Welcome to Giveaway Day! If you haven’t yet heard about giveaway day, you’ve got to check it out over at Sew Mama Sew. It only happens twice a year. What fun! Oh, the prizes, oh, the possibilities!
Meanwhile, I have been quilting away over here, in the land of late, late nights and crying babies.
So, Michelle and I thought it only seems right for our giveaway prize to be:
You have a chance at two entries!
1)Please leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite quilting design is.
2) If you choose to follow our blog, or you already do, please comment separately about how you follow.
Entries will close Sunday night, and the winner will be chosen at random, right before I hit the sack.
I will quilt something for the winner, up to a twin size, with an edge-to-edge design that complements your piecing, to be decided by you and I together. (*Shipping costs of the quilt top TO ME will be the responsibility of the WINNER, and I will cover shipping costs back TO YOU. I will ship BACK internationally, but the cost to you in shipping to me might be a consideration in whether you’d like to enter).
Here are some examples of some of my favorite edge to edge designs, to give you some ideas. But really, there are so many options!
After you comment, please hop on over to my friend Kitty’s blog, Night Quilter (we met when we stumbled upon each other’s blogs and realized we were living parallel lives). Kitty has a fantastic pattern and fabric giveaway for you that you just can’t miss! And also check out Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl. She has an awesome gift certificate for extra wide backing fabric (a great thing for quilts you plan to have longarmed).
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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I was able to give a couple of sneak peeks this past week of some works in progress I had going on.
I was lucky enough to quilt for my designer idol, Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced. Lee sent me two quilts that she will be unveiling at Spring Market, as her new patterns. They are absolutely gorgeous. Although quilting for Market deadlines is always a challenge, I enjoyed every minute of it. Now the quilts are back with Lee, and she is probably furiously binding away as I write this…
I can’t show off the entire quilt, because that is Lee’s job over the next couple of weeks as she releases the patterns for sale. But I can show you bits and pieces.
Here’s my favorite part of my quilting:
Lee included lots of negative space in her first pattern, which allowed me to play with motifs that would complement her clean, bright paper-piecing in other areas of the quilt. I referred to an old tutorial by Green Fairy Quilts, and some skills I learned in a class with the amazing Kimmy Brunner.
Next, I think it’s safe to show you this secret block… Lee posted it last week, so I’ll follow her lead. The colors are so gorgeous and sharp. My goal in quilting it was to echo the shapes, so as not to take away from her piecing, which really speaks for itself.
And here’s a glimpse of her Moroccan Lanterns pattern. Wait til you see the whole thing! It’s so lovely. In this picture you can see a traditional block that appears throughout the quilt, but the pattern really sings because of the new Moroccan themed block Lee designed (to be released at Spring Market and in quilt shops very soon!). Lee comes up with the most wonderful ideas. She has such a gift for pattern writing.
I had so much fun quilting the stars with continuous straight lines all the way around. And of course, straight lines love to be surrounded by swirls! To mix it up this time, I chose to use a hook swirl instead of a traditional swirl.
Thank you for visiting and reading along. I look forward to meeting you through the comments. I try to respond as often as possible, but sometimes my kids revolt, and I lose my computer time. But please know, Michelle and I greatly appreciate each and every comment. We love this powerful quilting community!