Sunday, February 14, 2016

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the copy of Scraps, Inc. Volume 2 is Lee, lucky #44! I really hope you love the book! It was a lot of fun hearing about what all of you like for background fabric choices. They are a lot of the same fabrics I like to use!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Scraps, Inc., Vol. 2 & Giveaway!

I am so pleased to share You + Me + Us, a new quilt I designed for Scraps, Inc., Vol. 2 from Lucky Spool Media. This is the second book in the Scraps, Inc. series and they are both full of such wonderful quilts. I want to make every single one—from both books. Volume 2 has 15 quilt projects, each from a different designer. The projects are fresh and new, and anyone who has quilted for even a short while knows how great it is to find projects you love that make use of those precious scraps that accumulate. The photography from Nydia Kehnle is gorgeous. I had the unique privilege of not only contributing a quilt design, I also did the assembly illustrations and page layout. It was a labor of love and I'm so grateful to Lucky Spool.

In addition to making great use of scrap strips, this quilt has extra meaning to me. It is a bed quilt and represents the intertwining of the two lives of a couple, sort of a modern-day version of a wedding quilt. It's also a fun one to put together. I pulled scraps from all kinds of projects for a colorful, bohemian assortment. It's kind of like life, with all sorts of bits and pieces held together and made into a beautiful whole.
My friend Christine Perrigo did the amazing quilting. She suggested using Dream Orient batting with the chambray and it is the most dreamy combination. The quilt has such drape and softness.

The quilt even has a scrappy binding!


For a limited time, you can order this book from Taunton for 30% off using the code Scraps30.  The discount is good through Tuesday, February 16th.


I also have a copy to give away! I'll draw a winner on February 14 to give someone a nice Valentine's Day present! To be entered, please leave a comment telling me about one of your favorite fabrics to use for a background.

More Gorgeous Inspiration!

You really have to check out the other quilters on this blog hop if you haven't already. Their quilts are gorgeous! I have a hard time picking which one is my favorite.

Monday, February 8
Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter
Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design + Photography

Tuesday, February 9
Amy Friend, During Quiet Time
Alexandra Ledgerwood, Teaginny Designs

Wednesday, February 10
April Rosenthal, April Rosenthal - The {Studio} Blog
Dorie Schwarz, Tumbling Blocks

Thursday, February 11
Erin Harris, House on Hill Road
Janice Ryan, Better Off Thread

Friday, February 12
John Adams, Quilt Dad
Kari Vojtechovsky, that's me!

Saturday, February 13
Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt
Kati Spencer, From the Blue Chair

Sunday, February 14
Melissa Lunden, Lunden Designs
Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Color Play Class at Fancy Tiger

I had the privilege of teaching a couple of classes at the awesome shop Fancy Tiger in the past few weeks. It was so much fun!

The first one was Color Play. (Color Play is the quilt I designed for Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making.) Each and every student did an amazing job of creating their quilt using their own intuition and preferences, honing those things down to a workable palette and applying it to the quilt design. I taught them about some basic color principles and how to use color theory as a framework to make a successful quilt. I was really impressed with what they came up with. They had to work hard and I know especially the first class was pretty exhausting but they were up for the challenge.

Here is Lynn Marie with her basted quilt top. She came in wanting to use the palette of neutrals and mustard colors that were already good together but she made the colors just sing when she added the dark teal.

Can you believe Emily is a new quilter with this top? She did an amazing job of putting it together! The background gray was a little stretchy but she made it through. The way those stripes in the background make diamond shapes is lovely. She fussy cut the flowers and navy checks, too. She's got a bright future of quilt making ahead of her.

I also taught a class on my Slopeside quilt. No photos of those just yet but I'm hoping to see a couple tops done soon. Believe me, they were gorgeous.

I'll be teaching Color Play again this spring. I can't wait! You can sign up here.