Monday, March 17, 2014

Free-Motion Machine Sketching DVD Blog Tour and Giveaway!


My friend and fellow artist Candy Glendening has just released her newest instructional Quilting Arts DVD, where she shares with us her process for using free-motion sketching to create her wonderful sketchbooks, (and inspires us to do the same) filled with stitched samples of that which inspires her, such as birds, vessels and fauna. Oh... and COLOR! Lot's and lot's of glorious color, which Candy knows better then almost anyone!


For anyone who is intimidated by free-motion sketching, (done the same way as free-motion quilting,  but using the technique to draw/sketch a picture) this DVD will be a great first step in breaking down that wall of fear. 


Candy gently walks you through the process, showing how simple and fun it actually can be, even if you have never had success with sketching on paper. 


She teaches you how to create fabric sketchbook pages that you can then record your free-motion sketch ideas onto, which you can then build into complete sketchbooks.


As Candy demonstrates it's a great way to practice ideas for new motifs and color combinations. 


Candy likes to create her sketchbooks by themes, and refers back to them when planning bigger projects, which I think is a fabulous idea!


And now here's the best part! Not only is Candy offering one of my lucky blog readers a chance to win their own copy of her newest DVD, she is also going to include a botanical sketch of a Pansy, (which I requested as it's my favorite flower) made especially for this giveaway! 

To enter, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post, (please make sure that the comment links back to you so I have a way of contacting you should you win)! The drawing ends on Wednesday the 26th, and I will announce a winner on Thursday. You can also follow along on the blog tour for more chances to win!

3/26/14: Comments are now closed. Thanks so much for everyone who participated!
I have contacted the winner and will share who it was in my next blog post. Contest is still going on over at some of the other participating blogs, including Candy's, so you still have more chances to win!

110 comments:

Gill said...

This looks a great DVD - I'd love some gentle help from Candy!!

The Inside Stori said...

That's me....totally intimidated.....maybe the DVD will give me courage!

Brenda said...

ooooh, this looks like fun. thanks for the chance!

Maria Harrits said...

This would be a great challenge to me... and I love challenges!

Corinnea said...

Her sketches are beautiful! Maybe it would break my mental block against FMQ....

Brenda Comolli said...

This giveaway is so exciting. I love sketching with thread. Winning this DVD would give me more inspiration and skills.

Thanks so much.

Sharon - IN said...

Oh! Candy's sketchings are sweet! I'd love a copy of her dvd.

Kim Bates said...

I'd love to learn to do this! I am a bit intimidated by machine quilting and this would help immensely!

dolores said...

Ack! So beautiful. I can see what I really need is my sewing machine recessed down in my table!;)

Laceflower said...

I think I'd have to sketch it out in marker first, just to get the hang of it. Looks like lots of fun.

Lori said...

great giveaway! I can use all the help I can get with machine quilting!

Sandra Weimer said...

Oh, I'd like to learn to sketch! And my favorite flower is a pansy, that would double the fun!

stitchinpenny said...

Her sketching is fantastic! I would love to learn.

Anonymous said...

I really want to give it a try, just need a little push,thank you...martamanole@yahoo.com

Kate/Massachusetts said...

What beautiful work and lovely giveaway! Thank you for the chance to enter! I plan to buy this dvd!

debby said...

Looks like fun.

patty a. said...

Candy's work is so beautiful. I would love to learn more!

sally anoyrkatis said...

Her work looks gorgeous, it would be great to win this! Thanks for the opportunity, and I love pansies too!

Ellee said...

Candy's a wonderful teacher! I would welcome having her DVD and especially the pansy. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

em's scrapbag said...

WOW! That is so cool! Crossing my fingers!

Venus de Hilo said...

Ooh, I want to try this!

Esther F. said...

The dvd would be so cool! I am always looking for news FMQ ideas!
Esther
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com
ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

Rumi said...

Great give away! I want to improve my FMQ skills. Always when have possibilities.

Anne D said...

The sketches are amazing. I can't imagine being able to do it myself but would love to try. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

Looks like fun - thanks for the chance to win.

barbara woods said...

i would love that , thanks for the chance

Denise said...

So pretty! I would love to have a little virtual hand-holding via DVD to try this technique.

Gina said...

Candy has inspired me to try free motion sketching and I'm sure her video would help me on my way!

Annie said...

Sounds wonderful...I would love to try it and be able to sketch some of the flowers in my garden.

Jackie said...

I would love to add that book to my other quilt books.

Sue Stultz said...

Pansies are my favorite flower - they're so cheerful. Thread sketching them would be really cool!

sophie said...

I have a project ready to quilt that is crying for some thread-sketching ... I'm a bit of a scaredy cat and would love to win the DVD to help me get started.

Pansies are one of my favorites, too. I have giant pansies quilted into a large purple scrap quilt of mine.

kay said...

I love thread sketching! Now I need to bite the bullet and learn to do it. This DVD should help!

Exuberant Color said...

I would love to get re-inspired for thread sketching. I love the look of it especially with black thread on hand dyes.

LynneMcL said...

Wow - that looks like fun! I'm fairly new to quiliting - and just learned to FMQ. I never thought about painting with thread - I think I'm heading to my machine right now!

Ginger said...

Looks like a great DVD.

Createology said...

I love how Candy creates her sketch books for reference and history. Hard to believe she can help someone like me to machine thread sketch even though I cannot draw or sketch on paper. Please include me in the DVD drawing. Thank you sew very much and Creative Stitching Bliss...

Beezus said...

I love the idea of thread painting but would love a bit of help getting started. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Karin på Ösäter said...

You are both great inspiration for me, loving colour fabric and thread.

Karin på Ösäter

http://karinpaosater.blogg.se/

Karen@littlebirdiequilting said...

Lots of lovely inspiration- thankyou for showing us

Jeanne said...

I love creating fabric books. I've tried thread sketching, but so far I'm not too successful. I love the idea of trying it on small pages. Would love to win this!

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

I could use some inspiration. What a fun looking technique. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Just what I need! Enough of straight lines and simply meandering stipples - onto something extra pretty. Thanks for the chance!

quiltzyx said...

I'd love to have some direction in thread sketching from Candy! Thanks for the chance!

Jackie said...

I love Candy's work and would love to win her DVD.

Penny Schine Gold said...

Would love to win the DVD and give this a try.

Patti said...

Wow, I just love her free motion sketching! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Since I never win anything, I have preordered the dvd! lol I am in awe of such beautiful work!

Linda F. said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I would love a copy of this DVD.

Michele T said...

I would love to learn how to do this!! Thanks for the chance!!!

Connie said...

Here work is amazing, I would love to win!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I have tried some free motion sketching...still learning. I have a regular sewing machine. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Pauline G said...

Would love the chance to try this free motion sketching !

Sandi said...

One of the things I know is practice makes perfect and Candy show this I her work, such a delight to have a chance to win not only the CD but a lovely pansy design sketched by her. Thanks so much!

Christine said...

I'm a thread sketching beginner, but I like it and I will do more.

Fasinatingtaurus said...

Would love to win this DVD to start me off sketching with the machine. please, please, please.
Thank you
Frankie White

CaroleM said...

I love those sketch books! What a neat idea!

Ruth B said...

I love her sketch pages and I think they would make pretty quilt blocks.

Margaret Graham said...

Your sketchbooks are amazing. I never thought to make something like them. they are pretty, functional, and a wonderful collection of ideas.

Connie said...

Candy's artwork is beautiful! I would love to win, thanks!

Kim said...

Wow this looks like fun, and so original! Thanks for the chance to win and maybe become a real free motion quilter :0).

Happy Sewing

Elizabeth Bennett said...

I love ALL of Candy's work and would love the DVD.

Jan Jones said...

I would use this! I've been wanting to learn this!

Michele said...

This DVD sounds so useful for me at this time. I would love a chance at winning!

Karrie S said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

Lisa Lawley said...

Candy's sketches are really eloquent. I love the way she has developed the technique. Free motion quilting leaves me cold, but I am very intrigued and would love to learn more! Lisa (lawnes@africaonline.co.ke)

Lynn said...

Great looking book and wonderful to have it offered as a door prize.

sharon said...

I think this would help me learn so much. thank you

Isabel.A. said...

I´d love to learn how to do that.
isabel_mbpp@hotmail.com

Martha Sturgill said...

Have seen Candy on TV. This is something I would love to learn.

kimberj said...

I do lots of free motion sketching, mostly landscapes and structures. I'd love to try botanicals and can always use tips to make things better, cleaner, easier!

Carol Jones said...

A dvd to follow while I tried this would be great.

Lynne Tilley said...

Great DVD and I love her stuff. I would love to try this.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and would love to see this DVD. Her samples look instructive and easy to follow.

Wendy said...

this dvd looks fantastic, I'd really love to have a go at this

Cathy said...

I love Candy's style both with the sketching and the dyed fabrics.

tutto a posto said...

I am just starting to get into sketching and have made a couple of brooches with the method. I draw so it seems like a natural path to take, but my stitches are uneven, so this DVD would be great for me!

pennykitz said...

Candy's DVD would be considered the win of the year, in my book. Her work is spectacular!! I really thank you for hosting this giveaway and by the way I am a new follower of your blog! : )

Patty Podszus said...

I love the sillyboodilly blog and refer to it often. I would totally enjoy the DVD on sketching as I gave tried using that technique on items for my grandchildren (and have been teaching them a few little sketches.)

remareis said...

Thank you for the opportunity. I can't wait to try this

Diane said...

I just watched a workshop preview and it looks like fun. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD!

AM - web design class said...

This looks like a great dvd. I've wanted to try thread sketching but haven't yet.

Lin said...

I'm a fairly new quilter but I can see this as a great way to embellish journal covers in a way that isn't raised from the surface very much. I just bought 4 journals that I'm going to cover for my daughter so I may take the plunge and try sketching.

Kathye said...

I have seen Candy on quilting arts! I would love to have this DVD!

anne wolf said...
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anne wolf said...

What a great idea - stitched books! Would love to try it.

Sarah said...

I would love to learn free motion quilting! Thanks for the chance.

McStamper said...

Very intimidating for me. Would love to win.

Jowyn Jenson said...

Oh thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to learn how to do free motion sketching better. My (very poor) attempts have been ok, but I want to get much better. Love the photos of Candy's sketchbooks.

Béa said...

I would be happy to learn more about this technique, thanks.

Diann said...

I'd love to learn this. Thanks for the chance.

Lauren said...

This DVD looks great!! I just started free motion sketching and I love it!! Thank you for the great giveaway!!!

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this DVD and learn how to "sketch".

senstrings[at]yahoo[dot]com

Diane J. Evans said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway -- count me in!

Diane

Sewgirl said...

Candy's DVD sounds like a great addition to a quilter's library. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

SewCalGal said...

Looks like a wonderful DVD, which I'd like to check out and help share insights with those that have participated in the 2012 and 2013 FMQ Challenges that I hosted.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Heather J said...

Looks like a great DVD to assist in learning this technique. Thanks for the giveaway.

Marty Mason said...

What fun. And what a great giveaway. I'm hoping!

Laurie said...

What a lot of comments. I would love to have further instruction on thread sketching. My efforts I've been careful to do on busy fabrics so they don't show very well. :)

Charlene McCullough said...

The pics of the sketch books are fabulous. With the help of her DVD, just maybe I can do this. The sample sounds lovely. Seeing the technique in person gives perspective. Thanks for the giveaway.
katztoo at excede dot net

Lyn said...

Wow! I'd love to win the pansy and the DVD. Learning FMQ on my sewing machine is on my list for this year!

Barbara said...

This looks so cool. I have to try it!

Lynne said...

I would love to learn machine sketching. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jen Barnard said...

I want to try free motion quilting this year, this DVD looks great. Is the giveaway is open internationally? I'm in the UK.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Tina Short said...

I dream of being able to draw with thread.

tropicslady said...

I've always been a fan of Candy's work and this book comes as no surprise of her talent.

deb
ladara at cfl dot rr dot com

Margaret said...

Love her style. Thanks for give away

Marilyn at coolrain46@yahoo.com said...

I really love creative sewing, but I also really need help with free-motion stitching/sketching. This DVD would be heaven sent!

Marilyn at coolrain46@yahoo.com said...

I really love creative sewing, but I also really need help with free-motion stitching/sketching. This DVD would be heaven sent!

Kim from Milwaukee said...

Those books are beautiful!!! I'd love to learn how to do that!