My Cozy Village Blog Tour + Giveaway

by Katie on March 11, 2016

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!

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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.

11163_049Blocks 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. :)
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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! 😉

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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. 😉

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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

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris March 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Edge of the Woods is my favorite because that’s me right now. I am in the woods in NC.

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Jane March 12, 2016 at 6:31 am

Katie, your block is great and love that you’re using those yummy batiks! The color in them give the finish such intensity making each block shine.
My favorite block I see is the upper left one in the 4 block example. That tree looks quite “suessical” with the Trufella effect of the leaf growth. II think it would be fun to do. Thanks for the chance and it’s nice to meet you. Jane

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Connie Campbell March 12, 2016 at 6:51 am

That looks like a neat book Katie and your block is so cute!! I really like the bottom left block the best!

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Suzy Webster March 12, 2016 at 7:13 am

Gorgeous! I love house quilts

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Melody Lutz March 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

Edge of the woods…I can see a “Quilt Retreat” nestled in those woods for me!

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Rosalind Gutierrez March 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

I like the Church with its steeple and I would like to make it with stained glass windows.

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Beth T. March 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

“Good Neighbors” is my favorite block. We’ve been blessed with good neighbors all my life, and that block captures one version of it–our current, country version, as it happens.

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Mary on Lake Pulaski March 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

My favorite block is Under the Old Tree because it reminds me of the house on the farm where I grew up.

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Karen A March 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

I like all the blocks, but Orchard House is really pretty.

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Angela March 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

My favorite is by the lake. The pond and the boat remind me of when my family would boat every weekend when the weather was nice.

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Nancy D March 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

Edge of the Woods is my favorite. It reminds me of a trip we took to visit my Son last year. He took us to a friend’s property, and we all spent a few very quiet days out in the middle of nowhere. No hot water, no internet. Great time.

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Vickie VanDyken March 12, 2016 at 9:44 am

The House in the woods is my favorite. I am in the Pacific Northwest. Way up in the corner of the country. My backyard is woods. It is usually fun, but last week it was a little scary….with 60 mile an hour winds. We are expecting the winds again Sunday…so If I win ….I will be happy to stay in and sew up a village!! I love the colors of your block, especially if they are brighter :) Are you sure you like that filter, ???ROFLOL?????
Thanks for the contest and your cute block!
Vickie

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Diane March 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

My fav is Village Church. I would use a brick red batik to simulate my childhood country church. I think a combo of raw edge and hand appliqué would be fun. I might actually be able to complete several blocks if I whipped out the raw edge at home & took them with me to add the handwork when I travel!

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Maryellen McAuliffe March 12, 2016 at 10:29 am

This is adorable, and I love the colors you’re using. I love the house you’re doing, and the Edge of the Woods. Thanks for sharing!

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marcie rinaldo March 12, 2016 at 10:48 am

Orchard is my favorite. It reminds me of my grandparents home. We used to go visit every year and spend the entire week in the orchard building Ford’s and fighting pirates lol

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Marit Johanne March 12, 2016 at 11:26 am

Edge of Woods is my favorite. My dream is to live in the woods :)

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Helen Jaroslawski March 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

What a lovely book ,my favorite is the “Neighbors” block because good neighbors are important and I try to be a good one.
Helen

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Barb Hull March 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I love all the patterns but especially like Good Neighbors!!

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Allison March 12, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Love prim and proper! It reminds me of my aunt’s house when I was little! Great place! Love house blocks!

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Cecilia March 12, 2016 at 6:14 pm

All of the blocks are cute, but I really like Village Church the best. Thanks for sharing your quilt.

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Kari March 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

My favorite is the Orchard House block – all the little trees with round tops are so charming! It’s especially sweet in the bright colors with the striped hills.

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kbo March 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm

The lakeside block reminds me of a summer vacation, nice to dream of during this rainy winter night!

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Diana March 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

I really like the church block with the cemetery probably because I live across from a country cemetary!

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Susan the Farm Quilter March 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm

I love the Edge of the Woods because that is where I would like to live!!!

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Lynn D in NC March 15, 2016 at 6:05 am

I love all the blocks, but probably By the Lake is my favorite. It reminds me of the cottage on the lake where I use to go with my parents.

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KIT FLORES March 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

I really like the block with the lake. It reminds me of childhood summers.

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marta manole March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I really like to make some of those houses…so pretty…thank you…marta

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Nancy March 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

I like two: the little house with the pine trees because it looks so cozy and comfortable, and the church with the graveyard because I’m a family history buff.

Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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