Category Archives: Books

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…

Sewn Hats Blog Tour + Book Giveaway

I’m extremely excited to be sharing the book Sewn Hats. Besides having a project included (woohoo!), it’s just an AMAZING collection of hat designs. Credit goes to Carla Hegeman Crim for pulling together a wide range of collaborators into a cohesive volume of well-illustrated, comprehensive, and fashion-now hats to make. The impressive list of contributors…

We Love Color Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to the final stop on the We Love Color Blog Book Tour! I’m excited to have a design in this book and humbled to be included with 15 other talented designers whose work I have enormous respect for and have long been inspired by. The book was conceived and compiled by Susanne Woods. The…