First of all, many thanks for our hosts along the way. We’re grateful for your support and inspired by your kind words. Please feel free to call on us as we’d be delighted to return the favor.
Bill and I were talking tonight about what we want readers to take away from our book beyond just the words and images in it. And then Alton Brown and his Sweet Potato Waffle recipe came to mind. About two years ago I had some sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten quickly. I was planning dinner and decided to switch it up and see if we could add sweet potatoes to a waffle recipe to boost the nutritional content and fiber in the waffles. I found a recipe by Alton Brown who, as usual, was a culinary step ahead of me.
He had figured out the perfect Sweet Potato waffle recipe and it sounded great. But then I thought, “What if I substituted some buckwheat flour for regular flour?” I did so and Sophie ate the first one and said, “Are these Gingerbread Waffles? If they are, you should add some ginger. That would be good.” So I did. The resulting Buckwheat Sweet Potato waffles (that really taste like gingerbread waffles) have become a family favorite. I would never have had the energy to figure out the basics and that’s why I love Alton Brown’s recipes. They are my jumping-off point.
We want you, our treasured readers, to feel the same about our patterns and books. Our hope is that you see the Double-Dutch quilt and you think, “How perfect for my collection of Liberty prints!” Will the Loft quilt help you to see how cool and modern those tone-on-tone fabrics can be? We hope so. Take our patterns, daydream a bit and make them your own.
On a regular basis people send us photos of quilts that they’ve made from our patterns that look so different from the original while others order kits from us and love getting the exact fabrics without all of the running around. Regardless of what kind of quilter you are, please let us hear from you. Visit our Facebook page, send us the occasional email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and, of course, leave your comments here. Let us know what inspires you and how we can help you on your quiltmaking journey.
Now onto the prize extravaganza!
We will award the following prizes to be drawn randomly from among those who leave comments below. All you have to do to enter is to tell us which part of the blog tour you enjoyed the most.
2 people will get a Beach Glass sticky memo cube
3 people will receive a FunQuilts pattern
1 person will win a Beach Glass napping quilt kit
2 people will get a 30-minute Skype session with Bill and me (at a mutually convenient time) to answer questions about design, demonstrate quiltmaking techniques, or give you advice on how to finish that quilt that’s not quite right in your mind. On a regular basis people ask us about the business part of it too (there’s a post coming on that as well) but if that’s you also, we’d be happy to advise on that as well.
And, of course, one person will receive a copy of Quilts Made Modern, if you don’t already have one. Or perhaps you’re like the enthusiastic lady I met once who bought two of each of our books because she wanted a separate copy to keep at her weekend place. Love it!
OK now here’s the big surprise – we’re going to add one more 30-minute Skype session FOR A LUCKY GUILD. If your guild has the capacity to project us onto a screen using Skype where we can take questions from lots of different people, let us know and you’ll be part of a special drawing that gets us to your guild for free! We love guilds and they have been very good to us. But we can’t be everywhere. So tell us about your guild in the comment section and what you loved about the tour. Even if we’ve taught at your guild before, that’s A-OK! Should be lots of fun. We could Skype before, during or after your regular meeting and this offer is good for a year.
So comment away. We’ll take comments until midnight (CDT) Monday August 1 and announce the lucky winners on Tuesday August 2!