My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A finish, a launch and 2 winners

I optimistically thought I'd do a quick photo shoot the other day to celebrate a finish. I don't usually have to factor in the wind when I go out with my camera as the valley we live in is reasonably sheltered. However the weather was on the change (yaay! bring on the rain!) and I had a wee breeze to contend with. The photo shoot took quite a bit longer than I had intended!
This Kiwiana Delight quilt was fun to piece. It's a Jaybird pattern called Delight using her Hex-n-more ruler and it went together really easily. As soon as I saw the fun and whimsical kiwiana fabric range I knew I Needed to make something with it.

I quilted it very similarly to the sample quilt on the pattern cover; although I think there were areas of fanciness which I didn't do - it was a bit hard to tell from the picture.
This was one of the quilts I wanted to get finished for the New Year's launch for The Country Yard. We always try to have fresh samples, programmes and so on.
We had a big day last Friday rearranging fabrics and quilts within the shop and then on Saturday our launch was held.
Although it was a drizzly day, we had a nice turnout of visitors who seemed to enjoy a look around the freshened up shop, a cuppa, and a good chat with friends. I took a couple of photos before it got busy.
In the photo below you can see the other quilt I made for the shop. Well it's a quilt top actually; I just didn't get the time to quilt it for the shop but it still displays pretty well :-)
'Pieceful Pines' using the range of the same name by Pam Buda.
This was another enjoyable quilt to make, although I did change my mind half way through as to how the quilt was going to look. The courthouse blocks started off being either red or green but I did some unpicking —
 — and made them red and green instead. I am really happy with the effect in the finished quilt - the unpicking was worth it!

Giveaway winners
Apologies for taking such a long time to get back to you all with the drawing of the prizes in my previous post, where I showcased a block and quilt pattern from Teresa Mairal's new book, Turnabout Patchwork. February was a month where life got in the way, and there was only so much that could fit in my head.
However, without further ado, here are the winners —
The winner of the electronic copy of Teresa's book, Turnabout Patchwork is —
Lisa J
And the winner of a pattern of choice from Teresa's digital shop is —
Congratulations ladies - I hope you enjoy your winnings!

And on that happy note, I will sign off,
'til next time,
happy stitches,

Friday, February 1, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Bloghop (and giveaway)

I'm happy to be amongst the bloggers involved in promoting Terersa Mairal Barreu's new book, Turnabout Patchwork.

Teresa's had fun using simple and traditional (with a twist) blocks.
They're sewn up, cut up, turned about and sewn up again.
There's lots of different configurations and it's quite fun to play around like this. Of course, the colours and fabrics used give even more options.
Did I mention it would be a great book for the newer quilter?
My project was Flying Butterflies, using the Modern Shoofly block.
I thought this pattern would make a pretty girl's quilt and because I had a few pretties sitting in my scrap bin, decided a scrappy style one would be perfect.
So I got busy;
Sewing up —
cutting up —

turning about —

and sewing back together again.
My finished top —
I was really pleased with how quickly this top came together - it was nice to have a project that didn't take forever to make!
I'm thinking of heading back to the cutting board and making one more row (as Teresa had suggested in the book!), just to make it a bit more of a useful size.

And now for the fun part - the giveaways!

If you'd like to win an electronic copy of Turnabout Patchwork simply leave me a comment on this post. If you are a no-reply commenter, please make sure your email address is included in your comment.

AND... Teresa has offered one of her digital patterns for a second giveaway! If you'd like one of these, visit her pattern shop *here* then let me know which one is your favourite. I'll do a second drawing for this prize. There are several there I've got my eye on :-)

If you're wanting to buy a copy of Turnabout Patchwork, you can buy it through Teresa's shop *here*.
Below is the bloghop schedule - as always I'm so impressed by the different looks everyone gets using the same (or similar) starting point. Have fun exploring.

January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball

Sweet Bows
Sun Dunes

February 1 – Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Diamond Star

February 4 – Striped Fabric Block

Xs and Os

February 6 – Coordinated Strips

Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One

Happy bloghopping,