Playful Petals Blog Tour Giveaway Day! {It’s a good one!}09.26.14

Daisy Fields Pillow

Image Courtesy of Lee @ www.freshlypieced.com

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Thank you so much to all of you for following along on the Playful Petals Blog Tour!–Today is the last day of the blog tour and I hope you all have enjoyed it.  Lee is sharing her thoughts on Playful Petals along with her adorable Daisy Fields pillow(pictured above) on her blog today.  I love the yarn dyed dark linen background fabric she chose to use for her pillow.  That fabric has been wanting to make it’s way into my stash for way too long!  Be sure to hop over to Lee’s and check out her blog–she is always such an inspiration!!

If you have missed any of the Playful Petals Blog tour posts, here is a complete list(click the links to go right to the Playful Petals post:

September 15: Amy @   Stitchery Dickory Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
These are just a couple of the beautiful projects shared as part of this tour–you’ll want to make sure to visit all of the stops to see all of the pretties shared!:
Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

petals mini quilt 1

Photo courtesy of Amanda Jean @ www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com

And now, we are moving onto the giveaway portion of today–I know you all have been waiting. =)  I seriously want to enter this giveaway myself…it’s a good one!–And it’s all about my favorites.

Of course, the winner of the giveaway will receive a copy of Playful Petals:

Playful Petals Cover

Next up, how about some Moda Fabrics layer cakes?!—Moda fabrics has been and will remain my favorite fabric manufacturer.  15 years ago, I fell in love with a certain Moda fabric designer and spent hours scouring the internet for pieces from one of her lines of fabric.  This was back in the day of dial up internet which meant it was slow going..but, I just fell in love with Moda!

Moda Fabrics has sent me two layer cakes for my giveaway, one of Kate Spain’s new Horizon line of fabric & one of The Jung’s new Pedal Pushers line of fabric.

Layer Cakes

I do a lot of fabric shopping locally but I also love shopping for fabric online.  I reached out to one of my favorite online fabric shops…which I am sure you are all very familiar with..Fat Quarter Shop…and they donated a $50 gift certificate to their shop for my giveaway!
They have recently added some awesome things to their site…Have you all seen the Snapshots Quilt Along yet?–seriously amazing!:
SnapShots Quilt Kit

 Well, I figured why stop with one online shop?..So I reached out to another of my favorite online shops…Fabric Shack.  Fabric Shack has both a great online store and a brick and mortar store which happens to be about 25 minutes from my sister-in-law’s house in Cincinnati.  So, it is a must stop for me whenever we visit.  The thing I love the most about shopping online at Fabric Shack is that they will cut 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  For my scrap loving self, this is perfect!  In fact, I bought 1/8 yd. cuts of the complete Up Parasol line from Fabric Shack when I was making my Tiled Blooms quilt:

Tiled Blooms Quilt

Fabric Shack donated a $25 Gift Certificate to their online shop as part of today’s giveaway!

Well, since I don’t do all of my fabric shopping online, I contacted my favorite local quilt shop, Miller’s Dry Goods, to see if they would be interested in donating to my giveaway…and they said yes!–Now you might be thinking that you won’t be able to shop here..but, they also have a wonderful online shop to which they’ve donated a $30 Gift Certificate.

They carry all kinds of goodies..some of my favorites:  The 8 wt. Finca Perle Cotton I am always referencing for hand quilting, Aurifil thread(which everyone in blogland is always referencing), Moda fabrics, Cotton & Steel fabrics, a great selection of solids, and the list goes on.  Plus, you will not find a more accommodating staff!

Plus, they have the prettiest quilting retreat center, The Rural Thimble,  right beside their fabric shop.  Every time I shop there, I am envious of the ladies staying over in that facility–so pretty, newly opened, and just perfect for a group of 10 ladies to get together and sew to their heart’s content.

So, here’s the rundown of the giveaway prizes(a value of nearly $200):

  • Playful Petals Book
  • 2 Moda Layer Cakes
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Fabric Shack
  • $30 Gift Certificate to Miller’s Dry Goods

To Enter the Giveaway:

One lucky person will win all of these goodies!  You can enter the giveaway through next Friday, October 3.  Just leave a comment for me below in the comments section with your favorite project from Playful Petals.

Happy Friday!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 909.25.14

Scattered Blossoms

Happy Thursday everyone!–Today I am sharing the last quilt in my book, Playful Petals.  There are a total of 9 quilts and 9 pillows in the book for a total of 18 projects.  This quilt is called Scattered Blossoms  and is a great scrap basket buster.

Scattered Blossoms Quilt

Quilted by Natalia Bonner

I neglected to snap a picture of the pillow so it’ll just have to be a surprise. =)

I really hope that you have enjoyed seeing all of the projects from my book.  If you have any questions about any of them or about anything in the book, please ask! =)

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Today, two quilting super stars will be sharing about Playful Petals on their blogs.  I am so excited that they are joining my blog tour!  First up is Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have been following Amanda Jean’s blog for years!–She’s probably one of the first quilty blogs that I ran across–Love her blog!  And 2nd up today is Lori of Bee In My Bonnet.  Lori’s blog is another of my favorites–she’s always got something fun going on!–And her fabric…don’t even get me started!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Mini Buds Pattern09.18.14

Mini Buds

 

A lot of you have been waiting very patiently for the release of 2 new Playful Petals freebie patterns–and today is the day for the Mini Buds pattern. =)

Mini Buds is a little 15″ mini quilt that makes quick use of a mini charm pack (or 2.5″ squares) and a bit of yardage.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with Playful Petals, using the techniques outlined in the book.  And, it’s a little thank you to all of you who support my blog, have purchased by book, and have given a lot of encouragement over the years.  Thank you!!

The pattern cover might give you a little bit of a hint to some more exciting things in the works over here. ;)

Mini Buds Cover Navy for blog

Mini Buds PDF Pattern

Just click the link above to open up and print the PDF pattern.  Make sure that the page scaling is set to “none” when you print it since the pattern includes a petal template pattern.

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Day 4 of the Playful Petals blog tour also brings with it a couple photos of the Daisy Fields quilt and pillow from my book.  The fabrics I used for this quilt are from the Notting Hill collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics.  If you are looking for a fun Christmas project, I think this quilt would be darling in Christmas fabrics.  Those little flowers have reminded me of poinsettias from the day I made this quilt.

Daisy Fields

Natalia did the quilting on this one for me–I love that I can send anything over to her with little instructions and she always nails it.

Daisy Fields Closeup

And the little Daisy Fields pillow:

Daisy Fields Pillow

Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts is today’s stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.  Faith and I were in a quilting bee together years ago which is when I first started following her blog.  She’s an amazing quilter & I’ve seen some peeks of her Playful Petals project and I can’t wait to see the full reveal!

I hope you are enjoying the tour!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 309.17.14

Starflower Quilt

Day 3 of the Playful Petals blog tour brings you my Starflower Quilt.  Long time followers of my blog may remember this bundle of fabrics that I shared right before I began working on the quilts for my book.

Spa Day Bundle

And these fabrics went on to become the Starflower quilt, the first quilt completed for Playful Petals.  The fabrics are a mix of fabrics from my stash but the quilt could also be completed using 20 fat 8ths.

Starflower Quilting

Starflower was quilted by Margaret and she did an amazing job.  I usually have a little bit of an idea of how I would like my quilts quilted but for this quilt, I knew exactly how I wanted it done and it turned out just as I imagined.

The backing is from one of my favorite Heather Bailey lines, Freshcut.  This is still one of my most favorite lines of fabric.  And I love this large scale print as backing.

Starflower Backing

I completely changed up the feel of the accompanying Starflower Pillow by using bold fabrics from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line of fabric.

Starflower

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For today’s stop on the tour, Jessica will be sharing over on her blog.  Jessica’s blog caught my eye this summer, as all kinds of Orange Peel quilts began popping up on Instagram from the Orange Peel Quilt Along she hosted.

I loved seeing all of these quilts and really enjoyed when some of them were made using patterns from Playful Petals!  What a great quilt along!  Be sure to pop over and see what she will be sharing with us today. =)

Applique Q&A

On Monday, I mentioned that you could leave your applique questions in the comments and I would answer them throughout the blog tour.  Here are a couple that I received so far(feel free to keep asking!):

Question: I have never appliqued before, but I have these dupioni silk fat quarters that I want to use for applique. I was thinking about using fusible interfacing and do the turn inside out method. Does that sound like a good idea? I don’t know how the interfacing will work with the silk.

Answer: First off, I would recommend that you try out applique using an inexpensive, user friendly fabric like quilting cotton and practice a bit.  Because silk dupioni tends to cost a bit more than quilting cotton you want to make sure that you have your technique down and it’s one you enjoy!  Because I have never worked with silk dupioni, I did a little bit of Internet research, I came across this information Taming Silk Dupioni.  This gives a lot of great, useful information including the recommendation to use Soft Fuse fusible web for applique.  I have used Soft Fuse and it is a wonderful, very lightweight fusible.

Question: Thank you for doing the book and being so sharing. Appliqué the “a” word.i have not done appliqué they way its usually thought of in the quilting world. I appliqué repairs for my grandchildren’s favorite, blankets, pillows, stuffies. Appliqué to fix their favorite treasures makes both of us very happy.  My question is how do you hold the appliqué piece so as you sew around everything comes out even no puckers or wrinkles I’ve had more than a few times that I’ve had to add embrodery to cover appliqué boo boos.

Answer:  Using applique as a repair method is a very practical application!  There are a couple different ways to keep those little applique pieces in place while you sew them down.  You could use a temporary fabric adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix.  You would spray the back of your applique piece & place it in the intended location and the adhesive will keep it in place while you sew.  The adhesive will wash right out leaving no sticky residue.  The bonus to this method is that the applique is re-positionable until it is sewn down.  Another great option is to use Elmer’s school glue, the washable kind.  For this method, you would place a couple dots of glue around the edges of the applique.  Place the applique where you would like it and set it by pressing with a hot iron for just a few seconds.  Many quilter’s claim that the glue doesn’t gunk up their sewing machine needles at all–however, if you are concerned about this place the glue dots in from the edge of the applique where you will not be sewing.

Thank you for the questions ladies!–Keep them coming!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 209.16.14

Posey Patch Closeup

Today marks Day 2 of the Playful Petals Blog tour.  And, I am skipping from the first quilt in my book, to the last quilt in my book.  This one is called Posey Patch and it’s one of my favorites.

Posey Patch

At one of my book signings one of the ladies I was talking with thought that it was a cheater quilt!  She didn’t realize that all of the petals were appliqued.

Posey Patch Pillow

The pillow project showcases the Posey Patch quilt block in print fabrics.  It’s equally pretty in prints as it is in solids.

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Today, Melissa of Happy Quilting is the 2nd stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.

I got to meet Melissa this past spring at Quilt Market and she is just as fun in person as you would think she might be after reading her blog!  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on her blog today! =)

I’m putting the finishing touches on the 2 patterns I promised you as part of the blog tour–I have one planned for this week and the 2nd for next week.  Make sure to keep an eye out for them!!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour09.15.14

Playful Petals HeaderToday kicks off the Playful Petals Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to for the amazing line-up of bloggers participating in the tour!

September 15: Amy @  Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
~ The Blog tour will end with a wonderful giveaway  you won’t want to miss back here on my blog ~
Today, Amy, of Stitchery Dickery Dock will be sharing about Playful Petals over on her blog.  I really hoped Amy would join my blog tour after I ran across this amazing quilt she made.
Stitchery Dickory Dock Quilt
This is Amy’s “Tuileries” quilt that she designed to showcase Heather Bailey’s, True Colors, fabrics.  The design fits in perfectly with the quilts in my book–I love it!!  You can read more about Amy’s quilt here.
Be sure to pop over to her blog sometime today to see what she is sharing about Playful Petals!
Each day of the tour I will also be sharing quilts from my book:
Playful Petals Cover
Today, I thought I would start things off with the cover quilt, Rainbow Petals.
Rainbow Petals
Rainbow Petals is designed to use a layer cake or 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  I love it in all of it’s scrappy goodness!–The original quilt was made using Vanessa Christenson’s line of fabric Simpy Color with just a couple Sew Stitchy prints by Aneela Hoey thrown in.
Hand Quilting
My mom hand quilted Rainbow Petals for me using 8 wt. Perle Cotton in a rainbow of colors.  The accompanying Rainbow Petals Pillow is made using a few sweet, Japanese prints.  The pillows in the book are a wonderful way to use up some scraps.
Rainbow Petals Pillow
You can read all about my inspiration for writing Playful Petals here.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for some more quilty fun!  I would love if you would ask your applique questions in the comments so I can take time to answer them during the blog tour.  And remember, I’ll also be sharing 2 free patterns with you and the blog tour will be ending with a wonderful giveaway. :)

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WIP Wednesday Instagram Style09.10.14

Tiled Blooms

My Wednesday is getting away from me!–I thought I better pop on here quickly before it slides right on by. =)  I had to snag some of my IG photos to share with you today–it’s so windy here today that everything is blowing away when I try to photograph it! =p

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Next week, on Monday the 15th, I will be kicking off a Playful Petals blog tour.  When my book came out this past spring, I was in the thick of Quilt Market prep and VBS prep and school letting out, getting my garden in etc. and I knew that I wanted to have a fall blog tour.

I think my fall is more like other people’s spring.  Fall is the time when I feel in more of a routine, and with the weather turning cooler, I like being inside nesting, with projects going on.  So for me, this is the perfect blog tour time.

In preparation for the blog tour, I have been prepping some fun free projects that I am going to be offering.  I’ve designed 2 projects to compliment the other projects in the book.  You’ve seen Mini Buds, a 16″ mini quilt project:

Mini Quilt

And, I’ll also be offering Tiled Blooms, a 60″ square, throw–there’s a peek of it in the top photo.  For Tiled Blooms, I worked with Up Parasol by Heather Bailey, and a bit of Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.

Up Parasol Fabrics

I had planned on using a green solid in place of the green, Miss Kate floral–but after seeing Miss Kate and Up Parasol together at my LQS, I decided to use the Miss Kate.  That little green print is one of my favorites from the line.

Up Parasol Petals

The petals for Tiled Blooms are larger and work quite well with the larger prints in Up Parasol.  This quilt is a beginner friendly quilt with simple piecing and, of course, larger applique pieces.

Tiled Blooms Block

If you have a copy of my book and a some fabrics you’ve been itching to use, you’ll be all set when I release these patterns!

Be sure to stop back on Monday when the tour kicks off with one of my favorite bloggers!

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Mini Buds Quilt09.02.14

Mini Quilt

Over the weekend, I was able to spend some time working on a new project.  There is something so satisfying in having an idea, starting a new project, and seeing immediate results.

This quilt is my Mini Buds quilt and it finishes at about 15″ x 15″.  The fabrics I used are Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Mini Buds

I plan to offer this as a free pattern sometime this month as a companion pattern to my book Playful Petals.  It’s a perfect pattern to use one of those mini charm packs you may have been saving for just the right project.

For the quilting, I tried something completely different(for me).  I wasn’t sure how the center was going to turn out with so much quilting passing through–but, I think it works well.

Quilting

For the backing, I chose a DS Quilts polka dot fabric:

Backing

And for the binding, I am using the navy striped scallop print from Miss Kate.

Binding

And here you can see how small these pieces are:

Mini

Such cute, teeny little pieces =)

Happy Sewing!

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Posies Quilt Block Tutorial06.19.14

Image Courtesy of Moda Bake Shop

Image Courtesy of Moda Bake Shop

 

Hello All!  Are you all following along with the Trifle Dish Sew Along over on Moda Bake Shop?  It’s running the month of June and about every other day there is a new tutorial for the next row.  Today, my Posies Quilt Block is featured.

Posies Quilt Block

I think it’s the cutest little thing–finishes at 4″ x 8″.  I am super tempted to make a mini using these blocks sized down to 2″ x 4″–it would be so cute.  Although, really, just using four of the blocks as I originally sized them would make a super cute mini.

This version would be 35″ x 41″:

Posies Wall Hanging

And if you made it just 3 blocks by 2 blocks, the center would measure 14″ x 17″.   You can snag the free pattern here.

I made a little sample block to double check my measurements when I was designing this block and it’s now hanging right by my computer:

Posies Block

It’s right beside an adorable little print that the “sweet as honey” Bonnie Christine sent to me.  And, I’ve got to explain about that little drawing there right above my computer–my daughter Elonie drew that for me.

Ryan and I had been wanting to purchase a new grill since last year and had meant to as our b’day gift to ourselves but we never got around to it.  So last month, my birthday rolled around again and I mentioned that I’d still like a grill.  Elonie drew me a picture of a grill to give to me for my birthday so I would finally have one. =)  She was so proud that she was able to give me one for my birthday.  So that little picture has the prime spot on my desk where I see it every time I do any computer work.

And, I’ve got more goodies to share with you!–I’ve been wanting to share some of the other things that I made for Quilt Market and just haven’t gotten around to it–so here they are.  I decided I needed a little patchwork goodness to wear at Market–I had planned to purchase from Patchwork Threads.  Many of you have seen her cute Patchwork tees.  Unfortunately, when it came time to order, all of the tees I was interested in were sold out…so, I designed my own tee and had it made:

Pinwheel Tee

So fun having a quilty shirt!–I may need to make some more in different designs!

I also made 40 pincushions to hand out during my book signing at Quilt Market.  And of course they needed to have a petal theme!

Pincushions

I had 2 pincushions left when I returned home and I just listed them for sale in my Etsy shop this morning.  You can find them here.

I also had new business cards made!–Aren’t they cute!

Business Cards

So, there you go!–A bunch of LMS happenings. =)  Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Liberty Bag06.04.14

Liberty Bag

One of the items that I made for myself before heading off to Quilt Market this past May was a Liberty Bag.  I didn’t really have a nice handmade by me bag and I knew I wanted something roomy to carry all my goods in.

I shared my bag making progress over on Instagram, but I realized that I hadn’t shared over here!

Liberty Petals

I made the petals using HeatnBond lite (my go to fusible) and a wonderful stack of Liberty Fabrics.  I like using Liberty Fabrics where small bits of fabric are needed so I can stretch them further.

Progress

I didn’t really have a pattern for my bag although I started with this Moda Bake Shop pattern initially.  I mostly used the tutorial for the basic construction technique.  My bag is larger and of course pieced differently and appliqued.  And, I made the handles longer so I can wear it cross body if I want to.

Quilting

I machine appliqued using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread and also machine quilted using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread.

Liberty

Picked up a nifty big button from my LQS to finish off the bag.  It’s roomy, durable, and has come in handy for more than just at Quilt Market.

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