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!

Discount!

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.

Giveaway!-----Closed!

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 

63 comments :

Megan said...

Congratulations on the book. I have used flannel in the past and really love the cuddly results!

Abigail Tobler said...

I love using the Botanics trees in white as a background fabric because it looks white but it's not and it added extra print that was not overwhelming to the quilt.

Wilhelmina Gottschalk said...

Ooh, I love the concept of your quilt. I've been making and dreaming of designs with solid navy backgrounds these days.

Heather said...

I love the dark gray you used as a background on this quilt. It really helps the colors pop. I usually use white backgrounds but want to get a bit braver and try some darker solids. This quilt really inspires me to try!

Anne D said...

I love to use black or a silver grey. Your quilt is gorgeous. The book looks great.

tac73 said...

I like to use some color of grunge or low volume text print as background. Thank you for sharing this project.

Diane said...

This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I like using light greys for background fabric but am planning to venture into a dark background like a navy on my next quilt. Love the background you used.

audreypawdrey said...

I have often used white, but I also really like grays! I need to try some chambray like you used here soon! It looks awesome, and I love the way your quilt turned out!

Cathy Calloway said...

Really love this quilt. Great use of scraps, balanced with solids for a clean modern pattern. Very striking!
I seem to be in to steel gray solid backgrounds lately for my bigger projected. It lets the main fabrics stand out & shine.

Wyna Todd said...

I love using essex yarn dyed linen. It goes with everything and anything.

Carol said...

I have used a lot of black as backgrounds but recently I've switched to navy. It's a little less stark and just appeals to me but I haven't completely deserted my blacks.

babiesdoc said...

I love your grey backround
kona coal is usually my favorite neutral backround but, lately I have used parchment basic solid that I purchased from connecting threads and like that too

Merran said...

I have a small houndstooth chambray that would be perfect for this ! Very cool pattern

Ginger said...

Love the book. I'm a new quilter, so I've only used a couple of neutrals for my backgrounds..

Leila said...

I LOVE your quilt! It is so unique and graphic. I can totally see myself making this.
I am quite boring when it comes to background fabric. Kona white is usually too white, Kona snow is too cream so I usually go with Kona unbleached PFD.
I need to branch out.....
:)
My new favorite solids are Micheal Miller Cotton Couture. They are sooooo soft and drappy.

Kaitlyn Cushing said...

I love peppered cottons and low volume prints. I love love this quilt. I want to make one for my bed.

Allison C said...

I like Kona medium gray

Mom C said...

Love the bright, cheery colors and the strips. What a great quilt. I use a lot of white and cream for background but I love to use color. I just finished a quilt with a teal background. Stunning. I get tired of being safe but when I'm giving the quilt away I tend to play it neutral.

Melanie said...

I either like Bella White PFD or Architectures crosshatched in gray.

Natasha said...

This was stunning to see in person--and it is equally so in the photos. I'm digging using really dark, saturated Kona solids as backgrounds right now.

Judy said...

Your quilt is so unique, love the visual play with it, and the colors are wonderful!

Ginny Worden said...

Very cool quilt, as for backgrounds my new interest has been shot cottons.They give such sheen and interest to a quilt.

Ann in NC said...

Great quilt and story! I have a piece of a pale green Tula Pink fabric that I have been stashing, waiting for the perfect project... I seem to like grey solids for backgrounds, while I wait for the perfect use for Tula!

EmileeHope said...

I love to use flannel on a baby quilt, so soft...otherwise it is just whatever I have on hand that will fit &/or i patchwork it to make it double sided!

kimberlier said...

Your quilt is my new favorite! I have never seen one like it & it's on my must make 2016 list. Beautiful!

Pat V. said...

Hmmm, I end up using white an awful lot of the time, but it's not really my favorite. I prefer a hint of print in my backgrounds!

Gill said...

Although I mainly use white for backgrounds I like a scrappy mixed background!

Brynn said...

I'm so boring - I use white/off-white for almost all of my backgrounds. I love how it shows off the colors, and I love how I can snag bolts of it for really cheap on Black Friday.

Havplenty said...

Your quilt is striking. I may need to add this one to my long to-do list. I tend to like my background fabrics to have some texture such as the Moda Grunge fabrics and the shot/peppered cottons are great.

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Jennifer said...

I'm a beginner quilter so the lighter background the better! ;)

Veronika said...

I love using Essex linen for its added heaviness! Is that like chambray? I don't know but maybe! I also like a scrappy colored background :)

Lisa Marie said...

I think a navy grunge background makes a lot of colors pop. Scrappy low volume backgrounds are another favorite.

Nancy A said...

I love low volume text prints for backgrounds or Moda grunge if I need a darker background.

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Stephanie said...

I use a white or an ash. I have to say that Kona Ash is probably my favorite.

Carol said...

Very nice quilt! This book looks terrific. I have the first edition and love it.

Susan Stanton said...

I like to use a low volume print or a soft pale gray as my background. It makes the vivid colors that I like to use stand out!

Karen said...

Kari, I really like your quilt! The colors, the design, and especially the meaning behind it--so romantic :) The chambray really sounds yummy, too. At the moment, I'm really taken by Essex linen-cotton for the background. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Lisa E said...

I must be boring, but my favorite background color is Kona Snow. Pretty basic!

Patchwork and Play said...

My favourite background solid is from the aqua colour range- it goes well with reds, pinks, greens and oranges! Love the look of this book! I have plenty of scraps that need making into beautiful quilts!

kathy-o said...

I LOVE your quilt - so much color and yet so comfy looking. I really like using solid backgrounds - but with texture. I'm loving the linen looking fabrics - just a tad bit of texture. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book!

Kathy's Korner said...

I have not been very creative with background fabrics, usually use white or gray. But, I love your chambray background! It is the perfect complement to the bold red and yellow in your quilt. I really like your unique design. Your description of it representing the intertwining of the two lives of a couple, sort of a modern-day version of a wedding quilt, fits it perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win the new book.

shelby marie skumanich said...

Congrats on being part of this book and making this fantastic quilt. I wanted to talk to you about it when you showed it at January's meeting but we got off on other things. Updating the concept of a wedding quilt and using scraps is really smart. Great choice on the chambray; it's become one of my personal favorites for background fabrics. It adds subtle texture and sheen to a quilt. I'm partial to medium to dark gray chambray, personally.

Annie said...

Your quilt is stunning! I use a lot of Kona or Bella in white or light grey, but every once in a while I have a project that screams for something bright like hot pink or ocean blue. I have a niggling thought in the back of my mind that I need to do a quilt with orange as the background.

Lee said...

I like to use for the most part a medium grey! Your quilt is awesome! thanks!

Robby H. said...

I tend towards lighter backgrounds to let the design show off. Not necessarily white or cream, but something that is of substantial contrast. But now you've really got me intrigued by your use of chambray here, so that will probably show up not too far down the road. Love your quilt and the fresh idea for a wedding quilt.

Andrea Burnap said...

I like the use of prints which read like a solid for backgrounds. It adds texture and interest to the overall design!

Tamie said...

I'm using a dark grey as a background (at my daughters request) on a quilt for her and it's beautiful!

Carol B. said...

Love the greys and, my favorite, aquas.

Laurie Matthews said...

Hi Kari! Congrats on a beautiful contribution to the book. My favorite fabric to use as a background is a non-neutral- I am so over white and cream!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Lately, I have been using a navy Kona for a background. Your quilt is gorgeous!

Vicki in MN said...

I love using white as a background. I think all you designers did a wonderful job on this book, so many great patterns that are just begging me to use up some scraps on!!

PegP said...

Right now my favourite background fabric is Kona silver.

cynthia said...

I love polka dots for backgrounds!

Silverthimble said...

I love low volume scraps for background.

Carolyn A said...

I tend to choose a light colour for backgrounds - soft white is my current fave.

tammik said...

Tiny small light prints. Haven't tried using a grey yet, gives a nice sparkle.

Karen said...

I like using gray as a background. I really think it makes the colors pop.

Mindy said...

I haven't done a lot of quilting so I don't have a favorite background yet. I would say whatever seems to go with best with the design and other fabrics.

Sonya said...

I love to use navy for the background. It really makes the colors pop!

vkh6210 said...

I really like to use black as a background or as the sashing. It makes all the other colors stand out. vkh6210 at gmail dot com

Corrie Tollett said...

My first quilt had a navy background and I have not been able to white. It is too white. Thank you for chance! Love your quilt!

Kate Marshall said...

What a brilliant design! Stands out from all the rest in the book, in my opinion. Love it! Your quilt is the reason I want to get the book now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kari V, it's so nice to meet you and come upon your blog .
I've got to buy this book...love a chambray background (although I've never sewn or quilted with chambray or it's color) Your quilt is truly stunning and a novice like me is feeling your inspiration.
I know the giveaway is closed that's okay...I just had to let you know I love your pattern!!

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