Winged Blog Tour + Giveaway!

I'm excited to be a part of Bonnie Christine's Winged Blog Tour! I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie at Quilt Market this year. Amongst the craziness of quilt market it was a brief visit, but she is as lovely as her fabrics.

This is a fun blog hop where 30 various bloggers make something out of Bonnie Christine's new fabric collection, Winged. You can see it all here. Sarah over at Crinkle Love was the blogger before me. I follow Sarah on Instagram and her work is beautiful, so be sure to see what she made!

Then, hop on over to Gwen's blog Tillalili on Wednesday, December 17th, to see what she made using the collection!

I decided to make a fun and simple Quilt As-You-Go pillow using 4 fat quarters from the collection. Aren't the colors just fabulous!
And here's some fun! With the holidays just around the corner, I am in the gift giving mood. That being said, I am giving away this beautiful 16" square pillow sham!

To enter to win: Please leave a comment to this blog post. You can comment with anything - why you love this collection, your plans for the holiday, it's up to you! I will choose a winner Next Tuesday, December 23rd.
It's been dark and grey here in Seattle, but this pillow makes it feel like Spring. :) This collection feels like a breath of fresh air.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! To make your own Quilt As-You-Go pillow (or expand on the technique and make a full size quilt!), check out my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. You can find it on Amazon, Connecting Threads or get a signed copy here.:)

Also, for daily pictures on what I'm quilting, please join me on facebook and/or Instagram. I'd love to share more with you. :)
Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win this pillow (including a way for me to contact you). And then stop over at Gwen's blog on Wednesday, December 17th to see what she made using Winged!


December happenings!

It's hard to believe it's almost mid-December already! That being said, I am honored to say that on December 15th,  I will be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with talk show host, Pat Sloan. I had so much fun meeting Pat in October at Quilt Market. We had scheduled this podcast for mid-December, and now that's already next week! In a blink of an eye.
We'll be talking about everything from my love of fabric, how I got started quilting, and how that became my new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. I will be discussing the technique as well. Tune in on Monday, December 15th, at 1:00 P.M. Pacific (4pm Eastern, 3pm central, 2pm mountain). Click HERE to listen! If you can't tune in live, there will be a recording of it as well!

I hope you all can listen...I'm feeling a bit nervous!  ;)

On a different note, I wanted to share some things I've been working on this month, including the outcome of my Holiday Quilt Auction. I wanted to thank Maryanne again for being my highest bidder! A total of $200 was bid (she got the quilt pictured below plus a signed copy of my book), and I donated all of that to Northwest Harvest, Washington's statewide hunger relief agency. Northwest Harvest has the ability to feed a family of three a nutritious meal for only 67 cents, so that $200 went a long ways! You can donate directly here.
  Despite my whole family catching a nasty bug this winter, I managed to make this advent calendar for my son, pictured below.  I was planning to do a tutorial for everyone, but the bug got the best of me...and now it's already mid-December!
I got little chalkboard tags and wrote the numbers with a white paint pen, then used mini cloths pins to pin them on the pockets. Aint' nobody got time to applique 25 numbers!
He loves it! :) I filled it with chocolates and miniature toys.
Also, here's a glimpse of a "secret" quilt as you go project I made. You will hear more about it...eventually, but for now, here's a teaser. ;)
 Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. I can really feel the hustle and bustle of Christmas coming! 
Also, I should mention that my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern is still temporarily out of stock on Amazon. I've said this before and I'll say it again: I am so grateful for the wonderful response my book has gotten so far from all of you - a sincere thank you! If you'd like a signed copy, I have a few copies left at my etsy shop. I believe Amazon will be back in stock in a week or so.

Happy quilting! And happy holidays!


Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern Holiday Auction

With the Holidays around the corner, I thought this was a good time to do give back to the community.  While we're all feasting on our Thanksgiving dinners this week, let's not forget those families that aren't as fortunate this holiday season. That being said, I will be auctioning off this Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern Quilt (handmade with love by me!), plus a signed copy of my book! I will ship both the quilt and my book to the highest bidder, and 100% of proceeds will go towards Northwest Harvest, Washington's statewide hunger relief program.

~This auction has ended~

How to Bid:
1. Please leave a comment to this blog post with your dollar amount, including a way for me to contact you (i.e. email)

This auction will end on Tuesday, December 2nd. At that time, I will contact the highest bidder and send a Paypal invoice to collect money. I will then ship the quilt and a signed copy of my book.
Thanks so much for participating in my quilt-for-a-cause! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday this week! Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.

This quilt measures 48.5"x60.5". It makes a wonderful throw for your couch, or a wonderful Christmas gift!
Happy Bidding!


QAYG Made Modern Quilt Along - Finish it! (plus announcement!)

First of all, my apologies for posting this so late!!! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have seen my progressive photos of me finishing this quilt. With Seattle's dark weather lately, I've had trouble getting final pictures of this quilt, so I will have to settle with these. Sorry if it's a little dark looking!
I wanted to thank all of you that went along on this journey for my very first quilt along! Whether you made the quilt or were following along, thank you for being here! I've truly enjoyed seeing everyone's progress!
 I hope you enjoy these pictures, and hopefully these (and everyone's photos this past week!) will inspire you to make a quilt. For details on this Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) technique, you can find my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern here and here, for signed copies, or here for a kindle version. Thank you for your support!

My hope for this quilt along was to show you that quilting doesn't have to be as daunting as it seems. You can finish a quilt from start to finish on your own, even without a 'fancy' sewing machine. :) Also, I wanted to share with you a fun and creative technique. It's a different way to quilt that doesn't require a precise pattern; however, if you have a quilt pattern you can also finish it via the QAYG technique! There's so many possibilities with this method. I hope it brings as much creativity and finished quilts to you, as it has for me.
Please share with me your finished QAYG projects! Please post them on my Facebook wall, tag me (and hashtag #quiltasyougomademodern) on instagram, or email me. I'm planning to do a blog post to share everyone's completed quilts! Thank you!

Finally, I wanted to announce that with Thanksgiving around the corner, I have decided to auction of this quilt (plus a signed copy of my book!) on my blog. 100% of proceeds will go towards http://www.northwestharvest.org/, Washington's statewide hunger relief agency. Please stay tuned for details!

I heartfelt thank you! And happy quilting as you go!


QAYG Quilt Along - End of Week 4

Hello! I'm so sorry I'm a day late in posting this - it's been a crazy, busy week! To recap, Sunday marked the end of Week 4 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! If you're on track, then you should have all 20 of your blocks quilted! And you know what that means??? It's time to FINISH your quilt!!! Just like that, your quilt is 80% complete. All you need to do is assemble the blocks, add backing and bind! That is what we will be doing for week 5, which technically started yesterday. ;)

If you're not at 20 blocks yet, do not fret! I'm so happy to have you quilting along and/or following everyone's progress. Please do share your progress with me on Facebook and/or Instagram, and be sure to hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern - thank you!!

Goal: Yesterday (Monday, November 10th) marked the start of Week 5 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to finish your quilt within the next 7 days  (by Sunday, November 16). I will be checking in on social media to see people's progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.
To finish your quilt, be sure to read "Assembling Quilt As-You-Go Blocks" in the techniques chapter of my book. There you will find two different joining methods: block-to-block or joining strips. I will most likely assemble mine via block-to-block method.

Also read the "Finish It!" chapter, along with all my little helpful tid-bits and tips. For example, you can try using quilting flannel for a super soft and cuddly backing that naturally adheres to the batting making it easy to baste. And remember, minimal basting required! (yay!). Using regular quilting cotton for the backing is fine too. 

With the above being said, I will let you get to work! You will find that assembling the blocks comes together super quick.

Once again I wanted to share more awesome people's progress from Instagram, below. Thank you ladies for letting me share your beautiful work! (If I've forgotten to ask your permission to display your photo and you'd like it taken down, just send me a message and let me know).

As we finish our quilts, please be sure to share your finished quilt with me on Facebook or Instagram (hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern). For mylast wrap-up post, i'd love to share your quilt!

 One last thing! I am finally selling copies of my book at www.QuiltingintheRain.Etsy.com. Amazon is still temporarily sold out, so if you'd like a copy that's SIGNED by me ;) check out my little shop. And as always, thanks for your support!
 Happy Quilting-as-you-Go and good luck on Week 5!


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