October 28, 2012

Anybody up for some old-school, not-quick-and-easy, very detailed, completely captivating holiday appliqué?

Then I have just the thing for you! Santa’s Loading Dock Quilt by Mary Buvia is this month’s featured book, courtesy of AQS Publishing.

Wow! What a quilt! You can see a closer photo of it on Mary’ website. This is a masterpiece, and accordingly Mary was awarded Master Quilter status by the American Quilters Society.

The book gives you all the patterns and information you’d need to recreate the entire jolly scene; however, Mary encourages you to use whatever smaller elements from it that you like to make a smaller quilt or decorate other projects.

Mary’s appliqué method involves double freezer-paper templates, starch, and glue to create prepared-edge pieces for hand appliqué. The book also gives information for raw-edge machine appliqué if that’s what you prefer.

Many of the templates are given full size; however, some of them you’ll need to enlarge 200%.

So, who’s itching for some exceedingly cute holiday stitching? If you’d like to win this book, please leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. Open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only.

Holiday cheers,
By Kay Mackenzie

P.S. I’ll be in Lodi, California, this weekend for the Tokay Stitch ‘n Quilt Guild show. This is a lovely show put on every other year, and the ladies serve a delightful afternoon tea for all!


54 Responses to “Santa’s Loading Dock”

  1. Betsy on October 28th, 2012 6:16 am

    This book looks wonderful Kay. I would love to win it!

  2. Lynn D in NC on October 28th, 2012 6:33 am

    I was absolutely amazed the first time I saw pictures of this quilt. I would love to own a copy of this book. Thanks for hosting a giveaway and a chance at winning.

  3. Bonnie Larson on October 28th, 2012 6:40 am

    This looks like a gorgeous book. I love hand applique and would really like to try the double freezer paper technique. I’m used to needle-turn. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity on a great draw

  4. Nancy on October 28th, 2012 6:41 am

    I’ve seen pictures of this amazing quilt and would love to own the book!

  5. Deb G. in VA on October 28th, 2012 6:48 am

    What a beautiful quilt! I would love to win a copy of the book and learn Mary’s techniques. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  6. Sandy A in St. Louis on October 28th, 2012 8:42 am

    I saw this quilt in Paducah and it was a “OMG” take your breath away moment. SO gorgeous! I’d love to be able to make one of the smaller portions of the quilt. It is to die for!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Carrie P. on October 28th, 2012 9:43 am

    what detail on that phenomenal quilt. Amazing! I would love a chance to win the book.

  8. Ruth B on October 28th, 2012 9:43 am

    Wow….what a great quilt! I need to go to her website to see more. I’d also be interested in learning her applique method!

  9. Mary on October 28th, 2012 9:57 am

    I saw the quilt in Columbus, Ohio it was fantastical times 2. I’d love a book about the quilt and her applique method. So when will you be doing a show in Ohio? I can wish can’t I?.

  10. Sandra on October 28th, 2012 10:19 am

    My favorite quilts to make are holiday quilts. This quilt is stunning!!! I love to applique and the details are amazing.
    This quilt would keep me in the holiday spirit all year long.

  11. Sharon Decker on October 28th, 2012 10:21 am

    Saw the quilt in person and was in awe. I would love to win this book.

  12. Paula F on October 28th, 2012 10:52 am

    This would certainly be an amazing Christmas project. I would love to learn her technique. There’s nothing better than hand stitching!

  13. Glynis on October 28th, 2012 11:08 am

    This definately looks like a family heirloom to pass onto future generations. I would love to win this book.

  14. Kathy O in GA on October 28th, 2012 11:28 am

    Wow Kay – I would love to win this book! I love to hand applique, and it would be awesome to make the entire quilt for me and bits of it for each of my kids!

  15. Norma Wlos on October 28th, 2012 11:41 am

    I love that quilt and would love a copy of the book. The quilt in person is amazing! What talent!

  16. Kathy Lancaster on October 28th, 2012 12:04 pm

    This would make an incredible quilt. Would love to win this book.

  17. Sherry on October 28th, 2012 1:05 pm

    I was fortunate enough to see this quilt in Paducah. It is spectacular. Would love to win this book and attempt to make a small portion. Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Lynne on October 28th, 2012 1:26 pm

    I have been wanting to do some handwork and this fits the bill. My Grandson would be thrilled and if I started now he might get it by next Christmas ( or at least before he provides me with a Great Grandchild!)

  19. Kathy Pennell on October 28th, 2012 1:28 pm

    What an adorable book! Would love to give this one a shot! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  20. quilt cookie on October 28th, 2012 1:40 pm

    I saw this quilt at AQS in Des Moines. It is the most fabulous quilt I have ever seen. I would really love this book!!!!

  21. Jennifer Padden on October 28th, 2012 2:07 pm

    I’ve seen this quilt in person and it is truly an amazing quilt. It would be so cool to win the instruction book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Jane Knoll-Tenney on October 28th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Oh my goodness! Amazing…just amazing! I’m new into applique and what an inspiration this would be. What a wonderful book…to win!

  23. Sharon Meyer on October 28th, 2012 2:39 pm

    I just learned to do needle turn applique. This book is just perfect, i love Christmas it is my favorite time of the year. I would love to win this book. Thank you so much for the chance. Happy quilting to one and all.

  24. Sandra V on October 28th, 2012 2:51 pm

    Those quilts look absolutely gorgeous. I would love to win this book. I use the freezer paper, starch method for applique along with doing some raw edge.

  25. KarenW on October 28th, 2012 4:06 pm

    I would love to win this book! I love it!

  26. Shirley on October 28th, 2012 4:24 pm

    Fantastic book. Would love to win this book. Love Christmas……

  27. SewLindaAnn on October 28th, 2012 4:31 pm

    Are you kidding me! Oh my I’d LOVE to win this book. I remember seeing a picture of this quilt in a magazine a long while ago.

  28. Paule-Marie on October 28th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Wow!! I’d love to win this book so I could do the quilt

  29. Sharon M on October 28th, 2012 4:49 pm

    I saw the pictures of this quilt when it was at the quilt show. It is absolutely breath taking. I would love to win the book.

  30. Carol Whitmore on October 28th, 2012 5:08 pm

    A quilt and a work of art. Absolutely gorgeous. I would love a chance to win the book. Thank you!

  31. kate brown on October 28th, 2012 5:30 pm

    Her quilts are just gorgeous! I am not sure I could make it but I sure would love a chance to try! Thanks!

  32. Diane Kennedy on October 28th, 2012 6:53 pm

    This quilt is so lovely! The DETAIL! I would love to win this book. Thanks for hosting.

  33. Kate on October 28th, 2012 7:21 pm

    Wow! The attention to detail in this quilt is amazing! I’d love to win this book, and try my hand at Mary’s double freezer paper technique! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Jan Raymond on October 28th, 2012 8:13 pm

    This book is terrific, I have been wanting to get my own copy for a couple of weeks. I saw the original quilt in Houston last year. I spent about an hour really looking at all the details. Very special and creative addition to quilt history.

  35. Luiza on October 28th, 2012 10:03 pm

    I would love to win this book. I borrowed a copy from the library: it is beautiful quilt!!! Thanks.

  36. ELIZAJANE on October 29th, 2012 12:21 am

    WOW. book looks exciting .My grand daughter and I have just started to look for patterns for Xmas gifts, She especially likes applique so this would be great for both of us.

  37. Mel on October 29th, 2012 2:14 am

    Wow! I know just the person who would LOVE and be capable of this project, unfortunately she is blog less, so I’d Iike to enter on her behalf

  38. Dana on October 29th, 2012 5:37 am

    I have seen this quilt in person and thought it was absolutely phenomenal! Let’s hear it for the not-quick-and-easy detailed applique! It seems like all the nmagazines and shops are going for the quick and simple stuff these days…it’s great to see a book that isn’t about instant gratification. I hope it is very successful!

  39. Elaine on October 29th, 2012 5:44 am

    This is such a beautiful quilt. Would love to win a copy of the book.

  40. Vivian on October 29th, 2012 5:51 am

    Wow, would love to try double freezer paper method.What a beautiful quilt she created. Thanks for the giveaway. Vivian

  41. Rhonda on October 29th, 2012 6:09 am

    I saw this book in my local quilt shop and it’s beautiful.

    Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  42. Patricia on October 29th, 2012 7:39 am

    I fell in love with this quilt the first time I saw it. I would love having the pattern book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  43. Deb G on October 29th, 2012 10:05 am

    What an amazing quilt! I would like to learn the double freezer paper method.

    Thanks for a chance to win this book!

  44. Anita Kroll on October 29th, 2012 4:15 pm

    I would die for this wonderful book. I LOVE doing Christmas quilts as well as any other quilts. Can’t stop thinking about this georgous quilts.

  45. amy reindel on October 29th, 2012 5:45 pm

    The front of this book just draws you in. I can picture my own project. Cross my fingers hope I win.

  46. brenda morton on October 29th, 2012 10:59 pm

    Wow, what an amazing quilt, the book must be great eye candy.Thanks for the chance to win,

  47. Heather on October 30th, 2012 1:39 am

    What a wonderful quilt and book. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy – it looks just delightful!

  48. Eileen Keane on October 30th, 2012 1:40 pm

    I saw this quilt last year in Houston, and fell in love. Then Mary told her story, and it really touched my heart. Love is so huge, isn’t it?
    Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  49. Heather on October 30th, 2012 5:25 pm

    This is SO adorable! I’d love a copy! Thanks so much for the give away!

  50. Elaine on October 31st, 2012 9:28 am

    What a great Christmas quilt, I’d love to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Karin on October 31st, 2012 5:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure this is the same quilt that Santa was sitting in front of at Quilt Market just past….and it was stunning!!

    If you’re not giving away the quilt, I’d be happy with the book!

  52. betsy on November 2nd, 2012 1:22 pm

    oh I hope I didn’t miss the opportunity. This book looks great!

  53. sandra pipitone on November 5th, 2012 10:56 pm

    Will be HOPPING SANTA bring this to me Christmas eve

  54. Hope on November 9th, 2016 5:17 pm

    Ok myself and a couple other ladies have decided to make ourselves one of these. Upon reading the directions we could not figure out how to do the globe. Does anyone have any suggestions?