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Friday, November 6, 2009

Thread Work Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith....and Sharon Bishop BSQG

After returning home from Houston I went to my guild's (Black Swamp Quilt Guild) retreat at Widewater Retreat Center. This was my first retreat with the guild and boy did I have a ball. I always see things that blow me away. This is one example:

"Catch A Falling Star" by Sharon Bishop.

Sharon looked at her hands and thread painted this was her FIRST about amazing.

(photos taken and published with permission of Sharon Bishop)

I was blown away. No one other than perhaps my Mother would want to see my first thread painted piece. What depth and beauty to capture her own hands.

To honor Sharon's courage in doing something new and hopefully encourage others to try some thread painting I am giving away this book by Sarah Ann Smith.

Yes it is an AUTOGRAPHED Copy!!!

This is just one page selected at random from Thread Work Unraveled. I have to give my little two cents about his book. I think Sarah did an excellent job of putting this book together. It is organized well with lots of information like:

  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Your Sewing Machine
  • Your Workspace & Ergonomics
  • Understanding Good Foundations
  • Marking Tools
  • Applique
  • Machine Quilting

I am a visual learner so the photos really compliment the written instructions. Sarah was kind enough to autograph this book while in Houston at the International Quilt Market 2009. I enjoyed meeting her and loved her generosity. The first copy she automatically wrote my name and then signed it....I told her it was to give away on my blog....she said I needed a copy and signed another one to give away. How kind is that? VERY :)

How to win this wonderful book?

One entry: Leave a comment. If you don't have a blog...leave your e-mail address.

One entry: Blog or Facebook about this giveaway

One entry: Become a Follower of this blog (leave one comment if you are already a follower indicating such.

Ten Entries: Make a purchase at I Have A Notion by Sunday Nov. 8th.

You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 8th at 9:00 PM.




  1. Sharon's thread painting is beyond words. Wow is what I thought when I saw it.

  2. I love those hands they are amazing!

  3. I already am a follower, I adore your blog!

  4. Great thread painting, I'd love to win the book and give it a try. I am already a follower

  5. I feel really overwhelmed by that book, I don't think I have the talent.

  6. I did post on Facebook....but don't enter me in this contest, let someone else have the book that might be more suited for it....because we are friends....that is why I posted....and I can hardly leave your blog without commenting...unless in a hurry.

  7. I so want to do thread painting. I love the effect!! Sharon's is amazing. I would love to win the book.

  8. I am a follower of your blog already. I read it faithfully. I love the ruler that you showed the other day.

  9. I'm going to my blog right now to link to this post.

  10. What an amazing piece of work Sharon has made-what a talented lady. I can't believe it is her first piece. Would love to win Sarah's book.

  11. I am already a follower of your blog an love visiting.

  12. These are great! I took a class in free hand sewing and if I had the time, I think that I could really enjoy.

  13. Hi Kelly... I really enjoy reading your blog... i usually stop every couple of days to see what u r up to. ... i don't have a blog, but I do facebook and will post there also. Sharon's work was certainly wonderful! Glad to see you posted it for others to enjoy. have a great day! karen glassford

  14. What beautiful work for her first-time. This is something I have always wanted to try but am not confident enough. Love being a follower of your blog. You have some amazing stuff.

  15. Oh, wow, I have been coveting this book since I first saw it!

  16. Have just posted a link on my blog.

  17. How beautiful!! Looks like we're keeping with the hand theme and finishing the week with happier hands than the one at the ER!

  18. Those hands are amazing! Sharon is a talented lady!!!

    The book looks very inspiring! Autographed too!!

  19. I have been a follower for a while now and I read all your posts! :)

  20. I've been busy today so am exhausted (basketizing today for a fundrasier next week), but I think I got my 2nd wind when I read your post and saw this delightful book, and the words "giveway". Please count me in. I'd love, love, love to get a copy of this book and gain more insights about quilting techniques.

    I'll re-read this post, when I'm not so exhausted as I do want to hear how you managed to get an autographed copy. You lucky girl. And you are so generous to share this, as a giveaway. Oh my, my energy level is now feeling like I could run a mile.


  21. That looks like a great book and something I would love to try!

  22. Kelly...I almost missed this. Glad I didn't as this is something I would like to try, among many other things you have posted. It would be a wonderful birthday surprise. Yep I am one day older tomorrow. Thread painting sounds like fun and something I will try even if I don't get the book. PS I made my first turned out GREAT! Thanks! Linda at

  23. Greetings i'm new here. I hit upon this site I have found It amply accessible & its helped me a great deal. I hope to give something back & assist others like its helped me.

    Cheers, See You Around

  24. Hi i am new on here, I came accross this website I have found It very accommodating and its helped me tons. I hope to give something back & help other users like its helped me.

    Thanks, See You About.


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