December 1, 2010

Seasons Greetings fellow appliqué enthusiasts! December is such a fun month. Let’s start it out with a festive book giveaway! A thoughtful present from That Patchwork Place to a lucky winner.

Our featured book this month is Folk-Art Favorites: Quilts from Joined at the Hip.


Joined at the Hip is a design company specializing in folk art that consists of Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer. Their husbands inspired that name for the company, as the men knew that between them they could always track down the quilting twosome LOL.

When I think of folk art, I think of fun, funky, primitive shapes that are not necessarily the right size for one another, like a crow being way too big for the tree it’s sitting in. The Hip girls agree: “We are draw to objects that are out of proportion, whimsical, and offbreat.” Me too!

The authors begin by giving basic instruction in quiltmaking and machine appliqué, then dive right into the projects. If you’re a fan of that rustic, un-fussy look, you’ll love the designs from Joined at the Hip.


The pomegranate motif is always pleasing, here done in country holiday colors.


This is one of four seasonal banners, the winter one of course for this time of year.

There are also pillows, wall quilts and small quilts embellished with wool and buttons, a schoolhouse sampler, and a beautiful table runner with rickrack and penny-rug ‘tongues.’

To enter the drawing to win Folk-Art Favorites, leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. California time on Sunday, December 5. Those subscribed by email or feed reader, remember click over to the blog itself and scroll to the bottom of the post to leave a comment. Drawing open to U.S. and Canada only due to the cost of shipping.

Until then,
Happy holidays!!
By Kay Mackenzie


43 Responses to “Folk-Art Favorites”

  1. Kim on December 1st, 2010 12:38 pm

    Thanks for doing such a nice giveaway!

  2. Cindy on December 1st, 2010 12:56 pm

    I love folk art quilts. I am working on one by The Rabbit Factory right now. I bet that I could find my next project in your give away book if I am lucky enough to win it. Happy Holidays!

  3. Erin in MI on December 1st, 2010 1:44 pm

    Please include me in the drawing! Thanks!

  4. Sue on December 1st, 2010 1:57 pm

    I can count on you to tell me about interesting applique books! Would love to win it, put me in the drawing – Sue

  5. betsy on December 1st, 2010 2:05 pm

    Kay, thank you for the chance to win. I was just browsing this book at Connecting Threads.

  6. Ruth B on December 1st, 2010 2:38 pm

    Love book giveaways! Fingers crossed.

  7. kathyinozarks on December 1st, 2010 2:39 pm

    I would love to win this book, please enter me in the giveaway-thank you

  8. SewLindaAnn on December 1st, 2010 2:49 pm

    Love their designs. This book looks like it’s got some fun stuff in it. It’s funny that their husband’s named their business.

  9. Kathleen Connors on December 1st, 2010 3:53 pm

    This is my kind of book, for patchwork and for applique. What a lovely winter gift this will be for the lucky winner. Thanks.

  10. Nancy on December 1st, 2010 5:47 pm

    What a great book…and that pomegranate quilt is amazing…

  11. THERESAW on December 1st, 2010 6:35 pm

    What a great prize! I would love to win.

  12. Mary on December 1st, 2010 7:08 pm

    This book would be a welcome addition here in the hollow!

  13. Debbie St.Germain on December 1st, 2010 8:14 pm

    Their patterns are so fun and the new book looks like it has a lot of wonderful patterns to make up. Would love to enter the giveaway.


  14. Shari on December 2nd, 2010 5:11 am

    I absolutely love this book. I LOVE folk art applique. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  15. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on December 2nd, 2010 5:13 am

    Hi Kay: Thanks for the great giveaway. I like the simple applique in this book and it’s actually one I don’t already own!

  16. Marcia Kosturock on December 2nd, 2010 5:29 am

    Oh my goodness! I couldn’t believe it when I saw this in my inbox this morning. I spent the whole last week searching for JUST these ideas! I have all kinds of sketches in my sketch book (they aren’t very good) this book would be GREAT! I would love an opportunity to win! But it is certainly on my list.

  17. Nadia Vlasov on December 2nd, 2010 5:32 am

    I love folk art quilts and applique.Would love to enter the giveaway.

  18. Marilyn Wilson on December 2nd, 2010 7:17 am

    Would love to win this book!!!

    Thanks for the chance.


  19. Kat on December 2nd, 2010 7:48 am

    Would enjoy having this book! I am really getting into being creative instead of fearful that I will be “off” a smidge! Letting ourselves enjoy quilting is part of the fun…I am ready to enjoy myself!

  20. Donna on December 2nd, 2010 7:55 am

    Always love hearing what’s new in the applique world – thank you for this giveaway!

  21. Barb Rohrmayr on December 2nd, 2010 9:49 am

    Thanks for another chance to win a great book. You are so thoughtful of your fans. =!=

  22. Anne on December 2nd, 2010 9:53 am

    Great book. I love their designs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Dolores on December 2nd, 2010 10:18 am

    Gorgeous projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  24. Ruth C on December 2nd, 2010 11:09 am

    Very cute! I’d love to win.

  25. Robin Gold on December 2nd, 2010 1:18 pm

    Oooo! Looks like a very fun book! Just the thing to start New Year’s projects with! I’d love to win it! Thank you for the opportunity!

  26. Sue on December 2nd, 2010 1:53 pm

    What a fun looking book. Thanks for having a give away!!

  27. Angie on December 2nd, 2010 3:27 pm

    Would love to win this book.


  28. Billie K on December 2nd, 2010 6:04 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book! Maybe I’ll be the lucky one.


  29. Jan on December 2nd, 2010 7:40 pm

    I love folksy applique and this book would be a great addition to the other books I have.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  30. Judith on December 2nd, 2010 8:27 pm

    Yes, count me in! I love folk art. Thank you for this offer.

  31. Kim D. on December 2nd, 2010 9:11 pm

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Kathy Sabel on December 3rd, 2010 3:02 am

    Oh, this is right up my alley! If I do not win this I will absolutely have to put it on my wish list to St. Nick!
    Kathy Sabel

  33. Rebecca on December 3rd, 2010 7:07 am

    Love your blog and the great info on appliqué!! Would love to win!

  34. Cindy on December 3rd, 2010 1:19 pm

    Thank you so much Kay for offering such a nice book in a giveaway!

  35. dee fox on December 4th, 2010 7:10 am

    Oh my gosh I have just recently discovered applique and I am so addicted. I think this book would be a great addition to my new found love.

  36. Cindy on December 4th, 2010 2:24 pm

    How nice of you to offer this book in a giveaway!

  37. Sheryl W. on December 4th, 2010 5:38 pm

    I love the “Joined at the Hip look” and would really enjoy this book. Thanks for including me in the drawing!

  38. kate on December 4th, 2010 10:40 pm

    I love folk art, we have signed Will Moses lithographs-love the homey feel..yet I have never had a quilting book of folk art…I adore the pictures… the snowman & flowers…fun…

  39. annalee on December 4th, 2010 10:59 pm

    Oh dear what a lovely book & cute co `Joined at the hip’, I think my art & sewing reminds me of folk art because of the `cute, kind of primitive out of wack drawing/sewing thats why it is so fun & comfortable. thanks for this ..your the best.

  40. kathy in NC on December 5th, 2010 3:27 am

    Such delightful & fun ladies, at least thru what I see in the pages of the book. I would love to play in the pages of this book Folk art is so much fun to see & would be a natural in my home.
    I just love this-what nice holiday treat

  41. Cynthia on December 5th, 2010 11:40 am

    We have been blessing in 2010 with our first Granddaughter. This book has such cute and whimsical patterns. I am sure that I could make her another baby quilt out of it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Whoever wins will have a great time with it, I am sure.

  42. Joyce DeLucia on December 5th, 2010 10:06 pm

    Please enter me in your drawing….
    Many thanks for this opportunity.
    Joyce DeLucia
    Supply, NC

  43. gert on December 6th, 2010 2:23 am

    you are the most gracious sewing friend.
    this looks like such a fun book with year round cheer.