Here it is, Friday again - time to get our whoop whoop on! And I've got something special today - a review of a new book and a GIVEAWAY! Whoop whoop indeed!!
When I heard that Becca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts was looking for people to participate in the blog tour for her new book, I took one look at the book and knew I wanted to be a part of it! You know how I love rich, vibrant, saturated colors - and this book is chock full of it!
The first twenty-nine pages of the book cover some very important basics - how to use the color wheel correctly, how to use neutrals to make your rainbows "pop", things like that. I finally learned the difference between a hue, a tint, and a tone! There's a lot of good information to be found in these pages.
But then you get into the best part of the book - the quilts! And oh, they are lovely! She starts with a section called Modern Traditional Quilts - one of which is this beauty... Lucy In The Sky!
There's a section on Modern Quilts - and Flame is featured in that section. I love the way she mixed neutrals and the rainbow hues in this quilt.
And then there's a whole section called Improvisational and Liberated Quilts. Rainbow Remix is my favorite quilt from that section. Inspired by the Gees Bend quilts, it is truly liberated, having irregular borders and distorted blocks. But if that's not your thing, she's got instructions on how to make it less wonky.
I wanted to try making something from the book as soon as I looked at it, but didn't have time to make a whole quilt before the blog tour. So instead of taking a block and turning it into a whole quilt, I took a whole quilt and turned it into a block! This quilt is called Scattered...
I had a lovely stash of 1.5" squares that my mother-in-law had collected over the years, so I chose a selection of neutrals and some rainbow tones and put together this pillow!
Now, you're probably saying, "1.5 inch squares? Is she nuts?" Well, I tried out a new technique! I laid the squares out in the design on a piece of very lightweight fusible interfacing, then pressed them down to securing them. I folded on the grid lines and stitched, and voila! Add a pretty vintage green linen border and back to the quilted block, and it's now a bright, sunny, spring-y addition to my pillow collection!
There's lots more places to learn about this gorgeous book, too! Check out the other stops on the blog tour...
March 23rd C&T/ Stash Books
March 26th Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
March 27th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works
March 30th Amy Garro of 13 Spools
April 6th Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread
April 7th Beth Vassalo of Plum and June
April 8th Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
April 10th Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts
If you'd like to win a copy of Modern Rainbow (hard copy in the U.S., e-copy for international winners), just leave a comment on this post by Thursday, April 9th at noon CST. Link up and join the Whoop Whoop party and you'll get an extra entry! I'll draw a winner and announce it next Friday - giving someone a very good reason to whoop it up!!
And now it's your turn!
What are you whooping about today?
What's got you dancing the happy dance?
Share - we want to dance right along with you!
The party will stay open until Thursday at noon -
Hope to see you there!