Monday, October 10, 2011

Deploy that Fabric Giveaway!

One of our uber talented blogging friends Jen of ReannaLily Designs is launching her new book right now, and you may have seen it all over blog land.  It's called Deploy that Fabric:




How great of an idea is this???  Jen dedicated her book to her husband, still active in the military.  She has worked with military uniforms for quite a few friends and clients (check out this gallery) and put a lot of her ideas into one book.  I got the opportunity to review Deploy that Fabric and it is clear, great instructions, diagrams and projects that I'm excited about!!  I think it would make a great gift too.  Here are a couple of my favorite projects  from the book.

Stockings would be so precious!  And if you don't know someone in the military I think there are a lot of ways you could use these patterns, for fun or for other materials with a lot of meaning.

How cool is this bag?  I love the camo with the happy fabric, great design.



Check out this blog tour for more chances to win...some may have already closed their giveaway so check it out to be sure! (More on that in a second!)


Ready to win??
Two prizes!!
1. A copy of Deploy that Fabric (hard copy for US winners, ebook for international)

2. This DARLING bag:
Eco Messenger Bay
This giveaway if now closed.

Has anyone you've known or loved served in the military?  Or you?  Both of our grandfather's served in WWII and now I'd like to find out if their uniforms are still around somewhere :)  In fact when our grandfather left England our grandma was pregnant with their first child.  He served all over Europe and returned five years later.  He didn't meet his own son until he was five, how crazy is that?  My grandma says they stayed up all night talking and it was like a whole new person and marriage.  They were happy and in love until his passing more than 20 years ago.  Hearing her tell stories of the war in England are unreal like when she was running through an alley because bombs were falling through the sky...definitely puts life into perspective.

Thank you to all who have and will serve us in our armed forces.  We are truly grateful.


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77 comments:

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

My son is just returning from a year long deployment in Afghanistan with his combat engineer unit. They're the bomb squad, sweeping the roads for mines. My son drove a Husky, a one-man, armored vehicle with ground penetration radar; the first one in line. Can't tell you what a relief to my heart when he finally called last week to say, "Momma, I'm OK," and that they'd landed on American soil. (Happy tears!) A couple more weeks of de-mobilization, and I can wrap my arms around my boy. Can't be soon enough!

Sunnybec said...

My Father was in WWII and my brother was born during the war in 1942, my Dad didn't see him for a few years. I don't think we can imagine what it must have been like. My Mum use to tell me stories when the sirens went she would pick up my brother and run down into the cellar. If my brother had a sweet he use to take a small piece and put it on a picture of Dad and say "some for Daddy" War is such a terrible thing, it destroys so many lives, how I wish we could have a World without it. Thanks for the giveaway. Hugs Linda

JoyceLM said...

I'm an Army brat daughter of a 91 year-old WWII & Korean War veteran. My husband is a Vietnam War veteran, & I currently have a nephew serving in the Middle East. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kiera said...

My nephew has been deployed 6 times. So thankful for his safe return each time.

gill said...

Members of both sides of my family fought in WW2 and my great uncle fought in the Boer War

Kristy said...

My
Grandpa served in ww2 in Guam as a lifeguard. He had some really funny stories!

LynCC said...

I have several of my husband's uniforms that I've just not known what I wanted to do with (in terms of quilts). This would be a wonderful win!

Shirley said...

This book looks great. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway. :)

pcflamingo said...

My brother was in the Army in the 1970's and my dad was in the Navy in WWII. I just recently had what I thought was an original idea and made a donation quilt for my quilting group to give to a family support group at the local military base. It was made out of cut up camo pants and some of my blue and green batiks in a Disappearing 4 Patch design.

Mommarock said...

When I was serving in the U.S. Navy I met a wonderful man who was also serving in the Navy. I got out of the Navy after a few years but DH stayed in and retired. Now our DS is serving in the U.S. Navy.. we are so very proud of him!!

patty a. said...

My dad and one of my brothers was in the Navy. I remember when I was a kid that my Mom made my sister a skirt out of the pants from one of my Dad's uniforms.

SoSarahSews said...

My father served in the Army in Vietnam. Has a great big scar across his chest to prove it, where a bullet missed his lungs, hearts, and God saved his life! I'm so glad He did!

Kathy H said...

I wish my uncles had saved some of their uniforms. It would have been great to make them quilts with some of the fabric. I plan on asking the current family members to save a uniform for me to use in a quilt now. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

OhioMomPatriot said...

This is such a great book! My DH is a Marine and my father was in the Air Force. My DD is considering the Marines as a career, also. She likes to dress up her hunting camis with ribbon and bandana fabric...LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!

Vivian said...

Thanks for the chance to in the book and bag. I just found out not too long ago that most of the members of my family in my father's generation served in the Marines. It was a treat last year to then go to the Marine Corp. museum in Quantico, VA and view the history of that branch of the service.

My husband has a cousin that served in the military for all of the recent mid-east wars. I may ask him if he has old uniforms that he'd like made into a quilt.

Jennifer Gail said...

My grandmother had three sons out of four in Vietnam. Thanks for the chance.

Dawn W said...

What a great idea. My father in law served in Vietman. Thank you to all who serve to preserve freedom in the world. Love the bag!

Diane H said...

Fantastic idea for this book. My grandfather fought in WW1 and my uncle in WW2. Bless all those who serve.

i might be Amy said...

This bag IS truly adorable and I'd love a chance to win it! Thanks for participating in the blog book tour.

Lee said...

I have been wanting this book! I served in Iraq twice with the USMC and now am a SAHM learning and loving to sew. No need to go buy fabric when I have two footlockers full of old uniforms (husband's too) to work with!

James-Linda said...

NEAT GIVEAWAY!
EVERYONE I KNOW:HUSBAND,SONS,PARENTS,GRAND PARENTS+MANY FRIENDS HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

sewfunbymonique said...

What a great idea for a book! I would love to win it and that super cool bag!!

Mom2RyandSis said...

Looks like a very cool book!! We have a good friend in the Marines and an Uncle in the Army.

jlk said...

My brother-in-law is in the Navy, getting ready to deploy to the Middle East. This book looks terrific!

Denise :) said...

I happen to have quite a bit of fabric that needs deploying -- what a coincident! :)

Dawn said...

I served in the Army for eight years - three years active duty and five years in the Reserves. Both my brother and sister were also in the Army - my brother retired after 22 years. I never thought about using my old uniforms for a quilt - I still have all of them!

Karen said...

My dad was in the Navy, my father-in-law and my husband served in the Army and my nephew served in the Air Force. We also have relatives that served in the Civil War.

Kulla Klan said...

I've had lots of family in the military - presently I have a nephew in the Navy.

Rachel said...

What an amazing book idea. I've had many members of my family serve in the military. Most notably my Grandfather in the Pacific during WWII.

robin said...

I've got a few family members that have served, including my uncle who served in Korea and received the Purple Heart.

DianeY said...

My dad was a pilot in the old Army Air Corps, which became the Air Force. He was stationed in Panama when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Since he was from Hi, he wanted to come back here, but was sent to Italy instead, where he served most of the war. My brother was born in Panama during that time and eventually became an Air Force pilot himself, serving in VietNam.

Kylie said...

My brother is in the Air Force but he hasn't served overseas yet- which I am grateful for. This book looks great, I love how she really opens up the color possibilities.

Beth said...

My dad served as a fighter pilot in WWII and Korea, and when my brother joined the LAPD he wrote a tender letter to him, saying he wanted to be of service to follow in our dad's footsteps. My dad didn't talk much about war--only told the funny stories--but I know he was touched by my brother's admiration. I've often thought that my brother was wise to share with him in a letter, something Dad treasured for the rest of his life.

Thank you for being part of this giveaway, and for sharing your own family stories.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Our son just graduated from USMC bootcamp this summer and is in Camp Pendleton. I asked him to send me his old cammies and he laughed, "What do you want those old things for Mom?" "I've got a long list of projects Bud." This book is a wonderful idea. I'm very gratefull for the men and women and families who serve this country. Thank you!

Beth said...

My dad served as a fighter pilot in WWII and Korea, and when my brother joined the LAPD he wrote a tender letter to him, saying he wanted to be of service to follow in our dad's footsteps. My dad didn't talk much about war--only told the funny stories--but I know he was touched by my brother's admiration. I've often thought that my brother was wise to share with him in a letter, something Dad treasured for the rest of his life.

Thank you for being part of this giveaway, and for sharing your own family stories.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Beth said...

My dad served as a fighter pilot in WWII and Korea, and when my brother joined the LAPD he wrote a tender letter to him, saying he wanted to be of service to follow in our dad's footsteps. My dad didn't talk much about war--only told the funny stories--but I know he was touched by my brother's admiration. I've often thought that my brother was wise to share with him in a letter, something Dad treasured for the rest of his life.

Thank you for being part of this giveaway, and for sharing your own family stories.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Henria O. said...

My dad was an officer in the Navy. I always thought it was neat being a military "brat!"

Crafty Newbie said...

My Grandfather was in the Korean War. My brother in Desert Storm. Multiple cousins have been or are in Navy, Marines, and Army.

Thank you for this opportunity to celebrate our brave soldiers!

Pam said...

My father was in WWII and my son has been in Iraq and is still in the Army. It is nice to honor these men and women.

Nanbon44 said...

my husband is retired USAF, my dad and brothers all served in the Army and we currently have daughters and son in laws serving in Air Force, Navy and Marines

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

My Dad was in WWII the Bataan Death March and a POW for 3 1/2 years. Both of my brothers were in the Navy with the oldest a Jet pilot that served in Veitnam.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda Pruitt said...

My father was in the Navy. His ship was hit, but not sunk when I was a child. I remember living in a Quanset Hut on the base, visiting my dad, while his ship was in dry dock being repaired. I also have a son-in-law who served in Kuwait as support to those in Iraq. We love our service men and women!!!!

Amy in SC said...

So awesome! My hubby was a chemical officer in the National Guard. His work as a defense contractor sent him overseas as well. My brother is in the Guard, both my parents were in the Navy, several grandparents served, too.

Annie said...

My dad and FIL both served in the Army. Now one of my brothers is in the Army. Another one of my brothers is in the Navy (currently serving in Afghanistan). In April he married a wonderful girl (also in the Navy) and 5 days later was shipped out. So sad and we miss him. He won't be back until March.

nrnoodle said...

I am a proud army wife. I have a great military heritage in our family. WWII,Korean war, Vietnam, and OIF. I am so proud of our family. I am so honored to be a part of this great heritage being married to the sexiest Army man there is.

Ana said...

Our family has had and has current members in the armed forces.
What a great book to add to my library to help sew up bags for all the women and children left at home with their uniforms!

Jo said...

My DH is retired Navy. For 21 years I really hated trying to get the white uniforms clean! This looks like a great book thanks for a chance to win

Marcia W. said...

Many of my relatives have served and are serving in the US military, both during war and peacetime. My late grandfather served in the Spanish American War and WWI and would tell about his service. At an early age I learned about patriotism and love of country. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway.

Andrea said...

I would love a copy of this book. My father-in-law served, and the family doesn't have any idea what to do with the uniforms. This would be a great gift.

Jodi said...

How great does this book sound ? My Dad served in the Air Force for more than 20yrs. My son is currently serving in the Marine Corps and deploys to Afghanistan next year. ( ah yes, I'm super nervous about this). I would love to be able to make something for my Mom of my Dad's uniform as he passed away 12 yrs ago. Of course I'm wanting to rock a bag made out of my son's uniform !

Thank you and Stash Books for the giveaway and all the chances to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Marcia W. said...

My grandfather taught me the meaning of patriotism and service to country at an early age. He fought in both the Spanish American War and WWI. Many relatives have served and are serving in the military, and this book seems to be good for using any type of uniform to make something special.

manybooks said...

The more I see this book, the more I love the concept! I love the bag too :)
My husband is a military man. Army - he's been active duty, National Guard, and is now in the Reserves. It's in his blood, I think. Once a soldier, always a soldier. Gotta love that soldier.

Leah said...

what a great set of projects!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

Heather and Megan,
I loved that story about your grandma. It made me tear up a bit. My husband is in the Us Army. I am so grateful that they have deployment limits now. I don't know what I would do if he left for 5 years. Can you even imagine that at all? Not to see your spouse and best friend for 5 years. I doubt they were able to even write that often.

He has deployed twice and he has another coming up next year. Thanks for hosting such a cool book giveaway and for sharing your story. It means a lot to wives like me that stay home and fight our own battles here!

Fran said...

My cousin Tom was in the Australian Army for more than 25 years & served overseas on a few occasions, once as part of a training program in Afghanistan. Having a family member or a friend in the armed forces makes war & conflict & service more personal & real. I love the idea of this book, it looks fantastic. Thanks for a great giveaway.

krislovesfabric said...

I agree it would be really neat to make something from my Grandpa's old uniform!

Laura said...

I have people in the Marines and Airforce! This book would be perfect for making some awesome gifts!

Jeanne said...

I have great respect for all that serve and would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

Esther said...

What a neat idea for a book! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

What an innovative book, Jen was really thinking outside the box with this one.

Thank you for hosting this blog hop giveaway.
cgreenleaf2(at)gmail(dot)com

pinsandneedles said...

Both my grandfathers and my father served in the armed forces. These projects are so cute and a great way to honor the military. Thanks.

corinne said...

My mother was born in France, she was 16 years old when the Nazi came into Paris. She still remembers the joy, the hope of seeing the US miltary tanks rolling onto Paris to free them. She is forever grateful to the United States Miltary. She always prayed for the soliders who lost there life saving her. She taughts to be grateful for our great miltary.

Jennifer said...

What an awesome idea!! I wish we still had my grandfather's uniforms! :-)

thegirlwithacurl said...

I would love to get this book for my sister who has been an army wife for the last 11 years.

Veronica said...

Lovely book! My ex was in the USMC and then Navy. My boyfriend just graduated Navy bootcamp in August.

Kathy said...

My dad and uncle were both in WWII. Both my grandfathers were in WWI. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!

Diane said...

My nephew is in the Navy ... he served in Iran 2010 & is now stationed in Guam ... God love our military :) thanks.

Lee said...

my father was in the Korean War and my fil WWII as a paratrooper. my brother also serves.. navy! I would love this book! thanks!
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mammafairy said...

Amazing book, and bag

Sheila said...

My dad served in the army many years ago, and I'd love to make a quilt from this book in his honor. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janet said...

My mother and her sister and brother all served in WWII. My mother's first husband was killed in that war. My DH's cousin has been on three tours in Afghanistan. I used to have my mother's old uniform but it burnt in a house fire that we had.

Rose M. said...

I would love to win this book! I'm so glad that our country is now honoring our service men and women and it's not like it was after the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.

just4bees said...

Many, many military family members. Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts uncles. Would love to check out this book and see what inspires me.

Indianna said...

I was in the Navy and that's where I met my other half - 51 years of service between us.....and lots of uniforms. I've made some bags and passport covers - fire retardant too!

coolkat said...

Leave a comment. Oh how i would love the actual book if i won. THere is something missing from a ebook.
Thanks for the giveaway
kath

Kate said...

My grandmother was a WAC in WWII (and outranked my grandfather!), and her uniform is being held for me until I have a safe place to put it. But there's no way that one's getting cut up, no matter how neat the projects!

I would love to be able to share the projects in this book with my cousin, though, who is a current military wife.

Vesuviusmama said...

I'd love the chance to win. We have a local group that makes quilts for families of military, and some new ideas would be great.