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We Love Color blog tour!

Today is my stop on the We Love Color blog tour.

We Love Color

I blogged a while back about the book and my quilt that is included. The book features lots of beautiful quilts!

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The focus of the book is all quilts made with only Kona Cotton solids. I’m supposed to pick my favorite Kona cotton color and that’s incredibly hard to do! Do I go with the one I use the most (Coal) or with a more vibrant fun color?? I guess I’ll go with something more exciting than a neutral and pick the yellow in this quilt because I love it a lot… Butterscotch. It’s a great color!

And did you know that there are 28 great new Kona colors?

28 Konas

As part of the tour we were asked to feature one of the new colors, and mine is Parchment which you can see in the photo above, third from the top on the right. It’s a nice tan-ish, taupe-ish neutral. There are so many great new vibrant colors!

The book tour has been running for awhile now and is wrapping up soon but you have another chance here to win a copy of the book and a bundle of all of the 28 new Kona Cotton colors! Comment telling me what you love about sewing with solid fabrics and I’ll post a winner on July 11th. Good luck!

Whipup guest post

Just a quick little note to say that I have a guest post up over at Whipup about my design process.

Check it out!

The best thing I’ve made!

Well this was going to be a post about our nursery for our soon to arrive son, but on Tuesday night, things all started happening and he arrived on Wednesday! A couple of weeks early, but big and happy and health. 7 lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches of boy! We’ve named him Gabriel David and we’ll call him Gabe.

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Pretty much no question that he’s the best thing I’ve made so far!!

Now on to some photos of the nursery that I took on Tuesday, just hours before I went into labor. It’s a small room, so it’s hard to photograph but we’ve had a great time putting it together.

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The quilt you see here was made by my friend Liz Harvatine and it’s so beautiful… It works perfectly in the room and we’re thrilled to have it.

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Next amazing quilt in the room is made by Jacquie Gering and boy do I love it.

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Not to worry – there will be a post in the future showing more detailed shots of all of the handmade goods this kid is lucky enough to have received. He is seriously one lucky lil’ guy!

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He’s so lucky that these little feet…

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…already have their first pair of Cons!

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So now that he’s here… I’ll really need to find the time to get started on making him a quilt!

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Winner of the Quilting Modern giveaway is Bronwen – congrats!  Keep a look out for an email from me.

Quilting Modern – weekend book party!

I’m so so happy to be a part of the Quilting Modern party this weekend! It’s been book give away central over here on the blog recently, but this one is not to be missed! I’m lucky enough to count authors Jacquie and Katie among my friends (we’ve actually spent time together in person!) and their book is really wonderful.

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For those people who know me, they’d probably agree when I say that I’m opinionated… ha. I am. And when it comes to modern quilting, I have a whole lotta opinions! I feel pretty strongly that it’s a specifically definable aesthetic movement. I think that modern quilting is waaaay more about design than it is about using a specific a line of fabric or currently on trend color combos. And in my opinion, this book, is really and truly an example of modern quilting.

Let me give you a glimpse of a couple of beautiful quilts in the book:

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And that’s just two of many quilts and projects!

Another wonderful thing about the book is that its focus is on improvisational piecing.

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Jacquie and Katie teach specific improv techniques, and readers are able to recreate the quilts, but no two will be identical. How inspiring!! I can only image how many people out there will pick up this book and be driven to come up with their own spins on these quilts – or entirely new designs altogether.

I’ll bet that you want a copy of this book, huh? Well you’re in luck since I’m giving one away! The good people over at Interweave have donated a copy. Leave a comment telling me what you love about modern quilting and a winner will be picked next week. Good luck!

And keep the Quilting Modern party going by checking out all of the other blogs taking part! Everyone is posting this weekend, so have fun clicking through now.

A Stitch in Dye

Fat Quarterly blog
Film in the Fridge
Generation Q
Happy Zombie
iheartlinen
Oh Fransson
One Shabby Chick
Pink Chalk Studio
Quilting is my Therapy
Red Pepper Quilts
Sew Mama Sew
Sew Take a Hike
West Coast Crafty
Whip Up
Wise Craft

It’s Fat Quarterly’s Book! Shape Workshop for Quilters

Today’s the day that is my stop on the book tour for this fun new book from the people over at Fat Quarterly!

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When I get a new book to check out, I always try to think about what sets it apart from other books… For me, that’s clear with this one.  More than a group of quilt patterns, this book teaches you a variety of different quilt blocks made with all different shapes.

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From there, it’s up to you to decide how you turn those blocks into a quilt top.  I love this idea of combining teaching with the reader’s personal creativity.  It’s so much fun to learn something and then put your own spin on it.  It leads to such a variety of interesting quilts, rather than a lot of exact duplicates!

But need a bit more guidance? There’s also lots of cute finished projects included. The book is really just full of lots of ideas, inspiration and guidance.

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And I’ll admit it, I was pretty thrilled to see myself quoted on the back of the book!

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Who would like to win a copy? Lark Books was generous enough to donate a copy to a reader so leave a comment here and I’ll pick a random winner early next week.

Follow along with the rest of the tour:

5/29 In Color Order
5/31 Comfort Stitching
6/4 Generation Q
6/7 Sew Mama Sew
6/12 Pat Sloan
6/14 WhipUp
6/18 Sarah Fielke’s The Last Piece
6/22 Fat Quarter Shop
6/26 Diary of a Quilter
6/28 Amy’s Creative Side
7/3 A La Mode Fabric
7/6 It’s Sew Kiki!
7/10 Craft Buds!
7/12 Craft Foxes
7/16 {sew} Allegorical
7/18 Wrap-up Party at FatQuarterly.com!

We Love Color

I was lucky enough to be asked to make a quilt for this great book awhile back…

We Love Color

It’s filled with wonderful quilts made by Elizabeth Hartman, Jacquie Gering, Kajsa Wikman, Malka Dubrawsky, Cherri House, Kathy Mack, Week Ringle & Bill Kerr, Valori Wells, Emily Cier, Lisa Call, Betz White, Amy Ellis, Jean Wells, Rita Hodge and Jennifer Sampou. Along with an interview with Denyse Schmidt. I’m pretty thrilled to be in such amazing company!

My Quilt in We Love Color

This is the one I made… had I know what the title of the book would be I might have used more, um, color but oh well! Ha.

So, who wants a copy?? Comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Monday!!

And in other news, I though I’d post a photo of just how pregnant I am these days.

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Hence the major slow down in quilting! The job I’m working right now doesn’t help either… that will end soon, but then the lil’ guy comes so I guess it’s good I’m getting used to not having as much sewing time, huh??

Brrr! Giveaway

I know I said I’d let you all know who the winner was on Friday but sometimes life just gets too busy, huh?

Anyhow – here we go! Out of 311 comments, the random number generator picked number 117!

Congrats to Judy – keep any eye out for an email from me.

Also, a few people asked what the background fabric is and it’s Robert Kaufman’s Yarn Dyed Essex Linen, Flax. It really reads just like linen in person but is great to work with because it’s a cotton blend. I can’t recommend it enough!

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A bit ago I was lucky enough to be sent some of Laurie Wisburn‘s latest fabric line Brrr! It’s so cute!

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I pulled some grays (because let’s be honest, when do I not??) and added what is fast becoming one of my favorite neutral fabrics, Robert Kaufman’s Yarn Dyed Essex Linen, Flax. It reads like a linen but is easier to work with since it’s a cotton blend. It’s gonna go so well with these lil’ polar bears!

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I made the first few cuts into the fabric this weekend and look forward to putting together a little (boy) baby quilt!

Hello 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope that you are all looking forward to all that 2012 will be.

Here’s a mosaic of a lot of the sewing I did in 2011.

2011 Mosaic

Things that I realize by looking at it all in one place: I’ve really moved away from using white as the negative space in my quilts, and I’ll never tire of improv pieced blocks that are just lotsa lil’ squares together. Actually, I shouldn’t say never. I used to sew wonky log cabins this often and I moved on from those! Makes me wonder what will be next!

In early 2011 I also finished sewing 20 more quilts that I can’t show you yet because they are all in Modern Minimal. Can’t wait to start showing them to you in the next couple of months when the book comes out!

2012 is going to be a big year for me! The next book comes out and I’m going to become a mother. Whoa. That last thing is a big one!

There are also big things in store for The Modern Quilt Guild! Did you see that we kicked off 100 Days of Modern Quilting? And there’s more – much more – coming down the pike for The MQG! What a great year it’s going to be. Hope that you’re all just as excited about it as I am!

Janome’s Friend-to-Friend Challenge

Have you guys seen that Janome is holding this big ol’ challenge? They are working to build their sewing and craft community, and one of the ways they are doing this is by expanding their friends and followers on Facebook. Here’s the challenge part: their goal is to hit 20,000 Likes on Facebook. When they hit that magic mark, they will give away an amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle: TWO great Janome Pink Ribbon machines plus a giant mystery bag full of patterns, books, fabric, notions and more from many of their featured Janome friends. Lots of great stuff for you and a friend to share!

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I love my Horizon so I am super excited to be one of Janome America’s featured friends and I’ve contributed one of my books to that mystery bag of goodies!

It’s easy to enter. First, click over to janome.com where you can read a little about me and the MQG, as well as some of Janome’s other great sewing friends. Leave a comment on the article, and you are automatically entered to win. You can leave a new comment each day, increasing your odds of winning. Then, click to Janome’s Facebook page, give them a “Like” and encourage your friends to do the same. There are almost 18,000 now and the sooner they get to 20,000, the sooner they’ll draw a random winner from the janome.com comments for that amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle!

You can read more about it here. Good luck!!

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