Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Modern Quilt Perspectives" Blog Tour and Giveaway

I love books because I love stories. And not only do I love stories, but I love stories with a twist ending or a hidden meaning—something that isn't obvious, but is totally there. I'd never looked at quilts as a method of storytelling, but this book has changed that for me.

Let me back up . . .

A few years ago I was working as an editor for F+W Media craft books (super fun, right up my alley). I had the luck to attend Quilt Market several times to help man the company's booth, see the sights, source new trends and talent, and just generally rub shoulders with the glitterati of the quilting world. That's where I met Thomas Knauer.

I honestly can't even remember how we started talking, but I do recall falling very easily into a long conversation about quilting, post-modern art, the modern quilting movement, fabric - and a whole slew of other items - and needless to say, I was intrigued. I had just met this guy—a relatively new fabric designer—and he was blowing my mind with his perspective on quilting. To Thomas, quilting is more than just fabric and design—quilting can be a powerful art medium.

Long story short, that first conversation eventually lead to a publishing deal—and now I have in my hands "Modern Quilt Perspectives" - Thomas's first (of many, I hope) quilt book.

Honestly, I couldn't put this book down. The first flip through made me slow down to read, and then I was reading it cover to cover. The thing that struck me most is the additional level of meaning and story built into every quilt. This is a book full of beautiful quilts that you'll absolutely want to make. But in addition to the fantastic designs and color use, each quilt was designed to tell a story about a time or a place, a feeling or a goal. Some tell about shared moments between two people, and others represent political movements. Big to small, profound to simple—these quilts are about more than design, they're about the people that use them.

At the risk of sounding corny, this book moved me. I can't entirely explain that feeling, but it did.

I love lots of the quilts in this book (seriously, there are at least 4 I want to make), but this one is my favorite. "Ampersand" is pieced to be a jumping off point for story-telling and story-making. The "&" symbol is made up of fussy-cut fabrics, each showing a specific image that can be incorporated into a bedtime story—princesses, animals, trees, etc. Using "and" in storytelling allows the tale to keep building and building and building...  Thomas describes using this quilt to make up stories with his daughter, each pointing to an image and using "and" to help build their tale. Love.

This is a book you will want to read cover to cover, over and over again. I think you'll be touched by the meanings behind these quilts like I was. I know I haven't looked at quilt making in quite the same way since.

Thomas is kindly allowing me to give away a copy of "Modern Quilt Perspectives" to one of you lucky folks!  Just leave one comment below about why you would like a copy, and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. The giveaway will close on Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm EST.

You can buy your own copy here, too.

The giveaway is now closed. The winner is #80 (chosen by Random Number Generator) who said:

June D said...
I'm a fan of his - his blog is on my list to read and be inspired by. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of his book.
Congratulations, June! I'll send you an email about getting your prize to you!

Keep following the blog tour (posted below) and check out previous posts to see more from the book!

March 14: Thomas Knauer
March 15: Lisa Sipes
March 16: Robert Kaufman

March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
March 18: Katy Jones
March 19: Bill Volckening
March 20: Kelly Biscopink
March 21: Audrie Bidwell
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb
March 23: Rachael Gander
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson
March 27: Quilting Daily
March 28: Fat Quarterly
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson
March 30: Sew Modern
March 31: Rachel May
April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter's Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer - See more at:

April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter's Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer

Happy stitching!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Mug Rugs

Hi all!

We did a little Valentine's Day-themed mug rug swap at my last quilt guild meeting. I made one and then wanted to make another . . . and another . . . and another . . . People, my place is lousy with mug rugs right now!

I made this first guy with this Newsprint/Collage fabric that seems to keep cropping up in everything I make these days, and a sweet little heart print. Love that print....

My second one was this little guy. I used this tutorial from Pile of Fabric to make the Xs, and just figured out the "o" so it was the same size.  I made two more mug rugs just like it to send to some friends who I thought needed a little quilty happy mail.

I swapped both of these suckers away at my January meeting, and I hope they're being enjoyed by their new owners.  :-)

Happy stitching!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Riley Blake Feather Quilt

Hi all!

I know it's been forever since I wrote, but that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing!  First on the docket after the Christmas holidays was to work on my Riley Blake fabric challenge quilt, hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild.

The lovely folks at Riley Blake sent a selection of stash-builder prints to participating Modern Quilt Guilds. Members could use the fabric to make anything they wanted, but could only add other Riley Blake fabrics and/or solids.

I'm sure you've been seeing the Anna Maria Horner "Feather Quilt" floating around the interwebs. It's super gorgeous, and I'd been wanting to make a few feathers for awhile. I decided to use my RB fabric, a bunch of solids to fill out the rainbow color scheme, and several linen/white/cream background fabrics to make a small feather quilt for my challenge entry.

I made an extra block and used this Collage print as the background to make a little quilted pressie for my BFF. I've never done any hand quilting, but this little project seemed like the perfect chance to give it a shot with some perle cotton.

Did you participate in the Riley Blake challenge? There are lots of fab entries that I've seen out there . . . . !  :-)

Happy stitching!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Quilting Isn't Funny" Giveaway Winner

And the winner of a signed copy of Megan Dougherty's new book, Quilting Isn't Funny is lucky winner 17!

Congratulations to DebraKay, who describes her proudest quilting "finish" of 2013 below:

Blogger DebraKay Neiman said...
I am so happy to say I got the request for a wedding quilt that her guests could sign on the back from my daughter and I finished it just in time for the wedding 3 weeks later. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA. 
Thanks for sharing your proudest 2013 finishes with me - -it was so fun to read about all you had been working on. Most importantly, thanks for dropping by to support Megan & her awesome book!

Happy stitching!


Friday, December 20, 2013

"Quilting Isn't Funny" (except that it is!)

If you've been following along the blog tour celebrating the release of the super fab Megan Dougherty's new book Quilting Isn't Funny, you probably already know how hysterical and awesome this book is. If this is the first you're hearing about it, I will be delighted to tell you all about it!

You may already know Megan's work from Quilter's Home and Generation Q, or from her blog "The Bitchy Stitcher."  Well - long story short, Megan has published a book of essays, anecdotes, tales and stories about what it's really like to be a quilter - no, like, seriously what it's like - and the results are truly hysterical!  The book includes some of Megan's previously published pieces you know and love as well as two brand new essays for the book.  Megan also gives insight throughout the book as to how she came up with the piece - - I guarantee you, if you're a quilter, you can relate.

Megan's book is on sale now here, available in paperback or PDF/Kindle formats. You can read through a bit of the book with the "Look Inside" feature and check it out for yourself.

This giveaway is now closed. And guess what? GIVEAWAY!  Megan has graciously allowed me to give away a copy of the book to one of y'all. To enter, just leave a comment (one entry only please) on this post about what your proudest quilting "finish" is this year.  Entries close today (Friday) at midnight EST, winner posted on Saturday.

Please check out Megan's book. I truly think you'll enjoy the book, but Megan is also a wonderful person who is a huge supporter of the quilt community - - and I know we all want to support her right back.

Final thought: When the copyright page makes you laugh, you know you're in for a good ride...

Happy stitching!


Keep following the blog tour:

Dec. 2 - Maddie Kertay  - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society

Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio

Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress

Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip

Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – Made with Moxie

Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sleboda –

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff   <<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!  :-)

Jan. 6 – Generation Q

Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty

Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg  – Without A Stitch On

Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts

Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Haselhuhn – Dashasel Sews

Jan. 17 - Kim Lapacek - Persimon Dreams

Sunday, October 27, 2013

House Blocks for Phoebe

The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild (of which I am a proud member, of course!) has been working on a bee for over a year now. When it was my month, the gals all made a block for my Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt.

This month was Phoebe's turn. (Please note: She's my total bestie 4-evah, so I really didn't want to let her down!!!)  She gave us total freedom - - any kind of house block in any size, as long as we didn't use the traditional schoolhouse block pattern. She gave us "Painter's Canvas" in platinum (by Laura Gunn) to use as the backgrounds - - her quilt is going to be a neighborhood on a rainy day.

I made the following 3 blocks:

Quilter's Cottage by Quiet Play, available via Craftsy

Dwell block from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley
House In The Woods by Bubblestitch, available via Craftsy
She got a lot of great blocks from other members at our last Guild meeting, and I can't wait to see her little neighborhood!

Hope you're getting to do some sewing today!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Architextures Plus Quilt Finish

My Architextures Plus Quilt is finished and I can finally share it with you!

I made this quilt as a wedding gift for one of my college roomies, Adrienne, but I wanted to keep it a surprise. Well, Adrienne and Dave are now happily married, so I can finally post the pics.

This quilt was made using the Architextures fabric line and a few other prints and solids thrown in for added interest. I used 5 charm packs of the Architextures line. Using charm packs to make a plus quilt means - - no cutting! Just lay that sucker out and sew the rows together.

I chose Architextures because I thought the prints would appeal to the bride and groom. Adrienne is a graphic designer, so I knew she would be attracted to the graphic prints, and I hoped Dave would like it too——no girlie florals in this quilt!

My fab mom longarmed the one for me with one of my favorite all-over quilting patterns - - kind of a simple feather.

I think the backing fabric works nicely with the front. It's Olavi in Blueberry from the Glimma line by Lotta Jansdotter.

I hope my lovely friend and her new husband will enjoy this quilt for many, many years!

Happy stitching!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along FINISHED!

I finished my Scrappy Trip Along quilt!!!!  (Ok, I didn't do the binding on this one either, but under my new definition of "finished" it qualifies as done even without binding.)

This is the Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern from the Quiltville tutorial in case you'd like to make one yourself. Super fun, and a total scrap buster.

A bunch of gals in the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bee, and when my month came around, they helped me make about 15 blocks for this king-size Scrappy Trip Along. THANK YOU!!!!

Mom quilted this bad boy with a Baptist Fan, which I lurve because it helps break up all the straight lines.

With this quilt currently residing on my bed, I can honestly say that I've never slept better.

What're you working on?

Happy stitching!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Swoon is FINISHED!!!!!

Ok, almost finished. I still have to finish stitching down the binding but CLOSE ENOUGH!

I started working on this bad boy a hot while ago, but you know how things go - - - you move a few times, you start quilting it only to hate the quilting and pick it all out, you turn the whole thing over to your mom to long arm, and then next thing you know, it's 18 months later.

Whatever, I love, love, love this quilt, so it was all worth it!!!

I think this is my favorite block, but I reserve the right to change my mind tomorrow.

This quilt was made with the Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley, and it's a fabulous pattern - clear instructions, accurate materials lists—the whole 9 yards (no pun intended). It's entirely made of squares, rectangles, flying geese units and half square triangles. I made mine with a navy blue Kona background, and then a bunch of different greens from my stash.

My fabulous, wonderful, extremely talented mother longarmed this gi-normo quilt for me. Let me not understate how awesome my mom is, people. Not only did she long arm this sucker, she also ripped out the really bad long arming I did on the top quarter of the quilt when I decided I hated it and should probably just use the whole quilt for kindling at a fall bonfire. I'm a lucky girl.

Didn't she do a lovely job? I LOVE the quilting  - - hopefully you can see it. It's this really swirly kind of loop. Delicious.

I hope you're having a lovely day sewing!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Happy Go Lucky Table Runner

A friend of mine, Liz (who also is a quilter and a blogger), emailed me a few weeks ago telling me that her family was coming to my neck of the woods for vacation in August. Yippee!  And to add a little awesome, she suggested we do a quilty swap while she was in town. 


We narrowed the field of items to either a table runner or a placemat, and I pretty quickly decided to do a table runner. Having just received several Happy Go Lucky charm packs in the mail, I decided to play around with those for Liz's table runner.


For the backing, I used an extra block and Michael Miller "Put A Lid On It" in Nite.

The quilting is really simple straight lines. I stitched 1/4" on either side of each diagonal seam in both directions, creating a wide crosshatch. 

Binding is Moda Bella solid in Robin's Egg. (Also, my favorite color. FYI)

I hope Liz likes it!

What are you working on today?

Happy Stitching!