Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Imagine Quilts Blog Tour With LOTS of Giveaways

Over the next two weeks several quilting bloggers will be reviewing my book and offering lots of giveaways.  Hope you'll check them all out.

Amy Smart


Monday, August 18, 2014

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

Well lookie there, I made a quilt this summer.  Granted it's not bound yet but when I got it back from The Back Porch Quilters I trimmed it up and ran it outside to photograph before even thinking about binding it.  This is made with a traditional Arkansas Crossroads block pattern.  Usually the X's are all one solid color but I made those scrappy too.  Both to use what I had on hand and because that seems to be my style this year.

I've got a stack of voile waiting to be turned into pillowcases.  And a few quilts in the works too.  I just need to find my sewing groove again.  If you see it, will you send it my way? Thanks.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tools of the Trade

Little known fact: I like to quilt.


Actual little known fact:  This year Olfa celebrates 35 years of the the rotary cutter.  Rotary cutters make cutting fabric for piecing so fast.  So precise.  And so easy.

Olfa asked lots of bloggers to make a 6" block to contribute to an anniversary quilt that they are putting together.  The only requirement other than finished size was that it have yellow in it.  I made one and shipped it to them without even photographing it.  Duh.  Good thing I made this test block first to see if my math on this variation on a friendship star would work.

Thanks for inviting me to contribute Olfa!


P.S.  I might put together a little tutorial for this tiny block.  But I wouldn't hold your breath because I'm having a hard time completing anything this summer.  You too right?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Posy Patrol Quilt Giveaway Winner

First, a hearty thank you to all of you that entered the contest to win the quilt.  So many of you sent more than one local quilt shop address to me with such kind and encouraging words about Imagine Quilts.  Thank you from the tips of my toes to the top of my head.  Bear hugs all around!

Picking a random winner was tricky because emails that came in didn't necessarily correspond to the comments left on the blog post.  Huh?  I mean, an email address isn't always easy to match up with an onscreen moniker.

But the random number generator chose Robin Gantt as the winner!  Congratulations Robin!  I'll be sending you an email shortly to get your shipping address.  Whoot!

Thanks again kind, kind people.  You rock my world.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Nail polish in quilt form

A few weeks ago I saw a teaser photo from Fat Quarter Shop on Instagram I think.  It was of a new quilt pattern they were going to release.  I knew instantly that I wanted to make it for my girls who are constantly painting their fingernails, thinking about painting their fingernails, researching new designs for their fingernails or, at the very least, talking about how they are going to paint their fingernails.

Come to find out, the Nail Polish Quilt Pattern is free from Fat Quarter Shop and they even have a YouTube tutorial on how to make it.  By the time I printed it out and selected fabrics, I had the quilt cut, pieced, quilted and bound in about an hour.

It was fast and easy and super cute.

Sometimes that's just the kind of project I need.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Quilt Giveaway -- Enter Here!

Contest is now closed.  Winner announced in post dated 8/7/14.

Want to win this quilt?  It's from my book Imagine Quilts that was released this month and is the pattern featured on the cover called Posy Patrol.

I've said numerous times here that I'm generally not a pattern based quilter.  I usually have an idea for a quilt and then sketch, compute, calculate and scratch my forehead until I figure out how to make the idea in my head translate into a quilt. Both as a quilter and as a blogger the number one question I get asked time and time again is, "Where do you come up with ideas for your quilts?"  Imagine Quilts is my answer to that question and an open invitation to grab some graph paper and discover how your design process works.

I made it with the new fabric line from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics called Field Day.

Alison describes Field Day as a collection of prints representing the growth of plants in their wild and natural settings.  The designs represent the beautiful and often unruly nature of growth and are perfect for my Posy Patrol pattern which was inspired by the daily walks my mom and I take around our yards each day to see what's blooming.  We affectionately call this walk our daily posy patrol.  The fabric and pattern seem like a match made in heaven if you ask me.

The quilt measures 50"x50" and is made with 100% cotton fabrics and batting.  It is machine washable and dryable and a perfect size to have on your lap.

And the quilting.  Can we just stop and pause and admire the work that Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters does for a moment?  Breathtaking.  I never tell him what design I want done on a quilt because in my opinion he is an artist and whatever decision he makes will only enhance, compliment and make my quilt sing in ways I didn't know possible.

So you wanna chance to win this quilt?  It's a two step process to enter.  First, send me an email at dana at oldredbarnco dot com with the name, address and contact info of a local quilt shop that you think should carry my book Imagine Quilts.  Do that in an email to me directly so that that info isn't broadcast here on my blog for the world to see.  Second, once you've done that, leave a comment here telling me where you get inspiration for your quilts.

International entries welcome.  The contest entry time will close on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at midnight US EDST.  A winner will be chosen randomly and announced Thursday, August 7th.

And you should follow both Alison Glass (@alisonglass)  and I (@oldredbarnco) on Instagram because Alison will be giving away a bundle of Field Day fabric and I am giving away signed copies of Imagine Quilts.

Finally, I'd be tickled pink if you'd like to purchase a signed copy of my book.  In all honesty, it'll feel weird and make me all wide-eyed and blubbery.  You can click below if you fancy. It only calculates shipping for US customers but if you're international, let me know and I'll work with you to find the cheapest shipping option possible.  Big wet sloppy kisses.  From my pups.  Not me... cause that would be awkward.

Good luck on winning the quilt!


DISCLOSURE:  The addresses and contact information that you provide of your local quilt shops will be used by me to send a personalized postcard advertising my book.  I will share those addresses only with Alison Glass and she will use them to personally advertise her products.  This information will only be used for the stated purposes and not shared with any other third party.  If you mistakenly share the contact information in the comment section of my blog instead of sending it directly to me at dana at oldredbarco dot com, I will delete your comment so as to keep the information private.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tune in won't you?

Tune in Monday, July 28, 2014 4pm eastern to American Patchwork & Quilting Radio hosted by Pat Sloan.  I'll be talking about my book and other shenanigans.

And starting Monday you can enter for your chance to win this quilt.  It's a remake of my cover quilt called Posy Patrol.  This one's called Midnight Posy Patrol. Stop back by Monday for details.