For the last week, I've been sick. Sick sick.
I missed the last part of the blog tour!
My apologies to those that I didn't get to blog about.
I had the best of intentions really.
So who did I miss?
Well there was Thomas, whose post was incredibly thoughtful and truly, truly nailed what Kelly and I were going for. There's an enormous amount of thought that went into our book - it wasn't a random collection of patterns. It was purposefully and meticulously planned out. But, as Thomas also picked up, we didn't take it too seriously. We are, after all, making quilts.
Thomas - thank you so much.
And Liz - who made a quilt top from one of the patterns! It turned out so cute and a great example of making a pattern your own. Just choosing a different palette of fabrics gives this quilt a completely different look. And her review of the book can be found on CraftBuds, which it a new favorite site of mine.
Liz - loooove your sweet quilt! And thank you for your posts.
And my new friend Sarah. Well, Sarah hasn't gotten her book yet. It was shipped to her in plenty of time, but for some reason, it hasn't made it to her yet. Her post is on its way.
And my sweet friend Cara...
I love this girl. Like, really. Cara did a little review of the book on her blog and is giving away a copy of the book on her Talkn' Tuesday Twitter chat today. Cara invited Kelly and me to dinner on our first night at Quilt Market and we got to meet lots of quilty peeps, like Pat Bravo, Sarah Fielke, Jona G, The iSew Academy ladies (who I love) and Quilt Jane (who I really love)
That about wraps it up for blog hopping/touring. It was fun!
But honestly, it was a daily reminder to both Kelly and me how many wonderful people we've met and consider our friends. We've been very careful to surround ourselves with honest, kind and intelligent people - and everyone we've asked to be a part of our blog tour fits that description.
So I'm working on a project for Joann Fabric stores. It's a sampler quilt made from Rosemary Youngs' Civil War Diary Quilt book. It's been quite a project, as I'm writing the pattern and making the quilt in a bit of time-crunch. I'm paper piecing every block, which has been pretty addictive and fun. Although, some of the blocks make my hiney clench a little. But most of them, like the ones below, have been really enjoyable. A challenge, but in a good way.
One of the challenges of this quilt - and I mean this lovingly - is working with fabric only purchased from Joann. Let's be honest: I'm a fabric snob. The fabric at Joann tends to be, how shall I say, a step down from the quilt-store-quality fabric I'm used to using. But I'm using mostly all DS prints from the Denyse Schmidt collection. Most of the fabrics are pretty nice - they're soft and heavy and the colors are really good. But some of them are scratchy, thin and drab. So the inconsistency is making for a little bit of frustration.
I'm sewing everyday for the next two weeks to get this sucker finished. Can't wait to see the top all put together!