Friday, March 23, 2012

Another Bite Of Schnibbles & Bed Runners and More - Book Reviews

I have so many book reviews backed up that I thought I'd do two today...so it's a two'fer Friday :)  Keep in mind,  I get to choose the books I want to review so I'm going to be bias in my reviews.

Martingale and Company have provided me with the opportunity to review Another Bite of Schnibbles.  The author, Carrie Nelson, has a huge following and I know many quilters who love her Schnibbles patterns.

 Another Bite Of Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson  (LaVie En Rosie , Carries wonderful blog)

 Twenty four quilts from 5" and 10" squares...all in one book!!!

Carrie begins with some great information about handling pre-cut fabrics and some excellent directions for piecing.   I know from experience, if you don't handle and sew pre-cuts properly, you will end up with blocks that are not square at all.  Carrie shares all her tips and tricks in the beginning of the book so everyone will end up with consistent block.  Well...most of us...LOL.  Ya all know I can look away and end up with a wobbly 1/4-3/8" seam....that's why I have a excellent seam ripper :)

"Lincoln" uses 10" squares and I have a few layer cakes looking for an excellent pattern.  I love how fresh and fun this pattern is....don't you?

It was so hard to choose which photos I wanted to share because I really like all the quilts in Another Bite of Schnibbles.  The quilt above, "Reveille, looks like it might be difficult to make...but when you see Carrie's instructions you will be surprised by how" un-diffiuclt" it is to make.  

Twenty-Four patterns for just  $26.99 (only $21.99 for IHAN Blog readers through March, 30, 2012)  that is a steal!  Twenty-Four patterns at, lets say $8 each, would be $192.  Each pattern is only $1.10 for IHAN Blog readers...now we're talking a super deal! :)
  

Clotilde provided me the opportunity to review the next book, Bed Runners & More

Bed Runners & More includes patterns and instructions for nine bed runners( four include instructions for pillow shams) each by a different designer.  The bed runner on the cover, Geometric Jazz" by Carol Zentgraf,  got my attention because I thought it would be perfect for my co-workers.

There are times I'm in the mood to make something small and bed runners add some splash to a bedroom without the investment of so much time.  Oh, and did I mention that I don't feel so bad when the kids spill or get pen marks on a bed runner....I flip when the do that on a full size bed quilt.

"Warm Splendor" by Phyllis Dobbs is another bed runner that left me drooling.  I love the fall colors Phyllis used in this design.  By the time I could make myself a full bed quilt, I could almost have a bed runner for every season! 

"Summer Blossoms" is another of Phyllis' designs.  What girl would not love to walk into her room and see this fun bed runner?  The possibilities are endless. 

Each bed runner in Bed Runners & More are labeled by skill level, Beginner, Confident Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  

The instructions for each design includes diagrams like the one pictured above. 

A bed runner is an excellent way to dress up a room without the time investment of a full bed quilt.  Honestly, think they would look great across the back of a sofa as well....just a thought :)

There is a nice variety of designs in  Bed Runners & More , something for everyone!  I think I"ll give a copy of this great book away to an IHAN blog reader.    To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner this Sunday evening.  How does that sound?  Fun I hope :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Smiles,
Kelly

49 comments:

  1. Okay I am commenting. Heheehhe I would love to have this book. But I really don't need it. okay, but I do want it. LOL

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  2. HELLO! THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY!
    HAPPY QUILTING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  3. Love the Bed Runners & More book. Perfect for a pop of color in the bedroom.

    Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles are favorites of mine. I love the little quilts!

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  4. This looks a great book!
    Count me in please!

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  5. Bed runners are really intriguing. But what do you do with them at night? Are they really foot warmers? I think I really need the bed runner book to help ponder and answer these questions.

    Caryl

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  6. I love the bed runners - and thank you so much for the reviews. I really appreciate the time everyone takes to review new products for us. I love the bed runner we have on our king size bed and I leave it on at night for that little extra "warm weight" on the tootsies. Wonderful giveaway and opportunity. Judy C

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  7. You know I never thought of doing bed runners, and know that there is a book on it I think I will start.

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  8. well that's ok Gene can give it to me when he wins because he wins everything!

    I love looking at the schnibbles quilts popping up all over the place. I have yet to make/start one because I have plenty of UFO's

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  9. My daughter asked for a bed runner before a quilt. It would be great to be able to make her one. thank you.

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  10. Love book reviews! Love reading them, love making them, and love, love,love the giveaways! So, please do throw my name into the ring as I would love to win, own, and use this lovely book!

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  11. Wonderful reviews, Kelly! I haven't seen 'Schnibbles' before. I have pre-cuts and no idea what to do with them!
    I did notice the bedrunner book in a magazine ad and thought it would be one that I would check into! I think it would be lovely to change them with the seasons! Thanks for reviewing them for us.

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  12. Thank you for the review. I have the first Schnibbles book and I find myself using it a lot. I think this one would be no different.

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  13. The Schnibbles book looks very interesting.

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  14. I love bed runners and would really make once from this book - thanks for the chance !

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  15. We have a king-size bed and would love the chance to win this book...would be a whole lot easier to make some runners then tackle that size quilt! Thanks for the reviews and chance.
    ~Terry~

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  16. Schnibbles are such great patterns. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Kathie L in Allentown

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  17. WOW! What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Great reviews Kelly. Have a good weekend.

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  19. I've seen more and more about bed runners so this would be awesome to win this book.

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  20. how nice! thanx for the opportunity to win this book :)

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  21. Wow, would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway

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  22. Read your review - looked at your followers and became follower # 1000! How about that?
    Love the bed runners - quick projects that dress up a bed: great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Oh, it looks just lovely! (on a side note I thought about you this morning when i opened up my e-mail and there was one from Pinterest about a change in their terms and policies!)

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  24. A Bed Runner might be just the thing for my newly painted bedroom. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  25. Seeing an email from you always brightens my day. And, for the possibility of a free book. Yahoo!

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  26. I think a bed runner is just the right way to try out a new block or technique....and the perfect size to practice free motion quilting, no?

    I think the co-workers would LOVE to have those brightly colored blocks in their rooms!!

    Thank you for reviewing the books (but I don't have any more room, so please count me out of the drawing!) and sharing your thoughts with us!

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  27. They all sound like fun books. I'm excited to see another book come out on bed runners. What a great way to decorate and fast projects too.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  28. How did you know - I've been wanting these books since last summer. My local quilt shop had them and now no longer has them:-(. I'm super excited for a chance to win both of them. Thank you so much.

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  29. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book. It's nice to have the chance to win a book to learn something new.

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  30. Hi, SewCalGal sent me over and let me know about this great giveaway! Please consider me "commented" and ready to read!

    Heather

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  31. Did you see my name inthe Schnibble book? Long about page 83 or some such- I quilted Lissa Alexander's quilt!

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  32. Bed runners would be great--now I'll just have to find a way to keep my cats from "kneading" them!

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  33. I never thought of making bed runners, I like that idea! Thanks for reviewing these and having a give-a-way!

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  34. Thanks Kelley, for another great book Giveaway. Oh my, I'd love to win this one. Looks like a winner book for sure, as bed runners are so popular right now.

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  35. Running... for the Bed Runner book! The absolutely best kind of {runner} in my non-running, opinion! Thanks Kelly!

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  36. Love, love, LOVE Carrie Nelson and Rosie and her books and patterns! This is another "MUST HAVE" publication from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company to add to the series. Thank you, Kelly for having another great giveaway! :)

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  37. Thank you for the great reviews. It is always nice to know about a book before you buy one. I like Carrie Nelson's books and the book about bed runners are very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. I've looked at the Bed Runner book online and tout how clever to change the look of a room in such a way! Thank you for the chance to win it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  39. I guess I need to make a few bed runners!! Love them. Thanks for the review and chance to win it.

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  40. Great review of both books. bed runners are great to make as gifts too.

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  41. I have the Schnibbles books on my Amazon wishlist. Those look like a lot of fun.

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  42. Looks like a fun book! I would love to have it!

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  43. I saw the Famor man at the Chicago Sewing and Quilting Expo this weekend and thought of you. I love Schnibbles. I made the X-Rated quilt and supersized it.

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  44. Sounds like a great book! I think I'm too late to comment. Thanks!

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  45. I'd love to have this book since my master bedroom is due for a makeover. This would be an inspiration!

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  46. Oh I would love a copy of this book. A friend of mine recently married and moved from Las Vegas to Pennsylvania and I've been planning to make a bedrunner for her to help keep her tootsies (and her husband's tootsies) warm during those cold winters... but I just haven't found anything inspiring. This book may be just what I need. I'm notoriously slow to complete projects, so I need to start soon! LOL
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  47. Thanks for the book reviews. It's nice to know what's between the covers! Thanks, too for the give-away.

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  48. Follower, follower! I love the smaller projects!

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  49. One of these days I am going to make a Schnibbles quilt. I know the giveaway is over.

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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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