Today I'm really honoured to be a part of Alison Glass's blog tour to celebrate the release of her new line of blenders and basics for Andover fabrics and an absolutely fantastic paper pieced quilt pattern.
When Alison asked if I'd be part of the tour I almost peed my pants, and then when the fabrics arrived I did the same again. I can't tell you enough how great these are. A complete range of basics and blenders in modern designs and great colours - they're going to be a staple in my stash for a long time, I just know it.
Now...I've mentioned the fabrics, but what about the quilt?
Let's be honest - I am not a paper piecer, truth be told I loathe paper piecing because my brain is too small to comprehend it, but I found the pattern really easy to follow and I only messed up once, which was a dumb mistake and was totally because I did the complete opposite of what the pattern told me to do. Small brain, you see. It probably speaks volumes that despite not sewing for 2 weeks, and being incredibly tired after everything that's been going on over here at Monkey Towers I still managed to make myself a few blocks while the husbeast had a nap. (I had fully intended to make a heap of blocks and have a pillow to show you...but the husbeast put a spanner in the works with that plan). You need to imagine this is a pillow...and has many more feathers. Go on, use your imagination, I know you can do that. I'm now seriously tempted to just carry on and make a quilt, because I am actually enjoying paper piecing these blocks (there's something I never thought I'd say!)
I used Alison's new sunprint feathers for the 'background' and a foundation by the yard print from my stash as my 'print'. I'm saving the text prints for something else that I can't talk about right now, but I will soon. Promise.
To coincide with the blog tour Alison also has a killer giveaway - 74 fat quarters!!! That's a whole stash right there, and some of the fabrics haven't even been released yet so you're in for a crazy good deal. I want all of these so incredibly badly, maybe if you win you can just give them to me? Yes? We can be best friends forever and ever. You can enter at Alison's blog and the giveaway is open for the duration of the blog tour.
Alison co-designed this gorgeous quilt with Nydia Kehnie, who I think is going to be someone we see an awful lot of over the next year or so. She's incredibly talented, as I think this quilt proves. What I love the most about it is how you can adapt the pattern to create your own individual project. Make a few blocks for a pillow, add more blocks for a larger quilt. Or make a zipped pouch, add the feathers to the skirt of a dress or apron - the possibilities are endless. It's so beautifully explained and if I can do it, I know you can! It's a great quilt for scraps, it'd look so good with any fabrics. I just love it - it's one of those patterns that I can see being a firm favourite as a go-to gift quilt too. Who wouldn't love getting one of these wrapped up as a baby shower gift? Oh - I just had an idea - you could embroider special details like a wedding date or birthday or a baby's name in one of the longer blocks. That would be so cool.
For the full list of stops on the tour visit Nydia's or Alison's blogs because there are tons of additional giveaways along the way, so you really do need to stop by and check out the different projects and enter all the giveaways.
I have a giveaway for you too!
You can win a PDF copy of the feathers quilt pattern. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win and I'll pick a winner in a week. If you can't wait and want the pattern right away, head over to Alison's shop
Some of my sponsors have started receiving the new sunprint fabrics, including;
pink castle fabrics
cuts of cotton
Go shop! Now!!!!!!!