No problem, my day was planned, I’d get up at my usual time between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., quickly get dressed and take the puppy for a walk, come back and get the Show and Tell post done, then I’d do my own Blog Hop Party post. By then, it would be around noon, and I’d start reviewing and approving the party posts, with an anticipated finish time of about 3 or 4 p.m.
Well, that didn’t quite happen. Early this morning I received a surprise phone call from one of my best quilting buddies that she was in town and wanted to get together. It had been well over a year since I’d seen her! She hadn’t even met Milo yet and he’s 1.5 years old this week. It had been way too long and we were past due for a visit. So, of course, I had to invite her over and spend some time catching up.
We had a wonderful day/afternoon, and while I do hate to be late starting our party, I’m sure you can all understand that spending time with a quilting buddy was so worth it.
So, let’s get this party started!!
It’s time … for our Beat the Winter Blues – Quilters’ Blog Hop. We have more than 200 bloggers participating in this party. I hope you’ll visit all the participants, check out their blogs and enter their give-aways. You’ll have until March 14th to enter all, or most, of the give-aways.
If you’re new here to the Quilting Gallery .. welcome! I’m Michele Foster, aka Mishka, your hostess for the blog hop party and owner of this web site. I hope you’ll spend a few minutes checking out the various sections of my site including:
- the Quilting Bloggers Directory – with more than 5,500 quilting friends from around the world.
- the Quilt Shops & Services section which is a unique map-based directory of quilting retailers and professionals. – It’s soon to be updated too.
- the Quilt Guilds Directory where you’ll find guilds around the world.
- Quilter’s Market where you can search for the latest in quilting books, patterns and notions from independent designers/developers.
- hundreds of free quilting projects.
- and coming soon is the Quilting Events section which will feature both physical and virtual quilting events for you to visit and/or participate in.
Wait, there’s more….
Each week I’m thrilled to share with my readers a Quilters’ Coupon from one of our favourite online quilting retailers. Don’t miss the 50% off fabric sale from the Fat Quarter Shop this week. View the sale here!
Also each week, I host a Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week, we have 58 gorgeous quilted pillows for you to vote for your favourites and another give-away for you to enter. Vote and enter the give-away here!
Lastly, I love to host swaps. Registration for our latest swap, Dreaming of Spring Mini Quilt Swap is now underway. Hope you’ll join us and make new quilting friends around the world.
Product Review and Give-Away
As a blog owner, every now and then I get a request to review a book. Well, as it so happens, appliqué is my absolute most favourite quilting method. You wouldn’t know it by viewing my own latest quilts, but appliqué is my passion and I dream of the day when I actually have time to get really serious about this quilting technique. It just feeds my soul like no other quilting technique can.
Needless to say, I’ve purchased many appliqué books and videos, reviewed numerous blog posts and watched YouTube videos about appliqué. Really, its an obsession of mine.
So, when I was asked to review Jeanne Sullivan’s latest book Simply Successful Appliqué, I was thrilled at the opportunity.
It is very, I mean extremely, rare for me to rate a book as Excellent, but Jeanne’s book is definitely one that is well deserving of that rating. If you’ve ever been terrified of appliqué, I promise you that you will not be disappointed with this book.
I really do consider myself well versed in appliqué techniques, but reading this book, I’ve been utterly completely amazed at how many tips that I’ve picked up. It’s hard for me to express, but let me just say, this is the BEST quilting technique book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
For those that know me, you’ll know that I have never proclaimed such in the past. So, my hat goes off to Jeanne, and I just hope that one day I have a chance to meet her in person and thank her for opening up the world of appliqué to me that I had no idea was missing and for really getting down to the nit and gritty of this technique so that any newbie could be successful.
I took a few photos of the inside pages of this book, but I strongly recommend that you check out the Amazon listing here, as you can preview the book for yourself.
In addition to the “how to appliqué” instructions, there are eight patterns included on CD with the book that you can print out yourself. As someone who is very strapped for time these days, this is HUGE and much appreciated. Not only can I print out pages of the individual appliqué shapes on freezer paper, but I can also print out an overlay of the entire project so that the shapes are aligned correctly.
C&T Publishing has graciously offered a copy of Jeanne’s book as a give-away. North American residents will receive a physical copy of the book, while international visitors will receive an electronic copy.
To enter my give-away, just leave a comment below answering Have you done any appliqué before? Would you like to try?. I’ll pick one winner randomly from the comments on Thursday, March 14th.
Blog Hop Party
Visit the participating blogs in the blog hop by clicking the image below.