Monday, September 23, 2013

"Quilting Happiness" Book Review and Giveaway


Disclosure: I received a copy of the book "Quilting Happiness" for review. All opinions below are strictly my own. All photos used with permission.

Fair warning. Before I commence this book review, I'm alerting you to the fact that this review might well be unintentionally slanted. That's because I am personally acquainted with one of its authors. I have tried my best to be impartial. But it was tricky under the circumstances. So you be the judge, ok?

Under the microscope today is a brand-new book called "Quilting Happiness". Written by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland and published by Potter Craft, it is a book of "projects, inspiration and ideas to make quilting more joyful".

Sounds promising, eh?

This book has two distinct facets to it: the Quilting part and the Happiness part.

First, the Quilting part. Like most quilting books, "Quilting Happiness" has an array of projects that quilters can make, including several quilts and smaller projects. Each project comes complete with cutting, piecing, and quilting instructions, and includes two handy lists. The first list, "Christina's Tips", serves to simplify the project; the second list, "Quilting Ideas", suggests a few quilting alternatives. Cool!


I love quilts, as you know. If I were to pick a favourite from this book, it would have to be the very cozy-looking, hand-quilted and scrappy, Plus You Quilt pictured above.

The Quilter's Tote Bag, below, is one of the small projects I could see myself trying from the book's pages. Pretty and useful, I could imagine doing it in random scraps or a completely different set of solids. I noticed in "Christina's Tips" a suggestion to use a tool I haven't tried before too. I like this sort of information. It opens the mind to what's out there.


And then comes the second facet of the book: the Happiness part. This part is what makes the book different from most. Sprinkled amongst the projects, hither and thither, are various "happiness-related goodies". These range from "creative exercises... inspiring stories... and practices to increase your enjoyment of quilting".

For example, one of the first exercises is creating a collage to help you define your quilting style. As part of this task, the authors pose a number of questions to help you "tease out" your style from within the collage's composition. In this age of too-much-information, it's easy to become overwhelmed with the quilty possibilities only to be left perplexed as to what you like or what your style might be. If an exercise like this results in a little clarity, it's probably worth a shot, eh?


Other thoughtful happiness bits include the block of quotes below the title of each project. These are not famous quotations, but friendly words from Christina and Diane themselves about the project in question. Another is the personal story such as that shared by avid quilters Kay Bailey and Rachel Hauser. And one very interesting aspect of this book (which I've linked to many many times in this review), is the website Quilting Happiness." As well as a ton more info about the book, you'll find other goodies there including, but not limited to: bits that were edited from the book, freebie patterns, the ability to purchase the digital version of the book, etc... Do check it!

So that, in my view, is what "Quilting Happiness" is all about.

Okay... To the GIVEAWAY!

It just so happens that I have an extra copy of the book. And it just so happens that I'm willing to give it away. For a price of course: ONE COMMENT! Leave your comment below and make darn sure I can reach you via email, okeedokey? Beauty.

I'll announce the randomly-chosen winner on Friday, September 27th. Best of luck to you!

♥M

49 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your review of this book! There are so many great quilting books out there, and it's easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. Your review really clarified what makes this one unique. It inspires me to pull out some unfinished projects and I love the idea of a "what's my style" collage.

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  2. I enjoyed the review, it was interesting and certainly whetted my appetite.

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  3. I love the happiness aspect to it! Also, the collage exercise would be interesting to do to see what I like. Thanks for the opportunity

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  4. Ooh! This book sounds inspirational.

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  5. This book is inspiring me to dust off my sewing machine and give it a go!

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  6. I love the quilt that is pictured on the cover. I've been hoarding my Flea Market Fancy and now I think I have found a pattern that is worthy. Love your blog and thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy of "Quilting Happiness." eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  7. Thanks for the great review! I like the added happiness part. Definitely makes it more interesting!

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  8. Awesome review. Diane makes everything seem so easy and obvious, doesn't she?

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  9. Definitely sounds inspiring! neetalogsetty@sympatico.ca

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  10. You don't sound too biased to me, you have me curious. I'd love to check the book out myself!

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  11. Thanks for this review! This book is definitely on my "to buy" list - assuming I don't win the give away, of course!

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  12. i love quilt books , thanks for the chance

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  13. Sounds like a great book to check out! I just started working on my hexagon quilt again (that you inspired me to make!). It has been sitting idle for about 9 months since I went back to school. I am definitely questioning my sanity! :) Thanks for the opportunity to own this book.

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  14. Hey Michele, what a combo! Quilting and happiness! I like it a lot. Your post took me to her blog and now added her to my blog list. I would love to win this book if not to get my own copy. Thanks for your review - Hugs Nat

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  15. Thanks . That was a balanced and interesting review. You got my attention so you achieved your objective.

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  16. I love that tote bag. Thanks for posting!

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  17. I love that tote bag. Thanks for posting!

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  18. I enjoyed reading your "impartial" review! I have a yearning to quilt more and am always inspired with photos and works others have done. I'd love to win this book to help me push myself into this passion. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Sorry, I forgot my email: duchick@gmail.com

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  20. I love that Plus You quilt. I'm a novice quilter, so I am always looking for projects that look like they would be easy.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  21. From your review, it sounds like the perfect book to provide equals measures of inspiration, challenge and happiness mixed in. I'd love to win a copy!

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  22. Sounds like just the book for inspiration to get me started!

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  23. This book is lovely! Everytime I read a review (in blogs, etc) I discover new Amazing things about it!
    So... fingers crossed for me. I'd love to have it on my bedside table (good read for fall nights, eh eh)
    Silvia
    silviatriv @ gmail dot come

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  24. Looks like a great book, thank you for the review and chance to win :)

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  25. It does look to be a 'keeper' book and I adore the way the quilting mirrors the patterned fabrics on the Plus You quilt. I wouldnt have thought to do that yet its so very effective.
    I think that collage idea is really useful too. Good luck to the books authors : )

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  26. Thank you for reviewing! As a fairly new quilter, this seems like a book I could actually pick up and enjoy.

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  27. The 'happiness' part of the book is such a great concept! I'm really at a stage in my crafting/home making/clothes buying where I'm trying to define my style and what makes me happy.

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  28. I used to quilt a lot. Large bed quilts all hand quilted. I would like to get back into it and this looks like just the thing to help get my groove back.

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  29. I never quiltet-but I´m sure to it with the help of the book-because I´m very interestef to do something new! Ines

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  30. from your review - looks like an awesome book. new ideas for a new quilter! thanks for the opportunity!

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  31. Wonderful book review! Almost seems like a little quilt zen going on there. Thanks for the review and a chance to win the book! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  32. I do not quilt although have always wanted to! Your review is fantastic!

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  33. I think "Quilting Happiness" says it all! I find happy thoughts come when I sit at my sewing machine! Thanks for the giveaway Michele!

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  34. That sounds like a wonderful inspirational quilt book!

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  35. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  36. Since quilting is my happiness I'd love to check the book out, it sounds quite inspirational.

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  38. Sorry I didn't write my email correctly. (suedemasellis@yahoo.com) I really am interested in seeing more of the projects in this book. That will be possible when I win this free copy! LOL

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  39. Thanks for a chance to win this book. That quilt and tote, and the way to find your quilting style looks so interesting... I went to the link too, and found a quilt pattern I like! Yea!
    karen608 at yahoo dot com

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  40. This book looks very interesting. I don't have much experience with quilting, but it is on my bucket list. I am intrigued by the collage project too.

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  41. This book looks very interesting. I don't have much experience with quilting, but it is on my bucket list. I am intrigued by the collage project too.

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  42. Great Book name...fits me, Happiness to me is making a quilt especially for one of my kids or grandkids. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway

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  43. As someone whose quilting hasn't got further than sewing squares or hexagons (ok and some pentagons!) together I'd be really interested to find something to take me to the next level. This book looks like a great way of doing just that! Thanks for the chance to win one.

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