Friday, January 17, 2014

PORTRAITS IN WOOL AND A GIVEAWAY FOR A QUILT MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

As I look out my window this morning at the snowy landscape, it seems like spring is so far away but the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine definitely gets me in the mood to celebrate this season of new beginnings. And I’m so happy to share with you that my newest wool design, Florabunda, is among the many projects in the latest issue. As a kid, I loved to do quilling—a centuries-old art form of paper filigree that uses rolled strips of paper to create decorative designs. I thought why not apply that to my favorite fiber—wool?!  Florabunda is a fun twist on quilling. Its design sprouted from the floriferous still-life paintings of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painters. I had so much fun designing this little wool portrait last year that I assembled and copyrighted a new little booklet on wool designs, including some of these fun wool portraits, that talks about how I was inspired by the paper quilling and describes the process I use to create the rolled flowers. 


Take a closer look and you will see that the wooly posies are all three-dimensional! These woolly portraits are a great way to add dimension to a design.


The latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects also includes a pattern for a simpler companion project for readers who aren’t ready to tackle such an abundant design like Florabunda. I was inspired by the many winged beauties that visit my flower garden and took my inspiration particularly from the Ohio Buckeye butterfly because its spotted wings lent itself so well to using my quilled wool circles. The four circular designs on its wings and the S-shape body are all made of three-dimensional rolled wool strips.


I will be offering kits for both of these projects and will be back later with more information about them in a future post. In the meantime, be sure to watch for our latest issue on newsstands or in your mailbox. It's packed with projects from some very talented designers—Laural Arestad, Karen Bates, Lisa Bongean, Lori Brechlin, Missie Carpenter, Deanne Eisenman, Kay Harmon, Julie Hendricksen, Catherine Hughes, Janice Minear, Nancy Moore, Vicki Olsen, Melanie Pinney, Tonya Robey, Jill Shaulis, and Joyce Weeks.


Thanks to the publisher, I'm giving away a year’s subscription to the magazine to one lucky reader! To sweeten this already generous offer, I’m also including a wool kit to make the butterfly portrait (includes the wool only, no frame). Just leave a comment telling me what topics you enjoy reading most on my blog. Quilting? Antiques? Gardening? Something else? I'm always curious as to what draws visitors to my site and even more, what keeps them coming back. You do NOT need to be an official Google follower of mine to enter. If you are, though, I’m giving you an extra entry to thank you for your support—to get it, you just need to enter a separate comment telling me you’re an official follower. Since I’ll be drawing the name via Random Generator, I need you to make a separate entry for that. This giveaway will end next Wednesday, January 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. (central time). I’ll randomly draw a name and announce the winner that Wednesday evening. The winner will have until Friday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m. (central time) to claim her/his prize by emailing me. 

And last but not least, I just wanted to share a photo of our latest fish dinner. After my previous post, I received a few emails from readers asking about all the fish I've been eating and how to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I received a wonderful surprise from my father-in-law. He has been ice fishing and caught some fresh bluegill for us! I lightly breaded them in the whole-wheat breadcrumbs before baking them. It's such a treat of have fresh fish in the middle of winter! Yum!

53 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading your blog for the variety of topics.

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  2. Wow Kimber, what a wonderful giveaway! I love these magazines. And I do love reading all about your quilting projects. Thanks!

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  5. I enjoy your blog for the quilting! But the rest is enjoyable too.

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  6. I most enjoy anything quilty in your posts!! This would be an awesome prize... One that gives each month too!!

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  7. I am following you via Bloglovin'!!!

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  8. Hi Kimber,
    First of all, Wow, love your ingenious use of wool with a quilling touch. You clever girl! Second, a year subscription! Last, your sweet kit - I hope I get lucky!

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  9. I follow your blog. Oops forgot to mention my favorite things you blog about. Well, I like the quilting, the antiques and the wool projects and by the way, I am wishing we had some blue gill fish around here!

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  10. What gorgeous projects Kimber. How clever of you. I enjoy reading all of your posts. I have you on my blog list and it is always nice to see that you have done a new post.

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  11. I am an official GFC follower of your lovely blog. Thanks for the great giveaway, Kimber.

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  12. I enjoy a mix of topics!
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  13. I love your quilting posts the best. This is one of my favorite projects in the new issue of Primitive Quilts - so fun!

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  14. This technique is so cool. Love the dimensional look. I love reading about antiques on your blog. Many thanks!

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  15. FOLLOW VIA GFC

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  16. HI, LOVE ALL THINGS WOOL+EMBROIDERY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  17. I enjoy reading about quilting, antiques... you name it! It's all enjoyable. Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

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  18. I enjoy reading about quilts the most but enjoy all that you blog about. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  19. What a beautiful floral portrait! And I love that it's wool! Awesome! I read your blog mostly for the quilty stuff, but am always on the lookout for the publications you mention. I've picked up some really great issues because of your comments! Thanks!

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  20. And I'm a very happy follower! :o)

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  21. I like reading about your quilting especially when you use wool. Love Florabunda

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  22. I like reading about quilting. That is such a great magazine. Thanks, Nancy

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  23. I like reading about quilting on your blog. But get very inspired from everything on your blog.

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  24. Love the wool pictures. Really enjoy your updates.

    Christine yulece1957@yahoo.ca

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  25. I visit your blog for all sorts of inspiration - you write about all my favorite topics! Your wool and quilting projects are at the top of my list...but I love reading about your gardening, antiques, and cooking too. I must also mention "Florabunda" is gorgeous - I am happy to hear it is featured in this issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine...congratulations!

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  26. Just discovered your blog, I LOVE quilting!

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  27. I enjoy reading about your antiquing trips. You always provide such fun historical facts about your purchases.

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  28. I too am of a follower...and we have many similar interests....gardening is my passion, but needle arts and any creative pursuit involving fabric and paper interest me...I like your blog because it has a variety of interesting posts, and it is always well written...N.xo

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  29. I found your blog through you at the Prairie Women's group and I love reading about everything. Your owls, pincushions, your old house and your finds on your antique forays!

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  30. Thank you Kimber for a chance at the subscription give-away. This is my favourite magazine! Since I'm a quilter, gardener, lover of antiques & reproductions, and I love to eat, well, there you go! I enjoy everything you write about on your blog!
    Maureen
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  31. I am very happy to be a follower.
    Maureen
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  32. I don't really have a preference, I just like a variety of subjects to read..thanks for all you write about!!

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  33. I love your blog! I live antiques, I'm a quilter with affection for small quilts...and African violets too. I also have house envy! Would love to win..thank you.
    Susan Vicary, Pittsburgh, PA

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  34. Oh this is a very tempting giveaway - that magazine has been highly recommended. I especially love quilting and gardening reads but you post many other interesting gems as well!

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  35. I am a follower too of course!
    Hilda

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  36. Love your blog! I love antiques, and learning about Victorian styles and crafts. I'm also a quilter!
    Maddy

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  37. Kimber, your talent is beyond belief. I admire you and your creativity. Can't wait to see you again. I love reading everything in your blogs, all is interesting. hugs Mary A

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  38. I am a quilter and crafter who loves antiques but find most of your articles interesting.

    Charlotte

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