Try it on Tuesday


Let’s start with announcing last week’s winner of the 200 Blocks From Quiltmaker Magazine quilt book…it’s…..Karen M who said, “I am a pieced block kind of gal. Especially traditional blocks.”

Now for today’s Try it on Tuesday….Martingale and Company sent me a great book to check out.  ”Pretty Patchwork Quilts:  Traditional Patterns with Applique Accents” by Cyndi Walker has some great looking quilting that you will want to see…and probably make.  I am not a applique girl but this book has me tempted.  The book just came out last month…it’s that new!

I love red too so the cover quilt grabbed me right from the start.  There are 12 quilt patterns in all.

Here’s more applique…and I like it too.  She does a great job with color choices….

There are some wonderful star quilts in the book….

more stars….

But this is my favorite of the star quilts….This one had my thinking I was going to keep the book.  The border is so striking.

The quilts in the book are primarily lap or throw or wall hanging sized.

Cyndi Walker is a new to me designer but she isn’t new to the quilting world.  She has published a previous book, Spotlight On Scraps: 10 Pretty Quilts.  It looks like a good one too.  The quilts in that publication don’t feature as many applique projects.  I did a little more investigation and found out that Cyndi blogs at Wishful Stitches.

If you want a chance to win the book, leave a comment telling your favorite quilt book.

If you like giveaways, here’s a heads up, Sew Mama Sew is hosting a huge one!!  Here’s my entry for it.


  1. My fav book right now is an oldie that I am using constantly with my Add-A-Border group on Flickr- “Treasury pf Patchwork Borders” by Elizabeth F Nyhan from Dover Needlework Series.

  2. Jody says:

    I would, but I don’t have any books. So I’d love to win one! :-)

  3. Nancy says:

    My favorite books are ones by Kim Diehl. This looks like a GREAT book with a mixture of various types of quilts.

  4. Laura says:

    My favorite quilt book is Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book. I’ve only made one log cabin quilt, but this book has such great pictures, I pull it out once in a while just to look.

  5. Karen Zandstra says:

    Love the mix of traditional pieced blocks with some applique in this new book!!!… I am a big fan of Piece O’ Cake Designs and Kim Diehl… I have done a few of their projects!!!!

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Right now my favorite book is Another BIte of Schnibbles. I am hooked on these quilts. And this book looks like it would fit right into my obsession.

    Thanks for a chance.

  7. Kris says:

    I love FQs and am currently piecing a T block quilt from my Bundles of Fun book by Karen Snyder. This one looks like fun! An applique border is on my bucket list.

  8. Phyllis Limiero says:

    I love Kim Diehl books. Piecing and applique quilts are my favorite. Our small group made a beautiful quilt from the William Morris book. That one is stunning.

  9. Donna says:

    I have two – both by Eleanor Burns – Quilt in a Day; Pioneer Sampler and the Underground Railroad. I love how she weaves history with her quilts.

  10. Jocelyn says:

    My favorite quilt book is A Star for All Seasons by Eleanor Burns. It’s a tablerunner design that goes together quickly. I love to make these for myself and gifts. Pretty Patchwork Quilts looks awesome!

  11. Carol C. says:

    I love any book by Kim Diehl… I have 2, and hope to make every quilt in them someday. I look at them often!! This book looks great! I love applique and patchwork together! Thanks so much for the opportunity! I love reading your blog.

  12. Jeanne says:

    I have a lot of quilt books and love them all but have to say Kim Diehl is one of my favorites. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. conny says:

    This book looks wonderful. I’d love a chance to play with those new patterns!

  14. Mary says:

    My favorite quilt book is Dear Jane.

  15. Marsha B says:

    I received two books by Kathy Tracy for Christmas ( The Civil War Sewing Circle and Remembering Adelia) and am currently working on some small quilts. I don’t have many books, I save my money for fabric! Thanks for a chance to win a beautiful book!

  16. Ronda says:

    My favorite book is Quilting the Garden by Barb Adams, Alma Allen, and Ricki Creamer. It has great applique blocks and the instructions are wonderful!

  17. Cokie K says:

    I don’t have a favorite quilt book, I don’t have many. Just what friends have given me. This book looks wonderful. I love new patterns, just don’t have extra money to buy books.

  18. Linda says:

    I love all of the Kim Diehl books and I have them all.

    I have seen this new book and would love to win it.

  19. My favourite book??? You mean ONLY ONE book?? Well…I think ‘When the Cold Wind Blows’ by Blackbird…LOVE this book!! Thanks for the chance to win this one…It looks like another Great one!!

  20. Julia says:

    I don’t have any quilt books yet :( I’ve just followed tutorials online – but I’d love to play with a real quilt book I can hold in my hands!

  21. C says:

    I have to agree with Paulette – only one book? My goodness, there are so many wonderful books out there. But if I have to choose just one – I guess I’ll go with the one that got me started in quilting. “The Complete Book of Machine Quilting” by Robbie and Tony Fanning.

  22. Darlene B says:

    Wow….I’m definitely with the majority on this one….I love Kim Diehl’s books. I only have one, but took a class from her and love her work. I don’t have many books, but love to see all the new books featured on blogs. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Brenna says:

    Hard to pick just one! I’m currently working on a fun one from Stratavarious Quilts. And there are several more from that book I want to do, so for now, I’d say it would have to be my favorite.

  24. Jeanne Bender says:

    My new “favorite book” is English Paper Piecing….it has a combo of patchwork and applique, and the pictures are to die for! This looks like it might be the same!!

  25. MaryLu says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous book! My favorite book right now has to be any of Bonnie Hunter’s books. I consider them my quilting Bibles. I am constantly through them to find a border style, or a technique to make my quilting better. She is just awesome!
    I am also an applique girl and I love Piece O’ Cake designs, their applique technique is tops!

  26. Linda says:


  27. Michelle says:

    My favorite quilting book is constantly changing with my mood. If I’ve got to pick one, it’s probably Big Book of Best Loved Quilt Patterns — making everything I love from that one is going to take the rest of my life!

  28. Dee says:

    I have every book published by Edyta Sitar – LOVE HER!

  29. Julie in WA says:

    My favorite is not a book…it is the 100 Blocks magazines! I never tired of looking through them for idea and fabric inspiration!

  30. Maryellen says:

    I love so many quilting books! My favorites to use are by Eleanor Burns, but I’ve used some by others, too. I want to see more of the newer books out, especially the one you reviewed. I also want to see some by FMQ artists. I’m enjoying learning about all the newest books and patterns.

  31. KMA says:

    ANY quilt book is my favorite – I love them all. Can you tell I’m addicted!! This one looks like it has lots of neat patterns. Would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

  32. MarciaW says:

    My favorite quilt book today is Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Sweden. I enjoy looking at quilting books for bedtime relaxation.

  33. Gayle says:

    I have to say that any book by Kim Diehl is my favorite – her newest release is currently winging it’s way to my house right this minute! LOL

  34. Laura says:

    I don’t have any quilting books. I get usually check them out of the library. I love all quilt books though! They are so inspiring!

  35. barbara says:

    i love my gradma’s quilt blocks that i bought used last month

  36. This looks like a great book. I love the way the author combined patchwork and appliqué. Very NICE!

  37. Leslie says:

    This is a great book and I would certainly love to win it! ( I was just looking through it at a shop today) I am an applique person and I think my favorite book right now is Pennies From Heaven. Wool and applique are so wonderful together!

  38. Margaret says:

    My go to book is the Quilters Bible. I use it often, mainly because I haven’t been quilting all that long and I have pretty much taught myself.

  39. Christine M says:

    That’s a great idea labelling the front of the magazine. I’m always searching for ‘that’ recipe and can never find it! My favourite book is the Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide. It’s great for when I’ve forgotten how to do something.

  40. Lisa B says:

    My favorite quilt books have traditional patterns in new fabrics or faster ways of making them. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  41. PJ says:

    My favorite book is The Farmer’s Wife Pony Club. I love the pictures and the stories of the kids and ponies.

  42. Judy says:

    I have several quilting books that I have bought over the years but just started quilting in the last year so don’t yet feel like any of them are my favorite yet but that could all change as I learn more about quilting.

  43. Virginia says:

    I think my favorite quilt book is Judy Martin’s Stellar Quilts. Can you tell I have a thing for stars.

  44. Michele T says:

    One of my favorite quilt books is Bloom Creek Quilts by Vicki Bellino. Thanks for the chance – Pretty Patchwork Quilts looks awesome!!

  45. Stella says:

    I am huge fan of the Schnibbles Times Two book. I too would grab the new book just by the cover.. everything I make has red fabrics in it, but being a Texas gal the stars would send me right over the edge!

  46. Robyn Brown says:

    WOW! That is lovely. I love stars. My favorite book has to be the Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns by Better Homes and Gardens. I refer to it all the time and have made several patterns from it.

  47. Laura G says:

    It really isn’t nice to make us choose one book…….currently my favorite is Edyta Sitar’s Friendship Triangles. This book looks lovely, hope I win!

  48. suvi says:

    I don’t actually have a favourite quilt book. I have a few that I don’t like, so I stopped buying them. I have to order them online so it’s always a bit of a hit and miss what you get.

  49. Rhonda says:

    I have a bunch; one I refer to often is Fons & Porter’s Quilter’s Complete Guide. Thanks for chance to win!

  50. Gill says:

    This looks a great book!
    At the moment my favourite book is ‘pretty little mini quilts’

  51. Connie says:

    I love books and would love to win this one! Right now I am working on a quilt from Judy Martin’s book Patchwork Among Friends.

  52. chibidani says:

    My favorite quilting book is one I got when my grandmother died. Its her book of “500 Full-Size Patchwork Patterns” by Maggie Malone published in 1985.

  53. Sandi says:

    I don’t have a favorite book right now but I guess when I first started quilting, anything by Eleanor Burns was great!

  54. Lynnette H says:

    One of my favorites is an older book, it’s called Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode. It uses 5 inch scraps and has some great designs.

  55. Cheryl Rathke says:

    Right now I’m hooked on “Simplify” by Camille Roskelley – I’ve made every quilt in the book and some twice:-)

  56. Anne Marie says:

    I love Simplify – great book!

  57. Beth T. says:

    Right now my favorite quilt book is “Block Party: the Modern Quilting Bee” by Alissa Haight Carlton.

  58. barbara says:

    would love to win thank you

  59. My favorite quilting book sis Spotlight on Neutrals by Pat Wys. Thanks for sharing this book with us! Love the star quilts!

  60. Lisa Cox says:

    I don’t really have a favorite quilt book. Well, unless you consider the internet a quilt book. LOL I tend to find all my patterns and inspiration on great blogs like yours.

  61. Deb says:

    i think i’m going to pick Simplify by Camille Roskelley.

  62. Awesome! Umm … favorite quilt book? Hard to say, since I’ve been getting most of my quilty inspiration from online sources lately. I’m grateful for an old book my mom had, called “Template-Free Quiltmaking” because, years ago, it made me realize how possible it is to rotary-cut and fast-piece so many things.

  63. Looks like a fun book with cool patterns. Would love to have this to try.

  64. Jeanne J. says:

    It would be hard for me to pick a favorite book. I buy many books just for the inspiration. I love to browse a quilting book.

  65. tracey braithwaite says:

    Any quilt book is my favorite.

  66. I have so many books, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I do love “Creative Scraps – Quilting with Bits and Pieces” which is a compilation of 67 patterns by various designers. It is published by House of White Birches. The quilts are suitable for various skill levels from beginner to advanced. I have made at least 6 or 7 quilts from this book already.

  67. sandy says:

    Hi: I don’t have a favorite book yet as I am a new quilter but I would love to win this book. I love stars and the patterns in this book look like a nice size for a beginner.Thanks for the opportunity to win.


  68. Laura G says:

    This is embarrassing to admit because I have so many quilt books and I really do not know if I can choose just one, but for now my favorite is Reproduction Dutch Quilts by Petra Prin. Then of course there are the Miss Rosie quilt books and Sdyta Sitar books —. see I told you choosing just one is impossible. Thank you for the contest.

  69. Sue Goodin says:

    I’m not sure what my favorite quilt book is…. But this one could be my new favorite

  70. Carol says:

    My favorite quilt book is a black and white small paperback quilting book that my aunt gave me as a child. The book covered the history of traditional American Quilts.
    I don’t remember the name of the book, but it is my favorite simply because an aunt I seldom saw recognized my love of sewing and took the time to encourage me to follow a dream.

  71. Charlene S says:

    My favorite book is called “Stars”. I can’t tell you the author b/c I laid it down somewhere to be safe and it hasn’t surfaced so have to order a new copy.

  72. Kristie says:

    My favorite book is actually anything from Judy Martin. I love her log cabin book, it is probably my favorite even though it is an older one.

  73. Jevne Eilts says:

    I haven’t made anything from this book for quite a while, but my all-time favorite would be Sara Nephew’s book of quilts that appear three-dimensional. I also like Judy Mathieson’s mariner’s compass books.

  74. jamee says:

    harriet hargrave’s HEIRLOOM MACHINE QUILTING, of course!

  75. Kelly says:

    I have the Elenor Burns book Underground Railroad Sampler. I am looking forward to starting on this quilt.

  76. joyce mosby says:

    I love ninepatch

  77. Laura says:

    I may be a bit influenced by the Memorial Day holiday today, but I can always pick up the Dear Jane book and be inspired. Her “In War Time” inscription gets to me every time I see it.

  78. Diann Cornell says:

    It’s probably East Quilts West by Kumiko Sudo.

  79. Joyce says:

    Right now, my favorite book is Civil War Sewing Circle…I love reproduction prints. Also love applique, especially in wool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. Jevne Eilts says:

    I’m an applique kinda ‘girl’, also patchwork, paper piecing, and foundation piecing….love it all. I would love to have this book! I really enjoy having your blog arrive every morning in my mailbox.

  81. Sally Murray says:

    Favorite quilt book? Oh my, hard to choose between Victory Quilts, Quilt Blocks on American Barns or Tales From the First ladies (I have quilts in each of these, gee wonder why they are my favs?)
    My favorite quilt book isusually whatever is Eleanor Burns’ lastest, probably. Love her ideas, designs and shortcuts!
    Current Fav is Quilt Blocks on American Barns since my ‘Stars Galore’ is in it! (I have it at the top of the page on my blog!)

  82. Karen says:

    I don’t have a favorite book at the moment. I love applique and stars so I think this book could easily become my favorite.

  83. Bea Lee says:

    Who doesn’t like another great quilt book?? my favorite so far is a kaleidoscope quilt book, called “kaleidoscope the smart way” I also bought the template with it and have made several quilts in there, plus I’m now FB friends with the author Sharon Sebrow, I keep telling her to come up with book #2.

  84. Sallie says:

    I like Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2″ Strips (That Patchwork Place) by Kim Brackett. Thanks for the giveaway!.

  85. Martina says:

    I love the book sunday morning quilts very much!

  86. Sharon B says:

    I only have a couple of books right now I just am loving “Out of the Box, with Easy Blocks” by Mary Lou Weidman – such fun things in it.

  87. Loris Mills says:

    These are beautiful quilts in this new book! It would be hard to pick a favorite as it is with picking a favorite quilt book. Yep! I just looked in my cupboard…who could I not pick! But my first thought was to “One Summer At the Shore” by Sarah Sporrer. It always makes me smile. Thank you for the sweet giveaway :-)

  88. LisaT says:

    My favorite quilt book is a very old How-To book – Its my favorite because it was given to me by my Aunt Criss when I first got started in quilting. I never reference it anymore but I dont want to give it away.

  89. Bets says:

    I love all Thimbleberries quilting books….my favorites!

  90. Lori Smanski says:

    i found a fabulous book at a library book sale. it is fantastic. i am new to the quilting world and fell in love with paper piecing. the book is ” Quilting Made Easy” by Jodie Davis and Linda Hampton Schiffer. there are more than 150 patterns and inspiring ideas for creating beatuiful quilt blocks

  91. barbara says:

    i love quilt books and would love to win

  92. Linda Brown says:

    As I am working on my samples for an upcoming crazy quilt class my favorite books right now are on crazy quilting.

  93. Eri says:

    I really enjoy Kim Diehl’s books.


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