Tuesday, October 7, 2014

QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 4 - Teal

"Something keeps telling me to ask you to make a project for my book." So started my QUILT TALK adventure and a beautiful friendship with Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio.

I was excited to have been invited to play and immediately the design sprang into my head, fully-formed. My only problem was a distinct lack of the edgy fabrics I would need.

My call went out to a top-secret foul-mouthed group of quilters for grunge and punk rock prints - anything from flames to skulls to unconventional colors. I was NOT disappointed with all the scraps that came in.

 I set to work hacking apart the fabric, only to sew it back together in as haphazard a way as possible.  As bits came together, I placed them on the design wall. In contrast, all my letters were pieced in solids, incorporating the grungy prints in the background areas.

Please forgive the crappy cell phone picture in bad lighting. I was on retreat.
Before long, it all took shape, becoming the perfect quilt to welcome a Punk Rock Baby.

Like all her patterns, Sam's book is approachable for a novice and allows enough leeway to inspire even the most seasoned quilter.

Happily, I get to share a copy of the book with one of you lucky readers! Just leave a comment to tell me what sort of project you would like to create using her lovely alphabet. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 19, at which time Mr. Random will choose a winner. The giveaway has closed, but please go buy the book! I promise it is worth every penny.

While you're waiting for luck to strike, though, you should go download the pattern for a beautiful teal scrap bucket!

Sam has created a whole series of buckets to hold all your previous leftover bits of fabric.

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the tour to collect every pattern!

Post pictures of any projects you create to Instagram or Facebook and tag @huntersds and #quilttalk. She just loves seeing what people create with her designs.

And now, if you'll indulge me, a personal (and very public) note to my friend:
Sam, I am proud to know you. You are a wonderful human being, an excellent baker, and one of the easiest people I know to talk to when things get hard. Your work is, as always, impeccable. QUILT TALK is a fabulous book, and I just know quilters everywhere are going to love it. I'm absolutely chuffed that you invited me along on your crazy ride. Thank you for being my friend.

Jean MN, you are our winner! Congratulations!!!