A few of my favorite things! And the winner announced, Finally!

Drum Roll Please!

After looking through the over 300 comments, checking for duplicates and the dates I would like to congratulate
Pamela Richards
you are the winner of the Love Your Creative Space by Lilo Bowman blog tour! I’ve emailed you to confirm your email address, and contacted Lilo. Please, enjoy the book.

In a few weeks I’ll host my first blog tour for Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Learn to Stitch with Reckless Abandon. In a day or so I’ll be announcing the hop participants and the companies who have graciously partnered with me to celebrate the release of the book! The blog tour will begin with a Facebook Live.

“A seam ripper is a quilters best friend” is one of the most important things I embrace, and teach. Along with that is the willingness to make mistakes because seam rippers are a thing. Yes there are moments when needing to use the seam ripper is frustrating, and disappointing. Frustrating as I’d rather be doing something else.
Disappointing because, well, I’d like to do everything well all the time.

I’m going to share with you a couple of choices I made for the photos for Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting. Most of the samples are not finished quilts, I didn’t bind them on purpose. One of the ways I’ve practiced is to make stitch out after stitch out to get a feel for the materials I’m using. Sometimes these get made into other things like totes or zipper pouches, sometimes not so much. One of the samples you can see this with is on page 49, where the quilt inspired by a breath taking sunset. This one *may* get either facing, or binding, we’ll have to see when I get into a sewing room.

The next choice, and I love what C&T did with these pages, was to hand draw 36 free-motion quilting designs. I drew them at 2” square. When working with Helen Frost, my Development Editor, she offered to have the squares that I hand drew and created the motifs in squared off, the lines neatened up. I asked to let them stay hand looking as this is how I practice in real life with both my right and left hand. When the opportunity happens I will take some video of the drawing so I can show you how it looks. Sometimes it’s pretty, sometimes it’s messy. But the messy drawing gets me to the better quilting because I’m working on my eye/hand coordination, and the visual space where I’m stitching.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share bits and pieces of what’s in the book. I just got back samples and thread and other things I sent C&T for the images in the book. Sometime later this week or early next I’ll share with you a sample that didn’t make it into the book.

Happy Stitching,


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