Monday, November 19, 2012

New books reviews + giveaway

I always love when I come across a good new pattern book full of quilty inspiration.  For me to recommend a book, it has to contain multiple great projects so that you get a real bang for your buck. Today I have two to share that definitely fit that qualification.

The first is Pretty in Patchwork: Holidayscompiled by John Adams and chock-full of adorable projects by creative people. There are projects for every skill level and as complex as full quilt patterns to simple ornaments.
A huge variety of ideas - and they're not just for Christmas. I am using the Modern Maples pattern from this book as well
I tried out the drawstring bag pattern. I loved the Swiss Flag version on the cover of the book and wanted to make one in honor of our recent trip.  
There are other simple variations on this pattern and the bags come together so quickly. I'd like to make a bunch of different versions this Christmas. Really simple gift idea and a great way to bust through some stash!
One other book to share is this recently published Simply Fat Quarters book by the folks at The Fat Quarter Shop.
This book contains 10 original patterns all created with Fat Quarters.
One of the best features of this book is that each pattern has the the instructions for multiple quilt sizes.
This Carousel quilt is one of my favorites in the book.
I decided to try a scrappy version of the block using my own scraps and it was so fun to put together. I definitely need to make more!

I'm happy to announce that I have a copy of each of these books to giveaway to two of you, thanks to the generosity of their publishers! Leave a comment on this post to be entered. Giveaway open until Thursday, November 22 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Winners will be announced Friday so that we can get these books out quickly for your own holiday inspiration.

Winners:


Sandy D said...
Who couldn't use one of these books. Thanks for a chance to win .
and CJ said...
Oh my gosh, I LOVE that Carousel quilt! Your scrappy version is going to be so cute.


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bradley said...

I love quilt books

janae king...sewing patterns said...

What great books! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Both of these books look amazing! Would love to have either one (actually both of course) in my library.

Thank you and the publishers for an amazing giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

LeAnne said...

The Simply Fat Quarters book looks like it has some great projects in it. I especially like the blue on you showed. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Anda W said...

I just love these books and your quilt block! awolk at rogers dot com

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I love the pics you chose to share from each of the books. It makes me want them, too. Thanks for the reviews and the giveaway!

Deborah said...

Would love to win either of these books. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Carol said...

I already bought "Pretty in Patchwork Holidays" as a result of you mentioning it on another post. (: The other book would be fun to have too!

patricia mckenzie said...

Love the opportunity to win these awesome books!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Este segundo FAT QUARTERS...estou sonhando com ele.

Obrigada.



tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Linda Mundy said...

Thank you for this opportunity. Either book would be most welcome. lovelylinda1950@verizon.net

Unknown said...

Thoser books would be a great addition to my sewing room. I have lots of fat quarters. Love your block at the end of your blog. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Cecilia said...

Both books look great. I've been eyeing the Simply Fat Quarters book for awhile, but haven't seen Pretty in Patchwork before. Thanks for the chance to win.

amber said...

great giveaway! both books look awesome :)

Jo said...

They both look like wonderful books!

Gina said...

I would love to add these books to my library. Thank you.

Amy B said...

thanks for the chance!! ~AmyB

Renea said...

Both these books look really interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Karen H said...

The books look great - I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

Tina said...

The projects in these books look like fun to make. I would love to win one of them.

Jeanna said...

Those books do look wonderful - here's crossing my fingers!!

Kristy said...

Both books are fabulous...I am especially wanting The Simply Fat Quarters...I have had my eye on it for a while. I even have the fabric, so I would be ready to get sewing. Thanks for your generosity.

Linda said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
jlmismas(at)gmail(dot)com

Terry said...

Wow, what great books. Thanks for reviewing them and for he chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rachel Lynsey Duncan Sanford said...

They're both so lovely! Here's hoping!

Melissa said...

I've had both of these on my wishlist since they each came out. Love your Carousel block!

Dianne Mitzel said...

Would love to have the




Thanks for chance at super giveaway...I'm hoping this will be my lucky time!


diannemitzel1@hotmail.com



Tha

Barbara said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Staci said...

I've eyed both those books before! Thanks for the chance to win one. :)

supersara20 said...

I have been eyeing both of these books but have sworn off all non necessity purchases. Sigh. Hope to win so I can stick to that! Thanks!

Greg Molloy said...

Wonderful books ! Thanks for a chance to win !

Kathy said...

Love the Carousel block you made. What awesome books. blklman at xtra dot co dot nz

Lisa said...

Both books look pretty awesome! Thanks for the chance!

Leanne said...

A fantastic giveaway, thanks Amy. I love making quilty gifts for christmas, it makes them just that bit more special.

Karen O said...

I would love either of these books. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

UKMUMINUSA said...

They look like great books, I especially like the fat quarters book.

ljeanne said...

I like the Carsouel quilt, too. I am happy that you made a sample of the block with scraps.

Wendy said...

Thanks for this opportunity. They look like great books.
Wendy

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

I LOVE Artisania's polar bear block!! My sister's favourite animal, so I'd love to make one of those for her!

Toni said...

Love the poppy quilt. Books look great. Thanks for chance to win.

CathyK said...

Looks like two terrific books!!!! Thank you so much for the chance!

Mrs.Pickles said...

what great books I am going to have to check them out online!

mimi said...

I wish I had those books to do so many beautiful things...
Thanks
Mimi

Myself said...

What a great givaway! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Debbie Spoelstra said...

Beautiful books!! I couldn't take a pick between them....love all things christmas!! Thanks for a chance in this give away.

AnďaH said...

Wonderful books!!

Swedish Scrapper said...

oh, yes, both quilts look just chock-full of good stuff! Thanks for your generosity! I am international, so PDF book is fine if shipping is a problem. --Lizzie in Sweden. lizzietillstrom at gmail dot com

Christian Goernandt said...

These look great! Thanks!!!!

Emilee said...

Such adorable patterns! I'd love to have these books to get my creative juices flowing!

Carin said...

Who doesn't want to win one of these books. Thank you so much for this wonderful give away !!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Your recommendation means a lot Amy! Thanks!

B Greene said...

These two books are both on my wish list! Thanks for the peek inside and for the chance to win!

Sarah said...

Thank you for the chance to win! I love the Simply Fat Quarters quilts.

Kerry said...

I'd love to win either of these!

kerry(AT)penny-dog.co.uk

Katy said...

Would love the Simply Fat Quarters book! I've been wanting to make Carousel for me grandmother's 90th birthday!

MaureenM said...

Love! Such inspiration with perfect timing :) Thanks for the giveaway!

BuzzbeeCaroline said...

Oh my goodness! How adorable are those crafts! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Olivia Hascher said...

I had not seen these books before, but now am very excited to check them out! Thanks for the giveaway!

zafeira said...

Great Books! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Lynette said...

Sign me up for the giveaway! I love the penguin and polar bear pillows! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Michelle said...

I absolutely love the Carousel quilt pattern, I've been ogling it for a while now!

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Both look like great books!

Mom2three said...

Oh I love the ideas in these books that you've shown us! Love the Carousel quilt Block you did and oh, I'd love to do the Poppy quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

katie said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Both books are gorgeous!

Sandra Leigh said...

Don't you just love great books by creative people! Thanks for the offer.

Kelly O. said...

I've been eyeing both of these books for my christmas list!

Mary Zoom said...

Thank you!! What fun projects ~

hiyacinth said...

Thanks for the book reviews! They both are tempting!

Jennifer said...

Would love to have either of these books. Thanks for the chance.
sdjg@pacbell.ney

jlhoeting said...

I love love love that Christmas tree pillow!!

Jo said...

Wow ! these books look wonderfull .. Thank you for the chance with this giveway

Margaret said...

Wow! I love both of these books. They are on my wish list. It would be amazing if I could win one. Thanks for the chance at some goodies.

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I love the carousel quilt in the fat quarter book too! Your block is beautiful.

raineemae said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to read these great books! -Maegan

Jacklynn said...

Both of those books are on my wish list - thanks for the give away!

Julie Jones said...

These books look great!

Jill said...

As if I need more projects to do! But these books are worth it!

lamong said...

That carousel quilt pattern is calling my name! Love your scrappy block version. Thanks for the chance to win. lisamong4@gmail.com

Saundra said...

Both books look inspiring and beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

Becca said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!! I would love the book Simply Fat Quarters. The projects look great and it's definitely on my wish list.

Saundra said...

Beautiful books! Thanks for the offer to participate.

Pontos da Flávia said...

This is a super cool giveaway! Pthanks for the chance!

Gunilla said...

Both books look great! Love the scrappy version of the carousel block!!!

Carrie P. said...

I am very excited about these two books. I hope to win one but if not they will be added to my library.
Love all those Christmas ideas.
thanks for the giveaway.

Erin said...

Ooh - both of these books look wonderful! I have not decided if I am giving hand-sewn things this year for Christmas, but these books have certainly made it to me wish list! Thanks for the giveaway!

Aunt Spicy said...

I normally skip giveaways, but I am smitten with the little swiss bag! smitten!

Ana Amaral said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win these awesome books!!

Nono said...

These books seem great! I never win these giveaways, but I keep trying ;-)
I hope I win! Thanks for this giveaway!

Nono said...

These books seem great! I hope I win one ;-)

Julie in WA said...

You are so lucky to try out new books! These two look great, especially the fat quarter book.

Tiffany said...

I want both books! They are on my wishlist! :D Thanks for the chance!!!

Lisa C said...

Books! My favorite thing next to fabric and shoes! Thanks for the chance to win!

Colleen said...

Love your blog (and your quilts!!) and would love to have one of these books. Thanks for all the sharing you do :)

ckbaker46@yahoo.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

SewSealy said...

Both books look wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity! Happy Holidays!

Anne said...

I love the books!
Thank you for the giveaway.

April said...

I"ve been oogling over the Handmade Holiday's book on all of the blogs that I have seen it on recently. I would love some more Christmas inspiration!

Laura said...

Fantastic giveaway! I love the pillow with the trees.

Carla said...

Either one would be fabulous. Thanks!

The Rx quilter said...

Looks like fun..and great gifts for Christmas! Lisa in Texas

adaisygarden said...

Wow! So many ideas & amazing photos! Thanks for featuring these and for the giveaway.

Nancy Bekofske said...

Love the designs in these books!

Tim said...

I would love to enter for a chance to win. I have just started my first free-motion machine quilting. I have been quite nervous, but my practice blocks have been getting better and better. You can even finally read my name in cursive. :)

Thanks.

Brookie said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!! All the books have such great ideas can't wait to try one.

ConnieO said...

Looks so fun!! I love a good pattern book, it's another of my obsessions:)

Anne-Marie said...

Who wouldn't love a new book! I love the Fat Quarters Shop! I just finished piecing a quilt with fat quarters from there and it's my very first quilt I hand quilted :). YAY!

Amanda S. said...

What a fun giveaway!

Weezy said...

The Pretty in Patchwork Holidays book has a ton of projects that I would love to do. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I could use a little more inspiration for holiday gifts!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Oooo I am in love with the Carousel Quilt!

Messy Mouse said...

These books look like so much fun!
Thanks for the give-away!
themessymouse@gmail.com

Ginette said...

Those books look wonderful! Very inspiring! Thanks for the opportunity!

Debbie M said...

I am gonna win SOMEDAY! thanks for the chance :)

Patti said...

I so need these books. Its love at first sight so please pick me.

Alice Leishman said...

I am a huge fat quarter fan, but my pattern repertoire is fairly small but my need to quick quilts is huge - either book would be a huge asset!

Alice Leishman said...

I am a big fan of fat quarter quilts -- but have too few patterns and too huge a need to make quick quilts. These books would be a great asset!

Sarah Craig said...

Oooh, two great looking books! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Melissa said...

What great books! I particularly love that carousel block! Thanks for a chance to win them!

Deb C. said...

I would love to win this book! The projects look like everything I would love to make in a second.

Krista Hansen said...

Both of those books look so fun. I've had my eye on that fat quarter book for a while.

Jessica Young said...

I'm so glad that you features a few great books on your blog. I'm always looking for good ideas and patterns. Thanks!

Digital Grrl said...

Both books look awesome. I just love that carousel block.

Becky S. said...

They both look like great books!!! I would love to be entered in the drawing-thanks.

Carla G said...

These books look fabulous! And I love your version of the red & white block! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Anne Perry said...

Looks like each of these books ca make a few great gifts. Yanks for the post

Anne

Anna said...

Wow, both books look great.

Sarina said...

I've seen both of these books but I loved seeing more of the projects! So cute! Would love to win one. Thanks for the chance to win!

Julie said...

These both look like great books. I'd love to enter if you're happy to post to the UK.

Hélène said...

Those books look fantastic ! Thanks for the chance :)

Stina Blomgren said...

Happy holidays....:0))) gosh ...Christmas sure is coming fast this year...:0)) as always... Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the books...LOVE books...:0)))

ivyworis said...

these books are great for christmas presents. don't you think so... thanks

Hitch and Thread said...

Your gift bag is gorgeous and I'm in love with that carousel quilt too! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

Hanke said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

i think quilt books are like cookbooks- just darn addicting!

seeing an old design used in a new way is so exciting and gets your creative juices flowing!

Thanks for the giveaway- 1 to keep and 1 to share! :)

blondie19012k said...

Love the look of both of these, especially the holiday one! Thanks for the chance :)

Jenny Faasavalu said...

Just found your website. So much fun! I love your bright colors and your talks of travel.

jennyf{at}q{dot}com

Karla said...

thanks for the giveaway, Amy!

Lori Kay said...

Thanks so much for this giveaway. Both books look terrific.

Dana said...

such fun looking books!

ColibriNB said...

Nice projects - thanks for hosting the giveaway!
:)
C

studiocharm said...

I'd love a chance to win and plenty of free time to sew! Thanks!
Amy S

Lyudmila Afanasyeva said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the giveaway, they both look fun!

Carol O said...

I would appreciate winning either of these books. Looks like lots of great ideas.

mjb said...

I always like new craft books!

mjb said...

I always like new craft books!

sydthewyd said...

These books look fabulous! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Kathy said...

What a fantastic giveaway!They look to be incredible books with some awesome projects. Thanks to your and their publishers for offering such nice goodies. Someone will be thankful to dive into these treats. I sure would be. Thanks for the chance to win them.

Amanda Shih said...

Thanks for a great giveaway!

BBB said...

I love what you did with the Carousel block!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

New Follower to your blog. Your scrappy block is really pretty. I would love either of the books. Thanks for the chance to win. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com.

Gabrielle Robles said...

The simply fat quarters book patterns looks great. Love your sample. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

The Slyngers said...

Awesome books!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Sarah said...

Have realised today I was a no reply blogger! Have fixed it up now

Allie said...

These books might inspire me to start quilting.
gardnerad@juno.com

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

They both look like fun books!

Bunny said...

Both of these books would be welcome on my bookshelf.

StacyOK said...

They both look great! And just in time for the holidays! Thanks!

Meg said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the chance to win!
megromeo@gmail.com

Kathleen said...

This is a super, super giveaway. Which ever you get you are clearly a winner! They both look so interesting. Thanks for the chance.

Heather A said...

These look like great books with lots of sewing ideas! Thanks for the giveaways!

Wlsngrl said...

great giveaway! Would love to win :)

remnants: fiber[culture] said...

I'm so excited for this book! I hope I win : )

remnants: fiber[culture] said...

I have been salivating over this book--fingers crossed! : )

Robyn said...

Oh, they both look like fun. I love your blog, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

CJ said...

I received my book today and sat right down and looked through each page. Carousel will definitely be first, but what size??? Thanks again!!

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