Some new fabric

My mother was in Japan recently and was nice enough to bring me back some fabric! I didn’t even put in a request – she just knows me! (I did inherit my love of fabric from her after all…)

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My favorites are these cats, bunnies and owls.

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I mean that lil’ grey striped cat?? Seriously! These are definitely going to be used in some baby quilts!

The winner of the Little Bits Quilting Bee book is Vicki! Congrats and look out for an email from me.

Little Bits Quilting Bee blog tour

Today is my stop on the Little Bits Quilting Bee blog tour!

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First off, this might seem odd, but I have to just comment on the actual physical feel of this book. It’s hardcover and has a pocket on the inside holding all of the templates you need for the included patterns. it’s just a solid, pretty book. Rare to come across a hardcover quilting book like this and I have to say, I really like it.

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The focus of the book is patterns to use precuts with. Now if you read my blog and keep up with my quilting, you’ll know that I simply never use precuts. That said, any and all of these patterns can be used with your stash – either yardage or scraps!

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There’s also 20 pattern in the book – a lot! There’s definitely something for everyone considering just how many patterns are included.

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The book also contains loads of important info – all you need to know to make a quilt and so many resources and references as well. Along with being super informative, if I had to use one adjective for the book, it would be cozy. There’s just something about the photography and the great hand drawn illustrations that make reading the book a comfy way to spend some time!

Do you want to win a copy? Chronicle Books have been nice enough to donate one! Just leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday. U.S. shipping only (sorry!).

And follow along with the rest of the tour:

Tuesday, November 15 – West Coast Crafty & Foxy Art Studio
Wednesday, November 16 – Patch Andi
Thursday, November 17 – In Color Order
Friday, November 18 – Kristin La Flamme & Camp Follower Bags & Quilts

Monday, November 21 – Quilt Dad
Tuesday, November 22 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home

Habitat Challenge quilt

The LAMQG had its November meeting last night. It was time for the reveal of our projects for the Habitat Challenge. You can see all of the projects here if you’d like.

We Skyped with Jay McCarroll and it was a a ball…He is a total crack up.

LAMQG Nov. meeting

Then he hung out with us as we all showed our projects. He was so great about giving individual feedback to everyone!

Here’s the quilt I made. It’s similar to the other one I recently made.

Habitat Challenge quilt

For the challenge we were allowed to add all the solids we wanted, but only use the Habitat line otherwise. I took these pictures after washing the quilt so it’s nice and crinkly!

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I used more of the line on the back, along with my go to Kona Coal.

Habitat Challenge quilt

On to other things!  The winner of Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene magazine is Janine – keep an eye out for an email from me!

And finally, Action Kivu gets 50% of the proceeds from sales of jewelry from Ember Arts through Dec. 7th. They have some really beautiful jewelry – maybe you wanna do some Christmas shopping AND do a good deed?

Fall Market & a giveaway

Market is HUGE.

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This photo shows less than half of it… It’s absolutely enormous and it takes a long time to walk the whole floor. Anything you can imagine that is related to quilting is there… From long arms to notions to fabric to embellishments. It can be overwhelming. I got home and realized I didn’t take enough photos and besides, I’m sure you’re seeing recaps on other blogs (and if not Katy took loads of great photos) and check out True Up for pictures of all of the new fabric lines coming out. There were the usual handful of booths I found pretty but it’s a big blur of STUFF.

Along with that, and less of a blur, are all of the people! It’s sorta like summer camp for quilters – all of your friends you saw last time are there again this time and you don’t get enough sleep and you have a ball. It’s really just so much fun. Everyone is also working hard, (it’s a trade show after all) but it’s a really good time to catch up with everyone in person.

Also released at Market is Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene! A big ol’ magazine with lots of content.

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I have a place mat project in there…

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…and I knew my sewing space was being featured too but I was surprised to open up the magazine and find a two page spread on it!

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So who wants a copy? Leave a message here and I’ll pick a winner early next week!

Modern Circle Pillow

I’m just home from Quilt Market and it was an amazingly fun whirlwind. I’ll post a bit more about it later this week but meanwhile, I have a pillow pattern up over on Janome’s site.

Modern Cicle Pillow

Check it out over here!

Busy quilting

Making big progress on my Habitat Challenge quilt!

Quilting the Habitat Challenge quilt

I don’t know when I’m gonna move on from the straight line quilting… so in love with it these days!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Modern Block of the Month – October

It’s up!

SMS Modern BOM - October

Check it out here!

Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts

So guess what? I have another book coming out!

The title says it all really… 20 modern, minimal quilt patterns. Check out the cover:

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Stash Books is releasing it and it comes out early next year. You can pre-order it now and see a little bit more here!

MQG Survey

Did you see that The MQG put together a survey to get to know all of its members?

I hope that you’ll take a minute to fill it out!

Thanks so much!

 

The winner of the Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric bundle is Lindsay – keep an eye out for an email from me!

Sew Modern online!

Some of you may have noticed that I have some sponsors over on my sidebar now. One of them is Sew Modern, my local shop where I also teach. We are so lucky here in LA to have access to such a great shop that carries so many of the wonderful new fabrics out there. I mean c’mon now, they carry EVERY color of Kona Cotton! How many people get to see that when they walk in to a shop?? We are a lucky bunch. But now you’re lucky too because Sew Modern has just launched an online shop! Click on over and check it out – and don’t forget their sale section – it’s pretty killer…

Now it’s not every day that I go bonkers for a fabric, but now and then, some comes along that makes me feel faint. These latest arrivals at Sew Modern, Yoshiko Jinzenji’s fabrics, are some of those!

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The second they showed up in the shop I snagged two yards of each. They are so unique and gorgeous.

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In celebration of launching their online shop, Sew Modern is giving away a half yard set of these three beautiful, sophisticated fabrics. Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Friday.

P.S. The winner of the copy of Modern Mix was Sam. Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!
P.P.S. I know it’s been giveaway central over here recently. Not on purpose – just a timing thing. I promise I’ll be posting some actual sewing at some point! Ha.

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