Category: Books with #CreativeGoodness

New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:

 

 

Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

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Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider – Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book from Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider, by Natalie Bird

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Once you pick up your needle and thread, you won’t want to put them down! Enjoy stitching small and sweet quilted projects with embroidered accents, including a table topper, pincushion, tote bag, wall hangings, and more.

  • Create decor for your entire home with designs you can customize with your favorite colors and fabrics
  • Add simple embroidery motifs including birds, flowers, hearts, and houses for the whimsical look you love
  • Clear how-to illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions are included

About the Author:

Popular Australian designer Natalie Bird is known for charming patchwork patterns that feature appliqué and embroidery. She is inspired by family and friends, nature, and the world around her. Natalie is also a fabric designer for Clothworks. You can find her at Thebirdhouse.com.au.

Click here for more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with sweet projects based on themes of friendship, family, and home.  The projects range from small projects (e.g. Cushions, Totes, Coin Purse, Table Topper, Pincushion, thread catcher baskets) to mini stitchery that are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to quilts that are 70 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.

All of the projects have easy to follow instructions with great visuals and certainly would make beautiful projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as heartwarming gifts that would be cherished for years to come.  With 10 projects in this book, I feel this book is an exceptional value.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you are interested in them making this book available, as it is so new they may not yet be aware of it.

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http://thebirdhouse.com.au

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Thanks to Martingale, I have one copy of this new book to giveaway to one lucky follower.  But due to postage expenses and my limited budget, this prize is limited to US Only Residents.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim one or more entries, as appropriate.  I will notify the winner via email and update this post to reflect the winner, next week.

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9 Months to Crochet

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

The New Year is always fun, but even more exciting when you are looking forward to the arrival of a new baby.  On the other hand, it is even fun when one has already arrived.  Babies just make life so much fun.  Of course, it is also fun to make things for babies too!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale, which has some wonderful projects you can make for babies.


“9 Months to Crochet – Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! – 25 Projects to Make While You Wait”, by Maaike Van Koert,  is definitely a book filled with #CreativeGoodness and fun projects for babies, as well as the excitement about the arrival of a new baby.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Is there a baby on the way? Spend nine months crocheting a darling collection of infant outfits and nursery gear for boys or girls, including toys, blankets, and pillows–plus stylish accessories and clever organizing options for the new mom. Cute and classic with a modern twist, these eye-catching designs are perfect for welcoming a little one!

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.

About the Author:

Maaike von Koert is a talented crochet designer and author who runs creJJtion.com, a popular website for crochet enthusiasts. Maaike grew up in the Netherlands, lived for a while in Canada, and then returned to the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Floyd the chocolate Labrador.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with absolutely adorable items to crochet for a new baby to wear, cuddle with, as well as to decorate their room.  All of the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this book perfect for a beginner, as well as those with expertise with crochet work.  I hope you can see with I feel this book is such an exceptional value with 25 wonderful projects.  I do hope you get a chance to check it out at your local quilt or sewing center, but don’t forget if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is such a new book they might not be aware of it.  Of course you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

For those that may not have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, don’t overlook the fun you can have with this book to make handmade gifts for some future baby.  There are so many babies born every year, whose families would love such a handmade gift.  They also make great items to go into baby themed gift baskets for silent auction fundraisers.  But one of my most favorite and common reasons to make baby gifts is for Operation Homefront.  

Operation Homefront is a non-profit program that focuses on helping Military families and Wounded Warriors with financial assistance, food assistance, repairs and so much more.  And, they also host several group baby showers for soon to be mothers, often living away from family and friends, while their husband is deployed and they are having a baby.  If you are not familiar with this program, click thru to find out more info.  I also hope you’ll contact your nearest office and let them know you are interested in making handmade baby items for them to give to these soon to be mothers, or find out other ways you can help these families.  

As there are also many ways to help others, I’m also hoping that if you have a favorite way where someone can make a cute baby item and donate to a good cause, that you’ll share by way of leaving a comment below.  Of course, if you have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, I’d love to hear about that too!  

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New Books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about some new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

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Huggable Amigurumi, by Shannen Nicole Chua

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My Review:

This is an absolutely adorable book, that uses basic stitches to crochet amigurumi softies that will certainly delight all ages.  They would certainly make great gifts, as well as be cute to decorate your own home.  Absolute irresistable.  This book has easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this book perfect for confident beginners, as well as those with great expertise with crocheting.

Sew This and That! 13 Quick-to-Make Quilted Projects, by Sherri K. Falls

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My Review:

With more than a dozen fun projects this book is an exceptional value.  All the projects would make great gifts, as well as usable handmade items for your home.  And, this book includes a stamp of Martingale’s high quality books, in that each project has easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  

Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels: 15 Little Quilts With Big Style, by Lissa Alexander

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My Review:

Each project offers the opportunity to try a different technique (e.g. traditional piecing, applique’, paper piecing, and even embroidery).  And, all come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  With the focus on mini-quilts, most of these projects could be completed very quickly, probably in a day for most quilters. And, for those that may want larger projects, the designs could easily be adapted.  Certainly these projects would also make great gifts, as well as to use to decorate your home throughout the year.

Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the basics of walking-foot & free-motion quilting.

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My Review:

This will certainly be a popular book for fans of Pat Sloan, who are wanting to learn the very basics of walking-foot and free-motion quilting.  There is a good section on the basics, with great visuals.  Another section focuses on Walking-Foot Quilts, which includes easy patterns to make a Strippy Table Runner, a Mini Charm Star, Checkerboard Hearts, etc, with all easy to follow instructions that make for easy walking-foot quilting projects.  The last section shares a few easy patterns that are good projects for beginners to learn free-motion quilting.

 

All of these books come with Martingale’s quality and value where they each have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making them perfect for all levels of creativity (beginner to advanced).  I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see them, let them know you are interested in them making these books available in their store.  They are such new books, the store may simply not be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, or Amazon.  

I also want to share that Martingale is a sponsor of an upcoming event which I’ll kick off on December lst, to celebrate “12 Days of Christmas”, with daily giveaways.  

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Block Genius

Today, I’m happy to share insights on an excellent new book, that I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released “Block Genius” and I think the name of this book truly captures what is inside.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Block Genius: 201 Pieced Quilt Blocks With No Math Charts, by Sue Voegtlin

A block library to inspire and instruct quilters of all levels.

About the Book:

In one volume, quilters will find over 200 classic blocks that they can use to one their sewing skills, in block exchanges, or to create wonderful block sampler quilts.  In this impressive collection, the author organizes the blocks in groups of 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and 6 x 6 grids with instructions and math provided for 6-, 9- and 12-inch blocks.  This book is a block library that will be quilt shops and quilters’ go-to source for reference, inspiration and instruction.

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  • A browser’s delight:  the photography provides color and fabric-choice inspiration to quilters, and each block’s evocative name recalls quilting’s rich history.
  • Clear instructions and expert advice:  exploded diagrams of each block make construction a snap without special rulers.  Tips on fabric selection, color choice, cutting, pressing, and sewing.
  • No math:  The author provides accurate dimensions for each cut so that quilters can easily size their blocks for 6- 9- or 12-inches.
  • Includes instructions on constructing half-square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, square-in-a-squares and parallel blocks.
  • Contains No Match Charts for resizing blocks.
  • Four classic to contemporary setting suggestions

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About the author:

Sue Voegtlin has been Laundauer Publishing’s photographer since 2008 and has designed several quilts for our books.  She is an avid outdoorswoman and loves outdoor photography.  She is also a wonderful sewer, who began with garments, but graduated to the world of quilting when she came to Landauer, using our books to guide her.

About the publisher:

Landauer Publishing is an independently-owned, award-winning publisher managed by people passionate about books and about bringing high-quality inspirational and creative, techniques and how-to publications to life.  We are all about excellence in content, photography, design, and service to all our customers and to our authors.

 

MY REVIEW:

This is an amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for quilters of all levels.  With 201 pieced block designs, each in three different sizes (6″, 9″ and 12″), it is an exceptional reference tool and one that can also help you easily create your own unique quilt designs.

The optional setting designs are all lovely, but I was particularly drawn to the Asymmetrical Setting, which I think enables creating stunning designs with a Modern Quilt style.  Possibilities are endless.

You’ll also find great visuals and instructions for cutting and assembly, plus plenty of “Good to Know” tips and techniques.  I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.

maple-leaf-2 Don’t forget that if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know about it.  It is such a new book they may simply not be aware of it yet.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Landauer Publishing, or Amazon.

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New Books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale – Plus Giveaways Sponsored by Martingale

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about some new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  I also want to share insights with you about some giveaways, sponsored by Martingale.book-reviews-027

Preserving History – Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts
by Julie Hendricksen

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My Review:

This is a “must have” book for anyone who appreciates antique quilts, as well as a great book for anyone who enjoys patchwork.  While the quilts in this book showcase reproduction style fabrics, I believe the designs would also look great in modern fabrics, or just about any fabric you wish to use, making it another great book for those that may be looking for stash busting project ideas.

A Change of Seasons – Folk-Art Quilts and Cozy Home Accessories By Bonnie Sullivan

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My Review:

A Change of Seasons is packed with cozy quilts and home accessories that make for perfect projects to decorate your home, as well as to make for gifts.  This is a “must have” for anyone whom enjoys primitive style decorating, as well as those that may want to make fun and fast seasonal projects.

The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts – 66 Designs

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My Review:

With 66 fun projects this book is an exceptional value.  Retail price works out to $0.42 per design.  This is a “must have” for any quilter looking for stash-busting projects, as well as those that want fun and fast projects.

A Knitter’s Know-How – 127 Techniques Every Knitter Needs to Know By Cap Sease

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My Review:

This is a great resource for beginning knitters, as well as experienced knitters that are looking for tips and tricks to help finish projects.  This book is a technique book that does a fantastic job demonstrating with close-up photos and easy to follow instructions.

 

All of these books come with Martingale’s quality and value where they each have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making them perfect for all levels of creativity (beginner to advanced).  I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see them, let them know you are interested in them making these books available in their store.  They are such new books, the store may simply not be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, or Amazon.

Did I Mention Some Giveaway Opportunities?

There is still time to enter a giveaway hosted by QuiltShopGal where you could win a copy of the new The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar – 365 Blocks  Katja Marek.  I’ll be randomly selecting a winner for this giveaway late Sunday, October 2nd.  Here is the link if you haven’t yet entered and would like to win this sweet perpetual calendar:  http://quiltshopgal.com/welcome-fall-preparing-for-the-countdown-calendars-and-a-giveaway/
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Martingale also has a giveaway this week where you could win a copy of Knitter’s Know How.

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A Review of a Creative New Book And a Giveaway

Let’s Go Camping!  Crochet Your Own Adventure, by Kate Bruning and published by Martingale, is an amazing new book packed with creativity.

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

You can crochet the camping trip of a lifetime with adorable, miniature projects that will delight adults and kids alike. You’ll find all the camping gear you need for hours of creative play, including sleeping bags, backpacks, frying pans, picnic baskets, and much more. These easy-to-follow instructions plus your favorite yarn are all you need to create cute and collectible cabins, tents, boats, mountains, and trees for your dream campsite!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kate Bruning lives in New Zealand with her husband and two sons. Her crochet projects are inspired by camping trips, European travels, and her sons’ play.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book was first published in Great Britain in 2015 by Kyle Books, an imprint of Kyle Cathie Ltd..  It is an absolutely delightful book that I think would be perfect for Confident Beginners to crochet, thru experts interested in making these delightful projects.  What little kid would not want to play with the sweet campers, boats, tents, cabins, teepees, picnic blankets with baskets, sleeping bags, camping supplies, and so many more wonderful little projects that all make camping and imagination time so much fun.

There are also many patterns for accessories, including clothing that is sized for Playmobile size toy people.

While I am not a crochet expert, I do crochet and I found the book has a well written introduction for crochet, as well as easy to follow instructions with great visuals for all the projects included in this book.  This combined with such fun creative projects and an amazing low price, makes this book an exceptional value that should not be overlooked.   

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite place to purchase yarn, possibly even your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you’d like them to carry it.  This book is so new, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find it online at Martingale and Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Actually, there are two different giveaways, two different ways you can win a copy of this book:

  1.  Martingale is giving a copy away via their blog, where you can learn more about this book, as well as enter to win your own copy. Deadline to enter is September 7th.
  2. QuiltShopGal also has a copy to giveaway to one lucky follower.  Simply leave a comment, on this post, sharing anything you wish.  Possibly let me know how long you have been crocheting and what you like to crochet, or if you are knew to crocheting, that is fine too.  Due to my limited budget and postage rates, I will pay to ship to a US winner.  If a non-US winner is drawn, I do ask that they donate $20 as a postage angel.  Should postage be more (and often is) I will pay the difference.  Should it be less, I’ll recognize you as a postage angel (and your blog, as appropriate), the next giveaway where I ship prizes.  Postage Angels are always appreciated as they help me offer more giveaways.  In the meantime, I’m looking into Drone Delivery.  I’ll randomly select one lucky winner on the 7th of September and notify the winner via email, as well as update this post, as appropriate.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to Sharon, our lucky winner.  An email has been sent to her to let her know she won a copy of this creative new book.

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Let’s Talk Organization, a Sale, a Tutorial

How organized are you?  Do you like making projects that help you organize?  Do you like sales?  How about a tutorial for a fun organizational project, which would also make a great gift?  Time to share some insights with you today:

First, I want to share insights with you about a book by Heidi Staples called Sew Organized For the Busy Girl, published by C&T Publishing.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Fit sewing into your busy lifestyle with practical tips that will help you put hours back on the clock! Author Heidi Staples, a creative mom of three, will help you organize your sewing space and works-in-progress so they are ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Revive your creative life and make the most of your time with easy-to-implement advice that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Stitch up 23 thoughtful gifts, ranging from handcrafted quilts to home decor, children’s gifts, and attractive storage cases. With an arsenal of time-savers, you’ll finally finish those projects while enjoying a little “you” time at the sewing machine.

• 23 fresh projects! Break up larger projects into multiple short or on-the-go sessions
• Shopping and storage ideas to help you manage your sewing stash
• Productivity tips – “fabric auditions,” project bags, and more
• Popular bloggers speak out on organizing time and balancing family life with sewing

MY INSIGHTS:

This is a fun book, perfect for anyone interested in sewing small projects that help with organization and are also great for gifts.  The book has easy to follow instructions with great visuals and is packed with organizational tips and inspiration.

And, this book is currently on sale at CT Publishing for only $5.  Heck, at that price, buy more for holiday gifts!  And while you are checking out this book at CT Publishing, be sure to take a look at all their books in their $5 Blow Out Sale.

DID I MENTION A FREE TUTORIAL?

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Heidi also shares tips, tutorials and inspiration on her blog “The Fabric Mutt“.  Her  tutorial “Pixie Basket”, is  certainly a fun way to help organize your home, as well as to make for gifts.  

The Pixie Basket Tutorial

Be sure to check out Heidi’s other excellent tutorials, as well as her fun and creative blog.

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You can find Heidi Staples at:

http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/
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https://twitter.com/fabricmutt

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http://www.ctpub.com/
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I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts From An All-Time Favorite Block – Win a copy

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale:

“I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block” is definitely a book with #CreativeGoodness.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

The timeless Nine Patch block has been reimagined by today’s top designers. Discover what you can do with a classic block–this perennial favorite is more versatile than you’ve ever imagined! Scrappy, traditional, or modern, you’ll find a Nine Patch design that’s perfect for your next project.

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  • Whether you love working with fat quarters, precut strips, or fabric from your stash, you’ll find designs that are ideal showcases for your favorite solids, brights, florals, reproduction prints, and more
  • Featuring basic to intricate Nine Patch designs, in sizes ranging from lap sized to bed sized
  • Put your own spin on tradition with fresh Nine Patch patterns created by favorite designers, including Lynne Hagmeier, Carrie Nelson, Sherri Falls, Kimberly Jolly, and many more

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MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is definitely  a “must have” for any quilter that enjoys scrap quilts as well as nine-patch quilts.  All of the projects come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  Plus, for beginners there is a Nine Patch Basics section that will teach you a variety of tips and techniques, including strip piecing, neat seams,  and so much more.  

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Quilts range in size from 25 1/2 x 29 3/4 to  78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this fun new book at your favorite quilt shop.  As always, if you don’t see it let them know that you’d like to have them carry this book.  It is so new they may not yet be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

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You can find Martingale at:

 

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DID I MENTION “YOU CAN WIN A COPY?”

Here are three ways you can win a copy of this new book:

Moda Fabrics has a giveaway where three lucky winners will receive a copy.  You just need to visit their blog and enter by Sunday, August 21st:  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2016/08/old-nine-i-love-nine-patches/

Martingale has a giveaway where 15 lucky winners could receive a copy.  You just need to visit their blog and enter by Tuesday, August 23rd: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/youve-never-seen-nine-patch-quilt-blocks-quite-like-this/

Join the Ultimate Quilting Challenge and enter by doodling/sketching, or free-motion quilting using the Ultimate Quilting Stencils, by Cindy Needham.  One lucky participant in this challenge will win a copy of this book.  For more info on how to enter: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-quilting-challenge-2016/ 

Overall, there are going to be 22 lucky winners.

Sneak Peek: 180 Doodle Quilting Designs

I’m thrilled to share a a sneak peek with you on a new quilting book that will be released in July:  180 Doodle Quilting Designs : Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders and Beyond, compiled by Karen M. Burns and published by Martingale.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

When you’re done piecing a quilt, do you often wonder how to finish it with free-motion quilting? Discover how to fill setting triangles, blocks, and borders with a variety of traditional and modern quilting designs, divided into chapters by style: Lines and Squiggles, Curves and Pebbles, Swirls and Feathers, and Just for Fun. This is a must-have book and lifelong reference for any quilter’s library.

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  • Gain confidence as you follow the arrows and see how to fill a confined space with continuous-line quilting motifs that are adaptable to blocks, triangles, and borders

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  • Discover which designs will work best before you sew by practicing your quilting; trace the designs with your finger or on tracing paper

 

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  • Whether you use a long-arm or home sewing machine, you’ll enjoy quilting the wide variety of designs

 

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MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book definitely looks like a “must have” for anyone interested in expanding their FMQ motif design skills.  I hope you get a chance to check this book at at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it definitely let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  As it is such a new release, they may not be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale and Amazon.

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