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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

*** Blog Hop: Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place and a Giveaway ***

Today SewCalGal is participating in a blog hop, hosted by Stitch This! (Martingale)

We are celebrating the release of a new book from Martingale, "Celebrate Christmas With That Patchwork Place: 22 Festive Projects to Quilt and Sew".  At every stop in this blog hop you'll learn more about this inspirational new book, as well as get a chance to win an e:book copy.  Plus we want to inspire you to make handmade items to decorate your home for the holidays and for gifts too!  




Martingale always has excellent books, perfect for quilters of all levels, by a variety of talented quilters.  And the staff at Martingale are very talented quilters too!  SewCalGal has grown quite fond of books written by the Martingale staff and is delighted to see this new book is full of 22 fabulous projects, all designed by them!  

Projects range in size from ornaments, coin purses, pillows, table runners, wall hangings and a beautiful throw quilt.  And every design comes with well written instructions, which have great visuals and are easy to follow.  Thus, SewCalGal feels this book is perfect for beginners, as well as advanced quilters looking for fun holiday project ideas.


These projects are perfect to make to decorate your home for Christmas or Hanukkah, and there are also many winter-themed projects.   In addition to making things to decorate your home, these projects would also make excellent gifts!


With 22 projects, this book is truly an exceptional value.  SewCalGal views this is a "must have" for anyone that enjoys making holiday projects.  







There are many projects that will most likely turn out to be holiday heirlooms to decorate your home and create special memories for years to come.   


SewCalGal actually loves ALL of the projects in this book.  It would be difficult to pick my absolute favorite, or to only make one project.  I'm certainly looking forward to making quite a few projects from this book for this upcoming holiday season.




Of course, I hope you'll make a few projects from this book too!  And, if you do, I hope you'll enter them in the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge that I'm hosting this year.  There are monthly Linky Parties, with over 70 prizes that will be awarded before the holidays, that are open from the 15th to the 25th of every month.  Martingale is also a sponsor of this challenge.  Click here for more info on the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.


Did I mention a giveaway?


Martingale has generously offered an e:book copy of this book to one lucky blog follower of SewCalGal.  To enter to win, simply complete the rafflecopter form below:



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SewCalGal will use the random number generator in Rafflecopter to select a winner late in the day on Sunday, July 6th and I will send an email to notify the winner, as well as update this post.

And don't forget to visit all of the other blogs participating in this blog hop, for more chances to win. Here is the line up for this blog hop:


Thursday, June 26: Stitch This!  
Saturday, June 28: Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts  
Tuesday, July 1: SewCalGal 
Wednesday, July 2:   Hyacinth Quilt Designs  
Thursday, July 3: Gen Q  
Saturday, July 5: Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic  
Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side  

Christmas is less than five months away!  This is a great time to start making handmade items to decorate your home for the holidays, as well as for gifts! You may also want to consider joining the "A Handmade Christmas Challenge"


Heck, you may even want to give a quilty friend a copy of this delightful new book!



You can find Martingale at:

http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale



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75 comments:

QuiltSue said...

I am a long-time follower, and I have just one Christmas quilt that I use.

Lyndsey said...

Love the projects you've featured from the book. i have several handmade decorations that come out every year. There is the advent calendar, the garland, table runner, several tree decorations and my large Christmas bed quilt. This year I want to make a couple of Christmas items for my daughter who has just moved out into her own flat.

Havplenty said...

The handmade decorations I have for Christmas is a bath mat i made along with embellished towels for the bathroom, a quilted tree skirt for the tree, a couple of table runners for the living room. Oh and I made a pair of Christmas curtains for the kitchen window.

I love christmas time.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Lisa Marie said...

I decorate with wall quilts and table runners that I have made. Mostly for Christmas but I also have a few other seasonal/holiday things I put out through the year. I love to make holiday decorations and give them as gifts!

Lisa Marie said...

Yes, I'm participating in the Handmade Christmas sew along. I've entered each month Jan - June except March when I missed the deadline.

Barb said...

What a wonderful book and fun projects, thanks for the chance.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I don't decorate a lot for the holidays, but do have hand makes. thank you!!!!

beaquilter said...

I can't be the first commenter??

beaquilter said...

I entered JUNE's Christmas challenge, I need to start some more!

Gill said...

I make a Christmas quilt each year!

Missy Shay said...

I love making handmade presents and decorations. I've done all kinds of things over the years, I still have the stockings I decorated for my husband and I on our first Christmas we were married. I really like that fireplace mantle scarf.
missysaprons@gmail.com

Missy Shay said...

I entered a project in one of the first couple of months, I can't remember which one. It was a bag I made for my mom. I have not had much time for sewing with moving.
missysaprons@gmail.com

Betsy said...

I absolutely completely decorate with homemade items even on the tree

jefferson said...

I really don't do handmade "decorations" but many Christmas themed quilts.

Kay said...

Good Morning! Can't wait to see the book - looks like it has a ton of great projects! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win - and for not having embedded comments so that I CAN comment! I love several of the projects showcased from this book and a free copy would surely help my budget! =) dezertsuz at gmail

Gloria said...

Lovely book!

butrfly2200 said...

I have lots of handmade Christmas decorations. The main one is my Christmas quilt. It comes out the first of Dec. for the season.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Marsha Hodgkins said...

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas and This Blog Hop will be a great incentive to get started. I'd be thrilled to have this books. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.
marsha.hodgkins@yahoo.com
Marsha, Quilter in Motion
http://quilterinmotion.net

butrfly2200 said...

I have entered on the blog comments to date.

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Wow! Are we sure it isn't Christmas already? Oh of course not, it will take me a while to make some of these projects when I win!!!
D.G. L

Linda said...

Hi,love to do Christmas fabric gifts! Usually 1 or 2 sets of placemats, some ornaments and this year a blue+white tree skirt for our daughter! Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I make all sorts of thing for the holidays - table cloth and placemats, napkins, ornaments - I love handmade things :)

Mara said...

I keep meaning to make some Christmas items, but I have not done so yet, I am always a last minute maker, generally I like to make pouches and bags.

Cecilia said...

I like to decorate with quilted throws, table toppers and pillows. I really like the mantel scarves in this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this great book!
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

Audrey said...

The projects in this book look wonderful. I am really drawn to the snowflake pillows and the mantel cloth. Thanks for participating in the hop and for offering a giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower. I do have handmade things I pull out for Christmas. I made a tree skirt, tablerunner, and several quilts.

Anonymous said...

I would love to make the chevron christmas tree, its so darn cute!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to make the chevron christmas tree, its so darn cute!!

Barb N said...

I love to give Christmas a personal touch with something new every year!

Shirley in Canada said...

There are a lot of projects I could do to decorate the house with... thanks for the chance!!

Tabitha Keener said...

I haven't really made much in the way of handmade decorations for holidays yet, but I'm new and I would love to try some of these projects! Thanks for the giveaway!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

barbara woods said...

great giveaway

barbara woods said...

great giveaway

barbara woods said...

i am in the handmade Chrisrmas and i follow you

Emily C said...

I decorate with handmade ornaments.

Leiann said...

I decorate with Christmas quilts, table runners, ornaments for tree and different Santa Claus that I have made. I also have a Manger and Church that my father in law made from wood!

Leiann said...

I have entered all the blogs to date!

Vicki H said...

I have a few handmade Christmas ornaments I put on the tree. I also made several log cabin table toppers about 12 years ago for family members that we all use on our tables.

Ellen said...

I decorate with homemade ornaments , table runners, and wall hangers

kaboule said...

Looks like so many cute projects in this book! Id love to try a few!

Domaris Foss. domarisfoss@gmail.com said...

Love all the new Christmas design. Would love to win the e-book. Am visiting our daughter in Florida and it would be great to take her something new.

Sewgirl said...

I have many hand made items that I decorate with at Christmas: table runner, wreath, tree skirt, several pillows and a few wall hangings and quilts! Wouldn't be Christmas without all of It!!

Christine M said...

There are so many lovely projects in this book. I love to make Christmas decorations for my own house as well as for friends.

Sharon said...

Wow SewCalGal it looks like a great book to have ...thanks for the heads up

Mom C said...

I'm in the downsizing stage of my life so I don't make a lot of projects for myself at Christmas but I do like to make things for others and I like the decorations in the book. Thanks.

dthompson said...

I decorate with handmade Christmas items such as fun fabric wreaths, fabric trees, Christmas stockings,fabric nativity scenes,tree skirts,etc. Thank you for the giveaway!

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful book!

Nancy in IN said...

This is a great book. I will look for it.

Kearstie Grenier said...

Nice projects! This would be a very useful books. As a follower who has taken the Handmade Christmas Challenge, I'm on the lookout for fun Christmas-y projects. I've made gift bags, gift card holders, and a table runner so far. Love handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!

Kearstie Grenier said...

So far, I've entered the Handmade Christmas Challenge in January, Feb, May, and June. Working on my July entry now...

Maree in NC ☺ said...

I'd be beyond thrilled to be the lucky winner of this book! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

Maree in NC ☺ said...

I absolutely LOVE Christmas! Since I've just had major surgery, I haven't signed up for any of the challenges yet. Thanks a bunch for the chance to win this awesome book for some amazing inspiration! ☺

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

Sharon Hughson said...

Hope I win!

KatheG said...

I'm a follower.

KatheG said...

I've made decorations off and on for a number of years. It's always great fun to find something new to make. Thanks.

Sallie said...

I'm a follower and I like to decorate with pillows.

babiesdoc said...

I used to make little angels for the tree.
paper crafts using the faces of my little nieces.
they still love to see their angels on the tree!

Karen said...

I have loads of handmade ornaments and other decorations that I have made since I was in high school(over 30 years ago).

Brenda said...

I really love the mantle swag drop with the snowment, stars, triangles, and lots of glitz!

Cindy Dahlgren said...

My husband and I have made almost all of our Christmas decorations. We also make our sons decorations every year, and this year we get to make for our Granddaughter too! We also make all of our gifts.

Sarah said...

I follow, and I decorate with handmade stockings and an advent calandar, and wall quilt -- always making something new each year! sarah@forrussia.org

gigi said...

I have lap quilts that I drape over furniture and the dining room table, a wall quilt that I hang in the living room, a few table runners, homemade stockings (wool) and some homemade wool ornaments for the tree.

Lee said...

I follow on bloglovn! I love to decorate with handmade - I like wreaths and buntings! thank you!

Diann said...

I'm an email follower. I decorate with Christmas ornaments, and a wall quilt that I made.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Thanks for the chance.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I know about the make it early Christmas thing, but, I still haven't had a chance to start yet. I did pull my fabrics out, and will start next month (I have to borrow a special ruler for my projects).

Anonymous said...

I have some handmade ornaments that my mother and aunt made me. I have a small handmade nativity that my sister-in-law made me.

Emerauld said...

ooh! Those purses would be so cute to make as hostess gifts!

john hutchens said...

I decorate with home made snow flakes

Darla in PA said...

I love a hand-made Christmas. Every year my niece and I exchange handmade gifts.

Anne said...

The best homemade gifts I decorate with are all the Christmas school projects I treasure from my 4 children!

Ruth said...

The book looks great! I participated in the Christmas challenge for the first 3 months, then we sold our house and we are still in the process of moving, so I don't have access to lots of my fabric. We did find a house, though, but can't move in for another month.

Anonymous said...

Great projects! I would love a copy - thanks for the opportunity!