About a year ago, give or take, I got an email from a friend of mine over at Lucky Spool Media, saying she wanted to put together a scrappy quilt book, and did I want to contribute? I took one look at the concept, the inspirations, and the other participants, and my answer was a quick “Definitely!” After having my own book manuscript approved, she gave me the option of backing out of Scraps, Inc. in case it was all too much. I stuck to it–I couldn’t possibly turn down a chance to be a part of something this awesome. Now that it’s a finished book–I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.
I’ve talked about it before, but now I get to show you!
I’m so excited to show off Scraps, Inc. and my contribution to it, Overcast. I ADORE THIS BOOK. I ALSO ADORE THIS QUILT.
This is Overcast, my new favorite baby. What started as an irish chain quickly morphed into a study on contrast and curves. It reminds me of colorful umbrellas on a wet pavement, seen from above. I love the meditative feel it has, and of course you all know how I feel about little squares. (Swoon.) I have Overcast back with me at home now, and it’s an instant favorite on my couch, for cuddling, for staring at…this quilt will always hold a particularly special place in my heart, as it was the first quilt I got to use a bit of my own fabric in!
The pictures are gorgeous. The quilts are beautiful. The contributors are awesome.
And after all those really dramatic words, the best part about this book (to me) is that it takes something you already have (scraps) and helps you make something truly lovely out of them. There are step by step instructions, and detailed illustrations. The projects range from super simple, to a bit more involved–there’s something for everyone.
This is the perfect book for yourself or for any sewist that you know. Put it on your wish list, because I promise, you want it.
And to help sweeten the deal, the publisher is giving 30% off through this blog tour. (I love deals.) Just follow this link, and then enter code SCRAPS30 at checkout, and you’ll have a beautiful book headed your way in no time.
Love you lots, friends! Go out and make something beautiful!
PS I’m the 3rd day in a 8 day blog hop. Go check out the other amazing contributors and see the beautiful quilts they contributed. It’s worth the time, truly.
Wow you guys! It’s like you love April Showers fabric or something!
I have a few fun things to show you real quick and then I’ll get on with announcing the winner.
First: I got this fun quilt back,
and I had totally forgotten about it!
Because of printing deadlines, and magazine release timeframes,
I made this quilt way back in the spring, sent it off, and barely remembered it.
It was really fun to get it back, and have a Christmas quilt in my house this year!
I made it with various quilting cottons from my stash,
and backed it with a fabulous retro print from Michael Miller.
The backing fabric inspired my color choices on the embroidery. I mean really, who can resist pink, aqua, red, and green presents?
I did the embroidery with some really pretty floss from Sublime Stitching, and it has held its’ color through multiple washings, and hasn’t pilled up or lost texture. There’s no bleeding on to the white background. Basically, this floss rocks. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. They have some great colors over there. Go check them out.
The Best Christmas Quilts magazine hit newsstands a few months ago, but I’d imagine you can still get your hands on it.
Speaking of getting your hands on magazines, my Mother-in-Law told me just the other day…
…that she saw that my very first magazine was out on the stands again, reprinted!
So, if you missed your chance to get a hold of Best Fat Quarter Quilts when it was out the first time,
and are just dying to make Confetti Parade,
head on out and pick up your copy before it’s out of print again.
I’ve had my Confetti Parade quilt hanging in my living room for quite some time now, and so far, I’m still not sick of looking at it.
Okay, enough of my chatter…
How about a winner?!
The winner of the April Showers layer cake, and a couple of my new patterns is Sue, comment number 28! (As chosen by random.org)
Sue, there’s an email in your inbox, message me back so I can ship out your goodies ASAP!
I’m gearing up to record another episode of QuiltCast with Amy Ellis tomorrow. Have you been listening?
So. I made a quilt.
A soccer quilt. The perfect kind to put on the grass and enjoy many a kick.
It has scraps from about a million projects, and when I pull it out of the wash and the edges are all frayed? Mmmmmmm.
All I did? Put backing, batting, and background on my longarm, and then placed the scraps where I wanted them, and sewed them right on as I quilted.
Addicting, and awesome.
PS, if you haven’t heard, me and Amy from Amy’s Creative Side started a podcast. Now, you can hear us being quilting geeks once a week. Your life is complete, I’m sure. ;) Head on over to Amy’s blog to hear us chat about our 5 Favorite tools under $25, and to see the links to our 5 favorites. One of these days I’ll figure out how to embed the link here, maybe.