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Blissful Beginnings – a Doubly Blissful Give-Away!


Remember Blissful Beginnings: Embroidered Blankets to Cherish? I reviewed this beautiful book of embroidered blankets earlier this month – and now, thanks to Country Bumpkin, I’m giving away two copies!

Blissful Beginnings Embroidered Blankets

The Really Grand Thing about this give-away is that the book is not quite released to the public yet. That means I’m giving a copy away to two people, before the rest of the world has the book! Just think, you may be one of the first people in the Whole Wide World to clap eyes on this book!

This also means that, if you win, you’re guaranteed to have your copy before Christmas. It can be your own coveted Christmas present to add to your own needlework library, or you can give it as a gift!

Blissful Beginnings Embroidered Blankets

If you’d like to read in detail what’s in the book and see some of the gorgeous projects that you can create with your needle and thread, do take a look at my review. All the details are there for you.

How To Enter the Give-Away

The comments are closed for this give-away – thanks for participating!

To enter today’s give-away for a chance to win one of two copies of Blissful Beginnings, please follow these really simple guidelines:

1. Leave a comment right here on today’s article. Comments sent by e-mail, sent in response to the daily e-mail newsletter, or left on other articles on the website are disregarded. If you have trouble finding the exact comment form, just follow this link and it will take you to the right place.

2. In your comment, answer the following:

What appeals to you most about Blissful Beginnings? The projects, the idea of embroidering blankets, the instructions for embroidery or constructing blankets, the beauty of the book? What, in other words, makes you say, “I really WANT this book!”?

3. Please make sure you leave a recognizable name either in the “name” line on the comment form or in the comment box itself.

4. Please leave your comment by Wednesday, November 28th, 5:00 am (CST here in Kansas). I’ll draw the winners and announce them on Wednesday morning!

That’s it! Pretty easy, eh? Much easier, for example, than battling shopping crowds today!

I hope you have a terrific weekend, with a chance to squeeze in some stitching. I’m working on (perhaps finishing!) my silk & goldwork project this weekend, and hopefully working on the Hungarian Redwork Runner in little snatches.

That’s the extent of my excitement.

Oh. That…. and laundry.

Gosh. I know how to have fun!

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(315) Comments

  1. I love almost everything Country Bumpkin publishes and purchased so many of the book you’ve recommended. I think this book is really something I would love to own and probably would do at least one or two of the projects. The fact that it’s not yet available makes me want it sooooo much more. Hope I’m lucky this time.

  2. I love hand embroidery! Don’t have any experience embroideringon blankets. I know your book could teach me some new tricks!!

  3. Hola, maravilloso libro, claro me me encantaría tener una copia de tan maravilloso libro, a mi se me haría imposible comprarlo.
    A mi personalmente me gustan todos tipos de bordados, y este libro tiene variedad.
    Gracias por su generosidad, espero tener suerte.
    Cariños desde Uruguay

  4. I make blankets and quilts for babies and would love to add this book to my library for all the inspirations and creative designs it has to offer. The designs are sweet and from the sample pages shown, I see that the instructions are impeccable as I have found in other Country Bumpkin publications. Thank you for reviewing this book and for offering the giveaway.

  5. Oh Bliss! Oh Joy! What a candy shop full of total sweetness! First grandchild announced along with this beautiful book. I’m not expecting – just hoping :-). Xx

  6. Hand embroidery is so appealing while hubby watches TV so this would be a wonderful book to add to my projects!
    Alicia Key in OK

  7. I would really love one of these books, I have done other kinds of embroidery but never a blanket. My mother made a couple of beautiful embroidered blankets but her eye sight is not good enough to make any more. She has been such an inspiration to me and I would so like go make her a blanket to put over her knees. I would like her to know how much I appreciated all her help and guidance over the years. It would be so nice to be able to give something back to her after all the years she has been making beautiful things for other people.
    You are my rock mum I love you.

  8. When I read your article on this book I was instantly delighted. These are such beautiful blankets and will be a joy to make. I’ve entered most of your drawings for books, but have not wanted to win one anymore than I want to win this one. Thank you for making it available.

  9. When I first read your post on “Blissful Beginnings”, I surprised at the idea of embroidering on blankets. What a perfect gift, one that will never be duplicated. The lamb featured in “Mary Had a Little Lamb stole my heart and the paisley blanket would make the perfect gift for anyone. I have been looking at blankets in a whole new light!

  10. Looking at the photos stirred within me great nostalgic memories of blankets from my mother’s era. Now as a newbie grandmother/nanny/manna – what will he call me? – I want to create such blankets for him and future siblings. And my other child just got engaged! Exciting times. To create new memories and tell new stories. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. I REALLY want this book because I love handwork, and I love baby blankets, and I have a grandbaby hope chest waiting on my sons to get married and bless us with grandbabies. I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, so it’s important to me to have that hope chest full, just in case. And needlework is my passion, so there is no greater joy than working on that hope chest, and giving gifts to family and friends.

  12. The next generation in my family has started having babies, a great incentive to make the adorable blankets in this book. I love to stitch, but am not a designer. Blissful Beginnings definitely solves this problem!

  13. Hello, I’m from Chile, and recently discovered this beautiful site, I love seeing how much work wonderful, I do embroidery for Cinagoga, so Hungarians love to reproduce their work, or another style, bringing the light of the century XXI ancient embroidery, I find it would be very rewarding for the community and for me .. very grateful besides giving me the opportunity to learn a way to express the beauty. Atte. -Claudia Villalobos. (PS.. whether typing error, not English, so he sent in Spanish,,)
    Hola, soy de Chile,, y descubri hace poco esta hermosa pagina,, me encanta ver cuanto trabajo maravilloso,, yo hago bordados para Cinagoga, por lo que encantaria reproducir sus trabajos hungaros, u otro estilo,, traer a la vista del siglo XXI los bordados antiguos,, encuentro que seria muy gratificante para la comunidad y para mi.. ademas de muy agradecida de darme la oportunidad de aprender una forma de expresar la belleza. Atte. -Claudia Villalobos. (pd.. si hay error de escritura, no se ingles, por lo que envio tambien en español,,)

  14. OOOOOOhh!! i really need this wonderful book it is just what i have been yearning for — my passion is felted wool and blanket inspirations. i have made many gifts using blankets that others have just consigned to the bin because of a slight blemish. they can be made into so many things -cosy bottle covers, cushions, children’s toys, the list goes on but i am always looking for embroidery ideas – the ribbon work is delectable such a wonderful effect — my mouth is watering with the thought of owning such a scrumptious, eye-delighting, collection of un-putdownable pages

  15. Nothing is more fun than creating something for a wee one. I have so many friends that will soon be grandmothers. Love sharing with them the things I make.
    Always look forward to your daily newsletter. You are such an inspiration to all of us. I have tried things outside my comfort zone after reading about them here. I should also say, that my success has been remarkable. Thank you so much.

  16. I scramble very often when I hear of a pending birth in terms of do I knit, crochet, quilt??? Thanks to this website I now can surface embroider. This book will be a great go to reference for the many items I make for little ones on the way. The quality and teaching tools in it would be so important as no matter how experienced, a reminder always works. I know I will put it to good use as this coming year I plan to make blankets for charity and even if I only make a few ribbon roses or a small embroidered motif on the blanket this book could show how it should look and also the embroidered blocks seem to look like a great item to make as give aways. Thanks for the opportunity to possible have this little treasure. As always thanks for what you do! Sincerely, Regina Bozza

  17. I love all kinds of needlework. I have just picked up enbroidery again and am incorporating it into other needlework that I do. I would love to have this book to inspire projects I am doing for my granddaughter, and community projects I am involved in. What a beautiful book!

  18. These pictures remind me of my childhood. As a cancer patient undergoing cemo therapy, I have found needle projects a nice divergen while sitting for 6 hrs. For the treatment. It would be nice to do some blankets to leave as a legacy for future grandchildren.

  19. I love the book for the projects. Crazy quilters find inspiration in many places and this book looks wonderful.

  20. It’s all about the hand work. When I was a little girl my great grandma would put empty grain bags, from the Pigeon Grain Elevator Co., on an embroidery hoop. That’s how my sister and I learned to embroider. She washed them up, we would embroider them and we had are very own, hand stitched pillow cases. Reading you every day, reminds me so much of those days. Oh, you should have seen our excitement when we got our first printed piece from the Ben Franklin. Thank you for the memories.

  21. The illustrations on stitches and thread seperating are some of the best. Also I especially like the fact that the project appear to be something fairly quick to accomplish. I would love to have this new instruction book.

  22. I liked the detailed diagram of the stitches. I also loved the paisley blanket because if you made a child that blanket in a somewhat good size, they could use it longer because it does not look childish. I have two grandsons and I would love to have that book to make them something that they could remember me by. I hope like Bj Sanclemente that I am lucky this time and win the book.

  23. Country Bumpkin has a lot of really neat books and magazines of which I have purchased a few. Blissful Beginnings sounds like another neat book to learn from and “I really WANT this book!”? Thanks for the giveaway…

  24. I saw blanket related items at the County bumpkin booth at the EGA seminar in Santa fe. I was intregued then and the possibility of a book whets my appetite even more.

  25. I have embroidered blankets since I was a little girl. My godmother taught me my first embroidery stitches on a blanket. The joy of seeing pretty stitches the first thing and last thing every day gives a sense of beauty to every day. I have thought of doing a book myself about embroidered blankets, so will look forward with pleasure to see some of my memories in that book.

  26. I love this book! I love the clear instructions and the lovely pictures! The book is just beautiful to look at and the projects are so interesting, you want to make them all! I am expecting a new granddaughter in May. The doctors told her parents they would probably never have a baby and they were heartbroken. Now that she is on the way, I would so love to make a blanket from the book as a special gift for her birth, she is a special gift from God and the answer to many prayers! Thanks!

  27. I love the adorable little embroidery lamb and the beautiful rose rosettes, I beginning to get back into embellishing my quilts and blankets with embroidery and this book would be ideal to add to my collection

  28. I have given up counted thread cross stitch to go back to my first love – embroidery. Would love to see and make projects from this book. I love beautiful, yet simple embroidery projects and I believe this book has them

  29. Blankets are for snuggles and warmth. What better way than to have wonderful hand embroidery on them! I would love to have this beautiful book. I can think of a few people to make a special gift from it. Thank you for offering a chance to win it.

  30. I absolutely LOVE embroidering blankets. There is no more thoughtful or memorable way to celebrate the birth of a child, to saying “I love you” to your loved ones, or “remember me” long after I have gone. My son has a blanket I embroidered 16 years ago, which remains a very treasured item. I still have blankets embroidered by my late Mom, which always brings a happy tear to my eye! to have this latest book will be to have a dream come true

  31. I would love to win this book. It has so many great projects. I will be working in an elderly home this winter and we have decided to work on a blanket. The patterns reminde me of days gone by and I am sure the patients working on the project would enjoy this book and it will bring
    back memories.
    For them this is a great pass time. I have done other projects with them and have learned along with your e-mails. Thank you for passing on so many great ideas and how to’s.

  32. With another grand baby on the way this book would be put to use right away. I am going to spend today and tomorrow at stitch ins with my local guild, then I will really need to do laundry and housework! Bah! Humbug! on the laundry and housework not the stitch ins. This book would be a nice addition to our guild library. Love your blog.
    Pixie from the Canadian prairies.

  33. It has been a number of years since I’ve done much embroidery and this book looks like it would be a fantastic refresher course plus I can already see from your review that it illustrates stitches I’ve not seen done previously. Add to that the fact that there may be a couple more grandbabies in our near future and this is a must-have addition to my quilting/needlework library! Thanks for offering this giveaway!
    From one of your newest followers (two days now, via SewFrench) who has a lot more exploring to do on your great blog!

  34. I would love to own this book for many reasons but mostly to learn more about embroidery , my skills are in need of instruction which is why I love your website,thanks for the chance.

  35. This book looks gorgeous. I have some baby gifts I need to make and these blankets and accessories would be perfect.

  36. I really like the idea of making keepsake blankets for new babies. The designs in the book are delightful and include stitches I would like to learn while making blankets. I have handmade blankets made for each of my children which I have saved to be passed on to their babies, and I’d like to be able to provide similar gifts to others.

  37. I am new to embroidery but I absolutely love it! I also have a niece due to be born in the beginning of March and another niece/nephew due to be born at the end of April. I am giving both babies handmade gifts from me, crocheted blankets, bibs and toys. I would love to include blankets using some Blissful Beginnings ideas.

  38. I would love this book as I can see myself using it for inspiration to quilts incorporating beautiful embroidery, two of my favorite creative hobbies! Thanks for the opportunity to own this lovely book.

  39. I would love to win this book. Because, first I fell in love with the lamb as soon as I saw it! I have 2 Granddaughters, and 2 (one boy, one girl) that are like Grandchildren that would love one of the blankets. Second, the clear picutres and instrutions.

    Thank you for offering this gift.

    Patricia Cash

  40. What a delightful book – contains all sorts of great needle works on such a versatile medium – blankets! Isn’t it wonderful to think of wrapping a precious babe in a loving creation from the heart? Your initial review made me keep my eye open for this great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to have one of the first.

  41. Wauw, de schoonheid van het boek en dat schattige lammetje.
    En de mooie uitleg van de steken, echt prachtig.
    Vriendelijke groet, Maria from the Netherlands.

  42. I would love a copy of Blissful Beginnings for several reasons. First for the variety of embroidered blanket projects — from whimsical lambs to elegant paisleys. Second, for the detailed (and necessary!) project instructions on how to construct a blanket or a baby block. and Third, for the beautiful pictures and illustrations. It’s not often you find all three components in one book. It’s a Winner!

  43. I have seen announcements for this beautiful book in Inspirations. What a Christmas present this would make! I love embroidery especially for children. Have made several things that I have seen in Inspirations. Would love to tackle the blankets. I did purchase “Flowers for Elizabeth” and I am trying to decide to start with something “small” or go for broke and to the whole blanket. What a beautiful piece of art as I know the childrens blankets must be. Am looking forward to seeing the book and hope that I am one of the lucky ones. thanks for the opportunity.

  44. Oh, Mary, I am excited you are giving away this book! I saw it on another site and could only dream of owning it. I love! love! love! it; not only for its stitching pleasure, but for its beautiful artistic value as well! It will be a family treasure. Thanks for a chance to have it for myself and my daughters. I would be in true bliss to win it!
    Lyn Anderson

  45. your review wowed me with this book. The designs speak of a more gentle
    And simpler time and I have been waiting for its release, so would love
    To win one. I had a blanket as a child embroidered with love and would
    Enjoy doing designs from this book for my own bevy of grand kids.
    Thank you for both your review and now this giveaway.

  46. I really want this book because I have a granddaughter, just six months old, our first and only. I can see her sleeping under these blankets for many years to come. I love to embroider and quilt, and the patterns are so charming. I hope I win!

  47. I own several Country Bumpkin books. They are of the highest quality in instruction and projects. I am an embroiderer (since the age of 7…thanks Mom) and a quilter. What I love about the book is being able to combine my two passions of embroidery and sewing. The projects look gorgeous.

  48. Your work is so inspiring and I look forward to your emails every day! Love hand embroidery, and there are many babies in the works in our family. I can’t think of a nicer gift to give than something from this book. Looks lovely!

  49. I love this book! I’ve had my eye on it for some time now because it reminds me of my grandmother. She made baby blankets for my children. My daughter’s blanket was embroidered with Mary Had a Little Lamb. My son’s was Little Boy Blue. Both of my children, when they were preparing for the birth of their children, used the blankets as decorations for their nurseries. Those blankets are so precious to us all. I would love to make blankets that would be cherished over generations, and I think “Blissful Beginnings” would be just the ticket to get started.

  50. Mary, This is a great giveaway…never had a chance to get a book before it hits the bookshelves! What I like about the book are the projects. I have a friend who does a JOY pillow every year for a Christmas giveaway at our quilt guild. I would love to have the book for the JOY project I saw on one of the pages you posted. Thanks for another great opportunity to win.
    Sheila from CA

  51. Quilting has been a passion of mine for almost thirty years. Of recent years I have been obsessed with embellishing quilts with embroidery and other ephemera. Recently I started doing embroidery again, even trying drawn thread and pulled embroidery. Owning this delightful book, that appears to be chock full of ideas for such embellishment, would be perfect as I endeavor to make that quilt idea in my head yearning to get out! 🙂

  52. Receiving this book would be wonderful. I would like it as a picture book, because I have seen the other books Country Bumpkins has published and just like paging through them, as you would a coffee table book. I would do more than look at the pretty pictures though. I bought a piece of fabric meant for a blanket at a Country Bumpkin trunk show a long time ago, and have been looking for a blanket design off an on since then. I bet I could find the perfect design in this new book!
    Thank you for the opportunity to be one of the first to see and use this book.

  53. The beauty of the book, and the idea of embroidering blankets is what appeals to me. Inhad never heard about embroidering blankets before this. I knew abou quilts. Giving an embroidered blanket away you are giving comfort, and telling someone you care for them.

  54. Ooooh!!! I WANT this book! I’ve always wanted to create en embroidered blanket and this book has the loveliest patterns.

  55. My grandmother embroidered an alphabet quilt for my oldest son when he was born. Sadly, she died before the other two were born and I have no heirloom quilt to give them when their children are born. I would love to be able to do one for each grandchild as a token of love and family continuity. Even if I don’t win this give away, I shall undoubtedly purchase it, or one similar. Thanks for all you share with us, Mary. You are definitely someone I am thankful for.

  56. I love anything hand embroidered. I am working on a grandbabies quilt. These blocks would be wonderful for one block. And, I am sure there are more embroidry works that would make up the other wonderful blocks in the quilt with Blissful Beginnings! Thank you.

  57. WOW! I would really love to have this book! My 6th grandchild is coming in January and my 1st great-grandchild won’t be far behind. I love these blankets. My entry is screaming, “PICK ME! PICK ME!” Can you hear it??

  58. Hi Mary, the Country Bumpkin always have the best books and “Blissfull Beginnings” is no exception. It’s darling. Great blankets for the “wee little ones”. Especially love the lamb. I like that the book takes you in a new direction. The patterns have a new and fresh look. I would be delighted to have this book. Thank you for your give away. Really nice thing for you to do for everyone on your website. All the best.

  59. I am fairly new to stitching and this book looks like it was made for ME!
    The basic step by step directions is exactly what I need. The pictures and direction look like something I could follow.

  60. I love everything about this book, and the idea of having it for my own christmas is wonderful, I love to make quilts and blankets for babies and would like to make a stash for future grandbabies,. I have none of my own yet, but maybe one day…and I always try to make something for the new babies in our family..and for lots of others., this book would be a wonderful inspiration. thank you for offering this giveaway…

  61. Hi’ Mary,
    I love everything Country Bumpkin does. How I wish I could visit their store. Winning this book would be the next best thing. Surface embroidery is a favorite technique of mine, and just looking at this book gets my creative juices flowing.Thank you for all you do to further the art of embroidery.

  62. Ever since I read your review of this book I had a strong reaction to it… I had an idea that has now become one of my goals for next year is to try and make a small baby blanket every month and donate it to people in need. My uncle and aunt in India always used to give away wool blankets to the poor in the midst of winter… they passed away years ago thanks to a drunk driver in a fully loaded truck (along with the youngest of their two sons). I was able to accompany them on one of their very early morning “give-away expeditions” when the whole world was still asleep and no one else in the house even knew what they were doing that early in the morning… they wanted it to be their personal, private contribution and people thought they went on ‘early morning walks’. Only after their death did I let others know about my adventures with them during one of our visits to India… my grandfather then made sure he continued his son’s desires and blankets are still handed out… the winter nights in Jaipur can be very cold and very long for those who do not have much shelter. Well, this book seems to give all the information needed to construct a little blanket… making blankets will also allow me to explore all the different techniques of embroidery I still want to familiarize myself with…. it is a way to connect and continue my uncle’s desire to help … and people are in need all over world… plus he bridged both worlds by studying Architecture at Univ. of Michigan Ann Arbor, working in Chicago and New York City and then going back to India to work in a government position to try and improve the infrastructure in India and maintain a private practice. So, handing out blankets in India or here in the USA will not matter…
    So, YOU asked why I want to win this one!

  63. When I look at the book it reminds me of quielt and “blissful” times of life.
    I thought making some of the projects will let me relax! That is what I look for in hand embroidery, projects that have a calming quality to them. Even if I never got to making one of the projects I know I will all look at it and go ahhhhhhhhh!
    Thank you Mary and Country Bumpkin for doing this giveaway.!
    Avis in Va

  64. For any Grandmother or Grandmother in waiting this is a fantastic book! Creative juices start flowing and dreams form easily because of what it contains. Great for the baby but the designs don’t stop there. Some are applicable for the grandchild who is a toddler or just a little older. How versatile is that? Color photography is great for beginning stitchers and experienced alike. And for those with projects that are lined up (who out there doesn’t have them?) it is a real reference tool and reminder to get stitching!

  65. My 5th child – a little girl – is 3 months old and I want to make her a hand embroidered blanket, so she’ll know how special she is to us! Country Bumpkin always has beautiful projects, so I know I’ll find a pretty one ini this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I love reading your blog. Carrie – planenuts!

  66. ‘Morning,
    It’s funny how things turn up …. I’m a quilter from long ago and my forays into embroidery have been a bit tentative I have two reasons for coveting this book:
    1) I shall be a first-time Grandma later in the New Year!!!. and
    2) the book ‘starts at the beginning’ … the instructions at the beginning of the book look to be very comprehensive and this would give me courage. I have a lovely excuse to do most of the projects – and don’t you just adore that paisley blanket.
    I have many magazines from Country Bumpkin, but I think *this* would be the ‘bee’s knees’ for me! I’d cherish it.
    Regards from Eastern nova Scotia!

  67. What’s not to love about this giveaway. I love books and hand embroidery. I would love to wile away hours reading this book. Just the sneak preview you have given us is filled with inspiration and sweetness. I absolutely love the little lambs. Adding this book to my library would be a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    Judy in MS

  68. I love embroidered blankets. My grandmother made embroidered doll blankets for me and I have loved embroidery on my bed linenes ever since!

  69. We found out on Thanksgiving day that our neice and her husband are expecting their first child in May!Right away I started thinking about a spectacular baby gift and remembered reading your review on Blissful Beginnings. Imagine my surprise when I went to your web site this morning and saw the book give-away. My fingers are crossed that I can soon be working on one of those wonderful designs.

  70. not familiar with Country Bumpkin books. but taken with the idea of making an heirloom with little or no patchwork required. the blocks bring back memories to ones that i had when i was small.

  71. Hi Mary,
    Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I am starting a stitching group to make items for women and children living in a transitional housing setting and also to help decorate their rooms. It would be wonderful to have the patterns in this book to expand our items to make for them.

  72. This looks like a wonderful book with lots of patterns I could use for my “grandbaby” hope chest!
    Thank you for this great opportunity!
    By the way, I love your blog! When I take a break from my projects it is one of the few I always go to.

  73. I really want to have this book. It has such darling ideas that I could use for my grandson to make HIS special blankets. I love to make things for him…he is so sweet and so far away from me…i miss him terribly. If I am lucky he visits once a year. My son-in-law is servicing his country in the Air Force…tahnk you for your service!

  74. I would love to win this book. The lamb stole my heart and would be a perfect excuse to start another project. Thank you!

  75. I love embroidery, I love quilts, and I love babies!!!! So how could I not love a book about all three. I love your embroidery, patterns and projects. Keep up the good work.

  76. This is a beautiful book! Even if I never made any of the projects, it would still be a great book to have to look through for pleasure and for inspiration.

  77. 40 years ago, when close friends or family started having babies, I started to embroider a personalized gift for each baby. Sometimes bibs or burp cloths, sometimes pillows or samplers, occasionally a blanket. Time was the deciding factor. As my kids grew older I had more time and I now embroider a blanket with a scripture for each new baby. I am very excited about this book! Oh what beautiful things I could do!! The creative spark has been ignited.

  78. I have a new nephew on the way and and eager to do something before he arrives. This book will let me get started in time to have a unique project ready for him.

    I enjoy your website, and I hope I finally win.

  79. I love to do embroidery and will soon have grandchildren who I would love to make these beautiful keepsake blankets for. I love the detail of the little lamb most of all. I can see the little one’s fingers rubbing the french knots. Thanks Mary!

  80. I recently learned that I will become a great grandmother for the first time in May. Wouldn’t a beautiful embroidered blanket make a wonderful gift for the newcomer. Or maybe the blocks with embroidered letters, or embroidered bibs, or………………. Well, I hope I’m one of the lucky recipients but if not I may just have to buy it. It looks like a wonderful book. Thanks.

  81. Recently, I have been sewing lap quilts for nursing homes and veterans facilities in our area. I am always looking for new ideas that will help to add some warmth and personal touches for these important people in our lives. I follow your blog and was delighted to read about the new Country Bumpkin book of embroidery blankets! It is exactly what I was looking for. I love the warmth of the colors and the design of Blissful Beginnings. Just the cover is inspiring! Viewing the video shows how well the picture diagrams encourage even the novice embroiderer to try these designs. I am excited to read the book from cover to cover and try the projects! Thank you for sharing this wonderful book. Since I have started reading your blog, I have learned so much about embroidery and have become more confident in sharing my work with others!

  82. I would love a copy of ‘Blissful Beginnings’ because all the books I’ve bought that were written by people at Country Bumpkin have been fabulous. The designs are always beautiful and the photography and instructions first-rate. Also, my daughter will be going away to university next September and I have promised I will embroider her a blanket to keep her warm and remind her of home. If I won a copy of the book, I could begin embroidering soon and have a chance of finishing it in time for her to take with her!(I’m not known for my fast work).

  83. Would love to win the book, the projects look wonderful, but mostly it’s the instructions I am interested in. Thanks for the chance.

  84. So many wonderful ideas! I love making things for my grandbaby, and would love finding more items to make for her. I know this book would be helpful…thanks and god bless.

  85. “Blissful Beginnings” would make a great addition to my needlework collecton as I can always count on creative projects from Country Bumpkin. The book will be wonderfully put together with great instructions and colored pages. The book will be first rate! Plus I just found out I’m going to be a grandmother again and would love to make a “Blissful Beginnings” blanket for the new arrival.
    How very generous of Country Bumpkin and of you, Mary, for this outstanding give-away!

  86. I would like to have this book for it’s seer beauty alone. I would love to try my hand at the blankets too though.

  87. I find several aspects appealing! The photos look lovely, the directions appear to be very detailed and who could NOT want to embroider a little lamb on a baby blanket!?

  88. Because I have about 6 months to work on a blanket before my First Granchild is born, I would love this book. I would love just to make the

    I’d love this book to embroider for my 1st Grandchild. Since I am the only person left in the family who embroiders, knits, quilts and a little crochet, it is expected that I will be making something. A quilt was requested a long time ago, but this blanket would be a true treasure, I think, and a bit unexpected. My fingers are itching to start sewing. Thanks for the drawing.

  89. I like to make blankets to donate, but cannot afford to spend alot on the materials. Spending more time on embroidery is perfect since I can afford the cost of thread. This book would enable me to make more projects and others would benefit 🙂 Your work is so inspirational. Thank you for taking the time to share your work with us. Have a great holiday season !

  90. This book is a winner! The projects combine sewing, embroidery, and applique…three skills I am absolutely over the moon about. And the instructions look clear and clean and to the point. Although my kids are not in the baby making process right now, my grand kids are. Plus we have a wonderful charity in our town which donates “bankies” for babies who have no family. This book would help me on such a project, so I would be delighted to own a copy.

  91. Why do I want this book? Easy; two words” “That LAMB”! Oh, that lamb frisking in the flowers … he’s so adorable, and his personality looks to match a very frisky little baby boy I know, who NEEDS that lamb on a blanket 🙂

    But really, I love everything about this book; the projects, the beautiful motifs, the very idea of stitching on, and then constructing a blanket to wrap around and cuddle a loved on …

    Thank you, Mary, for your generosity!

    Cathy in PA

  92. Loved the stitching on the JOY blanket – but the LOVE blocks also caught my eye. Looks like a book with lots of good stuff in it!

  93. I love the idea of a hand embroidered blanket, would make a beautiful gift that is a little different. The book looks beautiful, and I would love to be one of the first to have and read this book-thanks for the chance, you have such awesome giveaways for us Kathy

  94. I just love embroidering! and the idea of embroidering blankets just make my fingers itch,… Besides it is always nice to get inspiration from books

  95. There a number of new babies in the family. Creating a new blankie for them would be wonderful. I’ve already done quilts and fleece covers. But an embroidery blankie…just so special. Country Bumpkin has such great designs, I’d love to have the book. And, the give-a-way is on my birthday! So, a Christmas present and a birthday present for ME…what joy!

  96. There is so much about this book that appeals to me.

    I like the fact that there are lots of tips, fabric requirements, detailed photos of projects along with ideas for different projects. I think the one thing that would be most useful to me is the part on how to finish the blankets.

    I would love to have a copy of the book. Would be a great addition to have in my needlework library.

  97. I love the projects, would dearly love to do several of them. The instructions are really good also, so that is a bonus. It’s a great book to add one’s collection.

  98. I love doing Crazy Quilts and I think the book can give me ideas, inspiration and knowledge in which to make myself even better. I love ‘real’ books that can do this and there is nothing better than a book in my hand which I can look at. This book looks unique with non-standard samples.

  99. A beautiful book. Perfect timing. I can now make a blanket for my first great grandchild. Love the embroidered lamb.

  100. I have a number of Country Bumpkin publications and this book would be a welcome addition to my library. Two of my granddaughters (ages 16 & 13) have been doing needlework since they were four years old. This is something we enjoy doing together and gives me an opportunity to tell them “stories” about my grandmothers who taught me to do embroidery, knitting and crocheting. This book would present an opportunity to do more projects together and expand their appreciation of needlework and to spend quality time together.

  101. I love this book. I have the other blanket book and I know from the photos I have seen that it is another great publication by Country Bumpkin. My daughter has just informed us that she and her husband are planning a grandbaby for us sometime next year. This will be our first and since she is our only child I have plans to make fabulous everything for this child-to-come. I want beautiful and unique heirloom quality items that she will be proud to say “My mother made this”. I would be so excited to have this new blanket book to make something from. I have met Susan and I would love to email her and show her a picture of one of her beautiful blankets in use (maybe even enter a contest). Thanks for the opportunity to win this. Kathy Rowell

  102. I love the look of the examples. They remind me of beautiful vintage images. I’m making lots of baby blankets these days and would love to add this to my selection. I have two grand babies on the way.

  103. I would love to win this book – just for the beauty alone. But I also love the idea of embroidering blankets – something I’ve only once done. The sample projects shown were so sweet – I would love to see the rest of them, and embroider some myself. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book!! Although if I don’t get lucky, I’ll have to purchase it when it becomes available to the public! 🙂

  104. Hi, I loved some of the projects in this book. And the instructions on finishing the blanket would really be helpful. I haven’t seen any of their publications so this just might make me get more of them.

  105. Hi! I would LOVE to win this book. I’ve always wanted to learn ribbon flower embroidery and I LOVE the blankets.

    I’ve made a few quilts in my time, but I think I’d enjoy making an embroidered blanket much more. I’ve always loved doing hand work and the blanket designs are precious.

    Thank you for the chance, it would definitely be a gift to ME if I won it.

  106. I just love these books. I have the second one in the series. I love the motifs they choose for the blankets. I have a new grandaughter 2 months old and I am starting a blanket from the book that I have BUT another one would be lovely. These are blankets to cherish always.

  107. I fell in love with the lamb. It may sound silly but when I looked at it I thought of my future grandchild and how much will it mean for her/him to have a blanket stitched by grandma

  108. Doubly Blissful for me for the next two weeks too, both my daughters are pregnant! One due as we speak, one due in 2 weeks, Wee Willie Winky would run all over their cots.

  109. i love making little blankets for the little people who come along in my life. so anxious to see the inside of this book whether or not i am a winner. thanks for including me.

  110. What a wonderful way to start teh “giving season”!!! Book looks awesome from your review! Please enter me so I can look at the pretties in person…and maybe make a few for the 10 grandbabies I have!

  111. I REALLY WANT THIS BOOK! I’ve been following your website and collecting tips and patterns for about a year now, Mary. I cannot tell you how greatly I value the information I’ve garnered from you. I’m 71 years old and have crocheted for 40 years and done a little quilting. I’m really wanting to do some beautiful embroidery now to leave to my grandchildren and greats and there’s no place better to get beautiful tips and patterns than from your Needle ‘N’ Thread. I’m preferring small projects now that I can do while sitting on my sofa next to my floor lamp. I really hope I win this book. If not, thanks ever so much for everything you give us.

  112. These motifs are the sweetest things! And they are so versatile — not only for blankets and blocks (love the blocks!), but for bags and hats and cards — anything! I love the quality of Country Bumpkin publications. This is on my must-have wish list. (Would love to get it early and start right in!)

  113. I LOVE that this book has wonderful technique hints for the beginner blanket maker, but the end results do not look like beginner projects. I LOVE that one can make additional coordinating projects. I have three grandchildren and I WANT this book so I can make them all warm and cozy blankets for them to enjoy for years to come!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Diana in Sioux Falls

  114. I love embroidery and my children are finally producing sweet grandbabies for me to stitch for. These designs look adorable and fun to stitch.

  115. This wonderful little book appeals to me in many ways. It is beautiful to look at, gives the reader information, new projects, some to do and some to dream about doing. It is a book that needs to be added to our libraries.

    Mary, you and Country Bunkin are very special to all of us in embroidery land.

  116. What a timely chance. I am being presented with a new granddaughter in Feb. I have been deciding between an embroidered blanket or quilt. I have always used kits and never done one “from scratch”. This would be perfect. Thank you so much for hosting this.

  117. I really love the idea of embroidering blankets. The book looks wonderful with great instructions and illastration. Walking you through the steps. I would love this book, to make wonderful keepsakes for my granchildren. Happy stitching

  118. I have thought about this book every since you wrote the review especially the little lamb that seems to be frolicking across the page. The liveliness of that lamb reminds me of the lambs we used to raise and would make a lovely gift for our unborn grandchild. Perhaps with the book’s help, I too could make such a lamb.

  119. This book is so beautiful with so many lovely illustrations. Really it is eye candy! Having said that, these are great projects for baby gifts and such. Now to decide which one for which child . . .

  120. Oh my, “Blissful Beginnings” looks like a lovely book. I’m just beginning my embroidery journey and the instructions look great. I’m also a new Momo with 2 granddaughters just a few months old and I think these designs would be great for little blankets for them. The photos are great. I can’t wait to get this book in my hands.

  121. This book looks so charming! I love the sweet designs, and the old-timey feel of them. I would love to adapt them to several projects I have in mind for my tiny little cousins. I am a beginner embroiderer (embroiderist?) and have been looking for some beautiful designs to try out my new skills on. This book looks like a perfect challenge for me. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  122. Retired and rediscovering embroidery. From this book I can learn how to make some beautiful blankets and brush up on my embroidery skills as well as make some lovely gifts.

  123. The photographs in your review have inspired me to want to make a blanket for my new granddaughter. I haven’t embroidered anything in a while, concentrating on counted work. This book makes my fingers itch to get started, again!

  124. what called my attention was the designs they look old style, retro, but nice , why I want the book? I would like to learn new techniques, see the designs, maybe have inspiration to begin a new project . thanks

  125. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to do needlework. I would go to garage sales and look at the linen first to find a piece of fine embroidery item. I bought several pieces that I am so proud of, and presented them as gifts to my daughter & three granddaughters. I would be so honored to be chosen to get this book. I would treasure always and pass it on to my daughter and three granddaughters as they too love needlework.

  126. Never saw this book before, but it looks absolutlely delightful. Would love to win it. I’m very thankful for all your information. You have a wonderful site.

  127. Hi Mary, “The Lamb” is what I am inspired to want to embroider.
    Ever since I was a little girl growing up on a farm I loved the little lambs that we had to hand rear if their mums died while giving birth.(which didnt happen often, thankfully)
    Thank you Mary

  128. Oh I would love to win this book. Our first grandson was born yesterday morning and it would be so much fun to make him one of these projects! My oldest granddaughter (10 years) is wanting to stitch so I think that maybe I could get some good tips out of the book to help her too! (She made a cat dress for her kitty out of denim–all hand stitched! She is really getting into stitching–LOL)

  129. Thank you, Mary, for the opportunity to win one of the Blissful Beginnings books. I love to snuggle under a blanket in the winter evening as I sit and stitch, so being able to make my own embroidered blankets for myself and family would be wonderful! All the projects look fun and colourful, so they really appeal to me.

  130. Well, I know if it’s from Country Bumpkin then I will want it! Their books are always SO beautiful and full of things I want to sew. I’ve made a zillion baby quilts but I’ve never embroidered a blanket…and those pictures sure make me want to try it out. Especially the little lamb!

  131. Hello…My niece just had the first grandchild for our family and he’s super special! Am enchanted by what I see already of the book and would love to find some projects to start his collection of “heirlooms”. Kate

  132. The projects in Blissful Beginnings look beautiful and that would be reason enough to want to own it. But I am especially inspired because my niece is expecting her first baby (a girl) in April. I think a hand-embroidered quilt from her great aunt would truly be a blissful beginning for my soon-to-be grand niece!

  133. Making a blanket for a new little one is a very special way to say welcome. I started doing it in my teens for every shower I went to. I’m always looking for new inspiration. Thank you for the chance at winning this wonderful book.

  134. I would love to use a book like this one to help me create ideas for the Crazy Quilt I am beginning to work on, and, your review shows that this book looks like a great one because it has very good instructions and pictures for someone like me to follow. Thanks for sharing. Sandra Bowman

  135. Hi Mary

    I really WANT this book because I am about to make a woollen coat for my ‘grandson’ who happens to be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel DOG owned by my daughter! I have always wanted to make him a jacket using wool embroidery and I am hoping this book will have some good ideas. I know books that Country Bumpkin publish are always fantastic and adaptable to the project in hand, so this would be a great addition to my library.

  136. I would LOVE to win this book because it is such great eye candy, for the inspiration to get my needle out again, and because I am a doting Grandmother who would love to make something like this for a special little person in my life.

  137. I am an avid quilter and am always recruited to make baby blankets. This book would be such a nice touch to finish off my blankets! Thanks for offering such a sweet giveaway!

  138. I LOVE this book…Everything produced by Country Bumpkin is so fine. I love the idea of being able to embroider beautiful baby blankets to give as gifts. What a great way to say I love you.

  139. I have never seen Country Bumpkin before but loved the hand embroidery projects in here. I would love to have the book to try out some of those projects on crazy quilts.
    Thanks for the chance to play.
    Tammy Bowser

  140. I looked @ the sample pages of this book and absolutely fell in love with it. I was looking @ Canadian websites to see if they will be carrying it and was disappointed that it’s not there. I will be a new Grandma in March and am dreaming of all the projects that I can make for my new grandbaby. I think this book will be a wonderful addition to my “Grandma library”. I have also recently gotten back into hand embroidery and love the projects that will stretch me in my skills. I also want to thank you for this site as I’ve learned so much and you do such a wonderful job of explaining things and the visuals are so helpful. The pics in this new book are so wonderful as well – that’s what draws me to it as well!! Thanks!!

  141. Such a fan of Country Bumpkin! This book would be a fantastic addition to my embroidery “must have” list. I just added the digital Inspirations. What a joy this would be to share with my friends….

  142. Hello,
    I read your review of this book and it sounds fantastic! Would love to win this giveaway, and wanted to say thank you for all your wealth of information you share on your blog.
    Happy Holidays
    Sheri McDonough

  143. I am a very amateur quilter and would love to incorporate more embroidery into my work – plus I would really like to give some to our hopsital to give to needy mothers when they have children – this seems perfect way to do it all!

  144. I love that it opens up a whole new avenue for embroidery. I adore small blankets and throws in the den – there is nothing better for curling up. And the idea of having one that I embroidered would make for an excellent nap!

    I love your site and look forward to every email! Thanks, Carolyn

  145. Thanks so much for the offer! I have many Country Bumpkin books and love them all. In this book, I particularly love and want to make the little lamb.

  146. I’m the kind of person who likes to have a bunch of resources at my disposal so that they’re all at my fingertips when the Muse strikes and I need to create something. And this book? Well, I’m hearing through the grapevine that my son and DiL are talking about making babies soon, so I need to be doubly prepared for THAT possibility! 🙂

  147. Dear Mary,

    After reading about INSPIRATIONS in your column I ordered a back copy. Issue 29 arrived today and it is wonderful. The layout, writing style, photography, and directions are all superior. Projects have a different perspective than both the USA and British works (because they are up-side-down?) that make them feel fresh. I am so happy to have been introduced to this publisher.

    The old saw says “Don’t judge a book buy its cover.” I’m going to fly in the face of that and say that I fell in love with the cover of BLISSFUL BEGINNINGS and would buy it without a look inside. After reading INSPIRATIONS, I have confidence that other publications from Country Bumpkin will live up to the same standards. But, really, I love that frisky lamb and the animation captured in the embroidery of it and “Little Tommy Tucker, in his nightgown.” The simple beauty of the shaded blue flowers would be perfect embellishment for a creamy wool blanket I’ve been saving for just the right decoration. Please, PLEASE, PL…E…A…S….E pick me!

  148. Mary,
    I love this book. I love the pictures, the projects. It looks like the perfect book for me. I can picture completing the projects and giving them away . They are so darn pretty. Thank you for your wonderful emails and website. I look forward to reading them everyday.

  149. I am so excited to have the chance of owning this book as I would love to embroider a blanket using the directions and illustrations from this new book.
    The feel of using needle and all sorts of embroidery threads is very pleasing to me…a delightful tactful and visually pleasing experience. Country Bumpkin is the most unique and beautiful publishing group and I adore Inspirations magazine for years. The pictures of some of the pages in this new embroidery book that you posted on your web page makes my fingers itching to do a blanket for my grandson from this book. I am an art doll soft sculpture and wearable art bead artist and traveled to 4 areas of Australia to teach by invitation of several doll clubs in August 2004. It was during this teaching job that I was introduced to the exquisite art of hand embroidery. Some of my art doll students there taught me some stitches and I fell in love with this artful work. I am all alone here in South Florida with no Hand Embroidery guild to join so I am on my own. This book would be like working in a friendly guild setting for me. Hope I can win it but send best of luck to everyone who enters.

  150. I really want this book because I have a new grand daughter and would love to make some of this projects for her. I like have the patterns for the embroidery and even if I didn’t do blankets being a quilter I would probably do an embroidered quilt. I think Blissful Beginnings looks like a book I would love and cherish, and be able to pass on to my children and grandchildren. It looks like a beautiful book that would be lots of fun.
    I really hope I win this. Thanks for sharing.

  151. I just watched the video relating to this book…it’s all in the details Mary! Everything, and I mean everything is layed out there from beginning to end of each project. And the pictures, so soft and lovely. Oooo…I want to win this one really bad! Thanks for the chance.

  152. I love the lamb, the blue forget-me-not like flowers, the ribbon embroidered small roses–what else isn’t appealing about the sneak peek of this book. The photo instructions and detail of the projects makes this a great book to have as a “companion” to stitch with. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  153. First off I love the beauty of this book. I want to make baby blankets out of fleece for charity. I want to add embroidery to make them special. This is why I really want this book!!!

  154. I love the idea of making something beautiful and putting it away for “one day”. My husband and I are still in negotiations about babies and this would be a lovely addition to my bottom drawer :). I love it when babies are snuggled in hand-made blankies, like they’re enclosed in the love of the person who made it.

  155. I like the idea of embroidering blankets. I’ve been embroidering since I was around 7 or so (more years than I care to admit) and like to do new things to personalize what I make and give it my own touch.

  156. If I’m awarded this book, it will go into my library with “touchable books.” I have a rare neurological condition that has wreaked havoc on my hand strength and need for accuracy and precision. In spite of that, I so enjoy books with “touchable” pages and specific instructions. While my present skills prohibit me from creation of treasured needlework, I so enjoy the printed word and photo layouts that invite me in.

  157. The projects in “Blissful Beginnings” are precious and would make treasured heirlooms. I would love to be a winner and be able to curl up during the cold winter evenings creating something beautiful!

  158. Uh Oh! I’m in trouble now. I spent part of my allowance at our Casino here in Saratoga, NY today. How ridiculous to donate my money to the Feds. Obviously I didn’t win a dime. It would be special though to win this great book. I’ve read about it on Country Bumpkin’s site. We have one baby great-grandchild and this would be a perfect win because the instructions are always so thorough and the photography is splendid. Eye candy for sure.

  159. I love anything vintage and this says vintage in a big way! I love to embroider and have a 5 year old grand-daughter that I want to teach. She would love looking through this book with me!

  160. Wow! This is such a cool give away. I think that my favourite bit would be the assesories projects. I’m in love with the embroidered cubes.
    Thank you!
    Rachel Lawrence

  161. Mary: I have a less than 2-year old great granddaughter and second great on the way
    due next July. What better reason to want to
    win this beautiful book. I REALLY want this book.

    Jsne Splawn

  162. I have been doing embroidery since I was 8 years old and have never made a blanket out of Anyang I have sewn so I would love to get this and be able to make a blanket for myself or for my kids. Also to be able to make a blanket when I become a grandmother.


  163. I have new babies in our family coming in the next few months and from what I saw on your site I would like to be able to do the little lamb. He is sooo cute! I like to make baby blankets that are great keepsakes (I still have both of my sons blankets). Thank you Mary (and Country Bumpkin)for this great give-a-away.

  164. I love the projects and I love to do embroidery while my husband is watching his sports. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  165. This whole book is appealing. The CLINCHER is the lamb. Love lambs, especially that little mini one you show from time to time. I believe it’s all french knots. I have never embroidered on a blanket before but would love to do one (or 2 or 3 or…). With winter settling in I will be embroidering more. Appreciate all the tips you give. Thanks

  166. Oh how i would love to win a copy of this book. Then I would be able to do a blanket for a very close friend who has been going through unbelievable amounts of stress lately. It would be lovely to see her smile again.

  167. The book looks so beautiful firstly because of the gorgeous projects, secondly because of the step by step instructions and thirdly because it’s from Country Bumpkin – you can’t go wrong!

  168. I love the projects in the book, and would love to have a copy under my Christmas tree this year. If I don’t win the contest …maybe Santa will bring me one.
    PS – Looking forward to your red work project. I am planing one for my Mom’s table for next years Thanksgiving / Christmas.

  169. Hi Mary,
    The simple fact that “Blissful Beginnings” is a Country Bumpkin publication means to me that it is top notch and something to put on mywish list! Plus the fact that I have a new grand daughter and I would love to make her one of the blankets.


  170. G’day there Mary,
    The designs are so versatile, absolutely charming, and do-able, because the instructions are put together by people who really know what they’re doing. They’ve been there done that with every level of needleworker and proved themselves over and over. The photography makes this a book I can look through just to absorb it’s welcoming atmosphere.

  171. I would love to have this book so that I can use it for motifs for my crazy quilt. Also, my sister looooooooves sheep, and the Mary had a little lamb pattern would make a perfect for gift for her! I showed my mom the book (I’m 13), and she also loved it! It is a beautiful book that I would love to own!

  172. G’day there Mary,
    My original comment hasn’t shown up. Sorry if it doubles.
    The designs are so versatile, charming and do-able because the people who are submitting, putting this together, taking the photos and doing the instructions etc have been there, done that with needleworkers of all levels of competency. They care, and appreciate the delectable things that feed our 10 senses (well, we are needleworkers!)
    Cheers, Kath from Oz

  173. What a lovely book just looking at the cover gives me “warm fuzzies”. The reason I would love to win this book is as I am a new Nanna I am always looking out for projects to make for my grandchildren and as I am expecting a new grandchild just after Christmas it would be a joy and pleasure to use one of the designs from “Blissful Beginnings”.

  174. Hi Mary! I REALLY want this book because children’s items are my favorite to make – and the book just speaks FUN!! Fun for the child who receives the blanket and fun for me – with the beautiful photos, wonderful instructions and content!! Yikes – the video almost evoked tears it was so sweet – I hope I am a winner –
    as I am sure everyone else who saw this book hopes. Blessings to you.

  175. Hi Mary, I loved the preview of this beautiful book. I am going to be a grandmother for the first time in May 2013. An avid quilter & embroiderer, I was looking for some new ideas for a baby blanket. This book is so adorable! I would love to have a copy.
    Thank you,
    Patty Shipe

  176. well I adore what I have seen from thisbook thanks to you! I am a blanket person…collect em…but have never stitched my very own…I want to stitch some for my future grandchildren ..have started a crazy quilt for them as well…I have time as neither of my kids are attached yet…but ..umm..I am a planner! and of course worry I wont live long enuf to see grandbabies, but they will know me! ty for a chance very very much!

  177. I like how the book combines so many things—different embroidery stitches on to a blanket.
    I think the book would be a real joy to have.

  178. This is such a beautiful book!! I love to embroider, which is why I love your blog- and why I so covet this wonderful book!!

  179. This book appeals to me because I can picture myself creating the projects,& feel the fabric, needle and thread in my hands! The beautiful photos, organization and instructions draw me in and I am ready to create!

  180. I have 2 new babies in the family and would love to make some baby blankets. Thank you for a chance to win!

  181. I have always loved the embroidered blankets in Inspirations magazine. To have a book full of these lovely blankets is fabulous. What I love the most is the delicacy and sweetness of the designs. How can you resist that cute sheep?

  182. Like others, I love everything CB does and I am very proud that we have such a great resource right here in Australia.

    I reckon I should be lucky with this one, as today (24 November) is actually my birthday. Also I have never embroidered a blanket but would like to give it a go.

    Thanks Mary and CB for yet another wonderful opportunity.

  183. You have absolutely the best giveaways. I would love to have this book . . . my 11th grandchild is due in May 2013 and I would love to make a blanket like this for her/him.

  184. Over many years I have really enjoyed creating blankets for new babies-something different from the ones available in the shops!! In wool blanketing too rather than acrylics.
    As I am retiring next week after 46 years of nursing, I am so looking forward to devoting more time to my passion-embroidery.
    I have purchased blanket books from Country Bumpkin over the years and love the look of this new one so as always well done and keep up the great work so myself and many others can while away the hours enjoying our passion.

    1. I am your typical 60’s child. Mom drew a candy cane on muslin and taught me the back stitch…I never looked back! I love seeing my handwork on walks and bannister but love seeing it most in the nursery or tucked into a stroller. Looking at the projects you previewed, the “Love” blocks caught my eye. Charming and sweet for some chubby fingers to push around and chew on! Thank you for supporting the Inspirations group…they do so much to advance our passion for all things needle n thread.

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