Monday, March 30, 2015

Succulents Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who left comments on my previous post. It seems that quilters are collectively drawn toward growing fabric hoards/stashes.

Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick 
Congratulations to the winners! 

Ramona is the winner of the Succulents FQ bundle from Windham! She said:

I love how the quilting on your HST quilt takes it to a whole new level. Beautiful job! 
I have a yard full of flower beds and unfortunately they have more weeds than anything else. These days, I'd much rather stay indoors quilting than outside doing yard work! My bad!

And Sandra Walker is the winner of the pincushion cuff. She said:

And on that same note, what popped into my head, besides bromeliads (new this year for me) is to grow a quilt I've designed myself!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Succulents! Potting Station Quilt and Giveaway x2

Do you know my friend Heather? Of course you do, she's Crimson Tate!

Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick
I met Heather a few years ago, shortly after she moved back to Indianapolis and opened Crimson Tate. Heather was looking for local quilters to loan finished quilts to the store for display for a few months. I dropped one off, left it there a few months, and popped in on black Friday to pick it up. "hey," she said, "people really like your quilt. so, how about you write a pattern and teach a class, okay?" Umm. Yes?

In the years since then, Heather has been a terrific friend and a huge (huge) supporter of my creative endeavors. So when Succulents happened and she asked if I'd like to design a quilt, I jumped at the chance to reciprocate the support! No "umm" this time, just "yes." 

Meet Potting Station. 
Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick
In a former creative life, "I threw," which translates roughly from hipster to English as "I made pottery on the wheel." I think that's what attracted me to the McCoy-inspired prints. Keeping with the mid-seventies feeling/reality of those famous pots that inspired this print, I chose to use the sand, terracotta and moss colors and went for a simple-looking half-rectangle design to showcase just those few prints. 

Simple? Simple-looking? Half rectangles aren't hard, per say, but they're not as easy-going as half square triangles. I am decidedly a "process" person, and I found this tutorial by Latifah Saafir on the MQG website to be clear and precise. 

If you'd like to make this quilt yourself, please read Latifah's tutorial from start to finish before following the instructions at the very bottom for "Directions for Opposite HRT." If you're new to HRTs, I strongly encourage you to make a few practice blocks before you cut into the good stuff.

For my quilt, I had just under 2/3 yard of the three Succulents prints and another 2/3 yard of a white(ish) on white(ish) print from Carrie Bloomston's Paint collection. From each print, I cut three 6.5" strips x WOF and then subcut each of the strips into four 9-1/2" rectangles. This gave me 12 rectangles of each print. 

I paired the terracotta and sand Scandia prints together and paired the moss and Paint prints together and set to work. For this process (see, I MUST talk about the process) I found that it worked well to do 6 rectangles of one color set from start to finish before making a 6-pack of the other color set. This way, I kept my work organized and my sanity in line. Also, do not skimp on pressing with steam and a bit of spray starch. Your points will thank you.

Go forth. 

When the top was done and pressed to within an inch of its life, I flung it over to Melissa Averinos for longarm quilting. We collaborated a bit on the design. I knew I wanted contrasting designs that crosscut each of the HRTs, and Melissa came up with this amazing pattern. **asks forgiveness for crap nighttime iPhone pic of quilting brilliance**

Melissa and Heather caught up at Quilt Con, and Heather caught this pic of Melissa in the booth.
Photo Courtesy Heather Givans
Quilt complete, I also whipped up a few Succulents pincushion cuffs using a few studio scraps from the store. 
Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick
If you'd like to see the other inspired Succulents goodies, be sure to follow along with the tour taking place this week and next. 

BUT WAIT. There's more. A giveaway! Leave a comment (UPDATE: Comments are now closed!) on this post for a chance to win one of two prizes. The good folks at Windham Fabrics will send a fat quarter bundle of the entire Succulents range to a lucky commenter for each post at the end of the tour, so be sure to follow along and leave a note on each post for 14 chances to win. For this post, I'll also pick a winner at random after the tour wraps up (someone remind me. pregnesia in full swing.) to receive a Succulents pincushion cuff. To enter both giveaways, just leave a comment that...ahem...begins with one of the following starters: 

A) My favorite thing to grow is... 

B) There once was a quilter named Heather... 

C) I have this HILARIOUS pregnancy story...

A, because it's easy. B, because who doesn't like a limerick in March? And C because I'm heading into my third trimester and need to hear some happy/funny stories.  

Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick
Now for the tour! To use Heather's words exactly, here’s the rockstar line-up. Even if a date has passed, stop by each post during the tour and leave a comment to enter the FQ bundle giveaway:
March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography and Oar to Oar
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts 
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare (you are here)
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio, blogging at Crimson Tate 
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate 
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn
March 22: Brooke Starnes of my general admiration, blogging at Crimson Tate
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids,blogging at Crimson Tate
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools 
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts 
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio 
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate 
Thanks for stopping by! I'll leave you with this gratuitous photo that I love for many reasons, not least of which is master photographer Eric's dog, Huck, chillin' in the background. And also that wood slice table. 


Photo courtesy Eric Lubrick