Uncommonly Corduroy - Blog Book Tour

February 26, 2014


Welcome to day 8 of the Uncommonly Corduroy Blog Book Tour!

 Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
  "Images from Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy, Martingale, 2014; used by permission. Photo by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."
 Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
 Quilts- Mrs. D (blue) and Mr. D. designed by the fabulous Stephanie Dunphy.

I have waited a long time to share some exciting news with all of you! It will be hard to contain my excitement, but I will try.  Guess who quilted the cover quilt??  I bet you all guessed correctly because those feathers gave me away. :-)   Uncommonly Corduroy is a fabulous new book by Stephanie Dunphy of Loft Creations!!!  The photography is just amazing.  You can see every detail so much so that the photos look 3-D!  Stephanie designed 17 wonderful projects for all to enjoy.

I had the extreme pleasure to quilt the two Dresden quilts (photographed above) in the book.  How cool are those giant Dresdens??  And as the name suggests, the quilts were pieced using corduroy.  I will admit, initially I was intimidated and had reservations regarding quilting on corduroy.  Talk about taking me out of my comfort zone!   At the time (over a year ago), I had some experience quilting on wool and flannel, so I figured it couldn't be that much different.  Guess what??  Corduroy quilts like a dream!! Knocked my socks off!  Seriously, the stitches just melt into the corduroy.  And boy, oh boy does the quilting show beautifully on the solid corduroy!!!  I was truly impressed.

I will start with Mr. D, the gray Dresden.  I quilted it first.

This is the more masculine of the two quilts, so I opted for some straight line designs.  And because this was my first corduroy quilt, I thought a simpler design would be a good start.  Although, simple designs often translate into being more time consuming. :-) I quickly learned that quilting on corduroy was absolutely delightful.
The solid gray and darker grey dresden center were the corduroy elements.  The rest of the quilt is cotton as well as the backing is cotton.
Batting is Dream Wool to give the quilting great definition.
The above swirly quilting on the print has a gold Glide thread.  Fun!!!  The rest of the quilt is quilted with So Fine from Superior Threads.  I love the look of quilted corduroy!
All the quilting is freehand with a lot of ruler work.
 I used rulers, pins and chalked lines to keep the quilting straight and square.
 As I was quilting photos.
The back looked super cool on Mr. D!
After quilting Mr. D., I was very confident that I could treat corduroy like regular cotton...translation FEATHERS!!! lol!  I knew that feathers would show up and look so beautiful on that blue corduroy of Mrs. D, so that is exactly what I did!
Lush, beautiful, feminine feathers for Mrs. D.  The deep blue is corduroy on this quilt.  The rest is cotton, including the backing.
I used a layer of Dream Cotton with Hobbs 80/20 over it.
 All threads are So Fine again, except for the gold Glide in the Dresden blades.
Quilting is all freehand.  I quilted an allover flower design in the print background fabric.
As I was quilting photo.  The feathers are freehand.  I would quilt out one side and echo the design on the other side as I worked down the quilt.
The back.

Both quilts were amazingly soft and supple when quilted.  Corduroy was an absolute dream to work with!!  One thing I definitely noticed, corduroy is a bit lintier than regular cotton, but not unlike flannel.  Meaning I cleaned the bobbin area every time I changed the bobbin.  There is nothing I would quilt on regular cotton that I would not try on corduroy! :-) 

You can see more beautiful photos of the projects in the book from Martingale here.

Now here comes the fun part, you can win a free electronic copy of Uncommonly Corduroy!  Martingale has generously offered to send one of my readers an eBook.  Just leave a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on March 1st.
  
If you would like to purchase a signed copy from Stephanie you can here.
You can also order it from Amazon here.

Below is a schedule of the blog tour.

February 19  --  Stephanie at  Loft Creations
February 20 -- Martingale at Stitch This
February 21 --  Candace at  Squash House Quilts
February 22 -- Carrie at A Passion for Applique
February 23 --  Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
February 24 --  Char at  Cloth Stitched 
February 25 --  Mary at Needled Mom
February 26 -- Linda at The Quilted Pineapple 
February 27 -- Margaret at A Sampler of Stitches 
February 28 -- Ulla at Kotkarankki 

Thank you so much again, Stephanie!

Good luck to everyone and thank you for stopping by the tour!















66 comments:

  1. I have never worked with corduroy in a quilt....but will defintely give it a try. Love those big dresden flowers.

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  2. Wow. They both look great and I love that you treated each one differently.

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  3. Glad to hear of your success quilting on corduroy. The ebook sounds very interesting-sign me up!

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  4. Your feathers are beautiful. I love the way they curve around. Interesting that you put the Hobbs on top. I layer Hobbs on bottom and cotton on top.

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  5. Wow! In awe of your beautiful quilting. Would love a copy of this book. jowynj (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk

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  6. So many pics, I can't decide which to pin. lol

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  7. Your quilting is absolutely awesome!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to make a quilt from corduroy! This has been a great blog tour!! Thank you. pam

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  9. Your quilting is sensational as usual. Working with corduroy in a quilt or maybe a little pouch or bag looks like fun, will have to try it now. You sold me with your quilting!

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  10. thanks for sharing your process here. beautiful quilting!

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  11. How interesting that corduroy quilts up so well--and how beautiful are those feathers!!
    Did you mark the feather spine at all, or just eyeball the mirroring of them?

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  12. You did a knockout job of quilting those cover quilts.

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  13. Awesomeness! Thanks I will try corduroy. Looks fun! kristikay@spratt.net

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  14. Amazing! Love the big dresden, too.

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  15. Well an E book would sure travel eaiser.
    Love your quilting!

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  16. I am new to your blog and absolutely love your machine quilting it is stunning.

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  17. The quilting on those quilts, and the quilts themselves, are amazing. I never knew you could make a quilt with corduroy and have it turn out as beautiful as it does. Thanks!

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  18. Your quilting is absolutely amazing, a cherry on the cake adding a luxurious touch to the beautiful quilts.

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  19. Both quilts are just gorgeous, Linda! Not enough adjectives to describe them!! Having also quilted on corduroy, I can also say what a dream it is to work with! I hope lots of quilters get on the bandwagon and give it a try!
    Cheers!

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  20. The quilts and your quilting are very beautiful! One of my goals this year is to make a corduroy quilt. I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. Your feathers are to die for! Stunning! Both quilts are just amazing. Congrats!

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  22. The quilts and quilting are gorgeous ! I have never used corduroy in a quilt but many time for bags and clothing and I love working with it . Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  23. Very different from your usual work but equally beautiful!

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  24. Wow, your quilting is gorgeous and I love how differently you did each quilt. I can't wait to get my hands on some corduroy and that book!!

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  25. I love corduroy, but never would have thought of using it in a quilt. This is a book that I would love to own. Your quilting is beautiful as ever.

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  26. I've never quilted on corduroy either, but that looks gorgeous. Great job!

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  27. Wow, the quilting on both is exquisite. Well done and thanks for showing the process photos.

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  28. I have used corduroy on a quilt before, but my quilt did not look anything like yours!!! All I can say is WOW!!

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  29. I saw this book advertised and was immediately drawn to it. I love that baby-wale corduroy! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your long-arm quilting skills! The two melded together are just outstanding! Beautiful work by two talented ladies! Thank you for sharing!

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  30. Your quilting is beautiful and has added so much to these very nice quilts. When I was looking at the photos in the book in the first blog hop post, these quilts were the ones that drew my eye the most. I really want to try making and quilting with corduroy now! Thanks to you and to Stephanie for a chance to win a copy of the book ... :) Pat

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  31. Your quilt work is amazing. Wish you lived closer by, so I could send you my quilts. Your quilting adds so much to the quilt!

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  32. love your quilt, thanks for the chance

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  33. Linda, you made the quilts shine with your wonderful quilt designs.
    I have the book.

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  34. You do beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. I would like to try "California Poppies" first from the 'Uncommonly Corduroy' book. I wish I could be your quilting student!

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  35. Never thought about corduroy in a quilt. This book looks amazing. If I don't win one I will have to put it on my wish list. Beautiful quilting.

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  36. Wow, I never would have used corduroy for a quilt. It is pretty amazing. Thanks for the chance to win

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  37. I found your blog via Loft Creations. I love your quilting. What impressive work on both the quilts. Just beautiful. I have not tried corduroy, but will have to look out for some corduroy fabric to try.

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  38. Linda, your work is beautiful. Thanks for the great photos. Might have to try putting corduroy in a quilt one day.

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  39. You did a beautiful job!! I love the gray version.

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  40. Linda, your FMQ is stunning! FMQ is NOT one of my talents so I envy anyone who does. I haven't tried any sewing with corduroy but may have to give it a try.

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  41. I love all the different quilts in this book. You really do a fantastic job quilting them. Hugs

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  42. This is definitely something I have never seen before. Your quilting really sends them over the top!

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  43. I love the texture of the corduroy and your quilting. Stunning!

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  44. I am blown away by your quilting. What batting do you use with the corduroy? crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  45. Amazing quilting! I'm so anxious to make a corduroy quilt, too! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  46. Wow, gorgeous quilting on the corduroy quilts! Congratulations on your quilting being on the cover of Stephanie's new book!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  47. absolutely beautiful quilting! I could only dream of quilting like that

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  48. Beautiful,beautiful quilting Linda!! That corduroy is amazing!

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  49. Stunning. Corduroy really comes up to the mark and your quilting shows it off wonderfully well. Thanks for letting us visit!

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  50. Wow your quilting is beautiful, stunningly beautiful! Thanks for participating and for giving me the chance to win! I'm hoping to make a baby quilt soon!

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  51. I've never worked with corduroy in quilting, but this will be something I'm going to try soon. I just love the quilts shown in this book. The Dresden is one of my favorite blocks too and this one is just beautiful.

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  52. A gorgeous quilt design by Stephanie and the quilting...stunning...always breathtaking. Quilting with corduroy is on my list of 'must try projects'. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop and for a chance to play with Stephanie's book. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  53. I remember seeing a quilt made out of corduroy a few years ago and thinking I love the look but it must be hard to quilt. Good to hear it quilts like a dream! Congrats on getting your quilting on the cover! :)

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  54. Beautiful quilting! I especially like how all those lines keeps Mr. D very masculine. I don't often think of fine wale when I hear corduroy ... but this stuff looks gorgeous. I bet it's soft too. There may be some corduroy quilts being made for our house soon.

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  55. your work is magnificent! I have looked at Stephanies book and it is full of wonderful patterns. Thanks for the chance to win the eBook!

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  56. I love Dresden Plate projects. That new corduroy fabric sounds so interesting. I'd love to own that book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  57. Your quilting is stunning. I am in total feather envy!!!!! Love how different the two quilts look. Thank you for always being so generous about sharing your projects. I just love seeing anything you are working on.

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  58. The quilt was fabulous! Love the color choices. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. OMG! These quilts are just over the top. I love the look corduroy gives the quilting. I would never guess it's so easy to work with. Need to win this book so I can try one. Thanks

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  60. Linda your work is always amazing! And excited? You should be but not surprised. You do such great work! cognratulations! My book is on its way from Martingale. Now I'm really excited.

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  61. Amazing quilting on both of the quilts. Love the combination of corduroy and quilting cotton.

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  62. Your quilting really takes these quilts to the next level! Just fabulous!!!

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