Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway

 
My week has finally arrived.......I'm so thrilled to be invited to take part in Cheryl's blog tour and giveaway of her newest book. I fell in love with her primitive patterns when I visited her "open house" a few years ago. Seeing her wonderful primitive country decorated home was a really treat. Her home felt very welcoming with quilts amongst all the antiques in every room. There is a stream running through her backyard with beautiful landscaping all around, makes you feel relaxed and far away from everything.  I couldn't find any pictures, I must have taken some but no luck finding them.....grrrr.  I love Cheryl's easy going no fuss primitive country style. See more of her books, patterns and gifts on her website Country Quilts.

I've been busy the last few weeks working on a project from her newest book.  It wasn't an easy decision, there are so many in this book that I love. As I was looking through the book I kept coming back to the page with "Night Blooms".....okay it was calling my name with the 9-patches and baskets set off by the black sashing.

 
The applique pieces are big and easy to turn under the edges. I picked reproduction and homespun fabrics from my stash to make this quilt, it measures 54"x54". The pictures are making this quilt look brighter than it really is, I'll show more of this quilt when it's finished. Be sure to check out other projects in this book on the Martingale blog here.
 
All the applique pieces are at the "glued" stage, I love Roxanne glue for holding everything in place. I think this will make a good hand project while watching some of my favourite shows this fall. It's starting to get cooler in the morning......fall is coming.

It's a fantastic book and if you'd like to win your own autographed copy of Cheryl's book, simply leave a comment and just for fun tell me your favourite part of being a quilter......friendships, applique, piecing, shopping for fabric, collecting quilts, quilt shows, retreats....you get the idea. Leave a comment on this post only and I'll draw the lucky person out of a hat on Thursday. Check Cheryl's blog each Sunday to see the next stop on her blog tour. Good Luck!

93 comments:

Jan said...

After giving it a little thought, I think that the best part of quilting for me is taking in museums and exhibits with my blog buddy, Vicki - looking at & talking about the quilts we see, and the ideas that it sparks.
Thank you for your generous offer - this looks to be a book I need in my library!

Sherrill said...

I couldn't say what I like best about quilting cuz I love it ALL!! Love your blog and thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

I think you did well choosing a project from the book. I would love to make a quilt from that pattern.

The best part of quilting for me is the creativity. I have always loved fabric and have made many things over the years. I think quilting gives me the best creative use of fabric. I so enjoy picking the fabrics, cutting them apart, and stitching them back together again. I also like the sharing of the craft with so many others whether it is in a small group of quilting friends, through a guild, or through the quilting blogs.

Pauline G said...

The best part of quilting for me is the friendships I make through groups or blogging whilst doing soemthing which gives me great pleasure. This looks a great give away

Joan said...

Beautiful project! I love everything about quilting... choosing fabrics, applique, piecing, stitchery. I could go on and on. It is my passion. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

Quilter Kathy said...

This is a beautiful project for winter stitching.
it would be hard to pick my favorite part of quilting. At first it was the creative outlet and love of colour, then I really enjoyed the challenges of learning so many new things, but lately my favorite part has been the wonderful friendships I have found through quilting. These quilters have literally kept my life stitched together.

Darlene said...

Your quilt is beautiful, Wendy. Great choice of fabrics!

My favorite thing about quilting is the creative outlet it provides for me. I love working with needle and thread but I can't explain how it makes me feel.
:-) Maybe it's the overall feeling of tranquility and bliss.

Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous book.

Kimberly said...

Beautiful work, Wendy! I did a simplified version of the same quilt for my review... such a great project! I miss Cheryl's open houses, they were such a highlight for me! Have fun with your giveaway!

Terry said...

I love that quilt! Thanks for the chance to win Cheryl's great book! :0)

Terry said...

Sorry...I got excited and forgot to tell you my favorite part of quilting. It's the piecing. I love to take bits and pieces of fabric and make something out of them! :0)

Dianne Mitzel said...

The best part of quilting for me is the satisfaction it gives when I am able to give a quilt to someone I love. This is a great quiltbook, love the quilt you will make.diannemitzel1@hotmail.com

quiltmiep said...

The best part o9f quilting for me is to choose the fabrics and at the end see what came out off it. Thanks for the give away,

scottylover said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Love that you said the applique is easy to turn under. That's what always stops me from trying some of the curved appliques.

The best part of quilting to me is the way it relaxes me and allows me to be creative. I love taking a pattern and adding my own fabric choices to see how it turns out.

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sandy A

Christine said...

This book is so appealing. I have been eyeing it in my LQS. The best part of quilting for me is pulling fabric from my stash to start a project without having to purchase anything.
Christine from Ontario

Wendy said...

Beautiful work. Umm it is hard to pick out just one "best" thing about quilting...love the friends I have made through quilting...ladies I may never have brushed shoulders with otherwise. Love the fabric choices we have today, love the coziness of a finished quilt, love that Mr. O takes pride in my accomplishments and even brags about me to others...need I go on? I would love to this book...sign me up please!

mk4health said...

What I love the most about quilting is how it makes me feel...relaxed,safe,at peace and closer to God....very soothing to the soul....I would love to be entered in your drawing...thanks for your great giveaway...many blessings to you and yours... Melody

Karen said...

Wendy, your quilt is beautiful. I always enjoy your blog and seeing what your next project is.
I took up quilting because I wanted to create something special for the people I love. Most of the quilts I have made were gifts and it pleases me to see them being used.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win Cheryl's book.

Shakerwood said...

Of course you had to do the nine-patch quilt. I'm sure you will get this finished in no time.

I like the whole process but I think my favorite part is starting a new project - picking out the pattern, the fabrics, caressing them, putting them in color coordinated piles, putting them all in a project bag .... but that's when it stops. I really need to move past that point! LOL

~Laurie~ said...

My favorite part of quilting is seeing the look on the recipient's eyes when they open their present of a quilt. I love the warmth that I see come forth and the happiness of their expression with my gift. It makes all the yucky cutting worth it!! (Now, you know my least favorite part too!) Thanks for a chance to win such a beautiful book :)

Colleen said...

The fun part for me is taking classes. But, I love the peace and solitude of sewing in my sewing room as well.

Sunnybec said...

I would have said making something pretty from pieces of fabric. But we had to have our old dog put to sleep just over a week ago and my quilting friends have been fabulous, emailing me everyday to make sure I am okay, without them it would have been much harder, so for me it has to be my friends that are my favourite part. Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

marie said...

I love it all, but my least favorite is the cutting. All the new quilty friends is a plus

paulette said...

Oh Wendy!! I am going to buy this book for this VERY quilt pattern!! LOVE this one...however the other quilts are wonderful too!! You did a super job with the fabric selection! How sweet this quilt is!!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy (autographed too!!) of this book!
Take care!
Paulette

Sheila said...

I love the creativity of quilting and also the friendships I have made far and wide . Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway .Sheila

Me and My Stitches said...

I love, love your 9 patch! I have to have this book! Hmmm...my favorite - I really think I love it all. Maybe my favorite part depends on the day. Sometimes you are just in the mood to shop for a new project. Other times it's nice to finish something. I love all of the great people that I've met through quilting and on blogs. Yep...I think I just love it all!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a beautiful quilt Wendy. My favorite part of quilting is choosing beautiful fabrics followed by retreats!

quilter said...

It is difficult to choose my favorite part of quilting, I love to handle fabric (pet the fabric), like the completed project and the friendships I have developed because we all love quilting.

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Bev said...

I LOVE this quilt! I'd love to win the book. Okay, I'm going to be honest about my favourite part of being a quilter...don't judge me now!

I am a total fabric junkie! I have a theory that the chemical they spray on the fabric to keep it from fading on the shelf is addictive to some people...mainly me! I feel myself relax when I cut, sew or stroke my fabrics. So there you go...now I'm outed. An addict...sigh...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Cheery wave from Bev

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Cheryl's book looks so awesome. I love quilting. My favorite part would be cutting up the pieces and putting it back together again :-) It's like a big puzzle. I love to see it become something out of nothing. I love the beauty of the fabric and the peace it brings to my spirit. It's my therapy.

Kathy said...

My favorite part of being a quilter is that it is such a productive hobby. I always have a gift on hand and the quilts I make seem to make others smile.

jofridsquilt said...

My favorite part is to create, and make colours matc. Hugs Jofrid

Kathy MacKie said...

Such a beautiful quilt and I love how there is some quilting along with the applique. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

ritainalaska said...

following this book blog is one of my fav things about quilt blogging. i love applique and cheryl is one of my fave bloggers. i've learned much and been inspired, motivated and awed by the bloggers i'm following. i'd love to win a copy of this book. thanx for the opportunity to do so.

LKDrum said...

It's hard to pick a favorite part of being a quilter -- so it is a three-way tie! I love the friendships, shopping for fabric with friends, and piecing the beautiful projects. We agree that we both love Cheryl's new book, and would be thrilled to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway. Lana in East TN

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Sandi said...

I love the creativity each person brings to a design. You can see 5 copies of the same quilt and not always recognize them as the same quilt due to individual interpretations.

I love the community and sharing of quilters and their skills.

I enjoy going on holidays and finding quilt shops, quilts and sewing notions that have to come home with me.
Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

MK said...

I enjoy the time quilting and the finished results.

Brenda said...

The best part of quilting for me is the feeling of completing something. I love the creative part, the yummy colors of fabric, the whole process.
This book looks great.

Robyn said...

I enjoy applique.

Kindred Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt, and a beautiful book! The best part of quilting is that it's quality ME time, and time spent with my quilting friends. I also enjoy making something for someone else to enjoy.

WoolenSails said...

I really love that quilt and it is definitely something I would love to make. Cheryl has such wonderful way of putting her designs together and her fabric choices.

Debbie

Colleen said...

Love your quilt... gorgeous! As far as my favorite parts... the shopping and the binding....the start and the finish!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh I love your quilt!! I would love to make one too! It is so me. ;-) The best part of being a quilter to me is the connections. To the past and my grandmother's, the present and my friends, and the future to my kiddo's. I love all the connections you find when you are a quilter. Thanks for the fun!

Plume de Chat said...

Hello Wendy! Your quilt is gorgeous! My favorite part in quilting is choosing fabric. As a wildlife artist (too!), I enjoy "playing" with color...Thanks for sharing this giveaway. I'll subscribe to your blog...it's so beautiful.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

My favorite part of quilting is choosing fabrics, color is so inspirational. I also love, love hand stitching applique and hand quilting, so even putting on the binding is so relaxing.

* said...

Although not a primitive person I can see your quilt done in brights. My favorite part of quilting is being creative. I have NO artistic abibility but I am creative and quilting has given me an outlet I hadn't gotten from any of my other crafting hobbies.

Carmen Nuland said...

All parts are wonderful, but I love shopping for fabrics and finding the "perfect" matches

Linda said...

HELLO! MY FAVORITE PART OF QUILTING IS CHOOSING THE PROJECT! LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT QUILTING THOUGH!
THANKS FOR SHARING A BEAUTIFUL GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Barbara Woods said...

i love making quilts for other people

tpott said...

Choose 1 part, really? You're kidding? What's not to like/lo ve, about quilting? I think we all love so many parts, the colors, the feel of the fabric, choosing a project, the sewing even the sound of the machine, the recipient, the satisfaction of the completed quilt. Going into the fabric store is like heaven I never want to leave, so much eye candy. I have to stop, I'm of a certain age and I'm getting all HOT just thinking about it all! Thanks for the great giveaway! I need to go rest a little. ;-> Toni Anne

Joyce said...

Love the one you chose to make! Right now my favorite part seems to be the collecting...I get the pattern and material, then my eyes wander to another project that I just have to make! My best friend laughs that she could shop in my sewing room!

Lynn said...

Your Night Blooms is beautiful!
My favorite part of quilting, is actually creating something. I imagine one day when I'm long gone my grandchildren will have my quilts, just the way I have one of my grandmother's quilts.

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

I have Cheryls previous book & love it. I was so excited to see the next edition coming out. How do I love thee quilting...let me count the ways...it feeds my soul, it comforts me...long after I leave this place, a part of me will remain, for my children and their childrens children.

JayTee said...

I love going to quilt classes or retreats ....followed by fabric shopping!!

Loris said...

I love that Night Blooms quilt too! You have done a lovely job with it. I would love to win her book :-) I seem to love piecing best. Running cut fabric through my machine just feels wonderful!

Fiesta said...

 Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize. The best part of being a quilter is learning so much thru blogs. Your project Is fabulous!



 

Sharon Rhudy said...

I love piecing, but I love going to quilt shops with other quilters. Seeing something new is what keeps me motivated.

Pamela Nees said...

My favorite part of quilting is the combining of different colors/collections/stash to make up the quilt! :)

Love the looks of that book!!

Vicki W said...

Your quilt is lovely! My favorite part of quilting is that I can totally lose track of time and anything going on around me when I am immersed in it.

Louise said...

Love primitive..discovered it back in the early 90s. After 37 years I do think my favorite thing about quiltins are the friendships I have made, women coming together and sharing..love it!

Cathy said...

My favorite part of quilting is reinventing my style all the tiime. I can switch from primitive, to Civil War era, to scrappy. It just suits my personality! My favorite project is always the next one!

Happy stitching ladies!

Cathy G.

Marsha said...

I love quilting because I love fabric. I have tried many different crafts and I keep coming back to stitching fabric! Sometimes I follow a pattern, sometimes I make it up as I go. Thank you for a chance to win this fantastic book! This is one that if I don't win it, I will purchase it.

shez said...

wow Wendy thats fantastic,i love lots of things about quilting,always lots of things to learn and love the new friends you make along the way.xx

Ginny Worden said...

Love your quilt, it is always interesting to see how we each interpret a designers pattern, I think that is what I love most about quilting.

bets said...

I love quilting because I am making something out of material and you need an imagination when choosing the material. Love to create and love to give my creations as gifts. Great hobby....just love to quilt and sew too..for my grandchildren.

Vivian said...

My favorite part of quilting is the moment I sit down at my machine and start stitching a new project. The tedious part is over. I've decided on a pattern, chosen the fabrics, and cut the pieces (that's the most tedious part). Then the fun begins for me.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

wow! Wendy your quilt top is fabulous. You have been busy. Love it.
Gosh, there are so many things I like about being a quilter. I love the creative process, applique, quilt bees, well I could go on and on. thanks for a chance to win Cheryl's book.

arlette said...

My fave part of being a quilter, is friendship, you can share fabric, quilting ideas, even blocks, it's so amazing!!!

Homemaker Honey said...

Beautiful book! I love the friendships I have made as a quilter and am so thankful for my sweet little quilting group.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Judy C said...

Beautiful quilt! The question is not an easy one. I enjoy the freindships I have built while quilting. I think my least favourite is the cutting. I like the planning and stitching (especially when I get to stitch with friends) but I also love to do the finish quilting and then there is the binding which to me is like finishing a good book. I hate to have the story end but then you also know the whole journey and the memories you have created. ahhh what's not to love.

MoeWest said...

My favourite part of quilting is choosing the fabrics for my project and then the piecing. I like the Night Blooms quilt.

quiltgrammy said...

Wow, your quilt is beautiful!!
My favorite part of quilting is the friendships and buying fabric and when they are combined, its BLISS!!

annie said...

that is beautiful with the black and the baskets. for me it is the colors that draw me to fabric, like a drug that is here in me, a part of me that is vibrant, and alive with possibilities. even smalls come to life with the right colors!

CathyK said...

My favorite part of quilting is the friendships I have made since beginning quilting. I am new to quilting, but the friends I have made will be lifelong, for sure. Quilters are such wonderful and thoughtful people!

Raewyn said...

This looks like a gorgeous book and your quilt is going to be lovely! What is there not to love about being a quilter :-) The friendships really enrich it and the creative possibilities are so inspiring.

Susan said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! Every color is perfect. I love the color black and there are too few quilts based on black. I am in love!
My favorite part of quilting is that there is such a loving and caring community attached to it. Women (and men) from around the world share ideas, moments and friendship over the internet as if we have known each other all of our lives. Feels like I've come home!

Lori said...

There is so much to love about quilting! Friendships is right up towards the top, but I also LOVE snuggling with a quilt, either on the couch or on the bed.
The book looks terrific!! I love the top you made from it.

cathy said...

Ce que j'aime par dessous tout dans le patchwork, c'est la pose du biais et le quilting!
Cette courtepointe fleurie est magnifique, bravo!!

Grete said...

Everything about quilting is best! <3 I love to choose the colours and to start the creative process of making something nice. I decide what to do as the work goes on, and do not often use a special pattern, but have an idea in my head.
A book, as well as a lot of blogs, will always be an inspiration! So I am happy to join your give away!

Michelle said...

Love the quilt! Would love to win the book it looks GORGEOUS!!! My favourite thing about quilting is the peace and quiet, just me, my machine and fabric.....bliss. But saying that I love quilting with my friends also!
Michelle

Gayle said...

quilting, and sewing in general, has always been therapy for me.it makes me happy.

Jackie said...

Beautiful work! I love RETREATS, guild meetings, new friends, shopping ,piecing, and I love to cuddle up underneath one of those quits, sew rewarding, best part is to give quilts as gifts to family, such a great feeling!!'
Please sign me in for a chance to win a fabulous book!

Lisa Marie said...

Te favorite thing for me is collecting the fabric and seeing it come to life in a quilt.
I would love to win this book!

Diane said...

I like the sewing part best. I seem to block out most everything. when sewing. My husband says he can tell when I haven't sewn anything for awhile. Love to win the book.

Colleen said...

Gorgeous quilt and I love applique work :)

What I enjoy most about quilting is the "piece" (peace) and quiet of my sewing room where I can unwind and listen to the radio (or not) and just have time for myself.

Tricia said...

I am pretty new to quilting but my favorite part of it is that I found out I LOVE handwork like applique, redwork etc in the evenings while my other half watches TV right next to me. This looks like a grand book to have... it would bring my book total up to 5. LOL ;)
Thank You for the Chance to win it.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Kathy H said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Love that pattern.
There is so much I like about quilting, sometimes just looking at the fabric is great fun. I do enjoy making quilts for someone special and for charity.

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Beautiful quilt!
That's the one I want to make... and yes, I agree, the book looks fantastic from what I've seen! Would love to win a copy.
I think that all you've mentioned... friendships, applique<love it, piecing, shopping<love it, quilt shows, retreats<love 'em.... favorite parts of being a quilter. Thanks for the chance.

hueisei said...

I enjoyed making blocks. I think that's is why I love quilting :)

Kate B said...

I enjoy watching a quilt come together, the companionship of friends who are quilters and the challenge of a technique not yet tried.
The quilt looks fabulous Wendy!

Linda said...

HELLO! I LOVE THE PIECING!
THANKS FOR A SWELL GIVEAWAY!
HUGS FROM CHERYL!

msstitcher@yahoo.com

Mary said...

I love the friends I have had for the past twenty years in our little group. I love the fabric and the handwork too. Thanks for the chance to win. The book looks great.

Mary

marci sinfisi said...

i love quilting because i LOVE quilts... i love to look at them, touch them, wrap them around me, sew them.... mmm i love quilts!!