Saturday, October 24, 2009

Giveaway! Blogtober day 24

Due to the long weekend, I will be extending the giveaway until 11pm on 4th November AEDST. I will draw a winner on 5th November. Don't forget to mention the giveaway in your blog for an extra entry 3 extra entries!

I need help. If you are a regular reader then you probably know this already. However, I need your help specifically to solve a problem. And if you can help me, I'll give you a prize!

I want to make a quilt. Queen size. For my bed. I bought fabric. I am only missing one thing: a pattern.(Well, two things if you count actual quilt making experience).

Here is the fabric I bought:

It's Black and White and Red All Over by Windham Fabrics. I'm a huge fan of red stuff, and when I saw this line of fabrics I fell in love with it, ordered it, and swooned over it when it arrived at my door.
However, now I'm really concerned about finding the right pattern to make a modern looking quilt for my bed.

Originally I thought I might try a Bento Box after I saw this quilt by AmandaJean at CrazyMomQuilts.
But I think that pattern lends itself to less busy fabrics.

I'm actually really worried now that I will not be able to find a pattern I like for this fabrc. I stumbled across a quilt made from this fabric that looks way too busy and bitty for my tastes - here's an example of what I don't want .

I want something bold and modern, with big pieces or big strips. I dont want little pieces as I think with this fabric it will just look messy and bitty (see example above!).

Any suggestions?

I'll make it worth your while! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment with a suggestion for a pattern or a style of quilt, and a link to a picture so I know what you're talking about. Sometime shortly after the end of Blogtober I will randomly draw a winner. The first part of the prize is this brand new copy of waste not want not which is full of 200 ideas for recycling, thrifting, and re-using, and has some great crafty ideas and projects as well. When we reach 10 entries I will add another prize! If the suggestions keep coming, I will add more to the bounty. I am happy to post anywhere.
As a bonus, I will give an extra mystery prize to anyone who comes up with a pattern I actually use for my quilt!

EDITED TO ADD: To get another entry 3 extra entries into the draw, mention my giveaway on your blog :) Leave a comment to let me know if you have.

Added to giveaway prize after 10 comments:

Can't wait to read some suggestions :)


  1. I've never quilted in my life so I'm not sure that I will be of any use to you. I did however see a summer strip quilt @ the humming cat not too long ago.
    The humming cat claims that it was easy - but she makes so many wiz-bang fancy quilts I'm not sure if I believe her. Still - it is a relatively simple design which will allow your fabrics to speak for themselves. Perhaps, however, since your colours are quite strong you could make the strips a bit wider so it isn't as stripey... but really - I have no idea what I'm talking about.
    Any how - here is the link:

  2. There's also the flea market quilt at crazymomquilts.

    Or this one. The design is fairy simple but it looks really nice with the right fabrics.

  3. Great looking fabrics. I've been browsing lately because I want to make my first quilt for my little miss. Here is one I really like:

    Simple pattern, yet very effective.

    Good luck :)

  4. I really like just large random patchwork squares the best!

  5. They are gorgeous fabrics. And I agree that you don't want it to be too busy! Maybe you could add in some white to make the patterned fabrics really pop (like Rita does over at Red Pepper Quilts) - you could intersperse patches of the patterns with patches of white (or black or red), or you could do the same with stripes of fabric.

    I think that all the other patterns I have in mind would be too bitsy without much modification - good luck, can't wait to see what you come up with (and what other people suggest)!

  6. This log cabin quilt is done in Christmas colours but you can see the principle there. I think your lovely material would look great in something simple like this which would allow the material patterns to show easily. That site has lots of patterns to peruse. Just omit the endings after .com to get to the main site.

  7. I'm really liking the stacked coin quilts at the moment. I came across this

    just the other day, and I think that technique would work well on a larger scale, instead of cutting lots of little tiny coins (if you get my meaning!)

  8. What lovely fabric!

    I am working on my first ever quilt and am using a pattern called Two Square. Its not too busy, as it has sashing between the blocks and the instructions are super easy (even for me!)

  9. The lady from 'because I'm me'
    makes amazing but simple quilts. She is worth checking out. Cherrie

  10. Great fabric. love the color combination!
    I like this quilt:

    great giveaway!

  11. I like this one:

    It looks very modern and artsy, yet modest and simple looking.

  12. Well, when my eyes stopped bleeding after seeing that picture of what you don't want, I found this -

    Would really showcase those striking fabrics and great instructions too.

  13. I suggest something like this front to showcase the fabrics, have a modern look, and keep it from being to busy:
    I would recommend a rich dark grey for the sashing to keep it subdued in comparison with the fabrics.

  14. Hey me again ... not trying to get another entry - but I saw this post & thought of you...

  15. oh. my. goodness. that one you don't want - wow. i don't want it either. someone else commented that it made their eyes bleed - yeah. mine too!

    anyway - this is a quilt my SIL and i made. i like it! you might, too!

  16. How's about a cathedral window quilt? The white will make these fabrics pop.

    Smiles :)

    see here for image...


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