Monday, May 4, 2015

What can you do with 9 fat quarters? Dance, Ta Da! and a She Can Quilt Blogger's Bundle giveaway

Mad About Patchwork's she can quilt blogger's bundle

Pam at Mad About Patchwork asked me if I would like to curate a blogger's bundle, and of course I said yes. After a lot of consideration, those fabrics above are the She Can Quilt Blogger Bundle which you can get here at Mad About Patchwork.

You can read about this bundle and a little bit about me on Pam's blog today too, go here.  Stick with me for this long post, and there is a giveaway at the end for a bundle too.

Mad About Patchwork's she can quilt blogger's bundle

Just so you know that it was a challenge to take that photo at the top, my helper Sundance likes to assist.

I chose this bundle especially to make a baby quilt - a grand baby is arriving shortly in my family. I wanted a pretty, sweet set of fabrics that were not boring or that gender specific. I thought about the ocean and the sky, and there you go, a bundle was made.

Dance

Here is Dance. She is about 52" x 54" after trimming and washing. This is what I made with 9 fat quarters and some solid scraps - an easy and fun improv quilt. I made improv Shoo Fly blocks - which always remind me of dancing Snoopy from the Peanuts comics and added the background in.

Wonky Shoo Fly tutorial

For those of you unfamiliar with improv hsts, here is a little picture tutorial. For my blocks I used 3.5" background squares for the small blocks and 4.5" background squares for the larger blocks. You can make these any size, they are jut a nine patch.

Dance - layout

This is generally what it looks like as I sew, a bit dark with that yellow toned light. I put the blocks on my wall and rearranged them until I liked what I saw. Truly there is no magic to this, just move them until they feel right and they will be right.  I kept making blocks until I ran out of useable pieces of my 9 fat quarters.

Dance - filling in the spaces

I got out my bin of light solid scraps. It is overflowing. I pinned bits onto the design wall and started sewing them in. When I do this, I aim to make pieces meet without too much fuss in the end, and shuffle the blocks a bit as I go.

Dance - top before sashing

There is the top before I added some borders. I pieced together different neutrals to make the border fit in with the scrappy quilt.

Dance - quilting begins

Yesterday I went on a marathon sewing day to finish it, and I did. I quilted it on my long arm with straight lines. People have asked me, so here is a photo to show how I float both the batting and the top. The back is rolled onto two bars to keep it taught. I then baste the top of the quilt down and although I was taught to baste the sides as I roll the quilt down, I never bother.

Dance - before washing

Here is Dance quilted and bound, late last night. This photo is before the wash.

Dance

Here she is after the wash. My assistants - Butch on the left, Sundance on the right - were fully engaged this morning so I had to get more photos at my office.

Dance - detail

I used a light aqua Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread (#2835) to quilt this quilt. I am loving how a soft coloured thread adds just a hint of additional interest to the scrappy neutral background and then blends with the blocks.

Dance - back

For the back, I pieced together a few favourite prints. The binding is one of the Doe prints.

Dance

One last photo of Dance. You can make a pretty fun quilt with 9 fat quarters and some scraps.


Pam at Mad About Patchwork has generously set aside a She Can Quilt Blogger Bundle for me to give away too. Here is how to enter:

  • For one entry, leave me a comment.
  • For a second entry, visit Mad About Patchwork by clicking here and leave a second comment letting me know what you like on the shelves of this lovely shop.
  • For a third entry, follow me somewhere (there are buttons at the top right of the blog) and in your comment let me know where you do
This giveaway is now closed.

Please, please leave me a trail to find you. You have no idea how many of the commenters on give aways are no reply. You can always put your email in the comment.

And don't forget to check out Pam's Mad About Patchwork blog too, go here.

I will draw the winner on Saturday morning using the random generator when I wake up, so you have until then.

Best,

Leanne

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Carmen said...

Beautiful picks and a stunning quilt, Leanne!

Carmen said...

At Mad About Patchwork, I love the Hadley and Morning Walk collections:)

Carmen said...

Annnd I follow you on Bloglovin'!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Wonderful fabric choices! Thanks!!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Lynda said...

great pick - I love to read about the thought process when cobbling together a quilt - I really need a design wall - it would so help

Danette Stankovich said...

Following on bloglovin' peterstankovich@comcast.net

Danette Stankovich said...

Love this fabric (and the cute kittie cats)! thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Danette Stankovich said...

Would love to purchase some "Milk, sugar, and flower" at their shop. So cute! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Teresa Stanulis said...

I really love this quilt! I saw it on Instagram last night and was amazed at how the straight line quilting made it so beautiful! Love your work!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Svetlana said...

oh my!!! This is such a gorgeous quilt. I love absolutely everything about it.

Nicole said...

Congratulations grandma-to-be!!! Nice quilt too.

What is the print in the bottom right on the back? (Navy, butterflies, large plant fronds)

Nicole said...

And I follow you through Feedly. Thanks!

Teresa Stanulis said...

I really like the Maker bundle.
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Teresa Stanulis said...

I follow you via Bloglovin' and Instagram!
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Trina Gallop said...

Wow! That's beautiful. And a much larger quilt than I expected!

Auntiepatch said...

This is a beautiful collection! Thanks -

Auntiepatch said...

I follow you on email - karen.patch.anderson@gmail.com

Anne said...

Great fabric choices in the bundle.

Anne said...

Mad about patchwork is my favourite online store so it's hard to choose. I love the shot cottons and the linen fabrics.

Anne said...

I follow on the old reader.

Janie said...

I love your quilt before and after washing. Love the needles fabric. Thank you for the tutorial, and the giveaway.

Janie said...

I follow via e-mail and FB.

bee said...

what a perfectly sweet bundle for a new baby!

Janie said...

Love the Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

bee said...

i'm fond of the oval elements from art gallery on the site - such a great range of colors offered!

Keela said...

Gorgeous, love the coloured thread for contrast!

Radau Frau said...

such beautiful fabrics...

Radau Frau said...

i follow you via bloglovin

Keela said...

Apart a from your own beautiful bundle, I like the sunshine bundle.

Ioleen said...

Lovely quilt. This bundle does remind me of the ocean. Butch and Sundance are big now and so pretty.

Ioleen said...

I follow you via e-mail.

Anita said...

I love your quilt, the colors are very soothing. My fingers are crossed.

audrey said...

What a lovely, fresh looking quilt! It looks very snuggly for a baby and I love the subtleties in the lighter colors especially.:)

Ioleen said...

I love all the pearl bracelet by Lizzy House and of course the Kona cottons.

audrey said...

Mad About Patchwork just went on my favorites list as I realized they carry the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons! Nice to know that . They have a great selection of prints too. I've been eyeing the Folk Song fabrics too and I see they have them as well.:)

audrey said...

I follow via Google, Bloglovin' and my link list.:)

Beth said...

What a great quilt! I've been stuck on what to make for our little niece, and you've just given me a nudge in the right direction. Thanks!

Beth said...

I am a fan of Mad About Patchworks's Curated Bundles. In addition to yours, which is so lovely, I know a teen cousin who would be crazy about the Blue Skies and Sunshine bundle, which is on sale now--a bonus. :)

Beth said...

I follow you via email: wordygirl at email dot net

5 Ladybird Lane said...

Loving the colours!! Sarah

Jackie said...

I love the baby quilt and especially the fabric.

Jackie said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Gorgeous baby quilt. Thanks so much for organizing this give away.
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Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU >BLOG LOVIN' !

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Martina said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Loove it!

Jackie said...

At Mad About Patchwork, I love Fresh Cut and Wildwood,

Linda said...

HI,visited ' Mad About Patchworks' and I like the Folk Songs!
Thanks for sharing a great giveaway~!
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Martina said...

The back is so beautiful too! I follow your blog with bloglovin'

Colleen Potter said...

Thank-you for including info on your process. I haven't tried the way you fill in the background but I would like to some time. hmmm, maybe if I will your beautiful bundle !
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judys said...

Follow you on blog lovin'

Linda said...

Really like your baby quilt! Thanks for your inspirational Blog+this giveaway too!
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judys said...

Beautiful colors, I really must try this type of quilt; usually make bright, cheery baby quilts!

judys said...

I'd really like to use some of the Kona solids in a quilt for my granddaughter!

Lori S said...

Really nice. Thank for the chance.

Mary Lou Lewis said...

You really have a talent for putting colors and patterns together! Beautiful!

barbara woods said...

great fabrics

Quiltsmiles said...

Lovely quilt out of those scrumptious fabrics. It is so soothing and peaceful, nicely done.

barbara woods said...

i love the fabric in the black and white bundle

barbara woods said...

follow you on gfc

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilt and a beautiful bundle of fabric! Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Beautiful fabric for the quilt, I'm not sure about the pattern. I'm too much a traditionalist I think.

Andrea York said...

Absolutely lovely quilt-very creative! The improv hst's are really cool!

Andrea York said...

Shop is new to me-they have a great selection of Kona jelly rolls! Also Mochi!

Andrea York said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.

Barb said...

Love everything about the quilt..especially the cats. What is it about them that they can't resist a quilt??? ;)

Barb said...

I always like to look at Blogger Bundles...nice selection.

Barb said...

I follow you by email.

Anita said...

Love your baby quilt, gorgeous colors and improv design!

Anita said...

I like the Horizon bundle from Mad About Patchwork.

Anita said...

I follow your blog via GFC.

baukje said...

What an excellent idea to play with those blocks and some solid as you did. Lovely

baukje said...

I would love to have the biology bundle on my shelf.

baukje said...

I follow you on Pinterest

Iris said...

I love the colours way of your bundle, thanks for a chance to win one.

Iris said...

I love that mad for patchwork have the Black and White C + S bundle

Iris said...

I follow your blog on bloglovin and you on IG as well

Melissa said...

Beautiful quilt I love the colors! Thank you for the chance

Melissa said...

I see they have BirchFarm I love the barn owl fabric!

Melissa said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Pine Point Cathy said...

Beautiful picks! Congrats on your upcoming new addition!
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Pine Point Cathy said...

I also follow your blog via email updates.
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Jill said...

love your quilt-- it's sweet without being fussy.

Aunt TC said...

I really like the "bracelet" fabrics. Thank you for introducing me to another source for beautiful fabrics.

Pine Point Cathy said...

I've got my eye on the Milk, Sugar & Flower precuts. I subscribe to Mad About Patchwork's blog. Thanks for the chance! basaran.family@rogers.com

Aunt TC said...

I follow your blog posts by email. I enjoy them and appreciate the frequency.

Jill said...

thanks for introducing me to mad about patchwork. I was happy to see a wide selection of shot cottons as well as some lovely organic fabrics and decent prices on notions.

Jill said...

I follow your blog on bloglovin'.

Aunt TC said...

I don't see my first post which told you that one of my favorite blocks is Churn Dash. The fabric choices are lovely. Thanks for the raffle offer.

KathleenD said...

Thank you for the photos documenting the evolution of Dance! I was very interesting and the quilt itself is great! Your helpers are pretty cute, too.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

KathleenD said...

I follow you by email.

Cassandra said...

Very cool fabric! Thanks for the giveaway :)

~Diana said...

Great quilt, and I LOVE orange kitties :)

~Diana said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Mom C said...

Nice blocks, I love the mix of colors. They are so cool and refreshing. And I love the mix of Blocks. Thanks

Mom C said...

I follow by email. Thanks

Fran said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Fran said...

I follow on bloglovin

KathleenD said...

Mad About Patchwork has a lot of really nice bundles. I particularly like the Prisma Elements FQ Bundle and the Feed Co F8 bundle. My thanks to you both for the giveaway opportunity!

Fran said...

Love the Q and the U bundle!

Patricia said...

The baby quilt is neat and pretty.

Patricia said...

I follow you on bloglovin and instagram.

Patricia said...

I liked their bundles!

Michele T said...

Oh yes!! I love these colours and prints!! Your baby quilt is gorgeous!!!

Szamóca said...

My favourite colours. Just lovely. Thanks for the chance.
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Camille Mendel said...

i love these colors. The quilt is lovely as well. Thanks. Camille@focus20.com

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

I LOVE the Elizabeth Bundle

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

Thanks for the opportunity! Lovely stack of fabric :)

Camille Mendel said...

I love the Kona Bundles that they carry. Camille@focus20.com

Camille Mendel said...

I follow you by email subscription. thanks. Camille@focus20.com

Szamóca said...

Their designer bundles (Natural History, Black and white). It is a temptation...
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Szamóca said...

Follow you via e-mail.
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Julierose said...

Lovely fabrics--I follow you already on Bloglovin...hugs, Julierose

lindawwww said...

Cats and fabric just seem to go together. Like Butch and Sundance, I think Dance is very lovely too!

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lindawwww said...

I like the organic cotton selection on Mad About Patchwork.

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lindawwww said...

I follow you by emal.

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Michele T said...

I am following you via IG (@winkowl)

Rebecca said...

Great colors! rshields63@gmail.com

quilter said...

I like the fabric, pattern and cats! Thanks
cork@pa.rr.com

Michele T said...

Mad About Patchwork is awesome!! I spotted Try Colors - Tula Pink that I'd love to cut into!!!

quilter said...

Rhapsody Bop: BeBop Dot in Blue is very pretty, I love blue.
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Joy said...

Thanks for the explanation of top assembly. I'll have to try it sometime. This is a lovely bundle, and you've made a lovely quilt.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that is a nice looking bundle would love to win

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I follow you on my feedly reader

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love the Kona cotton bundles at Mad About Patchwork

Joy said...

Mad About Patchwork has lots of lovely collections. Doe is so versatile. I'd like to make a baby quilt from that collection.

Joy said...

I've been following you by email for some time now. I have a Mille from Matt and I love her! I've got to make a modern quilt and try the matchstick quilting. It's fab.

Anonymous said...

I like your modern interpretation of the Shoo Fly block. Thanks for the tute and the chance to win these lovely fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog by email. mfhagopian@aol.com

skippie said...

Love this fabric and the resulting quilt. I follow you via email updates. Many thanks for keeping us informed with new fabrics and your lovely quilts.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Fun quilt--love the straight line quilting too!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I follow by email

Jessica said...

gorgeous!

Jessica said...

I follow you in bloglovin'.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I visited Mad About Patchwork and I'm thinking I need a few shot cottons and some Grunge!

Tawa said...

I was thinking of wonky nine patch blocks when I saw your post, but your idea was a bit more creative. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, its a great looking bundle. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

OhioLori said...

Loooove your fabric choices...& quilt is perfect showcase for them! Awesome job!

Tawa said...

I visited the site, great sale section. A bit of Hadley, some flannels, a bit of AMH. So much lovely fabric! Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

OhioLori said...

Oooh! besides your bundle...am loving "Sew Fresh Quilts. Bundle" too!!

OhioLori said...

I already follow you thru Email & Bloglovin too :)

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty collection of fabrics. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

New follower on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

I like the Horizon bundles. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Linda said...

Beautiful fabrics, beautiful quilts.

Erin McSweeney said...

i love the bundle and what a great way to use them in a baby quilt

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kathy slaughter cummings said...

I love the fabrics in your quilt !
Thank you for the giveaway!

kathy slaughter cummings said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.
Thank you.

kathy slaughter cummings said...

I love the wide array of fabrics and the latest collections.
Thank you.

vkh6210 said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the fabric bundle. Such calming colors. Thank you for a great giveaway. vkh6210 at gmail dot com

Camilla said...

Another beautiful and restful quilt.

Camilla said...

I've been enjoying following you via Feedly for a while now!

Alisa said...

Love the quilt and your bundle! The names of your cats is what really got me smiling though! :-)

Erin said...

This is such a beautiful quilt - I love the aqua thread on the neutral background.

Erin said...

And, just followed you on instagram.

Erin McSweeney said...

I LOVE http://www.madaboutpatchwork.com/Biology-Border-Print.html

Erin McSweeney said...

i follow you through email erin2470@hotmail.com

the running hare said...

Another of your beautiful quilts Leanne! Such lovely soft colours

the running hare said...

I follow you on GFC and Instagram

Linnea Smith Varner said...

I love this quilt and the fabrics as well. The back is really fun!

Stitchin At Home said...

What a nice quilt! I like the no pattern idea.

Stephanie said...

I love that bundle!

Stephanie said...

I am really liking the maker bundle. I really need to get my hands on some of that fabric.

Stephanie said...

I follow on bloglovin

Stitchin At Home said...

I like that they are Canadian. I did find some eye candy that I just might have to get Evergreen: Wonderlust in Tonal Cherry.

Stitchin At Home said...

I follow you via email.

Janet M said...

Pretty! So pretty! Love those colors!

Janet M said...

Mad About Patchwork has some nice Doe and Cotton & Steel selections. I don't have any yet and I want some!

Janet M said...

I follow you via email and love your posts!

kay said...

Great colors for a baby quilt! Not the predictable pink or blue.

kay said...

I love the bundles on their website, especially Doe and the Kona bundles.

kay said...

I follow you on bloglovin.

Anne Simonot said...

I do like these colours together! Great bundle! Would make a lovely plus quilt -- if I win. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Anne Simonot said...

I love Mad About Patchwork, especially the bundles! I almost bit when Moda was on sale a couple weeks ago.. I love the Horizon bundles. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Anne Simonot said...

I have been reading your blog for several years but now officially follow via email. annesimonot@sasktel.net

V Pritchard said...

I like where you got your inspiration from...can't go wrong with Mother Nature! Beautiful bundle!
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V Pritchard said...

I recently purchased a bunch of Heather Ross fabric...love it. I love all Cotton + Steel as well.
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V Pritchard said...

I'm now following you on instagram :D
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Kate Newton said...

oooooh ! I just love the color scheme going on in this quilt. I have a charm pack with that cotton and steel Tokyo Train print... Love it!
Loveaphidcrafts@gmail.com. I follow you on Bloglovin and I'm heading on over to Pinterest to check you out there.

Catrin Lewis said...

I love how you've used a mixture of solids for the background

Catrin Lewis said...

Mad about patchwork have c+s basics, you can't go wrong with them!

Catrin Lewis said...

I follow you via bloglovin x

Kate Newton said...

Just went to Mad about patchwork...I'm really liking the cotton and steel black and white. Loveaphidcrafts@gmail.com

Judith, Belfast said...

I love how the kitty's have already laid claim to Dance!! Beautiful quilt L and gorgeous selection of fqs! Thanks for the giveaway! Jxo

KaliaContiki said...

Love your quilt - and your helpers! There's nothing better than cats on quilts :)

KaliaContiki said...

I follow you on bloglovin!

Anonymous said...

The colors in this quilt are so calming.

Anonymous said...

I follow you via email.

Anonymous said...

There is always lots of eye candy at Mad About Patchwork making it hard to pick just one. 😊

Patti said...

I love your gorgeous quilt! I have a grand coming sometime in the next week or so. I doubt I can do such wonderful improv that quickly but maybe this summer I can give it a shot!

Anita in Florida said...

Love how your quilt came out! The straight line quilting is beautiful!!

Patti said...

I follow you by email.

Patti said...

I love the Reel Time bundle!

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely baby quilt and the process you followed putting it together.

Lisa J. said...

I follow you on google friend connect.

Anonymous said...

I like the Arcadia: Tumbling in Coral.

Anonymous said...

Your bundle is fabulous. It's such a great combination of patterns. I'm rather partial to blues and greys too, which doesn't hurt.

greeneggs said...

I'm hanging out for some prismatic elements fabric.

greeneggs said...

I'm a follower on bloglovin.

Anonymous said...

I follow you on Bloglovin'

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