Thursday, 14 August 2014

scrappy bits aplique - the blog tour

I don't know if you've seen Shannon's book at all, but for those that like scraps it's a perfect buy.
Shannon asked if I'd be part of her blog tour to help promote her new book, Scrappy Bits Applique (published by Stash Books) and as soon as I saw the cover and read the premise I was hooked.


Shannon blogs over at the bottle tree. I have to admit, our paths hadn't crossed before but I'm so glad they have.
This book is a great way to use up all those little scraps that you keep but aren't sure what to do with. It combines applique with a kind of mosaic, raw edged piecing. I'm not going to tell you too much because that's what you need the book for.

Inside you'll find full details on how to use Shannon's fun (and pretty fast) technique for creating fabric from scraps and eight quilt projects.

I love the fox quilt (I also love the styling in this picture - and that dog on the couch)


But my ultimate favourite is this world map. Again, the styling is awesome and the photos throughout are really beautifully done (I notice that even more now I work in the publishing world), but I just love the quilt itself. I think it'd be a great one to make for a child's bedroom wall or to make as a gift for a travelling type.


What I particularly liked about Shannon's book is that she teaches the technique, it takes up a hole chunk of the book, and gives you the skills to go on and create your own designs. So you can make any of the eight projects but you can also use the gallery pages to find your own inspiration and create something unique to you. I do like a book that gives you skills like that, not just patterns after patterns. It's something I've noticed is happening more frequently these days, and I think it's a great thing.

Hop on over to Shannon's blog for the full list of folks taking part in the tour and for a chance to win a book on each stop.


You can win here too!  Just leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you for a chance to win a print copy if you're in the US and a digital copy if you're outside.

And you can pick up the book from all the regular places including Amazon (and UK Amazon, and book depository - sometimes people can get a bit narked when I don't leave a direct link to places within the UK...so here they are).


89 comments:

Sam said...

Very cool book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Anita said...

I struggle with ideas for quilts to display in our home. I love the quilts featured on your blog today. I'd definitely make one for our home.

Emma said...

Anything that gives me permission to save the tiniest scraps is a winner!

Gill said...

I love the fox!

kate said...

Love that world map!

Caro said...

Love the idea to use up those small scraps!

MoodyCatCrafts said...

This looks like a great book, I like the tree and the fox quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenny said...

oh my lord, I had to pin that fox before doing anything else. I'm crazy about the whole thing, and esp the border. I'd love to win and learn her technique. Darling! Thank you!

Ginger said...

Love that map!
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Pippa Parsons said...

Very cool fox

GO STARS! said...

That map quilt is awesome!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love that fox!

Sue H said...

At last, a way to use all those tiny scraps that I keep!! Love the map of the World - great for a kids room.

Chris Matsche said...

Love the map quilt. I too hate to throw away scraps. Would love to win the book. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

Karen said...

I love that cover image. I'd be glad to learn this technique.

A Quilters Playhouse said...

I would love to learn this technique and to make the map quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Meg said...

Love the fox & the map! Looks like a must have!

Harrysmum said...

You knew I had a bag of tiny Liberty scraps didn't you? I need this book to give me some inspiration to use them! Thanks for a great give away!

Janet M said...

Now I know why I've been keeping those micro mini scraps! The book looks fabulous!

jeanne e. said...

i was just organizing my fabric hoard and have some many scraps. this book seems like a great way to use some of them! thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Ella said...

Love the map!

Pam said...

Love working with scraps so this book is going to be a must have

Crafty Hippy said...

I love trying new techniques and this book looks like fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

Ali K said...

Cute fox quilt!

Jaia said...

That world map is incredible! I'd love to make one of those!

Allison C said...

Love that fox!

Yan Hong said...

Love the Around The World Quilt.
lowson(at)swbell(dot)net

dolores said...

Ack! I have made enough quilts for our travelbug daughter...I don not need to make that map...I do not need to make that map...I DO need to make that map!!!

CitricSugar said...

Too cool - I'm digging that world map in a huge way!

Kathleen Fraser said...

What a clever and creative author! I am obsessed with the around the world map. But the entire book looks fabulous!

PK Sews said...

I appreciated your thoughtful review of this book. I definitely want it! I love the world map quilt too. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for your inspiring blog.

jodydeschenes said...

oddly enough i just separated out my 'mouse sheets' - the ridiculous scraps i keep that are SMALLER than a mini charm square - WHA?!? i will definitely have to check out this awesome technique to use up piles of these little sweeties!! (:

Kelly Warriner-Simpson said...

I love that the map actually does have New Zealand on it! A lot of map patterns leave us off.

Sonya said...

Looks like a great book

Carol said...

This book looks so cool. I can see lots of gift making opportunities with this technique.

Paula said...

That cute fox is to die for!

poppyinstitches said...

the map is amazing, I always love learning new techniques!

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Crafty Coffin said...

I would love to win this, that world map quilt would be an amazing gift for my sister.

Sharon Eshlaman said...

Boy, do I have scraps - could use the book!!
skeshlaman@comcast.net

cathie said...

Looks like a great book. You have inspired me yet again!

Kris said...

Looks really interesting. The cover really grabbed me and I would love to learn a technique to use the bits because the bits runneth over!!!

quirkyhannah said...

Looks really good! Would love to make the fox and map..

amcar said...

The book looks fantastic, beautiful projects.

Lauren said...

This book looks really cool! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Rebecca said...

Love the Fox...and the dog on the couch.

Abby@ ColorBarQuilts said...

This would be great to help bust the scraps that I have building up. I love the world map quilt from the book!

Sharon said...

Looks like a lot of fun and cool quilt designs too!

Linda Sparks said...

Would love to make that map!

Lynne said...

Well, I don't throw any fabric scraps away, so it looks a good book to me.

Jenny said...

i have a whole box of teeny scraps! cant wait to find out more about this technique

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, love the look of that map, thanks for the chance to win!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Indeed, lovely styling! I remember being absolutely enamored of a special lighted world map that was sold in the 90's, that lighted adjusted its lighting to where in the world was daytime or nighttime. That quilt in the LR shot reminds me of that cool (an way expensive) gadget! I'm in Sweden, and my addy is coonected to my gfc.....

kelly o! said...

This book is already on my wish list, and I'm not even a scrappy quilter! The styling is fantastic, as you said, so it's a terrific inspiration book!

Sharon said...

What a great idea! I really like that map 'quilt' too, it would be perfect for my son and his fiancee as they love to travel!

supersara20 said...

This book looks great, love the map quilt.

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful book! I love the map!! Thanks for sharing!!

liniecat said...

Like you, Im hooked lol using scrappy techniques sounds great fun!

babiesdoc said...

I want to make the pillows with applique scrappy leaves!

RMC said...

I really LOVE that map quilt. I don't usually like the idea of hanging up quilts, but the map quilt in a frame like artwork could quite possibly change my mind. I also LOVE maps and hope to have a few hanging on the walls of my house one day. What a great combination this is. I'm new to this world of quilting, so any instructions/ideas are a great help. Thanks! :)

Sarah said...

I love what I see of this book! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

Allison Sews said...

Those are both adorable!

Christi said...

I love applique! This book looks like so much fun! Thanks...

cjpike (at) indiana (dot) edu

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

I love the world map quilt!!! Thanks

Tamie said...

This looks like such a fun book. Thank you.

Vicki H said...

The map quilt is sew unique, love it.

ritainalaska said...

love applique, love scraps! this book is a good! thanx for the chance to win it.

leanne said...

sounds like a fabulous book - just what I need to get all my little scraps into a project instead of in a plastic box (well boxes!)

PT in SC said...

From the intro, this books look great. I especially love the leaves. I love applique.

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

This looks like such a fun book! Thanks :)

Marg M said...

Love the world map looks like a great book to read

Melanie said...

Such a fun looking book! Love the fox and world quilts too!

Beth said...

I look forward to learning the technique so I can make a map of my home state--one for me, one for my best friend from childhood who now lives far away.

Lori said...

OOHhHH.....this book is gorgeous! I love that world map!

Anita said...

My scraps are starting to become overwhelming so this would be very helpful.

Carmen N said...

Sounds like a wonderful book - thanks for the giveaway!

Quilting Tangent said...

The fall leaves look very interesting, love the scrappy look.
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Karen said...

I like raw edge and fusible applique, so this book looks like a great resource.

Liz said...

Thanks for the chance! I love a book that teaches technique!

darlene macdonald said...

I love applique! Thanks for the giveaway! Love your fabrics as well!!!!! :)

Gina said...

I'd love to give this technique a try.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I really love the map quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

MizMccrerrand said...

Thanks for the chance at this giveaway. Would love to try these quilts out! I have tons of scraps and have now found some inspiration to use these up! <3
amccrerrand at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Would love to give this style a to. I hate to throw any scraps away - have a basket full of little bits ��. A digital copy of the book would be great. Thanks for the chance.

OhioLori said...

What a fun book! I am a new to Applique person...know this would be another fun technique of applique proijects. Love the Fox...and saw the Bird quilt too..way cool!

Anja said...

LOVE the world map, especially as the colours even represent areas like the desert adequately!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

What a neat style of applique! That world map is incredible!

Carlie Lincoln said...

Love, love, love..something fresh& new I'd love to try :)

Dana said...

I'm not into applique but this book makes me want to try! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I love the map!

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