February 21, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour - Day 10

Welcome to the last day of the blog tour for my new book, The Modern Applique Workbook. Today's blogger is Diane Harris of Quiltmaker Magazine. I've had an association with Quiltmaker Magazine for a while now, participating in the the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue 4 times! (And I'll let you know a secret - I'm going to be in the next issue too! But don't tell anyone yet!)

Head to Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures to read even more about the book and enter the giveaway for one last chance to win!

Geese

Today's quilt is Geese. I love this quilt. I made it to fit over the mantle in my living room. Originally I had the geese with the bottoms straight, like a pieced flying geese. But for applique, I thought it should be a little different so I made the shapes different enough from the standard flying geese but yet similar enough that every quiltmakers will understand!

I used all solids except the one print. After auditioning it with all solids, it really was way too flat and boring. Adding in just the one print changed the whole feel of the piece. When your working with a minimalist concept, every shape, fabric and color has to count. That's why the center stripe of background fabric is a pale yellow, not another gray. It is just more interesting with a different color thrown in.

And I have to tell you about the quilting. This is another Angela Walters creation. She used a variety of fills for each of the background panels, but it's what she did on the large geese that makes her the genius she is! She put end trails on them! They look like they are shooting off into space! I hope you can see it on the photo. The quilting on this quilt makes it. Without it Geese would be nice, but rather ho hum. Thanks Angela!

Thanks to all of you who have stuck out the tour with me! And thanks to all who have been entering the contest! Check out the guest bloggers if you haven't entered their contest yet. (Some of the contests are over, so check that before leaving a comment.

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.

February 20, 2014

Today's guest blogger is Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio. Shea is the creative mastermind of some wonderful quilts that you can make too! She and her team of top designers have put together some patterns that will make you drool! And what I like best about her style is the total saturation of color that she uses! I'm all for negative space and neutrals, but my heart belongs to color! And so does Shea's

Cantilevers by Jessica Levitt

Seeing Squares - yummy - by Shea!
Head to her blog to read about The Modern Applique Workbook and don't forget to say hi in the comments to enter to win a copy of the book! But before you go, take a look at another quilt from the book.

Star Bright - the cover girl!
Today's quilt is Star Bright and she's also the cover girl! I wanted this quilt to have plenty of negative space with both neutral and color solids to showcase the applique. I knew I wanted the band of orange to be where it is, but originally, I had the blue star that's in the lightest orange on the top row next to the green star. It was nice, but a bit too expected and it really threw the balance of the quilt off. The right side was just too heavy. By simply moving one of the stars to the far left column, the balance was instantly restored and the quilt became suddenly much more interesting! Perfect!

And the quilting is really clever on this quilt! I can't take credit though. The fabulous Angela Walters came up with the quilting. I'll talk more about the quilting on this one after the blog tour is over. There's just so much to say about it!

Here's links to the other guest bloggers. If you haven't visited them yet, head there now to enter the book giveaway! Some of the giveaways are closed now, so be sure to check before you enter!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.


February 19, 2014

Day 8 of The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour

Today's guest blogger is Melissa from Generation Q Magazine! It was so fun working with her on the tour. She decided to do an interview with me for her post! Take a look to read 5 things you may not know about me!

If you're not familiar with Generation Q, it's a quilt magazine that caters to the modern quilter. They always have fun and interesting articles about modern quilting and quiltmakers. Plus patterns, reviews and lots of inspiration! Check it out if you haven't seen it before!

Cascade
Today I want to show you Cascade from the book. This little quilt has it all - circles, gradations, chartreuse, asymmetrical setting and fabulous quilting!

Circles: I love this shape - although you can piece a circle, appliqueing one is so much easier for me! Sometimes I want them perfectly round and sometimes I want them not so perfect. This is a perfectly round quilt. To get them perfect, I used a compass to draw the circle on the freezer paper and cut them out. If I wanted them imperfect, i would have drawn the circles freehand.

Gradations: Need I say more!?

Chartreuse: I love this color of green. Martha Stewart introduced me to chartreuse years ago and I've been in love ever since!

Asymmetrical setting: This easily can be converted so that the borders are all equal, but where's the fun in that? Sometimes doing something unexpected makes for a better quilt!

Quilting: I love the circles extending out of the center applique and onto the borders. It's a neat optical illusion. And the long wavy lines on the side kinda remind me of seaweed. I think of the ocean when I see this - bubbles and seaweed!

Here's links to the guest bloggers. If you haven't visited them yet, head there now to enter the book giveaway!
Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.

February 18, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour Day 7!

Today it my pleasure to introduce you to Deb Rowden. Many of you may know her for her fabulous blog, Thrift Store Quilts, but I know her as my friend and editor! In fact, Deb has been my editor 3 times now! She is the perfect editor for me!

Writing a quilt book is a very emotional journey. You put your heart and soul into every pattern and every word hoping others will like it too. That can take a toll on you during the editing process. Deb has talked me off the ledge more than once on every book we've worked on together. She's a great calming influence and helps put me right again when the emotions take over!

In addition to being a great editor, she's also a quilter with a very fun, unique perspective. Her thing is finding quilts that are a little bit off - sometimes called maverick quilts. These quilts are not necessarily made with perfection in mind, but rather function - and they all have a beauty that defies convention! Check it out, I'm sure you'll view these quilts with new eyes after reading about them on Deb's blog!

Flame - another example of my unnatural love of gradations!
Here's another quilt from The Modern Applique Workbook. I called it Flame, for obvious reasons! I love, love, love gradations! Usually I work with gradations of one color, so this was fun collecting gradations of warm colors! From red to yellow, I looked for nine solids that blend from one to the next. Of course I wanted them to be perfect gradations that blend seamlessly, but as I learned from Deb, it's the imperfections that make a quilt perfect. So the fact that not all the steps blend perfectly from one fabric to another doesn't bother me one bit!

You can enter the giveaway contest to win a book on Deb's blog and on each of the other guest blogger on the tour. Good luck!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.

February 17, 2014

Day 6 of The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour

Today to start off week two of The Modern Applique Workbook blog tour, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Casey York. I've known her only a short time, but I feel like we are kindred souls when it comes to applique! She gravitates toward more graphic designs and a big dose of nature thrown in - both are my favorites, too!
Here's a beautiful bug pillow by Casey.

Another by Casey - doesn't this look celestial? Or maybe it's a colorful dandelion!
Casey wrote the most fabulous review of the book. Head over there and take a look! And don't forget to enter the giveaway contest for a free copy of The Modern Applique Workbook.

Before you go, I'd like to tell you about another of the quilts in the book, Fall.
Fall from The Modern Applique Workbook.
I love the name of this quilt - Fall - because it could mean the season or the simple act of leaves falling. I chose the simple elegance of yellow and gray for the color palette. I don't think that combination will ever get old for me! The variety of gray prints I used for the leaves came from a 5" charm swap I participated in online several years ago. It was my first swap but not my last! (But that's a story for another time!).

After I laid out the leaves and the tree trunk, it seemed too plain. So I pieced a yellow "blob" behind the leaves. What does it look like to you? The canopy of the tree or the setting sun? I can't decide!

Thank you for joining me in the second week of the blog tour! This week I have five more friends lined up for you to meet! I hope you continue along with us! (They each have a contest, so be sure to enter!)

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.

February 14, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour Day 5

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today I'd like to introduce you to Tammie Schaffer. Not only is she a great modern quiltmaker, she is a country girl, just like me! But she's more country than me - she raises chickens! I grew up with chickens and would love to have them now, but I live in the woods that are full of foxes, bobcats and other animals that would love a chicken dinner!

Head to Tammie's blog, Crafty Tammie to read about the book and enter the giveaway, but also take a look at her tutorial page. There's some fun stuff there including how to make jammie pants for a Ken doll!

But before you go, I want to show you another quilt from the book, Birds.

Birds

It's really true that your art reflects what you see. For me that's nature. Living in the woods, I am surrounded by trees, birds, other critters, the pond and on and on. Of everything I see, birds are my favorite and end up in many quilts I make! This little beauty is one of them! It contains everything I love - gradations, solids, repetition, fabulous quilting, and a flange on the binding.

Gradations and Solids: I can't tell you why working with one color in several shades makes me happy, but it does! The subtle blending of one shade of a color to the next is pleasing to the eye to me and adds a bit more interest to a quilt than just using the same shade throughout or using multiple colors. It makes the quilt a bit more controlled and less random. (I know random makes other quilters happy, but being the control freak that I am, I like control!)

Repetition: For some reason our brains are trained to recognize repeating patterns, mine especially. I love repeating things in odd numbers - 3 and 5 are my favorites. And of one of those 3 or 5 things, I like to mix one up. Like here, where one bird is flying the opposite direction. Again - it's the unexpected and makes it interesting!

Fabulous Quilting: The quilting looks like wind, right? I like representational quilting. It helps further define what is going on in the quilt. Plus the flowing, circular shapes are so pleasing and complement the curves on the bird shapes!

The Flange: I like using flanges (a narrow bit of fabric inserted into the binding as an accent color) in quilts like this. Originally I was going to use pink for the binding, but it seemed too heavy - even the lightest pink. But using the white background fabric didn't "stop" the quilt. It felt like it kept on going out into space. So the solution was  inserting the narrowest bit of pink on the inside of the binding. It lets you know the quilt stops there, but it doesn't compete with the simplicity of the three birds! Perfect!

Here's the rest of the guest bloggers and their day. Please check them out and don't forget to enter the contest!
Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

February 13, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour Day 4

It's day 4 and Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts is up! Honestly, I consider her to be the first modern appliquer! I've been in awe of her stuff for years. She really understands how to blend the best of applique with the best of modern design. The results are so wonderful, I want to make every one of her quilts for my own!

Ephemeral Elegance by Debbie Grifka. This quilt won at AQS Paducah 2011. I was blown away when I first saw her use of bias. This modern applique quilt is perfect in every way!

It's kind of funny when you're a quilt designer. Many, many times I come up with what I think is a brilliant design only to see one very similar online somewhere. That has happened to me a lot with Debbie's designs! Especially when it comes to bias tape. We both are in love with it and use it liberally in our designs.

Kisses
You can see why I like Debbie's EE quilt so much - see my vase on top of my dresser? I "look" at EE everyday!
 
Two quilts in The Modern Applique Workbook use bias or straight of grain stems. One of them, Kisses, turned out to be one of my favorites in the book! It's just a fun little baby quilt or wall-hanging for a baby's room. The best of all is that it is so easy to piece and the applique X's on top go very quickly. I can envision it in any other single color or a selection of brights! Anything goes with this quilt!

Construction is simple - I chose about five different blue solids without care that they "go together." I just wanted blues. Then I pieced them into wonky squares with white as the background. The X's (or kisses) are made from a variety of leftover straight-of-grain strips from other projects. I randomly matched them and all are different lengths and shades of gray.

Please check out Debbie's blog and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! If you can't wait to get your copy, you can order an autographed copy here!

Be sure to visit the rest of the guest bloggers and enter the contest on their blogs as well!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/ 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

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