Monday, March 26, 2012
Greetings and welcome to the book tour of "Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts" another wonderful fat quarter book by Monique Dillard.
This book was published by C & T Publishing and is available now. If your local quilt shop doesn't carry it you can order it here.
I was so happy that Monique asked me to participate in another blog tour for her latest book. I wasn't sure I would ever hear from Monique again after last year's tour.
Just in case you've forgotten, last year I made Crazy Eights from the book "Fat Quarter Winners", which I named Monique's Quilt. It's Lifetime Quilt Number 69 if you want to take a peek. I absolutely love it. But I didn't make it exactly like the pattern in the book, instead of going scrappy I used one background fabric plus I added a pieced border. It was my first book tour and I didn't know, until a few folks "kindly" pointed it out, that agreeing to do a book tour, then changing up the pattern of one of quilts in the book tour was rude! (who knew!!) But luckily Monique was great about me making changes to her pattern and thinks all her patterns are just a starting point for whatever we want to make. (whew, what a relief!)
Monique runs a pretty easygoing book tour, pick any project you want, using any fabric you want, blog about it any way you want and give away a book. Who wouldn't sign on for that!
The book has directions for 11 different patterns, and each pattern provides the fabric and block requirements for multiple size options. Each pattern is named after a solitaire game.
All the patterns appealed to me but this one, Pyramid, was my most favorite by far. It was probably the red nine patches that initially caught my eye, (shocking I know!) but I also liked the looks of the main block, a block I had not made before. I don't think any of the quilts I've made in the past look anything like Pyramid, a change is always good, right? So I'll be blogging about Pyramid this week.
One thing that I like about books over single patterns is all the color. I love the great big colored pictures of the finished quilts, piecing directions made easier with vibrant color illustrations, plus this book provides a nice closeup shot of the finished quilt so you can study the blocks and the quilting. It's eye candy for sure.
Another thing that appealed to me about Pyramid was the fabric, Park Avenue by Three Sisters for Moda. I recognized it since that is the family of fabric I used for Eventide, which is currently on my guest room bed. For some reason it just made the quilt seem familiar, seeing it in a fabric that I like. But I'll be using a different family of fabric. Having just hung A-Mazing Abundance (Lifetime Quilt Number 60) in the living room, I was reminded that I still have more of that wonderful Simple Abundance fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. So that's what I'm going to use. I think it will be fun to see how different, or not, this quilt will look using the same fabric for a different pattern.
As part of the book tour I'll be giving away one "Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts" book. To be eligible, leave a comment on each post where I blog about Pyramid this week. If you leave a comment each day, you will be entered multiple times.
- Contest now Closed -
- Contest now Closed -
I always like to learn a little something about the quilters who stop by my blog when folks are leaving comments for a giveaway, so how about for today, let me know if you're planning on taking a vacation this year, and if so, where are you going! If I don't do some serious planning soon, I won't be going anywhere!
Several other bloggers will be participating in the blog tour too, here's the schedule:
Monday - Me
Tuesday - Lisa - Stashmaster
Thursday - Sherri - A Quilting Life
Be sure to stop by each day this week for more Pyramid updates, chances to win Monique's new book, and links to the other participant's blogs.
One last thing, everyone is invited to leave a comment for a chance to win, regardless of your address. However, if you are an international address, you'll receive an electronic book as opposed to the bound book.
Friday, March 23, 2012
One hundred blocks of "T"s on the wall . . . .
One hundred blocks of "T"s . . . .
I'm not the only one working away on "T" Stands for Thelma, here's a cute story about two more "T" Stands fors . . . that are done! click here
Monday I'll be participating in a Blog Tour for Monique's new book, "Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts", or as I have renamed it , "More Fat Quarter Winners by Monique". Be sure to stop back by. I'm up first and there will be giveaways and a whole week of fun with some pretty nice bloggers. AND I heard that the person who gets the biggest response on their giveaway wins a prize, like Monique's dog Tillie or something.....I hope that's not just an ugly rumor because I'm in it to win it or in this case her!
Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time to work on the March Schnibbles . . .
Since this pattern is really "T Stands for Thelma" I figured I should make my top out of, what else, reds! This is my red scrap bin,
And this is how full it isn't!
I was able to cut all the pieces I need for my project from that scrap bin. In some instances I only had a piece big enough for the border, but that's OK with me, some of those little pieces are all I had left of some of my favorite reds. Looking at this quilt will be like looking at all the red quilts I've made so far.
I'm using TheAngler 2 for this project, so I don't have to draw the lines on the back of all those squares.
I've seen three finished "T Stands for Thelma" projects online so far. This is an easy project, you still have plenty of time to make the parade. Nicole made hers in a day!
Monday, March 19, 2012
French Vintage is FINISHED!
This is Lifetime Quilt Number 80.
This quilt finished at 62" x 62" and has approximately 2,634 pieces.
I think I say this a lot, but it is definitely true this time, this quilt looks prettier in person. The outer blocks aren't as dark as they come across in the picture.
I really like the red and gray checkerboard for the outer border.
This is one of those quilts that takes a few minutes of studying before you take it all in.
Here's a review of the blocks:
I could not be happier with this project. It was fun to piece and I enjoyed watching it come together on my design wall. From the response this pattern has received, I'm guessing I'll be seeing a lot of these quilts on other blogs.
Well, now that French Vintage is all done it's time for the next project, a project that's close to my hearT, and I'll give you a hint, it doesn't start with the letter "B", it starts with the letter
The clock's ticking, are you getting ready to work on your March Schnibbles too? I can hardly wait to see the parade, I hope you're in it!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I heard on the news yesterday that over 1,000 cities set record high temperatures yesterday, my city (haha I don't live anywhere near a city) was one of them. Forget spring, we've hop scotched into summer, which made my next quilt pick for the living room so easy.
This is Lifetime Quilt #60, A-Mazing Abundance. The pattern is Ashcombe, by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. I just love this quilt, it may be one of my favorite top ten quilts and I can't even tell you why. It's just the right combination of fabric, interest and color. It sure makes me happy to have it out.
(Every time I blog about my living room quilt I get at least one question about that rod. It's just a regular drapery rod from Home Depot. I bought the rings there too, they are right next to the rods.)
I got some other spring things out while I was in the mood,
and a spring runner for the kitchen island. And YES, the freak of nature poinsettia is STILL hanging in there. As long as there are red leaves on that plant I'm keeping it!
This week Nicole, at Sisters Choice, and Carrie at La Vie en Rosie, blogged about their various sewing accoutrements and accoutrement containers. I just love peeking into folks sewing spaces, I thought you may want to see what I have on my sewing table.
That plastic document holder on the left holds the pattern and notes for the project I'm working on along with the rulers I use the most for that project. I like how it keeps my space neat and open, yet right there when I need something. That little flower on the far right waves back and forth at me when the sun hits it. One minute it's just setting there, the next minute it starts dancing up a storm.
I keep pens, pencils, reading glasses, rulers, scissors, and rotary cutters in this pink leather box.
Items that are too small for the pink box stay here. Do you keep tweezers nearby? I'm amazed how often I use them.
I noticed that Carrie and Nicole kept extra presser feet close by, not me! I'm a place for everything and everything in its place kind of girl.