Friday, May 4, 2012
Blog tour: Focus on the Center by Pat Sloan & a Giveaway
Pat Sloan recently wrote a book for Leisure Arts titled Focus on the Center. And Pat offered up the chance to review the book and share what I think of it with you. My first thought when she asked was, "Oh great. A book full of patterns. I'm sooo not a pattern sewer." I mean, come on, I've made no bones about the fact that I'm not a sew-by-a-pattern- kind of girl.
And I keep saying that and then I've looked back over the last year and realized that I've sewn my fair share of quilts from a pattern. A pattern I tell you! What is the world coming to?
The book presents eight new looks for medallion quilts and without doing a single lick of research I have to suspect that traditional medallion quilts are born from quilters just like me. First create a center -- a medallion -- and then add rounds around it until it reaches the size that you want. Cause, I'm telling you, after looking at Pat's book that is exactly how these quilts are put together. Make the center medallion and then add rounds around it.
Bingo. This concept makes total sense to me!
This quilt pattern from the book is called Blue Lagoon and I'm thinking of giving it a go with these fabrics. Now to decide whether the path created in the center and around the border is going to be red, aqua or gray. I'm leaning towards gray.
The great thing about blog tours is you know they involve prizes. Two winners from each of the ten blogs on the tour will win a copy of Focus on the Center. That gives you 20 chances to win. For your chance here, leave a comment telling me whether you are a pattern sewer or not. You have until midnight on Monday, May 7, 2012 to enter here and on all of the other blog tour blogs as well.
So comment and visit . . .
Tuesday May 1
V & Co.
La Vie En Rosie
Wednesday May 2
Quiltville's Quips & Snips
Thursday May 3
Bumble Beans Inc.
P.S. I Quilt
Friday May 4
Canton Village Quiltworks
Me -- Old Red Barn Co.
Saturday May 5
Field Trips in Fiber
Winners will be selected by random draw. International entries welcome.