Some Quilt Talk and a giveaway…

I have been waiting for this day for what seems like ages…. today, this day, when I get to take part in the Blog Hop for my friend Sam Hunter’s new book, Quilt Talk.

Quilt Talk book

I first heard of Sam through her “We Are Sew Worth It” campaign, which was eye opening for me.  Sam started a serious conversation about the value of our work, a quilter’s work, as artists, which continues to resonate with me.

About 6 months later I was thrilled to hear that Sam had moved to Portland and joined the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  The first time I met her I knew I had found a kindred spirit- she was straight talking, feisty, talented and hilarious (if you want to know what Sam’s sense of humor is like take a closer look at the buckets on the cover of her new book!)

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You can imagine my excitement when I found out Sam was doing a paper piecing book… Quilt Talk is designed around a paper pieced font, which includes a full alphabet with letters, numbers, special characters and accents  There is also a dozen lovely projects that you can customize with your own words… my fave is this Star Wars inspired beauty (yes I am a geek)…


As part of the Blog Hop Sam has given each Hop host the paper pieced pattern for a particular word and a link on how to use them to make the buckets on the cover of her book.  My word is appropriately…



You can collect the full set of patterns by visiting the other Blog Hop hosts…


Sam has also kindly given me a copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader… so if you would like to win a hard copy of this fabulous book just leave a comment, telling me what your favorite colour is… a random winner will be drawn on Sunday night (12th October) and announced during Paper Piecing Monday’s post.

It is my blogaversary… and someone will get the pressies

One year ago I posted my first ever blog post.  I can not believe that 132 posts later I am still going… and absolutely loving it.   To celebrate this milestone, and to say thanks to you all for your kinds words and support over the last 12 months,  I thought I would put together a package of my favorite things as a giveaway to one lucky reader.

First up is my favorite quilting book.. Sunday Morning Quilts by Cheryl Atkins and Amanda Jean Nyberg.  I love so many of the quilts and patterns in this book.

Sunday morning quilts

This is the book that introduced me to low volume quilts… and inspired this log cabin quilt in particular.

low volume modern log cabin quilt

Also is in the package is an introduction kit for making 1 inch hexagons –  a packet of 25 plastic templates and a packet of 2 1/2 inch squares of the gorgeous Waterfront Park by Violet Craft.


This packet will help you make a start on your own English Paper Pieced (EPP) crazy… I warn you it is addictive.  This part of the giveaway is in honor of my loud obnoxious hexagon work in progress.

hexagon wip 2

And what prize package would be complete without some fabric.  First up is a selection of 10 fat quarters.  Every scrap quilter knows the value of the fat quarter, it is one of the staples of our stash and the best way to get more variety and colour in your collection.

fat quarter bundle

There is of course some of my stash staples… Lizzy House’s “Pearl Bracelets”, a little “Mirror Ball” by Michael Miller and some beloved black and white fabric.

Denyse Schmidt paper pieced flowersAnd in honor of my recent Zakka flower quilt  I am also including a Denyse Schmidt fat quarter collection.   I choose my favorite fabric from this release,  I just love the blue floral in this selection.

DS Fat Quarters

Someone will win all this and more…

Prize package

So how do I enter I hear you ask… just leave a comment on this post.  One lucky winner will be picked next Sunday (27th October) and the prize will be dispatched to which ever part of the world the winner is from.