Monday, January 10, 2011

"Scrap-Basket Sensations"
(my sweet secret - teehee)
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I'm sure you're familiar with Kim Brackett (Magnolia Bay Quilts) and author of the Martingale Best Seller "Scrap Basket Surprises". It's a fabulous book chock full of delightful projects made with 2.5" strips.
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Well, get your 2.5" strips ready because Kim's new book "Scrap-Basket Sensations" is due to be released on Tuesday, January 11. Yes, 18 delightful new projects made with 2.5" strips. YUM!!!!


I'm here to share pictures of two quilts I made for Kim's new book. In the fall of '09 during my huge quilting slump Kim sent me an e-mail offering to help me with my slump - would I be interested in making a quilt or two for her second book. Would I????? Yes, yes and yes! :-) Kim and I became friends through blogging and I'm in constant awe of her designing talent.
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The first quilt I made was easy peasy for me because I used a Snippets Jelly Roll by American Jane/Moda for this sweet quilt. I can imagine this quilt on the back of a white rocking chair or swaying porch swing.


Then I HAD to step out of my comfort zone and work with scraps to make this next quilt. I couldn't use another Jelly Roll or coordinated strips because this book is about scrappy quilts not quilts made with Jelly Rolls. Oh, this was one was super tough for me - LOL! I used lots of different scraps - Civil War prints, Moda prints (French General, Blackbird Designs, Robin Pandolph...), Thimbleberries, etc. I must admit that I had lots of fun making this quilt and felt quite proud of myself when I was finished. :-)

Please visit Kim's blog to read more about her new book. The book also has beautiful quilts made by incredibly talented quilt makers and good friends - Karen from Nanagirl Quilts and Mary from Quilt Hollow.
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It was an honor for me to make two quilts for Kim's new book - "Scrap-Basket Sensations" - thank you, Kim.
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And, thank YOU for stopping by to visit; I hope you'll run to your favorite quilt book source this week to purchase Kim's new book.
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In Friendship!

51 comments:

Linda said...

Congratulations! That's so awesome, Darlene!! :-) I love the quilts you made. They are just gorgeous! I am definitely getting her new book. I loved the last one too!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations Darlene! The quilts are BEAUTIFUL!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I love the quilts you made for her!

Karen said...

Darlene, I'm so glad Kim found you and asked you to be a part of her new book. Working with you and getting to know you has been so much fun - your quilts are wonderful!! Congratulations!

Terry said...

Great quilts! I have her first book. Looks like I may have to get this one as well! :0)

AnnieO said...

Great stunt sewing as usual! Both of those are terrific. I can't decide which I favor! Kim's first book was wonderful and I have bookmarked at least 4 "must makes" in there, and definitely want her second book. Congrats on your fine work.

Sherri said...

Love your quilts Darlene...Kim's book must be amazing...I've been to all the blogs now and love them all!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on being a part of such a wonderful project. So far I like all the quilts. I especially like the scrappy one. Good job!

sewmeow said...

Thanks for sharing about her new book, and your quilts are wonderful.

Kaaren said...

Now that's some secret you all kept!

Congratulations to all of you. This book is a definite must-have because there is nothing better than a scrappy quilt...especially one that was made by a friend and featured in a book! Woo hoo!

Gorgeous job on both of them!

sunny said...

Ooh~Ahh! How pretty! Congratulations on being chosen to sew the samples. That must be a real honor, and they're beautiful.

Anne said...

Great job! Love the second really scrappy one. Great stash buster. Will definitely check out the book tomorrow.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh you sneak! What a fun secret! Congratulations! Love your quilts. I have Kim's first book, and of course I'll be looking for the second one! Have a happy day!

Thimbleanna said...

They're beautiful Darlene -- what a great job! And how fun to have your quilts in a the book!

Debi said...

How wonderful Darlene, you are so talented...I know why Kim chose you to make quilts for her.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh Darlene...I'm so excited! This is fabulous news! Can't wait to see the book and tell people that I "know" you! LOL So, did you become a scrap quilt convert?!?!

Sinta Renee said...

That is so cool! I think your quilt are beautiful Darlene! What a fun project- and a great opportunity to work with other wonderful quilters!

wendysquilting said...

I love your quilts!! How fun to be a stunt sewer!
I finally ordered Kim's first book. along with a couple of others, now I'll need this one too....

Nancy said...

The quilts are great! I have to get the book.

annieb said...

Congratulations! There are such beautiful quilts in this book-can't wait to make some scrappy quilts.

Loris said...

Oh, I'm so excited Kim's book will finaly be out! The quilt patterns look wonderful. I love the quilts you made from them. Lovely work!

Heartsdesire said...

Congratulations. Your quilts are beautiful. What fun to be asked to contribute to a new book. I will definitely be buying this one. Think I will have to buy her first book as well.

Vickie E said...

cool for you! love those quilts and I sooo want that book.

Carrie P. said...

How exciting for you. YOur quilts are fabulous.

Yvette said...

Those quilts are fantastic!

Lorraine said...

WOw...well done Darlene..those quilts are amazing. Must check out the book could be just what I am looking for to make a dent in some of my stash...nice to use different fabrics - I think we have been spoilt for choice with all the fabulous ranges of fabric with their jelly rolls and such....nice to get the fabrics out of the cupboard - throw them on the floor and start cutting strips...LOL

Deanna said...

Kim is wonderful! I have the "Surprises" book and look forward to the new one. Just looking at your pictures makes me want to go dig through my scraps. Actually, had heard about the book and have been collectiong 2 1/2" strips in preparation.

Carol said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the quilts you did!
I'll have to get that book!

Cindy said...

The quilts you made are wonderful, Darlene. YOU are wonderful !!

John'aLee said...

Oh those are beautiful Darlene! You're a star girlie! Congrats!
I think she was lucky to have you to call on.

Ariane said...

These are gorgeous quilts. Congratulations!!!!

Wendy said...

Congratulations! The AJ quilt is fantastic and the scrappy quilt is even better with all the different lines mixed in. I can't wait to see more of this book.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Darlene, the honor is all mine -- I'm so thrilled to have your quilts in the book. Thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone to make Tool Shed. :-) I really love it!

Kim said...

Sure do understand stepping outside your comfort zone, but such a wonderful quilt you created for Kim's book! Lovely quilts. :-D

carol fun said...

Oh I can't wait to see the quilts you stitched - I pre-ordered this book from Amazon as a Christmas present for me and I can't wait to stitch up some of my many jelly rolls.l Congratulations!

Joanna said...

How nice! I love both of your quilts, especially the second one with the variety of scraps. I will check out the book. Congratulations.

julieQ said...

OH, how fun!! Congratulations to you...can I have your autograph?? Love that second quilt...it is so cool!

Allie said...

Oh you sneaky girl, lol - keeping that a secret! Good for you, both quilts are gorgeous! So glad it got you out of your slump, too!

Carrie said...

Congratulations! Your quilts are gorgeous and Kim's second book is sure to be an even bigger hit and best-seller than the first one! Thanks to you, of course. ;)

I will, of course, expect you to sign my copy of Kim's book.

Janet said...

Congratulations!! Fantastic to have quilts in a book and what a wonderful testament to your abilities.

Allyson said...

Congratulations Darlene! Beautiful quilts!

QuiltSue said...

I've already got my order in for it!

I really like both quilts you made, but specially the 2nd one.

Lori said...

How fun to contribute to such a terrific book!!

Wendy said...

Darlene, those are wonderful quilts!! I just came from Mary's blog and saw the quilts she did ... along with yours, I'm truly going to have to buy the book!! Thank you for sharing!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Congrats and gorgeous quilts you created! Scrappy isn't my cup of tea either. I'm working on scrappy string blocks. I'm having issues - I want to make them all matchy-matchy but I'm forcing myself to stay the scrappy route!

Sharon said...

truly exciting, may your days be truly as fulfilling as they are today

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love the two quilts you made Missy. Very nice but I would expect nothing less.

SewCalGal said...

Congratulations. I do so love scrap quilts. Thus, I'm very excited about this new book. Looks wonderful.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

Great job on the quilts you made for Kim...and I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! Can't wait to get my order in!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Darlene - I love both of the quilts you made! Kudos to you on the scrappy one, too! I think it's so hard to mix and match fabrics!! Great job Darlene!!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

well done to all of you! great looking book, Tracey

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