Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book Review - !Quilt Fiesta! and a Giveaway

Hi everyone:


Sun, sand and warm temps in Mexico
After our recent trip to Mexico (warm breezes, sandy beaches - NO SNOW!), it seems only appropriate that I should be reviewing !Quilt Fiesta!: Surprising designs from Mexican tiles by Cheryl Lynch. Inspired by a trip to Pueblo, Mexico, the city of tiles, Cheryl created 10 projects in a variety of sizes including placemats, wall hangings and throws to include in this 95-page book. 




Cheryl includes a section explaining how to take your inspiration and transform it into a quilt design. I found this information to be very helpful since I often find inspiration in ordinary, everyday objects, as I believe do other quilters as well. Now I have the information on how to turn these inspirations into my own personal quilts. 


Cheryl includes the original tile inspiration for each project and then explains the design elements she used from that particular tile and the parts that she changed for the quilt design. I appreciated the design options shown for each project, including different colour ways and borders. Centre and corner design options are also included to help get you started with your own project.


Instructions for fusible web appliqué and foundation piecing, as well as general quilt construction, are provided at the beginning of the book.
Frida's Flowers
My favourite designs are both floral projects: Frida's Flowers, a bright throw with flowers, trailing vines and buds and Floral Fiesta, place mats with flowers and a prairie point edge. I think that a set of these place mats along with the design option shown of a wall hanging would be perfect in a dining room. 
Floral Fiesta

I enjoyed reading about Cheryl's tile "inspiration to design" process and found the photos stunning. While this book has wonderful, vibrant patterns, which truly reminded me of Mexico, I also viewed it as a workbook showing you the process from design inspiration to project reality. Including the photos of the tiles which inspired the designs, allowed me to further understand the transformation from hard tile to soft quilt.
From tile to quilt
To help you create your own design using Cheryl's book, I will be giving away a copy of !Quilt Fiesta! to one of my readers (U.S. and Canadian addresses only, please). The giveaway is open until 7:00 p.m. MST on April 22, 2011. 

Here are the ways that you can enter this giveaway:

1. Enter a comment below telling me why you would like to win this book.

2. Become a follower of my blog by entering your email address on the top right side of my blog page and leave a separate comment below indicating this. If you're already a follower, please leave me a separate comment below indicating this.

3. Become a follower of Chatterbox Quilts on Facebook (see blog page sidebar) and leave me a separate comment below indicating this. If you're already a Facebook fan, please leave me a separate comment below indicating this.

4. Visit my Etsy store (see tab at top of blog page) and let me know which item currently for sale in the shop is your favourite and leave me a separate comment below indicating this.

You have 4 opportunities to win so be sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry so all of your entries will be eligible.

Good luck and hasta la vista!

77 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm totally in love the the placemat. That's the best reason I can think of....grin. I want to make it.

Billie in TX

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I already receive your emails.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I liked you on FB

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Crazy Patch Decorative Pillow or Pincushion is my favorite in your shop

quiltmom said...

HI Kim,
I am a follower of yours already- it always nice to get to know other Canadian quilters.
Thanks for the opportunity to win such a nice book.

Regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

It sounds like a very interesting book Kim- I loved visiting Mexico- such a beautiful place with wonderful tiles and designs everywhere.
Mexico would have been wonderful to visit this past winter with all the snow we have had in Alberta.
Regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

I also am one of your facebook fans. Thanks for all the chances to win such a nice prize.
Regards,
Anna

robin said...

Love the concept! :)

robin said...

I follow your blog. :)

robin said...

I "like" you on Facebook.

robin said...

I like the Twirling Whirlies pattern in your Etsy shop. :) Thanks for the giveaway chances!

SewCalGal said...

I do so love this book. And you did a great job on the review. What a fun giveaway too. I do believe the lucky winner will really enjoy this book and make beautiful quilts with it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Peaceful Piecer said...

With summer coming up Fiesta would be just the right book.

Peaceful Piecer said...

I like you on facebook.

Peaceful Piecer said...

I'm a follower.

Peaceful Piecer said...

love your cute owl applique

Stray Stitches said...

There are some amazing designs in the book that I would love to use! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Stray Stitches said...

I already follow Chatterbox Quilts on FB (under Linda Gilli)

Stray Stitches said...

Your Hoot-mon pattern is my favorite item in your shop.

Dolores said...

I follow your blog.

Dolores said...

I would absolutely love to win this book because I love tiles. I collect them and have planed on making a tile quilt. This book will help greatly.

SewLindaAnn said...

I would like to win the book because I enjoy it more when it's not just about patterns. I like to learn about the inspiration of the author and different techniques to play with.

SewLindaAnn said...

I am a Follower via GFC and Google Reader. Thanks!

SewLindaAnn said...

I get your posts on Facebook too.

SewLindaAnn said...

My favorite item there is the quilt pattern "Serenity". I sure would like to be there!

free indeed said...

I've seen this book before on a blog hop book giveaway and wanted to win so bad....but didn't :{ I liked the few pix I had seen that mixed applique with piecing...just enough not to be too overwhelming...

free indeed said...

I follow via email.

free indeed said...

I've always liked your Snowflakes a falling table runner

free indeed said...

I'm already following on fb.

kc said...

I've spent the last 2 winters in the Rio Grande Valley and have loved the Mexican influences in our food, dance & clothes. I'd love to be able to translate that into some of my fabric art & quilts and this book would be just the help I need!

kc said...

I've been a blog follwer for quite some time now, and I've enjoyed every read!! :)

kc said...

I love your little Manga Owlet pattern - he's sooo sweet looking (and innocent!)

kc said...

And last, but certainly not least - I'm already a fan on your facebook page, but under my hubby's account (Dick Callander), since I don't have one of my own - got enough else to do, can't keep up with a FB page too! :) Thanks for the opportunities to win!

Renee G said...

I recently started quilting and think this book looks like a great bit of summer inspiration.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Renee G said...

I follow as Renee G on GFC
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Mimi said...

I absolutely love applique and from just the few pages that you highlighted, I have been inspired... imagine what a whole book would do for me?

Mimi said...

I am discovering more and more Canadian quilt bloggers and am sooooo happy to have found you too! I am a new follower and look forward to your future posts!

Mimi said...

Hoot-mon is so sweet and cool!! Love that one the most!!

MoeWest said...

I love the projects that I've seen from this book. Thanks for a great review.

MoeWest said...

I follow your blog. I like the design changes you've made recently.

MoeWest said...

I'm a fan of Chatterbox Quilts on FB.

MoeWest said...

I like the pattern for Hooty Owls in your Etsy shop.

Slovenka said...

The book sounds veery intriguing. I would like to try some of the tile inspired patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

Slovenka said...

I am following you by email. Thanks for the giveaway.

Deb said...

I'd love to win this book because the cover quilt is great and I'm sure I need to make it!

Deb said...

Following!

Deb said...

I love the Manga Owlet from your etsy shop!

Janet said...

Who could not want a book called !Quilt Fiesta! I need it so I can sew up my own fiesta.

Janet said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Janet said...

I love your owl templates. They are too cute. The Screech Owl is my favourite.

Wendy V said...

There is this red tablerunner in the book that I would love to make for my mom's birthday. The other patterns in the book are great as well. A book that will be on my wishlist for sure.

Wendy V said...

I am a follower!

Wendy V said...

I like your manga appliques in your Etsy store a lot.

Wendy V said...

I am now a Facebook fan as well.

LisaT said...

Why would I like to win? Well first, who doesnt like to be a winner! Second, I live the bright color combinations of Mexico and those tablerunners you have displayed above are awesome. Thanks!

LisaT said...

I am following Chatterbox Quilts by e-amil, thank you.

LisaT said...

I am following Chatterbox Quilts on Facebook! Thanks.

LisaT said...

Oh cute! I love the applique templates with the big eyes. I generally dont prefer cats but love this one and the owl too. I didnt see a puppy :(

Deb said...

I'd love the book for the placemats! I use placemats all the time and would love to make new ones.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo, what a fabulous book. I like that you said it is more like a workbook, from design inspiration to to completed reality. I need every step, as I pretty much need to follow patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Marie said...

I've signed up as a follower.

Lisa Marie said...

I love quilts based on tile patterns. And the Mexican Fiesta quilts are so fun and cheerful! I would love to win this book to get some new ideas. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa Marie said...

Such cute things in your shop! I especially like the peacock appliques.

Mommarock said...

I have some special friends who have befriended us since we moved here.. I would love to make a special quilt to thank them for their freindship, and a quilt made with these types of blocks would look wonderful with all of the decor that is already in their home.

quiltma said...

Looks like a wonderful book.

Catskill Quilter said...

I want to win this book because your book review, and photos, have made it seem irresistible! Who would not welcome help in creating her own designs?

Catskill Quilter said...

I am an email follower of your blog!

Catskill Quilter said...

I am following you on Facebook!

Catskill Quilter said...

I just browsed in your Etsy shop - fun! The item I liked the most was the Charming Bricks quilt plattern - great for the center of a table!

quiltpatchwork@hotmail.com said...

Love the cheerfulness of the colors!

Val said...

I love to read about the design process and try new things.

Susan Entwistle said...

I was just looking at this book at the quilt shop on Wednesday. I love it. And I'd love to have a copy so I could make a few of the gorgeous quilts inside. Thanks for the opportunity.

Susan Entwistle said...

And I just became a follower. Looking forward to reading backwards :)

Jeanne said...

Would love to win book to make quilt on the cover and the placemats. Thanks for the chance to win.

~Kathleen said...

I as fascinated by repeating designs (like tessellations), therefore I am very interested in this book.

Amanda said...

I really like the placemats - tiles can be a great inspiration for quilts!

Amanda said...

I'm a follower :)