a quilt top from Fat Quarter Style (+ giveaway!)

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I somewhat reluctantly agreed to participate in the book tour for the Fat Quarter Style book. I say reluctantly because I really don’t often make quilts from patterns. However, I decided it would be worth taking a look, and in fact I’m glad I did!

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The book offers 12 quilts in four different sizes that can be made from fat quarters. Most seem relatively easy to put together, and I can see these being great designs to turn to when you need a quick project.

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I was asked to make a block from the Circuit quilt, which is a simple little block. So simple in fact, that I really couldn’t just show you one block, so instead I’ve made a baby quilt top. And honestly? It came together so quickly and I’m even happier with it than I thought I would be (sometimes it’s nice not to over think a quilt and instead just enjoy the fabrics!)

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Speaking of fabrics, when looking for fabrics to use, I came across a pile I had pulled once upon a time (thought I see now I may have lost part of my stack!). It had sat for so long that I was really happy to finally put it to use. I added in a few cotton + steel basics and then mixed and matched the prints and solids in each block.

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Want to make one of your own? The Fat Quarter Shop has generously sent an extra copy of this book for me to give away, so please leave a comment here to be in the running. I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening.

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A winner! Random.org has selected comment #99, Laura Hall, who said “You’ve made another great top! Love the pattern-sure I would love the book. L” Congrats, Laura! I hope you’ll enjoy this book!

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the 5th annual Action Kivu fundraiser

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It’s time for the Action Kivu fundraiser, organized by Alissa Haight Carlton. It’s a really wonderful way to raise money for the women of the Congo (and maybe win yourself a great prize at the same time!).

This nonprofit offers sewing workshops to the women of the Congo, teaching them skills to be able to provide for themselves and their families and also helps to fund the education of the children affected by the conflict. You can read more about their mission here.

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I spent a little time reading through their blog and was moved by some of the stories of the graduating sewing students. It’s so hard to imagine what some of them have been through, yet they all talk about having hope after graduating the program. What a great feeling to know that our fundraising efforts have in part been able to give these women hope and a renewed outlook on life.

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Donating is easy, and every little bit counts! Together lets help Alissa meet her $15,000 goal. Hop on over to Alissa’s blog to donate and to enter to win one of the great prizes.

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Help spread the word on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Let’s get to that $15,000 goal!

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Follie

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Did you know Lotta Jansdotter has a new line coming out with Windham Fabrics? I didn’t, so it was a really fun surprise when I received this lovely bundle. I have always loved Lotta’s prints, and I love how this new one is instantly recognizable as her work. I’m quite fond of the pink and that periwinkle blue included in this collection (and the yellow, and the grays…oh, and the orange…).

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I had recently finished a similar quilt out of Cotton + Steel, and thought it might be fun to see those pointy triangles made up with other fabrics. I grouped the prints again, but this time I added in a few more solids and instead of using lots of white, I used a few different grays.

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I love the mix of colors and I’m particularly fond of how these prints play so well with so many different solids. And of course I still really love those triangles!

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Follie is due to start shipping in November.

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