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Everyday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist

Posted on December 8th, by Amy in review. 4 comments

Hey there!  I’m a little bogged down with projects that I can’t share here, but I thought I would share a book that released last month!   It’s another great idea for your wishlist too – Everyday Handmade is a fun book full of great projects!

The projects are simple enough and detailed enough that anyone could pick up this book and make an adorable project.

Bags, tablet covers, zipper pouches

home decor, aprons and adorable stuffies are included.

All made with beautiful modern fabrics, and photographed beautifully!  There are a number of projects, I can’t wait to make with my girls, and a few others that will be just for me.  Also,  there’s lots of great gift ideas too!

Any patterns are included at full size, … Read More »


Quilting: From Little Things – Blog Tour

Posted on November 28th, by Amy in review. 19 comments

Hi Friends!  I’m excited to share Sarah Fielke’s new book with you today!

Quilting: From Little Things is a fabulous book full of inspiration, and great lessons too.  In the book Sarah has included 10 small projects to learn a new technique or method, and then 10 larger counterparts that allow you to put the method to the test.

The projects include applique, flying geese, foundation piecing, feathered blocks and inset piecing – each one is known to be a challenge, but when used or learned in a small project it isn’t so overwhelming!  Brilliant!

Did I mention wedges earlier?  Hanging Laterns is stunning, and a fun way to use dresden petals in a  new way.

For the novice quilters there’s also lessons in row construction, and strip piecing.  Don’t you … Read More »



Dyeing to Stitch :: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted on November 21st, by Amy in give away, review, video. 84 comments

I have the honor of sharing a new DVD with you today!

My friend Candy, recently filmed all her dyeing secrets with Quilting Arts, and has a 70 minute DVD to start you on your dyeing journey, or answer all your unanswered questions!

Candy is a Biology Professor at the University of Redlands, by day, which makes her very concise, and a great presenter of information!  The DVD is broken into chapters, making it easy to get to the information that you need.

I loved seeing Candy in action, she shares her methods for mixing dyes and how to scrunch/pleat your fabric for varied effects.  She uses a low water immersion process to dye, so you don’t need a 10 gallon pot to alter a yard of fabric (bonus!).  After many experiments, she … Read More »



Thanks and a Calendar Review

Posted on November 14th, by Amy in review. 5 comments

It’s been so fun reading your comments on the Modern Blocks giveaway!  Thanks to everyone that has entered so far, and it’s not to late if you would like to enter to win.  I’m always amazed at everyone’s color choices when I look through blogs, and those comments are as varied as each of you!  Love it!

This year, I got to January 1 and I didn’t have a calendar to put up – gasp – I love a fresh new calendar, how could that happen!  I’ve been determined to not let that happen again, because I never ended up buying one, I just kept everything on my phone.  Which works, but then the rest of the family had to rely on me and my phone, instead of looking at the calendar for themselves.

10 months later…

Here I am today with a … Read More »



Modern Mix :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on October 17th, by Amy in give away, review. 250 comments

I’m excited to share another new book with you today!  Modern Mix  by Jessica Levitt is all about using solid fabrics with your prints – as I love solids, I’m loving Modern Mix!

Jessica has beautifully used solids with prints, and not just white, I might add.  A great variety of Kona cottons have been selected, with stunning results.  In some projects the prints play a major roll, and others the solids are the lead.  Jessica encourages the reader to be fearless in fabric selections, and making the project your own.

There’s 16 projects total in Modern Mix, 7 modern quilts with great bags, and home decor projects interspersed.  Sure to be a source of inspiration for any sewist!

Chalk full of inspiration this book is … Read More »



Deploy That Fabric :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on October 11th, by Amy in give away, review. 129 comments

I’m honored to share a new book with you today, Deploy that Fabric by Jen Eskridge.  Jen writes “Thank you to our military service members–the men and women who defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.”  And her desire is to honor service members by breathing new life into no longer needed uniforms.

I am certain that this book is doing just that!  Jen offers diagrams for deconstructing uniforms into usable fabric, and tips for what to keep, and where to use your seam ripper.  Have you wondered what colors/prints work best with uniforms?  Jen removes all apprehension, by stating that a uniform should be treated as a neutral!  Mix your favorite prints, and get started!

Deploy That Fabric is full of projects!  9 purses and totes, 4 holiday projects, 4 quilts … Read More »



Sweet Harmony Tote & Pattern Review

Posted on August 24th, by Amy in finished project, review. 17 comments

After spending time prepping the pieces for my new bag, I couldn’t let it sit!  Over two days I found the time to put it together and completely love it!

It’s huge – measuring 17″ across the bottom.  My plan with this bag, is to take me through The Sewing Summit weekend, with anything important in it with me!  It is large enough to hold my laptop, more likely I will carry my iPad as it is lighter, any lists, papers whatever I need; I plan to have with me in this bag!  Thankfully there are lots of pockets to keep me organized too!

Both the front and back have the scoop pocket, one with a phone pocket too, and two large zipper pockets inside.  As it is so large, I opted … Read More »


Sewing A to Z with Nancy Zieman :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on August 20th, by Amy in give away, review. 153 comments

Nancy’s new book Sewing A to Z is a treasure trove of sewing techniques and tips for sewists of all skill levels!

Nancy shares techniques used for general sewing, and quilting alike.  Basics like swiftly using your seam ripper, identifying tension problems, and then fixing them.  Or more specific techniques like pintucks, piping, using a double needle, and serger stitches.  The book is organized alphabetically, making it simple to use, and Nancy has included personal notes often, giving insight into her methods, and favorite products for the task at hand.  This book brings Nancy to your sewing space, whenever you need her expertise!

There are over 100 techniques included making this an invaluable resource for any sewist!

Sewing A to Z is available for sale – here.

You can watch Nancy work through … Read More »



Review :: Pleating for Mercy

Posted on August 3rd, by Amy in review. 5 comments

I have a new book to share with you today, just released yesterday!  I had the pleasure of “meeting” Melissa Ramirez a couple months ago, when she offered me a copy of her new book – Pleating for Mercy: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery.

Do I have your attention yet?

This is a fun read with plenty of sewing included!  While this isn’t usually a requirement for my reading – it is a fun addition.

Harlow Cassidy returns to the home of her recently passed away great-grandmother after 15 years away from Bliss, Texas.  She’s been fully immersed in the fashion industry in New York, but her inheritance (great-grandmothers home) draws her back to open a dressmakers shop, in said home.

With her first client comes a lot more than just dresses. There’s the bit about her family having special, magical gifts, and a crime … Read More »


Lapel Stick — Giveaway!

Posted on June 28th, by Amy in give away, review. 134 comments

Last week I had a couple of posts with ideas for using Lapel Stick – and I loved working with it!  It’s great for installing a zipper -

without pins, and Sophia and I had a great time learning to sew -

without pins!  The pieces are re-positional so you can be sure that it is just where you want it, and it all washes out, won’t hurt your fabric in any way.

I’m positive there are 500 other ways to use Lapel Stick – what would you do with it?

Here’s your chance to win these two Lapel Sticks!

Leave me a comment telling me how you would use it – for one chance.

Like Lapel Stick on Facebook and leave me another comment – for a second … Read More »


Beam n Read Blog Hop with I Have a Notion!

Posted on June 27th, by Amy in give away, review. 151 comments

Hi Friends!  Along with the Challenge Link up, I get to share this great product with you, and give one away – keep reading!

Kelly at I Have a Notion invited me to get to know the Beam n Read, and I was happy to test drive this super functional light!  I’ve added mine to my hexie supplies in my new pouch.

The Beam n Read is a great size to work into any bag, and perfect for handwork while sitting in a low light room or in the dark – while not disturbing anyone else around you.

During the hot summer months, our backyard is the perfect spot to cool off after the sun goes down.  Of course I’m not one to sit with idle hands, so I have enjoyed … Read More »


Stash Happy: Patchwork — Review & Giveaway

Posted on June 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 224 comments

Hi there!  I’m excited to have a copy of Stash Happy: Patchwork by Cynthia Shaffer to review, AND Lark has generously offered to send a copy to one of you!  Read on to learn how to win -

Knowing that you love fabric, as much as I do – there’s always little scraps left over from projects, that are to big to toss, but I don’t always have a specific plan for them either.  This book is the solution!  There’s 25 adorable projects to guide and inspire you.  Isn’t the cover fantastic?  Here’s a few of my favorite projects from the book:

Cynthia includes clear, easy to understand instructions for each project, basic embroidery stitches, and general sewing basics.  Including paper-piecing these hexagons, to make this honeycomb sheet set.  So fun and can … Read More »






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