September 5, 2012

Craft Book Month - Blog Hop

I am so excited to be apart of this blog hop, my first blog hop! Lindsay and I officially met at the Spring Quilt Market. She is such an amazing lady. All the work she does behind the scenes is absolutely incredible. So when she asked if I would showcase a project I have made from a book, I jumped at the chance!!

If you know me, I do not do a lot of projects from others when it comes to quilting. I mostly do my own thing and create a quilt specifically for the person who will be receiving it. I am a self-taught hand-quilter of 12 years now. In recent months I have started learning to machine quilt.

Being a shop owner, I not only try to keep up with what's new in the quilting world, but also what's new with designers. There are so many fantastic quilts out there. So many of them I do want to make. So very little time to fit them all in. At least not all at once.

I think it's safe to say that we love pre cuts! I bought my first pre cut 2 years ago. It was a charm pack. At first I didn't really get the appeal of pre cuts. Now I do. They certainly save on time and cutting for a quick project. While my collection of pre cuts has slowly been growing, I still have only used charm packs. Up until I saw this quilt:    Picnic by Kimberly Brackett from her book Scrap-Basket Sensations

This was my first quilt, cut and sewn, for the 2012 year. I think it took me 3 days. And, yes, I still need to get it quilted. I have an ever growing stack of quilts just waiting to be quilted, and I know I'm not the only one ;)

This was a quilt I needed to make. I needed to make a quilt for my little girl, and this was it. One of the hardest parts for me is finding the right fabric for the right pattern. With this quilt, I already knew what I wanted to do. So, I used my first Rolie Polie; or my first 3 Rolie Polies. It was Promenade by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake Designs. (For those not familiar with Rolie Polies, they are made up of one piece of each fabric in a line, so they tend to be 1/3-1/2 half less than that of a Jelly Roll.) 2 would have been perfect if I had stuck to the pattern dimensions, but I like to make BIG quilts. This pattern is for a lap, and I wanted it for a twin. So, I added a block to each row and a full row at the bottom.

I wanted all the colors to blend nicely with each other; instead of keeping one color for one block, I laid them out in a 3-1 ratio. I am quite pleased with the end result, and more importantly, my little girl LOVES it!

Thanks for stopping by y'all! and don't forget to check out the other great blogs in this blog hop.
Enter to win your own copy of Scrap Basket Sensations & a Wee Folks Jelly Roll, along with many other prizes over at the Craft Buds site. (details on how to enter are below)

Week One

Tuesday 9/4: Olive & OllieSew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric SeedsThe Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxesStitched In Color

Week Two

Monday 9/10: Sew TaraClover and Violet
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantasticamylouwho

Week Three

Monday 9/17: Inspire Me GreyFreshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay SewsThe Cute Life
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitchesimagine gnats

Week Four

Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October, 1!

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! One entry per person, and all craft book projects must have been completed in 2012. Just create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2012 or later) and link back to Craft Buds in your post or photo description.

No time to create a project? This month, just follow Craft Buds and comment to win some new craft books and lots of giveaways!


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS Sarah!!! Love the fabrics you've used!


  3. I have been looking at that book and love the pattern, now that I have seen how pretty yours turned out I think I might break down and buy the book :)

  4. Super sweet quilt, i can see why your daughter loves it. Very special :)

  5. Thanks for sharing your project, and the thoughts that went into it.

  6. I have seen that book in person but didn't buy it. But now, after seeing your quilt, which is beautiful, I want it! Get it quilted, it is so pretty.


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