Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Behind the Seams with our JUNE Banner Winners



My favorite part of celebrating a new month, 
unveiling our new look, is also the BEHIND the SEAMS
stories about our winners quilts....
 I am proud to introduce the following...
now from your right to left...

Take Laila's the end photo on your right..
this is more of her beautiful runner and her story..

My table runner is made from a pattern designed by the most recognized and popular Norwegian designer AnnAKa. Since back in 2004, when I started making quilts, I’ve attended several of her classes. She makes patterns that is easy to understand, and mostly projects which are quick to make, like this table runner. It’s also very easy to add your personal touch on the projects, like using your favorite fabrics and colors. The one I made with purple fabrics  is the fourth table runner from this pattern, so I guess I can call it a favorite :o) I have been asking AnnAKa to consider translating her patterns to English.  I really hope she will, even if the patterns are so easy to understand by the drawings :o)

Link to the whole quilt:more about it here

Thank you so much for using my quilt! I’m very honored! You really made my day brighter, I needed that ;o)
Both your own blog, and Stash manicure is a source of inspiration to me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for spending so much time and energy to do this for us fellow bloggers. You’re awesome :o)
Wish you a great weekend!
Hugs,
Laila Skauge



And beside Laila is our Jamie...

Hello June Readers -- My name is Jamie of L'Fair Quilts and I live in  Louisiana, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans.  In January of this year, Judy Laquidara with Patchwork Times challenged her readers to make quilty monochromatic projects.  With my monster stash of fabrics, this was perfect for me.  I am using this challenge not only for the use of one color, but to stretch my designing techniques.  I like to design from scratch, starting with a favorite block and the design wall.  For my "Field of Violets" ...take a peak here for more , it started with chubby pinwheels, 16-patch blocks, and the left-over cutaways as fillers.  After finishing this special quilt, I needed a "WOW" backdrop -- hence the beautiful gardens created by friends Donald and Aaron.  My new challenge is to make a different quilt for each themed niche' of their garden.  If only we had more hours in a day.

My official post today , so excited!
A special thank you to the talented Madame Samm .... Stash Manicure takes priority over the daily newspaper in my home, so I feel very honored to be chosen as a part of the June Banner. 
and next to Jamie is our Susan...and her story..

I am SO thrilled to have my quilt featured (again) on the banner of Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure!  My quilt is called Romantic Rings (approx 36” by 43”).  It is all hand pieced and hand quilted, made back in 2004 and a real labour of love.  The pattern, by Bev Darby, was first published in Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and is still available today.  I found the perfect fabric from my LQS to fussy cut the centre diamond shapes and used a wide range of pinks, mauves and purples from my stash.  The backing, which I thought was perfect, came from Ikea! I remember spending many a winter’s evening lovingly stitching this quilt together.  I am saving this special quilt for my first grandchild! (I just need to get one of my two sons married off! ) It was also my Mother’s favourite quilt so it is even more special. I am blessed to be sharing it with you all! 
 And Next to Susan is our  Dawn and her story...

Wow! I'm so honored to be choosen to be on the June banner over at Sew We Quilt!  Thank you Samm! Here is my story.

In July my DD2 is getting married! {The first of our 3 daughters to get married}  It is known among my family and friends that I love to give quits for wedding gifts.   So when my daughter got engaged, I asked her what kind of quilt she would like and in what colors. Her favorite color combination is purple and yellow so I pretty much knew what the colors would be but I had to ask!  I suggested a few patterns but DD2 & SIL weren't crazy about them so they searched and found this pattern, a form of log cabin with a twist called Lover's Knot.  There wasn't many directions on how to make the quilt so out came my graph paper and pencils to figure out size and yardage. Then came the search for the right fabric. I choose from the Eden collection by Lila Tueller.  Since the pattern lent itself to only 2 fabrics , I choose one from her lilac range and one with a white background.  For borders, I added some Kona Snow and one from the collection's yellow range and a larger multi-colored print. I love how this quilt came together and the fabrics were wonderful to work with. Can you see how 4 blocks form the knot? Since their wedding isn't until July, I haven't posted a complete reveal on my blog yet but just a few pictures.  Here is my link: more of my quilt here.  I want to thank Madame Samm for choosing my quilt to be part of the June banner. I am so honored.

Leave them a lovely sentiment, and I will include your name ONE MORE TIME
in our giveaway...YES I WILL.... Later today winner will be announced for this...



When did you start liking PURPLE, LAVENDER???
( today for me lol) 

59 comments:

  1. I made my Dad an all purple log cabin quilt about ten years ago and he and Mom used it on their bed for the whole ten years!

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  2. I visited all but Susan's site as there was no link up (no blog?) So - Susan, congratulations on being chosen for this months banner.

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  3. Beautiful quilts and marvelous stories ... Congratulations Quilters and thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of us!!

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  4. I love hearing the story behind a quilt.....these stories make the quilt so special. Thank you all for sharing. Gayle

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  5. Stash Manicure is better than the daily paper!! Lovely quilts! I have some fabric with lilacs on it that I keep planning to use for a quilt. Since it's lilac time right now, I should really get it out and make a runner or something. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. I googled and found Jamie's blog and left a comment but couldn't leave a comment on Susan's blog. It seems that blogger isn't allowing comments for some of us on some blogs. It's not even consistent. But here's what I wanted to say to her so "Oh, my! This is even prettier when we get to see the whole quilt!! Congratulations on being chosen for the banner at Stash Manicure!!! Yes, the quilt is so pretty!"

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  7. Beautiful blogs but Susan don't link ...

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  8. Thanks to everyone who has tried to find my quilt @ PatchworknPlay! Not sure why the link hasn't worked or whether it was something I didn't do right, but your lovely comments are much appreciated!

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  9. Lovely, and it's so interesting to read the stories behind the quilts. Beautiful

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  10. Congrats to the banner winners!
    Beautiful Quilts :D

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  11. Yay, a comment box appears! I love all of these although I never would have thought myself as a purple fan! Lovely to hear the stories. Thank you o much Madame Samm for all the editing and choosing, (and the background photos) - lovely touches of detail :-)

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  12. I love your lavender banner! Congratulations to the lucky four banner winners!! All very deserving!!

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  13. Beautiful quilts! I love the new banner!

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  14. Beautiful quilts. I'm glad I took the time to link to the blogs and see the photos showing the entire quilts -- some of them surprised me and all were gorgeous.

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  15. Congratulations to everyone on being chosen for Banner. I first started loving purple when I did a paper pieced quilt in purple and blue. Love that quilt.

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  16. Congrats!!!!
    When I started sewing dresses for my neice :-)

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  17. Dawn, Susan, Jamie, and Laila these are stunnign!! Congrats to each of you amazing ladies. It was so fun to ready your stories and they really inspire me to want to put together a purple quilt :)

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  18. Purple has always been my daughter's favorite color, so finally I have a plan for a quilt for her. The beautiful purples are purchased and seeing your fantastic quilts has me itching to begin. Congrats, the banner is wonderful!

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  19. I love purple, but usually put it with lime green or orange! I always enjoy the new banner winners stories behind their quilts! Thanks for sharing them.

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  20. I went and visited all the Banner winners and enjoyed all their stories. Thanks Ladies for sharing.

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  21. Congrats to you all. Lovely quilts, and lovely stories to go with them.

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  22. Beautiful quilts! And I love reading the stories behind the quilts! Seeing your beautiful work makes me want to make something purple! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love all the purple - such pretty quilts.

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  24. Congratulations to all of the winners! I visited them all, and I am really being drawn to put some more purple in my quilting plans!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Beautiful stories to go with beautiful quilts. I think the Romantic Rings quilt is just charming.

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  26. The quilts are lovely. Congratulations to the the banner girls (and their makers). LOL

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  27. I just recently started to enjoy purple. Maybe it's an age thing - lol! I frustrate my mother by calling all shades of purple - purple - not lavender or lilac - just purple!

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  28. I thoroughly enjoy reading the stories behind the quilts --- we all have so many reasons for picking up fabric and cutting into pieces and sewing them together again. Purple has been a favorite color for my daughters, so I've used it in their quilts.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  29. My DD has always been wild about any shade of purple and recently I have been choosing purple or lavendar over other colors. My stash of purple fabrics has really grown so I see a king-size purple quilt in my future! Debbie in WV

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  30. Thank you for the stories behind the lovely quilts! I always enjoy this post. I went through a purple stage when I was in 5th & 6th grade, and basically ignored it after until my daughter went through a purple stage about the same age! Just in the last year or so I've started to lean toward purples again. I don't think I'll ever be as obsessed as I was at 11 years old (thank goodness!), but I'm starting to love the little sparkle a dab of deep purple can add to a quilt.

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  31. Welcome to the June banner winners. Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing stories with us. They are so enjoyable to read!

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  32. Thank you Samm for all your hard work. I am truely honored for my quilt to be among the other talented June winners! I loved reading all their stories and visiting their blogs. Thanks again!

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  33. Fantastic inspiration and I love to learn more about those behind the creativity!

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  34. Thanks for the stories and the beautiful quilts. Congrats to the winners and thanks for sharing.

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  35. Enjoyed reading their stories and visiting their blogs (where possible). Purple was my favorite color when I was 7, and I still like it a lot!

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  36. Loved the stories - love the quilts! I started liking lavender from day one...I would have demanded lavender diapers had I been able to talk! But when I'm old and in the home I'll insist on lavender diapers!! xo, Nan

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  37. I enjoy learning more about the ladies and their quilts.
    Blogger is being buggy today, so hard to blog hop.
    I don't decorate with purple, but I love to work with it.

    Debbie

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  38. Way to go ladies and congratulation to each of you. Blogger sure isn't cooperating today for posting comments. I am trying to leave a comment on each of your blogs, Susan you don't have one!

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  39. These are so wonderful - the ladies outdid themselves on these.

    I became enamoured with purple from about the time I was 10 years old - but it was 'an old lady color' back then. It is still my very favourite color and I naturally gravitate to it every time.

    Hugs - Marie

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  40. I have always love purple! thanks ladies for sharing! I love all the quilts.

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  41. All beautiful and deserving winners (both the quilts and the quilters!). Congratulations!

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  42. Purple has not been my favorite color but since I started piecing more I've decided there really aren't any colors I don't like or can't use. I really like your banner and the quilts are beautiful.

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  43. I fell in love with a beautiful young 10 year old girl almost 1 year ago. My wife and I have since adopted her, and she give me reason to quilt in Pinks and Purples, flowers and butterflies...

    Purple is an awesome color!

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  44. The Purple Banner Quilts are awesome! They sure caught my eye. I love purple in my quilts and I wear purple a lot too.

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  45. Each of the banner quilts is quite wonderful--brava to the quilters who made them. I confess to having a special spot in my heart for purples and those purple goodies are calling my name like a siren song.

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  46. Congrats to all the winners! Their stories are inspiring. Purple is just a fun color to play with. Thanks for the extra chance.

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  47. Congratulations to the June banner ladies.... awesome work!!! I started a purple quilt 4 years ago....a purple log cabin with applique. I just have the borders to do....I absolutely love it so far and I can't believe I have not finished it yet. Every time my niece and sister come for a visit they ask me if I have it done....I luv purple and do like to use it in my quilts but I don't wear purples very often. In my younger days I was a red head and it just didn't work for me.

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  48. thanks for sharing your stories ladies,beautiful quilts

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  49. Love purple. When my mom turned 80 my sister gave her a book of poetry called "When I am old, I shall wear purple". Figured I don't want to wait until I get old, LOL.

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  50. What lovely quilts! I have always liked purples. I find the purple iris in front of my house very inspiring.

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  51. What a beautiful June Banner! Love the quilts. I had purple brought to my attention by my Grandaughters, age 3 & 5. Now it is one of my favourites.

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  52. Beautiful purples! I remember purples from the 1950's before I tried making quilts. I watched Aunt Mamie hand piece as I had breakfast at her treadle sewing machine.

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  53. love the june banner. I have lots of purple quilts - love the color.

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  54. I started really loving purple when my granddaughter was born. Girls gotta love that purple.

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  55. When we planted 300 lavender around the back of our house, the color is fantastic & the smell isn't bad either. Love the range of colors on the banner
    hadacres at comcast.net

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  56. Thanks for all the stories behind the purple banner quilts. I enjoyed reading these.

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