Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Two new quilting books you don’t want to miss and a Giveaway!

Just like fabric stash, a quilter can never have too many books on their bookshelves. They add to our repertoire of patterns, show us techniques we’ve not tried before, teach us new things and reinforce the basics. Here are two new titles worth adding to your reference library.

516sd5ymC9L._SL500_AA240_ If you like quilt patterns that are traditional “with a twist” you will love Link to the 30's: Making the Quilts We Didn't Inheritby Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine; 96 pages; That Patchwork Place (Martingale). Based on the earliest quilter’s use of scraps and “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” this book is a scrap quilter’s dream. According to the authors, “…we try and make [quilts] the way we know the women of the time made them, with lots of muslin background, a wild display of colored prints and bright solids, and loads of hand quilting.”

Although created with today’s reproductions 1930’s fabrics, the beautiful and unique quilt patterns found in this book are true “scrap quilts” and would be just as beautiful and timeless in more modern fabrics as they are in the repro fabrics. Definitely a book you will turn to when you need that quilt for someone special or when you simply want to use up some of your stash.

Quilters often balk at the thought of learning to machine quilt on a home sewing machine. Actually taking the plunge and being brave enough to take the initial step seems to be the hardest hurdle, but next comes moving past “stitch in the ditch” and “meandering” and moving on to actual quilting designs. As more quilters face today’s economic crunch, it becomes too expensive to send out all but our most spectacular creations to a long arm quilter, and often too time-consuming to quilt by hand. The answer? Become competent in quilting on your home sewing machine.

51iB0dVn6AL._SL500_AA240_ Free-motion Quilting Made Easy: 186 Designs from 8 Simple Shapesby Eva A. Larkin, 95 pages, That Patchwork Place (Martingale). A well-written, detailed, step-by-step instruction book on how to learn machine quilt on your home sewing machine. Good basic instructions on mastering thread tension, controlling stitch length and quilting in smaller sections. Larkin moves the reader slowly through the process of learning, recommending exercises on both paper and fabric “sandwiches”. “My favorite designs are those that are easy to quilt, add texture to the quilt top, and require little marking.” She relies on eight basic, easy to master shapes for all her designs – the oval, loop, lopsided figure eight, tulip, heart, triangle, diamond and flower.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into machine quilting or ready to move past stitch-in-the-ditch and stippling, Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy is a great tool to step you through the process.

WIN “LINK TO THE 30’S: MAKING THE QUILTS WE DIDN’T INHERIT” – GiveAway #2

Leave a comment on this post before 9pm (EST) April 3, 2009, for your chance to win a copy of this “hot off the press” book. Winner will be selected randomly on April 4 and notified by email, so be sure your comment includes a way to contact you. Winner will have 48 hours to respond.

For a second entry, put the QOB blog button on your blog or web site, and leave a second comment telling me the address of same.

For a third chance to win this great book, write a post on your blog about this giveaway! Be sure your blog address is available in your comment.

Good luck!

106 comments:

free indeed said...

Oh what wonderful books! Both of them are so where I'm at with my quilting...ready to move on to better quilting skills, and using up my scraps on traditional quilts with a modern day twist.
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

hiccupp said...

The link to the 30's book looks amazing! I'm always so envious of people who have quilts made by some great grandma/aunt. I'll just have to be the great grandma someday ;)

sarah
cuppscraps@gmail.com

Fabric Mom said...

Oh what a great give away. Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

I'd sure love to own this book. I'm into scrappy quilts and love the old traditional quilts. Please enter me. What a nice giveaway.

Lori
lej5156@clearviewcatv.net

SandyQuilts said...

I love that cover quilt ... so please throw me into the pot. Thanks.

Tina said...

Joan - You are awesome! Wonderful books. Please take this as my first entry!

Tina said...

And - the QOB blog button is already there....

www.tapdancetutu.blogspot
aka - Quilt Dancing

Tina said...

Wrote a post on my blog too!

www.tapdancetutu.blogspot
aka - Quilt Dancing

Leigh said...

Oh, I definitely would love to be entered into this giveaway - email is ladihawke22@yahoo.com

Thanks!

Leigh said...

Enter me please, I'd love that book to build my collection!

ladihawke22@yahoo.com

Ruth B said...

Oh...that book looks great! I haven't made anything 30's yet but have started to build a 30's stash for the right project. Fingers crossed.
ruthrberke at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the blog...as always. Would love to win the 30's book. I collected a lot of 30's fabric and still haven't made up my mind about a pattern to make. Maybe this book has the RIGHT one. :)
Shirley y tlzy@yahoo.com

Dionne said...

Love the blog, love the books, would love to win!
Cheers!

Dionne said...

My second entry... got your button on my blog!
:-D

Amanda said...

This book would be such a great fit for my collection. Thanks for the great giveaway!

asr2042 at gmail.

Karissa said...

I love 30s stuff and would love that book! Enter me, please!

grendelskin said...

What terrific books! I have some 30's repro fabrics and I've been having great fun looking for inspiration/guidance to do them justice.

Rhonda P. said...

Both books look fantastic. Would love to win!

She said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
maumauisginger(at)gmail(dot)com

Rhonda P. said...

I have added the QOB Blog button to my blog.

Rhonda P. said...

Added a post to my blog about your giveaway. I love reading your blog.

www.patchesandpieces.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love both books. Got to get them.
asnyder76@hotmail.com

n said...

The multicoloured one (sort of like a Bento Box with circles) looks neat!
amaryllis_wings@yahoo.ca

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a great idea and great quilt book; please enter me in the drawing and many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Both books look so inviting. Something I could sure use. cotrkatz@aol.com

Wendy said...

Enter me please!!!
http://strugglingsahm.blogspot.com/

Jackie said...

I'd love to be entered into the contest!

Kaye said...

I sure can use that book, I too am tired of stitch in the ditch, and stripple or meandering. Thanls for the opportunity to enter . I am new to your blog but really enjoy it

Jeanne said...

Please enter me in the book giveaway contest.
Thanks! Jeanne

Mickie said...

I don't need the book but I am so glad I could put the link on my website! Thanks to all for all their hard work!

Debbie said...

What a great book....

Debra said...

I would love to win the Link to the 30's book. It's just my style!

Deb
debash@gmavt.net

selleck said...

I wasn't around for the 1930' but my mom was. I'd love to make a tribute quilt for her.

trouble said...

My goal is to make the quilts that I would have liked to inherit -- unfortunately there were no quilters in the family before me. That book has my name on it! Thank you for being a wonderful resource!!!

Janet Jaeger said...

Joan, I make a LOT of scrap quilts and I would love to have the 30's book. I make a lot of charity quilts from scraps, I am blessed with a large stash of scraps to pull from. If I don't win, I will buy it anyway, LOL.
Janet In FL

thread189 said...

OOOOOOOHHHHHHH 30's Quilt!!!!!!! This is my favorite quilts, I LOVE them so much and have a larger stsh to pull fabrics from! I would love a new book with new ideas from which to draw from! I ham one of the fortunate ones that inherited a genuine 30's quilt that my late mother-in-law Alice made! Iam so very proud of it!
Lynn Wilson in Walla Walla
lynn@threadandbolts.com

thread189 said...

Just a quick note that I am a member of the QOB blog and love every new daily digest that I recieve. I am a lurker but I am a reader!
Lynn in Walla Walla
lynn@threadandbolts.com

Anonymous said...

Enter me please I love the 30's fabrics, I am one of your yahoo group Quilting on a Budget.

sue in fl

Carol said...

This looks like a great book - I love scrappy quilts!

Michele said...

Aargh. Hopefully switching from Firefox to IE will let me post.
I'd love this book - I love scrappy quilts.
AND, the QOB button has been added to the blog.

pojeda said...

I have been saving 30's fabric for a while to start a quilt and this book "Link to the 30's" would be great to have to get started! Thank the publisher for giving this book as a give-a-way!

Anonymous said...

Joan, Love your new blog and of course, QOB group! I've recently discovered that I am in love with 30s repro fabrics and designs. Please put me in the drawing for the new book.
Eileen Swanstrom
azura428@comcast.net

mtsuz said...

What great books Joan! I love old fabrics and having some more desigs to work with would be grand. Free motion quilting ideas would be fabulous as well. I always have tension problems and it would be great to have some help with this.
Thanks for the great opportunity.
Suzanne Rowe
mtsuz@yahoo.com

mtsuz said...

What a great giveaway Joan!
The books look great. I always have loved old fabrics what a great way to get them used. I also have trouble with thread tension when free motion quilting looks like I could get some insight on that with the quilting book.
Thanks for the opportunity to win such great books.
Suzanne Rowe
mtsuz@yahoo.com

mtsuz said...

Your on my site, I am not sure about buttons but your listed under my great quilting sites. =)

Suzanne Rowe
mtsuz@yahoo.com
http://maidenrockarts.blogspot.com/

mtsuz said...

I posted about the wonderful book giveaway!
http://maidenrockarts.blogspot.com/

Suzanne Rowe
mtsuz@yahoo.com

joanne said...

Love the blog, and would really love the book!! Posted a link from my blog:

http://splittingstitches.blogspot.com/

Thanks for all of the great info you supply!!

joanne
joannelendaro@yahoo.com

Rachael Adele said...

Thanks for being so generous!

Leah S said...

Looks like a useful book - just need to build up at 1930s stash. ;)

Anonymous said...

This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win it. Please throw my name in the hat!
Hugs,
Kerry
kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am a member of QOB and I love the new look on the blog - very nice!
Hugs,
Kerry
kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

30's fabric is awesome. Whoever wins will be one lucky quilter. BTW, pretty blog you have going here.

Kim

kudl_98@yahoo.com

Suebee said...

Taking a chance, love your blog. Need to spend less.
Susan Brooks
sbrooks195@comcast.net

Suebee said...

Taking a chance. Need to save money and so more scrap quilting. Link to the 30's would help.
Glad I found your blog.
Susan Brooks
sbrooks195@comcast.net

Ruthie said...

Looks like a great book!

Anya said...

Great giveaway. THanks for the chance.

Mama Lusco said...

Book looks great...I'd love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway. If I'm lucky, just leave a comment on my blog.

Tami in Tucson said...

Wow, I was just telling someone how i love the 30's fabric, but never quite know what to do with it - I think I need this book too!!!!

quiltgirltami@yahoo.com

Pat said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! Thank you :)

pojeda said...

I love, love, love 30's fabric! This book would help me to use up the fabric I have been collecting! Please pick me to win Link to the 30's: Making the Quilts We Didn't Inherit!

Annie said...

I have 2 1930 quilts that are in near perfect condition. They were given to my great great grandfather when he retired as a surgeon in Pittsburg, Kansas. My Grandmothers didn't like quilts so they were in the closet all these years. I enjoy them hugely and look at them for inspiration and as my benchmark for craftsmanship- they are equisitely sewn and quilted. One is orange peel in dark yellow and white and the other Irish chain in green and white. The Irish chain is pieced differently that we do now. The cornerstones on the plain block are appliqued by hand along two sides- otherwise it is machine pieced.

Sue Cahill said...

1930's quilts are my favorite. I have lots of 30's repos in my stash just waiting to be made into quilts. Looks like a fantastic book.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Carol said...

The Link to the 30's looks like a great book. Please enter me for a chance to win.

the huletts said...

I would love this book!

blzzrdqueen@hotmail.com

the huletts said...

www.onequiltersadventure.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

fabric.nurse@yahoo.com says--love the new blog. Very simple and very helpful. Love the giveaways also.

rebecca said...

What a great giveaway. The old style quilts will always be my favorites. Thanks for inviting us in for a look and a chance to win.

Renee G said...

This looks like a great book that I would like to try the projects in. rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

knitnoid said...

Link to the 30's sounds like a book I need to check out if I'm not lucky enough to win this giveaway.

Tozz said...

I love your giveaway and would love to be in it so please enter me :) Thank you

Michele said...

OK, let's see if this works...
good thing I'm a happy QOB member ;^)

Anonymous said...

this email is an extra entry for the giveaway since I'm a member of QO"B

Kathy DeMarco
quiltmom@scrtc.com

Anonymous said...

can't remember my exact comment I tried to leave (its been a few days, lol but remember being impressed with your writing skills in the book reviews, your review made me want the 30s scrap book!

I enjoy QOB and your blog...the housewife blog is interesting too...got issues of my own with ex-sil who brokecollarbone and dislocated shoulder of then-three year old grand daughter (still not over it enough to write about it easily but your blog gave me hope!)

thank you for doing the giveaways and hope I win!

Kathy DeMarco
quiltmom@scrtc.com

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I'd love to win one of these books! They both look like winners to me.
Jeanette in Ontario (I'm a member of Quilting_on_a_Budget)
jpilson@rogers.com

Bella said...

Love your blog. and hope to win.

Midge E. said...

I hope I win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dori said...

I just finished a 30's repro. quilt and would love to be entered in the drawing. Dori

Dori said...

I just finished a 30's repro quilt and would love to be entered in the drawing. Dori

Deb said...

I love 30's fabrics! I think I was born in the wrong decade. Please enter me in the giveaway.

dyork72@yahoo.com
wishin2bstitchin.blogspot.com

Ariel said...

Please enter me in the fun! ariel_eldridge@hotmail.com

Mayauntie said...

Hi Joan,I'm back to see if the "tuneup" worked. I adore that 30's book and I gotta' have it. My first love is the traditional and playful 20's & 30's quilts and fabrics. I want to thank you for all the opportunities you give to each and every person that stops by.You make quilting and especially Quilting on a Budget so much fun.That book will certainly help me stashbust.Thanks again Great Blog.

kathi said...

Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity to own a great book.

Anonymous said...

I love the 30's and double wedding ring quilts. If I win this would be the perfect time to start one! paweis@yahoo.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. It would make a great birthday present (for me:-)

crossroadsquilts said...

Please enter me in the giveaway twice - I mentioned the giveaway on my blog - http://crossroadsquilts.wordpress.com/ and have left this comment. I am still trying to get my "button" to work...can't seem to the picture to show up....

This looks like a WONDERFUL book! Thank you also for the website - I love the info!

Bari B.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joan, Please enter me! And thank you for offering it!
Diana :)
dianadave19@aol.com

Jean said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Catherine said...

Wonderful Giveaway! I am a new quilter and I just started collecting depression era quilts. Your book would be a joy to win.

http://cateslinens.blogspot.com

Catherine said...

I added your cute button to my sidebar.

http://cateslinens.blogspot.com

Fiesta said...

Please include me in the giveaways. Both books look terrific.

Catherine said...

I`ve posted you Giveaway on my blog. Love your site!

cateslinens.blogspot.com

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Joan.... I read your blog for the first time and loved it... I am starting my first 30's quilt... and I am enjouying it very much... I would love to be included in your giveaway... Thanks and Keep quilting... Jean M :)
http://quiltinginmequon.blogspot.com

BUSY BEE said...

I am hoping to start some new quilts soon. I would love to have this book to give me inspiration! thanks for the great giveaway and blog.

Janna said...

I will clear my schedule if I win ... I know if will take an entire weeked (at least) to get my fill of the book ... then, maybe, I'll be able to choose a pattern.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in the book giveaway.
Thanks,
Karen O.
pumpkin.lily@yahoo.com

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Please enter me in your great giveaway, I love your blog, so glad I found it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is my extra comment since I'm a member of QOB. Deb

fabric.nurse@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am a member of Quilt-on-a-budget, and would love to win this book. Please add my name to the pot. I love the blog and visit often. Thanks!!
Becky
montequilter@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I ordered this book last week for myself,but would love to win a copy for a quilting buddy. I have wanted to make the cover quilt for several years--saw the quilt in a booth at Paducah--it was incredible!
Marci
ksbredmom@hotmail.com

Mayauntie said...

Hi Joan I'm back again,this blog is so addicting just like quilting. Love it.
I am a member of Quilting on a Budget and I want that 30's book,if I don't win it when can I buy it?
May, in snowy Northern Michigan
just perfect for quilting

sewmeow said...

Love that era of fabrics & looks! Am making kitchen curtains from the reproduction prints avail now.

sewfunquilts@sbcglobal.net

Sara said...

I am in midst of making a spiderweb quilt (virtual bee project) using all 1930's repro fabrics. I could use some ideas re: how to use up the rest of my repro stash.
sames5 at verizon dot net

Sara said...

I posted about this on by blog.
www.itsjustonemore.blogspot.com

~Michelle~ said...

What an interesting book!

chermonblie said...

What great books!! I just found your site today! I'm so excited!!!

amory (at) creativecatalogs (dot) com

chermonblie said...

QOB button posted!

http://hecallsherlemonpie.blogspot.com