Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pat Sloan's Book Tour and Giveaway!

 Welcome fellow quilters!!

You've landed in upstate New York, USA
for one of the many stops along
A book tour you say ?
YES !!  
Pat Sloan has done it again with a new book in her "Teach Me" series -- this one is focused on one of my favorite topics,
Machine Quilting.    
Did you know:
Pat has published 33 books in 16 years?
Holy WOW -- See some of them here.
For this book,
Pat invited 41 of her Quilty friends
including !! ME !!
to participate in the tour.
If you haven't been following along, be sure to hop on over to this post and get busy!
There are projects, giveaways, tips, tricks and fun all along the way.

Some History

I had the opportunity to meet Pat at International Quilt Market oh... ? 2 years ago.  She was hanging out in her Moda Fabrics booth -- surrounded by her amazing new fabric line and beautiful inspiring quilts and flashing her fabulous smile.

It was my first trip to Market and I was already in awe of the entire event -- but getting to meet "THE" Pat Sloan was certainly a highlight!

We had all of about 2 minutes to chat before she was whisked away to another crew of anxious followers.  

About a year later Pat invited me to be a guest on her American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast.

Talk about completely and utterly honored.

You can read my take on it here and listen to the podcast by clicking the image below.
Fast forward about 5 months when I learned that Pat was publishing a book on Machine Quilting.!!

Oh Boy!!
I sent Pat a note to congratulate her and tell her how anxious I was to peruse and learn from her new book.  
What Machine Quilter wouldn't be?

  So I was completely honored that Pat asked me to be a part of her Mega Fun Book Tour.  

Let's get to it then....  

If you're interested in learning to Machine Quilt on your home machine this is the book for you.

It's one of the most comprehensive Machine Quilting books I've read.

How can you NOT love a book that opens with this:
Not a beginner ?
You'll still love the content AND I know you'll want to create one of Pat's beautiful projects !
I did!!

There are 5 projects focused on machine quilting with a walking foot.
Here's my favorite -- Mini Charm Star:
and 4 projects focused on free motion machine quilting.
This applique project, Winter Bliss, just pulled at my heartstrings...
Can you see why?
I just had to make it!
Oh my goodness - sew much fun!

I decided to create with wool on a beautiful background of Primitive Gatherings Flannel Muslin.  The lovely Autumn Lily fabric by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics topped off the borders.

Of course, I used Pat's (and my) favorite Aurifil 12Wt thread for hand stitching and a variety of Aurifil 40Wt for the free motion quilting.
Aurifil cotton thread is the best!
Pat has a fabulous section on thread and thread weights in the book -- very informative and helpful.
Pat's pattern and quilting instructions were perfect.
"Up Close and Beautiful" images of Pat's quilting are scattered throughout the book.
Pat's Winter Bliss Quilting
They helped me get past my fear of quilting on applique.
I used a few of Pat's very basic motifs in the center and some simple paisley and pebbles in the border.  My border pattern was pretty busy -- so the quilting is NOT the highlight of that section.
What I love about "Teach Me To Machine Quilt" is that Pat recognizes and calls out the pitfalls of machine quilting.
She clearly and accurately describes ways of getting around the worst of the them -- AND - it seems like she's sitting in the room with you, guiding you all the way.
I especially appreciate Pat's recommended 5-Step Plan for
improving your machine quilting skills.

You can do it!!  
I know you can. 
Are you inspired??
Get a copy of Pat's book, read it cover to cover, and get going one one of Pat's fabulous projects.


No Mega Fun Book Tour is complete without a Giveaway!
Visit Pat's Giveaway Page and Enter
to win 1 of 5 copies of
Pat's "Teach Me to Machine Quilt" book!

Physical copies for US Residents and e-books for all others.
While you're there, be sure to tour all the other stops.  You won't want to miss out on the other giveaways and projects.

I'm thrilled to share my day, November 30th with these talented quilters:

Kim Niedzwiecki --
Karen Miller -- YOU ARE HERE!!
Wendy Sheppard --
Brenda M. Ratliff --

If you've not visited my blog before, you may want to get in this giveaway and sale before it ends on midnight November 30th!! 

Many thanks for stopping by!

Are you looking for Programs or Workshops for you Guild?
I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017 & 2018

If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
Time to run... a have a little shopping to do.
Have a blessed weekend all and many thanks for your continued support!
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    1. Cool idea to inspire those wanting to learn to quilt for themselves.

    2. Looks like a 'must have' book! What a wonderful review!

    3. thank you for being on my book tour you are wonderful!... and now I want to make another snowman in Pink!!

    4. What a cute snowman! Thank you for the review! Looks like it includes great tips!

    5. Looks like a Must-have Book! I sew want to make the Snowman with Red Birds!

    6. 41 stops on a blog tour!? Yowser! I'm glad I read about her book here.

    7. Love your quilt of Pat's snowman and your review of her new book.

    8. Which thread colors did you use for the Snowman quilt?

    9. A great review of her book! I love your snowman!!

    10. Fantastic project Karen - absolutely love your quilting on it! Great review! xo jan

    11. Thanks for showing your quilts, you did a lovely job. Love your snowman!

    12. Thank you for sharing your review!(& all you share with us allll the time!! You are soooo Creative!!)This Book is AWESOME!!! It is definitely on my Wish List!! :)

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