Celebrate each season by stitching – with Pat Sloan! (+ big giveaway!)

We can’t think of a better way to greet each season than with treasured designer Pat Sloan leading the way!

Pat Sloan's Celebrate the Seasons

Pat’s clear instructions and encouraging “You can do it!” attitude make the collection of seasonal projects in Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons a snap to create. Choose from 13 simple patchwork and appliqué projects for:

Hello, Spring quilt
stitch a bouquet of scrap-happy tulips

Summer Sky pillow
make a pillow in sky blues and sunny yellows

Farmer's Stand wall quilt
harvest a fun pumpkin wall quilt

Nordic Dreams quilt and wall hanging
get cozy with a Nordic-style snowflake quilt

Each season offers something special to celebrate—and Pat’s easy-to-make projects will help you to welcome each turn of the calendar page. We asked Pat a few questions about her books, her design process, and what’s inspiring her right now. Read on for her answers!

Stitch This!: You’ve written four books for your “Teach Me” series and two books in the “Splendid Sampler” series with coauthor Jane Davidson—all in the span of four years! What inspired you to write Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons?

Pat SloanPat: I love decorating for the seasons. I think it’s in my blood. As you can read in the introduction to the book, I got the seasonal decorating gene from my Granny. What’s fun for me is to have quilts and other handmade projects that are not seasonal for the base of my decorating. Then I change out pillows, small quilts, and table runners each season to freshen up the look of my rooms. I also put holiday projects out for a short time.

ST!: What’s your designing process like—do you draft a pattern first or gather fabrics first? Do you draw ideas on paper or use a computer?

Pat: Generally I start with a theme for my quilts. When writing a book, I take that theme and decide how many projects there will be and the sizes of projects I’ll want to design. Then I start writing ideas before I sketch. After a bit of sketching, I go to the computer to design.

Summer Nest wall quilt
Summer Nest

ST!: What’s the most important part of the designing process for you, and what’s the most fun?

Pat: Cutting up the fabric and seeing how it looks in the quilt. That’s the exciting part!

ST!: What’s your favorite season to sew for?

Pat: I think that might be spring! Because spring is all about new beginnings. Deep in winter I start craving spring fabrics, spring images, spring flowers—they make me happy!

Twirling Tulips place mats
Twirling Tulips Place Mats

ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

Pat: I’m inspired by the sun coming out, a warm-enough-to-walk day in March, and the tiny crocuses coming up in Virginia! I’m also working on some hexagon flowers and teaching myself to cross-stitch. Lately I’ve been inspired by clean lines and less clutter. I’m looking to repaint my living room and dining room so they’re lighter and brighter. I’ve had them a cozy chocolate brown for a lot of years and I’m ready for a change.

ST!: What’s on your sewing table right now?

Pat: I’m making Tulip blocks from Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons in different colors. And I’ve got a "Splendid Sampler" embroidery block of mine on the ironing board.

Pat’s sewing space

That purply polka-dot tulip!

ST!: What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

Pat: It’s only fabric, and your machine is a lot tougher than you think it is, wink! People are so afraid of messing up the fabric or messing up their machine. There is a lot of fabric in the world, so cut it up and sew. You learn by actually making things. Pick up my “Teach Me” series of books and work through the lessons.

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique
Books in Pat’s “Teach Me” series

Pat is so generous that to celebrate her new book, she reached out to her industry friends to put together this amazing giveaway!

Let’s break down this awesome collection of goodies, shall we? Clockwise from top:

Connecting Threads sent two pairs of Sew Great scissors, three adorably quilty enamel pins, and a beautiful bundle of Tesselations fabric!

Precision Quilting Tools sent a 17″ x 24″ sized 100% Felted Wool Ironing Mat that retains heat—when you iron your fabric, it’s like ironing from both sides at the same time!

American Patchwork & Quilting sent the latest issues of American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, and Quilt Sampler magazines, plus a fun tote to keep them in!

Schmetz sent a Grabbit Bobbin Saver, a Grabbit Magnetic Pincushion, Schmetz sewing-machine needles in four sizes, and a handy pocket guide to sewing-machine needles!

And of course, we’re adding a copy of Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons—signed by Pat herself!

Pat Sloan's Celebrate the Seasons

To win the prizes above plus a copy of Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons, tell us in the comments:

Pat Sloan's Celebrate the SeasonsWhat season do you most like to sew for?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck to everyone! And if you’d like to start your seasonal sewing with Pat today (spring projects, anyone!?), you can order the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

Join Pat for more sewing fun, more giveaways, and more book reveals on her blog tour!

Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons
Blog Tour schedule, March 6-8

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is JoAnn, who says:

“Winter is my favorite season to sew and quilt in. It’s cold and when I hand quilt, the quilt keeps me nice and cozy as I quilt.”

We’ll email you about your prizes, JoAnn—congratulations!


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