October 11, 2009

Thanks to Martingale & Company / That Patchwork Place I have another fantastic book to tell you about.


Deck the Halls: Quilts to Celebrate Christmas by Cheryl Almgren Taylor is a beautiful volume that includes a variety of festive holiday projects. Besides wall quilts to celebrate the season, there’s a door banner to welcome your holiday guests, a mantel runner to decorate your hearth, toppers and runners to make your table extra special, and an elegant quilted stocking for Santa to fill.


Most of the patterns include appliqué, because as Cheryl put it, “I love the shapes and the graceful curves you can create, as well as the flexibility the technique provides.” Of course you can use your favorite form of appliqué, but Cheryl gives you full illustrated instructions for the fusible-web machine method, and has even reversed the patterns for you. That’s a real convenience.


This one makes me hungry.


The book includes a whole section of basic information about fabrics, threads, sewing machines, needles, tools, etc. That’s before you even get to the Quiltmaking Basics: rotary cutting, fusible web appliqué, pre-assembly, bias vines, and even paper piecing.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


23 Responses to “Deck the Halls”

  1. Anne D on October 11th, 2009 1:59 pm

    The book is gorgeous. The basic information will come in very handy. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. Beverly Van Oostrum on October 11th, 2009 4:21 pm

    The peek into the new book looks like a real treat is in store. Thank you for this great offer!

  3. Ruth B on October 11th, 2009 4:33 pm

    This book is lovely and the cover picture puts me in the mood for Christmas. It is already cold here and it snowed yesterday so could Christmas be far behind?

  4. Suze on October 11th, 2009 4:45 pm

    ohh..I love the pomegranate one…its really pretty..I could see doing something like that…

  5. Dana D on October 11th, 2009 5:23 pm

    I love the pomegranate quilt, too – it is gorgeous! I am an applique fanatic, so this looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing the preview!

  6. Nancy Brodeur on October 11th, 2009 5:31 pm

    oh, my goodness. Doesn’t this book look wonderful. I would love to make the gingerbread boy quilt for my kitchen wall. thank you for this offer.

  7. Janet M on October 11th, 2009 7:29 pm

    Wow thats a lovely book!
    It would be nice to win it!

  8. Beth Karese on October 12th, 2009 3:08 am

    The medallion quilt is wonderful! Looks like a great book! Thank you for the opportunity.

  9. maribel on October 12th, 2009 4:02 am

    Hi from Spain!! wow it looks great so many Christmas projects.
    (P.S. If I were the person chosen I WOULD PAY FOR THE SHIPPING)

  10. Mel on October 12th, 2009 9:58 am

    The Gingerbread Man wall hanging is so cute. Please, don’t let Lord Farquaad anywhere near it!

  11. Barb Rohrmayr on October 12th, 2009 10:08 am

    This book looks lovely… all the things I particularly enjoy. We don’t have cold weather that brings snow so this book might put me in a festive, winter mode. Thanks for all you do for us out here in blogdom. Barb on Oahu =!=

  12. Chatterbox Quilter on October 12th, 2009 2:26 pm

    Hi Kay:
    The quilts in this book look like so much fun. They remind me of your style! Please enter my name for a chance to wina copy.

  13. Toddy on October 12th, 2009 4:00 pm

    I have been looking at this book now for a couple of months. I sure would love to win it. Than of course I would have to decide which on to make first.

  14. Mary on Lake Pulaski on October 12th, 2009 4:19 pm

    This book has the cutest patterns Kay! And I have started appliqueing lately, so I would make LOTS of these projects. Thanks for have another awesome give away!

  15. kathie on October 12th, 2009 4:26 pm

    I agree its all about the applique! I love the red and green applique wall quilt, would look wonderful in our living room! The gingerbread men are adorable. I could see appliquéing them on a few tea towels for hostess gifts during the holidays as presents,
    and yes we could use a few new stockings as well


  16. mel on October 13th, 2009 3:58 am

    The Pomegranate quilt is absolutely stunning, but the gingerbread wall hanging is on my shortlist! LOVE it!!

  17. susan lorenz on October 13th, 2009 12:16 pm

    Looks like another beautiful book with lots of patterns to make! I enjoy reading your reviews, it helps in deciding whether a book is worth buying. Sue

  18. Kay on October 13th, 2009 7:06 pm

    And the winner, according to random.org, is… Dana D! Congratulations!

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated, and for reading my blog. Stay tuned… there are lots more great appliqué posts coming up, and more chances to win fantastic prizes!


  19. Shaaryn on October 13th, 2009 11:06 pm

    Eeek. Christmas is coming! I need inspiration and this looks like it might be just the thing…that quilted stocking looks divine!

  20. Carrie P. on October 14th, 2009 12:39 pm

    I have seen this book and it has the cutest designs in it.

  21. Cheryl Almgren Taylor on October 14th, 2009 2:18 pm

    Thank you for reviewing my book on your site. It was great to hear all the positive comments about my quilts.
    Sincerely, Cheryl

  22. Rae Ann on October 16th, 2009 11:37 am

    I am new to blogging and just found your site today and am glad I did! I love that book and the quilts. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.

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