Monday, May 7, 2012

Winners, Winners Everywhere

It's time to announce the winners of last week's giveaways ...

Cathedral Square quilt
But first, I want to thank each and every person who left such wonderful comments about my Cathedral Square block from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I'm so glad you all enjoyed this block! And I especially love that several people mentioned they're thinking of trying a modern-style quilt for the first time. I think the "modern-meets-traditional" aesthetic that I've embraced is a great starting point if you're considering a first foray into modern quilting, and that aesthetic is well-represented in this block. And as always, if you do make this block, I would love to see pictures of it in the Freshly Pieced Flickr group!

Second, a few people asked about how I make my quilt mock-ups (see my alternate layouts for the Cathedral Square block in this post). I use Adobe Illustrator for my mock-ups—as a former professional graphic designer, that's the program I know and own. But that's probably more than what most of you need. Lynne of Lily's Quilts is currently doing a fantastic series on using an iPad program called Touchdraw to make quilt mock-ups, blog headers, etc. There's a free version of Touchdraw you can try, and the full version costs only $8.99. The program is apparently being rolled out for Macs as well, if you don't have an iPad. Lynne's introductory post is here, posts about mocking up quilts are here and here, and here is her post about making a blog header.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks
Okay, now on to what you really want to know: Winners! The winner of the free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5, is #323, Kristen, who said, "I love the block! It looks far more complex than it seems and should be very easy to chain piece for a nice-size quilt. Thanks for designing it and for the chance to win!"

And the winner of the free copy of Emily Herrick's e-book Geared for Guys is #70, Becky, who said, "We have mostly males in our family. I'm onto making quilts for my nephews. Thanks for the giveaway."

Ladies, I'll be sending emails to both of you. Thanks to everyone for entering!


Kristen said...

I am so excited to have won - thank you so much! Your block has really grown on me since I saw it and I think I might do it in a version of 30's fabrics with scrappy centers and solids (bubble gum pink and apple green?) in the "framed" parts. I can't wait to get my copy of the fifth edition and keep it with my well dog-eared others!!

capitolaquilter said...

I've been slowly collecting back issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks edition because I only discovered them recently. How exciting for you to be features. Congrats.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Thank you Lee! XXX

QuiltyGirl said...

Your block is great! And thanks for the iPad app info. I think I have at app, I need to check it out. :)

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