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Thursday, July 5, 2012

SEW embellished! Blog Hop & Giveaway




You may remember when SewCalGal shared insights about first time quilt book authors and also shared insights on Quilt Fiesta, published by Martingale/Home of That Patchwork Place, the first quilt book by Cheryl Lynch.  Quilt Fiesta is a very creative and fun quilting book, that if you haven't yet had a chance to check out I hope you will soon. 


When I heard Cheryl was working on her 2nd book I was excited and confident it too would be a wonderful book.  Thus, I was absolutely delighted when she asked me to be part of a blog hop to celebrate the introduction of her new book SEW embellished!, also published by Martingale/Home of That Patchwork Place.


Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle) 



There are 8 plus projects in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Each project is beautifully embellished  and the instructions include tips that will help you make these projects, as well as build skills to help you create spectacular embellished art quilts, table toppers, clothing and other projects in the future.  To clarify, while this book doesn't just focus on these projects, but techniques that will apply to a variety of projects that will be more spectacular with embellishment and quilting tips that Cheryl shares in this amazing book!




Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)



You'll quickly notice that these projects have more impact than a visual square of quilted fabric.  Cheryl shares insights on how to create beauty and depth with curved sides, artistic tassels, points and more.    



This book starts off with a section on EMBELLISHING with beads, buttons, and other beautiful things.  Tips are shared for to sew on beads in a variety of ways, as well as how to use trims and other items. 



For many that want to embellish they are also challenged finding interesting items, as well as finding items that are of the right size, color, texture.  Cheryl's section on POLYMER-CLAY embellishment is an excellent resource for ways to create your own buttons and beads to use for embellishment on your projects.   


Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)






Likewise her section for THREAD as a design element is also packed full of insights on specialty threads and how each can work for embellishment.  She also shares insights on stitches that will help you show off this beautiful thread on your projects.  


Words are powerful and can have an impact when WordArt is incorporated to your quilts, as well as quilt labels!  Her section on EXPRESSING yourself with words shares helpful insights on writing with pens and markers, stitching words with thread, printing digitally, applique' letters, stamping words with ink, stamping words with polymer clay, as well as attaching ready-made letters.


Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)
The section dressing up EDGES is certainly appropriate for this book, but also applies to quilts in general.  She shares insights creating "Crowns", "Jewels", and how to use Rickrack, beaded trim, ribbons, decorative threads, and more.  


She also has a helpful section on FABRIC options that shares insights to help you select appropriate fabrics for embellishing that incorporate the size of the project, project focus, etc..  
Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)


Lastly, her insights on incorporating photos into our quilts, in the section called SUBJECT matter is excellent.  Books have been written on this topic, but what Cheryl incorporated into this section shares excellent tips and has great visuals.  I love the gallery of quilts shared in this section too!


Can you tell I'm in love with this book?  Wonderful book and SewCalGal definitely views this book is a "must have" book for anyone interested in Art Quilts and a great book to have for those looking for tips to inspire and provide insights that can help them apply insights from this book on their quilts, to help make them more visually stimulating.   This book is loaded with insights for fun embellishment!  



There are two more stops in the blog hop to celebrate this book, where you can get another chance to win a copy of this book.  But, you can also visit the blogs that participated in this hop to hear their insights on this book.  Many of the participants are art quilters and some are quilters and they all "love" SEW embellished!  And, I'm confident you will too!


April 30: Cheryl Lynch (Cheryl Lynch Quilts)
May 7 Kelly Meanix (Pinkadot Quilts)
May 14 Bea Lee (Beaquilter)
May 28 Margarita (Marga’s Crafts)
June 4 That Patchwork Place (Stitch This)
June 25 Kathy Loomis (Art With A Needle)  
July 5 SewCalGal (where you are now....LOL! )
July 9 Karen Musgrave www.connectionsbyKaren.blogspot.com
July 16 Cheryl Sleboda www.muppin.com

note:  Stitch This also shared Cheryl's ten favorite tips for embellishing quilts.  I highly encourage you to pop on over to check out these great insights.  






You can get more information on this book, as well as order a copy online at Martingale's store.  Plus, when you order it online from Martingale you automatically get a free e:book copy, which I certainly enjoy.  Or, you can order a "signed" copy directly from Cheryl's etsy shop.


Cheryl also has wonderful Trunk Shows that are perfect for Quilt Shops and Quilt Guilds to share. You can email her directly for scheduling information.



You can also find Cheryl at:
www.CherylLynchQuilts.com 
http://cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/



Did I mention a Giveaway?


Cheryl is generously giving away a copy of her new book to a follower of SewCalGal.  And, she has provided a kit to allow the lucky winner to make the cute WEARABLE adornment, show below with the bird and bird nest.  




Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)




This kit has all of the items you need to embellish the cute WEARABLE adornment for the cute pin with the bird nest, shown in the above picture.




 If you would like to enter to win a copy of this book, simply leave a comment and let me know if your experience with embellishment and art quilts.  It is ok to be completely new at it, as this book is perfect for any level!


Want an extra entry?  


Become a follower of Cheryl Lynch Quilts and leave a comment underneath her post about this blog hop.  Come back here and leave a 2nd comment to claim this extra entry.


A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, July 13th.  Be sure I have a way to contact you if you enter. If you have never won a giveaway from a blog, I highly recommend you check my post on "WANTED: Quilters that never win a giveaway" and be sure to scroll down and read the tips to check your google account settings. Sadly, many have them at the default status which results in them not being able to be contacted if they leave a comment (enter) a giveaway).






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73 comments:

liberal sprinkles said...

Hi, yes I love to embellish with buttons, ribbons and appliques. Thanks for the chance!

Grace

liberal sprinkles said...

I was already a follower of Cheryl's blog and I've left a comment on her post about the hop.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love embellished things. I ventured in (with just one toe) a few months back when I made three sewn name badges for a swap. I can totally see making a mini quilt with loads of embellishment - just need to find the time!! Would love to win!!

Laurie in Maine said...

I enjoy fabric postcards and embellish with hand embroidery/seed beads/buttons, etc. I LOVE the tree quilt. Very inspiring!

Wivi said...

I have never tried it and would love to learn.

quilt 'n piece said...

I have never tried embellishing but would love to learn more about it. Thank you for the opportunity.

quilt 'n piece said...

I have left a comment on Cheryl's blog!

Joan and Kevin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I have never done embellished
art quilts before.

KaHolly said...

OMG! What a fantastically fun book!! I've missed the blog hop and boy, am I sorry. I haven't been this excited about a new book in a long time!! Thanks! ~karen

KaHolly said...

I became a follower of Cheryl's site and left a comment!!

Kathryn said...

The extent of my embellishments was some buttons on a pillow. I know this would give me lots of ideas.

MarthaVA said...

I'm just starting to explore the world of embellishments and "letting go." It's SO much fun! This book looks exciting and full of great ideas. Inspiring!

Martha

Jacqueline said...

I have yet to try anything but tradional quilt making.. so it is time for me to spread my wings. Thanks for a chance at the book.

jleibfried@aol.com

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh embellishments are so fun but I haven't experimented with them yet. We have a lady in our Guild who does such cute stuff and I am always amazed and inspired! I would love to win the book and play with it!

Diane said...

I've never tried any embellishing or art quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Diane said...

I just became a follower of Cheryl's. I loved her first book and can't wait to get her second one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Roxanne said...

Awesome! I'm getting more interested in embellishing everything I quilt. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

Roxanne said...

I'm already a follower of Cheryl's and ldft a comment on her blog.

DebrafromMD said...

This is an area I would like to explore more. I think embellishments can add a lot to a quilt.

Purl Buttons said...

I am in an Art Quilt circle but we are all fledglings. We use our meeting times to learn new techiques but we do have a longer project that we started as a group. I also go to ta Crazy Quilt Circle--talk about embellishments! It will still take another lifetime to use up all my buttons and beads from my stash!

Deb said...

I love artsy quilts, but i'm new at embellishments. I'd love to try out the book!

Linda Coleman said...

what a great giveaway. I use beads and embroidery to emellish bags and book covers.

D said...

I've never done this kind of quilting before! Looks like fun though!

Carrie P. said...

I love those projects. I am new to embellishing quilts. rick rack and buttons is as far as I have gotten. lol thanks for a chance.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower of Cheryl's and left a comment on that post.

MC said...

I like to add some nice thick felt hand applique. Felt makes everything awesome.

Nancy said...

I've been exploring art quilts for about a year, and have tried painting and other surface techniques. But I have not done much beading, which looks like fun in some of the book projects.

Jeanne said...

I have never done alot of embellishments but would love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Nancy said...

Done, and done... became a follower and left a comment on C's blog.

quiltlegacy@juno.com

Jean said...

I love to embellish my art quilts and am always looking for new inspiration on how to add a little extra zing! Thanks for the chance to win this great looking book!

GeeMa said...

I was a seamstress first and quilter second. I have done quite a bit of embellishments in sewing, but little in quilting. I have just started a four session class on art quilts at a LQS. I have designed my first quilt block. Creating a storybook quilt in a two year challenge in my quilt guild. I am truly enjoying this new adventure. This book would be a tremendous help in my new learning experience.

Diane Wild said...

I've been drooling over this book for a while now and I think I really have to have it. Oh, I must have it. I'm adding a bit more of bling to my quilts of late. Love the look. Thanks for the chance.

Diane Wild said...

I'm a follower of Cheryl's as well.

Polly said...

I have only embellished a few quilts and would like to learn to do more!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Richard Healey said...

I have never embellished a quilt (other then simple applique) They totally impress me though. Would like to learn how.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Laceflower said...

This sounds like a fun and creative book to push things in new directions.

Vicki said...

I have no experience with embellishment yet, but I have collected buttons, beads, and embroidery threads. This book looks like a great resource.

Maria Kievit said...

Have made a quilt years ago for my mother in law, and I embellished/quilted it with buttons. Thanks for the giveaway.

Maria Kievit said...

Have made a quilt years ago for my mother in law, and I embellished/quilted it with buttons. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sallie said...

I don't have any experience with embellishment or art quilts, but would like to learn. Thanks!

Jayardi said...

• • • I love to dress up my art quilts, but could use some more ideas. Thanks for sharing.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Well, I don't think you would consider anything I do an art quilt, but I have added a little embroidery and buttons to a couple of wall quilts....grin. Would love to win this book.

Thanks!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I went over and left a comment. I'm already follower Cheryl's blog.

Margaret said...

I have NO experience w/ embellishments, which is why I think this book would be tremendously helpful. I can't wait to see it.

Margaret said...

I just visited Cheryl's blog and left a comment about the Blog Hop, specificially about learning about her books and blog at your site.

Cornwoman said...

A friend talked me into joining an art quilt group a couple of years ago and giving it a try, and now I rarely do a traditional quilt because I love it so much! I had no training or resources, but have been learning wherever I can get my hands on a resource. I've barely scratched the surface (no pun intended...lol) with embellishments and would LOVE this book!! I got some polymer clay and a couple of tools for Christmas but no books or reference tools on how and what to do to make embellishments, so I could definitely use this book.

Cornwoman said...

I just signed up to follow Cheryl's blog. Thanks for the giveaway and telling us about her blog and her book.

Marcia W. said...

I want to make a crazy quilt and learn to embellish well. I have done a little embellishment (e.g. BINGO buttons and dolly quilts for grandnieces) and of course some embroidery. I have Cheryl's first book and am sure this one is a great one too! Thanks for the chance. I follow your sewcalgal blog.

Karen said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I haven't done much embellishing yet, but would love to learn some new techniques.

sherry said...

embellished a flower quilt with crystals...love the quilt...it won best in class...best of show...& viewer's choice..

Rachelle said...

I haven't done any art quilts yet or embellishing on quilts, would love to learn though!

Needled Mom said...

I enjoy working on art quilts and have done a number of small ones. The book looks wonderful.

Patti Shanks said...

Just returned from Cheryl's blog where I became a new follower! Thanks for a great giveaway and the chance to win.

LisaT said...

Interesting book thanks! Hmm, Ive only made a couple of things with embellishments - a baby quilt with ric rac, a wall hanging with flowers and buttons, and a quilt for my DMI with yarn couching, 3D flowers, and lace.

Nancy H. said...

I have Cheryl's first book and would love to win a copy of her newest book. It looks great. Thanks for the opportunity.

Nancy H. said...

I am already a follower of Cheryl's and I just left a comment on her blog.

Quilting Babcia said...

Sounds like a fun book with lots of great ideas. Thanks for another great giveaway!

Jill said...

Only things I have tried to create on my own. Not very good at it, YET!! Love a chance at a book that will help.

hueisei said...

I love to embellish with buttons and ribbons :)

Margaret said...

Embelishing quilts is on my learn to do list. I have a kit for a wall hanging that came with little embellishments that I have not tried but am looking forward to starting this winter. I would love to have this book.

Margaret said...

I just visited Cheryl's blog and left a comment.

Josie McRazie said...

I have not yet done a quilt with any kind of embelishments! This looks like fun! Sign me up! ;o)

MaryT said...

No experience with embellishing yet ... but I am so wanting to try my hand at it! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

ELNM said...

I'm new to quilting to I don't have any experience with art/embellished quilts yet. The projects in this book look to be of a size that wouldn't be too intimidating for a beginner to try. I love the kit also. Thanks for the chance to win!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

LJ said...

WooHoo! I can comment on your blog again. I'm a happy camper!
This book looks like fun and I'm especially interested in the polymer clay topic.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I love embellishing. Winning this book would be the cherry on the cake as I have wanted to make things with irregular edges.

Diann said...

My experience with embellishment is mostly with embroidery.

Bonnie58 said...

My embellishment experience has also been mainly with embroidery, Buy I have recently expanded into applique, beads and heavy threads, cording, etc. It's fun to try something new. Thanks for the opportunity

Meg in Albuquerque said...

I enjoy using embellishments and am always ready to learn something new.

Stephanie said...

New to quilting and embellishments. shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

I have embellished quilts with bead, embroidery and the like, but feel I still have alot of room to grow.

Nanbon44 said...

love playing with beads and fabric...

Nanbon44 said...

now following Cheryl's blog..and left her a post