The best thing I’ve made!

Well this was going to be a post about our nursery for our soon to arrive son, but on Tuesday night, things all started happening and he arrived on Wednesday! A couple of weeks early, but big and happy and health. 7 lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches of boy! We’ve named him Gabriel David and we’ll call him Gabe.

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Pretty much no question that he’s the best thing I’ve made so far!!

Now on to some photos of the nursery that I took on Tuesday, just hours before I went into labor. It’s a small room, so it’s hard to photograph but we’ve had a great time putting it together.

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The quilt you see here was made by my friend Liz Harvatine and it’s so beautiful… It works perfectly in the room and we’re thrilled to have it.

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Next amazing quilt in the room is made by Jacquie Gering and boy do I love it.

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Not to worry – there will be a post in the future showing more detailed shots of all of the handmade goods this kid is lucky enough to have received. He is seriously one lucky lil’ guy!

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He’s so lucky that these little feet…

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…already have their first pair of Cons!

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So now that he’s here… I’ll really need to find the time to get started on making him a quilt!

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Winner of the Quilting Modern giveaway is Bronwen – congrats!  Keep a look out for an email from me.

I’m so so happy to be a part of the Quilting Modern party this weekend! It’s been book give away central over here on the blog recently, but this one is not to be missed! I’m lucky enough to count authors Jacquie and Katie among my friends (we’ve actually spent time together in person!) and their book is really wonderful.

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For those people who know me, they’d probably agree when I say that I’m opinionated… ha. I am. And when it comes to modern quilting, I have a whole lotta opinions! I feel pretty strongly that it’s a specifically definable aesthetic movement. I think that modern quilting is waaaay more about design than it is about using a specific a line of fabric or currently on trend color combos. And in my opinion, this book, is really and truly an example of modern quilting.

Let me give you a glimpse of a couple of beautiful quilts in the book:

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And that’s just two of many quilts and projects!

Another wonderful thing about the book is that its focus is on improvisational piecing.

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Jacquie and Katie teach specific improv techniques, and readers are able to recreate the quilts, but no two will be identical. How inspiring!! I can only image how many people out there will pick up this book and be driven to come up with their own spins on these quilts – or entirely new designs altogether.

I’ll bet that you want a copy of this book, huh? Well you’re in luck since I’m giving one away! The good people over at Interweave have donated a copy. Leave a comment telling me what you love about modern quilting and a winner will be picked next week. Good luck!

And keep the Quilting Modern party going by checking out all of the other blogs taking part! Everyone is posting this weekend, so have fun clicking through now.

A Stitch in Dye

Fat Quarterly blog
Film in the Fridge
Generation Q
Happy Zombie
iheartlinen
Oh Fransson
One Shabby Chick
Pink Chalk Studio
Quilting is my Therapy
Red Pepper Quilts
Sew Mama Sew
Sew Take a Hike
West Coast Crafty
Whip Up
Wise Craft

Traveling Quilts and a winner!

I’ve been a part of a new “bee” recently. It’s not really a bee in that it works differently… Each member started their quilt and each month it gets passed along to the next member who adds to it. And the best part? The last person to work on your top finishes the quilt for you – so at the end you receive a FINISHED quilt!

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I’m desperately behind, but am going to catch up this week… meanwhile, John had started his top with the triangles on upper left, and Amber added the smaller blocks. I wanted to stick with triangles, but put on my own spin on it so I added the big ol’ triangle.

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Here’s hoping the person who ends up putting this all together (it could be anyone along the way…) can make my big triangle work!

If you’re interested, you can see all of the quilts in progress in the Traveling Quilts Flickr group.

Ok – and now on to a winner for Shape Workshop for Quilters! Out of the 218 comments, the random number generator picked number 29.  Congrats to Chandra D – look out for an email from me!

Today’s the day that is my stop on the book tour for this fun new book from the people over at Fat Quarterly!

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When I get a new book to check out, I always try to think about what sets it apart from other books… For me, that’s clear with this one.  More than a group of quilt patterns, this book teaches you a variety of different quilt blocks made with all different shapes.

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From there, it’s up to you to decide how you turn those blocks into a quilt top.  I love this idea of combining teaching with the reader’s personal creativity.  It’s so much fun to learn something and then put your own spin on it.  It leads to such a variety of interesting quilts, rather than a lot of exact duplicates!

But need a bit more guidance? There’s also lots of cute finished projects included. The book is really just full of lots of ideas, inspiration and guidance.

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And I’ll admit it, I was pretty thrilled to see myself quoted on the back of the book!

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Who would like to win a copy? Lark Books was generous enough to donate a copy to a reader so leave a comment here and I’ll pick a random winner early next week.

Follow along with the rest of the tour:

5/29 In Color Order
5/31 Comfort Stitching
6/4 Generation Q
6/7 Sew Mama Sew
6/12 Pat Sloan
6/14 WhipUp
6/18 Sarah Fielke’s The Last Piece
6/22 Fat Quarter Shop
6/26 Diary of a Quilter
6/28 Amy’s Creative Side
7/3 A La Mode Fabric
7/6 It’s Sew Kiki!
7/10 Craft Buds!
7/12 Craft Foxes
7/16 {sew} Allegorical
7/18 Wrap-up Party at FatQuarterly.com!