Thursday, February 2, 2017

I LOVE PRECUT QUILTS! BLOG HOP FINALE AND GIVEAWAY

WOW!  This has been such a fun week.  I'm sew very thankful that I've had this wonderful opportunity to share my new book with you.  Thanks for coming along! :)

Of course, I couldn't have done it without my awesome bloggers!  I want to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU HUG to  Bea of Beaquilter, Mark of Mark Lipinski's Blog, Julie of The Crafty Quilter, Sandy of  Upstairs Hobby Room, Camelot Fabrics, Generation Q Magazine, Joy of Am I Shouting Yet?, Cheryl of Cheryl's Tea Pots 2 Quilting, Bernie of Needle and Foot, and my publisher C&T.  Yay!   I really appreciate each of you taking the time to participate in my blog hop.

I'm a little sad that it's time to wrap up my blog hop, but what a fun time it's been -- 

kind of like a week long book party!  

 

PSST!  Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom for a GREAT GIVEAWAY!

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Since this is the last stop, 

let me tell you why I love my book,

 I Love Precut Quilts! 




IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FABRIC! 


Whoever invented precuts was absolutely brilliant!

Fat quarters were my first introduction to precuts.  I loved my fat quarters so much that I infected both my nieces when they were quite young -- I can still remember taking my oldest niece, Meghan to the quilt shop and encouraging her to pick out  fat quarters from the sale suitcase. (Meg, I still can't believe that you picked out that hideous pink and blue big polka dot fabric -- what were you thinking? I guess as a 2 year old, you probably didn't have a sophisticated fabric sense yet....)  I guess if I had to have the fabric bug, then I wanted everyone else around me to have it too.

Then I discovered 5'' charm squares..........be still my beating heart. Now I could buy an ENTIRE fabric collection for a small amount of money.  Charm squares were an easy transition for me into all sorts of different precuts. It wasn't long before I started cutting my leftover fabrics into 5'' squares, 2 1/2'' strips, 10'' squares, 2 1/2'' squares -- you get the picture.

Now that I had this terrible precut addiction, what was I going to do????  Too much fabric and not enough time.

VOILA!  Time to write a new quilt book with projects featuring all my favorite precuts.  The funny thing is, I didn't originally start out to write a precut book, but strange and wonderful things can happen when you least expect them.


FAST AND FUN PROJECTS = DONE PROJECTS

  I am a quilter with a short attention span.  I like fun projects that I can get finished fast so that I can move on to a new project.  Precuts have really helped me with this whole concept.  But it's more than just precuts -- the projects have to be designed to go together fast too.  When you add precuts to fast projects then you can make more quilts in less time.  Who doesn't want that?????

Here's one of my favorite SUPER FAST projects from my book:

It's called "Big Bow Ties" and you can literally make this bed-sized quilt top in a matter of hours with matching layer cakes and charm squares,  a collection of fat quarters, or even your stash.  The blocks are HUGE and there's only 16 of them to make.  
Add a couple borders and you end up with an 88'' x 88'' square quilt.  WOW!

Here are a couple more QUICK QUILTS from my book:



It's called "Around and Round" and you don't even have to cut up your charm squares!  
Choose a coordinating fabric and get sewing -- you'll have this cute throw done before you know it!


 This one is called "Breeze" and boy is it a breeze to put together.  It's big enough for a
 twin-sized bed, but you could easily add more rows to make it larger.  Or subtract rows to 
make a baby quilt or a throw.  Whatever size you make it, the hardest part of this quilt is deciding where to place the blocks!


MORE OPTIONS

Be honest.  Who doesn't want more????  I love that we had room in my book to add a lot of USEFUL EXTRAS.  Like "Tricia's Crayon Box" where I show you two additional colorways for a quilt.  Or how about TIPS scattered throughout the book to help you get the most out of your quilting?  There are alternate sizes for the quilt "Bounce" and a discussion about color theory for "Spritely."  I even threw in an extra project for a coordinating throw pillow. 
   
Here are two quilt variations that I put together to demonstrate that I Love Precut Quilts! isn't just a project book -- it's a springboard to more ideas and inspirations --YOURS!



This striking wall quilt is adapted from the "Divide and Conquer" bed runner.
Red, white, black, and grey is one of my favorite color combinations.

This cute little table topper is adapted from the wall quilt/children's quilt, "Bounce." 
Don't you love the batiks on solid black?

It never fails to amaze me how changing fabrics and adding/subtracting blocks can give
you an entirely new project. 

What project will you make first???

 

Now that you're as excited about my book as I am --

  

THE FINAL GIVEAWAY:

 

You've all been very patient, reading through my entire blog, 

so I promise that it'll be worth it!


I will be giving away the following:

1.  A copy of  I Love Precut Quilts!   (International winners please note that you will receive an ebook version)


2.  A pastel collection of hand-dyed fat quarters. 



3.  A bright collection of hand-dyed fat quarters.


4. A set of 42 hand-dyed 5'' charm squares.

Here's how it works:

You have up to 3 chances to win the prizes listed above.

1.  Leave a comment and tell me the craziest thing that ever happened to you while quilting.
2.  Become a blog follower and leave a comment telling me you that you're a blog follower.
3. Follow me on Instagram @tricia.maloney and leave a comment telling me you're an Instagram follower.

Ready!  Set!  GO!

You have from Friday, February 3rd through Saturday, February 4th to participate. 
 Winners will be selected randomly on Sunday, February 5th.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS 
SO THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!

If you are not selected as a winner, don't be sad -- 

you can still get your own copy of my book  :)


1.  Ask your local quilt shop owner to carry my book.
2.  Order your very own signed copy on my website:  www.orphanquilter.com
3.  Visit C&T Publishing, Amazon, or your favorite online retailer.
  

Thanks for coming along on my Blog Hop!  It's been fun. 

 Let's do it again sometime.




 

 




79 comments:

  1. There is the standard no thread in the bobbin, fabric wrong way etc but the one that I think about often is the needle that broke and bounced into my eye. I normally wear glasses but not that day. I now wear glasses all the time.

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  2. The only thing I can think of is sewing for a long time with an empty bobbiin but then I think we all do that. Your patterns are awesome.

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  3. I once made a baby quilt that was made in 3 sections. Only when I took a photo of the finished quilt did I notice that one section was upside down! My MIL said to leave it, that nobody would notice. It really did mess up the pattern though, so I fixed it. Luckily it wasn't the middle section!

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  4. I found a mistake in a block after I had the top all together. Of course, it was in the middle of the top. I had to rip out half a row to get to the block.

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  5. I was making a Christmas throw for my daughter and her family for Christmas. I had been really sick, and was just trying to get it done to ship off. I decided to try to machine quilt straight line quilting and so was proud of my quilting when done. You guessed it, the backing had folded over about half way and was quilted all the way. Ugg, my seam ripper to the rescue!! What should have been a couple of hours, turned into several more, but I did get it finished and mailed in time!!

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  6. I've been quilting for about 30 years and have had many things happen that I'd rather forget. The craziest thing that happened to me is that my husband recently took up quilting. He's embraced the hobby whole-heartedly. He's taken over my sewing area and my newest sewing machine. I'm back to sewing on the kitchen table and fortunately I love to sew on my grandmother's 1929 Singer, so I'm happy. I love that we now have a hobby we can share and I no longer have to feel guilty when I ask to visit a quilt shop. A friend recently told me I got lucky when I married my husband. I totally agree.

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  7. I really can't think of anything I would call crazy while quilting. There are just the standard things that happen that drive you nuts, like not noticing your bobbin ran our miles ago. :o/ The only thing I might consider close to being crazy, is how my large dog used to always lay in the middle of any quilt I was trying to baste on the floor.

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  8. I can't wait to read all the crazy quiltin' stories.

    My crazy thing is to sew into my index finger right thru the nail. Ouchie!! (TMI?) Was machine quilting and really into it.

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  9. While trimming a quilt the front got in the way and I trimmed it too! :P Crazy part is I was not happy with that part of the top, so I got the opportunity to fix it.

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  10. I was using one of those super slides to use when machine quilting and I ended up quilting it too before I noticed! grrrr

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  11. I get your newsletter. Love the book, I am hoping I will win so I can use up my precuts! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  12. I was quilting a quilt for my daughter and was so proud of myself to notice that the bobbin had run out. I grabbed another bobbin and quilted until it was finished. When I turned the quilt over I noticed that instead of using the gray thread that blended with the back, I used the bright teal thread that was being used for the front! Luckily my daughter said it was ok since it was the back side. I am glad it wasn't a wedding gift where I would have to tear it all out and re do it. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  13. Following on instagram! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  14. I too have stitched without the benefit of a bobbin thread for far too long, and have also put the needle through my finger...don't want to make that mistake again!!

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  15. I am a follower via Instagram: quilterpt

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  16. This isn't really "crazy", but I had a top that I was using the colors and fabric suggestions from the picture. I needed a red plaid. I kept finding red plaids and buying them, thinking they would look good with the top. When I got home, I wouldn't like it. YEARS later, I had the top hanging on top of a chair, taking things out of a box it was in. Grabbed a fabric I also had for years, and randomly threw it on top of the quilt top as I was searching. It was not red, I would have never thought to use it for that quilt, but it was perfect to finish the quilt. I was so crazy to hold onto the "red" concept. I could have been enjoying that quilt many years earlier.

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  17. My craziest incident was getting too complacent with a rotary cutter when it slid across the ruler and just caught the end of my finger, luckily it stopped just in time, but makes me think every time now.

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  18. I have only began quilting and sewing but I'm positive that crazy things are bound to happen. I did mess up and not get a couple squares correct on my first quilt. Your info is great and your quilts are amazing. Good luck everyone. angielovesgary2@gmaildotcom

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  19. I follow you on instagram @lolly2430

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  20. Crazy thing while quilting was when a quilting group of mine (8 of us) all went to the same quilting retreat. We dressed up as bees as that is our group name. This retreat had alot of very conservative people and they thought we were crazy.

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  21. Nothing crazy but did drop my storage dower at nite.It was 52 pick up....lol.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  22. I follow you...cool book keep up the great udeas.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  23. the funniest thing that happens when i am quilting is when my dog. maxx,"helps me sew"; he sews much faster than i do.

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  24. I can't think of a crazy thing that has happened to me while quilting, but my kids will tell you that I've become crazy since starting to quilt, because I want to do it all the time--and I'm spreading out into all of their bedrooms!

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  25. I can't think of anything crazy, but years ago when our 3 girls were growing up, our cats loved to lay on my sewing machine cabinet while I was sewing. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  26. I am a follower. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  27. When I was learning to hand quilt I quilted my shirt to the back of the quilt! 😜

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  28. I also follow you on inyas. Ceciliaquilts. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

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  29. FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN'!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  30. HI, Crazy is leaving the sugar out of your baked cookies !!! Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  31. I thing it`s s sewing with empty bobbing or without a thread.

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  32. So great projects. I use to buy fat quarters and charm packs and i If I buy fabrics for a specific project I like to buy half a meter so I work in my comfort zone without worry if I make a mistake.
    I do follow your blog by email.

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  33. When I decided to try crazy quilting-I started with denim-WOW-what a tough and heavy fabric to begin with-all in all, being as its all hand embroidered, its turning out really nice-just need to finish - as I had to take a step back and re-think my layout! Thank you, Susan

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  34. My sewing machine needle snapped in half and I couldn't find it. Turns out it got caught in the upper part of the machine! So glad I found it after ten minutes of looking so I could continue sewing!

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  35. I had just finished quilting my quilt and it was a large one. I laid across my son's air hockey table to "relax" before I squared it for the binding. The next day whe I went to get it, the quilt had disappeared. I asked my son if he moved it becsuse it wss on his table and he wanted to play. No. Then I asked each and every person in the family and they all swore they hadn't taken the quilt. Not even to mess with me. Finally, after a long search and I am sure a few nasty comments, I saw it outside, on the wet ground, under my Bernese. He had grabbed it off the table, dragged it up the stairs and out the screen door. He just lay on it smiling and wagging his tail. Yes, he is still alive and the quilt washed well.

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  36. While sewing the binding onto the quilt I have been known to also sew a scrap or two to the quilt as well. I need to double check that the sewing table is free of all loose scraps.

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  37. The funniest thing to happen to me is when my dog laid on my foot pedal and i couldn't get her to move or stop the machine!

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  38. I was making several different Christmas gifts and was not clearing the table between projects. I pieced a baby quilt,put the batting and backing on and started quilting. About halfway through I realized I had quilted an apron into about a quarter of it. I love my seam ripper.

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  39. I already follow your blog via email notification. edrin1932(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Once I made a pretty quilt that I quilted myself. I was so proud of how it turned out until I turned it over. Part of the batting was folded under and was quilted to the back of the quilt. That was a mess to pick out!

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  41. I follow your blog by email.

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  42. Just before Christmas, I was in crazy-mode trying to finish the hand sewing on a binding. It was late at night and I was sitting with my robe on. About 1/2 way through, I went to adjust the quilt and realized I had sewn about 6 inches of the binding right onto my robe. I was so frustrated!

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  43. I am a happy Bloglovin' follower of yours!

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  44. Love the bowtie. Can't think of a crazy this evening. I am sure I have sewed a sleeve in upside down or sew the wrong sides together.

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  45. I am an Instagram follower. I don't understand it, but I am trying. If only I could add pictures quickly and correctly.

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  46. On Instagram I am either sewseitz or sewseitz1. I don't understand why I have two names!!

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  47. Crazy might be slicing the tip off my finger with my rotary cutter and bleeding all over my Project. Crazy dumb!

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  48. Love all these projects. Can't think of anything crazy.

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  49. I get your newsletter to follow your blog.

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  50. The craziest thing I ever had happen quilting was the needle to drop out of its holder, I was a little startled when it happened however I had a good laugh

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  51. Congratulations on the new book and thanks for the chance to win such great prizes.
    Nothing really crazy has happened to me while quilting, other than being a little too eager once and having the needle come down on my thumbnail. Luckily, the needle broke and only left a small hole in the nail. It could have been a lot worse.

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  52. One time (when I was in a hurry, of course) I had to rip out a very long seam when I realized I had sewn the fabrics right side to wrong side. After I resewed the seam I discovered I had sewed the right side to the wrong side once again. So I decided I was too tired to sew anymore that night and went to bed. The next day I was finally successful in sewing that seam, thank goodness. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  53. I am a new follower by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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