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9.30.2014

Art Techniques for Quilt Design: Giveaway!!

A few months ago, my friend Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs created a DVD for Interweave Press. I am super thrilled  for the opportunity to help her promote this little gem of a video! You know Carrie, she makes stunning, graphic quilting textiles for Windham Fabrics, you've seen the lines here for Collage and PAINT.  She's so full of goodness, that creative enabler, you'll not regret getting your hands on this DVD!

There are so many things I adore about this video.  Carrie's casual approach to making art: Don't over think it, just do what feels natural. Well, that is my philosophy. I have been "one girl making perfectly, imperfect things" since 2007. It's not just a motto, its a way of life. I don't do slapdash, but I think a lot of us could really benefit from straying away from the patterns and just letting loose with form and color. I get many emails asking, is there a pattern for that? What size did you use? What are the names of the colors?  Sure that's all well and good, and I try to oblige when possible,  but to stray away from a cookie-cutter recipe? That's where the magic happens. It is where we truly grow as artists and makers. In the video, Carrie gives you the basic skills and language to approach creating from a different perspective.

Carrie is a trained artist and her work speaks for itself. If you're ready to try a new approach for quilt making, this is your video. I was hardly through watching the video before I was toting my laptop into the studio to start ripping fabric to make the Nest Quilt that Carrie was demonstrating. Now, I fancy myself a crafter, but seriously, I didn't have single glue stick that wasn't dried up and crusty. I improvised using tiny squares of heat n' bond.  So, you might want to get your hands on one before you make plans for this quilt. Just sayin'. I especially love that when you're not laboring for perfection, the process is enjoyable and freeing.  After playing with fabric an hour or so, I had a quilt top!





To win a copy of the DVD for yourself, head over to Suchity Such and leave a comment! Giveaway closes on October 4. Tell Carrie I sent you! If you don't like the odds, head over to Interweave store and purchase one for yourself, it's available in DVD format or streamable content, accessible whenever and wherever you are.

As always,  thanks for stopping by, and I do hope that you check out this video. Such a nice departure from the norm and a powerful creative exercise in letting go….
xo
Erica



Nevermind the lighting, please. Perfectly imperfect ;)

7.20.2014

mint and licorice :: a baby quilt.










No pattern. No rules. A custom quilt made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids : mint, black, white. The dot is Michael Miller Petit Point  in Onyx, which is sadly, becoming a chore to find. These fabrics are simply scrumptious, they piece and quilt just like butter. If you haven't used them..I suggest you give it a shot. I promise it'll be worth it. As always, thanks for stopping by! 



6.02.2014

American Made Brand: Blog Tour and Giveaway




 Have you heard about AMB fabrics? It's a new line by Clothworks, which produces quality, solid quilting weight fabrics here in the U.S.A.  The cotton is grown in American soil and milled right here, a philosophy I can vibe with.  You can read more about the AMB story HERE and see all 50 great colors HERE!


I am incredibly honored and thrilled to have been selected by American Made Brand {AMB} to represent my home state of Michigan in their virtual blog tour of each of the United States, it's a road trip! No gas required. This challenge asked each contributor to design a license plate for their state, with the idea that each block will be incorporated  into a quilt, it's the ultimate national quilting bee.




My License Plate Block:


Far from perfect, and not quite as I first drafted, but I'm super pleased with it. The letters are paper pieced using Carol Doak's 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks book, and yes, I tediously reduced the  patterns  to 1 inch, leaving 1/4" seam allowance around the perimeter for sewing the pieces together. I'm just hoping nobody looks at the back of this block ;) For the state, I fused Heat and Bond to the back of the fabric, traced the state on the paper side, used really sharp snips to cut around it, then fused it to the background fabric with a steamy iron. To finish the state, I took a single strand of embroidery floss and made tiny blanket stitches around the edges. The block is 6.5" x 12.5" So if you're a glutton for  tiny piecing punishment, give it a shot.


My State, Michigan: 

Michigan is the Great Lakes State, it's the Mitten State, it's home to Motor City, the birthplace of Gibson Guitars, Bell's Beer, the Kalamazoo Promise and Motown music. Michigan is home the largest freshwater coast in the world, which lends  well to the fruit and wine producing industries. If you haven't traveled to Michigan, I recommend you do so. Please enjoy some of my favorite Instagram photos depicting some of the beauty of Northern Michigan. You can find me on Instagram at @cbhandmade


Old Mission Peninsula

Where the Platte River meets Lake Michigan,  Sleeping Bear National Park

Downright sweet example of a Michigan Made vintage 9 patch quilt.

Because you can't do Northern Michigan without fudge...

and you can't do the fair without a truck.







Enjoy the rest of the blog tour! You can find all of the participating designers HERE! 

Please leave a comment for chance to win a bundle of 8 fat quarters from American Made Brand fabrics! 

Giveaway open until Monday, June 9. 





5.27.2014

navy and white nautical herringbone quilt.





A very clean and simple half-square triangle herringbone quilt. The backing is a lusciously-soft Michael Miller print. 
Thanks for stopping by...

Oh and be sure to check back here on June 2, for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of American Made Brand fabrics! 






4.14.2014

SUCH Design's 'Paint' + Fabric Giveaway


 Once again,  I was lucky enough to play with some pre-release fabric and oh my dear, I adore it! This here is SUCH Design's  second collection for Windham Fabrics, "PAINT". Thoughtfully and playfully designed, Carrie Bloomston has done it again. The texture of her painted solids are rich and dreamy, the text prints are tasteful and inspiring. I got mad love for this collection.  


I adapted  a pattern called 'Sorbet Mini Quilt' by Katie Clark Blakesley from the book Vintage Quilt Revival to make this quilt.  I was really happy with the results, lots of pop, just enough neutral. Win-win. I did some heavy-duty, double grid quilting on this little guy, mainly because I didn't want to be finished with it.






If you'd like to play with some of this fabric yourself, leave a comment on this post to enter to win a charm pack of 'PAINT.' I will choose a winner  Friday morning, April 18th.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
~erica

The PAINT giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!
Congratulations, Jenny