Thanks so much to everyone who wrote about Modern Log Cabin Quilting this week – I’m so appreciative of the support! I was hoping to post more myself this week too, but after the unexpected curveball of my little girl suddenly getting sick and needing Mama, everything else went on hold. But here’s a round-up of the book posts + giveaways so far so you can check any of them out, and enter to win one of the prizes, if you’re interested…
First, Alyssa of Cool Cottons wrote a whole week’s worth of posts on log cabin quilting, including some great ones about the book, like a review of my Block Pocket Apron pattern, and posted some beautiful photographs of antique log cabin quilts too.
You can also win one of two signed copies of the book by commenting on any Cool Cottons blog post from 3/21 to 3/31! From the full book review post:
The first thing that we have to say is that the book is beautiful. Exceptional photography, and crisp graphic design deeply enhance the content of the book–and what wonderful content it is. Susan covers everything from the history of log cabin quilting, to the basics of cutting and piecing fabric so that even the greenest beginner can follow along.
On Wednesday, Daniela posted a thoughtful (and hilarious) look at the impromptu quilting bees we teamed up for to sew some of the book projects together, along with her design process for the Northwest Modern Quilt, which unbelievably was the very first quilt she ever made. I loved her kind words:
If you are an experienced quilter, you might get lots of lovely little ideas you want to whip up with some leftovers in your stash. If you are a beginner – she’ll teach you in no time. Just like she taught me.
Daniela is offering a signed book plus some specially chosen fabric from her collection – all you have to do to enter is upload a photo of some fabric or blocks you’re donating to Quilts for Quake Survivors to our flickr pool by April 1!
Melissa did a sweet mini-interview for the Bolt Neighborhood blog about stashing fabric and quilting heroes – I got to share a few fabric-organizing tips and mention a few quilters whose work really amazes me. Bolt is offering a signed copy of the book if you comment on the post saying who your quilting hero is, too.
I love that the finished projects in this book already feel like heirlooms rich with personal meaning. That’s just how I want to look at putting a quilt together– I want them to be labours of love.
On Friday, Meredith posted a lovely interview with me over at Modern Domestic about how I learned to sew, what inspires me and what I can’t work without (among many other crafty and chatty topics). From her review:
This is a stellar compilation of quilts, projects, history, inspiration, and instruction. Certainly a little something for every quilter or sewist with a desire to explore the timeless art of quilting.
Thanks so much to MD for hosting the very first book event this coming Saturday! I’m also so thrilled that they’re generously offering up my favorite notion, a Sidewinder bobbin winder, with a signed copy of the book – just comment over there to enter and the winner will be chosen April 2.
And today, Linda wrote a really lovely post about how we met ten years ago, and worked together on many fun projects for JoAnn Crafts + Adorn magazines (those were the days!). I just love Linda’s work and was so happy to include the very first flower I ever crocheted, patiently coached by Linda herself on her Crochet Adorned book tour, as an embellishment on my Drawstring Bag. She also chose a diverse mix of favorite projects to share photos and details about:
One of my favorite projects is the cover quilt–where Susan shows us that how to rotate one simple block to create a striking cross design. I would never have guessed that the Northwest Modern Quilt, contributed by Daniela Caine, was made from log cabin blocks, but a crystal-clear layout diagram makes it easy to see just how those simple blocks form this seemingly random design. I also love the textural play of the Red Cross Bag, which employs both sides of corduroy fabric, producing an almost woven effect. This is a project that makes me want to sit at my sewing machine again!
I’m really looking forward to the posts this coming week from local friends and crafters, leading up to my Modern Domestic + Powell’s events. My fellow PMQG member (and quilting hero!) Elizabeth is posting first thing tomorrow, and I’m very excited to get to see the project she made that she’ll be sharing…
Thanks to everyone who’s been so warm and supportive of the new book. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!
Last thing – we’ve just added a new and super awesome Quilts for Quake Survivors back-to-back event – a long-arm quilting party! I can’t wait. It will be both April 14 + 15 at Sew On Studio, and all the details are right over here. Hope to see you for some QfQ cutting, piecing, and long-arm mega-quilting – with snacks! All our QfQ events (from this week through early May) are right here on the site if you’re interested in teaming up – we would love that.
Thanks for the great comments so far on my giveaway post! So fun to read them and hear about all the love for log cabin quilting. Yay! Please keep the entries coming! To answer one quick question – yes, I do have a flickr pool for book projects and photos and would LOVE it if you added any projects you make there. That would be awesome!
I have seen one finished project so far (to be unveiled in a post next week) and it was so exciting. Thank you to everyone who’s said they want to make something! So far the ones people have mentioned most are the Modern Crosses Quilt, Everything In One Place Zip Bag, Polka-Dot Pincushion and Red Cross Bag. I can’t tell you how much I would love to see your MLCQ projects!! This lovely Mitered Crosses Blanket that Kay Gardiner designed, inspired by my Modern Crosses Quilt, made my year (especially since all pattern proceeds go straight to Mercy Corps!).
I’m so happy that today my friend + book contributor Daniela wrote a really special review post: a behind-the-scenes look at what went into this book! She described how we met (through our daughters actually!) while I was working on Modern Log Cabin Quilting, and how she graciously jumped in to help me cut, piece, and stitch some of the projects – though she is an exquisite seamstress, she had never quilted before, and wanted to try it out. We teamed up to each piece a side of the Market Tote one afternoon, one of my favorite projects in the book (it’s a sturdy shopping bag made from two pairs of old jeans):
What you didn’t see in that lovely photo on the page was the coffee-fueled dining-room-table afternoon quilting bee that brought it to life!
I love how you can spot my tiny sketchbook with the tiny market tote drawing I was working off of in the eye of the craft hurricane, surrounded by colored pencils, zippers for the zip bag, bobbin winder, thread, random shopping bag of scraps, coffees, Pfaffs, and Amy‘s book I was lending to her in the mix (oh, by the way Daniela also designs and prints her own fabric, among many other remarkable talents).
Daniela is a total rock star and made the book so much more fun – as well as contributing two absolutely lovely projects, her Favorite Fabrics Handbag and this stunning Northwest Modern Quilt.
Lots more on her design + process for that one – her first quilt ever if you can believe that – and a giveaway of a signed book (just add photos of strips of fabric to donate to Quilts for Quake Survivors to our flickr pool to enter!) over at her post. Thank you Daniela!!
One last thing: we’re so thrilled at the response to our Quilts for Quake Survivors project. Thanks everyone! Daniela hosted the first QfQ quilting bee at Modern Domestic last night, which was a lot of fun…
And I’ve just updated the events list on the QfQ website with five new quilting bees over the next few weeks, all at Cool Cottons, to add to the great Sew Basic classes and bees at Modern Domestic. Would love to see you at one of them coming up!
And a last note – we’ve just updated all the QfQ visuals to this new design style and would greatly appreciate your using this one instead of the former version, if you post about it or use it to spread the word about QfQ anywhere. As Dani explains: “We’ve had a change of graphic due to some great feedback we received that the previous design was based on the wartime flag, and obviously not appropriate to use for our effort. Thanks for your understanding!”
It’s my book release day today and to celebrate, I wanted to offer up a special giveaway of a signed book plus, courtesy of Bolt Fabric Boutique, a set of eight fat quarters I picked out last week! I’m so excited for spring, and choosing some pretty, spring-y fabrics from the kind of store where you simply can’t go wrong was a lot of fun.
Gina asked if I’d like to jump in for the first in a series of crafter-curated fat quarter sets to celebrate the book coming out this month, and I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I got to wander around the store for half an hour putting cool fabrics together, which is pretty much my idea of heaven. (Huge thank-you to Bolt for offering a really awesome little kids’ table and to Caitlin for watching Pearl and reading with her there while Everett and I orbited the store!)
I started with these three. I fell in love with the Tammis Keefe crocodiles when I saw a sneak peek online but this was the first time I’d seen it in person – so I snapped that up right away. Last time I was shopping, I’d bought two yards of the Urban Chiks Dream On in green… so that was an easy one to bring up to the counter, too. And the brown and white print just really made me happy and felt like a nice serene contrast to the splashier prints. After lugging sets of new bolts plus baby up to the counter to check things out a few times, I just snapped a phone photo of the three definites and carried that around with Everett and held the picture up to the contenders instead. Much easier.
This is the set of eight I ended up with. Love the Castle Peeps pennants (and actually bought a yard of that too last time I was in… I like what I like!), whales are a lifelong obsession, and the calmer all-over patterns just felt so good with the brighter prints. This was such a fun half-hour and I really thank Bolt for the chance to do it! You can pick up a set of FQs at the shop or at Modern Domestic. I’ve pieced a few simple blocks so far (these are for a little project I’m going to unveil at my book events, as well as the log cabin block how-to video Daniela and I made) and I just love how neighborly these fabrics are.
So – thanks to Bolt being awesome, I am offering up a signed book paired with one set of these fat quarters for giveaway! To enter, just leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite thing about log cabin quilting by midnight Pacific time on Thursday, March 31. I’m working on my Log Cabin presentation for the April 21 Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting and would love to hear what people are most interested in so I can make sure to include a good mix of things! I’ll be bringing in some vintage log cabin quilts, tops, and blocks I have along with my book projects and other favorite quilting books, and showing lots of photos of antique, vintage and modern quilts… I can’t wait!
Yesterday was the start of the MLCQ blog tour, too. A huge thank-you to Cool Cottons for their lovely post offering up a signed copy of the book, and their more detailed book review today! You can still enter on the blog – in fact, you can enter more than once between now and March 31 by commenting on different entries.
Here’s the full blog list – thank you so much to the lovely crafters and quilters who are writing about my 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
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!
Ok! That’s it. I would love to hear your thoughts on log cabin (so please do leave a comment to enter the giveaway) and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 1! A huge thank-you to everyone who has pre-ordered, put it on hold at the library, left a nice comment, told me they’re excited for one of the events, or just been lovely about the new book. I’m so grateful for the kind words and support.
My book comes out tomorrow (!) and I had lots of plans for a big round-up post about all kinds of things but the day has flown by! So I will just post a few photos and links to things for now, and will be back tomorrow with a giveaway extraordinaire courtesy of Bolt Fabric Boutique.
First, my heartfelt thanks to the 8 super-generous people last week who bought copies of Modern Log Cabin Quilting to benefit earthquake relief in Japan. I am so thankful for your kindness. I opened up my box of brand-new books and picked out the very first one for my mom, and then packaged up the next eight to go live with awesome people. I’m so happy to report that after I rounded up a bit and my husband’s company matched the sales 100%, I was able to donate $400 to the Red Cross! Thank you!!
So if you happen to see a copy of the book out in the world at a bookstore or a library this week, the message I wrote to her will make sense as soon as you flip the title page…
Speaking of Modern Log Cabin Quilting, I am so delighted that my dear neighborhood fabric store, Cool Cottons, is hosting the very first stop on my blog book tour today! They’re giving away a signed copy of the book and following up today’s post with a whole week of log cabin quilt posts for good measure. So lovely, thank you, Pam, Marie, and Alyssa!
Now some quick links – the baby is waking up…
-We’ve added lots more info to the Quilts for Quake Survivors blog and would love to see you at a quilting bee coming up! If you want to donate fabric, spread the word, or start up some QfQ sewing events in your area, we would LOVE that. Thank you!
-I bought some $10 raffle tickets over at Hearts and Hands For Japan and super encourage anyone else who’d like to to do the same! All proceeds go to Shelterbox + Save the Children.
See you tomorrow with a book + fabric giveaway and the whole blog tour unveiled. I am so grateful for the crafters and quilters who are supporting the book release with their posts over the next few weeks!
My friend and collaborator Daniela Caine and I are working on a new project this week – Quilts for Quake Survivors. We are collecting fabric and materials to make log cabin quilts which we’ll both auction off to raise funds for earthquake relief, and send to those in need in Japan at the appropriate time.
This idea is just a few days old and still coming together, but I’ve made a simple blog to start with and Daniela has created a stunning design for the project (which you can find in different sizes in our flickr pool if you want to repost it). We’re meeting with some local allies to start planning our quilting bees this week and hoping to have lots more to share after that!
We would love for you to join us if you are also hoping to lend handmade and heartfelt support in the wake of this terrible crisis. Our idea is to set up a simple template that anyone can use in their own area to organize local donations and host quilting and sewing bees to make beautiful gifts for those who need them most – which can be delivered to survivors in need over the next few months as a sign of friendship and hope.
A snippet from our blog:
We have all seen the pictures of the devastating conditions after the Quake and the terrible aftermath. A lot of the survivors have lost their homes, their livelihood and loved ones.
The Japanese have given us so much inspiration with their wonderful aesthetics and incredible talent for creating beautiful handmade items. We for sure have been tremendously inspired by Japanese culture in our private and professional lives and were both lucky enough to have traveled to Japan several times and it was always the most refreshing experience.
Why Quilts you ask? Because quilts stand for love, warmth, and comfort. Log Cabin quilting is probably the easiest quilting method, extremely economical and yields beautiful results. It also symbolizes the heart of the home – the center square represents the lamplight or fire in the hearth, surrounded by the “logs” or walls of the log cabin. We’d like to share this feeling of friendship, home and warmth with those who need it most.
Please check the blog for more updates in the next few days – we’d love your help quilting or spreading the word if you’re up for it.
In gratitude for all that we have,
Daniela + Susan
My heart is so heavy from the worrying news from Japan, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami have left so many homeless, injured or worse. I just don’t have any words.
I spent three weeks in Tokyo as a sixteen-year-old – the first big trip of my life, and the first country I had ever visited besides Canada. It was such an adventure and I loved being there. I still wear the green cotton robe patterned with cranes that my friend Karen gave me almost every morning, and I have my little treasures from the trip saved. I hope so much to go back someday. And like so many of us, it has hurt my heart to hear about the suffering and destruction there this week.
I listed three copies of my new quilting book in my Etsy shop on Friday afternoon with all proceeds going to Japan earthquake relief, and posted about them quickly on my crafty facebook page – I didn’t even have time to write about it here before kind and generous buyers bought all of them. I’ve just relisted three more reserved for friends who missed the first round and asked for an encore, and two more up for grabs to anyone who wants one, all of which 100% benefit relief efforts. If you would like a copy, or a friend would, I would be so honored if you’d consider buying one to support this important cause. Thank you so much.
Here are some other crafty fundraisers I’ve heard about so far. I would love to add more if you mention them in the comments, or email me… thank you!
My husband Andrew’s coworkers designed and printed this beautiful poster, and one can be yours for a suggested $25 donation (or please round up as much as you’d like to). All proceeds go to earthquake relief – his company has an office in Tokyo and our hearts are with them. The Japanese office is choosing the most effective relief organization to receive funds, and I will update with more details the minute I hear which one it is.
At the moment, there are more than 1400 items on Etsy to benefit relief efforts in Japan. If you are shopping handmade, that’s a great place to start!
My thanks to everyone worldwide who is supporting these important relief efforts. I wish I could do more.
Today is two weeks until my new book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, comes out, 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.
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!),
I’ve been adding lots more content to my book website, modernlogcabinquilting.com (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.
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.
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!
I’ve gone to the magnificent Sew Expo in Puyallup before, but couldn’t pull it off this year… but if you’re going, don’t miss my friend Kathy Monaghan’s Felting for Young Crafters workshop, offered both Friday and Saturday. It’s suitable for anyone 10 and up and you’ll leave with three very cool finished projects – one using wet-felting, one using needle-felted applique, and one sculptural piece! Plus, if you are wearing anything handmade with Pendleton, you’ll get a surprise gift too.
I first met Kathy at the 2009 Oregon State Fair when I got to try felting at the Pendleton booth – it was really fun! I wrote more about it then, but here are a couple of my photos…
Each person got to choose from beautifully dyed hanks of Pendleton wool and spindles of yarn for their mini-felting adventure. I would absolutely love to take the whole class!
If you go:
Felting for Young Crafters taught by Kathy Monaghan of Pendleton
Friday (#3021B), 2:30 – 5:00 pm/Sunday (#3021D), 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Sew Expo, Puyallup, Washington
Kit includes: multi-needle felting tool, Pendleton carded wool, needle felting base, wool fabrics, wire armature, and instruction sheets ($20)