Friday, April 20, 2018

Child's Play Quilts Blog Hop

I am so excited to be included in the Child's Play Quilts Blog Hop!  
This new book by author Stacey Day is amazing.  
You can visit Stacey's blog, Stacey in Stitches right here.


For a chance to win your own copy of Child's Play Quilts, follow these three easy steps! 
You must do all three to be eligible. 
 Please make certain you leave an email just in case you are the winner!

The winner will be drawn on April 21st. 

1. Follow me here on my blog 
2. Follow Stacey Day on her blog 
3. Comment on Stacey's blog post HERE

You can purchase a copy in her Etsy shop or at Amazon

There are 20 different quilts in the book, 10 applique and 10 traditionally pieced. 
 They are shown in both warm and cool colorways too, which I really liked.

In addition to having great quilts in the book Stacey has a LOT of great information on color theory.  It is well organized, well written and very easy to understand.  
She also has a great section on maintaining your stash including a wonderful fabric folding tutorial.  It's written so you can fold your fabric to fit the space YOU use for your fabric storage. 
 Stacey talks about how to build a stash, and organize your scraps, which I always find helpful.  Organization is the key to having a usable stash!

As many of you already know, I have been working my way through my own scraps to put them together to make slabs.
 This book has a LOT of great information on this very subject. 
 Can you even imagine how excited I was to read this right now,
 while I am in the midst of making slabs of my own scraps??

Stacey talks about different ways to make slabs,
 ie a more traditional "log cabin" way where you sew round and round or


In a more improv fashion where you can randomly add pieces.  
This is more how I have been working.


Fabric slabs are not just to showcase colors either.  
You can take your low volume fabrics and make a slab to use for backgrounds. 
 Just imagine how much more interesting your quilt will become with a few slabs of background fabrics instead of just a single color!

Your slabs can be used to make blocks or you can use them with a template.  
For example her quilts Hearts on a String and Baby Showers 
both incorporate this technique into the quilts.  
Once you have a slab done you can use that slab to replace a single fabric in your quilt as Stacey did in the hearts and drops.  
You can even use a fussy cut (like the owl in these photos) to showcase a favorite print!







I toyed around with making slabs to use for piecing letters but I am running out of time for the project I thought I might do this with.  
I have filed it away for future projects though.

I hope you have enjoyed the book review and will visit Stacey's blog and leave a comment.
This book not only has great quilts, but LOTS of useful info on organization, color and techniques.

The blog book tour schedule is right here
Online Book Tour Schedule:


Stacey Day @staceyinstitches April 9th  

Brett Lewis @naturalbornquilter April 9th

Cheryl Brickey @MeadowMistDesigns April 9th

Karen Foster@CapitolaQuilter April 10th 

Cathy Mackay @cathysmithmackay April 10th

Fiona Kelly @tangledblossom April 11th

Jackie White @jackiesartquilts April 11th

Jean Jones @sew_catstudio April 12th

Reece Montgomery @reecemontgomery April 12th

Carl Hentsch @3dogdesignco April 13th

Brooke Sellmann @sillymamaquilts April 13th

Kaitlyn Howell @knotandthread April 14th
Amy Gunson @badskirt April 14th

Kelly Bowser @kelbysews April 15th

Karis Hess @themodernsewist April 15th

Sara Lawson @sewsweetness April 16th

Leslie Meltzer @lelliebunny April 16th

Pamela Morgan @sweetlittlestitches April 16th

Amy Garro @13spools April 17th

Stephanie Perrins @stitchandbobbin April 17th

Chelsea @Pinkdoorfabrics April 18th

Michelle Wilke @ml_wilkie April 18th

Tiffany Sepulveda @sewtiffany April 19th

Rachael Riechmann @sewilearned April 19th

Pamela Lincoln @mamaspark59 April 20th  (You are here!)

Kate Maryon @katydidklm April 20th

Enjoy your day and happy reading!

~XOP~


6 comments:

OhioLori said...

Love the Slabs idea...very creative.. This book looks amazing...and fun!! :)

Angie&Gary Short said...

Really cool hearts and raindrops. So pretty. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

Ioleen said...

Love doing slabs. Just sewing and not really knowing where it’s going, love it. Freedom ❤️❤️

CapitolaQuilter said...

Scrappy slabs sound like the perfect way to spend the day playing.

co coya said...

Soft kitty is cute!

Royal1688

handling emotions said...

cool hacks,loved it

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