First of all, Connecting Thread stocks a massive selection - over 300 quilting and sewing books. Wowzers! Really that would be too many if they didn't have some clever ways of simplifying the browsing experience. Sure you can sort by New or by Best Sellers or even Most Searched Authors, but honestly those aren't going to get me to what I like any faster than searching on Amazon. What I appreciate is the option to sort by Subject, so I can hone in on books about free motion quilting or find a good beginners book to gift to a friend. Kudos to Connecting Threads for breaking down their selection into a bunch of very specific subjects!
|Stitch Love, Savor Each Stitch, Improvising Tradition, Modern Rainbow, Handmade Style, Cabin Fever|
It took me just few moments to collect some books I like. I'm sure you could do the same. And then you'd wonder... is it really one I need to own?
For me buying or passing by a book comes down to how many of the projects I'd actually want to make. Connecting Threads gets that and has a simple solution! Click "view more images" at each book's item page to preview many of the projects. It's way better than looking over the first few pages of the book on Amazon, at least for me, because you get to see a bunch of projects, not directions for how to make one. I love this feature! It's so much more like paging through the book in person.
Now before we do our giveaway I want to draw your attention especially to Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan. I received a complimentary copy of this book just prior to Eleni's birth and have been meaning to tell you about it ever since. For someone who loves a vibrant, modern use of color, this book is absolute eye candy. The cover quilt is my very most favorite, but several other projects have definitely caught my imagination.
My overriding thought as I've paged through Modern Rainbow over the past few months is that this is the book I would write, if I were to write a quilting book. And now I don't have to; Rebecca did it beautifully! She and I seem to make a lot of the same fabric and style choices. Plus her way of explaining things makes total sense to me. Basically, if you like my blog, I think you'll really like this book!
To celebrate their book-y excellence, Connecting Threads is giving away the book of your choice to one lucky reader. Unfortunately they can only ship to the U.S. or Canada. If you live internationally and choose to enter, you could always have your prize sent to a friend in U.S. or Canada, just because you're incredibly nice? Sorry we couldn't do better.
To enter this giveaway, tell us which book you'd choose from Connecting Threads vast selection OR which quilting/sewing book you've been enjoying most lately. Enter now through noon, eastern time, on Monday the 29th. Don't forget to include your email if necessary. Good luck, friends!
And our winner is #89, Kathie, who selected All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland!