Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Piece and quilt with precuts: fun & giveaway



I've been having fun sewing a secret project for Christa Watson's blog hop launching her new book: Piece and Quilt with Precuts. I picked her Spools pattern because I really enjoy freeform piecing and scrappy quilts. I chose Halloween fabrics for a fun revamp of the pattern and then I proceeded to really make the pattern my own by making it with TINY 2" blocks for a half size block of only 6 inches! And yes that is a lot of little pieces BUT you "make fabric" to cut the blocks form so it is easier that it looks.
And here's the reveal: MY SCARY SPOOLS


You'll have to stay tuned to see how I quilt it but I must note that Christa provides easy to follow detailed piecing and quilting directions and there are projects to keep all skills levels happy.

GIVEAWAY Please leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Christa's amazing book -sent as a computer PDF so be sure to add your email so Christa can contact you AND let me know your favorite kind of sewing or favorite pattern. I will choose a winner at 10 p.m. on Sept. 2nd.
*****Update: giveaway closed and we have a winner #4: Wendy Reed (from random number generator)*****  


And be sure to stop by Christa's blog for more great giveaways as well as other versions of the Spools block. And of course to see all the other wonderful quilts made by my quilty friends in the Blog Hop!



56 comments:

  1. When sewing I like chain piecing. Makes quick work and saves a bit of thread too.

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  2. Cute tiny spools! I love piecing traditional blocks on my vintage Singer machines.

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  3. Love that you went your own way and chose Halloween fabrics.
    I have no real favourites, other than, if I can find a way to make a quilt a Halloween version, I will. :)

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  4. Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but these are adorable. I may come around yet!

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  5. I love your spools! My favorite technique is foundation paper piecing for the time being, but I also enjoy traditional piecing and improv piecing.

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  6. The spools are adorable. I like pieced patchwork.

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  7. I love your Halloween theme! Such a great idea. That's a tough question to answer. I don't know if I have a favorite way to sew.

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  8. I can't choose one favorite type of sewing, other than the fact that I do like to shrink things down as you have done here. :)

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  9. I like traditional patchwork quilting and
    9-patch & log cabin are a couple favs.
    rozz01 at cox dot net

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  10. Clever fabric prints create a too cute quilt. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  11. Love your little spools. I don't really have a favorite kind of pattern. However, I do appreciate clear instructions with lots of diagrams.

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  12. My favorite pattern is stars, any kind of stars.

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  13. I don't really have a favorite, I'm gain for anything. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. I love to do hand applique on my quilts. Flowers are my favorite pattern. Feathered stars are my favorite pieced pattern. ndfromsd(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. My favorite pattern so far is Christa's Broken V in her first book!!
    Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  16. I ordered the book so won't need a copy, just wanted to say how cute your block is! I am now picturing Christmas, Valentine's Day, 4th of July, fall, oh, the list goes on! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Hand applique is my favorite but I'm learning to enjoy machine work also

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  18. I love to make 50x70 size quilts for kids.

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  19. Love your tiny blocks - they are adorable!!!

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  20. Love your Halloween theme-too cute! Paper-piecing is my favorite quilting-I love it! Thank you, Susan

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  21. I love all her patterns, thanks for the chance

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  22. I just like sewing, quilts, doll clothes , costumes, love my sewing machine.
    Great Halloween fabrics.
    djcutting2(at) gmail(dot)com

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  23. This book is full of wonderful ideas - will be hard to decide which one will come first. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. That is so cute. I love it. I need to put this quilt on my list.

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  25. I enjoy piecing traditional blocks. Thanks for sharing your cute spools.

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  26. Such a cute little treat! I enjoy piecing and making interesting patterns with traditional shapes but also like the pleasure of hand piecing fussy cuts.

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  27. Your scary spools are spooky! Good job! I too enjoy making my own fabric from bits and pieces.

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  28. Your little quilt is *wonderful!*
    I love your idea of resizing Christa's pattern down... And making this in all different seasonal/holiday colors/fabrics!
    (Christa's patterns are so versatile and inspirational!)
    I love all kinds of sewing!!
    (I've always said, I never met a fiber art I didn't love!)
    Right now, I'm enjoying machine piecing of some traditional and improv blocks... (on my sweet vintage Singer 301 sewing machine!)...
    Pat T.

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  29. My favorite pattern is Flying Geese!

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  30. My favorite kind of sewing is quilting on my new mid-arm...love your mini Halloween Quilt! craftdee5atyahoodotcom

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  31. I love your Halloween spools!! I love piecing.

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  32. Very cute idea for Halloween! I love chain piecing and free motion quilting.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  33. Supet cute fabric choices! I enjoy needle turn applique and epp equally! lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  34. I recently got a Singer feathweight sewing machine and am enjoying sewing my first quilt top in it!!

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  35. I just love sewing....everything!
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  36. I love your scary spools! Halloween fabrics are so fun! I especially like sewing with squares and rectangles, and quilting with a walking foot.

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  37. Oh wow, those Halloween fabric spools are too cute! Love how you've made this quilt design uniquely yours. Wonderful! Usually my favorite type of sewing is whatever I'm currently working on, whether it's a quilting, garment, or accessory project. Right now I'm sewing my first really modern quilt (Gravity by Jaybird Quilts) and a linen tunic. So let's say Gravity is my favorite pattern today. ��

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  38. Love your Halloween spools! I like strip-piecing. It does a couple of things for me. First, it creates a fabric, and is easy to subcut. Second, I sew, then I press or cut, then sew some more. A.D.D. For quilters is a thing, but this helps.

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  39. I love paper piecing! And what a fun quilt. Christa's book looks fun!

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  40. Love the colors you used in your quilt. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  41. Great inspiration. I love it all.

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  42. Cute blocks! No favorite sewing type but I have been doing a lot of foundation paper piecing.

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  43. Love all of the visual activity in your block. So stimulating. I love piecing quilts on my Singer 15-91. But I have been stimulated by all of the garment sewing lately, that I now want to start designing some limited clothing again. Gotta pull out my new sewing machine for this.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (com)

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  44. The spools is such a great pattern. I reviewed the ebook
    https://theliteratequilter.blogspot.com/2017/08/piece-and-quilt-with-precuts-by-christa.html
    But don't have a copy...sadly the galleys are short loans!

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  45. I adore the Ohio Star but your spools have me charmed.

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  46. My favourite kind of sewing is mindless! Just piecing small scraps while listening to the radio - BBC Radio 4 - and making new fabric from bits.
    Second favourite is chain piecing of squares.

    After that I have to start using my brain!

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  47. I never would have thought to make Halloween spools, but you have opened up a whole new vision for me.

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  48. What fun in Halloween fabrics! My favorite kind of seeing is piecing. Love to see a plan come together!

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  49. I love making paper pieced quilts. The Halloween spools are genius!

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  50. I love purely pieced quilts, and currently log cabin blocks are my favorite. I love your mini version.

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  51. I'm a newbie but so far like pieced quilts as I can do a block at a time. Thanks for the giveaway. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  52. I like your idea of a miniquilt that is seasonal. Great idea!

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  53. Love your tiny blocks. I was just mentioning to my aunt that I wanted to start making little quilts so I could make more quilts. I'd love to win this book and get a start on that.

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  54. Very nice! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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