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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book review & give away!


Kathreen  Ricketson, founder of one of my fave websites--WhipUp.net---has written a wonderful quilting book. LITTLE BITS QUILTING BEE : 20 Quilts using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters has a project for every skill level.

As you can see from reading my blog I only dabble at quilting and don't really consider myself a quilter but her book about using pre-cut fabric packs--which is also good for your pocket book---is full of ideas and step-by-step instructions making it a great book for crafters like me. This book appeals to both experienced quilters and novices like myself with 20 projects using your small bundles of quilt fabrics. Plus there is a pocket in the front of the book with ready to use patterns!

She has a nice chapter on creating community quilts from traditional quilting bees, to swaps to quilt- alongs.  I am pleased to say that she used my story of creating a Peace Quilt (in the '80's--this story is another blog post) in the  community quilts chapter so I received a free copy of her book.



You too can win a free copy of her book--courtesy of her publisher Chronicle Books---just leave a comment here with your e-mail address by Nov 20th, 2011 and I will enter you in the drawing to win your free copy! All quilters and crafters will find this lovely book an indispensable resource.


 

I am also participating in the book's blog tour--if you want to read what other bloggers have to say about her book, here is the blog tour list:


Monday, November 7 – The Long Thread
Tuesday, November 8 – Craft Nectar & Comfort Stitching
Wednesday, November 9 – luvinthemommyhood & Elsie Marley
Thursday, November 10 – True Up
Friday, November 11 – House on Hill Road & CraftyPod
 
Monday, November 14 – Handmade by Alissa & Hello My Name Is Heather
Tuesday, November 15 – West Coast Crafty & Foxy Art Studio
Wednesday, November 16 – Patch Andi & The Last Piece
Thursday, November 17 – In Color Order & Duo Fiberworks

 
Monday, November 21 – Quilt Dad
Tuesday, November 22 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home



 Such an informative and beautiful addition to the quilting books canon is sure to become a classic. I really love that she includes stories of quilting bees, swaps, and quilt-alongs to remind us of how creating something lovely together really does also create community. Thanks so much Kathreen!




43 comments:

MiChal said...

I'd love a copy of the book!

Mary W. said...

Wow, lots of great inspiration--I hope I'm lucky enough to win a copy of this book!

Spinnergirl said...

Am craving a Jelly Roll! Hope I win! Thanks for the chance.

fallingforpieces said...

Thanks for a chance to win. I'm pretty sure this is the new quilting book that I covet most. I just love the freshness of the quilts!

MG said...

Thanks for sharing the perspective of a non-quilting quilter.

Lyanna said...

I love this book!! Would absolutely LOVE to win a copy.

Marcia W. said...

This book is one that I would enjoy owning and using. I especially like the tips about color and quilting, and the pattern storage envelope. Thanks for the chance and the interesting review.

Lee said...

Thank you for the reivew and hosting the giveaway! the book sounds wonderful!
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Kathy said...

This book looks fantastic. I've never had a clue what to do with precuts and would love to give some projects a try. Thanks for the review! winterwrens at gmail dot com

SewLindaAnn said...

I've been following the blog tour and the book looks fabulous! Love the colorful rendition of the patterns. After being a blog fan of Whip Up I know the book will be awesome! larmenti@bellsouth.net

Donna~~ said...

Looks like a great book--so many lovely quilts with great fabric/color use!

Ellen said...

Now this would be very nice! I have lots of little bits and big bits for patchwork & quilting. Such lovely designs. Thank you.

Barbicide43 said...

This book looks great! I'd like to have it too! email addy: motah43(at)hotmail(dot)com

victoria girl said...

Looks like a lovely book!

MBMeadows said...

I am loving everything I see about this book so far! I'd love to win!

brenda said...

look the quilt that reminds me of lifesavers!

Adrienne in Minnesota said...

Artsy quilts that eliminate tedious fabric selection by utilizing quilting packs of charm squares, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and fat quarters... I can do this!

Gina said...

I'd welcome this book to add to my resources!

Carla G said...

This book looks fabulous! And I'd love to have some of the patterns for the quilts that you've shown. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Allison C said...

Looks like a great book! I am anxious to see it in person!

Holly said...

I like it when someone can show me a different way to come to an end product. I like books that motivate me to try something new. I am all about learning something new.

Julia C said...

I'd love a chance to own this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

Heather said...

Looks like a fun book. I'm looking for some new inspiration for a Jelly roll and it is just the thing.

Del said...

Thank you fort the opportunity to win! That book looks wonderful!

thegoose said...

It looks like a great book. I'd love to win a copy of it!

Julie said...

I would love a copy, thanks! My email is julieavant@gmail.com.

Dustin said...

Very cool, Aurora! I'd love to see your piece in the book when we come up north.

Tamie said...

The book looks great. I'd love to add it to my library.

VickiT said...

This book looks wonderful. Anything that can help me learn more about quilting bees as well as uses for the charm packs and jelly rolls I've been buying is a great resource for me.

vburr at charter dot net

Mindy said...

This book has some great projects in it. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

Jodi said...

I'm loving seeing all the pictures of the different quilts. So Awesome! Looks like a super book for any quilting library. For sure mine.

Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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Deb said...

I'd love a copy. Love the cover and all the sample pages I've seen. Thanks for the chance! debgiro at wildblue dot net

Henria O. said...

Love her use of color! Beautiful book!

Aliceart said...

I agree! This book looks so fantastic, and I'm so grateful for the tour because I didn't know about the tour or you! Thanks!

JustPam said...

I am enjoying the posts about this fun book.

Pat V. said...

These quilts are fabulous. I really love Garnet and Gold...that would be the first one I'd try!

Becky said...

This book looks so beautiful! thanks for the chance.

KnittingBetsy said...

This looks like a book I'd love to add to my library! Thanks for holding a stop on the blog tour,
Betsy Pratt

Gwen said...

Would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thank you for the chance!! :-)

love jessica marie said...

I think this book may be the inspiration I need to actually start quilting, all that cutting scares the crap out of me but they are so beautiful.

lovegallagher @ gmail . com

Jenniffier said...

how fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

gill said...

This looks such a great book! I love the quilt with the circles - they remind me of the fruity polo sweets we used to eat as children!!

Jeanne said...

This is such a great book. Can't wait to see it for real.