Category Archives: Books

The Magic Pattern Book By Amy Barickman – Book Review

“In planning and designing your own clothes, you need first to know your type, what to emphasize, and what to subdue. And then you should have a good, reliable style magazine, a full-length mirror, and a determination to persevere until [the] right effects are obtained.” – Mary Brooks Pickens 1920 The focus of The Magic…

Present Perfect by Betz White – Book Review

Present Perfect Cover

Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow by Betz White features a fabulous array of sewing projects with gift giving in mind. Just in time for holiday sewing! Betz’ intro to the book lovingly shares the story of her mother’s love of sewing for her and of teaching Betz to sew. The ultimate gift!…

Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Hegeman Crim – Book Review + Giveaway

Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Hegeman Crim

The Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide by Carla Hegeman Crim captures in a single volume answers to our what-is-this and how-do-I-do-that questions we often ask ourselves while sewing. Whether you’re a veteran sewist or new to the craft, this handy all-in-one guide covers the nuts and bolts of sewing tools and techniques with…

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli is a fabulous new book that combines learning to free-motion quilt with a clever idea of how to get in the practice time that will hone your skills. As the author points out in the introduction, many of us get hung up on finding an accessible approach…

Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis – Book Review + Giveaway

Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis

Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis of Life Under Quilts is an introduction to English Paper Piecing. The slow sewing movement has been steadily growing in popularity over the past several years. English paper piecing being at the forefront. Whether your style is classic or modern, the book includes a range of spectacular hand-pieced…

Handmade Hostess by Kelly Lee-Creel and Rebecca Soder – Book Review + Giveaway

Handmade Hostess

Handmade Hostess: 12 Imaginative Party Ideas for Unforgettable Entertaining is a fun new book by Kelly Lee-Creel and Rebecca Soder. Kelly blogs her creative work at Ever Kelly and released Storybook Lane, her first collection for Andover Fabrics, last year. What’s so cool about this book is that Kelly and Rebecca are sisters. The party…

Winner – Stitch Savvy Blog Tour Book + Fabric Giveaway

QuiltCon Block

Did January really just go by that fast! It’s been crazy, crazy busy around here. Both work and fun. Part of the fun was the completion of the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild’s twin bed quilt for the Austin Children’s Shelter. We were sent 10 blocks from the QuiltCon challenge to create the quilt. I’ll…

Stitch Savvy by Deborah Moebes – Book Review + Giveaway

Stitch Savvy

Stitch Savvy is a new book by Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch. It combines Deborah’s talent for teaching sewing with 25 projects that include home decor, quilting, bags, and clothing. Each category contains 5 projects that progress from Level 1 (basic skills) to Level 5 (advanced sewing techniques). A fun twist on the concept of building…

Improv Sewing Book Giveaway + Free Pattern

Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques features 101 fast, fun, and fearless projects for dresses, tunics, scarves, skirts, accessories, pillows, curtains and more! The arrival of knits at Pink Chalk Fabrics has prompted a lot of discussion about quick and easy garments using this very forgiving textile. Perfect timing that Storey Publishing has…

Skip the Borders Blog Tour + Giveaway

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts is a teacher, pattern designer, and founder of the Philadelphia chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. Julie’s motto is “One girl on a mission to make life better with fabric!”. She accomplishes this and more with Skip the Borders, her first book for Martingale. The theme of the book is…