Friday, April 30, 2010

"Pretty Little" Books Giveaway!

Amanda Carestio from Lark Crafts contacted us about these cute little books -- and a possible giveaway. 'Giveaway?' Our ears perked up at that lovely word. Pretty Little Mini Quilts and Pretty Little Pillows give you an array of hip, modern mini quilts and pillows re-imagined into fun and experimental home dec projects. Amanda (whose projects you will also find in these gems!) gives us a little peek inside, and one of each of these books is up for grabs -- leave a comment with which book you'd like to win, and we will select two random winners next Friday! Thanks to Amanda and the Lark folks for the generous giveaways!

Greetings from sunny Asheville, North Carolina! The kind folks at the Jolly Jabber invited me to share some info about two recent books: Pretty Little Mini Quilts and Pretty Little Pillows. I am so proud to have worked on these books (Lark is my day job!) and to have a handful of designs in them.

Chances are your spring sewing to-do list is a mile long already (I know mine is!), but you’re going to want to add a few more projects to that list after thumbing through these collections.

I personally wish my home was more pillow friendly; most everything cushion-like ends up encrusted in dog slobber. But that doesn’t mean I love them any less. They’re such a wonderful canvas for us busy crafters: small, quick to make, and both useful and pretty. Plus, they’re the perfect way to bring your favorite fabrics into other rooms of the house: love that!

However, if I had to pick a poison, it would most definitely mini quilts. Oh, lovely quick things that don’t require commitment! Actually, since making the projects for this book, my obsession has only grown, along with my affinity for fusible web (good stuff!).

Both books take their greatest strength from the quality of designers represented. You’ll probably recognize some of your blog and Flickr faves, and maybe you’ll discover a few new favorites. Of course, I have a few favorites of my own. It was so hard to choose, but today I find myself really drawn to Candace Todd’s "Drop Everything" mini quilt (shown here). It’s just a simple mini—balanced and quiet—and I love the combination of linen and fabric bits.

My other current fave is Malka Dubrawsky’s "Spot On" pillow (okay, I admit it: I adore everything she makes!). Her fabrics are, of course, awesome, and the pairing of grid lines and curvy appliqué shapes is really inspiring. I love the simplicity of both projects, the focus on the stitch lines, and the use of low volume fabrics (to borrow Malka’s terminology). (See more of Candace at candacetodd.blogspot.com; find Malka at stitchindye.blogspot.com) You can see more of my creations—and photos of my rapscallion dogs—at digsandbean.blogspot.com.

Amanda Carestio
Digs and Bean blog

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Kaye Prince said...

Woohoo, this is such an awesome giveaway! I would definitely have to choose Pretty Little Mini Quilts if I won - quilting is my favourite! Thanks for the chance!

Molly said...

I would love the pretty little pillows book - I've been contemplating making new pillows for our living room for months!

JenR said...

I've been eyeing the Pretty Little Quilts book for a bit... I would love to win it! Thank you for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking at my basket full of scraps and thinking Pretty Little Mini Quilts is the book I'd like to win. I think I could put in a little bit of everything and make a beautiful mini quilt for everyone I know!

Elliot said...

I'm looking at my basket full of scraps and thinking Pretty Little Mini Quilts is the book I'd like to win. I think I could put in a little bit of everything and make a beautiful mini quilt for everyone I know!

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

I've been eyeing those books for a little while now, ever since I saw them on someone elses blog....now to see projects from them they are definitely on my book store/quilt store list! Thanks for a chance to win them. Cyndi

tong said...

I'd love Pretty Little Mini Quilts! I've seen the projects from other blogs and they are absolutely adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

Carol said...

I would love the Pretty Little Quilts book. It is on my wish list. I have loved the other Pretty Little books.

Duff said...

OH, yeah! I'd love a shot at pretty little mini quilts!!

salamat!!

rachie! said...

I'd love the pretty little pillows book! So cute!

Bree's place. said...

OH I need Pretty little pillows, I have a ton of pillows to make, but sadly, no pretty little pillow book...yet :)

Cindy said...

"Pretty Little" mini quilts would be WONDERFUL to have. I literally just made a couple minis (this week) and love them. One day I would love to have a wall in my home of just "minis".

Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Nanbon44 said...

pretty little quilts would be my first choice, but I would love to win either of these books as I also love pillows.

PamKittyMorning said...

they look like great books!

Cara said...

I'd love the mini quilts!

Erin said...

I love all but to choose which first I would say the Mini Quilts!

Kate said...

Oh Hi - I'd love to have the little mini quilt book - how very very cute!!! thanks for the giveaway

Sue said...

Wow a hard pick but I think the Little Mini Quilt Book wins.

free indeed said...

I would prefer the mini quilt book. It is fun :(and not so intimidating) to try a new to me technique on a mini that a full sized quilt. I'd be happy with the pillow book as well, but the mini is calling my name...:)

CJ said...

Tough choice but I will go with Pretty Little Pillows.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

The pillows are all adorable but I think I would have to choose the mini quilts :)

Denise :) said...

They would *both* be great to have, but if I have to choose just one, then I believe I'd got with the mini pillows! Mini fluff 'n stuff! :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Both books look amazing but the one I would love to own is Pretty Little Pillows!

Elizabeth said...

Both books look like so much fun, but I'd LOVE to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Thanks for yet another great giveaway!

Quilt Hollow said...

Loving little mini quilts and you are just a few hours from me! Small world!!

barb's creations said...

I love the quirky designs in the "pretty little pillows" book.Thanks for the chance to win such delightful books :) Barb.

Brittany said...

so cute! i would love the pillow book! thanks for a chance to win.

Crafty Batches said...

I'd love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts Book, they both look like great reads. Thank you so much for the opportunity! ~Sam

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an awesome giveaway! Pillows are such great decorating tools. Thanks so much.

Ruth B said...

Pretty little mini quilts! I love the idea of small projects. The pillow book is awesome too but I've never made a mini quilt. Great article!

Fiesta said...

I would so love the mini quilt one. thank you for the chance

SamanthaSW said...

I think that both books look like they would provide plenty of hours of fun. Pretty Litlle mini quilts since I have to choose

courtney*adele said...

i haven't seen these books before- but they are lovely! i would love to make one of everything!! thanks for the great giveaway!

{crosses fingers to win}

Dandelion Quilts said...

How fun! I have a Pretty book...but neither of these. I'd like the Mini Quilts. CUTE.

Sabrina said...

The Mini Quilts book looks delightful! :)

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I would love the Mini Quilts book. Both these books look fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

galew417@comcast.net

Bec Clarke said...

Although I love to quilt I would have to choose the Pretty Little Pillows, I would like to expand my horizon and they are so cute.

sharon said...

Pretty Little Mini quilts would be my choice! Love to make wee items! Thank you Sharonj.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Pretty Little Quilts has captured my eye! Thanks for sharing with us.

Chrys said...

Oh the Pretty little pillows! What a great book! Would love to make a few of those for me and my family.

Carol said...

How fun are these books? I would love to win the Pretty Little Mini Quilts. I just love making mini quilts.

Maisy said...

This is such a great giveaway! I would so love to win the Pretty Little Pillows book! Of course, I'd be very happy with the Pretty Little Quilts as well!!

SewCalGal said...

Pretty Little Quilts is my FAV.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Gale Yawn said...

I've had my eye on these little books every since the little quilt one was published and I saw it on my book club list. Love the projects I've seen from it on other blogs. Thanks for the chance to win it.

C. said...

I'd sure love that Pretty Little Quilts book!

Just Ramblin' said...

It would be awesome to win the Pretty Little Quilts book. I love anything "mini". Thanks for the giveaway.
Nola

Katie said...

oooh! I NEED the Pretty Little Quilts book!:)

Julie said...

i would love a pretty little mini quilt book

Janet said...

I would love a closer look at the Miniquilts book! Thanks for the giveaway.

holly k said...

Oooh!! I haven't seen these books before! I'd love the pretty little pillows book.

WoolenSails said...

I love the picture on the Pretty little mini quilts and would love to win that one. Wonderful idea for gift giving.

Debbie

RustyBird said...

I'd love the Pretty Little Pillows book!

benbel said...

Pretty Little Pillows or Pretty Little Mini Quilts......would LOVE either one! Thanks for this giveaway!

Sam said...

OOOOH, love the pillow book.

isa & marta said...

Amo amo pretty little mini quilt book, gracias por compartir

pinkchook said...

they are both beautiful books but I would love pretty little quilts :)

Debbie aka Marblesbestfriend said...

Both of the books are great but my first choice is Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

Paleo said...

the bird quilt on the cover of the mini quilts is awesome

Susan Seeley said...

I'm thinking the mini quilt book :)

schmidt1016 said...

Since I have most of the "Pretty Little" books (including the mini quilt one) I'll say I'd like the pillow book. I hadn't even seen that one anywhere, so what a treat it would be to win it!

Lynne said...

I'm a quilt girl through and through so it would have to be the pretty little quilts book!

Khris said...

ohh boy...decisions...it has to be pretty little mini quilts...hugs
Khris

Renee G said...

Wow - I would love the pretty little quilts book.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

I would love to win the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book. Please enter me in the give-away.
Carolyn

May said...

Thank you for the chance!
Please enter me in the give-away.

Martina said...

I would love the book pretty little mini quilts! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Marie J from A said...

I would love to win Pretty Little Pillows! Thank you so much for the chance!

Tally said...

Pretty little mini quilts is my choice.
That's what I like most with sewing right now.

Beth said...

Do I really have to choose?? Either would be fabulous, uummmm....I guess pillows?!?!?

carol said...

I would love to have either book - my first choice would be pretty little mini quilts if I have to choose! lovely....

Béa said...

I would love Pretty little mini quilts.Thank you so much for a chance to win.

k said...

(Can non-Americans enter your giveaways? I always wonder about that.) Anyway, if I were to win, I'd prefer the mini quilts book, though they both look like they've got interesting projects in them. I've seen them mentioned in a few blogs, so I've been curious.

Anonymous said...

I would love, pretty little mini quilts, this time of year I am more inclined to do mini's rather than full size quilts. this book would be perfect, thanks. MaryC

Karen said...

I love these books and have been wanting them since they fist were discussed...I would love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts ... I could carry projects with me to work on outside!

Sue said...

I love, love, love books! If I had to choose which one I'd love more, that would be sad, but I'd have to choose the mini-quilt book. I love small projects. They give you instant gratification and makes the bigger projects more doable. Thanks for the fun chance to win a great book!

Debby said...

I love the mini quilt book!

MichelleB said...

What a great giveaway - and a tough choice. I'd probably choose the mini quilt book - were I lucky enough to win.

The One and Only said...

If I was so lucky to win, I think i would like to chose the pillow book (Pretty Little Pillows).... I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

KaarQuilter said...

I love the Pretty Little Quilts. So very cute and creative. I have lots of little spaces crying for some little piece of art! Would love to win.

Teresa Mc said...

This is a tough decision, but I will go with Pretty Little Mini Quilts!
Thanks, Teresa

allsewnup said...

I'm a quilt gal so I'd go with
Pretty Little Quilts. Looking forward to decorating my walls with them!

Carolyn

Miss Nancy said...

What fun books! I think I like the mini quilts book the best. I am not much for pillows. Friends and family always squash pillows. I do like mini quilts. The are a lot of fun to make espescially in bright cheery colors.

Have a great day.

Ms. B said...

I really like both books, but the Little quilts book would love to come to my house!

Quiltingdaisy said...

I love the three sided pillows...perfect for little ones too.

billiemick said...

Hmmmmmm.....can't we have both?? I guess if I have to chose it would be "Pretty Little Mini Quilts."

Kristine Hanson said...

I would love either but if I had to choose, probably the quilt one, lovely giveaway!

Gretchen said...

I love Lark books!! It's hard to choose but I think the mini quilt book is my choice.

bruinbr said...

Fun! I've been eyeing the pretty little quilts book for a while! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Patty said...

Great giveaway, really hard to choose only one but I'd like Pretty Little Mini Quilts

Georgia said...

Pretty little mini quilts looks adorable!

Mama Spark said...

I have heard so many nice things about "Pretty Little Mini Quilts" I would love to have a copy of my own.

SewLindAnn said...

I'd have to go with the Pillows. After looking at the pillows on that swap flicker site I'm in the pillow mood! Lucky girl, Asheville is amazing!

Andrea said...

I'd choose...Pretty Little Mini Quilts.

Weezie said...

Will need both pretty little books! Think i would really like the pillows book should i be so fortunate as to win!!!

tracy_a said...

Thank you! Both of these books look really fun - I do enjoy a small project to work on for a night or two - instead of the months I put into some of my other projects. I guess - if I have to pick - Pretty Little Quilts. But I know I would enjoy either!

Jenny said...

pretty little mini quilts for me. great stuff!

Cecilia said...

I would love to have the pretty little pillows book. I think that they would be fun to make.

Sherry J. said...

I want that mini quilt book really really bad. I would also like the pillow book. please please pick me.

Anne D said...

They both look great but I love mini quilts so that is the book I would choose. The projects look gorgeous. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Collette said...

I think both those books look great but I'd choose the Pretty Little Mini Quilt book if I were forced. ;-)

Heathir said...

The Pretty Little Quilts book is on my wish list.

...so we added chickens said...

I have been eyeing Pretty little mini quilts - what fun it would be to win :)

TerryH said...

I would love to own the Pretty Little Quilts book. There is something 'special' about little
quilts.

Marcia said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. I would enjoy the pretty little mini quilts book. Thank you.

The Pink Fawn said...

Both books are so pretty! I would love to have the pillows book in my library for inspiration :)

Peggy said...

I'm a mini quilt person. Absolutely love them, so I'd love a look into this new book. thank you.

Lisa Klingbeil said...

Last week I just put the Mini Quilt book on my Wish List, would love to win that one! Thanks for the chance to win.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, aren't they so cute. What a great giveaway. If I should win I think I would like the new book. Thanks.

Denise said...

Pretty little mini quilts is definately my choice. I do mini's and wall quilts for Christmas gifts. This would be my new breath of fresh air!!!

Erica said...

My choice is Pretty little mini quilts, because I can share this one with my mother, who's planning on doing a wall of mini quilts... maybe I'll join in then!

Laura said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts - I love, love, love it!

SheilaC said...

I LOVE Pretty Little Mini Quilts! Thank you for a wonderful give away!

SheilaC

Carol in E TN said...

Would love to win this little book! Thanks for this giveaway.

Judy J said...

I will choose the Pretty Little Pillow book, although it was hard to choose. Thanks for the chance to win!

judycinnc said...

I would be thrilled beyond words to win The Pretty Little Mini Quilts Book.

Anne said...

either would be lovely...Pretty little mini quilts by a whisker! thanks

Sherri said...

Love both books and enjoyed reading about the inspiration! My favorite would have to be Pretty Little Mini Quilts!

Mom of two said...

Pretty little mini quilts only because pillows end up on the floor in my house, thanks to my little ones. THANKS!!!!!

Meghan said...

I would love to have any "Pretty Little..." book, but if I had to choose I would pick mini quilts.

Emily Taylor said...

Love them both, but I think I'd choose the mini quilts.

nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lisa E. said...

My daughter and I would love to work on something from "Pretty Little Mini Quilts". Thanks for the giveaway!

Jill said...

I have 3 or 4 of the Pretty Little Books and love them, I want them both, but if I had to pick, I'd want the quilt one first.

Susana said...

I would go with Pretty Little Pillows, though it's a hard choice. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Keep Stitchin' said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts! I need to make some cute decor for my home and I don't have many mini quilts!

sandj said...

Just love both these books,But my favourite has to be Little Mini Quilts-I adore mini quilts and these designs I have to say are fresh and modern!
Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely book!
sandjardis@btinternet.com

Becky said...

So hard to choose. I guess I'd have to go with Pretty Little Mini Quilts.

Melinda said...

They both look darling and like I could find a million uses for them...but I'm going to go with Pretty Little Mini Quilts.

Linda said...

I would just love to win the Pretty Little Pillow book. I would love to make some pillows - I been planning to make some and need some help.

Anonymous said...

I would like to have the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book. Always looking for quick project when I need a little sewing fix.

Abbybeth said...

wow, hard choice! I think I'd choose pretty little pillows because I'm very interior design challenged, and would love to be able to dress up the apartment more!

Quilt Monkey said...

I've seen a project from Pretty Little Quilts made up and it was adorable. I'd love to win this book!

Annie Carie said...

Ooo ooo how fun! I would love to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts! SO fun :)

Sarah said...

Oh, these look so fun! I would love to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts!

Andrea said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts is my favorite, thank you!!!!

carolynw said...

What a tough choice! I'd love either book, but I think my first choice would be Pretty Little Quilts!

Doris said...

Oooh...tough choice, but I guess the little quilts! Look like great books, both of them!

Sandy said...

Love the Fat Quarter Shop and now your blog too! Hard to chose, but Pretty Little Mini Quilts is more likely to get used in my house! (My fingers are crossed now--hope hope hope...)

chreider said...

Love both books but would have to choose "Pretty Little Pillows" as the one I would like to win... :)

Joy said...

I would have to go with Pretty Little Quilts...although both books looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

Elise said...

I bet both books are awesome, but I think I'd choose Pretty Little Pillows. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, it's difficult to choose; however, I think the mini quilt book would be absolutely darling as a reference for using some of the stash. Thanks!

zarina said...

And our eyes lit up to the word giveaway. I would love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book.

Cat said...

I'd like both, but would prefer the Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Thanks!

Lisa said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts looks like a very cute book, I would pick that one if I got to choose! Thanks for the giveaway!

kristinorth said...

I would love to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Thanks for a chance!

Monica said...

I would love the Pretty Little Quilts book!

Foster Momma said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts...I just got involved with a mini quilt swap...so it would be great to have some fun ideas :)

Tara said...

I've been eying these! I'd love to win Pretty Little Pillows! Thanks for the chance to win!

RenegadeQuilter said...

I would love to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts - mini quilts is something that I have never made and would love to try. Thanks for the give away.

Jodie said...

love the pretty little pillows book to try something new. I have my fingers crossed, thanks for this great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I would love the Pretty Little Pillows book. So cute.
tahzae at hotmail dot com

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Marilyn said...

Oh how FUN!! I would love to get my hands on Pretty Little Pillows--it looks wonderful!!

jenn said...

I would LOVE the Pretty Little Mini Quilts

Sara said...

Would love pretty little mini quilts!

Rachel said...

Would love the pillows book. So cute.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I would love either book! I make both quilts and pillows. Great giveaway, great blog!

~*~ said...

YAY! Giveaway!

pretty little mini quilts looks so cute!!!

Mystica said...

Either book please. I do mainly quilts.

Amber H. said...

I'd probably shoot for the "Pretty Little Quilts" if I won.

I can see myself buying the Pretty Little Pillow book later on though.. hehe.

becky said...

I would love to win the pretty little pillows. :)

Becky

Erin M. said...

Hoping for the mini quilt book. Thanks. Looks like fun reading and inspiration.

Amy Sp said...

I would love a copy of Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Actually, I would love either one!

Lisabee said...

I would love pretty little pillows! It seems like that would be an awesome resource to use to come up with gifts for various people... and I always have gifts to come up with!

Gena said...

I would love to have the Pretty Little Mini Quilts - Thanks for the giveaway!

Vicki W said...

I think I would want the pillows!

Laura said...

The pretty little mini quilts book looks fabulous! thanks

kelliemorgan said...

Oooh, Mini quilts please. Thanks!
kelliemorgan17@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Both look wonderful, but to choose I would say pretty little mini quilts! Thanks for the chance.

tammiemarie said...

I think I'd pick the mini quilts if I was lucky enough to win! Thansk for the chance!

Jacque. said...

Gotta be the Pretty Little Mini Quilts...I adore making them! Thank you for the opportunity!

Kim said...

I'd love to win either book! I already quilt and I've just started making pillows.

heartexpanding said...

I would have to say PILLOWS baby!!!! Thanks for the opp. xoxoxo

Marcia said...

Pretty Little Mini Quilts would be my selections!

Shiree said...

I would just love "pretty little pillows", I am so into pillows at the mo', and seeing as we in the Southern hemisphere are heading into winter, nothing nicer then cuddling up with lots of them!

jackiero said...

Your "Pretty Little Mini Quilts" book has peaked my brain's interest. :)

Liz B. said...

I have just joined my first mini-quilt swap and would love to explore the mini-quilt book! Thanks for the chance at winning.

Willa said...

Would love either........but am more likely to complete little pillows.....so......that would be first choice.

Tonya said...

I would love either, but I think I'd go with the quilt book. I sew a lot but have yet to manage a quilt and that would be a good place to start!
tonyadusold.blogspot.com

Melody said...

I would be thrilled to win the Mini Quilts book! Thanks for the chance to win!

katielea said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love the opportunity to with the mini quilt book!

sewcolorful said...

I have had my eye on the Pretty Little Mini Quilts since I saw it previewed and would love to own my own copy.

sewcolorful said...

I have had my eye on the Pretty Little Mini Quilts since I saw it previewed and would love to own my own copy.

sewcolorful said...

I have had my eye on the Pretty Little Mini Quilts since I saw it previewed and would love to own my own copy.

KatesBlog said...

Thank you, I would love to receive the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book if my name is selected - Kate

Aldana said...

Hello!!! I like very much Pretty Little pillows!!! Is very very beautifull!!!

Julie in WA said...

I would love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book!

Fleurette said...

I would use either, they're both lovely!

Lisa said...

Love the Mini Quit book....No I love the Pillow book...no maybe the quilt, I mean the pillow...ugh!! I have to pick one?!!! Ok, the Mini Quilt book!

Lisa

Kari said...

Those little books would be pretty in my studio! Then I could make pretty little things for my home--how fun these are.

Kim D. said...

I love the little mini pillow books, so fun.. Thanks for the great giveaway.

momto2wasd said...

It's really hard to say, but I guess the mini-quilts book would be my choice. I love the bird mini quilt that is pictured! But I love the pillows, too!
How nice to have a chance to win one!

keep sewing! said...

ooh I would love either one!

Michele said...

I would love the Pretty Little Pillows book. I have the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book and it is AWESOME!

JayTee said...

I like the Mini Quilt book. I hope I'm a winner!!

Annie said...

I would love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book....but the Pillows would be awesome too! :)

Michelle Lovatt said...

Would love pretty little mini quilt. Great give away.

juliesewgreen said...

i would love the mini quilt! Great items!

Judy C said...

I would love to win the mini quilt book! great giveaway!

SoozeM said...

Gorgeous books! I really like the pretty little pillows one!
(soozemoroney@gmail.com)

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