Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day - Charley Harper Nurture



This giveaway for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is from Birch Organic Fabrics and Fabricworm. They are generously offering the opportunity for one lucky person to win 3 yards of organic fabric from their recently released Charley Harper Nurture fabric line. The winner gets to choose which 3 yards - click here to see all of the gorgeous options! Below are a few of my favorites:



1. To enter to win 3 yards from Charley Harper Nurture, simply leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do but if you want a topic, you can write which of the fabrics from this line are your favorites. You can find the whole line by clicking here. (one entry/comment)

2. plum and june followers (instagram, blog, email)- old and new - get a second entry. Leave a comment indicating how you are following. FYI, my username on instagram is plumandjune - I'd love to connect more with the quilting world on there so come find me! (one entry/comment)

You can enter up to 2 times. This giveaway will remain open until December 12, 2014 at 5pm PST and a winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email by December 14, 2014.  

****And unless you are sure that you are NOT a no-reply commenter, please leave your email address in your comment.****



The giveaway is now closed. The winner is #286 - Whitney Leonard.


Plum and June

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scraps, Inc - Autumn Flight



Have you heard of the Elephant and Piggie books? My 3 year old daughter has several books in that series including one called We are in a Book and while writing this post, I keep thinking of Gerald (the elephant) when he finds out he is in a book - because um, I'm writing this post to let you know that I am in a book! 



The book is called Scraps, Inc and is published by Lucky Spool. The book is all about scrap quilts (my favorite!) and includes designs from 15 designers. There really are so many amazing quilts in the book and the photography is gorgeous! You can see some of the other quilts on Lucky Spool's website by clicking here.

My contribution is Autumn Flight (shown above) and includes a bit of improv piecing and triangles. When I get the quilt back, I plan on taking lots of photos and I'll write a longer post about the specifics including my process. I did take a few pics before sending it to the publisher but I was so worried about accidentally ruining the quilt while taking the photos that well, you know. . .  

Scraps, Inc was published earlier this month and Lucky Spool is currently offering the book for 30% off until December 1, 2014 at 11:59EST. You can find it at this link - and the code is SCRAPS30. 

I am so excited to have been included in this book. Working with Susanne Woods and Lucky Spool was a wonderful experience and I think they produced a fantastic book. The book should be arriving at my doorstep any day now and I really can't even imagine what it is going to feel like to open that package. And what is also really exciting for me is how very excited my daughters (and the rest of my family) are for me - I think my 9 year old has told everyone she knows! It still seems unreal to write it but Yikes - I'm in a book! (And is it okay to admit that Gerald's reaction after finding out he is in a book resonates with me too - his next line is "That is so cool!" - um, yep!)



Friday, November 14, 2014

charley harper nurture baby quilt


I recently finished a baby quilt using the new Charley Harper Nurture line from Birch Fabrics. There are so many cute prints in this line that I couldn't narrow it down to a few so I used improv techniques to include almost all of them! I very lightly quilted it because well, I'm not sure if this sounds ridiculous or if some of you feel the same, but when I use novelty prints, I prefer the quilting lines to frame the "subjects" rather than quilting through them. However, it is much easier to do that when I'm free motion quilting or using curvy lines. With this quilt, I wanted to use straight lines so I just quilted the borders and then I added a few random lines of quilting (based on the needs of the batting) in the patchwork areas. 

I wrote a tutorial for the quilt and you can find it on the Birch blog by clicking here. (Birch sent me the fabric but all opinions are my own.)

So, what about you? How do the actual fabrics figure into your quilting plan???

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fat Quarter Shop Fabric Giveaway (cotton + steel)


The Fat Quarter Shop is giving one lucky winner this gorgeous fat quarter bundle. It is called the Porch Picnic Remix bundle and includes a variety of prints from Cotton + Steel including the tigers from Hatbox and the heart bees from Mustang as well as some basics - 9 pieces total.

And if you haven't shopped at the Fat Quarter Shop recently, I just wanted to let you know that they changed their shipping and rates are now as shown below.


Also, they are hosting another great charity quilt along in 2015 - the snapshots quilt along. If you are interested in learning more about their 2014 quilt along and/or want to find out how to bid on the quilt made this year for the quilt along by Kimberly Jolly, click here (bidding is now open.)


To enter to win the Porch Picnic Remix Fat Quarter Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop, just leave a comment on this post. (one entry/comment)

Plum and June followers - old and new - get a second entry. Just leave a comment saying how you follow. (one entry/comment) *And just FYI, my user name on instagram is plumandjune.


You can enter up to 2 times. Please make sure that your email address is in your comment if you are a no-reply commenter. The giveaway will stay open until Monday, November 10, 2014 at 8pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

Giveaway is now closed. The winner is JuliePickles who said " This is my favorite of the remix bundles! Thanks for the giveaway! "

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

blogger's quilt festival


I'm not really sure what is up with my post writing these days - I keep writing and deleting, writing and deleting, stepping away, coming back, writing and deleting. 

Well, this is my entry for the blogger's quilt festival. I really wish I had remembered that the blogger's quilt festival was this month and saved a project or two to post about but - um, well, I didn't. I originally wrote about this pillow earlier this month. It is basically my most recent try at making something for my couch that I'll hopefully like looking at every day. I've had handmade pillows on my couch since I started sewing but I've never quite made one that fits the aesthetic of my first floor. It is kind of like I wrote about in the post about why I'm redoing the removable covers for my dining room chairs. Don't get me wrong - I love novelty prints (or are they called conversation fabrics or illustrated fabrics?) and I will continue to use them often especially when making things for my daughters. And I love my pile of patchwork quilts that we use almost every day for keeping us warm but, hmm, I'm not even sure how to explain this to me, let alone write about it. I just haven't yet made anything that "fits" - well, this might be it, at least it feels like it "fits" the October 2014 me.  So, while this pillow is not an award winning, wow project - it is my current favorite and that is why I'm using it for my entry this year.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Improv Patchwork Quilt (sort of)



I'm not sure why but I have a difficult time starting something new if I know I have a WIP waiting to be finished. I know some people prefer having lots of projects going on at the same time and I definitely see the benefits of that but I prefer to start new projects with a clean slate. So, since I have a couple of projects I need to start, I decided to first finish this WIP from a few months ago.


Well, it is not that I don't like having any WIPs, just none that are as close to being done as this was. For this quilt (which I last wrote about in the beginning of July), I just needed to add several more rows and quilt it since I had already completed the back BUT I knew if I had to add the number of rows necessary to make it the size of the backing that it would continue to be a WIP and I would never start my other projects. So I just added a few more rows so that it would be a big throw size and backed it with some flannel from my stash. Actually, I guess having that finished backing means I kind of, sort of have a lingering WIP then, right?

leah_duncan_improv_patchwork_quilt

Actually, size is not the only reason I chose to make a different back. Um, well, I only have one package of batting in my house right now (and only a very small batting scrap) and I want to use those for my other projects. Yes, I could have just ordered more batting and I considered that but instead I decided to try backing it in flannel without any batting - which I guess makes it more of a coverlet? 



Since I didn't have to worry about quilting it according the batting instructions, I barely quilted it at all - just some random, somewhat wavy horizontal lines spaced very unevenly throughout the quilt.



Then when it came time to add the binding, I'm not sure what I was thinking but I just folded the front over to the back and used that for the binding. I 'm not sure how to describe it but you can see in the photos. I've seen people do this by folding the back over to the front (which I considered) but I liked it better this way. I even got one of the corners to miter the right way!

leah_duncan_improv_patchwork_quilt

Well, it might not be the best quilt I ever made but it is out of the WIP "pile" and will soon be being used so YAY! Right???




Monday, October 6, 2014

quilted applique pillow

quilted-applique-improv-pillow

When you make new pillow covers, do you just buy new inserts? Do you take off the old covers and store them for the seasons? Or do you do what I do and just put the new cover over the old one???

quilted-applique-improv-pillow

Eventually, I'd like to buy more inserts and have more pillows on my couch but my motivation for this pillow was to replace one I recently made that didn't fit in my living room the way I thought it would. I wanted something really simple and I wanted to only use fabrics from my stash so I pieced together the simple two color background and quilted it heavily with light pink aurifil and then added the half circle applique. 


I actually used these fun novelty prints for the back of the pillow. Since I was only using stash fabrics, I figured I might as well choose from my novelty fabrics since I don't use those as often as I used to. 

Just a side note - I used french seams to piece together the bottom panel which was quick, easy, and worked well and I'll definitely use that technique again when piecing pillow backs.

quilted-applique-improv-pillow

And another side note - the light was so great on my couch when I was taking these photos. I seriously should have taken pics of my kids instead!
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