By Hand Blog Hop + Giveaway

By Hand, a modern collection by Amy Friend (During Quiet Time) for Comtempo, a division of Benartex.

Welcome to my stop on the By Hand blog hop. By Hand was designed by my friend, Amy Friend  for Contempo, a division of  Benartex. When Amy asked me if I would make something with her new collection, I immediately knew I wanted to make a Patchwork Petals quilt. The organic nature of the shapes and irregularity of the prints pair perfectly with the petal shapes of my pattern. Plus, I love rainbow colors and her collection features pink, mango, golden yellow, grass green, teal and plum.

By Hand, a new modern fabric collection designed by Amy Friend (During Quiet Time) for Comtempo, a division of Benartex.

First step: print out the Patchwork Petals Coloring Sheets (included with the pattern!) and play with color and placement! These coloring sheets are so helpful for keeping organized while piecing. For the background, I used Color Weave White by Contempo Studio. It’s a great blender with a slight texture to it.
Playing with color and placement of fabrics with the Patchwork Petals Coloring Sheets (included with the pattern!)

Patchwork Petals is a confident beginner/intermediate foundation paper piecing pattern. I felt it was fitting to use this technique while making something with Amy’s fabric since she is a fellow pattern designer who loves paper piecing too!
Foundation paper piecing progress.
Progress while foundation paper piecing Patchwork Petals, a fun and easy quilt pattern.
Patchwork Petals mini quilt, a foundation paper piecing pattern, ready to be quilted. Fabric: By Handd designed by Amy Friend. Patchwork Petals pattern for sale at wholecirclestudiocom Patchwork Petals mini quilt, a foundation paper piecing pattern, ready to be quilted. Fabric: By Handd designed by Amy Friend. Patchwork Petals pattern for sale at wholecirclestudiocom

Now I need to decide how I want to quilt this Patchwork Petals sample!

Want to learn about the inspiration for the design of Patchwork Petals?

Read about it here!

Want to make your own Patchwork Petals?

Get the pattern here!
Patchwork Petals are fun, modern quilt blocks that make cute pillows, placemats and minis for quilt swaps. Make additional blocks to make a table runner, wall hanging, throw or large quilt (layout ideas included in the pattern). Mix and match blocks! Need a handmade housewarming or hostess gift? This is the perfect pattern! You’ll enjoy making these fully-tested, foundation paper pieced blocks. This pattern is fabric stash friendly! Scraps, fat eighths and fat quarters work great for the petal portions of this pattern. Use prints, solids and/or fussy-cut your favorite fabric for the petals.

Be sure to follow along with the blog hop to be inspired by other By Hand projects!

Monday 10.08:
Introducing By Hand

Tuesday 10.09:
Laura Piland: Slice of Pi Quilts (@sliceofpiquilts)
Kari Vojtechovsky: Craft Happy (@quiltsforthemaking)

Wednesday 10.10:
(ME!) Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill: Whole Circle Studio (@wholecirclestudio)
Erin Cox: Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)

Thursday 10.11:
Rachel Rossi: Rachel Rossi (@designsbyrr)
Fat Quarterly Sneak Peek

Friday 10.12:
Amy Friend’s Virtual Trunk Show

… and now, for the GIVEAWAY!

Enter for your chance to win a fabric bundle of By Hand (sponsored by and shipped directly by Benartex). Because of shipping logistics, only residents of the US are eligible to win.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to enter. Make sure your contact info is in your profile or that you leave your name and either email address/Instagram handle in the comment. (I need a way to get in touch with you if you win!)

2. In your comment, answer: What would you make with a By Hand fabric bundle?

You have until 8pm EST on Sunday, October 14, 2018
One lucky winner for each prize will be selected by True Random Number Generator.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: Nancy S. Thank you to all who left a comment!

Good luck and go make something awesome,



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  1. Beautiful use of the fabric in the Petals pattern! I would use the fabric in a quilt of some sort, but not sure of which pattern I’d use.

    1. @grammysampson

      I LOVE Amy’s new fabric collection!
      I would make myself a quilt ! no gifting here!
      I think these patterns would make an amazing Cathedral Window Quilt!

  2. Sheri, what a great tribute to the Paper Piecing queen. Amy got me started with her Fat Quarter Gang Pillow 5 yrs -ish ago.
    By Hand is simple, dreamy and I would want it in my bedroom. So a bedrunner is in order with that bundle. Thank you!

  3. So pretty-I would make the pattern shown or the dragonfly pattern I purchased when you presented at our quilt guild.

  4. I am new to paper piecing and quilting in general – so right now my projects tend to be pillows so I don’t feel overwhelmed! But my best friend has a baby on the way, I’ve been thinking that a baby quilt should be my next project. These bright colors would be perfect!

  5. I have several patterns by Whole Circle Studio – I think I would use for those – the dragonfly would be perfect for sure!

  6. This is gorgeous. Seeing as I bought the petals pattern this spring, I’d make this very quilt if I were lucky enough to win the vibrant fabric bundle.

  7. i think a large size flying geese that lets the fabrics really show would be perfect for these fabrics.

  8. Love your Petals – they look great! These fabrics would look fabulous as a miniquilt that I have been designing in my mind (time to commit to paper eh!!!)

  9. That Petal Quilt is very unique. I would like to try making it if I should win the giveaway. The colors are amazing!

  10. I really do like Amy’s new fabric line and I would use the fabric to make her Game Board pattern of hers or I think your pattern with the needles would be awesome! It needs to be a quilt

  11. Honestly, if I win, I’ll donate the bundle to our Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild chapter, as a participation prize in the next challenge. Thanks for the chance to win! – FlourishingPalms

  12. Love your quilt! If I were to win the bundle, I think I would use it for a quilt, probably a log cabin or swoon style pattern. That is subject to change, though, given the hour of the day! 🙂

  13. Love the fabric. I would make a new quilt for one of my granddaughters. She is 13 and has outgrown the Cinderella story book quilt that I made for her when she was much younger.

  14. Amazing work on your
    quilt! Love the colors.
    I would like to make
    some bags and fabric
    Carla from Utah

  15. Hmmm, I wonder how this fabric would work with your Sew Speedy pattern? I’d like to try that.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  16. That’s a wonderful quilt block and I wouldn’t have thought it to be paper pieces. I’d love to make a mini pineapple quilt with these great prints and colors.

  17. Love your Quilt!! Love petals…& would love to make your pattern (with more blocks..) or a Cathedral Windows quilt! 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way! Loooove this Collection!

  18. Your petals quilt is so pretty – not a paper piecing girl, myself. I would love to make a quilt for my beautiful granddaughter. She loves a rainbow of color.

  19. That’s a really hard question. I love so many of the colors in the group, and i use them in almost all my quilts….I would probably work them into my next big scrap quilt project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. I love the colors of By Hand – so bright and fresh! They are definitely made for a pick-me-up lap quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Beautiful fabrics! I love your Patchwork Petals quilt & the coloring pages will bring me great inspiration! Thank you, Susan

  22. I hope to make a couch quilt. Of course I have to buy a couch and win the fabrics but dreams do come true right?! Thanks for the chance to win and your quilt is beautiful!!!

  23. I would make a Drunkard’s Path. It has been on my To Do list and these fabrics would be perfect. I love the look of your quilt, very pretty.

  24. I would make with a quilt for my daughter-in-law with the By Hand fabric bundle. She loves the colors and fabric so much!

  25. I love paper piecing! This is a beautiful pattern! I would make a quilt of course! I have a few friends who are pregnant so baby quilts are needed!

  26. I really like your pattern petals. I would like to do more paper piecing and will be giving it a try if I do win.

  27. Your Picnic Petals pattern would look great using these fabrics. Would love to win the bundle and make it.

  28. Very Pretty quilt. What I would make: I think the fabric is well suited for a quilted kitchen/breakfast area set – potholders, apron, table topper, placemats, etc.

  29. You made a lovely quilt in the beautiful fabric. I would definitely make a quilt…such beautiful colors to showcase!

  30. I am designing a mini quilt for each month. I think the mini quilt for May will have various flowers on it. These fabrics would be perfect to make my mini quilt for May with.

  31. I love that pattern in that fabric collection – a good fit. I’d probably use that fabric for a quilt for my middle son’s assistant teacher. He’ll be headed to kindergarten next year, so I want to thank her and the head teacher for everything they’ve done to help him learn and grow.

  32. By Hand fabrics would be used to make a new set of placemats for my home, plus a gorgeous table runner to match! This collection is so lovely! duchick at gmail dot com

  33. Love paper piecing. Maybe I’d make some New York beauties or a feathered star. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  34. One of our nieces just left for college. I think she would love a quilt for her dorm room made with this fresh and lovely fabric.

  35. I love the beautiful colorways in this BY Hand collection. I would make pillows to go in my new “she cave”!

  36. This is a great fabric line and your quilt shows it off so well! I’d probably make a baby or throw size. I love the colors and might have to keep this one for myself.

  37. Hi this is Elizabeth Johnson comlisajohnson I love Amy’s new fabric it looks great for doing foundation paper Piecing! I would make a Woppet Bucket by @cleverpoppet on IG! Makes a great basket or a cute purse! Thank you for the chance!

  38. I love Amy’s new fabric line and I also love paper piecing. I’d like to recreate the quilt I designed for this past 2018 Charity Challenge and use prints in place of the solids.

  39. I would make the Patchwork Petals. I purchased the pattern and haven’t started on it so winning this would be great!

  40. Having been on “team duvet” until this past year, I would make myself a summer quilt. The colours are so fresh and cheery.

  41. I would love to design my own quilt using the beautiful fabrics and EQ8. Such gorgeous colors. Would love to win and use them.

  42. Beautiful fabric line! I would use it for one of the curved piecing patterns from Sew Kind of Wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. Your quilt is lovely! I think I would make a trip around the world with this bundle if I were to win it!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Mary Kauffman

  44. Your paper piecing pattern is lovely with a nice curve illusion.
    What would I make with the bundle? Something simple – may be interlocking stars or pinwheels – to let the bright fabric take center stage.

  45. I would make a Patch Works quilt. I have been meaning to try paper piecing so having this fabric would be a perfect start. Thanks!!

  46. Sooo pretty!!! I would make myself a lap quilt to keep at work they keep our conference room so cold having a small pretty quilt to lay over my legs would be wonderful. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  47. Lovely fabrics! I would probably use some in a couple of pillows for gifts. This might be a great pattern to try as well.

  48. Oh, all those beautiful curves on your quilt! I think I would get started on some Christmas gifts–pillows and pouches 🙂

  49. Love this fabric line. Your petal quilt is really cute. Thanks for sharing. I would use these fabrics in a quilt, but not sure of the pattern.

  50. I love this fabric collection! The colors remind me of rainbow sherbet so I think I’d make a spring table runner or a baby quilt. Your petal pattern is beautiful!

  51. Your quilt is beautiful! I also would make a flower themed lap quilt with this beautiful fabric! Thanks for your inspiring post.

  52. I have loved Patchwork Petals since you did it with Mister Domestic! I can’t decide tho, I like both petals patterns, could be Picnic Petals too….hmmmm… Your friend’s line is perfect for either, quite pretty, I’ll post & tag what I make!

  53. I love these colors! I’d use the bundle in EPP–what great combinations I could come up with! Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. I love Patchwork petals and it came out beautifully with these gorgeous colors! I’d use the bundle in a super cute double pinwheel quilt from my to quilt list. Thank you for the opportunity to win!t
    abundantearthworks at gmail dotcom

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