CONTEST CLOSED – Book review and giveaway – “Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts” by Laura Wasilowski

This contest is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who commented!  To find out who won, click here: WINNERS

Enter to win a copy of Laura Wasilowski’s new book Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts.

I have always been a “follow the pattern to the letter” type of quilter and have not dabbled much in the way of art quilts. I am also in love with embroidery. The time has come for me to break out of my mold and try new things. Laura’s new book has such fun and whimsical projects that I am inspired, and I am going to take the plunge and try them. The projects look easy, and the results are truly pieces of art! I love the simple fusible appliqué technique she uses and all of the fun and colorful embroidery stitches. So many art quilt books have very vague instructions because you need to use your own creativity, but it makes it hard for a beginner know where to begin. Laura gives instructions and techniques that are so clear, I feel like this is a great way for me to start. I love to use batiks and they are perfect for her projects.
My favorite, and the one I am going to make is the Houseboat.

It makes me happy just looking at it!
I also love the beautiful embroidered garden on the Garden Cottage project.

We will have two lucky winners. One winner will win a copy of the book Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts from C&T Publishing and the other will win a 2 Batik stacks: A Sunset and a Waterways batik stack from the Batiks Paradise collection. For a chance to win, comment below and let us know what type of embroidered projects you like to make. Giveaway ends at midnight PST, on May 11. The winners will be selected randomly and announced a couple days later.

If you would like to purchase the book from our site, you can find it on our site here: Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts.

RULES: No purchase necessary.  Must have a US mailing address.  One entry per person.  Must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win.


  1. Deb - May 4, 2011

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Linda G - May 4, 2011

    I like to make all kinds of embroidery and just recently started adding embroidered blocks to my quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  3. CJ Hines - May 4, 2011

    I love to do buttonhole stitching–it really sets off an applique piece. It’s so relaxing to do while hanging out with a good friend!

  4. Judy Huber-Cogswell - May 4, 2011

    I love making small quilts with embellishments and fancy stitches. This book would inspire me to do more creative work. Hope to win the book. Judy

  5. Connie White - May 4, 2011

    I have embroidered since I was a small child and have loved it. I branched out to counted cross stitch several years ago, but since I started quilting I don’t do a lot. It would be great fun to incorporate the embroidery into my quilts,therefore, I would love to win this book. CT is great and thanks for the chance to win!!!

  6. Judy Higgins - May 4, 2011

    I’d love to “get back” to embroidery…there was a day when I did a lot of it. I love the easy look and directions Laura shares on her website…..a book full would be wonderful!

  7. Claire Christiansen - May 4, 2011

    I’ve done a couple of embroidered quilts since the blocks travel really well. Right now I’ve got a candlewick quilt in progress but I can’t seem to get around to working on it. Maybe the next trip?

  8. janie - May 4, 2011

    Laura combines all my favorite things! beautiful colors, interesting stitches, and FUN designs! I would love her book!

  9. Vicki Chang - May 4, 2011

    I love the projects in this book and would love to win it! Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  10. Daryl - May 4, 2011

    I love hand embroidery, that’s why an embroidery sewing machine doesn’t interest me. I love handyed and batik fabrics (my favorites) and of course quilts, so this looks like a great book for me. Plus Laura’s work is always fun and inspiring.

  11. Anna - May 4, 2011

    I enjoy studying projects such as these. Most of my recent embroidery projects have been quilt blocks, although I have a cross stitch project that gets a little done occasionally.

  12. Lynda Coker - May 4, 2011

    What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I love the book and the Batiks.

  13. robin - May 4, 2011

    That looks like a very nice book – would love to win it. I haven’t done much embroidery lately – would love to get back into it someday. I used to do a lot of cross stitch.

  14. Laura - May 4, 2011

    I used to do crewel embroidery but haven’t done much of it for a long time. Making quilts has occupied most of my free time recently. The idea of combining embroidery and quilting is really appealing and the book description sounds like just what I need to get started.

  15. Jean McDowell - May 4, 2011

    I love doing handwork – have done cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery in the past. Now my handwork is pretty much confined to sewing quilts and embellishing little girl’s clothes (for the grandaughters). This book looks delightful! fresh, colorful embroidery to liven up our works of art!

  16. Roberta B - May 4, 2011

    This book looks and sounds like what I need to expound upon an idea I have for a quilt. It would be combining embroidered items into scenes. The house on the cover looks like it will fit right in.

  17. K Fein - May 4, 2011

    What a wondrful book…

  18. HollyS - May 4, 2011

    embroidery projects I like most are usually related to Christmas as I’m more likely to display then. I like trying different stitches and looks like the book would offer a lot of ideas for playing with different stitches.

  19. Rosemary Tokar - May 4, 2011

    I love handwork. Have been knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery for years. Want to keep doing it as long as I can. I’m trying to teach my grandchildren.

  20. Karen Kennedy - May 4, 2011

    I love doing Crazy Quilts and Art Quilts with hand embroidery. I have embroidered on been known to embroider anything that sits still long enough!!

  21. dotti - May 4, 2011

    I have been admiring this book since Laura first mentioned it on her blog and I would love to win a copy. I just love her whimsical use of color and design!

  22. Dee - May 4, 2011

    I love this book and would love to win a copy. Laura’s work makes my days brighter.

  23. Barb Rohrmayr - May 4, 2011

    I have discovered the joy of adding embroidery to me little quilts. This book seems right down the alley I am following at the moment. Thanks for the opportunity to win. =!=

  24. Elizabeth McDonald - May 4, 2011

    How generous that you are giving away a copy of Laura’s new book! You are already my favorite fabric store; I am so happy with your lovely batiks!

  25. Susan - May 4, 2011

    This looks like a precious book. Bright and cheerful sounds wonderful to me. I have four granddaughters now…ages 1-7…their rooms would love these, I’m sure. I wish we could all win.!!

  26. Marcia W. - May 4, 2011

    Laura’s book would be perfect to use for learning fusible applique with embroidery. Her work is wonderful. Thanks for the book blog tour opportunity as would enjoy winning a copy of her new book.

  27. Margaret B - May 4, 2011

    I’m just getting back to doing embroidery again, so some fresh ideas would be great. Thanks.

  28. Cat Lady - May 4, 2011

    I also would love to win eaither the book or the batiks. If I do any embroidery at all it is by hand and is usually just as an accent on appliqued projects. I am trying my hand (or is it machine) at some free motion embroidery embellishments.

  29. RANCHMOM - May 4, 2011

    This looks like a really great book. I love to do embroidery and I could always use more batiks in my stash.

  30. Kris - May 4, 2011

    I have been doing some free motion embroidery w my applique projects. It is so much fun!

  31. Liz - May 4, 2011

    This looks like a fun, colorful, fun book.

  32. Jeanne Lindegaard - May 4, 2011

    When I watch TV with family I pick up my embroidery work. I have made small wall hanging with embroidery in the center and quilt blocks around. Pillows and dish towels also. When a fellow quilter has a Special day, I have a embroidery gift to give. I would love to add a copy of this new book to my reference books for embroidery inspiration.

  33. Olivia - May 4, 2011

    I would be so thrilled to win either one of these prizes.

  34. Julie - May 4, 2011

    This looks like it would be a fantastic book to own. It would give me inspiration to use the fancy stitches on my sewing machine.

  35. Susan Peterman - May 4, 2011

    I love embroidery and my favorite type of embroidered projects is hand work. (I love redwork.)
    Embellishing is becoming more interesting to me as well.
    However, I’m beginning to like machine embroidery and am going to experiment with beading, ribbon, etc. with machine techniques.
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest!

  36. Joanne Deschenes - May 4, 2011

    The book looks great. It must be good… She has a Polish last name….lol

  37. Jeanette - May 4, 2011

    I’ve done some fusible embroidery with machine stitching and also some hand embroidery. I don’t do it very often though. I keep a small plastic box with a project in it when I am on the go! It’s a work in progress. And of course, fabric is always wonderful!

  38. Charlotte Hebrank - May 4, 2011

    I like to do machine embroidery. I have done cross stitch in the past.

  39. Debi - May 4, 2011

    I love to blanket stitch, stem stitch and my most favorite is the french knot. Oh how I’d love this book (or the batiks), to see what fun and fanciful places I can take my quilts!

  40. Bobbie Denson - May 4, 2011

    I am self-taught in embroidery and love hand work. Redwork is a favorite. This book looks fabulous and i would love to win it!

  41. Lynda Milligan - May 4, 2011

    I can’t wait to see the rest of the projects in this book. Laura always does an incredible job with her teaching and her books. I’m ready to try some handstitching! Thanks, Laura, for some more inspiration.

  42. Joan Amundsen - May 4, 2011

    I have never gotten into this kind of work and would sure like to win this to learn all about it.

  43. jane g - May 4, 2011

    I like to embroider wall hangings, pillows, etc but I have never tried adding embroidery to quilts. I, too, am a traditionalist. But I am willing to try things out of the box!

  44. Joan H. - May 4, 2011

    I enjoy both embroidery and quilting and this book looks ideal for combining the two. Batiks just happen to be my favorite fabrics at present also. Thanks for the chance to win one of these exciting prizes!

  45. Penny M. - May 4, 2011

    Love Laura’s work and it’s great to have a chance to win her new book. Have been dabbling in embroidery and the book would be a great way to get new ideas.

  46. Anne - May 4, 2011

    I like to embroider the quilt recipient’s name into the quilt stitching. It’s a fun little surprise for her (or him) to find later.

  47. Christy - May 4, 2011

    my favorite things to embroider are quotes and sayings on things. I’ve done a line from an email between my husband and I while we were dating on a pillow case for him. And most recently an Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote I framed and gave to him for his birthday. My husband gets a gold star for appreciating my craftiness!

  48. barbara blair - May 4, 2011

    Wow, that book would be really inspiring for me. I just retired and am getting into quilting. I have an embroidery machine that I inherited, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. Batiks are my favorite fabrics!

  49. Signe - May 4, 2011

    Would love to win either the book or and fabric stacks! I have mostly done applique with machine embroidery…would love to break out and try something different!

  50. Anne Grinley - May 4, 2011

    I love to Embroider. Since I was taught at age 5 and have been stitching ever since. I now do a lot of embroidering on my Crazy Quilt Blocks, and love teaching it. To have your giveaway Book “Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts”, I could use it to really inspire my student friends. Thank You, Anne

  51. Gene Black - May 4, 2011

    Over the years I have done many kinds of embroidery. At one point I was entralled with counted cross stitch – now those holes are too small to count. I love doing some machine embroidery or some hand stitching to dress up a fun art quilt.

  52. Patti - May 4, 2011

    This looks like an awesome book! I would love to win it!!!

  53. Mary White - May 4, 2011

    I’m always up for a new challenge…I’ve got the embroidery machine and all the threads I could possibly need, I just have no imagination. I didnt inherit the natural crafty gene. I rely on books and ideas from others.

  54. Lee Plumb - May 4, 2011

    I’m new to quilting, but art quilts are definitely my main interest. I began combining my lifelong love of embroidery with quilting almost immediately. Now I’ve added Thread Painting, too. I feel like a child chasing butterflies. It’s all too wonderful to combine all the fiber arts.

  55. Elisa Richardson - May 4, 2011

    I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery blocks-of-the-month. LOVE LOVE LOVE embroidery little center squares for my quilt tops. Not to be bashful about it, but I HOPE I WIN!

  56. Chelsea Vincent - May 4, 2011

    I have just taught myself how to make appliques and I have been making appliqued towels for every wedding, graduation, and birthday, haha. I sure could use some more fabric or a book to learn how to do something new!

  57. Nancy - May 4, 2011

    I love to do embroidery. I have made several redwork quilts (though they were done in blue),and have a ‘travel’ embroidery project I rescued from my mom’s closet, of Sunbonnet Sue’s. I have been coveting Laura’s book, as I have a block of the month that needs embellishing!

  58. Judith Torphy - May 4, 2011

    This looks like a book that would provide great inspiration and since I’m just getting into the quilting phase of my life it would be wonderful to win this. I assume that if I don’t win it I will certainly have to check out our library or purchase it.

  59. Diane C - May 4, 2011

    My mom taught me how to hand embroider and have been doing it for a long time. I just bought a embroidery machine one week ago and have a blast making all sorts of things. I plan to add embroidered blocks to my quilts

  60. Sharel Etheridge - May 4, 2011

    Embroidery reminds me of Mother. she taught me when I was young. Now combined with beautiful quilt fabrics, the possibilities are unlimited.

  61. Kathy - May 4, 2011

    I would love to win this book. I am a newbie embroiderer and this would be amazing to learn. I do love to quilt and this would take my quilts up a major notch!!

  62. liz - May 4, 2011

    Please enter me in drawing for book Thank you :)

  63. Jeannie - May 4, 2011

    I have never met an embroidery stitch I didn’t like. I love to embroider things for gifts or just add an accent to clothing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  64. tammy bowser - May 4, 2011

    Those look like so much fun! I would love to try those.

  65. Judi Cabanaw - May 4, 2011

    Everything I buy from Connecting Threads is so nice. I am sure this book is no exception

  66. kate mcginty - May 4, 2011

    I am a self-taught rookie quilter, having left behind a list of other needlework crafts including X stitch, counted X stitch, needlepoint and embroidery. I would love to apply this technique to quilting now too! So much more to learn

  67. Sue Goodin - May 4, 2011

    What a neat book to win. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats to the winner.

  68. Carmela Morrissey - May 4, 2011

    I mix embroidery stitches and applique on my quilts and in my quilting….

  69. Ricki - May 4, 2011

    That Garden Cottage piece is too cute! I use embroidery occasionally in my quilting to give it a little extra pizazz. :)

  70. Pam Blaz - May 4, 2011

    Reading this review brought back fond memeories of my Grandma doing embroidery work. She made us so many beautiful pieces of work. I could never match her stitches but maybe with this book I might find my own style.

  71. sewlindaann - May 4, 2011

    I like to do all sorts of embroidery, and I’m learning all the time. I’m doing 2 freebie BOM’s “Birdie Stitches” and Retro Nine-Patch so my basic stitches are getting good. I like to embroider pictures and flowers or do stitching on sewn and quilted items. I love playing with all the different colors and textures, yarns or whatever suits the mood. I’m so happy to see hand work around do much more.

  72. Nikki - May 4, 2011

    Saw this book and would just love it.
    A page to take me a way on a mini holiday.
    Only way I get one these days is to make a stitching day and I can’t think of a better holiday than doing these patterns.
    I adore handwork as it is so relaxing.

  73. Ceil - May 4, 2011

    This book looks great! I have done a little applique but not machine embroidery. I am working on an applique flower quilt at the moment and would love to win the fabrics or the book.

  74. leonab - May 4, 2011

    I love Laura’s blog and have copies of her previous books and would love the new one too.

  75. donna - May 4, 2011

    I love quilting and for hand stitching I have done redwork (although not just in red!). I would LOVE to learn how to combine the two like Laura does! How much fun! And batik fabric too- OHH LA LA! Please include me in the contests!

  76. Annabelle Bailey - May 4, 2011

    My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was in elementary school. I would love to win this book.

  77. Marybeth Richardson - May 4, 2011

    Love Laura’s work…would love to have the book to read in bed and make sweet dreams!!

  78. Laura Brozo - May 4, 2011

    Oh, you continue to tempt us with wonderful ideas, books and fabrics. How come everything is a favorite?! Or becomes one! Thanks! :)

  79. heather - May 4, 2011

    I have done cross stitch and quilt but have not put them together. I would love to be the giveaway winner.

  80. Patricia S - May 4, 2011

    I love to use embroidery stitching on handbags. Adding embroidery accents really brings your work to a higher level. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  81. Karen B - May 4, 2011

    I do like redwork, but Laura’s embroidery is much more fun. It is so whimsical, it can’t help but bring a smile to your face!

  82. judi - May 4, 2011

    I mostly buttonhole stitch around applique. would love to expand my horizons so to speak. this book would be a start!

  83. Ruth Peterson - May 4, 2011

    I have seen Laura on TV workshops several times, the “queen of fusing.” I am interested in doing more art quilts, and would love to win!!! The book sounds fabulous, and my stash will always find room for more fabric!

  84. Martha T. - May 4, 2011

    I have done embroidery work since I was 5 yr. old. and I enjoy it all. Now I incorporate a lot into my quilts.

  85. Melissa - May 4, 2011

    My favorite embroidery at the moment is fabric onto painted watercolor paper. Whimsical and fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win Laura’s book.

  86. Nancy L - May 4, 2011

    I love Laura’s fabrics and whimsical quilts. I’d love to win a copy of her book.

  87. Melva - May 4, 2011

    Would love to win the batiks or the book! I love cross-stitch.

  88. John W - May 4, 2011

    I do machine embroidery incorporating designs in a themed set into quilt squares. I first saw the School of Fusing on the PBS fundraising special. I’d love to have Laura sign my books when she comes to Peninsula OH this summer.

  89. Eileen - May 4, 2011

    I love how she does her houses…would love to win a copy of it!

  90. Madalene Murphy - May 4, 2011

    Love Laura’s work and would love her book.

  91. Debbie - May 4, 2011

    Hope to get lucky and win Laura’s book this time! I do have a U.S. mailing address. Thanks for counting me in.

  92. Lisa Timmer - May 4, 2011

    I would love to try new things too. I too am a quilt to the pattern kinda gal. Time to get adventurous!

  93. Janice M - May 4, 2011

    I’d love to win either prize. I do alot of quilting and incorporating embroidery into it would be so fun.

  94. Heather Mietz Egli - May 4, 2011

    I love doing hand stitched embellishments and cross stitch. I want to get into ribbon embroidery but do I need another hobby? I’ve seen this book and would love to win it.

  95. Darlene - May 4, 2011

    This book would be nice to win. Just to see what fun projects one can make.

  96. Susan Parker - May 4, 2011

    I’d love to win a copy of Laura’s book.

  97. Bonnie Favorite - May 4, 2011

    I love that the quilts in Laura’s new book are so obviously hand stitched. You can tell the quilts are made with love.

  98. Janet Ernst - May 4, 2011

    What a beuatiful and inspiring book!!!!!! Would love to do these blocks. Thanks for the chance to win this book!!!!

  99. Barb Colvin - May 4, 2011

    What a fun project you have picked for your first attempt! I’ve mostly done embroidered pillowcases, but I’ve also embroidered shirts, table linens and even jeans. I embroidered a rose vine on the bells of a pair of my husbands jeans–mostly satin stitch. Very sore fingers and a long time ago LOL Haven’t done denim since….

  100. ~Kathleen - May 4, 2011

    I think I’m comment #100…woohoo! I love the boat block. So cute! Embroidered embellished applique is a favorite of mine, and I also like counted cross stitch handwork. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. The batiks sound perfect for things I like to make. Happy, happy, happy!

  101. Jeanne - May 4, 2011

    I came late learning to sew (about 45 years old at the time) and shortly thereafter discovered machines to do just about anything: quilting, embroidery, embellishing … and I’ve been hooked every since. This book looks like something I might enjoy as I’ve been dabbling with art quilts for about a year now and have many projects started, but none finished because I’m lost where to go next. The books I have talk more about techniques but not what to do with them or how to pair (or more) them in a quilt or other project. I really like the idea of a complete project, from beginning to end, that has me playing with new techniques and ideas.

  102. Kristin Farwig - May 4, 2011

    I have not yet learned how to do hand embroidery although I have done some machine embroidery (linen hand towels). That is why I would love to win Laura’s book! I love her style and have taken a class from her in fusing quilts.

  103. Diane - May 4, 2011

    Thank-you so much for giving us the opportunity to win a copy of this book. I love embroidery too.

  104. Diane - May 4, 2011

    I forgot to say what type of embroidery I like doing. Sorry about that. I love crazy quilting and used be belong to the Embroidery Guild of America. Crewel, cross stitch, pulled thread, Assisi – you name it, I love sewing it. Hugs.

  105. Megan - May 4, 2011

    I’ve been wanting to make an art quilt for my mom, but didn’t know where to start. This would certainly help.

  106. Carolyn Morgan - May 4, 2011

    I embroider small art quilts and like to embellish bits of clothing, also with beads. I love Laura’s folksy expressions. Her first fusing book was my teacher for the fusing I do now on my art quilts. Would love to win her book!

  107. Brenda Patterson - May 5, 2011

    I’ve embroidered since high school,I won’t share how long that is. Always looking for some new trick and ideas.Would love to win this book and the fabric.

  108. Caroline Schaefer - May 5, 2011

    You should see the embroidery and other embellishments I’ve been adding to a Baltimore Album quilt. My mother taught me to appreciate needle work as embroidery is her “threads of choice”.

  109. nancy boisvert - May 5, 2011

    i just listened to an interview laura did with a podcaster. she’s wonderful! i’d love her book. nancy jean

  110. sandy - May 5, 2011

    I love one color work (redwork) and still enjoy candlewicking. Thanks for this opportunity.

  111. Jean - May 5, 2011

    I like to do threadplay and would love to win this new book!

  112. Lisa Marie - May 5, 2011

    I have only dabbled in embroidery and would like to learn more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  113. jodi meenan - May 5, 2011

    Would love a chance to win! Thanks!

  114. Wanda Hanson - May 5, 2011

    I love Laura’s embroidery and her thread. I like to just experiment with embroidery, no plan.

  115. Micheline - May 5, 2011

    i just finished a quilt with embroidered blocks (houses). it was such a long time since i embroider. But it came out really nice and would love to do more. thanks for the chance to win this book.

  116. Jocelyn - May 5, 2011

    This book looks awesome! I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. I usually do hand embroidery. It’s something I enjoy doing when I have some time for a new project.

  117. Jen - May 5, 2011

    I just started to do embroidery. I’ve always admired redwork quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  118. Mary - May 5, 2011

    I have loved embroidery since I was a young girl. I really enjoy crazy quilt stitches and Brazillian embroidery with depth.

  119. Grandma J - May 5, 2011

    Great! Combine two crafts at the same time.

  120. Jodi Sellers - May 5, 2011

    I haven’t done much embroidery but I like how it looks, maybe I just need this book to inspire me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  121. Mimi - May 5, 2011

    I love Laura’s whimsical and colourful creations and would love to learn her techniques!!

  122. Ellen - May 5, 2011

    oh, the cottage is so sweet, I ame really beginning to love embelishments, with my machine, but the handwork is so demensional.

  123. Jill - May 5, 2011

    I love all kinds of embroidery and through the years have done almost all kinds. Right now I’m working hard to finish a couple of Christmas stockings for my new grandsons. Thanks so much for a chance on the wonderful giveaway.

  124. Dorothy I. Dishman - May 5, 2011

    As a youngster, I learned to sew by embroidering then I began sewing my own clothing at the age of 10. After my daughter was born, I sewed all her clothes & she later took over by sewing her own clothing. Now as a grandmother, I sew for my grandson…I believe he has the largest quilt collection for almost 5 years old! His last quilt was redwork of tumbling puppies and I have decided that embroidery is my favorite relaxing handwork.
    I would be honored to win your book and it would help rejuvinate my embroidery interest. Thank you for the opportuniy.

  125. Cornelia - May 5, 2011

    I’m a dabbler. I do a little of this and a little of that. Would love to win a copy of Laura’s book! Thanks.

  126. Mary L - May 5, 2011

    I have shied from art quilts but would love to try it with this interesting book. Always can use a refresher with embroidery stitches.

  127. Dana - May 5, 2011

    I haven’t done embroidery in years. I’d rather quilt if I’m going to sit awhile. I do remember loving the finished product.

  128. Allison Gougeon - May 5, 2011

    love to do embroidery to make into panels for quilts! g

  129. Allison Gougeon - May 5, 2011

    love to do embroidery to make into panels for quilts! g

  130. Debbie St.Germain - May 5, 2011

    I make traditional embroidery type pieces and also art pieces, I love both.
    I love that boat too and if I win a copy, would definitely make it. Laura has inspired me to work more with art quilting, love following her blog.

  131. Debbie St.Germain - May 5, 2011

    I make traditional embroidery type pieces and also art pieces, I love both.
    I love that boat too and if I win a copy, would definitely make it. Laura has inspired me to work more with art quilting, love following her blog.

  132. Debbie St.Germain - May 5, 2011

    I make traditional embroidery type pieces and also art pieces, I love both.
    I love that boat too and if I win a copy, would definitely make it. Laura has inspired me to work more with art quilting, love following her blog.

  133. Denise - May 5, 2011

    I have done hand embroidery on linen and wool, and I have done patchwork and applique, but I have never combined them by embroidering onto a quilt. I would love to try it!

  134. Cherie - May 5, 2011

    Used to do more embroidery. Now it’s mostly counted cross stitch, but would like to try redwork. Love the batiks!

  135. Anna McD - May 5, 2011

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  136. Stephanie - May 5, 2011

    I have hand embroidered in he past but would like to include embroidery in my quilts…..please select me! :)

  137. Lori - May 5, 2011

    looks like a fun book.

  138. Gerry - May 5, 2011

    I’ve embroidered just about any and everything.
    However, recently our Quilt Guild formed an ArtQuilt group and I think that Laura’s inspiration would go a long way with my newest love.

  139. Kathy - May 5, 2011

    I’d love to add the Batik’s to my collection! Thanks for the chance to win them. Happy 5/5!

  140. Carol - May 5, 2011

    I usually do baby quilts with embroidery. The book looks to inspiring with lots of ideas for even baby quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  141. Traci - May 5, 2011

    This has become a new obsession for me and this will be the perfect book to go with it!! Thanks CT you guys are the best!

  142. Deborah in Atlanta - May 5, 2011

    I haven’t done any embroidery and need something like this to give me a kick in the patootie so I can get started learning. Thanks for the giveaway.

  143. midlife mom - May 5, 2011

    I have never been into artsy quilts but this book looks like they have some really doable one! Love the cottage one. I have always liked to do red work and applique with fancy stitches.

  144. kathleen c - May 5, 2011

    I love Laura’s work; I’ve seen an earlier book and some of her quilts online. And batiks are always welcome-both are lovely prizes for the lucky winners.
    I’d like to add more embroidery to my quilts; I’ve done only a little on applique quilts. I’ve done some words, too, using the outline stitch; I’ve been thinking of embroidering blocks of flowers and herbs, along with their names.
    Thanks for your giveaway.

  145. Nancy - May 5, 2011

    Looks like a wonderful book to jump start a new project.
    I love working on blocks/quilts that have dimensions and
    that get my imagination working to create something unique.

  146. Donna Sykes - May 5, 2011

    This book looks very intriguing. I love to do the buttonhole stitch when appliquing.

  147. Debbie Gallett - May 5, 2011

    Oh my gosh, what a great book. I have been doing a lot of wool applique. I love batiks also.

  148. Debbie St.Germain - May 5, 2011

    I make traditional embroidery type pieces and also art pieces, I love both.
    I love that boat too and if I win a copy, would definitely make it. Laura has inspired me to work more with art quilting, love following her blog.

  149. Debbie St.Germain - May 5, 2011

    I make traditional embroidery type pieces and also art pieces, I love both.
    I love that boat too and if I win a copy, would definitely make it. Laura has inspired me to work more with art quilting, love following her blog.

  150. Vickie Streich - May 5, 2011

    Hand embroidery is my favorite and I’m currently working on a Christmas redwork tablerunner that will incorporate redwork and charm squares. I’ve just started to do a little wool hand applique. Batiks are also one of my favorite types of fabrics!

  151. Sue - May 5, 2011

    My last embroidery project was an African Folklore Embroidery from Leora Raikin. I loved doing it, very simple chain stitching in brilliant colors on black.

  152. Colleen - May 6, 2011

    I love redwork and creating small blocks to add to quilts! thanks for the lovely giveaways!

  153. Chris - May 6, 2011

    I love hand embroidery for pictures and small projects. I would love to start adding to quilts! thanks for the giveaways.

  154. kathy h - May 6, 2011

    I love to do embroidery and also quilt so I have started combining the two. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway.

  155. Judy - May 6, 2011

    I enjoy out-line embroidery. This book would be a great
    book to introduce twin granddaughters to embroidery this

  156. Sandy N. - May 6, 2011

    I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!=)

  157. Katherine Smith - May 6, 2011

    I did embroidery when I was a child and lots of cross stitching several years ago.
    I am just beginning to do silk ribbon embroidery to embellish the trees and flowers on a wall hanging quilt.

  158. sylvia - May 6, 2011

    I embroider all sorts of things, but mostly shirts and quilts!

  159. Lynn - May 6, 2011

    You have beautiful colored illustrations in the book. I made many trips to the dime store when I was young to buy pillow cases to embroider. Now I’m a quilter and would love to add it to the quilt blocks and also refresh my memory on all the stitches. Thank you for the chance.

  160. annmarie - May 6, 2011

    I love to use embroidery as accents on my wallhangings. Flowers, birds, bees, butterflies, vines – just enough to add a little something extra.

  161. Michelle - May 7, 2011

    I have always wanted to know how people make those beautiful “pictures” this one would be a cool learning lesson. As always thanks for the opportunity

  162. Lisa Northrup - May 7, 2011

    Sounds like a great book to learn a new skill from!

  163. Barbara - May 7, 2011

    I have recently begun to add beading to my quilts, and discovered that I find hand-work relaxing rather than tedious. Discovering this book makes me want to try some embroidery and applique, which will be additional new hand-work skills for me. The description of the book content sounds confidence-enspiring. I am captivated by the whimsical design of the cottage garden quilt, and it is the one I think I would start on first. Thanks for an opportunity to enter your drawing!

  164. Myrna - May 8, 2011

    I have used an embroidery machine in my quilting since I started quilting in 2000. Two years ago a friend introduced me to hand embroidery and I LOVE it. I have been reading a lot about art quilts nd I think the book would be a great place to start.

  165. Barbara Schneider - May 8, 2011

    I love to do hand embroidery as embellishments to anything from purses to pillows to jackets. I love Laura Wasilowski’s whimsical touch. This book will be amazing.

  166. Deb - May 8, 2011

    I like to embroider on quilt blocks – I’m liking the Birdie Stitches quilt along blocks.

  167. Carol Vickers - May 9, 2011

    I love quilting and embroidery – this would be the ideal match!

  168. Estelle - May 9, 2011

    Laura W’s quilts always make me happy. I embroider to embellish my quilts with little leaves, flowers, tendrils…along with a few beads.

  169. Linda Christianson - May 9, 2011

    I love embroidery and especiall quilting. Always looking for new ideas and ways to make my quilt sing.

  170. Eileen - May 9, 2011

    What great ideas! Would love the book for inspiration. Like to embroider on pockets for bags I make or some of the squares in comfy quilts I make for my family. Really love adding embellishments of all sorts to wall hangings. Especially for holidays

  171. Tiffany - May 9, 2011

    I am new to embroidery and enjoy learning new stitches.
    I love the patterns in this book – too cute!

  172. Margaret Klute - May 9, 2011

    I have one of Laura’s earlier books which I have learned so much from. I would love to win this book and try some of her stitchery techniques. I would also like to try her beautiful variegated threads!

  173. Amanda Best - May 10, 2011

    This book looks really interesting and unique! Thank you Connecting Threads for the reviews on books they really help when purchasing quilts books. Good Luck everyone!

  174. Carole Corn - May 10, 2011

    Tempting us with books, huh? I would love to add one to my library!
    Would also like to see some instruction on sewing ‘in the hoop’ appliqué? or construction of projects. I find this fascinating but haven’t come across much ‘free’ instruction.

  175. Sarah W - May 10, 2011

    What a great giveaway – I would love to try my hand at these projects.

  176. thunder Kaplan - May 10, 2011

    would love to win this book, embroidery and applique are on my “list” for new things to do this year….did some embroidery many years ago, would like to get back to it…

  177. Toni Spencer - May 10, 2011

    The cover just attracted me right away…I think I love love to try some ideas in this book.

  178. Kim Bradshaw - May 10, 2011

    I am in the process of getting back to embroidery which I did back in college and am interested in using it in my quilting. I would love this book!

  179. sherri khania - May 10, 2011

    I love machine embroidery, and I’am new at it this book would be great for me.

  180. Tiffany Dunn - May 10, 2011

    Thanks for this contest. I love your fabrics and would enjoy the chance to use some of your prints with the patterns in this book. Thanks again for your well thought out selection of products including books like this.

  181. Pat Kelley - May 11, 2011

    I would love to win this book. I enjoy all types of embroidery. Recently I started a candlewicking project, which is mostly french knots and stemstitch. This book would give me a lot more techniques to try. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  182. Luana Parker - May 11, 2011

    I am a beginner (restarting) quilter & embroidery artist. I had a 20 year hiatus with kids and work, but am now back full swing! I just started making the lovely embroidery 3D flowers and love they way they look!!! This book would help get my creative ideas going again!

  183. Martin Parker - May 11, 2011

    A great giveaway idea – I would like to try my hand at these projects.

  184. Vickie Covarrubiaz - May 11, 2011

    I love to make children’s or babie’s quilts the more colorful the better. I enjoy embroidering of all types. I am working on a family shield that my brother designed it is very colorful and it has a lot of special things that are incorporated into the shield. I would very much like to win either book as it would give me a lot of good ideas to try out.

  185. Tina Remondini - May 11, 2011

    Hi, I would love to win this book! I love to do a satin stitch for fun table toppers like Thanksgiving and Halloween and on a dresden plate quilt I did a small zigzag on one and then on the other I did a blanket stitch I believe. I really enjoyed it! I’m just now starting to do 20 jingle bell blocks for a swap and they will all be appliqued, looking forward to it! I would love to have a book to help me be more creative with appliqueing :o)

  186. Nancy Sue - May 11, 2011

    I mostly have done counted cross-stitch. I did a little crewel in college, and would love to “re-learn” it again :)Hopefully it’s like riding a bicycle, only a lot less windy!