Friday, March 11, 2016

My Cozy Village Pattern Pack Giveaway!

Do you know Felicia T. Brenoe? I didn't either until an email arrived asking if I would like to be a part of her new 'My Cozy Village' pattern pack blog tour. Honestly, I was a bit tentative until some research proved that, wowsers! this lady definitely knows her applique! Her first pattern below clearly shows some influence from that wonderful Japanese style of work, but if you look a little closer, there's a very playful touch too.
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My Cozy Village
Felicia's use of fabric and color is so refreshing to me. Can't you just see the fun in these quilts? I love how she's not afraid to mix things up and show off her whimsical side in fabric print, color and piecing placement. The second colorway of her pattern {below} encourages us to be willing to play with our quilt outcome. Such bold choices! Those of you who are fairly new to applique should have absolutely nothing to be afraid of with this particular pattern. It has all the details of a rigorous 'all-in' sort of applique project, with plenty of room for imperfection and/or personal style.
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Simplified, but more playful version of My Cozy Village
What tipped the balance and made me decide to tell you more about Felicia are these two things: This post {about applique} really, really resonated with me, and also, there's a free pattern pack for one of my lucky readers! Yay! I know how much some of you love a good applique project. Just leave a comment below telling me how often you personally make a change in a pattern; either in fabric, colorway, or placement. Does this make you feel guilty or just plain 'ol creative? Inquiring minds would love to know.*wink  

If you'd like even more chances to win this great pattern pack, check out the other stops in the blog tour. For all you goody stalkers, there's some other things being given away at those links too, like batting and wash-away applique sheets.

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Comments need to have a direct link to a valid email to be entered into the drawing. Please leave an email address within your comment if you're unsure, as I will only include entries in the drawing where the winner is easily accessible. 

International respondents are certainly welcome to take part in the drawing but will receive an eBook instead of an actual pattern pack. Entries are open through March 15th! This may have been the first time {for me} to hear about Felicia, but I have a feeling she's going to have more lovely applique work in her future. Don't you?

57 comments:

  1. wow it amazes me what wonder applique some people do

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  2. Appliqué is my next quilting goal. I admire our quilts so much and this would be a great way to get me started. I always change the fabric if I make a quilt inspired by a pattern. I say that because I've never actually followed a pattern! Although I do look at them and then make my own version.

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  3. Very nice application! But I like to change the color, pick a bright, sunny. I will not make gloomy applications, even if I like the shape and pattern.

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  4. I love appliqué and it's basically all I do. I do make changes but only because I am limited in wall space so sometimes I have to reduce the pattern in size or just make a couple of the blocks into a quilt

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  5. I start each day with my applique. It's my meditation, I think. I may not change much from a pattern, but I do loosely transfer it to the background, not being too particular about perfect placement. This house quilt is lovely. I am always drawn to "house" quilts and art. sandra.croley at gmail dot com

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  6. I adore applique. I always change the fabric and occasionally will alter a pattern if I am not happy with how a piece is turning out. Not much altering but a little sometimes.

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  7. nice - I had not heard of this designer - I think with every applique quilt I do I change a little whether it be to make something easier or just more me.

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  8. thanks for the linky--I always make changes to simplify mostly. (My drawer of shame is full of trying to stay "on pattern" pieces ;--000)
    I love the second version of this quilt--so cute and colorful..as a quilter who has struggled with the applique process I would be interested in her methods--hugs, Julierose

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  9. I change a pattern almost every time, however, sometimes it is just the colours, as I am partial to blues. i read the pattern about five times before starting, and sometimes change the cutting and piecing directions. i have been quilting for 30 years, and teaching, so even though I love the patterns and purchase them, the pattern designer may be a new quilter and sometimes there are more easier, or exacting ways to achive the final design. However, I love to support any designer by my purchases. Kim. Gurry(at)telus.net

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  10. Thanks Audrey, for the lovely post. I have shared it on my social media. Keep up all your great work, you are such an inspiration!

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  11. This looks like a lovely set of patterns - I am a sucker for house blocks! Just love them! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I seem to make some change to every project I make. Just want to make it "mine" I guess. Thanks for a chance.

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  13. Thanks for the introduction to Felicia, I'll have to check out those links. I love the second version for the colour play.

    I like appliqué and often put my own spin on a pattern be it colour choice or something else. To win a pattern would be amazing. Thanks for a chance.

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  14. yea some times my mistakes are left just because, thanks

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  15. I love to applique. When I'm making a quilt I usually like to make it my own. I have never been known to exactly follow a pattern.

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  16. Love the flowers bordering each house block...whimsical. I am still searching for my own style and color ways....keep creative and I think it will become clearer for me so I do NOT feel guilty trying new things and shaking it up some!
    Love your blog. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!
    mbbaker35@yahoo.com

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  17. She is definitely amazing. I would love this as a take along project.
    Thank you.

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  18. An appliqué quilt is on my bucket list and this one looks great! Thanks for he introduction and giveaway.

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  19. Wowzers - glad you posted this, I adore this quilt and have added the pattern to my Amazon wish list! This is a new-to-me designer. I rarely change something on someone else's pattern - I may use different colors, but I buy the pattern because I like it so much, so I don't change it, lol!

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  20. I will always follow the recipie.....the layout of appliqué is generally crucial in the patterns I am drawn to...like Baltimore, but I will definitely just toss in fabrics that I feel work in the design.

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  21. I have only started applique work recently, I find it very soothing and addictive.

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  22. What a delightful applique quilt. Love the colours in the 1st quilt. Thankyou for the chance for this giveaway. Happy Stitching.

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  23. Beautiful pattern...houses are a favourite of mine! I don't always change a pattern but do if I feel like I would like a bit of a tweak to the original.

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  24. Would be a fun one to do. Thanks for doing this

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  25. Those houses are really fun, especially in the second quilt!
    I always end up changing patterns, because my brain gets busy with 'what if I...' scenarios. I don't think I could follow a pattern verbatim even if I stapled it to my forehead...

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  26. If I buy a pattern then I feel the color choices and fabric choices as well as placement is all mine to play with. On the other hand if I buy a kit I'm kind of stuck. I like the houses in bright fun colors.

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  27. I just love applique and have used it in most of my quilts. Somtimes I change a part and I prefer to use my own fabric choice so I never buy a kit. The pattern you talk about I didn't know, neither did I know the designer but it looks very nice. Many greetings aubphg (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  28. The only applique I've done recently is by machine and I do enjoy it so. Perhaps I need to bring out some of my UFOs or if lucky start this lovely design,. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. Happy Spring!
    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

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  29. I almost always change patterns. I'll see a pattern and then make it my own by changing color, or rearranging layouts or adding something else. Love the process of choosing fabric etc

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  30. I'm a Rebel (like Pee Wee Herman)! I change things before I even know what I'm doing. I feared the "A" word...until I tried it and now it is my favorite, applique is so portable. Color and I play well together, so I am not afraid to jump across the color wheel...it's VALUE that was most challenging but it is a natural now!

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  31. I am likely to change the colors shown in a pattern because I often look for designs that work with fabrics I have on hand.

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  32. I'm always changing things up, whether intentionally or because I make a little mistake and then figure out how to make it work. I think it is good for me--causes me to stretch and grow. Changing entire color schemes is the one that makes my head ache a bit in the beginning, trying to imagine it, but I'm usually game. I do appreciate seeing other options in magazines or on pattern pages, though, to get me started.

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  33. I have to be certain the pattern is "me" before I forge ahead making it!

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  34. I always change something just to make it my own. Very rarely do I follow a pattern exactly.

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  35. Loved your comments on this. Always change just something, mostly color to make it unique to you.
    germanconnie@gmail.com

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  36. I often mess with color choices when adjusting a pattern. Or make an accidental change if instruction are not clear but it usually all works out.

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  37. Thanks for introducing this designer. I always change out something. When I first started, I was a slave to the pattern, now I do my own thing.

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  38. Of course I change the pattern by color, size, etc. Isn't that part of the creative process? Usually the pattern is too small for what I want to use it for.

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  39. Hi...well I always change something on every pattern I do...Isnt that what your supposed to do??? LOL That makes it yours!! I cant even think of one that I haven't changed :) I hope that makes us all normal, cause I know I'm not the only one!!!
    Vickie, in Everson, WA Vickie.van@hotmail.com

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  40. When I applique I like to be creative, and use fabrics and colors of my choice. There may also be details I change. To play with fabric and colors is so fun! I love the Cozy Village pattern.

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  42. I always change something on a pattern. It is usually the color way. It is so much fun to come up with a new idea. acdiller@verizon.net

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  43. I just "discovered" this pattern and I'm smitten! It looks like a great project to do over time.

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  44. Thanks for introducing Felicia to us. That's a really cute pattern, looks like fun to make. Yep, I almost always change something, sometimes even intentionally!

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  45. What a wonderful quilt!! I love the way the blocks are surrounded by flowers and vines. I've always been hopeless at following patterns, but it can be fun to read patterns to see how other quilters make things.

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  46. I almost always change the size of patterns to make them smaller - I love making miniature quilts! And I usually change the colors to my favorite palette - rainbow!

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  47. I might change the pattern a little but if i like the project its because of the choices of patterns and colors of the fabrics . So the first time i make it i make very little changes. thanks.

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  48. I always want to make it my own and I usually change it up somewhat.

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  49. It always amazes me when I see what can be done with the word quilt. They can be anything from a purse, to a blanket to keep you warm. I just hope I can eventually be able to make them.

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  50. I usually change a lot of things in patterns I use. Definitely the fabrics as I usually go to my stash, then I like to add touches like embroidery or beading.

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  51. I love the colorway of the first quilt. When I make changes, it sometimes not on purpose! I love applique and would like to get more practice. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. I change colors frequently and sometimes change the pattern by accident…..

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  53. I fell in love with this pattern when I saw it. I'm still a somewhat newbie quilter, so usually closely follow the pattern...but I'm starting to branch out and change things up a little bit.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  54. I usually make changes to the colors and frequently to the pattern as well...have to make it my own!!

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  55. I love applique, it's so relaxing. I change colors, tweak patterns often. It makes me feel creative to put my own personal touches in the project.

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  56. I am still relatively new to quilting, but with my first quilt, that I am currently working on (which is applique-love it), I designed all the quilting myself. After sketching out what I want to do, it is a real challenge to then figure out how to make a template to transfer the design to the quilt top. I am designing as I get to each new section, so the design is being drawn on an already sandwiched quilt. I am so enjoying this process!

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  57. I almost always change the colors in the quilts I make when I'm using a pattern. I really dislike the kits that so many quilters favor - can't stand the thought of having a quilt exactly like anyone else's!

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