Merry Christmas to all my family and friends (including those in the virtual world :-))!!!
Sorry for those that are expecting a Book Review Tuesday, today. Unfortunately, I am knee-deep in Christmas gift making still. I know, I know, I have only 6 hours of awake time left. Book Review Tuesday will return next week. The last book review giveaway “Modern Bee” (see review here) did not get claimed…..so the new winner is:
I am thinking about teaching some quilting classes next year. I have been playing around with designing new blocks for a sample quilt. Each block has a finishing size of 12″. Many of the designs have been inspired from wall paper, upholstery or tiles. This is my first effort. I am really liking it, and think some of the blocks could be a great overall quilt design as well.
Another thought was to change-up the bottom left hand corner to include circles:
Or change-up the color Palette (Nay, Red, Grey, Black and White):
I would love to hear your feedback. Would you take a class that covers each block, maybe in 3 sessions??
To celebrate the launch of my pattern, I have TWO GIVEAWAYS.
For the first giveaway, I will give the winner a copy of the pattern + 2 fat quarters of modern quilting fabric in a color of your choice (ie. blue or green or multi colored). To win leave a comment below on what you would like to make with the pattern. If you are a follower, leave a second comment and let me know how you follow.
For the second giveaway, if you leave a comment below + all 4 posts of my testers above you will be in the draw to win my favorite quilting book (at the moment) – Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers.
All winners will be chosen randomly next Friday and announced here. I hope you like the block and the projects the testers came up with. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.
Over the last month, I have been working on this block pattern that uses nested arrows.
Originally, named “This way, that way”, I have landed up calling the pattern “Pushme Pullme”. It reminds me standing at a door and trying to decide, do I push the door or pull the door. I love how the design shows a convergence/divergence in a tessellation like manner.
Tomorrow, I am launching the pattern on Craftsy and there will be a small blog hop and a GIVEAWAY.
A big “Thank You” goes to Susan @ The Bored Zombie who was my first reviewer of my pattern. Another big “Thank You” goes out to those who tested the pattern for me. My testers have done an amazing job working on the block and validating the pattern. Their projects, using the block, will be part of the blog hop tomorrow.
I made more of the This way, That way blocks and I think I am almost ready to start pattern writing. Here are the first 4 blocks of 25. My October goal for “A lovely year of finishes” is to finish the This way, That way quilt completed and have the pattern complete, tested and reviewed.
For this month’s “A lovely year of finishes” I am targeting to finish one of 3 quilt tops. I do not think I will get that quilt top finish, but the good news is I finished my first quilt design for the first quilt.
I had mentioned that I was looking to do something like this:
Well then I was in a meeting the other day, and someone had put up a powerpoint slide, which lead me to designing my own block using threadbias.com. It has a set of arrows that point in (this way) and a set of arrows that point out (that way). Here is a look at the block:
The quilt is for a boy who loves blue, so playing with blues and this design here is what I think the final quilt will look like. What do you think?