[Please note: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to LeAnne, the winner of these quilting books! Thanks to all who entered!]
I have to admit I’m excited about March – National Quilting Month. What can be better than a whole month celebrating my passion?
I’ve thought about what I want to do personally to celebrate the month and there are several things.
I’ve not been to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. It’s only a couple of miles from where I live and work. Visiting there is a priority item for me this month.
I MUST finish this quilt I showed on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. It will be lovely and it is very large. As I’ve said before, I’m choosing projects to finish by the amount of space they take up. I spent one of my at-home days last weekend embroidering flowers and leaves so I may have enough done now. I need to hang it on the design wall and pin the flowers and leaves in place and see.
But I’m working on a different project and must finish it first. It is a quilt to cover the very drafty window in the living area of my apartment. We’ve only had a few days of really cold weather but those few days were enough to show me I want to do something about the cold, cold window. This quilt is nearly done. I quilted it so heavily that it is no longer large enough to cover the window opening so I need to add borders on two sides and bind it. I’ll show you photos in another week or two when I finish it.
And I’ve decided I want a new quilt for my apartment. I have a batik window covering and a batik wall hanging and I think I need a batik quilt to finish the look.
Do you see why I have so many unfinished things? I get sidetracked so easily. I want to finish the unfinished projects before I start something new but on the other hand, I want a batik bed size quilt. FOCUS, Lori!!!!
Batiks are so very fun to work with. They come in every color of the rainbow, some have patterns and prints. They are tightly woven and have a firm hand making them less likely to fray and easy to work with. And they don’t have a right and wrong side.
All that said, I think I’ll give away a couple of books so you can try working with batiks and celebrate National Quilting Month at the same time.
The first book is Quilt Batik! by Cheryl Brown (Martingale 2012). This book has 12 different projects; traditional quilts, an improvisational quilt and an arty quilt so there is something for everyone. There are suggested quilting designs for each of the projects. It has a nice section explaining the history of batiks and how they are made.
The second book is In Love with Squares and Rectangles by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke (C&T Publishing 2013). It has 10 projects with not a triangle or hexagon in sight. This book has a section on choosing fabrics and the color wheel. There are instructions for altering the patterns by changing the size, the setting or the color palette.
One lucky person will receive these two books. For a chance to win, leave a comment about your next batik project by midnight on Wednesday, March 6, Mountain time. One comment per person please. This giveaway is open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.
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Happy National Quilting Month!