Monday, December 1, 2014

Simply Strings + A Giveaway!

First of all, I'd like to congratulate Vicki H who is the winner of the Jolly Bar giveaway from last week.  Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Simply Strings book

A few weeks ago while at Quilt Market, I had the chance to meet Rana Heredia – a pattern designer and new book author.  I met her in her awesome booth, which was full of scrappy loveliness. 

quilt market booth

One quilt in particular literally stopped me in my tracks.  We were walking down the aisle on our way out and when I saw this fabulous scrappy house quilt, I had to stop and ask about it.  Well it turns out that Rana has just published a book and the pattern for those cute little houses, along with the other quilts in her booth can be found in her new book.

Shantytown quilt pattern

The book is called “Simply Strings” and it includes 12 different unique using different types of string blocks.  If you’re needing to use up some of your scraps (and I definitely am!) then this book is a must-have.

Simply Strings quilt book

Obviously the house quilt (called Shantytown) was my clear favorite from the book, but there were three others that I’ve added to my quiltmaking wish-list.  I love this one, called “Color Me Happy.” 

Color Me Happy quilt pattern

And this “Master Sergeant” is on my list as well.  I think I’ll make this in greens with a gray Color Weave print for the background.

Master Sergeant

My other favorite quilt from the book I started on right away!  In the last couple of weeks I’ve enjoyed pulling out my red, blue and green scrap bins and making lots of lovely, colorful string blocks. 

string blocks

Because of their small size, it’s easy to sit and just make a block or two.  They sew up fairly quickly!

string blocks

I’ll show more of my finished quilt on Wednesday, but for now let’s have a giveaway!  Rana generously sent me home with a copy of her book to keep, and a copy to share with one of you

scrappy binding on a scrappy quilt

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what color of scraps do you have the most of?  For me it’s blue.  I have almost twice as much blue as any other color!  

To see more of Simply Strings, visit Rana’s blog.  And you can buy her book here in her shop.

The giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 7th at Midnight.  I’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it here on Monday the 8th.  


97 comments:

  1. For me it's red. I'm drawn to it like a moth to the porch light. Thanks for a chance to win a great book!

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  2. I believe I have more blues and greens than anything else! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  3. What is it with the Blue! I have more blue on my shelves and in my scraps then any other color and it is so not the first fabric I like to reach out and pet! (that's happens to be orange right now)

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  4. I probably have equal orange and green scraps. I am only recently drawn to blues...

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  5. I also have lots of blue-seems I use that color the most!

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  6. Pink, Pink, Pink! don't know why. The book looks great! and like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  7. Yep - lots of blue. It's my happy color :D
    Julie

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  8. It's bot a true color... But I have a lot of Christmas scraps!!

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  9. I am like the majority apparently, it is blue for me, too!

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  10. A lot of Patriot prints (red,white and blue) for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. This book looks really exciting. I have a lot of tans laying around with a good bunch of navy scraps too! The book looks fun!

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  12. I have mostly red scraps. Mostly equal amounts of all the others. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. I have a lot of orange and red scraps! Thanks for the opportunity! qltdiva1@fuse.net

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  14. For someone who seldom buys blue fabric I sure do have a ton of blue scraps! This looks like an awesome book. Thanks!!

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  15. Purple! Thanks for the chance to win this book!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail.com

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  16. I have the most black and white print scraps. Thanks!

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  17. HI,for me it is RED! I love the color +use it a lot in my quilting!
    Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  18. Blue, blue and more blue. Obviously, everything I sew has to have blue or I wouldn't have so many scraps. Thanks.

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  19. This book would be wonderful to own! I have a ton of pink, pastels, and blue scraps. I think it was from all the baby blankets I made when I first started quilting. Good Luck, and Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I am just a admirer of quilts/ I wish someone could have the patience to teach me this art; but to to that you would have to start with the basics like --threading the machine---knowing what machine to buy and etc. I love quilts they bring such a warmth to my heart. I am still waiting to learn but I will always admire this beautiful art and Bright Corner is the BEST!!

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  21. I definitely have many more greens than any other colour! Thanks for the great giveaway! This looks like a wonderful book to add to my library!

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  22. i think most of mine will be Christmas scraps but i sure could use this book , the scraps are every where

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  23. what a fun house quilt. I think most of my scraps are in the red and blue areas. Thanks.

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  24. I haven't sorted my scraps by colour but I do have a lot of blue also.

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  25. For me I have the most of blue and green scraps. I think green is just slightly beating out the blue scraps but blue is my favorite color. Thank you!

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  26. I've had my eye on that book!! The colour I have the most scraps in must be green Thanks for a chance to win a copy

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  27. Blue! I love blues. And teals.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I have mostly blues and greens. Thanks

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  29. Oddly enough, I have more black & white scraps than any other. I'm better at using up my color scraps. Thanks for a chance to win...looks like a great book!

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  30. Oddly enough, I have more black & white scraps than any other. I'm better at using up my color scraps. Thanks for a chance to win...looks like a great book!

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  31. Mine seems to be pink! I love pink! I have been wanting a copy of this book as soon as I saw it a few weeks back and it's on my list! Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to get a copy early!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  32. That does look like a great book. Mine seems to be red. I love to wear red and sew with red. Thanks, Nancy P.

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  33. What a great, fresh book! I will have to check out the website link. I think I've got more red scraps than any other color. They are fun to use in projects like these.

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  34. Lots of green & red scraps here. Thanks.

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  35. I have an over abundance of red. I guess I like red best. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers and quilters @ wowilikethat.com. Thanks agian. (debbie@wowilikethat.com)

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  36. I sort mine by size not color, but peeking in the bins my overall impression is blue and aqua! Thanks for the chance!

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  37. Blue for me as well! I love blue! I have to admit though I have a huge scrap basket that keeps growing!

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  38. It is blue for me too....have way more blue than any other color...

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  39. Green. I like to use a lot of green in my quilts to calm down the other bright rainbow colors that I favor.
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail.com

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  40. Hmmm...trying to picture my scrap basket and I'm thinking I have mostly pinks in there. It's a large menagerie of colors, tho...would make a lovely quilt, so I need this book!

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  41. I have an abundance of black for some reason! awolk at rogers dot com

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  42. I have the most blue in my stash, but it's the red/pink scrap bucket that has the most. This book is on my Christmas list, but I would LOVE it early!!

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  43. I seem to have an awful lot of orange in my scrap stash not sure where they all came from but I love them anyway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. Definitely blue! Lots and lots of blue! Thank you for the giveaway! !

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  45. Lots of blues in my scraps. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  46. I have mostly blue scraps with a slightly less stash of grey

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  47. Mostly greens and blues for me.....they are my favourites! Ranas book looks great doesn't it!

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  48. Blues and green for me, my favorite colors. I think this looks like a must buy book.

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  49. My scraps are full of various colors, but recently I've accumulated some black and white colors as well.

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  50. I seem to have a ridiculous amount of Christmas scraps, as I've been making an insane amount of Christmas quilts this year. I have no idea how to use these up.

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  51. I have a lot oh turquoise/Aqua scraps right now.

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  52. Mostly blues in my stash as well!

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  53. I have reds more than any other! But my blues are catching up!

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  54. I have a mix.... Just starting a scrap bin because I am newer at this. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!! I would be honored to win this!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  55. My scrap bin is overflowing with blues and greens. I love the color choices of your string quilt blocks. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. This book looks awesome!! I have been busy making lots of little girl quilts this year so I have lots of pink and purple scraps!!! Thanks so much!!

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  57. Mostly blues and then reds. My favorite type of block is a string block and I LOVE the house blocks.

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  58. It was purple until my mom & I made my cousin's wedding quilt, now it's blue. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! jbscraps@yahoo.com

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  59. I have more pink scraps than any other color. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Happy Holidays!

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  60. I'm not really sure I almost think it's pretty even among the the colors. I was going to write the name of the book on my want list and it was already there!!! Thanks Julie

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  61. Blue- I love every shade of it!!! I love the house quilt too!

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  62. Also blue, although red is a close second. The hardest ones to use, however, are the novelty scraps.

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  63. I would say the blue/teal type colors is what I have the most of. Thanks for the chance to win, the book looks great.
    Have a wonderful day. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  64. I have the most white and shirtings. sarah@forrussia.org

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  65. I seem to have a glut of creams, beiges and tans. I need to use these with a pop of colour such as orange or aqua

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  66. I'd love to win a copy of this book! I have a ton of low volume prints, but second is probably orange - my favorite color!

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  67. I have mostly lime green and turquoise. I think this book is a must have! Thanks for the chance!

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  68. I have lots of aqua, turquoise, sea green: all those lovely hues. And I always buy more.
    Thanks for giving away the book; it's right up my alley.

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  69. Love the book, love your quilts! Most of my scraps live in 2-color combos, but NOT the greens! They have a bin all to themselves!

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  70. Can't wait to see this book..my scraps are primarily yellow...my favorite color!

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  71. I have tons of green even though my favorite color is red!

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  72. Oh, now that I see that house quilt, I need this book too!!! As for the color with the most scraps in my stash it would be blue/aqua without a doubt. I'm like you and have about double those than any other color!

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  73. Love the Shanty town quilt - lovely! I am knee deep in purple and teals! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Lots of pink! Your quilt is so appealing!

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  75. I have a lot of yellows...... Love the yellow family but am finding you need other colors to calm it down sometimes.
    I love your quilt so much color other than yellow!

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  76. Like you, I have the largest amount of blues. I have two big bins of medium and light blues as well as a bin of dark ones. Green comes in at a close second. Your string quilt is so cheerful! Love it.

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  77. Would love to win this book, such a wonderful treat to have...

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  78. I have lots of scraps in pink!!

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  79. Love, Love, Love these patterns! My abundance of aqua scraps would look fabulous!

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  80. Blues, reds, yellows, not seeing a color domination, but it's because I haven't been quilting long enough. Love Rana's creativity, that's book is a show stopper, for sure.

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  81. I'm with you. Blue. it's obviously my favorite color as I have more if it than any other--and probably the next two colors combined :)

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  82. I have mostly blues eventhough my favorite color is purple. I love creating things out of my scraps. Rana's book looks great.

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  83. My scraps are mostly blue but due to my granddaughters interests I have quite a lot of the southwest in a multitude of colors. There are some quilts in this book that would look just great made up in the southwest color scheme.

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  84. My over flowing scrap basket is the blue basket, but honestly it is mostly filled with teal which is funny because my favorite color is purple but I always seem to find teal Fabric that has to come home with me and be used.

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  85. I have tons of blue and I am hoping I win this book ! My first quilt was a sampler and I made 4 string blocks, just loved doing it too. I am so ready to start a whole quilt using strings.

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  86. I love string blocks! I'd love to learn about more creative ways to incorporate them into my quilts :-)

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  87. I have a lot of green as scraps. I would love to do the house quilt out of this book. Thanks for the chance to win

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  88. I sure have a lot of blue, which surprised me considering that I think I use a ton of green!

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