It's a great day for a blog tour today! We are so excited that our friend - Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts - has joined the ranks of Martingale authors and is celebrating the release of her first book - "Large Block Quilts"! When Vickie first contacted me and asked me to be a part of this awesome group of bloggers, I of course said yes, but immediately went into panic mode.
(ahem) - What if the blocks were too complicated (after all - I love simplicity at its best) - what if I didn't understand her piecing methods (aka - Kathy doesn't read others directions very well) - what if my points don't match (i.e. - embarassment is not one of the things I handle very well) - what if, what if, what if, WHAT IF????
Well, as it turns out - all of those WHAT IF'S were just a bunch of garbage. Truth be told, the ONLY problem I had was which block I was going to choose! Vickie has written a first class winner - - easy directions, large blocks, simple construction - - and tons of gorgeous quilts - - - so what's not to love (and I mean LOVE) about this book?
Well, after a bit of deciding, then re-deciding, then going back and deciding once more - I chose the lantern lights block. Whew!!!! Decision made. Chose fabrics. Made the block. In record time. Easy peasy. Fast forward to Monday. Open up Me and My Sister's blog. Wanna guess what block they chose? Yep. the lantern lights block.
Decision time again. And BOY am I glad I did. Just look what I put together in 30 minutes flat:
Yup! This beautiful basket block was every-so-easy to put together! From the time I started cutting my units to the finish of the block - 30 minutes flat. Yay!!!!
And just in case you want to see what the finished quilt looks like in the book - here it is:
Thank you Vickie - for asking me to participate in the blog tour - but most importantly for writing such a fun, fast and fantastic book! I can't wait to get the rest of my blocks finished and see this quilt to completion!
But wait - there's more!!! To see more blocks from the book, visit the other blogs on the tour. Here is the entire schedule …
4/20 Vickie Eapen www.spunsugarquilt.com
4/21 Me & My Sister http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
4/22 Natalia Bonner http://www.pieceandquilt.com
4/23 Kathy Brown http://theteacherspet.typepad.com/theteacherspet/ (that's me!!!)
4/24 Jen W http://misspunkiepie.blogspot.com/
4/25 Carol Lewis http://carolscraftblog.blogspot.com/
4/26 A Spoonful of Sugar http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/
4/27 Kate Spain http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/
4/28 Stefanie R. http://littleladypatchwork.blogspot.com
4/29 Stitch This! Martingale’s blog http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
Make sure to enter on each stop of the tour for a chance to win a book from Vickie. If you are as lucky as we are, and you win a copy, she might just autograph yours too!
Here's how you get a chance to win a copy: Simply leave a comment below. And make sure you visit the other blogs on subsequent days and leave comments there too!!! The winner here will be chosen sometime on Tuesday April 30th.
Before I let you go - - - I wanted to show you a (ahem) "vintage" picture of Vickie and me at my first book signing WAY back in the spring of 2010! Who knew what a blossoming friendship this would be at the time!
With a warm heart,