Friday, October 19, 2012

A Blook Tour

Just over a month ago I was browsing around on Pinterest and spied this darling quilt.  I immediately fell in love with the striking, yet playful colors and the original flowers that are so delicately appliqued throughout.  I didn't know who made it or who designed it but I knew I loved it!  It was immediately pinned to my "Quilt Love" board.


About a week or two later, my friend (and quilt designer extraordinaire) Jill Finley stopped by the quilt shop I work at to tell us about her new book, Home Sweet Quilt.  I couldn't believe my eyes when that very quilt I spied on Pinterest a couple of weeks prior was gracing the cover of her new book!



Needless to say, I was thrilled when Jill sent me an email asking if I would like to be a part of her Blog/Book Tour or "Blook Tour" as Jill likes to call it :)




Home Sweet Quilt is filled with 12 darling projects and great instructions! One of the things that I am most excited about is the fact that Jill includes a detailed description of how to applique - the Jillily Way!

I don't know if I ever told you but it was Jill who got me excited about applique.  I had tried it several times throughout the years but I always felt a little overwhelmed since there are about a gazillion different methods out there!  That changed a few years ago when Jill came to the quilt shop one day to do a demo of her method.  She made it look so easy and I was sold! I've been using her method ever since.  Her book is as good as her demo with several pages dedicated to teaching her applique method.  Lots of photos are included too!

So lucky for you, you get the opportunity to win an e-copy of
Home Sweet Quilt!  Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner Sunday night. And if you can't wait or want to get your hands on a hard copy you can purchase Home Sweet Quilt through Martingale.

Until then, be sure to check out the other participants in Jill's Blook Tour where you can see some of the other great projects from Jill's book as well as earn more chances to win great prizes!


     
Sat, Oct 13:                 Aurifil Threads                        http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/
           
Sun, Oct. 14:             Linda Lum DeBono                   lindalumdebono.blogspot.com/
                                   
Mon, Oct 15:              Madame Samm                       www.sewwequilt.com
                                                           
Tues, Oct 16:              PamKittyMorning                    pamkittymorning.blogspot.com
                                                           
Wed, Oct 17:              Amy Ellis                                 amyscreativeside.com/blog/

Thur, Oct 18:             Stitch This (Martingale)              http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
                                                           
Fri, Oct 19:                Chitter Chatter Designs             creativityamongstchaos.blogspot.com
                                   Gigi's Thimble                           alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com
                                                           
Sat Oct 20:                 Jacquelynne Steves                   thenoblewife.blogspot.com 
 
Sun Oct 21:                Henry Glass Fabrics                 henryglassfabrics.blogspot.com      


Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!
~ Amber
   

** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**


153 comments:

Sharon said...

Hi Amber you have a great blog. Yes I too am lost when it comes to free motion quilting and I know there is allot of info out there but the more I read everyone seems to give wonderful info but when I get down to it I get the methods all confused so I am looking for a book with wonderful direction and from what I read this seems to be it. Thanks for the chance.

Elisabet Molin said...

I'd love to learn a better way of doing applique too! The book cover is stunning.

Suvi said...

what a lovely quilt!

Judi said...

Oh, WOW! That quilt on the front of the book is really scrumptious, I can see why you fell for it. I'd LOVE to win a copy.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Judi

hueisei said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great book! :)

Lesley said...

The quilt is gorgeous. She is so talented. I would love a chance to win this book! Thank you!

Trudie said...

This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Lori said...

Wow, that is a beautiful quilt!

Teresa said...

This Book looks so inspirational. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joan said...

I saw this quilt on pinterest, also. It's gorgeous! Thank you for the great giveaway. I'd love to add this book to my library.

Joyce said...

I agree...the cover quilt really catches your eye. I'm adding it to my growing list!

JCnNC said...

I fell for the cover quilt also. What a wonderful book and love your review. Hope you make that quilt soon. Judy C in NC

Renea said...

Not sure 1st is lucky but I do love this book. I do machine applique and would love to learn how to do hand applique. I tried it once and just not happy with the results so I would really like to read all the hints about hand applique. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Mommarock said...

The projects I have seen in this book are just beautiful. They are all things that I would want to do, which is of course trouble for the long to-do list..LOL. That is okay just makes you want to live longer and stay healthy!! I would love to be the lucky winner of this beautiful book.

Jeanne said...

I too have been inspired by Jill and her skills and enthusiasm. I.d love to have a copy of her book.

Jeanne said...

I too have been inspired by Jill and her skills and enthusiasm. I.d love to have a copy of her book.

Jeanne said...

I too have been inspired by Jill's wonderful talent. I'd love to have her new book.

Nati said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

thecalicocorner said...

The book has so many projects in it that I would love to make!! I think the pink & green petal quilt is my favorite!!

Annette said...

Good morning. This has been a very interesting blook tour. We are very luck in having the chance to win what looks like a great e-book and you all have been sew lucky in being albe to do the review on it to show us what it is all about. You are very lucky also to have Jill as a friend with all those quilts sew close by.
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Kelsey said...

Such a beautiful quilt!!! I've always wanted to try applique!

Snoodles said...

Oh, how I love the look of this book....would love to win and start some of these gorgeous projects!

mtnquiltr said...

I'm like you were, wondering which method to use for applique. If Jill's book has an easy method, I'm sold!

Wendy said...

I have fallen in love with Jill's style. I'm dying to get my hands on this book! I'm not in the States, and when I looked on Amazon, apparently this book will be £1525 when it's released next month. A bit out of my price range!!

Mary said...

I wish I lived closer so I could have seen these quilts in person at the Open house. thanks for being on the Blook tour.

lettielulu said...

would love to win Jill Finley's new book! Bright cheerful colors and projects.

Suze said...

Thia Blook Tour has been very exciting. It just gains momentum. Everyone is exicted about Jill's method of applique. I'm beginning to think that I'm going to have to give in and purchase it - everyone wants to win one! The quilts are so inspiring that I'm sure everyone wants to make one of everything today. The colors just pop in her quilts. Thank you for participating in the tour and being generous with your time to inspire the quilt community, too!

Tam said...

Amber, your blog is "A Little Bit Charming" too. By hook or by crook, I must have Jill's book! Happy Halloween!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

That quilt is adorable! The book looks like it has a lot of great ideas--I need to figure new places to put my quilts--the beds and walls are over loaded!

Cynthia said...

That is a really beautiful quilt!

folksmith said...

my fingers are crossed. love the quilt on the front of the book.

Madame Samm said...

HI Amber...what is not surprising is you would love Jill's designs..you are very similar....Your choice is a perfect one...surprised to hear you would not have known it was hers initially..you both have such great taste in colours and designs..

DebrafromMD said...

I love the designs I have seen from this book, and I would love an appliqué tutorial from Jill. I need this book for my library.

Carrie P. said...

I just love Jill's patterns and how cool that she inspired you to applique. thanks for the giveaway.

Kay said...

Im anxious to get my own copy of this great looking book & to be able to start making some of the projects. Rally looks like a fun book.

Beth said...

Hi Amber--I can related to your crush on the black-and-white-and-floral quilt on the cover. I've had a crush on it since I first saw it, and know it would make the perfect quilt for a special friend. I'm hoping to win a copy, but if not it goes to the top of my wish list. :)

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Kathy said...

I would love to win this ebook! The cover says 'easy' and you love her applique method . . . so how could I go wrong?! I believe you! I'm a beginner and I'm having such fun learning how to piece blocks and have done just a little bit of applique.

LJ said...

What glowing remarks about Jill's new book. I am loving all the projects that are being blogged about. What a grand designer Jill is!

Jaci said...

I've heard about her method and always wanted to learn it! I love that she included that in her book.

Tracy said...

What a sweet story! I agree, that the cover quilt is definitely striking. Thanks for playing along in the Blook tour!

Nicole said...

What a great looking book! That cover quilt is adorable. I'd love to learn about Jill's applique method.

Jacklynn said...

I love the look of applique, but I am not always happy with my results. I would love to learn Jill's method - this book is awesome. Thanks for the give away!

Mimi said...

OMG! I pinned the exact same quilt to my pin board!! I would love to learn Jill's applique techinque and would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance!

Linda said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Barb66 said...

This book looks fantastic, I would love a copy. Maybe both an e-book and a hard copy!

Donna W said...

Just love the patterns in the book and the ways that she displays them. Such inspiration!!!!

DianeY said...

Beautiful cover quilt! I'd love to learn an easy way to applique

Terri in BC said...

I love the contrast of the stark black and white and the pastel flowers. I'm intrigued to see the other projects. Thanks for the opportunity!

Sally said...

looks like a great book!

Nancy said...

This book looks great!

Miss Nancy said...

This is a great book filled with heartwarming, bright, cheery, loving quilts. Thank you for this chance to win and sharing your story.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Sallie said...

I love that quilt, too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Stacy Lindblom said...

I love all of Jill's quilts. If I don't win one of these very lovely books, I'll be buying one soon! I want to make the berry table topper first! Thanks you!!

mary mahoo said...

This blook tour has been terrific! Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful book.

Miss Jean said...

Thanks for a chance to win an e-copy of this great book!

Dolly said...

That's a gorgeous quilt........and such a funny happening about it !

I'd love a chance to win the e-book. Thank you for including me !

notqnot said...

I would love to win a copy of the book. The quilts just look great!

Hotquilts said...

This book looks great! I've been wanting a new quilting book all summer. This could be the one!

Cecilia said...

Beautiful quilt! I would love to win a copy of Jill's book. Thanks.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Would love to win a copy of Jill's book. Thanks for the chance.

trillium said...

Oh, I really like these bold flowers and how they are set on that speckled background. It's modern, colorful, and looks not too difficult to create.

margil56 said...

I also love that quilt! I hope to win the book so I can try her method of applique for myself!

lefuntz said...

What a happy coincidence, your friend designed the quilt you posted on pinterest! I'd love to follow you. PS When my first grandchild was born my mom too became Gigi!

QuilterKat said...

It's hard to choose a favorite quilt. They are all so nice!

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Jill's new book. I like her cover quilt (if win, would be my first applique) and really enjoyed her virtual tour of the open house where she displayed so many quilts.

Kaern said...

It looks like a great book! And I'd love to hear about Jill's applique technique, I still struggle with applique.

Thanks! -- Karen

Lisa Marie said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy Eileen Koester said...

I would love to win the book, but best of all is fun of the Blook tour and finding new blogs.

Diane said...

What beautiful quilts! I am afraif of aplique so this would be perfect!

lindawwww said...

I'm so intrigues by Jill's book. Her color choices are wonderful!

Beverly said...

I have entered every day and you can't imagine how excited I was that you were part of the tour.
I love this book and will buy one if I don't win, but i really, really want to win.
Thanks for being a part of the tour and offering this giveaway.

Heather said...

I LOVE her berries wall hanging! I'd love a chance to win the book.

Kaye M said...

Jill's cover quilt is gorgeous and I love designs that combine piecing and applique. I'd like to learn Jill's applique technique too! tkmattson@hotmail.com

Julie said...

This book looks wonderful. Thanks

Kathryn said...

I agree that Jill's designs are striking, especially the one on the cover.

Kaern said...

Such pretty quilts! And I'd love to find out about Jill's applique techniques. I still struggle with applique. Thanks for featuring her book on your blog! --Karen

Kaern said...

Such pretty quilts! And I'd love to find out about Jill's applique techniques. I still struggle with applique. Thanks for featuring her book on your blog! --Karen

Stacey Larson said...

Love the book- I'm new to Jill's designs. This is a great book and great ideas. I too love to applique.
Thanks for opportunity to win e-copy :)

Leslie said...

Jill's designs really speak to me. I have her Holiday Lane Pillow pattern and I've made two of them. I'd love to win her e-book.

Kathy H said...

This book looks great and I am always looking for new ways to appliqué.

Judy B said...

I love Jill's designs and would be thrilled to own her book! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Joan and Kevin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
The book looks awesome!

Sandy D said...

I love Jill's designs and am interested in the use of bias tape for the lettering in one of the quilts.Thanks for a chance to win.

BizyStitches said...

Wow, I'm glad I happen to check out the list again. I didn't realize there were two of you for today. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely ebook. Nice blog.

Linda Christianson said...

This is wonderful book full of beautiful quilts. I would love to learn a better way to do hand work fast.

Material Girl said...

Enjoyed following the book tour, would love to have Jill's book, she has some beautiful quilts. Thank-you for the opportunity.

ritainalaska said...

love applique and books about applique! thanx for the ghance to win an ecoppy of this wonderful book!

Susie Johnson said...

This book is a definite MUST HAVE!!!

Linda H said...

I want to make every project in this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Rita said...

what a lovely little book with such sweet projects! great way to improve my applique stitches!

Marie Atkinson said...

Looks like a great book - thanks for the opportunity!

Marie Atkinson said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!

TX Sarah said...

I'd love to learn a new applique method.

lindav said...

Not only is Jill talented but generous! Thanks for helping share her, and your, talents!

Patchwork and Play said...

The quilt you pinned was lovely! Fancy it being in that book at that time! Thank you for the chance to win!

Ginny Worden said...

Serendipity was working for you. What fun!

Mousy said...

I have to have this book. Gorgeous quilts.

Vicki said...

Hi Amber, I'd love to win this book. i love applique and would really interested to learn a different method. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

I Love You, Evie said...

I really like the wall quilt on the book cover. soparkaveataoldotcom

Judy said...

I would love the opportunity to learn a better way to applique. I have dabbled in applique, but it needs work!! Thanks!

Karen & Company said...

I hung a quilt with an appliqued center on the family room wall yesterday, my fist attempt at "real" applique. I'd love to learn more!
Karen at kwierenga13@yahoo.com

KatieQ said...

Jill is a great quilt designer. Her new book looks like a "must have."

Kathleen O'Grady said...

A very lovely quilt. I would love to win this book, I want to learn how to applique better. Thanks!

Gill said...

This looks a great book! I love the cover quilt!

LisaT said...

There aren't too many books that I've seen where I loved all of the quilts pictured in them. Thanks for a chance to win one. Too bad I didnt see the book tour until now! Thanks.

Patti said...

I really need this book so thank you do much for the chance to win it.

linynp said...

Oh you are sooo right! Such lovelies! Jill is talented!

Emily C said...

I also love that quilt. I applique a bit from time to time and love to sew.

Bonnie58 said...

?The book looks great. T?hanks for the opportunity on the draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Donna said...

Love Jill's quilts. Her book is definitely on my need list!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Carin said...

Thank you for this great give away. This book looks so beautiful.

quiltgrammy said...

Looks like a great book, would love to have it in my collection. I'm a little afraid of applique and this sounds like a way to help get past that fear. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

I'm' in for a chance.
Happy sewing

JD said...

I know how to do applique but I would like to know of an easier way.

Patti said...

I really really NEED this book. Thank you so much for the chance to win it.

KMSC said...

I would love to learn Jill's applique method. Thanks for the giveaway.

lag123 said...

I have this book on my wish list!

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ginny said...

I LOVE the quilt on the cover! Would loc
Veto win the book

Debbie said...

I love the Jillily way. Her quilts are perfectly cute and beautiful all at the same time. Would love this book. Thanks.

giddy99 said...

Oh the lovely goodness in that book! Thanks for the chance!

Margaret said...

I do love the cover of the book and have it pinned. I cant hardly wait for the book I may just have to go buy it today.

Carla G said...

I'd love to learn to applique. This book sounds like the perfect teacher. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

quiltmom said...

I love her shower curtain pattern and some of her beautiful table runners and bed quilts.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

hookedonquilting said...

I think I'd faint dead away if Jill Finley walked into my quilt shop! I don't think I have to worry about that though, we're a long way from her home. Love her work and her new book is one of the best out this year.

barbara woods said...

i would love to win thanks

Miss Nancy said...

I love this book, everything in it looks to be great fun and bright and cheery. Thank you for this chance to win.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

crspy16 said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book and learn a new way of doing applique! Thanks for the chance to win!

Hifam said...

I went to her open house and saw the quilts, books, and fabric. It was all amazing and beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
Jody H

PerspicaciouslySerendipitous said...

I am paralyzed by the thought of applique, so anything that could help me would be wonderful! Thanks for the sweet giveaway. :)

Maureen said...

Thank you so much for a chance at the give-away! I love applique & can never learn enough about it!
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

LornaO said...

I love that quilt! So far I always avoid quilts that have applique but I really want to learn so I can make this quilt.

Lillian said...

would love to learn to applique

pandchintz said...

I love that Jill is having a "blook" tour! Her book looks intriguing and I'd love to have a copy. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

Lori said...

I would love to learn how to applique with confidence. Thanks for hosing this give a way

Anne said...

Simply magnificent quilts in this book! I sure could use some pointers in appliqué. I enjoy your blog and creations.

scottylover said...

Jill's quilts are so neat and pretty, I would love to won a copy of this book!

Sandy A

JD said...

I would love to learn an easier way to applique.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Lovely book! I'd love to win. Thanks for the chance!

Judy1522 said...

I would love to win this book but if not it will definitely be on my list to buy.

Kathy MacKie said...

The colors are so vibrant and the patterns sew much fun, thanks for the giveaway!

MoeWest said...

I'm looking forward to reading the applique section of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

So maybe there is hope for me yet with applique? I am so intimidated by it~ its good to know you found a way you like. Thanks for the review!

Christine M said...

There are so many beautiful projects in Jill's book. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the chance.

BarbaraG said...

Jill's book is so inspiring! Love the applique!

Lee said...

What a great blook! thank you for the review and giveaway!

Kd Brown said...

Besides Jill's lovely quilts on this blog hop I've really enjoyed making new friends with all of the bloggers. Thank you so much for hosting Jill's book and having a great giveaway. I love all of the colors, designs and ways to decorate with Jill's quilts!

Christi said...

I would make several of her quilts if I get this book! I am trying to learn needle turn appliqué.
cjpike at Indiana dot edu

Janet said...

Thanks Amber for sharing your review of Jill's book and your wonderful experience in learning her applique method. Love Jill's quilts, fabrics, and also her applique method. Thanks for sponsoring the great giveaway!

the girlfriend gap said...

Lots of fun projects in this book. Jills designs are fun and fresh.
janita

Carol said...

Wow, that quilt is a beauty!