My Apple Blossom In McCall’s!

As I sit and write this post, I’m sporting shorts, a tank top and flip flops, and have all the windows of the house thrown open…just another “winter” day in the Mile High City…one week ago it snowed 8 inches, and today it’s 70 degrees and sunny.  I want to grill out, drink a mojito, get a tan, and it’s FEBRUARY.  There’s no denying it- spring is in the air (well, almost).

What a perfect day to share about my new springy Apple Blossom mini quilt that just came out in McCall’s Quilting!

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EEEEEK, it’s my first cover, and in the same magazine that my mother carefully clipped Betsy McCall paper dolls from 50 years ago.  This is one of those times I wish grandma could be here to see.

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To me, this little quilt is just the happiest.  I’m pretty sure that if an apple, a flower, and spring sunshine were to merge, this would be the result.  And the petals- am I crazy for thinking they look like apple seeds?  Perhaps, but I love them, and am so excited to have this beauty back in my kitchen.

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Is it just me, or did I just post last week about a fantastic resource for learning to sew curves???  My dear friend, Miss Angela Pingel, has a fantastic new DVD out that I wish I had my hands on when I stitched up this quilt!  So many awesome tips and tricks for curved piecing.

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I’ll admit, I did have crazy fun quilting this.  I chose a tight stipple to make the background fade into, well, the background, and then some gentle echoing curved lines around the flower.  Lots of yummy angles in this so it was fun to play with.  I decided to keep the petals unquilted to help them stand out even more, and I love how they turned out.

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The binding is a fabulous DS print I found at Joann’s and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  I need to bind my next 10 quilts with that darling plaid and I’m regretting not buying the whole bolt!

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my new little quilt!  In case you wanna stitch one up for yourself, the pattern is available in the March/April 2015 McCall’s Quilting, which you can snag at your local shop, or here in both print and digital form.  IF you happen to decide to make a whole quilt from 9 of them (wink wink), pop me a note so I can give you my mailing address! ;)

XOXO

Tackle Those Curves (and a giveaway!)

Is it just me, or can sewing curves be completely intimidating? I’ll never forget my first attempt…holding the cut fabric pieces in my hands and saying, “These fit together exactly how?!? And it’s supposed to lay flat?!?” Ah! It can really be so intimidating that many quilters don’t even attempt it, and skip over designs that contain curves for more straightforward options (ha!). That was definitely me at one point in time!

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Thank goodness for wonderful teachers like my dear friend Angela Pingel, who aren’t afraid take curves by the horns and share with us some invaluable instruction and guidance to really help us tackle our fears of incorporating curves into our quilts. Angela blogs over at Cut to Pieces, and is the author of the new book, A Quilter’s Mixology. I’m posting today in celebration of her brand new book companion DVD that has just been released – Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing.

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First off, if you don’t have this book yet, you need it! These quilts are absolutely gorgeous, and so innovative! Honestly, you’re bucket list will be filled up before you even get half way through it. Love this book.

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This DVD is an absolute WEALTH of not only information, but also step by step demonstrations where Angela takes us through all of the gorgeous designs from her book. Drunkards path, apple cores, clamshells, rain drops and paint drips, flowers, butterflies, leaves…such fresh, modern interpretations of classic curved patchwork.

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For me, curves are just like foundation paper piecing in that it’s just so incredibly helpful to be able to actually SEE someone demonstrate it. Photos or illustrations can never provide as much as a great video demonstration can, when it comes to techniques like this…to see the way she handles the curve and where and how she pins, stitches, and presses….absolutely enlightening.

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If curves are on your bucket list (or you’ve removed them from your bucket list because you don’t even want to go there!), I definitely recommend picking up this fantastic video, via either DVD or instant digital download. What a fun and simple opportunity to finally tackle those curves!

And now how about a GIVEAWAY??? Use the Rafflecopter box below to enter, and on Friday 2/6 I’ll choose 1 lucky winner to receive a copy of Angela’s dvd (USA only- so sorry international readers! Love you!).

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And don’t forget to check out the other stops on this fun blog hop! Lots of giveaways going on so go hop some blogs and win yourself the DVD!

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/ (yours truly)
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

XOXO

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