Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour


 I'm excited to share a brand new quilt top that I just completed inspired by Nancy Zieman's new book, Quick Column Quilts, as part of her blog tour today. For those of you who are visiting as part of the tour, welcome! I'm glad you're here and I hope you poke around a bit. For my regular readers, Nancy is giving away a ton of amazing prizes as part of the tour, and nothing would make me happier than for a Quilt Dad reader to win a new sewing machine, some fun fabrics and sewing notions, or any of the other great prizes up for grabs. More on that later. But first, the book ...


For anyone who's looked through my book, Beyond Neutral, you know that I have a tendency to design and piece my quilt tops in columns rather than rows. It just seems to be the way my brain is wired. That's why I was excited to read about Nancy's approach to designing and creating column-oriented quilts.

Here's the description of the book from its Amazon page:
Modern. Streamlined. Quick. 
The benefits of quilting with columns are clear: in very little time, you can piece together a stylish, no-fuss quilt. This fresh approach to quilting from author Nancy Zieman is perfect for first-time quilters and anyone looking for a change from traditional quilt designs. Start small with the Dotted Columns Wall Hanging or go big with the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt--with 13 quick and easy projects to choose from, you may just make them all!



I was inspired to create a new quilt top based on one of Nancy's quilts, the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt. Rather than buying new fabric for the project, I shopped from my stash and decided to use a small collection of the Imperial Pheasant collection by Eleanor Grosch that I had in my stash. I've always loved the imagery and purple / navy / red color combination of this line. Because the pattern calls for a contrasting print for the narrow columns and borders, I used a favorite Amy Butler print that I had left over from a quilt back. I really like they way they play together.


Nancy uses solid fabrics for her quilt in the book, but I enjoyed playing with the contrasting prints. I only had a half-yard bundle of the Imperial Pheasant prints,which was not enough to make a full quilt top, so I offset the pieced section of the quilt with a wide swath of solid. It's hard to tell in the photos, but this is a purple Peppered Cotton that I absolutely adore. It's the perfect complement to tone down the busy pieced section, and its shimmery texture adds just the right amount of panache.


Can't wait to get this one off to a long-arm quilter to work some magic!


OK, are you ready for some giveaway prizes? 

First, I get to reward one reader with a free copy of Quick Column Quilts! Simply leave a comment on this post to be eligible to win.

For a chance to win something from the mother load of prizes, head over to Nancy Zieman's blog. Nancy will be hosting a grand giveaway of 15 prizes. You must comment on Nancy’s September 4 blog post to qualify for the giveaways. 


There's a chance to win a free book at every one of the Quick Column Quilts blog tour stops. Be sure to go check them all out!

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman
09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.
09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny
09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                
09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama
09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan
09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day
09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around
09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio
09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair
09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs
09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

Good luck!

51 comments:

  1. This looks like a fabulous book!

    nehanson@shaw.ca

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  2. Thanks to Nancy I've discovered your blog. I'll be back to check you out again in the near future. Thanks for the chance to win Nancy's book. It looks amazing.

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  3. I added your blog to my list to follow. saw your book at a local quilt store and was very impressed with your quilts!

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  4. My brain wants to piece horizontally so using columns would be an interesting challenge.

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  5. I like the large section of negative space next to the smaller chevron section of your quilt top. It's a cool look.

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  6. Love your fabric choices for this quilt, the Peppered Cotton really adds zing to the patterned fabrics.

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  7. Just finished my first quilt top w a dark gray as my background and love it. Looking forward to making plenty more - especially with inspiration from this book.

    Kimberly
    kbaird0903@gmail.com

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  8. Your quilt is beautiful, thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. I love the Any Butler fabrics you picked . . . great visual quilt!

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  10. Great idea for quick quilts. I'd like to win a copy of Nancy's book.

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  11. I will have to try thinking vertically on my next quilt!!

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  12. Great quilts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I love the Chevron quilt!! Yours is way cool too! Is on my Gotta Make List already...and the book is on my Wish List! lol Would love to win it!

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  14. You just inspired me to start a column quilt. I think I'll start simple with squares of fabrics from Sierra Leone.

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  15. Fabulous chevron quilt! I seriously need to try this peppered cotton fabric - love the look. Never done a row quilt, but a great concept for my next quilt. Thanks so much!

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  16. I love your take on the Chevron quilt! This looks like a book with lots of great ideas.

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  17. I love quick, especially when there isn't much time for sewing. Thanks for the chance for the book.

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  18. Like others I never knew about your blog until today. I love your quilt and fabric choices you used inspired from Nancy's new book. I really enjoyed your story and browsing your blog. You have some lovely projects.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Fabulous quilt!!
    This look a great book.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your quilt. Your colors are especially interesting.

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  21. I love instant gratification. I looks like the quilts in this book are fairly quick- so instantly gratifying!

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  22. You had me at Nancy Zieman. Sign me up for the drawing.

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  23. I love your quilt top. Having half be solid really lets the pattern stand out. And perfect colours!!

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  24. I wonder if columnal thinking is a right brain/left brain thing?!! To think in columns is a new concept for me, although I have seen many antique quilts made in columns.

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  25. Just when I've fallen in love with your neutrals quilts, you toss in a purple one--and I really like it! Love your work!

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  26. Love your take on Nancy's quilt…and the color. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Quilts in columns or rows are the best really because you can sew them in sneaky bits of time :)

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  28. I am itching to try a few of the projects from this book- the chevron being one of them! I love the colors and prints you used- gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  29. I have been inspired by Nancy Zieman's books and tutorials for years, and I'm excited to see her newest book.
    Love your version in purples.

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  30. Love your quilt colors! I haven't tried a column quilt but now I think I'll try.

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  31. This book would make a perfect Christmas Gift for my girls who are just starting to quilt. Here's hoping I can win one for myself. kthurn@bektel.com

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  32. Just started quilting diamonds. Love this!

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  33. I will be interested to see how this quilt looks finished. I like shopping from my stash too!

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  34. Your chevron quilt is beautiful. I like the contrast of the solid to the busyness of the prints. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  35. I'm a first-time visitor, I found you by following Nancy's blog tour and have had fun going through your posts and tutorials. You're def going on my blog list! I love the fabric you used for your Happy Go Lucky.

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  36. Love your quilts, enjoyed your book tour and now this one. Thanks.

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  37. Hello- I really 'get' the column vs row thing, too. Didn't realize it til i read your blog, though. The Happy Go Lucky Chevron is my favorite... but your use of stash really inspires me as I do have some small amounts of special fabrics that could be used this way. Thanks for showing me the way, and this chance!

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  38. This is an awesome fresh approach. Thanks!

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  39. I really love this! I think this is one of the best patterns in the book and lends itself to so many interpretations. You did awesome - as usual!

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  40. Hi John I love your quilt and your work - I have voted for it

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  41. La ragione popolarità di ristorante milano è che essi presentano i pasti nel modo più fantasioso e creativo possibile. Ogni piatto è come un'opera d'arte per chef italiani. Sono gli unici ristoranti che producono le pizze da 20 pollici, che hanno respirato varie verdure diverse, frutti di mare, le spezie e carni che non si sarebbe nemmeno pensare di combinare.

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