Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hemispheres Quilt Along and pattern GIVEAWAY


Hello all! Today it is my turn to tell you all about Megan Nichols and her first pattern called Hemispheres. I have been a follower of Megan's blog for a while and I was thrilled when I was able to test for this pattern.



I know, curves are a scary sight in sewing. Even I was reconsidering after I signed up to test, but Megan's directions are very clear and easy to understand. There are diagrams along the way to help you visualize each step also. And the top came together so fast, I was surprised!

I made the wall size quilt, which ends up being 32 x 32 inches. I love it so much I was considering making it bigger, but I guess that's what happens when you use your favorite collection to make the top.

I used Kate Spain's long retired Central Park prints with mostly Pure Organic Solids, and some Kona solids. I used Moda Bella white as my background. 



The pattern also includes directions and a separate template for the pieced back and a blank template that you can color to plan the layout of your quilt. 


I hope you all will consider sewing along. Even if curves intimidate you, there will be a lot of tips, and many other people to ask along the way for help. And by the end you have mastered sewing curves!

The official Quilt Along starts next week. You will need to buy the pattern since the pattern templates and instructions will not be available for free through the Quilt Along. (Continue reading for a chance to win a copy of the pattern!)

The schedule of posts for the QAL:

Oct 21: Color and Fabric Choices/Cutting Tips
Oct 28: Piecing with Pins
Nov 4: Piecing with Glue
Nov 11: Piecing Freehand/Curve Master
Nov 25: Quilting
Dec 9: Link Up
Dec 10-12: Voting
Dec 13: Grand Prize Award

Tammy of Marmalade Fabrics is the wonderful Quilt Along Sponsor and will be providing the Grand Prize, as well as two other prizes to give away on a whim during the course of the Quilt Along. The grand prize will be a rainbow stack of 40 Robert Kaufman Kona Solids.


(This prize has me seriously considering to add on to my wall quilt so I can have a chance to win too!)

Tammy also has Kona Kits available in her shop specifically for Hemispheres, so you can make a solid version like Megan's if you want.

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GIVEAWAY

Megan has graciously given me one copy of the pattern to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would make this quilt in for a chance to win the PDF pattern. Make sure you have your email linked to your profile, or leave it in the comments. No email means I have to draw another winner!

I will draw one winner on Sunday, October 20th. Good Luck!

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Here is the schedule of prior bloggers as well as upcoming posts to increase your chance of winning a pattern:

Oct 8: Alyssa Pileofabric.com
Oct 9: Lindsey lrstitched.com
Oct 10: Christina thesometimescrafter.com
Oct 11: Jennifer knottedthread.com
Oct 12: Sara sewsara.blogspot.com
Oct 13: Emily esposetta.blogspot.com
Oct 14: Angela cuttopieces.blogspot.com
Oct 15: Rachael thefloralsuitcase.com
Oct 16: Shannon littleluvins.com
Oct 17: Kelly craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com
Oct 18: Shannon masteringtheartofbeingme.blogspot.com
Oct 19: Diane fromblankpages.blogspot.com

Be sure to join the Hemisphere Flickr Group, and/or tag your progress with #hemispheresqal on Instagram.

You can also get a quilt-along badge (shown below) on Megan’s blog here. I hope to see you quilt along and thank you Megan for asking me to join in the QAL hop!


CityStitches

38 comments

October 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM

love your interpretation! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this fab pattern!

October 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

My quilts are often really bright and have lots of color and pattern. I've been thinking of making something a little quieter lately. So I'd probably just pull some soft colors from my stash. ....Ok, instead of hitting enter to post this comment I just got lost in my stash mentally picking out some soft color fabrics!

October 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I´m in! Free or paid for I must get this pattern!

October 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Oh man I love this pattern! Hope I win

October 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I think I would make it in solids. I have not yet made an all solid quilt

October 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I love this pattern and am desperately hoping to win the pattern! I want to do it in solids. I'm thinking of an Abstract Expressionist color palette, with a dark green ground, then the spheres in shades of garnet, gold, black, white and aqua.

bbeyun@gmail.com

October 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yummy - I would make it either in solids or in the Fresh Cuts fq's I have waiting to become something!!!

October 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I was lucky enough last year to win a Kona Solids Basics box of fat quarters, and I have been hoarding them away for an awesome project with solids. This pattern would be perfect! Thanks for the give away!

October 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Love your Hemispheres quilt!!! Love the colors and everything about it! I would love to make that quilt with Kate Spain's Terrain if it is still available or maybe Honey, Honey. I would need to use something bright and cheery. Thank you for this great giveaway and the heads up to the quilt along.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!!

October 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Oh. Central Park!! Love. Would love to win a copy.

October 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I have been collecting Kona Solids for some months now and this would be the perfect project to use it on. I would love to win a copy of the pattern. Thank you for the give away.

October 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I have such a stash of FQs I'm sure I could make several from there.

October 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

mm.. to learn to quilt curves sounds interesting and daunting. Love your version.

October 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I love the way the solids look and your version is cute with prints and solids. I might have to make two, one of solids and one of prints! These would make great children's quilts. Thanks or the chance to win a copy of te pattern.

October 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Great pattern - I'd like to make a rainbow version!

October 17, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Kelly!

Love what you've done with Megan Nichols' Hemispheres pattern.

Sounds like a great event.

Enjoy it!

kate

October 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I would love to make it from my collection of Kona solids. :)

October 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Amazing pattern. I would cut into my stack of Nordika for this baby!

October 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I'd really love to make one for my daughters 2nd birthday!!! thanks for the chance to win! mrsrachelsbooth at gmail dot com

October 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I would like to make one of these because it is so bright and happy. And a little out of my rut of dark and dreary. change is good. kcenya1950@gmail.com

October 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Great quilt! I may make it in batiks or solids. Thanks for the chance to win.

October 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Love this and the idea that I would have lots of help learning curves!!!

October 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Cute pattern!! What would I make...I wonder how it would look with the stashed Moda's Half Moon Modern. :)

October 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Awesome pattern! I am thinking either Botanics or a great group of solids, blacks and grays probably.

October 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I would want to use one of the fabulous new lines out there, like Joel Dewberries newest one Bungalow.

October 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I love the pattern and the impact it makes in solids so that's the way I'm leaning...but I never know - I love playing with fabric. Lunde4(at) me( dot) com

October 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I was thinking solids, but wouldn't it look great in Katie Jump Rope?

October 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Oh wow...love the hemisphere pattern!! Would so love to make this...thinking maybe some bright batiks with a black background!!

October 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Love your use of central park - great choice of fabric! I would choose rainbow solids I think.

October 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

This design makes me want to dye and pattern a set of fabrics in an interesting palette and use them to make it.

October 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

What a fabulous quilt! I'd love to make it with Comma fabric! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

October 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

I think i would make it in Bake Sale. I love it.

October 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I would love to make this quilt - the opposing curves are awesome and I especially love the way you did it with some prints included - so pretty!

October 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I love this pattern - I would make this in the colors of my daughter's "new" bedroom: bright pink, aqua, navy blue and lime green

October 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I would love to make this pattern....I already have the perfect fabrics for it!!!

October 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Just found out about this QAL. Thanks for the chance to win!

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