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Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 everyone!

As we round the corner into the next year, I find myself a bit dismayed to discover that I have very little sewing to show for the year. Basically just these three quilts…

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I’m proud of all three but I sure do wish I’d had more hours at the sewing machine… But that’s ok! There are other quilts that are almost finished!

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And I certainly did a lot with my year. QuiltCon, and working for the MQG, has been a huge and on going project. And there’s so much excitement with QuiltCon being less than two months away! Last year I also cast two seasons of Project Runway and together we raised over $17,000 for Action Kivu. But the biggest deal in my life is of course that this lil’ guy came along:

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Hands down my best project of 2012. Happy, happy new year to all of you and here’s to many more successful projects in the coming year!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Victora Findlay Wolfe‘s book, 15 Minutes of Play.

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I’ve known Victoria for a while now and her unique voice with her quilts has always impressed me. Her book reflects that voice so clearly and well! I’m a really lover of improv. piecing, but I’ve moved away from it in my design and this book reminds me to keep it in my repertoire! For just 15 minutes a day…

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Victoria’s idea of just playing with fabric for 15 minutes a day is a great one. It keeps those creative juices flowing, even when you’re very busy or feeling a lack of inspiration. I should take her advice more to heart! I work with fabric all the time, but sometimes I need to think of it in a more playful way. Victoria’s book focuses on that process and the inspiration it can lead to. Such a great approach!

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In world full of pattern books, this one helps you find your way and voice with play and who wouldn’t want that?? BTW – my favorite color to “play” with is blue. I’m always turning to my blue stash!

Now who wants to win a copy? If it’s a US winner they will receive a hard copy of the book, and an international winner will receive an electronic copy of the book, direct from C&T. Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll pick a random winner on Dec. 12th.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Nov 29: Pat Sloan
Nov 30: Fat Quarter Shop
Dec 1st: Karen Griska
Dec 2nd: Angela Walters
Dec 3rd: Generation Q
Dec 4th: Tonya Ricucci
Dec 5th: Michele Foster
Dec 6th: Scott Hansen
Dec 7th: Amy Ellis
Dec 8th: Rachael daisy
Dec 9th: Jackie Kunkel
Dec. 10th: C & T Publishing

For my work I live in two worlds. Mostly the modern quilting world. But I also have spent the last ten years casting reality shows and I have been lucky enough to cast Project Runway for the past few seasons. In the Venn diagram of these worlds, there’s just one tiny little overlap of one person. That person is Jay McCarroll, winner of season 1 of Runway and designer of fabulous quilting cottons!

He was nice enough to send me some of his latest fabric line, Center City.

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I love it. I really think that Jay brings an original voice to quilting cottons. He is designing prints that are very different from what’s out there and it’s really refreshing.

Center City is split into three colorways.

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Downtown…

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…Midtown…

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…and Uptown. Center City will be available in September and you can see it really well on Jay’s site.

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This great map print is my favorite.

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I can’t wait to start cutting into these amazing bold prints! I’m not usually a prints girl (you all know I love my solids) but when they are like this? I’m all about it!

Elizabeth’s visit

We had a great time here in LA with Elizabeth‘s visit!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

She taught workshops…

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

I made a big G and a lil’ g using her patchwork applique method. I’ll be turning these into a quilt for my husband (Gavin) and son (Gabe). See?? Big G and lil’ g!

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And she spoke to the LAMQG. Elizabeth and her work as such an inspiration. I might add that she’s been a friend of mine for years, yet this was our first time meeting in person. It was wonderful and we loved having her!!

We Love Color winner

The random number generator picked number 92 which means the winner is… Paula K!

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Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!