Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sew Merry and Bright Book Tour


Merry Christmas! We've experienced a few heatwaves lately here in NYC but that doesn't stop us from thinking Christmas! We are the guests on Linda Lum DeBono's Sew Merry and Bright Book Tour and Linda has invited a special guest to give a review of her happy holiday book.

Kim Diehl, another fabulous Martingale & Co. author, and fabulous fabric designer has given Linda's book a thumbs up. Here's her review!

"Ok, I know it's summer, but it's never too early to think about the holidays ... first, let's set the stage: pop a peppermint, put on your best "Santa hat", and push the play button on your favorite CD of Christmas carols. We're ready!

My pal, Linda Lum DeBono has shared her new "Sew Merry and Bright" book with me and I, in turn, want to share this treasure trove of creativity with YOU.

Linda's gift for color and her ability to turn any event into a celebration really shinies through in this collection of the most FABULOUS holiday quilts, decor, and fun little doodads to fill your home with the spirit of Christmas - to see these happy designs is to want to make them!

Not a lot of time? Not a problem! I love that these projects are designed to be quick and easy - Linda makes it possible to whip out the sweetest gifts, ornaments, and holiday decor in a snap. No long-term commitment necessary! Shades of chartreuse green, apple red, turquoise blue, and raspberry pink come together beautifully for a fresh holiday color palette that truly sparkles. And if tradition is more your thing, simply break out your time-honored red and green prints and have at it ... your results will be equally stunning.


Did I mention that Linda has shared lots of little tips to help make us every bit as smart as her? With just a tiny bit of sewing and quilting experience (if you can thread your needle and find the foot pedal on your sewing machine, you're half way there!) you can have yourself a homemade Christmas ... how fun would it be to stitch up about a zillion ornaments and tie one onto each of your gifts with a bow? Best of all, Linda's simple steps and the great illustrations make it easy to whip out all the goodies she's included in this holiday collection."


 To help one of you get a jump on this year's holiday season, we're giving away a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright - to enter our random drawing, just share your favorite Christmas carol or holiday song with us between now and 4 p.m. (EST), Friday, August 3rd. If you are on Facebook, Kim Diehl has a giveaway until 4 p.m. (EST),  July 27th for another copy of Linda's book. Good luck!


Thank you to Linda and Kim! Good luck everyone! We can't wait to hear about your favorite holiday songs! GIVEAWAY COMMENTS CLOSED ************

-hg

118 comments:

KarenH said...

Oh, this book tour is making me want to start sewing Crhistmas gifts and such! Guess that is the intention... I would love to win. Thank you.

mom2three said...

Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt :)

trillium said...

My favorite song is "Do You Hear What I Hear," (Bing Crosby version).

I'd sure like to win the book--has such great little projects, like those birds.

Pippa Parsons said...

my favourite is last christmas by wham

quilterliz said...

My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night". I love Mariah Carey's version! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

lovetostitch said...

Loving book more and more with each review! I love that comment: "Pop a Peppermint" I could go with that theme alone!! I've got so many carols that I love, but I'm going with I'll Be Home For Christmas" (is that the name?) Nothing like being with family.

Stitched With Prayer said...

My favorite Christmas Carol is "Mary Did You Know"...all versions of it. I just love the message it shares. Thanks so much for a chance to win this wonderful book. Good Luck Everyone!!! Hugs...

Lee said...

I love the song "Hang up the Holly" a very fun upbeat holiday song! thanks!

Joan said...

Driving Home for Christmas is my favorite. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I'd love to win!

mascanlon said...

Oh my favorite is Amy Grant, Emmanuel...so full of joy! I even sometimes sneak that CD into my rotation in mid summer. Thank you for the giveaway, Christmas inJuly!

Samantha K said...

I don't know if I can pick one favorite Christmas song--I really enjoy all of the traditional ones we sing at Church on Christmas Eve and all of the closeness and warmth that is felt during that time as well. Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful book!

Marianne said...

My favorite Christmas song is "Silver Bells". Such cute projects in Linda's book!

shauna said...

Favorite Christmas carol is Hark the Herald Angels Sing - probably because my son sang this all year round when he was about five years old! Thank you for the great give-away and getting us in the Christmas spirit in July!

Ariane said...

Away in a manger is my favorite Christmas song!! This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

cbronso1 said...

My favorite Christmas song is Dominic the Donkey!

Rosa said...

The book looks fabulous.My favorite son is Holly Night

Meredith said...

My favorite Christmas song is Joy to the World!

Joyce said...

looks wonderful...my favorite song is "Oh Holy Night". I remember my grandfather singing it to us when we were just little kids.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

"Silent Night"...it always brings tears to my eyes because I remember that as a kid how my Mom and I would always harmonize together when we would sing it. I'm blessed to have my Mom still...she's almost 93 and we don't sing as much together, but thanks so much for the memory.

Sandi1100 said...

I don't have a favorite as I love hearing them all during the holidays. It really puts me in the spirit.

Diann said...

Silent night is my favorite.

Marcia W. said...

My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

Katherine said...

Winter Wonderland is my favourite Christmas song.

Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas carol is "Once in Royal David's City". I just love that one.
Linda Smith
lksmith47@gmail.com

Kate said...

White Christmas.
I am dreaming of...
Unless I am in church, then it is Silent Night! Or Koy to the World. Or Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Or....
Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

loralie said...

"Away in a Manger"
I like the simplicity of it.

Lori said...

my favorite Christmas Song is: "Mary Did You Know?" by Leonard Ahlstrom

WYO Di said...

Silent Night seams to calm everyone and allows us to reflect on the reason for the season. Thanx for the give a way!

Quilt Monkey said...

I love Carol of the Bells. It's one of the few that I don't mind hearing over and over. Thanks for the chance!!

Anonymous said...

Little drummer boy. jillfroelich@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Little Drummer Boy jillfroelich@yahoo.com

Kay said...

I love Silent Nighta nd many others, but this can still make me cry. Thank you for the giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Lisa Marie said...

I like Linus & Lucy from A Charlie Brown Christmas. In our house we call it "Happy Feet" because it makes us want to dance.

Beulah said...

My favorite Christmas songs....
Joy to the World.
Go tell it on the Mountain.
Jingle Bells.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

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creativeinstincts said...

My favourite is :
Silent Night...has this really calming effect about it, somehow !
Leena

Annabanana said...

Cold December Night by Micheal Buble ...Thanks for the giveaway!

Kd Brown said...

Oh, yes, my favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells. I guess it's time to think about holiday sewing. Thanks for a great giveaway!

mahoo said...

My favourite Christmas carol song is I'll Be Home for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

Colleen M said...

My favorite Christmas Carol/song is "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by the Muppets. I love it because it's so silly, it doesn't hurt that it drives my husband crazy when he hears it! A close second would be "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas", my young daughter loves to sing along (this song also drives my husband nuts!!).

Thanks for the chance to enter.

Gill said...

'I wish it could be Christmas every day' by Wizard!

Kathryn said...

I love the minor key of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

I love 'I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do...' - makes me laugh every time!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

I love Christmas music - I have over 1,000 songs on my ipod of just Christmas music. One of my favorites is Joy to the World - sung traditionally by anyone or soulfully by Whitney Houston. Thank you.

Barb66 said...

I love them all but my favorite is Silent Night.

Gran said...

My favorite carol is Away in A Manger.This is the first one I remember learning as a 4 year old 62 yrs ago. It brings back memories of angel costumes, candlelight christmas pageants, and loving family memories. I would love to win this book to continue making family traditions!

Sister Quilter said...

My littlest child and grandma are very close and he likes to tease her, so our favorite is Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I'm always humming -its the most wonderful time of the year, throughout the season. Love the ideas in this book! Thanks for the chance!

Wanda said...

Definitely Carol of the Bells. Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks like so much fun.

Judy1522 said...

My favorite Christmas carol is Josh Groban's version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas".

CathyK said...

My favorite Christmas carols are The Prayer and O Holy Night! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

Donna S. said...

Drummer Boy

scottylover said...

Looks like this book is just packed with great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Sandy A

Kathy H said...

My favorite song is White Christmas.

Cloud 9 said...

My favorite Christmas song is Feliz Navidad.

Carmen Nuland said...

I love Carol of the Bells and Silent Night.

Cecilia said...

I love The Little Drummer Boy.

Carla G said...

This book looks fabulous! My favorite Christmas song is Run, Run Rudolph! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Melanie said...

I'm in love with this book! My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas and Jingle Bells. Both by Bing Crosby please.

Gwen said...

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light.... From now on your troubles will be out of sight".... love that song... :-)

Kimberly Cassie said...

We are so dorky at my house....we love Dominique, The Italian Christmas Donkey!

KMSC said...

My favorite Christmas song is "Oh, Holy Night." My favorite version is sung by Josh Groban. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Sue said...

Great book, I'm loving it more every day. My favorite fun song is "Baby It's Cold Outside", not really Christmas per say but fun nonetheless. I do love "Silver Bells" and all things Christmas.

Jill said...

Baby it's Cold Outside!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is "They Stood in Silent Prayer"

Louise said...

Definitely Silver Bells by Perry Como!

JaneB said...

Favorite Christmas song: White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby. Actually I love the movie too, it puts me in the Christmas spirit every year.

giddy99 said...

Sleigh Bells, but it has to be sung in a "lounge-style!"

Kim Diehl said...

Thanks, everyone, for the fantastic entries we've received so far! Great song choices, and they sure bring back some wonderful memories.

bets said...

"Oh Holy Night" is my favorite! Nice giveaway and Xmas is a favorite holiday too!

picketsews said...

My favorite christmas carol is O Holy Night and Mary Did you Know....Whoever wins this book is one lucky person. Christmas will be here before we know it. It makes me want to start.

Anonymous said...

I love O Holy Night and Good King Wenceslas.

winterwrens at gmail dot com

Homemaker Honey said...

There are so many Christmas songs that I love. It's difficult to choose just one. So, I'll tell you the first one that popped into my head, "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays."

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

MoeWest said...

Silent Night is one of my favourite Christmas carols. Thanks for a chance to win Linda's book.

Beth said...

My very favorite is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Sweet and a week bit sad, too. I have so many versions of it and listen to them all during the holidays.

Lisa said...

My favorite Christmas Carols is Jingle Bells. Everyone knows it and it is easy to teach to little kids.

Sharon W said...

Ilove all Christmas music. My favorite would have to be Silent Night. Thanks for the give away.

Melody said...

I like Silent Night.

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Shirley in Canada said...

would love to make pillows from the words!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love so many Christmas songs especially the traditional ones. Silent Night would be one of my favs.

Andra Gayle said...

I have always loved the Little Drummer Boy. Would love to have this book. Thanks so much for the chance.

Sallie said...

Joy to the World! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anne said...

I always liked the First Noel. It is one of the first ones the kids could remember the words to besides Jingle Bells.

Kayde Dexter said...

The Forgotten Carols: Mary Let Me Hold Her Baby.

Irenoski88 said...

Holly night is my favourite one. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

Suzann said...

My favorite is "I'll Be Home for Christmas" it always makes me cry...my mother told me that when she was pregnant for my sister during the war, my dad was not suppose to be able to make it home for Christmas. As she decorated the tree and watched the snow coming down outside...there was a soldier trugging through the snow.
It was my dad and it was a wonderful Christmas after all!
True Story! Making Christmas very Special when that song is played.

Karen said...

Little Drummer Boy is one of my favorites.

Michelle MMMM4 said...

Nothing gets us moving around this house like Jingle Bell Rock!

Kim Diehl said...

What a special story....thank you for sharing it!

BarbaraG said...

I have several favorite Christmas Carols, but I love my hubby's arrangement and orchestration of 'O, Come, Emmanuel' (yet to be published, but debuted last Christmas)

Donna F said...

Jingle Bells is a classic and no matter what time of year, if you hear it playing or someone singing it, I can never get it out of my head.

Mhairi said...

My favourites are three Australian carols. They are Carols of the Birds, Three Drovers and Christmas Day. Here is a site with the words: http://heathhill.blogspot.com/2005/12/australian-christmas-carols.html

MollyMae said...

I think my favorite is White Christmas.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Great looking book! Favorite Christmas song? So many great ones. Little Drummer Boy is one of my favorites.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

I also like the Christmas song "Do you hear what I hear"

Colleen Nunes said...

My favorite Christmas Carol is Little Drummer Boy/Peace on EArth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie!

Linda V said...

"Mary Did You Know" is my new favorite! Thank for the chance to win!

Mommarock said...

My favorite Christmas song. Do you hear what I hear.

Michelle Hudak said...

Step into Christmas by Elton John is my favorite
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pinsandneedles said...

This book will get you in the Christmas spirit for sure! My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know? Thanks!

ljeanne said...

Silent Night with just a guitar.

NancyL said...

So hard to pick just one; love the traditional Christmas songs! However, my favorite because my girls loved it when they were at home is Come on Ring Those Bells by Evie. Such sweet memories!! They played it for hours!!

sheri said...

Love Christmas music my favoriite would have to be Silent Night

Kate said...

The little drummer boy/peace on earth by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. My all time favorite.

Cindy Sews said...

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas Carol. I hope I win because the book looks great!

hueisei said...

Silent night- Frank Sinatra :)

Maureen Skau said...

Favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy NIght!

breathessunshine said...

What Child is This?/Greensleeves.
It always puts me in the Christmas spirit.

Deb said...

Once in Royal David's City is an all time favorite.

quiltmom said...

This looks like a very fun book. Thanks for the chance to win Linda's book.
My favorite Christmas song- traditional Angels we have heard on high and my favorite kids song I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus...

Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Meridith M. said...

"O Holy Night" is my favorite carol. It reminds me of a crisp, clear winter night waiting for Christmas.

Granma Sue said...

rThis looks like a wonderful book.
My favorite holiday music is anything by Mannheim Steamroller.

lindav said...

My favorite carol is one our children learned in school when they were younger..."See Amid the Winter's Snow"...gives me tears everytime because of the beautiful message of Christmas!

Pam said...

Hiya! I love the carol "Light of the Stable" by Emmylou Harris. It's such a beautiful telling of the birth. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Garilyn S said...

Mary, Did you know? is one of my favorite Christmas songs

Deb said...

"O Holy Night" is my favorite - thanks for the giveaway!

Deb
dr392809@gmail.com

Nancy said...

O Holy Night is my favorite

Sherry said...

My favorite is O Holy Night also. My daughter often sings this at our Christmas Eve service.

Fiesta said...

FelizNavidad by Jose Feliciano