A plea for your vote.

Quiet

Things certainly have been quiet over here on the ol’ blog, huh? Hope you all had great weekends.  I finished up a quilt that you’ll see more of down the line. Lots of behind the scenes sewing happening over here!

Finishing Up

Later this week I leave town for the first of three trips, all happening in May.  I’m so excited for Quilt Market!  Mellow blog means busy life, right??

Block Party…

For REAL!

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I got an advanced copy earlier this week and it’s so crazy to finally have it here in my hands!  Monday  is my birthday and I’d say that this is a pretty great present!

It’s been a long process getting to this point. In October of 2008 (!) Kristen emailed me to see if I might want to start a bee with her. It was just one month later that she mentioned the idea of a book and we were instantly off and running with the idea.

Block Party is about quilts and community. In finding quilting a few years ago, I also found community and I really think that the book captures the spirit of that. There have been great friendships made through the bee.

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And needless to say, it’s a huge thrill that Denyse Schmidt, whose book inspired me to start quilting in the first place, wrote an amazing foreward for us!

And here’s a just a couple of the 12 quilts in the book!

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I really couldn’t be happier with the amazing job that Stash Books did.  It comes out so soon and I hope that you all like it too!

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Quilted Pillow Tutorial

I wrote up a simple quilted pillow tutorial for Janome recently.

Janome Pillow
You can find it here!

Janome Pillow detail
Such pretty stitches.

And now – the winner of Modern Log Cabin Quilting! Random number generator gave me number 19 out of 223 comments! So that’s Alice R. who says: “I love the tweaking of the traditional log cabin. What a beautiful book – I have book lust big time!” Congrats Alice – keep any eye out for an email from me!

And one last thing, Cate, my twin sister has her house in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest and it would be so great of you if you could click on over and “favorite” her place. You have to sign in or create an account but 1) I figure a lot of you already have an Apartment Therapy sign in name and 2) if you don’t it just takes a second to create one! Thank you!! I’m pulling for her and her place is seriously so cute.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting Blog Tour & Book Giveaway

When Susan Beal asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her new book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting I jumped at the chance.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’re certain to know that I have had quite the love affair with the log cabin block.

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There was a time when I would sew pretty much nothing but!  There’s so much room for creativity with them and as a beginning quilter I was comfortable there.  I loved that I had so much room to explore design while also using just this one simple construction method.  Modern Log Cabin Quilting shows just how much this is the case. Check out these two amazing and completely different quilts, both with log cabin blocks.

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Pretty great, right?  The book is filled with ten wonderful quilt patterns and loads of cute home dec.projects…

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…and bags too!

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The beautiful photography really shows off the fun and fresh atmosphere of all of the projects.

The generous people at Potter Craft have been kind enough to offer up a copy of the book for you! Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. (US residents only please.)  Good luck!

I’ll leave the giveaway open through the weekend and announce a winner on Monday!

Blue.

Lots of it in this quilt!

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Plus a little gray and just a tiny bit of golden yellow. And I seem to be on a dense straight line quilting kick these days.

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A friend from the LAMQG is adopting from Ethiopia and I made this quilt for Linus, her little baby boy!

Otherwise, did you see that Challenge 3 of Project Modern was announced? Check it out here!

My weekend.

First some piecing…

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…and then some quilting!

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Now I’m stitching the binding.

What did you get done this weekend?

So busy!

So awhile back I promised myself that I wouldn’t blog about not blogging and here I am breaking that promise.  Being freelance with my work, my quilting free time ebbs and flows.  After a very long time just quilting a ton (mostly stuff I can’t post here!), on Monday I started back up on a job.  So I’m in an ebb and I will be for about three months.  I’ll miss my sewing machine but the paychecks will ease the pain.

Meanwhile, the fabrics for the next quilt have been pulled!

Baby Quilt Fabric

Oh gray – why can’t I quit you?!?

Can’t wait to get cutting and sewing this weekend!

Apartment Therapy

Hey all! I’m super excited that the lovely Bethany from Apartment Therapy came and shot my sewing space recently.

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Check out the full post here!

Japan

We are all so terribly sad about what’s happened in Japan… Did you all see that Jacquie is giving a quilt away if you donate to the Red Cross? So generous of her!

Check out her post here
and please give what you can!

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