Friday, 8 March 2013

Blog Hop and Giveaway

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Beat The Winter Blues - Quilters' Blog Hop Party

Winter can be an awefully long time, specially when the sun hasn't been shining.  For the next week, we can create our own sunshine, by hopping around and visiting the over 175 blogs joining in the the Quilters' Blog Hop Party.

Welcome to Books and Quilts.  For over 5 years, and 1000+ posts, I have been writing about my various needlecrafts I do and books I have read.  Scattered in are food posts, vacation photos and other such fun.  Did I mention quilts, there are quite a few of those as well.


Each week I feature my Needlework Tuesday post, where I share what I have been up to with a needle over the past week.  My readers are invited to grab the cute little mouse and add him to their post and leave a comment with a link to their post.  I find it a great way to encourage each other in our projects.
 
Occasionally on Friday I review a book by a First Nations/Aboriginal author.
Most Saturdays, I join in with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking post.
 
 
This week I have been working on a scrappy log cabin style wall hanging.  I received the pieces during a local shop hop a number of years ago. I promptly cut the kit and then for some reason it got placed in a box and forgotten.  What a pleasure to pull it out and start sewing right away.  The star at the centre of the blocks are all pieced and I am ready to add the logs.  When you return on Tuesday for my next Needlework Tuesday post, I should have the top completed. These little beauties measure 6 1/2 inches.
 
 
This past Tuesday's post was all about disappearing 4 patch blocks.  I tried three different versions, and  am still looking for tutorials of more variations of this block.
 
The week before, I unveiled the bird quilt that I have been working on.  Below is just one of the twelve blocks.  Click the link to view the entire quilt.
 
 
 
Now for the Giveaway.
 
One lucky winner will receive this lovely fat quarter assortment.  Doesn't it just call out 'SPRING'.
 

 
Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment.  You don't have to be a follower of my blog to enter, but it would be nice if you were.  It will also give you two extra entries. If I get 20 new followers, (I have 101 at present) I will add a second prize of 2 fat quarters. 
 
Update: 11am Saturday, 21 new followers, so will add a second prize of 2 fat quarters.  Let's up the ante one more time, another 20 followers (141) will result in a third prize.  This sure is fun.
 
 Update: 3pm Sunday, lots of new followers, I'm over 150, so there will be three prize draws.
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

195 comments:

Barb said...

My favorite quilt block is ummmm ummmm any easy one?

Debbie said...

I really don't have a favorite, but I like paper piecing. Especially kitty cats!

Stephanie said...

Easy... I like jelly roll and charm packs.

Mimi said...

The Pinwheel is a favorite but one day I must make a quilt with the Bear Paw! Thanks for the chance!!

Debra Lee said...

They all turn out wonkey so I guess that's it!

B Greene said...

The Hourglass block is the one I have made most often, but I am currently in love with Churn Dash.

Lori @ applegrovetreasures said...

I'm just starting out, so learning as I go. Just stitched Drunkard's path for a school project for my son...is that even the correct name? lol

fenna said...

favourite quilt block? I'm not sure--paper piecing is what I've recently started and that was my 'intro' to quilting!

Deborah said...

I like improvised blocks where you can just cut and sew without measuring anything!

Emily C said...

I like star blocks.

Tiffany said...

First, I have to say that I LOVE the little faces in those flowers. Super cute. I always lean towards square in square blocks.

Jeanne said...

I love log cabin and star blocks.

KT said...

Favorite block??!! I don't have one. I just like to sew them!

Michell K said...

Love sewing the pinwheel block

Christine M said...

I just love simple square blocks. They look so effective when randomly sewn together. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Pat V. said...

Now I have to become a follower because I am dying to see what you make with those log cabin stars! I am a sucker for any block with a star...

Kathy said...

Any Paper piecing block

Kathy said...

I am a new follower love your quilting projects

Tanya said...

I like pinwheels. Thanks for the chance to win.

Saskia Smit said...

I see thera are already 10 more followers... love the give-away-day.

Kelli said...

Thanks for the chance to win.. I love stars. :)

Jeneta said...

I really enjoy paper piecing and also love star blocks!

Gill said...

I love the churn dash!

alejandra said...

Favorite block?, no, I dont have one, I love quilting so I try all I like, thanks for the giveaway!!

Chiska said...

4 and 9 patches--I don't know why, but they seem magical to me.

Lia*s Handmades said...

I liked paper pieced blocks! it's a new addiction :)

Béa said...

Star block is my favorite but i love them all !

Siobhán said...

My favorite quilt block is probably the log cabin block.

Siobhán said...

I'm a new follower!

tubakk said...

Log cabin is my favorite. Thanks for this giveaway!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love your bird quilt!! I had a peek.
Thanks for this chance.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love your bird quilt!! I had a peek.
Thanks for this chance.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love your bird quilt!! I had a peek.
Thanks for this chance.

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance to win this lovely prize.

evelyn said...

I like scrappy blocks. thanks for the very nice giveaway.

Mommarock said...

English Paper Pieced Hexagons.

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

Your stars are lovely, it's an aswome idea to half the background into a dark-bright scheme. I probably sew nine patches and squares in squares most.
Thanks for the chance!

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I'm a new follower of yours.

Peg said...

Who can resist fat quarters! Thanks for the chance! Also, right after this, will be a new follower!

Laura said...

I love star blocks!

Margaret said...

Paper pieced stars are my favorite

pinsandneedles said...

So springy...love them! 6 1/2" small...intriguing...be back on Tuesday...Thanks!

Elisabetta said...

thank you so much for this giveaway, I love those fabrics and I hope you can add the two more ^_^
my favorite pattern is double pinwheel

Elisabetta said...

thank you so much for this giveaway, I love those fabrics and I hope you can add the two more ^_^
my favorite pattern is double pinwheel

Sandra Visser said...

Thank you for the chance to win.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

I like pinwheels- so easy, but still so sharp and effective! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

FOr me it is wonky stars, wonky log cabins, and wonky houses! I love wonky!!!

Alessandra Lace said...

thank you for this great chance. I am new happy follower from Italy.My favorite pattern is log cabin. hugs Alessandra

Myself said...

I love making a quilted star :) Thanks so much for this great giveaway!

Madeleine said...

I love star blocks!

JoyceLM said...

I love log cabin blocks - so many variations. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mrs.Pickles said...

thank you for the chance to win. current fav is the snails trail block

Bj said...

My favorite blocks are scrappy blocks where 1/4" seams don't matter ;) Beautiful Fabrics, Thank You!

Barbara Pricola said...

I don't have one favorite quilt block, but I love star blocks!! The fabrics you have a beautiful!

Joyce Carter said...

My favorite quilt block is the Dresden Plate. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

Beth said...

my favorite block to sew is the disappearing nine patch

barbara woods said...

love those fabrics

Barbara said...

Beautiful fabrics!

Lisa Lisa said...

I'm really enjoying half-square triangles lately, and I'm learning some new techniques in the BOMs that I'm participating in, so might have a new favorite soon :)

Lou said...

I have been sewing the twister blocks but am headed to start hexagons:)

Linda said...

HI! THANKS SO FOR A LOVELY SPRING GIVEAWAY! MY FAVORITE BLOCK IS THE PINWHEEL-MY FIRST TO TRY+STILL I LOVE MAKING IT!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

JMF said...

love the spring fabric:)

hueisei said...

I like log cabin blocks.

Lisa Marie said...

I like log cabin blocks because they are so versatile.

Second Chance Tan said...

I hope I have worked out the helicopter thingie right....... nice fabrics, would be a shame if I was too much of a techy ludite to win !!! x

Sallie said...

Sawtooth Stars. Thanks for the giveaway!

Marie said...

That disappearing four patch still amazes me! Love the colours. It's gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

Reb Thack said...

Anything modern :-)

Sheila said...

I love log cabin blocks or any of the traditional blocks . Thanks for the chance to win , I am a new follower and will be back.

Quilting Babcia said...

I love anything with flying geese in it! Lovely giveaway by the way.

Quilting Babcia said...

I love that bird block and just signed up with GFC.

Marla's Crafts said...

Nice fabric and thanks for a chance to win. I am going to post your little mouse.

gibberish said...

You're right, the fabric shouts spring!
My favourite block to sew is a log cabin.
My rafflecopter name id Julie G.

StasaLynn said...

Great giveaway (I love fat quarters and these colors are GREAT!) and congrats on all of your new followers! I have received 14 new friends so far and could not be more thrilled!

My favorite block is log cabin - but I am seeing all of these adorable star blocks that I am getting ready to try!

Lee D said...

Those are definitely spring fabric goodness. thanks for the chance.

Barb66 said...

I love the pinwheel block.

Sandra said...

That would have to be the 4-patch block. So easy and yet so versatile. I need to see spring colors to help chase away the blues. Great assortment. Thank you for joining the Blog Hop and giving all of us a chance to win.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net
Sonora, CA

KRubin said...

I just learned how to sew, so my favorite quilt block is any with straight lines... 9 patch is the best so far!

Carla G said...

I love the pinwheel block! Thanks for a chance to win this bright cheerful fabric! :)

Sue said...

Beautiful fabric and you are correct! They are really "springy"

Nancy said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for participating.

Joanie's Quilts said...

I tend to lean toward star blocks I have been eyeing the Swoon and compass blocks so many awesome ones! Thanks for an opportunity to win your lovely give away.

Joanie's Quilts said...

I am a new follower - GFC?

Robin said...

Anything with stars is at the top of my list!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love the jewel box block. I enjoyed making a contrary wife..no there is a Barn with a Farmer's wife block in it. I just can't choose.

gccmom said...

I like easy blocks like the log cabin. I don't like wonky blocks. These are lovely fabrics. Thank you.

Cara said...

I guess a nine patch bc you can do a lot with it...and its easy and I'm a beginner.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Stars....just love stars

Richard Healey said...

Wonderful giveaway thanks for the chance.

Tammy said...

I love to make hexagons and scrappy block quilts. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. Love those fabrics so cheerful and "springish"

beaquilter said...

cute giveaway, not sure what hte question was here... favorite block? gosh some days I feel like super easy blocks, other days I like to make intricate foundation blocks

Roslyn said...

Gosh Heather I really don't think I have a favorite block it's whatever I am working on now!

Carolyn said...

Like simple piecing with intricate quilting.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

My favorite quilt block is the log cabin but I love trying new blocks as well. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

sherry said...

don't have a favorite block

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

I have several favorites. I love hexis and dresdens a lot right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

Janet said...

I love pinwheel blocks. There are so many variations to love.

Irina said...

I like stars blocks

Esther said...

Favorite block? The last one I designed myself! Ha ha! Also love pinwheels.

Gloria said...

I think Ohio Star is my favorite to sew quickly though i am enjoying my long-term paper-pieced New York Beauty blocks.

Pat S. said...

Love your bird quilt! The borders you added are very lovely! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway :-D
back2loghome (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kim said...

I think right now, my favorite is the pinwheel.

Linda said...

Hi Heather. String blocks are my current favourite. Can't wait to see your scrappy log cabin with the star centres.

Karrie S said...

I like dresdens. I don't see your GFC, but I would love to follow....

Karrie S said...

I found it

Vicki H said...

I love pinwheel blocks. I love those spring fabrics. Thanks for the chance.

MC said...

Great bird blocks, so much detail! My favourite to sew is a fire hydrant block I designed.

Nancy-Rose said...

I've been working on crumb blocks for the past couple of days. I could never pick a favourite block, which is why I love "block of the week" projects!

Cecilia said...

Star blocks are my favorite to sew. Thanks!

PippaP said...

I love paper pieced blocks

Char said...

It's the Log Cabin!

Lori said...

I am a newbie so have only made squares and log cabins. I really loe log cabins. So much can be done with them.

Peggy said...

I'm not a quilter, but I do sew for charity, World of Charity Stitching group.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

New follower here: #155!!

I'm in love with improvisational piecing right now :)

Thanks for the chance at an absolutely awesome giveaway!!

Lourdes said...

I am a new follower. I am planning a quilt using the Colorado Beauty block. No favorites, I like them all.

Purl Buttons said...

You are so talented! I enjoyed seeing your projects. I like little quilts, too. Enormous sense of satisfaction, right?

Purl Buttons said...

My new favorite is a barn block from the Barn-along by Bee in my Bonnet.

Barb and Sharon said...

My favourite block right now is the stack and whack block!
Barb@Witsend

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I like the good old fashion 9 patch :-) And also a pretty star. Thanks for the great giveaway!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I'm enjoying pp blocks at present.
Thank you for the chance:)

Tina said...

I Love To Make Heart Blocks And Friendship stars

Nita said...

Right now I am loving wonky log cabin blocks.

Cherise said...

I love pinwheels! Thanks for the chance to win! Have a Happy Day! :)

Mhairi said...

I love pinwheels and nine patch variations.

Kate said...

I tried one of the disappearing 4 patch blocks, yesterday, and it may be my new favourite.
Love your blog and follow by RSS feed.

karamino said...

I like star blocks, thank you for the giveaway!

Bossymamma said...

My favourite is courthouse steps

Carrie P. said...

I have always like the good ole' log cabin block. You can get so many looks with it. thanks for the giveaway.

This Dog's Mom said...

I like drunkard's path. Thanks for the giveaway and for your lovely blog - I love your disappearing fourpatch.

Susan Being Snippy said...

favourite quilt block is churn dash, has been for about 40 years, but gee I have never made a complet quilt with that block...

Wendy said...

I dont' have a favourite, I like variety. I've recently been trying some paper piecing and I love it.

Bonnie58 said...

Any kind of star block. Love them all. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Fiber Babble said...

I've seen many disappearing 4-patch quilts but for some reason yours is special - I'm off to check out your D4P link to see if you did something different or if it's just your choice of fabrics!

Norma said...

Love fat quarters! And spring colors, Yeah! We are so ready for spring in Ohio.

PegP said...

Not sure I really have a favourite yet - there are just way too many blocks to experiment with!

Kat said...

Love the spring colors!

Rebeckah Austin said...

I knid of like 9patch.

Lisa Cox said...

Congratulations on all the new followers!
Thanks for the chance to win some new lovelies.

Donna said...

I've not made a quilt yet, but my favorite quilt was the cathedral window quilt my mom made years ago.

apple blossom said...

love the disappearing 4 and 9 blocks

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annmarie said...

I love paper piecing and stars so I welcome any time I can squeeze in a PP'd star with the rest of my projects. Great giveaway - thanks for the chance.

Sandra said...

I don't have a favorite, I just can't choose.... but I LOVE PINK! in fact, I have a nickname of Pinky!

Stephanie said...

log cabin, but I have wanted to do some papaer piecing. and disappearing 4/9 parches!

Mary Ann said...

No favorite yet but I enjoy wonky blocks and improv

Lyn said...

my favorite is log cabin. Thanks

pippirose said...

My favourite block to do so far is log cagin.

legato1958 said...

My favorites are anything paper pieced by Kristy of Quiet Play blog!

Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Susie
legato1958@aol.com

Jodi said...

Scary confession - I haven't finished my first quilt block. I am that new to quilting. Thank you for sharing

Melanie Keen said...

Churn dash is my favourite

Betty B said...

My favorite block is the simple nine patch.

GeoMama said...

I want to do some paper piecing and make a quilt with circles

Diann said...

It's not a common one but Honey Bee is my favorite quilt block. Other favorites are Log Cabin and Ohio Star.

The Orphan Quilter said...

Okay, I'm not sure I'm doing this right....My favorite block is Shoofly followed by Bowtie and Fan.

rutigt said...

I like your quilttops, they are very nice. And your give-away.....yes it is springfabrics!
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Sandy said...

I Love Paper Piecing. I Love the Mariners Compass Block Also. Thanks for this Chance to Win!

Sandy said...

I'm a Follower....

Sandy said...

My favorite Block is Mariners Compass. I Love paper piecing!

Kathy H said...

My favorite block to sew is the Ohio star or the friendship star. I had to look at your bird quilt. Just gorgeous. What a treasure that will be when you get it back from quilting.

Kathy H said...

I am a new follower.

jmniffer said...

I like star blocks the best.

Becky said...

My favorite block to sew is the Nine patch. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

Catskill Quilter said...

I love the Dresden Plate block!

OhioLori said...

Pretty new to quilty things...loved doing Pinwheels, Tumblers, and workin' on a HST quilt now...Easy is my favorite block style...so far...lol

Debby said...

What fun, thanks for the chance!

Jane S. said...

I like to sew Log Cabin blocks -- they're fast and easy and once I get going I can get a lot done! :)

Carolyn said...

My favorite block to sew is a New York Beauty with paper piecing. Thanks for the super giveaway.

Nancy Sue said...

I love log cabins and all their different layouts, and possibilities. Plus with an active 5 yr old son, it's an easy stop and start quilt!

Jan Baker said...

Love your bird quilt. My favorite block is the log cabin, that will change next week I'm sure. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

kluckingbear said...

I like doing paper piecing. The traditional blocks tend to drive me batty, but I love putting a picture together. Thanks!

Karen said...

Right now, scrappy trip blocks. They are soooo much fun and such a scrap buster.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

I design and create my own textile art. Thanks for the give away

Crystal Mills said...

Thank you for offering such a generous prize Coullmills@gmail.com i like log cabins

Garilyn S said...

I love making pinwheels!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love log cabins. Thanks for the giveaway.

Brandy Lynn said...

My favourite quilt block WAS a paper pieced frog because I did it as a round robin so I only made one and each of my friends made one so I had enough for an entire quilt. It was so sweet!

Great giveaway! I love those fabrics. I could find a project to use those up in an instant!

Be sure to check out my blog hop giveaway too at www.brandylynndesigns.blogspot.com and enter the draw.

Email: info@explorefibre.com

BizyStitches said...

Wow, that is a wonderful giveaway gift. Thanks for being in the blog hop and for the fun. I like the turn dash block.

Who-lee-uh said...

I'm making triads of flying geese squares, and I'm not tired of them yet! I have tried a few different methods while using my scraps so maybe that's why

Marion.einzig.art.ich said...

Ich bin noch Anfängerin, im Moment nähe ich an einem Medaillon Quilt

Grüße aus Deutschland von
Marion

Laura Gullickson said...

Wow. These colors would be perfect for a project I found.

Laura Gullickson said...

I seem to be making a lot of pinwheels lately. I like log cabins. I've been making a lot of modern quilts too.

Lyndsey said...

I always love the block I'm making so my favourite changes with each project.

Anya said...

I love string blocks! Thanks for the chance!

toekneechestnut said...

That is so hard to answer because they are all challenging and even the seemingly easy ones have their frustrations. I am particularly thrilled when overcoming a problem whether it be with selecting fabric colour, print or the cutting and assembling. Each solved difficulty become the next platform to work from and the sense of accomplishment makes it all seem highly worthwhile. It really doesn't matter which block for they each have this amazing potential for growth and to me are all so wonderful.

Nina K said...

I love most of the blocks but especially stars. Probably stars right now because I have started to design some 4th of July patterns....

Deb said...

I think my favorite is pinwheel - so pretty.

Kathy LeBlanc said...

I think your fabrics would make a lovely pinwheel quilt. I love pinwheels.

Jennifer Blanton said...

I like log cabin block

Elizabeth Leger said...

I just made a table runner using the disappearing 9 patch and it turned out pretty cool. I have only been quilting for 2 years now and participated in my local quilt shops BOM's the last 2 years so I have 24 very nice blocks just waiting to become a quilt...on my very long list of things to do. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Carmen Nuland said...

I'm a beginner and have really only done squares, but I love anything with star shapes.

Mom C said...

disappearing nine patch but I loved your 4 patch. Thanks.

Martha said...

I love your stars! But my favorite block is churn dash. Thanks for being so generous.

nicolesender said...

I like to sew the nine patch.
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Kaynik said...

I love New York Beauty blocks.
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Kaynik said...

I follow you through GFC.
I love your bird quilt, amazing.
ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

Heather said...

The contest is now closed, but you are welcome to leave a comment telling me your favourte quilt block.