Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 4!

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While we may still have 17 weeks until Christmas, that’s only 17 weeks to get all our decorations finished and presents ready! If you’re looking at that number wondering how you’re going to make it  in time, picking up your copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, bookstore, quilt shop, or online could certainly help in your planning process. If you’re not yet convinced, check out the table of contents for the issue on our website. To learn even more about some of the quilts, keep reading, because today’s Day 4 of our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first Day 4 featured designer is Karen Gibbs, whose quilt contains a whole village ready for the holiday season:

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Over the Rooftops by Karen Gibbs

Leave a comment on Karen’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of three quarter yard cuts from the Stained Glass Christmas collection by Hoffman California International Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Stained Glass Christmas by Hoffman Fabrics

Our second Day 4 featured designer is Quilters Newsletters own associate editor, Gigi Khalsa, who used metallic prints and a 60-degree angle to create this lovely tree skirt:

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt by Gigi Khalsa

Leave a comment on Gigi’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Lost and Found Christmas by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win three new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

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When the Quilters Newsletter team was looking through all the submissions for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I noticed that there were no tree skirts among the entries, so I volunteered to make one. I had a few design ideas floating around in my head, but once I saw the beautiful Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something using the gradient of neutral, metallic printed tone-on-tone fabrics. The faux-snakeskin print is especially cool, I think.

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

This fabric collection doesn’t scream “CHRISTMAS!!!” by any means, but it is glitzy, shiny and fun, which describes the holiday season pretty well. The neutral color scheme also gives it a lot of versatility. In a video for QNN TV about 60-degree triangles, I show a few other little things I made with leftovers from the tree skirt, along with some tips and ideas for working with 60-degree triangles in general. Talk about design possibilities!

I do think this tree skirt design would be stunning in traditional Christmas colors. If anybody makes one, please send us a photo because I would love to see it!

Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight (August 28, 2014) for your chance to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 3!

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If you’re not ready for Christmas weather, let alone Christmas, Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 might just be the perfect thing to help you get into the spirit of the holiday season! It’s packed with 29 wonderful quilting projects which you can preview in the table of contents for the issue on our website, and to help you learn even more about some of the quilts, we’re doing a Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Welcome to Day 3! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs. Then be sure to pick up your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore or online.

Our first Day 3 featured designer is Tammy Silvers, who used a single triangle template to create the scene of the perfect Christmas tree, or at least a beautiful tree that doesn’t shed sticky needles all over the carpet:

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Leave a comment on Tammy’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Pine Fresh collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda

Quilters Newsletter‘s very own art director, Susan Geddes is the second featured designer for Day 3. Her quilt recognizes that not everyone celebrates Christmas in cold-weather areas, and even those of us who do might welcome something a little more tropical into our seasonal decorating:

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In the Tropics by Susan Geddes

Leave a comment on Susan’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Warm Wishes collection by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Warm Wishes by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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In the Tropics

This post contributed by QN art director Susan Geddes:

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In the Tropics by Susan Geddes

In the Tropics’ inspiration came from an HGTV show on Christmas decorations around the country. I watched a show about a regatta in San Diego, California. The marina residents decorated their boats with lights, trees, Santas in flip flops and tropical shirts and sailed around the harbor. It got me thinking that many parts of this country never see snow, so their Christmas decorating must take on a whole different look. I spend Christmas in Colorado or Ohio, both cold weather states.

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Close up of one of the blocks from In the Tropics by Susan Geddes.

One of these years might find me in Hawaii or Florida for the holiday. But until then,  I created a block reminiscent of a Christmas Cactus or Bird of Paradise. The traditional red and green colors are mixed in with orange, purple, yellow and lime greens reflecting the colors of those areas. I joined the blocks with large patches to create a wall hanging or table runner.

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Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 PM Mountain Time tonight (August 27, 2014) for your chance to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Warm Wishes collection by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

Also be sure to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 today if you haven’t already, available at newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 2!

BCQ14 Cover 250 Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 2! Welcome to Day 2 of our Blog Tour for Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014! If you haven’t already picked up your copy of the issue from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore or online (it went on sale August 12, 2014), then here’s your chance to find out a bit more about the issue! You can also look at the  table of contents for the issue on our website to see all of the quilts which are patterned inside. Starting yesterday, every day through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first Day 2 featured designer is Marcia Harmening, who utilized turned edge applique to make a stunning two-color quilt:

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Nordic Crystals by Marcia Harmening

Leave a comment on Marcia’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Winterlude collection by 3 Sisters for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Winterlude by 3 Sisters for Moda

Our second Day 2 featured designer is Debbie Grifka, who also made a two-color quilt, but with very different techniques, creating a piece which can be used all year round:

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Serenity Stars by Debbie Grifka

Leave a comment on Debbie’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the It’s Elementary collection by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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It’s Elementary by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Art Quilt?

I’ve been working on an art quilt for an upcoming issue for the past few weeks. I can’t show any pictures of it right now but I will share it later.
I often say I am not an artist with pen and ink – only with my quilt design do I feel like an artist. So I’ve been telling everyone that the quilt I just finished is my first art quilt. But this weekend at home, I realized I’d forgotten one.

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Are We in Kansas Yet?

This is Are We in Kansas Yet?. I made this sunflower wall hanging in 2002 so I could teach a class on dimensional flowers. It is 20” x 40”.
I appliqued the stems in place first. Next , I stitched the grass fabric to the sky fabric. Then I layered the back, batting and quilt top and quilted the quilt. Yes, that’s right. The third step was to quilt the quilt.

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Detail of Leaf

The leaves are two layers of fabric I put right sides together. Then I stitched around the entire leaf. I cut a slit in the back of the leaves and turned them right side out. Then I stitched them to the quilt, stitching only the veins so the rest of the leaf is loose.

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Detail of Sunflower

The flowers are two layers of fabric that I placed right sides together; then I stitched around the edges of the petal, leaving the base open to turn. I placed the petals on the quilt and put the brown center of the flower over the raw edges of the petals and appliqued it in place. So the petals are only attached at the base by the stitching that holds the brown flower center in place. I quilted a small grid in the flower center to suggest the seeds of the sunflower. The final steps were the hanging sleeve, label and binding.
I do want to point out a couple of things that I would do differently. So here is hint #1. This was early in my days of free motion quilting. I hadn’t learned yet to loosen the upper tension so my bobbin thread shows way more often than I’d like. Now I like to do a small sample of the quilt with the bobbin thread and top thread I’ll be using and fabric, batting and backing of the same type as I’ve used in my quilt. If I’d done that and examined it closely, I might have realized my tension needed to be adjusted.
Hint #2. I meandered over the top of the flower stems. If I had stitched in the ditch around them and meandered only on the sky fabric, the stems would have had a little more dimension. The sky fabric would appear to recede.
Hint #3. I attached the hanging sleeve all by machine. I stitched the top edge in with the seam when I attached the binding. The bottom seam I stitched with a blind hem stitch but the “bite” of the blind hem stitch was too deep.

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Top of the Quilt

That blind hem should only catch the backing and possibly a bit of the batting. I can see the stitching on the front and even worse, there is a crease in the quilt. You can see it inside the box in my photo. There is a fix. I could take that row of stitching out and restitch it but I probably won’t. I don’t mind those reminders of things that I didn’t do well in earlier attempts.
I also stitched the back side of the binding on with a blind hem stitch – by machine. I did a pretty good job with that. I haven’t done that in a long time. In fact, I’d forgotten about it. I may have to break out that technique again. The finished binding is very pretty. I attached the binding to the front side in the regular way.
Hint #4. The straight stitch of the blind hem stitch should be “in the air” when you are attaching binding this way. I don’t catch any fabric with the straight part of the blind hem stitch. The bite is narrow and ideally only goes through the binding and the quilt back. I think with a little practice, I could get good at it.
Now the reason that I had to show you something from out of the past is that this weekend I was finishing my project for Quilting LIVE. That’s right – the quilt top is done and the pieced back is nearly ready to take for my stage presentation on pieced backs. I’m really excited about this particular part of Quilting LIVE. I will be showing my four very favorite quilts that I’ve ever made. And they’ll probably never all be together again after this show. One belongs to my son and his wife – I borrowed it for the trip to Georgia. I posted photos of it in my blog last week.  Another belongs to my grandson and his wife and we hope to deliver it to them in October. They’ve never seen it. You can read about it here.
So if you have a chance, come to Quilting LIVE. I think it will be a fun, fun experience. There’s more information here.
And until next time, check out Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news and other quilty fun and ideas.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 1!

BCQ14 Cover 250 Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 1! Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 officially went on sale in newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online August 12, 2014, which allows plenty of time to make gifts from the pages before Christmas. Or, ahem, at least by Christmas 2015. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to flip through the pages or even check out the table of contents for the issue on our website, or even for those of you who have, we thought we would give you an even more in depth sneak peak into the issue in the form of a blog tour. Starting today, and every day through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit the day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started. The first featured designer for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 blog tour is Jen Daly, who contributed not one, not two, but three amazing projects to the issue:

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Merry and Bright by Jen Daly

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Tiny Trees by Jen Daly

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Christmas Ribbons by Jen Daly

Leave a comment on Jen’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Through the Winter Woods collection by Holly Taylor for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Through the Winter Woods by Holly Taylor for Moda

The second designer in today’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour is Tracy Souza, who used hand work, fabric coloring and a smattering of other techniques to make this lovely quilt:

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Christmas and Holly by Tracy Souza

Leave a comment on Tracy’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Merriment collection from P&B Textiles and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Merriment from P&B Textiles

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and our website!

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In the Garden of Print Matching and Fussy Cuts

I was fortunate to receive a sampling of the Gregory’s Garden collection by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I was so excited to do something with the beautiful fabrics! So instead of quilting one of my UFO’s over the weekend, I started a quilt top with all the big, fabulous prints. Here’s what the collection looks like.

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Some the prints from Gregory’s Garden by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit Fabrics

I used these particular prints, all three colorways, in my quilt top.

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The Gregory’s Garden prints I used in my quilt top.

Rather than try to incorporate all the prints and colorways of the collection into a single quilt, I decided to focus on the florals, mostly because I like them. The name Gregory’s Garden is pretty evocative, so I used it as inspiration for my design. I came up with a medallion-style pattern, so it kind of looks like the aerial view of a garden, a very crowded one.

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Step 1 in matching prints – figuring out where the seams should be.

For the center panel, I got a little ambitious and decided I would use all 3 colorways of the big focus print. That’s not the ambitious part – I wanted to join them together so the pattern continued throughout all the patches, which meant I had to match prints on all sides and in the mitered corners. I’ve matched stripes before, but I haven’t ever attempted matching in so many areas. Since the priority is matching the print, it’s easy for the patches to go off grain and for the mitered corners to not be true bias, but I think it worked out pretty well overall.

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Step 2 in matching prints – the seam on the right is stitched. My center patch should finish at 10″. I measure 10″ over from the seam to fold and press the left strip in the correct place. I did the same for the top and bottom strips.

Matching the prints for the center was definitely the most time consuming part of the whole project. I cut the center patch and the ‘frame’ strips quite a bit larger than they needed to be and trimmed them down afterwards. I folded and pressed each strip exactly where I wanted the seam to be, and used a lot of pins to secure it before stitching.

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The center panel with (mostly) matched seams. If I did it over, I’d scoot that center motif to the left and up just a teensy bit, but it’s too late for that now!

Even with all those precautions, the fabric would still shift a little bit and I had to do a few seams over. It required a lot of patience, but I think it turned out alright. It’s not perfect, but when it’s quilted I think it will be very nice.

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That mitering seam doesn’t extend to the corner, exactly, but the print matches so I’m OK with it.

The mitered corners were tricky too, and I did the same thing, where I matched and pressed the fabric where the print matched, not on the true bias. Only after the mitered corners were sewn did I cut the strips to the width I required. The corner seams don’t really line up with the actual corner of the panel, but it doesn’t affect the design too badly.

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Completed quilt top! It would finish at 59″ square if I don’t add any more.

After that center panel was done, though, it was smooth sailing and everything came together nicely. I could have cut the big flower print in strips, but I liked the idea of a crowded row of fussy cut flowers for a more intense visual impact. It’s a really simple quilt design, but the prints make it look very dense and complex, which I love. I also like the light and dark effect I was able to achieve by using three colorways of the same print.

Well, now I have another quilt top done, and my UFO’s have a new friend to keep them company. I mean, I have another quilt top that I will finish imminently. I have lots of scraps left from the center panel and the leftovers from fussy cutting those flowers that I can use for the back, and I think that nice stripe in the collection will be a great binding. (Unless I choose to make the quilt top bigger. Should I?)

I love scrappy quilts, but it can be so fun and satisfying to make something with a single collection and figure out the way you’d like to present it. I still have some of the prints from the collection that I didn’t use in this top, like the bees and the harlequin print, so perhaps I’ll make something more abstract and completely different with those. So many fun possibilities!

Oh, quilts. So many to make, so little time! When we’re not quilting, we’re spending a little time over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Have a creative and productive weekend!

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So Many Books Giveaway Part 3!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LYDIA, BARBARA, PATTY and DEB!

A quilter can never have too many quilt patterns to choose from, but the Quilters Newsletter office does have just a few too many books! From this week’s giveaway, four lucky winners will receive three books each:
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Two lucky winners will each receive the three books in the picture on the left: Happy Endings: Finishing the Edges of Your Quilt by Mimi Dietrich from That Patchwork Place, Twice as Nice: Quilts with Scrap-Saving Bonus Projects by Kari M. Carr from That Patchwork Place and Strip Savvy: 2½”-Strip Quilting Designs by Kate Henderson from That Patchwork Place.

And two other lucky winners will each receive the three books in the picture on the right: 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Projects and Inspiration from Katy Jones by Katy Jones from That Patchwork Place, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Projects and Inspiration from Katy Jones Volume 2 by Katy Jones from That Patchwork Place and Cute Quilts for Kids by Kristin Roylance from That Patchwork Place.

To enter to win one of the four sets of three books, leave a comment on this post below telling us if you’d prefer to win the set on the left or the set on the right (and feel free to be creative about how you tell us which set you’d prefer). Since winners are randomly selected, it’s not guaranteed you’ll receive the set you prefer, but we’ll try our best! Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday August 24, 2014. 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.

We would love to keep you informed of all our latest news and happenings on FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagramYouTube, and our website if you’d like to let us! And don’t forget to register to see QN creative editor Lori Baker and associate editor Mary Kate in person at Quilting LIVE! in Atlanta, GA September 11, 12 and 13, 2014!

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Standing Stones of Scotland

The standing stones of Scotland are having quite a moment this summer, and Quilters Newsletter seems to be part of it.

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The photo above was sent to us by a subscriber who noticed a theme developing between her August/September 2014 issue of QN, in which we spotlight Scottish art quilter Effie Galletly in the Meetin’ Place regular feature, and the August issue of National Geographic, which includes a feature on the standing stones of the Orkney Islands.

And then there’s the fictional standing stone circle Craigh na Dun that figures prominently in Outlander, the wildly popular series of novels that just debuted as a series on cable. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the books — particularly from McCall’s Quilting art director Ellie Brown — so I guess I better start reading them before the Internet is nothing but spoilers regarding what’s happening with Claire and Jamie.

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Craigh na Dun, as seen in the Starz series “Outlander”

Galletly was brought to my attention a year or two ago by my best friend from childhood who has family in Scotland. My friend came across some small catalogs of Galletly’s work in an art gallery while visiting her aunties on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and brought them home for me.

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Callanish Stones 5, 49″ x 29″, 2009, by Effie Galletly of the United Kingdom

I was immediately taken by the beauty of her pieced (yes, they’re all pieced, not appliqued) quilts that brought back fond memories of visiting Lewis with my friend. As I said, we’ve been friends since we were preschoolers and some of our earliest memories are of each other. During elementary school my friend and her family would spend a good portion of each summer vacation in Scotland, and I guess one year when we were maybe 7 or 8 years old I threw a bit of a fit over how much I’d miss her while she was gone. “Don’t worry,” her mother said. “When you’re 16 I’ll take you home with me, too.” I’m thinking she didn’t really expect we’d still be friends so many years down the line, or that I’d remember what was probably said mostly to quiet me down.

Well, when my friend’s Sweet 16 came and mine was still a few months away, I’m sure I was none too subtle about saying, “OK, where’s my plane ticket?” At that point, it was decided to postpone the trip until after we graduated high school so we could make portions of the trip without a chaperone. I’m eternally grateful to report that my friend’s parents made good on their promise and treated my friend and me to a high school graduation gift of a lifetime. (This was all just a couple of years ago, you understand. *cough, cough*)

I’m also grateful to my friend for helping me in my job by identifying a great subject for Meetin’ Place. Galletly’s aim is not to be strictly representational of specific places but for her scenes to be recognizable. Through fabric, she is able to convey how these remote places look as well as feel.

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My snapshot of structures modern and ancient on the Isle of Lewis

It’s interesting for me to compare some of my photos from our trip with similar scenes in Galletly’s quilts. I know I took the shot above for some reason — I’m sure that stone dome in the background is noteworthy but I didn’t write down what it is.

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Sheds under the Clisham, 40″ x 41″, 2012, by Effie Galletly

The shapes and even many of the colors are similar, but her piece is emotionally evocative while still showing you what the scene looks like.

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Photo by my friend of Stornoway

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Grenitote, North Uist, 44″ x 27″, 2009, by Effie Galletly

And of course, there are the Standing Stones of Callanish, the significance of which I didn’t truly comprehend the day we visited although I thought they were cool.

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Standing Stones of Callanish, photo by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

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Callanish Stones 1, 33″ x 28″, 2007, by Effie Galletly

Galletly’s landscapes genuinely transmit dùthchas, the Scots Gaelic word for “sense of place.” You can see more of her quilts in the August/September 2014 issue and learn about the workshops she teaches in the United Kingdom by visiting her website.

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Mary Kate in front of a Standing Stone of Callanish

Working on this profile of Galletly and getting to spend time looking at her work was highly enjoyable and a fun trip down memory lane. It gave me a reason to look through my photo album from my trip, although I was pained to be reminded that I once thought an acid-washed denim jacket was a good fashion choice. Fortunately, artists such as Galletly know how to leave out the insignificant, transitory details and focus on bringing to light their subject’s true essence.

If you plan to attend Quilting LIVE! next month in Georgia, I promise I will not be wearing any acid wash denim during the presentations and demos I’ll be doing with creative editor Lori Baker. In the meantime, be sure to check out our website,  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, PinterestInstagram and YouTube for the latest updates from QN!

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