Saturday, January 28, 2012

1000th post giveaway -- things that make my heart go pitty-pat



To celebrate my 1000th post, which was actually this week's stash report, I'm giving away a stack of books that make my heart go pitty-pat. I'm not giving away my own favorite books because there are still things in them I need to make, but I've managed to find gently used copies to share with one lucky reader.





This one has got to be my favorite quilting book. I found my copy of Family Ties: Old Quilt Patterns from New Cloth (Needlework and Quilting) four years ago. Talula Gilbert Bottoms, the author's grandmother, made more than 200 quilts between 1870s and 1945. It's been quite a while since I read it cover to cover, but if I'm remembering right she pieced and quilted them by hand. The patterns here include Double Wedding Ring and Improved Nine Patch and Sunbonnet Sue and all of the traditional old patterns that come to mind when I think quilt. And many that I'd never seen before I got my hands on this book.

I want to be like Talula when I grow up. If I can use my sewing machine.





This one has the pattern for Shenandoah Log Cabin in it. If you don't know what that one is, there are plenty of pictures on Judy Martin's Website. Imagine a log cabin that swirls like a Snails Trail.





I really want to make a pineapple quilt. I really don't want to do paper piecing. This one uses strips and is, according to the introduction, similar to the Quilt in a Day Log Cabin pattern. If I could talk a friend through that one over the phone, I should be able to do this.





Although I don't actually do it as much as I'd like to, I love knitting socks. I knit three pairs (and a whole long list of other things) during the 22 days I was on hospital bed rest with my youngest. Solid colors and intricate textures...sigh I really should make more sock knitting time.



I wanted to include a cross stitch kit, or maybe one of the Diane Phalen patterns that helped lure me from cross stitching to quilting, but the stores that used to have aisles of kits and patterns have done away with them. I did find these patterns, which are exactly what would have had me bouncing with joy when I was in the deepest part of my obsession and my definition of the best cross stitch charts was "huge and completely covered with stitches."

Want to win this whole wonderful stack of books? Just be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post before 11:59pm 02/06/2012. I'd love to know what would be in your stack of books that make your heart go pitty-pat. (And please make sure you're not a no-reply blogger -- Sew Cal Gal has a great explanation of exactly what that means and how to make sure it's not keeping you from winning the contests you enter.)

62 comments:

KaHolly said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! This is a very generous give-away to celebrate, and lots of fun. I'm glad I'm first, because I don't want to be picked. I just wanted to say hello!!~karen

Martina said...

Wow, great books!Congrats to you.I am a happy reader of your posts. Thanks so much for sharing. My heart goes pitty pat when I see redwork and stitchery books.And everything which teaches me more skills on quilting.

Denise :) said...

One thousand posts ... definitely milestone there! I have a Baltimore Album quilt book that just absolutely takes my breath away every time I open it. And I have a sweet little 'basics' quilting book that was my grandma's. It has her notes and markings in it, and I love to read through it with her eyes. :)

yorkie mom said...

Congratulations! Great giveaway! Love quilting books. Thanks for a chance.

Lori said...

The book missing from my collection is.....501 Quilting Motifs (forgive me, I don't recall the author.

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow! 1000 posts! I think I'm currently at 19 ;*} Congratulations and thanks for sharing such great books! Actually the Cookies & Quilts makes my heart go pitty-pat. A friend has been making a quilt from it, American Spirit, and while leafing through it I spied Shenandoah Log Cabin.... YUM!!! I've been keeping my eyes open for a copy ever since. Books currently on my book-shelf that make me happy are several by Possibilities and Piece-o'-Cake.

Tina said...

Wow those books look like fun!! Enjoy seeing what u sew!!

Missy Shay said...

Wow, what a fun giveaway! I would share this prize with my mom, who likes to cross stitch, and my friend who likes to knit, and me who quilts!
Thank you!
missysaprons@yahoo.com

gill said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts!
I love books and especially crafty ones! I like collecting vintage sewing books, especially embroidery ones!

JustPam said...

I am a follower and congrats on 1000 posts. My favorite books right now are Bonnie Hunter's books. I want to use up my stash and her patterns are the best way I know of to do that.

Pippa Parsons said...

congratulations, wow 1000 posts is an achievement.... I love any books, quilting or not. I especially love an early night with a pattern book and a cup of hot chocolate wrapped up in bed :)

B Greene said...

Congratulations on the 1000th post! Great accomplishment! I love the idea behind the Family Ties book - I too love the traditional patterns, but am in love with modern fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle C said...

That Family Ties book sounds like a spectacular read. I recently found one called "Love Of Quilts" which is a collection of vintage literature (1845-1940) featuring quilts and quilting. My most recent addition is not a quilting book, but a textbook called "Sewing for the Apparel Industry" which teaches professional finishing techniques for clothing construction. I will do anything related to my sewing machine and although quilting is my favorite art form, I also love to see my hand made creations worn by my daughters.

I've been a follower of yours for a while....might be something to do with your name....might be because you just have an awesome blog!

mtnquiltr said...

Wow, congrats on your posting milestone! The books look great, and I have a place in my heart for cross stitch too. I still have an ongoing birth announcement, the little girl will have graduated before it's finished! Thanks for a great giveaway.

Rilene said...

Congratulations and thank you for your blog! I do love the Kathleen Tracy small quilt books.

Lisa Cox said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts. I am a follower of your wonderful blog.
My heart goes pitty pat over amish quilt books. I just love looking at the pictures and dreaming that someday, maybe I will have the courage to try one. LOL

Quilting "b" said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts. Thank you for a chance to win your fabulous giveaway. These books would really make my heart go pitty-pat.

krisgray said...

1000?! WOWeee!

Lovely books - what a generous giveaway. One of my favorite books is Marti Michel's 9 Patch Quilts. I love 9 patches and this book has all sorts of settings and color schemes. Another that I keep on my shelf for reference is the BH&G Complete Guide to Quilting.

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the 1000 posts milestone! Nice books, too... thanks for the chance to win!

Bev in TX said...

Thank you for celebrating your 1000th post with such a lovely giveaway!

I especially enjoy quilt books that tell a story, for example Brenda Papadakis' "Dear Jane ...", Rosemary Young's "The Civil War Diary Quilt ...", etc.

I also like books that teach me new techniques.

Jennie P. said...

Since I'm a newbie, I don't have many quilting books yet, but there is one that I bought for when I get started and it makes my heart go pitty-pat. It's called Blendable Curves: Stack, Slice & Sew Unique Quilts in a Weekend by Peggy J. Barkle. It's just lovely and wacky and colorful. I love it. I can't wait to try it one day.

Diane said...

Congrats 1000 times! I wish I could even start a blog! I also make prayer quilts for my church. We also make a quilt for each child born in the church!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Congratulations on 1000!!! That is great.
I love the sound of Family Ties book. I have always pieced my quilts by hand, and have a love of the old style traditional quilts. I have a book called Quilts from the Depression, and i have made the Kansas Sunflower quilt from it. :)

Marissa said...

Wow! Congradulations on 1000 posts!

I have a scrappy quilts book that is my favorite and ive gotten many ideas out of it.

www.welovequilting.com said...

Congratulations on your 1000 posts I hope you have 1000000000 more.
I love scrappy quilt books and I want to make a pineapple quilt soon.

Diane Wild said...

A stack of books. What a perfect giveaway. That's what makes my heart go thumpety-thump. Thanks for the chance to win these and congratulations on your 1000 posts.

James-Linda said...

CONGRATS ON +1000 POSTS! YEA!
MY BOOK SHELF IS MOSTLY "SCHNIBBLES BOOKS"-I'M JUST STARTING TO QUILT. THANKS YOU FOR A WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY!

Becky said...

50 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy would be first on my list. Spotlight on Neutral by Pat Wys, Nickle Quilts by Pat Speth, Spectacular Scrap Baskets by Kim Brackett, Schnibbles Times Two by Carrie Nelson and finally a how to quilt book by Harriet Hargrave and Sharon Craig (can't remember the name)

Congratulations on 1000 posts! Pretty awesome:)

Andra Gayle said...

1000!!!That is a lot! Congrats and thanks!

karen said...

Family ties jumps out at me, and I have re-read your blog post several times trying to decide!!! Congratulaions on achieving this milestone, your posts have inspired me many times. Thank you!

Renee G said...

Hi - I'm following as Renee G on GFC and I have to say that the Cross-stitch patterns make my heart go pitty-pat the most.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Allie M. said...

I'm a follower. I'm actually pretty new to crafting so I'm still discovering books for my heart pitter-patter collection. This would be a great way to start!

Andee said...

Congrats on 100 posts! I enjoy reading them. I love books, and knitting socks as much as I love quilting. I am not sure which books I would put in a giveaway but for sure Bonnie Hunter's would be among them!

Chatty Kathy said...

What fun to read your posts. The books look lovely; as a traditional quilters gently easing her way into the modern genre, I have been lusting after Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's new Transparency book. I'm a quilt book junkie, a fairly new blogger, and just in love with the new community of young quilters online.

Jo said...

CONGRATs on #1000. If you lived closer I'd take you out for lunch or at least do the happy dance with you!! I know we had talked before about your favorite goodies...it's fun to see them.

Anonymous said...

WOW - 1000 posts. Congrads on such a wonderful site. I look forward to reading your post and am quite a follower of yours indeed. I have a quilting book from my first quilting class I took called Quilting For People Won Don't Have Time to Quilt. I love this book and it is part of my quilting library. To win such a giveway of treasured books is quite the quilting treasure. I love learning and I know there is so much to learn. Thank you for a chance to win.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Kathy said...

Congrats on hitting 1000. Wow! I am a follower. My favorite book in my collection is Quick Rotorary Cutter Quilts. I think I want to make almost all of them. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome prize pack!

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on reaching this huge milestone. My heart goes pitty-pat each time I see a new-to-me quilting book. My favorite book is still my mother's Georgia Bonesteel book on lap quilting - very old and still quite good for reference. Thanks for the giveaway.

hueisei said...

Congrats on 1000 posts. I loves quilting book, I can self learn from the book! :)
I'm a follower!

robin said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts - I'd love to win the books. :)

CynthiaT59 said...

Wonderful blog! Congrats!

Christa said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! I really enjoy reading your blog because we have quite a few common interests. I love to see the beautiful quilts you make. I'm especially impressed that you actually *finish* yours! :)

I'd have a hard time choosing favorite books because I tend to borrow them from the library unless I find them at thrift stores.

However, your sock book caught my eye since I've been working on socks for charity lately. I have a library copy of "2-at-a-Time Socks" sitting here, waiting for my 40" circular needle to arrive in the mail.

Jennie said...

Congrats on your 1000th! I would love to win your pack of books...I especially would love to see the one with the old patterns.

brenna said...

Congrats! I've been pitter-patterinh recently over some cathedral window books. Not sure I have the guts to do one, but love to look!

Sallie said...

Congratulations! Thanks for the great giveaway! Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips by Kim Brackett; Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott; Strip-Smart Quilts: 16 Designs from One Easy Technique by Kathy Brown are some books that make my heart go pitty-pat.

VickiT said...
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VickiT said...

I'm sorry but I neglected to answer your question so I deleted my first comment.

Congratulations on your 1000th post. That's a huge accomplishment.
What a great group of books you are giving away.
The book of that group which I'm most interested in is the Family Ties book. That looks like a great one to own.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations. Wow 1000 posts. Thanks for the chance to win. the books that make my heart jump right now are by Bonnie Humter and Eleanor Burns.

Judith said...

Wow, congrats on all those posts. I am already a follower. I am a romantic traditionalist, I guess, so I like vintage patterns with soft florals. I buy lots of books and my hb thinks I am nuts as "no one would live long enough to make all those quilts." Sometimes I just like to look and dream.

Mary said...

I'm a follower. 1000 posts - WOW. I have way too many books already but, there is always a new one by Eleanor burns that comes out pretty soon and Jennifer Chiverini is working on a couple new books too. I'm hoping to get a few from Alex Anderson next month.

KatieQ said...

Congratulations! 1,000 posts is pretty amazing. I am barely 1/10 of the way. Cookies and Quilts has been on my radar for a long time, but I have never managed to pick up a copy. One of my current favorites is "Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts," by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I haven't made any of the quilts yet, but I have lovingly pawed the pages trying to decide which one I should make first. I have also been eyeing the pages of Nine by Nine by Cyndi Hershey. There are a few quilts in that book that I would like to try.
Thanks for offering the opportunity to win such great books.

QueenB said...

Congratulations on 1,000 posts. I am a follower and the Family ties book is one from our guilds library which I loved when I came across it a few years ago. Still trying to get an knit my own socks... too many projects not enough time.

Lisa said...

Congrats on 1000 posts! I've "followed" for a while, but became official today! Here's to a few thousand more!

Suzanne Neuhaus said...

Congrats on 1000th post. I t
Really enjoy and appreciate your blog. When you quilts with a lot of "white" do you use the same white in one quilt or do you mix fabrics. I can tell in your red 9 patch and snowball you have many red squares but I can't tell about the white. Thanks. Suzanne. Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

Mary said...

1000 posts is an awesome accomplishment. I only wish I had discovered you sooner. Good luck on the next 1000!
My heart goes pitty pat at books with scrap quilts. I also have a thing about wanting to knit some socks. I have even purchased the yarn, but haven't taken the plunge to try it yet.

inthewoodstoo said...

Congrats on the 1000th posting! I love anybooks that discuss pictoral quilts as they tell stories of days gone by.. And m y Dear Jane quilt book.

Texas JennyWren said...

Woo Hoo, congrats on your 1000th posting on your blog!! That's a great achievement!!

I LOVE books about birds in any form - painting them, quilting them, drawing them, etc. So anything to do with birds would be my fav kinds of books.

Dar said...

What an accomplishment - 1,000 posts. Congrats. It's very nice of you to offer such good giveaways. My book shelf would be more complete if I had a Bonnie Hunter book, since I want to use more of my stash for scrap quilts. Anything to do with quilts and quilting makes my heart go pitty pat.

Anonymous said...

I have the first Talula Gilbert Bottoms and her Quilts book - didn't know there was a sequel - how fun! Would love to see that book. Thanks for the opportunity to read your blog and enter this giveaway.
"Quilting Babcia"
babcia2008@ymail.com

Island quilts said...

Wow a 1000 comments how great is that! I just found your blog but have enjoyed all morning reading all the older post and some of the comments. I hope who ever wins this giveaway will take what they will use then make another giveaway on their blog to keep the books moving. Quilters are such sharing people! Mary at islandmom1@gmail.com (islandquilts)

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your very successful blog! I am very new at the blog thing...but I love all things quilt especially visiting with other quilters.

Caitlin said...

I just started my first quilt this week and I'm loving it so far! I would be so happy to have all the patterns from the Family Ties book.

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