Machine Quilting Monday

#PieceAndQuiltHopAlong :: Giveaway Time!

Modern Marks Fabric by Christa Watson for Benartex (Photo by HollyAnne Knight at String and Story)

Good morning, friends!

Welcome back to the #PieceAndQuiltHopAlong where my friends and I are blogging and quilting our way through Christa Watson's new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts! Plus, we're making our quilts with Christa's new Modern Marks fabric! Be sure to read all the way to end today for a chance to win the book or some yummy fabric! 

If you're new to our hop, you'll definitely want to check out the last two weeks' posts by clicking on the photos below-- we've had a lot of fun with quilting plans and graffiti quilting!

Week 2: How to Make a Quilting Plan

Week 2: How to Make a Quilting Plan

Week 3: How to Graffiti Quilt

Week 3: How to Graffiti Quilt

This week, I've continued quilting along on Spools. Daylight Company generously sent me a Slimline Lamp to try, so I've been kind of obsessed with taking photos and videos under its glorious light. In addition to playing around with my camera, I've also been playing around with my stitches. I added an extra loop to my ribbon candy quilting, and I'm kind of in love with the result. 

Overall, Spools is about halfway quilted. I was slowed down a bit when I managed to catch the backing fabric under the quilt and had to pick out a section, but no worries-- I'm off to the races again! And, I'm excited to finish it up for a BIG REVEAL next week!

Finally, the GIVEAWAY! HOORAY! There are two prizes: The first (1) winner will receive a copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson. This giveaway is generously provided by Martingale Publishing. If the winner is within the US, he or she will receive a physical copy of the book. An international winner will win a digital copy. The second (2) winner will receive a "pinwheel" of Modern Marks consisting of 50 2.5 x 21 inch strips (two each of 25 of the 26 fabrics in the line). Because of shipping costs, this winner is for the continental US only. There are several ways to enter in the Rafflecopter below, and the giveaway will run from October 9, 2017- 11:59PM EST on October 15, 2017. I'll announce the winner in next week's blog post!

Piece and Quilt Hop Along on the String and Story Blog

The other Hoppers, Vicki and Kristin, are also doing giveaways, so be sure to visit them! And, this week we are joined by our friend Quiltin' Jenny who has published a thoughtful review of the book on her blog. 

I'm so excited to share the finished quilt with you next week and choose TWO of you as our lucky winners. In the meanwhile, I want you to feel confident and joyful as you quilt this week. I'd like to send you a FREE copy of "3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting" to help you start the week strong. Just click below to sign up for my newsletter, and I'll send those to you straight away!

And while we're both quilting away, let's connect on social media! I post daily tips and inspiration, PLUS this week I'll be taking over the @52Quilters, and you don't want to miss out on that fun!! (There will be freebies!)

Happy Quilting!

HollyAnne

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#PieceAndQuiltHopAlong :: How to Graffiti Quilt

How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Good morning and Happy October, Quilters!

Are you ready to get quilting? Last week, we finished piecing the Spools top from Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts (and this version is also made with her Modern Marks fabric-- yay!). We also made a quilting plan that looked like this:

How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

If you missed that post, be sure to go back and check it out:

This week, I've begun executing the plan I made which includes wood grain quilting, switchbacks, and, our topic today, graffiti quilting.

How To Graffiti Quilt by HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

 There are two methods I use to approach graffiti quilting:

1) Use a central design, such as double loops, to create a "core" to the quilted area, then use various motifs to fill in the remaining negative space.

2) Go crazy-- start with one motif and just keep building and changing and moving through the space. 

Here are some tips:

1) Practice on paper first-- tomorrow's meeting just got so much better!

2) You don't have to use a ton of different designs. My top three "go to" designs are paisleys, swirls, and pebbles. 

3) Start slowly. It's okay if it doesn't feel easy or natural at first. Practice makes progress!

My goal is to help you quilt with confidence, and as you practice graffiti quilting this week, I'd love for you to also check out "3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." As a thank you for joining my Newsletter, I'll send you this FREE PDF via email!

I can't wait to make and share more quilting videos with you! Plus, next week, we're kicking off a giveaway to win some of Christa Watson's Modern Marks Fabric! Woohoo! In the meanwhile, join me on Instagram to see updates in real time! And be sure to check out what my fellow Hoppers,  Kristin at Simple. Handmade. Everyday and Vicki at My Creative Corner 3are up to as well!

See you soon, my friends!

Happy Quilting!

HollyAnne

How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story
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FriYAY Friends

FriYAY Friends :: An Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

Wave Quilt by Stephanie Kendron and Joanna Marsh

Wave Quilt by Stephanie Kendron and Joanna Marsh

Good morning and Happy FriYAY!

Many of y'all have probably listened to the Modern Sewciety Podcast, but maybe not many of us have "met" the woman who owns the sweet, Southern voice that keeps us company while we sew. Today, I'm pleased to introduce you to Stephanie Kendron!

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

1) Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your creative background, etc? HI! I am Stephanie Kendron from Modern Sewciety. I blog and podcast at Modern Sewciety. I am married and have two wonderful daughters. I grew up in a small North Florida farm town on my grandparent's family farm. I currently live about 20 minutes from that farm where my parents still live and farm. My mom and grandma were always gardening, sewing, cooking, and being creative growing up. My dad is a super talented creative as welder. I think being creative was just in my genes. When I was little my parents build the house they still live in by themselves, and it is amazing. They seriously built everything in the house including cabinets and all without google. I was surrounded by creative people constantly. 

I discovered sewing seriously when I had my first daughter 10 years ago. I haven't stopped since. And my daughters are now old enough to sew and I often find them in my sewing room stitching up a project. I think I always knew I had a creative something in me but nothing ever stuck with me. When I started sewing after having my oldest it just felt so natural and it still does. I don't know why it didn't take hold earlier in life but I am glad it found me. I don't know that I can imagine not having fabric and thread in my life now. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

2) The quilting world knows you primarily by your voice because of the Modern Sewciety podcast. Let's look behind the scenes a bit: What kind of quilts do you love to work on and what inspires your quilting? I love quilts with big blocks. I think bigger blocks are great to showcase amazing fabric and a quick sew. I also really love big quilts that I can rotate in my house on the beds and snuggle quilts for the couch. I really think life inspires me. I really love vintage quilts as well. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

3) In addition to quilting, you also love to sew garments! How would you recommend a quilter dip her (or his) toe into garment sewing? In particular, what online resources would you recommend? hmmmm. I think anything from Rae of Made by Rae is amazing for sewing with any substrate. I think The Fold Line is an awesome website to resource by skill, garment, pattern, anything really. It is an awesome resource. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

4) How is creative community important to your work? I really love this creative community. I really hope that I bring some of the community together on the podcast. I love the stories, the inspiration, the hustle, the everything in this community and being connected to it is what helps me to continue to learn and hone my skills. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

5) What advice or encouragement do you have for other creatives along their journeys? I think learning to hear no is important. It is super hard but it also teaches you to keep going if you really want what you are going after. And persistence is key. People get a lot of emails and phone calls in a day and most are also creatives hustling a business. If you really want to work with someone keep at it. If one way doesn't work then try another but don't give up. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

And of course-- the world needs to know:

Cotton or Poly (thread and batting)? Cotton but I am really wanting to try the Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting with a voile quilt. 

Creative mess or neat and organized? OMG mostly a mess but I love a good cleanup too. I just did a big rearrange and clean up this week and it does feel so good. Until it is messy again! lol 

Pattern or Wing it? A little of both. I use patterns for clothes and mostly make up my own patterns for quilts. 

String and Story FriYAY Friends Interview with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety

Thank you for joining us, Stephanie! And thank you for bringing your guests to keep us company as we sew! Y'all can find Stephanie on Instagram @ModernSewciety!

Modern Sewciety Podcast Interview with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

I had the fun of being on Modern Sewciety recently. I shared one of my favorite bits of my creative journey-- the time my dad cut a hole in the side of my parents' house! Listen in to find out why! Plus, I share a lot about both String and Story and Quilts for Cure. 

In the interview, I talk about my ebook Anxious to Adventurous: 10 Weeks to Fabulous Free Motion Quilting. Before you check that out, I'd like to send you "3 Easy Tips to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting" as a welcome gift for joining my newsletter!

Finally, there's one more way I'd like to connect with you-- Instagram! I do my best to fill my feed with pretty, quilty photos and encouragement for y'all, and my stories are full of goofy, behind the scenes stuff with Hubster, our boys, and our cats. 

Much love and happy sewing!

HollyAnne

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