Tidal Lace Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am so excited to introduce you to Tidal Lace, a new fabric line designed by Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern for Windham Fabrics. I met Kim through the Quilt Design a Day group and was thrilled when she asked if I would design something using her new line.

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As Kim describes it, “Tidal Lace is my imagining of lace and the tide pools woven together, full of fascinating details and bursting with color and life.” I couldn’t agree more. The shapes and the colors found in these fabrics are spectacular and will, no doubt, leave your mind swimming with ideas. Inspiration for my quilt design came directly from one of her drawings.

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See those little round clusters of shells? Oh how they called out to me! Paired with my current obsession with curves and large scale piecing, Tide Pool was born.

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In my imaginary world, I pictured a wave crashing over my background fabric and leaving behind three tide pools of differing sizes. There, within the nooks and crannies, you might find a variety of sea creatures and shells with their own varying characteristics waiting to be discovered, surrounded by the swirls and bubbles leftover from a passing wave. I don’t know if it’s really like that, but for a girl living in Texas, that’s how I imagine it. :)

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Every single print in this collection is beautiful with a little something for everyone. For quilters looking to enhance a fabric stash with good blenders, you won’t be disappointed. Several prints that would be really cute used as clothing for children and adults. In fact, check out the Tidal Lace Look Book for some examples. My favorite fabrics in the collection are the Tidal Lace prints, with my most favorite being the white variation. Little did I know when I chose to add it that the fabric was ombre. It added a wonderful depth to my quilt and I loved how it looked different each place it was added. All the line work is so beautifully done and even though many of the prints can read as a solid, they have a little something extra because of the detailing.

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I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about Kim’s new fabric line and my quilt, Tide Pool. The pattern for the 60 x 72 inch quilt will be coming soon.

:: GIVEAWAY ::

In the meantime, if you would like a chance to get your hands on some of this awesome fabric, you are in luck! Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace to one lucky reader! To enter please leave one comment below telling me what you’d like to make. I will randomly select one winner on Thursday, September 25th, 2014. International entries are welcome. The winner will be announced in this post and contacted via email.

Good luck everyone!! And don’t forget to check out all the other stops along the Blog Hop for more inspiration and chances to win.
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Monday, September 15  -   Windham Fabrics / Kim Andersson - I Adore Pattern

Tuesday, September 16  -   Erin Harris - House on Hill Road / Amy Gunson - Badskirt  / Cath Mosley on Instagram

Wednesday, September 17 –  Anne Sullivan - Play Crafts / Stacey Day - Stacey In Stitches

Thursday September 18th –  Adrianne Ove - Little Bluebell / Terri Carpenter - The Quilted Fox

Friday September 19 - Pati Fried - See How We Sew / Amanda Hohnstreiter - My Sewcial Hour

Saturday September 20 - Ann Haley - Sew Messy / Madeleine Roberg - Domestic Strata

Sunday September 21 - Cal Patch - Hodge Podge Farm / Rebecca Ringquist - Drop Cloth

Monday September 22 - Alicia Wietholter - Swoon Patterns / Stacey Sharman - Peppermint Pinwheels

Tuesday September 23 - Jen Carlton Bailly - Bettycrockerass / Miriam Blaich - The Berlin Quilter

Craft Book Month | Savor Each Stitch

Hey, hey!! Today I am excited to be participating in the Craft Book Month bloghop hosted by CraftBuds. I love to peruse craft books of all kinds, but rarely do I actually make something from them so I jumped at the chance to join! What a great challenge — and I had the perfect book in mind.

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A couple months ago, I bought Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Freidlander. I’m pretty sure I’ve got fan-girl-itis or something because I love, love, love everything this woman puts out. Her fabric lines are my favorites, her views on crafting are right on, and now her book. Seriously. It’s all so so good. Needless to say, I knew I wanted to try my hand at taking things slow and working with my hands instead of sitting behind my machine. After some hefty projects over the summer, it’s been such a refreshing change of pace.

Because I’m a sucker for curves, I chose the Bull’s Eye pattern and paired it with the the fabric I pulled back in the spring to match a Gustav Klimt painting. Now that Autumn has almost arrived it just seemed like it was meant to be. Specifically, I narrowed it down to a few prints from the Botanics line and Studio E shot cottons.

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Having done a small bit of needle turn applique, I found all the directions very straight forward, but I did need to make some adjustments based on the materials I was using. The shot cottons were more slippery, not as stiff as the regular cottons, so I glue basted all my curves to the base fabrics using a very thing covering of glue. This held them perfectly in place as I machine basted them. The other change, after a bit of a mishap, was my choice to not clip any of my curves before appliqueing them down. The shot cottons just frayed way too much and there are several areas when I may need to use some fray check to keep it from unraveling. Other than that, it was smooth sailing…just slower than usual. :)

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In keeping with its theme I am hand quilting this wall quilt, taking my time and enjoying each and every stitch…while indulging in some BBC Masterpiece Classics. ha! What a joy it has been to work on this in the afternoons. So much so, that as today’s deadline approached, I realized I wasn’t going to finish in time…but after a pep talk from a friend, I decided it was okay. That is the whole point of Savor Each Stitch anyways, right?  So, I’m plugging away but in a peaceful and mindful way, enjoying the process, rather than only looking forward to the finished product.

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Thanks, Lindsay for allowing me to be a part of this month’s bloghop. If you haven’t checked out what’s been going on, see the info below. There’s lots of good things being made this month by some awesome crafty people!

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September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects.

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

Rules

1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

QuiltCon | Are you ready?

Well, that was a little bit crazy yesterday, huh? If you tried to register for QuiltCon like I did, you know exactly what I am talking about. I’m so glad it is over and everything is all officially booked!
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Are you coming to Austin in February? Taking any interesting classes? Here’s what I am signed up for…I hope to meet bunches of old and new friends this year! Let me know if you’re headed this way. :)

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Quilt Design a Day | From Concept to Reality

Several months ago, I joined a really fun group on Facebook, Quilt Design a Day, started by Anne of Play-Crafts. The group is centered around the idea of spending 15-30 minutes a day designing quilts using the palettes provided daily on Design Seeds. I had already been busy clearing away mindless activities that keep me away from exploring more of the creativity that I have inside my own head so I eagerly took up the challenge to spend 30 days straight designing quilts. I wasn’t new to the software I needed to actually design the quilts, but I felt like I didn’t have a clue what I was doing at first. How in the world was I going to pull 30 designs out of my head…every.single.day?

Can I tell you something? I learned so much about myself during that thirty day challenge!! The biggest thing being that when given the opportunity, I lean towards more large scale modern designs rather than those that are based on a traditional grid using traditional blocks. This is a huge shift!! I have always considered myself to be a Modern Traditional quilter because most of the quilts I have been making stem from that or have been influenced by what other Modern Traditional quilters are making. Seeing myself evolve as something different when creatively pushed was so surprising! It felt good to be stretched, to work past mental blocks and to have a number of designs moving from my head into fabric is an amazing personal accomplishment.  This is no way changes my love of traditional blocks, but it freed me up from always having to create using them as my go to template, if that makes sense. I am hopeful that even more of “me” will be uncovered as I continue to push myself in this endeavor.

Enough talk…let’s see the quilt right?!? Well, this week, one of my designs became a reality and I couldn’t be more excited about how it is turning out. For background, here’s the Design Seeds palette I used and my original design sketch.

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And here is the top as of today! Soooo exciting!
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Have you ever thought about challenging yourself to do something big like this? It might not be designing for you…maybe it is working on a particular skill that you would like to master in your craft? Whatever it is, I encourage you…just do it! You will be so glad you did.