Book Giveaway and Blog Hop! Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes
I am inspired daily by the textiles and fiber art that I see daily on TAFA. I love the colors, textures, function, and creativity behind the work and sometimes I feel sad because I know that I will probably not see most of it in “real” life. There is a huge difference between what you see on the web and how that piece looks in real life. Sometimes it can even be a disappointment. At other times, it’s awesome!
Rose Hughes is one of TAFA’s pioneer members, joining in March 2010, just a couple of months after we launched on our old Blogger site. A couple of years later she participated in the one event we have had so far, sending in a quilt that floored me:
I couldn’t stop looking at it! Rose uses a lot of silk in her work and this one also has velvet. The light catches it beautifully and depending on where you stand, the colors change. She collects ravens and I loved the gracefulness of her lines along with the illusion that I saw of hands dancing in the sky or moving across sand…
Then, a wonderful thing happened! Rose moved from California to Paducah, Kentucky, where I live! She is just up the street and over from me and has become a friend for life. You should see her house! Her glorious quilts shine on the walls, speaking back and forth to her hand-blown glass collection. The walls are different colors, of course, and everything just glows with warmth and color…
When you see a quilt up close and personal, you also get to see its workmanship. Rose’s quilts hang beautifully. The structures and stitching are solid. Everything works! With some of the smaller ones, she has mounted them on box frames so that they have some depth off of the wall. I really like that presentation! You also get to see the details of the hand stitching and the beads. Just gorgeous!
Rose has established a technique for her work which she has taught for years and which she now offers online at the Academy of Quilting. Her fourth book is being launched with this blog hop and giveaway, Fast-Piece Appliqué, hot off the press through Martingale.
Official Blurb on Fast-Piece Appliqué
Create enchanting three-panel quilt designs with spectacular success using Rose’s easy Fast-Piece Applique method. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy these 11 inspiring patterns from talented designer Rose Hughes.
- Learn to simplify complex images and incorporate them into strong, striking quilts
- Make a single panel or several; display individually, in groupings, or stitched together into full quilts
- Stitching and embellishing options add rich texture to your projects
Rose gives clear instructions on how to create several quilts that she features in the book, but more importantly, she helps you understand how you can “see” in a new way so that you can create your own designs. She breaks both the design phase and the construction techniques into clear steps that will hopefully spark a whole new way of looking at graphics and at the world. Many quilters struggle with curvy areas and Rose is all about curves and organic flow. Her technique will help you jump over that fence and take off running in those green fields of rolling hills…
Another thing that is interesting about this specific book is that all of the projects are broken down into three panels. You can make them all work together or separate them apart, an original and fun way to plan a project.
The Word “Sing”: Free PDF File
I was so honored to have been invited to be a part of this blog hop. Rose prepared another project just for this: each of us who are participating has a free pdf file that you can download. When Rose gave me a choice of the pick, it was a no-brainer: Sing! Sing! Sing! I love music! I envy those who have the talent of carrying such a gift inside of them. They can go anywhere, open their mouths and there it is: belt it out! I make stuff and I can sing some old stuffy hymns (which I do love, but stuffy nonetheless…).
Here’s the deal: you have to go through an ordeal and then you win! 🙂
I’m giving you a little tour of what sing means to me.
The first song that came to mind has been a longtime favorite, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, which was adopted as the Black National Anthem during the Civil Rights Movement. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find a good rendition on YouTube, but finally chose this one with Ray Charles because he is just such a beautiful man. It’s an oldie.
I love vocals. My favorite instruments are the fiddle, harmonica and accordion. In the same way, my preferred vocals tend towards the raw side. But, I admire harmonies and control. A new favorite for me is Pentatonix, known for their harmonies. This is a vocal exercise for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. Makes my skin prickle up!
I looove World Music! I don’t think there is anybody out there doing a better job of bringing the world together through music than Playing for Change. Support them, if you can!
Here’s an example. They go around the world and get musicians to collaborate on one song. This is “Down by the Riverside”.
It doesn’t matter to me if I don’t understand the lyrics when I listen to languages that I can’t speak (or sing…) as the voice becomes an instrument. But, if I end up really liking and following someone, I do usually end up checking out what they are singing about. Baaba Maal is probably my top favorite from Africa. He’s from Senegal and plays the Kora, which is like a harp on a gourd, a melodic instrument that is peaceful and joyful. And, of course, when watching his videos, I can’t help lusting after the African fabrics. I did look up his lyrics. He is Muslim and most songs are about God, beauty, nature, etc… I can live with that!
I grew up in Brazil, so I have to bring someone in from that past as music is an integral part of the culture there. There are so many to pick from, but I think one of musicians who really moves me and doesn’t get as much play internationally is Ney Matogrosso. He was wild and untethered when I was a teenager. Crazy costuming and piercing lyrics, hidden under triple meanings. (Back then, we were under a military dictatorship.) He’s calmer now, but this video gives a nod to Carmen Miranda, who made it big time in the US and Europe in the 1930’s. This is a song she sang all over the world, head loaded with bananas and fruits, about a bird who was eating her corn flour.
Oh! Yodeling is a must! What better way to show how one can sing in the mountains? Who knew Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt could yodel? Heh, heh… This is actually very sweet.
From that, you should see that I enjoy some humor. I’ll end with Monty Python, the song that I have as my ring tone on my phone…
(The ring tone only goes for the first part, before it gets really gory…)
Now, for the business at hand!
Get your free download!
Each of the participating blogs in this hop around has a different pdf download, free from Rose through Valentine’s Day. Click on the link above to get ours and then go visit the other ones to get the rest. If you get all of the patterns, you can make this:
Or… make them into pillows:
The full list is on Rose’s blog, but these are the participants. They have all been great!
Our Fast-Piece Applique blog hop ends tomorrow, January 16.
Win a free e-book!
Would you like a free e-copy of Rose’s new book? Here’s what you do:
You have seen some of the music that I like. Now I want to see something from you. Leave a nice comment for Rose and then a link to a video (YouTube or Vimeo) where we can see a song that you like. The winner will be the one who I think submitted the best one. Yep, it’s totally subjective. Make me cry! Make me laugh! Just do it with a song… If I can’t make up my mind, I’ll do a drawing.
Deadline: January 20th
The winner will be announced here and Martingale will send you the e-book.
Update: We have a winner!
I didn’t know which video moved me the most… So many good ones! So, I had Rose pick and she went for Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, submitted by Allison CB:
Allison, Martingale will contact you with the ebook!
Rose is not only a TAFA member, but she is also a sponsor, which means that she is helping to support us financially. She has been a great friend (always trying to feed me…) and a valuable member to our community. She’s a wonderful, caring teacher, and I hope that you can connect with her and make use of her talent and skills. Check out Rose’s Member Profile and Sponsor Spotlight here on TAFA!
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