Care to Color?

Have you been caught up in the coloring craze? I think I love it now more than ever. Gone are the chunky, rounded wax crayons. They’ve been replaced by super sharp pencils and fine line markers in rich rainbows of color. And coloring books? New works of art all on their own.

free Valentine heart coloring pageSo, of course, I had to make a quilty little coloring page, just for fun. It’s free! Click here to download the single page pdf, then print and color to your heart’s content. It’s a fun way to test out color options for the Pieced Heart Quilt Pattern–an easy-to-make pattern I designed for AccuQuilt–or get crafty and create a hand-colored Valentine for a special someone.

Free pieced heart quilt pattern

Love these fabrics? Check out the full Flirt collection (and don’t miss Love Letter, a new collection after my heart) at dearstelladesign.com!

The Pieced Heart Quilt Pattern is free for a limited time on the AccuQuilt website. Get yours now!

 

And the winner is…

Fun-Size Quilts book coverThanks to all who entered the Fun-Size Quilts ebook giveaway! I really enjoyed reading all your comments, and hope you give improv-piecing a try. The lucky winner is Norma Santos, who said:

“I really love the Elongated Triangles! I love geometric quilts and this appeals to my brain so much. :)”

 

Norma, I’ve sent your info on to Martingale, and you should be hearing from them soon! Congrats!

One Day Only!
Fun-Size Quilts Blog Hop

Fun-Size Quilts book coverMartingale is celebrating the publication of Fun-Size Quilts  with a one-day blog hop. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts! (Details below.)

Trade secret: One of the neat things about having your design included in a publication is that you sometimes get to see a sneak peek of a few pages in the book. Most often, those pages feature your pattern or bio, and it’s your last chance to make sure the instructions and illustrations are accurate before the pattern hits the press.

True confession: I do a lot of how-to illustrations as a part of Shepler Studios, and as luck would have it, I got to illustrate this book! Not only did I get to see my pages in the book, but I got an extra-early peek at all of the quilts! Here are a few of my favorites:

Sunshine by Kimberly Jolly.

Sunshine by Kimberly Jolly.

Woven Stars by Rebecca Silbough.

Woven Stars by Rebecca Silbough.

Fox in a Box by Jeni Baker.

Fox in a Box by Jeni Baker.

Hi by Kimberly Jolly.

Hi by Kimberly Jolly.

Here’s a peek at my contribution to the book:

Elongated Triangles by Missy Shepler.

Elongated Triangles by Missy Shepler.

…plus a quick explanation of the improv-piecing technique that I used.

Have you tried improvisational piecing? If so, let me know what you think of this technique in the comments below. Martingale, the publisher, is offering a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts. To enter, just leave a comment below by midnight, July 30th. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from the entries!

Comments have closed! Thanks to all who entered!