Sew Merry and Bright Book Review and Giveaway


So, are you all Christmas-ed out yet? I hope not, because today it’s my turn to talk about Linda Lum DeBono’s new book, Sew Merry and Bright.


I met Linda at Quilt Market a few months ago and liked her right away. She’s down-to-earth, funny, and tells it like it is. And her designs are just as bold and bright as she is—check out her blog to see more. So I was excited to get my hands on her new holiday-themed book. It’s one-stop-shopping for all the Christmas patterns you could possibly need!
This book has patterns for a tree skirt, a table runner, a pillow case, placemats, two different stockings, advent calendars, a quilt … you name it, it’s in there! And she has some ridiculously adorable wool-felt ornaments. In fact, there are five different ornament designs to make, on top of all the other projects.
I whipped up this sweet little squirrel ornament with some textured wool felt. Linda glams up her ornaments in the book with sparkly beads on the ornament hangers, but as you can see, this little guy works just as well with a simpler look. (I used decorative red-and-white butcher’s twine for my ornament hanger and a single shiny black bead for his eensy eye.)
And I will definitely be making Linda’s matryoshka ornament before the Christmas tree goes up. How freaking cute are they? They even come apart and can work as individual matryoshkas. My kids will be all over that!


Would you like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright? Just leave a comment here. And don’t forget, my Christmas fabric bundle giveaway is still open as well—click here to enter that one, too! Can’t have a Christmas book without some Christmas fabric, right? I’ll draw winners for both giveaways Tuesday afternoon.  (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)

And don’t forget, there are more chances to win the book—tomorrow’s stop is the Martingale Publishing blog. (You can check out the full blog tour schedule on Linda’s blog.) But if you don’t win, no worries—Sew Merry and Bright is now available on Amazon. Good luck!

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I've seen Linda's projects in Quilts and More and would LOOOOOOOVE to have a copy of her book! Sew many projects, sew little time. :-))

  2. wanda
    wanda says:

    I love Christmas. I could have Christmas every month as long as I didnt have to buy Christmas gifts every month. Love the book it is one worthy of Chriistmas. Thanks.

  3. Kim Feather
    Kim Feather says:

    I HAVE to make the matryoshka dolls ornament! It's adorable and I collect these nesting dolls. I want to make the cute little squirrel ornament too. I would love to have this book. There are so many things to do!

  4. Beulah
    Beulah says:

    This is a great book for the hot dog days of summer!
    I'm dreaming of a white christmas…snow! And a colorful decorated house… 😀

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. Jodi - usairdoll
    Jodi - usairdoll says:

    I would love to get my hands ob this book. All the projects look fun to make. The squirrel is a cutie pie.

    Thank you and Martingale for a great giveaway and a chance to win an awesome book.


  6. Sherrye
    Sherrye says:

    LOVE the squirrel ornament, tree ornment, bird ornament, stocking, Christmas quilt…Oh my, I'll be busy until AFTER Christmas!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Lori
    Lori says:

    what a great give a way. My husbands side of the family gets together for Christmas the weekend before and every year one person (usually the women) make ornaments for everyone. I love the squirll and can see making 30 of them.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  8. Laurel09
    Laurel09 says:

    My husband loves Christmas and gets really excited about Christmas decorations. I really really want to make him a Christmas quilt or at least some nice decorations this year — I would love to have a good Christmas book to work from!

  9. seaschell
    seaschell says:

    Ooooo, I really love that matryoshka ornament! I'm crazy about 'em and I'd love to have some little ones hanging on my tree. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. lovetostitch
    lovetostitch says:

    With every review, it gets cuter and cuter and I want and want, swooning over that little squirrel!!! Thanks for putting me in the mood to go sew some more on my gifts that I've started.

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