Quilting Happiness Goodies

I have lots of links to share with you today in relation to Quilting Happiness.  The reception of the book has been amazing!  I hope you have had a chance to take a flip through it and read some of the reviews.  I’d love to know if you’ve given a review of it on your blog.  We have a section on the book website where we’d love to link to any reviews.

First up, one of my most meaningful projects in the book, The Pocket Wall Caddy, is available for free on MAKE.  I designed this caddy based on one on my grandmother’s wall, and she just passed in July, so you can imagine how even more special it has become.  It’s a great size for holding all of your important pieces, and has lots of pockets.  I love to be organized, so all of those pockets make me very happy!

Another project from the book is being offered free for you to make at CrafterNews.  One of my favorite projects for its simplicity to make and visual impact, I think you’ll love the Haphazard Chevron Pillow as much as I do!  **Currently not available** 

Photo by Rachel Kerley, from her blog 2nd Avenue Studio.

When Diane and I wrote the book and turned it in to Potter Craft we found out we were way over our word count requirements.  We wrote a book and a half!  Luckily, our editor loved the content as much as we did and was reluctant to cut most of it, so they added more pages and the little that we did have to take out of the book Diane has been posting each week on her blog (CraftyPod) and the book’s website (which you can subscribe to by email now).  This weeks post shares one of my longtime sewing friends story about working with inmates and teaching quilting.  I found it so inspiring and loved to learn a little bit more about a good friend.  Take a minute and read Rachel’s story: Recovery, Life Skills and Finished Quilts.

Other items Diane has shared so far have been:

Quiz: What quilt are they?
Tools For Happiness: Inspiration Emergency Kit
Happiness Practice: A Making Meditation


Last week, while I was out of a town, a guest post I wrote for Sew Mama Sew to promote Quilting Happiness went up.  If you have read me for awhile, you know I struggle with choosing fabrics and colors for quilts.  One of the ways I’ve been able to overcome this is to audition colors digitally in a quilt before I go to my fabric cabinet (or the fabric shop).  In the post I share a couple of free tools to try to help with picking colors.  I also give you an easy block to try out your colors and a pattern to make a full quilt, called Forest Path.  I haven’t finished my whole quilt yet, but I am excited to get it made.  I love the colors I picked and think it looks great in the digital rendering!   Check it out and be sure to let me know how the tools work for you and if you make the quilt.  I’d love to see it!

Craftster.org is hosting a crafty challenge in connection with Quilting Happiness!  To enter to win a copy of Quilting Happiness, make any quilted project that represents your happiness in the craft and post it to Crafters starting Monday, October 14th.  You can read more about it here.

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