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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cascade Fabric Blog Hop: Gentle Improv Curves Pillow and Giveaway

 *The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!*

Jessica Levitt is one of my best quilty friends in real life. I don't know how I got so lucky! She's amazing and she's my CJMQG partner in crime (basically, when you say "Jess?" one of us will answer). When I found out about her new fabric collection with Windham, Cascade, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow! You can see the whole collection here on Windham's website, and the official Cascade Look Book here (I'm on page 13!).




The colors are a departure from my customary bright/saturated fabric choices, but I love the calmness they exude and the art deco theme that Jess has infused into her work. These fabrics are perfect for home decor, and with that in mind, I decide to make a pillow (which is now going to Quilt Market - *hyperventilates*). The motifs and the name "Cascade" got me thinking about flowing water, which led me to improvisational curves. 
Gentle Improv Waves Pillow 
18.25" x 18.25" (fits 18" pillow form)




Update 12/2015: I used to have a tutorial for this pillow posted, but it is now a class that I teach regularly. Please visit my Classes and Lectures page for booking information. Thanks for understanding!



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Giveaway

Thanks Jess for making me a part of your blog hop! Cascade will be shipping early 2015. If you'd like to get your hands on some now, Windham is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of the whole line to one of my readers! To win, please tell me about the "coolest" water you've ever seen or would like to see (pictures count). Mine was when I snorkeled in the Caribbean - I couldn't get over the clear, calm, blue water!

My followers on here or Instagram get a second chance - just tell me how you follow and post a second comment. This giveaway is open to anyone in the world until Oct. 23 at 8pm EST.



Be sure to check out the other blog hop stops:
Monday October 13th - Jessica Levitt - Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics
Tuesday October 14th - Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt -knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th - Amanda Kattner - What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton - a bright corner
Thursday October 16th - Marci Debataz - Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon - Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th - Angela Walters - Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander - Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th - Elizabeth Timmons - and pins / Andrea Taddicken - knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th - Erin Erickson - Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety - Quilty Habit
Monday October 20th  - Caroline Press - Trillium Design / Karin Jordan - Leigh Laurel Studios


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125 comments:

  1. Love this fabric and your pillow. it works perfectly with the waves theme. It's hard to pick a favorite water because they all have different properties. I think it's a small stream in the White Mountains of NH that runs just outside my favorite cabins in Lincoln, NH. If you can get a certain cabin you can listen to it as you fall asleep. On the other hand I also love Niagara Falls, Lake Superior and the rocky shores in Maine with the waves crashing against them.

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  2. I love your improv curves - I shall definitely be trying this!!
    My coolest water are the rock pools on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland - the water is so clear and the colours within are stunning!

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  3. Your pillow is so cool, thanks for the tutorial too, perfect!! This summer we traveled to Europe and when we were going thru Switzerland and Italy, the glacial waters were a beautiful, clear aqua... Spectacular!!!

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  4. This beautiful glacial lake in New Zealand. Oddly milky because of all the crushed rock in it, and gorgeous.

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  5. I am following you via Bloglovin', thanks for an extra chance to win this pretty fabric collection!!

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  6. The blue lakes in Switzerland, and a moss covered river in Japan. sarah@forrussia.org

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  7. I follow you with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  8. The most fun water I've been in, was crossing the Mississippi River at its Headwaters at Itasca State Park in MN.

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  9. I follow your blog with GFC. Thanks.

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  10. The coolest water I have seen is the ocean at Punta Cana. So clear and turquoise blue. Thanks!

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  11. The most beautiful water I've seen is in some of the lakes in the Rocky Mountains- beautiful blues and greens! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I follow you on blog lovin'. That a beautiful pillow design!

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  13. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN' !

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  14. HI, loved the Lake Michigan shore line around the sand dunes!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. The coolest (literally) water I have seen is when I was on the Athebasca glacier. The blue is indescribable!

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  16. The coolest water (literally) that I have seen is some glacier water in Norway this past summer when we walked as close to a glacier as we were allowed and stood on the shore of where the glacier had runoff water. That was amazing!!!

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  17. I am a follower here and on IG :) Happy Sunday to you!

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  18. The ocean water around the Hawaiian islands is as pretty as any I've seen.

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  19. Beautiful clear green water off Pensacola Beach, Florida during a sailboat ride. Unbelievable! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. the Russian River in Alaska is beautiful the color of it is a blue/green from the glaciers.
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  21. I follow via email
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  22. Coolest water is Bridal Veil Falls, just outside of Vancouver, BC. Thanks so much for your tutorial. Curves scare me but you make it seem easy.

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  23. I love the gentle waves in your blocks, I would love to try curved seams--thanks for the tutorial! The coolest water I've seen was off of Bunaken in Indonesia--the water was so clear, and the reefs were pristine. I loved snorkeling there! threadeverywhere at gmail dot com

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  24. I also follow on bloglovin' and instagram, threadeverywhere at gmail dot com

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  25. What a sweetie you are to post a curvy tutorial! I am going to give it a try. the coolest water I've ever seen is the water at Niagra Falls. What a magnificent display! I could watch it for hours on end.

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  26. I was very fortunate to spend a week in Bermuda when I was a senior in high school. While there we made a point to swim and snorkel in the Bermuda Triangle, it was an amazing experience.

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  27. I flipped a kayak one year, on Thanksgiving weekend, up here in the Canadian Salish Sea......the water was definitely "cool."

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  28. I follow by email.

    t_ktl@yahoo.com.

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  29. The coolest water I've seen is the Oconee River in Tennessee. I loved riding the whitewater rapids. Cool pillow, thanks for the great tutorial and for the giveaway.

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  30. This pillow is so great, I want to go whip one up right now! I dream of going to the Caribbean or Hawaii! But the prettiest water I've seen was the amazing blue water in the rivers and lakes in Banff National Park in Canada. Lake Louise and Peyto Lake are just stunning. All the water in New Mexico is brownish, so seeing all the water be that blue! Gah, so cool. Here's some photos I took: http://www.photoblog.com/LostAspen/2009/08/07/banff-national-park-canada.html

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  31. I got to see the Ocean, when visited Daughter in NC a few years ago! Was the MOST amazing sight ever!

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  32. What a coincidence! While I was thinking of the coolest water I've seen, I remembered a waterfall my husband and I hiked to in September. It was on a trail off the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway and it was cool and peaceful.

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  33. I follow you on Instagram and on your blog! Thanks for the great tutorial. I have to try this. How do you have time for all of these?

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  34. The coolest water I've ever seen is Lake Louise in Canada. Beautiful mountain scenery! Thanks for the pillow tutorial! Your design is gorgeous!

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  35. I follow you via Bloglovin. Thanks again for all the inspiration.

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  36. I'm thinking mainland USA and that would be at Lake Tahoe. Truly beautiful back in the 70's anyway especially at sunrise and sunset.

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  37. Snorkelling off the Hawaiian Island of Oahu -- the water was sooooo clear so we could see all the tropical fish. What an experience!! :) Closer to home would be Moose Lake on our drive from BC to Alberta -- the water is sooo aqua colored and reflects mountains in it. :)

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  38. You are one brave improv quilter! The "lake of shining waters" PEI, Canada is just a fun thing to see! Thanks for the give away.

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  39. Lake Michigan when the waves were crashing and freeing. Never had seen anything like it, was beautiful.

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  40. Dun's River Falls in Jamaica. Wow, walking up and down the falls with the warm sun on your skin is so nice.

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  41. Best water would have to be where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas!
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  42. I agree with you. The Caribbean waters are the best! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  43. My favourite water is Lake Garda in Italy, the whole area is just breathtakingly beautiful and feels so serene. x

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  44. I love our local lake, even though the water is very low right now.

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  45. The lakes in Switzerland are different shades of aquamarian, glaciers there are huge. Caribbean waters are so clear. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  46. Ww enjoyed a beautiful waterfall this summer - Upper Mesa Falls in Idaho

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  47. I think the coolest water I've seen was Lake Tahoe- it was absolutely perfect!!

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  48. I loved living right on the Delaware
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  49. I follow on Instagram as drlbennett

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  50. The coolest water I've ever seen was in Bermuda. The colors were amazing, especially when paired with the pink sand beaches!
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  51. I follow via Bloglovin'.
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  52. I follow via Bloglovin' (belopminata)

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  53. Totally agree with you the Caribbean waters. Visited my in-laws in Puerto Rico & my nephew took us out on his boat & anchored off a remote island. I've never seen water so blue. So calm.

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  54. I'm guessing the brown water at my nearest beach Skegness doesn't count? I did see beautiful clear water in Vietnam at Hoi An, it was like something out of a poster for the perfect holiday

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  55. Montana has stunning bodies of water they are so clear.

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  56. The water in Durban, South Africa, is so blue you might think someone dyed it. It was gorgeous!

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  57. Very clever - love the curved piecing! I am a little anxious doing curves but you made it look less complex! Thanks!

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  58. Bio Bay in Puerto Rico looks AMAZING! Seriously, google it. Cheers!

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  59. Also, I just followed you on Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. I'm a new blogloving follower!

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  61. I'm a big fan of all bodies of water, but the falls of Yosemite are pretty awe inspiring. :)

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  62. I would love to see the New England shoreline!

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  63. Burney Falls in northern California is amazing! The water appears to be coming directly out of the rock face! Fabulous colors too!! I would also like to see the Pink Lake in Western Australia. Thank you for the opportunity to win this gorgeous fabric! Love the curved piecing - thanks for the great tutorial!

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  64. The "coolest" waterfall I've seen was on Maui. Gorgeous! The most awesome display of the power of water and engineering was passing through the Panama Canal. I cannot even describe the volume and speed with which each lock filled and emptied!!! It was amazing. It was also time consuming. Crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific spanned breakfast till dusk!

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  65. Thank you for this wonderful improv, curved quilting tutorial!

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  66. I'm in love with the waterfalls in our National Parks--can't pick just one! And I love your curves--especially in Glacier!

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  67. Me too, St John in the Caribbean. Beautiful beach and great snorkeling.
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  68. I love the pillow - the curves in it are great! I follow your blog!

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  69. Beautiful fabrics and pillow! I went to Aruba several years ago and the water there is beautiful!

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  70. I love your pillow! What great line. I love most water, but the coolest I've ever seen is Emerald Lake on the road between Haines and Skagway, Alaska. It's a spectacular color of green.

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  71. Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, AZ. Perfect for toe dippin'

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  72. The most awesome water I been in so far is the Indian Rocks Beach, Tampa, Florida so clear you can be chin deep and still see your feet ! most coolest as in cold was Flint River Bluehole a natural spring in the river. The prettiest was on Blood Mountain at a waterfall it was amazing !

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  73. I am now following you on Instagram as gator1378

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  74. I've never seen an ocean, and I would love to see one someday. I'm not picky, any ocean will do. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  75. I am a follower by email. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  76. I'd love to see the sea by Maluku, Indonesia. I've been to Bali before and it was gorgeous, but all my friends who have gone to Maluku said that the water is just more beautiful there! The pictures don't lie either!

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  77. Glacial waters of Boya Lake in NW British Columbia. It inspired us to repaint our bedroom.

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  78. The coolest water I've seen are the glacial waters in Alaska.

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  79. nice tutorial. wonderful fabrics. My fav water is in the Caribbean of course and most of my pics are from a cruise to there. (great to live in Florida). The Gulf coast of Florida has similar waters as does Miami/Ft. Laud. I'd include a pic here but don't know how.

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  80. Your pillow really does remind me of waves. My coolest water was the beach on Guam at low tide. Fascinating!

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  81. I loved body surfing in Hawaii!!!

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  82. the best waters i ever saw was swimming off of a grand Cayman, so clear and i would look down and see these small fishes swimming along my hands at the same time.

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  83. i follow you through email.

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  84. I have always wanted to see Crater Lake.

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  85. The best water I saw was a gorgeous waterfall in Hawaii -- similar to the one from Fantasy Island!

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  86. I would love to see Takkakaw Falls in British Columbia, Canada. I also love Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, Canada. (speddar at hotmail dot com)

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  87. Emerald Lake in Alberta..... beautiful!

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  88. Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands was absolutely amazing the water was such beautiful colours of turquoise and blue and clear as crystal. I must say though that the 'coolest' water - as in most impressive and breath taking - for me was standing beside the horseshoe falls in Niagara Falls Canada - it is so mesmerising - never forget it.
    Pauline

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  89. I follow you on Facebook and I have signed up for your newsletter - I love your maple leaf quilt!
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  90. Your cushion is looking great even though I'm a bit nervous about those bits where the curves don't meet at the intersection. My OCD might be worst than I thought, lol. It is probably time to Let it go :) My fav part of the movie!

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow via bloglovin ;)

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  92. My favorite water... the ocean from a beach in Jamaica. the water was soooo clear and blue, just amazing.

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  93. I love the Puget Sound, the view is beautiful.

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  94. I saw an amazing waterfall in Voss, Norway (where the water is bottled) and got to drink water right from the crazy, cold, powerful waterfall!

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  95. Neat pillow! I hate curves but this looks fun! Best water place îve been is Florida beaches

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  96. When I was snorkeling in Hawaii! Beautiful!

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  97. Great tutorial, thanks! The view of the ocean from our Kailua Kona condo is the best!!!

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  98. Lake Ontario as seen from Hamlin Beach in the dead of winter. The water along the shore freezes in fantastical shapes and looks amazing at sunset when the ice picks up all the gorgeous colors in the sky!

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  99. The first rain after a lengthy drought. The earth seems to reach up to the rain, and the plants lift and turn less yellow and more greenish in the first 10 minutes or so. That water is the coolest.

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  100. I follow on Instagram as @louisehornor

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  101. The coolest water? That's a tough one since I live on a boat and see water every day! But my favorite sight through the water is a pod of dolphins playing under our bow wave as we cruise along.

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