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Friday, May 25, 2012

Fun Friday Giveaway: Decorate Your Shoes


Do you believe you can spot a quilter in a crowd?  What exactly gives us away?  Possibly it is the earrings that some of us wear.  You know those spools of thread or cute quilts in clay earrings that many of us love.  Of course, having a t-shirt with a quilt image can give us away.  And, then many of us always walk around with strings dangling off of our clothes.   But, when you see someone walking around with really cute shoes that have a quilting motif, I think that would definitely send a statement "I love to Quilt".

It can certainly be fun to get dressed up to attend a Quilt Show, Guild Meeting, Retreat, or a Sew-cial and wear some fun quilty items.  Even more fun to make them, so that you know they are unique and represent you.  As such, I was quite excited to learn about a new book that I get to share insights with you today.

"Decorate Your Shoes: Create One-of-a-Kind Footwear", by Annemart Berendse, published by American Quilter's Society is a fun new book.  This book will certainly help you decorate your shoes in an endless number of quilting designs, based on techniques shared on this book, but I think it would also make for a fun group activity, even a quilt guild challenge.  And, store owners that are looking for ways to get customers in your store - use this book to create a fun activity that you could even host a Quilter's Shoe Show (like a fashion show).

Annemart is a Dutch Quilter who shares her insights on decorating various types of shoes from sandals, tennis shoes, clogs and more.  There are 11 fun designs included in this book, with easy to follow instructions.  But the possibilities do not stop here, as you could have fun applying these techniques to more designs and more objects (e.g. purses, totes, belts, etc.).












What fun  you could have wearing embellished shoes to any quilting activity, as well as shopping, going out to dinner, etc..  





Plus, you know your comfy shoes will look beautiful, just like your quilts!




I hope you get a chance to check out "Decorate your Shoes" at your local quilt store soon, or online at AQS.

For those attending the AQS Michigan Quilt Show, August 22-25th, be sure to visit the AQS booth for a chance to meet Annemart Berendse in person.


 You can also find Annemart at:
http://quiltingthetownred.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/#!/Quiltthetownred
https://www.facebook.com/Quiltingthetownred
http://www.quiltingthetownred.com/
http://pinterest.com/quiltthetownred/

Did I mention a giveaway?  Yes, Thank you to Annemart for sponsoring this giveaway for followers of SewCalGal.  To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me how you follow SewCalGal!

Want an extra entry?  Follow Annemart, through the name Quilting the Town Red on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or blog  and leave only one extra comment for any/all of the ways you can follow her, but in that comment let me know which ways you follow her.

I'll randomly draw a winner and announce next Friday.  Good luck!


I'm also happy to announce three winners, from the giveaway last week, sponsored by Linda Moran, for 3 fat quarters of hand-marbled fabric (one fat quarter per person).  The winners are:
Lisa
Agnes (Dachies with Moxie)
Jean




56 comments:

Sandy said...

Cute idea! I follow you via your blog in my RSS reader (Google).

Jayardi said...

• • • I follow all my favorites manually. Which includes SewCalGal.

Jacquelin said...

Hola, te sigo a través de Google reader y además regularmente te visito para comprobar como va todo. Buen fin de semana.

Sharon B said...

This book looks like sew much fun - I remember using ink pens when I was in high school to decorate my Converse High Tops! *Am I dating myself :)

Sharon B said...

I follow quilt the town red - love the blog!

Sallie said...

google reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

Becky said...

I am following Annemarie on Pinterest. (Hope I got her name right:)

Becky said...

I follow SewCalGal through Google Friends Connect and Facebook. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sally King said...

I follow you anywhere!! Oh, on Facebook and Blog.
Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

Sally King said...

I liked Annemarie on Facebook.
Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

Anonymous said...

I follow via my fave blogs on Wordpress. What a fab idea. Will definitely have to pursue this further!! Huge thanks for the 'heads up'!!!!!

Rachelle said...

I follow you via Google Reader. Looks like a fab book!

Christine M said...

I follow you through my blog list! Looks like a very interesting book.

Queenie Believe said...

I am a Google Friend Connect follower.
You know those pieces of thread that cling to you...you were talking about... I call it "thread shrapnel" :o)
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Agnes B Bullock said...

I won! Thank You SewCal Gal! LOVE YOUR BLOG! (Am not entering this week, but the book looks great!)

DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

Brita said...

I'm a SewCalGal Follower! Love to get that book -- I saw it all over the place in Paducah, along with some very fun and funky sample shoes. Didn't think I'd do it at the time, but I wished I'd bought the book because wearing those shoes would create lots of smiles!

Pip said...

I follow your blog via my Google Reader. The book looks like fun, I'm a bit limited to the type of shoes I can wear (bunions) this looks like a great way to jazz up shoes.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I follow via GFC..thanks for this giveaway....

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I have a friend who wears wild painted shoes and would love to learn to paint some.

Lisa Cox said...

Woohoo! Thank you so much!
I appreciate how generous you are.

Diane Wild said...

Yes, I follow on Google Reader. Always good stuff on your blog. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway.

Janet said...

google reader. It's so easy. This book looks fantastic.

Gene Black said...

I follow using Blogger "blogs I read"

Barb said...

I....am your stalker....in the shadows.....peering in the windows of your computer.....do you always feel like someone is watching you...well it is me because when I grow up, I am going to be just like you.

What fun shoes.

Pippa's quilts said...

I follow you on my blog love the book.

Pippa's quilts said...

I am following quilting the town red through her blog Thank you for sharing

Dawn said...

I follow you through Google Reader.

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

I follow you via e-mail. I always read everything that comes into my mailbox so I appreciate your having that option. I found your recent post about missing quilts so sad. What has the world come to that people will steal quilts? That has to be one of the lowest forms of low.

Purl Buttons said...

What fun!

Margaret said...

I follow by e-mail. love reading all your blogs. They are always teaching me new things. thanks

Margaret said...

I follow Quilting the Town Red on Twitter

Linda Coleman said...

I follow your blog on google reader

Bonnie58 said...

I follow your blog AND am also participating in your monthly FMQ project. Love it.

Bonnie58 said...

I also follow Annemart's blog. She has some great ideas

barefootT said...

I follow you through my google home page, and facebook.

will add Annemart, book looks like fun :)

Mare said...

I follow your blog and enjoy it so much. Great idea's for decorating a shoe

Shelinstitches said...

I follow you on my Google homepage...I believe that's through RSS.

Laceflower said...

You are on my daily breakfast with the blog roll. These shoes look much more professional than what I turned out at age 12 when I dyed and painted my shoes blue and yellow.

Deb said...

I follow in my google reader, makes great reading each morning.

Lee said...

How fabulous! thanks for the lovely giveaway. I follow in Google Reader.

quilter99755 said...

I follow you with your blog, both manually and autozone! And FB at times...gotta get off the computer to quilt though!

quilt 'n piece said...

I follow you on Facebook and your blog. Love the sound of the book giveaway. Holding thumbs....

JaneB said...

Hee, hee. When I saw this blog title, it made me laugh! Now I totally want in. I follow this blog on my Google Reader page.

Bev said...

How fun! I follow your blog on Google reader. Thanks for all you do.

Donna Joy said...

I follow on google reader and email as I don't want to miss a thing. Thanks

Lyn said...

I follow your blog with my google reader. I also get e-mails.

Tina said...

I follow with Google friends.

Ani said...

I get your email updates! Thank you for the cool giveaway! =0)

Ani said...

I'm following Annemart via Facebook Quilting the Town Red - thanks for the link - love the shoes!!! Must do!! =0)

Lyn said...

Just found you today. Becomming a blog follower and will also follow on Facebook.
Love the decorated shoes. I love to paint my own shoes, but have not done any so elegant!

2ne said...

I follow your blog with my google reader :-)

Josie McRazie said...

I am kind of low tech! I follow on blogger, I have no thech other than my basic cell phone and since I have been gone for the holiday/my daughter's 17th birthday weekend i am playing catch up with five days worth of reading! LOL

Unknown said...

I follow through Google Reader. My daughter would love this book. sewingseeds @ cox.net

Deb said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Deb said...

I now follow Annemart on Twitter, also! Thanks for the give-away.

audrey said...

i follow annemart which is where i heard about the giveaway! my 16 yr. old daughter has been crazy about getting this book ever since i told her about the 'decorate your shoes' idea.:)