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:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

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

VA said...

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.

Nancy said...

I really love your checkerboard!

Heather J said...

Love the portable checkers game!!! Awesome project.

cjmont said...

love the under sea quilt.

Jennifer said...

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!

Renata A Little Bit County said...

Oh what wonderful quilts. The fish are perfect.

Jessica said...

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

Rachell said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Marilyn Logan said...

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

tac73 said...

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.

Jenny said...

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

Janie said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

craftygramma said...

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

Andrea York said...

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

JoyceLM said...

Love both your fun projects - thanks for sharing.

JANET said...

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.

Bella Quilts said...

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.

Rhonda Davis said...

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

StanleyBeagle said...

Beautiful fabric - thanks for the chance to win!

DebraKay Neiman said...

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

B Greene said...

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

Quilting Jeannie said...

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.

Sandy Curtis said...

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

Deb said...

What a wonderful bundle of fabrics!

anna brown said...

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

Kathy Davis said...

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

DEKowal said...

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

Craig and Liz said...

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

Lisa Marie said...

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.

mlhummy said...

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

scottylover said...

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

Sandy A

Cecilia said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

Vicki H said...

I love the portable checker board game.

Dody said...

Portable checkers , My DH would love this!

Margaret said...

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

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

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

Mary Roberts said...

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

PK Sews said...

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

Sharon Aurora said...

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

Anonymous said...

These are very nice! Thank you for the chance.

determineddebby at gmail dot com

MoeWest said...

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

Julie said...

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

GranChris said...

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

Joan and Kevin said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Anita said...

Gorgeous quilts; thanks for the giveaway!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

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

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

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

Kathy E. said...

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!

Debbie P said...

Love your fun quilt and game project!

Sarah@123quilt said...

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

Linda said...

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

Katy M said...

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

Lynda said...

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

OhioLori said...

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

Melody Lutz said...

I want those fish on my bed! Awesome blocks!

ckitterer said...

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

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your quilts in this mag.

sewn4luv@yahoo.com

Ruth Hugen said...

These fabrics are great! Love the portable checker board.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Your checkers quilting project is adorable!

dawn said...

love your checker game.

Barb said...

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

mhl said...

love the checkerboard. mlodge@comcast.net

ledamewood said...

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

Lars Sone said...

I would love to win this!
Thanks!

larslaura27@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

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

Laura Ferdal said...

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

Kristy said...

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

upshaw family said...

Always looking for new ideas for kiddos!

Her Indoors said...

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

Cheryl said...

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

Donna Vunderink said...

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

Lori said...

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

Barb said...

Pretty fabrics and nice prizes!
bjkaup@abbnebraska.com

Lucy of MyFunnyBuddy said...

Great prize, love cotton and steel!

Lars Sone said...


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

Anonymous said...

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

Veronika said...

I love this berry bundle!!

Silverthimble said...

I love the checker board game project! Very clever!

annmarie said...

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

Joyce Carter said...

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

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

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

Anonymous said...

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