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Classic Modern Quilts is HERE!

{The giveaway is now closed and comments are turned off on this post. Thanks to everyone for participating. The winners have been announced in this post.}

Today is the start of the blog tour for Classic Modern Quilts! I’m excited to be the one to kick off the tour since this was my first time to contribute to an actual book (no, Mom, that “A Sunset is…” poem from the third grade doesn’t count). Classic Modern Quilts is the first book from the My Stars imprint of Kansas City Star Quilts, a publisher known for their classic quilting books and their tradition of publishing a quilt pattern each week in the KC Star newspaper. It was actually those old newspaper patterns coming up in a conversation at QuiltCon that inspired the book.

The contributors were asked to modernize one of the KC Stars patterns. We had free reign as long as the roots of the block were still recognizable. I chose the Weathervane block. I’ve always loved that block and I felt sort of connected to it, imagining my quilting ancestors in rural 1930s Arkansas using the KC Stars patterns to create quilts that have since become family heirlooms.

I named my quilt Spring Storms to pay homage to the original block and to the color palette – a dark and stormy afternoon sky with bright pops of spring color. The fabric I used is all from Moda – V and Co.’s Simply Style line was my color inspiration.

SpringI created three versions of the block – the first is the center and the second and third are really the same block at different sizes. My dear friend Michelle Kitto of Urban Spools quilted this for me and she shared her inspiration on her blog. Her quilting really brought the quilt to life and having her beautiful work on something that is such a meaningful project for me makes it even more special.

You can see a preview of the book here. I’m thrilled to be among such a talented group of quilt makers! I was able to meet several of them and see all of the quilts in person at Quilt Market last month. Trust me, you’re going to want to make at least one of the quilts in this book. I was amazed to see how the blocks were transformed and modernized. {limited number of signed copies available in my shop}

Today I’m giving away a copy of the book and a mini quilt that I created in the same color palette. (These are two separate giveaways.) To enter both giveaways, just leave me a comment below telling me about your quilting fantasy. Do you dream of an out-of-print fabric line or pricey sewing machine? Do you want to take a class with a certain favorite quilter or pattern designer? I’d love to hear about it! (and just in case you’re wondering, my fantasy is to go on the British Isles cruise with Sue Spargo and Jen Kingwell. Yes, that is a real thing! Doesn’t that sound like such fun? The British Isles + a cruise + two of the most talented applique quilters EVER? Definitely my fantasy.)


The blog tour runs through November 22 so stop by each one for a chance to win a copy of the book. {The giveaway closes at midnight CST on November 22 and I’ll announce the winners on November 23.}

Nov. 11: Lisa Calle |

Nov. 12: Lynne Goldsworthy |

Nov. 13: Lauren Hunt |

Nov. 14: Heather Kojan |

Nov. 15: John Kubiniec |

Nov. 18: Adrianne Ove |

Nov. 19: Trisch Price |

Nov. 20: Tammie Schaffer | and Tia Curtis | www,

Nov. 21: Amy Smart |

Nov. 22: Susan Strong |


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