PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN, BARB and SHARON!
Many of the techniques in quilting seem extremely complicated before you actually start doing them, but once you’ve attempted those same techniques a few times, they begin to seem a lot easier. Foundation piecing or paper piecing, applique, crazy quilting, English paper piecing, template piecing, art quilting … What would you add to this list? Mary Kate discussed her relationship with foundation piecing in her Weekend Workshop post a couple of weeks ago and Lori showed off a couple of paper pieced blocks in her post on The Farmer’s Wife on Monday. Applique and crazy quilting can both be seen as you walk into the Quilters Newsletter sewing studio in the form of two of the blocks the QN staff made round-robin style a few months ago when we were asked to make a QN block for a corporate quilt (neither of these blocks were chosen as “the one” to make it into that quilt):
The second block I’ll share with you today also features a flying geese unit, some curved piecing that may or may not have been intentional, a few assorted triangles and the letter Q (for Quilting) appliqued after it was also cut free-form. Some of the other blocks we made at the same time featured randomly and diagonally inserted strips, cut up pieces of test quilt blocks and anything we happened to think of using at the time.
Feeling inspired to start your own crazy quilt yet? If not, then maybe this week’s giveaway, focusing predominantly on the first two techniques I mentioned at the beginning of this post — foundation piecing and applique — will either help you conquer your fear of of them or renew your love of them, whichever applies:
Prize 1 includes four books with paper-pieced designs: A Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Frocoise Maarse for That Patchwork Place, IRIS Quilting by Maruscha Gaasenbeek for Search Press, Easy Paper Piecing by Bonnie K. Browning for Love to Quilt, and Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs: Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker for That Patchwork Place.
Prize 2 includes four books with applique designs: A Batch of Quilt Soup by Barbara J. Jones for That Patchwork Place, The Quilter’s Veggie Garden by Bea Oglesby for Love to Quilt, Plant Your Own Garden by Rebecca L. Campbell for AQS Publishing, and Petite Garden Quilts by Zena Thorpe for AQS Publishing.
Prize 3 includes four books that vary by applique, template, embroidery and paper-pieced designs: Paper-Pieced Flower Pot Quilts by Anja Townrow for Love to Quilt; Quilts that Celebrate Spring & Summer by Karen Combs, Bethany S. Reynolds and Joan Shay for Love to Quilt; Applique Garden: Easy Floral Applique Patterns by Eula Mae Long for Love to Quilt; and Wildflower Applique and Embroidery by Bea Oglesby for Love to Quilt.
To enter for your chance to win one of the three prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday May 31, 2015 telling us about either a quilting technique you’re afraid of or a quilting technique you feel you’ve conquered. If you have a preference between the three 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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