My quilting efforts of late have been focused on things like buying border fabric because none of my stash had large enough pieces or assembling a few blocks but running out of time to finish pressing them so they would look nice for a picture. The quilt I bought border fabrics for currently has one of the two borders added and I’m hoping to get that top done this coming holiday weekend. In the meantime, here’s a picture of the first fully bloomed peony in my yard this year, barely hovering over the leg of the porch swing because the early spring snow smashed the foliage down while it was growing:
This weekend here in the United States is Memorial Day weekend. The last Monday of May which falls on May 30th this year is Memorial Day, a time to remember our nation’s soldiers who died while in military service. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day, and was properly celebrated by placing flowers, wreaths, and flags at the graves of those who died while serving. As quilters, many of us remember through the making and displaying of quilts which hold special meanings. If you’re lacking a quilt for this or any upcoming holiday, hopefully the prizes below can help inspire, or if you aren’t chosen as one of the lucky winners, there are many great patterns (some free!) on the Patriotic and Summer Quilt Patterns page on the Quilters Newsletter website and at Quilt and Sew Shop. So after a brief moment of silence for those fallen during times of war:
Prize 1 includes Dollhouse Quilts by Tina M. Gravatt for Love to Quilt, Small Treasures from Scraps by Tara Lynn Darr for Kansas City Star Quilts, Simply Charming by Tara Lynn Dunn for Kansas City Star Quilts, and 101 Fabulous Small Quilts by Martingale.
Prize 2 includes Quilty Fun by Lori Holt for It’s Sew Emma; Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen or a King, Twin, or Lap! by Sally Schneider for That Patchwork Place; Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip by Kim Brackett for That Patchwork Place; and How to Make String Quilts by Babbie A. Aug and Sharon Newman for Love to Quilt.
Prize 3 includes Open Your Heart With Quilting by Kelly M. Smith for DreamTime Publishing, Seven Simple Sensational Modern Quilts by Basil Papanastassiou for Burt & Basil Publishing, Black & White Bold & Bright by Kim Schaefer for C&T Publishing, and Kaffe Quilts Again by Kaffe Fassett for Taunton Press.
To enter for your chance to win one of these three sets of books, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Monday, May 30, 2016, telling us about the most modern quilting project you’ve ever made. If you have a preference between the prizes, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, we don’t guarantee you’ll win your preferred prize if chosen, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.
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