Thursday, March 31, 2016

BOOK WINNER AND ELECTRIC QUILT DRAWING

First I want to thank those who left a comment about my book and wished me a happy birthday. Today is the official day and I've reached a milestone! 65 years. I can't believe I am that old! Not that it is old to me, but to someone who is under 40 they would think it was!

Anyway, the winner of my book drawing is Michele T. Congratulations Michele! You will be getting an email from me so I can get your address and put your signed copy of my book in the mail.


Starting today, Electric Quilt is having another drawing for my book. If you are here for the first time after reading Electric Quilt's blog, then welcome. I hope you will come back again and consider following me. If you are a loyal blog friend and reading this before going to Electric Quilt then you need to go to Electric Quilt's blog and leave your comment on their blog (not mine) for a chance to win a copy of my book. The reason that Electric quilt is featuring me in their blog today, is because I am one of their EQ designers and I designed every quilt in the book with EQ7. Maybe after seeing all of the wonderful things I can do with EQ7 you might want a copy of your own! They are also have a huge drawing for unbelievable prizes! You can see how to enter other drawings, including the grand prize, on their blog.



So far I have been giving you peeks of some of the quilts in the book. Today I decided to show you all of the quilts and explain a little about each one. Kaleidostars is a book about how to use symmetrical fabrics. Those are fabrics that, if you drew an imaginary line down the center of the design, it would be the same on both sides. A butterfly is symmetrical for example. Here is a sample of Paula Nadelstern's newest fabric collection called ChromaZone.

  
You can see many more symmetrical fabrics like this on my website.

In my book I tell you what to look for in symmetrical fabrics, how to cut perfect repeats every time, choosing coordinating prints, and how to sew the block together that has no "y" seams. 

Here is a sample of a block that one of my students made in my Northern Lights workshop. She used two symmetrical fabrics by Jinny Beyer called Carnival. You can see that there are two versions of the print, one with a dark background and one with a light. You can get this fabric on my website also.

 
 
I also used that collection for a quilt in my book and called it Carnival. Here is the EQ7 version and my version. I like how I can manipulate the fabrics in the program to create the symmetrical design, so I can see what they are going to look like when I sew them together, before I even cut one piece out.


      


Some quilts I only used one symmetrical fabric. Again, I'm showing the EQ7 version and the finished quilt. This quilt is called Parfait and since it only has four blocks in it, I suggest that if you haven't made a block like this, to start with this quilt. It has a 17" block.
 
 

Here is another quilt, that I used only one symmetrical fabric in it, called Royal Garden. It is really hard to tell the real version from the EQ7 version! This is probably the hardest quilt in the book because you have to match everything that comes together in the diamonds.



The next quilt is called Caribbean Blues. Again, it is hard to tell the difference between the real quilt and EQ7 image. That is how good the program is! This one uses two fabrics, one is symmetrical and one is not, but both are fussy cut.





The cover quilt, Mardi Gras also uses two fabrics, both symmetrical. Can you tell which one is the EQ7 image?




This next quilt uses one fabric. Instead of cutting the same repeat, I cut the mirror image (a right and left section of the fabric repeat), to create Fun House Mirrors. I didn't have a fabric that looked like this one in my EQ7 program so the image of it doesn't look like this one.



The quilt I really had fun designing is Electrifying! In EQ7 you can design all kinds of border treatments. It also has borders that are already made that you can pick from. Again, I didn't have the actual fabric in EQ that I used in my quilt but I was able to get the general idea of what the layout and border were going to look like. It uses one symmetrical fabric and I cut two different repeats in the same block. I think the title really fits the quilt!




In the final quilt called Northern Lights, I used three different coordinating symmetrical fabrics. 





I hope you have enjoyed this virtual trunk show and given you a good idea of what is in my book. I do have to add that most of these quilts are not as hard as they look. Just ask anyone who has taken my workshop. If you don't win the book you can always purchase a copy of it here: Kaleidostars

So for today's drawing, on my blog, I will be giving away a fat quarter bundle of Paula Nadelstern's newest collection called ChromaZone. All you have to do to be in the drawing is to leave a comment at the end of this blog telling me which quilt you think you would like to make. Be sure to LEAVE ME SOME WAY OF CONTACTING YOU IF YOU WIN. I can't tell you how many times I have drawn a name from the list only to find out I have no way of letting them know they won. If you do not want to leave your email in the message or you have difficulty leaving a comment, then use the contact me form on the right side of the blog and send me your email address. No one will see it but me.

Got to get quilting. I'm working on a new sample for one of my workshops (along with so many other projects). I'll post it as I make it on my FB page.

As always, do what you love and love what you do. Good luck and thanks for reading. Toby

53 comments:

Sheepish said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your milestone Birthday year with the publication of your book. Have a wonderful Birthday. Glo

QuiltShopGal said...

Happy Birthday. And, what a great way to celebrate your 65th with writing a quilting book. Yeah. Not many 65 year olds can say they did that.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Michele T said...

Woo Hoo!! I'm thrilled to be the winner of your book!! I will be checking my emails, thank you!!

Fern Piper said...

We like stars and would like to use your book to create some of our own. Wonderful! flpiper@gmail.com

Kd Brown said...

Either Northern Lights or Mardi Gras for me, Toby! I'll email you my info again. ~Kd

Rashida A. said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely quilts with us. I truly am inspired to work with symmetrical prints now. I would really love to try Royal Garden, I just might be able to make this☺️ (Sending email info in contact)

Allison CB said...

Awesome quilts Toby!!! I love the parfait quilt - I think Paula's fabrics would be dynamite with it!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

Carole said...

I'd like to make the Royal Garden quilt, and copy your colors, the red/white/black on the neutral background is stunning. Great design.
Carole Corn
CaroleCorn@me.com

Liz said...

Love the quilts! They are all beautiful. Happy 65th Birthday!

JANET said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great day!! I Love the Royal Garden quilt, it is so pretty. ndfromsd(at)gmail(dot)com

Mel oney said...

My name is Melissa and I am tossed between royal garden and norhern lights. melonleymel@gmail.com
Hope that you have a wonderful birthday!

Mel oney said...

My name is Melissa and I am tossed between royal garden and norhern lights. melonleymel@gmail.com
Hope that you have a wonderful birthday!

Quilting Tangent said...

Happy Birthday! Mardi Gras is my favorite. 24Tangent@gmail.com

scottylover said...

Happy Birthday!

I loved all the quilts when I saw them at one of your book signings. Of the ones shown, I would have to say that Northern Lights is my favorite!

Sandy A
scotty4me39 (at) yahoo.com

Mary C said...

Love your quilts. Happy Birthday!

QuiltRx said...

I think I'd start with Northern Lights!

Ann Genaske said...

Chromozone is gorgeous! I think I would play with it in your Fun House Mirrors. I would also like to use it in a wedding ring quilt. Your book is also gorgeous. Well done! Very inspirational. anngenaske@gmail.com

June D said...

Mardi Gras really caught my eye today - but only because you asked for the first quilt to make. Lovely patterns. Thanks for the chance.

Blue dragonfly5 said...

I like Northern Lights quilt. The fabric bundle is a great giveaway.

LKimmell said...

I too like Northern Lights....but all of your quilt patterns are stunning ! What a fun book ! Happy Belated Birthday !

D Lanette Powell said...

All of your patterns look wonderful. Thank you for all the work that goes into designing and writing instructions.

nan_c said...

I really love all of these quilts but do especially I love Electrifying! Gorgeous patterns and quilts!

sophie said...

Royal Garden is calling my name in spite of those challenging matched centers (or maybe because of them!)

Seacoast Quilter said...

Happy Birthday. I am a big fan of Electric Quilt and I find kaleidoscopes fascinating. Thank you for sharing the drawing and real quilts. It definitely illustrates the power of Electric Quilt.

Brenda said...

Hi -- great quilts all. I think I would be up to the challenge of making these quilts. My very favorite is Northern Lights, but I would decide which one to make based on what fabric I chose to use and after an actual review of each of the patterns. I don't want to make an exact copy, but my fabrics would need to be very similar in basic structure to achieve the same effects you did.

WhiteEagle said...

Great inspiration quilts. Love them all.

Pam Hill said...

What beautiful fabric! Would love to use it with one of your designs

Gram999 said...

Northern Lights would be the first one I'd try. Love the colors. All of the quilts are beautiful.

Karen47 said...

I cannot wait to get your book! And happy belated birthday, hope you had an awesome day! I would love to make the Electrifying quilt - absolutely stunning. Brings back so many memories of the 1st kaleidoscope I received from my sweet Grandmother. All of the quilts are beautiful, but Electrifying will definitely be the 1st that I make. Thank you (hugs)

Denise M said...

Wow I would love to be the lucky one to win this..... I love kaleidoscopes and the beautiful colors.

Thanks, Denise

Slovenka said...

Electrifying would be the first quilt to be made. All these beautiful fabrics make it a gorgeous art.
martisovitsd@central.edu

Ali news said...

Love the parfait quilt.would love to make. Happy Birthday

Janis Taylor said...

Love your Books! jantayl@fidnet.com

Stephanie Woodward said...

Beautiful quilts. I love her fabrics, you were lucky to be able to work with them. My 5th quilt was a kaleidoscope one. That was a challenge, but what fun.
With her fabrics and your book that should be less of a problem.

PJB said...

My favorite is Northern Lights. Congratulations on your birthday. It seems young to me as I have passed 75. I didn't start quilting until I was almost your age! I love star patterns and made a King sized quilt with a huge 8 pointed star.

PJB

Donna W said...

Hard decision on which one to choose. They are all so beautiful. But, Northern Lights would be the one that I would choose to make first.

Diane M said...

Happy Birthday, Toby. I love your book and I also love Paula Naedestern fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Well, for sure I would want to make the Northern Lights quilt, but I could so easily talk myself into any of them. Congratulations on the new book. I would so love to take a class with you.
Sue

Sandy G said...

I think Electrifying is beautiful. I would love to try that one!

Anonymous said...

Royal Garden would be my first choice but then I like them all. Paula Nadelstern is coming to our local Quiltfest in May and so excited to see her new fabric line. Thanks, Judi B
judib@gvtc.com

tiggerific said...

Wow they are so beautiful each and every block choice I love them all. You could make so many quilts or wall hangings and table runners and still have some ideas to change it up more, I love all of them.

lesley said...

Great blocks! It would be too hard to choose!

mimi-Lyn said...

I think I would like to make Carnival... BUT... I love all of them.. .

Janie said...

Thank you for sharing your quilting ventures, everything looked so lovely. I would not be able to settle for one project, I love Northern Lights. I would make a lap sized quilt. All of your work looks meticulous. Thanks so much.

alp said...

Northern Lights and Paula's fabric....what a treat!

Μ ΧΑΤΖΗΙΩΑΝΝΙΔΗ said...

Oh! I loved Northern Lights for their colors!!!

Bubba and Nana said...

Love, Love, Love Kaleidoscopes and Paula's fabrics. Amazing

Ingrid Rendell said...

Happy birthday , loved reading your blog and adore Mardi gras

Beth Burnett said...

Happy belated birthday. Congratulations on reaching a milestone. This year was a milestone for me as well (60! who would believe it!) I really admire your effort and results. Thank you

Sewbig said...

Mardi Gras would be my

Sewbig said...
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Sewbig said...

Mardi Gras would probably be my first project. Happy belated birthday!

Darlington Delights said...

I'd like to try Electrifying! It is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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