Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Welcome, A Give-away and keeping it real...

My "Welcome" quilt came home from McCall's today. And those nice people at McCall's sent me two issues of America Quilts for the Home where the pattern is published. It's a great issue and since I can't use 2, I'm giving one away. Just leave a comment here and I'll pick a name on Friday. (US only - it'll cost more than the price of the magazine to send out it of the country).I was pretty happy with this new-to-me quilting design that I used for the background. And it was easy! Love that!
I've found two wonderful versions of the quilt on flickr. I wanted to post them here (with owners permission), but can't figure out how to post pictures from flickr. If anyone can tell me - please! fill me in!

The first using the gorgeous Loulouthi by AMH was made by ibmomof2. Click here

The second by modernsewl uses the new DS line at Joann's. Find it here

If you've made one let me know. It's one of my favorite quilts now and I love seeing it made up in different fabrics.

So yesterday I was "Swooning". This large Alexander Henry print is my focus fabric. I've been saving it for something special. All was going well until I completed the block and realized that the black is too overpowering for my lovely fabric. This block is going into the scrap pile!
I redid it today and I'm so much happier. Each block uses 2 fabrics and I've learned that although there should be contrast, not to let one fabric scream over the other. Lesson learned. Hope the remaining 8 go better!
Don't forget - leave a comment for a chance at the magazine!

43 comments:

  1. Love your quilt! Please count me in on the give away.

    Both of your blocks are great, but you are right in the second is more appealing! Hope you find a good use for the other one!
    Sandy A

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  3. That quilt looks lovely so does your version of swoon. Easy peasy on the flickr photos. Click the photo you like to open it in its own window. Click the down arrow furthest to the right. Go to Grab the HTML/BBCode then pick your size and grab the code out of the box. If you need pictures email me and I will send you some screen shots.

    Opps on the first one. A little backwards there for a second.

    JUNE 28, 2011 6:10 PM

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  4. Good call on the blocks. The second is lovely.

    Beautiful quilt!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Congrats on having your quilt featured in a magazine. How cool! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  6. It really is a lovely quilt! Maybe you could sign the magazine for the winner....... Rock Star Style!

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  7. These are beautiful! I'm new to quilting so these look a little tough to me! It's something I might have to tackle!!

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  8. Love the "Welcome" quilt and yes, I agree with Ruth that you should sign it!

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  9. Lovely, lovely quilt! Thank you for the giveaway. Congratulations on having it published. Wonderful! I agree that the black was overpowering in the first block and the second block is much better. The block looks great.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  10. Gorgeous quilt! I'd love to make it.

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  11. Lovely quilt. And I agree, the second block is better. Thanks for the give away.

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  12. I swoon over your block and will take your cast off if you don't want it.

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  13. Very big CONGRATS on having your quilt in the magazine! Please do not enter me to win, as I already bought it, but I wanted to stop by and share your excitment!

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  14. Congrats on getting your beautiful quilt published.

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  15. Super quilt and congrats on the published article. Great blocks - I like both! - although your focus fabric does read better with the grey. I'm from the UK so don't put me in your giveaway - just couldn't resist commenting!

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  16. I love the quilts. I also want a chance in your giveaway ;-)

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  17. I love your quilts. Looks way to challenging for me but I'd like o give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  18. Wow that quilt is beautiful! Is it as hard to make as it looks?

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  19. That's an amazing quilt. Can't imagine every being able to do something like that. Maybe I should imagine it!

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  20. Great quilt!
    Your second choice on the block is perfect...love the plaid with the floral fabric!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  21. I love your blog and your quilts!
    Mary beth

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  22. I love your inspiring blog. Your color choices are always so fresh and inviting. I am working on my swoon block as well this morning. Hope it turns out as beautiful as yours.

    I would love to see your quilt in the magazine. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  23. Your blog is one of the top quilting blogs for me. I love you style and ideas as well as colour choices.

    I follow your blog religiously, but for some reason it does not connect to my google account when I try to leave a comment.

    dzelzyte (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. Great "Welcome" quilt. Would love that pattern/magazine! I just looked at my swoon pattern yesterday. It's funny how different the blocks can look with different contrasts.

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  25. Your quilt is so amazing!!! I just love it!Id love a copy of the magazine too.

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  26. I love to see what the magazine has in store. If it has one of your quilts, I know it has to be good. Thanks, Kathie L in Allentown

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  27. Count me in on the drawing. Great shot of the quilting!

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  28. I liked the first version of your block but I understand why the second version works better for the effect you wanted.

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  29. Love the new block...so pretty with the black and pink...

    Would love a chance to win that magazine...

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  30. Congrats on being published!! And thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. Love the quilt and really want to make one someday! I'm in the UK so can't be in the giveaway but wanted to tell you that you can make Flickr mosaic features on Big Huge Labs for free.

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  32. I love your Swoon blocks. And I am taking notes! Your color selection is gorgeous! I downloaded the pdf of the pattern because I just had to have it... but still haven't moved it to the front of the line yet!

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  33. I love your quilt and your Swoon blocks and I'd love a copy of the magazine. Thanks for the chance.

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  34. Congratulations on getting your quilt published. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine.

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  35. Your quilt is lovely and I appreciate the chance to win an issue of the magazine so have a copy of the pattern. I too like the second block best. Congratulations for being published.

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  36. The magazine quilt is FANTASTIC! I'd love the magazine, although I'd just love the finished quilt more! :)

    I'm with you and the others-2nd block is best. What do you do with scrap blocks? I've got a small stack of the and can't bring myself to throw them away, but what to do with them alludes me.

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  37. Thanks for the giveway. I like both but second one does work best.

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  38. Like both blocks.

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  39. Being in Texas, I'll miss meeting. But do like both blocks and agree,second one works great.

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  40. What an awesome quilt! I made a pillow in that pattern years ago and always wanted to make a quilt. Also love your Swoon blocks.

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  41. Love the change you made to the block. I really liked the way the first one looked and then I scrolled down and fell in love. :) I agree about the contrast, many quilters forget that and the pieces all run together. Can hardly wait to see them all done.

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  42. Oh I love those swoon blocks. They looks so intricate and beautiful. I loved the black one until I saw the one with the black and white print. Glorious! You have such an amazing eye.

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  43. Beautiful quilt. Congratulations for getting published and thank you for sharing your design in this issue too. Nice gift back to the quilting world.

    I do realize I'm too late for your giveaway, but I wanted to leave a comment anyway.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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