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Friday, February 17, 2012

Fun Friday: Quilt Book Review and Giveaway

"Nature's Beauty in Applique': Pretty and Practical Projects", by Susan Taylor Propst, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, is a new quilting book that has many wonderful projects.

There are nine beautiful projects in this book, each with inspirational photos, great visuals and easy to follow instructions.  And every project rejoices in the beauty of nature.


Projects are all small, from place mats, tote bags, carrying cases, a neck-roll pillow, wall hanging and more. 


Techniques covered in this book include basic piecing, along with using hand or fusible applique'.


The projects would make perfect gifts, or keep and enjoy for yourself and they are appropriate for quilters of all levels (beginners thru advanced).


I hope you get a chance to check out this new quilt book at your local quilt store, or online at Martingale & Company's online store.

Did I mention a giveaway?  Thanks to Martingale & Company for donating a copy of this delightful book for a Fun Friday giveaway for followers of SewCalGal.

Want to win a copy of this book?  Simply leave a comment on this post to enter.

Want an extra entry ?   Sign up to receive the newsletter from Martingale & Company.  It is a great way to find out about new books, as well as some amazing specials.  And then leave a comment on this post to let me know you wish to claim this extra entry.

But, please be aware, that to win I need to have a way to contact you. Default settings for google/blogger, as well as those with Typepad and other blogging tools, can show up as a "no reply blogger" comment where I can't contact them to let them know they won. Please check my list of bloggers and non-bloggers that have posted comments and show up as a no reply blogger. If in doubt, embed your email address in your comment.

Due to cumulative blog related expenses and costs for shipping, sadly I'm forced to limit the winner of this prize to be someone within the United States.  I've been hoping that the AdChoices advertisements on my blog (the ads you click on to get more info), along with sponsored advertisements, would generate revenue to help offset shipping costs for shipping prizes.  Unfortunately, 2012 shipping costs have already far exceeded such income and donation from those that have kindly sent money to offset shipping cost.  While many prizes are shipped directly from sponsors, there are still many that SewCalGal absorbs the cost.  Thus, without sufficient paid advertisements and/or sponsors, I may not have a Fun Friday giveaway every week. 

The winner of this giveaway will randomly be selected and announced next Friday, February 24th.


Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway from last week, for the very popular quilting tool "lighted pin picker upper", sponsored by Toys for Quilters, aka  Graphic Impressions where three lighted pin picker uppers are given to the following three winners:
1) Shez
2) Anita (Margret Mary's Place)
3) Kathryn






180 comments:

Pat said...

These quilts are just gorgeous! Thanks for all you do.

Sooli said...

I love applique! I love the effect on the leaves on the cushion. Some brilliant projects!

Anonymous said...

whow i love the projects in this book.xx

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Gorgeous projects in the book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nana B said...

Beatuiful book!

marth225 said...

I'd love to have a copy of this book - I've recently started looking at applique

Lisa Marie said...

These projects look beautiful, especially the pillow with the leaves. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

Mary W Quilts said...

I love the swan. Sew pretty. SewCalGal, I love your logo at the top of your blog. Mary

Bev said...

Love the book! Thanks for showing it. The pillow with leaves is gorgeous!

Heather said...

That book looks so fun. Love the pillow with the leaves and the table runner is super too.

Pat said...

Although I've never done one, I love nature projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janet said...

I have her 2 previous books and love them - I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book = thanks for the opportunity!

yorkie mom said...

Love that book! How beautiful. Thanks for a chance.

Anita in Florida said...

Wow, what a surprise...I won the lighted pin picker upper!!!
Thank you so much SewCalGal!

Claudia said...

Beautiful project in this book. Thanks you.

Rosa said...

the book looks great.I love that runner.Thanks for the chance to win!

Gwen said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners! :-) Thank you for all your giveaways-- and you are right, shipping is getting so expensive! I will click on your links-- maybe that will help a little.. The Nature's Beauty in Applique book looks amazing-- gorgeous designs!! I love applique and am an "ourdoorsy" girl-- so this book is perfect!!

Gwen said...

I like the Martingale & Co. FB page-- the new book, Creative Quilts From Your Crayon Box, sounds very fun and the picture on the cover is beautiful!!!! Thank you for the extra entry! :-)

Jerry & Pat said...

Thanks for sharing this book. Love the pictures. Something I could be interested in. Thanks for the chance to win. Pat
sunroomquilts@gmail.com Just in case I am the lucky one!.

Jerry & Pat said...

Okay, just "liked" Martingale and posted a comment.
Pat sunroomquilts@gmail.com

Josie McRazie said...

What beautiful inspiration!

Josie McRazie said...

I liked them!! I liked them a lot!! LOL

Bev in TX said...

I greatly enjoy applique and those designs are beautiful!

Béa said...

Wonderful projects, I would be very happy to win !Thanks.

annmarie said...

I don't buy many quilting books (really, how many do you need?) BUT I think this one will be the exception. Awesome projects. Thanks for the review & the chance to win it.

annmarie said...

I LIKED Martingale on FB and told them how great their new books are.

Shelley said...

I have NEVER wanted to do a pictorial piece UNTIL I SAW THAT SWAN!!! Oh my goodness, it's so gorgeous! Yes, you can ship me U.S.

Mom said...

My mom loves swans. The project would make a wonderful gift for her. Pauline.lally@gmail.com

Mom said...

My mom loves swans. The project would make a wonderful gift for her. Pauline.lally@gmail.com

Michele said...

So glad to hear you like and recommend Pellon projects. Great designs and patterns! You and your followers should check Pellon out at www.PellonProjects.com and also Friend us on Facebook!

Brenda said...

Beautiful pieces in that book - thanks for the opportunity to win one!
bkroez@gmail.com

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for the opportunity. :o)

Kathy H said...

That book looks beautiful. The flowers are just gorgeous. Would love to make some of those quilts. Thanks for the chance.

Lynn said...

What a pretty cover on this book and it looks like it is filled with great projects too.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What a beautiful book...got to have this!!

Linda E in AZ said...

These are beautiful nature projects - maybe I could even do them??
thanks!

Phyl said...

I get so excited when a new floral technique comes out. Thanks.

Gene Black said...

The projects you have shown from this book are delightful. I would love to win this. (I will be sure to click a few ads - grin)

robin said...

It looks like a wonderful book - thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I love the projects in this book.....just beautiful!
Charlotte B.
charlottebetts@yahoo.com

Gill said...

This looks a great book! I especially love the bag with the yellow flowers!
I would love to win a copy!

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

I have had my eye on this book for awhile now - it would be a lovely surprise to win! Thank you soooo much for the generous Giveaway!

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

Thank you for the link to Martingale. I have signed up for emails and am very much looking forward to advance notice of new books!

Gini said...

The projects look great - just like spring. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

Sallie said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Sallie said...

I signed up for the newsletter.

Maya said...

Those are very pretty projects indeed. Thanks for the giveaway!

2ne said...

A great give away.
The book and the patterns are so great :-)

Anonymous said...

GREAT BOOK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher12@yahoo.com

TexPat said...

Great giveaway! A great addition to anyone's applique library!

Jo said...

Wonderful give away... I've been wanting to try more things like appliques!

donna a said...

please enter me in the give away! I have always wanted to learn applique and I just love things in nature...what a perfect way to learn!
rodeodeacon@yahoo.com

Kristine said...

So pretty! I would love that book!

Kristine said...

I liked Martingale & commented on the pic.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous book. Yes, I'm well aware of high shipping costs, and have just checked out all the links and hope that helps.
Pat
in case I win (babcia2008@ymail.com)

Jane said...

Getting ready for my first foray into applique. Thanks for the giveaway!

Nanasrcool said...

Love the book! Thank you for the giveaway!

In case you cant reply by my post please contact me at http://nanasrcool-nanasrcoolandlovetoquilt.blogspot.com/. I have your site featured as well. I love your blog and follow it daily!

Thanks,
Nanasrcool

Jean said...

The projects in the book look great! It's always fun to learn new techniques as you incorporate them into a project! Thanks for the chance to win.

Belinda said...

What a great book. Those projects are just beautiful!

Lovesgarlic said...

Wow, judging by what you have shown, this book looks fantastic!

Heather

Jane said...

Left my "like" & comment on facebook. Thanks again!

Jennie P. said...

That is so awesome! I'd love to win this book. :)

teachpany said...

I'm signed up for Martingale's emails.

teachpany said...

Great info! I really want to make the Iris runner. That's stunning!

Jennie P. said...

I signed up for the newsletter as well!

Sandy said...

Looks like a great book.

(wrybbunz@gmail.com)

Sandy said...

And I signed up for the Martingale newsletter!

(wrybbunz@gmail.com)

ca58able said...

The projects you show from this book are gorgeous! I would love to win a copy.

Carol bobbygable@bellsouth.net

Sharon B said...

The swan would just have to come live in my living room. I just learned how to do hand applique so it might take some time.

Sharon B said...

I now receive the news letter too

Patti said...

I like the projects that I see from this book. I see several great gifts. Thanks for a chance to win.

Patti said...

I signed up for the Martigale newsletter. Thanks.

Doreen said...

That book is a MUST HAVE for me, so either I win it or buy it!!!!! Also must say a big shout out to last week's site (Graphic Impressions). Took one look at their fabric (very organized) and just had to purchase. Thanks so much for giving me another fabric source!!!!!

strandkorbtraum said...

[please ignore me for the drawing]
It's a shame that it won't cover your expenses ... do I get that right, that you only make money if we actually click on the sponsor links? so would it help if I just clicked on one of them when I visit to read your posts? I really like give aways but being one of those "internationals" there are less and less as people complain about the postage - completely understandable, I do too. ....
I quite enjoyed the Fridays ... though I never won, just the anticipation was nice.

Marcia W. said...

I already receive the Martingale & Company newsletter (and their quirky question too).

LJ said...

I love these applique projects. The iris table topper is my favorite but they are all wonderful!

LJ said...

I did sign up for the Martindale newsletter. Ohhhh, for doing that they will send me a coupon for 30% off. Yeah!

Marcia W. said...

I love the Iris quilt so please enter me into the giveaway for this book. I already follow your blog.

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great book. Also thanks for all the giveaways. Read your blog almost everyday and enjoy it.

Jeanne said...

I already receive the newsletter from Martingale & Co.

WoolenSails said...

Really beautiful projects and love that pillow, different and practical, great for home and gift giving.

Debbie

WoolenSails said...

I already receive their newsletter.

Debbie

Diane Wild said...

I think this book would be a welcome addition to my library. Thanks for the chance.

Jo Anne said...

Wow, such beautiful projects. I really like the leaf pillow.

Jo Anne said...

I subscribe to Martingale's newsletter.

Joanna said...

Every project you show a picture of is beautiful. Thanks.

CathyH said...

Finally some applique projects that I think I would like!!

Sherri G said...

I love all these projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks like a winner.

Richard Healey said...

Looks like a great book.

http//richardquilts.blogspot.com
Make sure you stop by and put your guess in my quilt givaway by guessing my babys B-day or Birth Weight.

Pauline said...

This book looks like exactly what I need to restart appliqueing. (Sorry if that's not a word!) Since I'm a self taught quilter, and know next to nothing about appliques, I'd enjoy some small projects to learn how to do it right.
Thanks for the opportunity.

ritainalaska said...

love any book on applique! thanx for the opportunity to win this one. those swans are gorgeous!
rgoshorn@ak.net

FarmNana said...

Looks like a great book - I've been experimenting with fusible applique, and love nature themes (and I have a swan!). Thanks for another great give away.
Nancy

Karen said...

I have been wanting to do more applique and I especially love flowers so this book would be perfect!

Kearstie Grenier said...

Looks like a great book. Please enter me in the give away.

Kearstie Grenier said...

I already receive the Martingale newsletter.

Cecilia said...

This book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I already get Martingale's newsletter.

JJ said...

Oh I love the projects that you showed from that book. I am a sucker for a good book. I will have to see if I can find it. Thanks for the review.

Sewgirl said...

Looks like an absolutely beautiful book. I wouldn't mind having that one in my library!

Sewgirl said...

I am already signed up to recieve Martingales's newsletter!

Dar said...

Please put me into the hat for that beautiful book. I especially love the example of the iris table runner. I would make that first off. Thanks.

Slovenka said...

The projects in the book look so exciting. Especially Swan. Thanks for the giveaway.

Teri said...

Appliqué is my favorite thing to do.....the book looks wonderful...thank you...

Wendy B said...

Oooh I do love that swan.....just gorgeous!!!
Wonderful prize too...thanks for the chance to win it!
sugary hugs
Wendy :O) xo

Wendy B said...

I've signed up for the newsletter too.....put your name as the referee! thanks so much

Beth said...

Those projects are exquisite. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this lovely book.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Beth said...

I already receive the Martingale newsletter. Does that make me eligible for another entry? If not, please delete this, as I'm not trying to cheat.

Thanks again for hosting this giveaway.

Jazzy said...

I just signed up for Martingale newsletter.Thank you for bringing her to our[my] attention. I LOVE the designs that are in the book and have my fingers crossed that I'm the lucky winner.

quilter99755 said...

this looks like a book that I would use more than once! I'd love to win it. Thanks for the review.

LeAnne said...

These look like great little projects that I could accomplish, and I really like floral applique. Thanks for the giveaway.

LeAnne said...

I already receive Martindale's newsletters.

Cathy said...

That book is great! I'd especially like to make the bag! cathyquiltsalot@yahoo.com

Phyllis said...

New follower, but loving your blog. Thanks for the chance.

Sharon said...

Nice book...congratulations to last weeks winners....I already receive your newsletter thank you.

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

The best thing I love about quilting is the extraordinary array of possibilities that creative people can do with thread and needles. Amazing projects in this book!

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Signed up to receive Martindale's newsletters.

Carrie P. said...

I would love to win this book. I love that hosta pillow. So many beautiful projects.

Carrie P. said...

I am already a subscriber to Martingale's newsletter.

Sally King said...

What a great book. The projects are wonderful.
I receive the newsletter.
Thanks for doing this.
SallyKingemail@gmail.com
www.BabyStepsQuilting.com

Margaret said...

I am just learning to appliqué so this would be awesome to win. Thanks for the give away.

JoyceLM said...

I love Martingale & Co. quilt books. Thanks for the chance to win this new one.

JoyceLM said...

I already subscribe to Martingale & Co. newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sharen said...

This new applique book is awesome! Love the leaf pillow and the tote bag designs, especially! I signed up for the Martingale Newsletter, too. Thank you for sharing your designs and techniques!

Rilene said...

The book looks wonderful! I love the plant designs, especially the flowers!

AlessandraLace said...

amazing book. cross my fingers. thank you. hugs

happymrs said...

Thanks for doing this! I have been looking at this new book online & would love to have it!...

happymrs said...

Thanks for doing this! I have been looking at this new book online & would love to have it!...

happymrs said...

I just signed up for the Martingale & Co. newsletter too, for my extra entry, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book. I'm learning to do applique by machine.
Diana
dgates@wavecable.com

Jensters said...

What a great giveaway and being as im just starting out and done my first block this book would be amazing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting me play along with the giveaway.

Cherry said...

Thanks for the great review! The projects look wonderful.

shenyon said...

yeah new authors! Martingale always publishes such beautiful books.

quilt happy said...

would love to win a quilt book , i only have one and it came in the mail today

ANudge said...

I would love to win this book!

ANudge said...

I already get the Martingale newsletter. It is fab - I've bought a bunch of books from them - things I couldn't find at my LQS.

Jeanne Gwin said...

OMGosh I love the book. The Iris table runner is gorgeous. I have a friend that would receive that a a gift PDQ. she is wild about Iris's. Thanks for the chance

Jeanne Gwin said...

I am subscribed to Maringale's newsletter.

crafter1953 said...

Hi, I would love to have this book maybe I will be able to learn something new. Thank Martingale for giveaway and thank you for doing all the work.

crafter1953 said...

I am already getting there newsletter.

Anonymous said...

I never win anything! Here is my try at the wonderful book by Martingale. Thanks. moquilts@verizon.net

Jacqueline said...

The book looks fantastic.. thanks for a chance.

jleibfried@aol.com

janice said...

Several of the projects look interesting!!
j.minyard@sbcglobal.net

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Oh, wow, these are beautiful. I am going to add this to my wishlist right now!

Monika said...

pretty pretty PLEASE!!! ;-)

Joyce said...

Great projects in this book, great giveaway!

Lee said...

I love the look of the cover projects - my daugther loves daffodils and my sister iris! Would be a great book to win - thank you for the giveaway!!

Lee said...

I signed up for the newsletter too at Martingale! thanks again!

Kathy said...

LOVE the hosta pillow pattern. I'd love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

pburketb said...

Would love the book. Thanks for all the great stuff

Susie said...

I would love a book like this. I'm interested in learning applique. Thanks for your blog.

Deb G. in VA said...

I have both of Susan's previous books and this one looks just as wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb G. in VA said...

I'm already signed up for Martingale's newsletter.

Connie said...

What a beautiful book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Connie said...

I'm signed up for Martingale's newsletter!

Ruth B said...

I looooove applique! Looks like a great book - the pillow is stunning!

Marilee said...

Beautiful projects, pieced and appliqued.

Janet said...

Intriguing looking book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Judith said...

I love applique, especially flowers. Thanks for the
giveaway.

Judith said...

I am already signed up at Martingale under zephyr_judith.

Nanbon44 said...

I am already signed up at Martingale

Nanbon44 said...

looks like a new learning tool

cleomisty said...

Hi, I have a few of Martingale books they are easy to follow and have some great authors I enjoy applique and always take something to work on our regional days Flowers are my favorite blocks to work on I would happily pay postage to NZ if I win the draw thanks for the chance to enter
Val NZ

Laurel said...

Oh, do I want spring to come! To see the leaves start to break thru the soil, to take daily walks around the "estate" to see what's changed, to have camera in hand to capture the moments...
That's what I thought of when I looked at the photos in this book! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Laurel said...

Just to let you know that I re-signed up for the mailing list. (I was already on it.)

Elaine said...

If I should win, I'll defray your costs.

M and M plus 3 said...

Looks like a really great book, thanks for the chance to win.

Sharmond said...

Beautiful book with wonderful projects! Thanks for opportunity.

Kim D. said...

Looks like a wonderful book and I love appliqué. Thanks for the chance.

Jodi said...

Love the beautiful projects shown. Looks like a great book and one I need in my library.

Thank you and Martingale & Company for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi said...

I'm already receiving the newsletter from Martingale & Company.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

thegoose said...

Looks like a lovely book, thanks for the chance to win.

thegoose said...

and I signed up for the newsletter from Martingale.

Mare said...

What a great book and I'd love to win it and also signed up at the Martingale website. Thanks SewCalGal

Teresa said...

Nature and quilting just seem to go together.
I would love to sharpen my applique skills.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathleen said...

This book looks wonderful!

Anne said...

Looks like a great book, and I'd love to win it and I also signed up at the Martingale website.

mwhite said...

This book looks amazing! Wow I would love to add it to my bookcase.

mwhite said...

mwhite87701@yahoo.com

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What lovely projects in the book. I really love the iris table runner. Thanks for the chance.