September 19, 2019

Embroidering the seasons Giveaway

I just realized that Autumn is almost here! The past few months have flown by and I still did not have a chance to make one of the projects in Gail Pan's Changing Seasons - 17 Embroideries to Mix and Match, published by Martingale. I have kept it in my studio hoping I could squeeze one of the projects in one Saturday but it has not happened yet. It is time I get it out and show you why I love it so much.

The project on the cover is the one I want to make: you can swap the bottom embroidery block! That house is so cute... 
All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission. 

Gail's patchwork and embroidery projects are very fast to make: transfer one of her heart-warming designs to the background fabric, embroider it using simple stitches and envelop it in your favorite fabrics. Hand quilting with big stitches will add the final, "I-made-it" touch to your creation.

The embroidery designs in Changing Seasons transform one-block patchwork wall hangings from "quick and done" to "quick and lovely and done" stitched with colorful vignettes of daily life, framed or hung and displayed around the house (or your friend's house) as reminders that, yes, we do sometimes slow down and take time to put needle to fabric.

I love the interchangeable banners for the seasons and major holidays. We can easily replace one banner with the other as the season or celebration approaches, infusing our home with the joy of anticipation, the warmth of preparation, and the whimsy of the handmade greeting.

My stitches are imperfect even though I have been embroidering for a while. Yet, I still make Gail's projects (as you can see here) because her creativity tempts me to try, to learn, to venture, and accomplish! Changing Seasons is filled with eye-candy for the practiced, yet it would make a fun gift for a novice embroiderer and quilter who is itching to join our club. The General Instructions section at the back of the book has a diagram for the nine stitches she uses throughout the book, as well as information on how to finish the projects.

Today I am driving my mom and sister back to Las Vegas where they will catch a plane back to Sao Paulo, Brazil. We will be talking about our two weeks together and will plan our embroidery fun, as my sister saw Gail Pan's book and is now totally hooked. How about you? Is embroidery and patchwork in your plans for the weekend? If not, what does the weekend look like for you?


Leave a comment below. One of you will be chosen to win a copy of Changing Seasons generously donated by Martingale. Be sure to write your email on your comment (like: soandsoatinternetdotcom so you won't be spammed) and I will have a way to contact you. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 23 so you have until Sunday night to enter.

If you live in the US you will get a hard copy; if you live anywhere else in the world you will get the eVersion.

It is time to get on the road! Have a fantastic weekend,





33 comments:

  1. That looks like a great book with lots of pretty embroidery patterns. highroadquilteratyahooodotcom.

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  2. I love Gail's designs! myzbarbatmsndotcom

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  3. What fabulous designs! I'd love to decorate my new apartment with all of them! mamadavis@mail.com

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  4. Gail’s embroidery designs are delightful, love, life is better with a smile.
    Thanks
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Love the idea of little seasonal hangings. Thanks for sharing the book with us. manninglm54 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Always love having an embroidery on the go..Looks like some beautiful project in that book to do. chevaliermaryellen@yahoo.ca

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  7. This book is definitely on my wish list. I adore any kind of hand needlework. Adlopez77atgmaildotcom

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  9. I love to embroider, your embroidery is so pretty! What a wonderful book! Thank you, Susan spierssusan52atgmaildotcom

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  10. Her books are great. I'd like another. Sewseitzatsbcglobaldotnet

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  11. This book looks fantastic! What's not to love combining embroidery with quilting? I hope it's in my local quilt shop if I don't win because I definitely want this.

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  12. Thank you for the chance to win Gail's book. I love her projects. I, too, like adding embroidery to my blocks. I think it adds a special touch. I am working on a quilt for my great-grandson and this one has embroidery added to the blocks.
    jrcarter727atgmaildotcom

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  13. This is such an awesome idea to combine two of my favorite things...embroidery and patchwork! The pieces are so sweet and adorable! They'd look super in my home and would also make great gifts. I'll be painting this weekend for a friend who's bathroom is a bright green! Now that their daughter has moved out, they plan on toning it down to a more neutral color...yeah! duchick at gmail dot com

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  14. Such wonderful ideas. Her books are the best. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. This book looks great! I'd love to make some of these projects! Our daughter is here from out of state, so our weekend will be spent catching up with her.

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  16. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book by you! Love your work and as I just finished embroidering one of your patterns and framing it, I hope I win. I'm leaving tomorrow to go with girlfriends on a quilt week together. Fun, fun, fun!
    mscarolmina@hotmail.com

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  17. I love her designs! I'll need to embroider something soon! Thanks for your blog and thanks for the opportunity.

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  18. I’ve not done any of her patterns but will be soon. I always have to have a project handy to work on. Thank you for the opportunity. Marilyn. m.marjmar@gmail.com

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  19. I absolutely love all that you do. I always have a piece on hand to work. It’s very relaxing and I love to give away pieces I make, just to see them smile. billiesportatgmaildotcom

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  20. I just love embroidery anda ctually Gail Pan was the one who got me hooked with it. Would be wonderful to win this book.So many great projects!
    sammartinaatbluewindotch

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  21. This book looks wonderful! I see plenty of projects that I would like to stitch.

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  22. Really sweet designs (bigmick@austindotrrdotcom)

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  23. What a wonderful giveaway! I love Gail Pan designs and am working on one of her projects right now! This looks like a book I need!

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  24. What a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  25. I love combining stitcheries with quilting! I would love to try these cute projects. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Quiltnsrepatyahoodotcom

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  26. I love Gail' S designs. The changing season here has given me a cold so I am hand stitching as I recover. Great therapy ��

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  27. I LOVE combining quilting and embroidery! A GREAT giveaway! Love the patterns. suecshamekh@gmaildotcom

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  28. Book looks amazing, thank you for the chance to win it.
    pprincipetaetyahoodotcom

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  29. I Love Gail Pan's designs and would be delighted to win this book . Thanks for the chance.

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  30. Ooooh, I'd love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity. threecatsranch at gmail dot com.

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  31. This book looks so cute!!! ���� I want to combine patchwork and embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win

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  32. Thank you for the overview of the book! I love Gail's designs! Thank you and have a great week! butler83ataoldotcom

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  33. I would buy of these off a heartbeat.because i like cheap embroidery designs

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