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Bonfire Block Of the Month Giveaway

Bonfire Block Of the Month Giveaway
Click the Block to Enter YOUR April Blocks to Win!

Apr 29, 2016

Those Curvy Bonfire Babes (& enter your blocks!)

Apr 29, 2016
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The complete collection of those Curvy Bonfire BOM Babes. They were acting like divas this morning. "Button" didn't get her skim mocha latte, and "Moon & Star" was pouty, asking if her moon looked too big.
Somehow, we made it happen. We got the shot. I swear, working with these models...


....I posted this photo on IG last week.  I crack myself up sometimes....  But I do love how all the Curve Bonfire blocks look all together!
Reminder to enter your Bonfire Block of the Month blocks by 12:00 am EST on May 2ND!  I'm not going to post the new blocks until MONDAY, MAY 2 to give you extra time to work on any catch up blocks.  Up for grabs again is a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.  There were significantly less entries this month last I checked.  Don't forget!!!

I will announce the winner in Monday morning's post for the April BOM blocks on 5/02/16. 

Go HERE (and scroll to the bottom) to enter your blocks / no blog or social media necessary / just upload a pic from your PC/

Here are a few things that may suit your fancy from Fat Quarter Shop if you win.
 
 
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Apr 26, 2016

Tell Me A Story Blocks from Intentional Piecing

Apr 26, 2016
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If you follow along with any of the great paper piecing designers, you have most likely come across Amy Friend's work.   Amy's intricate paper piecing work fascinates me.  She is so talented at creating her own paper piecing patterns and she designs many pictorial quilt blocks.  Her fabric choices are always unique too (with some help from our friend Becca at Sew Me A Song).

Her new book, Intentional Piecing, plays up exactly to Amy's unique strengths, and if you've been watching any of the "story" activity on IG, then you've seen how Amy's Tell Me A Story quilt block is starting a slightly habit-forming addiction to these simple paper pieced blocks.

The Tell Me A Story Quilt, from her book, is about choosing fabrics to coordinate together, based not only on color and value, but on how the prints can tell a story together.  Fussy cutting novelty prints are a big part of constructing the block.  This is a different and fun way to make blocks, as each block can independently stand on its own - or become part of a fussy cut scrappy heaven.

I decided to try a few.  Here are my blocks:
1.  The Raven:  I had a chance to meet the amazing and kind Emma Jean Jansen at Quilt Market last fall and managed to receive a little mini charm pack of her collection Melba at the time.  When making my first Tell Me A Story block, I was immediately drawn to this print of the black raven.  I have been reading a series of books (the Cainesville novels: Omens, Visions, Deceptions) from Kelly Armstrong about a character who can read omens and is submerged in a strange town involved in murders, omens and fae.  Ravens and owls watch over the main character and it seemed strange to me that I was reading books about these birds, and I just happened to have a print with a raven on it in my stash.  An omen, perhaps?  Actually, Emma is calling this print Magpie. So the fabric is officially a different black bird, but for me and my story, it's a raven.  Creepy, mystical and full of folklore.  This one is a bit classy too - all fancied up in pearls.
 
Anywho, the raven is framed by some black yarn dye and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet.  The pearls in the border perfectly echo the pearls that ring the raven.  The grey crosshatch of the raven background are mirrored in the grey crosshatch that frames the block.  I am just upset I didn't get the raven centered perfectly in the middle.  Well, the bird seems centered, but the oval of pearls is off.  It bugs me.

 
2.  Orange Fruit:  For this block, I was determined to improve on the framing of my intended center of the fussy cut block.  There's a bit of a knack to it since it's a paper pieced block.  And paper piecing and I don't always agree, so I had to dust off my skills a bit.  I'm happier with this block for sure.

It's story isn't nearly as fascinating as the Raven.  Only that I chose to frame the orange because my youngest is a juice monster.  We have daily battles over how much OJ he is allowed to drink - so mostly my whole family is deprived of the morning beverage because pip squeak can't understand his limits.

These are fun blocks!  Check out #tellmeastoryquilt to see the collection of stories taking shape thanks to Amy.  Everyone is welcome to join in.

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Apr 20, 2016

Hattie's Trick Quilt Top - So Fast!

Apr 20, 2016
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This quilt top came together amazingly fast.  And since I'm used to dedicating months on end to samplers, I am really appreciating a super quick top. 
 
I wanted to make a quilt entirely from one block of my book, Sister Sampler Quilts.  For this quilt, I chose to make Hattie's Trick blocks in the 12" size.  Here is the on point layout, all the same block, just colored differently depending on placement within the quilt. 
 
These colors are outside my normal warm safety zone.... but I'm really loving the way they are popping here.  Hoping to be back here real soon with a finish!
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