Sunday, August 29, 2010

Star Stuck Blog Tour & Giveaway


Star Struck Quilts includes complete instructions for 9 wall hangings, which can then be transformed into 27 bed-sized quilts. Barbara shares many valuable life lessons and shows you how to achieve the fine workmanship found in the quilts made in her Mennonite community.
The blog tour participants can be found at these links:
PaulJuliaGraber August 23
Quilter's Corner August 25
Life in the Shoe August 26
Deb Girottis August 28
Me! August 29
Burgandy Buttons August 31

Be sure to visit them all for a chance to win the Star Struck Quilts book and a few other quilt goodies!
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As my part of the blog tour, I was able to ask Barbara a few questions.
First Question: 1. You have included many life lessons in your new book Star Struck Quilts, can you tell me a life lesson that you feel is important but didn't make the 'cut' for the book?
Barbara replied:
Honoring My Husband


I have many happy memories of my family playing a competitive card game, Rook, in my growing up years. When Terry and I dated and then married, I learned that he was a “Rook Pro” who took the competition to another level of being serious about the game.
One evening, Terry and I were among a group gathered at his parent’s home to enjoy the evening with this card game. As I sat by his side and observed the proceedings I realized that he was perturbed because he was losing. This seemed childish to me, since it was only a game. With a few unseasoned words, I let everyone know what I thought of his behavior.
As I sensed a wall growing between us, I scooted closer to Terry supposing this would absolve the tension. This proved to be the wrong maneuver as the wall continued to grow throughout the evening.
Later when we were able to discuss the situation, I realized that I had humiliated my husband in front of his family.
While there may have been lessons in sportsmanship to be learned, the greater
lesson was to honor my commitment to love and respect my husband.
LESSON: Always Honor, love and respect my husband.

Second: Do you have a favorite color?

Barbara:  I can't come up with a favorite. I just love the beauty in colors and how pretty they are when different value, shades and tones are placed together to enhance each other.


Third:  I have many readers that are beginner quilters.
Do you have any advice you could share with a new or beginner quilter?
Barbara:
Take classes, read books and magizines on the subjects of quilting. Try to learn new tecniques. Don't say "that is to hard for me". Keep in mind that you learn by taking little steps with each quilt you piece. After I finish a quilt I still look at it and see where I could have improved on it. I don't look at this as a failure but as a learning step for the next quilt.

I hope you enjoyed Barbara's blog tour!

If you'd like to win a copy of Star Struck by Barbara Cline or the group of her favorite quilting notions, please leave a comment on this post and I will choose a winner on September 2nd using the random number generator.



First place winner will receive a copy of Star Struck Quilts; 2nd place winner will receive a gift set, including the pictured items above: pen-style Chaco-Liner, Flower Head Pins and Mary Ellen's Best Press spray.

Along with the other blogs participating, I will also draw a 3rd name which will be forwarded to Barbara for an opportunity to win some RJR fabric or a $25 gift card to Patchwork Plus (Barbara's local quilt shop), and winners for those prizes will be announced on her blog here.
Good Luck!!

116 comments:

Weatherbee ;) said...

A quilting book that can help beginners?? Right up my alley! :) I can use all the help and advice I can get. Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie said...

Thanks for the most interesting questions yet, Vickie! And, Barbara gave great answers. Thanks for counting me in for the giveaways.

Carin said...

The quilts in that book are amazing! I have my fingers crossed :O)

Netta said...

Thanks for showcasing the notions. As a beginner quilter it is nice to see what and experienced quilt chooses to use. nanasew at gmail dot com

paulette said...

Awesome give away!! Thanks for the chance to win it!! Take care!
P

sharon said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, please count me in! Thanks Sharonj

Heather said...

Yaaa!! I love quilt books!! This book looks amazing!
h_freund@hotmail.com

Cheri C. said...

One day I will win on a blog... could it be this one??

Ida13 said...

Thanks for the chance!
I'm planning a star-quilt for Xmas. :) It could help me. :)

Treva said...

Would love to win this book!

Lisa said...

Looks like a great book!

Vicki said...

I would love to win this book as it looks absolutely fabulous :) What a talented lady Barbara is :) Please count me in the giveaway and the other prizes are fabulous too :)

Toni said...

This book is exactly what I need to purchase

Crafty Mama said...

What a stunning quilt! I love stars so this book is right up my alley☺ Great interview too, the part about honoring your husband-very good advice!

Blessed said...

I would love to be included in the draw. Barbara's quilts are so beautiful.

ThatsSewShawna said...

I hope I can find the book locally. It sounds awesome :)

Lis said...

What an interesting post and a great giveaway, thank you, hope I'm lucky.

QuiltSue said...

I'd love to win this fabulous looking book please.

Martina said...

Great questions and answers. Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win!

GerryART said...

Stars! ! !
Always a hit in quilt designs.

Vickie, any of these prizes are so generous.

Thanks for this opportunity.

Hugs,
Gerry

gill said...

Great interview!
This book looks really good!!
Gill

ruth said...

I like Barbara's encouragement to improving skill. One step at a time! Count me in...

Fiesta said...

Vickie, thank you for the chance to win.

Sarah Craig said...

Great interview and thanks for a chance at a giveaway!!

Madamquiltsalot said...

I would love to winthis book or the fovorite quilting notions, thanks for the chance.
deckhoff8514@esagelink.com

Marie said...

I'm looking forward to a copy of the book.

Micki said...

I would love to win this book as I have always loved making star quilts.
Micki

babiesdoc said...

I love star quilts.
Please enter me

Judy C said...

I would love to win this book, her quilts are stunning.Thanks for the giveaway!

Needled Mom said...

I think her answers were wonderful! Another great thing for learners is to follow blogs. They are always so inspiring.

Mama Spark said...

Looks like an interesting book. I would love to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity!!

deserae said...

I really want to win this book, the quilts are amazing!!!

Deb said...

Would love to win this book, or any of the other items, but the book is wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathryn said...

I loved the lesson about honoring your husband. Kathie L in Allentown

Denise :) said...

I love her story about honoring her husband. That lesson is best learned early in a marriage!! Nice job on the interview! :)

Loretta said...

Good advice for a marriage or any relationship!!! I love this book already and will buy it if I don't win.

Sandy said...

Loved the questions you asked, Vickie. Great book and the other prizes are wonderful as well...thanks for the giveaway.

ferne said...

I love star quilts. My Grandmother who was Mennonite made many beautiful ones. I could use a little help though and this book is right up my alley!

Nancy said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway!

SewCalGal said...

Great post Vicki. This book sounds amazing. Fun giveaway too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Duff said...

IN the day and age of rampant divorce, it is wonderful to see a woman who so loves, honors, and cherishes not only her husband, but the sacred commitment of marriage.
thanks! I'd love to win a copy of this book or any of the other prizes!

flutefish said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love lone star quilts!

Johanna said...

I love stars! Please count me in, I would love to win!

MoeWest said...

Sound like the life lessons Barbara put in her book will be just as interesting and useful as the quilting lessons.

MonikaC said...

This book looks beautiful! I am so excited to see the quilts as well as read about Barbara's life lessons.

Dee said...

I do think her statement about honoring our husbands is an important one. I'm glad you asked her the question. The quilts in this book look amazing and I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

LizA. said...

the quilts in that book are just magnificent! wow! i will definitely be putting that book on my must have list.

bobbie23nc said...

Stars have always been my favorite patterns and I would love to have a copy of this book.

Petit Ange said...

Please count me in! This book looks so amasing!
Hugs from Hungary!

Carol in E TN said...

Isn't this a great book, and I enjoyed your interview with Barbara.

Jane said...

Black and white and red all over. This book looks awesome! Thanks for all the information you provide on your blog. You are amazing.

SteffiD said...

This is an awesome giveaway, not to mention possible 3 winners! I would love a chance to win that book. Stars are beautiful in quilts :)

Ruby said...

I am loving visiting on this book tour. Thanks for the conversation and the chance to win!

Beverley said...

Very nice 'tutes' on your blog and your interview with Barbara was interesting. This is my 7th stop on the Star Struck Blog Tour ... my first time entering givaways.
Bev in BC

free indeed said...

Many of our young 'marrieds' could use this lesson....it's going by the way side these days...:(
Good interview

Barb said...

I would love to win a copy of this wonderful book! I have loved reading more about Barbara--thank you!

SheilaC said...

The quilts in this book are amazing! I would love to add it to my library!

Thank you so much for the give away!

SheilaC

James-Linda said...

LOVING THE TOUR!
THANKS FOR SHARING!
LOVE,LINDA

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Doina said...

Great giveaway! Please count me in!

AnnieO said...

Great questions! I'm not sure I fully believe people who say they don't have a favorite color, but I appreciate her comment about shades and prettiness together, LOL! I'd love a chance to win the book--fantastic stars in there.

Heather said...

What a lovely giveaway, I would la la LOVE to win!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Love the blog tour! I like reading all the Q&A sessions.

Ida Hochstetler said...

This looks like a very nice book to have!!

Kim said...

Thank you for all the words of wisdom. Awesome giveaway, thank you.

Ida Hochstetler said...

This books looks very nice!! Thanks for the chance to win!

scottylover said...

Such beautiful quilts! I would love a copy of this book. Star blocks are my favorite blocks to make, too!

Sandy A

VickiT said...

I totally agree with the interview about honoring your husband. Competition can be fun but not at the expense of your husband's feelings. Such a great lesson all married couples should learn and remember. I can't wait to see more of the life's lessons as seen through Barbara's eyes in this book as well as learning more on quilting.
This sounds more and more like a wonderful book anyone would love to own, or even better, win.
Thank you Vickie for being part of the tour.

mharpole said...

Would love a copy of this book.

Winona said...

I love looking at the pictures from this book. Sure am hoping I win one. Barbara is not only creative but a wise woman. Always honor and respect your husband. Winona

Karen S said...

Nice post. Count me in for the giveaway! Thanks!

Kay said...

I am looking forward to using some new techniques in quilting and Barbara's book would be a great place to start! Thanks for being a part of the book tour!

Donna said...

I love learning more about Barbara and seeing some new and interesting blogs!

Jolene said...

I would love to win the fabric to try my hand at maybe making one of those beutiful star struck quilts!!!! :-) ....Jolene

Anna @ Fresh Dew Drops said...

Thank you so much for sharing question #1.

webmailaddress2 said...

Thanks for another great interview! I like the advice to learn new things-important in quilting and in real life!

ytsmom said...

I have followed Barbara's sisters blogs for a while. They a very talented family!

natalie said...

I can't wait to see this book and especially to learn new techniques. Count me in.

zdotes said...

Great questions. I'm looking foward to seeing the book!!!

Barb said...

Star blocks are beautiful, but some look so challenging. Barbara's book would be a great way to get me to take on that challenge. And a chance at notions and fabric,too? Awesome giveaway opportunity :D

Christine said...

The book looks great, thanks for the giveaway.

cheers
Christine

craftytammie said...

what a fabulous giveaway! I am excited to see this book - I am new to quilting and need to learn so much!

Peaceful Piecer said...

looks like a great book.....thanks for a chance to win

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

A truly awesome book! I would really like to win a copy!

Dandelion Quilts said...

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

Marcia said...

mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com
Would really like to win a copy of Barbara's book and try some of these star patterns. Thank you for the giveaway.

rosemaryschild said...

Barbara's quilts are amazing! Thanks for this great giveaway!

lips said...

Wow - what a great givaway!
thank you for the chance to win.
Colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

Crispy said...

Goodness, I keep forgetting about this and am always playing catch up. I would love to be included in the drawing.

Crispy

arlette said...

Oh gosh, I'm enjoying the blog hop, I'd love to win!!!, love all the prizes!

Heather Acton said...

As a relative beginner quilter, I appreciate the encouragement. Winning some quilting supplies or a quilting book would also be encouraging!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This book looks awesome. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for entering me.

Patty said...

Her quilts are amazing. Thanks for the great interview.

Donna S. said...

As a beginner I would love this book!!!

Béa said...

I would be so happy to win this beautiful book, finger crossed !

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very nice interview! Thanks for the chance to win:0

snippetsandyarns said...

I love how, where others might see mistakes in their work, she instead sees lessons, and room for improvement! Thank you for a chance to win her book!

annmarie said...

This is a very fun giveaway - love seeing all the new blogs! Yours looks like a good one to follow .Thanks.

Cecilia said...

I am enjoying the interviews. Thanks for the giveaway.

Quilt Monkey said...

This sounds like a really interesting book! Thanks for being part of the blog tour and having the giveaway!

Kristy said...

I would be thrilled to win. Kristy in Ohio

MaryAnnYutzy said...

I was gone over the weekend -- so maybe my comment won't count -- but just in case it does, I'm signing in now!

...so we added chickens said...

What a wonderful looking book with beautiful quilts - I am working my way toward making a star quilt

Mary said...

Thanks for a great giveaway! Always enjoy your blog.

Deb said...

I enjoyed all the interesting questions! Great post on Barbara's book!

Blessed said...

Count me in! I am enjoying this blog tour for Barbara's book.

Karen said...

I'd love the opportunity to add this book to my growing collection. Thanks!

Spooky said...

Really great giveaway! I'd love to win, even though I'm such a beginner I'm sure I won't be doing anything so complicated just yet. Someday :)

Vernon and Kim said...

I would love one of these books! It has really set my passion for piecing on fire.

Ruth said...

love this book AND the sisters!!

Cathie in UT said...

Great advice from Barbra and I am glad I found your blog!
Thanks for the chance to win the book or goodies too!
Bye the way...cute flag project!

Nancy Sue said...

Vickie,
Thank you for hosting your part of this blog book tour. I loved your question about a life lesson that didn't make the cut for the book :)
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

If I don't win this book, it is definitely on my "to get" list. I am amazed.

b/

amy j. said...

would love to win this book or the other prizes! thanks for the chance!

carmel said...

this looks so great!
thanks alot!

Aaltje said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I love the book and I think starquilts are beautiful, but difficult.

Lori said...

Words of wisdom from Barbara. Thanks for sharing and good for you on creating this blog!