Welcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis! Tammy’s big-block lap quilt pattern, Silver Linings, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!
I was thrilled when McCall’s invited me to guest blog for them – what an honor to be able to contribute to such a wonderful magazine! My quilt, Silver Linings, is in the current issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts and I have to say (completely unbiased, of course) I really like it! Allow me for just a moment to gush slightly over the charming, softly colored Faraway Forest line from Blend Fabrics. It really does have a fairy tale feel – and I hope you agree the quilt captures some of that.
The Silver Linings quilt pattern finishes 51″ x 76 1/2″.
It was such pretty fabric – look how lovely with just the strip sets all lined up:
I did my block piecing a little differently than in the pattern in the magazine, and I almost didn’t even mind matching up all those intersections – it was totally worth it in the end, right?
Ah, but what else can I say? As I am writing this, I am fresh from a lecture at a local guild. I do so love being able to speak to guilds – it is getting that feedback on new and not so new projects and being able to talk “quilt” with like-minded folks that is so rewarding. Now, I know you may be thinking – feedback? Designing quilts is frequently a fairly solitary affair, and try as they might, my in-house opinion team (Felix the cat, Indie the grumpy cat, and Bob the “I-don’t-really-care-about-quilts” dog) isn’t much help. So I always look forward to opportunities to air out the quilts and talk fabrics, colors and blocks!
These ladies were particularly awesome – and were even kind about my “mud” quilt, a not-so-successful attempt at a pink/brown/red/black color scheme (yeah……). Yes, I share the good and the bad! We all have some of those, right? Good thing beauty is in the eye of the beholder – or quilter, in this case. I kinda have a soft spot for Ol’ Muddy – which was intended for our bed, but my hubby isn’t beholding any beauty when he looks at it. Sigh…..oh well. But the guild ladies – well, they showed it some love today!
Ol’ Muddy – see…not so bad, right? Love those elephants!
Guilds are such an essential element to the quilting community. Where else can we talk shop, gossip (c’mon, you know……), eat (required!), and sometimes sew? Where else can we encourage each other to try new things? To keep working on that one project that really seems to sometimes be too much? To share our somewhat obsessive love of all things fabric?
I miss that camaraderie – I’ve let that part of my social world slide, between a job and quilting, I have failed to fit it in. And I plan to correct that ASAP! Today was a fresh reminder of how wonderful it is to spend a few hours in the company of quilters. I did just join the Modern Quilt Guild – the national guild – and can’t wait to find a local chapter! What about you? Do you belong to a guild? Or two? And what’s your favorite aspect of your guild life?
Aside from guilds on the brain, I’ve also got International Quilt Market (the industry trade show that is held twice a year) on the brain, and as you are reading this, I (and many other designers, publishers, shops, fabric companies, and manufacturers) will be winging our way to the Spring Market in Salt Lake City. I can’t wait to see all the latest and greatest the industry has to offer!
Leave a comment for a chance to win!
And speaking of latest and greatest – the wonderful folks at Blend Fabrics have offered up 3 lovely stacks of fabrics from the Faraway Forest collection by Lizzie Mackay – the same collection used to make Silver Linings. So three lucky winners will get this awesome collection!
Ummm…..but not the Silver Linings quilt. Sorry, but I’m keeping that! I just thought it would be nice to see them together!
Good luck to all that enter! And I do hope you’ll visit my website, my blog, my Instagram feed, and of course, my Facebook page!
Thanks, Tammy! If you’d like a chance to win 1 of the 3 Faraway Forest fat quarter packs, leave a comment below before midnight May 31, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. Three names will be drawn on June 1 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
If you’d like to make your own version of Silver Linings, quilt kits and backing fabric are available in our online shop. Or order print and digital versions of the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The Silver Linings quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.