Traveling Quilts and a winner!

I’ve been a part of a new “bee” recently. It’s not really a bee in that it works differently… Each member started their quilt and each month it gets passed along to the next member who adds to it. And the best part? The last person to work on your top finishes the quilt for you – so at the end you receive a FINISHED quilt!

Traveling Quilts - John's so far

I’m desperately behind, but am going to catch up this week… meanwhile, John had started his top with the triangles on upper left, and Amber added the smaller blocks. I wanted to stick with triangles, but put on my own spin on it so I added the big ol’ triangle.

Traveling Quilts - my addition to John's

Here’s hoping the person who ends up putting this all together (it could be anyone along the way…) can make my big triangle work!

If you’re interested, you can see all of the quilts in progress in the Traveling Quilts Flickr group.

Ok – and now on to a winner for Shape Workshop for Quilters! Out of the 218 comments, the random number generator picked number 29.  Congrats to Chandra D – look out for an email from me!

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!

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

Here it is! Only one more to go after this!

Sew, Mama, Sew Modern Block of the Month - May

And the random number generator picked a winner of We Love Color! #128 who was Flavia. Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!

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??

Quick Little Quilt

Sometimes you’re working full time and you’re eight months pregnant and you’re working on QuiltCon, and you know what happens? You have very little time to sew!

Quilt Little Quilt

I managed to finish up this little baby girl quilt that’s a gift. Very simple, very quick!

Quick Little Quilt

Happy Monday everyone – hope you’re finding more sewing machine time than I am!!

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

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!

Brrr! quilt top and a giveaway

This weekend I got a quick little quilt top sewn up using the Brrr! fabric by Laurie Wisburn. The wind would not cooperate with me at all while I was taking this photo, but you get the idea…

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You all know that I’m not one to use a ton of patterned fabrics but I felt that a little went a long way with this adorable line. Even my husband thinks it’s really cute. Guess we’ll be keeping this one for the lil’ guy on the way!

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Oh but hey! There’s something for you too!

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How about fat quarters of the whole line? Drop me a comment and I’ll be picking a winner at random on Friday the 6th. Good luck!

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

The next block is now up!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Modern BOM - March

Check it out here.

Intersections

I finished up this quilt last week. I’d been working on it for quite a bit of time… It’s basically the quilt version of these placemats that are in Quilt Scene. The quilting took me forever and I have to admit – while I love the results, it’s hard to stay motivated to get this dense straight line quilting done. But now it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Intersections

The orange is a shot cotton and in person really adds to the quilt – those shot cottons are so pretty with the depth of color they have.

Intersections detail

Here’s a detail of the back… always easier to see the quilting on the back!

Intersections back detail

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