Hi, and welcome to my stop on the Craft Buds Craft Book Month Blog Hop. I love it when this event rolls around each year as it gives me an excuse to break out one of my small collection of craft books that rarely get a chance to see the light of day!
When I was at Spring Market, one of my favourite Schoolhouse sessions was Angela Pingel’s, where she was presenting her new book ‘A Quilter’s Mixology’. I managed to grab a few shots in there, but if I’d really been thinking, I’d have just grabbed one of the quilts ;o)
This was taken just prior to the event kick off. I found the paint drips one to be very fresh and different, and it’s nice to have projects of different sizes, from the large paint drips to the wee mini next to it, and the table runner underneath that:
The beautiful butterfly quilt spread out:
This is actually a version of my favourite quilt, the Nine Patch Curves pattern, in Violet Craft’s latest line, Brambleberry Ridge.
And here is the original that I fell in love with. I had to borrow this from from Angela’s blog because I apparently lost my mind over it so much I forgot to actually take a photo of it:
I absolutely loved the brights and LV colour combo, plus the mixture of squares and curves creating that petal shape, so of course, this was what I had to try and recreate with a little help from my friends in Stitch Tease.
Since I couldn’t send the templates out to my bee-mates, I had them make me the 9 patch blocks, while I tackled the curves. Now of course because I was getting 11 people each making me 2 9 patches (with 2 more from me) instead of the mere 10 in the original quilt, I had 24, which meant, of course, that I needed 24 curved blocks too. At 24 outers and 24 inners for each of the 4 colours, I realised immediately that photocopied paper templates were not going to hold up for very long.
Now many of the patterns in the book are Sizzix/Accuquilt die friendly, however this one isn’t, unfortunately! Still, since I didn’t have either die I didn’t feel too put out, and instead decided to give it a go with the Marti Mitchell 6″-7″ ruler set that I picked up from the Cotton Patch. Having lined them up with the templates in the book, I applied some washi tape to mark the new edges, then lines that up with the fabric edges and chopped away. It’s a slightly shallower curve than the original template, but it’s close enough for me.
Here’s my pile of inners and outers:
Unfortunately I haven’t got all the curves sewn up, but here’s my ‘in progress’ shot on the design wall (I need a bigger design wall, as you can probably see blocks on the sofa/unit below, and the ones on the left are taped to the wall!):
I actually took my colour inspiration from the project I made for Craft Book month 2 years ago, which was from the ‘We Love Colour’ book:
I did stick with original, going for the LV with no colour for the background, and raided every texty print I’ve ever collected, plus a few other LV ones I’ve picked up for all the LV bee blocks I was being asked for!
I love where this is going, and can’t wait to finish the last of the curves and sew it all together!
If you fancy seeing more of the projects from this book, Sara at Sew Sweetness has just kicked off a sew along, head over and check out what her guests have made from the book, which is available as both a paperback and an e-book.
Please also check out my fellow Craft Buds Craft Book Month Hoppers:
Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey
9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!
1) One entry per person.
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!
Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!