Welcome to my blog. My name is Mary Flynn and I had the honor of making two quilts from Kim Brackett's latest book called, Scrap-Basket Sensations. I know first hand that this book is a MUST especially if you answered yes to the questions above.
This is Kim's second book. Her first book Scrap-Basket Surprises is a bestseller; both books can be found for purchase at Martingale & Company, Amazon, or ask for it at your local quilt shop.
There are 18 quilts all designed using 2.5" strips. Grab your jelly rolls or start cutting your own fabric stash into 2.5" strips! You want this book! (You might even win yourself a signed copy here!)
The two quilts I made in the book are called, Lake Cabin and Blessings from the Hollow.
Lake Cabin was made using lots of civil war-era reproduction prints. I loved how the sashing stars seemed to magically appear as I stitched the rows together.
Blessings from the Hollow was made with two jelly rolls of the same line of fabric. Kim's pieced border is my favorite part of this quilt.
I'd like to share a little secret that I think is unique about this book. There were three quilting bloggers who helped make the quilts for Kim's book. Did you notice the name "Blessings from the Hollow?" I love the personalization towards my blog and the same goes for the other two bloggers you will meet during your blog tour days. See if you can notice it or they may even mention it.
Scrap-Basket Sensation's pattern Town Square intrigued me because the look of the triangles in the corners of the blocks. I quickly made Town Square using the same fabric line as Kim's in the book; a variety of 2.5" strips would be pleasing too!
I'm now making the quilt called Scrap-Basket Paddle Wheel. (sorry photo turn!) The blocks for this quilt are fun, fast and easy to piece.
I grabbed my 2.5" strips and had four blocks pieced within an hour! They have become addicting to make. Seriously, I don't think I have ever whipped up an 11.5" block so quickly!
This book is perfect for all skill levels. The instructions are clear and concise right down to the little pressing direction arrows. Kim also shares with you how she sorts an stores her 2.5" strips and choosing fabrics for a project.
I thought it would be fun to ask Kim a few questions for the tour:
Me: How many more patterns have you designed that have not been published yet and will there be a third book to the series of Scrap-Basket books? If not, would you consider single patterns for purchase in the future?
Kim: There are lots more designs, but I haven't considered a third book yet, and at this tme, I'm not considering publishing individual patterns (although you know I'm an expert at changing my mind!). I do have a couple of designs that I intend to share on my blog (Magnolia Bay Quilts) as soon as I find time to make them.
Me: What is your favorite snack or drink to enjoy during quilt time?
Kim: Coffee! And sometimes Skittles (not as messy as chocolate).
Me: You work full-time and have published this second book; how do you juggle it all?
Kim: I'm definitely not a "juggler." The book would never have finished in time had it not been for wonderful friends helping with the quilts, and my helpful and patient husband. And you would be amazed by what you can accomplish when you give up housework!
A big thanks to Kim Brackett for spending countless hours on creating not one but two amazing Scrap-Basket books simply using 2.5" strips. She's a genius!
Now be sure to visit Stephanie at Loft Creations tomorrow for Day 3 of the Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog Tour and leave a comment here for a chance to win a signed copy! I plan to draw a name this coming Sunday afternoon. Good Luck! THIS GIVEWAY IS NOW CLOSED!