Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Tour/Giveaway

When I started this blog three years ago, I never thought that I would be writing a post about a book that lists me as one of the authors. And I never could have imagined when I met Janice soon after I started blogging, that we would one year later be taking on this project together. But 1,000,000 texts, emails, and phone calls later plus the quilts of 9 awesome contributors, our book, The Modern Medallion Workbook, is here. 

Before I get to my quilt, I want to tell you a bit more The Modern Medallion Workbook (skip to the bottom of this post for the giveaway):

- it includes detailed patterns and illustrations for 11 medallion quilts designed by 11 different designers

- the quilts vary in style from modern-tradition to vintage modern to modern

- the quilts also vary in complexity 

- the book contains a special techniques section with detailed instructions for paper piecing, piecing curves, and piecing flying geese. 

- there is a coloring page for each of the 11 quilts that you can use to figure out the color scheme and fabric placement of your version (you can also scan it and color it in digitally as Janice did in her post.)

- the book provides information on designing your own unique medallion quilt; there are instructions on how to measure and determine block size to mix and match the included borders and centers to create your own layout.  

-the book also contains ideas for mixing and matching the borders and centers as well as ideas for making "non-medallion" quilts using just the borders or the centers. 

This is the June Medallion, my contribution to the book (can you guess where I got the name?) It is pieced improvisationally with lots of negative space. I also decided to treat the binding as one of the borders and pieced together small pieces of many of the fabrics from the quilt to make it. 

The contributors have been posting about their quilts over the past two weeks and I'll link to their posts so you can see more photos from the book and learn about their quilts. Here are a couple of the other quilts from the book:

by Kerry Green
by Amy Sinibaldi

You can see more about these quilts and the quilts from the other contributors by clicking on their blog names below.  

Kerry Green from Very Kerry Berry
Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company
Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting
Janice Zeller Ryan from better off thread
Karen Anderson-Abraham from blooming poppies
Christina Lane from The Sometimes Crafter
Rebecca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts
Latifah Saafir from Latifah Saafir Studios
Melissa Richie from We Shall Sew



Our publisher, C&T/Stash, is giving away a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook to one lucky winner (hard copy if the winner is in the U.S., digital copy for all others.) To enter just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open until May 29th at 8pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random. There are also giveaways for the book still open on some of the blogs listed above.*this post contains affiliate links

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook

I'll be posting more about this book,The Modern Medallion Workbook: 11 Quilt Projects to Make, Mix & Match, that I co-authored with Janice from better off thread next week but I just wanted to let you know that the publisher, C&T/Stash, is having giveaways for copies of the book on the contributor's blogs (hard copy for U.S., digital copies for everywhere else.) The giveaways that are currently open are listed below; I'll update with the full schedule on Monday.

Nana Company (stays open through May 19, 2015 midnight)
Sometimes Crafter
Kitchen Table Quilting
Bryan House Quilts

I'm excited to share more about the book next week - it wasn't easy keeping this "secret" for the past 1 1/2 years. The contributor's quilts are gorgeous and really range in both style and complexity. Plus, in addition to the 11 quilt patterns, the workbook includes full coloring pages (line drawings) of each quilt to help you plan your version and detailed technical instruction for some of the more commonly used techniques in the patterns such as flying geese, paper piecing, and curves. But I think one of my favorite parts of this book is the chapter on how to use the patterns and techniques in the book to design your own unique medallion quilt. Well, I'll tell you more about it in my post on Monday -- plus by then the contributor's will have each shared more about their quilts so I'll be sure to include links to their posts so you can learn more about their process. 

*this post contains affiliate links

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook

Just thought it was time to share something I've been working on the past year or so :)

by Janice and me
with quilts from Erica, Alexia, Christina, Latifah, Becca, Karen, Kerry, Amy, and Melissa
plus instruction on how to design your own unique medallion quilt by mixing and matching the centers and borders from the book (including how to figure out how to size the blocks) and a section on advanced techniques commonly used for medallions including paper piecing, flying geese, piecing curves, and more. 

Available May 1, 2015. Available for preorder now on the C&T website, Amazon, your local bookstore or quilt shop and more. *just noticed that C&T and Amazon
are listing it as in stock April 25, 2015 so yay!

And if you want to see some sneak peaks of the quilt, follow me on instagram (plumandjune) - we've been sharing some of the quilts over there. And I'll be sharing more about the book on here soon.

*this post contains affiliate links.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Modern Rainbow Blog Tour

I'm excited to share with you this new book written by Rebecca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts (scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win your own copy.)  I've always admired Becca's style and this book definitely does not disappoint! The quilts are seriously gorgeous and the book includes valuable information for choosing fabrics and techniques to make your own! Here are some of my favorites:

I've been loving all of the projects that have been made for the book's blog hop. You can see the full list at the bottom of this post. I, unfortunately, haven't made a project from the book yet but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about which fabric I would use. If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know that I don't use too many bold colors but I looked through my fabric stash to come up with my own version of a modern rainbow palette.

Modern Rainbow Blog Tour Schedule

March 23rd             C&T/ Stash Books
March 24th             Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt
March 25th             Generation Q Magazine
March 26th             Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane 
March 27th             Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works

March 30th            Amy Garro of 13 Spools
March 31st            Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy
April 1st                Rebecca over at Craft Buds
April 2nd               Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
April 3rd               Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict

April 6th                Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread
April 7th                me!
April 8th                Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
April 9th                Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
April 9th                Shannon Brinkley of Bottle Tree Quilts
April 10th              Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts


Becca and C&T publishing are offering a copy of Modern Rainbow to one lucky reader. If you are interested in winning a copy (hard copy if you are in the U.S., digital copy for all others), just leave a comment below. The giveaway will remain open until April 10th at 10pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

The giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Just a few photos from Instagram - find me there at plumandjune. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015


*The collage is of my photos I posted throughout the month on instagram and I made it using the collect app. If you are on Instagram, come find me there - my username is plumandjune. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scraps, Inc - Autumn Flight

Have you heard of the Elephant and Piggie books? My 3 year old daughter has several books in that series including one called We are in a Book and while writing this post, I keep thinking of Gerald (the elephant) when he finds out he is in a book - because um, I'm writing this post to let you know that I am in a book! 

The book is called Scraps, Inc and is published by Lucky Spool. The book is all about scrap quilts (my favorite!) and includes designs from 15 designers. There really are so many amazing quilts in the book and the photography is gorgeous! You can see some of the other quilts on Lucky Spool's website by clicking here.

My contribution is Autumn Flight (shown above) and includes a bit of improv piecing and triangles. When I get the quilt back, I plan on taking lots of photos and I'll write a longer post about the specifics including my process. I did take a few pics before sending it to the publisher but I was so worried about accidentally ruining the quilt while taking the photos that well, you know. . .  

Scraps, Inc was published earlier this month and Lucky Spool is currently offering the book for 30% off until December 1, 2014 at 11:59EST. You can find it at this link - and the code is SCRAPS30. 

I am so excited to have been included in this book. Working with Susanne Woods and Lucky Spool was a wonderful experience and I think they produced a fantastic book. The book should be arriving at my doorstep any day now and I really can't even imagine what it is going to feel like to open that package. And what is also really exciting for me is how very excited my daughters (and the rest of my family) are for me - I think my 9 year old has told everyone she knows! It still seems unreal to write it but Yikes - I'm in a book! (And is it okay to admit that Gerald's reaction after finding out he is in a book resonates with me too - his next line is "That is so cool!" - um, yep!)