book release + fabric giveaway! March 22, 2011

It’s my book release day today and to celebrate, I wanted to offer up a special giveaway of a signed book plus, courtesy of Bolt Fabric Boutique, a set of eight fat quarters I picked out last week! I’m so excited for spring, and choosing some pretty, spring-y fabrics from the kind of store where you simply can’t go wrong was a lot of fun.

My fat quarters

Gina asked if I’d like to jump in for the first in a series of crafter-curated fat quarter sets to celebrate the book coming out this month, and I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I got to wander around the store for half an hour putting cool fabrics together, which is pretty much my idea of heaven. (Huge thank-you to Bolt for offering a really awesome little kids’ table and to Caitlin for watching Pearl and reading with her there while Everett and I orbited the store!)

I started with these three

I started with these three. I fell in love with the Tammis Keefe crocodiles when I saw a sneak peek online but this was the first time I’d seen it in person – so I snapped that up right away. Last time I was shopping, I’d bought two yards of the Urban Chiks Dream On in green… so that was an easy one to bring up to the counter, too. And the brown and white print just really made me happy and felt like a nice serene contrast to the splashier prints. After lugging sets of new bolts plus baby up to the counter to check things out a few times, I just snapped a phone photo of the three definites and carried that around with Everett and held the picture up to the contenders instead. Much easier.

My fabric picks

This is the set of eight I ended up with. Love the Castle Peeps pennants (and actually bought a yard of that too last time I was in… I like what I like!), whales are a lifelong obsession, and the calmer all-over patterns just felt so good with the brighter prints. This was such a fun half-hour and I really thank Bolt for the chance to do it! You can pick up a set of FQs at the shop or at Modern Domestic. I’ve pieced a few simple blocks so far (these are for a little project I’m going to unveil at my book events, as well as the log cabin block how-to video Daniela and I made) and I just love how neighborly these fabrics are.

Basic Log Cabin Blocks

So – thanks to Bolt being awesome, I am offering up a signed book paired with one set of these fat quarters for giveaway! To enter, just leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite thing about log cabin quilting by midnight Pacific time on Thursday, March 31. I’m working on my Log Cabin presentation for the April 21 Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting and would love to hear what people are most interested in so I can make sure to include a good mix of things! I’ll be bringing in some vintage log cabin quilts, tops, and blocks I have along with my book projects and other favorite quilting books, and showing lots of photos of antique, vintage and modern quilts… I can’t wait!

Yesterday was the start of the MLCQ blog tour, too. A huge thank-you to Cool Cottons for their lovely post offering up a signed copy of the book, and their more detailed book review today! You can still enter on the blog – in fact, you can enter more than once between now and March 31 by commenting on different entries.

Here’s the full blog list – thank you so much to the lovely crafters and quilters who are writing about my book. I am so appreciative of the support!!

M 3/21 Alyssa + Marie – Cool Cottons (plus a series of posts all week on log cabin!)
T 3/22 Book release day – me!
W 3/23 Daniela – Tangerine Samurai (who designed two projects for the book!)
Th 3/24 Melissa – All Buttoned Up and Bolt
F 3/25 Lupine + Meredith – Modern Domestic

S 3/27 Linda – Lindamade
M 3/28 Elizabeth – Oh, Fransson!
T 3/29 Amy – Angry Chicken
W 3/30 Shelly + Karen – Patterns By Figgy’s
Th 3/31 Rachel + Natalie – CRAFT:
F 4/1 Diane – Craftypod

S 4/2 + S 4/3 Modern Log Cabin Quilting event weekend – would love to see you at Modern Domestic or Powell’s!!

M 4/4 Megan – Not Martha
T 4/5 Kayte – This is Love Forever
W 4/6 Amy – Amy a la Mode
Th 4/7 Alissa – Handmade By Alissa
F 4/8 Kathy – Crafty Chica

M 4/11 Kim – True Up
T 4/12 Vickie – Vickie Howell
W 4/13 Claire – ReadyMade
Th 4/14 Jenny – Exit Through the Thrift Shop
4/15 Blair – Wise Craft

Portland Modern Quilt Guild rock block!
4/18 Christina – A Few Scraps
4/19 Christina – Sometimes Crafter
4/20 Megan – Megs Monkeybeans
4/21 Jen – Betty Crocker Ass
Also 4/21 – my Log Cabin presentation at the PMQG meeting!

Ok! That’s it. I would love to hear your thoughts on log cabin (so please do leave a comment to enter the giveaway) and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 1! A huge thank-you to everyone who has pre-ordered, put it on hold at the library, left a nice comment, told me they’re excited for one of the events, or just been lovely about the new book. I’m so grateful for the kind words and support.

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