My sweet friend Lindsay from Lindsay Sews got her first book published and is doing a blog hop. I hope you guys have been following along. The book is amazing and has beautiful quilts in it. I met Lindsay at Sewing Summit a couple of years ago in her creative journey class.
On the design wall trying to randomize the prints.
Hello! I am Katy, better known as LethargicLass, and I am excited to be a part of this quilt along. I met Lindsay last fall at Sewing Summit, and I bought my copy of Modern Bee directly from her. Sadly, I didn’t think of asking her to sign it though lol. When Lindsay asked if I would like to be a part of this blog hop quilt along I was thrilled! I immediately started thinking of what I could make. I wanted to keep the look of the quilt, but without the size. I am a very slow quilt maker, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time. So I went small. Really small.
I drew my plan up in my trusty little graph book, and then attempted the math. Several times.
Finally I figured out that I needed to start with 2” centers and one inch borders to create my original block before cutting into fours.
I like to work at different stages of things at one time so I don’t get bored by something like a huge pile of trimming. You can see what I mean below.
I finally finished the pillow at 20”x20”. That is when I realised that my 20” pillow form was actually 18” lol
It most certainly isn’t perfect, but I love it Here is the backside. I used one of my favourite prints from Connecting Threads and I don’t have much left.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made, and I would love to know if anyone else attempts one this small Please check out the rest of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!
Good Day Folks!
The next step was to figure out how many blocks I needed to make for the bag. I got out my trusty graph paper and worked out the numbers. I decided to use the blue background on the top and the green on the bottom. I made them a little bigger so that I wouldn’t have too small pieces.
Once I had the blocks made and assembled I decided to quilt the panel pieces. I wanted a little more thickness so I put a layer of leftover batting between the fabric and the Soft & Stable. The Soft & Stable was cut to the appropriate size and the batting and fabric were a little bigger.
I recently got this amazing book by Angela Walters:
so I used this opportunity to try something different on the top- which I loved!
Not perfect but definitely fun to try! I kept the bottom a little simpler.
I was thinking about turning it into diamonds but I really liked this look.
The bag pattern calls for zippered pockets inside but I had some extra strips of the blocks left over so I used these to make normal pockets on the inside and I partitioned them.
As you can also see I used some bright yellow for the lining. I love bright colors inside so that you can see what is lurking in your bag!
I also added feet to the bag. Feet are super easy to do- if you can use brads you can use these! I went with silver and used 8 of them. I always use some extra batting- or in this case Soft & Stable when attaching them to make it a little more secure.
Here’s what it looked like on the outside.
It was super fun trying out a new quilt pattern and a bag pattern! I am super stoked that I got to be apart of this quilt along with Lindsay and wish her the best of luck with her book as well as her new little guy!!
Take care and Sew on!
~Kim from Kim’s Krafts
I’ve wanted to be a part of a quilt along for quite some time. I have been sewing for more than 15 years, but quilting for fewer than 5. I love when an opportunity arises to stretch myself and quilting abilities. I jumped at the chance when Lindsay announced her quilt along to celebrate the release of her new book Modern Bee. You really must check out her book – I devoured my copy in one evening! The book is a wealth of information on quilting and starting/belonging to a bee. The blocks are wonderful and the visuals truly amazing!
I wasn’t sure what to make and finally decided on a table runner. I went back and forth between a pillow, laptop sleeve and table runner. As soon as the first block was made I knew it had to be a table runner.
I bought a charm pack called “Sphere” from Moda Fabrics. I love the modern feel and bright, fresh colors. When anchored with the light grey, the colors really pop out. For my table runner I created 4 blocks. I only used 12 of the 5″ squares that came in the charm pack, so I have enough left over for another project.
I wanted to lengthen the runner and also break up the pattern, so I added 1″ navy sashing between the blocks. I chose to quilt the top with a linear, yet organic feel. The finished length is 45″, so it fits a table perfectly and doesn’t overwhelm the space. I’m super happy with it, but knew we had a hit when my husband told me how wonderful it looked! Sometimes there is only silence after a project is unveiled.
Thank you for having me Lindsay! Congrats on a wonderful book. I’m beyond inspired and ready to start on my next block and project!! Maybe a table runner a month for 2014.
Today, we’re excited to welcome craft book author Elaine Schmidt to chat more about the process of writing her recent book Pre-Cut Patchwork Party: Projects to Sew and Craft with Fabric Strips, Squares, and Fat Quarters.
Don’t forget to leave a comment after the post for your chance to win a copy of the book!
Elaine, welcome to Craft Book Month! What’s your favorite pre-cut to sew with, and why?
I love them all and find them handy in so many ways, but I really like the 2 1/2″ width-of-fabric strips that many manufacturer’s sell as “jelly rolls” or “designer rolls”. They can be easily cut into squares or rectangles for piecing. They are perfect for quilt-as-you-go projects where you sew the strips directly to the batting and backing. (Quick way to make a placemat!) And I love using them for straight grain quilt bindings. Because all the fabric prints coordinate, yet every strip is different, you can make a quilt binding that has an eclectic mix and match look.
Can you tell me a little bit about the process of writing a sewing book?
Once you have an idea for a book, you need to approach a publisher with a proposal. Submission guidelines are on their websites so make sure to follow them in presenting your ideas. If your book proposal is accepted, a contract will be drafted for you and the publisher to sign. This contract will list everything you are required to do and a timeline of deadlines along the way.
Make sure you understand everything and discuss with the publishers any concerns or questions you may have. Also, allow enough time to work on the book! Whenever I start a book, I always think I have plenty of time to get it all done in the time allotted. But, I have found that it always takes me longer to work out designs, get all the instructions written, source supplies, and do photography if that is included than I thought it would at the beginning of the process. Depending on the book, I like to allow at least 6 months to finish everything.
When writing a book for Creative Publishing, I am given three deadlines to meet. The first is for the “dummy material”, which includes the working contents list, a manuscript for one chapter of each section of the book, step-out samples or photographs to accompany the manuscript and an art log of images for what has been written to this point. The second deadline is for one-third of the manuscript with samples or photos and an art log. And the third deadline is for the final manuscript, complete with all samples and art work and the final art log.
That’s so interesting, Elaine! How did writing this book compare or differ to writing your last book, The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts?
Pre-Cut Patchwork Party is a project-based sewing book. Each project is an original design focusing on using pre-cut fabrics. Detailed instructions were written for each project. Step-out samples of each construction step had to be made so they could be photographed to accompany the instructions.
The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts includes a few projects, but mostly it is focused on various ribbon techniques with suggestions on how the techniques can be incorporated into a project. It was part of a series of “Complete Guides” and gives an overview of working with ribbons like making various styles of bows, creating ribbon flowers and trims, making hair accessories, sewing with ribbons, paper crafting with ribbon, etc. So those were the main differences.
You seem to stay busy with many different aspects of the crafting business other than just writing books. How does your work with designing products, writing for magazines and TV appearances complement your role as a craft book author?
It all works together because everything I do involves things I love to do: sew, create with fabric and thread, and work with embellishments–the “fun stuff”, like ribbons, buttons and beads. I have great working relationships with many fabric, ribbon and embellishment manufacturers and work with them to create projects that showcase their products in the best light. Cross-marketing is very important for both the manufacturers and the retailers who carry their products. I am careful when working with any companies who are competing for the same business, and I align myself up with those manufacturers who offer beautiful, quality products.
What is one thing that would surprise most people about being a professional crafter?
I don’t think it is a surprise to anyone that you will have to work hard to be successful. And, you do not do this type of work because you want to make lots of money. You do it because you love the techniques, the products and the joy of sharing with others the excitement of making something truly unique and personal. There is no greater joy than making something with your own two hands, especially in this high tech world. Crafting and sewing are a form of self expression and bring balance to our busy lives.
I have been lucky that every job I have held has led me to the next and has been an important influence on my work today. One of my first jobs was in a retail buying office. From that, I understand what buyers consider when making decisions about the products they will carry in their stores. I have also worked as an employee for manufacturers who make products for the sewing/crafting market. From that, I understand the importance of filling the needs of the consumer with new and inspiring products, as well as the challenges faced in bringing those products to market. I have also done a great deal of marketing, education and promotion work to both retail buyers and the end consumer. All that experience and those points of view help me to understand the full picture. But, most importantly, I am the consumer. My vocation is my avocation.
Do you have any tips for helping others grow their own creative business?
The best way to grow your business is to find you passion, which is what you are good at and what makes your heart sing. Then develop yourself as a brand and work on several streams of income, like writing books and tutorials, selling products and completed projects online, licensing your designs to manufacturers, selling at local and national art shows and fairs, etc. You’ll have to wear a lot of hats, but it can be very rewarding . . . and you’ll be doing what you love to do every day.
Creative Publishing International is generously offering a copy of Elaine’s book Pre-Cut Patchwork Party to one reader! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling us one thing you learned about craft book publishing from our interview with Elaine. Good luck!
(Giveaway open to U.S. readers only. We’ll choose a winner one week from the date of this post.)
Let’s see what our friends have been making this week on the Craft Book Month blog hop!
FreeSpirit Fridays Giveaway!
Visit this blog hop links this week, then tell us in the form below which of these statements is FALSE.
a) Hopeful Threads has a chevron blog header.
b) The Jolly Jabber has a pink blog header.
c) Me Sew Crazy has children on her blog header.
d) Stitchery Dickory Dock has a clock on her blog header.
e) Sew Sweetness has hexagons on her blog header.
f) Olive and Ollie has craft books for a blog header.
g) The Busy Bean has roses on her blog header.
h) Fabric Seeds has triangles on her blog header.
i) Stitched in Color has a patchwork quilt blog header.
j) CraftFoxes has a fox in the blog header.
k) A Prairie Sunrise has a sunrise in her blog header.
l) Katie’s Korner has a bench in her blog header.
Answer correctly, and you’ll be entered to win this mega fabric bundle from FreeSpirit (1 fat quarter bundle, 1 design roll and 2 charm packs of FreeSpirit Designer solids)! We’ll choose one winner a week from today’s post, and you can play again on our next FreeSpirit Fridays, 9/14 and 9/21.