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Homestead Blessings – Quilting! DVD Review and Giveaway

I was delighted to receive the latest edition of Franklin Springs Media’s wonderful Homestead Blessings series for review (and a giveaway – keep reading!):

Homestead Blessings: The Art of Quilting

The West Ladies welcome us back with their familiar warmth and charm, this time into a cozy sewing room complete with a lovely old treadle sewing machine.

After a little introduction to the history of quilting, we dive in to a start-to-finish tutorial.

Looking at a lovely Amish quilt may make the entire process seem intmidating, but the West Ladies break it down into simple, managable steps that really made me feel like it was possible that I could make a quilt!

They touch on color selection, fabric, and laying out your quilt, then delve into the mysteries of piecing the blocks together, assembling the quilt, the actual quilting, and binding.

During the course of the video they make a complete (if small) “country” quilt, as well as adorable quilted potholders. They also show and discuss “whole fabric” quilts, including tied quilts.

I was a little disappointed by this DVD, which seemed skimpier than previous installations.

The cover of the box has a lovely quilt image on it, but more complex designs are never more than mentioned in passing. The intro to the DVD shows what looks like a quilted casserole dish cozy, but that is not shown or mentioned in the program.

Although a quilt is, indeed, a large undertaking, it seemed like it either needed a lot more depth, or perhaps needed to include another small project or two (such as the potholders) to fill it out.

Some of the instruction was also frustratingly vague, and the closeups of Jasmine attaching the binding showed only the back of her hand, rather than how to perform the task.

In spite of that, though, it was a great way to inspire confidence in our ability to complete a simple quilting project, and Jewel and I are anxious to get moved, get out our sewing machine, and give it a try! (And I’m putting a treadle machine on my “Wish List”!).

This DVD would be an excellent starting place for someone who had never quilted, and perhaps never even considered it.

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I received this product free from Franklin Springs; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
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TWO lucky As For My House readers will win their own copy of the Art of Quilting DVD!

Make sure to leave your email address with each comment. (Used only to contact the winner. If your email is entered in the form it will be saved for me but not displayed).

1. Leave a comment here and share whether you’ve ever quilted, or even considered it!

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This giveaway ends Saturday 6/26 at 11:59pm (Eastern).

The winners will be chosen using random.org and announced on the blog, as well as contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. Your goodies will ship directly from the sponsor!

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23 Responses to “Homestead Blessings – Quilting! DVD Review and Giveaway”

  • BeckiF says:

    I’ve never tried quilting, but I would LOVE to give it a whirl! I received a hand-made quilt last Christmas, and it is such a special gift. :)

  • BeckiF says:

    I just became a fan of Franklin Springs Family Media on FB. Thank you! :D

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I have completed a few basic quilts and a sampler. I love quilting, and want to learn how to do even more!

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I just became a facebook fan of Franklin Springs Family Media.
    .-= Lisa Stone´s last blog … Bright green garden apron with yellow ties and blue pockets =-.

  • Nicole says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to quilt. I would love to make a patchwork bedspread someday.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog … One Year Anniversary Giveaway! =-.

  • Carla says:

    Would love to learn to quilt.

  • charlie says:

    I have always wanted to learn but don’t even know where to start. :)

  • Amy says:

    I’ve never attempted quilting but I’ve always wanted to give it a whirl. Unfortunatly I have no idea where to even begin….lol.

  • Jerri says:

    I’ve barely tried quilting. I’d love to do it. I love sewing scraps together and I keep thinking about a miniquilt. I need some sort of hand-holding. I get stuck for months at each step. And binding is downright scary.

  • Valarie says:

    I’ve never quilted before but have a variety of squares coming to make quilts for all 3 of my boys. I will need some confidence to take on this project ;-) .

  • wilma says:

    I have never quilted but would love to learn it.

  • Jennifer says:

    Sweet!! This series looks like an awesome series to put in to the homemaker’s DVD library. It’s a shame more of these skills are not taught mainstream. I’ve always wanted to get into quilt making, I’ve just haven’t gotten up the courage!!

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I just entered the Bondi-bands give away, too!
    .-= Lisa Stone´s last blog … Pink, funky floral mother/daughter clothespin apron set =-.

  • Donna C. says:

    I have quilted a little, but only with help from my sister in law. The project I was doing isn’t even complete, but I hope to do that soon.

  • Donna C. says:

    I am a Facebook fan of Franklin Springs already.

  • Donna C. says:

    I am subscribed to the blog.

  • Donna C. says:

    Posted to my blog: http://donnachapin.blogspot.com/2010/06/homestead-blessings-quilting-dvd.html

  • Donna C. says:

    I follow on Facebook/Networked Blogs.

  • Donna C. says:

    I gave you Five Stars on Facebook.

  • Donna C. says:

    I shared this on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/donna.chapin

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