Thursday, December 30, 2010

Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail | { Featuring Author Suzi Parron } Quilt Calendar GIVEAWAY!

Hi there! Today, I have a big smile on my face. Why you ask? It's all because I get to share one of my favorite past-times with you: touring the countryside for barn quilts! Author Suzi Parron is here today to give us a little information about the history of those beautiful painted quilts scattered across 29 states. What an interesting history she's shared with me.

Barn Quilts: The American Quilt Trail (a 2011 calendar)

Located in Stone Mountain, GA, Suzi Parron is a high school English teacher by day and a writer in the hours in between. She was fortunate enough to get to know Donna Sue Groves--the original barn quilter--and to be asked by Ohio University Press to record the history of the trails and the stories behind the quilts.

Suzi contacted me way back in November to tell me all about her upcoming book and offered to send me copies of her 2011 calendar to give away to my readers. At the time she found my blog and this post chronicling my trip to Neversink, NY. I have been in love with barn quilts since that trip and long to go back for a visit one day soon.

Suzi wrote to me about how her idea for a book came about: "I discovered a barn quilt in Cadiz, KY, while camping cross-country in the summer of 2008. I immediately wanted to find a book on the subject, but none existed. So--I thought 'What the heck, I will write it!' I traced the barn quilts back to Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio.

I have been traveling across country, visiting farms and farmers, gathering the stories behind many of the trails and barns. Some of the quilts are simply art projects for a local 4-H or homemakers' club. Others carry great meaning, as they replicate a family treasure or commemorate a loved one.

The experience has transformed my life--not only by providing me with the opportunity to become a published author but also because of my friendships with Donna Sue and dozens of people across the country. And I know more about farming and barns than I ever thought I would!

As the song says, 'Take what you need and leave the rest!'"

The First Barn Quilt

According to Suzi's blog, the concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn (original quilt photo from Suzi's blog above). With the help of friends and community members, Donna Sue's vision grew to a trail of 20 quilt barns in Adams County, Ohio, which began in 2001.

This simple idea has spread to 29 states and to Canada, and the trail continues to grow. Over 2000 quilts are part of organized trails; dozens more are scattered through the countryside waiting to be discovered.

Suzi's blog is a wealth of knowledge and photos of barn quilts and their history. I encourage you to visit often as she constantly updates it. The American Quilter's Society recently named her blog "blog of the week"!

Forthcoming from Ohio University Press, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail" is scheduled to be released in 2011.

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Thanks for visiting with us, Suzi!

Suzi has generously given me two copies of her calendar to give away. To win one, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

To view a slide show of the quilts featured in the calendar, CLICK HERE.

I will draw 2 winners using the Random Number Generator on Friday, Jan 7, 2011!

Happy reading,

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WINNERS POST | Announcements { Pat Bravo & Lola Pink Fabrics Sponsored Giveaways }

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's to another great year with friends and family.

First things first though ... I'm sorry I didn't get around to announcing the winners to the Lola Pink Fabrics giveaway on Thursday 12/23. You see, my family not only shared presents these past few weeks, we also shared icky germs. :P

Ever since my oldest turned five and started school we've had one bug or another every month (remind me to buy my son's kindergarten class a gallon of hand sanitizer). This is the third time in two months that we've all been sick. Together. Somehow I don't think that's what the experts meant when they coined the term family bonding, but we sure have been spending a lot of time together. Big props go to my wife for keeping this ship afloat. Have you ever tried to wrangle a two year old who doesn't enjoy taking medicine? My youngest is pretty hard headed and will pout for a good half an hour after mommy force feeds him his prescription.

Enough of our troubles ... time to spread a little germ free joy to you all.

The winner of the gorgeous bundle of Jenean Morrison Wild World fabrics, offered by sponsor Lola Pink Fabrics is comment #4, Nance!



Congrats Nance! I'll be sending you an email later for your contact information.

Thank you Jennifer and Janet for donating fabrics! Everyone please go visit their wonderful shop.

Pat Bravo stopped by last week to show you all her upcoming line Coquette which will be available in early 2011. In case you missed the interview you can see it HERE. Pat was nice enough to bring along 3 bundles of fabric to give away! Thank you Pat!

Winner of the Modern Affair fat quarter bundle is comment #131, Sara!



Winner of the Oval Elements bundle is comment #123, epban!



And finally, winner of the Floral Elements fat quarter bundle is comment #296, annmarie!



Congrats ladies! I'll be contacting you shortly!

And thanks again Pat for being so generous.

I'll be back on Friday to share some wonderful information about barn quilts, and a new book and calendar by author Suzi Parron.


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

FREE 11th Hour Quilt Pattern | { Featured on Fat Quarterly }

Merry Christmas everyone! As a special treat, the gang at Fat Quarterly is hosting our newest pattern today. Please visit their website to download your FREE copy of 11th Hour.

11th Hour FREE PATTERN

Charlie and I would love to know what you think of our first Patchwork Squared holiday project. Please leave a comment letting us know you stopped by.

11th Hour FREE PATTERN

Special thanks go to Tacha, John, Katy, Brioni, Nova and Kate for choosing to feature our new tutorial on Christmas day.

11th Hour FREE PATTERN

There is still time to enter the giveaway sponsored by Pat Bravo here.

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Happy Holidays from our family to yours,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SNEAK PEEK! | { Patchwork Squared Tutorial }

Coming soon from Patchwork Squared. A new tutorial available in the next few days. Just in case you are looking for a quick project to keep you busy over Christmas break. This project features raw edge applique with no curved seams. It's something you can finish in an afternoon!


Patchwork Squared Sneak Peek

See you there,

{ Designer Spotlight } Pat Bravo: Coquette | WITH GIVEAWAY

Hi there everyone! Thanks for joining me for another designer spotlight feature. Designer Pat Bravo is here today and she's bringing samples of her newest fabric designs! She'll talk with us about what inspires her design artwork and we'll also touch briefly on her background. Pat's also generously providing three bundles of fabric to give away! You can find all the details about the giveaway at the end of this post.

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Argentinian designer Pat Bravo started many years ago hand - painting her own fabrics and making beautiful art quilts inspired in artists non other than Kandinski and Klee. But she came a long way since her art quilting days, to become the designer and creative director of her own company, Art Gallery Fabrics. Her contemporary fabrics set apart from the rest not only for their excellent quality of 100% premium cotton but also for their classic sophistication yet modern freshness that appeal to traditional quilters as well as young sewers all over the world. But it doesn't stop there: she also designs sewing and quilting patterns and Grab n'Sew Kits, which include everything that's needed to make the project, including zippers, buttons, magnetic snaps, even color coordinated thread!

Scheduled to release in March 2011 from Art Gallery Fabrics, Coquette is all about liberty florals and delicate swirls that will add a vintage, romantic touch to your creations.

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Thanks again for being here today Pat. I'm sure my readers are eager to learn all about your newest designs after seeing those gorgeous photos of the fabrics.

Hi everybody! I would like to thank you Ryan for the opportunity of being on your blog and a big thanks to all your readers. All my love, Pat

RWQ: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

I've been into sewing ever since I can remember! I actually learned how yo sew when I was 9 years old, and never really stopped. I got into quilting and start doing my own art quilts and hand-painting fabric (it was a lot of work!), and they actually did very well! So designing prints was just the natural step to take. and I'm so glad I did.

When I first started designing, I envisioned a niche that I believed didn't exist in the market; according to many people that have told me, my fabrics are sophisticated and elegant, but keep that "contemporary" feeling that make them young and current.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

My inspiration sources are so different I couldn't even pin point what it is exactly! I'm very into history, I must confess; I'm fascinated by stories of Royalty, Old World architecture and art, so I feel really drawn to scrolls, florals motifs and bold, dramatic colors. But at the same time, I love super modern fashion magazines and bright colors and patterns, so I try to add that touch of fun and playfulness to the mix.

To be honest, the first thing that kick-starts my inspiration is color. Once I have the color palette (believe me, is not as easy as it sounds!), then I just take it from there.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Coquette? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

Coquette is an in-house designed collection. What I wanted to go for in this collection was a soft, ultra feminine look; think liberty prints and bold florals from a romantic point of view. Coquette also features a plaid on point print which is a very current fashion trend right now so I love how it fits with the rest! If I had to choose a favorite, I'd go for the Plaid Passion Cherry mixed with the Flower Bed Blush… who would have thought plaid and flowers could go together?

RWQ: You also print your own fabric designs through your manufacturing company Art Gallery Fabrics, correct? Please tell us a little bit about Art Gallery.

What a question! Okay, so here's the deal; my career started as a fabric designer, so basically I'm a fabric designer that happens to own a manufacturing company! Art Gallery Fabrics is the company my husband Walter and I own; and what do we produce? Fabrics, patterns, and kits designed by Pat Bravo plus the in-housed designed collections. I sometimes feel strange because I feel is hard for people to understand who's what but I hope I helped to clear that out a little bit!

Thanks for being here today Pat and for letting us get to know you a little better.

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Please be sure to visit Pat's website: http://www.patbravo.com. There, you can see all the latest news about her upcoming fabric lines, as well as download free project patterns and view her fabric dream boards.

Also, a great reference of where to find Pat's fabrics can be found here: http://patbravo.com/Where_to_buy.html.

Now it's time to announce the Art Gallery Fabrics giveaway! Pat has generously offered an 18 fat quarter bundle of her fabric line Modern Affair in the Passionate colorway, a 10 fat quarter bundle of Oval Elements, and a 10 fat quarter bundle of Floral Elements (all available in stores now).

See photos of what's being offered below.

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To win these fabrics, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw a winner for each bundle (3 total winners) using the Random Number Generator on Wednesday, December 29, 2010!

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Have a great day,

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jenean Morrison - Wild World GIVEAWAY | { Lola Pink Fabrics Sponsored Post }

Happy Sunday everyone! Today, Jennifer and Janet from Lola Pink Fabrics are stopping by the blog to say "Hi" and introduce themselves. These talented ladies fell in love with fabric while making products for their etsy shop, PrettynPreppy. Lola Pink Fabrics was later created and is stocked with some of the newest and sought after fabrics from the likes of Daisy Janie and Monaluna.

Please give a big welcome to one of our newest sponsors!

Lola Pink is a mother-daughter team with a passion for fabrics and a love for all things cute and fun. We are Jennifer (daughter) and Janet (mother) and we are fabric addicts located in So. Louisiana! There we said it!! We sell the latest in modern quilting fabrics along with some very cute and fun patterns.

Please stop by our shop and say hi: www.lolapinkfabrics.com. You can also find us at our Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/LolaPinkFabrics. We will be constantly adding new fabrics and patterns as we can. You can also stay up to date on our blog lolapinkfabrics.blogspot.com. We hope you will check back with us often!

Thanks for that introduction Jen and Janet!

To celebrate their arrival as sponsors on my blog, they've brought a bundle of the newest Jenean Morrison fabrics, Wild World. Look at the wonderful colors!

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One lucky winner will take home this bundle of seven fat quarters.

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Wild World Giveaway


Thanks for sharing ladies!

To win these fabrics, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw a winner using the Random Number Generator on Thursday, December 23, 2010!

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See you tomorrow,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Announcing the 2011 Bloggers' Block-A-Palooza! | Beginning in January 2011

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By now, many of you are busy making the final push towards the holidays. But what are your crafty plans as we enter 2011? Well, clear your plate, because we have a great quilt-along planned that will begin in January!

18 quilt bloggers have collaborated to bring you the first-ever Bloggers' Block-a-palooza. We'll jump from blog to blog making 2 quilt blocks per week, wrapping up with a custom setting and layout design to help complete your quilt. I am so excited to be one of the participating bloggers.

We're calling this quilt-along "Waiting for Spring" because we'll be using the brand new Sunkissed line by Sweetwater for Moda, and the bright colors and botanical prints should help you (or at least those of you in the Northern hemisphere!) push through the cold winter months and have a fresh new quilt ready for the Spring.

More details will be available soon, but in the meantime feel free to grab our button below and spread the word.

Grab our button!

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Have a wonderful day,

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's A Hoot WINNER'S Post | { Sponsored by Aunt Bea's Fabric }

Well, 309 of you couldn't wait to win this ...

Win This Set of 8 Fat Quarters!

Who wouldn't!?! This new line by MoMo has so many wonderful prints.

There could only be one winner ...

... and Robert won with comment #276!



Congrats Mr. Robert!! Can't wait to see what you make with the FQs. Please contact me to claim your prize!

I have yet to hear from a few winners on these two giveaways! Please wander over and check to see if your name was drawn.

Thank you Aunt Bea's for sponsoring this giveaway!

We have 3 more giveaways scheduled before the end of the year! Stay tuned!

Look for a special block of the month announcement coming tomorrow.

Have a great night,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{ Modern } Relief WINNERS!


The winners for our first annual {Modern} Relief Fundraiser have been chosen! A big thanks goes out to the 621 of you who donated to help us reach our goal. Your donations actually put us over our target goal of $5,000.00 and raised $5,853.36 for World Vision.

Special thanks also goes to Heather and Julie for all their hard work putting this together and crunching the numbers!

Is your name on the list? All winners were selected using Random.org.

Sit tight. We are notifying all our winners via email this week!

Heather from { House } of A La Mode 263 Fat Quarter Shop
Amy from Amy’s Creative Side #1 378 Michelle E.B.
Amy from Amy’s Creative Side #2 210 Eileen D.
Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! 371 Suzanne G.
Nettie from a quilt is nice 43 Trish P.
Aneela from Comfortstitching 95 Lesley E.
Brioni from Flossyblossy 337 Lori M.
John from Quilt Dad 215 Karen A.
Kate from One Flew Over 594 Jane L.
Ashley from Film in the Fridge 93 Megan H.
Katy from i’m a ginger monkey 24 Nicole M.
Tacha from Hanies 248 D’Ann P.
Amanda from Sasikirana Handmade 111 Monica H.
Jennifer & Jessica from Twin Fibers 550 Burgundy Buttons
Nova from a cuppa and a catch up 279 Judith D.
Ryan from I’m Just A Guy Who Quilts #1 358 Maeve B.
Ryan from I’m Just A Guy Who Quilts #2 469 Steven B.
Julie from Jaybird Quilts 108 Merryl F.
Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio 86 Katy J.
Alissa from Handmade by Alissa 515 Kate S.


Please keep {Modern} Relief in your thoughts and help pass the word as we plan our next round.

Thank you,
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