Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web! If you’re new here, I’m Katie, and I’m fabric-OBSESSED. I love it. I think about it all day everyday… I suppose it helps that “fabric” is both my job and my hobby. 😉
I was tickled to be asked to participate in Felicia‘s digital book tour to introduce her fabulous new book/pattern pack, My Cozy Village. I met Felicia through work and have admired her designs for years. I love the nordic details that pop up in some of her projects, and the clean, modern style you see in many of her patterns. Everything she makes has a touch (if not more) of sweetness, which makes them all that more lovely!
The night before I learned of the release of My Cozy Village, I had had the most lovely dream about a quaint Norwegian village. It looked something like Whoville, with wonky houses and everything buried under a foot of snow. But the snow wasn’t cold! It was magical. I was actually a little sad when I woke up – I didn’t want to leave my little dream town!
But! I got to hold onto that dreamy magic just a tiny bit longer. When I sat down to work the following day, I was introduced to Felicia’s newest project! The whimsical homes and scenes in My Cozy Village instantly took me back to my whimsical dream world.
Blocks from left to right, top to bottom:
Town Hall, Good Neighbors, Fire Station
Edge of the Woods, Under the Old Tree, Orchard House
Prim and Proper, By the Lake, Village Church
Even though I’ve only been able to spend a little time with the booklet and pattern pack, I already know I’m going to have a blast with it! What do I love about it? Let me tell you!
1. The booklet showcases two applique quilts – one made by hand applique and another by fusible raw-edge machine applique. I adore anything that can be stitched by hand, but I rarely actually have time for those types of projects! I really appreciate having examples of both available in the book.
The image above shows the hand applique quilt, and here’s the fusible raw-edge machine applique piece! I love how the change in fabrics makes the two pieces look completely different, like villages on opposite ends of the earth.
2. The supply list! Half of what I love about sewing and crafting in general are all the supplies one “needs” to make something! Felicia gives us a wonderful list of supplies needed for creating the My Cozy Village quilt with both hand and machine applique methods, along with details about why each item is helpful when creating your own quilt.
3. The Special Techniques section! With easy to follow steps and images, this part of the book details useful techniques to help you make your own My Cozy Village quilt. Use this section if a technique is new to you or you just need a quick refresher. I especially like the Reverse Applique and Hand Embroidery Stitches features.
4. The blocks! Of course all of the blocks look marvelous when they’re sewn together to make a quilt, but they can stand on their own, too! Each one would make a lovely pillow, or three sewn in a row would make a charming runner.
5. Embroidered embellishment suggestions! The embroidered details add so much whimsey to this quilt. Since hand embroidery is pretty new to me, I appreciate the suggestions provided for each block, along with closeup images so I can see what everything is supposed to look like.
There are so many more things I could say about this book, but I must leave something for you to discover on your own! 😉
Here’s the tiny bit of progress I’ve made on my Under the Old Tree block, using some Island Batik scraps. I think she’s destined to become a pillow for my office….once she’s grown some leaves (and built two chimneys, added some window boxes and sprouted some flowers)! 😉 I’ve used raw-edge machine applique to build this block so far, but I might mix it up and use hand applique for the the leaves and window boxes. What do you think?
***UPDATE*** Giveaway Closed ***UPDATE***
Before you leave, I have a little something for you! Comment below, telling me which block is your favorite (and why!), and enter to win your own My Cozy Village pattern pack and a scrappy bundle of batiks – the same fabrics I’m using in the block above. US residents only, please. Winner will be chosen and announced on March 16th, so be sure to enter before then!
A quick note on the fabrics – they are MUCH more vibrant in person. They only look muted and dusty because, well, I can’t not use my favorite photo filter. 😉
Thanks so much for joining us on the My Cozy Village digital book tour! It was a pleasure having you here. Be sure to swing by Generation Q for the next stop on March 14th. And if you just can’t wait to see if you’ve won your own copy of My Cozy Village (I never can when I read posts like these), you can purchase your very own copy this very moment, right here.
In case you haven’t had a chance to check out the other posts on the tour yet, here’s the schedule:
3/7 – C&T Publishing Blog – the Book Tour Kickoff!
3/10 – Quilter’s Dream Batting (This post includes a batting giveaway!)
3/11 – Quilty Folk
3/12 – Live Originally
3/14 – Generation Q
3/15 – Felicia’s World