FO & Giveaway: Knits That Breathe (so you’d better comment)

Before I announce the giveaway, allow me to show you a FO. It’s a quilt that I made for a co-worker of my husband — someone who has been undergoing some tough times and needs a reminder that not everyone is as big a jerk as her soon-to-be-ex-husband. I started out with a pack of Kaffe Fassett charm squares in blue that I got from the late, great Spool and added a few more random squares from my stash in order to make the quilt top larger.


I added a frame in denim blue and used a blue-green for the backing, both from the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, which I dearly love,


then used some of the woven stripes for binding. I’ve really enjoyed playing around with printed fabric to make different effects in binding — and I like the way that the horizontal stripes make little bars around the edge in this one. (Striped fabrics also look great the other way round, or at angles, for binding.) I machined quilted horizontal lines that roughly aligned with the horizontal rows of blocks — because of all the glorious color in the blocks, I opted for simpler binding and quilting.


Now the giveaway: After my book review the other day, the lovely Julie Turjoman emailed me and kindly offered to giveaway a PDF or print copy of Knits That Breathe, winner’s choice, to one lucky commenter. So leave a comment on this post, making sure that there is a Ravelry ID or some other way for me to reach you (if I can’t find you, I’ll have to draw another name) and I’ll pick a winner on Friday, July 4th at noon, because JULIE TURJOMAN LOVES AMERICA.

22 Thoughts

  1. Melissa says:

    Your quilt is wonderful ~ one of these days I hope to learn ~ you’re a great inspiration!

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway ~ I just found your blog this week and your book review was the first post I read. I added Julie’s book to my wishlist and now here you are giving away a copy.

    Aren’t we lucky?? :)

    thanks! (I’m twoknitwit on ravelry…you know, the one who just used your yarn to knit up a fabulous yellow pair of Jaywalker socks :) ~ hehe)

  2. Carol says:

    I love the patterns in Knits That Breathe. I would begin with Flutterbye, to be followed (quickly, I hope) by Pochette.
    That’s a beautiful quilt. Perhaps one fine day I will learn how to sew well enough to create something like that, as I love the idea of working with such beautiful fabrics.

  3. Anne Marie says:

    Love your quilt! Thanks for the giveaway. Rav amchart

  4. JoannaCos says:

    Lovely quilt! I’ve been itching to try making a quilt. I think I’ve read every tutorial on the internet! Knitting always seems to win as my craft of choice though, probably because it’s more portable than a sewing machine and iron :)

  5. Eileen Frankil says:

    I would definitely make a project from knits that breathe if I win a copy. Loved your review. Eileen

  6. Nicole says:

    Love the quilt! I wish I had time to spread around on different crafts. I’m mamaknits on rav.

  7. Bridget says:

    Oh that is one great quilt – I love the combinations! I am finally getting closer to my sewing machine, so I hope to make another quilt soon …

    Please enter me in the drawing – I’m behind anyone who loves America! ;-)

  8. Lynn says:

    That books has some gorgeous patterns that I would love to knit! Also, your quilt is beautiful…what a wonderful way to show someone support!

    purlynn(rav id)

  9. KellyK says:

    I had NO IDEA you were also a quilter!! Could you shove any more talent and awesomeness into your body?? I think not!!!

  10. Mequet says:

    I thought you were giving away the quilt too haha!! But I’ll take the book if I’m lucky enough to win. I assume my name gives away who I am lol. Good luck to everyone!

  11. Laura says:

    I was thinking that I would love that book but I’m such a slow knitter these days (toddler) I didn’t think I could justify buying it. But I’d love to win it! And I really like the quilt, I love the Kaffe Fassett fabrics – it turned out really nice!

  12. Elaine in NYC says:

    Beautiful quilt! Please enter me in the drawing.

    A gratuitious photo of Boris would be nice, too!

  13. Andrea B says:

    your post makes me want to dust off my sewing machine. alcbrooks on RAV

  14. virginia says:

    Cool quilt! I have a few bits of some of those fabrics!

  15. Donna G says:

    What a wonderful gift for someone going through hard times. I’m sure it will be treasured.

    Just love your yarns. Am planning on displaying the ones I haven’t used yet in a basket so I can enjoy looking at them and touching them until I decide what I’m going to make with them.

    I’m knittingramma on Ravelry.

  16. Shaz K says:

    You are one very talented and thoughtful lady! The recipient of your quilt will cherish it for many, many years to come. It’s truly beautiful.

    I am stitchinbitch on Ravelry.

  17. Dee Sulenski says:

    your quilt is beautiful! You are an amazing and generous person! Proud to have met you! HUGS!

  18. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton says:

    You are a thoughtful friend. Thanks for the contest too.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  19. Judy11 says:

    I love the quilt, and I know how much work goes into making one – I have made a few back in the day. Now I prefer lap-sized projects and so I went back to my other love-knitting. Knits that Breathe sound perfect for someone who is perpetually too warm :) Judy11 on Rav

  20. Maryanne says:

    I tried once, but found quilting was just not for me. I like knitting so much better as it is easier to rip out and reuse materials when I make mistakes.

    Your quilt looks lovely, though, and your friend will be very luck to receive it.

    Wil4ds on Ravelry

  21. Angeluna says:

    What a lovely little quilt. Thanks for showing it off.

    Signing up because Friday July 4 is my birthday, and you just never know when you will get lucky.

    Angeluna on Ravelry

  22. Sheila says:

    I would love to win a copy of Knits that Breathe. Did I make the noon on July 4th cutoff? It’s not noon yet here in Oregon. SheilaOKeefe on Rav

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