My friend Dana of the Old Red Barn wrote me awhile back and told me about her first book.. it's like a baby.. it's the FIRST one... and we ALL squeal and rejoice over the FIRST book FINALLY being published.. yes.. we all feel like that. I have had 30 books published and I still can remember how amazing it was to hold my first one.
Of course I had to have Dana on my show to chat about it... that was July 28,2014
So Let's get to it!
The concept of her book is to share how she looks at life and turns the things she sees into quilts. They are not 'literal' images. They are quilts inspired by what she Imagines. The top right quilt? Inspired by.. an elephant... She share about that story on my show CLICK HERE. Each quilt has a story.. and I'm ALL about the story.
On the show I told Dana that Posey Patrol is my favorite... The story is a lovely one about her mum.. you really have to listen to her share it!
So I decided that I'd make a block.. woohoo!! Using my new fabric that is just getting to your stores... call and ask!
I grabbed a charm pack and noticed that I could get the larger unit from the charm pack
Next I went to my bin of scraps cut into 5" squares to find an alternate color for the sashing. Dana's original is in the lovely scrappy neutrals.
And she had shared this version with the purples. It's SO YUMMY and RICH looking.. right? And totally different than the cover quilt. It makes a secondary design that is strong in this colorway.
I decided on orange for my setting.. because.. well.. because I can! I am going to make all the outer units from the orange with white polka dots.
Here they are ready to sew. Curves curves curves... it's something that you get into the rhythm with. I have to sew a few then it kicks in..
Does this happen to you.. if you have not ridden a bike for a few years.. you need to petal up and down the driveway a few times before you are truly ready .. right? Then it Kicks in!
next was to pick the center and the sashing. I used 'One for You, One for Me' for the center and then the same for some of the oranges, and scraps for the others.
Time to press!
My block, which I am IN LOVE WITH!!!
Do I want a whole quilt of them in Orange? mmmmmm
No... I don't
it's fun to do one to try it out and warm up. I love Dana's version, but I'd also like to try one with scrappy grey prints. I have a bunch of those too. This will make a cute mini quilt! you can buy the book now at Amazon.. here is the link.
I am giving away TWO PRIZES!
Prize 1 this bundle of - A copy of the book, Adorable childrens' print collection from Freespirit fabric, and a Charm pack of MY fabric!
Prize 2 - A digital copy of the book!
Leave a comment by 8pm Sept 30th telling me
What is the NEXT Quilt you want to make and who is it for?
(for yourself is ok.. wink!)
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