"Pretty Little" Books Giveaway! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

“Pretty Little” Books Giveaway!

Amanda Carestio from Lark Crafts contacted us about these cute little books — and a possible giveaway. ‘Giveaway?’ Our ears perked up at that lovely word. Pretty Little Mini Quilts and Pretty Little Pillows give you an array of hip, modern mini quilts and pillows re-imagined into fun and experimental home dec projects. Amanda (whose projects you will also find in these gems!) gives us a little peek inside, and one of each of these books is up for grabs — leave a comment with which book you’d like to win, and we will select two random winners next Friday! Thanks to Amanda and the Lark folks for the generous giveaways!

Greetings from sunny Asheville, North Carolina! The kind folks at the Jolly Jabber invited me to share some info about two recent books: Pretty Little Mini Quilts and Pretty Little Pillows. I am so proud to have worked on these books (Lark is my day job!) and to have a handful of designs in them.

Chances are your spring sewing to-do list is a mile long already (I know mine is!), but you’re going to want to add a few more projects to that list after thumbing through these collections.

I personally wish my home was more pillow friendly; most everything cushion-like ends up encrusted in dog slobber. But that doesn’t mean I love them any less. They’re such a wonderful canvas for us busy crafters: small, quick to make, and both useful and pretty. Plus, they’re the perfect way to bring your favorite fabrics into other rooms of the house: love that!

However, if I had to pick a poison, it would most definitely mini quilts. Oh, lovely quick things that don’t require commitment! Actually, since making the projects for this book, my obsession has only grown, along with my affinity for fusible web (good stuff!).

Both books take their greatest strength from the quality of designers represented. You’ll probably recognize some of your blog and Flickr faves, and maybe you’ll discover a few new favorites. Of course, I have a few favorites of my own. It was so hard to choose, but today I find myself really drawn to Candace Todd’s “Drop Everything” mini quilt (shown here). It’s just a simple mini—balanced and quiet—and I love the combination of linen and fabric bits.

My other current fave is Malka Dubrawsky’s “Spot On” pillow (okay, I admit it: I adore everything she makes!). Her fabrics are, of course, awesome, and the pairing of grid lines and curvy appliqué shapes is really inspiring. I love the simplicity of both projects, the focus on the stitch lines, and the use of low volume fabrics (to borrow Malka’s terminology). (See more of Candace at candacetodd.blogspot.com; find Malka at stitchindye.blogspot.com) You can see more of my creations—and photos of my rapscallion dogs—at digsandbean.blogspot.com.

Amanda Carestio
Digs and Bean blog


  1. Woohoo, this is such an awesome giveaway! I would definitely have to choose Pretty Little Mini Quilts if I won – quilting is my favourite! Thanks for the chance!

  2. I would love the pretty little pillows book – I've been contemplating making new pillows for our living room for months!

  3. I've been eyeing the Pretty Little Quilts book for a bit… I would love to win it! Thank you for the chance!

  4. I'm looking at my basket full of scraps and thinking Pretty Little Mini Quilts is the book I'd like to win. I think I could put in a little bit of everything and make a beautiful mini quilt for everyone I know!

  5. I'm looking at my basket full of scraps and thinking Pretty Little Mini Quilts is the book I'd like to win. I think I could put in a little bit of everything and make a beautiful mini quilt for everyone I know!

  6. I've been eyeing those books for a little while now, ever since I saw them on someone elses blog….now to see projects from them they are definitely on my book store/quilt store list! Thanks for a chance to win them. Cyndi

  7. I'd love Pretty Little Mini Quilts! I've seen the projects from other blogs and they are absolutely adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I would love the Pretty Little Quilts book. It is on my wish list. I have loved the other Pretty Little books.

  9. "Pretty Little" mini quilts would be WONDERFUL to have. I literally just made a couple minis (this week) and love them. One day I would love to have a wall in my home of just "minis".

    Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  10. I would prefer the mini quilt book. It is fun :(and not so intimidating) to try a new to me technique on a mini that a full sized quilt. I'd be happy with the pillow book as well, but the mini is calling my name…:)

  11. They would *both* be great to have, but if I have to choose just one, then I believe I'd got with the mini pillows! Mini fluff 'n stuff! 🙂

  12. Pretty little mini quilts! I love the idea of small projects. The pillow book is awesome too but I've never made a mini quilt. Great article!

  13. I think that both books look like they would provide plenty of hours of fun. Pretty Litlle mini quilts since I have to choose

  14. i haven't seen these books before- but they are lovely! i would love to make one of everything!! thanks for the great giveaway!

    {crosses fingers to win}

  15. Although I love to quilt I would have to choose the Pretty Little Pillows, I would like to expand my horizon and they are so cute.

  16. Oh the Pretty little pillows! What a great book! Would love to make a few of those for me and my family.

  17. How fun are these books? I would love to win the Pretty Little Mini Quilts. I just love making mini quilts.

  18. This is such a great giveaway! I would so love to win the Pretty Little Pillows book! Of course, I'd be very happy with the Pretty Little Quilts as well!!

  19. I've had my eye on these little books every since the little quilt one was published and I saw it on my book club list. Love the projects I've seen from it on other blogs. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  20. I love the picture on the Pretty little mini quilts and would love to win that one. Wonderful idea for gift giving.


  21. Pretty Little Pillows or Pretty Little Mini Quilts……would LOVE either one! Thanks for this giveaway!

  22. Since I have most of the "Pretty Little" books (including the mini quilt one) I'll say I'd like the pillow book. I hadn't even seen that one anywhere, so what a treat it would be to win it!

  23. I would love to win Pretty Little Pillows! Thank you so much for the chance!

  24. I would love to have either book – my first choice would be pretty little mini quilts if I have to choose! lovely….

  25. (Can non-Americans enter your giveaways? I always wonder about that.) Anyway, if I were to win, I'd prefer the mini quilts book, though they both look like they've got interesting projects in them. I've seen them mentioned in a few blogs, so I've been curious.

  26. I would love, pretty little mini quilts, this time of year I am more inclined to do mini's rather than full size quilts. this book would be perfect, thanks. MaryC

  27. I love these books and have been wanting them since they fist were discussed…I would love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts … I could carry projects with me to work on outside!

  28. I love, love, love books! If I had to choose which one I'd love more, that would be sad, but I'd have to choose the mini-quilt book. I love small projects. They give you instant gratification and makes the bigger projects more doable. Thanks for the fun chance to win a great book!

  29. What a great giveaway – and a tough choice. I'd probably choose the mini quilt book – were I lucky enough to win.

  30. I love the Pretty Little Quilts. So very cute and creative. I have lots of little spaces crying for some little piece of art! Would love to win.

  31. This is a tough decision, but I will go with Pretty Little Mini Quilts!
    Thanks, Teresa

  32. What fun books! I think I like the mini quilts book the best. I am not much for pillows. Friends and family always squash pillows. I do like mini quilts. The are a lot of fun to make espescially in bright cheery colors.

    Have a great day.

  33. I'd have to go with the Pillows. After looking at the pillows on that swap flicker site I'm in the pillow mood! Lucky girl, Asheville is amazing!

  34. Will need both pretty little books! Think i would really like the pillows book should i be so fortunate as to win!!!

  35. Thank you! Both of these books look really fun – I do enjoy a small project to work on for a night or two – instead of the months I put into some of my other projects. I guess – if I have to pick – Pretty Little Quilts. But I know I would enjoy either!

  36. I want that mini quilt book really really bad. I would also like the pillow book. please please pick me.

  37. They both look great but I love mini quilts so that is the book I would choose. The projects look gorgeous. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  38. Pretty little mini quilts is definately my choice. I do mini's and wall quilts for Christmas gifts. This would be my new breath of fresh air!!!

  39. My choice is Pretty little mini quilts, because I can share this one with my mother, who's planning on doing a wall of mini quilts… maybe I'll join in then!

  40. I will choose the Pretty Little Pillow book, although it was hard to choose. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Love both books and enjoyed reading about the inspiration! My favorite would have to be Pretty Little Mini Quilts!

  42. My daughter and I would love to work on something from "Pretty Little Mini Quilts". Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I have 3 or 4 of the Pretty Little Books and love them, I want them both, but if I had to pick, I'd want the quilt one first.

  44. Just love both these books,But my favourite has to be Little Mini Quilts-I adore mini quilts and these designs I have to say are fresh and modern!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely book!

  45. They both look darling and like I could find a million uses for them…but I'm going to go with Pretty Little Mini Quilts.

  46. I would just love to win the Pretty Little Pillow book. I would love to make some pillows – I been planning to make some and need some help.

  47. I would like to have the Pretty Little Mini Quilts book. Always looking for quick project when I need a little sewing fix.

  48. wow, hard choice! I think I'd choose pretty little pillows because I'm very interior design challenged, and would love to be able to dress up the apartment more!

  49. What a tough choice! I'd love either book, but I think my first choice would be Pretty Little Quilts!

  50. Love the Fat Quarter Shop and now your blog too! Hard to chose, but Pretty Little Mini Quilts is more likely to get used in my house! (My fingers are crossed now–hope hope hope…)

  51. I would have to go with Pretty Little Quilts…although both books looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. I bet both books are awesome, but I think I'd choose Pretty Little Pillows. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  53. Gosh, it's difficult to choose; however, I think the mini quilt book would be absolutely darling as a reference for using some of the stash. Thanks!

  54. Pretty Little Mini Quilts looks like a very cute book, I would pick that one if I got to choose! Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. I would love to win Pretty Little Mini Quilts – mini quilts is something that I have never made and would love to try. Thanks for the give away.

  56. love the pretty little pillows book to try something new. I have my fingers crossed, thanks for this great giveaway!

  57. I would love the Pretty Little Pillows book. So cute.
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  58. I'd probably shoot for the "Pretty Little Quilts" if I won.

    I can see myself buying the Pretty Little Pillow book later on though.. hehe.

  59. I would love pretty little pillows! It seems like that would be an awesome resource to use to come up with gifts for various people… and I always have gifts to come up with!

  60. Both look wonderful, but to choose I would say pretty little mini quilts! Thanks for the chance.

  61. I would just love "pretty little pillows", I am so into pillows at the mo', and seeing as we in the Southern hemisphere are heading into winter, nothing nicer then cuddling up with lots of them!

  62. I have just joined my first mini-quilt swap and would love to explore the mini-quilt book! Thanks for the chance at winning.

  63. Would love either……..but am more likely to complete little pillows…..so……that would be first choice.

  64. I would love either, but I think I'd go with the quilt book. I sew a lot but have yet to manage a quilt and that would be a good place to start!

  65. Love the Mini Quit book….No I love the Pillow book…no maybe the quilt, I mean the pillow…ugh!! I have to pick one?!!! Ok, the Mini Quilt book!


  66. Those little books would be pretty in my studio! Then I could make pretty little things for my home–how fun these are.

  67. It's really hard to say, but I guess the mini-quilts book would be my choice. I love the bird mini quilt that is pictured! But I love the pillows, too!
    How nice to have a chance to win one!

  68. Both books look very inspiring, I would love to browse them. I am not sure which one to choose, but I think the quilt one is my favorite!

  69. What fun books – I'd love the quilting one! I really like the pillow on the cover of the other book too (with the circles). Wouldn't that make a fun quilt!

  70. Either would be a welcome addition to my quilting library, but I guess mini quilts would be my preference. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. I'd love the Pretty Little Mini Quilts! I want to try to get my quilting mojo back! I'll start small.

  72. i cant pick one over the other
    its very hard!
    i think maybe the mini quilts one..
    they bouthe look intresting and beautiful
    would love to have any of them!

  73. Fantastic giveaway! I would LOVE to win the Pretty Little Mini Quilts Book.

  74. Awwww, I'd love to be entered in the giveaway to win such a cutie books, no matter which, but look really interesting, but if I have to pick I'll go for the mini quilt book

  75. woot ! I bought the Quilt book on Amanda's recommendation but I did NOT know about the pillow book – that is also a MUST have !