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