Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Little Gems" blog hop......e book giveaway and Island Batik Fabric giveaway

Holy Cow, these little gems sure pack a BIG punch!!!  If you love to paper piece, then you will certainly love this book.


Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)

"Little Gems" by Connie Kauffman

Here is her "Spinners" quilt


Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)

Images above are from Martingale by  Photographer, Brent Kane

Here is mine!  Looks like I have mine sideways but hey....it works!



Her instructions are easy to follow which makes paper piecing fun!

You can find her book here  as well as on Amazon.

The fabrics used are "Strawberry Fields" by Island Batik, The light background fabric is from the "Latte Foam" line.

I truly enjoyed this Little Spinner, of course the Island Batik fabrics made it even more enjoyable.

Thanks Connie for allowing me to be a part of this.

Martingale and Connie are giving away an ebook of her "Little Gems" on each participating blog hop, the winners will be announced on April the 20th on each site.

To add to the fun:

I am giving away 54 - six inch squares (26 colors, so you get 2 squares the same fabric)


This will give a lucky winner a chance to see, feel, and smell 26 awesome Batik Fabrics.

Just leave a  comment and do visit the other blogs for a strong chance of winning Connie's e book.


Be sure to go by tomorrow and visit Barbara at:







196 comments:

beaquilter said...

cute cute! (count me out of the giveaway, as I'm part of the hop)

Tammy Hutchinson said...

Island batiks are beautiful and your quilt is lovely! Haven't tried paper piecing yet....

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Looks like some fun projects!

Kathy said...

I do love to paper piece and that is a vibrant set of fabric squares you are giving away! Awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Karen said...

Great quilt and a wonderful choice of colors. Thanks for the chance to win this cool gift!

JudyCinNC said...

Little Gems certainly are turning up everywhere ... all are beautiful. I would certainly love making one of these gems. Thanks for the opportunity to win from Judy C

hetty said...

Love your quilt! So colourful. I would love to win those fabric squares. They're beautiful!

Michele T said...

Such sweet projects!!! Little Gems is a treasure! I'd love to play with those batiks!!

Material Girl said...

Love the quilts- especially loving the different color ways. My fingers are just itching to make these.

Betsy said...

I've been following this hop Barb and I love the colors you used on yours. Very modern

mimischaos said...

Paper piecing is still on my to do list. I am making myself finish mt current projects first. :). Your work is beautiful and likely to make me cheat!! Thanks for the chance to win!
thothwife@sbcglobal.net

nancie boyce said...

So cute! Love your spinner colors. Can't wait to see your batik bundle at my doorstep ;o)

VickiT said...

Very pretty choice you made. You chose one of the quilts that caught my eye in the blog hop announcement. I really like this one.Very pretty and beautiful fabrics.

Lyn said...

I really like that you used a darker colors! Very nice. Thanks for the chance to have a few pieces of batiks. Looks like such a great book.

quilter said...

Love your work! and the fabric is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.
cork@pa.rr.com

Mom C said...

Those are some seriously cute "little gems". Thanks.

Sara said...

Love your color choices. It's always interesting to see how different a pattern looks when the fabrics change. Thanks for sharing and for giving us this opportunity.

Susan L. said...

I love your version of the Spinners mini quilt!

Jennifer Gail said...

Hey girl
Thanks for chance.

Mrs. Renz said...

This pattern looks like it was made for batiks! Thanks for being part of this bloghop.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I am checking that book out, because I'm an addicted paper piecer. Your beautiful fabrics would work great!

Mary Ellen said...

Little Gems a apt name for those Batik colors .Thanks for a chance to win.

Farm Quilter said...

All the Little Gems that I have seen are so adorable! Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and the gorgeous fabrics!

Robin said...

Very pretty, I just might have to try paper piecing.

Robin in Washington State
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Unknown said...

Beautiful fabrics! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Needled Mom said...

What a darling little mini that is. I love the batiks you used in making yours, Barb.

Scrappy quilter said...

Oooh my those quilts are wonderful. And a great giveaway too!

JoyceLM said...

I love foundation paper piecing - thanks for the chance to win.

Lu said...

Thanks Barbara for the chance at a great giveaway. Your little quilt is so cool. I hope to be making one soon!

Rebecca said...

Little works of art I think and your faric will add to the fun!

Quilting Tangent said...

Beautiful Little Gem you made, love the batiks. 24Tangent@gmail.com

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Your quilt is adorable! Love your colors! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Love your Little Gem and your colors! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

Kathy E. said...

I have worked with Island Batiks before they are so rich in color and fun to create with! This gets me excited all over again! Thanks!

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

The designs are adorable and your batiks are perfect for one of the patterns in the book.

Julie said...

This is such an enjoyable way to learn paper piecing or to improve your skills. Batiks remind me of the Tie-Dyed fabrics I made in the late 60's. Thanks for the chance to win.

Calicojoan said...

Yep, I do love those little gems! Your's is gorgeous!

Karla Minter said...

I love your bright colors in the spinners quilt!

Judy said...

The quilts in this book are adorable! I loved your version. Thanks for the chance to win!

86201580-c726-11e3-b07a-000bcdcb5194 said...

Really like this "Little Gem". Thanks for the chance to win. mfhagopian@aol.com

Anita said...

Lovely design and gorgeous batik fabrics!

Lynnette Lamance said...

I love your version and do not think it looks sideways. Thank you for the opportunity to win this unique book

86201580-c726-11e3-b07a-000bcdcb5194 said...

Love this "Little Gem". Thanks for the chance to win. mfhagopian@aol.com

Deborah said...

Great colors! Great projects for gifts! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Deborah said...

Great colors! Love these patterns! I'd love to make some Little Gems! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Katharine Retherford said...

Love batiks, miniatures & paper piecing - great combination!

Donna W said...

Looks like a great book. I will need to add it to my personal library. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Deborah said...

Great colors! Love these Little Gems and would love to make them! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Crickets Corner said...

This looks to be a book that you want to make more than one project from, I love how different yours is from the original. Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway. Rina

Deborah said...

Colors are great! Love these Little Gems and would love to make them! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

jefferson said...

Love the nice jewel tones in the batiks!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Love your version of the little quilt. Thanks for the chance on your wonderful giveaway!

Susan Griffith said...

I love the colors in your quilt. I would love to try some of the patterns in this book. Paper piecing is great!

teachpany said...

What a fun Spinner! I think I want to make that one, too. Great colors!

Linda said...

HI, what a nice giveaway! Thank You for sharing!
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Kathryn said...

I love your use of bright fabrics. The batiks are wonderful.

Vicki H said...

Your mini is great. I can hardly wait to make some of my own.

vwlady said...

Love these fabrics....I promise to give them a good home, if I get lucky! I've been making paper pieced mini's for more yrs than I care to say.....great way to always have accuracy when making small quilts. Thanks for the chance!

Terri in BC said...

I love little quilts! I wish I had more wall space!

PK Sews said...

Your little quilt is delightful, and the fabric is absolutely luscious! Thanks for sharing your creation, and thanks for the chance to win!

JANET said...

Looks like a good book to have. Thanks for the giveaways!

Lorie Bugaiski said...

Great colors! Thanks for a chance to win!

Wendi said...

Loved your little quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gayla L said...

Just started quilting. Absolutely love the batiks. They are so beautiful

Rachell said...

I love to paper piece! And I'm getting addicted to batiks, no question!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Joanna said...

I like your version in the batiks. What a nice giveaway this is; beautiful fabric and a neat book. Thanks.

Joyful Quilter said...

All of the little quilts in the book are wonderful. Love the colors you chose for yours.

Sally said...

Cute quilt. I'm hoppin'!

DuAnne said...

No matter what direction, it's always lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan Mulvihill said...

Wow, what gorgeous fabrics! It would be fun to play with them and create something stunning! Thanks so much!

BJ said...

The more I see on this blog hop, the more I want to give pp a try. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful patterns. Thanks for a chance to win!

Carol said...

How can you go wrong with batiks?

Allison said...

The fabrics are just gorgeous! I would love to work with them.

Joan H. said...

Love,love batiks!

Rhonda Davis said...

Fantastic giveaway...love, love, love batiks and mini quilts!!!

Nancy in IN said...

Great quilt. Wow the charm squares are super.

Lori said...

wow your mini is gorgeous. makes me think summer is right around the corner. I will have to go and get this book if I don't win. Thanks for the chance. Thanks for inspiring us all.

Tinliz said...

Delightful batiks!

Nancy said...

I am enjoying this hop and the Little Gems quilts. they are very pretty in batiks too. Have recently picked up some batiks while doing the Maine Spring Shop Hop which takes place during the whole month of April. So fun to get out there and see what the different shops have to offer, and going out to lunch while doing so isn't bad either lol.

Anne D said...

The book looks great. I love minis and I love batiks. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Mary said...

Lovely fabrics and very cute pattern. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Cute cute cute!!!

tramd said...

Beautiful mini using the batiks. I am enjoying this blog hop.

Maureeneh said...

I am really enjoying seeing all of these mini quilts.
maureeneh52@hotmail.com

Deb G. in VA said...

I love your of the Spinners quilt. I love little quilts and to paper piece. Little Gems looks like it has some great projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy and some beautiful batiks!

barbara woods said...

love that fabric, thanks

Judy Zoll said...

I too am enjoying the blog hop. It's very helpful to see different color versions of the same pattern.

Zollj@bpsnetworks.com

virgdale said...

NICE BOOK, LIKE BOTH ADAPTATION OF THIS QUILT.

Sallie said...

Love batiks and enjoying the hop!

Lisa Marie said...

Batiks and paper piecing -- two of my favorite things! Your quilt is so cute, thanks for sharing!

Shawna said...

Such great ideas. and lovley batiks. can't wait to start.

spacer said...

Love paper piecing and miniatures so this would be a great addition to my library to say nothing or my love affair with batiks.

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. I love these little quilts!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Great work Barb and love the Island Batik fabrics you used!

MissPat said...

This looks like a really great book. I love paper piecing and batiks. What a combination!

sandra said...

I have never really paper pieced or done miniatures. Can't handle those small pieces anymore. Love yours and the beautiful Batiks.

Sue D said...

i like paper piecing and love the fabrics

Sue D said...

I like paper piecing and love the fabrics

Donna said...

Love the colors you chose. I enjoy paper piecing and love minis! Thx for the giveaway!

LJ said...

I totally love the idea of these small quilts. What a great way to add quilted sweetness without the commitment of a queen-sized quilt!! Love the design you chose and those Island Batiks are gorgeous.

evelyn said...

Oh so cute! I still find paper piecing a challenge. Your did a great job, and you made it your own.

Renea said...

I love to paper piece and I have one of the cute little quilt frames. The fabrics are gorgeous that you are giving away. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

jane nj/wi said...

Small quilts rule in my house and among my friends....what a fun Group to have been gathered to inspire us quilters and give us opportunities to win amazing fabric today.....yippee

Dale said...

I like BOTH Spinners - Connie's and yours. Your batiks are beautiful! Thank you for the lovely give-away.

Sewgirl said...

I love small projects, especially paper piecing, as it makes everything turn out so precise. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

Renee G said...

These little gems and the fabric sound wonderful.

Ellee said...

You did a great job on your little quilt! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

GranChris said...

Wonderful, I love it. The colors are just great.

joanne roberts said...

My sister loves batik. I hope I can win this for her. Thank you

Pauline Perry said...

I love your little quilt and hope to make one myself. The two examples shown give an idea of how different they look in different colours. I love batik fabric and your giveaway is awesome - thanks for the chance.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com

rajee pandi said...

too cute

Gene Black said...

Fun! Count me in on the giveaway. I could use those batik squares.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I would love to win this book and the Batik fabric squares.

OhioLori said...

LOOOOVE your Quilt!! Colors just Pop with Happy! Great job! Awesome!!! :)

Charlene S said...

All the quilts so far have been to die for.

Vicki in MN said...

Love your sweet little Mini!!

Marly said...

This is such a happy quilt I'd want it in my hallway all year round to lighten up even the darkest of days.

tiffany Matto said...

Woo hoo! Love the little quilt! I'd be one happy girl if I won the 6" squares! So many possibilities!

Hooked on Quilting said...

I'm always amazed at what the color choices do to transform the same quilt. I just wish I had an eye for color. I was once told, by a good friend, that she felt my eye was a bit harsh...not sure what that means, but...thought I'd share. LOL

Janie said...

Love your quilt. Sweet spring colors. Thank you for sharing.

Lydia said...

sideways? it works indeed, it's wabi sabi, full of energy, just lovely.....and your giveaway is terrific, one I'd love to receive.

Cecilia said...

I like the sideways look of your quilt and I love the bright colors! This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

Lauriejo said...

looks pretty good to me! thanks for the giveaway opportunity

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

Love your quilt and I like Batiks. They are so warm and lovely.

Dolores said...

I really do like the blocks I've seen so far. They'd make cute gifts.

Susan robbins said...

The colors are fantastic! I love the tiny quilts

Susan robbins said...

Love the colors and the tiny size

wendy said...

Ohh...those are some beautiful fabrics! I would love to feel them but, do they smell as good as they look?

Christine Regan said...

Love your color way!

Marilyn Snow said...

I love your little quilt! I would love to make one also and would certainly like to feel and smell the little squares you are giving away.

Dee said...

You batik quilt is definitely a "LITTLE GEM"!

Kathy H said...

I love the little quilts and the fabrics are beautiful.

Brandy Pettit said...

This is my favorite pattern thus far, thanks for the bonus giveaway!
~Brandy
brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

Alana said...

I have the book and it's fantastic! And the fabric you're giving away is gorgeous :)

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

What a great way to share batiks...in 6" squares! love it!!

Quiltsmiles said...

Barb your little Gems quilt just sparkles and with that warm color combo, it reminds me of something hot, like fire. Great finish and I really like that red/orange dot fabric.

Andee said...

Loving these little quilts!

Frances said...

I am loving the little quilts on this BlogHop, the best in ages!

Liz Scott said...

Love those batiks! Would look vibrant in a mini quilt (or any quilt actually :) )

Pauline G said...

What great little quilts !

Mania said...

Your little quilt is beautiful! A fabric amazing!

Denise said...

It's great seeing all the different variations of the quilts

Rachel said...

Thank you for the nice giveaway - the colors are so vibrant - rachel.gagnon5@sympatico.ca

Mystica said...

Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Christy Graf said...

Great variation of this mini. Would love to smell those batiks!

Susan robbins said...

Love the tiny quilt you made, so whimsical!

delaineelliott said...

I love your quilt. This looks like an awesome book! Thanks!

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Linda said...

Love the colors in your mini quilt!

Allison CB said...

Like the mini-quilt! Cute!

Kathy MacKie said...

Yes, it would be great to fondle that fabric, thanks for the chance to do so!

Peggy said...

Your mini quilt is so cute.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

minibea12 said...

Love the mini-quilt! The fabric is perfect!
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Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

I love brights & batiks, thanks for the chance to win!

Linda B said...

Love the fabric...very bright and colorful

works4me said...

That fabric is amazing for minis. Love your version of the quilt. Thanks for a chance to win.

Andrea York said...

Your mini is awesome-I'd like to try one-never made anything that small.
The bright batik colors are lovely, thanks for the chance to win.

SBDavis603 said...

Your remake is beautiful. I especially enjoy the button you put in the center motif! Lovely!

Mokki said...

the colours in that fabric is fab and your quilt is really cute.

SherryB said...

Ooooh, don't those fabrics look delicious! And your mini quilt is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Brown Family said...

I can't wait to get started on mime!

Laura Ferdal said...

I would love to win this - I love batiks!!
merryorganic@gmail.com

Sara Moline said...

I love to see the same quilt in different fabrics. Both our beautiful! Thank you!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I love the colors you used for yours. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katy M said...

lovely colours!

Her Indoors said...

I had no idea that there was more to paper piecing than hexies.... these mini quilts are gorgeous, and so is the giveaway fabric!

jmniffer said...

What a fun blog hop! I really like the colors you used in your Little Gem. Thanks for participating in the hop.

Jusmom1 said...

This book looks fabulous and the colors are just so rich and lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

Alice Ronne said...

Great giveaway on some great colors of fabric. Thanks for the giveaway! akronne17@gmail.com

kbo said...

I enjoy collecting batiks and sewing with them - yummy fabric!

Mary Burnette said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance. mburnette912@bellsouth.net

annmarie said...

I love minis & I love batiks - great combo!

Susan Entwistle said...

I love your version of Spinners. It's so colorful and summer-y

Gene Black said...

I don't paper piece so not sure about the book...but oh MY would I LOVE to win the batiks.

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

really liked all the little gems. and plan to try them as soon as I can.

janna sutherland said...

I love your mini! Certainly a gem!

Laura said...

Lovely little quilt! Great colors.

Audrey said...

I love the colours you have chosen for your version of Spinners. I have been so impressed with the projects in Little Gems that I won't even mind removing teeny tiny bits of paper. Thanks for sharing and participating in the blog hop.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Oh wow, gorgeous fabrics! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

GranChris said...

I love the colors, very cute. I will put this on the 2015 must do list.

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Great color choices and such a fun quilt!

Claire Sutherland said...

Gorgeous quilt and beautiful fabrics x

Sharon said...

There is nothing like batiks to get you heart beating fast!

Rachell said...

Very cute! I love the batiks in happy colors.
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AlidaP said...

Lovely quilt and great fabric! Thanks for sharing!!

Cher Merriman said...

Beautiful fabrics! And great job on the mini!
merrimom@shaw.ca

Laura Ferdal said...

I would love to win this prize! thanks!
larslaura27@gmail.com

Deb said...

Looks good! I love bright bold colors!

cookie said...

I love the straight lines and color of the quilt projects!

Sarah said...

I love the play of light in batik fabrics. sarah@forrussia.org

Carol C Thomas said...

Happy quilts and projects

Jen Barnard said...

I love your mini and the fabric would be perfect for a project I have planned but have been having trouble finding the right fabric for.
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Emily C said...

Hoe cute! Your mini reminds me of a flower garden.

Sheila Ivany said...

Adore the bright colours of batiks. Thank you for a chance to win. Enjoy your blog. Happy Quilting :)

Lauren Maedge said...

What a wonderful book! I love the minis!

Sally said...

Lovely little quilt and yummy fabric!! Nice job

Dar Welch said...

I love the bright summery colors you chose. Nicely done!