This past May, I got the chance to get an autographed copy of Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements by its lovely author, John Adams. I was most excited by the book because it doesn’t use any white for any of the quilt backgrounds, which is also a style I like to use when I make quilts (I think the last quilt I made with a white background was for a birthday gift for my friend, Kim, because she is a girl of white backgrounds).
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Sonia.
Today I’m reviewing the book Modern Quilt Perspectives, written by Thomas Knauer. This post is several hours later than it should have gone up, not because I’m lazy, but because I was sort of afraid that it wouldn’t be good enough. So I have to let you know that Thomas is a dear friend of mine. He is one of the first ‘famous sewing celebrities’ that ever sent me fabric personally (I didn’t know him at the time, but I sent him a message on Facebook asking if he would send me two prints from his ‘Flock’ fabric line for a bag for my first book, which was kind of scary since I didn’t know what he’d say). I named the pattern in the book the ‘Bee Sweet Bag’ after his daughter, Matilda, whom he sometimes calls Bee. He also took one of my first pdf bag sewing patterns (the actual bag, that is) to I think the first time that one of my bags ever appeared at a major quilting event, that being QuiltCon (the bag is pictured below in Thomas’s ‘Asbury’ fabrics, with him and my best friend Kim), and it was displayed in the Andover booth. So anyway, I thought this post had a lot to live up to.
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Shirl.
I am very happy to review ModKid Summer Fun by Patty Young of ModKid fame. This lady does it all…fabrics, childrens’ clothing, womens’ clothing, bags, quilts, and now doll’s clothing and accessories! ModKid Summer Fun is a pattern booklet that comes with full-size pattern pieces. It’s great not only if you know a special girl to sew clothes for her doll, but I was especially attracted to this book because my 5-year-old daughter has been showing interest in sewing this year, and I knew the sleeping bag project would be great to make for one of her stuffed animals (of which there are many).
Last month, Kitchen Stitches was published, a lovely book full of quick and easy projects that you can make for your kitchen. I was driving around the other day, thinking about what I could write for my review of this book. I think the best reason to have this book would not be to spruce up your own kitchen (although it is certainly lovely for that!), but to have on hand for gift-giving, because I can see just about any one of these projects being a great gift for a friend or family member at any number of holidays, for a party or dinner you’ve been invited to, etc.!
My book, ‘Big-City Bags’, releases in just 5 days and I am super excited about it! You can pre-order your copy on Amazon, or if you’d like an autographed copy, you can pre-order that from my pattern shop (free U.S. shipping). Additionally, get it at your local quilt shop, as many quilt shops stock Martingale books like mine!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is #14 Jen@thecraftingfiend. Congratulations!
I’m here today with a book review from the new embroidery book by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Polka and Bloom. I made something from Polka and Bloom last year, and so I was really excited to review this book. You can pre-order the book on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble, and it is due to be released on October 1, 2013.
Hello everyone! Today, and I am very happy to be taking part in Craft Book Month on Craft Buds. This event has been going on for a few years now, and it’s probably my favorite blog hop event; it is full of book reviews, interviews with people in the book industry, etc. It is just all around fascinating to me!
I recently was asked to review two books; both of them were completely different, although both tackled the art of printing and dying fabric. I have only dyed fabric with procion dye (and you can read about my most recent adventure here), so I’m not terribly experienced in the subject. But, my friend Emily went to school for this stuff, so I knew she would be able to produce some good book reviews on the subject! Either of these would be great books if you are interested in becoming a fabric designer!