Monday, December 16, 2013

Quilting Isn't Funny - a book review and a giveaway!

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Were you beginning to think there would never be new content on this blog?  So was I!  But what brings me out of my blogging rebellion is something that makes me happy and I want to share with you.



One day long, long (okay not that long) ago, I read a column in Quilter's Home magazine, and the title of the article was Zen and the Art of Crappy Quilting.  I remember thinking to myself - finally a quilter I can really relate to!

A few months later, I found a blog titled The Bitchy Stitcher.  I thought to myself - Oh! Another quilter I can relate to!  It took me a while, because I'm pretty dim sometimes, to realize that the two were the same person.

Since then, I'm happy to report that Ms. Megan Dougherty and myself have bonded and become quite good friends. 

Megan has written columns for both Quilter's Home and Generation Q with great success.  She has recently decided to take her columns and compile them into one, packed-full-o-awesome book that she published herself, Quilting Isn't Funny.  The book also has two never before seen entries, and offers back stories to each entry, which sheds a little light on how one of my favorite weirdo's brain works. 

I had already read every bit of the book (aside from the new entries), but it was great reading them all over again.  If you'd like a copy - it's nearing Christmas after all - it is available in both soft cover and downloadable PDF, and can be purchased directly from Megan here.  I assure you that if you have a sense of humor, you will appreciate it in all its glory!

But wait!  I've been authorized to giveaway a copy of the book here as well.  So, to enter the giveaway, leave me a comment here on this blog, and tell me one thing that's on your quilter's bucket list.  I'll pick a winner on Friday, whatever day of December that is.  (It's been a long few weeks and you can't force me to look at a calendar right now).

You can check out the rest of the blog tour at the links below.  Good luck!



Dec. 2 - Maddie Kertay  - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society

Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio

Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress

Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip
 
Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – That Moxie Girl
           

Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
           
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project


Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
           
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sloboda – Muppin.com

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff


Jan. 6 – Generation Q
 
Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty



Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg Hilko – Without A Stitch On

Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts

Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Hasselhun – Dashasel Sews

Jan. 17 - Kim Lapacek - Persimon Dreams

Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway!

73 comments:

  1. On my bucket list for next year is a Kaleidoscope pattern by Marti Michell I have found the fabric just need to clear away a few thing first

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  2. Best review EVER and would love to be in the same room with the 2 of you LOL - my bucket list - throw a whole box of fabric on the floor, cut pieces and start sewing - my guts wither at the thought but my brain will never be quiet until I DO it

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  3. Bucket list: the cutest bunch of baby quilts ever for my grand kids. I'm not even a mom yet, but my niece has a pretty awesome quilt.

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  4. a strip quilt to use up some scraps, thanks

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  5. Bucket list? How about dump-truck-load list!?! Seriously, if I live to 120, I'll never get them all done! But I have to say that a Judy Neimeyer spikey-wavy thing is right up there. Will you quilt it for me? ;-D Thanks for the give-away, to both of you nut-jobs!

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  6. A scrap vomit quilt is on my bucket list for 2014. 2014 is a year of scraps for me. I need to cut this stuff up in little pieces and put it together to make something awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. I'm thinking I may be living my quilter's bucket list now!

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  8. I have always wanted to to a Storm at Sea quilt ~ but the color possibilities always overwhelm me when I try to pick up that particular bucket LOL!

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  9. Its a good sized list but the next challenge for me is to try FMQing feathers. I've done some pencil/paper practice but haven't gotten to the fabric/thread bit yet! 2014 is the year! (Gorgeous quilting of yours up there on your blog header!)

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  10. My quilting bucket list, which also should be the dump truck list, is topped by the feathered star. I've always wanted to make one but haven't quite overcome the fear of it yet. Thanks for the chance to win a book I would enjoy reading.

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  11. I want to make Ocean Waves quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. But like all quilters, whatever project I tell you, just know that is just a drop in my bucket list bucket.

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  12. Uhhh just one?! Hmm, alright, well, I'd love to make a selvage quilt. A big one. I'd better start buying more fabric...

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  13. Hmmm... to be a "Featured Quilt Artist" somewhere other than my living room!

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  14. Hmmm... to be a "Featured Quilt Artist" somewhere other than my living room!

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  15. I would love to play catch up with all my BOMs. If I did, I would have quite a few quilts completed!! At least I print the directions out at the beginning of each month for all the BOMs. I have them nicely organized, also. They just need to be introduced to the fabric, scissors and sewing machine,

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  16. My bucket list...to quilt one quilt a month in 2014 and GET THEM FINISHED!

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  17. Sounds like an interesting new book, that I'd definitely like to read.

    Quilty bucket list? So many techniques, colors, designs that I'd like to play with. I should probably say my bucket list is to finish all my UFOs, but right now I can only think about precision piecing techniques and making an amazing miniature like Sally Collins does.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  18. I would like to see the floor in my studio…. I know there are several 1/2s and 1/4s of quilts down there under all that stuff. These quilts need to be finished!

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  19. On my quilty bucket list - is definitely meeting Megan Dougherty in person some day! Along with about a hundred quilts I'd like to make…..

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  20. Only one thing in the quilty bucket list?! Okay, I really, really want to make a big complex lone star quilt complete with hand applique accents. I just keep having smaller projects to do first. ;-)

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  21. I would love to go to Paducah for quilt week and then of course the International Quilt Festival in Houston!
    LauraT

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  22. Tenho alguns...Mas o que quero é fazer uma colcho com bonequinhas aplicadas para minha neta,é um começo...Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  23. Bucket list wish would be a one-on-one lesson so my quilting would improve and I would get answers to picky questions about getting and stitch in the ditch would be answered. Thanks, Lisa, for the book tip!

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  24. One of the things on my quilters bucket list.. Bali.

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  25. My quilter's bucket list...
    Use up all my current fabric and then go buy all new material for my stash. You said bucket...

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  26. Storm at Sea. There. I've committed to it. In writing. Now I'm scared.

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  27. On my bucket list is finishing the hand-quilted 80" square Amish diamond in a square quilt I began in about 1995. I'm down to the black on black, for which I need powerful glasses and sunlight...

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  28. Since I am a sort of newer quilter my bucket list is long. But paper piecing is on the 2014 bucket list

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  29. My bucket list consists of learning to paper piece and making t-shirt quilts for my daughters from their old shirts and clothes.

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  30. My bucket list is sooooo long and goes so many directions. One direction (no...not the band) is to go to Paducah! I've done a lot of quilty stuff, but haven't been there. Another direction has to do with owning all the fabric in the world and having it fit nice and neat in my sewing room closet.

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  31. My bucket list is overflowing, but number 1 is to make a quilt for everyone in my family that I dearly love so that they all have something of me one day when I am not around anymore

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  32. My bucket list includes a quilting cruise. I can't think of anything more fun than a cruise with quilters.

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  33. This book is on my list, seriously! Along with lots of fabric and a few other books. That's really all I want.

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  34. Quilting a beach scene quilt for my trip to Florida. :)

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  35. My quilters bucket list is to get a long arm and learn even more ways to create amazing things. The book sounds interesting. Will have to check it out.

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  36. My bucket list includes a quilt for my very special sister.......just can't decide on a design!

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  37. My quilting bucket list? Well, I got to meet you a few weeks ago! :-) I know I don't need a ribbon to justify what I do, but I sure would like to earn a ribbon at a show. In the meantime, most of my quilting time goes to quilting for my customers rather then myself. Merry Christmas!!

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  38. Meeting you Lisa is at the top of my Bucket List I know I need this book. lol

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  39. 1) Take a class with Lisa Sipes (Yay, AQS - Phoenix!)
    2) Finished Sawtooth star quilt - been two years!
    3) Wedding quilt for the most amazing niece. Whew.

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  41. Boy.... after reading other people's bucket lists, sure does add more to mine. A quilting cruise, (quilt class with Lisa Sipes in CA - check), scrappy log cabin with 1" strips. Organization ability to make aforementioned quilt.

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  42. This book would make an excellent gift! What's on my quilting list is a base for my Nolting so that I can make an attempt at ruler work.

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  43. Shhhh don't tell the hubby, but, a large cutting mat "was" on my bucket list till last night.... Michaels + 50% off coupon + $5.00 off coupon = one happy Lisa!

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  44. #1 on my bucket list is to complete a quilt a month in a year and donate at least 6 of them!

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  45. My bucket list is to finish my Harry Potter quilt (including all the 'extra's' I have planned for it. Hope your move was good. This book sounds good. Merry Christmas!

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  46. On my bucket list: Finish all the quilts that I have the pattern and material for....like that is going to happen cause I just cant keep away from those wonderful fabric stores.

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  47. My bucket list has a storm at sea on it. But then I start looking at colors, and insta-color-paralysis sets in.

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  48. My bucket list contains a whole cloth quilt.

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  49. My bucket list is to finally complete a project plus the Latte quilt. You know me Lisa, Queen of UFO's. Maybe 2014 will finally see one completed. Miss seeing you at your Mom's shop!

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  50. My bucket list....a postage stamp quilt in 30's fabrics, then to get to all the UFOs. Thanks for your great blog, the review of the book and sharing the chance to win it.

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  51. I want to make a baby quilt every month in 2014. You know which baby quilt that is. :) Miss you soooooo much!

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  52. I'm going to have to say Houston and Paducah. Visit them, have a quilt in them, shop them, whatever...

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  53. My Quilty Bucket List includes one of Jacqueline de Jonge's new patterns and I've started collecting all the fabrics...yay!

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  54. Going to Houston and getting a quilt in the regular exhibit of Houston (I've been in special exhibits). Writing my own book. THanks.

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  55. Someday I want to make a Dresden Plate large quilt...like the one I remember from my Grandma's!

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  56. Visit Paducah or Houston...what a great bucket list accomplishment that would be!!

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  57. I want to get better at machine quilting, Mctavishing and feathers are something I'd really like to perfect.

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  58. I am still in stash accumulation mode...so my bucket list is fabric! lots and lots of fabric!

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  59. My bucket list contains a huge desire to successfully make a mariners compass quilt and have Lisa quilt it

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  60. Round up all the starts and get them into something, just fun.

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  61. To make it to quilt market and meet all the designers

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  62. My bucket list? Hmm...I'd like to go to every big quilt show in the country. AQS, IQA, NQA, Rd2CA, MQX, MQS.
    And one other thing-I'd love to be able to make and quilt my own quilts. It's been years!!!!

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  63. On my quilter's bucket list? ... To go to Houston, and the Tokyo quilt festival, and to take a class from Kaffe Fassett ... fun question to dream about!

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  64. Ride in a hot air balloon while hand stitching with the love of my life who is also a longarm quilter. Also, take pictures to enjoy and make a quilt from them later. To many things to mention. Oh yes, this hot air balloon must be in beautiful Ireland.

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