Monday, June 15, 2015

Sew Organized for the Busy Girl Blog Tour

A little over 3 years ago, right about when I started this blog, I met a very nice woman who was also a new quilt blogger named Heidi Staples. To this day, Heidi remains one of my quilty/blogging BFF's - we talk often and despite the fact that we live on opposite coasts, we were even able to meet in person a couple of years ago when I was on the west coast for a few days.

However, even if Heidi was not a good friend of mine, I would still love her new book - Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space 23 Quick & Clever Sewing Projects You'll Love 

Her book is full of amazing projects, wonderful advice, neat tips and tricks, and, well, it is just overall inspiring! Heidi also includes a few tips from some other sewing bloggers - including a little bit from me :)

I haven't been sewing much recently but after seeing the dotty hexagon pillow in Heidi's book, I now know what I want to make with these epp hexagons I made, um, possibly two years ago, um, maybe, hm, could they have been sitting around unused that long, hmm. Anyway, the pillow is the perfect project for using these. I think I need to make a few more for variety but eventually . . . 

photo from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl
I definitely recommend that you take a look at Heidi's book. I've always loved how she mixes vintage with modern with classic in all her projects and her style comes through on every page of this book. If you want to read more about Sew Organized for the Busy Girl and see more of the projects, here is the list of blogger's participating in her blog hop.

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts 
April 6 - Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 - Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 - Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 - Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 - Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 - Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 - Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 - Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 - Beth of Plum & June
June 22 - Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 - Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 - Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

a more minimalist medallion?

So, if you have read any of my recent posts, you probably know that I co-authored a book about medallion quilts (by the way, there is a giveaway still open until tomorrow night to win a copy of the book in this post.) In the book, I write a little bit about how the book came to be and how I became interested in medallion quilts. I really enjoy improv piecing, little planning, and designs with lots of room for error (especially for those days when I don't feel like being friends with the scant 1/4" seam) and the medallion quilts I have made (so far) incorporate those. 

I made two medallion quilts while Janice and I were writing the book; the pattern in the book is for the other quilt (though there is a photo in there of this one.) I used the same triangle design in this quilt as in the quilt for the book and used negative space in a similar way. The big difference is the center - for this I freehand cut petal shapes and appliqued them to the background. I usually prefer raw edge applique but these are finished edge and hand-stitched. And then I made two rows of precise flying geese.  I finished the quilt with matchstick quilting - I'm not sure that was my original plan but I just kept adding more lines and before I knew it . . .   I washed the quilt before taking these photos today and wow, it crinkled in the dryer!

I should have taken a photo before putting in the wash but oops! Here is the photo from the book of the quilt in its pre-crinkle state. 

The book is The Modern Medallion Workbook and you can read more about it in my previous post and you'll find the links to the blog tour so you can see the other quilts from the book (and there is a giveaway in that post that ends tomorrow (Friday) so there is still time to enter.) *to enter the giveaway, you need to click on the link to the previous post.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Tour/Giveaway

When I started this blog three years ago, I never thought that I would be writing a post about a book that lists me as one of the authors. And I never could have imagined when I met Janice soon after I started blogging, that we would one year later be taking on this project together. But 1,000,000 texts, emails, and phone calls later plus the quilts of 9 awesome contributors, our book, The Modern Medallion Workbook, is here. 

Before I get to my quilt, I want to tell you a bit more The Modern Medallion Workbook (skip to the bottom of this post for the giveaway):

- it includes detailed patterns and illustrations for 11 medallion quilts designed by 11 different designers

- the quilts vary in style from modern-tradition to vintage modern to modern

- the quilts also vary in complexity 

- the book contains a special techniques section with detailed instructions for paper piecing, piecing curves, and piecing flying geese. 

- there is a coloring page for each of the 11 quilts that you can use to figure out the color scheme and fabric placement of your version (you can also scan it and color it in digitally as Janice did in her post.)

- the book provides information on designing your own unique medallion quilt; there are instructions on how to measure and determine block size to mix and match the included borders and centers to create your own layout.  

-the book also contains ideas for mixing and matching the borders and centers as well as ideas for making "non-medallion" quilts using just the borders or the centers. 

This is the June Medallion, my contribution to the book (can you guess where I got the name?) It is pieced improvisationally with lots of negative space. I also decided to treat the binding as one of the borders and pieced together small pieces of many of the fabrics from the quilt to make it. 

The contributors have been posting about their quilts over the past two weeks and I'll link to their posts so you can see more photos from the book and learn about their quilts. Here are a couple of the other quilts from the book:

by Kerry Green
by Amy Sinibaldi

You can see more about these quilts and the quilts from the other contributors by clicking on their blog names below.  

Kerry Green from Very Kerry Berry
Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company
Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting
Janice Zeller Ryan from better off thread
Karen Anderson-Abraham from blooming poppies
Christina Lane from The Sometimes Crafter
Rebecca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts
Latifah Saafir from Latifah Saafir Studios
Melissa Richie from We Shall Sew



Our publisher, C&T/Stash, is giving away a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook to one lucky winner (hard copy if the winner is in the U.S., digital copy for all others.) To enter just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open until May 29th at 8pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random. There are also giveaways for the book still open on some of the blogs listed above. 

 The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is #62: Marci who said "I really really really would love to win a copy of this gorgeous book!"

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook

I'll be posting more about this book,The Modern Medallion Workbook: 11 Quilt Projects to Make, Mix & Match, that I co-authored with Janice from better off thread next week but I just wanted to let you know that the publisher, C&T/Stash, is having giveaways for copies of the book on the contributor's blogs (hard copy for U.S., digital copies for everywhere else.) The giveaways that are currently open are listed below; I'll update with the full schedule on Monday.

Nana Company (stays open through May 19, 2015 midnight)
Sometimes Crafter
Kitchen Table Quilting
Bryan House Quilts

I'm excited to share more about the book next week - it wasn't easy keeping this "secret" for the past 1 1/2 years. The contributor's quilts are gorgeous and really range in both style and complexity. Plus, in addition to the 11 quilt patterns, the workbook includes full coloring pages (line drawings) of each quilt to help you plan your version and detailed technical instruction for some of the more commonly used techniques in the patterns such as flying geese, paper piecing, and curves. But I think one of my favorite parts of this book is the chapter on how to use the patterns and techniques in the book to design your own unique medallion quilt. Well, I'll tell you more about it in my post on Monday -- plus by then the contributor's will have each shared more about their quilts so I'll be sure to include links to their posts so you can learn more about their process. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook

Just thought it was time to share something I've been working on the past year or so :)

by Janice and me
with quilts from Erica, Alexia, Christina, Latifah, Becca, Karen, Kerry, Amy, and Melissa
plus instruction on how to design your own unique medallion quilt by mixing and matching the centers and borders from the book (including how to figure out how to size the blocks) and a section on advanced techniques commonly used for medallions including paper piecing, flying geese, piecing curves, and more. 

Available May 1, 2015. Available for preorder now on the C&T website, Amazon, your local bookstore or quilt shop and more. *just noticed that C&T and Amazon
are listing it as in stock April 25, 2015 so yay!

And if you want to see some sneak peaks of the quilt, follow me on instagram (plumandjune) - we've been sharing some of the quilts over there. And I'll be sharing more about the book on here soon.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Modern Rainbow Blog Tour

I'm excited to share with you this new book written by Rebecca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts (scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win your own copy.)  I've always admired Becca's style and this book definitely does not disappoint! The quilts are seriously gorgeous and the book includes valuable information for choosing fabrics and techniques to make your own! Here are some of my favorites:

I've been loving all of the projects that have been made for the book's blog hop. You can see the full list at the bottom of this post. I, unfortunately, haven't made a project from the book yet but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about which fabric I would use. If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know that I don't use too many bold colors but I looked through my fabric stash to come up with my own version of a modern rainbow palette.

Modern Rainbow Blog Tour Schedule

March 23rd             C&T/ Stash Books
March 24th             Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt
March 25th             Generation Q Magazine
March 26th             Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane 
March 27th             Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works

March 30th            Amy Garro of 13 Spools
March 31st            Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy
April 1st                Rebecca over at Craft Buds
April 2nd               Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
April 3rd               Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict

April 6th                Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread
April 7th                me!
April 8th                Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
April 9th                Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
April 9th                Shannon Brinkley of Bottle Tree Quilts
April 10th              Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts


Becca and C&T publishing are offering a copy of Modern Rainbow to one lucky reader. If you are interested in winning a copy (hard copy if you are in the U.S., digital copy for all others), just leave a comment below. The giveaway will remain open until April 10th at 10pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

The giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Just a few photos from Instagram - find me there at plumandjune.