Monday, September 29, 2014

Little Quilts Book Tour + Swap


Have you been following Sarah & Amy's Little Quilts book tour? It's to celebrate their adorable new book, Little Quilts, of course. And, like any good party, the fine folks at Cico Books are making sure there are goodie bags for partygoers; this time, in the form of a free copy of Little Quilts. Read on for more on how to win.

Mini quilts aren't for everybody, but long-time readers of my blog know that I love them. I love to make them, swap them, and receive them. To me, they scratch an itch when you want to play with a particular fabric, or try out a new idea or technique, or create something from start to finish when you don't have time for a full quilt. Plus, the whole aspect of swapping lets you make design decisions with someone else in mind. And I LOVE giving gifts.

That's why I was so excited not only to peruse this beautiful new book -- and, lets face it, everything that Sarah and Amy make is spectacular -- but also to participate in the book tour, because the tour is also doubling as a little quilt swap!



With my secret swap partner in hand, I had to decide what quilt to make in the book. On first glance, I passed this quilt (called Not Quilt Hawaiian) right by. Gorgeous, but … applique? Not my thing. I was deciding between two or three of the other projects in the book, but my mind kept coming back to this one. I figured that a little bit of fusible interfacing and the blanket stitch on my Bernina could be my best friends. And, with my partner in mind, I envisioned the most perfect color and fabric combination to bring it to life for her.


Flowers. Cats. And a little bit of bling in the form of gold ink in the Cotton & Steel background. Perfect for my partner. Any guesses on who it could be?



Honestly, this might be one of my favorite things that I've ever made. All of that machine stitching took a while, but it was totally worth it. The way the teal of the floral print matches the background and the use of pink Aurifil thread just makes the whole thing sing.

And really, who can resist those peek-a-boo cats?


I'm totally not a cat guy -- AT ALL -- but this print won me over. I don't remember the name of the print or the manufacturer, but I picked it up at Pink Castle Fabrics when I was there a few months back.


My bottom line on the book itself? It's fabulous. But I didn't expect any less. Gobs of great designs and color and print inspiration -- definitely a book I'll come back to again and again. And it's all wrapped around a wonderful story -- one of two friends living oceans apart that were brought together by a shared love of their craft. It just doesn't get any better than that.


Want to win a copy of Little Quilts, courtesy of Cico books? Simply leave a comment on this post and answer one of these two questions:

  • Who do you think this quilt was made for? (Hint: all of the stops on the blog tour are listed on Sarah and Amy's blogs.)
  • What two fabrics do you think would make an amazing Not Quite Hawaiian quilt?
I'll randomly select one winner next week. Good luck!


52 comments:

  1. Easy. That has Katy written all over it. :)

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  2. I love the quilt but I love that fabric! LOVE it!

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  3. Katy Jones! Just her thing, lucky girl.

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  4. I'd love to make that quilt in blue and white.

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  5. Great quilt - how about some Chicopee on a solid coloured background?

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  6. Love the quilt, but I have no idea who you made it for, so I will tell you that I would use a batik background closer to blue and a batik in a green as the accent. I know what I see in my mind, but I couldn't find it online right now.

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  7. I'd like to see it in a Faffe print on a black or gray background.

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  8. Hawaiian is on my bucket list, but I wouldn't even know where to start, except for fabric selection; Kona Wasabi and some little pink cats. ( You're a trend setter, what can I say?)

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  9. My money is on Katy (imagingermonkey). She loves a bit of gold!

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  10. Katy is the first person I thought of...even without looking at the list!

    btw...you did a fabulous job on the blanket stitching...I sure wish my machine had that stitch!!!

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  11. Red print on white on white background

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  12. Hmm. Machine appliqué. I can do that. I wonder is my swap partner would like this?

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  13. Love this little quilt and your blanket stitching. I'd probably go with a bright multi-color print on a white or gray background.

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  14. I think Kona solids in leafy green and ocean blue would be lovely.

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  15. A bright orange on mint green with pale yellow stitching.

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  16. Yellow and blue a combo of solids and prints.

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  17. Love your mini! Great choice of abrics as well. I'd love to make this with a green batik and an 1800 creme background, mixing the two like Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts does.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll@gmail.com

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  18. I would guess with the small print you had Katy jones in mind. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  19. Could it be Sue Spago? Love the cat print. Sincerely, Paula K.

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  20. I love your interpretation of this quilt! My guess is Katy, too. And don't you think this would be amazing in some lower volume Carolyn Friedlander prints? I just might have to try that.

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  21. I really like your choice of fabrics.

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  22. I think the Not Quite Hawaiian would look good in any two of the Horizon fabrics. Maybe with the lighter fabric as the applique piece and a darker fabric as the background. ljbisme at msn dot com

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  23. i think it's for Pam Kitty Morning. If I made a Hawaiian quilt, I'd probably do something run-of-the-mill like teal and white

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  24. My guess is Katy Jones as well. This mini is seriously bananas!! I love it.

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  25. I love those peek a boo cats! I am thinking Katy would like it too? tks

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  26. Not quite Hawaiian using Robert Kaufman yarn died linen in steel with pink print Liberty Tana Lawn would be fun.

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  27. i would say Katy J! I think Essex yarn died linen in black with 4 different colors of oakshot

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  28. My guess is Katy. I would like to see it with blue and white.

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  29. I would say Katy. I think it would be pretty in purple and pale lime

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  30. I think your gorgeous quilt was made for Kay J. Love the little kittens in that fabric.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  31. If that quilt isn't for Katy Monkey then I'll eat my hat!

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  32. I know I'm boring, but I have to go with Katy J as well!!

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  33. I would use white background with a turquoises, red, white print..I LOVE mini quilts!! I love "SWAPPING" mini quilts too!

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  34. My guess was that ginger monkey too! Glad to see others thought so too. Your version is so adorable, I wish it was for me!!!

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  35. This is gorgeous!!! I would choose a floral pattern for the design and a solid for the background... I just bought some Liberty Lawn fabric in blues and a solid Kona gray back ground would look pretty swish together!!! I am saving your project on my Sew Sweet Pinterest board!!!!

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  36. Another vote for Katy Jones. Love this book! Thanks for the giveaway

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  37. Katy. Love that quilt. I would go with my usual blues and yellows. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. My guess is also Katy. I'd love to make it in red and white.

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  39. This is really pretty. I think a darker patterned background like Bonnie Christine's Orchard Blossom in Spring, with a smaller print like Garden Gate in Citron for the design.

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  40. Love the kitty and flower print!

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  41. OK, judging by what the others are posting, my guess is that this quilt is for Katy! I'd love to see this quilt made in purple and lime green...my favorite color combo!

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  42. Because of the cute little kitties on the fabric, my guess is that it is for Pam Vieira-McGinnis - IG @pamkittymorning.

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  43. Must be for Katy. Who could not love this.

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  44. I can imagine this with a black background and a bright batik design, but there are so many possibilities!

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  45. I think it's for Pam Kitty Morning!

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  46. So lovely!!! I'd love to see that mini done in the Denise Schmidt modern solids. :-)

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