Heather Ross Book Review Giveaway

It’s not often I get to review a book like How to Catch a Frog by Heather Ross.

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So it was a welcome change to devour (and I did devour it) this autobiographical tale, subtitled “…and other stories of family, love, dysfunction, survival, and DIY.”

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Remember this fabric? It was a Heather Ross design.

I’d been familiar with Heather Ross as a fabric designer.

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These sweet dolls were part of Heather’s line called West Hill for FreeSpirit.

If you spent time on quilt-related blogs a few years back, you couldn’t help but hear about her fabrics with FreeSpirit and Kokka of Japan.

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But of course there is more to the story, and not all of it is pretty. How to Catch a Frog is an honest portrayal of growing up in a back-to-the-land household—which sometimes meant hunger, cold and neglect—but also led to innovative play, creative problem solving and a deep love for nature and the outdoors in rural Vermont.

I was hooked on this book from the first paragraph. Heather writes in breathless sweeping descriptions of the people and places she’s been, and doesn’t neglect to observe how they influenced her. I highly recommend How to Catch a Frog. I loved it.

 Heather Ross Book Review Giveaway

Far, Far Away from Windham Fabrics will appear in stores July 2014.

Heather’s wildly popular Far, Far Away fabric line (released originally in 2008 as a line of home dec fabrics) will appear in stores this July, printed on quilting cotton by Windham Fabrics.

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One of the prints in Far, Far Away by Heather Ross. Windham Fabrics will market this line, to be in shops come July 2014.

Wouldn’t these prints make a great little girl quilt?

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Heather’s “princess and the pea” fabric is part of the Far Far Away collection.

Heather is also the author of Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints, both for STC Craft. The brand new How to Catch a Frog is available in print and electronic formats.

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I’m pleased to host a giveaway here on Quilty Pleasures, of not one but two copies of How to Catch a Frog by Heather Ross. For your chance to win, please leave a comment before midnight end-of-day Wednesday, June 4. I’ll choose two random winners and announce them here.

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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68 Responses to Heather Ross Book Review Giveaway

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  2. Cathryn says:

    I’m not seeing the winners on this post yet. Are you okay?

  3. Mary Jo says:

    Sounds like a great book. I love Heather Ross’ fabrics. They are so cute!

  4. Andrea Gable says:

    I love the prints and am glad to hear Windham is printing them, can’t wait to get my hands on them. I think her book will be very interesting.

  5. I grew up in the country and would love to own this book! I adore Heather’s style. Thanks for the chance!

  6. NancyB from Many LA says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  7. Janet says:

    I love Heather Ross’ fabric designs and her book looks wonderful. I love whimsy.

  8. Love Heather Ross! I’m looking forward to reading a bit more of her personal story.

  9. Barb Johnson says:

    It sounds like a great book. I’ve thought about being a ‘back to nature gal’, since I was a Girl Scout, and a camp counselor and totally loved it! But my DH couldn’t live without his TV…. and I couldn’t live without him ;->

  10. Annelies says:

    Cute title for what seems to be a most engaging book. I need a good summer read….thanks for the chance !!!!!

  11. jeandmaynard says:

    Sounds like Heather may be my sibling. Her story may be a happily ever after tale. Her fabric designs is gorgeous. Maybe her next book will highlight a new line as background for the story.

  12. Jean McMurry says:

    Love how whimsical and magical her prints are! Would love to win a copy of her book.

  13. Ellen Stone says:

    Lovely fabrics, lovely lady. Looks like an Intriguing book.

  14. Multi-talented is this woman. I’d love a chance to win this book. Spending 6 months a year in Vermont and realizing how many people here are back-to-the-landers and localvores, I’d so enjoy reading it. Her fabrics are so sweet and just what some little girl would like to have in a quilt, or even on her clothes! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    Sounds like a great read; I would love to win!

  16. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    What a great-sounding read! I’d love to win a copy!

  17. Leanne says:

    Such fun fabrics, and the book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Connie Higgins says:

    Love the fabric line…would like to have the book. Thanks!!

  19. Lani Glasser says:

    I love Heather Ross’ fabric lines! Thanks for the chance to win her book!

  20. Claudia says:

    I have to smile at those unicorns. I’ve seen the quilt Heather commissioned of the “princess and the pea” on another blog I follow. Would love to read how another woman “survived” life.

  21. Paula L says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book.

  22. Jennifer says:

    Love how whimsical and magical her prints are! Thanks for the chance!

  23. Ranch Wife says:

    Heather Ross designs such beautiful fabrics – they have such a magical quality about them. Her book looks like a must read. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I am utterly charmed by the cover.

  24. Trena J says:

    This book sounds like a very interesting read. Thank you.

  25. Diane says:

    Cute fabric and an interesting book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. jeanmarieg says:

    I want to read this book. Hope I can win it here!

  27. Lynn Wells says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Sounds like an enjoyable summer time read!

  28. Karlene says:

    Sounds like a good book to read. Thanks for the information and the give-away.

  29. Julie Craven says:

    My parents were back to basic living parents. I didn’t have any of the things my peers had. I never felt neglected. Just the opposite. I have a great love for the earth that was instilled in me from living this way. I’ve never felt a better heat than from a wood stove.
    I would love to read other peoples views.
    If I am not lucky enough to win this on Wednesday, I’ll be looking for it on Friday to buy. Have a great week

  30. marta says:

    This looks like a must-read book!..thank you…

  31. Audrey says:

    With a title like this, who would not want to read this book. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  32. Cathryn says:

    This sounds like a must-have book! Her fabrics are marvelous and I’m sure this book will be too. Count me in the running to win.

  33. Susan says:

    I enjoy anything to do with quilting and I love to read. This book would fit the bill!

  34. Vicki H says:

    I love the title of the book. Thanks for the chance.

  35. Sandy K says:

    I would love to read this book. Thanks.

  36. Sharon Cummings says:

    Oh i love the fabric so the book would surely be just as exciting.

  37. Margaret Andrews says:

    It looks like an interesting read…and I would love to read it. What beautiful fabrics too! I look forward to them.

  38. Chris says:

    I love all her designs! I’d love to read all her stories.

  39. Lee says:

    I love that the far far away line is coming out again! The book looks like a cute read! thanks!

  40. Mary D says:

    I love a good read and really like Heather Ross’ fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. jean says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this. I love her fabrics so I’m sure I would love her book. She must be a very talented young woman to be able to design such wonderful fabric and write a novel too.

  42. Melody Lutz says:

    Tooo cute! I know how to READ and quilt!

  43. Judy H. says:

    Little girl quilt? Heck, as a child of the 80s, when unicorns were HUGE, I need that fabric for me! Her book sounds quite interesting, too.

  44. Sandra Timmons says:

    My great grandniece would enjoy this book so much. Thank you for the chance to win and it would be my pleasure to give this book to her as a present from me.

    Sandi Timmons

  45. judith talley says:

    I love anything related to quilting !

  46. Mary Kastner says:

    My granddaughters would love this book. thank you for the chance to win.


  47. Mary Kastner says:

    My granddaughters would love this book! thank you for the chance to win a copy.


  48. michele says:

    I love frogs, love the title would love to win the book

  49. Donna Keating says:

    This book sounds intriguing.

  50. Rachell R says:

    That sounds like a fantastic read! I’m always looking for something new and quilty-related to read. Her fabric looks really adorable.

  51. Carrie says:

    Sounds great.

  52. How to Catch a Frog looks like quite an adventure! Love the back-story and would love to have a copy! Thanks for hosting the give-away!

  53. Melinda McMahan says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  54. Claire says:

    I love and collect frogs -hope I win!!

  55. Roberta Miller says:

    I would love the read the book and look forward to the July release of the fabric line!

  56. Debbie Foxx says:

    Sounds very interesting-would enjoy reading it!

  57. Carol Shallue says:

    I enjoy reading anything about quilting. Hope she does well with it.

  58. Sheryl Nunez says:

    Would love to have this book to explore!! I’m already drawn into the drawings!!!!

  59. Denise says:

    I am just learning to quilt and would love to read this book.

  60. Amy says:

    I would love to win one of the books. I love to read as much as I love fabric, sewing and crafts! To have those things combined and a tale of someone who has been working with such things would be a great read, I am sure!

  61. maureen may says:

    I have just discovered your prints and have a read a little about you. I would love to read the stories you wrote because I imagine they are as whimsical as your fabrics. Awesome stuff!

  62. Regina says:

    I would love to read Heather Ross’ new book to learn a little more about her. I have always liked her fabrics.

  63. Bonnie Larson says:

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks so much for sharing

  64. Diane H says:

    Sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks so much for a chance.

  65. Terri says:

    I love picture books – especially if there is fabric involved. Sweet HR.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. PennyDog says:

    I would love to win this for my HR mad friend!

  67. Loris Mills says:

    Heather’s designs definitely show a sweet and creative spirit. The whimsy is both fun and cheering. I can’t wait to read her stories!

  68. Judy says:

    Heather Ross’ fabric designs are so darlin’! So cute! Glad to see she has a book out! I’m sure it would be sweet reading!

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