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Monday, May 21, 2012

Review and Give-Away: Sew Embellished by Cheryl Lynch

Mondays....back to the old grind...but not today on my blog!  Today you'll get a chance to win a copy of Cheryl Lynch's Sew Embellished!  artistic little quilts, personalized with easy techniques  (Martingale, 2012, ISBN:  978-1-60468-1475, 80 pages.).  Cheryl graciously gave me a signed copy to review and to give away here.

This is a fun little romp through the world of art quilts.  While it is primarily geared toward the beginning art quilter or person who wants to make embellished bits out of fabric, I found myself referring to it last night as I hurry to complete a quilt for a show.  I must admit, I am French knot challenged....and I found Cheryl's directions clear and easy to follow....even for my right-brained mind.

The book covers various types of embellishments and how to use them, followed with project directions.  Beads, buttons, found objects, Polymer-clay embellishments, thread, stamps, various ways of putting lettering on pieces, and edge treatments are covered, not as in-depth as you would find in other volumes, but this isn't meant to be a book on beading.  Following her descriptions and discussions of what you can do, Cheryl adds a project "How To" Section with 9 different projects.  Also included is a gallery of her works, and a list of resources all of which are websites of established places, and best of all, THEY WORK! (a pet peeve of mine).  Since they are internet sources, all are available for international purchases.

One of the things I like the best about the book is that it opens the door to irregularly shaped pieces and interesting edge treatments.  In addition, the pieces aren't just "quilts" but she includes information on making fabric "jewelry", and fold out sort of three dimensional piece called "From the Bottom of My Heart."

So...leave a comment and I'll use a random number generator to pick a number NEXT MONDAY night (May 28)...hey, it gives you something to do if your Memorial Day picnic is rained out....So, get your comment in prior to 10:00 EST...one comment to a person (i.e. you get ONE chance per person) please.

Rest assured, if you don't win it here..you get other chances.  Here are the other participants in the blog hop:


June 4 That Patchwork Place http://blog.shopmartingale.com/.
June 25 Kathy Loomis www.artwithaneedle.blogspot.com/
July 9 Karen Musgrave www.connectionsbyKaren.blogspot.com
July 16 Cheryl Sleboda www.muppin.com

You might have heard of Cheryl with her other book,  !Quilt Fiesta! 

You can also find her here:
www.CherylLynchQuilts.com
www.CherylLynchQuilt.blogspot.com


Good luck!

30 comments:

Debra said...

Thanks Lisa for the informative review.

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Yes I could use help with embellishments.

Tobi said...

Looks like fun things to do!

Kathy said...

I'm always interested in embellishments and everyone always has a new or different way of doing SOMEthing! Looks like a fun read.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the review!

Susan said...

Thanks for the review, I love embellishmnets on quilts and I'm always interested in how others use them.

Susan

jdprkr@pacbell.net

Teresa said...

I just read about this book last night! Would LOVE to have it!!

Linda Mac said...

Thank you for a chance to win this book. It looks like lots of fun.

Nancy Gilpin said...

This book looks great; and a perfect way to use my "collection" as I start retirement!
Nancy Gilpin

ann said...

I could definitely use some emblishment help.

Roni Hall said...

Good review, Michigoose! :) If I don't win the book you are giving away, think I just might go buy one!

Quilter Beth said...

I'm always looking for new and unique ways to use my embellishment collection. I'm thinking this book might help. Thanks for the opportunity.

Judy said...

Sounds like a really good book! I hadn't seen this before, so thanks for telling us.
Judy
www.goldendogquilting.com
www.dyedbamboo.net

carol hotz said...

seems like great way to use up all those little bits of fabric and trims and buttons and beads that you just can't seem to get rid of. thanks for great suggestions. carol

Jessie said...

Sounds like fun and informative book to have. good luck everyone.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I haven't seen the books in a shop but it looks interesting.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sounds very creative. Put my name in the hat please.

Beth said...

I would love to do art quilts but felt I couldn't do it. This review made me feel I should at least try it.

Sue Andrus said...

I could definitely use a few pointers to help use embellishments better... Sounds like a great book!

quilt happy said...

would love to win that book thanks

Gill said...

This looks a great book - I already have Cheryl's first book!

Catskill Quilter said...

This book looks fabulous - and I am desperate for ideas on how to use buttons on my quilts!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love Blog book tours...thanks!

Jeanne said...

Looks like a great book to win!

Jeanne said...

Looks like a great book to win!

Dotti said...

I just love it when talented people can gather up what they have learned and discovered and present it in a book for the rest of us! I'm looking forward to adding this book to my reference collection!

Jevne said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
richard.eilts@comcast.net

Diann said...

Sounds like a good book.

Marcia W. said...

This sounds like a good book to use for instructions on adding embellishments to crazy quilts. Thanks for the chance.

Christi Curtin said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds awesome and I love to embellish anything.
Thanks
Christi Curtin