Friday, November 30, 2012

Feeling the Christmas Spirit yet? How about a giveaway!

Not too much Christmas spirit here yet, this is the first "Christmas-ey" thing I've even considered making this year.  On Thanksgiving, my sister Donna asked me to make a "traditional" wall hanging of a tree, so here it is.  Just have to cut some binding tonight after work and sew it on by machine.
Hope that's traditional enough!  The quilting, which I did last night, shows up better in this picture:
 Donna, if you read this, let me know if this is what you had in mind!

I've also been working on finishing up some of those UFOs before the year ends.  This poor thing has been on my design wall forever, just waiting to be trimmed and bound.  
It started as a drop cloth under some painting/dyeing I was doing in my garage.
The hand stitching turned out nicely, I think, and so did the machine stitching.
Maybe a giveaway will help get me in the Christmas Spirit!  Last September I ordered two books from Interweave, and waited and waited and waited for them to arrive.  After about 3 weeks, I contacted Interweave and they told me the books hadn't even shipped yet!  I cancelled the order with Interweave right then, ordered the books from Dharma's website (where they were cheaper), and they both arrived with in 2 days.  

So, last week, the book order that I had cancelled over a month ago FINALLY arrived at my house--when I contacted Interweave, they said I might as well keep them--so I'm giving them away to someone out there!

Making Your Mark by Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan
Making Your Mark: Creating Cloth for Imagery, Stitch, Embroidery & Embellishment

Paper & Metal Leaf Lamination by Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan

Please leave a comment, and I'll pick one winner randomly for each of these books next Monday, December 3rd.  If you'd prefer one book over the other, please note that in your comments and I'll try to accommodate your wishes.  Due to shipping costs, I'm going to have to restrict this to US residents only.  


  1. Cute traditional tree, I'm gonna save this one for a future project!
    The books look interesting as well!

  2. I love the tree. I am going to use it on a larger scale for an Advent calendar. I would love the "Making Your Mark" book. I get many books through library loan. This is one that is not available. I have had 5 back surgeries and cannot buy all the books that I would like to. This would help my greatly.
    Johanna Fritz

  3. What a delight to have a chance at your books giveaway. Would love both or either one for more art quilt inspiration.

  4. The quilting really makes the tree pop. I love the simple idea.... always good to be reminded of pretty things we can make. Come see me at Off the Wall Fridays, too! If I should be so lucky.... either book would be good, but especially "Making Your Mark!" Thanks for offering the prize.... very generous of you!

  5. Oh yummy. I'd love Making Your Mark! Thanks so much for the opportunity. Your tree quilt is wonderful. Makes me want to get busy. So...I'm off to the play room.

  6. I like the drop cloth! Making your mark is more my interest, but I would be happy for either one, thanks for sharing!

  7. It is just perfect. Exactly what I had in mind.

  8. Oh, Laura, I would love either of those books. I will be happy to increase your Christmas spirit by taking one of the books off your hands!

    Great quilting on that Christmas Tree!

  9. wonderful stuff! these books look pretty good!

  10. I LOVE the dropcloth and the fact that that's how it started. It's beautiful and will become a treasure, I'm sure!

  11. thanks for your generous offer!! I would love an early Christmas present! "Making Your Mark" looks particularly intriguing! Your quilting is just wonderful!!! I am still struggling with FMQ.

  12. Making your mark looks good to me, but I'd be happy to win either. Love your traditional tree too, all your art is lovely.

  13. The idea that something so mundane as a drop cloth could blossom into a thing of great beauty is insiration for us all. Thank you for reminding me that beauty really is in everything, it is all about perception. Damn I'm not in the USA, so your book give away is not coming my way. sigh!