Monday, 12 November 2012

Simply Fat Quarters Showcase





Simply Fat Quarters is the first book release from the Fat Quarter Shop gang, under their pattern company name 'It's Sew Emma'. The premise of the book is to use Fat Quarters (of course - what else would the Fat Quarter Shop gang use?!) to make quilts that are full of comfort and style. There are 10 quilts in the book and each has directions for 4 sizes, from crib through to king size. It's a definite must add to your wish list, because if you are familiar at all with the patterns by It's Sew Emma you will already know how clear and easy to understand they are. This book is no different, it's nicely laid out with clear diagrams and simple directions. Very easy to follow.

When Jocelyn from Fat Quarter Shop emailed me and asked if I'd like to be a part of the blog tour for the book I was at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, hanging out with my friends Lauli Pops and Tula Pink, so it seemed a no-brainer as to what fabric I would use. The Birds and The Bees. Of course. My background fabric is Laura Gunn's painter's Canvas in vanilla (a note to Laura - never ever ever stop making these painters canvas fabrics, please. Just keep doing them forever. If you stop I promise I will be at every Market hassling you).
I tend not to use regular white solids all that much. What I love about painter's canvas is it adds a little extra texture and depth, but not so much that it screams tonal blender (which I also love the look of). Another trick I like to use to add a bit more texture (which you can't really tell on the pictures but can more in real life) is I mix up using the fabric right and wrong way round - so some of it looks more obviously textured than other parts. It doesn't work so well with the darker colours, but with the whites/off whites it works really nicely. It sort of gives it a used or vintage look and works perfectly when you use soft vintagey fabrics like Bonnie and Camille's collections or repros. I don't have any formula for this - just kind of grab and flip as I'm chain piecing, so some are right way round and some are reversed. I couldn't tell you how many of each way, it just works with that random draw, probably planning it would make it look contrived.

The quilt I made is featured on the back cover of the book - it's called Marbles, was designed by Jocelyn Ueng (who is such a lovely person, I've really enjoyed emailing back and forth with her) and is perfect to use larger scale prints like the focal prints in The Birds and the Bees. You could also fussy cut favourite areas of the prints, such as the squirrels (I love those squirrels). I'd love to see it made from Nightshade as well - with the witches fussy cut and looking like they're in frames. Going back to Laura Gunn - how amazing would this quilt be made from cosmos? With the plaid as a border? I just ordered it - after I thought of it it became to too much to take and whilst I was there I stocked up on a couple more colours of painter's canvas - for emergency purposes. So expect to see that version of this quilt soon too!


Jocelyn's original version is a crib sized quilt in a fun Snoopy/Peanuts collection called Project Linus for Quilting Treasures.  I wanted to make mine much bigger, so I chose the twin size (which ends up at 75.5" x 93.5") - it came together so nicely.
There was no complicated cutting or piecing, and I'll say it again - everything is laid out in easy to follow diagrams and tables with nicely spaced instructions. It's not all crammed together to make sure it fits on a page.

I loved loved loved making this quilt. I think my favourite part of it are the borders, and what a clever effect they have to the overall quilt. Noodle, my cat loves it too, which (of course) means it must be a success.

FQS3

Unfortunately I couldn't get it quilted in time for the showcase - I had thought I'd attempt to quilt it myself, but it'd be the biggest thing I'd ever quilted and as it grew and grew I started to realise that was a little over ambitious of me. So off to Long Arm Chris it has gone - the backing and binding are ready and waiting.

Backing and binding

I can't wait to get it home and sew on the binding!

FQS5

So what about the giveaway then?

There are 4 winners - 3 lucky people will win a copy of the book for themselves (and you will love it!) and one person, the luckiest of the winners will win a copy of the book PLUS a kit to make the quilt I made. That's a huge prize and an absolute shed load of fabric (the prize is worth almost $200!!!). The kit includes all of the fabric for the quilt top and binding.

So, you have 2 chances to win - first chance is to leave me a comment saying how you would quilt the quilt top. I will probably choose an all over design rather than custom quilting (because I'm a bit short of cash at the moment with Christmas coming up), but I'm not sure whether a fun loopy pattern or something more fancy like a floral pantograph, or maybe feathers - it is the birds and the bees after all...help me out with your ideas!

Second chance is to leave me a second comment if you are a follower of my blog.

So that again -
1. leave one comment with your quilting ideas
2. leave a second comment if you're a follower of my blog

I'll pick a winner in a week (19th November) when the next stop on the showcase (and a further chance to win prizes) will be over on Pat Sloan's blog. I can't wait to see what she has made.

You can check out all the previous stops by clicking the links below;

Kaye Prince
Jane Davidson
Natalia Bonner
Sherri McConnell
Jolly Jabber

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED - thank you to everyone that entered!









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Kate said...

That quilt top is so gorgeous! Personally, since it's flying creatures, I'd go with a cloud quilting design. Or perhaps quilting that imitates the movement of wind!

Amira Ameruddin said...

Such a beautiful quilt. I love custom quilting regardless of how long it will take to quilt that massive quilt.. I'd love to enhance the borders and make a star popping out in each snowball..its like encasing each fabrics of the snowball..

Laura Jane said...

Eeeee! It looks awesome KJ!! I'd probably do something really corny for quilting, like lady bugs. I bet Chris has a lady bug design. Or acorns! For the squirrels!

Amira Ameruddin said...

I just followed you by google though your website has been long on blog sidebar and i never miss your update..i even love your whats new american n british pussycat..

Anita said...

Love your quilt! I would definitely quilt something special inside the bigger squares, maybe some feathers or flowery and do some complementary quilting in the other areas.

Anita said...

I'm a follower...thanks for the giveaway :)

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

Oh that is so pretty! I love it. I think I would go with an all over feather or even a sort of tear drop (like in the purple fabric at the bottom of the last picture).

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

I subscribe through my rss reader!

Mandalin said...

I think this one's pretty cool!
www.digitalquiltingpatterns.com/store/nouveau-vase-e2e.html

Nexxxus Ramblings said...

I think that you should have it quilted with circles all over something about the pebble stone look attracts me here

Nexxxus Ramblings said...

I have been a follower for way over a year now and as a matter of fact your tutorial for the granny squares really pushed me along to make one of these. Thanks for all your hard work

Mandalin said...

You were one of the first blogs I started to follow, and you still inspire!

Pam said...

I would opt for a large feather design for quilting, I like the material to be the star of the show.

Pam said...

I am a follower, and shamelessly copy some of your ideas to enhance my home.

Jennifer said...

simply gorgeous - i'm a follower of course!

Jennifer said...

i'm thinking feathers would be great!

Heleen Groot said...

Love that quilt. If it where me, I would quilt it by hand (love, love, LOVE quilting by hand, it makes me happy). Probably with a floral thingy in the centres of the blocks and than a swirly curvy thingy in the borders. I tend to decide what to quilt while I am quilting.

Heleen Groot said...

I am a follower.....even on Twitter too!

Erica said...

I think I would keep it simply with the quilting and just do some loops and double loops. That is my favorite quilting design and I love it to use it on quilts with sweet fabrics like these.

Erica said...

I am also a follower!

Trudi said...

It's fabulous Katy! Oooooh, all over it would have to be feathers! Penguin feathers to echo the shapes in the fabric! But it does scream for custom quilting, curvey feathers swirly sashing ... Continuous feather border!

Leo said...

hmm quilting ideas - I know that problem .. keeps me from finishing them most of the time. Anyway, dense pebbling on the painters canvas to make the coloured parts pop out, I'm not sure how big the blue-ish squares are, but maybe leave them unquilted if possible, and a big flower (circle in the middle, several circles around it)in the octagons. Or - hmm the kind of darfting compass circle pictures (I'm missing the vocaublary a bit here), you make one circle and then use the same diameter to to make another one that touches the middle and cuts through the line of the first one, and then you use those cuts as the start off for the next circle (going through the middle again). Maybe a picture eyplains that better: http://www.pythagoras-institut.de/Institut/FoL/Bilder/Kern.jpg
Ok as that idea is already quite long I won't think of more ...

Trudi said...

I'm a follower too :).

Rene Sharp said...

As a fairly novice quilter I don't have any great suggestions as far as the quilting goes, I just gotta say that is one PRETTY quilt!!!. I have only ever used straight quilting or the other squiggly type of quilting. I would like to try the pebble type of quilting some time! Your blog is awesome by the way!!

heart of charnwood said...

I am a follower oh master (or should that be mistress?) of fantastic fabric!

Rene Sharp said...

I am your newest Followers (as of right now that is!!) :)

BirdandBicycle said...

I would quilt it with a honeycomb / hexagon design. It is really beautiful! Awesome giveaway too!

heart of charnwood said...

And quilting, that's a toughie! I'm thinking something quite blocky, now i don't know what it's called, but that kind of Etch A Sketch squares, on top of squares (now I'm showing my age!). Ange : )

ARaDA said...

My vote? Hand quilting... Or custom quilting, something with feathers in the Big chunks, something swirly in the sashing.
Hm, Not sure whether this was helpful ;0)
Good luck,
Anne

pippablue said...

Love the quilt,I am terruble at coming up with quilting designs, but howabout some acorn leaves for those squirrels....

pippablue said...

I follow you on bloglovin!

Tracey said...

I straight line quilt everything right now, so I'm no help there. I'm sure however it's quilted it will BD amazing.

Cille said...

I follow your blog :)

Tracey said...

*be. Apparently I shouldn't leave comments at 12:35 in the morning with my phone. I also follow both your blog and IG.

Cille said...

I would circle quilt this beauty... Circle quilting is easy and fast.

Looking forward to see what your long arm quilter comes up with though.

Penny said...

Well I wouldn't quilt it myself, I'd have to use a clever long- arm quilter but I prefer a gentle all over design so that the quilt doesn't become too stiff with dense quilting.

Penny said...

I follow your blog, love your What's New Pussycat posts, they're very helpful.

moira said...

well, I'm an FMQ fraidy cat so would probably straight line it but would like to do something more curly - maybe butterflies?

moira said...

i follow obvs.

Mary said...

Lovely quilt! I think definitely something with curves for the quilting - feathers would be good.

Mary said...

And I follow you, ofc.

Lisa said...

Hmm, I tend to like loopy quilting on straight or angle shapes in the quilt, and angular patterns on curves. This is sort of a mixture of shapes though isn't it. Custom with flowers in each snowball would look nice, but for an overall pattern I think I'd go with a leafy pattern, sort of classic leaf shapes on a curved line.

Lisa said...

I'm a follower in my google reader!

Fiona said...

I would go for swirls for the quilting, maybe a design that echoes the swirls in the Swallow Skies fabric you've used in the quilt.

Fiona said...

Plus I follow your blog :-)

Claire E Poppins said...

Ooh is go with different sized circles or "marbles" on the patterned pieces with a feather or leafy design in the sashing!

Claire E Poppins said...

And I'm a blog follower too!

Claire E Poppins said...

I'd not is. doh.

Di said...

I am a follower!

Di said...

I am not a good quilter but I would consider circles coming out of the snowball blocks.

blondie19012k said...

I think I would chose some kind of floral quilting, it looks great!

blondie19012k said...

I follow you in google reader :)

Dianne Neale said...

Given all the time and patience in the world, I would do spirals in the hexies and squares and then echo quilt around them. I'd like to try hand quilting a quilt, but maybe not one as big as this!

Dianne Neale said...

I am a follower

Stitched Together said...

Maybe bubbles would be cute? I don't know, I'm not very experienced in these things. It's a lovely quilt.

Stitched Together said...

I'm a follower too!

zafeira said...

Definetely a feather design! I am obsessed with that lately.
Greetings from Greece!

zafeira said...

I am a follower through Bloglovin!

memmens said...

Gorgeous quilt - heck how to quilt it? Isn't that why it goes to Chris so she can decide, I've only every straight line quilted (apart from one circular) and the thought of anything else scares me senseless, sorry I'm failing to help! I'm sure it will look even more awesome when it's finished!

memmens said...

I'm a follower too

Helen Lay said...

My quilting design knowledge is limited but something to highlight the squares and octagons I think, rather than a random pattern for me.

Helen Lay said...

Oh and I follow your blog too :-)

Katrin said...

I would suggest swirls to go with the pretty fabric. Thanks!

Katrin said...

I also follow you!

SewLittleToSay said...

I'd stitch in the ditch using the white fabric as a guide and then do different motifs in the octagons.

SewLittleToSay said...

Follow using BlogLovin.

Lesly said...

Feathers sounds nice for quilting!

Lesly said...

Following on Google Reader

Mhairi said...

I am a follower. I love reading your posts. Thanks so much for sharing.

Mhairi said...

Can you quilt around the octagons and then do a design in them. Or just an all over octagon design? I love the shapes in the quilt and think you should follow this through into the quilting (somehow).

Kacey said...

No idea about the quilting, as I don't do much myself other than straight lines! Feathers sounds good, or maybe long arm Chris has an idea?

Guerilla Embroidery said...

Since it's so big I'd probably have some feature quilting like a bird in the centre with outspread wings.patterns in the wings could continue off like feathers coming loose.

Kacey said...

I'm a blog follower!

Elisabeth said...

That book is on my Christmas wish list and I would love to win a copy and stuff it in my Christmas stocking. Thank you so much for the chance of winning such an awesome prize!

Elisabeth said...

I'm not sure how to quilt it but feathers sounds nice. I'm a follower. Thank you!

Mary W Quilts said...

Wow! What a fabulous giveaway. I think I would quilt an all over pattern of a loopy loop. Sort of the flight od the bumble bee. Tanks, Mary

Guerilla Embroidery said...

And I've just added your blog to my rss feed. Not sure my bank balance will thank me though!

Mary W Quilts said...

I am a follower of your blog. Thanks, Mary

Heather said...

An allover design with hummingbirds would be nice.

Marg M said...

Already a blog follower - mmm not sure of the quilting but at the moment i'm into circles and at least it would be different.

Marg M said...

Maybe flowers in the colurs and no idea for the other areas - sorry

kbzelazny said...

I wonder if it's possible to mimic the hexagon shape in different sizes all over the quilt? I don't know anything about long arm quilting, but it sounds good in my head! Love your choice of fabric-

Lori said...

I am a follower

kbzelazny said...

I'm a happy follower!

Lori said...

I love the feather idea for quilting!

Gertie Pye said...

I would quilt it with flowery loops as some of your prints look like they have loopsy flowers in them. I think it would be a nice soft contrast to the geometric pattern. Yesterday I saw a quilt which had been quilted with circles in one giant spiral which was also lovely. However you do it, I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

Gertie Pye said...

And I am a follower of course! x

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Gill said...

If I was doing the quilting it would have to be straight/wonky lines!!

Jilly said...

I don't know if there's an all over pattern like this, but it might be fun with spirals that start in the middle of the snowball blocks, or something that mirrors the ladybug print would be cool too. Otherwise definitely feathers to go with the botanical theme.

Susan Standen said...

The quilting question always gets me ina muddle. How about FMQ random leaves, flowers and the odd butterfly, bird and bee?

Jilly said...

I've been following you on Google Reader for years now, but I'll go be a blogger follower too, as I don't have any Flora and Fauna in my stash at all.

Susan Standen said...

I am a follower.

Joyce said...

I would go with an all-over loopy design...nothing that would take away from the gorgeous piecing. I just made my first Its Sew Emma pattern, called Bow on Top, for my daughter. I don't think I have ever used such a great pattern. Every detail explained and every corner, point, etc, matches exactly. I'd like to think its because my quilting is improving...but deep down, I know its because the pattern is so well written. If the book is anything like this pattern, its got to be great. Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura C said...

I have put off and put off buying FQS's book. I'm not even sure why! You've officially talked me into it. I'll buy a copy for my birthday in a few weeks. :) I'd HANDQUILT this bad girl. Echo quilting, three or four rows of it, to really emphasize the geometric shapes. (Plus, Tula rates some hand quilting, no?)

Laura C said...

And, since only recently (months) I'm a follower! Love it here at your blog.

ItsNurseJessi said...

Woo Hoo! Count me in! I think it would look great with some swirly spirals, all over.

ItsNurseJessi said...

And, Oh yes! I am a follower- on Reader!

made by ChrissieD said...

All over loopy sounds good to me :)

made by ChrissieD said...

I'm a follower :)

Nono said...

Wow! This is a great giveaway! I will gladly pay international shipping rate for this one, so I am IN!!!
I would probably go with a geometrical pattern for the quilting, or maybe a flowery pattern, but one that considers and corresponds with the top's geometrical pattern, so it does't seem "out of place".
Again - thanks for the giveaway!

Nono said...

And a happy second comment, since I follow yor blog on google reader.
I hope I win!!!

Johanna said...

I usually quilt myself on my regular machine. I'd love to send some out though! I would probably do an allover octagonish quilting or something geometric.

Johanna said...

I'm a follower of yours!

Hannah said...

Love the quilt! I am no greatly skilled quilter ... how about a loopy all over design with loops and double loop swirls?

stitchingandbacon said...

I have lately been obsessed with Denyse Schmidt style loops, but you can do them on a home machine... so it does not seem super special for a long arm quilt. I like the feathers idea, it might provide a nice contrast with the geometric design. I looks beautiful!

stitchingandbacon said...

I am a follower!

Hannah said...

Following you via google

Nikita said...

I am new to quilting and free motion quilting so I would probably do the loopty loop.

Nikita said...

I am a follower of your blog.

wobblybobbin said...

I think I would follow the shapes, the squares and the octagons and do concentric shapes with shapes.

wobblybobbin said...

Are you kidding? Of course I follow your blog! :)

Beth said...

I am a follower and love your blog!

Beth said...

I would do either some kind of loopy flowers or swirls. Beautiful quilt!

Emily said...

Hmm, yeah, something in the middle of those bigger blocks, a simple design found in one of the fabrics? Straight lines on the white? Or all over design that is kind of like the lines on that border? Lovely quilt!

Emily said...

I follow your blog by RSS feed.

B Greene said...

I think, in this case, feathers would be a great idea. This quilt is going to be spectacular no matter how you quilt it - lovely!

B Greene said...

I am a happy follower of your blog.

pkmegs said...

I have recently been liking pebbles for quilting, I usually only echo the design of the blocks, but think the pebbles would be nice.

pkmegs said...

I am a follower.

Jess said...

I don't know FMQ, so I'd probably just outline the small squares across, creating small squares inside the octagons. Love it with the Tula Pink!

Jess said...

I'm also a follower. Thanks!

Logan O'Bier said...

I love the quilt! I think I would go with an all over swirl.

Logan O'Bier said...

I love the quilt! I think I would go with an all over swirl.

Logan O'Bier said...

Following your blog:)

Anna said...

I think I'd do bubbles, simply because I want to try them and haven't had the nerve yet and I think they'd work well with the circle motif on the quilt! It's gorgeous!

Anna said...

and I follow your blog, thanks for the give away the book looks amazing!

Allison C said...

Maybe an Orla Kiely inspired petals quilting that runs down the middle of the blocks.

Allison C said...

I'm a follower

Josie McRazie said...

I think I would gowith a stipple with flowers thrown in! Birds and bees need flowers right! I love the quilt and cant wait to see what you choose! Oh or maybe like a looptey loop with flowers! But I see flowers in the future for this quilt! Very 'organic '!

Josie McRazie said...

I also follow and thank you for sharing!

Laurie said...

I would quilt it with a simple squiggle - let the fabrics sing.

Laurie said...

I am a follower.

Sonia said...

Oh wow - what a beautiful quilt! I think I'd go for an all over loopy design, a bit like how people draw a bee flying, if that makes any sense?! Can't wait to see it all finished and quilted. So vibrant :) x

Sonia said...

Oh, and I'm also a follower! x

Esch House Quilts said...

I'd probably quilt something curvy in the snowball blocks themselves and then do some straight line quilting to echo the sashing. I'm very drawn to the line the sashing makes :)

Esch House Quilts said...

I'm a follower too! Thanks for the chance and great giveaway!

Elsa said...

Your quilt is stunning, the binding is going to be great and especially like the photo with Noodle ~ cats are like velcro when it comes to quilts!
Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

Elsa said...

I'm a follower of your blog too!

Anonymous said...

Hello Katy,
I would quilt a loop design all-over - not too intrusive but it would give the quilt a lot of texture...
Thanks for the givaways!
Elisa
beighton_delille@voila.fr

Chris said...

I'm thinking feathers or maybe something snowflake-ish because it's snowballs? Hm. Tricky. It looks great though!

SuzyMcQ said...

One of your happy followers!

SuzyMcQ said...

I think a big loopy design would be whimsical and perfect and not a detraction from your wonderful work and the beautiful fabric selection and placement.

bestjlb said...

I think I would go with an all-over design like feathers or swirls. It's a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

bestjlb said...

I follow your blog.

Darcy said...

I would use the Denise Schmidt loopy pattern or a simple flower repeat. I love the border effect. Thanks for a chance to win.

Darcy said...

I am also a blog follower!

Tiara said...

I follow you on reader!

Tiara said...

I would do feathers. I love the traditional look and if I was better at it it would be all over the house!

DianeY said...

I'm not too good at coming up with quilting designs but I would probably look at doing the background differently than the colored parts and doing it denser. But I would probably hem & haw a lot trying to decide exactly what to do given my limited skills

DianeY said...

Of course I follow your blogs, and every time you decide to have a QAL I get suckered right in!!!

Cristina said...

I would quilt it with feathers, but that is because I love them on almost anything!

Cristina said...

Of COURSE I follow your blog! :)

Karen said...

That is a tough call on quilting!!! I think since it is so fun I would lean to a loopy pattern all over - but echo quilting would make the colors pop too. Can't wait to see this one done!

Karen said...

I follow you too :) Great prize Katy!

Kay said...

I love the quilt, it would go perfectly in my purple and cream bedroom too. Honestly, I am rubbish at making fabric desicions but I would maybe go for a large pebble design, of qult in the ditch for most of it with a smaller bee in the centre of each block. Thanks for the giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

jlk said...

I would do loopy quilting, but that's because I like really simple quilting. I think your quilt looks great!

Kay said...

I am a happy follower too.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Margaret said...

Have you seen Angela Walters book, "Free Motion Quilting"? You may find some inspiration, and instructions there. In particular, I'm thinking that Loop and Double Loop Swirls (p.25) or Concentric Circles (p.28) would look great!

Sarah Russett said...

I have a totally awesome feather breeze panto that would be awesome for this!! It's a bird feather not a traditional feather. I have used it on Tula Pinks Plume line. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Love your quilt! You rock!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

JuliePickles said...

I think it would be fun to mimic a design in the fabrics for the quilting. For instance, the print that you're using for the backing has those little shoots coming off of the flower. You could have that quilted into it. And maybe add some kind of feathery/flowery design into it like the flower that the squirrel sits on. That would be really pretty!

Sarah Russett said...

And of course I read every entry of your blog! Love you!

Xoxoxox
Sarah

JuliePickles said...

I'm a follower!

Jennifer said...

I'd do maybe a floral of some sort in the hexagons and something else to fill in the rest.

Jennifer said...

And I'm a follower!

Amy said...

Here are two edge to edge pantos that would look great in those open snowball blocks.

This one emphasizes the bees and flowers: http://columbiariverquilting.com/dbyd_beehive_w_bees_flowers.html

This one emphasizes the birds: http://columbiariverquilting.com/dbyd_robins_and_birds_in_the_garden.html (This is the one that Noodle may prefer - a little bird watching while he bathes...)

And GREAT quilt - eyecatching and stunning!

Andrea said...

I would probably do an all over pattern with swirly loops and bees! Love the squirrels in this line!

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Andrea said...

I also a follower---read you on my Google reader!

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Amy said...

And, I subscribed to your blog through the Google RSS thingy. Does that count as following?

Kathryn said...

I don't usually pay for custom quilting, so I'd like an overall design that has an organic feel - leaves and such.

Kathryn said...

I'm one of your followers via my Google Reader. Love it.

Beezus said...

I think this is a gorgeous quilt! I would probably do a flower design in each of the snowballs and loopy loops in the squares. LOVE the backing fabric!

Beezus said...

And I'm a follower. :)

Allegory said...

I would probably try to do some sort of hexagon quilting..like an all-over honeycomb. I'm a little crazy tho ;)

Allegory said...

You know I follow you.

cherylj said...

I subscribe to your wonderful blog

LittleChicken said...

I would do a quilting pattern which emphasised the octagons, maybe a pattern in each octagon something pretty like flowers/feathers then simple lines for the rest of the quilt.

LittleChicken said...

And i'm a follower x

cherylj said...

I love the look of a looping quilting design as an all over design

Svetlana said...

I'd do some straight line quilting since that's my favorite at the moment. Lovely quilt!

Svetlana said...

I'm a follower!

Erin McSweeney said...

Well since I do my own quilting at this point for cost, it would be a straight line at this point...

Erin McSweeney said...

I'm a follower

PippaP said...

I love these bumble bees on a pantograph http://lorienquilting.com/store/index.php/paper/pantographs/by-subject/novelty-and-kids/bumble-bees.html

wouldn't they look scrummy :)

PippaP said...

I follow

Marie Atkinson said...

Very nice quilt, I think big loopy flowers quilted in the "snowball" blocks with a few bees scattered here and there to connect them would be fun.

Sarah said...

I follow on reader

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's beautiful! I've had a look at Chris' gallery and I'd go for either the swirly design in photo 1, the feathers in photo 3 (if possible) or the design in photo 8. Or a baptist fan, like the houses quilt on her blog...
P.S. And I'd ask Chris what she would choose and get her to narrow down the (many) options for me!!

Kelsey said...

Hmm I'd say some type of a floraly swirly design - not too flowery but something that flows. Terrible description right!

Kelsey said...

I'm a follower too! Fab quilt!

Elizabeth said...

I think something with swirls/loops and stars would be great! (not old people stars, but moderny stars)

Elizabeth said...

I'm a follower of your blog! love the quilt, btw!

Sarah said...

Quilting - I'm not much of an expert but something organic (feathers, leaves or flowers) would seem appropriate for the fabric.

Chelley said...

I would probably choose some kind of butterfly design. I love your quilt!

Chelley said...

I'm a blog follower!

diane said...

I am terrible at choosing a quilting design but maybe something scrolling in the center of each snowball. It is a beauty so I know you will be able to figure out some sort of design.

diane said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Janet said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I'm not sure exactly what quilt I would make--i do like the log cabin styles though, or a chevron patten.

Vicki said...

Hi, i am still a beginner quilter, and i tend to think fairly simple designs, but i would do diagonal straight lines that go right between all the octagon blocks, in both directions. Then i think i would do horizontal and vertical lines at random distances apart.
It would look great any ways its quilted though as it is lovely.thanks for the chance to win the new book, it looks wonderful.
vicki B.

vickibrown at shaw dot ca

Janet said...

I'm a follower--I use google reader

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