April 23, 2013

Modern Baby Blog Book Tour Giveaway!!!

 *** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***

Shut the front door! I'm in another book!!! And I have two quilts in this book too! I know, I'm just showing off at this point... Hahaha! Modern Baby is a really fun book with beautiful quilts, and I'm just thrilled that I'm a part of it :)

Both quilts of mine are bright and cheery, which is really my favourite thing to do when making baby quilts!

The first quilt I have in the book is called Floating Pyramid because... it looks like... a pyramid that is... floating. I am terrible at naming quilts, people.

This quilt was insanely fun to cook up, yet soooo frustrating at the same time. From the sketching, to deciding how to treat each coloured triangle, and finally figuring out how the heck to make those scrappy triangles in a way that made sense to others! I just love how it came out, especially because the triangles look like they're almost shimmering away. The neutral background is not something I gravitate towards, but I thought it worked so well with this quilt instead of just a flat, stark white background.

You guys might've seen Vertigo on the blog before... it's a really fun quilt where you can play with colours, values and hues. I've made this three times now (here's the second one that now belongs to my sister's bestie's baby) haha! Super easy and the fun lies in picking your colours! When I first made this quilt, it was really just me messing around with the fabric. The thing about improv is that you're not quite sure if it's going to work out, or how it's going to look. But thankfully, I managed to make the quilt how I'd drawn it up in my mind. Phew! I'm really looking forward to seeing what people do with this quilt... the possibilities are endless!

So, giveaway time!!!!!

You'll have 14... count them, 14... chances to win an eBook copy of Modern Baby! Just leave a comment and tell me a fun story about a baby or when you became a mother... or anything! You know me and my love of randomness :) I'll pick a winner on Tuesday April 30!

And after you're done entering the giveaway here, you can go check out my fellow co-authors on their blogs! Here's the blog tour schedule :)


April 18, Thursday       Jenny, StitchThis! http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
April 19, Friday            Shea Henderson, http://emptybobbinsewing.com
April 22, Monday         Jake Finch, http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 23, Tuesday        Audrie Bidwell, http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com/
April 24, Wed              Carolyn Friedlander, http://carolynfriedlander.com/blog/
April 25, Thursday       Melissa Corry, http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/
April 26, Friday            Jen Eskridge, http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog/
April 29, Monday         Sarah Flynn, http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/
April 30, Tuesday        Dana Bolyard, http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/
May 1, Wednesday      Amy Smart, http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
May 2, Thursday          Carrie Bloomston, http://suchitysuch.blogspot.com/
May 3, Fri                    Victoria Findlay Wolfe, http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
May 6, Monday            Lindsey Rhodes, http://lrstitched.com/
May 7, Tuesday           Pippa Eccles Armbrester, http://www.pippapatchwork.com/blog/

Good luck, and have lots of fun!!!

96 comments:

LJ said...

I'm particularly fond of Floating Pyramid. Though the colored one is what I noticed first, I love the looks of the background with it's pyraminds.

Anonymous said...

I love your quilts - so inspiring; can't wait to get the book!
capoppies@yahoo.com

Julie in GA said...

Your baby quilts look great! I love them both.
I remember babysitting my niece overnight when she was teething, and neither one of us got any sleep. In a few months, she will have her first child. I look forward to making many baby quilts for her kids.

mjb said...

I like your stripes a lot!

Jan Koehn said...

Love your pyramid quilt! My babies are all grown up now but I still miss blowing raspberries into their tummies and making them laugh!

cakegirl said...

I love both quilts and this book is a must have for me. thanks for a chance to win a copy.

Mary said...

This looks like a fun book. Sadly my kids childhood is such a blur to me but I have a new grandson who cracks me up. When he is content he blows the raspberries.

Laura said...

I can't think of any baby stories, but I love making baby quilts and would be so excited to win this book!

Euphoria Jessica said...

Love these quilts!!! Super cute and bright!! Way to go on another book!

Jess said...

I really love vertigo! It's my favorite quilt in the book. I don't have kids, so no random baby info to post... But if I ever do have any, I hope they have big, pinchable cheeks. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jane Green said...

I love this book and your site! I had an baby on Easter and a baby on Christmas.
thanks for the chance.

Lou said...

Your baby quilts are awesome! So colorful! I am not only a mom but alos a nana:)

Darrilyn Matsuki said...

I'm a mom and grammy to 5. Love making them quilts.

Elsa said...

Just looked at the book on Amazon ~ such cute projects and especially love the Pyramid quilt ~ the colors are fab!

Linda said...

HELLO! AFTER BEING PREGNANT FOR A FEW MONTHS,WE VISITED MY HUSBANDS PARENTS AND THEY INFORMED US THAT MY FATHER IN LAW WAS A TWIN! SINCE I WAS GAINING SO RAPIDLY,WE JUST KNEW IT'D BE 2! SURPRISE JUST ONE SWEET BABY GIRL!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Joan H. said...

Your quilt designs are so appealing and colorful! We're expecting our first great grandchild in July...I'm SO excited.

Barb said...

I love the designs in this book. Thanks for the chance. I am a grandmother in waiting...no fun storied today!Thanks for the chance to win.

KatieQ said...

Both of my children were early talkers. My son spoke clearly and had amazing pronunciation for a toddler. On day, a few months before he turned 3 I picked him up at nursery school and he was upset. He told me, "You've been teaching me all wrong. You told me the food we eat is called spaghetti, but all the kids in my class say Passgetti. I feel like a fool."
I had a hard time convincing him that his pronunciation was correct.

FrancisMoore said...

I make baby quilts to give away to different charities. I would love to have some new patterns.
fmoore11589@comcast.net

Peggy said...

The quilts are awesome and not just for the little ones IMO. Thanks for the opportunity!

Stitches said...

When my oldest daughter was little, she called my bra's "booby jammies". I never forgot that!!

corinne said...

Love the new ideas for baby quilts, they are beautiful. demoncori@aol.com

Lynne said...

Love the fish with bubbles! Would love to make one for Project Linus, since we don't have any babies in the family.

Pearl said...

It doesn't matter if your quilt naming isn't creative...your quilts are! Love the pyramid...good scrappy pattern for charity quilts. Both patterns are appropriate for so many different occasions. Thanks.

Helen L said...

I love your bright and beautiful quilts: so fun!! I became a mom in April of 1989: when we brought my daughter home our wisteria was in full bloom, and every year when it blooms I think of that wonderful homecoming!! So good to be a mom!!

Wings of Dawn said...

Holy cow! Those are some beautiful quilts!

So...I can't think of any good baby stories, but I do have an almost baby story.

I taught Pre-K for a year right out of college (it was special, I don't teach anymore, lol). I had this one little boy who was the poster child for ADHD, he was all over the place all the time. He was a hilarious kid.

Also, he didn't recognize his own name because his mom only called him Sexy.

Yeah, you know where this is going.

So, I had all these baby dolls for the kitchen center in my classroom. And this one, the little white boy baby, had red hair and red overalls and I thought to myself, "Man, this baby looks like Chucky. But four-year-olds won't know who Chucky is..." (Yes, I was an idiot. I'll just blame it on being 22.)

But up until two days before Christmas break, miraculously nothing happened with this baby. Then, while I was trying to finish assessments with some of the kids and the rest were in centers, I hear blood curdling screaming across the room. I look around expecting to see some kind of altercation, but no, "Sexy" (I won't use his real name here), is running across the room, baby in hand, screaming "It's the CHUCKY BABY! It's the CHUCKY BABY!"

And I'm sitting there, thinking to myself, "Well, crap. Not sure what to do here."

Before I can do anything, "Sexy" has turned around, run back to the kitchen center, screaming "I'm gonna KILL it! I'm gonna CUT ITS HEAD OFF!"

Well, crap. Now I really got to do something.

And I get there and this child has slapped this poor baby face-down on the table and has proceeded to attempt to saw its head off with a plastic play knife (which incidentally "disappeared" after this incident).

And I look at him and say, "Give me the Chucky baby."

Which he responds to by screaming/laughing "It's alive! It's alive!" over and over again.

So I say, "Say goodbye to the Chucky baby. He's going back in the box."

To which this child, waggles his fingers and says "Bye Bye Chucky baby" in the creepiest kid horror movie voice ever.

I had to give the Chucky baby to another teacher. I was too tempted to use it as a behavior modification device. You know, "Chucky baby is watching you. You better behave." I decided that was inappropriate. ;) lol

Lisa Marie said...

Well, I can't top the Chucky baby story -- too funny! When my son was born he was 10 pounds and had a full head of dark hair that stuck straight out. In those days they would put all the babies in the nursery for everyone to look at during hospital visiting hours. So my husband and many of our friends and family were standing at the window lookiing at him. Several of the people there to see other babies were pointing at our baby and saying "look at that one, he's full grown!". My husband thought it was hilarious.

Michele said...

I love the modern look to the new baby quilts! My mom makes a new quilt for each grand- or great-grandchild these days and is always looking for new and fun patterns. This would be a great gift for her!

redzelda said...

I love to try out different quilting ideas on baby quilts that I give away as gifts. I can also quilt them easily on my small home sewing machine. My now 17 year old daughter got several baby quilts as gifts and we will always keep them. They are special.

Angela Nash said...

Two again! Show off for sure :)

I'm having a baby in 2 months, and am totally unable to decide what to sew for her!

Marcia W. said...

Baby story -- my mother just finished a baby quilt with the cutest monkies on it and a soft fleecey backing. We cannot wait to give it to my cousin (her grandniece) to use ... and make her bring the new babe for a visit too.

Tamie said...

Random but not funny- my oldest daughter is now pregnant with her first (and our first grandchild) and just watching her brings back so many memories. I can't wait until August.

Ellee said...

I enjoy making baby quilts and always include bright colors. I love it when someone expresses surprise that I would use brights. It shakes up their stereotypic expectation of pastels. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

quilary said...

I love your pyramid quilt-and how the name says it all!
One of the great things about having little children around is that it was always a great excuse to have a cupboard full of "craft" items...I could get my fix of making things while playing with the children at the same time...and any excuse to make clothes for the dollies...!!!

Anonymous said...

My son and his wife are expecting identical twins in June. I would love to win this book. I love your quilts, so bright and cherry.

Andrea Lui said...

love it! no kids yet..but hopefully in the future.

Anita said...

As a super busy new Mom and volunteer I was running to a meeting at the bank. I ran through McDonald's drive-thru on my way with my 18-month-old in the back seat. As I was staving and stuffing my burger into my face I hear this little voice from the back seat say hestitatingly, "try... your burger?" It was his first phrase. So cute! So I had to share even though I really wanted to eat the whole cheeseburger myself.

Janet said...

Last week I was talking to my 3 year old granddaughter on the phone. She was telling me about the kittens. Then I said "I guess they'll be going to their new homes soon." There was silence, then she said she wanted to get off the phone. I could hear her in the background "Are the kittens going to new homes?" "Is Poco (the mother cat) going to a new home?" Whoops!

EmileeHope said...

I love making baby quilts...would love a chance to win a copy of this book!

barbara woods said...

With 24 grandkids having baby's i need all the help i can get. thanks

giddy99 said...

Both quilts are lovely! Congrats on being in the book!

Allison Knaus said...

Love the triangle quilt. It certainly makes me want to make one of my own!

Deborah said...

I love your floating triangle quilt! This looks a great book. I wasn't quilting when I had my two boys (now 9 and 6) but I am planning on making them quilts for Christmas this year

Anita said...

Kids are just funny, especially when they start to walk, thy always look like little drunk men :) thanks for the giveaway!

Beth said...

Fun story about a baby? Here's one...when my best friend had her first baby, her own littlest brother was still in grade school. After he saw the baby for the first time, I asked him what he thought. Without missing a beat he said, "She's REALLY cute! She looks a lot like me!"

Jeannie Gan said...

LOVE your Floating Pyramid. Thanks for the chance to win.
jchiagan at yahoo dot com

Lisa PL said...

A baby story, my friends kids were saying "Oh my god" a no-no. A little while later they picked up "Dang it" also a bit of a no-no. Then they mixed the two......"Oh my dang it" It was too funny to be discouraged! It still gets used by family, kids, and friends (myself)

txjackson5 said...

My babies are all grown, but I still love making baby quilts - fortunately we have some young moms at our church!!!

Miggsie said...

I love both of your quilts and am super excited about this book! Not really a baby story, but on Tuesday my son, who is now 8, pitched in a Little League game for the first time. He has been playing baseball for 3 years and has done a million things I have been proud of, but seeing him out there on the mound was just amazing. How did that little baby I held not so long ago turn into this strong and capable boy? Needless to say it was a proud mama moment! :-)

CitricSugar said...

I'm glad the world has finally realized how awesome you are. :-)

My nephew has taken to parroting things we tell him to say, which is great, but if you whisper it to him, he will also whisper it, which makes it trickier to make fun of Grandpa...

Debbie said...

I became a Mother in 1981. It was a long time ago, but it feels like yesterday. I love Floating Pyramids!

Anonymous said...

Baby quilts are such fun - small enough to finish, an opportunity for bright color, and delighted recipients. Love your fresh look.

Mona

M.W. said...

Baby quilts are so much fun to make sometimes I just make them and wait for a baby to be born that I can give it to.
shawn

mary mahoo said...

When my daughter in law went into labour with our first grandchild I thought I was calm, cool & collected. Until, that is, I cut the end of my finger off making supper! When the soon to be parents arrived at the hospital, the nurses brought them by my ER room while I was waiting to be stitched up!

andee.mckenica@gmail.com said...

I love your Floating Pyramid quilt and your sarcasm! Baby quilts are my favorite and being a Yia Yia is one of the best things to be. Would love my very own copy of Modern Baby.
~Andee McK

Sarah McCoy Photography said...

I want this book so I'll share the story of Henry's birth. I had been waiting and waiting patiently for baby #2 to arrive. Having been 4 cm. dilated for a month, I thought the moment was coming much sooner than it did. Just one hour past his due date, Henry decided to kick it into overdrive. I woke up with my first contraction at 1:10am. I took a shower to figure out if it was real labor. When signs pointed towards go, we called my mom who spend over to be home with my daughter. We left for the hospital at 2:15am, arrived at 2:37am and I immediately needed to push as soon as we got to the intake table. Still in my jeans and sweater, doctors and nurses came a running. Henry was born just a few pushes later at 2:50am. Phew! The most crazy hour and 40 minutes of my life!!!! Surely that deserves a book :)

babiesdoc said...

I love babies,
there are soft and sweet and they can't talk back!

Celine said...

I absolutely love your floating pyramid quilt, so different and effective. Well done! Enjoy your trip to Singapore and Australia.
Random thing: I love it when my baby giggles with her big fat baby laugh!

Amy said...

I love Floating Pyramid, especially the neutral background.
When a friend's baby was a few months old I watched the baby for a few hours and she gave me a hickey on my shoulder (I was wearing a tank top). She was still nursing and got a little hungry apparently.

Anonymous said...

What a fun book! We are expecting our first baby in June after two years of trying! We didn't think it could happen and are overjoyed. I've been sewing so much for her and I bet this book would be fun!

Becca
Beeka1416@hotmail.com

Marguerite said...

Well I had a quick delivery. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was off work almost a month ahead of the due date. I had my shower on the 7th of October, since the due date was the 28th. Well 3 days later... She arrived 28 years ago. The best thing that ever happened to me.

Chris said...

I started quilting when I was 6 months pregnant with my first child (a boy). One of the first quilts I finished was for him (of course). He slept with it and dragged it around the house constantly! When he was 4, I finally had to put it away because the edges were so tattered. He had plenty more "blankies" by then and that quilt is tucked away for safe keeping and memories now!
I love the Modern Baby book! So many cute quilts!

Boo McCready said...

I have a test tube baby who is now 13. It wasn't as difficult to have my daughter but close! My daughter now quilts with me. Love, love, love!

Tiffany said...

Cool quilts! I'm a mom to twins who were born in December. We decided to announce the good news to our families on Fathers Day so I made each father two baby Christmas stockings. They were super confused at first, but they have both proudly displayed their mini stockings for almost two years now. :)

Vicki in MN said...

What a great book! Two years ago today our first grandson was born! We never understood people when they said being a grandparent is the best thing ever---that is until we looked into Brevon's eyes for the first time, we were gonners!!! It's just awesome being Gparents!

Amy B said...

I love it when kids tell jokes. "why do fish choose salt water?" "becuase pepper makes them sneeze"! Cheezy-YES! But so adorable to see the kids' faces when you laugh at thier joke. thanks for the chance! ~Amy

Vicki H said...

Love your pyramid quilt. Thanks for the chance.

Zoe said...

Baby quilts are my favorite. My littlest baby is three months old today. I am trying to take a picture of him on a different quilt for each month b-day. A good excuse to keep sewing more quilts!
sethandzoe @ gmail

Sandra said...

I like that pyramid quilt.
Baby story. We have 2 girls, 5 years apart. Both girls had the same due date~ Sept 5th.
In the end one was delivered early and the other one didn't want to make an appearance and had to be coaxed....
Good job really, because sharing a birthdate would be something else for them to fight about. :)

Anonymous said...

I made my first baby quilt about 3 years ago for a friend's baby girl. It was my first venture into something bigger than a pot holder project and at that time the idea felt daunting. I have just finished a single bed quilt for my little niece and can't wait to tackle something even bigger.

Thanks for the giveaway!
oceanian[at]lycos[dot]com

Jacqueline said...

I made three "baby boy" quilts when I was pregnant and yet I didn't even know I was having a boy (I didn't find out the sex until birth). Luckily I did have a boy. That is an example of a quilter living on the edge!! :-P

PS: Sandra above ^^ my baby's due date was also Sept 5th, but he was born 3 weeks early in August. :-)

Lisa said...

My beautiful curly-red-headed baby girl said her first word at the tender age of 3 months! True, I tell not a lie. She was lying on my Roses on Lattice Quilt in nothing but a cloth nappy with her ankles crossed and her hands clasped over her little chest, looking all innocent and cheruby, when, I don't know, she must have burped or something, but the word which came out of her little mouth sounded, clear as a bell, for all the world like "Bugger"! I was rolling around in stitches.
She is 16 now, actually I might just share this memory with her tonight. Thanks for making me remember it.
BTW I used to work with your sister at UWA. Give her my love.
Lisa

PippaP said...

be careful what music you listen to when preggers, I used to dance around kitchen singing mamma mia while doing my cleaning/nesting and he knew the words by heart when he heard it for the first time at 4 :)

Trace mobile number said...

Great work.keep it up..

Molly said...

Here's a true fact about babies .... they turn into toddlers WAAAAYYY too fast! I loved everything about my babies but my best friend was a nervous wreck around hers and couldn't wait until they could walk and talk. I felt sad for her but she thought I was nuts. To each their own I guess but I still tear up when I smell a new baby because it brings back such sweet memories.

Cynthia said...

Love the floating triangle and I love working with just solids!
Thanks Cynthia

B Greene said...

I want to try a triangle quilt and Floating Pyramid looks like the perfect candidate!! Thansk for sharing and for the chance to win!

patty a. said...

Love the Vertigo quilt! I am totally inspired!

Carla said...

We had six babies-- I wanted ten! I could really use that book for all the grand babies

Jessica said...

the Vertigo quilt is amazing! thanks for the giveaway!

Cheryl said...

My baby is now 8. She was born at home (on purpose) and out car was furious for weeks to be displaced.

Heather said...

One of my favorite memories will always be the day I gave birth to my son. My sister in-law also came to the hosptal the same day! She had her baby 1.5 hrs before me. The unit put us in rooms side by side. We call our boys our twins, since they were born the same day at the same hospital.
h_freund@hotmail.com

ShellyG said...

Funny...and a little shocking....baby story - it short and sweet Audrie! Whilst doing arts and crafts with my then 3 1/2 year old, my nearly one year old unbeknown to me ate a plastic googly eye we were working with. Ahhh it was about 1/2 inch in diameter....how do I know? so glad you ask! it was looking at me the next morning when I changed her nappy....mr hanky style!

Linda Christianson said...

I have never had my own baby. My daughter was three when we adopted her. Did help take care of three newborn foster children (at the same time), all different moms. Let me tell you feeling time can become one big chore. The foster mom had ask for help until she had the babies spaced in feeding time.

bee said...

i 've made several quilts for friends with new babies - love gifting something handmade and full of love! :)

hueisei said...

I like your bright and colorful quilts!

Karrie Smith said...

I don't have a fun story about a "baby", but when my "babY" was 2-3 years old, I took her to the Detroit Zoo and they have three frogs that are in a triangle facing inwards (their faces were facing each other). She almost ripped my hand off and she started running towards it and ripping off her clothes until her undies because she thought that was ok to do. I was young, embarrassed, by myself, and it was hard to get her clothes on because she was throwing a fit.

HAHA>. I totally forgot about that until now. Of course it was 100 degrees out and crowded that day. I had to drag her away and shortly after that we went home.

Crystal Smith said...

I really don't have much to say about baby's except they are a great way to begin. Don't like baby quite sized quilts however. I make all my quilts between baby and twin size. Sort of toddler sized. That way they have less chance of going to goodwill or the dog.

vickievanphd said...

Well my last name was Fudge and my son, Carl, weighed 12 pds, was born on Valentines Day. The lady in the bed next to me, her last name was Hershey, she had a girl. They were in the Long Beach Press Telegram as the Sweetness Couple. I still have the paper. It was in 1971!!!

Jennifer D said...

We are expecting baby #8 in August, so I have quite a few stories! But the one I thought of first was when my eldest was 6 months or so (she was old enough to be sitting up), she was sitting on the changing table/dresser and threw up. My first instinct was to catch it with my hands and, thankfully, she didn't keep going. I then thought to myself, "Wow. I guess I've really made it as a mother. I caught her throw up without throwing up myself." Ha ha!! If I only knew....

Shar said...

I was babysitting and the baby wanted to hold the bottle. He decided to squeeze the bottle hard. It exploded all over his face and clothes. All he could do was laugh after that.

Lynn said...

Many years ago my oldest who was 7 at the time drew angry eyebrows in sharpie on the baby. To be funny.

Linda F. said...

I made a shadow applique quilt for my 2nd daughter and a friend made the exact same quilt for hers. It was great fun doing it together.
LLfasRN (at) aol (dot) com

Bethany said...

so much fun..thanks!

Rebecca said...

My babies took a long time to sleep through the night. I know it was probably my own fault because I love snuggling them. I now have four kids that still snuggle with me on the couch all the time, and I love it. Must be my love language :)

This book looks so fun! THANKS for the chance!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Emily Brower said...

Would love to have this book!
Well, I'm totally drawing a blank when it comes to funny stories, so this one will have to do.
When I was pregnant, my nephew was laying in my lap (5 months old) just looking up at me, then our kitten jumped up on the bed and my nephew kicked him off! It was too funny and we kind of got it on video.

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