Friday, February 24, 2012

Creative Quilting with Beads - Book Review and Giveaway

I sure hope everyone is feeling healthy and energetic today.  I've been sick for the past few days and even though I have not felt well....I've had some joy, smiles and some gratitude.  That's not to say I haven't also had a few moments of ........!!!  LOL....Why?  Because I have the absolute pleasure of reviewing Creative Quilting with Beads ..... but I have previously agreed to give it away. What is wrong with me anyway?  My true colors are showing now....I feel greedy and want to keep the book....but I am a woman of my word so....here we go! :)
Valerie has done an incredible job of showing us how to add some pizazz to our art quilts.  She has put together over two dozen projects by some wonderful artists and has showcased them in Creative Quilting with Beads.

I'm not kidding when I say I could easily take a photo of every page and show you.....I need a bonus point for restraint here folks....
"Reach For The Stars" designed by Sue Spurlock

Look at the hair dance on this piece.  I love the swirling stitches and the beads.  I think the addition of the bead work has taken this piece from nice to wonderful and eye grabbing....what do you think?  I think Valarie and Sue are very generous because the instructions and patterns are included in the book.  Rest assured if I had created this beautiful piece....I'd charge you a whole lot more to share the instructions and patterns!  I wish I were kidding...but I'm not. 
Valerie takes us through the choosing of beads, threads, tools, quilting methods, fusible applique as well as hand sewing techniques.  She also covers quilt assembly techniques...binding and making the hanging sleeve.  I am absolutely certain that if you can hold a needle and do some basic stitching....there isn't a one of us who can't make any one of these beautiful projects.  The projects include  purses, a pillow, table runner, fridge magnets, art quilts and a card. 

"Tagalong Handbag"  designed by Veronica Hofman Ortega

I would be proud to have this handbag when I go out.  Veronica has taken some plain fabrics and given them life with her beautiful stitching and beads.  Seriously...look back at the photo of the "Tagalong Handbag"....just focus on the fabric and imagine it without the beads and stitches.....another amazing transformation! 
You know "Love Letters" by Deborah Boschert grabbed my attention.  She used Marcia Derse Fabrics and I'm a fan of Marsha Derse Fabrics.  I have some fabric left from my Derse Purse so now I have a great idea for using those scraps....thanks Deborah!  I took this photo on my iphone and it pales in comparison to the photo in the book....this is a beautiful art quilt.

Do you remember when Jim Carey said, "Somebody Stop Me", in the movie Mask?  That's exactly how I feel right now....like I just can't stop myself from showing more photos....I'm so bad.  (I'll put a link to the clip of Jim Carey at the end of this post just in case you don't remember or didn't see it....and need a good laugh today)

" Jewels Of Our Past" designed by Larkin Jean Van Horn

I'm going to leave you hanging here.....aren't I just terrible?  By the way....this is not a  button....it is a beaded applique....and I know you will love the rest of the piece when you win this book.

In the back of Creative Quilting with Beads, Valerie has included 12 Gallery pages. 


Queen of Heaven II by Patti Shaw is a piece shown on one of the Gallery pages.  This was made with commercial cotton fabric, photo transferred, hand quilted seed beads and sequins. The 12 pages in the Gallery are full of more photos as beautiful and amazing as this one.

Creative Quilting with Beads is a must have for anyone who loves to stitch and wants to add some pizazz to anything they create and lots of things they haven't created.  Sixteen different artists have contributed to the book ....there is something here for everyone.

So....I ask.....Who would like to win a copy of Creative Quilting with Beads....other than me?  I'm going to make you work for this one....it is going to take a little more than a simple, "count me in" to get this book out of my hands :)

If you are an IHAN blog follower....you will need to leave a comment on this post before Thursday March 1st telling me why you need this book more than I do. 

Is one chance not enough for you?   If you are jones'in to have this book and will agree to participate in a future  IHAN challenge inspired by Creative Quilting with Beads I'll give you 3 extra entries.  You say you want informed consent?  My readers are no dummies. The challenge will be announced as soon as I know who wants to participate and the project can be any size....seriously....you can make an inchie and qualify....so go ahead and plunge head first into my devious plans to get all of you to make something beautiful. 

The winner of Creative Quilting with Beads will be announced on Thursday March 1st.....so you need to start to think about how many chances you want to win this wonderful book.  There is a total of 4 chances available.

Smiles,
Kelly

If you need a good laugh...you can watch Jim Carey translate how I was feeling when writing this post :)

73 comments:

  1. I NEEEEED this book because I have so many beads and I don't know what to do with them.

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  2. Oh my gosh. I need this book. I can't imagine anything more fabulous than adding beads to a quilt, but I haven't the faintest idea of how to go about doing it. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I would love to have this book. Beading on quilts would be totally new to me. And most of all, I'd like to get what I need, and what I want, but never what I deserve ;-)
    tks
    Marilyn

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  4. Challenge...sure, I'd be up for the challenge.

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  5. I definitely need this book more than you. Because you've already looked through it and I haven't. And I love beads. And I'll make something out of this book. Jim Carey here I come...

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  6. I need this book more than you do because I have to clean up my stash of beads and have no idea where to begin or how to use them up. This book would be ideal. Besides you have already read the book and I haven't. As for a challenge, I love a challenge so I'll bite!

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  7. Well Kelly, I'm in! I'd love to participate in the challenge too. I recently bought a lot of beads and would LOVE to be motivated to use them! This is something I've wanted to do for a long, long time. I really like that hair, I just want to touch it!

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  8. Looks like a fun book, but I think you definitely need it more than I do. I have seen you make some beautiful art quilts and think you could really have fun creating with this book. Those beads are so beautiful. If you must give it away,I hope the time you had it in your generous hands you at least soak up some inspiration. I'd love to see you create a project with beautiful beads.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  9. I am (of course) a follower and I am still thinking about committing to a challenge... although I do bead... often... but maybe not quite over the top... when I do. I will need more practice for that!!! The book looks like great eyecandy. I would love to win....

    OK I'm IN !!!!

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  10. I follow you and I think this book looks really intresting. I love to try new things.

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  11. I want to learn as many types of embellishment as I can to further enhance my handiwork, such as quilting, cross-stitch and home dec. My husband fully supports me in my quest, even to the point of driving me to any store/town I want to visit. Help me help the economy, by selecting me as the WINNER of this book. I will need to rush out and buy some beautiful beads, for sure!

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  12. Maybe I need the book to see if I can do beads... I have not used a bead since... I don't know when! A cross-stitch I was doing years ago! Those tiny bugers! But they look SO pretty!!

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  13. I am a follower of your blog. Do I need the book more than you? I hope so. I don't have any beading books in my arsenal. Hmm, beading challenge kinda scares me, but in a quote attributed to Lucille Ball, "“I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not”. Or maybe Ralph Waldo Emerson is what I mean, "That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased." Here's to increasing by a challenge.

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  14. I inherited a bunch of beads from my husband's aunt and would love to make something in her memory. Thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

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  15. I just bought a bunch of beads at Road2CA because I needed about 10 for a little quilt. Now I'm left with thousands of homeless beads that need to be used somewhere. This book would help jump start my creativity!
    Sue

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  16. Beautiful beading! Just adds so much more to a work! Such creativity! Please put my name in the hat and you can borrow the book if you need to! 'the mask' is one of my husband's favorite movies! LOL
    what a work of art this book is!

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  17. I think I need this book! I LOVE the beaded bra and hair and I have some mermaid fabric that I need this technique for. It looks like it would be great fun. I would let you use it for a whole month before you mailed it to me, lol.

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  18. I have so many beads just waiting to be used on a quilt - I'd love a chance at the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  19. Count me in. I would love to learn beading.

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  20. Looks like a good book - a way to make projects unique and have some handwork. I have beads, I do have beads...no one told me before I had to USE the beads though. Seriously, both of your blog posts have made this book irresistable!

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  21. I need this book because I don't want you to only have 20 entries. And yes, I could probably use the techniques for doing some cool things for the grand-nieces (aka The Princesses!)

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  22. I'd love to learn how to embellish with beads! I don't know how on earth I missed this post...

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  23. I definitely need this book more than you do because I haven't had a chance to read it and you have!

    The challenge sounds like loads of fun, so count me in for an extra 3 entries in the giveaway and I promise to pay closer attention to your posts from now on! Promise!

    MGM

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  24. Since you asked so sweetly, I will join the itsy bitsy challenge - love making mug rugs and would love to learn more about embellishing them! I do follow your blog and love it!!

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  25. I would love to have this book. I used to do beading in my 20's, and I think I need to prove to myself that I can still do it!

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  26. Count me in on the challenge...hope it doesn't need to be completed soon because I just had wrist surgery!

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  27. I would love to have this book more than you because a) you already have one and b) I have never beaded a quilt and the pictures are wonderful!

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  28. I need embellishment inspiration - while I really enjoyed the one quilt I embellished it's not something that I usually think to do. I'm more 'utilitarian' than 'art', I guess.

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  29. I need this book so I can get ideas on how to use up my bead stash!

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  30. Oh,please, please, please add my name to the drawing list. I love to bead and to make my little art quilts for donation to AAQI and I could use more advice, ideas, and help! I would dearly love to win, and to use this lovely book!

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  31. I need this book because I have purchased "artsy" things such as fibers, angelina, foil, and beads, but I'm not able to put them all together in a pleasing way. It looks like Sue's book will give me some seriously needed direction! I just love what she did with the Derse fabrics--my favorite!! OH!

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  32. Oh wow!! That book looks great. I love beading but I've never tried it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Well Kelly I guess I am one of the ones who missed the post.

    I belong to a bead group and have done a couple of things. I gave them away and don't think I even took any pictures. Darn! What I am working on now will not be done for a long time. LOL

    Rosemary

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  34. Okay, okay, I have a checkered past as a (failed) beader, but I still want to succeed! I'd LOVE to win this book!

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  35. I would love to have this book. I am a follower and actually thought I already signed up for this but in looking through the comments I did not see me...so thank you for putting that reminder out there and please count me in. I have lots of beads but not always certain on how to use them so the book would be a wonderful addition....

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  36. I would join in on a challenge of any size, sounds like fun.

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  37. TRIED SO MANY TIMES TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON YOUR SITE and on some others as well, but blogger is refusing my id sign in.... Right now the only blogger blogs that I am able to comment on are those with that extra security where you have to type in the words... Sorry, I tried the first day and everyday after to leave a comment. That is some beautiful work and I would love to win .... would love to be able to leave a comment in general!



    hugz
    Pam

    http://versana-creativedawn.blogspot.com
    http://fabrikdea.blogspot.com
    http://creativdawnzdolz.blogspot.com

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  38. Yes, I would love to have this book! I do a little bit of beading on quilts and purses, and it looks like this book could help me improve my embellishing efforts.

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  39. Just catching up with the "usual reads" after an internet free weekend. It's nice to start by entering a give away - thanks for the chance!

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  40. Hmmm...problems yesterday, yes, but this post was Friday. I have no idea how I missed it! I'm definitely excited about this book. I just signed up for a beading workshop in May. This book would go along with that class nicely! ;o)

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  41. I love the handbag pictured. That would be worth the cost of the book in itself. I am in the process of "re-beading" a prom dress, along with other alterations. It would be much more fun to work on one of the tiny projects!

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  42. Kelly, I'd love to win the beading book...I just love adding embellishments. And sure, I'll even attempt the mystery challenge that you are proposing...sounds like fun! Thanks.

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  43. I need this book because I'm new to beading and I need all the help I can get!

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  44. Okay, you've got my interest up. This looks like one fantastic book and you are so generous to want to give it to one of your followers. Thank you so much for this great giveaway! :)

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  45. Kelly, I forgot to tell you why I need this book more than you do...it's because it would so perfectly complement the Lyric Kinard DVD "Bead It Like You Mean It" I won that is all about some fantastic beading. Oh, and count me in for the future IHAN challenge inspired by Creative Quilting with Beads. I'd love to come up with a little something! :)

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  46. Thanks for the second chance... As it just so would happen, I now really need this beading book. I went to Shipwreck Beads over the weekend and got me a whole bunch of beads for quilting! That place was so freaking cool!

    I'm working on a project that will require some beading. It would help to learn how to do it.

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  47. I hope some really creative soul gets the book. It looks great and I am sure beading is a lot of fun. So far I have not tried an art quilt but there is always a first time.

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  48. I need this book so I can learn to embellish a wool crazy quilt with beads!

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  49. I'm sorry you were so 'green' when creating your post + hope you are on the mend!

    Wow, thank you for the book review and introducing the beading. So interesting and colorful. What an inspiration. I can see how it would perk up any quilt!!!

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  50. The comment number is rising!! I've done a wee bit of beading on my quilts... maybe this is a book that will inspire me to go all out and put a real sparkle to my creations. I'm not just buying and storing all those beads for nothing, right? Thanks for the heads up on this giveaway!

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  51. I didn't comment before because I've never worked with beads! Not sure I have enough dexterity in my fingers, LOL

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  52. I need this book because it's filled with all kinds of wonderful things to try and to inspire me. Besides that my other books need a new friend.

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  53. I have beads and now I have to put in for the book! no chicken here! thanks!

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  54. Ouch!! Okay Okay Leggo my arm!! UNCLE UNCLE!!! I would consider it an honor to enter the challenge! Add 3 more chances to the 'hat' for me!!! and the rest of you larkey farkers out there need to pony up!!! LOL give us some competition!!
    :)

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  55. you twisted my arm...I went back and entered the challenge!! Thanks for the shove! What is the deadline or has it not been announced yet?

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  56. I need this book to help spark my creative muse! I could really use the inspiration.

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  57. I love reading your blog and I mostly lurk, but I will join in with your challenge.

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  58. Kelly, I forgot to tell you that I am a follower of your blog.

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  59. Kelly, what great timing! MLQG (yes, your PA guild) is having a Bead Embellishment workshop in May. Would love to win the book.

    Dori (MLQG)

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  60. WOW what a book, I have so many beads and have done NOTHING with them....saving for something special I think:-) This book will absolutely give me the push I NEED!

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  61. ooo aaaaa coool! Maybe this bookm would inspire me to get back to quiling. I need to read more before committing to the challenge. I loved do the one you had when your blog started so maybe it is time for me to try another.

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  62. This book looks to be a good book, with lots of inspiration. I bought more then enough beads to work on an old UFO and have to find some way to try and use them. Maybe this book will help me out in that regard!

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  63. I would love to learn how to work with beading in my quilts. I have never done it before and wouldn't know where to start. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  64. I need this book because I have BUNCHES of beautiful beads waiting to be used and would LOVE to have this book to learn how to put them in my quilting! Thank you for having another wonderful giveaway! Oh...I missed this the first time....oh dear!

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  65. This book looks fun. I haven't put beads on anything since I used some on a Christmas stocking a million years ago.

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  66. I don't know how I missed commenting here...I was sure that I had already entered my begging plea to win this book. I'm currently obsessed with beading and NEED to have this!

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  67. Hi Kelly, I'd love to leave a comment for the book giveaway, but my computer won't let me leave a comment on your blog (plus a few others) ! Looks like a really fun book, I love the girl's beaded hair. Patty

    paweis@yahoo.com

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  68. It is a very nice give away but I'm just not into beads or embellishing my quilts so I didn't want to take a chance away from someone that really would benefit from the book. Thanks for a great blog.

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  69. I NEED this book! I am a long time follower and I would love to learn to better bling a quilt!!! So enter me; I promise I will use it well!!!! Merrie

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