Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Hop and Giveaway


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As many of my followers already know, I have been a huge fan of Wendy Sheppard for some time.  She has inspired me beyond words with her amazing quilting that she does on her home sewing machine.  Many of you would recognize her work as she has had quilts in multiple quilting magazines both here in the states and internationally.  I really do not think she ever sleeps!!!!

Wendy also has fabulous tutorials on FMQ called Thread Talks that can be found on the sidebar of her blog.  Because of her beautiful stitching and instructions, I have been encouraged to try the different designs that she shares.  She is an excellent teacher.

Her interest in antique quilts has inspired her to write a book and it is excellent.  It is published through Landauer Publishing.  Each project in the book is beautiful and I am itching to try a couple soon.  The book uses inspiration from five museum quilts to make ten different projects, including piecing and applique.  Her instructions are well written and easy to follow.  Another thing that I really like about the projects is that they are all able to be made with fabrics most of us have in our stashes.  Look at the pretty cover. 

Wendy
Photo courtesy of Landauer Publishing
The project that I did from the book is called Ginkos on Prince Street.  It went up quickly and the instructions were so easy to follow.  I would love to do this one as a full sized quilt. 

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Picking up on the theme of the seashells, I covered a few buttons to finish off the back.

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For the quilting I used a metallic thread and did seashells as well as some outline stitching.  

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Wendy’s version of the pillow makes a dramatic appearance with the black and some of Wendy’s beautifully quilted ginko leaves.  I love the fabrics she used in hers. 

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To read more about Wendy’s inspiration you can go to Landauer’s Behind the Scenes at http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/author-wendy-sheppard-shares-inspiration-behind-3-projects-recreating-antique-quilts/.

To order the book you can go HERE.  To receive a signed copy you can go to Wendy’s post HERE.  By simply leaving a comment on this post you have a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself.   Shipping is limited to those in the US and Canada.  I will select a winner on Nov. 13th.

NOW....hop on over and visit Wendy at Ivory Spring to read more about the blog hop and see some of the other pieces from her book.  She has a list of the other participants with even more chances to win a copy of this wonderful book.  Thank you so much, Wendy, for allowing me to participate in your blog hop.  It was a real honor to share you with my readers.

Please be sure that you are not a "no reply" blogger.  Unfortunately the first two of three comments are from "no reply" bloggers.  If you are unsure, please add your e-mail if you would like to win the book.

87 comments:

Karen in Breezy Point said...

It's amazing how different the pillows look in alternate fabrics-love your shell quilting!

Marie Anne said...

I find it very interesting to see how a pattern can look so different depending on fabric. I would love that book in my quilting library.

Brandy said...

I love your seashell fabric. I hopped over here from Wendy's blog and I am so glad I did. You have a lovely blog.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Your fabric choices remind me of our vacation on Sanibel Island. Love the quilted seashells!!

Elizabeth Ant said...

I too love Wendy, I quilted over 100 quilts on my Bernina. I have since switched to a Long arm as my shoulder could no longer muscle around fabric. Wendy's patterns are always inspiring and would love her book.

Walter said...

I's good to see projects on the small side. We can't all take on new big projects even though we want to try something new. pjrcontest@msn.com

katie z. said...

Beautiful pillows!

Ann Dunn said...

It's hard for me to envision a quilt in colors other than the the given pattern. I would not have thought to use that shells fabric; you did a lovely job. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

anndunn24@gmail.com

Carrie P. said...

Love your pillow. The addition of the shell quilting is very nice.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very nice pillow. Wendy is such a creative and talented quilter. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

Kathryn said...

I love that the piecing design leaves a space for wonderful quilting. Thanks for the review.

nnposer said...

I will own this book, one way or another. I love the entire concept.

Lisa Marie said...

Both pillows are lovely! I look forward to seeing this book.

Donna W said...

Love your quilting choices. It always amazes me how the choice of fabric can make a pattern look so different. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marla said...

Love them both! It is a lovely pattern and I could see it in a full sized quilt... or even a lovely lap quilt! :) I love the colors you chose & the bright blues you have scattered though really make it pop! :)

Raewyn said...

Your cushion is gorgeous. I've been eyeing up this book - it does sound like a beauty. Wendy's work is so inspirational. A shame I live outside the US!

Karen Thurn said...

The more I see of this book through this blog hop, the more I want to put it in my quilt library. Your pillow turned out very nice. Thanks for sharing. I think I'm a reply blogger but just in case that status has changed (I've heard that it can do so on it's own), here's my email address: kthurn@bektel.com

Cathi said...

I love your choice of fabrics as well as the seashell-inspired quilting and buttons for this project!

Quilting Babcia said...

Great project! Looks like Wendy has done it again with the great projects we're seeing in this blog hop!

Linda said...

HI,Love your pillow! This book looks so neat>love to win it!
Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Alexandra Belikova said...

A wonderful book! I would like to have it.

Melody Lutz said...

Pillow time!

Quilting in Acton said...

Hi Needle Mom, thank you for entering my name in Wendy's "Recreating Antique Quilts" book give away. She has such wonderful lessons. Your pillow is delightful. Thanks again.

Lee said...

Lovely cushions! I love the seashell! thank you!

Denise :) said...

Your seashell pillow is quite darling . . . but I'm head-over-heals in love with the ginkgo pillow! That's my favorite tree! :)

barbara woods said...

i have her video and love it, need to watch it today

labugaiski said...

She is a wonderful lady's, love her work! Thanks for a chance to win her book!

Susan said...

Enjoyed your post, the buttons on the back of the pillow are a nice added touch.

em's scrapbag said...

Looks like a wonderful book. Your pillow turned out beautifully. Good job on the seashell quilting.

teachpany said...

Great pillows! I can't wait to see more of this book! Thanks.

Anya said...

Love your seashell quilting! Thanks for the chance!

Juels said...

She does have some cute quilts in this book. Thanks!

Quilt Hollow said...

Wendy's last name is spelled exactly like my maiden name! I rarely see that name. Makes one wonder if we are related. Did you embroider your shells for the quilting? I like that idea for the smaller pieces. Please add my name...I'd love some new inspiration!

elle said...

It is a wonderful blog hop. The projects are all just lovely. thanks

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a wonderful pillows, Mary!!!Great choice of fabrics :)

Joyce Carter said...

Your pillow is sooo pretty. I love the quilting. I really love the projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Grandma M said...

What a difference fabric makes. The pillows are both lovely.

frommycarolinahome said...

I'd love to win this wonderful book! I am sure I am no-reply (Blogger doesn't like Wordpress) so find me at craftnut at rocketmail dot com.
Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Michele said...

Pretty pillows! Thanks for introducing her! I hadn't heard about her lovely work until I read about it on your blog :-)

susan said...

Cute pillows. i like the themed quilting motifs you used. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity too.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Both pillows are so pretty, love your shells but love those gingko leaves too. Having a copy of her book would be a treasure, thank you for a chance to win. Now back to binding this queen size quilt.

Leslie Rose K said...

I love your pillow and the fabric choices. It is so different from Wendy's. It has a totally different look even though it is the same pattern. Thanks for sharing it.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh I agree Mary!!! I've taken an online quilting class of Wendy's. she is amazing!!! I would love this book

Julie in GA said...

You made a great-looking pillow.
Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book.

Sewgirl said...

Your project is terrific. I find I love all the things Wendy does. I have been following her for years and have learned so much from her generosity of spirit and sharing over the years. Thanks for the chance to win her book!

Quiltsmiles said...

Wendy is a beautiful woman and awesome designer. Thanks for the chance to win her book. Your Ginko uh hum I mean sea glass nautilus pillow looks wonderful. It's very nicely done.

Sandra White said...

Love the pillow.

Linda Fleming said...

Both pillows are beautiful.
The book would be wonderful to have.
lflemin at msn dot com

Renee G said...

All of the projects I've seen from this book look wonderful. I would love to get started on these for the holidays.

Carla said...

Great pillow with the covered buttons on the back and that wonderful quilting. Great pattern.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Love your pillow, striking colors. CDahlgren at live dot com

Sheila said...

Wonderful pillow Mary and I love your quilting , very nice shells ! I am very familiar with Wendy's work and would be delighted to win her book , thanks for the chance .

Jusmom1 said...

This book looks FABULOUS! She is SO talented and I love the fact that she does her quilting on a domestic machine. Since I know I will never own a longarm, it's nice to see that there is still hope for what I can accomplish on my DM. Thank you for the chance to win!

Karen H said...

Great pillow and I love the little seashell details on the back. This looks like a great book with projects suitable for all skill levels!

Carla said...

This sounds like a nice book. I wonder what they would be like done in more modern fabrics?......

Kathy H said...

Very pretty pillows. Love how different they can look with a change in fabric and quilting.

delaineelliott said...

I love the quilt on the cover. This book looks awesome! Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Delightful pillows.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wow, Mary, you are one of the four lucky bloggers! I enjoyed checking out her blog and loved her post about crafting with her daughter. That's my favorite thing in the world!

Cecilia said...

Pretty! Both yours and Wendy's pillows are beautiful. It is amazing how different fabrics make the same pattern look so different. Thank you for the review and giveaway.

Jody said...

Lovely pillow! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Nedra said...

It looks like a great book! Love the cover quilt :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Geni Pickens said...

Love your quilted pillow and would love to win Wendy's book. genipickens at gmail dot com

Kathy said...

I love seeing all these different projects from the book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Soma Acharya said...

Beautiful pillow. I specially fell in love with your quilting :)

-Soma

Tabitha Keener said...

I love this book and I can't wait to get a copy! Your pillow is beautiful! Thanks for a chance!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Deb said...

Love those shells on the back of the pillow... very creative! I love antique quilts and would enjoy creating one form Wendy's book!

nicolesender said...

Both pillow are lovely. What a difference colors make! Like your shells on the back. Nice addition.

Tinliz said...

I like your choice of colors for your pillow. jitney41@gmail.com

Karrie S said...

i love your quilting on the project you chose!! Very pretty :) ksmith8@emich.edu

Digiscrapations said...

I love your pillow. Thanks for the chance to win.

KaHolly said...

I have that same shell fabric and I'm here to tell you I never made anything with it as nice as your project from Wendy's new book.

barcord said...

Oh, I remember now.....I am not eligible....I live tooooooo far away. I will go on your recommendation, and see if I can get a copy on Amazon. Love your cushions and the quilting.xxx

Carolyn said...

Oh my word, Wendy is my hero! I do live far away but am very happy to pay for the shipping if I should win. Hope you don't mind that I enter!

Sallie said...

Love the shells pillow. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Hi Mary! Your pillow is awesome! I love how you finished the back with the covered buttons. Very nice touch.

Kathy MacKie said...

Enjoyed seeing how switching up the fabrics can make such a difference.

GranChris said...

I love seeing patterns with color swaps. This looks like a great book.

Sarah said...

Those seashell buttons are the icing on the cake! Beautiful. sarah@forrussia.org

Michele said...

I love Wendy's work and I'm sure her book is one that every quilter will want to have. Thank you for the chance to win a copy for myself.

Jan said...

Darling book. Thanks so much for the nice giveaway.

MamaLovesFabric said...

Beautiful. Would love to win.

Audrey said...

Love the shell buttons and shell quilting. Wendy's book looks awesome. I can hardly wait until I have a copy in my hands. Thanks for sharing and for offering a giveaway.

Faith (Stevie) Harris said...

Loved your pillows and the shell quilting on them. This book is lovely. Would love to see inside.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have been trying to cut down on book buying, but this looks like it would be a good addition to my library.

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm going get this book I love Wendy's work and yes she never sleep!

Julie Cefalu said...

Your pillow turned out beautiful! I've been looking forward to the release of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!