August 1, 2014

Our featured book this month, courtesy of C&T Publishing, is Wendy Williams’ Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures.

I’m wild about these colorful blooms and creatures!

This book is all about combining our traditional cotton prints with wool and linen, to add a new dimension. Wendy starts out with a section on appliqué basics that gives information on wool, wool felt, threads, templates, and her style of needle-turn that uses a running stitch close to the turned edge. There’s also a whole page of illustrated embroidery stitches for adding special touches.

Then on to the projects! There are wall quilts, runners, pillows, bags, and sewing notions galore. All of the appliqué templates are printed at full size, and there’s even a pull-out section for the larger designs. Always a bonus!

Aren’t the designs wonderful? Such a fearless sense of color and whimsy.

If you’d like to win this book in a random drawing, please leave a comment before 7:00 p.m. California time on Tuesday, August 5.

Notice how I said “leave a comment”…? This is not the same as replying to your email feed. You’ll need to get out of your email program by clicking on the title of the post, which will bring you to the blog itself on the internet, and leave your comment there.

Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Good luck all!!

Until then,


48 Responses to “Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures”

  1. Ruth C on August 1st, 2014 6:27 am

    I love the bright colors and I especially love the owls and trees quilt!

  2. Patti on August 1st, 2014 6:33 am

    Wow, just love the cover quilt, the colors are beautiful. This is definitely going on my list of quilts that I would like to make.

  3. Robin on August 1st, 2014 6:49 am

    Wow! That’s a book I hadn’t heard of, but it certainly looks fun, so I’d love to win a copy! Thank you for the opportunity, Kay!

  4. Betsy on August 1st, 2014 6:56 am

    Kay,I love appliqué and this book loos awesome!

  5. Loris Mills on August 1st, 2014 8:34 am

    Wonderful use of color! Love the birds on the wire :-)

  6. Nancy Roraback on August 1st, 2014 9:40 am

    I have been learning to do applique and loving it. I love the bright colors in the book and I have been collecting patterns with owls!

  7. Debbierhodes on August 1st, 2014 9:42 am

    I love this book as my budget for books has been depleted I would love winning this.

  8. Barbara Kelly on August 1st, 2014 9:44 am

    Those patterns are beautiful and so happy! I would love to win in the book! Thanks!

  9. Annie on August 1st, 2014 9:52 am

    This is so cute.

  10. Anita Kroll on August 1st, 2014 10:05 am

    LOVE this kind of project. Please let me win this book!!!! I would make every single thing in that book. So in love with it.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  11. Kaye M. on August 1st, 2014 10:23 am

    Wow, such fun, dynamic colors–this quilting book looks so inviting, I’d love to make all the projects!

  12. Shelor on August 1st, 2014 10:28 am

    Gee–I’m wild about those designs. So cute!

  13. Suzanne on August 1st, 2014 10:34 am

    What cheerful and fun designs! I’d love to win that book. Thanks for the drawing!

  14. Rhonda Casey on August 1st, 2014 11:25 am

    Love the colors Wendy uses. I’ve been wanting to work with wool. This looks like a book I would love to have.

  15. Debra Mucha on August 1st, 2014 11:29 am

    I just learned to make 3D flowers although I am still in love with applique. This book would help me express myself in a totally unique way. Thank you

  16. Brennie on August 1st, 2014 11:39 am

    Wouldn’t those owls look great in wool? Needleturn has always been a challenge, but this quilt might just be the reason to jump in!

  17. Valerie spremich on August 1st, 2014 11:46 am

    I do a lot of Art Nouveau designs, but these designs would be perfect for a small quilt for my 3 year old granddaughter. Thank you for your fun blog and for the opportunity to win this book. And thank you for selling me the right needles to do appliqué at the SF quilt show one year.

  18. Sandi on August 1st, 2014 12:22 pm

    This book has gorgeous designs in it. Sure would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Betty Woodlee on August 1st, 2014 12:22 pm

    It would be a hoot to own this book.

  20. Kathryn Knox on August 1st, 2014 12:57 pm

    Hi! I’m Just starting to applique ans I love it. Your book would be a big help, plus I love your work. Thank you for this chance.

  21. Celeste A Childress on August 1st, 2014 12:57 pm

    hank you for the chance to win “WILD BLOOMS AND COLORFUL CREATURES.” It is calling my name!

  22. Angelia L. on August 1st, 2014 1:13 pm

    Beautiful! I am teaching myself different methods of applique and loving it. Wendy’s method of needle turn sounds very interesting….her book would be wonderful!! Thank you!

  23. Judy H. on August 1st, 2014 1:47 pm

    What a beautiful book!

  24. Sally from Ca on August 1st, 2014 2:11 pm

    I enjoy working with wool and would love to win this book and experiment some more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Jennifer P on August 1st, 2014 2:52 pm

    What a cute, fun quilt on the cover! I’d love to win the new book and thanks for the opportunity. I’ve never worked with wool before so it would be an adventure.

  26. Phyllis on August 1st, 2014 3:35 pm

    I would love to learn to do this. So colorful and full of whimsy.

  27. Nancy on August 1st, 2014 3:37 pm

    Those owls are wonderful. Would love to appliqué them.

  28. Charlene McCullough on August 1st, 2014 4:56 pm

    Everyone seems to love the owls. Me Too!. I adore the bright and bold colors and the whimsy designs. Not the norm and I love that. Fits my style of a little left of center. Would love to win the book cause I love applique. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.

  29. Nancy Hanson on August 1st, 2014 5:33 pm

    I love the owls and would be delighted to make that appliqué. Looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing it.

  30. Debbie St.Germain on August 1st, 2014 6:12 pm

    Those are such fun designs and the owl quilt would be so fun for kids. I was looking at it on amazon and saw they have a village too, lots of great projects in one book.


  31. Angele Robichaud on August 1st, 2014 6:41 pm

    That book is filled with wonderful designs. It fills my head with amazing quilts to be made. The big flowers and the birds would make a child a beautiful quilt.

  32. Margaret Schindler on August 1st, 2014 7:50 pm

    I would love to have this book. What great quilts that will come from this. Thanks for sharing

  33. Chris on August 1st, 2014 11:17 pm

    I would love to win this book. Looks like another winner.

  34. zlatka on August 2nd, 2014 12:28 am

    Love the colors! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
    Happy sewing!

  35. wandie williams on August 2nd, 2014 4:14 am

    I love all kinds of applique and would love to include this method into my repertoire!
    and considering the likeness of our names, I have to have this book!!!

  36. Deb G. in VA on August 2nd, 2014 4:35 am

    I’d love to learn more about wool applique and this looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  37. Susan on August 2nd, 2014 7:22 am

    I’m thrilled to see more books coming out that combine cotton and wool! This book would be a wonderful guide if you wanted to add some embellishments to your projects, something I am not good at but would like to learn,

  38. Elizabeth McDonald (catskill quilter) on August 2nd, 2014 10:16 am

    Ohh, I have been admiring this quilt book on Amazon! I love all of the bird appliques, and her fabulous sense of color! My fingers are crossed…

  39. Heather on August 2nd, 2014 11:45 am

    I love the interesting backgrounds! I made need to make something with a hot pink background.

  40. Barb Colvin on August 2nd, 2014 12:02 pm

    I really like Wendy’s style! Doodles in fabric :)

  41. martha mumaw on August 2nd, 2014 1:45 pm

    I would love to do these in wool! So cute and a bit mischieveous! Hope I win !

  42. Vivian on August 4th, 2014 4:19 am

    I love animal quilts, this is right up my alley. Thanks.

  43. Carolyn on August 4th, 2014 12:36 pm

    Love the joyfulness of this book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  44. Lee on August 5th, 2014 3:48 pm

    This would be such a fun book! thank you!

  45. Kristy Wilkinson on August 6th, 2014 1:25 pm

    What a wonderful looking book! I am just starting my first wool project. I love the owl picture! Thanks- K-

  46. Betty roshan on April 7th, 2015 10:13 am

    I am just beginning to aliquot in wool. I love doing it and keep looking for ideas. Your book seems to have some beautiful ideas.

  47. Dianne L W Bishop on July 18th, 2015 8:08 pm

    This would be my first applique book. The bright colors are great. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  48. Nancy on July 31st, 2017 5:44 pm

    I just signed up for your site it very interesting. I have been working with wool for 25 years. Started out making penny rugs. Now I teach it. Would love to win your book. Thanks. Nancy p.