It’s my day on the Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design Book Tour!!! Hoootie hoo.
I have been friends with Sarah since Crimson Tate fabric store opened in Downtown Indianapolis. That’s nearly 8 years. She lives in my city! I’m super lucky to get to confer and exchange opinions about all things quilting IRL with her, which I covet. She and our friend Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts are my quilting emergency phone calls and texts when I don’t know WHAT TO DO!!! They are the most lovely, creative crew I could ever dream to have. And to boot, Sarah is a plant lover JUST LIKE ME!!
Sarah often lends her creative prowess ALL the time when it’s time for one of my new collections of fabric for Windham Fabrics to go live. She is a creative force, for sure and I am in awe and love her to pieces.
When she was working on the beautiful quilts for her book Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design, she asked me if I would be willing to help make blocks for the Plant Lady Quilt. I began with the Bamboo shoots block. Look! My block made the cover of her book!!! Let me zoom in so you can see. 😉
I was, as we all often are, in the midsts of a time crunch and was only able to make that one block. But when thumbing through the designs, I super admired the electric echinacea block in the series and mentioned to Sarah that I’d be interested in making that block; my dream would be to make just that one flower as big as my queen size bed.
And bam. A dream was born and set into motion. With Sarah’s help, we blew up the electric echinacea block more than 1000 times to create a quilt block that went from 4.5″ x 9″ to 48″ x 96″.
Next steps are to begin tracing the oversized shapes to use as a cutting guide. What I love about this book is that Sarah includes ways in which to riff within your design. Brilliant! So within each of these large pieces, I can create more texture and design, if I choose. Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design is like having Sarah talk you through the process of design. If you want to start slow or if you want to go deep, Sarah has logically, intelligently, and creatively laid out a roadmap for you to use to help you achieve your goal. She is a wonder.
I’m still in the process of tracing and haven’t started sewing yet but obs, I’ve chosen my fabrics. It’s a blend of my Night Hike collection for Windham Fabrics, JOT Basics for the background, a slug of Artisan Solids and one sneaky Alison Glass fabric because it fits so perfectly with my collection.
I’m excited to begin and hope you will follow the progress of this quilt. Because I’ve decided to make it as a personal project, I didn’t impose a crazy deadline for myself. I want to enjoy the process and go deeply when I can. Thanks for following along. I’m excited for it to take shape.
For a chance to win a copy of Sarah’s book and a fat quarter bundle similar to the fabrics I’ve chosen for my quilt, follow me @crimsontate (@heathergivans) and @nohatsquilts, and leave a comment below telling me about your favorite plants. I’m a big time lover of orchid cactuses and all kinds of varieties of jade. Over on Instagram, tag as many friends as you’d like for additional chances to win and let’s continue the conversation there, too! This giveaway is open internationally until January 28, a big old Monday morning. #adventuresbooktour
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