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.


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.


  1. says

    I would love to add both of these books to my crafting library, especially the holiday book. thank you for the chance to win them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing info about these books which both look great. I'm still smiling over those little penguin blocks. So cute! Thanks for the chance to win and have a great holiday.

  3. says

    What a great set of books! My daughter and I looked at the pictures you posted and already have some things we want to make :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  4. says

    I would so love to receive this book! I have ordered it from my Library however, I am 152 on the waiting list so it is going to be a long wait! I love your scrappy block and that is what I would make from this book. <br />

  5. says

    Both books look amazing, especially that fat quarters book. Can&#39;t tell you how many fat quarter sets I have waiting for inspiration to strike :)

  6. says

    I really like both books. I&#39;m always impressed to find a book that doesn&#39;t look too old fashioned and has some modern and not so trendy homemaker designs in them.

  7. says

    I know the perfect person to make that drawstring bag for… will probably pick up the book even if I don&#39;t win :) thanks for the chance!

  8. says

    Both books are lovely but I really LOVE that Carousel quilt. <br />Thank You for the awesomely great giveaway. Luba<br /><br /><br />

  9. says

    Such amazing books just chock-full of sewing/quilting wonderfulness, and, in plenty of time to whip a few things up for the most special friends and family members! Thanks so much.

  10. says

    I love both of these, especially the Pretty in Patchwork book! I&#39;m planning on making a lot of my Christmas presents this year, so it would be super helpful to have a book chock full of ideas.

  11. says

    I love reading a book review that convinces me to purchase the book if I don&#39;t win it! Either way, Pretty in Patchwork is going to be mine, whether I win it or buy it! :)

  12. says

    Simply Fat Quarters looks like my kind of book. You showcased so many great looking quilts; it makes me want to peruse the entire book. Thanks for your reviews.

  13. says

    I would love a copy of either of these books, the projects looks fairly simple and something I would a try. Thanks for the chance. Blessings sandra

  14. says

    These look great for long winter nights, snowy days crafting and stiching away on cheerful cozy projects! Looks like some one is going to have loads of fun staying warm this winter!! :)<br /><br />sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. says

    Oh, I&#39;ve been drooling over the Fat Quarter book for a while now…so many great quilts I&#39;d love to make. The other book looks great, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. says

    Oh, I just love them both! I think I could find something right away in Pretty in Patchwork… and then plan a long-range project from Simply Fat Quarters. Be especially blessed, Kathy

  17. says

    Two books of projects and lots of inspiration. Sounds wonderful!<br /><br />Thank you and the publishers for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win. Two winners! Woot! Woot!<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. says

    What perfect books! I am SO wanting to get back into sewing accessories like the first one.. I used to do that..if it was in my house, I made it! But life hit hard and I stopped all of it. I&#39;d love to get back into it, what a great help the book would be! And…I am venturing out of the box..and starting using things like Fat Quarters and &quot;unusal&quot; fabric colors (I am very tailored

  19. says

    The books look like they have a great many fun projects. Your carousel block is great. I think a scrappy version would be very interesting and a great way to use up some of the scrap bin. Thanks for the giveaway to some lucky reader. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  20. says

    The books look like they have a great many fun projects. Your carousel block is great. I think a scrappy version would be very interesting and a great way to use up some of the scrap bin. Thanks for the giveaway to some lucky reader. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  21. says

    Both of these books look amazing! Would love to have either one (actually both of course) in my library.<br /><br />Thank you and the publishers for an amazing giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. says

    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.

  23. says

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

  24. says

    Both books look great. I&#39;ve been eyeing the Simply Fat Quarters book for awhile, but haven&#39;t seen Pretty in Patchwork before. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. says

    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.

  26. says

    Would love to have the <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Thanks for chance at super giveaway…I&#39;m hoping this will be my lucky time!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Tha

  27. says

    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

  28. says

    Oh I love the ideas in these books that you&#39;ve shown us! Love the Carousel quilt Block you did and oh, I&#39;d love to do the Poppy quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  29. says

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

  30. says

    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!

  31. says

    Love your blog (and your quilts!!) and would love to have one of these books. Thanks for all the sharing you do :)<br /><br /><br /><br />Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

  32. says

    I&quot;ve been oogling over the Handmade Holiday&#39;s book on all of the blogs that I have seen it on recently. I would love some more Christmas inspiration!

  33. says

    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. :)<br /><br />Thanks.

  34. says

    Who wouldn&#39;t love a new book! I love the Fat Quarters Shop! I just finished piecing a quilt with fat quarters from there and it&#39;s my very first quilt I hand quilted :). YAY!

  35. says

    i think quilt books are like cookbooks- just darn addicting!<br /><br />seeing an old design used in a new way is so exciting and gets your creative juices flowing!<br /><br />Thanks for the giveaway- 1 to keep and 1 to share! :)

  36. says

    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.

  37. says

    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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