June 10, 2014

AMB winner!

We have a winner! Congratulations to Paula Cox!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

June 3, 2014

American Made Brand Blog Tour - Missouri's Day!

Today's finally my day for the AMB 50 states blog tour! I've been enjoying seeing how the guest bloggers have interpreted their state in AMB solids! So with no further ado, here's my block:


 

Here's my thinking. I originally wanted to do a strict interpretation of the license plate because it really sums up the state well - it has our motto "Show Me State" and it has our two big symbols - the bluebird and the dogwood tree. And it has some quilty things I love - blue(!), duh, and gradations. Every one knows I have an unnatural love affair with gradations! The darkish to pale blue ending in white at the bottom is very yummy to me!


But as I let that percolate in the creative part of my mind, it occurred to me that the good folks at AMB sent me tons of beautiful, solid fabrics to use so why would I limit myself to just blues and white? So that's when I decided to improv piece the background for the block. I chose about 10 colors to start with and just chopped and sewed them until I got a piece roughly 6 1/2" x 12 1/2". Then I used fusible web to cut out the license (personalized for us of course!) and then embroidered a modified version of the real thing around that. (I'm not a great embroiderer, so don't look too close!) What is August 1821? That's when Missouri became a state!



So there you have it - that's my Missouri License Plate! (Bet you thought there would be an arch!)

But that's not all! AMB is giving away this fabulous bundle of solids. Now that I've worked with them, I can tell you they have a really nice hand and a good weight. Over all, they feel fabulous - which is how I judge fabric! And the colors are really fun and modern! You'll be sold on them from your first touch. (The fact that they are made in the USA is also a great bonus!)

6/9: Contest is now over!


To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite solid color is to work with! I'll draw the winner June 6 so enter soon. And if you're new to my blog, head over to my FB page and like me there for tons of tips, jokes and all kinds of quilty fun! (For another chance to win, head to Maine to see what their plate looks like! And go to AMB for a list of the other participants and even more chances to win!)


May 5, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine giveaway winner!

I've picked a winner and it is Gregg! Congratulations!

Here's what he (she?) said:
I love the simplicity and harmony of this block. In it, I'd use fresh blues and greens offset with white. I might reverse block colors and alternate them when I assembled the quilt. So many possibilities! I guess that's why I've just started quilting - every piece can be so original even though the pattern might have been done 1000 times before. It's such a wonderful mystery that old can be new again...every time.

I love the sentiment!

Thanks to everyone who entered. I love reading what your vision for the block is. Such a creative bunch! It seemed like overall, red/white/blue and various shades of purples and greens were very popular!

May 2, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol.9 Blog Tour

Hi quilters! If you are new to my blog, welcome! If you've been here before, welcome back! I'm so happy today to tell you about my 4th block that's been selected for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine! This block is not appliqued, like most of my blocks usually are. I decided to branch out and piece a block this time!

Scandinavian Sun is the result of playing around with fabric to see what happens. I love yellow and gray together. It's so peaceful to me. And my love affair with solids is no secret, so combining them both was my starting point.

Then I made a Log Cabin block with different widths of the "logs" to keep it from being too static. Look closely at the yellow portions of the block and you can see the log cabin block in there! Once that was done, I tried out an idea I've had for some time - instead of putting sashing around the block, what would it look like if I put the sashing through the center of the block? I love the effect - it's almost an optical illusion!

If I were to ever make this into a full-size quilt, I think I would make the yellow part different colors on all the blocks - using a mixture of prints and solids. I'd also experiment with alternating the grays. Maybe half the blocks would be bright print backgrounds with the light gray sashing and the dark gray skinny strips and half would be bright solids with the dark gray sashing and the light gray skinny strips. Oooh! I like that! Maybe we'll do a quilt along this summer!

Scandinavian Sun is the result of color and fabric play. The name pays homage to my Danish roots!
 So now on to the good stuff - the magazine giveaway! Quiltmaker is giving one lucky reader a complimentary copy of Vol. 9. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below letting me know what color combinations you would use to make this block!

For more chances to win, head over to Quiltmaker's blog for links to more giveaways and to read about the story behind the blocks!

Until next time - happy quilting and good luck!
Jenifer

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.
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