Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quilted Cupcake Episode 35 Show Notes: Book Reviews and Giveaway

This week's podcast featured three book reviews.  You can find full details on the Book Review Page.
Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts
Jil Eaton's Knitting School: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Confident Knitter
Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause

To celebrate blog followers, I'm giving away your choice of one of the following books:
Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts  Jil Eaton's Knitting School: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Confident Knitter

To enter, simply "follow" my blog (see that new feature on the right hand sidebar?)  Click there.  Once you're a follower, just post a comment to this post to tell me that you're following me, and which of the two books you'd like to have. It's that easy!  If you were already following the blog, just post a comment saying I was already following, and the book you'd like to win.  The giveaway will remain open until 9/24/10.

Check out the book review page (menu bar at top of page) if you need help deciding which book you'd like.  Of course, you can also listen to the reviews on the podcast.

Here's the cute little hat I made from Jil Eaton's Knitting School: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Confident Knitter:
If you already listened to the podcast, you know that I've decided to host a Quilted Cupcake Project Night Night Quilt Challenge.  I was inspired by the third book I reviewed, Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause  by Jade Sims.  The full review is on the book review tab.

If you're interested in participating, here are the basics - more info. on the podcast. Send me an email, and I'll add your name to the list, and send you the full instructions, reminders, etc.

1.  Sew and quilt a handmade blanket - "crib size" or smaller.
2.  You can use any pattern you like- simple, or complex.
3.  Crib size is 28" x 52", but you don't have to go that big.  Even a smaller quilt will bring comfort.
4.  Send me an email (quiltedcupcake@gmail.com) with your name and email address, and I'll start a list of who's participating.


I've started a flickr group for sharing photos of what we create:  Quilted Cupcake Project Night Night  


Other links from Episode 35:

Crafthope.com

Project Night Night

Greenstitch  Blog/Podcast

ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles

Hot dog Method for making Pillowcases - this is the easiest tutorial I've found!

Anthro-Inspired Scarflet from Ravelry

Knitted Nursery: Toys, Clothes and Furnishings for a Beautiful Baby's Room - Pom Pom Pixie Hat

Hoppin Bobbin quilt shop in Aberdeen, Maryland

Quiltsryche by Boo Davis

Cute new fabric by Windham:  Scribbles - can't find a good image online, though of the panel.

51 comments:

Kendra (missknitta) said...

I'm a subscriber of your blog through Google Reader and of the podcast through iTunes! I'm a beginning quilter, so I think the quilting book would be wonderful to win :)

Thanks for the fun giveaway and for a wonderful podcast!

Pam said...

I just followed you! And I'd like the Dare to be Square book, which I just saw for the first time today at my guild meeting.

Pam

PJQuilts said...

I am one of you followers and I would love to win Jil Eaton's Knitting School book. I've had the itch to learn to knit ever since I heard one of you early podcasts!

Mama Pea said...

Hi Jean, I'm already a follower. The Dare to be Square book looks fun. Thanks for the nice giveaway. I enjoy your blog very much. And your podcast, too!

Jaye said...

I thought I was following you, but I guess I wasn't. Now I am! I see that you just put up another podcast, so I have one to which to look forward. I am interested in the quilt book.

knitwish said...

I already had your blog in my Google Reader, but now I am a follower, too! I always listen to your podcasts! I like that you talk about both quilting and knitting. The quilt book looks really interesting!

Jeannette said...

I am now a follower. I would love the dare to be square book. However it is really hard to choose! Thanks!

Cindy said...

I am one of your follows now. I would love the dare to be square book. You got me hooked on the free motion quilting and I made the tossed nine patch pattern following your pic. Mine did not turn out as nice as yours but I think I just was sick of all the old 80's fabric I was trying to use up. I also have you on my igoogle home page with all my quilty blogs.

WvHmmngbrd said...

I just became a follower! Great giveaway! I would love the Dare to be Square quilting book.....always looking for new ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

Katherine said...

Already a follower! :) Any quilty book is good by me! Thanks for all the podcasty things you do in the world of crafts!

Jane said...

Hi! Already a follower. I'd like to win the quilting book. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Jane said...

Hi! Already a follower. I'd like to win the quilting book. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

DragonPoodle said...

I've been a follower all along, love your podcast! I'm just writing to say hi. I already won a previous drawing and don't want to be greedy, so don't enter me this time.

trudys_person said...

I've been following your blog on Google Reader for a while now, and I love your podcast. Keep up the good work! And I would love to win the Dare to be Square book. Thank you for the giveaway!

Jlwerdell said...

Love the podcast! I've been following now for about a year and check google reader frequently for new blog posts too. As i am both a beginning knitter and quilter i'd be happy with either book, but currently am on more of a kniiting kick! Keep up the great work! ----jenn ( fellow Marylander)

Daphne said...

Hi Jean! I think I'm a follower now (I haven't figure all this out either!). I know I've been getting your blog feed on Google Reader for awhile. It's so funny you mentioned Dare To Be Square because I just saw it at the bookstore (I think the other day was only the second time I've been since my son was born four months ago!) and thought it looks so neat! Love the podcast - will be e-mailing you soon for the Night Night project.
Daphne

Eve said...

Hi there,
This is a great giveaway. I'm already a blog follower and I would love to win the Dare to be Square book. I'm starting my very first quilt and sure could use it :D Evettesparkle@yahoo.com

sequin K said...

I'm a follower! I'm a pretty experienced knitter but a newbie quilter, so Dare to Be Square sounds right up my alley. Thanks!!

Btrflywmn said...

I am a new follower, I would love to win the Dare to be Square book. I'm new at sewing and would love to make a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lynn Weathers said...

I've been a follower for several months and a listener since you started podcasting. I'd love to win the knitting book. You inspired me to learn to crochet, which I have done, but I'd love to learn to knit too.

Sally said...

I am a follower of your blog. Both books sound really interesting. and if I got the Jil Eaton book I would make the dress for my daughter and send pictures of her in it

knuckstermom said...

Hey, Gotta love the giveaways! I have been a lurking follower for quite some time...I just need to learn that whole podcast business! LOL

Leah said...

I'm a follower. Love your podcast. Ithink thedare to be square book looks interesting.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Already followed you and listen to the podcast, but now I publicly follow through blogger.

Both books look yummy, but I am dying to learn to knit and that knitting book sounds like a great way to get started.

Thanks for your podcast and blog!

Mary Sarah said...

Hi There! I'm a subscriber now. Too cool. I've been wanting to learn more about knitting and the new book sounds perfect. Thanks so much!

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for the support! We are so appreciative of people sharing their talents with us!

Cheers and Happy Quilting!

The Project Night Night Team

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for the support! We are so appreciative of people sharing their talents with us!

Cheers and Happy Quilting!

The Project Night Night Team

Kathleen said...

I'm a follower!!! Love the podcast and blog! Dare to be Square sounds just right for me! Great idea!

Colleen said...

I'm a follower now too -- but I'm excusing myself from the contest because I won the last one (go me!).
Gotta share the love, right?

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower now and love the podcasts that I get thru Itunes. Keep up the good work. I would love the knitting book.

Wendy said...
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Wendy said...

I'm a follower. Love your podcasts-- always inspiring! I'd love the Dare to be Square book.

Debbie said...

I'm a follower and I've had you in my google reader for a while. I also subscribe to your podcast, but I haven't had a chance to listen in a very long time. :( The knitting book looks like something I could really use. That hat is adorable. Good work! BTW, the day your giveaway ends is my birthday!

Kate said...

I am a new podcast listener just found it a few days ago and love it. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Love the night night project what a sweet idea. Either book would be wonderful actually you gave such good reviews on both, I may just have to go out and buy them both. ;)

Betty said...

I'm now a follower! I've been listening to your podcast and had you in my Google reader and really enjoy what you have to say. All the books you reviewed sounded interesting but I would most love Jill Eaton's book! The Charity book sounded neat as most of my knitting and sewing goes to charity! Thanks for all you do!

bgeorge1957@hotmail.com

Brandy said...

I'm following! I would love the knitting book. I'm just learning, but the book looks like lots of fun!

manicpurl said...

Dare to be Square looks cool!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am one of you listeners and blog readers. I enjoy seeing and hearing what you are up to. I wish thrift shops in my area offered items for the prices that you find things at.
I too have made pillow cases for the 1 million pillow case challenge. I have made 9 so far to donate. Earlier this year a local quilt shop was a sponsor for the pillow case challenge so I was able to use up material that I was no longer in love with. My current plan is to continue to use up fabric stash that I have changed my mind on using in a quilt and just put it to use in a pillow case.
Will you put me on you list for the Project Night Night challenge? I'll put together a quilt or two for a child.
Janet

Sandi Colwell said...

I follow you in my Google Reader! I would love to have that Dare To Be Square Book! Great giveaway!

Katie said...

I'm now officially following you, even though I've subscribed to your podcast for a long time now, and have listened to almost every episode, and frequently check your blog and twitter account for activity :)

I'd love the quilting book. I'm all about the modern square quilt.

Thanks!
Katie :)

Retha said...

I've been following you and your podcast thru Google Reader for some time but just officially joined your blog as a Follower. I think I would enjoy either book as I would like to quilt and I already knit so if I must choose, the quilt book. thanks!

Judy V said...

I have listened to your podcast for a long time and it is one of my favorites. I love your thrift store finds. It gives me an idea of what to look for at our local Goodwill. I would love the Dare to Be Square book. Thank you for sharing with us.

punk pony yarns said...

I am a follower! :) I'm a beginner quilter and The Dare to be Square book is right up my alley. Skulls and Owls Oh My!

Anonymous said...

The hotdog pillowcase method is so quick and slick! I use this method to put my pillowcases together when I make them for the pillowcase challenge and for gifts. I totally love this way of making a pillow case. I learned of this method last year from my local quilt shop.
Janet

Robyn said...

Hi Jean...you know I love your podcast...and your blog! I'd love the Dare to be Square...looks fun! Thanks for doing your podcast, love it!

kaye said...

it looks fun. i love it. thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your podcast for a long time, but didn't follow your blog until NOW {smile}. Thanks for your generosity with the giveaway. I would love to win either book, truly. - Tracey

MegaMom9 (same on Facebook & Twitter!) said...

I'm a subscriber and always look forward to a new podcast! I'd like to win knitting book to get myself further than a scarf one of these days LOL :)

Sandi said...

I follow your blog on my Google reader and just became a "follower". I enjoy your podcasts greatly and look forward to hearing about your crafting adventures. I would love to win the knitting book. I have a lot left to learn about knitting!

Fiona said...

I am a 'follower' on Google Reader. I would love the quilting book. Thanks for the podcasts. They have become something I look forward to listening to while in my studio.

Megan said...

Daisy looks adorable in that hat!!