You can believe I was OVER. THE. MOON. when Pat Sloan, a world famous author, pattern designer, fabric designer, quilt designer, podcaster, YouTuber…well she’s a SUPER HERO to our quilting world… Whew, where was I? Oh yes! She asked me if I’d like to be part of her book tour when she released her new book Holiday Celebrations published by Martingale! I jumped up from the computer, danced around the house, and couldn’t wait to find hubs and give him the great news! I looked at all the other superstars in the quilting industry who were also on her book tour and I nearly fell out of my chair. I’ve had their fabric, patterns, and books on my shelves and have followed their blogs for years. To even be counted in their elite group, I was humbled and honored.
This book has 17 different projects in it for just about every holiday of the year. Change up your fabrics and you can make a couple of them again and again for different seasons. Wouldn’t the cover glorious patriotic quilt be incredible with a black background, red and green stars, and red/white striped fabric around the sides for candy cane ribbons? Delightful! The pattern design of that quilt is so versatile I just love it.
This book has the cutest projects in it and I immediately searched for an applique project that I could make using Simply Applique software and my embroidery machine. I chose the Bunny Hop Pillow and the Treat Totes. Images below courtesy of Martingale Publishing.
For Bunny Hop, I chose this too-cute-for-words fabric called Hippity Hoppity of Kanvas Fabrics for Benartex. Adorbs! This would be precious in a baby’s room at Easter. I cut the applique pieces for all of these projects on my cutting machine and all the stippling around the applique was done by machine embroidery on my sewing/embroidery machine combo. I love to finish my projects with machine embroidery. There’s an instant gratification factor that is just so satisfying. Here’s a video where I show an automated process to stitch around applique after the fact. https://youtu.be/yuKef6xhiR4
The Treat Totes were a delight to make with “A Haunting We Will Glow” fabric by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics. These fully lined totes are very straight-forward and are super easy and quick to make. You’ll be whipping them out in no time! See how spooky the ghosts and skeletons are when they glow green? EEEEK! 🙂
In honor of Pat’s book release, Martingale is giving away some awesome prizes. Click the link below to enter for Grand Prize #1. https://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/pat-sloans-holiday-celebrations-book-tour
If you also do Instagram, here’s a chance to win Grand Prize #2. https://www.instagram.com/martingaletpp/
Want to win a copy of Pat’s new book for your very own? Check out my YouTube video below and leave me a comment on that video that you’d like to win the book! Easy peasy! Don’t enter here on the blog or in the PTWT FB group – it won’t count. I’ll be using the YouTube Comment Picker to choose the winner so you must comment on the video below on YouTube that “you’d like to win Pat’s book”. The giveaway is open through Sunday, June 13 at 5pm CST. Oh, you might subscribe to my channel while you’re at it. 🙂 I’m always giving away lots of goodies and have tons of video tips for beginner quilters and machine embroidery enthusiasts.
This was so much fun and I can’t thank Pat Sloan enough for her generosity to the quilting community, her confidence in me, and most of all her support. Good luck everyone!
Here’s the book tour schedule. Be sure to check out everyone else’s contribution. There’s some amazing makes out there!
Stops on the Tour
- May 31 – Martingale with a grand prize! martingale.com/
- June 1 – Jacquelynne Steves jacquelynnesteves.com
- June 2 – Andy Knowlton www.abrightcorner.com/
- June 3 – Blue Nickel Studios bluenickelstudios.com
- June 4 – Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com/
- June 5 – Bonnie Hunter https://quiltville.com
- June 6 – Fat Quarter Shop fatquartershop.com/
- June 7 – YOURS TRULY! powertoolswiththread.com/
- June 8 – The Shibaguyz, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby www.designz.shibaguyz.com
- June 9 – Bev McCullough flamingotoes.com/
- June 10 – Aurifil auribuzz.com/
- June 11 – Maureen Cracknell maureencracknellhandmade.com
- June 12 – Melissa Mortenson www.polkadotchair.com/
- June 14 – Wrap up with Pat’s evening video patsloan.com/
- June 16 Grand Prize announced!