Sew Home Blog Tour Kickoff!

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be taking over the C&T blog today to give you a little taste of my book,  Sew Home.

Sew Home was the book I wanted for myself but couldn’t find when my husband and I bought our first home. I wanted to personalize my space with sewing projects, and a couple non-sewing projects. When I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, the idea for this book was born! I can’t wait to see what you make with your copy of Sew Home! Some of my favorite projects include the DIY Rug, Outdoor Sheer Drapes, Pendant Light, and the Grommet Drapes.

I went through a lot of different projects and sketches to narrow down one I could share with you here. Since a quillow was the first project I sewed with my grandmother, I though it only fitting that I design a modern version of a project that’s been around for a while. What’s a quillow you ask? A quillow is a smaller quilt with a pocket for your feet! The entire quilt can be folded up and stored inside the pocket as a pillow.

Why do you want a pocket for your feet? If you’re like me, you love snuggling up under a quilt to read, watch a movie, or work on some sketching or sewing handwork. I hate always making sure my feet are tucked into the blanket. No one wants cold, drafty feet! The pocket in the quillow keeps your feet in place and they remain nice and cozy.

When I’m designing spaces I try to insert things that are personal to my clients. Maybe a map pillow of a favorite vacation, or a color that they love. Maybe it’s a motif that reminds them of an inspiring space they visited before, or a certain tile or finish that reminds them of their grandparents' home. I did the same thing with the design of the Modern Mountain Quillow. The three triangles on the front may seem random, but they remind me of the three mountains on the range you could see from my grandma’s back window as we were sewing.

The pillow front has more mountains at a smaller scale. Many of the colors I used reminded me of things at my grandparents' house. Green for gooseberries, orange for their kitchen, blue for my grandpa's favorite chair.

Included in the project download are the instructions for making your own, as well as a blank sheet with a line drawing of the design. Use this to lay out your fabric choices and colors or to draw out your plan for quilting before you begin!

Download project instructions here

If you don’t feel like making a quillow, the pattern is easily made into a quilt or a pillow front. Directions for adding an invisible zipper to your pillow can be found in Sew Home!

Follow along for the blog hop the next two weeks as you see some of my favorite companies and designers as they're working with the book! Don't forget to enter at each blog to win one of over a DOZEN copies we're giving away! You can enter the first giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. Congratulations to Kathie, winner of this giveaway!

Tuesday, September 20 - C&T Publishing & Joanna at Kustom Kwilts and Designs

Wednesday, September 21 - Sew 4 Home & Jen Carlton Bailly

Thursday, September 22 - Brenda at Just A Bit Frayed/Pink Castle Fabrics & Nicole at Modern Handcraft

Friday, September 23 - Janome Sewing Machines & Cristy at Purple Daisies Quilting

Monday, September 26 - Windham Fabrics & Rebecca at Bryan House Quilts

Tuesday, September 27 - Generation Q Magazine, Karen Lewis Textiles & Latifah Saafir Studios

Wednesday, September 28 - Dear Stella Fabrics & Mandy at Mandalei Quilts

Thursday, September 29 - Erin at Schlosser Designs

I can’t wait to see all your projects inspired by Sew Home too!

Happy sewing,

Erin

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