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Piecing Makeover Blog Tour and Giveaway

Update: The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified. Congrats to Marg!

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Welcome to my stop on the Piecing Makeover blog tour! This book by Patty Murphy is exactly the book that I need at this point in my quilting journey. This book is your guide to diagnosing and solving common quilting problems. I enjoyed reading how the book came to be and it basically contains a lot of information that Patty was passing on to her students as she was teaching–and was a bit surprised that a book like this didn’t already exist! I’m glad that she took matters into her own hands and created this resource to help fellow quilters become better, more accurate, less frustrated piecers.

I for one want to become a super-accurate piecer. It just makes quilting more enjoyable to me to have my blocks go together easily. I don’t plan to get neurotic about it–but sharpening my skills in this area is high on my priority list. So, the second I saw the title of this book, I knew it was a must-have.

First of all, this book is such a great resource. I know that I will refer to it over and over when making certain types of challenging blocks. And I have already picked up so many tips and tricks to improve the methods that I am already using.

Once I started flipping through the book, I headed straight for my nemesis: Flying Geese units. Once I read about her super clever way of piecing flying geese–I knew I had to give it a try. I’m not going to spoil it and walk you through it all here (you have to buy the book for that). But here is a bit of a teaser.

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With one stroke of the rotary cutter, this cute little heart-shaped contraption will become two (2!) flying geese units–created entirely with no pesky bias edges to get all stretched out.

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And then Patty has you trim them to perfection. There was a time when stopping to do this would have driven me crazy, but as I’ve said before, taking the time to trim is absolutely worth it! Your blocks go together like buttah! And here’s the proof. A perfect 4.5″ x 2.5″ unit.

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I have made several quilts with flying geese units before and I’ve always found them tricky to keep consistent. Patty’s method seems to be foolproof, and I will turn to it time and time again in the future, I’m sure of it.

I have an on-going love affair with half square triangles, so I flipped to that section next. I already know the importance of trimming HSTs, but Patty has some great tricks to make sure that you don’t lose any points. I tried those out next and was very happy with the results.

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I have never known how to furl the center seam allowance on a block like this, so that it lays flatter. Patty took care of that. It was my first time, so it’s not great–but it made a big difference in how the front of the block looked. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think my points met until I was able to press it flatter after furling the center. I’m so glad I’ve got that skill up my sleeve now!

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There are many more blocks and skills that I can’t wait to try out–curved piecing, Y-seams, diamonds, and dealing with imperfect blocks (I have a few of those, ahem). So, this book will be within quick reach for a long time.

I cannot abide an orphan block, so I spend a few extra minutes to turn my newly conquered flying geese units into a couple of cute mug rugs. Both of these are made with Amy Sinibaldi’s brand new fabric line from AGF called Playground–that little hopscotch print is perfection!

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Clearly, this book is a must have resource for every quilter’s bookshelf and C&T Publishing has provided a copy of Piecing Makeover to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment telling me what type of piecing trips you up from time to time. Is it flying geese? Not cutting points off? Tell me all about it!

At the end of the tour, the winners will be announced and C&T will mail a copy of the book to you. Winners outside the U.S. will receive an e-copy. Good luck!

9/12 C&T http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

9/13 AnneMarie Chany http://www.genxquilters.com/

9/14 Jodie Carleton http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/

9/15 Teri Lucas/Gen Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/

9/16 Sandi Hazlewood http://www.craftyplanner.com/

9/17 Mary Abreu http://confessionsofacraftaddict.com/

9/18 Kristin Esser https://kristinesser.com/

9/19 Me https://pattymurphyhandmade.com/

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blog tour stop 13 :: tied with a ribbon

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Tea party anyone? Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon has created these absolutely adorable tea mats because they are just the perfect thing for when a friend drops by for tea. And  because it is her turn on the Sew Illustrated blog tour! Click on over to read about how she was a bit nervous about trying this technique and what she found out. And that tea cup? Love.

Don’t forget to comment on her post to enter to win a copy of the book!

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

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blog tour stop 8 :: happy little cottage

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I have admired Debbie over at Happy Little Cottage since I first joined Instagram, years ago. Her sense of color and sewing skills are just perfection. In fact, she introduced me to my new favorite way to quilt  a quilt–with straight, wavy lines. I love it! She is joining us on the blog tour today to share her projects from Sew Illustrated. Head on over there to see her adorable makes, all done in her own style.

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

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blog tour stop 6 :: chick chick sewing

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The talented Amy of Chick Chick Sewing is up on the tour today. As the author of the wonderful book Zakka Handmades, she stitches up all kinds of adorable, useful, zakka projects. She’s done it again with the project she chose from Sew Illustrated , complete with adorable fussy cutting and adding a twist of her own.

Head on over to her blog to see more and a for book giveaway!

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

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blog tour stop 4 :: down grapevine lane

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Sedef at the lovely Down Grapevine Lane is sharing her creations from Sew Illustrated today over on her blog. I love how she mixed and matched designs from many different projects to created her own, one-of-a-kind creations. Her new line Sweet Orchard is absolutely perfect for these projects. Make sure to check them out!

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

 

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blog tour stop 3 :: zakka art

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Today’s stop on the Sew Illustrated blog tour is the talented Wynn over at Zakka Art. Wynn is a master hand stitcher. She creates stunning projects beginning to end that are completely hand sewn. But she pulled out her sewing machine to create a few projects from Sew Illustrated today–and they are completely delightful!

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Head on over to  Zakka Art to read all about it for yourself.

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

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sew illustrated blog tour starts today!

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Today is the first day of the Sew Illustrated Blog Tour! We have put together an all-star group of makers to share their projects from Sew Illustrated with you. It all kicks off at the C&T Publications blog.

I hope that you will join us each day to see what these wonderful ladies have created. Don’t forget to leave comments on their blogs for a chance to win a copy of the book each day.

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at zakkaArt

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

 

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pretty playtime quilts :: butterfly block

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Back to the sewing room for this fun block. Again, I’m amazed at the clever construction of the blocks that Elea has created! As usual, I stitched this beauty up Sunday afternoon, just in time to catch the last of the light to photograph it. One of these days I’ll have my block done early and be able to photograph it in some decent light!

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This quilt along has been so much fun! It’s been really good for my skills and I look forward to making these blocks every week. And this Strawberry Biscuit fabric is so sweet. My favorite print is the little bouquets above.

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Check out Heidi from Fabric Mutt this week. She is one of my favorite makers. And as always, stop by the Fat Quarter Shop to pick up a copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts.
Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
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pretty playtime quilts

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My sewing machine was in the shop this week–so unfortunately, I don’t have much to show. But, to satisfy the sewing itch, I cut out the next block. The good news is, my sewing machine is no longer skipping stitches–which it started doing at a most inconvenient time. And remember when I complained that my quarter inch foot was not really a quarter inch foot? It turns out the needle position on my machine just needed to be adjusted. Whew! It’s all better now.

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This one will be next week’s block: the Butterfly block and I am smitten with it. I’m beginning to think that this will end up being a bit of a smaller quilt, since I have missed a few of the blocks. Still, I think it will be absolutely adorable! And I’m searching for the perfect little girl to give it to. Or maybe I’ll be selfish and keep it for myself.

My week in the quilt along, which is borders, is fast approaching, so I decided that I had better get going on those as well. Sewing time is pretty precious these days–what with my part-time job and getting ready for the launch of Sew Illustrated. So, I’ve been sneaking in some of the border blocks as leaders and enders, and oh my, that adds up to some serious sewing quick!

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I will continue to keep those border blocks moving forward when I meet you back here next Monday to show you my Butterfly block.

But for now, check out Kristyne’s block over at Pretty by Hand.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
P.S. Have you checked out the videos for Sewing Illustration that Minki and I have put together? If not, you may want to check out Minki’s YouTube channel to whet your appetite for some sewing illustration.

 

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slow stitching

 

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Have you heard of the Slow Stitching Movement? It’s all about process over product. Take your time and enjoy–there’s no finish line. It’s a frame of mind that I have to remind myself to be in–today’s world is so rush, rush, rush! But our sewing doesn’t have to be that way. (deep breath) It’s not even just about sewing–it can be knitting, crochet, anything creative pursuit really.

Today, C&T Publishing ran a blog post about slow stitching featuring Sew Illustrated! We talk a lot about sewing being a way of life in the book. Take time to sit down with your cup of coffee and stitch for a few minutes–and reap the rewards for that self-care for the rest of the day.

Here’s a website devoted to it, and here is a good blog post about it.

Enjoy the process friends.