Sunday, November 01, 2015

You Can Quilt Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome!  Today is my turn to share about a chapter in the book "You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners".  I was excited to be a part of this hop because I am really passionate about helping beginning quilters learn the basics.  This book covers a lot of great topics and would be a perfect start for a new quilter or for anyone who wants to brush up on their basic techniques.   I even learned a thing or two, and I've been quilting for a long time!

My chapter was Number 11 - Inset Seams.  Also known as the dreaded Y-seam.  I thought it was neat that one of the blocks used English Paper piecing which is a great way of working with those inset seams as well as adding a great hand piecing technique that is really popular right now!  The instructions were easy to follow and I love how my block came out!

I learned a new way to use freezer paper for the applique as well - and it worked better than the way I usually do it!  I guess you can teach an old dog a new trick from time to time :)

The second block was a Mitered Frame Block.  Again the instructions and illustrations were great, and my block came out the perfect size with no puckers or waves at all!  You need to know how to do this technique - mitered borders on a quilt are such a classic touch.  Once you get the hang of it you can totally do these in a flash.

The final block was a bit more involved, but once again, easy to make by following the directions in the book. It is a Mini Lone Star block.   It also came out the perfect size as and looks great!
I really like how the colors flow in this block!  The fabrics I used in my blocks are part of a new collection by Island Batik - Caribbean Splash.  Doesn't it look like a sunny tropical beach?  Love it!  The setting triangles are one of their Screen Prints.

Guess what I made out of my blocks?
I'll bet you guessed it's a table runner, right?  Well, you guessed wrong!

It's a pillow cover!

I've been wanting to cover a body pillow my daughter had to use for a bolster on the guest room bed, and thought these blocks would be perfect for that.  And I was right!

I just added two overlapping panels to the back before I sewed the binding on, making an envelope back so I could put the pillow inside.  I'll try to get a better picture tomorrow - the daylight was gone before I knew it today, thanks to the end of daylight savings time last night!

Now for the fun part! 

At the end of the blog hop we will randomly choose 4 winners. Each winner will receive a copy of You Can Quilt! and a fat eighth Island Batik fabric bundle. See the Rafflecopter below and enter the giveaway!

Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US residents. If you don't win or if you can not wait you can purchase a copy of You Can Quilt! you can get a signed copy from Marlene it is also available through AQS (as a hard copy or e-book) and Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks to AQS and Island Batik for sponsoring this giveaway!  Here is the list of participants as well so you can see their posts if you are just now catching up:

Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia
Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell
Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe
Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez
Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman
Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano
Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - Marlene Oddie
Oct. 28 - Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee
Oct. 30 – Ch. 10. Applique - Barbara Gaddy
Nov. 2 – Ch. 11. Inset Seams - Pamela Boatright
Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl
Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – Marlene


Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Love the colors you chose ....and a body pillow cover ...genius!

Anna brown said...

Very nice bed pillow ty for

beaquilter said...

great blocks and fun pillow

Lori said...

Ohhh, your pillow is wonderful. I also really like it as a table runner, LOL
Thanks for sharing.

teachpany said...

That looks awesome! I love the fabrics you picked, and the pillow cover is so smart! I have to look at this chapter, too. I've done some inset seams, but not much with freezer paper. Thanks!

Janet Sabol said...

I like the idea of using the blocks for a body pillow! Batiks are my favorite fabrics to piece with and love the looks, too. Thank you for the giveaway!

Dale said...

Great colors! Blues are always my favorites. And batiks are just plain beautiful! Thank you for the give away.

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty pillow cover.

KaHolly said...

I'll bet she was delighted with her pillow cover! It's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love the colors on your pillow!

Joye with an e said...

Very pretty pillow cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

Leila said...

LOVE the body pillow! Now I need to make one. :) Thanks for taking the time to make the blocks and review the book!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful body pillow!!