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Sunday, May 22

Week Four & A New Giveaway! Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop

What a fun three weeks this has been visiting blogging friends in the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop.  I've been so thrilled that so many of you have been following along!  We've seen some of the most wonderful, creative people in action!  If you are just now joining in, it's well worth hopping around to see what you missed.

Today kicks off week four and starts with Susie over at Susie's Sunroom.  Wow does she have a beautiful quilt to show you and she's sweetened her book giveaway with a second giveaway of something delightful that she made for one lucky commenter!  We've got five more wonderful quilters lined up this week, so I hope you'll pay a visit to each and every one!  

The blog hop calendar is shown at the end of this post.  You'll have a chance to win a free copy of "Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities" at every stop too!  Plus, I'm launching another new giveaway today here on BuzzinBumble.  I'll tell you about that in just a bit.  


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The Walking Tree

It's time to show you another one of the projects from my book Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities.  This week's project was something I designed to use as the centerpiece of a sampler quilt that I intend to make for my daughter Bean & her husband Gonzo.  It would also make a beautiful quilt of it's own and all those leaves make it perfect for a family tree or a signature quilt too.  
The name comes from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, a favorite series of books for our family.  I found the reference in the book The Magician's Nephew:


“…the deepest, wildest voice they had ever heard was saying: ‘Narnia, Narnia, Narnia awake.  Love.  Think.  Speak.  Be walking trees.  Be talking beasts.  Be divine waters.’  It was of course the lion’s voice…” 


The Walking Tree, by Lara Buccella / Quilted by Julie Degrave

I want to tell you all about what my friend Julie did.  We met each other back when I was looking for someone special who could custom quilt A Quilt for a Hero - a project I had made for Homes For Our Troops.  I found her business, Pines and Needles Quilting, through a local quilt shop.  She goes by @sewjul on Instagram if you'd like to see some really fabulous quilting.

It was not long after I learned that the AQS wanted to take on my book that I asked Julie if she could quilt The Walking Tree for me.  But... there also was not much time left before the submission deadline.  She always has a packed schedule, but she said yes!  Not only that, but she also asked if I had any quilts she could bind for me, to help me out.  :o   She then surprised me by making beautiful, embroidered labels for my book projects.  And... back then I was crappy at hand sewing bindings.  But Julie sat me down and showed me how she does it, using Edyta Sitar's method.  I've been doing them her way ever since. Wasn't that just so wonderful of her to do all that?   :)  So I hope you read this Julie, because I'm shouting out a really Big Thanks to you!  


Close up of the quilting Julie Degrave did for The Walking Tree

For The Walking Tree, I wanted it to have a Narnian, dryad like quality, so I tried to arrange the leaves in a way that makes them look like they are dancing with the breeze.  I think Julie did a great job of continuing that feeling with her quilting!


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#craftedapplique

One of the things I want to do is encourage people to share projects they've made using the Crafted Appliqué method.  I'm a real newbie on Instagram and Facebook, and only beginning to figure out how to navigate those waters, so Heidi (Red Letter Quilts) started the hashtag #craftedapplique for me.  It will be a terrific way to be able to share and see what we make with the Crafted Appliqué method!

Another thing I hope to do soon is to put a permanent linky feature on the page tab for Crafted Appliqué. (Top right hand side of BuzzinBumble)  That way you all can link up projects you've made and also visit other people's links too.  I just have to figure out how best to do that.  


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Fancy Foot Farm

And speaking of visiting a blogger who has made something wonderful with the Crafted Appliqué Method, I don't want you all to miss one of my favorite people, Colleen, who blogs at Fancy Foot Farm!  Colleen has been making beautiful blocks as she follows along with the Splendid Sampler Quilt Along.  I hope you'll hop over and see her work.  She's done her blocks with such lovely embroidered, crocheted, and appliqued touches.  I'm only going to give you a tiny sneak peek of her Sunday Best appliqued bunny block, but it's adorable.  She fussy cut this flower for her bunny and look how great it worked using Crafted Appliqué:


Photo by Colleen Kobata

Colleen is also offering a copy of Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities as another giveaway prize, so be sure to check out her Splendid Sampler post!



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A Fun New Giveaway!

This week, I'm giving away a fat eighth bundle of 22 Basic Grey Moda Grunge colors, from one of my favorite places to shop for fabric on Etsy: WinterCreekCloth!  Dana, the owner, has a most unusual shop!  She curates custom bundles of quilt shop quality fabrics, most often by color, and shopping there is a quilter's dream!  This bundle would be great for appliqué projects too!

Moda Basic Grey Grunge fabrics - photo credit Winter Creek Cloth

1.  To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  If you'd like to, you could tell me whether you prefer to piece with scrappy fabrics or with coordinated collections.  
 
2.  BuzzinBumble followers, both new and old, can have a second chance to win by leaving a second comment and letting me know how they follow me.  (If we already chat back and forth a lot and you follow me, just say "Hi Lara!" in your second comment... I don't want to make you jump through more hoops.) 

Everyone is welcome to enter the giveaway contest and I'm willing to ship internationally.

All the giveaways here on BuzzinBumble will run right up until the end of the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop.  Winners will be randomly drawn on June 4th and I'll announcing all the winners during the final post of the hop on June 5th.  If you'd like to see the first three giveaway contests, there is still time to enter!

Just check here:
and here:
Week Three - Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities - Kona Cotton Color Card Giveaway


*Please note*- If you are a no-reply blogger, remember to leave your e-mail address so that I will have a way to contact you if you win. 


Don't forget to visit the Crafted Applique Blog Hop Stops for a chance to win a copy of my book too!   


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Can't Wait? 

What if you can't wait that long and would like your own copy of "Crafted Appliqué" now?  There is no need to wait to see if you win one of the book giveaways.  If you do win, but have already purchased the book, I will gladly reimburse the cost of the book instead.  In the meantime, you can purchase a signed copy here on BuzzinBumble, or buy one from the AQS shop, or through Amazon.  (Amazon constantly sells out.)

Below is the Blog Hop Schedule.  All the blog titles are live links, which I will keep updating as participants post their reviews.


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Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop
May 1st to June 5th 2016

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
Lara
Buccella
Introduce Tour   

2
Valerie Smith
3
Dana Gaffney
4
Lorna McMahon
5
Mary Schuberg
6
Heidi
Kuntz
7
Alycia Carmin
8
Amy
DeCesare
9
Sherri McConnell
10
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

11
Christina Cameli
12
Melissa Corry
13
Sarah
Craig
14
Soma Acharya
15
Valerie
Reynolds
16
Angela Pingel
17
Sandra Walker

18
Cheryl Brickey
19
Judy Murphy
20
Yvonne Fuchs
21
Cindy Pieters
22
Susie
Zlogar
23
Connie Campbell
24
Ruth
Bourke
25
Kaja
Zieslar
26
Ann
Brooks
27
Cynthia Brunz

28
Holiday
29
Holiday
30
Holiday
31
Jenn Trott-Zisserson
1
Paulette Horn
2
Sandra Jansen

3
Christine Sherman


4
Darlene Simmons
5
Lara
Buccella
Giveaway Winners Announced!        














Usually, I make it a goal to reply to and reciprocate all comments.  I really love it when you take the time to stop and chat.  This month, with the Blog Hop and multiple giveaways in progress, I hope you will understand if I don't manage to keep up.  


You can click on the pup to leave a comment.  Best of luck!



Sunday, May 15

Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop - Week Three Giveaway!

We're heading into week three in the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop!  The first two weeks were so much fun and if you are just joining us, it's definitely worth checking out the previous blog hop stops.  This week is going to be super exciting too.  You'll hear more about what people think of the book and also get a chance to see more terrific projects using the Crafted Appliqué method.  It's really thrilling to see how many of you are trying it out and then letting your own creativity fly with new ideas!

The blog hop calendar is shown at the end of this post.  All the blog titles are live links, which I will keep updating as participants post their reviews.  You'll have a chance to win a free copy of "Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities" at every stop!  Plus, today here on BuzzinBumble I'm holding another brand new giveaway.  (More on that in just a minute.)


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Folk Art Christmas

But first, it's time to show you another one of the book projects.  This one is called "Folk Art Christmas" and it is a small wall quilt with a tree fashioned with two lovebirds, pomegranates, leaves and berries.  Want to hear something funny?  I drew the two birds way back when I was in high school and happened to save the sketch all those years.


"Folk Art Christmas" by Lara & Alina Buccella
Quilted by Valerie Smith

This pattern reflects my love of many different traditional folk arts.  I designed it as a way to put the Crafted Appliqué technique fully to the test.  It passed with flying colors: All those little stems and berries... all those curvy shapes and fine cut outs... and No Fraying!  (If you click on the close up picture below, you'll be able to see for yourself.)  

In addition, our daughter Alina was home visiting and I asked her to test out how difficult this would be for a newbie to sew this pattern.  She had sewn straight seams, but had never sewn on an applique or tried to follow curved edges before.  Well she rose to the challenge and by sewing slowly and carefully, she completed the whole lower half of the quilt in one sitting. Way to go Beana! 

My friend Valerie Smith, aka Pumpkin Patch Quilter quilted "Folk Art Christmas" for me with the tiniest McTavishing style quilting.  It's next to miraculous!  I met Valerie through The Quilting Board, when she posted there about her gorgeous Heirloom Christmas Stockings.  This is the best photo I have to show off Valerie's quilting.  Her fabulous quilting made the appliques appear as if they were trapunto and it brought the whole quilt to life! 


Close Up - Lit to show off Valerie's quilting



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Kona Cotton Solids Color Card Giveaway


One of the best things about quilting is getting to play with fabrics and color.  Appliqué quilting, in particular, gives you the opportunity to get creative with fabric almost as if you are using a paint box full of color.  So week three's giveaway is a Kona Cotton Solids Color Card - with swatches of 303 beautiful colors from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.   




1.  To enter for a chance to win a color card, simply leave a comment on this post.  Just for fun, tell us when you made your first quilt.   Did someone finagle you into trying it, like I did to Alina?
 
2.  BuzzinBumble followers, both new and old, can have a second chance to win by leaving a second comment and letting me know how they follow me.  (If we already chat back and forth a lot and you follow me, just say "Hi Lara!" in your second comment... I don't want to make you jump through more hoops.) 

Everyone is welcome to enter the giveaway contest and I'm willing to ship internationally.

All the giveaways here on BuzzinBumble will run right up until the end of the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop.  Winners will be randomly drawn on June 4th and I'll announcing the winners during the final post of the hop on June 5th.  If you'd like to see the first two giveaway contests, there is still time to enter!

Just check here:

Please - If you are a no-reply blogger, remember to leave your e-mail address so that I will have a way to contact you if you win. 

And now... without further ado:  Here is the calendar with all the fabulous Blog Hop Participants!

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Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop
May 1st to June 5th 2016

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
Lara
Buccella
Introduce Tour   

2
Valerie Smith
3
Dana Gaffney
4
Lorna McMahon
5
Mary Schuberg
6
Heidi
Kuntz
7
Alycia Carmin
8
Amy
DeCesare
9
Sherri McConnell
10
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

11
Christina Cameli
12
Melissa Corry
13
Sarah
Craig
14
Soma Acharya
15
Valerie
Reynolds
16
Angela Pingel
17
Sandra Walker

18
Cheryl Brickey
19
Judy Murphy
20
Yvonne Fuchs
21
Cindy Pieters
22
Susie
Zlogar
23
Connie Campbell
24
Ruth
Bourke
25
Kaja
Zieslar
26
Ann
Brooks
27
Cynthia Brunz

28
Holiday
29
Holiday
30
Holiday
31
Jenn Trott-Zisserson
1
Paulette Horn
2
Sandra Jansen

3
Christine Sherman


4
Darlene Simmons
5
Lara
Buccella
Giveaway Winners Announced!        
















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