Thursday, September 16, 2010

Giveaway Day!

*the giveaway is now closed*

oh I love a good giveaway! It's fun to win them and it's fun to host them. I happen to be in possession of an extra copy of Cherri House's lovely new book "City Quilts". And I want to give it to one of you!


City Quilts


If you haven't seen or heard about this book climb out from under your rock and embrace the fabulous world of quilts made entirely of solids. That's right...no prints. We love them, but when you see Cherri's quilts you'll want to buy every single solid fabric you can get your hands on!


Cherri, oh so sweetly, answered a few questions for me a la interview style so that you can all get to know her (and her family!) a bit better. Take the time to read it...she's got some wisdom! And enjoy some pictures of the quilt patterns available in this book along the way.



City Circle



Angela:
You do amazing work with solids obviously, is there one brand that you prefer over another or is anything of good quality something you use? I really want to know if you own all 221 Kona solids!

Cherri:
I do own all 221 Kona Solids...I have a fat quarter of each. Since I only used Robert Kaufman solids in my book, I needed every color available, to provide to C&T for color references. The day the box arrived with 221 fat quarters, was a really sweet day!
The only other solids I have used, and have confidence in, are Moda's Bella Solids. They are great to work with, and the quality is excellent.



Angela:
Your inspiration for this book was cityscapes. What are the other main inspirations for you? Do you find yourself seeing inspiration all around you?


Cherri:
The biggest reason why my inspiration was cityscapes, is that is where I work, it’s where I go every weekday. I’d love to live by the sea or the mountains and soak up the inspiration there. Inspiration is truly everywhere – the challenge isn’t to find it, but be aware of it, capture it, and translate it into whatever you love!



City Green




Angela:
Solids are an underused part of the quilting world in my opinion. But there is no denying that there are delicious prints all around us and the selection is growing constantly. Other than your daughter (because that answer is too easy!) are you drawn to any particular designer or fabric line?


Cherri:
I love Kaffe Fassett fabric – the saturated colors, pattern, everything. There isn’t necessarily another designer that I’m drawn to, but I do love fabric with text, organic patterns, Moda has a scissor fabric that I absolutely love. Pretty eclectic I guess!



Angela:
Often finding that exact right shade of fabric can be elusive and frustrating. Since you have worked with so many different colors, are there any solid colors by particular manufacturers that you can point us to as completely necessary to any quilter's stash? That perfect shade of green or the not too bright red?

Cherri:
I’m most familiar with RK Kona Cotton Solids, and I definitely have my go to colors, my favorite being Chinese Red! My best recommendation to avoid frustration would be to first get a fabric color card, and a standard color wheel. I know several places sell RK’s, I’m not sure about Moda’s color cards, and you can purchase a color wheel at an art store. If you are building a stash of solids I strongly recommend (as your finances allow) using your color wheel as a guide, start for example with RED, YELLOW, AND BLUE. Purchase in ½ yard increments 5 reds, 5 yellows, and 5 blues. On your next shopping trip, work your way around the color wheel, until you have a full range of colors. In working with the various shades, tones, and hues you will discover your favorites, your ‘can’t live without colors’.



City Tracks



Angela:
I'm so intrigued by the obvious talent in your family. Are there any plans for collaboration between your fabric designing daughter Lizzy and yourself? She seems to specialize in whimsical prints like Castle Peeps, but I think that many of your quilt designs could be the perfect showcase for her prints.

Cherri:
I do create quilts using Lizzy’s fabric; generally it is done through her fabric manufacturer. I am interested in designing fabric, and I plan to pursue that in the upcoming year. Currently Lizzy and I have no plans to do fabric together. In regards to Lizzy’s fabric designing, my only interest is to support her, to be a sounding board if she needs me, give the occasional yay or nay if she asks for my opinion.



Angela:
One final question. Do you have any advice for quilters new to the world of solid fabrics? Any pitfalls that you should avoid when working with solids?


Cherri:
Printed fabrics can do much of the work, as far as making a quilt have visual excitement, depth of color, etc. They also can hide a world of sins, so to speak…less than stellar piecing, or quilting can be easily masked with a busy print. Not so with solids! Mistakes and a lack of precision are all too visible when there is nothing to distract the eye. Don’t avoid solids because of these realities; just beware of them before getting started.



Thanks so much Cherri for all of your advice and information!


She's so sweet. You should all check out her site Cherry House Quilts and if you are twitterer (is that what they call people?! LOL) you can follow her here http://twitter.com/cherryhouse


Okay. So how do you get a chance to win this lovely book of Cherri's? Let's break it down.

1. Tell me what your favorite Kona solid color is! Lots of sites have them available like Pink Chalk Fabrics and Sew Fresh Fabrics and Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. And I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you picked some up too...but that would just be for yourself ;) (I'm not getting anything for recommending them...just ones I came up with off the top of my head)


2. Become a follower or tell me that you are a follower. (It's so nice to see that number grow and it matters to some people out there LOL.)


3. Blog about this giveaway on your blog and come back and tell me.


4. Add me to your blogroll in your side bar or tell me that I'm already there. (Woohoo!)


5. Don't worry, I'm not going to make you compliment my daughter this time...but it would be great to hear what you are excited about in Cherri's book. Anything will do. I'm sure that Cherri would love to know!



Okay...sounds like a plan. I think that I'll keep this giveaway open until Sunday night September 19th (my time!) so you have plenty of time to find that perfect Kona color. LOL. Good luck!



113 comments:

  1. I added you to my blogroll here: http://undercovercrafter.blogspot.com/

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  2. I am so excited about Cheri's book because I love her use of solids!

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  3. Lately I've been drooling over Kona aqua. I have a quilt in the planning phases that is screaming for more aqua!

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  4. I really love the simplicity of modern quilting -- it's about color and pattern, but not about assaulting the eye with all kinds of stuff. These quilts totally fit that vibe. All solids does not equal boring! In fact, I've been rather inspired by Cherri's work.... and hope to win this book! Otherwise, it's on my wish list for Christmas! :)

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  5. Yes please I want it!!!!
    Cherri's quilts are awesome, I can't wait to make a quilt with kona solids only.
    There are a lot of wonderful colors on the kona card but my favourite is Lagoon is stunnig!
    Thanks for sharing with us one of your books, you're so kind :)

    lenarod8@yahoo.es

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  6. I love Kona Lime. I can't wear green (makes my skin look sickly), so I love using it in my surroundings, especially in quilts!

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  7. Ooh, you're already in my sidebar.

    http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com

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  8. One of the girls in my quilt group passed this book around at our meeting last month. I've never made a solids quilt before, but I really want to try one. After reading about a couple of Cherri's inspirations, I've found myself thinking up quilt ideas when I see different things in the outdoors. What a great change in perspective!

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  9. In the book I'm interested in catching a vision for quilting with just solids. I know this is in my future!

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  10. I blogged about your giveaway!

    http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com/2010/09/lunch-sack-and-reusable-snack-bags.html

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  11. I love Kona Coal - so versatile and it makes colours 'POP'! x

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  12. My favourite colour is Robin Egg!!
    Gill

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  13. Cherri's book looks so good - especially as she uses just solids - I know I don't use solids enough

    Gill

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  14. I subscribe to your blog in Google Reader, does that count?

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  15. I'm so excited about this book! I love solids so I'm mostly excited to have interesting patterns that lend themselves well to that.

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  16. Yay! I love giveaways!

    My favourite Kona solid at the moment is Chartreuse.

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  17. I subscribe via Google Reader or Google Friends Connect; I can't remember which.

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  18. I'm most excited about seeing Cherri's modern, powerful designs up close.

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  19. I have my eye on Kona medium gray and slate.

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  20. I mentioned your give away on my blog today : )


    http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/

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  21. I love the idea of working with solids only. Years ago I made several solid fabric quilts with some Amish patterns. I haven't had the book in my hand, but the pictures you have shown are all wonderful!

    piece,
    elizabeth
    http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/

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  22. I'm very excited about this book. I tried to buy a copy but it was out of stock :-( My favourite Kona?? Coal.

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  23. Great interview! My favourite Kona solid colours are Cerise and Ash. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I would loooove Cheri's book because I am about to start TWO entirely solids quilts, intended for 2 twin baby boys!

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  25. i like the lupine
    songyueyu at gmail

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  26. i want to make the quilt on the cover, i like that the patterns in the book look modern and fun

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  27. I have so many Kona favorites! I love my color card. I think that I use Snow the most, because it seems to go with just about everything.

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  28. I've started working more with solids and using prints sparingly as accents. I think this book would be great for inspiration!

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  29. Oh I'd love a copy of this book- I tried so hard to win it on the blog tour, and had resigned myself to waiting until Christmas, but fingers crossed! I haven't used any Kona solids, they are difficult to get in Australia, but I'm really wanting to try Snow, which I've heard a lot about, and to bind my next quilt in Lime. I think I need one of the colour cards, so I can order more confidently online!

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  30. ...and you're already on my sidebar! ;)

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  31. I just love the quilts in the book, and would really love to make the pattern you've pictured with all the green and blue squares for our living room. Cherri's patterns look perfect because they're not too bedroomy, not too feminine but very, very stylish. They really stood out when I was looking for quilts with solids on Flickr.

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  32. ...and I've blogged about this here: http://quarterinchfeet.blogspot.com/2010/09/cut-to-pieces-giveaway.html

    I'm really trying to win!! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

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  33. I love Kona 'Schoolbus'. I like the colour, but I LOVE the name. Just to cute :)

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  34. Great giveaway Angela!
    My favourite kona solid is robin egg.

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  35. You are already on my blog roll :)

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  36. Seeing a couple of photos in Cherri's book previously, it really has inspired me to use more solids ... I am currently making a quilt where the centre square in each block is printed but all the rest is solid and I am really enjoying the look so far.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway Angela!

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  37. What a great giveaway...I have heard awesome things about that book.

    My favorite Kona solid right now is Kona stone....it goes well with everything. :)

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  38. Angela,
    Crawling out from under my rock...I just found your lovely site and signed up right away. I use Kona White all the time but am looking forward to working with color rich tones like Ocean very soon. I heart Pomegranate but you did say just one fave, so I'll try to play by the rules as best I can LOL...Ocean. Great advice, Cherri in buying by the color wheel. It's so hard to choose just a few RK Kona Cottons at a time!!
    Happy Quilting,
    Heather

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  39. I've included your give away on today's post. :)

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  40. You so know I stalk, oh I mean follow, you. :)

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  41. I just bought a whole bunch of "berry". so beautiful!

    I follow your blog already thru google reader!

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  42. I love the Kona solid called Amber!

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  43. I started my quilting blog not too long ago (no pictures up yet) but you are on my blogroll :)
    http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/

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  44. I know this is general, but I really would like to learn how to work with solid colors better, because I love having patterns - but the pictures from the book make the quilts with solids look GORGEOUS! I really want to try quilting that way!

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  45. I just did a short blog post on the giveaway: http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-giveaway.html

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  46. Finally got here to comment!
    My fave Kona is Charcoal, Coal, Pepper, Ash and Mid Grey. BUT...... my generous Doll Quilt Swap partner gifted me a Kona Colour chart, as well as three darling baby quilts. I'd been wanting one for such a long time, and she picked up on it. So I'm now contemplating my first Kona Colour order!!
    I'd love to follow one of Cherri's patterns, I seriously hanker for this book!!

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  47. Your already on my sidebar Blog List!

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  48. I own a Kona card and I own a few meters or yards of Candy Pink. Love it. You can see how I used it here: http://coffeebeansdailies.blogspot.com/search/label/French%20Braid%20Quilt

    It was in a French Braid quilt I made last year. I really want to use more but need to figure where is the best place to order from. I live in the Middle East and my Mom is coming out in November so she can bring it for me if I get it to her in time! I love all the colors but want to work with more of them! The feel is just so nice!

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  49. Hi, I put you on my blog roll!

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  50. I also blogged about your give away on my blog!

    www.coffeebeansdailies.blogspot.com

    This is fun!

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  51. What I like about Cherri's book is that it is new and I don't know it therefore look forward to seeing it!

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  52. A couple of my fav colours are cherise and mulberry.

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  53. I am such a chicken about solids, but those quilts are fabulous! I like so many Kona solids - tangerine, cactus, carribean . . . looks like a great book to motivate all of us print only people. :)

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  54. I think my favorite Kona solids right now are chatreuse and cyan, but ask me again tomorrow, and I'll probably have changed my mind!

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  55. I follow you through Google Reader.

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  56. I've been a follower for quite some time! Love it!

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  57. I've added a post on my blog:
    http://sweet-quilt-n-bee-shoppe.blogspot.com/

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  58. Yes, you've been on my favorite blogs on my blog roll for quite some time. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win the Quilting book!

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  59. I haven't decided on a favorite Kona color yet (I've been so addicted to the pricy Amy Butler solids though, they're so silky) but I'm dying to get some pomegranate.

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  60. I follow you in google reader.

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  61. My favorite Kona solid color is Emerald - I love greens!

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  62. I love the way Cherri's quilt make such a bold and bright statement!

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  63. Ohhhhh!!! This book is on my wish list !
    Would love to own it....& my favorite Kona
    solid would have to be coal. ( Now back to
    your fabulous nine-patch tutorial...it's great )

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  64. I really, really want this book!
    I am a follower :)

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  65. I love Cherri's use of the bright colors back with the black sashing.. creates such a dramatic effect!

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  66. Kona coal- it sets off colours so well, I use it the most and it never lets me down!

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  67. I love Kona robin egg. I'm keeping everything crossed here as this book is top of my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  68. I've been a follower for a while now - love the blog!

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  69. I love Kona Cactus, big green fan!

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  70. Oh, and your blog is on my blogroll :)

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  71. Kona Snow is probably the one I use the most.

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  72. You are on my blog list on my blog

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  73. I love all of Cherry's quilts. I have made City Lights and love it!

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  74. This book is on my most wanted list and my favorite kona solid is white. I use it almost every time I sew. I use coal a ton too. Love grey!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  75. and I am most most excited about seeing what she does with just solids as this opens up the possibility of using BORING solid sheets to create really cool quiltscapes! Love it!

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  76. I live most of my life "under a rock" but I have seen and heard about this book and I'm so excited!!! Looks like the perfect book for me!!

    I'm on the Kona Ash Bandwagon right now. Loving that grey.

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