Friday, November 21, 2014

Modern Applique Illusions - Blog Tour

When Casey York asked if I would participate in her Modern Applique Illusions blog tour, of course I said Yes! as I have admired her work for years now.

I first ran into Casey at the MQG Meet-Up in Kansas City back in the Spring of 2012.  We chatted about the St. Louis MQG, as she was looking to join our guild, and I being the guild's President was more then eager to talk about all of the wonderful things that our members bring to the table, and how much fun we have at our meetings.

Soon enough at our Show & Tells, I saw that Casey's work stood apart, as she had such a masterful way of creating quilts by way of applique, something that many modern quilters had not yet explored. She went onto win one of the top prizes for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge with her quilt ONWARDS; which is one of the many patterns you can purchase directly from her shop, and is one of the quilts that inspired her to write this book.

Image of Onwards Quilt Pattern
ONWARDS Quilt by Casey York

In Casey's newest adventure, Modern Applique Illusions, she takes you on a journey where you can explore different methods of creating depth and perspective through applique and simple quilting designs.

I have had the pleasure of seeing several of the quilts from her book up close and in person at a recent Book Signing. Let me tell you...this is one quilter you definitely need to keep your eye on, no matter if you already love applique, or are looking to dip your toes in the water.  

Casey has created such captivating scenes in her quilts, and she joyfully guides you through the steps needed to replicate them, adding your own personal touches along the way.  While I adore many of the quilts from her book, one of my favorites is TUNNEL VISION; which ironically involves the least amount of applique (go figure).  Yet, for someone like me who is quite timid about applique, it makes me happy to see that she has taken the time to include information and projects for several skill-levels.

I encourage you to check out the whole Blog Tour to see what treasures the other "tour-guides" have made inspired by Modern Quilt Illusions.  Also, don't forget to check in with Casey's blog each day as she is chatting about the quilts from the book and offering up some giveaways too.  And if you want to pick up a signed copy of her book, head over to her shop.

11/10: C&T Publishing                                     

11/11: Jenifer Dick / 42Quilts                                  

11/13: Pink ChalkStudio                                       

11/14: ShannonBrinkley / BottleTree                

11/15: Pellon                  

11/17: Generation QMagazine       

11/20: Violet Craft            

11/21: Kristy Daum / St. Louis Folk Victorian  (You are here)

Now, I am delighted to tell you that Casey and C&T Publishing have offered a copy of her book to one of my lucky readers; whom will be chosen randomly through Random Generator.  To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me what scene, object, person, etc. you would like to bring to life through an applique quilt.  

This giveaway closes on Tuesday, November 25th (10pm CST)  

If you are based internationally, you will receive an electronic copy of the book.  If you are based in the US, you will receive a hard-copy.  Please be sure that I can reach you by email. Comment moderation is ON simply to weed out your comments will post throughout the day.


Monday, November 17, 2014

ECHO Pillow - Free Pattern

Just popping in to let you know that another of the pillow patterns that I created for Camelot Fabrics is now live on their site and available as a free download. I've named it ECHO.

ECHO Free Pillow Pattern

I designed the pattern using the Kate collection from Camelot Design Studio; which is filled with lots of great geometrics.  If you make one, be sure to tag me @LoveOldHouses on social media.

You can find this and lots of other free tutorials by clicking the Free Tutorials headline at the top of my blog.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trying Again Tomorrow

Sometimes things don't always work out as you hope they would, and that's okay.

If one always wins, then with each new obstacle you will expect to win and no longer try.  By coming up short, it gives you something to work harder towards next time. By working harder time and time again, I've achieved some pretty cool things thus far.  Just sayin' (here, here and here).


I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason; so I'm focusing my efforts on those things which have patiently taken a back seat, and continuing to be open to new opportunities.

Or as my younger Sister put it, "You can keep focusing on being awesome!!!" (Yeah, there might be a little bias there).

Just remember tomorrow is another day and you never know what is waiting right around the corner. And yes, I tend to be a glass half full kind of person [but that's me] about you?