Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quilters Newsletter's Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 4 of QN's Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 blog tour!


If you've been following along with the tour, then you know that Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 is full of colorful and beautiful quilts and projects for your home.  If you'd like to take a look inside, check it out on QN's website.  And when looking turns to buying, Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 is now available at quilt shops, bookstores, newsstands and on line at Quilt and Sew Shop.

I'm thrilled to have two projects in Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014!  First off is my "Fresh as a Daisy" pillow found on page 16.


This cheerful 12" x 16" pillow is made with a mini charm pack, fabric scraps and a half yard of additional fabric.  I chose to make mine with Kate Spain's "Daydream" fabric, yum.

And this project is fast!  With pre-cut squares, the preparation is minimal, and the only hand work is the embroidered "joy."  I appliquéd the flower by machine using pink thread and left the edges of the flower rough for a shabby chic look.  Here's a close-up of the flower petals:



To quilt the pillow, I machine stitched 1/4" on either side of each seam.  This project is easily accomplished in a day  give one as a gift or, even better, make one for yourself to brighten up your sewing room!


My second project is "True Colors," a lap quilt found on page 84, and may I say, one of my favorite quilts that I've made this year.


I was inspired to make this quilt by a birthday card that I received that featured striped candles atop a birthday cake, but when I finished the quilt top, I was immediately reminded of Fruit Stripe gum...

Photo:  givetogrant.org

I almost ended up naming this quilt "White Stripes" a kind of artsy reference to the "negative space" that my brilliant (just in case he reads this) husband came up with, but alas "True Colors" prevailed.

This improvisational quilt was fun to make from start to finish, but choosing the fabric may have been the best part.  For each of the 8 rows, I got to choose a dark, medium and light fabric  that's 24 gorgeous colors  and the stack of fabrics was so beautiful that I was afraid to cut into it.

I used a foundation method to make each strip of the quilt and I was a little nervous about it, but it worked beautifully and was surprisingly fast.  In fact once I had all of the fabric strips cut and organized for each row, I finished this quilt top in a single weekend.


Here's a picture of the finished quilt top  pre-quilting  draped over my railing late last winter.  And eek, sorry, that is snow behind it.  If you're not looking forward to winter, look away!

And now the fine print: For a chance to win a fabric bundle from Quilters Newsletter, leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm MDT tonight (11/13/2014) by clicking on the word "comments" below.  You'll be redirected to a "Post a Comment" window.  Once there, either scroll to the bottom of the window or click "Jump to Comment Form" and follow the directions to leave your comment.  I'll draw one name at random, so please make sure I have your email address.  This contest is only open to those who haven't won something from QN in the last 90 days.

Good luck and happy quilting!

***This contest is now closed.  Thank you for all of your comments and don't forget to visit the QN blog today (11/14) for links to other designers' blogs and more chances to win!  Good luck!***

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the bright colors in both projects. I've been following your work, you're very talented.
Msdevost@myfairpoint.net

Dana Gaffney said...

I love both of your beautiful and bright projects and I like the name "True Colors" better :)

VA said...

The "True Colors" quilt is wonderful! I'll be looking for that magazine for sure.

Linda E in AZ said...

I really like your True Colors quilt, my kind of colors.
thanks!

JanineMarie said...

I like both projects (so happy), but I really like the quilt because it does look like birthday candles to me. This fat quarter issue is great!

kathy nielson said...

Thanks for the pillow idea. Have just what I need to do it up.

Debbi2323 said...

I love the bright stripes in your quilt. Would very much enjoy winning the fabric.

Debbi Biedler
quiltlady86@yahoo.com

Crickets Corner said...

I love your candy stripe quilt, it's so bright and happy. Perfect for a summer day and perfect to work on in the long dark winter months to come.

Kathryn said...

The candy stripes (or gum stripes) are just so cheerful. Who wouldn't love it. Glad it was included in the magazine.

Vicki H said...

I like the patchwork pillow with the applique flower. The True Colors quilt is so very pretty, I love the quilting done on it.

Susan Paxton said...

I just fell in love with your quilt...I love the colors you chose...spx823 at gmail dot com...

Carol Sc said...

I have a very good friend named Daisy --- pillow is a perfect gift (and she is an quilter, so she will appreciate the design). Love all those solid fabrics, too.

Veronika said...

I love BOTH of your projects so much! They're so bright and happy and cheery! Well done :)

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty quilt and pillow, love all the colors. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Dixie said...

I love the bright colors!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

Gill said...

I love your True Colors quilt!

Heather J said...

Your true colours quilt is stunning.

Deb B. said...

Very cute! Love the white stripes really makes it pop! Thanks for the giveaway!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the blast of color! So pretty. thanks for the giveaway!

Sewgirl said...

Really love the fruit stripe quilt.. brings back many memories of the gum! Too cute.

Jennifer said...

True Colors is one of the happiest looking quilts I've seen in a long time, I just love it!

Kay Eubank said...

The quilt True Colors is my find of quilt

JANET said...

Love the quilt. It does remind me of the gum. Had forgotten all about it, but it was one of my favorites when I was growing up!

Trudy Keller said...

Love the quilt and the pillow!

Janie said...

Love the quilt and the pillow! Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

Nancy said...

I love your projects!

BizyStitches said...

Your stripe quilt is just way too cute. Love the idea. Thanks for the chance to win and for the fun.

Lisa Marie said...

Beautiful projects! This looks like a great magazine, thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Very nice rainbow quilt! sarah@forrussia.org

Melody Lutz said...

Now I know what to do with my mini charm pack...sweet pillow.

Shye Reynolds said...

Beautiful work! So clean and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

Sunnybec said...

Really like the true colours quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sallie said...

What a great quilt! Love your inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

RoseL said...

Love the True Colors. Thanks for sharing

Rhonda Davis said...

Both of your projects are awesome! I love anything with bold bright colors.

Anonymous said...

I especially love the true colours quilt. Very bright and happy - and a nice distraction from all the snow that's coming. Great work! Thank you, Jessica (teamtroian@bell.net)

Pamela said...

I love your True Colors! I am a newbie to foundation piecing, but I think I could this a try!
kinderpam@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Love the pillow, thanks.

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Daisies just happen to be my favorite flower - love that pillow! And your quilt is great - you're right-just like fruit striped gum! LOL
Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi@yahoo.com

JoyceLM said...

Love your projects, especially the True Colors quilt. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win.

Barbara said...

I love both of your projects. Your true colours quilt is outstanding. I will definitely make one for my teenage granddaughter. She loves bright clear colours. Thank you

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Love your quilt and pillow!!! Thanks

jinsnapp said...

You're a woman after my quilting heart! Love, love, love bright, cheery designs. Both creations are beautiful :)

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Beautiful!!!

Shannon Whitehill said...

Love this colorful quilt!! it is the perfect thing to brighten a gloomy day!

lindawwww said...

Congratulations on having two projects in the book. I love both of them.
lin dot web dot 28 at gmail dot com

Diantha said...

That is a cute pillow - I like small projects.
I love the "True Colors" stripes too.

Diantha

(diantha.howard@gmail.com)

Margaret said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the stripes.

Jan said...

Very cute pillow and I love your true colors quilt. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Andrea York said...

Your quilt is lovely, very colorful and cheerful. I like the pattern very much!

Jackie Thompson said...

Those stripes look delicious! :)

Jackiethompson323(at)gmail.com

Cindy said...

Love the True Colors. I love chevrons.

tac73 said...

Love your stripey gum quilt.

quiltfru said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the colours and the name of the quilt

GranChris said...

I love your quilts and I especially like the bright colors.

Millie said...

Love your use of color.

Katherine said...

Love the quilt "True Colors" ... The fabric, pattern and the machine quilting design just work so well together....beautiful! The pillow is charming and looks so fun to make.

Julie said...

Love that a gum wrapper was the inspiration for the quilt.

Cecilia said...

Great projects! I love the bright colors and stripes. Thanks for sharing.