the blog book tour!

March 23, 2011 at 4:29 am | Posted in book events, book news, fabric, log cabin quilting | 8 Comments

Just wanted to announce a few things to celebrate the official book release day – thank you to everyone who’s been in touch to say nice things about the book! I really appreciate it!

my book event at Modern Domestic

First – I’m giving away a fun prize, thanks to Bolt Fabric Boutique: a set of eight fat quarters I picked out to celebrate the book release! I’m pairing the fabrics with a signed copy of the book. To enter, just leave a comment on this West Coast Crafty post by midnight Pacific time Thursday, March 31, letting me know your favorite thing about Log Cabin quilting. I’ll draw a winner on Friday, April 1! [Note: Sorry if this was confusing, I’ve emailed everyone who’s commented here – please leave a comment over there to enter. Thanks so much for the lovely comments on log cabin!]

My fat quarters

And here’s the list of everyone on the blog tour, which started up yesterday with two lovely posts from Cool Cottons, a giveaway and review – thank you so much to the wonderful crafters and quilters who are writing about the book. I am so appreciative of the support!!

M 3/21 Alyssa + Marie – Cool Cottons (plus a series of posts all week on log cabin!)
T 3/22 Book release day – me!
W 3/23 Daniela – Tangerine Samurai (who designed two projects for the book!)
Th 3/24 Melissa – All Buttoned Up and Bolt
F 3/25 Lupine + Meredith – Modern Domestic

S 3/27 Linda – Lindamade
M 3/28 Elizabeth – Oh, Fransson!
T 3/29 Amy – Angry Chicken
W 3/30 Shelly + Karen – Patterns By Figgy’s
Th 3/31 Rachel + Natalie – CRAFT:
F 4/1 – Diane – Craftypod

S 4/2 + S 4/3 Modern Log Cabin Quilting event weekend – would love to see you at Modern Domestic or Powell’s!!

M 4/4 Megan – Not Martha
T 4/5 Kayte – This is Love Forever
W 4/6 Amy – Amy a la Mode
Th 4/7 Alissa – Handmade By Alissa
F 4/8 Kathy – Crafty Chica

M 4/11 Kim – True Up
T 4/12 Vickie – Vickie Howell
W 4/13 Claire – ReadyMade
Th 4/14 Jenny – Exit Through the Thrift Shop
4/15 Blair – Wise Craft

Portland Modern Quilt Guild rock block!
4/18 – Christina – A Few Scraps
4/19 – Christina – Sometimes Crafter
4/20 – Megan – Megs Monkeybeans
4/21 – Jen – Betty Crocker Ass
Also 4/21 – my Log Cabin presentation at the PMQG meeting!

Thank you so much to Mims and Peggy at the Oregonian, Vivian at Oregon Home Magazine, and Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting for your lovely book reviews, too.

two weeks to go!

March 9, 2011 at 12:23 am | Posted in book events, book news, chatty, log cabin quilting | Leave a comment

Today is two weeks until the book comes out on March 22, so I thought I’d share a few quilt-related updates today in honor of that mini-milestone! First, my publisher, Potter Craft, invited me to write a guest post for this month’s issue of CrafterNews, which came out today.

CrafterNews guest post

I got to write about my favorite pattern

I love log cabin quilts, from the gorgeous antiques hanging in museums to vintage finds discovered at flea markets, to the modern quilts I have made for my family and home. Log cabin quilting is such an intuitive and inviting way to quilt (artfully piecing strips of fabric around a center square to create a simple but very meaningful finished project), and it is as fresh now as when the method was pioneered nearly two hundred years ago.

…and how inspiring the lovely Portland Modern Quilt Guild and other wonderful online and in-person craft swaps and quilting bees have been in my creative life. You can see a few quilt and patchwork photos from the book (including my favorite, Bright Furrows, which I made for my son Everett!),

Bright Furrows Quilt

and it also links up to the book flickr pool (please join if you’d like to!). Thank you so much to Potter Craft for the chance to write this post – it was a lot of fun!

I’ve been adding lots more content over here (with more to come on publication day, March 22) – especially my book events page. Please check it out if you’re interested in coming by any of the events in Portland, the Bay Area, and Sisters (!) and I’d love to say hi and stitch up a log cabin block with you. The first event is Saturday, April 2 at the lovely Modern Domestic here in town.

my book event at Modern Domestic

We’ll be piecing quilt blocks with a little kit I’m making up from my fabric stash, checking out book projects, and having treats from 5 to 6 pm, and then there’s an open sewing night from 6 to 9 that I’m totally looking forward to, too. (I got to sew on a Bernina 440QE there last night during our teacher training and it’s just a lovely machine – I’m bringing some projects to work on for sure!). The very next day (Sunday, April 3rd) is my Powell’s event at 4 pm – I think it will be a super fun weekend!

The rest of my events and classes are listed right here, and I’ll be adding more over the next few weeks.

quilts I love on Pinterest

Last – I just got my Pinterest invite and it’s been super fun to play around with! I’ve only made one board so far (quilts I love) but as soon as I have more free time to play with crafty photos, I have a bunch more in mind. Let’s be friends over there if you want to!

introducing Modern Log Cabin Quilting

January 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Posted in book events, book news, log cabin quilting | Leave a comment

I’m very happy to announce that my new book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, will be out from Potter Craft on March 22!

Modern Log Cabin Quilting

You can pre-order it now at Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, and Borders, and Amazon, including an e-book version for the Kindle.

And I’m doing a book event at Powell’s on Sunday, April 3rd and would love to see you there! I’ll have mini kits to make your own log cabin quilt block for everyone to take home, and will be showing lots of the 25 projects from the book.

Much more (page peeks, resources, photos, project extras, and more events!) coming soon…

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