Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ahoy mateys, there's a giveaway!

I had a couple of goals for yesterday - to finish another green pillowcase shopping bag, to put borders on my Birdie Stitches BOM quilt and to finish the book I was reading.  The shopping bag got done...

but the quilt borders didn't because a demanding little pirate shanghaied me and pressed me into service to make a Jolly Roger for his pirate ship.


I also finished reading my book.  I read Riel Nason's debut novel, The Town That Drowned
Some of you probably know her from her blog, The Q and the U, and all of her wonderful selvege creations.  She's made more Halloween quilts than anyone I've ever heard of!  So, from her blog, I knew she was clever and creative and talented, but reading her book has really solidified my awe of her.  It was AMAZING!

The setting was described in a way that I could visualize where everything took place.  The characters were believeable, complex and human and diverse.  The plot built up to a climax that had me forgetting to breathe and then sobbing out loud.  My nose ran for a full hour after finishing the book.  And while the book wasn't about quilts, they were weaved in here and there, fun details to remind me that quilting is her favorite hobby.  I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for something to read.  And to start things of, I am giving away my (once read, but otherwise new) copy of the book.  (because I'm going to buy 3 more copies for myself and family members and try to get them signed!)

Since I missed the gift exchange with my guild, I'm adding my gift to this giveaway - a bundle of Laurie Wisbrun's Urban Circus scraps, a winter travel sized tissue holder, and some Ghiradelli chocolates. 


To enter to win, simply leave a comment.  Be sure I have a way to get in touch with you.  I'll leave this open until the end of my first day back at work (Tuesday, January 3rd).  I'll need something to look forward to at the end of what is sure to be a LOOOONNNNGGGGG day! 

Happy New Year, everyone!

34 comments:

Janet said...

What a lovely giveaway. I am most anxious to read that book! Happy new year to you.

Bailey said...

Thanks for the chance to win! My quilt group could always use some fabric scraps perfect for baby/kid quilts that we donate! Happy New Year!

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

thank you for the giveaway!

Happy new year

Becky said...

You have been one busy gal on your vacation....the best thing is that you got to do things you liked!!! Love the green shopping bags!
Happy New Year!!!!

gill said...

Happy New Year!!
Thanks for a great giveaway!
Love the Jolly Roger!

Cheryl Willis said...

lend me the book, you eat the choc.
flip you for the fabric- lol
have a great New Year, I look forward to seeing what you are working on. cheryl from MO

Lorri said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

Hazel said...

I could really use the bag mine are store bought and looking pretty ragged .

jan said...

Oh I love give aways by my friends, cos I know they are always great things. Please enter me Erin, if I am allowed cos I am across the Pond of course. I wont be cross if I cant. I will still be your friend,
Happy New Year by the way.

jan said...

Forgot to say I am going to have a look for those books here in UK

tpott said...

I'd love to read this, it looks like a great book.Thanks so much for offering this generous giveaway. Happy New Year! ;->

jirons42 said...

Love the book recommendation and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

hueisei said...

Happy New Year!!
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Barb said...

I have been crushing on this book - thanks for the opportunity to win. Happy New Year!

Mimi said...

This is one book on my list!! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this give-away. The book sounds very interesting and if I don't win the I will look for it at the library.

Have a healthy, happy new year!

Susan R
quilttrack47@yahoo.com

Michelle C said...

I've been trying to wheedle a copy of this book for myself....for a while. My library doesn't carry it yet, and no other giveaway has been fortunate for me. Crossing my fingers!

Marilee said...

I'm in reading mode as I broke my arm 5 days before Christmas. I've tried to win this book before. This is the first I've heard of the pillowcase tote.

Wilma NC said...

Happy New Year

pforgerson said...

would love to read her book. If as good as her quilts, wow

Teje said...

Hi! Thank you for sharing Riel's book! I admire her work and would love to read the book!
Happy New Year! x Teje
nerospostatgmaildotcom

Chiska said...

What a lovely give-away! I've been wanting to read this book as well. My fingers are crossed!

Delores said...

I follow Riel's blog and am very interested in her book - would love a chance to read it. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Rie said...

I LOVE a good book & now that bubba is having 1 nap a day, I have 3 hours to kill... and I'm taking up reading again & would a fancy shmancy new book to read. And yes, Shmancy is a word.. it means extra special fancy!!

Debbie said...

Happy New Year! What a great way to start off the year with a giveaway.

Peggy said...

What a nice giveaway-I'd love to win.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Mary Beth said...

Happy New Year...like the wallpaper change. Book sounds interesting. Hope all is well in your world. Christmas break went way too fast!

Marcia W. said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for the nice giveaway. We make scrappy quilts for church to donate as well as for friends and family. So, scraps are great as expands beyond the limited range at Wal-Mart! I've wondered about this book too since saw the blurb on Q&U.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2012!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Justine at rivervujc@comcast.net

Marcia W. said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for the nice giveaway. We make scrappy quilts for church to donate as well as for friends and family. So, scraps are great as expands beyond the limited range at Wal-Mart! I've wondered about this book too since saw the blurb on Q&U.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2012!

Shay said...

Happy New Year Erin (I'm playing catch up - still!) I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

Plastic bags are illegal here so I have a ton of shopping bags. Yours is so pretty! Mine are a very serviceable green. (All bought ..Im so bad )

Count me in for the giveaway.

Julie Fukuda said...

It;s been a long time since I had a book fix. (other than reading books to a three-year-old) I'd keep my fingers crossed but it might be difficult to quilt that way.

Michelle said...

As usual, you are inspirational, and now you're hosting a giveaway that features 3 of my favorite things: sewing, reading and chocolate. I'd love to win!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I know that I am too late for the give-away but I just finished reading Riel's book too! I just got home from vacation in Florida and read it while I was away. What a great book! I hope the winner enjoys it as much as I did.