Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunflower Blossoms: Dreaming of Warm Weather and Giveaway

Sunflower Blossoms
My publisher (Martingale/That Patchwork Place) suggested I post about my book, Paper Piecing Perfect Points. Besides needing a diversion from the 8" of snow we received on Monday, I also needed a happy quilt to feast my eyes on with a LOT color. Where is Spring? we are all asking!!

Sunflower Blossoms is really a remake of a quilt that was stolen in 2005 (along with 29 other quilts and samples). It was in a suitcase that was in a locked car in a "sketchy" parking garage in California. It was my first Dogwood Blossom quilt, based on a tradtional design and probably one of the first projects I made using foundation piecing.

Dogwood Blossom Quilt - hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the sky
Print ad in a quilt magazine - Sunflower Blossoms!
Yes, I know. Some of you are rolling your eyes. "Paper piecing? Are you nuts? I'd rather scrub toilets or go to the dentist!" All I can say is that you've never had a teacher to show you how easy it is and that you can get such awesome pointy-points no other way.

Do you remember this post from the Nancy Drew Blog Hop? I made a quilt using Dogwood Blossoms in the center and the flying geese from Toile Garden in the outside.

Nancy Drew Blog Hop post
You can see all of the quilts from the book at Amazon, Martingale or even here at my blog by clicking the tab above: Books

Now for the giveaway! Your own copy of Paper Piecing Perfect Points,

This is the GIVEAWAY
signed by the author (I think that's me!). Just go visit the Martingale Facebook page and check out all the beautiful projects and books they feature. Come back and tell me something that caught your eye (even if it's not paper piecing).

Rules:
1. I have to have your email address, NOT a link to your Google Plus identity. No email, no chance to win. Not a link to your blog or web site. I am not a sleuth like Nancy Drew.
2. Contest is over Tuesday, March 25 at midnight.
3. Understand that I can't reply to everyone. I'm on the road for the next 4+ weeks and my dog and husband don't blog. But I LOVE READING all your comments!

68 comments:

  1. How exciting! Congratulations! My email is gpc49[at]yahoo[dot]com. Enjoy your family. :)

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  2. The thing that piqued my interest were the bunny hat knitted outfits on the dolls. I don't have dolls, but I do love bunny ears.

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  3. I like the wide sashing and square in a square corner blocks on Dresdens Defined quilt.

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  4. Well, I like seeing the '1 millions pillowcases' being shared around the web/net/ (shavroo53atyahoodotcom)

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  5. Your dog doesn't blog? LOL...you are too funny! I love paper piecing and those quilts are just gorgeous! That Sunflower Blossom one is stunning.

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  6. I liked that link to their books on traditional quilts/modern methods, especially the little doll quilts.

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  7. The Dresdens Defined quilt caught my eye. I would like to try that in some bright summery colors. Your book looks great, I LOVE paper piecing!
    jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  8. I like the Sweet and Simple Sewing. vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.

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  9. I love the Diamond and Sapphires, but not sure I will ever make something that complicated.

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  10. CONGRATS TO YOU!
    THANK YOU FOR A NEAT BOOK GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  11. I like seeing all the different styles of quilt books they offer and love the Cottage Style Quilts. edrin1932@gmail.com

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  12. I love the 'Dresdens on the Vine' quilt!!

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  13. Hope your stolen quilts show up soon! Love the Kim Diehl quilts, the Swoon quilt, the blue diamonds quilt; I'll stop now. Love quilts.

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  14. I always thought these type of quilts were too challenging for me until I took a class. Congratulations on your new book and I see at least two different designs that appeal to me. I hope I am up to the challenge again. Thanks for the chance to win your book.

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  15. I need to try paper piecing these quilt are so beautiful!
    kgshen @ Pocketinet(dot)com

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  16. Wish I could bottle our weather. We had springlike weather all winter and it's already feeling summery. I love Martingale and have had your book on my wish list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

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  17. Well, your dogwood quilt caught my eye!

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  18. I love the polka dot baby quilt:
    Designer Spotlight: Vicki Bellino
    “Pentarings for Baby”
    I like both the design and the neutral colors. But of course, your Dogwood Quilt with those gorgeous spring colors and perfect points is a winner in my book also.
    lindapochodzay {at} gmail.com

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  19. How to choose just one?? I will start with your Dogwood quilt! Love the colors and the points!

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  20. I love the Pentarings for Baby quilt.
    srathfelder@verizon.net

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  21. Hi!!! I love the Dresden's on the Vine table runner!!! It is very pretty!!!! Thank You
    carlaincrestwoodky@yahoo.com

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  22. Your dogwood blossoms quilt is my favorite by far on their page! Stunning is all I can say. I have always appreciated the beauty in paper piecing.
    Denisesharp@yahoo.com

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  23. Your dogwood blossoms quilt is my favorite by far on their page! Stunning is all I can say. I have always appreciated the beauty in paper piecing.
    Denisesharp@yahoo.com

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  24. When I saw that the ebooks were on sale I thought -perfect, a new book without thehuby knowing
    I am eileenmsmith@verizon.net

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  25. I'm looking towards Civil War Legacies II. Congratulations, very exciting for you. I love your work.

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  26. Your Dogwood Blossom is my favorite. I've always steered clear of curves but I think you might have eased my mind a bit with the paper piecing. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. genipickens@gmail.com

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  27. I will have to say that the Dogwood Blossom caught my eye right away because...I have a quilt my Grandma made with that exact pattern. Wish I could post a picture here and show you. It means a lot to me and nice to know that it is still a great pattern even in modern quilts!
    ~Sandy smarte34(at)msn (dot) com

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  28. The color scheme on the Dresdens Defined quilt caught my eye. And this is not the usual colors that I would gravitate to.

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  29. What caught my eye was the March 12 Quirky Question: What one piece of fabric will you never give up--and never cut up for a quilt? I just do not know the answer to that. My father brought my mother two cuts of silk brocade from his tour of duty with the Air Force in Korea in the 1950s, and she just gave it to me. Maybe those are the fabrics that will never be cut.

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  30. I had to read about how to store your scraps. I need a good system!
    lorenescheidt12@gmail.com

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  31. I happen to live paper piecing. How else could I make those perfect points and really complicated blocks? I did see a book on the 30's fabrics I love. I also love English paperiecing for take with projects!

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  32. I'm quite taken with the color scheme in the "Dresdens Defined" quilt--it made me think an alternate title could be "Dresdens Refined".

    Many thanks for the giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  33. I have to say sweet and simple caught my eye. Congrats on your new book. hawghugger1@yahoo.com

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  34. The brown paper pieced Dresden quilt really caught my eye! Beautiful! Thanks.

    dbelliott at outlook dot com

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  36. Didn't take me long to find something I liked. The book 'Linked To The 30's" is something I will have to have. Still stashing for that '30's' quilt here at my house in Missouri. Thanks for a nice giveaway, would be thrilled to have your book.

    jeannegwin@gmail.com

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  37. I really like the Blushing Aspens runner from Skinny Quilts & Table Runners II. I've never tried paper piecing - this book would give me no excuse!

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  38. Sugar Plums quilt by Nancy Mahoney and Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy caught my eye.

    senstrings[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  39. Sugar Plums quilt by Nancy Mahoney and Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy caught my eye.

    senstrings[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  40. I really liked the quilt done by Jessie, Carrie & Lauren Jung. Think it is called Carpenter's Wheel, but uncertain if correct name. I love to paper piece & sure would put your signed book to good use. My email is:
    quiltingd@att.net
    Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much, have a wonderful first day of spring.

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  41. Hi Debby - The Sunflower Blossom quilt of yours caught my eye immediately - maybe because I'm looking forward to SPRING!

    I also liked the English Paper Piecing tablerunner - the 4 patches on point with the flowers trailing up the center.

    E-mail - ddnewkirk@gmail.com

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  42. Definitely it is your Dogwood Blossom, how devastating it must have been to have so many stolen! I have been quilting three years, and paper piecing is the next lesson on my personal learning curve, just finishing off a great appliqued quilt! I would love a copy of your book.

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  43. I like the link to the books they carry and sale notifications. They have so many great books! Perlecotton57@gmail.com

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  44. Congrats on your new book, I love making points with PP and just did my first flying geese on pp too. PP takes the hard cutting out of my hands with RA and love the finished product. funny me sjc at gmail dot

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  45. Well yours caught my eye because I love paper piecing especially after making a Mariner's Compass without paper piecing! Also, there was a lovely Dresden in browns and an adorable photo of vintage-style small quilts and dolls. (I'm a closet doll fan. I don't collect them but I like to look at them.) Sounds like a great book!
    Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

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  46. wow your new quilt is so pretty.
    I loved looking at all the pictures and the videos. especially the Armigurami Toy Box.
    quilting-lady@comcast.net

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  47. So much to look at. But, I would have to say that Dresden's Defined caught my eye.

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  48. I also like the Dresdens Defined. Like to paper piece in general. Don't like tearing out the paper. Thanks for the chance to win your book.

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  49. Well I saw your Dogwood Blossom quilt and I loved it! I'm a new quilter/sewer (a few months) and I'm still learning so much! I've seen the paper piecing technique around a little but I'm not scared to try it! I've been trying some English Paper Piecing and it is so relaxing. I've only made flowers so far, but for a newbie not too bad. I don't have any preconceptions about paper piecing so I'm up for anything to help me learn. My piecing is pretty stinky it can't be worse right? Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  50. It still makes me sick when I hear of those stolen items. I have tried paper piecing but didn't quite get the hang of it. This book should be a great learning tool!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  51. The dogwood blossoms and perfect points are really inspiring! Enjoyed the class in Lakeland.

    Jtutton_99@yahoo.com

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  52. I really liked #8 in your book. On their facebook page there is a picture of a red and white quilt with large hexagons that really caught my eye. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  53. I got lost in the Martingale Facebook page. It has so many lovely quilts. One thing that caught my eye was the book You Can Quilt It by Deborah Poole. I too am afraid of machine quilting. I love to piece the quilt, but am afraid that I'll ruin it when I quilt it. She does some amazing work! smyers at roadrunner dot com

    Sandy

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  54. I love paper piecing! What caught my eye on the Martingdale FB page was the ebook of Links to the 30s and the English paper piecing book.

    Thanks for the chance!
    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  55. I love paper piecing and your book looks tempting. I liked the book "You Can quilt it" wnt2trvl@aol.com

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  56. On Martingale's FB page someone mentioned the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts so I went to Martingale's website to check it out. Looks like a great book to own.

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  57. So much inspiration both on your blog and Martingale FB page. I think I need to do something in hexagon in the near future.

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  58. I have loved your paper piecing since I started quilting. The first quilt I did was a foundation pieced. I looked at their page I liked several things but I would have to say I loved your book. That is the next thing I'm buying and making. My email is sharshawns2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Your Sunflower Blossoms caught my eye not only because of the star points but curved pieces as well. I'm trying to make double wedding ring with star points and I think I'm over my head!! Thanks for the chance to win your book!

    linda(dot)broadbent(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I like the American Doll Quilt ebook.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  61. I liked Link to the 30s. Thanks for the chance to win yours!!! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  62. Love the "Just Judie" quilt shown with the English Paper Piecing book. I'm seriously loving paper piecing right now. I'm just fixin' to put together all the blocks from my Judy Niemeyer Mariner's Compass quilt--a queen sized quilt done entirely with paper piecing. Love it!

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  63. Love both dresden on the vine and the english paper pieced using civil war type fabrics. Both equally beautiful and different.
    JM
    jmcstr@msn.com

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  64. I loved seeing all the beautiful & different varieties of quilts. I enjoy paper piecing very much. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. aswdlw77@sssnet.com

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  65. Love yo see all your beautiful quilts and designs. Have always wanted to learn paper piecing.
    deanneorama@gmail.com

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  66. I don't have access to facebook, but on your blog I love your color combinations. I have never tried paper piecing and would love to win that book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    sarah@forrussia.org

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  67. The embroidered pillow on the March 27th post.
    djritter@telus.net

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  68. I like Paper Piecing Perfect Points best!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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