In case you haven’t figured us out yet, we love anything that charms us or makes us chuckle. Emily’s newest book, Pixel Play (C&T Publishing, 2012) is a two-for-one tickle as we chuckle charmingly over her delightful kid-inspired pixelated quilts.
It’s not that Emily’s re-invented the wheel; pixel quilts have been around more than a century at least, and are more commonly known as “Postage-Stamp Quilts.” But, as with most of what Emily does, these quilts have her take on design. Strips where possible in place of all squares. Solid fabrics. Fun images. Flexible sizing and colors. And even though the cutting and piecing needed for these quilts require precision and accuracy, she’s already provided our quilting fail-safe in the patterns–an extra strip precut for mistakes and additional yardage just in case. Emily has also provided a TON of great tips for organizing your materials as you work your way through these patterns. And for quilts like these–precision and accuracy mandatory–being organized will be the difference to either making the quilt or breaking you!
We especially love the pirate quilt, Deception Cove (we’re still not over Johnny Depp!) and the Georgia O’Keefe-turns-mod quilt Zinnia. This book is worthy of your plunk-down. We promise.
Now, as Station 2 on Emily’s Pixel Play Blog Tour, we’ve got more to offer besides our highest praise. Yep. It’s GenQ Bribe Time.
Here’s what Emily is offering:
It’s a mystery! All winners get a copy of Pixel Play, but there are SEVEN different boxes (one for each stop along the tour). What will your box include? Maybe a Robert Kaufman color card? Or some Aurifil 50wt thread for piecing your pixelated world? Or maybe C&T Publishing’s Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool? Or maybe some Carolina Patchworks patterns? Every box will be a suprise — just like Christmas when you were a kid!
Issues 1 and 2 of GenQ in print (if you already have them, then share, People, share!) and three fat quarters from the GenQ closet.
All winners will be announced on Oct. 17. To enter, tell us what your favorite image/scene/memory/photo is that you’d put into pixels if you could? We’ll pick randomly, which usually means we have a GenQ Junior Editor close his or her eyes and point. Then we’ll email you and announce the winner here and on Facebook.
Open to U.S., Canadian and International winners. (International peeps: We’ll need your phone number for the shipping forms and please don’t comment “Anonymously.” After all, doncha want us to find you?!?) FRANTIC DISCLOSURE: Nothing will be sent out UNTIL AFTER QUILT MARKET. That means mid-November.
For more chances to win, check out the other stops along Pixel Play’s blog tour:
October 2 (Tuesday) — Pat Sloan
October 3 (Wednesday) — Generation Q Magazine
October 4 (Thursday) — Fat Quarter Shop
October 5 (Friday) — Jaybird Quilts
October 8 (Monday) — Robert Kaufman Fabrics
October 9 (Tuesday) — Blue Nickel Studios
October 10 (Wednesday) — Angela Walters