Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's Giveaway Time!!

Snowblowing the first two feet of snow.
This past weekend, we experienced a huge blizzard, with high winds and over 30 inches of snow. Depending on where you live, that might not be such a big deal, but here in Maryland, that much snow can be a bit paralyzing. It takes quite a while for all the roads to get plowed, and ours was among the last to be cleared, so we were snowed in for four days. Both Kara and I (Teri) got a lot of stitching done though, when we weren't shoveling our respective driveways and sidewalks. Kara was working on some baby quilts and a wool project. I finished a model for a beginning appliqué class we will be teaching and worked on the appliquéd baby blanket for my new granddaughter.


Blizzard stitching: model for our beginning appliqué class

Fortunately, we experienced no power outages, so our time was pretty productive. I can be perfectly happy staying home for several days, unless I CAN'T go out, and then that is all I want to do. Instead, I enjoyed the beauty of the snow falling outside my window, and I watched movies, stitched, made soup, and read. And shoveled the front porch and sidewalk. Twice. But I digress.

For the past two weeks, we have written about a Baltimore album-style quilt that we helped to make for a dear friend. (See Here's the Story of a Lovely Lady... and Zooming in for a Closer Look.) We love Baltimore album-style appliqué, and we hope you have been inspired by some of the blocks from that quilt. To further inspire you, we thought it would be fun to do our first giveaway. We would like to offer you a copy of Elly Sienkiewicz's 30th Anniversary Revised Edition of Spoken Without a Word. 
Book cover, with cover pattern stitched by Bette Augustine

Remember the pineapple block from last week's post? Its pattern was also included in Elly's first book, printed in 1983. It is one of 25 patterns included in the book, most of which were drafted from antique Baltimore album quilts. (The butterfly pattern on the cover was drawn by Elly's mother.) The original book has been reprinted within this edition, along with many pictures of contemporary models of the patterns.

I worked as Publication Manager with Elly on this book. The best part of the job was communicating with so many of the lovely ladies who stitched blocks or quilts using these patterns. I was blessed to have "met" stitchers from Australia, Canada, and many states in the U.S., learning some of the stories of their quilts. The needlework is stunning and inspiring. And we'd like for you to have a copy! If you already own the book, it would make a great gift, so we hope you will still enter.

Kara and I teach a couple of classes using patterns from the book. The blocks we've made are pictured below.

Eight-Pointed Star With Sprigs of Berries, by Kara

Eight-Pointed Star With Sprigs of Berries, by Teri

Rose of Sharon, by Kara

To enter for a chance to win this book, Spoken Without a Word:
  1. Leave a comment on the blog. (If you are reading this in email, just click on the title to head to the blog site.)
  2. In your comment, tell us what your favorite fairy tale is.
  3. To be entered in the drawing, your comment must be in by Monday, February 1, at 12 noon, EST. 
We will be choosing a name from the entries at random and announce the winner next week. Please be sure that we have enough information about you to identify you. For instance, if you don't want to include your last name, tell where you are from so we know which "Mary" likes Cinderella, such as Mary from Timbuktu.

Thanks for visiting! It's always a pleasure to hear from you, and we can't wait to learn what your favorite fairy tales are. And just so you know, there is more to come about fairy tales in the future. Stay tuned!

71 comments:

  1. Three Little Pigs, Susie from Ranson, WV

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  2. I have the original Spoken Without A Word. It's a wonderful book and one that treasure. I would love to see the new edition. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella.

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  3. Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I've always liked Beauty and the Beast.

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  4. Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I've always liked Beauty and the Beast.

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  5. I absolutely love "Sleeping Beauty".

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  6. ooohh lovely giveaway! drooling over baltimore quilts for eons and have read some of elly's books and worked at improving my applique skills for that someday...favorite fairy tale is the pied piper of hamelin, reinforces the power of one!

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    1. It's hard not to drool over the beauty in a Baltimore album quilt! Remember, they are made by the "power of one" block at a time! :-)

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  7. My favourite author and my absolutely favourite teacher. She is truly a gentle woman with a tender, loving heart. I would LOVE a copy of Spoken Without a Word. I'm a huge fan of Baltimore album quilts abd am on my 4th. My favourite fairy tale is Hansel and Gretel.

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    1. Wow, four Baltimore quilts! That's an impressive body of work, Annette! Thanks for entering.

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  8. My favorite HAD to be Cinderella, of course! Not the beauty, herself, but I ADORED how all those mice and birds made her ball gown....and the sweet, grandmotherly Fairy Godmother with a wand in her hand sure looked like she was holding a large needle, all ready for some fun sewing, to me! Is it any wonder I ended up a quilter?! BTW, Kara, I LOVE your Rose of Sharon!!
    Donna from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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    1. That's perfect, Donna! I've always loved Cinderella as well, but I never made that connection, but it certainly is apropos. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  9. Would love to win a giveaway! This book looks priceless with stunning patterns as shown by blocks displayed. I have always enjoyed the classic Cinderella. ~Becky from Mechanicsburg

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    1. Thanks, Becky! The book is full of inspiration for beautiful appliqué.

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  10. Have completed a Baltimore quilt and hav taken classes from Ella,lovely lady my favorite snow white

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book. My favorite fairy tale is Rumpelstiltskin, with the lady forced to turn straw into gold on the spinning wheel.

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  12. My favorite fairy tale is Rumpelstiltskin, mainly because I like saying the name! I'm RobinM from Gaithersburg. Thanks, this is a lovely book. I've looked for the original for years.

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    1. The original is difficult to find now, unless you are willing to spend hundreds of dollars. Thanks, Robin!

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  13. Love Elly's original book too. I am packing my bags to attend the Kathy Dunigan Applique Academy in Rockwall, Texas and hope to learn more about these gorgeous Baltimore Album quilts. My name is Kathy and I'm from Marathon, Wisconsin.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy! What is your favorite fairy tale?
      Hope you have fun in Rockwall!

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  14. I've taken two workshops with Elly which I am much grateful for as she is a remarkable lady and an inspiring teacher. I would love to win a copy of this book, it would be a treasure to have. My favourite fairy tale is Rapunzel

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    1. Elly has inspired so many of us appliquérs! Thanks, Marsha!

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  15. Pigmalion is a Beautiful story , the Girl with the Sulfersticks....

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    1. I know the second story as The Little Match Girl; it is such a beautiful story. Thanks, Elisabeth!

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  16. I would love this book - my favorite fairy tales is little red riding hood.

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  17. It looks like a beautiful book. I'm just learning to quilt.
    Little Red Riding Hood.
    Sheila B.

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  18. The book is beautiful. It has been a rough week and winning that book would be a lovely surprise. My favorite nursery rhyme is hard to decide but I guess the old woman in the shoe would be my choice.

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  19. The book is beautiful. It has been a rough week and winning that book would be a lovely surprise. My favorite nursery rhyme is hard to decide but I guess the old woman in the shoe would be my choice.

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  20. Thanks for the chance to enter. My favorite fairytale as a child was Cinderella and Rapunzel!

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  21. Thank you for this lovely giveaway and all the inspiration on you blog and Pinterest board! I love applique. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. Pam from Wisconsin.

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    1. Thanks for your encouraging words. We're glad you entered!

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  22. I like east of the sun west of the moon

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  23. Oh I would love to win this book! I have Elly's Best of Baltimore Beauties.
    Tammy from Illinois

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    1. Thanks for visiting our blog, Tammy! What is your favorite fairy tale?

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  24. Rumplestiltskin! I am a spinner too. I am just learning applique, and am definitely hooked. Thank you so much

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  25. I love Elly's book I have 2 would love to have this one. Sleeping Beauty.

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  26. Hansel and Grettel would be my favorite fairy tale. I enjoyed the inspiring pictures today - 'maybe someday' I can make something that will inspire others - until then... I'll just keep learning. :-)

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  27. I'm not sure if you'd consider The Three Little Kittens a fairy tale, but it's definitely my favorite children's book. The one illustrated by Masha. The illustrations are gorgeous and I read it so many times to my daughter when she was little that we had to tape it several times!! Your blocks are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, MaryBeth! We have a few books taped together due to so much love. :-)

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  28. My favorite is Swan Princess, I was obsessed with that story when I was little :) Now I get to read it to my niece!

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    1. Isn't it wonderful to read our favorite stories to our little ones? Thanks!

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  29. Have always loved Jack and The Beanstalk....always thought it would be fun to climb up a leafy beanstalk! Grace from Minnnesota

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  30. I've always been both fascinated and intimidated by Baltimore Album quilts. Those blocks are gorgeous, especially the Rose of Sharon! My favorite fairy tale books as a girl were the Andrew Lang color books from my local public library, but my favorite stand-alone tale has to be Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling". Gloria Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you, Gloria! They can be a bit intimidating until you start working on them. Baby steps! :-)

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  31. Hi Teri and Kara!
    One of my favorites is Cinderella.

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  32. My favorite is by Grimm's fairy tales: Snow White and Rose Red

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  33. I would dearly love to win this book. So inspirational.

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