Little Gems – Blog Hop and Giveaway


Little Gems (aka miniatures)  that can hang on frames, typically 12″x12″ are great ways to show off your quilting skills, decorate your home, and also make excellent gifts.  I’m very excited about a new book by Connie Kauffman, Little Gems: 15 Paper-Piece Miniature Quilts, which has recently been published by Martingale.  And I want to share insights with you today about this book, as well as many giveaway opportunities where you can win a copy (and more prizes too).


Publisher’s Insights

Sparkling with tiny treasures, these patterns are a treat for paper-piecing enthusiasts. New to paper piecing? Learn the popular technique with a small investment of time and materials. Each 12″ x 12″ project can be quilted on your home machine, and a fat quarter is all you need for backing and binding.

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  • 15 traditional designs for decorating and gift-giving
  • Showcase finished projects on Ackfeld wire hangers, tabletops, and walls
  • Achieve accurate results with paper piecing–ideal for finely detailed projects
  • Try something new: add prairie points, trims, and embellishments

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About the Author:

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  A love of color and fabric have led Connie Kauffman to an enjoyable career in quilt designing. For many years, she has designed quilt patterns for books and magazines, and she enjoys trying out new ideas and designs. She is grateful to her mother, who taught her to sew and introduced her to the world of fabrics.

Connie began her vocational career as a special-education teacher before focusing on raising her own two children. Her son and daughter now have their own homes and careers in teaching. Connie lives with her husband in Nappanee, Indiana, where she is also involved in numerous church and community activities. Visit her website to see more of her work:

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 My Review:

 All of the patterns in this book come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  There are also sections for Special Techniques for Mini Quilts that share information on Fabrics, Supplies, Paper Piecing, Quilting, and Hanging Sleeve, making this book an excellent book for quilters of all levels.  And when you consider that this book has 15 patterns, when you compare the price of buying stand-alone patterns, this book is an exceptional value.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this inspirational new book at your local quilt shops, but if you don’t see it, remember to let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  As it is a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as

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Did I Mention A Giveaway?

There are actually several ways you can win a copy:

1) To celebrate the release of this book, Connie is hosting a blog hop with prizes from Island Batik, Martingale and Ackfeld Manufacturer:


Here is the line up for this super fun blog hop where you’ll find more insights about this book, as well as chances to win prizes:

April 8
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13      Ackfeld Wire hosted by
April 14
April 15
April 16
April 17
April 18

2) My review copy of this book is being used as a “surprise prize” for our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.  It is in the “pool of prizes”, where I randomly pick 5 participants every month and send them a prize.  Bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate and share their creativity.  For more info on this weekly event, you can click on the tabs underneath the blog header for EVENTS > #CREATIVEGOODNESS Weekly Linky Party.

 You can find Connie at:

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