Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make And Strip

Not me silly. Welcome to my day to host the blog tour for Kathy Brown and her terrific book, "Strip-Smart Quilts". I am sure that you've had an awesome time visiting each blog. There's more to come. You can check out all of the blogs here.

I have been making a lot of gifts for teachers and friends and there have been many work things and personal things happening behind the scenes. I made these bags for some friends at Chinese school. [Pattern by Jen Giddens]

A teepee was in order for the second grade play.

Next, we have the teachers' gifts. I started a quilt for the little one's teacher but Big A has a lot of teachers. I didn't think about it until I received Kathy's book. This is the first quilt that caught my eye. So pretty!

I have a confession. I had never used Jelly Rolls until yesterday. I was given a roll of Plume but I never used it because applique is my usual thing. I also make a lot of small items but I don't piece a lot of quilts. When I opened Kathy's book, I thought that it was to perfect time to dig out that Jelly Roll. It was fun and I felt as though I was sitting right beside her laughing and piecing a quilt or two.

Here's my version of Merry-Go-Round.

The book is well-written and her directions are very clear. I love that her charm shines through and the little stories and tips that she shares makes the book very enjoyable. The projects are doable for beginners and are fun enough for intermediate and higher if you want to make some fast and fun
projects. Did I tell you that the book is centered around the use of this wonderful ruler? I think that I am in love with the book and ruler. I'm not giving them up any time soon.

Easy. Didn't I tell you? It was so easy that I made a second block.

Here's my version of Pedal Pushers using my fabric, Hugs and Kisses.

That settles everything. I am going to make some more blocks and put them together to make a tote or lap quilt or two. Remember the labels that I put up here for you back in December? I think that I will print up a few and I'm set.

[You can download these labels on the right column.]

Remember to leave a comment her on my blog. There are prizes involved! You will be eligible to win a copy of the book and a ruler. Then there's some big grand prize but I'm not spilling the beans. I'll leave that up to Kathy!

Good luck!

xo, L