Monday, April 25, 2016

{Pat Bravo Mini} Tour

Hey y'all! I am doing something a little different today! I was super lucky to have been chosen to participate in Pat Bravo's Mini Quilt tour for her new fabric lines Dare and Essentials II. We were sent a handful of a variety of fabrics to create a mini quilt with, and I am just ecstatic with what I have created.


I purchased the Farm Girl Vintage book about a month ago, which I have had my eye on for over a year, and I was just dying to make SOMETHING from it ever since. I just love the clean design of all her blocks! For my mini quilt, I chose to make her Butter Churn block which features a pinwheel in the center. The construction was very quick, simple and easy to follow. As  I was looking through the book for inspiration, I felt that this block would represent Pat's fabrics very well as to not take away from the beautiful design of the fabrics. I have only ever used Art Gallery knits in the past, so it was a nice surprise to find out that the cotton wovens are JUST as amazingly soft and luxurious as the knits are....and you know just how much I love those knits!



Aren't they just GORGEOUS? The fabrics that I chose to use in my quilt are actually all from the Essentials II Azur Collection. They just coordinate beautifully together. If I had to choose a favorite it would definitely be the Delicate Femme Azur, which is the floral, because let's face it...those little bitty flowers are just so delicate and beautiful. I can really see myself using it in a variety of projects. The Intertwill Azur comes in a close second because I love the geometric lines of it, and once again I could see myself using it over and over!!! I imagine a gorgeous zipper pouch with some touches of leather and denim....yep...I think that will be happening SOON!





For the first time ever, I decided to hand quilt. Since it was a mini quilt, I wanted to try my hand in it, and boy was that a task! I am not sure that I am such a good hand quilter, but I am sure with a bit more practice I will get better. Tools also make a HUGE difference as I didn't have the correct ones, which made it even more difficult....no thimble and a blunt tip needle...NO THANK YOU! Never ever again...lol. I do really like the look of hand quilting though, so I am very happy with the choice that I made and look forward to working on my skills.




I really appreciate everyone stopping by today, and because I appreciate it so much, I am going to host a giveaway!!!! Since Pat was so kind to send over quite a few fat eights to work with, I only used a handful of them for my mini....so I am going to pass them on to one lucky person! The winner will receive 8-fat eights from the Dare line.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the lineup for this tour, so make sure to come back each day to visit the other blogs!

April 25

April 26

April 27

April 28

April 29

May 2

May 3

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 9

May 10

May 11

May 12

May 13

May 16 
Pat Bravo | Blog Recap

To find out more details about the Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Tour, you can visit Pat's blog for more information! I strongly encourage you to also take a good long look at the GORGEOUS Lookbooks that Pat has created for these collections! Dare | Essentials II


A special thank you to Pat Bravo for allowing me to use her fabrics and for free creative reign on this project! I had a lot of fun coming up with me and trying new things.  

***Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT April 25, 2016 and ends at 12:00am CDT on May 17, 2016. Winner will receive 8 fat eights. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. Winner will be chosen on May 17, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release The Wholesome Mama from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.***

43 comments:

  1. I love the pictures Courtney! ☺

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  2. The colors are amazing! Totally congrats too! What an amazing opportunity!!

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  3. The Pop Art Springblossom fabric from the Dare collection caught my eye. So pretty!

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  4. I love A path of Certainty-- bonus that it comes in knit!

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  5. Love several from both..but really drawn to "DAR-64307 Defying Buds Air"!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  6. Great collection, I like the Hula Hoops Azur.

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  7. I like the Hula Hoops Azur but honestly I never met a fabric I didn't like.

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  8. I love intertwill azur, gorgeous collection x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  9. Fab! The azure colours are my favourite too. Great job

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  10. I like the pop art spring blossom from the dare collection. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  11. your mini is very pretty. I really love Essentials
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  12. Thanks you are right, it's a great opportunity to hand quilt! Looks sweet.

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  13. Delicate Femme in Azur from Essentials II is so cool & refreshing. Thank you Courtney.....you showcased it so well in your mini q.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I am torn between two very different fabrics -- rebel brushstrokes (54308) and the wafting plaid marked (64301) -- when it comes to choosing a favorite. Actually, I love the idea of using all of these together. I also like the idea of having them all as a palette to choose from -- I love how you made a very limited selection into a charming beautiful little quilt. Sometimes simple really is best!

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  15. Cute mini quilt. Favorite from Essentials II is Intertwill Gold. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  16. My favorites from Essentials II are Specktacular Azur and Spektacular Gold. Definitely essential! (lalaluu at yahoo dot com)

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  17. Very pretty! Sometimes I avoid quilting because I imagine it will take forever (which it does, if you make a full-sized quilt), but I forget that I can make mini's like this...I must try some little wall hangings!

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  18. Favourite fabric in Essentials II is the floralism in either blush or azure. They are gorgeous!

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  19. cute quilt! :) these are fabulous collections that Pat created! I am particularly drawn to those big circles :)
    - Leah J

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  20. My favorite print in Intertwill Azur from the Essentials II collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Popart spring blossom is lovely.

    Your mini is awesome!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  22. Love your mini - and all the fabrics - the colours are awesome.
    PAuline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  23. Love your mini!! Pat's intertwill azur is my fav of her collections! churcaeatauburndotedu

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  24. Love your mini!! Pat's intertwill azur is my fav of her collections! churcaeatauburndotedu

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  25. LOVE your mini quilt block. I too have been eyeing that book for awhile now. I actually hinted to my kids that I would like to have that book for Mothers Day! And my fav from Pat's collection is Azur!

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  26. Congratulations on being chosen to be featured with Pat Bravo! What an honor that must be! I'm very new to quilting and the DIY world. I love looking for inspiration, and I found it in your blog and Pat's blog! You're mini quilt is absolutely adorable!! You know that feeling when you see something soooo cute you just want to squeeze it?! Yup, your mini quilt gave me that feeling. I'm so in love with the Essentials II collection, especially in Gold! I'm a sucker for things golden.

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  27. My favorite from Essentials II is Delicate Femme in Azur.

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  28. Love the colors of these fabrics. My favorite is Rebel Brushstrokes.

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  29. My favorite is the Floralism Blush

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  30. Hand quilting gets better if you have the right thimble. I also like to do a big stitch sometimes using size 8 perle cotton.

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  31. I love the Hula Hoops Azur. But all the fabrics are beautiful. Perfect colors.

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  32. I haven't met a fabric yet that I didn't like but choosing one would be Specktacular Azur from the Essentials II colleciton.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  33. Love these, but the Azur is especially lovely!

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  34. What a beauty! I so enjoyed seeing it. Spectacular azur is my favorite.

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  35. Delicate Femme Blush is my favorite in the Essentials II collection....all are lovely!

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  36. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. I love all the prints in these lines but Interwill Azur and Thread on charm are my favorites

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  37. I like all colors but prefer cottons.

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  38. Hard to choose but I like Specktacular Azure!

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  39. Look how darling this mini is! You did so awesome and you're like 103294823098 times more awesome for hand quilting it.

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  40. I am loving the Essentials, Intertwill fabrics - all 4 colors!

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