Aug 282015

Today is my stop on the Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers’ Book Tour! The book tour runs for two weeks through Monday, August 31, and along with other talented sewing bloggers, I’m sharing Kirstyn Cogan’s new book, Urban Scandinavian Sewing, available for purchase at C&T publishing and Amazon.

I was excited when I was asked to participate in the blog tour — the book has a wonderfully clean aesthetic that I can only aspire to. (Glowbug is in her color-everything-when-I-can-get-ahold-of-crayons phase, and that includes walls, bookshelves, couches, and sheets. >_<) Urban Scandinavian Sewing

The Winter quilt grabbed my attention first; I love the cheery pink and orange with the cool grey and expanse of white! Every once in a while, I feel like I should practice using colors that I don’t choose on my own, so this quilt became my must-use-hot-pink project.
Urban Scandinavian Sewing: Winter quilt

I was also working out of my stash, so I had a pretty limited selection of coordinating colors. I think I ended up with a (less-mature) fall version of Kirstyn Cogan’s sophisticated winter quilt. hah!
my teen fall quilt, hehehe

You may notice that Husbo is having trouble holding the quilt up nicely — it’s because this quilt is pretty big! I did skip all the intermediate trimming steps, so mine is more like 92″ x 86″, but that’s not so far off of the pattern’s intended dimensions of 88″ x 80″. It fits nicely on a double bed!
fall version of the winter quilt on a double bed

I thought that one portion of the cutting section could have been written out more clearly, but other than that, the instructions are great! I followed them almost exactly — the only other ways I deviated were:

  • I left out the muslin when creating the three separate quilted panels. It’s less work to baste two layers than three, and also, my cheapie self cringed at the thought of buying six yards of muslin that I could get away with not using. :>
  • I topstitched vertically along the three panels’ joining seam allowances at the very end, after the backing was already attached and turned. I was worried about the backing bagging and billowing if it was only attached around the border.

fallwinter quilt with kids

I had fun making this quick quilt; it took me about a week to finish, which is pretty fast for me. Now I’m looking forward to trying the fun recipes that are also in this book — especially the Swedish meatballs and glogg! hehehehehe…

I’m at the tail end of the blog tour, but if you missed the other posts, you should definitely go back and see the fun things the other bloggers sewed! Here’s the book tour schedule:

Week of August 17

Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Hilary from Young Texan Mama
Nicole from Snips Snippets

Week of August 24

Jennie from Clover & Violet
Tessa from The Sewing Chick
me, from here! ;D

Be sure to also visit Kirstyn’s blog as she’ll be sharing round-ups of all the stops each week so you’ll be sure not to miss a thing!

Enter to Win A Copy of Urban Scandinavian Sewing!

As part of the book tour, Kirstyn is giving away copy of her book and a FQ bundle of her new fabric line, Urban Scandinavian, that is shipping to fabric stores near you next month, to two lucky winners! Enter below in the rafflecopter giveaway, open through midnight, August 30.

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