We are 'sew' excited to participate in Nancy Zieman's Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour
today! This tour celebrates Nancy's new book, Quick Column Quilts
, and today, I'm sharing my favorite quilt project from the book, as well as my creative vision for making it one day!
About the Book
Included in Quick Column Quilts
are 12 bold and beautiful designs for making quilt tops in half the time. By focusing on creating columns as opposed to squares or triangles, quilters can streamline their sewing while still creating a strong visual impact. Besides lots of quilt patterns, Nancy includes a section on basic quilting skills, including supplies, tools and finishing options.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is that there notes from Nancy throughout the book that really help encourage creativity and include tips and tidbits to make the quilting process smoother. Since I am newbie quilter (aka I haven't made a quilt yet), this notes are really helpful!
Plans for My First Quilt
Making a quilt has been on my sewing bucket list for quite awhile now, and this book was the final little push I needed to get going! I really love the Heartbeat Column Quilt pattern from this book, so I am going to use it for my first quilt! Yay!
The Heartbeat pattern will yield a quilt that would be perfect for a baby, and since I don't have kids yet, I wanted to make it a little larger...closer to throw size or bigger so I could snuggle up with it.
Again since I have next to zero quilt-making experience, I was a little apprehensive about trying to size up the pattern, but never fear! At the end of this particular quilt pattern, Nancy included a handy dandy section that goes over different creative options for this pattern, including information on how to create the quilt in larger sizes. I have zero excuse now not to make it!
I'm not sure yet what I want to use for the backing or binding, but I have my heart set on the fabrics for the quilt top:
As soon as I saw Brambleberry Ridge, the new line from Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics, I was in love. It's feminine and shimmery with a bit of a hipster vibe, and I knew I had to make something with it. It's just gorgeous!
I will use the above 8 prints (7 from Brambleberry Ridge and 1 from Glitz) to make the heartbeat strips, and I think I want to use white for the background. As far the backing fabric...I'm just not sure yet. I want to do something cool; make the back as interesting as the front. Hopefully, once I start working on the top, the back and binding will come to me. I'm a visual person, so it may help to see the top come together before deciding on the rest.
So that's my vision, what do you think?
Now that you've seen a sneak peek of Quilt Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman, head over to Nancy's blog for your chance to enter one of 15 amazing prizes, including a Baby Lock Tempo sewing machine!
Keep up with the Quick Column Quilts blog tour for tons more inspiration and quilting fun!
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and Simple Simon & Co.
09/06/14 Diary of a Quilter
and Stitchin Jenny
09/07/14 A Woman a Day
and Craizee Corner
09/08/14 Jina Barney Designz
, Lilac Lane Patterns
, and Totally Stitchin'
09/09/14 Esch House Quilts
and The Cottage Mama
09/10/14 Designs in Machine Embroidery
and Pat Sloan
09/12/14 Happy Valley Primitives
, Doohikey Designs
, and Quilt in a Day
09/13/14 Quilt Dad
and Just Arting Around
09/14/14 Lazy Girl Designs
and Marie-Madeline Studio
09/15/14 Always Expect Moore
and Polka Dot Chair
09/16/14 Amy Lou Who Sews
and Riley Blake Designs
09/17/14 Indygo Junction
and Amy's Creative Side