Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quilting, Shopping and a Giveaway

Plus - the top

Here is Plus - she is just a top right now and is a good size - about 60" x 64". I was pressing some new Amy Butler fabrics one night and the next morning (last Saturday) I woke up wanting to make a giant plus quilt. I had wanted a pattern that would show off the larger prints and pluses fit the bill.

I checked my books and the internet and I could not find a pattern for a large size plus quilt. So I did the math, cut up my precious Amy Butler fabrics, played around with them on my design wall, instagramed and got approval, chose the background and pieced it all together - by early afternoon. This is a one day quilt top.

Plus - the top, detail

Instead of my usual solid for my background choice, I picked this Paris map print. I am trying to see how I feel with low volume instead of solids as the negative space.

Plus - the top

I hope to make more of these quilts, they are fun and really fast. Let me know if you want me to make a free pattern for it - as I could not find a pattern maybe others want one too.

In other news, the lovely folks at the Fat Quarter Shop offered to sponsor this blog. So I am going to give that a try. I have some worries about the impact of sponsors on blog content but these folks are so nice, they have a great shop and they have steadfastly sponsored the Finish-A-Long every quarter. And they have not asked me to do anything except keep sewing and blogging what I like and mention them if I feel like it, when I feel like it.

In return for the sponsorship, they are giving me gift certificates and they gave me a whole quarter year's worth of gift certificates up front. So I went off to shop and I could not decide what to buy. I thought I would ask you for advice. When I asked the Fat Quarter Shop folks if I could have a gift certificate for one of you too, for the help, they said sure.

So, to win a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop, all you have to do is make a suggestion for my purchase - do go and have a look at what they have available too. I will leave this draw open until midnight PST on Thursday, August 8, 2013 so I can shop on Friday. I will pick one winner randomly from the suggestions, please only one per person.


In the meantime, I am getting settled at my home on the island, I am here all month. The guys have been here all summer, and I found my quilts in a big pile on the sofa, clearly having been used for naps and TV watching.