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I used the random number generator to pick two winners from the Practical Guide to Patchwork book and fabric giveaway!  So many of you commented!

The lucky winners are:

The book: Number 389 – Cristi

The fabric: Number 284 – Bev

Congrats to both of you and keep an eye out for my email!

**Comments are now closed – I will post the winners on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd!**

Today it’s my turn on the Practical Guide to Patchwork blog tour!


I was so happy to be asked to be a part of this tour. I have been reading Elizabeth’s blog since I started quilting and it has played no small role in my learning to quilt.  I’m certain that this is also the case for a lot of you reading – her tutorials and instructions have always been so well done.   I’m so happy to report that her book perfectly reflects her amazing skills!

First off, it starts with an entire section on all of the quilting basics…


All the info you’d ever need to make a quilt, from start to finish – laid out in Elizabeth’s clear and informative style.   This alone makes the book worthwhile but there are also 12 great patterns included.

Some simple…


…and some a touch more involved.


For all of the patterns Elizabeth gives alternate fabrics suggestions.  That’s not something you see in most quilt books and it really encourages the reader to think about the patterns in different colors and be inspired to come up with combos of their own.


People have often asked me for quilting book recommendations and I often struggle to name just one as I find some have great inspiration and some have great instructions, but often they don’t have both…  Until now!  The Practical Guide to Patchwork really provides both and is overall a beautiful book.  Definitely one to add to your library!

So now on to the giveaway!   Stash Books and Elizabeth are giving away one copy of the book to a lucky winner! Just comment on this post and you’ll be entered into the giveaway.

But it doesn’t end there, Elizabeth is also giving away this great fat eight bundle and a second lucky commenter will win the bundle!

Alissa Eighths

Good luck to all of you!  And don’t forget that the blog tour continues:

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads
Tuesday, November 2: Rossie
Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick
Thursday, November 4: True Up
Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio
Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

I will close comments on Monday, Nov. 1st at 9:00 PM PST.

Did you all see?? The blog tour for Elizabeth‘s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, starts today!


Be sure to check all the great posts for your chance to win the book. I’m thrilled to be a part of the tour and hope that you’ll follow along each day!

Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 27: Sew Mama Sew

Thursday, October 28: Film in the Fridge

Friday, October 29: I Heart Linen

Saturday, October 30: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

Sunday, October 31: Handmade by Alissa

Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads

Tuesday, November 2: Rossie

Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick

Thursday, November 4: True Up

Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio

Saturday, November 6 Whip Up

Rowan Threads

The lovely people of Westminster were kind enough to send me these beautiful boxes of thread. One box with colors picked by Amy Butler and one by Kaffe Fassett.


Pretty Thread

I love to look at them, they are so pretty, but I’ll admit that when I first got them I thought to myself “ohh… so pretty! But I don’t know what I’d use them for…” As a quilter, my piecing thread is off white and so is 95% of my quilting thread. And we all know that we go through tons and tons of thread when quilting, there was no way I could use one of these lovely spools to quilt – I’d run out so quickly!

BUT! Then some time passed and I made a few quilts and I found myself returning to these pretty boxes over and over wondering “is there the perfect color for stitching my binding?” And the answer has consistently been yes! The wonderful colors are clearly right in my modern quilting comfort zone as without even trying, they are perfect matches for my bindings, time and again.


100% cotton and all amazing colors I highly recommend these pretty little boxes filled with beautiful thread.

Bindings & Thread

Ever since I got them, they have come to my binding stitching rescue over and over!


There’s an article in there written by yours truly!


About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:


And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.


Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!