May 7, 2016

Crafted Applique - Book Release Blog Hop (Giveaway is now closed.)

Hello, Friends!

I often open my blog posts with that greeting,
and today I'm so excited to share a new book
that was written by one of my Friends!

{Scroll down to find out how you can win a copy of Crafted Applique!}

This giveaway is now closed. The winning comment was #3 - Heather K.


I "met" Lara through blogging,
and I've been anticipating her book release
with great excitement.
I could tell from Lara's blog style that we were
in for a treat with a quilting book
that is both instructional and exciting!

Lara herself had told me that she had
developed a unique method
for creating applique designs.
I LOVE a good mystery book,
so when my copy arrived,
I sat down to discover this innovative approach
to raw-edge applique.


"Hello Mr. Ranger, Sir!" Insulated Pic-a-nic Bag from Crafted Applique
Oh.My.Goodness. 
This book is a light-bulb for me.
Without revealing the secret...
there is a good reason why it's named "Crafted Applique."

This technique will appeal to the crafter in the quilter!
May of us have dabbled in making other artsy-craftsy projects,
and preparing the applique will bring back happy memories.

The technique is simple and inexpensive,
versatile and innovative.
You will ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" 
It will make you look at your fabric stash in a whole new way!


Daisy Hot Pad project from Crafted Applique
I can tell that some of my fabrics that have been ignored
will be starring in future projects.
I knew I liked these prints,
but now I understand why I liked them.
They have so much potential!




How can you get this book? Well...I'm glad you asked!

where this book is now available at a bargain price.
You can also find it at Lara's Big Cartel shop
for a very special sale price,
or on the American Quilter's Society website.

-OR-

Maybe you can win a copy of Crafted Applique!!!
To enter the random giveaway,
just leave a comment on this post,
to describe how you feel about applique.
Love it, hate it, fear it, or admire it?
This giveaway ends at midnight on
Saturday, May 14, 2016.

I'll contact the winner by email,
so include your email address if you are a no-reply blogger.

There are plenty of other opportunities
to win a copy of Crafted Applique,
by visiting all of these stops along the blog hop.
Lara herself is adding some more fun giveaways,
too, so keep on checking in at BuzzinBumble blog!

{This giveaway is now closed. The winner - comment #3 - Heather K was contacted by email.}

Crafted Appliqué… New Possibilities Blog Hop - May 1st to June 5th 2016

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
Lara
Buccella
Introduce Tour   

2
Valerie Smith
3
Dana Gaffney
4
Lorna McMahon
5
Mary Schuberg
6
Heidi
Kuntz
7
Alycia Carmin
8
Amy
DeCesare
9
Sherri McConnell
10
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

11
Christina Cameli
12
Melissa Corry
13
Sarah
Craig
14
Soma Acharya
15
Valerie
Reynolds
16
Angela Pingel
17
Sandra Walker

18
Cheryl Brickey
19
Judy Murphy
20
Yvonne Fuchs
21
Cindy Pieters
22
Susie
Zlogar
23
Connie Campbell
24
Ruth
Bourke
25
Kaja
Zieslar
26
Ann
Brooks
27
Cynthia Brunz

28
Holiday
29
Holiday
30
Holiday
31
Jenn Trott-Zisserson
1
Paulette Horn
2
Sandra Jansen

3
Christine Sherman


4
Darlene Simmons
5
Lara
Buccella
Giveaway Winners Announced!         





 









Crafted Applique provides lots of detailed information,
teaching a new way to create appliqued projects.
The inspiration will continue long after the first project is finished!


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April 9, 2016

Purple and Pink V and Co Tote Bag

Hello, Friends!
So...you know me pretty well,
after reading my posts and seeing photos of my projects, right?
How many times have I used purple?
Hmmm...have I ever used purple???

{Crickets...}

Do I even OWN any purple fabric?
There's a lilac print in this divided basket...maybe that counts.


I've been stitching with this junior layer cake
in the purple colorway.

{You can find lots of other colorways, too, over at Kimberly's Fabric Stash.}
There are shades of pink on the top layer,
but a lot of the fabrics inside are purple.
They are actually very purple indeed.


When I opened it, I could feel my heart racing...
uh-oh...I think I may have a touch of purplaphobia.



I have a bundle of the Ombre Basics, also by V and Co.
When I put them together with this layer cake,
I could see that the plum and magenta ombres 
went together just perfectly.
It calmed me considerably when I saw the potential!




I cut some squares from the ombres,
and some more squares from the purple and pink prints,
and I created a wild and crazy tote bag.


I really love the way it turned out.
There's plenty of room inside, with the bag
measuring about 11" wide by 10" tall.


It's a full 6" deep.
It would make a great travel tote bag.


I love the various solid shades of ombre,
interspersed with the bright prints.

Along the bottom of the bag,
I used a strip of the darkest ombre shade.


It's very difficult to photograph,
but I made a large patchwork of prints
and solids, to add interest to the interior.
I always use a large piece of yardage for the lining
of my bags, so this was another step out of my comfort zone.


Even the handles were patched from
three different layer cake prints. I love the look!


My mother doesn't read this blog...
shhhh...this tote bag is right up her alley!
Mom looks great in purple and really loves to accessorize.
I can't wait for Mother's Day, when I give it to her!


This project has been therapeutic for me.
Maybe next time I won't go into a purple panic,
when I see 50 shades of violet!



Do you have a color phobia, too?

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April 6, 2016

Cathedral Window Pincushions - Spring 2016

Hello, Friends!
I'm getting ready for a fun spring craft fair,
so I've been making some new Cathedral Window pincushions.

{Have you seen glimpses of them on Instagram? My Instagram name is @eamylove.}


I've made lots of these sweet little pinnies.



 I kind of have it down to a science now.


I love to prepare the backgrounds for several pinnies, all at once.
There is a lot of pressing in the first steps,
and I can do the prep work even if I have no time for sewing.
Later comes the fun part...placing the fabrics.


If I have more than one background prepared,
I don't have to fret over selecting the PERFECT combination
of colors and prints.



Instead of stressing, I can actually experiment and play
with various combinations of prints and colors.



Here is a sweet set I made from
Happy Go Lucky prints by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.



This dynamic duo was made with Strawberry Fields Revisited
by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.



I have a "thing" lately for that brown, yellow and green palette.
The final touch is the covered button.
They are really fun to create,
especially with a lovely tiny print like this one.



These pincushions look so adorable stacked up together.
They're just a wee bit pudgy...I call them pleasingly plump!



I also made this darling little white pincushion...
in my humble opinion, it's absolutely exquisite!



I will be making one to keep for myself.
The fabrics are Flower Sugar from Lucien.



You can never have too many, or make too many of these pincushions.
Also...you can never take too many photos of them, right?

I hope you don't mind this photo-heavy pincushion post!




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