I was invited to participate in a "blog tour," in which several bloggers were given copies of a new book to review and give away. The book is "Sew embellished!" by Cheryl Lynch, who is a fellow participant in the Quiltart email list.
It's a beginner's book, focusing on how to construct small quilts that can be embellished with beads, rickrack, buttons, photos, hand-stitching, ribbon and whatnot.
Although it's set up as a project book, with detailed patterns and instructions on how to exactly replicate Cheryl's pieces, I found the most interesting and helpful material in the front of the book, with generic information that people can use with any project. In particular, I liked the directions on how to make buttons and other embellishments out of polymer clay.
If you'd like to put your name in the hat for a copy of Cheryl's book, leave a comment in the next couple of days and I'll choose a winner on Saturday. (I'm sorry we can't ship overseas.)