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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Hi to everyone joining us for the Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop.

Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) patterns designed by Juliet van der Heijden aka The Tartankiwi.  Not just a fan but pretty much since Juliet starting designing patterns, I've been super lucky to have tested many of them for her before she's released them for sale. I'm always quick to share with my readers that not all FPP patterns are equal, there's a lot to be said for a well-designed pattern, it makes life soooo much easier for the sewist and produces fabulous results and, for me, Juliet is the Queen of FPP design and her patterns are thoroughly tested before they are made available to purchase.


ANIMAL QUILTS BOOK BLOG HOP

Well, today I've got something fantastic to share with you; Juliet has written a book, it's called Animal Quilts and has 12 gorgeous, brand new FPP designs by Juliet.  "The smallest quilt design in this book is 21" x 14", the biggest is 50" x 50", with a wide variety of sizes in between. The designs can be used to create mini quilts, cushions, play quilts for babies, lap quilts and bed-size quilts.  You can sew a single animal or sew multiple versions and combine them in a single quilt.  The possibilities are both endless and exciting." - Juliet van der Heijden

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

The publisher, Sew And So, asked me if I'd like to review the book and take part in this blog hop.  What a no-brainer, I was super happy to have the opportunity and couldn't wait to get my hands on an early release of the e-book and here's some info about it.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

The book is divided into three sections:

Getting Started
looking at issues related to paper piecing, equipment, 'how-to', fabric choices.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Projects
the individual patterns with block construction instructions and a 'how-to' complete each quilt.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

General Techniques
quilting technique instructions: borders, binding, etc.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I know you'll want to know something about the paper pattern templates too:

Pattern Templates
the paper pattern templates fit both A4 and Letter paper and there are colouring charts and number diagrams for each pattern.  If you buy a hardcopy of the book, there's a CD included containing all the pattern templates ready for you to print.  If you buy an e-copy of the book then the patterns are available for download from the publisher's website.

Just so you know, for anyone nervous of Y-seams, Juliet says that none of the patterns contains them ... though if that's something that concerns you I'm going to slip in a sneaky mention of my own Beginner's Guide To Y-Seams - click the image below to find out more!

A Beginner's Guide To Y-Seams by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Basically, in the book Juliet covers everything you need to know to get started with FPP, whether you're a beginner or an advanced FPP sewist.  FPP isn't hard to do; larger and more detailed patterns aren't more difficult, they're exactly the same as an easy pattern just with more sections to sew and will take you longer to complete.  Don't be nervous, jump in and give it a go.  

 So, when you see the book, you're going to have a fave quilt design in there, one that grabs you right away and you know you've simply got to make it.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

My fave was the Highland Cow.  Well, not strictly mine as it happens, but Highland Cows mean a great deal to my daughter, Flicky who just graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in Modern History.  Living in St Andrews for four years, she fell in love with Highland cows, so obviously, I had to make this for her.

This is Juliet's 20" bound mini-quilt version from the book.

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

and this is my unbound version, made for Flicky

Highland Cow FPP by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I've turned the unfinished top into a pillow cushion that Flicky, who now lives on a luxury yacht, can take with her on her seafaring adventures.  Click below to find out more about my finished project and for links to my pillow cushion tutes.

Ruadhri, The Highland Cow

Ruadhri - The FPP Highland Cow by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I love the Highland Cow and, did I mention yet, I love the book and there's no doubt I'll be sewing up more Animal Quilts.  Mmmm, I wonder which one will be next?!

And now for the giveaway!

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Animal Quilts Book Giveaway
Open to Everyone, Worldwide

The publisher, Sew And So, is hosting this 10-day Book Blog Hop and has given me permission to give away an e-copy of Juliet's Animal Quilts book here on my blog.

Highland Cow FPP by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Here's How To Enter
For your chance to win an e-copy of the Animal Quilts Book, leave a comment telling me who you'd like to make one of the 12 quilts in the book for.

For an additional chance to win follow my blog in some way: 
blog reader; Bloglovin'FacebookInstagram
or my Newsletter and leave a comment letting me know.

NOTE: Please be sure I can access your email. If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or an anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner. 

This giveaway is open to US + International entries and closes on Sunday, 19 November 2017 at 10.00 am (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared here in this post.  After confirming receipt of the congratulatory email, the winner will receive an email copy of the E-book and instructions on how to download the FPP patterns from the SoAndSew Ideas website.


Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!


The winner of the e-book copy of Juliet's Animal Quilts book is comment #16 by Lou.  


I loved that so many of you wanted to use Juliet's patterns for some 'selfish sewing', I think we should all do more of that.  Lou was no exception and wants to make the butterfly for herself, can't wait to see it, I wonder what colours she'll use?!


 Congrats on your win, Lou 😀

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Highland Cow FPP by www.madebyChrissieD.com

If you simply can't wait to get your hands on a copy, and who can blame you, the book is available to purchase on Amazon and at many other good booksellers too! Note: I'm an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, on any purchase made by following an Amazon link.



Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop Schedule:
Monday, 6 November - Juliet @The Tartankiwi
Tuesday, 7 November - Annabel Wrigley @Little Pincushion Studio
Wednesday, 8 November - Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD
Friday, 10 November - Mathew Boudreaux @Mister Domestic

Monday, 13 November - Kate Basti @Quilt With Kate
Tuesday, 14 November - Kristi McDonough @Schnitzel & Boo
Wednesday, 15 November - Angie Wilson @Gnome Angel
Thursday, 16 November - Paul @Evil Demon Devil Dog
Friday, 17 November - Sarah Thomas @Sariditty

Highland Cow FPP Pillow Cushion by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I hope you've enjoyed my day on the blog hop.  Follow the Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop schedule above to hear what others think about the book and see more projects.

Take further inspiration from the other fpp patterns I've tested for Juliet previously.  Click any of the images below to go through to my post about testing that particular pattern:

The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.comThe Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.comThe Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by www.madebyChrissieD.com

ANIMAL QUILTS BOOK BLOG HOP

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com


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Disclosure: 
For the purpose of the Book Review Blog Hop, an e-book copy of Animal Quilts was gifted to Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD. This post contains Amazon and Craftsy affiliate links for which I am paid commission on click-through purchases (at no additional cost to you). Otherwise, the post is for informational purposes only and all opinions are my own.  


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80 comments:

  1. This book looks like a lot of fun! I would first like to make the owl for my daughter and then the polar bear for a friend!

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  2. That's an easy question to answer Chris I would make all of them for my gorgeous grandson :)

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  3. I follow your great blog on Bloglovin!

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  4. I would probably make one for my wall and then one for the grandkids.

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  5. I would let the neighbor's little boy pick and then would make for him. Thank you for the chance to expand my skills!

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  6. I receive an email with your updates - always so enjoyable and inspirational. Thank you for the chance and for sharing.

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  7. Would it be selfish to make the peacock for myself, or the owl? The patterns are awesome.

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  8. I love your Highland cow! So fun and cheerful! I think I would make the owl for my nephew. It looks like something he would like!

    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 (at) yahoo.com

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  9. Ha! I would make the soaring owl for myself. I rarely make anything just for me and I want that!

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  10. I think everyone I know needs one! :) I'd probably start with my kids though especially my animal loving littlest one. I'm so excited that she's written a book!

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  11. I would make the tiger for my grandsons.
    Pat

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  12. I'd start with the swan for my daughter. She'd love it. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  13. I follow on Bloglovin and IG. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  14. OH my gosh!!! I love EVERY pattern!! I probably would make the butterfly first, but the cow, the rhino are all so fun!!! I would make them all!! I like paper piecing and would love to make all the fun animals!!! I follow you by email, on IG too!

    mycreativeheart@comcast.net
    Denise~

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  15. I just signed up for your newsletter:)

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  16. I SO want to make the butterfly for me:)

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  17. The book looks amazing and I would definitely make the owl for my daughter.

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  18. I'd make a highland cow for my brother

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  19. I think my 3 nieces would each love to have one of these.

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  20. I have a three year old grandson that I'd love to make one or more of these animals for!

    :) LINDA lindaschiffer at me dot com

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  21. I would make one for me! Love all the patterns.
    I follow you on FB, Bloglovin,instagram and signed up for the newsletter.
    bluewolf554@gmail.com

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  22. I would make it for ME ME ME!!!The animal lover in me would be so happy! lutzcats@yahoo.com

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  23. I follow on Bloglovin also. lutzcats@yahoo.com

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  24. i follow on blog lovin' and facebook.

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  25. i would make the butterfly for myself and then the owl for a friend who loves owls.

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  26. The book looks great! I would make the tiger, probably 3 times, since it's the mascot for my childrens' college.

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  27. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net8 November 2017 at 15:56

    I follow you by email.

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  28. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net8 November 2017 at 15:58

    I love your cow! I would make one of the quilts in the books for myself first of all. Then I would make it for one of my grandchildren.

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  29. I’d make the pony quilt for my daughter, who loves watching the horses in the next door field from her bedroom window

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  30. My youngest niece LOVES pandas... With a passion! I'd love to make that for her :)

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  31. I am following you via BlogLovin'

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  32. I would like to make the panda for my niece as a wedding gift for her.

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  33. Ghaah! This is so great! I would make 2 for starters. A highland cow for my adopted little sis, as she loves cows. She used to put 4 roller skates on her life-sized fiberglass cow, named Bruce, and take him out for strolls around the neighborhood. So, yeah, Nat gets a cow. Then I'd make the night owl for my gracious friends who have a cabin up the coast in a small forest with many owls. It would be a thank you gift for sharing their escape!

    metonymist at gmail

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  34. I have two grown sons, both of which would love one of these animal quilts. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. Your pillow turned out great. Love that you chose non-traditional colors.

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  35. I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  36. The are all so stunning! I would like to make one for my son! Thank you, Susan

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  37. I am a newsletter subscriber! Thank you, Susan

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  38. I'd make a quit for my nephew �� tricia_shaver@msn.com

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  39. I would make the Highland Cow for my family for sure to remember our trip to Scotland! Love yours!

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  40. I love Juliet’s patterns!
    I’d make the owl for my daughter and then the highland cow for my son Rory

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  41. Highland cow for my husband. We went to Scotland many years ago and both loved the highland cows. The book looks awesome and I will have to buy it if I don't win.

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  42. I want to make as many as possible, probably combining into a large quilt for my daughter, she is a total animal lover and also a quilt lover. :) mthild@charter.net

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  43. Hi Chris, and thank you for offering the generous giveaway. I would make the Highland Cow first for my daughter, Diane, who also studied at St. Andrews. I love your colors, and might have fun trying a variety of plaids for the cow's dreadlocks. The book is on my Amazon wishlist. Happy Sewing! PS, I am also a facebook friend of yours.

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  44. I follow you on Bloglovin', Facebook and I get your newsletter! You ROCK!

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  45. I don't know who I would make a quilt from this book for first. Maybe me! To hang in my sewing room. I just love Juliet's patterns and have had this book on my wish list since I first heard about it. But I didn't know there was a "hairy coo" in there! We saw them in Scotland when we visited last summer and took tons of photos. I really must make one.

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  46. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

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  47. What gorgeous patterns! I would consider myself a beginner paper-piecer, but I might be willing to give some of these a go. They are all so pretty. I would love to make one for my new niece's room. She is due at the end of the year.

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  48. This book looks so beautiful. I love cows so I would make the cow for myself and the Sea horse for my sister. Your quilts are gorgeous!

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  49. I would make the owl quilt for my friend. Perfect timing. She wanted a baby quilt for her incoming grandchild.

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  50. I'd love to make the butterfly for my friend's young daughter. The theme for her bedroom is butterflies!

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  51. I would make the swan for my daughter. It is her favorite from the ones I've shown her.

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  52. I follow on IG but just signed up for your newsletter too!

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  53. Following via Facebook and subscribed to newsletters

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  54. I follow your blog through Feeder. thanks. julie.mckay@xtra.co.nz

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  55. I'd like to make one for my new baby grandson.

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  56. My niece loves the outdoors and all animals. She'd love something from this book.

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  57. I love to do FPP and just completed Jennifer Sampou's "Elephant and I". I think I'm on an animal kick at the moment and this book would fit right into my obsession. Thanks for the great review!

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  58. I follow you through your email newsletter.

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  59. I would make the soaring owl for my sister.

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  60. I follow Chrissie by email and on IG (and I very glad that I do!)

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  61. I would make the polar bear for my oldest son.

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  62. I follow you by email and on Instagram.

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  63. The owl is gorgeous! I'd like to make it for myself.

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  64. The designs in Julie's book are so neat! I would make a quilt for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. My nephew's wife is having a baby in January- I could make a baby quilt with one of these animals, maybe the flying owl for the little one. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  66. I am following on bloglovin. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  67. i'd love to make the owl for my daughter 4jodie at gmail

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  68. and i follow you via bloglovin

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  69. I would make this for the baby of a dear friend who is due to make his appearance in March. What great quilt patterns! denisenashs1975@yahoo.com

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  70. My four-year-old son LOVES pandas, so that's the first project I would make.

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  71. This book is on my Christmas list - the tiger is awesome - school mascot for my son! I know he would love it!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. I would make one for my hubby-he hasn't gotten a quilt of mine yet. Love to win the drawing! akronne17@gmail.com

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  73. My college freshman niece would love the panda

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  74. I follow via bloglovin

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  75. I'd like to make the panda for my grandson!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  76. Follow you on IG: @minibea123.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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