Welcome to my stop on the 15 Minutes of Play book tour! 15 Minutes of Play by, my friend, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, is a keeper!
15 Minutes of Play is one of those you books you want to sit down and slowly ingest, and then hurry to the sewing machine to put the ideas into practice. The nature of Victoria’s narrative draws you into the source of her inspiration, and she guides you to find own, and create beautiful quilts.
V shares her methods for “made-fabric”, offers block patterns to inspire quilts of your own design. She has also included many inspirational quilts, many made by others, to give you a feel of how individual the process can be. By playing for just 15 minutes each day, as V suggests, your creative juices are always flowing and ready … Read More »
Today I’m giving away this fab pillow, made by yours truly – the pattern is Round & Round from Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting by my quilter and friend Natalia Bonner. I love how the pillow turned out and hope that you do too!
To win, leave me a comment, telling me what, if any gifts you still plan to make this month.
I need to make a couple (5) teacher gifts, and a little something for each of my kiddos! I better get started!
Visit Sew, Mama, Sew to enter more great giveaways!
I’ll select a winner on Friday, December 7 – Good luck!
The Festival begins on Friday! Are you ready? I hope so! I have a bit of work to do before I am, but most of the sponsor details are in place, and you will see them popping up on my sidebar later this week!
If you don’t have your button yet – add the code to your sidebar, or share it in a post. The code is in my sidebar (it doesn’t like to be in posts…). The linky will be open this Friday (October 26) through the following Wednesday (October 31), after that there will be a nomination form available for your favorites. If you are scheduling your post ahead be sure to include a few specifics about your finished quilt:
Special Techniques used, if any
This will help with the nomination process later – thanks!
I also have a few … Read More »
It is book central here lately! I enjoy a glimpse into books before I purchase, and I hope you do too!
Home Sweet Quilt is by the talented and sweet Jill Finley, also the creative force behind Jillily Studio, and fabric designer for Henry Glass Fabrics!
Home Sweet Quilt is written in four different sections, each a different area in our homes that flourish with the addition of a quilt, or quilted decor accessory. The section with kitchen accessories is fantastic but this appliqued pretty, Overture, caught my eye, I love the shapes included, and the piecing is a perfect addition in the borders.
Jill has included her signature methods for applique, with detailed instructions for finishing by hand or machine. It’s hard to tell in the image, but … Read More »
I’m so excited to be the next stop on Natalia’s book tour! In the Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Natalia is giving all of us the knowledge and tools to work her beautiful quilting patterns into our quilts at home!
Natalia has added a theme to the tour : It’s a Family Affair, I know for me anytime I’m sewing, I’m always surrounded by my family! My kids love fabric, and have been asking to make another quilt recently. My mom taught me to sew garments as a girl, along with the 4-H ladies, and since teaching myself to quilt, I’ve been teaching my mom the in’s and out’s of quilting! Quilting is definitely a family affair here – we’ve come full circle!
Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a perfectly organized … Read More »
Hi friends! There are a number of new machine quilting books, and I think they all have something to offer the home quilter! Personally I love to collect books, and was happy to receive a copy of The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting for review.
Joanie Zeier Poole has collected her knowledge of quilting and teaching quilting in this concise volume. She encourages the beginning quilter to jump in, and the experienced quilter to try something new!
The chapters are well organized, full of details about your sewing space, preparing your quilt, and quilting. Joanie also includes a few patterns to develop and practice new skills. Finally, there’s a chapter devoted to quilting designs, she includes multiple motifs, and examples of how you might use them in your quilts.
Part of setting … Read More »
Today, I’d like to introduce you to my newest sponsor, Jennifer of Tactile Fabrics!
Tactile Modern is a small independent quilt & specialty fabric shop that specializes in modern 100% organic and premium cotton fabrics for sewing, crafting and quilting. Jennifer has come from a long line of seamstresses and has always loved fabric and sewing. Also, coming from the corporate world of interior architecture Jennifer is inspired by modern art and enjoys the process of designing and creating patterns through modern quilting.
Her shop offers a selection of bundles and organic yardage from Cloud 9 and Birch fabrics. She also offers premium cottons. Today’s giveaway features fabrics from Birch Organics and Anthology Fabrics.
Aren’t they great? Such fresh colors and prints!
Enter to win this fat quarter bundle by leaving a comment here on this post.
Tell me which of … Read More »
Hi all! My Schoolhouse Rocks quilt made it home, and we made it outside for some pictures yesterday! I had fun working on this quilt, it’s bright and cherry, with traditional blocks, and lots of quilting on my domestic machine.
All the schoolhouse blocks are made with a different fabric, I pulled small and medium scale prints in a rainbow of colors from my stash. Each block I worked on was a new favorite! I think a teacher would love this quilt with student signatures in the background fabric.
To make your own version, check out Generation Q’s Fall Issue.
The full pattern is included in the magazine, and the whole issue is inspiring and a great read!
I have a copy of Generation Q to giveaway – … Read More »
Hi friends, and welcome to those of you that may be visiting for the first time! I’m Amy Ellis, quilter, blogger and author too – feel free to poke around and get to know me better if you haven’t stopped by before.
Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts, by friends, Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms, includes photographs of beautiful vintage quilts, and 10 fabulous quilt patterns inspired by antique quilts! Personally, I tend to lean toward larger pieces, but these small pieces have me reconsidering. I was instantly drawn to Homeward Bound, a quilt that was pieced in solid blues and black.
It’s stunning, and I wanted to make a project inspired by it, so I decided to tackle a slightly smaller quilt, while still using small pieces. This way I could make use of the tips included in … Read More »
Giveaway is closed & the winner is::
Elizabeth Johnson from In The Boon Docks!
Today my friends at Fat Quarter Shop are giving away a new Jelly Roll!
Fat Quarter Shop has the best array of fabric! You can find any style you desire, and it always is in your mailbox quickly! I love watching their coming soon page, week to week to see what they will have in stock next. I also love how easy the site is to navigate, all the different options to browse through…Manufacturer, Designer, Fabric Line or Theme. Fat Quarter Shop carries all the basics too, and tons of books, patterns, and clubs. Have you joined one of those yet? I’m always tempted to join a club, but haven’t jumped in. The clubs include, charm packs … Read More »
You all left the best comments on last week’s giveaway! I can hardly believe how long some of you have worked on projects – in case you need or want motivation to finish those UFO’s, check out my challenge here. One lucky winner will receive this fab bundle of Art Gallery fabrics from Canton Village Quilt Works.
The winner is –
Congratulations Regina! You should have an email from me in your inbox.
You can learn more about Jackie and shop at Canton Village Quilt Works by following these links:
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Today Jackie is giving away a beautiful fat quarter bundle!
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 2 and a half years ago, she’s a designer for various quilting magazines, a National Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, and a quilting podcaster. With all this going on, I’m glad to see Jackie scaling back in her customer quilting.
Jackie is giving away this beautiful set of Art Gallery fat quarters!
I love the colors!
Canton Village Quilt Works carries an array of prints, batiks, and lots of basics too! A wide range … Read More »