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.)
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|
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!
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And now... without further ado: Here is the calendar with all the fabulous Blog Hop Participants!
Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop
May 1st to June 5th 2016
May 1st to June 5th 2016
Giveaway Winners Announced!