Book Winners and Acknowledgments

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Congratulations to #93 Emily, #154 Michelle and #160 Mary! You are the winners of the 1, 2, 3 Quilt giveaway! And Mary was one of my pattern testers, so she can see her name in the acknowledgments. While I’m here, I’ll list all of the amazing folks who tested patterns for me:

Rebecca Policastro Aranyi, Brooke Crook, Mary Emmens, Cristy Fincher, Sarah Jackson, Heather Loney, Katie Loney, Rebecca Makas, Cindy McCamant, Kellie King Morgan, Deb Robertson, Mandie Segura, Emily Sposetta, Jennifer Sylvia, and Kerry Wilkinson. I don’t seem to have all of your blogs/websites, so send me the links and I will post them here. Thanks for all your help!

I also wanted to talk a bit about the top quilting of the quilts I made for 1, 2, 3 Quilt. I had help from some amazingly talented people.

Tia Curtis quilted the Random Rectangles Quilt using her beautiful free-motion technique, the Honeycomb Quilt with echo quilted lines, and the Cluster Dots Quilt with pebble quilting (all pictured in detail on the top row above). Lisa Sipes did some amazing line work on the Triangles Quilt at bottom left. A local quilter, Regina Carter, added some organic shapes to the Stars Quilt (bottom right). And as I mentioned in a previous post, Diana Taylor did the hand quilting on the Lopsided Squares Quilt (bottom row, center). And Jessie Edens helped me out by finishing the binding on most of these quilts. Thanks to everyone!

1, 2, 3 Quilt Giveaway

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1, 2, 3 Quilt will be shipping soon! The official release date is September 10. You can pre-order online now or find the book in your local bookstore or favorite fabric shop very soon! You can flip through the images below to see all 24 projects from the book. Photos by Laura Malek.

The chapters are based on shape — squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers stars and diamonds. Within each chapter you’ll find two projects followed by a quilt to help you build your skills progressively. You’ll learn how to make flying geese (three ways), needle-turned appliqué flowers, English paper-pieced hexagons, freezer-paper circles, clamshells, and much more. I tried to cover as many quilting techniques as possible in the book, so that it’s useful for beginners as well as those of you who’ve been quilting for years. As you scroll through the photos above, you’ll see that the projects become more challenging as the shapes get more complex. So you’ll start with the basic square and finish with more complicated projects like foundation paper piecing and cathedral windows.

Want to win a copy of the book? Just browse through the projects and let me know what you’d most like to make. Leave a comment here by Tuesday, September 3 at midnight eastern and I’ll randomly choose THREE winners to receive a copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This giveaway is open internationally.

1, 2, 3 Quilt

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Last week I got a few advanced copies of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. The official release date is September 10, but I’m guessing that it will start shipping from amazon sometime in August. You can pre-order it now!

The book has 24 projects, divided into eight chapters of three projects each. Each chapter focuses on a different shape and the projects progress in difficulty, to build on your skills as you work through the book. There are patchwork and quilted projects including pillows, an apron, skirt, tote bag, etc. Then each chapter culminates with a quilt, for a total of eight quilt patterns. So, if you’re new to quilting, you can learn skills gradually while making some useful projects. And if you’re an advanced quilter, you might pick up on some sewing projects that you haven’t tried yet.

Projects range from basic to advanced, from a lopsided log cabin to cathedral windows. Throughout the book, you will learn various quilting techniques in the How-To sections. Here’s the Table of Contents below so you can see the full list of projects and techniques.

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The photos taken by Laura Malek turned out beautifully. The quilting on the Randoms Rectangles quilt on the cover was done by Tia Curtis. As I show more projects, I’ll talk about all of the people who helped out with the quilting and binding for these projects.