book review and a giveaway

Sorry my book review has been a bit delayed due to being a bit under the weather.
It was nice having a bedside table full of books to thumb through.
 I just couldn’t get to the computer to post much about them.
Graphic Mixx by Atkinson Designs
Terry Atkinson has out done herself once again. She re-taught me how to do zippers in all of her bag patterns and now she has several more projects added to my to do list. Terry’s directions are always clear, easy to  understand  and a pleasure to sew. Follow along on Terry’s blog for tons of great stuff.
My Stars VII from Kansas City Star
This book is number 7 in the series. I own all of them!  These books are truly a collectors series  with hand drawn illustrations of original blocks along with redrafted patterns from the historical collection of the Kansas City Star. I have an extra copy of this book so if you want to own it leave a comment and include My Stars in the comment. Stop by their site today. they are also having a book giveaway.
Simple Charm by Kim Diehl
What can I say about Kim’s quilts? I love all of them. The traditional richness, the warm room settings, the great use of  color are just a few of the things that draws me in. Sorry to be stingy, I only have one of these books and it has my name written really big inside it.
Listen to your Quilt by Barbara Persing
Machine Quilting really brings a flat quilt top to life. Barbara asks the following
questions before she begins any project.
What is the intended use of this quilt?
What quilting is needed to enhance this quilt?
What thread color should I use?
Then she walks you through different options for different styles of quilts.
This book is published by C and T and I have one for a giveaway. If you are interested comment with Listen to Your Quilt.
That is it for now. I will have part two of my book reviews posted on Sunday. I guess thiese aren’t official reviews, just teases with a giveaway or two thrown in for fun.


  1. scottylover says:

    I don't have any of the My Stars books so would love to win this copy! The Graphic Mixx book looks interesting, too!

    Sorry you have been under the weather. Hope all is better now!
    Sandy A

  2. Mary says:

    Listen to Your Quilt sounds like just what I need. I do quite a bit of machine quilting, and a lot of quilts really "speak" to me, but I have had several lately that must have been speaking a different language! I had a really hard time figuring out a good quilting design. Thanks for a chance to win. Glad you are feeling better.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the reviews. It's always good to hear what quilting friends are reading.My Stars sounds like a great reference and inspiration!


  4. Kathie says:

    well MY Stars looks like a book I would just love I can't belevie they are up to book 7 I will have to see which ones I am missing.
    I have been giving a lot of thought to machine quilting lately on my quilts I send to the Long arm quilters, Barbara's new book looks like it could teach me a thing or two
    Yes Kim's book is wonderful, have that one already!!!
    glad your keeping it !
    thanks for the reviews I know I will need to put them on my list , ah one can never have enough books!
    Happy Friday!

  5. Amy says:

    I would love to have the Listen To Your Quilt book. I think that is the hardest part to machine quilting. What design should I stitch?

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