Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quilters Newsletter's Best Kids Quilts 2015 blog tour - Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of Quilters Newsletter's Best Kids Quilts 2015 blog tour!

If you've been following the tour, then you know that QN's latest special issue, Best Kids Quilts 2015, is full of fun and colorful projects for kids of all ages.  For a look inside the issue, check out QN's website.  And if you'd like to purchase your very own copy, Best Kids Quilts 2015 is now available at quilt shops, bookstores, and newsstands or online at Quilt and Sew Shop.




This was my first time designing projects specifically for kids and it was so inspiring -- definitely an opportunity to forget the rules and just play!  I'm thrilled to have two projects in this fun special issue.

My first project is found on page 49 of Best Kids Quilts 2015.


It's called, not surprisingly, Under the Sea.  I mentioned in a previous post that after my family's annual vacation in Maine last summer, all I wanted to make was fish quilts -- hence the cheerful and colorful Under the Sea.  I made this quilt using a layer cake of "Grunge" fabrics by BasicGrey for Moda.  The subtle texture of the "Grunge" fabrics doesn't fight with the solid blue background and the colors are GORGEOUS.


Under the Sea is a twin size (66" x 88") quilt and I think it works well for both girls and boys, but you could change up the fish colors to suit one or the other.


And Under the Sea is such an easy quilt to make -- the fish blocks couldn't be simpler and the checkerboard border is strip pieced to save time.


Best of all, if you'd like to make Under the Sea, you can buy a kit at Quilt And Sew Shop -- this is the first time one of my quilts has been made into a kit!  So exciting!


As much as I love Under the Sea, my next project is one of my all time favorites.  You can find it on page 76 of Best Kids Quilts 2015 and it's a travel checkers game made with gorgeous Cotton + Steel fabrics.  Killer combination in my opinion.


I made the checkers for my portable game with multiple layers of blanket stitched felted wool.  On the back of the checker board, there's a zippered pocket for storing the checkers.


And when you're done playing and stowing away the checkers, you can roll up the board and fasten it with attached straps and buttons.


I loved the campy feel of the Arrows fabric from Melody Miller's "Mustang" collection for this quilt, and the Cotton + Steel Basics in navy, aqua, and orange were the perfect accompaniment.  But the color and style options for this fun project are really unlimited.



Now that we've taken care of business, let's talk about prizes, shall we?  If you'd like a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Cotton + Steel Basics fabric -- and really, who wouldn't?! -- please leave a comment on this post by clicking 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.  This contest will remain open until 11:59 pm MDT on Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day -- don't forget!).  I'll draw one name at random, so please make sure I have your email address.
  
Cotton + Steel Basics - Berry


By the way, if you haven't already done so, it's not too late to enter the contests hosted by other designers participating in the Best Kids Quilts 2015 blog tour.  You can find links to the Day 1, 2, and 3 designer blogs on the QN website.  Don't forget to check out Barb Cherniwchan's blog today for a look at her project Game On.  And tomorrow, Day 5, there will be three more projects showcased:  Kate Colleran's ABC 123, Mary Kate Karr-Petras' Ducklets, and Kim Hanson's Sweet Dreams.

Good luck and happy quilting!

***This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much for all of your comments!***

87 comments:

  1. I would love to win that bundle of fabric the colors look really nice

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  2. I love both of those projects! I love that the checkerboard is so portable and wish we would have had one like that when my kids were small.

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  3. I really love your checkerboard!

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  4. Love the portable checkers game!!! Awesome project.

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  5. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this issue, Under the Sea is a perfect quilt to have in the RV for when the granddaughter is traveling with us! And the checkerboard is brilliant! That would really be great to have in the camper!

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  6. Oh what wonderful quilts. The fish are perfect.

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  7. I love the little fish! Thank you so much for the chance to win. I am enjoying the blog hop.

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  8. Wow! My kids love Goldfish as a snack, and this would be a fun quilt for them to cuddle!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Those fish would be really cute in novelty prints too! Very cute quilt and love the fabric bundle!

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  10. I love the fish quilt. I also love the chance to win the great prize.

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  11. The fabric bundle is so bright and cheery it would make a great fish quilt. Loved your projects in Kids Quilts and can't wait to make checkers quilt.

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  12. what a fun fishy quilt. thanks for a chance at the fat quarters. lovely work!

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  13. Love the fishy quilt, and the checker boards pocket! Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  14. I just adore the fish quilt- so cute and fresh! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  15. Love both the colorful fishies and the checkerboard! One for younger grands and one for olders...

    I have NO C&S fabric; would love some!

    thanks

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  16. The little fishes quilt is adorable! So very cute.
    I have no Cotton and Steel so it'd be great to win some.

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  17. Love both your fun projects - thanks for sharing.

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  18. Will definitely have to make the checkers project for my Grandson. He and Dad do a lot of camping, and it would be good for a rainy day at camp.

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  19. Great quilts. I love the little fish and they are quilted so beautifully, too. The arrow fabric on the back of the checkers quilt always calls my name. And the checkers game is the perfect take along for a camping trip and no-electronics day! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  20. My grandchildren would love the fish quilt and in a few years they will be old enough for checkers!

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  21. Beautiful fabric - thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I really like the idea of kids quilts to practice FMQ skills. Crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  23. I absolutely love every single thing about your checker project!!! Great work! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful bundle!

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  24. Your fish quilt is so cute. And the checkers quilt would be perfect for a college student! Great ideas. I'd love to win these cute fabrics, thanks.

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  25. The checkerboard is a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win

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  26. What a wonderful bundle of fabrics!

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  27. Very cool hope you enjoyed are big state of Maine....Love the quilt...My daughter is making checkerboards for the middle school kids to use sooooo loved your post's....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  28. What a fun quilt! How did you ever come up with the idea? I have seen small rugs used in a checkers set, but never a quilt.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  29. Thank You for having this Fabric give away!! Love the quilts!

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  30. Congratulations for having your quilts in the magazine. The fishes could swim in many quilt formats,

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  31. Such cute projects! I love making quilts for kids and that fish quilt is one I would like to make. Cool that the schools of fish are swimming toward each other.

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win this pretty bundle. I love your travel checkers! So cute. :)

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  33. Love the quilting on the fish quilt! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Sandy A

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  34. Your quilt is adorable! I love the fish! Congratulations on being in the magazine. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Congratulations on having two great quilts in the magazine. I love the bright colours in Under The Sea.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  36. I love the portable checker board game.

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  37. Portable checkers , My DH would love this!

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  38. I really love your quilts. Thanks for showing them to us

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  39. I love your focal fabric & background choices! Congrats on getting published! Thanks for the chance to win! mto2golsen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  40. The checkers quilt is truly inspired. I see several of these in my future. Noe for choosing the fabric...

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  41. Your projects are delightful! Any child (or adult!) would love to sleep under that gorgeous Quilt!

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  42. I love the travel checker set. Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway.

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  43. These are very nice! Thank you for the chance.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  44. The Under the Sea quilt is really nice! The portable checkers game is just perfect for summer vacation time.

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  45. Love the goldfish under the sea quilt. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  46. I love the checkerboard. I see it on my porch.

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  47. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  48. Gorgeous quilts; thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. Love your quilts! And the fabric bundle is beautiful. Thanks!

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  50. Very clever quilt projects. Love your fish and handy checkers game.

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  51. If I win, I'm turning to p.49 immediately to find your Under The Sea pattern. I love it and want to make one!

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  52. Love your fun quilt and game project!

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  53. I love the portable checkers! Thanks for the chance to win the C+S bundle!
    sarah123quilt (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  54. HELLO,lovely bundle! I'd like to start a new quilt with these!
    Thank You for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  55. Your checkers board is fantastic and I love the fish! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely bundle x

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  56. love the fishes - I think bright colors are so great for kids quilts - my grands love bright colors

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  57. Love your quilt! & the Book looks amazing! Would looove to win these Beautiful fabrics too! Thanks for the chance!

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  58. I want those fish on my bed! Awesome blocks!

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  59. I love both projects, but think it would be fun to play checkers with my granddaughter, The fabric bundle is fantastic and fun!

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  60. Thanks for sharing your quilts in this mag.

    sewn4luv@yahoo.com

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  61. These fabrics are great! Love the portable checker board.

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  62. Love the fish quilt-so cute and colorful! My husband thinks the checker board would be neat with felt chess pieces also.
    Msdevost@myfairpoint.net

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  63. Your checkers quilting project is adorable!

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  64. Both of your patterns are great.....the portable checker board would be so useful for travelling!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    spurr@mts.net

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  65. love the checkerboard. mlodge@comcast.net

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  66. Your checkerboard is great. Just love it. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric too.

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  67. I would love to win this!
    Thanks!

    larslaura27@gmail.com

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  68. OMGosh, your checkerboard project is so clever--you even have a place to store the pieces! And thanks for the nice giveaway!
    slbook3(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. I love the colors..
    Thanks!
    merryorganic@ gmail dot com

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  70. Oh wow!!! I love your checkers game! Looking for this magazine at my store this weekend!

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  71. Always looking for new ideas for kiddos!

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  72. The checkers idea is great - we call this game 'draughts' here in the UK. I've found loads of great ideas on this hop - thank you

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  73. I love the checkers game! Thanks for the chance at the lovely bundle!

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  74. I love the fish quilt. It's so simple and oh so cute.

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  75. this seems like such a fantastic book. thanks for a chance. this fabric bundle is super great
    quilting lady 2 at Comcast dot net

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  76. Pretty fabrics and nice prizes!
    bjkaup@abbnebraska.com

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  77. Thanks for your lovely prize.
    I hope I win this!
    larslaura27@gmail dot com

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  78. Your game board quilt is definitely an easy pick - of all the quilt competition entries, to me, it was the one most tuned in to kids themselves

    Cheers
    Anja
    AnjaA@Live.com.au

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  79. I love the checker board game project! Very clever!

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  80. Under the Sea is a very cool quilt and the checker board is amazing!

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  81. Great idea with the portable checkers game. Thank you for the giveaway. Would love to win those beautiful fabrics.

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  82. Great stuff! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  83. Adorable quilt and beautiful fabrics--thank you for the chance to win!
    Pat Matula
    mayfieldmat@sbcglobal.net

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