When I was contacted to participate in the blog tour for Heather Jones' new book Quilt Local I was over the moon with excitement! While I have dabbled a little in quilting, I am definitely a novice and tend to admire the skill from a far. What I love about Heather's approach to quilting is her ability to find inspiration in ordinary environments and translate that inspiration to a beautiful and modern quilt.
My favorite project from her new book is Dayton no.2 found on page 80. The simplicity of the quilt coupled with the bold swiss cross graphic makes for a visually appealing yet simple quilt–a homeware sure to become a staple for years to come. I love how she used three colors in this quilt to give it a color-blocked effect. Her inspiration picture goes to show how the most simple image can translate into something beautiful.
In addition to choosing my favorite project, I was asked to snap a photo of something inspiring me in my environment to share. And I'll be honest, I stressed way more than I should in finding a pretty shot. I knew I had a trip to NYC coming up and thought what better place to find inspiration. But then found myself hours before my flight and unhappy with all my photos. There I sat enjoying my breakfast on The High Line stressing about what I would share when I realized the geometric lines of the bench I was on, topped with the perfect yellow leaf, was the inspiration I was looking for! I love the contrast in colors and can picture a simple quilt with a colorful appliqué.
Eager to get your hands on a copy? We're giving one lucky winner the chance to take home their very own copy along with two yards of Kona! Enter by Sunday, November 15th for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on November 16th. Good luck!
Around the office, we're mad for mod wallpaper, which is why we love this week's top 10 so much. But it's also an exciting week because it's the second win in a row for UK designer Alex Morgan (and her sixth win over the history of our design challenges). We're planning a special toast to Alex as soon as the cocktail cart comes around.
Due to some technical problems last week on the day our weekly email went out, voting participation was lighter than usual. But the results were:
1. 162 votes for Pod by spellstone
2. 124 votes for What a Pear! by snowflower
3. 120 votes for Mod foliage blue by cjldesigns
4. 119 votes for Circles and Bursts by bobbifox
5. 119 votes for Julie's Campers by juliesfabrics
6. 115 votes for Dandelions – Yellow by friztin
7. 113 votes for Lemon Peels – Mod Wallpaper by dianef
8. 112 votes for Uhrwerk by luisbruna
9. 107 votes for Mod Wall by retroretro
10. 103 votes for bigbutterflyflowers by ellila
If you're looking for wallpaper for the backdrop behind your cocktail bar, look no further than the entries in this week's contest. With around four hundred submissions this time around, voting is not quick, but it's certainly a lot of fun. We'll post the winners next Thursday!
The participants this week are:
2. 1,2,3 go!
beige,lime,white by sydama
style by alfabesi
5. 1960's Mod
Girl by winterblossom
6. 50's 60's
3 color plus black by whimzwhirled
7. 60s by
8. 60s MOD
Flower Child by lollyposh
9. 60s Mod
Lupin by creative_merritt
10. A Mod Nod
to Nouveau: Warm Sugar by nadiahassan