Hey there chickadees! I’m here participating in the last stop of Amy’s blog tour for her new book, Modern Neutrals. I know, I posted about the book a couple months ago, but I’m going to tell you a little more about it so that you can win one. Sound like a deal? Besides, this book rocks. I promise.
So. Modern Neutrals. It’s a pretty little book. More than that, it’s a book that is full of patterns you can use for everyone. Read: there are no appliquéd flowers or hearts or girly things in here–just crisp, clean lines. You can make something for your son, or husband, or boyfriend, or pool boy, or whatever. They’ll like it. You can also make something for your mom or sister or new baby niece. It’s that darn versatile. I mean really, can you imagine this quilt made in greys and pinks? Why hello gorgeous, tactile, baby quilt!
Amy does a great job with her explanations and diagrams (she’d better, this is her third book!), and gives great tips on how to be successful at piecing the blocks. There’s a project or two that require paper piecing or partial seams but they’re minimal and explained well. You can make these.
If you’d like to win an e-copy of this book for yourself, head on over to Amy’s blog and visit the other stops on the tour. Then, click over to the form and answer the questions, press submit, and you’ll be entered. Amy will draw a winner on Tuesday from everyone who answered the questions correctly. Simple as pie. Then, when you win, you can thank me by making the cover quilt and sending it my way. Oranges, greys, and dusty aquas, please. Because that cover quilt? It’s my favorite.
Hooray for awesome books, and hooray for pretty quilts. Double hooray for awesome, pretty, quilty books.
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.
My favorite flowers are Dahlias–I love the intricate petals, the density of the booms, and the symmetry of nature. Seriously, I could stare at them for hours.
Almost like a mini version of Dahlias, I also love fall mums. Mine start blooming in full right around the end of August, and last until the frost does them in in November or so.
I love how they start blooming right when the other flowers start quitting, giving up because of the slight chill in the air.
That’s how I want to be. I want to bloom, even when things aren’t perfect–in fact, I’d like to bloom because I’ve decided that anytime is the perfect time.
Bloom where (and when) you’re planted, chickadees.
Cut the following:
(5) dresden wedges
(1) of each template echo (A, B, and C)**
(1) 12 1/2” linen square
**You may choose to cut these pieces out using fuse able web, as they will be raw edge appliquéd to the final block. I chose to cut them without webbing to avoid stiffness in the block, and just used temporary fabric glue to affix them prior to sewing. Also–I cut out my “Echo” pieces freehand to match my dresden points and valleys exactly…but I figured telling you to freehand it would probably stress some people out. So, there are templates. If you need to adjust them to match up with your individual wedges, by all means, go ahead. :)
Fold the wedge pieces lengthwise, right sides together.
Stitch along both the top and bottom edge. clip the inside corners, being careful to avoid the stitches.
Turn the pieces right side out, flattening the stitched edges to make a point on both ends. Press.
Stitch the wedge pieces together by putting right sides together along the long edges. Press seams open or to one side.
Temporarily affix or lay out echo pieces on the block.
Begin with Echo C,
then Echo B,
then Echo A.
Place partial dresden on the top. Temporarily glue or pin pieces in place.
Stitch the pieces in place, using a 1/16” topstitch. I chose to do a 2nd stitch on the dresdens, 1/8” away from the first stitches.
Trace (or eyeball :) the swirls coming from the flower, and stitch them using a running stitch.
Trace the word “BLOOM” and stitch using a backstitch.
Download the template pieces and embroidery pattern, here.
August. It’s all about swimming pools, and sunshine. Am I right or am I right?
So naturally, this block just had to be made from a nice pool aqua, and golden sun yellows, and some orange too, for the sweltering heat.
Here’s the thing. By the end of August, I’m almost always at the end of my hot weather rope. A girl can only take so much sweating to death in the dry arid desert mountains. (<–Utah.)
So that first little chill in the air that hits right around the end of August? One of my favorite things ever–because fall? Best season. Of course, Spring, Winter, and Summer are the best too.
Turns out I’m a season girl.
I love that the seasons always manage to change just when I think I can’t stand another day of cold, or hot, or mud, or wind.
It keeps me excited and looking forward, encouraged, to know that change will come, and bring fresh new days with it.
Cut the following:
(12) 3″ orange squares
(12) 3″ yellow squares
(24) 3″ aqua squares
(1) 3″ x 12″ linen rectangle
(2) 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ aqua strips
(2) 1-1/4″ x 11″ aqua strips
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all yellow and orange squares and stitch on either side of the marked line, or use my HST Hack method to make 2 Half Square Triangles from each yellow/aqua and orange/aqua pair. Square up the HSTs to 2″.
Stitch HSTs into (6) yellow/aqua and (6) orange/aqua pinwheels. Make pinwheels by arranging as shown, stitching top two and bottom two HSTs together, pressing seams in opposite directions to allow the seam to nest. Stitch rows together. Square up to 3-1/2″. Set aside.
Mark a 10-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ rectangle on the linen rectangle using a disappearing marker. Using the templates provided, applique the letters in the rectangle you just marked. Square up rectangle to 2″ x 11″.
Stitch long aqua strips to both sides of linen word strip. Press toward aqua. Stitch short aqua strips to top and bottom of linen word strip. Press toward aqua.
Lay out the pinwheels as shown, stitch together in columns, and then stitch columns together.
Finish assembling the block by stitching pinwheel sections to bordered word strip.
Finished block: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″
Download the block letters here.