Monday, October 29, 2012
I haven't been making too much lately, but I did take some time to sew together this fantastic lounge pillow recently and I absolutely adore it! It's made from the gorgeous new Rock 'n Romance line by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, and I made the free project pattern available over on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog today.
I'd love to be able to share some of this amazing new fabric with a lucky reader! Want to win a fat quarter bundle of Rock 'n Romance? Simply leave a comment on this post and I'll randomly select a winner later this week. Since I haven't been around much this summer, I'd love to hear what y'all have been up to. What's your best memory of this past summer?
Good luck, and keep rockin'!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thanks for all of your great ideas for fabric choices for Julie's "Box of Chocolates" quilt. I'm happy to announce the winner of Julie's book, Skip the Borders, is Veronica of Vivid Felicity who said:
Veronica, I'm happy to send you the book if you promise to send a picture of that sure-to-be-fabulous quilt!
I'm back tomorrow with a new Fat Quarter Gang project for Art Gallery Quilts. See you then!
Monday, October 15, 2012
I'm back today to bring you the final stop on the Skip the Borders Blog Book Tour. Skip the Borders is the first book by blogger and quilter extraordinaire -- and one of my bestest quilting buddies -- the always fabulous Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts fame.
Skip the Borders is a collection of 15 quilt patterns, bound together by the fact that Julie has chosen to present them all without any borders at all. The running theme throughout all of the projects is that the designs themselves are the stars, and Julie shows them off by letting the design run from side to side and from top to bottom, without the framing effect of borders.
The book, quite ingeniously, is broken out into three sections: one-block quilts, two-block quilts, and outside-the-block quilts. It's pretty amazing to see how Julie creates such large-scale, original patterns using such simple elements. And through it all, Julie brings all of the voice and personality that is such a signature of her blog. Her writing is very conversational, and I felt like I was sitting at market with her again!
Instead of showing off several of the beautiful quilts in the book, I decided to just showcase my favorite. Box of Chocolates is one of the book's two-block quilts, and it is representative of some of my favorite quilts: simple to put together, a basic patchwork approach, and a design that showcases its fabrics. Plus, it may look like a square-in-square or log cabin block, but Julie introduces a strip-piece method to making these blocks that may surprise you.
I love this quilt, and it's only one of the 15 great projects in the book. Check out some of the other photos on the other stops of the blog tour.
The fact is, Julie is one of the best pattern writers in the business. Her patterns are easy to follow and accurate beyond belief. Plus, Julie always gives options to help personalize the quilt to best meet the quilter's needs. The book has a fantastic overview and basics section, which makes this a great book for beginning quilters.
Julie and the fab team at Martingale are giving away an ebook copy of Skip the Borders to a lucky Quilt Dad reader. Want to get your hands on this awesome book? I know you do! Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what fabrics you would use to make your own Box of Chocolates quilt. The pattern has such versatility, and I'd love to hear about all of the different ideas you have for this single pattern! I'll be picking a winner shortly.
Thanks for all of your entries in the Hexa-Go-Go book giveaway! I am pleased to announce that the winner is Amy of [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans, who said:
"It is a lovely book. Am I brave enough to try hexagons? I think I am - I've seen so many amazing things made with them that this book would encourage me to be brave :) Thanks for the chance."
Congratulations, Amy! Please email me with your contact information to redeem your prize.