A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes, is a great new book that came out last month. Natalie spent many years as an interior designer in LA and has now focused all her design mojo on quilt patterns and quilting!
I’ve known Natalie for a few years now, going to Market, and interacting via email and online. The thing YOU need to know about Natalie, is how generous and encouraging she is. Her voice is very evident throughout the book, and she has taken some of the most important elements in design and offers them in quilting terms, giving you current tools for your quilting toolbox.
Color + Contrast + Composition
My favorite design element is contrast, and not always high contrast! I love creating subtle differences in quilts by using similar tones, and various scales of fabric. To … Read More »
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There seems to be NO shortage of amazing new books to add to our quilting libraries! Today’s review is for Imagine Quilts by my friend Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co., she’s taking everyday inspiration (including your fabric!), and showing you how her brain works, to make those ideas into beautiful quilts!
I love Dana’s voice throughout the book, and the 11 patterns that she’s included are fresh and unique. Her cover quilt, Posy Patrol, is a fun pattern full of gorgeous prints, both bright and muted tones. Ampersand is a great bold pattern, using beautiful solids, and inspiration to look around you for your own graphic quilt.
I love some of the different ideas and techniques Dana uses too! Using a dresden wedge to make this inspired quilt :
And the photography is really fun – they used a barn to … Read More »
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Hi there! It was brought to my attention last week that there are just 15 more Friday’s until Christmas! My first reaction was disbelief, but as I ticked the months off in my mind, I knew it was an accurate count. Currently, I’m not at all ready for the holidays, or to sew for them, but my friend Candy has a stellar new e-book full of beautiful handmade gifts for anyone on your list!
Create Handmade Gifts for All is a collection of Candy’s projects, made in her always beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with Candy’s work you should definitely check out her home online – CandiedFabrics it’s chalk full of info. Of course these projects would be beautiful … Read More »
I can hardly believe that it’s July, and not nearly ready to start thinking about sewing for Christmas. But if you are – I have the perfect book for you! Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place is packed with fun and festive projects for your home, and great gifts too!
I’m loving a number of these projects, and with over 20 to choose from there’s something for everyone! Bags, pillows, wall hangings, ornaments, and so much more. Take a look :
I think my favorites are the table runners in both of these groups. They are creative and festive, and would add the perfect touch of Christmas decor to the most used piece of furniture in my home – the kitchen table!
Would you like to win a copy of the book? Read on!
Leave me a comment to be entered to win an ebook … Read More »
Last fall my friends at ADORNit asked if I would design and make a quilt for them in some super cute new fabrics they had coming up. I had this pattern in my files, waiting for the perfect fabrics to make it – it was meant to be! Crazy for Daisy is full of happy colors and flowers! The hand of ADORNit’s fabrics is always soft with a good weight to it too. If you haven’t felt them you should :) With each new fabric line ADORNit produces a pattern book (check out the sweet yellow/grey color way!) with projects ranging from bags and framed art, to table toppers and quilts. Included in the Crazy for Daisy book is my Daisy Banners quilt : Crazy for Daisy is available now, ask for it in your local quilt … Read More »
I’ve been working on a few things that I can’t share this week, so I thought I would share a few things that have come through my inbox! There’s some great sales happening online that you will want to know about if you don’t already.
First of all, I have listed a few quilts for a sample sale –
I have loved making each of these quilts, but these aren’t all getting used, they need someone to love them :)
Baby Lock is hosting a super sweepstakes – you could win a whole sewing room!
Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 11th anniversary with free shipping!
They also have a Mega Quilt Market giveaway to enter over on their blog – $6300 in prizes!!
Interweave is hosting their annual sale – there’s tons of great items on sale here, click the banner below to visit … Read More »
Hi friends –
Thank you so much for all your kind words on my post last week! I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing community, and so thankful for each of you that stop by to read, or listen to the podcast, on a regular basis.
The winner of the book giveaways is :
Congratulations Betty! Hopefully you received my email already!
I’ve been kinda quiet online this last week, sewing a ton, and getting to the nitty gritty of pattern writing too –
It’s not always glamorous, but I do love it!
Hope your week is going great –
It’s time for a giveaway! (this really is my 1400th post!)
Honestly, I’m so thankful for the community, friends, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve found online – had I not started blogging six years ago, I’m not sure what I would be up to right now!
I love being creative and sharing my love of fabric, and beautiful design with all of you here. All the opportunities that I have worked toward over the last six years seem to have culminated last week, when sample yardage for my own fabric line arrived on my doorstep!
I set to work cutting up fabric for the patterns I’ve been planning, above is a quick peek at a few of the prints I designed for Moda (pinch me!). You’ll notice the fabric bears the same name as my … Read More »
Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend, I’ve been a busy bee, quilting for my deadline – I only wish I didn’t have to wait to share! For now, I am participating in Giveaway Day with the lovely ladies from Sew, Mama, Sew – if you haven’t checked out all the giveaways yet, enter here, then visit here.
For my giveaway, I am offering two books! First is Modern Neutrals, my third book, and second is Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe from a collection of talented bloggers, including myself. These books are great to keep, or give to your favorite quilter!
Between the two books there are 34 patterns included!
To enter to win, just leave me a comment, telling me what gifts you are making for the holidays.
I have a list I hope to sew, but also need to get a … Read More »
Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway last week! I love reading about your favorite colors – it sends me to my color card to check out all the different shades!
Linda is the winner – I have an email out to you Linda, please reply to claim your prize :)
I’ve been working on this quilt, over the last few days – I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, but it has been fun to work on! It’s not black and white, just took the color out until I can post the finish – any ideas on the fabric line(s) included?
More soon –
Hi there! Today, my friend Jackie, from Canton Village Quilt Works is giving away a fabulous Kona Roll Up! (There’s also a coupon code for Kona’s if you are shopping for yardage – read on!)
Canton Village Quilt Works is always stocked with bright and beautiful fabrics, and Jackie is quick to ship your purchases! If you don’t know Jackie already, she’s been a quilter for 18 years, longarm quilter for 12 years, has had her long arm quilting business for 12 years, opened her fabric shop 3+ years ago, she’s a designer for various quilting magazines, a National Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, and a quilting podcaster. I also happen to know she is coordinating a quilt show next week in her community, you can get more information here.
This Kona Roll Up is great for any number of projects and will be a great … Read More »
Hi there! I’m running a little behind in, everything, it seems, but I’ll get caught up soon. Today I have two winners to announce –
Jess is the winner of the Double Wedding Ring Templates! Remember to check out other blogs for another chance to win, or grab a set of templates here.
Julie is the winner of a copy of Modern Neutrals! Congratulations ladies – I’ve emailed you already.
I’ve been sewing on a top secret project, a little, hopefully I have time to get to a few little things I have in mind this week too.
What are you working on?