I can't believe it. My book is finally out and I had my first book signing. I am still waffling between periods of disbelief and pure excitement. I mean, I never would have thought even 5 years ago that I would have authored a book.
It was an honor for me, having my first signing at favorite fabric shop here in Fort Collins, Mama Said Sew/Jukebox Quilts. The Fort Collins MQG showed up in full force (including my friend Maggie from the Front Range MQG, thanks Maggie for the awesome surprise! and L-man even made an appearance!), and they were all so encouraging and genuinely excited for me. I am so grateful to have this quilting community!
(Barbara, Susan, me, Maggie at the signing)
Interweave did an amazing job capturing my style from the fonts they used to the page layout. I am so blessed to work with them!
Which brings me to my next topic, a paper piecing interview I'm doing over at Crafty Planner. She is doing a Learn More, Sew More series on paper piecing this month and you'll want to make sure and click on over to read it and leave a comment on her post to enter a drawing for a copy of my book The Paper Pieced Home!
And congratulations to Ruth, the winner of the P&B Colorweave Medley fq set! I've sent you an email!
One last thing, I'm super excited to announce a Bundle Up sale FabricCadabra is having and a blog hop bundle giveaway they are hosting!
First, FabricCadabra has 20% off all bundles from today through Jan 26.
Secondly, they are having a bundle giveaway hop. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this fq set of Follie by Lotta Jansdotter.
Then make sure and leave a comment on Nicole's blog Modernhandcraft for a chance to win a Priory Square bundle,
Lastenia and Mayka, the sister duo behind FabricCadabra are super fun, energetic partners. If you'd like an extra chance to win the Follie bundle, go and follow FabricCadabra on their Facebook and Instagram then come back and leave another comment for me on this post that you're following them and you'll be entered into the drawing twice!
They recently came out with more collections and asked me to choose one to offer up to you! My choice was Color Weave Medley. It's an eclectic collection of prints with a woven look.
To enter the giveaway of a fat quarter set of Color Weave Medley, leave a comment telling me what your favorite line is of all the P&B collections I linked to in this post! I'll choose a winner on Monday the 19th.
As I was scouting out P&B's website, I came across the line Fresh Pick, aren't they awesome?? The peas are adorable, and I love the monochromatic veggies and tomatos!
And I'm really liking the colors in the Zenith line!
How about this pigeon stoop print from the Port City line? So cool! I've used it as a bag lining here.
I am most definitely a child of the 70's. I love the clothing styles from then, and the quilts from that time frame were so charming! Thick, lofty(polyester) batting and acrylic ties were the thing. Or if the quilt wasn't tied, it was loosely quilted so the quilt was still mega puffy. And heck, even the quilt top might have been polyester or a poly blend. Do you remember those double knit polys?! I have a pillow made from some squares of it my dad sent me several years ago!
For the Manly quilt, I am paying tribute to the 70's, giving it a modern day twist, using natural fibre. The batting is a lofty wool, and the ties are spun wool. The quilt is approximately 63"X71".
I used fabric from three different Benartex lines:
The sashiko prints from Bellissimo in the lower right corner (for the center of the patchwork and the binding), plaid taupe from Paintbox/Shadows (for the backing) and all 24 colors available of Burlap (for the outside edges of the patchwork).
For the main patchwork, I used my Go! cutter and 5" die to cut 224 5" squares. The Go! cutter made light work of this step which I was pleased with since cutting is my least favorite part.
Here is a diagram of my layout:
Blues on the left, tans on the bottom, purples/reds on the right, greens on the top, and blacks/dark grays in the center.
Once the you have the top assembled to your liking, make a quilt sandwich with your top, batting and backing and baste it with pins in every other center of each square to prep it for tying.
To tie your quilt, use your tapestry needle and wool yarn to stitch a running stitch through all layers of your sandwich, diagonally through the center of each unpinned square.
Once all the unpinned squares are stitched, cut the yarn where the four squares come to a point (half way between each stitch)
and then use a sewer's knot to tie each piece of yarn. Trim the knotted yarn to the length of your liking.
Now remove the pins and stitch and tie the remaining squares.
Tying your quilt in this manner will give a clean finish to the backing. All the stitches will be straight and the stitch pattern on the back will have an orderly appearance.
Once you have tied your quilt, bind it and you are finished.
I want to thank Benartex for sending the lovely fabric, this project was a joy to work on. And what has made it even more fun is L-man has said several times this is his favorite quilt! I am pleased I hit the mark with the Manly quilt!
I am also excited that because of Benartex's generosity, I have enough remaining fabric for a second quilt top and part of a backing. If you would like to make a manly quilt of your own, leave a comment on this post telling me who you would make a Manly quilt for if you win, and I will chose a winner on this Friday. (US entries only please due to shipping costs)