85F3CE96-2B73-4819-B350-FD64F4FBC6D4 .Quiltscapes.: Among the BEST of the BEST! (& a giveaway!)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Among the BEST of the BEST! (& a giveaway!)


Quiltmaker magazine just released a brand new collection of Reader Favorites, a special collector's edition of 22 patterns selected from the past 33 years of publications.  Including this sweet little baby!  



Originally published in Quiltmaker May/June 2014 (& featured on the cover), my little Sheep Shape quilt pattern makes a new appearance as one of Quiltmaker's top 5 reader favorite kids' quilts, amazing!


Bonus:  It includes my Step-by-Step folded Hexagami instructions as well.

And I had to laugh!  Since it's original publication, I've seen many different versions of the quilt - a few in subsequent Quiltmaker issues and several on social media - but this little piglet really tickled me!


And here's my Version II.   I've probably shown him before.  Mostly the same elements plus a tail, an extra hoof, a 3-D butterfly, and a happy little disposition.


Besides adorable kids' quilts, the new magazine includes favorite traditional, scrappy and holiday quilts.  Of course, I want to make them all! 

Want a chance to win a free copy?  I'll include instructions and templates for Sheep Shape.II, just in case you want to make him, too.  Just leave a comment below.  What are you up to this summer?  Giveaway will end Monday at 5pm, Mountain standard time.  Be sure I can contact you via email if you are a no-reply blogger.  And of course-not required-but you are always welcome to follow along or subscribe. *Ü*
UPDATE:  Giveaway ended and winner selected.  Find your copy on shelves now, or order online HERE.  

I've had fun teaching the Sheep Shape quilt and look forward to upcoming classes at Utah's QuiltFest in September, and Quilt St. George in January of next year. Another fun fact - AccuQuilt's Half Hexagon die is the exact size as the template included in the magazine.  Makes it a snap to cut out - I think I need to make version III...


P.S. Thought you might enjoy a couple of sweet responses from QM's recent blog post when asked which quilt was their favorite:
Pat E says:  I’ve loved Sheep Shape since it first appeared on the cover.
Jen B says:  I’m in love with sheep shape. I wouldn’t make it for a baby though, I’d keep it for myself!
Johanna L says:  My favorite is sheep shape. All those hexies and that cute sheep is just a winner.

59 comments:

  1. Of course I follow your blog. I'm heading off to Michigan in the morning, to play with vintage sewing machines. I've also been busy stitching up quilt tops.

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  2. Very cute quilts! I follow you on Bloglovin!

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  3. Staycation this summer. Your sheep in the magazine is cute, like the new jumping sheep version too. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  4. Right now I am in Marion, Indiana for the induction of Mimi Dietrich into the Quilters Hall of Fame.

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  5. I am not a bit surprised that your Sheep Shape quilt made the top 5 favorites! He is adorable and just wants to be snuggled with. I would love to win a copy of the Quiltmaker Reader Favorites...I am always inspired and itching to stitch when I browse a good magazine like this...plus I'd be tickled with your templates!

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  6. Very busy summer, Granddaughter got married, made them a quilt, and going on a road trip with Granddaughter # 2 to Missouri.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  7. I'm working on some donation quilts for my quilting group & trying to stay cool. We've had way too many 90+ days here in NC. Thanks. (I'm a follower too)

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  8. What a cute quilt! I'm working on baby quilts this summer for all the new arrivals :)

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  9. HI, neat Quilt! Thanks for your Blog+a giveaway too!
    Been quilting and making baby charity quilts>love doing that!
    HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  10. Of course Im a follower. It seems like most of the summer has been spent in and out of the hospital so now that I'm finally at home (again) and healing I'm ready to get some sewing done and start planning our fall vacation to New England.

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  11. Sweet quilts! I'm finishing a couple of quilts and working on sun hats for my granddaughters. I am a follower. Love your blog!

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  12. I follow you on Bloglovin and what an adorable lamb pattern.

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  13. You are so talented and also so generous. Love this sheep quilt and love hexies - how can you go wrong?!! I always look forward to your blog posts - fun, fun!!

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  14. Such a cute quilt. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  15. Congratulations and thank you for sharing so generously. I follow with GFC and Bloglovin.

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  16. Congratulations! Your work is precious. Creative Bliss and High on Life July...

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  17. quite right too that it made it into the specials magazine, I love your sheep I bought the original magazine but think I will look out for this one too and see what other wonders are in it

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  18. I follow your blog via GFC.
    I fell in love with Sheep Shape the very first moment I saw it, and the love is even stronger now! Congratulations on being in among the top 5 quilts for kids; the quilt definitely deserves that!
    My summer vacation is over, so now it is work and no play. Yesterday I finished the binding on a quilt that will be a wedding gift in two weeks time.

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  19. I am a happy Bloglovin follower already. This quilt is so much fun, no wonder it is so popular. Thank you for an amazing giveaway. x

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  20. I follow you on Bloglovin and would love to win esp. Sheep Shape II - sooo cute! I'm spending the summer finishing UFOs and am ready for something new.

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  21. What a thrill for you! Congrats! It truly is the cutest!

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  22. Oh, I forgot.....this weekend I'm going to try to finish up WIPs so I can start something new!

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  23. So cute! I have an aunt who is crazy for sheep ever since she visited Ireland. I'm up to lots of sewing this summer. We took some trips last winter and spring so we're not traveling much this summer. Works for me.

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  24. I am working on a design for my guild's BOM. I am a follower.

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  25. I am enjoying retirement and doing as many creative things as possible. (and avoiding the heat!)

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  26. I love it! Would be a great quilt for my new grand-nephew. I might have to buy the magazine!
    Congratulations!

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  27. I follow you by email. This summer I am visiting my son and his family, who have newborn twin girls! I bet they would love this quilt!

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  28. That's a fun quilt. I'd like to make it for David's House, my guild's favorite charity. (LLQG, Wolfeboro,NH)
    This summer I'm enjoying quilting, kayaking, biking, hiking and camping in beautiful NH.

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  29. Congrats! And how fun quilters are still enjoying your pattern. This summer I'm working, quilting, hiking, golfing, barbecuing, biking, camping, and once in awhile just sitting still to watch the sunset!

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  30. Congrats! How fun for you. The new sheep is a cutie.

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  31. I follow your blog for inspiration. Happy sheep! Today I am setting up the oak floor loom that I built many years ago. I would prefer to work on my vintage sewing machines, but need to be fair to each of my passions.

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  32. i follow you on email. I love this sheep and that piggy is just toooo adorable. congrats !! oh and your jumping sheep is sooooo cute, love the smile and butterfly
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  33. Congratulations on being in the top five faves!! It is a truly cute pattern!! I have been sewing pillows for gifts at our family reunion, sewing Farm Girl Vintage blocks in the SAL, and need to finish up a child's qult.
    I follow you by email.
    Susie

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  34. Congratulations on such an accomplishment! It is such a sweet pattern and I love to see how the quilt can evolve even more with those special touches.

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  35. Thanks for the chance to win I have a friend who raises sheep.

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  36. I am a blog follower. I love your sheep. Thanks so much for sharing

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  37. Whoo hoo, what a great magazine to have in my collection. I love your Sheep Shape quilt. This summer finds me busy shop hopping and collecting those darn Row by Row patterns that are all the rage. I think I have become an addict! LOL!! The license plates, the birds, the rows, the whole enchilada! Love following your blog!

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  38. I love Sheep Shape!
    This weekend I'm watching my daughter row!!
    GFC follower

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  39. Thank you for offering a giveaway. Summer is racing by so fast. Not going to get near as much done as I had planned.

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  40. Woh, lol, I love sheep,shape, too! It would make my day to win this magazine with sheep shape in it!

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  41. Love your Sheep Shape quilt…and version II is way too cute as well!!! (Been one of your followers for some time now). We've been enjoying visits with family and friends this summer…along with some sewing time ;o) Thanks for the sweet giveaway!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Just a few things - or more than a few things- I am trying to get our son's wedding quilt finished, do some work on a slide show for my parents 60th wedding anniversary and get some of the clutter removed from our home. I am a teacher so summer is always a happening time- maybe this summer more than usual.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna
    quiltmom1@shaw.ca

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  43. Congratulations on making top 5.....I have always loved Sheep Shape!!! We have been very busy moving our sons. Our oldest had to move to a new city further away for a job promotion and our youngest is moving out to go back to college and start his career. This means we will have an empty nest and I can finally have a sewing room of my own to organize! We are also planning a trip home to visit our families. I enjoy following you by email and Bloglovin!

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  44. My sister is visiting from Texas (I live in MN). I'm teaching her how to sew potholders. LOL

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  45. Clever sheep - and a hexie sun!!! I am wiring lists of things I should be doing!!!

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  46. Congratulations for being published in Quiltmakers not only once but twice for the same quilt! I have loved this quilt from the first time I saw it. Already had my summer getaway and will spend as much time outdoors bicycling/walking as I can. I follow you via GFC and email.

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  47. I love Sheep Shape! Glad it is included in the favorites issue, it is definitely one of mine!

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  48. Congratulations!!! You are a great designer, quilter, and friend. I have two new grand babies coming before fall so it's baby quilt creation crazy for me. I love the little sheep. I follow you through Facebook. Love the music too!

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  49. So happy for you Deonn. Been so super busy, keeping 65 flower pots watered and the lawn cut keeps me busy. Also made two quilts, one for a granddaughter for college. Glad you will be my neighbor soon.

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  50. Hi, Deonn. I am at a quilting retreat in Kentucky right now getting lots of sewing done. Two quilt tops completed and three more underway, plus I just put binding on a quilt I got back from my quilter. Sew, lots of cutting and sewing this summer, I am happy to say! Great news about being best of the best, but we already knew that. :-) krseitz at earthlink dot net

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  51. I am so glad to be reminded of your amazingly cute Sheep Shape Quilt today! A friend of my daughter's and I just found out she is pregnant and I think I must make this for her. Not only has she faced an incredibly hard time conceiving, this lovely young woman also has lived through a very tough childhood. Yet she has the sunniest and sweetest personality. I know she would love this quilt so I will be making it for her whether I win or not. It would be nice to win though, haha! Anyway, i wanted to send you a thank you for creating such a cute pattern that brings smiles into people's lives! That can be a more important thing than we think sometimes :)

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  52. I am working on a BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves and finishing the last two blocks on a previous one that she had.

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  53. Oh so cute!! (I love the cute little pig too!')

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  54. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and for the generous giveaway. Love the sheep quilt. pegwatkins@comcast.net

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  55. We just got back from a weeklong tent camping trip at Pukaskwa National Park!!!

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