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Shimmer blog tour

Today it’s my stop on the Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics blog tour! What’s that you say? A blog tour for a fabric line? That’s right!

You all know that I’m not one to use many prints, but I’m always up for the challenge. So when Jennifer Sampou reached out to me about being a part of the tour I said sure!

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This line is filled with metallics so it’s very appropriately named! I love the additional interest that the shine gives to the fabrics. I decided to dive in and sew up a quick pillow with them!

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First I narrowed down the fabrics to my favs and of course threw in a lot of my beloved solids…

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Some piecing and chopping lead me to some triangles. I love to work like this, with no plan in mind and just letting the fabric lead me where it does…

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After messing around quite a bit with the options, I decided the orange-y red was wrong and some teal blue was right! I settled on a nice graphic line of the triangles, off set in the blue background.

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A ton of straight line quilting later, and the pillow is all finished up!

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Look at that Shimmer shimmer!

Do you want to win a charm pack of this fabric line? Just leave me a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Friday the 11th.

The giveaway is now closed and I have emailed the winner!

And you can also follow along with the rest of the blog tour:

April 1 – Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2 – Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3 – Me! Today!
April 4 – Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5 – Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6 – Stash Books
April 7 – Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8 – Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9 – Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10 - Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11 - Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson!
April 12 - Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13 - Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14 – Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15 - Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16 – Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17 – Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18 - Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up
April 21 - Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway FQ Pack of entire Shimmer Collection.

QuiltCon 2015!

Did you see the QuiltCon 2015 dates and teachers announcement?  It’s a year away but that’ll fly by quickly!

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Will you be going? I can’t wait!

 

Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!

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What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.

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First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!

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Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.

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When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!

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Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.

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After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.

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Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Well. Here we are at the end of another year! 2013 was a rough year for many and that included me. There were some really wonderful moments (QuiltCon!!) but plenty of hard ones too.  So I’m  ready to move on from 2013 and tackle 2014! I am excited for all that it will hold!

There HAS been sewing time over the past few weeks and that’s been wonderful.  I had really missed sewing machine time, so I found myself wanting to just sew without thinking too much.  So I made the same damned pillow 9 (actually almost finished with a tenth!) times! Ha. I’ll get the pattern put together soon!

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And when I look at my 2013 sewing as a whole, I’m actually surprised that there is this much. It’s nice to see it all together.

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So here’s to a New Year! Hope that yours is filled with love, family, friends and sewing!

Modern Solids Fabric Release Party!

It’s so exciting, my fabric is in shops now! I stopped in at Sew Modern yesterday, and there it was!

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Snatch some up – I promise that you’ll love them in person.

We’re also having a holiday/release party at Sew Modern on December 13th!

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Hope that those of you who are local to LA can come.  Would love to see you there!

And guess what?? I’ve been sewing! A couple of posts about it are coming soon.

Another quilt top finished!

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I’d designed this one in Illustrator a couple of weeks ago. It was very quick to sew up once I got started.

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The only step that’s a bit more difficult is squaring up the bias piecing.

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But I put the finished piecing up on my design wall, mark where I want to cut and then I cut away. Admittedly it would be really hard to do on a quilt that’s too big for my design wall. This 60″ x 75″ large throw pushed the limits!

I can’t wait to quilt this one – the quilting is going to add so much to it.

One another note – check back here Monday because I’ll be launching my 4th Annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Can’t wait to see you then.

Heather’s Cat Quilt and a good cause

My very good friend Heather, who I work with very closely for the MQG, is holding a fundraiser and I wanted to help to spread the word a bit.

The fundraiser is to raise money for LeyoMyoSarcoma research, a rare cancer (you can read about it here) that Heather was recently diagnosed with. Heather is a do-er and an incredibly strong person, so she’s tackled treatment head on and is now working to raise money for research for this cancer.

A group of us made Heather a quilt when we learned of her cancer. If you know her at all, you know she’s a huge fan of all things cat related. We instantly knew that a Cat Quilt was in order. But a MODERN Cat Quilt?? Eek. I’ll admit the challenge was scary to me! All I had to deliver was one block though so I dove in and came up with this:

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And here is Heather with the quilt all finished up!

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Elizabeth assembled the blocks in to the top and Angela added her beautiful quilting. It’s a fantastic quilt for an even more fantastic woman.

Can you spare a few dollars for her fundraiser? If so, please give!

Sisters

I was lucky enough to teach up at A quilters Affair and then go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Elizabeth and I also spoke at the Save it for Sunday event. The whole thing was great. I love Los Angeles, but I grew up in a town of 2000 people so it’s always really, really nice for me to spend time in a small town. Sisters, Oregon is so beautiful!

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Sisters, OR

It’s the type of place where you’re teaching and you look up to see this!

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Pretty fantastic.

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My students sewed up tons of great work…

The show was fantastic and I had a couple of quilts hanging in the teachers’ tent.

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And there were a few of my quilts hanging in the Save it for Sunday show.

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It was such an amazing venue. The trees and wildflowers…

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It was just so, so lovely.

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I was so lucky to spend the week there. It was a truly wonderful time filled with teaching, quilting and friends!

Mini Quilts for Sisters Class Samples!

I just spent the last week up in Sisters, OR for a week of teaching at the Quilters Affair and the Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show. It was an amazing week and I’ll get a blog post about it written up soon. Meanwhile, I thought I’d post all of the mini quilts that I sewed up for my various class samples.

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A few are made up of blocks from my Modern BOM over on Sew, Mama, Sew and the others are from blocks in Block Party.

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This is a my January block, sewn up with three fabrics, rather than four. (Yes, I still needed to finish stitching the binding when I had time to snap these photos.)

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The October block.


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The July block.


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The August block.

And finally a couple of different blocks from Block Party!

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It was so much fun to work with these blocks again and be able to get some quick projects sewn up. Lots of work to sew up so many, but it was great to be able to mix and match with colors and my usual use of solids. Now, what to do with so many minis??

Winner!

Catching up after a weekend up in Portland at Quilt Market. It’s always so much fun to see all of my sewing friends in person!

Oh hey! That's my block design in the Art Gallery booth! #quiltmarket

And how great see one of my Modern BOMs being used in a quilt the Art Gallery booth!

I’m finally finding time to announce the winner of Hand Quilted with Love. Exactly 100 of you commented and the random number generator gave me number 4. The winner is Kat! Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me.

A long weekend and some sewing is on the horizon. Hope you all squeeze in some sewing time too!

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