Monday, April 24, 2017

No Scrap Left Behind blog tour

Today I'm excited to kick off a blog tour to celebrate my new book, No Scrap Left Behind! I've asked 10 talented ladies to join me in a celebration of SCRAPS! It's no secret that I find great enjoyment in transforming scraps into beautiful and useful finished objects. I sincerely hope that this blog tour (and book, of course!) inspires you to not only save your scraps, but to actually use them!
As a part of the tour, I asked everyone to share their scrap sorting/storing methods OR their favorite tips/tricks when it comes scraps. (You can see mine here.) These lovely ladies are sewing up some of the quilts and projects from the book, too! Personally, I am looking forward to seeing how others put their own spin on the patterns. I'm sure it will be very inspiring!
Here is the schedule so you can follow along:

Monday, April 24th Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25, Lee Monroe
Wednesday, April 26, Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27, Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28, Erin Cox
Monday, May 1, Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2, Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3, Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4, Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5, Amy Smart
Of course there will be prizes, too! At each stop along the way, a copy of No Scrap Left Behind will be given away. If you are a winner and you live with in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you live outside the US, you will receive a digital copy of the book. Each participant in the blog tour will choose the length of time that their giveaway is open for entries.
Starting things off, is my dear friend, Mary, who is sharing the pincushions that she made from the book. She was my pattern tester for all of the pincushions and she did a great job on every single one. She was also a huge help to me behind the scenes. Last January, when it was time to send the quilts to California for photography, she came over and helped me de-thread, fold, tag and package up the quilts for shipping. She was a lifesaver! It was a HUGE undertaking that was so much easier thanks to the help of a friend. Be sure to check out her work here and enter on her blog to win a free book!

It is no surprise that I LOVE pincushions, so it was only natural to include patterns for several in the book. As much as I love big quilts made from small scraps, I also love small projects made from small scraps!
I also love polka dots, so I used all sorts of them for this pillow pincushion. This is a HUGE pincushion, but I love it because it's harder to lose under piles of fabric. (I speak from experience!)
This pincushion was inspired by my bright birch trees quilt pattern. I shrunk down the block into pincushion size, because we all know that tiny=cute!
This one is more of a needle sorter than a pincushion, but it is helpful for differentiating needles that are sharp and still suitable for sewing through fabric from those needles that have been used for sewing through paper and may be slightly dull, but still usable. I love this one to bits!
There are templates included in the book for making the word panels... you an either embroider them by hand or use free motion quilting. I've included printed and cursive words, or your can use your own hand writing, not mine. :)
And finally, I made a few skinny pinnie pincushions--perfect for placing right in front of the sewing machine. These are simple and straightforward, but easy to customize. The possibilities are truly endless.

Alright, that's enough for today! Now it's time to go sew something scrappy. Happy Monday to you!


stufenzumgericht said...

Dear Amanda,
I really love your new book, I posted about it on my blog here:
Kind regards, Martina

Quilter Kathy said...

So exciting! I love your book too and have read it cover to cover!
I look forward to visiting all these blogs since most of them I don't know yet!

Di~ said...

Sew fun, I'm looking forward to each day and finding some new blogs.
AmandaJean have you ever been asked this question?!?!? I'm frustrated with my
binding corners...they aren't flat, are curved and are just marginal. Is there a particular tip I
just don't know about? Yours all look great. Help.

Bernie Kringel said...

Very much looking forward to reading all of the posts and checking out the various tips on storing and using scrapx! Thank you for including me on the hop. :-)

Katherine said...

A very Happy Monday! What a beautiful way to start the week and to introduce us to your book! Loving each of those scrappy pincushions and the clever one that keeps needles sorted. Excited to see what Mary has made.

Renea said...

I am also a scrap lover. My favorite quilts to make are from my scraps or scraps from my quilting friends that they no longer want. I would love to get a copy of your book. I am in the process of cutting all my scraps into useable sizes so it will make it quicker to plan out a quilt. I love to sort my scraps by color in Rubbermaid shoebox containers. Thanks for all the scrappy inspiration. If you ever need a pattern tester I would be very interested in helping you out.

doodlebugmom said...

looking forward to the hop!

farmhousequilter8 said...

Love all you do. Paula in KY

Unknown said...

looking forward to all the helpful hints about scrap quilting! I currently have 2 sewing machines. Have been looking at another, but fear my husband would disown me!!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love scraps. I am just starting my third scrap vortex quilt out of my brightly coloured flannel scraps. I love your book and look forward to many more scrappy projects!

Anonymous said...

Love your pincushions! I like to use all my scraps for quilts and small projects. I'd love to have a copy of this book.

Quiltgirlie said...

Dear Amanda,
I love your new book. so many nice projects to view and to sew. I already made some pinchushions, this is my blogpost about it:
Kind regards, Britta

Barb said...

what cute projects! I'd love to have a copy of this great new book.

Karen said...

Congratulations on your new book. I am sure it is full of fun things to make. Scrappy projects are fun.

Sam said...

Looking forward to book so I can justify my large bin of scraps. And find new ways to use them!

Poppyprint said...

Congratulations on what is sure to be another gorgeous book, Amanda Jean!!!! Love all of your pinnies.

Needled Mom said...

This looks like a must have book. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the completed projects in the hop.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I'm looking forward to your new book. I definitely should do something with all my scraps and always love how you're using yours up all the time.

pennylanequilts said...

Love your new book and looking forward to the blog hop. Enjoy the celebration. (I'm in pincushion mode myself today.)

KaHolly said...

Your new book looks like a real winner, and I haven't even started the hop, yet! Already, it's at the top of my wish list. Mother's Day is coming! XO

momi_machts said...

Hello Amanda,
I just bought the Sunday Morning Quilt Book as I love your projects. And I love to use up my scraps. Till now its working fine. And I love your pincushions. So cute so nice and so very happy!
This is what I like most of your work
Thanks for that blog hop

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I ordered the book No Scraps Left Behind. I love the 9 patch with borders.
I wanted something that would not be technical and difficult to work on and I definitely want some more practice with scrappy quilts!


Muzikal Mama said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of the fabric & paper needle sorting "pin" cushion! I do a lot of paper piecing with the freezer paper method and am always forgetting what needles have been used for piercing through many, many sheets of paper... At this moment my scraps are in plastic bags by color, but when I set up my new sewing room (youngest got married & moved out :D) I am definitely doing something more fun!