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Friday, April 1, 2011

Pennies from Heaven by Gretchen Gibbons - Book Review & Giveaway


If you like applique, wool and/or wool felt you will really enjoy Gretchen Gibbons' book, Pennies from Heaven.  All ten blocks are beautiful together or separately. 

The patterns were clear and directions understandable for me.  The photos are a treasure in and of themselves.  I must have looked at each photo 4 or 5 times since I've had this book.  Honestly, I'm having a hard time thinking about parting with it.  I'm not sure if Martingale Publishers knew what they were doing when the let me review their books.  I am not writing my reviews very fast....the longer it takes the longer I enjoy the book...I'm so bad.  I guess I need my own copy ay? 


It was no surprise to me when I read the introduction to Pennies from Heaven that Gretchen loves colorful, sort of funky and fun penny rugs. Her designs just grabbed my eye from the first time I saw the book.  The patterns can be used for anything from a quilt, to a wall hanging, table runner, pillow, clothing embellishment, dresser scarf...and lots more places when you let your creativity out to play.

If you love fun colorful applique designs leave me a comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of Gretchen Gibbons Pennies from Heaven.  A winner will be announced on Wed, April 6.

Smiles,
Kelly

66 comments:

Muireann said...

This looks like a great book! I'd love to win, thanks for having the giveaway.

Robin C said...

Hi Kelly,

I love wool applique and this is a beautiful book. I would love to win it. Please put me in your drawing.

Thanks,
Robin in Cold wet Virginia

Mommarock said...

The applique I can see looks fantastic. I have yet to try applique with felt, so that would be a new adventure for me!

Susan said...

Oh...I have to get this book! Not for me, but for my daughter-in-law. She refuses to use a sewing machine, but has recently discovered that she enjoys wool applique...this book sounds like it would be perfect for her. Thanks for the review, Kelly!

WoolenSails said...

Like I want to be number one, lol.
I love this book and pattern and almost bought it at our quilt store. Of course when I went back it was gone. I just love working with wool and would love to make the quilt on the cover.

Debbie

Leeanne said...

I have seen this book, it IS wonderful, one of those books that everyone 'OH's and ARH's' over.
Thank you for the chance to win my very own copy.

Leeanne said...

I have seen this book and it is wonderful.It is the kind of book that everyone 'OH's and ARH's' over.
Thank you for the chance to win my very own copy.

Cindy said...

I am beginning to have such an appreciation for wools. The last couple years I've grown to HEART applique more than ever !! That's why the GO is such a staple in my sewing room.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Of course I love fun colorful applique designs! Looks like a great book!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I have always wanted to try making penny rugs. Thanks for the giveaway.

tich said...

I don't think I have ever been the first in the comment box. The book looks wonderful. Oh I do like applique! Thanks for the giveaway.

DebrafromMD said...

i love applique although I haven't worked much with wool. It's something I've been wanting to try.

Sandy said...

I have wanted to try wool applique for so long. Thanks for the opportunity to win what looks like a fabulous book!=)

Marcia W. said...

I have some lovely wool - though no book as reference - so winning this would be a good place to start with my first project. Thanks !

Barb said...

Oh now this book is right up my alley...thanks for the review....looks like a fun book.

Sue said...

I LOVE this book! I already have it and I am actually working on the quilt right now!! LOVE LOVE it!!

SarahVee said...

I LOVE this book. I have had my eye on it for awhile. Would love to get my Hands on it:) Thanks for the chance!

free indeed said...

Wool applique is my next frontier. I so love handwork so I'm pretty sure I'll like working with wool...no needle turn!!! I do have a small candle mat kit waiting in the wings to get my jump start...would love to read the book and learn tips and techniques.

Vickie said...

Love the book, but haven't bought it yet, so winning one would be the absolute best.

Vickie said...

I have seen this book and it is a great one. To win a copy would be fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

Beth said...

Love this book and love working with wool. It is just so easy to stitch.
Thanks for the chance.

Allie said...

This looks like a great book Kelly! I don't do wool but it looks like the designs would translate to cotton quite well. Gorgeous!

Joanne said...

Funny I was just looking at buying this book - glad you recommend it.
Thanks for the chance.♥

quiltma said...

I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway

Anonymous said...

I love the versatility of wool applique :) This book would be an awesome addition to my library!

Anonymous said...

I hope this is not an April Fool's joke! I love wool applique. It looks like a wonderful book and your descriptions are so inspiring. I am imagining me getting to work on a hand project!

The quilting Cat Lady. said...

This book looks awesome and I would love to have it ;-). I am sure the book wants to come to me too.
Alda, Fl

Lee said...

I want to try wool applique. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

RustyBird said...

Oooo, sweet!

Sam said...

Hi Kelly thanks again for parting with such gorgeous 'stuff'. Wednesday is my birthday, so I have to win and I am just getting into applique so this would be a lovely birthday surprise. Sam sdownes@oceanbroadband.net

Janet said...

I've just started doing wool applique in the last few months. I like it so far. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

SewCalGal said...

Looks like a great book Kelly. I won some beautiful hand dyed wool fabrics that I've been trying to find the "perfect" project for. This book sounds like it would definitely be helpful.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Quiltingdaisy said...

I've just started to get serious about learning some proper applique techniques and would love to have her book to use for my new journey.

Mimi said...

This book looks awesome!! It is on my Wish List (maybe for Mother's Day?) Thanks for the chance!!

Kathleen said...

Thank you for the giveaway...I would really like to give the wool applique a try...

Me and My Stitches said...

This looks like a wonderful book - I would love to be the proud owner!

janice said...

It looks like so much fun. Who doesn't love applique? Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

LOVE THE BOOK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Anonymous said...

I love wool applique! This book looks like a great one, and I'd love to win it. Thanks for the review! I can see why you are dragging your feet when giving it away. lol

Anonymous said...

I'm loving those blocks, and I can definitely see how you could play with them and make a gorgeous table runner! Fun!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

ladybug said...

I'd love to win a copy of that book! Thank you!

Melissa said...

I just love that folk wool applique. I admire it and admire it. I just have never tried it. This would be a good way to start!

Terri. said...

I love appliques. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Darlene B said...

I am just starting to experiment with wool applique. I think I need this book to help give me a boost!

Beth said...

I have been wishing for this book! Now I'll be hoping to win this giveaway. :)

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Kathryn said...

I've never tried wool applique, but this looks inspiring. Kathie L in allentown

Annie said...

This looks like a great book .... please include me in your giveaway. Thanks

Loris said...

These designs are wonderful! I love bright colors in wool. Looks like alot of fun waiting to happen.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a gorgeous book! I would love to win.

Billie in TX

Victoria said...

I belong to a group called "We Love To Applique". So...would I use this book. You bet!! Thank-you for the chance!

Linda said...

Great review! The book looks wonderful.

Catswhiskers said...

what a fabulous book. This is a must have and try the projects.
Would love to win.
Thanks for the chance with this giveaway.
Gina
http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

cw said...

My goal this year is to try a few new things. I've started english paper piecing and will be doing a block of the month quilt. With this book, I could start wool applique! Thanks for the chance to win!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I'd love to win this book and broaden my horizons. The photos from the book look like it would be a fun to experiment with - great giveaway!

Kathy H said...

This book is a great one. I have been working on Gretchen's block of the month, Enchanted garden for a while now and I love her designs. thanks for the chance to win.

Sallie said...

Looks like a great book - thanks for the chance to win!

LesQuilts said...

Hi Kelly!
Thanks for the giveaway!
I love those wools, can't you just feel them thru the picture? ahhhh, so soft!
Take care, Leslie

Cheryll said...

Just like everyone else I would LoVe this book. I am addicted to applique in projects... so pwease oh pwease pick me...lol! :)

Deb said...

I would love to win this book. I'm an applique lover but may not be too good at it. I'd love to get some tips from this delightful book! Thanks for the chance.

Jennifer Joshua said...

Love to win the book...I am an applique lover but not very professional...:)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This book is terrific, I would LOVE to win a copy!

marth225 said...

I would love to win this book. Making an applique quilt is on my bucket list and this would be such inspiration
http://averagequilter.blogspot.com/

Helle said...

Looks like a great book! Love appliqué so this would be perfect. Thanks for the chance! hesabella(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa Marie said...

What an interesting book. I love applique but have not tried wool. Maybe it's time! Thanks for the chance to win.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have wanted to try the wool applique' - what a wonderful book to experience into that journey.

Nanbon44 said...

I would love to win a book, as they are my way of learning new techniques...

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