I am so excited to be hosting the final day of the Classic Modern Quilts Blog Tour. This whole experience has been such a rollercoaster ride from start to finish and I am so grateful for being included in this book with all these fabulous designers.
My journey to design a quilt for this project is a rather serendipitous tale. If you know me, or have read my previous blogs, you likely know that I was fortunate to have two quilts (STELLA! and If Kaffe Met Seuss) juried into the QuiltCon 2013 quilt show in Austin in February and I was able to go see them hanging there in person.
A few weeks after I came back home I received a message from a friend (thanks Gloria!) who had been trolling the internet for pictures of quilts from QuiltCon. She told me to check out a blog that had a picture of STELLA! on it. The blogger had made some very nice comments about my quilt but said she hadn’t written down who made it. I commented on her blog to thank her for her kind words and identified myself as the maker. This started a little flurry of emails back and forth, then she asked to see some of my other quilts so I directed her to my Flickr page. I was a little surprised when she identified herself as an editor for the publishing company Kansas City Star Quilts (and their new imprint My Stars Quilts) and said she had a project in the works that she would like to invite me to participate in.
We were given 36 blocks to choose from and had to submit our top 3 picks. I used EQ7 to work on the block and quilt designs. I love designing on EQ7 … it is so easy to preview colour choices and block placement. Luckily I got my first pick, although I still like the designs I came up with for my other two picks and will likely make them at some point in the future.
The quilt was inspired by the block Rebecca’s Fan that was published in 1931 (fifth row, third from the right).
The fan blocks are foundation paper pieced and are really easy to make … so this could even be your first foundation piecing project! Along with the chance to win a free copy of the book from the publisher, I’m also giving away a package of Carol Doak’s Foundation Papers (the same kind I used for copying the foundation patterns). This paper is so much easier to remove from the back of the block than regular photocopier paper. Ask your local quilt shop if they carry it or can order it in for you.
The fabulous quilting on my quilt was done by my good friend Ardelle Kerr who is also known as The RoseCity Quilter. She has the amazing talent of knowing exactly how to enhance a quilt, not overpower it. She also did the quilting on STELLA! and you can see some of the quilting detail in the banner at the top of my blog. I encourage you to check out her blog to see more of her fantastic work.
Tammy Vasser from Marmalade Fabrics has chosen four quilts from the book and has made up fabric bundles that are available in her store. Electric Fans was one of those quilts so if you’d like to make your own version, visit her site to check things out. Don’t forget to visit her blog.
For your chance to win a free copy of the book and the package of foundation papers, just leave me a comment by midnight on November 26th. I will make a random draw from all the comments I receive and will be in touch with the winner so make sure to leave your email address. And remember to hop on over to visit the other bloggers on the tour. By visiting all the blogs and leaving comments you have up to 10 chances to win a copy of the book along with some other giveaways.
Here’s the list of the other designers and their blogs, in case you missed them.
Lisa Calle, http://www.vintagemodernquilts.com
Lynne Goldsworthy, http://www.lilysquilts.blogspot.com
Lauren Hunt, http://www.myauntjune.blogspot.com
Heather Kojan, http://www.heatherkojan.blogspot.com
John Kubiniec, http://www.bigrigquilting.blogspot.com
Adrianne Ove, http://www.littlebluebell.com
Trisch Price, http://www.hadleystreetquilts.com
Tammie Schaffer, http://www.craftytammie.com, and Tia Curtis, tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com
Amy Smart, http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
I hope you’ve enjoyed our Blog Tour as much as we have. Come back and visit any time.