December 1, 2011

Our featured book this month is Bloom Creek Quilts by Vicki Bellino.


I just love the soft, mellow feel of this book. Not only that, it has a cat on the cover! Very cool.

Bloom Creek is the name of Vicki’s pattern company, hence the name of the book, which includes 14 of Vicki’s most popular designs. She has included a variety of projects: smaller, larger, with appliqué, without appliqué, traditional, contemporary, some made with precuts, and a few brand-new designs. What a great combo platter.

The book starts out by covering quiltmaking basics, including working with precuts, freezer-paper hand appliqué, fusible machine appliqué, bias vines, and half-square triangle units. There’s also infomation on preparing for machine quilting, making a hanging sleeve, binding the quilt, and making creative quilt labels. Her labels are very cute.

Here are just a few of the projects in the book.

Brandyvine Tote Bag

Brandyvine Tote Bag

I love this bag! The combination of red and white toiles plus the simple appliqué put it right up my alley.

A Pack of Posies

A Pack of Posies

Here’s that soft mellow look again. This table runner is made with one charm pack and a half yard of fabric.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Since ’tis the season, I thought I’d show you this darling Christmas tree complete with cardinals.

Also included are the Blooms pillow and bed quilt shown on the cover (under the cat) more bed quilts, wall quilts large and small, and sofa quilts suitable for snuggling under in the living room.

Courtesy of That Patchwork Place, I have a copy to give away in a drawing. If you’d like to win this attractive book full of very doable designs, leave a comment here on this post before 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. U.S. and Canada addresses only, and remember that replying to your email feed won’t enter you in the drawing. Go the the blog itself and leave your comment there.

Many thanks for your readership, and remember that if you haven’t used it yet, the $5 off any order of $10 or more is still on at, through December 10.

Until next time,


58 Responses to “Bloom Creek Quilts”

  1. DebrafromMD on December 1st, 2011 7:09 am

    This looks like a very cool book. Would love to add it to my library.

  2. Shari K. on December 1st, 2011 7:10 am

    Beautiful book and projects Kay. I have a “thing” for cardinals. That wall hanging is gorgeous. Would love to make that.

  3. Sue on December 1st, 2011 7:20 am

    Love your blog Kay! My favorite of the projects in this book is that amazing table runner!

  4. Nancy on December 1st, 2011 7:28 am

    This looks like a very interesting book. Would love a chance to win a copy…

  5. Nan on December 1st, 2011 7:30 am

    These projects look lovely! Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  6. Donna on December 1st, 2011 8:07 am

    A lovely group of projects! The tablerunner would make a great gift (but maybe for next Christmas!) Would love to win a copy, and give it a whirl!

  7. Michele on December 1st, 2011 8:43 am

    I love the patterns and fabrics – this book would be awesome to win!! Thanks for the chance!

  8. Newbie Quilter on December 1st, 2011 8:45 am

    What a lovely book! Thank you for the opportunity to win it – I think that I could learn alot!!

  9. Lee on December 1st, 2011 9:07 am

    How lovely! I cardinals on the Swedish tree remind me of my mom who loved both! thanks for the giveaway and review!

  10. Ruth B on December 1st, 2011 9:47 am

    Oh I love it too! Mellow and pretty – gorgeous bag. You can never have too many bags, right?

  11. Jen on December 1st, 2011 9:53 am

    Super sweet projects! I would love to win this book. Thanks for the review!

  12. Nancy on December 1st, 2011 10:01 am

    Applique and piecing – my favorite! And, I was so taken by the cardinals in the tree.

  13. BarbR on December 1st, 2011 10:30 am

    This book combines the best of both worlds, piecing and applique. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. =!=

  14. Sandy A in St. Louis on December 1st, 2011 10:33 am

    Oh please count me in! I need a book of simple applique patterns and this one looks great!


  15. Deb Lester on December 1st, 2011 12:24 pm

    Oh pick me the projects look great! Can the cat come too?

  16. Kathy Lee on December 1st, 2011 4:09 pm

    Applique…my new favorite!!! Would love to make the charm pack runner.

  17. Sandra Davidson on December 1st, 2011 4:21 pm

    What a beautiful book and I loved the first quilt. Thanks

  18. Cathy B. on December 1st, 2011 4:27 pm

    What wonderful projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. Hugs

  19. Kathleen on December 1st, 2011 4:55 pm

    From what you have shown I like. and I agree about the cat on the cover. Thank you, and I hope to lucky this time.

  20. Diane K. on December 1st, 2011 6:08 pm

    Love the soft pinks and circle flowers! The cat is cute too!

    Diane K.

  21. Deb G. in VA on December 1st, 2011 6:35 pm

    I love the Home for the Holidays quilt! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  22. LJ on December 1st, 2011 7:13 pm

    The tote is wonderful and I also loved the cardinal quilt. I love a copy of the book.

  23. SewLindaAnn on December 1st, 2011 7:34 pm

    The red and white tote is fabulous, I also love the cardinals on the old fashioned tree.

  24. Shawna on December 1st, 2011 8:31 pm

    The projects shown are so great! I’m new to quilting and I’d love to learn applique. Thanks for a chance to win a neat book.


  25. Jodi G. on December 1st, 2011 10:30 pm

    WOW!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the projects. I’m loving the three that were shown. I love applique and this book is on my need-to-have list.

    Thank you for the great giveaway and a chance to win.


  26. Donna on December 2nd, 2011 5:01 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book – I especially love that cardinal wall hanging – wouldn’t it be neat in other colors for spring and summer? What talent Vicki has!

  27. Stray Stitches on December 2nd, 2011 5:22 am

    I would love an opportunity to win this book. My favorite is Home For The Holidays with the darling tree and cardinals.

  28. Paulette on December 2nd, 2011 5:30 am

    Would love to add the book to my library. Love the cat on the cover. The patterns are beautiful. That quilt would look great on my bed with my cats!

  29. Theresa W on December 2nd, 2011 5:45 am

    This looks like a very good book with many fun projects. I would love to win it. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  30. Janis on December 2nd, 2011 5:50 am

    I love love love the soft colors too, and of course the cat!

  31. Suzanne on December 2nd, 2011 5:53 am

    I would love to win this book so I could make the Christmas wall hanging. Hanging quilts on the wall is the only way I can keep my cats off them!

  32. LeAnne on December 2nd, 2011 6:52 am

    What a great book. I could easily make all of those designs. I love the cardinals.

  33. Cathy on December 2nd, 2011 7:21 am

    omg, I love this book….and the kitty on the cover makes it even more wonderful, lol…thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  34. fran on December 2nd, 2011 7:22 am

    I love to put simple flowers on my quilts. This book looks like it belongs in my library.

  35. Sandy S on December 2nd, 2011 7:27 am

    This quilting style is right up my alley too! Would love to have it as a gift…:)

  36. BARBARA WALDBESSER on December 2nd, 2011 7:34 am

    Awesome book, I just want to snuggle under that quilt. It so peaceful and comforting looking. Love the other projects featured, would make great gifts. Would love to add and use this book in my work space. Thank you for the oportunity to win it.

  37. Stephanie Kluk on December 2nd, 2011 7:44 am

    This book is wonderful! It has a fresh new approach to traditional quilting!

  38. Rita Goshorn on December 2nd, 2011 8:10 am

    i’m in love … with this book! wonderful review. would love to win it – thanx for the opportunity to do so.

  39. Brenda on December 2nd, 2011 8:39 am

    Thanks again for a really nice review. This looks like a great book. Hope you are staying warm in this wind storm.

  40. Diane on December 2nd, 2011 9:30 am

    Beautiful projects. Looks like a really nice book. Love the cardinals. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Connie on December 2nd, 2011 9:50 am

    Every single project is adorable! Please enter me in the drawing!

  42. Susan on December 2nd, 2011 10:16 am

    I really like the example projects you’ve shown, especially the Christmas wall hanging! I think this book may need to be added to my wish list.

  43. Robin on December 2nd, 2011 11:19 am

    As a long time quilter and designer, I’ve lost count of the years, it is not often that something catches my eye with the desire to actually follow a pattern again. I am not sure what it is about these projects, maybe the use of color, updated country, but they are truly charming and I would love to have each one as pictured in my home. Great job. Thank you.

    Robin in Spokane Valley, Washington

  44. Janet on December 2nd, 2011 1:01 pm

    A fantastic group of patterns in this book, but the cardinals take my heart since they overwinter where I live.

  45. Bonnie Favorite on December 2nd, 2011 3:03 pm

    The cover of this book is enchanting! I’d love to have a copy and to be able to try to re-create those soft, cozy applique patterns myself.

    Bonnie in Mebane, NC

  46. Jennifer J on December 2nd, 2011 3:43 pm

    I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Alberta in N GA on December 2nd, 2011 4:33 pm

    Love the cardinals on the Chriwtmas Tree pattern and I really love the table runner. Would love to win this book. thanks.

  48. Susan on December 2nd, 2011 4:42 pm

    Can’t wait to stitch those cardinals.

  49. Sandy O on December 2nd, 2011 4:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing some of your projects from the book. Love them all. I just love applique so would love to add your book to my collection. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Barb Colvin on December 2nd, 2011 4:51 pm

    Can one ever have enough applique books/patterns? Didn’t thinks so :)

  51. Diane on December 2nd, 2011 6:16 pm

    This book looks lovely! I love the Christmas tree quilt with the cardinals. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Jane on December 2nd, 2011 6:25 pm

    Wonderful quilt patterns, especially like the Christmas tree quilt!

  53. VickiT on December 2nd, 2011 7:07 pm

    Oh my gosh. I LOVE the table runner and that wall hanging with the Cardinals on it. Just gorgeous. If I win do I get that adorable kitty too? My Baby needs a playmate. LOL

  54. Marge Prewitt on December 2nd, 2011 9:45 pm

    Beautiful book and lovely patterns. I love the “A pack of Posies” TR and the “Home for the Holidsys” W/H. Would love to have a chance to make these up for my home. Thanks for the chance to win. Also love the kitty! He is where is should be!

  55. SharonS on December 3rd, 2011 11:43 am

    Cardinals are my thing for Christmas decorating, so that wall hanging would be a lovely addition to my collection. Book really looks inticing. Thanks for sharing it

  56. Kyle on December 3rd, 2011 7:30 pm

    this is one book I’ll definitely buy!
    thanks for the info and the giveaway.

  57. Michelle M on December 3rd, 2011 10:03 pm

    It looks like a wonderful book. I’ve seen the cover before but never had a chance to take a peek inside, thanks.

  58. Sheryl W. on December 4th, 2011 12:38 pm

    This book really appeals to me. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!