Monday, July 23, 2012

Sew Merry and Bright Book Review and Giveaway

So, are you all Christmas-ed out yet? I hope not, because today it's my turn to talk about Linda Lum DeBono's new book, Sew Merry and Bright.

I met Linda at Quilt Market a few months ago and liked her right away. She's down-to-earth, funny, and tells it like it is. And her designs are just as bold and bright as she is—check out her blog to see more. So I was excited to get my hands on her new holiday-themed book. It's one-stop-shopping for all the Christmas patterns you could possibly need!

This book has patterns for a tree skirt, a table runner, a pillow case, placemats, two different stockings, advent calendars, a quilt ... you name it, it's in there! And she has some ridiculously adorable wool-felt ornaments. In fact, there are five different ornament designs to make, on top of all the other projects.

I whipped up this sweet little squirrel ornament with some textured wool felt. Linda glams up her ornaments in the book with sparkly beads on the ornament hangers, but as you can see, this little guy works just as well with a simpler look. (I used decorative red-and-white butcher's twine for my ornament hanger and a single shiny black bead for his eensy eye.)

And I will definitely be making Linda's matryoshka ornament before the Christmas tree goes up. How freaking cute are they? They even come apart and can work as individual matryoshkas. My kids will be all over that!

Would you like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright? Just leave a comment here. And don't forget, my Christmas fabric bundle giveaway is still open as well—click here to enter that one, too! Can't have a Christmas book without some Christmas fabric, right? I'll draw winners for both giveaways Tuesday afternoon.  (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)


And don't forget, there are more chances to win the book—tomorrow's stop is the Martingale Publishing blog. (You can check out the full blog tour schedule on Linda's blog.) But if you don't win, no worries—Sew Merry and Bright is now available on Amazon. Good luck!

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Gloria said...

Oh dear, number one never wins.....

But that squirrel ornament is so cute!

pennydog said...

CUTE squirrel!

Liane R. said...

Would love to have this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lesley said...

This book is wonderful! Would love to have it in my house! Thanks for the chance!

Rachel said...

This would really help clear my Christmas backlog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Scenic Pit Stops said...

Oh goodness, those matryoshka's are fabulous!!! Going to have to get the book just for that ornament!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thanks Lee...adorable book.

Celtic Thistle said...

Looks like a good mix of projects in the book, including some that can be whipped up at the last minute, which is exactly what I will need!

Dianne said...

Love the squirrel and would love to try the other ornaments!

~Kelie~ said...

Looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Joyce said...

Wow...looks great! Would love to win!

Sandi1100 said...

I want to make the ornaments from the book. They are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

These ornaments would be great to make for my grandchildren. They could actually touch and play with these. Looks like wonderful book.

Terrie

Flying Blind... said...

The book looks great - more things for me to forget to make in time!!

Maja said...

The book looks real great. Many fun things to do.

heleen said...

what a lovely book. I give it a try.
I also love that little babushka.

Sarah said...

The ornaments are such perfect Christmas presents!

Marianne said...

Such cute projects, and I love the matryoshka ornament.

Kathryn said...

I love to give ornaments as gifts, and these are so unique.

Sandy D said...

I like the little ornaments you can make.They would be an idea to use to give the little kiddies on the school bus I drive.

Katherine said...

My goal this year is a house decorated completely with hand-made sweetness, this book would be awesome in helping me out!

Teresa said...

I haven't made ornaments in a long time but would really love to try some of these little guys. Very inspiring.

April said...

I love Christmas in July! Of course, I love Christmas anytime. Great giveaway, Thanks for the oppurtunity

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! The felt ornaments are sooo sweet. Thanks.

Patty
gnpkrupp at netzero dot net

Deb said...

I could use a holiday book since I don't have any. Thanks for the chance to win!

Patti Shanks said...

Love the ornaments! Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Pippa Parsons said...

looks like a great book, would love to win

Kristen said...

There is nothing better to start Christmas making early. The book looks great!

Pattie Crum said...

This looks like a fun book, can't wait to see it.

mascanlon said...

I am enjoying seeing all the ornaments in Linda's book. And I love the bakers twine idea too, just happen to have a stock as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

I just love Christmas and all the sewing that can be done to help decorate for the holiday!! I think I'd love this book :)

Wanda said...

This book looks like so much fun. I think my girls (teens) would love to make some ornaments.

Rachel Booth said...

I'd love to win this book!! I love everything about Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

I love crafty Christams books, and this one looks awesome.
Love your ornament.

Dianne
dbienick@comcast.net

Alison said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to make a tree skirt (or two) for gifts!

Anonymous said...

This book look like it is full of fun ideas. jillfroelich@yahoo.com

M-R said...

Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a great book!

Renea said...

This looks like a really cute book. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Diann said...

The book looks great. I love the squirrel ornament and felt ornaments in general. If they are decorated with beads, even better.

Sallie said...

I love the ornaments you highlighted! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Anita said...

How cute! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the chance.

Michelle McCray said...

Love matryoshka dolls!! Thanks for the giveaway :0)

Brigitte said...

thank you for this great giveaway, I'ld LOVE to give this cute book a new, good home in Germany
Hugs Brigitte

tusen said...

The projects from the book look so merry and I love how your squirrel turned out.

Becca said...

Love the matryoshka ornament! Two friends and I swap ornaments every year and this would be such a fun one to do! I'd love to see what else is in the book.

myownpemberley@gmail.com

cherylj said...

Love your ornament you made form the book.

Rachel said...

Such a beautiful book. Love the squirrel!

Rosa said...

The book looks fun and your squirrel is just cute.Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

sherry said...

looks like a fun book

Kelsey said...

That squirrel is adorable!! Looks like an awesome book :)

Laura said...

What a fantastic book! The ornaments are adorable! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Abbybeth said...

I've been loving the looks of the projects in this book - looks like there are quite a few I'd love to make!

Courtneysews said...

What a great book. Would love to win it. Thanks for the chance!

drmithome said...

Would love to win, but if not I have added it to my Amazon Wishlist..

Andra Gayle said...

Would love to have this lovely book. thanks for the chance!

needle and nest said...

What a fun looking book! I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance! :)

Steph Jacobson said...

I am so excited for Christmas crafting and it's only July! Would love to win this book!

Jill said...

Adorable squirrel ornament! My grandma has a vendetta against squirrels because they eat her bird food, but I think even she would think that's cute!

babiesdoc said...

I love the squirrel
I need to check out the blog tour to see more of the projects in this book!

Stephanie said...

Christmas sewing in July. :-) My daughter and J just brought fabric to make mug rugs for Christmas. This book looks great. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

Heather said...

This is just what I need to get my butt in gear for Christmas sewing ahead of time! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

The squirrel is adorable! I should def. consider starting my Christmas projects now :-)

Ramona said...

This looks like a really fun book. Your squirrel ornament is so adorable. I always give my kids an ornament every year for christmas so when they move out they have a set of ornaments. I would love to make that little squirrel for my daughter.

Terrie said...

Seriously LOVING that book!!!! Am trying so hard to get an early start this year !!! Thanks so much for the inspiration !!!

Amy said...

It looks like a great book. Love the squirrel!

beaquilter said...

looks like such a cute book! would love to win it

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This book looks like so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

capitolaquilter said...

Christmas crafting makes the season so personal and fun, these look like great projects.

Hilachas said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway. The book looks like it's full of fabulous ideas.

Sue Bone said...

I'd have to make a squirrel as we have red squirrels that love our oak tree.

Queen Mary said...

I definitely need this book! I'm a definite for the squirrel too, but I also need a good tree skirt pattern - the book has already paid for itself! Thanks for the Amazon link! (You know, just in case, by some weird happening, I don't win!) :0

Anne said...

What a great book, I would love to make my family gifts from it!

Vicky said...

What a fun book to win ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Kelly O. said...

Christmas is my favourite time of year and my tree is in desperate need of some handmade goodness!

Kate said...

Would love the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Teje said...

Thank you for giving us inspiration for Christmas sewing! That book looks so beautiful and it would be so great once start early enough these Christmas things! x Teje

Simone de Klerk said...

This looks forever so happy and bright!!! Thank you for the chance to win.

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a great book that would be to win. Thanks for the chance.
(supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

B Greene said...

What a wonderful book - I am determined to start Christmas crafting earlier this year!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynne Tilley said...

Such cute ornaments! I'd love to have that book. Thanks so much!
tilleybl@aol.com

Carrie P. said...

what cute little ornaments. I am always for new things to make at Christmas time. thanks for a chance.

Pippa's quilts said...

Would love to win

Caryn said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa Marie said...

I'm ready for some new ideas for holiday decorations. This book looks like just the thing! Thanks for the chance.

alidiza said...

I always need more ideas for holiday decorating! Your squirrel is adorable: )

Momto3inIL said...

What a cute book!!

simplesew said...

I would love this book to start my xmas sewing..

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Looks like a wonderful book!!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

Heather D. said...

Looks like a really cute book! Thanks for the chance.

Nikki M. said...

i need to get a jump on some christmas projects!

VickiT said...

I'd love to have a head start on Christmas using Linda's patterns. I really need to make a number of stockings this year and other things too such as table runners etc.

Gill said...

This looks a great book!
I love the squirrel!

Jennifer said...

This book looks super cute!

Pink Stitches said...

I'm a Christmas freak! I'd love to get my hands on this book! The ornaments look adorable!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Cute, cute squirrel. He looks just like one of the 2,347 that live in my yard. :) blessings, marlene

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Ornaments - need more ornament ideas. This book would help. Thank you.

Nancy said...

Thanks for having a giveaway. I love your blog. Have a great day. nanrae44@hotmail.com

Lucretia said...

Thanks for the chance at this awesome book :)

-Lucretia

Deb said...

I think the book would be wonderful and looks very creative.

CathyK said...

I am very excited about the book! I love Christmas crafts!!!!! :)

Meredith said...

This looks like a great book! I hope I win!

Linda said...

THANK YOU FOR SHARING A REALLY NEAT BOOK!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Kristen Sanderson said...

Wow this looks like a great book! ksanderson@hotmail.ca

Tina said...

The squirrel is so cute. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book.

Myra said...

What a fun book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

The cover alone is enough to make you want the book!

trillium said...

I really like that stocking, and I'd like to make the matryioshkas for someone.

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

Bonnie58 said...

I would love to get my hands on a copy of that book. it looks amazing. Here's hoping...

corina said...

Love that squirrel! This book would sure come in handy to get a headstart on Christmas!

Lynn said...

What a terrific book this looks like, full of lots of fun projects and inspiration!!

Leslie said...

Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heidi Staples said...

I'd love to win this sweet book!

Cheryl said...

also love the matroyshkas! can never have too many of those

Quilt Monkey said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!!

bruinbr said...

Adorable! Love your little squirrel! Thanks for the giveaway!

quiltercaroline said...

This book looks wonderful - I love your little squirrel and would love to make the doll ornament. Thanks for the giveaway. C

Melanie said...

Thanks for the chance Lee! I love your little squirrel! I've got my fingers crossed, but if I don't win I think I might have to go to Amazon for this book...it looks adorable!

quiltmom said...

Linda's book looks like lots of fun- thanks for the chance to win a copy. It is fun seeing what different people are creating from it.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Kay said...

The squirrel is just cute, it would be lovely to have a whole family of them. Thank you for offering the giveaway, I would love to get cracking on christmas sewing with this book.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Carmen Nuland said...

What an adorable ornament. My dad would love the little squirrel!

Annabanana said...

That squirrel is toooo cute, and it wouldn't even hurt my birdfeeders ! :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Anna said...

What an adorable book! So lovely!

Kim said...

Would love to get a jumpstart on my Christmas projects.

DeniseMarie said...

Very cute looking stuff in there!

Kay said...

I'm super interested in this book, mostly because we were so entertained by the squirrels in our camp at this year's family reunion. I would love to make a bunch up for the Christmas tree this year!

tartankiwi said...

Looks like a great book. I'd love some Christmas inspiration.

Melly said...

This book looks so cute! I have her other book, which I have made ALOT out of! I would love to win this one. Thanks!

Kathy H said...

I just love those ornaments. I am always looking for some cute new ornaments to make each year.

jednoiglec said...

I've seen this book cover and I immediately wanted to buy it. But why not winning it? :)

Tiffany said...

I'd love to win this, so I don't have to buy it! ;)

Laura said...

Yay for Christmas Crafting :)

Lisa said...

I would love to learn to make the little dolls ornament out of this book so I hope I win. Thank you

Leila said...

Too fun! I love making ornaments each year and this looks like it has lots of fun ideas.

Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

I would love a pattern for a tree skirt. I have been married for five years and we have just been using one I got at the dollar store because I keep saying I am going to make one but haven't found the right pattern. eatkin85@yahoo.com

Katie B. said...

The ornaments are are adorable!

Heidi said...

Would love to have this book! I need Christmas decorating help!

karen608 said...

Love the squirrel and doll ornaments! Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book.

Cleone said...

Love the colors she uses--hope I'm the lucky one to win!

Cleone said...

Love the colors she uses--hope I'm the lucky one to win!

Rhonda D. said...

I love the squirrel ornament. I could always use new ideas for Christmas
time. Great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Haley said...

This book is so cute. That squirrel ornament will definitely be making an appearance in this household.

quilt happy said...

i love any thing christmas thanks for the giveaway

Linda said...

HELLO! BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!
HAPPY STITCHING ALL!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

becky said...

This book is adorable I jumed over to amazon to get a look at it, I didn't want to take a chance to win from some one but this is definitly a winner and a keeper. Thank-you for the chance to win not only the book but a signed copy. Becky

Nita said...

It looks like a fabulous book...and I love the title!

Marcia W. said...

The squirrel ornament is so very cute. Yes, I would like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright! Thank you. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

Barb66 said...

This book looks like so much fun, I would love a copy.

pasqueflower said...

Yes, yes, yes! I would love to win a signed copy of the book!

Judy1522 said...

I would love to win this book. The projects I have seen so far look like they would be so much fun to make.

Kathryn Knox said...

Thanks for the chance. Would love this book. i'm a newbie and this sounds perfect.

Anonymous said...

I've seen Linda's projects in Quilts and More and would LOOOOOOOVE to have a copy of her book! Sew many projects, sew little time. :-))

amy and the bad cats said...

i'd LOVE to win a copy! that squirrel ornament would be absolutely perfect for my collection!

Natalie said...

That book looks really fun. I definitely need to start thinking about christmas sewing!

peacedgoods said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Diana said...

Not being greedy, but would love the fabric and the book. Both cool. Thanks for the giveaways.

wanda said...

I love Christmas. I could have Christmas every month as long as I didnt have to buy Christmas gifts every month. Love the book it is one worthy of Chriistmas. Thanks.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Would I like to win a copy of the book? OH YEAH, yes please!! I would love to sew the squirrel - he is so darn cute!!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

Lee said...

This book looks so great!! thanks for the review and giveaway!

linny said...

Aren't the matryoshka ornaments just the cutest. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Kim Feather said...

I HAVE to make the matryoshka dolls ornament! It's adorable and I collect these nesting dolls. I want to make the cute little squirrel ornament too. I would love to have this book. There are so many things to do!

Pinky said...

OH! I love Christmas!!! It's my favourite holiday... I would LOOOOOOOOOVE this book! :)

nettie said...

This new Christmas book looks like what I need to ask Santa to bring me, if I don't win it first! Bright, and original, brimming with Christmas ideas.
Thanks so much for the opportunity.
Nettie
nettiecrain@live.com

sandyb said...

I love this book. Thank you

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Doreen said...

Can't believe you're giving this book away! I've been drooling over it, and would so love to make every single project.

MIss Sherry said...

The squirrel, even the unadorned version is darling. Would love the book!

jane said...

This book went on my Wish List on the first day that I saw it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kirsten said...

This would be a wonderful book for Christmassy crafts - and plenty of time to still sew them by then too!

Beulah said...

This is a great book for the hot dog days of summer!
I'm dreaming of a white christmas...snow! And a colorful decorated house... :D

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anda W said...

What a beautful book! Never too early to start Christmas projects! awolk at rogers dot com

hueisei said...

Great book with wonderful projects. Hope I can win. Thanks.

JoyceLM said...

Cute squirrel. Thanks for the chance to win this great new book.

Tamie said...

This would be a great addition to my library.Thank you.

Sewgirl said...

I just love having the house all decorated for the holidays. Linda's book has some terrific ideas to incorporate in my own!

Claire Jain said...

So cute! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I would love to get my hands ob this book. All the projects look fun to make. The squirrel is a cutie pie.

Thank you and Martingale for a great giveaway and a chance to win an awesome book.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

loralie said...

So many cute ornaments!

slmartin at vtc dot net

Kimberly Cassie said...

Looks like an amazing book....I can't wait to see it.

Hopeful Homemaker said...

I'm with you... the ornaments are absolutely adorable. I would love to make them. Thanks!

Barbara said...

Really cute book. Thanks for the chance. I' d make some book's projects.
b.zanninelli@gmail.com

Zelda said...

Very feastive colors on the cover and the variety of projects sounds enticing! Thanks for the opportunity.

Binks said...

How cute. I love all the bright and bold festive colors. It really makes everything look a bit more modern.

Isa said...

I love all the christmas fun on your blog. It really makes it easier for me to stand the heat recently !!

Sherrye said...

LOVE the squirrel ornament, tree ornment, bird ornament, stocking, Christmas quilt...Oh my, I'll be busy until AFTER Christmas!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amber said...

I would love this book. I love new ideas for Christmas..

Lori said...

what a great give a way. My husbands side of the family gets together for Christmas the weekend before and every year one person (usually the women) make ornaments for everyone. I love the squirll and can see making 30 of them.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Sandy said...

I Love your Squirrel ornament! I love Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments with Lots of Animal Ornaments too!

Sandy said...

I Love your Squirrel ornament! I love Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments with Lots of Animal Ornaments too!

Louise said...

Love the entire Christmas season. What could be better than some fresh new ideas?

Laurel09 said...

My husband loves Christmas and gets really excited about Christmas decorations. I really really want to make him a Christmas quilt or at least some nice decorations this year -- I would love to have a good Christmas book to work from!

Cindy said...

I would love to win! Thank you for the lovely giveaway :) Happy quilting...

seaschell said...

Ooooo, I really love that matryoshka ornament! I'm crazy about 'em and I'd love to have some little ones hanging on my tree. Thanks for the chance to win!

Richard Healey said...

Thanks for chance to win book.

Anonymous said...

That looks darling! Thanks so much for the chance to win the book! ashleymjonesatlivedotcom

Rachel said...

This book is right up my alley ... my c-mas colors are those bright and cheery colors. Thanks for the chance to win the book :)

lovetostitch said...

With every review, it gets cuter and cuter and I want and want, swooning over that little squirrel!!! Thanks for putting me in the mood to go sew some more on my gifts that I've started.

Cecilia said...

This looks like such a great book. Thanks for the review and for the chance to win a copy.

Unknown said...

I am getting so excited for Christmas with all the July blog posts! Thank you for the chance to win this fab book!

Kd Brown said...

Linda's book is so sweet! It seems to be a necessity now to have to prepare for the Holidays. Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

Beth said...

This book looks fabulous! If I don't win it- Amazon, here I come. Thanks for the chance!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So cute! My decorations are horrible so this would be perfect to make this year better!

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