Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Giveaway - Scrap Quilt Secrets

Yay! it's my turn on the Scrap Book Secrets blog hop. 

Scrap Quilt Secrets is the new book by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads blog. Her blog is full of beautiful quilts and handy tips presented in a friendly cheery way. This book has very much the same happy and helpful vibe.

When I received my copy of the book to review I jotted down notes as I read.  As I re-read them to write this post I thought why not just share them with you as they are. So here goes - this is what I like about Scrap Quilt Secrets:

Clever S.C.R.A.P.S formula - different chapters based on Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent colours, Palette and Selvedges

16 great quilts- all very different from each other using a wide range of techniques, different colour palettes  and a variety of styles from modern, folk, traditional. medallion, repetitive block quilts.

Great for both beginners or advanced. Each quilt has a skill level indicater but I think the patterns are so clearly explained step by step they would be easy for anyone. 

Lots of tips about using colour and choosing fabrics, and how to make scraps work. 

Lots of secrets for each technique, in fact there are clever tips all throughout the book

An excellent all round quilt making reference book. Very complete basics section including everything from design surfaces, different types of applique, to a section about adding fun labels to quilts

Very clear instructions, well laid out and easy to follow, Love the clear colour diagrams

Big full size template diagrams.

Colouring pages of each to copy and colour in. Brilliant! 

Now let's see some of the quilts...

Razzamatazz - a great way to use a multitude of even the smallest scraps

Tipsy Tac Toe - I know this looks like a black and white photo of a colourful but Diane has used black and white contrasting fabrics to create this wonderful effect.

 Detour - There's lots of tips on how to make this quilt really work without looking messy or confusing.

Oh My Stars - really shows how different fabric choices can change the look of a block to make an overall interesting and beautiful quilt.

Vintage Village - Who doesn't love a house quilt!

If I'd had more time to make one of the quilts from this book it would have been the cover quilt - Crazy Daisy. I would have used shades of blue and called it the Blue Mountain Crazy Daisy quilt.

Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway winner!!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway. It's wonderful to think of lots of versions of Diane Knott's scrappy quilts will be made all around the world. I wish I had hundreds of books to give away but alas there can only be one..
and the lucky winner is Karen S of Sunburnt Quilts - Yay!!

For those who didn't win a copy watch out for it at your local quilt shop or here's an easy link to Scrap Quilt Secrets on Amazon. It could be in your mailbox in just days. 

This giveaway is now closed. 
Okay - the part you've all been waiting for - the giveaway! Thanks to Diane Knott and C&T Publishing I've got a hard copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets to giveaway to anywhere in the world. 

For your chance to win simply leave a comment. If you'd like to answer a question tell me which was your favourite Scrap Quilt Secrets quilt from the ones I've shown. Don't forget to include an email address in your comment if you're not super sure of your reply settings.

I'll leave the giveaway open until 5th April, 6pm, Blue Mountains, Australian time. 

I always like to reply to comments but seeing this is a giveaway post I'll thank you now for visiting my blog and I wish you a happy scrappy day!! In the meantime you've got more chances to win this great book by visiting the other blogs on the hop. 

3/21    C&T Blog
with Diane (that’s me)
3/22    Bonnie Hunter
3/26    Pat Sloan
3/27    Valerie
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe
3/30    Rachaeldaisy
4/1       Julie
4/2       Barb

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book hop and swap cards

The secret is out!!
Scrap Quilt Secrets that is.
This is the super new book by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting. As the name suggests it's a collection of clever quilt patterns plus tips and ideas for using up those ever growing piles of scraps that most of us have lurking in our sewing rooms.

I wont say too much because I'll be back next week for my turn on the blog hop. In the mean time you can follow along the Scrap Quilt Secrets trail by visiting all these great blogs. You'll also have a chance to win a copy of of the book each day. 

3/21    C&T Blog
with Diane (that’s me)
3/22    Bonnie Hunter
3/26    Pat Sloan
3/27    Valerie
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe
3/30    Rachaeldaisy
4/1       Julie
4/2       Barb

Now for a bit of Blue Mountain Daisy fun.
I hope you like the way you never quite know what you'll find on my blog. 
Sometimes its sewing related, sometimes flowers, maybe a story or poem...

Today its swap cards.

My fascination for swap cards started on my 8th birthday when I was given the gift of 20 colourful cards. Not only did I love the pretty pictures but it meant I could join in the fun of collecting and swapping with my friends at school. We'd spend our lunch times trading cards or displaying them in themes. I especially liked cards with cats or ballerinas.

I have no idea what happened to my original collection but a few years ago I saw some swap cards and in a wave of nostalgia started a little collection again. I bought some mixed collections and soon had a good range of all sorts of things.

Cool Cowboys

Flocks of birds

Merry couples

Circus fun

Retro advertising

geometric and patterns

And even a pair that shows a quilt.

The playing card sides are fun too. I love seeing how varied the pictures cards are.

Lots of serious regal expressions on the queens.

A few months ago I came across my box of swap cards and couldn't help thinking it's a shame that I keep them hidden in a drawer. Wouldn't it be much better if they were out where they could be seen.
A quick rummage in my kitchen cupboards produced the perfect rectangle plate. Now the cards sit on a coffee table where we can flip through when we feel like it. I know Mr Daisy looks through them too because the top card has often changed.

How about we try something fun and different?
For everyone that is kind enough to leave a comment on this post I'll randomly pick out a card especially for them and email a picture of it. A small way of saying thank you for encouraging me with your wonderful words. Won't it be fun to see which card turns up for you.
(If you don't get a reply from me it's because you're a no reply commenter. If you're not sure you can put your email address in the comment).

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Up Up and Away

Early one morning Mr Daisy and I drove out to an airport on the outskirts of town so that he could do something he has talked about for a long, long time.

A vintage aircraft joy flight.

The plane was a 1930's Tiger Moth.

It didn't take long for him to be securely strapped in and I was reassured by his big smile and enthusiastic thumbs up.

After just a couple of turns of the propeller 

the engine kicked over, and they were off down the runway...

and soon making their way across the clear blue skies!

With my feet firmly on the ground I found a cool spot under a gum tree and pulled out the latest edition of Simply Moderne. It's the 4th edition and I swear each issue seems more action packed and colourful than the last. 

How perfect that the cover quilt looks like a birds eye view, as though we're flying over a pretty town. Round the Garden was designed by Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits. I predict it will be a popular pattern and we'll soon be seeing versions of it popping up every where.

As I turned the pages, the magazine took me flying to Houston with a great showcase of quilts.

A few more pages and it had me flying back in time to read about Bill Volckening's collection of quilts from the 70's.

I navigated my way through quilter profiles and lots of projects from quilters all around the world.

Including a striking one called Flying to the Stars by Sydney quilter Liesel Moult

I was so absorbed in the glossy pages of Simply Moderne that before I knew it the time had flown by and it was time to see Mr Daisy's plane land. It was a smooth touch down. He hasn't stopped talking enthusiastically about all the looping and spiralling acrobatics and the breathtaking views he had seen.

And even though it all sounded thrilling and wonderful I thoroughly enjoyed my slice of quiet time under a tree reading my favourite magazine.

Are you wondering about the pretty toile from the first photo? 

It's been ages since I bought fabric. I've been enjoying using up my stash but I recently found myself in a quilt shop and bought this fun selection of fabrics. I didn't choose them for any projects in mind but I know they're destined to be just the right fabric at the right time.

One day I'll get a flash of an idea and I'll reach for this toile and say...

"Up Up and Away! 
with pretty fabrics I will play".


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