Friday, October 7, 2011

Modern Mix Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Friday, October 7, 2011
Welcome to the Modern Mix Blog Tour!



Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt
  for Stash Books

Modern Mix
16 Sewing Projects that Combine Designer Prints & Solid Fabrics
7 Quilts + Pillows, Bags & More
A printed fabric is so eye-catching…and when it’s paired with the right solid, the result is brilliantly graphic. This how-to book features 16 contemporary projects that show off the dynamic partnership of large-scale prints and vivid solids. With pages of fabulous ideas, essential information on integrating fabrics and a chapter on quiltmaking basics, The Modern Mix is a must-have addition to every quilter’s and sewer’s library. Author Jessica Levitt began quilting more than 20 years ago. She has a popular blog, juicy-bits.typepad.com, and she designs for Windham Fabrics. 

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I was a fan of Jessica & her work from afar until she joined the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.  We quickly became friends and I was lucky enough to get to work with her last fabric line as it was being released for spring market.  Once she revealed that she had completed a book I was SUPER excited for her & glad that I didn't have to keep it a secret for long!
Kindom Fabric Collection by Jessica Levitt for Windham


I did a Q&A with Jessica so you could learn a bit more about her... and so I could get some answers I wanted to know!


Julie:
If I came over to stay at your house what would I find recorded on your dvr?

Jessica:
Oh goodness. A better question would be what you wouldn't find. I record a lot of TV. Some of my favs are Glee and Amazing Race (which I love to watch with the kids). And so far I'm digging Revenge and Pan Am. The only ones we keep and don't erase are Glee and So You Think You Can Dance (no Dancing with the Stars for me...).


Julie:
We really do like a bunch of the same shows.  Glee, Amazing Race, SYTYCD are also on my DVR.... but so is Dancing with the Stars!



Julie:
You know I just moved... If you moved into a new house what is the first room you would want to decorate?


Jessica:
This is actually a real possibility. We were looking at houses this past weekend. We want to stay in the area but our needs are a little different. But I don't relish the thought of moving. It sucks. And I know I would be living out of boxes for a long time. I would say it would be the kids' rooms I would decorate first. I have enough "stuff" that the living room wouldn't really get decorated per se, but just made to feel like ours. But, I like to go all out on the kids' rooms because they're small enough to be a do-able project. I know what room it wouldn't be: my bedroom. We've lived in this house over 6 years and I still haven't gotten farther than paint on the walls and furniture.


Julie:
Wow I didn't know you were considering moving!  I hope you find the perfect house.... but the kids rooms?? That wasn't the answer I was hoping for... as I don't have kids rooms to decorate.  I secretly was hoping you'd tell me where to start with this house!  PS- I do love it out here but I miss you Jess!!  Please come visit & decorate my home. :-)



Julie:
I love your new book... Is it possible for you to pick a favorite project?


Jessica:
It's difficult for sure. I guess I would go with the cover quilt, called Pebble Road. It was really where it all began. It was the first project I made for the book. The idea actually came from the "pebble" quilting I wanted on the solid background. And then the stripe of vibrant circles was added to take it to another level. I'm really pleased with the color combination and thrilled that it's such an achievable King size quilt. A close second is the Twin String Quilts. It's an traditional pattern but I love the monochromatic look with the pops of contrast. I love how tons of different prints in the same color family creates such a deep texture. And I really like the idea of two coordinating but not matching quilts on side-by-side twin beds.




Julie:
I love the Twin String Quilts too.  It is probably my favorite quilt pattern in the book.  My favorite pattern overall is the Gradations Bag.  In general I love making bags, but something about this bag just makes it feel special & I can't wait to make it!

So do you want to win a copy of Modern Mix??
The lovely folks @ Stash have offered a copy for me to giveaway.

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the rules
leave ONE comment to enter.

Answer the same question I asked Jessica.

You know I just moved... If you moved into a new house what is the first room you would want to decorate?

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You have till 9PM PST on Monday the 10th to enter.
Winner will be selected by True Random Number Generator


Giveaway now closed.
Winner announced soon.







© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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338 comments:

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Mary P said...

If I moved into a new house I would decorate the living room first--I spend the most time there and that is what people see when they come over.

Lonnie Drahos said...

I do the bedroom first as you have to sleep there and I would like it to be homey right away!

THatch123 said...

My bedroom. My solace. My place. And ironically the room that is most not-decorated in my current house.

Julie said...

I would redecorate the kitchen first because that is my happy place!

Bobbi said...

If I moved into a new house, I would decorate the living room first. Its where we live 90% of the time that we are home. Its the heart of our home!

Kiera said...

I think I would decorate the bedroom first so I would have a calm place to rest after the stress of moving

liberal sprinkles said...

My living room first because that's the room I'm in most of the time! Thanks for the chance to win this.

Summer said...

Oh, I love the string quilts!

I'm also moving! Soon, hopefully...when I move into my new home I would probably also concentrate my efforts on the livingroom first, followed by my bedroom.

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. The books sounds fantastic!

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Andrea said...

definitely the bedroom! i like to have my safe haven all set up first :)

Sasha said...

I would have to decorate the living room first. We are in desperate need of new couches and I think moving to a new house would actually make us do it! Then I could make cute little throw pillows to put on it =D

Splendorfalls said...

Kitchen first for sure! There is just so much to organize in the kitchen; i'd feel like I accomplished so much getting that out of the way!

Lindsay said...

I'm embarrassed to say that we moved into a new house three years ago and still haven't properly decorated (we're holding off due to a huge renovation which will hopefully come next year). The first room that I plan on decorating after the reno is the living room because it's where we spend the most time.

Greenstylemom said...

I'd decorate the kitchen first. Of course, by "decorating" I pretty much mean just unpacking and organizing. I'm not much of a decorator!

Laura said...

I'd start with the living room. It's where I spend the most time, and visitors will definitely see it.

Suvi said...

I'd do the living room first, then the kid's room. Bedroom last. The book looks absolutely stunning, will have to check when it is available on amazon.com and give a hint to santa...

Beehave said...

I tend to decorate the kitchen first... makes me feel more at home to see familiar prints on the walls.

Kelly O. said...

I think I need this book! are the awesome red pillows on the cover in the book too? love those!
the first room I would decorate is my kitchen because I spend alot of time in there and it is often the hub of activity for our family.

Marianne said...

My bedroom cause I spend time in there at night reading, surfing the new, texting, watching movies (don't own a TV) so I want it to be a room I want to go to.

Editfolt said...

I am now converted to living room. I want a warm color Quilted
garnish. Thanks for playing. Please select a random number generator me,

Josie McRazie said...

Well we moved in six years ago and I am still awaiting the redecorating! Many other things have to take priority! But in my house I would LOVE it to be the kitchen!!

connie said...

It would be the living room. I think the place my family spends time together is the most important.

thanks for this opportunity. This book looks wonderful!!

JemJam said...

I would have my kitchen done first! It's where we congregate most and is most important. Second, sewing room...

Sunnybec said...

Hi Julie, when we moved here 8 years ago the first two rooms we did were the kitchen and our bedroom. The kitchen because I needed that to be clean and the bedroom because it was somewhere lovely to go to at the end of a busy day decorating the rest of the house....and no, even after 8 years we still haven't done every room and the kitchen and bedroom have been done again!!

Martina said...

I also would decorate first my living room and the kitchen. These are the rooms where we spend the most time as a family!Thanks for the give away!

katie z. said...

Probably whateve box of decor I came to first!

Robyn said...

I would have to say my living room.

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Alicia said...

I moved into a new house last year, and though I am ashamed to say...my sewing room was the first one that felt "finished."

Andrea said...

I'm a terrible decorator. I prefer having nothing on the walls...but the front entryway is my first place to make it look like it's home!

Kathy H said...

I would decorate the living room first as that is where everyone is always doing something, visiting, watching tv, reading a book, entertaining etc.

Joan and Kevin said...

I would decorate my living room because that is where we spend most of our time.

Angie said...

I will hopefully be moving into a new house soon! And most important is my piano studio :)

A Seam to Sew said...

I would decorate the living room because it is where most people see first.

Katrina said...

The first room I would decorate is the family room - we spend most of our time there!
thank you for the chance to win!
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Jill said...

We are hoping to move into a new house at some point. I think I would like to decorate the kitchen/dining area first. But secretly, the sewing room, just not practical though.

Michelle in NH said...

In a new house I would decorate my bedroom first; my respite place.

Nan said...

We just moved into a new place a few months ago. The first room we did was the kitchen--instantly made it feel like our home!

Kelly M said...

my living room/sewing area has been the first to be decorated after my recent move.

The Rx quilter said...

I would have to go with the family room first..my family spends so much time there...and since I work from home I use my recliner and a laptop desk for my work area. Such a cool book, would love to win! Lisa in Texas

lindaroo said...

The bedroom; I like it to be peaceful and romantic.
;-)

lorraine said...

new house- i would want to do the living room first..i think its the most used space in any house and it would be fun to start from scratch and make it all cozy and pretty! raineoc@yahoo.com

Jodi said...

I think my bedroom would have to be first! It's my quiet place.

Heather D. said...

It would probably be my kids rooms. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Nancy D. said...

I'm not much of a decorator, but maybe when I get to build my dream house in a few years I would decorate my living room first probably.

Mini MNM's said...

My kid's room. So that they feel at home throughout the chaos of moving!

Lyanna L. said...

The first room I would redo is a tie between the office (my husband has to study all the time for school so that's important) or the living room. A home feels like home to me once the living room is complete.


Good luck decorating your new house! =)

svelder said...

My sewing room! I spend most of my time in there as I am a longarm quilter and have a business, so once that is in place, I feel the rest is just putting it all together, room by room!

Gretchen said...

I would decorate the kitchen first. I have to have an organized, clean kitchen even if the rest of the house is a disaster.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Great post! It would be my bedroom - it's the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. I was in my house two days before I started painting the walls in my bedroom -it was awful!

Greenville Coupon Clippers said...

Definitely the living room, the first room everyone sees when they walk in and where we spend the most time!

bethanndodd said...

The main living space (and the guest bath) would be first for me...it's the room that welcomes everyone into the house. The boys' rooms would be next since we would want them to feel as comfortable as possible in their new space. I figure I can always just shut my bedroom door ;) Good luck decorating your new home! Smiles~Beth P.S. it's great to have you back!!

Kate said...

The kid's room - sorry! ;) We moved 2.5 years ago and his is still the only room that's decorated. I don't even have frames for half the pictures I want to put up in the living room.

Jeanne said...

It would have to be my bedroom and this time I would decorate in the colors I like. Sick to death of all white, yuck! (It was hard not to choose my sewing studio). LOL

Kelly said...

I would definitely decorate the living room first. It is the room the family and friends spend most of the time in and I would need to have it just right. Speaking of which, it is the only room in my current house that is decorated to my liking. :)

KristyLou said...

Probably my bedroom. But I got married and moved into my husband's house over 2 years ago, and it is still not done. So I guess it would be the first to be decorated when I move :) Thanks.

BFromM said...

I think the first room would be the master bedroom. So there's someplace relaxing to run and hide from all the moving boxes!

Dresden Quilter said...

Definitely the first room I would want set up is my quilting room. I think the first room I would decorate is the dining room. I have lived in my house for 5 years and the dining room is horrible. All the other rooms desperately needed to be done first, so it got left to the end. I think we are going to do it this fall.

Andrea said...

I'd love to win a copy. We move often and I usually decorate my daughters' room first. We have lots of fun art from friends and family for them so it is always the funnest and most whimsical room. Plus it helps them transition faster to the new environment.

JCnNC said...

The first room to set up must be the one you spend the most time in - different for everyone. I would create my leisure space first, while chomping at the bit to establish my sewing room. DH must be established before I can run off and play in my room - makes us both happy. Love these blog reviews and thank you for the opportunity to win. Judy C

Kelli said...

I'd start in the room you spend the most time in. It's your home, start with the room that speaks to you the most. Whether that's the kitchen/living room/bedroom or sewing room. ;) Make that room comfortable and work from there.

Brittany said...

I always decorate my computer room first. Yes I know it sounds dorky but I live in front of my computer. Thanks for the great fun giveaway. I am LOVING those scrappy string twin quilts!

deserae said...

I would decorate the bedroom first!

quiltnmaryf said...

I think the kitchen needs to be organized first, as I spend a lot of time in it. It takes a bit of work to get it organized, too, so when it is done, the rest seems a piece of cake...!!

mascanlon said...

I would decorate the family room first. In most modern homes that and the kitchen are where people spend the most time! And since they are often one big open space you get double bang for your buck....and time and energy!

Sarah said...

First off, Julie, I just want to say I am soooo excited to have you back..I have missed your blogging. I too have just moved so I completely understand the transitional period. I had no internet for 6 weeks! OUCH!

The first room I decorated..my sewing room! I am happy!

Have fun in your new adventure. Your home from what you have shown looks absolutely beautiful!

Judi said...

We are about to move, and I have big plans for my sewing room. I've never had the privilege of having my own space just for sewing, where I can close the door and keep the kids from piling junk on my sewing table :) so it's going to be the most complete decorating project. I also have paint for our bedroom, but no huge plans for that yet. (Ooh, and I love that bag!)

Kira said...

This book looks great! I am in the process of purchasing a home right now! It has been a long process, over a year, and may be a little bit longer. I am excited to decorate the entire house and have colors picked out for certain rooms. I think I will start with the kitchen. I want a red cherries theme!

Token Asian Friend said...

The first room I would decorate would be the bathroom. I like to think that I could figure out how to decorate a small space :)
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Mareenchen said...

The bedroom. Last time we moved it was the first room to actually be all assembled and put together as we had to wait for our new sofa for quite a long time. We basically lived in it and it was good to have this comfort space be all ours whilst the rest was still in boxes/waiting to be be finished. :)

Alassel said...

My office - I spend a ton of time in there, and that's where I display my valued collection of dragon statues!

Anne said...

I would do the kitchen/dining area first. Why? Because you have to eat, and you have to be organized to cook and as long as you are organizing a room, you may as well decorate it. And an eating area is essential since most people don't like to eat standing up holding their plates. :)

AstaD said...

It would probably be a kitchen if it's a big one (I live in London, space is scarce) if not then it would have to be living room which would double as my sewing area too. It would be any space that we are likely to spend most of the time.
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Kari Nitzel said...

My first room to decorate is the kitchen/great room; that is where all my quests congregate and enjoy each other's company and food.

Nancy said...

Living room/den - where ever the most people congregate

Ms MoomMist said...

If I moved into a new house, the first room I would decorate would be the master bedroom. A well decorated and peaceful room would inspire peace and harmony throughout the rest of the home.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

My living/family room would be the first room I decorated. Book looks great, thanks for a chance to win a copy.

Jessica said...

I would probably go with the living room first! I say "probably" but I really mean "definitely" because I move pretty often and this is usually how I start off! I like to get the public areas of my home in order first so that people can come over and have something to sit on other than boxes :)

Deb said...

The kitchen is the first room unpacked. The quilt room is the first room decorated! Need my place to get away from all the mess.

Sharon said...

It would definitely be the living room. We still have a 1980s plaid couch! Pillows are not enough to save this room.

Lisa Marie said...

The kitchen would be first for me. That seems to be the room where people gather. Plus if you can make a nice meal in a nice atmosphere it can improve your whole day.

Amber H. said...

Well, I decorated my downstairs family room first, however if we had furniture for upstairs at the time we moved in, I would have probably started decorating there first.

Brita said...

The kitchen, for sure! If my kitchen is a mess, I'm not going in there. And yes, I'd love to win the book, beautiful projects!

Quilter in the Gap said...

It would have to be my bedroom...it is the sadest thing ever...no quilt either...can you believe it!!! So pathetic!! Thanks for sharing.

Kwiltsfl said...

I would decorate the master bedroom first because it is the room I have the clearest vision for - other rooms of the house are in flux and I am still nailing down exactly how i want them to look. ~ Karen H

Kirsten and Tracy said...

I would decorate my bedroom first! It's the first thing you see in the morning when you wake up, so why not start your day out in a place that you love?

Thanks for the chance to win!
Tracy

lauren.e said...

my bedroom - i always feel better when my bedroom is in order

Liz said...

The living room -- I'm not one much for keeping up appearances, but its nice to have a place for guests to feel comfortable. That said, I should probably finish decorating my living room. We moved in 2 1/2 years ago!

Marci Girl said...

I would decorate the living room first, that is where you have guests! You can always close the other doors! LOL

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Rebecca said...

I would start with my family room, it's where we spend the most time :)
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M-R said...

Oh, I must get a copy of this book! I love the pics you've shared. I would decorate the family room first because it's where we spend most of our time. Thanks for the giveaway! Please, please, please pick me! :)

ewenique said...

We moved into our home 6 months ago and the first room to get done was the bedroom.
It always is.
I NEED a calm place to escape all the chaos, stubbed toes and boxes that overwhelm me!

Nicki Lundeen said...

The first room I would decorate would be my daughter's room. nlundeen at catt dot com

CJ said...

I would do the bedroom first, that way after a day of unpacking you have a place to escape to that is organized and feels like home.

Sharon said...

In years past I have always decorated my children's rooms first, but now that they are grown and gone I would decorate my kitchen first. The kitchen is the heart of my home!

Laurel said...

i always do the master bedroom first, so that at the end of the day, i can relax in a calm, beautiful environment! a peaceful and happy mama makes a peaceful and happy family!

Lynn said...

Now, I would do the kitchen first...since I spend a great deal of time there! When my children were younger, it would have been the family room!

Jaye said...

I would decorate my bedroom. We have lived in our house for a long time and our room still look horrible! I don't do much there except sleep and get dressed, but still the color is life-sucking beige. Did I mention that it was horrible? I want to just take everything out, toss most of it, repaint, get new fresh furniture, new blinds or shades or something and have it look gorgeous and restful. I need help!

Meghan said...

I would do the family room, as that's where we spend most of our time. I would make sure to have a comfy spot for reading and/or watching tv. Best of luck to you!

Lindsay Conner said...

I would get the craft/sewing area all set up, then decorate the living room!

Marilyn said...

I'd have to organize the kitchen first, but I think I'd decorate the bedroom first because it could be done faster and there'd be a relaxing place you could enjoy while you tackled the rest

Katie Doggart said...

I would decorate the kitchen first as it is one of the rooms that I spend the most time (and for practicality reasons)...but a second choice would probably be my living room as I spend time crafting (sewing, card making etc) and watching TV there. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barb said...

I would decorate the family room first as that is where our family spends the majority of the time. I would want my bedroom also finished and then my quilt room!

alli b said...

The craft room! or creative space s the first thing I'd get going on because then I feel like I have a creative haven amidst the chaos.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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gill said...

I'd start with the kitchen - the most important room in any home!

N Castle said...

I love baking so I'd decorate the kitchen first. A house isn't a home until it has cake batter splatted on the kitchen wall! That's my idea of decorating. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Ladybug said...

I would decorate my kitchen first. I spend a lot if time there and feel it's the heart of my home.

Esch House Quilts said...

I'd pick the room that needed the least work and get that done first.

Patty V said...

I would want to decorate my bedroom first - sanctuary.

Jenn said...

I moved not too long ago and the first room I decorated was the living room. It's the first thing that is seen when people come in, and it's nice to have it look like a welcoming home. (Even if the rest of the house is a disaster)

Moni said...

Jessica's book looks delectable. The first room that I like to decorate when I move is the dining room because this is where I like to hang out the most. Drinking coffee and chatting or reading the newspaper.

Wtrstone said...

Decorate or make functional? ... probably the living room so I could get out my books. Functional order has always been bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, livingroom, office :)

Kat (wtrstone at aol dot com)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

If I moved into a new house, the first room I would decorate would be the room my family and guests would use the most, the great room or the family room.

Jessica said...

I'd want to decorate the living room.

Christy said...

The kitchen. With 4 kids, I spend most of my time there so it has to be functional for the family and pretty for me to enjoy being in it.

Patrick said...

The baby's room. Eva always gets the first and best in our house! :)

ritainalaska said...

i would go right to the room i'd make my craft room and 'do' this room up first! very important room!

krista said...

I would decorate the bedroom first. It helps to wake up in a beautiful room every morning.

Jackie said...

I think I would start with the living room, because that's where we end up most of the time. Good luck getting your home decorated and feeling like home!

Marcia W. said...

After making sure the kitchen and bathroom are functional, I would jump in and decorate the living room. Concentrate on the part of the room that makes me feel good (for me it is an easy chair with a good view of the TV and a table / lamp beside it so can handsew). After that, I decorate for company.
Have fun - it doesn't have to be done all at once. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristy said...

I think I would decorate the main living area first. The place you'll be hanging out in :). I LOVE te quilt on the cover of this book!!

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DianeY said...

I think my living/family room would be first! That's probably where we spend the most awake hours and I need it to put me in a relaxed & happy mood. And I DVR DWTS, too!

Alli said...

I'd decorate the living room first since then guests would think I'd done the whole house. :D

Thanks for the chance to win!

Dawn said...

I would put the kitchen together first but hen decorate the family room. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nicole G said...

i would want to decorate my living room first. then there would be a nice room to invite people over to! they don't need to be in the other rooms.

Shannon said...

Definitely the living room because that is where guests hang out most!

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PaigeAlaine said...

Well, that is hard to answer, the living room would make sense since it's usually where I do most of my living but since my quilting studio is currently half my house I'm going to have to say my studio just for the sanity of it!

Briawna said...

we just moved last summer, so i very clearly remember asking myself this question. because i have three kids (5, 3, and 2 months at the time), i wanted a functional kitchen. so i unpacked that first. but once i unpacked, i wanted my family room to look presentable. so that's the first room i'd decorate and fully furnish. of course, i give that advice and yet 15 months after moving in, our family room still needs some personality! thanks for the chance to win this awesome book.

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Marieke said...

Living room first!

When I moved out of my ex's place into my own with barely anything, that was the space that frustrated me the most, due to barely having a stick of furniture to go in it, or anything else to personalize the space.

While the kitchen is certainly often the heart of every home, the living room is often the center. And it's nice to have a place that you can come together with others, and sit and talk or watch some TV and such.

Donna said...

wow that is a beautiful bag and fun apron! We just moved into our dream home we built (even designed with an architect) a year ago and the first room was our living/dining room to decorate and that's what it would be in the next house too. it's where we spend the majority of our time. thanks for the chance to win!

Tamie said...

If I were to move I would decorate my room first because I would need a place to retreat to that was completely done- and most bedrooms are a reasonable size to do quickly. I'd love a copy of this book.

Kaye M said...

I would want to decorate my living room first because we spend alot of time there in the evenings and it would be the largest space in the house. tkmattson@hotmail.com

Shelley said...

The bedroom! Having a peaceful oasis when moving into a new home is so important.
From what I've seen of this book so far, I want to make every project!

Jennifer O. said...

After living in our home for two years now I still have not decorated our home. I just can not casue I want to tear out the walls and replace them and alot of other things in this house too. But the rooms we set up first were the kids rooms, then our room and finally the kitchen. Living room still looks like a frat house. :(

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PMookie said...

I moved into my house 19 years ago. It had the original 1940 bathroom - peach/cranberry tile everywhere. Tub was oh, so, pitted and ugly. I remodeled all the other rooms and finally...three years ago, gutted the bathroom. Love it. I'm sorry I didn't do it first.

Patty C. from Cincinnati

CitricSugar said...

Living room so I could have people over. Plus, I do almost everything there so if I don't get it organized, there no hope for the rest!

Thanks for the chance...

K8 said...

I'd probably decorate the living room first, since we spend so much time there!

I quilt for fun said...

I am living this now. A month in house with no furniture. Only 12 more days and then boxes will be everywhere. I can't wait to get family room ready for us to relax and enjoy! Thank goodness for my little sewing machine to help with sanity. My sewing room would be next!

Jan

jennifer w. said...

The bedroom. (Of course curtains go on all the windows immediately, no matter what room!)

Jenny said...

the kitchen. that room is used most in my house. books looks amazing, thanks for a ll the sneak peeks!

Jean MN said...

The 1st space would have to be the living room -- I'm also not one much for keeping up appearances, but its nice to have a place for everyone to feel comfortable when they walk into my space. :D

Cameron H said...

I'm with Jessica on this one: the kid's room!

Mary W. said...

My bedroom--I need to make my nest comfy! A new quilt works wonders...

Stephanie said...

I've moved 5 times in 12 years (finally in a house I want to stay in!), and the first room I decorate is always my home office. I'm self-employed and that's where I spend the most time. Having a pleasant workspace is so important!

Delores said...

I think it would be the living space, either family room or living room, depending on the layout. Sewing room would be a close second. Really like this book and would love to win!

A.J. Dub. said...

We have been in our new apartment in So.Cal. for about 6 weeks and I want to update the living area, tiny though it may be. We are lucky in that there was a red accent wall already here, since we can't paint ourselves.

MoeWest said...

If I was you, the room I would decorate first is the room where you spend the most time. I'm guessing that is your sewing room.

eholst said...

Definitely the living room - that is where we spend the most time. I'm kind of hypocritical in saying that, though, because we moved back in April and our living room is not NEARLY where I want it to be. But I think it's good to live in a place for a bit before making more purchases so you don't regret them later and can't return them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Joelle said...

Hmmm. I hate moving because I have too much crap. First, I would try to get rid of all that stuff I don't need. THen I would probably go after the family room/living room, which is where I relax and talk to people. I would put several quilts in it, none of which are considered crap.

Jules said...

we moved into our home this year last year and we decorated our bedrooms first. And i think i'd do that again.

Jessica said...

My bedroom! Then the kitchen. Then the sewing room if I had one :)

nikki said...

I've been moving a lot over the past couple of years and we generally set up the living first - couch, end tables, a chair or two and the television. Tada!

Angie @ craftedAngles said...

Kitchen! It is where I spend most of my time in my house :)

sailinggems said...

I would decorate the tv/living room first. That's usually where I spend the most time, either sewing, watching movies, or playing board games. I collect artwork from every place I travel to, so I have lots to play around with :)

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Jacqui said...

It would depend on what needed it most - in our current house we had to do our room first as it was wallpaper that had been painted an awful pale pink with a frieze of pink roses - I couldn't sleep in it! But if it were just choosing for the sheer pleasure of it then the living room would be first, we spend a lot of time there.

Pam said...

I would probably want to decorate one of the public areas first-living room or kitchen.

charlotte said...

I would decorate the livingroom first, but unpack the kitchen first because the kitchen is the most important room to me. Then my sewing room.

covering said...

My kids room, they are the most fun :)
thanks,
annabelle

Jeanette said...

My bedroom, it definately needs updating!

Karen said...

Ahhh... well for me it would be the kitchen/dining room... we spend alot of time there (I'm not a big fan of TV)... I do my sewing there, cook, hang out.... The projects in the book are beautiful... thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

the kitchen!
thanks for the fun interview and giveaway!

angela said...

The family room - it's where we are all the time!

WandaFish said...

I think I'd have to decorate the living room first as it's the room everyone sees, that you spend most time in and that you can change to make it feel YOUR home.
Wonderful giveaway, thank you!

Rosyquilter said...

We moved into our new home 2 months ago after almost 30 years in our 'old' house. The first room I decorated was our bedroom. The furniture in that room is a 'given' - bed, chests of drawers and we now have a walk in closet. So, the bed got a new duvet cover, bought new pillows, and we bought new nightstands and the rest I figured out from what we already owned eg: pictures for the walls. I kept it really simple but I did totally organized the walk in closet and told my dh that he can no longer store shotguns and rifles under our bed!

AddieNCE said...

for me, the sleeping room is most important since I don't spend a lot of my time at home... I basically work, get back home to take a shower and get some sleep and then I'm off to work again... so: the bedroom.

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Patti said...

That pebbling on the cover quilt makes my heart race. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to do some pebbling but it always looks like a 2 year old did it! The bag is amazing too. I like that it is quite wide but not too deep. Anyway, the question. I would decorate the living room first as it is the most used room in my house, especially if the TV is in it! Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book.

Linda V said...

Living room ASAP, so that the house looks presentable. I love, love LOVE the quilts!! Thanks for the giveaway!

pbs said...

We moved 4 years ago after living in the same home for 33 years. I was traumatized by the building experience so it took me awhile to decorate my first room which was the living room that also adjoins the dining room and the kitchen. My daughter recently quilted me a beautiful quilt for the couch and it brought the entire room together.

Jo Ann 3 said...

The guest bathroom. I always love a sparkly clean and well decorated bathroom. And that means changing the theme to go with the seasons.

Lauradublin said...

For me it would be the living room, so I can close the doors and forget the boxes and mess in the rest of the house!

MollyP said...

When the hubs and I bought our first home 2 years ago, the first room we decorated was the living room. It's the heart of the house. We decided to do all the family rooms first before starting on bedrooms and bathrooms. In 2 years, we have completed the living room, kitchen, dining, and just finished the guest room. Now we're too tired of decorating to fool with the rest. :) My sewing room was a big one for me. It has yet to be painted, but I have shelving, thread racks, and my design wall up, so there isn't much "builder's flat beige" showing through, so I can live with it.

annmarie said...

I'd do all the bathrooms first - I'm not a decorator, so I'd start small, get a finish & have a sense of accomplishement!

Annaliese said...

Bathroom, hands down. why? It's a smal space, so little changes, and projects can have big impacts. But mostly, because that's where I start and endy my day - If it's a place I enjoy to look at, I feel like the day starts and ends on a better foot. Good luck with all of the unpacking

modernmanson said...

I love sleep so the first room I'd decorate would be the bedroom. P.S. That gradation's bag is super cute!

Ellen said...

When I move into a new house, the first thing is decorate and put in order the room I will use most, which is usually the living room and entrance way. I want it nice when people start to visit!

corina said...

The kitchen would be first. All heck can be breaking loose around the house, but as long as I can enjoy a cup of coffee in the kitchen all is well in my world.

Nancy in IN said...

I would decorate the family room since we spend most of our time there. Actually, I hate decorating, so hopefully, my DDL would do.

Manoule said...

What a beautiful book! I'd love to win it =)
I'll be moving in a few days and the first room I'll decorate will be the living room. So the largest room will already be done and the smaller rooms are done more quickly.

mujus said...

I would decorate my living room first so we can rest and feel comfortable during the settling in period. Kitchen has always been "my spot" in the house, though. I would give myself more time to decorate my kitchen as I already have many plans for my "dream kitchen" :)

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book! :)

krislovesfabric said...

Would love to decorate a room with a Longarm in it that I don't own yet :)...thanks for the chance!

justind said...

I'd say the family room. I have so many fun collections and quilts to show off that I rotate the look every season. How fun to have a new room and an excuse to buy more collections and make more quilts.

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

I would definitely decorate the living room first - its where everyone hangs out together and the room that company sits in.

Thanks for the chance to win - it looks like a lovely book!

Doris said...

I unpack and decorate everything within a week and a half of moving, kitchen always is first to be "put away" and decorating would have to be the living room first.

Congrats to Jessica!

Maureen said...

I would decorate my bedroom first -- I left that to last in my current place and it still is not complete!

Mommarock said...

I would decorate the Living Room first, as it is a room we all share, and spend a lot of time in, also if someone were to come over, they would be seeing this room and I wouldn't want it to look poorly.

Kimie said...

The front room, so I at least have one room for guests to come into that's finished.

Dana Gaffney said...

The bedroom so I would have sanctuary from the mess. Plus, it's like cleaning, I always start in the places that no one sees, so it forces me to finish where company might see. Glad to see you back Julie.

debi said...

I would decorate my living room first. Since we would be spendin the most time in there.

Raddness said...

Hard to say because I have to live in the house before I get a feel for how it would be decorated. I guess it would be the family room. It's the most used room in the house so I would get a feel for how i want to decorate it fast. Master bedroom is always last!

Thank you!

KatheG said...

My first room would have to be my bedroom followed closely by the kitchen since these are the most rooms are both a necessity. I am so glad you are back on and enjoy your new home. And would love to have this book. Thanks.

Elle said...

Well, I moved recently (in with my fiancee), and the room I first decorated was, of course, "my room"! We took everything out of the guest room, and I repainted everything, removed the sliding closet doors, and set it up as guest room/sewing studio/wonderful escape place! It's still in need of a few things (aka picture hanging), and I'm about to completely redo how I store my fabric, but it's great to have the place where you want to relax in great shape! Thanks for the chance to win this book - I'm a huge fan of both of your design aesthetics! Dance Party and Kingdom = awesome!

Bev C said...

My bedroom would be the first place to be done.
Happy days.
Bev,xoxo

sewhappy said...

Ohhhh, if it were only me it would be my sewing studio, but with a fantastic husband I would do the living room first. It's where we spend so much time together,(which is, actually, desperate for help! lol).
I LOVE the Pebble Road quilt and that great bag!
Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

Kira said...

It is the living room, then the bedrooms. We recently moved and that's how it went.

Clarrie said...

I think we would do the kids bedroom first, then kitchen ... Thanks for the giveaway.

littlebitty said...

The main bathroom!
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Vesuviusmama said...

I would decorate the kitchen first. It is a gathering place in our home - the first room we enter when we come home, the last room we leave when we go out, and the room where so many conversations take place over the preparation and eating of meals, dishes, opening mail, recycling, doing homework, and so on. In fact, I've painted my kitchen 3 times in the 7.5 years I've lived in my house. It is important for my kitchen to be homey and comfortable. Good luck decorating! We want to see photos, you know!

Jamie Lee said...

Probably my bedroom. This house was built in the 80s and it still has the builder grade paint in the master bedroom. I'd love to have a restful retreat.

robin said...

Living room. :)

Marie said...

Our new house will have a playroom and i think that would be so much fun to decorate!

hueisei said...

My bedroom... :)

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