yes!  A space quilt!  A while back, the designer for Etsy’s amazing space themed conference room got in touch.  Would I like to make a space quilt to be hung in the room?  Needless to say, this was a daunting task.  But I love a challenge so I took it on.

How to make a quilt that is a glimpse of “space” (as in outer space – this was not a theoretical space…it had to be outer space) yet also keep my aesthetic?  It was no easy task!

Space Quilt

Think I managed ok?  Stars or spaceships?? It’s up to you!  I was thinking stars (you know – like streaking by ’cause you’re at warp speed, right??) but my husband though spaceships so I figured that’s part of the idea – interpret it as you’d like.

White Binding

And white binding!  Not something I’ve otherwise done but I thought it worked well to frame the dark blues and blacks… I used a lot of Quilters Linen in this.  Thought that it was nice for add texture but not a patterned fabric.

There’s more photos of the finished conference room here!

A Baby Girl Quilt!

Katie, a friend from The LAMQG is having a baby girl!  I made her this cute simple quilt.

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Nice and pink but some green mixed in!

I did some fun and easy curly quilting.  I really like this simple and whimsical quilting for a baby quilt.  Keeps it nice and soft.

Some Green Detail

And a simple back – I do love those Wildwood trees!

Some Green Back

Action Kivu follow up!

It’s been just over two months since the Action Kivu sewing workshop fundraiser that I held right here on my blog. I’m sure you all remember that we raised $10,510!! So impressive!

We are lucky enough to be able to concretely see the fruits of our giving through some photos of the women in the workshop with their new machines that our fundraiser bought them.   Because of our fund raising they have also been able to move the workshop to a much safer location.

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It’s pretty great to know that together we’ve done some real good here!  And we’ll be doing it all over again next year!

Meanwhile, please remember that Action Kivu is always taking donations. Perhaps you can set up a monthly donation? It can be small! And if you have more time than money, maybe your guild would like to raise some money with a charity quilt?   Or perhaps you’d like to throw a bake sale at your church?   Any amount helps these women who have been through so much and who are improving their lives with sewing.

Winners!

I used the random number generator to pick two winners from the Practical Guide to Patchwork book and fabric giveaway!  So many of you commented!

The lucky winners are:

The book: Number 389 – Cristi

The fabric: Number 284 – Bev

Congrats to both of you and keep an eye out for my email!

The Practical Guide to Patchwork book review and giveaway!

**Comments are now closed – I will post the winners on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd!**

Today it’s my turn on the Practical Guide to Patchwork blog tour!

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I was so happy to be asked to be a part of this tour. I have been reading Elizabeth’s blog since I started quilting and it has played no small role in my learning to quilt.  I’m certain that this is also the case for a lot of you reading – her tutorials and instructions have always been so well done.   I’m so happy to report that her book perfectly reflects her amazing skills!

First off, it starts with an entire section on all of the quilting basics…

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All the info you’d ever need to make a quilt, from start to finish – laid out in Elizabeth’s clear and informative style.   This alone makes the book worthwhile but there are also 12 great patterns included.

Some simple…

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…and some a touch more involved.

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For all of the patterns Elizabeth gives alternate fabrics suggestions.  That’s not something you see in most quilt books and it really encourages the reader to think about the patterns in different colors and be inspired to come up with combos of their own.

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People have often asked me for quilting book recommendations and I often struggle to name just one as I find some have great inspiration and some have great instructions, but often they don’t have both…  Until now!  The Practical Guide to Patchwork really provides both and is overall a beautiful book.  Definitely one to add to your library!

So now on to the giveaway!   Stash Books and Elizabeth are giving away one copy of the book to a lucky winner! Just comment on this post and you’ll be entered into the giveaway.

But it doesn’t end there, Elizabeth is also giving away this great fat eight bundle and a second lucky commenter will win the bundle!

Alissa Eighths

Good luck to all of you!  And don’t forget that the blog tour continues:

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads
Tuesday, November 2: Rossie
Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick
Thursday, November 4: True Up
Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio
Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

I will close comments on Monday, Nov. 1st at 9:00 PM PST.

The Practical Guide to Patchwork blog tour

Did you all see?? The blog tour for Elizabeth‘s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, starts today!

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Be sure to check all the great posts for your chance to win the book. I’m thrilled to be a part of the tour and hope that you’ll follow along each day!

Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 27: Sew Mama Sew

Thursday, October 28: Film in the Fridge

Friday, October 29: I Heart Linen

Saturday, October 30: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

Sunday, October 31: Handmade by Alissa

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads

Tuesday, November 2: Rossie

Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick

Thursday, November 4: True Up

Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio

Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

Finished Plaid Quilt Top

Finished up this quilt top!  Happy with the results… now I just need to figure out how I’m going to quilt it.

Plaid Quilt Top

Question:  Should this be the first pattern I sell in my etsy shop? I feel like it could be great in so many different color schemes and it really sews up quickly. Would you be interested in buying it if it was for sale?

Happy Monday to all of you!

Inspiration check in…

Did you all see that it’s the halfway point on Project Modern’s first challenge? How are you all coming along??

There’s so much inspiration to be found everywhere…

A while ago I spotted this photo over on Cathy of California’s blog

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It’s a contemporary woven wall hanging by Eve Gulick.

I’ve asked my Bee Imaginative members to make me blocks inspired by this weaving and I know I’m going to be thrilled by the results… I sent off the fabric…

Bee Imaginative Fabric

And the blocks are starting to be made!

Check out what Rita made me:

Bee Imaginative - Swap block for Alissa

And I made my block already…

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This quilt, is going to be so great. What’s inspiring you these days? Why not make a quilt about it and enter it into Project Modern??

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