Pat Bravo’s Oval Elements – a Giveaway

Oval Elements Giveaway!

You may remember a few weeks ago when I hosted a giveaway on my blog of Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements line. I wasn’t surprised there was such a big response, the fabric is simply beautiful. Well what did surprise me was that none other than THE Pat Bravo took notice of the response and asked if I would host a giveaway of her very own. Um, I didn’t have to think that one over, OF COURSE!

Pat has generously donated two Fat Quarter sets of her entire range of Art Gallery Oval Elements for two readers to win! Yep, it’s like Christmas has come early around here!

This is another giveaway that I’m very jealous I can’t win, but I will tell you that I happen to own a handful of these fabrics and they are completely beautiful in person. They feel silky smooth, have amazing color, perfect for your fabric stash.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you would do with the fabrics if you win them.

You can keep in touch with Pat and see the latest on her new fabric lines on her blog, Facebook page or Twitter.

I will pick a winner this Thursday, November 3rd, in the evening Chicago time. This giveaway is open to international entries. Good luck everyone!

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650 comments – wow! Now here are the winners!

Oval Elements Winners

The first winner of the Oval Elements complete fat quarter set goes to….

Comment #319 – Sarah said “I think these would look cute cut in ovals and then appliqued!”

At 5 yards of ovals, you have a lot to applique Sarah!

And, showing that it is NEVER too late to enter a giveaway, the second winner is…

Comment #643 – Marija Vujcic said “Oh beautiful!! All Pat Bravo’s fabrics are amazing!! When I see these – a quilt with all these colors comes to mind…some kind of color-run with either light gray or black as a unifying background…Ah, inspirations, inspirations!!”

I will be emailing both of you for your mailing addresses. Congratulations!

Mini Quilt Monday

I’m thinking of taking the next few weeks and working on some mini quilts. I would like to tackle a type of block or quilting style in each that I have not done before. What do you think? Anyone want to join me?

This mini is just such a quilt. I’ve done a bit of hand stitching, but not “official” embroidery from a pattern in a quilt until now. These adorable animals are patterns purchased from Penguin and Fish. They are great for newbies, with the most complicated stitch being a chain stitch and french knot.





X-Ray Fish

This mini quilt is a baby gift finished just in time for a friend. I don’t think she reads my blog…or at least I hope not!

The blocks are made up of brightly colored squares from my stash. The embroidery has been done on Kona Ash. Each square measures 8″ finished.

I added a thin white border around the center section and then Riley Blake’s Feeling Groovy stripes as a thicker border. The binding is from Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps. I think the bright colors will be perfect for this special baby as she grows. 🙂

The back is a fabric I bought awhile back at Ikea. I just really like the feminine but modern look.

I quilted this a few different ways. First I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the nine center block seams, backstitching at the start and finish. Then I went completely around the white sashing and rainbow sashing. Hopefully the below photo shows what I’m talking about a bit better.

Overall I’m really happy with this mini quilt! I hope the new future owner takes a liking to it as well. 🙂

Summer Sampler Series : Lucky Pieces

Lucky Pieces is the eighth quilt block we are going to make for the Summer Sampler Series. It can be found in Chapter 22 – Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars on Page 455, Block 3752b of Barbara Brackman’s The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It was in the early 1800’s when the Eight-Pointed quilt block pattern appeared. Brackman’s book contains 140 Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars patterns, signifying the abundance and historical popularity of this variety of quilt blocks.

The Lucky Pieces quilt block was first seen in the The Nancy Page Quilt Club, a syndicated column written by Florence LaGanke Harris which appeared in mail order magazines in the 1920’s to the 1930’s. While I was researching Nancy Page, I discovered that by the end of the 1920’s, quilters were looking for more modern patterns and designs. Sound familiar? I love that so many aspects of the “modern quilting movement” today really trace back generations.

The Lucky Pieces quilt block can look different depending on how you lay out your colors. This tutorial uses all half square triangles and the cutting directions below are based on my color layout in the graphic at the top of the blog post. I know we have thrown some challenging blocks at you over the last week, so sit back, relax, and get ready for an easy one! 🙂

Lucky Pieces Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece Fabric Color
Center Pinwheel Cut 2 4” x 4” White
Center Large Star Cut 4 4” x 4” Purple
Corners 1 Cut 2 4” x 4” Dark Turquoise
Corners 2 Cut 2 4” x 4” Pink
Background Cut 6 4” x 4” Light Turquoise

Take all of your squares and cut them diagonally into half square triangles.

Step 2. Lay out your HSTs into the design of the quilt block as shown below.

Step 3. Sew each set of HSTs into squares. Trim your squares to 3.5″. Lay out your resulting squares into the design of the quilt block again.

Step 4. Sew your squares together. You’re done!

Summer Sampler Series : Halfway There!

Summer Sampler Series Halfway There

We are now halfway through the tutorials for the Summer Sampler Series. I just wanted to share the blocks, all together, so far. I am loving this! I hope those participating are enjoying learning some new skills. I know I am.

And for those that aren’t quilting along, I hope you are enjoying seeing the blocks. I’ve had a few people ask if the tutorials will be around for awhile. Be assured, if you ever want to make one, two, or all of these quilt blocks, the tutorial links will be up on my blog indefinitely.