Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts: Book Review and Giveaway


Dear readers, today I'm excited to share my thoughts on the book Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts which Lark Crafts sent me for review a couple of months ago. Lark Crafts is generously giving away a copy of the book to a lucky reader, and Angel and I are throwing in some fabric to make your own patchwork projects, so read on!

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Pretty in Patchwork is a new series by Lark Crafts. In this book, Cathy Gaubert leads a group of 20 top designers who contribute an array of patterns for doll quilts featuring applique, piecing, embroidery and more. Doll quilts are the perfect size to try out new techniques and quilt designs without the commitment of a full size quilt. The quilts featured in this book would look great as works of art on a wall.

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There are so many projects I love in this book, I photographed over half the quilts when prepping for this review! I had to cut some pictures out, but trust me, they are awesome. The patterns feature a nice balance of traditional blocks and modern designs. There are several scrap-friendly projects and some adorable embroidery! As with many Lark books, the layout is fresh, clear and clean. The book begins with a great section featuring techniques and tips, and providing helpful explanations for things like paper piecing, stitches, binding and more.

But instead of talking about it, how about I show you some of my favorite projects from Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts?

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The following three projects are now on my to-do list (as if I needed more, ha!):

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I love the fact that these small quilt projects make patchwork and quilt-making techniques accessible on a smaller scale. I had never made a star block before and decided to try my hand at the Maverick Star project. I was drawn to that one specifically because it uses linen, of course!

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Instead of a sunny color scheme, I picked cold colors like aqua and chartreuse, one of my favorite combinations. The project came together super easily. I found the instructions very straightforward and clear. Instead of a doll quilt, for which I could not find a purpose since our wall space is very limited, I decided to turn this block into a pillow cover! I am sharing more photos and details in a separate post here, if you're interested.

Jenny: Maverick Star Pillow

It's a pleasure to write a review for a book I am thrilled to now have as part of my library! I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to learn new patchwork techniques, wanting to complete a quilt project quickly and just generally seeking some fun project inspiration. Thumbs up!

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Giveaway:

Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts to one lucky reader!

Angel and I are throwing in some fabric too, perfect for getting rolling on a patchwork project!

Along with the book, the winner will receive a scrap bag featuring some Anna Maria Horner and Heather Ross prints (yes, that is some infamous Heather Ross gnome fabric in the second photo, and VW bus too!), some Japanese fabric scraps, Tula Pink prints (Full Moon Forest) and more...

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...as well as 6 fat eights of fabric including some Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, some Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt and more!

Pretty in Patchwork giveaway

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post! If you'd like, tell us what project strikes your fancy in the photos above, or what patchwork technique(s) you enjoy.

Please make sure and include your email address or a profile link in your comment so that we may contact you if you've won. We will leave the giveaway open through Sunday, March 4 at 12 midnight CST. We will select a random winner and will announce it here as well as contact them via email.

Limit one entry per person. Giveaway value: $30 USD. Void where prohibited.


Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Tammi (songsiren), our lucky winner. Tammi, we've emailed you. Thank you all for participating!

Big thanks to Amanda Carestio and Lark Crafts for their generosity! You can find Lark Crafts online here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck!!

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53 comments:

  1. What a marvelous giveaway! I just love that quilt with the pockets for the dolls. :)

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  2. I'm just getting started, but I love trying new things: I'm also a spinner and a knitter! The bug quilt caught my eye first but the A+ quilt is adorable and would scale up beautifully. There's something in each quilt that draws me to it, I just need more hours in the day!

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  3. I really like the diamond pattern because it's very reminiscent of Jane Austen's quilt.

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  4. I like the pillow you made!! But alot of the quilts are really nice and I have granddaughters still young enough to play with dollies so of course dolls need blankets!! Thanks for a great giveaway

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  5. I love that beetle or lady bug or whatever that is - so cute! And totally fun patchwork for a boy! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  6. I want to make that diamond lattice quilt - so sweet! THANKS for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. The book looks fun and inspiring!!! I do love the idea of turning the doll quilts into throw pillows (I have three boys) no dolls in my little house!! :) Thanks for chance to recieve a lovely book and fun fabric......

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  8. Oh my, what a fantasic give-away!!!
    I Fall in love with that diamind patchwork!
    istr1.blogspot.com
    zamoskvoreche@gmail.com

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  9. Such a great giveaway! And I do like the apples!

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  10. I love almost everything in this book (I borrowed it from the library), but I really love the Mod Log quilt project and the star one you made a pillow from. I would love to own this book, not to mention all that fabulous fabric! :)

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  11. I have wanted to make a doll quilt for my grand bonus daughter, any of these would be lovely. I was especially drawn to the beatle quilt, as my son is a hugh fan of bugs.

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  12. I love the diamond quilt. I guess that's on my to-do-list now as well... so darling!
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  13. that apple quilt and the diamonds have me intrigued

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  14. I really like the doll and bear in their little "sleeping bags". I'm thinking I could use that as an advent calendar kind of idea. Hmmm... Something to work on in the next 9 months would be good!

    Lara

    larasup@gmail.com

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  15. I adore the hexagon quilt called Cupcakes. And I love the choices of fabrics you are adding to the giveaway as well. vickilw at tpg dot com dot au

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  16. I like the asterisk one! I've never done any patchwork and would love to give it a try.

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  17. I like those asterisks. A lot!

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  18. This book looks awesome - I would enjoy making many of the projects you featured. My favorite would have to be the little quilt with the pockets for little stuffies... awwww so cute!! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Ohhhh! Great giveaway! My granddaughter would love the little quilt with the pockets for the little dollies! I think I would love playing with it too! I could make lots of projects with this book. I love mini quilts. They are just the right size and so much fun to make.

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  20. What a wonderful prize. The diamond quilt is one I have been considering making for years. The smaller size is really more suitable for my speed of sewing.

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  21. I LOVE that diamond lattice, I'm already picking fabrics out from my stash in my mind..,

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  22. I would absolutely love this! I love making stuff for my daughter and this would be awesome. I th ink she'd like the one with the doll pocket

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  23. I love that bug quilt! How fun is that? I think the small quilts DO make the piecing more accessible, and help you learn the techniques without being as overwhelming as an entire quilt. Thanks!

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  24. OMG! This book looks awesome! I have been wanting to venture into the world of small quilts but have been scared. This book may be just what I need! Oh, and the fabric isn't too shabby either...hehe
    Great giveaway!
    mugirl113 at gmail dot com

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  25. I love the Diamond Lattice quilt!! Scrappy mini-quilts are just awesome!! Thanks so much for the chance to win the book and the scrumptious fabric!! My fingers are certainly crossed on this one!!!

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  26. What a great giveaway!!! I can't decide which project i like the best, they are all so cute!

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  27. i like the plus quilt...i love the negative spaces there than you can play with....

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  28. I love the quilt with the removable dolls in the sleeping bags! Looks like a great book!

    Tammi
    (songsiren1@yahoo.com)

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  29. Very cool -- I love that a couple of them include hand embroidery -- I'd definietly start with one of those. I love the idea of doing doll quilts to build my skills!

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  30. What a wonderful giveaway! My youngest daughter just completed her first quilt and I can't imagine her face if she could win this set of goodies!! She loves her American Girl dolls and loves to sew for them!!

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  31. I love the apples on a shelf. Perfect for our office.

    ekaskla@aol.com

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  32. What adorable quilts. I just wouldn't know which one to make first. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Kathleen

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  33. I love the quilts in this book. I borrowed a copy from a friend and made the Diamond Lattice quilt. There are so many others that I want to make, and since they are small they are quick projects.

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  34. I love the doll tucked in the pocket of her quilt! That would definitely be on the to do list.

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  35. The first quilt I had the courage to make was a doll quilt. They are cute, quick and provide instant gratification. I am fond of the Log Cabin quilt with embroidery. hicklins@aol.com

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  36. Love the giveaway, some yummy fabric scraps there. The little apple quilt is adorable.

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    1. Great looking new book for small projects! I am particularly taken with the apples and ladybug quilts.

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  37. So many cute ideas!! Love the apple, bug and A+ -- very inspiring :)

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  38. Looks like a really cute book. I like to make minature quilts because
    they can be made so quickly. The hexagon quilt is especially charming.

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  39. So many cute projects, hard to choose just one...but maverick stars are an all time fav with me :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  40. Love the diamond quilt, goes on the to=do list!

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  41. I think those apples are adorable, looks like a great book!

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  42. just what i've been looking for. My sister carves and makes dolls, I usually dress them and make the quilts. I haven't found a quilt book with these designs. Unique!

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  43. would <3 to win kmmanley @ gmail.com

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  44. Outstanding Giveaway!! Not only do you get the wonderful book but fabric also! Just joined and love the ideas posted here! Thanks
    mackgrasshopper@aol.com

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  45. I love the Diamond Lattice Quilt! It looks so cool! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

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  46. I like them all but the apples or the maverick kinda caught my eye. Great giveaway - lovely book. Thank you so very much for this giveaway. Great blog!!!


    sandyb720@gmail.com

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  47. The Cupcake pattern and the bug really took my fancy! I've seen info. on this book around but had not really thought of it seriously until seeing what patterns are in it. It's definitely going on my wish list!

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  48. I love the embroidery patch in the middle of a quilt square, I havent gotten the nerve to start one yet, I am a newby to quilting, this book is for me forsure.... thank you

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  49. I loves the quilt with the dolls on the pocket. So cute.

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