It’s Valentine’s week and I’m super excited to share something I’m loving for my stop on the Quilt Big Blog Tour today! My friend, and the talented quilter and pattern designer, Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon, has a wonderful new book out called, Quilt Big! I was so thrilled when I heard Jemima was writing a new book as I absolutely love her first one, Weekend Quilting. Quilt Big is perfect for so many of us that love to get new quilts and projects done quickly – and it’s full of beautiful patterns! The blocks in the book are just as the tagline says: “Bigger Blocks for Faster Finishes.” Absolutely perfect for me!
Jemima shares a large variety of beautiful quilt blocks in the book that can be used in unlimited ways. Her step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations made it fun and easy to follow along. Jemima also includes a detailed “Quilting Basics” section for beginners. And a generous and gorgeous section of wonderful quilt and project patterns to make from the blocks (19 quilt blocks plus 17 stunning patterns)! From quilts small and large, to pillows and a table runner – there are lots of beautiful projects to make in Quilt Big for all skill levels. I’ve got some Christmas quilts already planned from this book.
Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I was drawn to begin with the darling “Strip Heart Block” in the book. This block is also used to create a beautiful quilt pattern in the book called, Strip Heart Quilt, which is on my must-do list next.
I was feeling a little mom-guilt as I hadn’t really decorated much for Valentine’s Day. I thought this block would be perfect for a big pillow to cozy up with in our living room. So I turned the Strip Heart Block into a pillow – in Valentine’s red of course!! 🙂 The block finishes at 18″ square. I’m pretty sure I need a sister-pillow of this block now for the other side of my sofa. Fabrics are from my Riley Blake collection, Little Joys (red dots), Milk Sugar and Flower (red floral), and Nancy Zieman’s Afternoon Picnic (red gingham).
I absolutely love how it turned out and it was super fun and fast to make! Now onward to Valentine’s Day cookies maybe? Do you have any Valentine’s traditions are your house, other than spending some time with your sweeties? We usually make cookies and exchange cards. Have a special dinner.
I did treat myself to a bouquet of flowers and some me-time learning and playing with patterns from this lovely new book. You guys will love this book, too! Jemima goes all out in treating us with the most beautiful photos and patterns. The book is now available in shops around the world and be sure to follow along as Jemima shares photos and beautiful creations from the book tour on her social media. You’ll also want to check out all the details of these gorgeous projects from Quilt Big by hopping over to the blogs of the talented folks participating in the tour below.
28th Jan · Jemima Flendt – @tiedwitharibbon – www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com
29th Jan · Melissa LeRay – @ohhowsweetco – www.ohhowsweet.com
30th Jan · Ange Hamilton – @alittlepatchwork – www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
31st Jan· Nadra Ridgeway – @ellisandhiggs – www.ellisandhiggs.com
1st Feb · Alyce Blyth – @blossomheartquilts – www.blossomheartquilts.com
4th Feb · Lauren Wright – @mollyandmama – www.mollyandmama.com.au
5th Feb · Aurifil – @aurifilthread – auribuzz.wordpress.com
6th Feb· Amanda Castor – @materialgirlquilts – www.materialgirlquilts.com
7th Feb · Samantha Dorn – @aqua_paisley – www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog
8th Feb · Sharon Burgess – @lilabellelane – www.lilabellelanecreations.com
11th Feb · Peta Peace – @shequiltsalot – www.shequiltsalot.com
12th Feb · Elea Lutz – @elealutz – www.elealutzdesign.com
13th Feb · Shannon Fraser – @shannonfraserdesigns – www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca
14th Feb· Saija Kiiskinen – @saija_elina – www.saijaelina.blogspot.com
15th Feb · Sedef Imer – @downgrapevinelane – www.downgrapevinelane.com
18th Feb · Kate Basti – @katebasti – www.quiltwithkate.com
19th Feb · Minki Kim – @zeriano – minkikim.com
20th Feb · Ayda Algin – @cafenohut – www.cafenohut.com
21st Feb · Elizabeth Chappell – @quilterscandybox – www.quilterscandybox.com
Now how about a GIVEAWAY!! Many thanks to Aurifil I have 2 spools from Jemima’s Aurifil collection to give away. For your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on the Strip Heart pillow post on my Instagram page here before 9pm on February 14, 2019 (MST). I’ll randomly choose a winner on Valentine’s Day! Good luck!
Wishing you and yours a heartfelt and special Valentine’s Day!