It is so fun to celebrate new book releases with my friends. I got to know Cheryl way back in 2014 when I was a new blogger. She's been so generous in the quilting and quilt blogging communities. If you haven't read her quilt pattern writing blog series, it is top notch! I digress... I'm here today to share my stop on the Just Two Charm Pack Quilts book tour! Welcome.
I chose the String Lights quilt from the book and made a small section of it, large enough to be a NICU quilt. I started with my Quantum charm pack by Giucy Giuce. I love the spectrum of color in the fabrics. Then I set out to find a solid to use as my background. (Why use a neutral when I can add another color?) I wanted to work from stash and chose many contenders that I didn't end up having enough of... and eventually I landed on Kona Pickle for my background. Some of the other options I considered:
My quarter square triangles went together quickly. After I put my columns together it was nice how fast it was to sew all the vertical seams without concern for matching up any seams.
The design of Just Two Charm Pack Quilts is that you start with two charm packs and just need to add two additional fabrics, one feature and one background. This leads to cohesive, scrappy designs. I enjoy that Cheryl features two versions for each off the 16 throw-sized quilts in the book (and I really love the quilts with dark backgrounds).
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED: Congratulations Lisa England! Cheryl is offering one person from my blog a digital version of Just Two Charm Pack Quilts. To be eligible for the giveaway, make sure you are signed up for my newsletter. When you leave a comment on this post, be sure to use the same email address that you have signed up for my newsletter with. You can leave any message in your comment, perhaps tell me about what charm packs you would like to make into a quilt. The giveaway is open through August 7 (Pacific time). A winner will be chosen August 8 and notified via email.
Tomorrow is the last day of the book tour. Be sure to check out Cheryl's daily posts from this week and last week featuring each pattern from the book and links to the other book hop participants.
Welcome to my stop on the Quilting with Curves Virtual Book Tour!
My friend Daisy Aschehoug has a new book, Quilting with Curves. It is a beautiful book with 20 geometric patterns featuring quarter circle squares. You'll benefit from Daisy's experience sewing thousands of these units as you read about her favorite tools, and best tips for cutting, sewing, and trimming these precise units.
I've admired Daisy's precise piecing and many of these quilts for years as the majority of them have hung at QuiltCon.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the book!
GIVEAWAY: C&T has offered a digital copy of Quilting with Curves for one randomly selected visitor. Please comment below if you'd like a chance and a winner will be selected July 2. THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations, Lauren.
Welcome to my stop on the Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs blog hop!
When my friend Kelly reached out to see if I could help with the launch of her third book I was excited to participate. In 2018 and 2021, I made quilts when she was launching her first two books, Stash Statement and Scrappy Improv Quilting. Her new book is over 150 pages of colorful inspiration. Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs has 30 different quilt back patterns in three sizes each. And as a bonus you can download 18 patterns of quilt fronts that are shown in the book! And honestly, many of these "backs" could be the quilt front.
It was so hard to choose what to make from Kelly's book. I decided to use one of my latest quilt tops as inspiration for the palette. I shopped my stash for print fabrics in the same range of yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, and blues that I had used in the quilt top and chose Kelly's Coin Strip quilt back design. This was a great option for using even small scraps and I opted not to repeat fabrics in my coins. I paired my pieced coins with Kona Cerise for the background of my quilt back.
Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs is a beginner-friendly book packed with all the details you need regarding tools and finishing instructions. The book is available everywhere you buy books. You can get a signed copy if you order directly from Kelly's Etsy shop.
Be sure to visit Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation. She's shared tons of details and photos from the book in her posts over the past couple weeks. And check out the rest of the stops on the hop: