Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Reviews, Giveaways and More :)

Is everyone having fun on the Famore Cutlery Blog Hop?  I sure hope you get to visit each of the 5 blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win !  Tomorrow is my day....so you know I'll be up late writing that post.

Do you recognize this guy?

I know many of you know exactly who he is....and I'm telling you I'm feeling more and more akin to Uncle Martin every day.  I now have an Apple I-Phone 4 (as if I know what the 4 relates to...it might as well be 4000) and I'm working on accepting the change from my "old" phone.  I guess this is just another "sign of the times" where old folks like me have to work hard to get their old mouse traps to work again.  For 2 days I didn't know how to answer the phone...that's pretty bad.  I have only today realized this gizmo is not a phone...it is like an I-Pad with a phone in it.  That's sort of like riding a bike with jet propellers on it.
If I had PhotoShop and knew how to use it, I would put a propeller on this jobbie.

So any of you have one of these gizmos...and if you do....can you clue me in to what aps a person should/might need?  Aps, in my vocabulary means appetizers....obviously I waited tables for years while in college.  Now an Ap is a virtual piece of air that you pay for and expect it to do things for you that you couldn't do with a piece of paper and pencil?  I guess I'll be finding out.

On to Quilty Related Subjects :)
I have a big stack of books here on my desk to review and give away.  Today I've chosen two books that have been published by Clotilde.  The first is, "Learn to MAKE A QUILT from start to finish" by Carolyn S. Vagts.  

I know most of you don't want nor need a book on Learning to Make A Quilt....however....this isn't just any beginners book!  Learn To MAKE A QUILT from start to finish is an excellent reference book for new and experienced quilters.  Carolyn covers patterns and fabric selections, notions, how to use a rotary cutter (properly...lol) construction AND documenting your quilt.   I don't think there is anything she left out.  This book would also make an excellent gift to anyone you wanted to inspire to begin quilting. 
Carolyn has used lots of great photos and her explanations are clear and I can understand them...which says a lot! 

Learning to MAKE A QUILT from start to finish is such a "modern" book ...Carolyn even recommends using Wonder Clips.  You know my eyes were locked on that page...I love my Wonder Clips and if you have not tried them yet....well....I'm thinking it is time you did.  Everyone I know who has tried them has loved them.  They order 10 then re-order the 50 pack....they are sort of like Lays Potato Chips...one (10) just won't do...ya want more.

The next book is GARDEN PARTY Stitchery by Pearl Louise Krush.
Pearl has included 27 Redwork designs and that are featured in 7 projects including, Floral Bouquet Wall quilt, Garden Party Sampler, Set of 7 Seed Packet Hand Towels, Good Morning Sunshine Pillow and Wall Quilt, Bouquet in a Jar Table Runner and Place Mats.
GARDEN PARTY Stitchery has all the individual patterns that can be used in the projects Pearl has included or in any project you like.  The designs are cheerful and fun.  One of my favorites is Good Morning Sunshine....it a pattern for a wall quilt but I'd love to see this design on place mats for breakfast.  Wouldn't you like to sit down to the breakfast table with a place mat that read, Good Morning Sunshine?  I know I would.

If you have never done Redwork...there are basic instructions in the front of the book.

I really like both of these books a great deal....however, I also want to share them with two of my blog followers.  So, if you would like to win one of these wonderful books, leave a comment on this post telling me which book you would like to win and why.  I'll let the "Evil Mr Random Number Generator" select two winners, one for each book, on Monday, Jan. 13th.

Smiles,
Kelly

50 comments:

  1. I hear you about the iphone. I have an iphone 3 and I am getting used to it. My sis has one too and between her and my 5 year old grandson, they are teaching me to use it. Most of the aps I have so far are games. So I'm no help there. Sorry.

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  2. I would love to win the 'learn to make a quilt book' It would be a wonderful reference work! Interestin about the wonder clips, I saw them advertised in the last two weeks and wondered,just how are they wonderful?

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  3. Hi I don't have an iphone, I have enough trouble with my old mobile phone. LOL.
    I would just love the Garden Party stitchery book. Apart from hand piecing blocks for quilts, I am so hooked on stitcheries and like to keep some by my chair to work on when I'm watching TV with my hubby. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. Sandy. :)

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  4. I would love to win the Garden Party book. I have been fascinated by red work for a long time, but I have never taken the time to find patterns to make a project. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I would rather the 1st one because I'm just starting my 1st ever quilt this winter and need to learn the basics!

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  6. Garden Party Stitchery would be perfect for me. Redwork is one of my learn to dos for 2012. Thanks.

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  7. I got a Kobo reader from the kids for Christmas and I just spent an afternoon setting it up and since I love to read I think I might like it. I don't have a phone but have been thinking about I Pad or some kind of notebook by my machine. Not to bad for a 70 year old. I would love to win the Garden Party as I would love to learn Redwork.

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  8. I'd love the Garden Party Stitchery, I'm planning on having fun with Redwork this year! I just got an iPhone a few days ago...oh my, I feel so out of my element! (I too, think of "app" as appetizer) I'll look forward to the responses.

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  9. THESE ARE NEAT GIVEAWAYS!
    I'D CHOOSE GARDEN PARTY STITCHERY AS I LOVE ALL REDWORK! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  10. Hi Kelly! I'm still here:) Thanks for thinking of me lately I really appreicate it! I would love the garden party! Who would not want to party in the garden and then stitch it all together! Hope all is well for you:) Happy New Year!

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  11. Good luck with your new phone. The books look very interesting.

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  12. I would actually love to have Learn to MAKE A QUILT from start to finish. I was looking at it online just the other day. I hate when there are no previews for books on amazon. I like to look at what's inside before I buy. I wish there were book stores around here, but there aren't! Grrr. Anyway, I'm a newbie quilter who's never made a quilt before but I'm scouring the internet and books to get up the courage. It's something I've wanted to do for years. This book might be just what I needed!

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  13. I'd like the Learn to Make a Quilt. I'm still a newbie and have lots to learn!

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  14. I think that both books look very interesting --- each for different reasons! So... I just can't choose! :-) My choice is ... EITHER! :-) Thank you for the chance to win!! :-)

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  15. I would love to win the book Learn to make a quilt for my sister who is just learning. When I come over to visit her for the holidays I spend lots of time trying to show her how to do quilting things. She is just about to finish her first small lap quilt. She would be over the moon if I won this for her. I love your blog. Lyn Blackburn

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  16. None of them, lol. I have enough to keep me busy these days so just leaving a comment. I got an ipad this year, really need a new power book at this point, wish he had waited like I said;) I got sketch book pro for mine, nice drawing program. I also got dragon speak so I can talk and let the computer write it, fun when I am too lazy to type;)

    Debbie

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  17. Both books look great however the Learn to Make a Quilt would be wonderful to win. It would be nice to have a reference book with lots of info in one place. No quilt courses where I live so need to learn through books.

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  18. My husband has a smart phone, my son has a smart phone, my new daughter-in-love has a smart phone - but I don't. They talk about apps all the time.
    Most of the apps they have are for fun- like one app makes your phone into a level.
    Useful apps might be - to turn your phone into a "flash light" - but watch out it will consume your battery quickly probably. One app allows you to take a picture of a bar code and it will tell you how much that item will cost and where it is. One for calories and counting them / fat / protein / carbs / etc.
    I'll even bet there is a quilting app of some kind (which they have no use for) ...
    Good luck - I'd search the net for free smart phone apps or something like that.
    I just asked my husband what is the app he uses most often and he said : he just uses them when he needs them (yes, he's a man)... Shazaam - when you hear a song playing and you don't know what it is - you can let Shazaam hear it and it will automatically go onto the internet and find the title and artist... Urban Spoon - kind of like a slot machine - when you don't know what you want to eat (eat out) it will get your coordinates and give you a rolling list of restaurants close by.
    I love the Garden book :0
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd@gulftel.com

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  19. I'd love Learn to Make a Quilt. wonderful looking book.!!!

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  20. Kelly, I'd love to try some redwork and the Garden book looks great but I would really love to win the Learn to Make a Quilt for my sister that just started to learn to quilt as part of the Wantobe campaign with Madame Samm. Thanks, it sure looks like it would be a great book for her.

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  21. Good luck with the iPhone, the day will come when you will wonder what you ever did without it!! I would love to win Garden Party Stitchery, it looks like a lovely book!

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  22. I would love a shot at Garden Party Stitchery. Thanks for the chance.

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  23. I'm a self-taught quilter which means that I have so much to learn that I can't even imagine not having a book like "Learn to Quilt." Please pick me, oh Random Number Generator.

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  24. Learning to make a quilt...because there is always something more to learn about quilting and I am eager to learn it all!

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  25. Flixter for movies, Yelp for restaurants, Goodreads for book reviews, and find iPhone (just used this one and it works)
    Both books look great.

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  26. If I win then I'll choose "Learn to make a quilt"

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  27. I'd love to win the Garden Party. I would like to do a redwork quilt and a garden would be a great subject for it.

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  28. I would love to win the Garden Party red work book!! I love doing redwork!
    midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  29. I would love to be entered for the Garden party. I have been enjoying embroidery of late and I hope to move on to more advanced projects.

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  30. Would love to win the redwork book, I am quite happy to pay the postage to France. Hugs Linda

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  31. I like both of them.
    I have a little group in hungary in a little town. We comming together to learn to quilt, sewing, embroidery, etc. So both of them will be helpful for a group.
    Thank you! I am a follower now! :)

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  32. Would love, love, love Garden Party Stitchery! I quilt during the day, but do stitcheries at night so I can hang out with the hubby. Would love to have a new project! Thanks for the chance.

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  33. I would love to win the stitchery book. I have been looking to improve my redwork and find new designs so this book looks perfect.

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  34. Sorry, can't help you with the iPhone. My cell still has an antenna. I really enjoy redwork so I would choose Garden Party Stitchery. Thanks for this.

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  35. I would choose Learn To MAKE A QUILT from start to finish - always great to learn new tips! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I would love to win either book. :-) The Learn to Quilt I would give to my daughter who is getting interested in quilting and The Garden Party book for me. I'm just learning how to embroider. So, either book would be nice to win. Thanks for the review and the chance to win one.

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  37. I would love to win the "Learn to Quilt" book - because that is what I am doing at the moment ... learning.

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  38. I would like to win the "Learn to Quilt" book please! I have taught myself how to quilt via the internet mainly and I love books. Sew this would be a great addition to my bookcase. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  39. redwork is on my bucket list ... so, i would love to win this copy of 'garden party stitchery' ... i need to know the ins and outs of embroidery again.

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  40. Learn to Make a Quilt is the book I would like to win so I can give it to my daughter-in-law who is learning to quilt.

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  41. Here are some of my preferred iPhone apps:
    Kindle for reading books
    Zap2it to tell you what's on t.v like a t.v guide
    13abc will notify you of breaking news alerts for the Toledo area
    I heart radio has an awesome selection of radio stations to listen to from all over
    Quilt Shops gives you an idea of what quilt shops are in any area you choose to search in the U.S

    Enjoy your phone!

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  42. Hey! Don't need another book - don't have enough time to read the ones I have, even if they are as good as all that! :) Just dropping by to say hi & let you know I'm still kickin! Kickin what? Well, what do you think? Yup, kickin butt! Working on that Cali King (36 or 42 embroideries, Attic Window sashing), and just took on a monster curtain job. Whew. OH, and got a shot, so I can bend over, starting TODAY! whooohoooo! Hoping Mr. McSteamy is all recovered from his "vacation." You know, the one where he hurt his back....

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  43. My Arthur Rictic hands aren't doing embroidery anymore, so I'm in for the Quilting Book! And I promise to read it start to finish.

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  44. I would love to win the Learn to MAKE A QUILT from start to finish" by Carolyn S. Vagts...I'm very new to quilting so anything that guides me on the right path is great.

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  45. Hi Kelly and thanks for making this possible. I would like the "Learn to make a quilt" book because my daughter has just become interested in quilting and I would like to give it to her. I'm sure I can also learn something from the book. Kind regards Sam

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  46. The books look wonderful. I have only made some quilts from left over materials (just squares pieced together) and then I did a log Cabin one. It was so inspiring to see a pattern and do something. You pick :) Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

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  47. I still have one of the old cell phones that makes calls and I don't even have text. I know I need to upgrade but I had a hard time going to a cell phone to begin with. Most of the time it is off and my kids ask me why I even bother. Both of those books look great. I would like to give redwork a try one of these days but can't find my round tuit;)

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  48. The books look wonderful! Good luck with your phone-i traded mine back in b/c I didn't want all the bells and whistles...I know...I went backward...

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  49. So I take it that was Monday the 16th (since the 13th was ...Friday! hehe! I would love the first how to book, I just began quilting in March and still have a lot to learn, however I have ALWAYS wanted to try red work! They are both great choices! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Thank you for reading the IHAN Blog. I read every comment that is left here however I will not be responding to all coments for giveaways. There are times when I am juggling many tasks at one time and may not reply to all comments. Please e-mail me at IHaveANotion@yahoo.com if you need a reply quickly. I thank you for your understanding.
Smiles,
Kelly

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