Sunday, February 14, 2016

MY BOOK AND VALENTINES GIVEAWAYS!

So much has happened since the beginning of the year! Where do I begin? (Click on any of the highlighted links to take you to the web page.)

In January I was busily prepping for my video production with iQuilt, a new online production by AQS (American Quilter's Society) and sponsored by Bernina. They have started on-line classes similar to Craftsy and Fons & Porter. I have to say it is better because I will have one with them! They already have lots of wonderful workshops to pick from. I hope you will pick mine when it is released. If you are a member of American Quilter's Society you will get a discount.

I had frequent video conferences with my producer. A very new experience for me. I felt like a dinosaur to my very young producer, Cara.  I had to quickly make my sample and get pieces ready for filming. I called it Explosive! It is a class that will demonstrate how to make the stars in my new book Kaleidostars.


Finally the day came to film. They flew me to Denver, Colorado on Sunday January 24 and I was whisked to a hotel in Littleton. This is the view out of my hotel window. It just looks surreal!


Production started Monday morning. I had terrible butterflies in my stomach that morning, but the production crew was so nice and really put me at ease. It went a lot easier than I had thought. Luckily I did not have to memorize a script (at my age I'm lucky to remember what I did yesterday)! I have taught this class many times and I was comfortable with the process. Here I am with my producer Cara. We are rehearsing for the next taping.


Every morning I had a make up artist work her best to make me beautiful for filming!


We taped 6 sessions: An introduction; choosing fabrics; finding designs with mirrors; cutting instructions, including how to get perfect fussy-cut pieces; piecing the blocks; and finishing the quilt, including sewing on a mitered border. Here I am piecing the blocks. The Bernina 570 QE sewing machine I worked on was a dream!


Now to the giveaway! Since it is Valentine's Day and I love all of the wonderful quilters that I have met along the way, I am giving away a copy of my new book to one winner. In addition to that, I will be giving away a 17" or 13" set of Kaleidostars templates to two lucky winners. For anyone who leaves a comment I will send them my newest 1/4" seam gauge used to get those perfect 1/4" seams every time. The secret to my accurate piecing! Be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT TO TELL ME WHY YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF MY NEW BOOK AND LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN. I CAN'T CONTACT YOU IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS.

The video class is expected to be released at the end of March. Just in time for my birthday! What a wonderful birthday present it will be! I will be posting more information about it as it gets nearer. I will also be blogging along with Electric Quilt about how I designed my quilts in EQ7 and will have more giveaways then too. DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT.

As always; Do what you love and love what you do. Thanks for reading, Toby. 
 



52 comments:

Kate said...

Looking forward to your iquilt class! Awesome block!
Kate

Judy said...

I would like to win a copy of your book because I always love your patterns. I like several of the quilts from your Kaleidostars book.

Suzane Chisum said...

I love your block! I am always interested in learning something new. Thank you for sharing the taping of the tv show as that is new to me too.

Suzchisum@gmail.com

Joyce in Nevada said...

I would like to win one of your books because it is out the box for me---I'm a simple patchwork quilter but like to try more advanced quilts.

Lisa Marie said...

The quilts in this book look amazing and I would love to make them! These quilts look challenging enough and varied enough to hold my interest for a long time. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!
jklmengland@windstream.net

Valerie Studer said...

need to pick a design for our opportunity quilt! Just love your designs! Pick me!
mrsval@aol.com

Rachell said...

Oh wow, what an adventure! Congrats on a new way to share your expertise!
I would love your book because I am a fanatic of stars and star quilts! I love a challenge and learning new techniques!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kathy Stack said...

Can't wait to get your book. BTW my Kalidastar is hanging on my living room wall. I am enjoying your 1/4 inch gage. I am trying to figure out how to hang it on my machine so I will always have. I want to get another so that I wil have one with both of my machines.
Kathy

Ann McNew said...

Your quilts are always breath taking with those perfect points! And a dream to quilt! Atticthreads@yahoo.com

Ann McNew said...

Your quilts are always breath taking with those perfect points! And a dream to quilt! Atticthreads@yahoo.com

Alice Ronne said...

Would love to win your book! Love the challenge of learning things that are new for me. Thanks for the giveaway chance and happy Valentine's day to you! akronne17@gmail.com

trudemountain said...

Love your quilts! You are an excellent teacher and I still use the tips and lessons I learned from your classes. You have made my piecing more accurate and more fun! Recently completed a quilt using your North Star template. Karen Trude daletrude@att.net

Kd Brown said...

Toby, I would love to win a copy of your book because I love star quilts! ~Kd. brown (dot) k [at] centurytel (dot) net

koberg said...

I would love to win your book or template as I have always wanted to make a kaleidoscope type quilt and this is even better as it is stars. I loved your class you taught at our Hannibal Quilt Guild teaching your paper piecing method. I still use it today. koberg@centurytel.net

GranChris said...

I would love to win a copy of the book. I am sure it will be wonderful. All your work is stunning. Jmikebalou(at) aol dot com

Linda said...

I love every quilt I have seen from this book! Happy Valentine's Day to both of us.
Lindaemery@rocketmail.com

Allison CB said...

Love your books and your templates! Always inspiring! I am so glad you had a good Time with I quilt! Mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandy Allen said...

I would love to win your book because I am always looking for new techniques to try. I love star nlovkd, too.

Sandy A
Scotty4me39(at)yahoo.com

Barbara Campbell said...

Would love to win your book - I love doing kaleidoscope designs.
Barbara
bcampbell3@yahoo.com

Sabrina van Ginkel said...

Your Kaleidoscope stares are really beautiful. I would love to win the book so I could try to make them.

sabrinavan701@gmail.com

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Crickets Corner said...

Who wouldn't want to win a copy of this wonderful book? I would love to push my skills further out of my comfort zone by making one or ten of the quilts. edrin1942@gmail.com. Thanks for the chance, Rina

Crickets Corner said...

Forgot to say that winning one of the ruler sets would be fantastic also and thanks for sending each of us your 1/4" seam gauge. Maybe I'll finally get that perfect seam consistently.

Unknown said...

Toby, beautiful quilts in the new book. And congrats on the iQuilt filming.
Monica Sharp
Qltr56@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Toby, beautiful quilts in the new book. And congrats on the iQuilt filming.
Monica Sharp
Qltr56@gmail.com

Lynda Milligan said...

It's been a long time since I played with mirrors and fabric. You inspire me to play again! I think I'll also try my hand at scanning fabric into EQ7 and making a few kaleidoscopes. Thanks for the inspiration Tony--looking forward to your class. Millilyn@aol.com

Tamara Isaacs-Smith said...

I would love a copy of your book because the patterns have a great look.
tami334@gmail.com

fatcat said...

How wonderful to be pampered before teaching your class. You look great and I'm sure it's an fun class. One day I'll try it but right now I'm involved in too many other projects.

marcia's longarm quilting said...

Great giveaway!!!!! Beautiful quilts!!!!! Mabarron@charter.net

Ruthie's Place said...

Many, many congratulations. You go girl. I love the quilts in your Kaleidostars Book, they are beautiful and I would love to win a copy. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so.
Warm hugs,
Ruthie in Israel

Ruthie's Place said...

Hi Toby, it's Ruthie again. Like you I also forget things, I forgot to leave you my email - LOL. ruthie.peterburg@gmail.com

Vicki Kurtti said...

I'm looking forward to seeing you again, I've been working with some of your templates, I never knew I would love using templates until I took your class at the quilt retreat. Vicki Kurtti

Jane Beadle said...

Your quilts and blocks are wonderful! Thank you for sharing! I would love to win!

Kris Bo said...

thank you so much for sharing your talent. To whoever wins, you are one lucky quilter!!

Claudette Vido said...

I love your quilts! All the way from Canada ev.fonn@hotmail.com Thank you

Donna Smith said...

So glad I have found you. Looking forward to seeing your iQuilt. Means living in Australia we can still get to share your skills. I will be sure to share with my fellow Aussie quilters.
Happy filming
Donna
contactdonnas@gmail.com

Barb Johnson said...

I have your St. Louis Stars book, and I love it. I'm sure your Kaleidostars book will be just as exciting! baj555 at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

Congrats on your new book and recognition on Iquilt. Love the idea of the Kaleidostar!! Gorgeous.

Jean said...

Love these projects, the book is awesome

Bev Sievers said...

Would love to make one of these quilts.

Barbara Wellman said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Rexeroll@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love your sample, it's beautiful. I am very interested in your class. My email is Roberta Whitt, 338 Kirkley Circle, Forest, VA 24551.

Debra Kramer said...

I can't wait to see your video on I Quilt and your book looks amazing. Congratulations on both! Debraak1@charter.net

DTatro said...

Your book looks most interesting !! I'd love to win it or your templates!!! We're always trying tk get that perfect 1/4 seam....thanks for any help you can offer ! Dtatro 1950@aol.com

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Bobbie in Missouri said...

Your Kaleidoscope quilts are amazing - I would like to win a book or templates......bobbiec47@gmail.com

Ramona Moreland said...

Congratulations, Toby, your work is amazing!

sewcrazeee@verizon.net

Ramona Moreland said...

Congratulations, Toby, your work is amazing!

sewcrazeee@verizon.net

Quilts And Pieces said...

Toby, I absolutely love the examples you have shown! I took a class from you once and love, love, love your templates and methods! I would be over the moon to win the book or templates! Heck I'm going to need to get my hands on both anyway! Dawn

Dquilts(at)gmail.com

Linda Pinnt said...

You have some awesome quilts. I love Kaleidoscopes and going to go look at your book. Would love to win one!!! Great way to start the March off!!! countryrosequilting@gmail.com

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I look forward to seeing the videos. You kaleidoscopes are gorgeous. kgreenking@yahoo.com

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