Anna Maria Horner’s fabric is always a favorite in the shop, and we loved the clear instruction and fun patterns in her first book, Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing. Anna Maria’s second book, Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby, is hot off the presses and we’re already sewing away!

Handmade Beginnings focuses on Baby in a very inclusive way with projects for Mama, Baby, the Family and “Nest Sewing” for the home. It’s difficult to choose where to start with all of the wonderful patterns in Handmade Beginnings, but Cute-as-a-Button Booties are first on my list for our baby on the way! As we’ve come to expect from Anna Maria the book is full of beautiful color, clear instruction, excellent sewing tips and absolutely wonderful glimpses into family life in addition to the extensive offering of beautiful patterns. We predict you’ll reach for Handmade Beginnings every time you learn a family is about to welcome Baby home (and there are lots of perfect projects for the toddlers and little kids in your life too!).

Learn more about the book and enter to win a sewing machine sweepstakes (1 Singer® Confidence™ 7470 sewing machine, 5 yards of Anna Maria Horner fabric & a signed copy of the book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby) here. That link also takes you to a page where you can download the cute Nesting Cubes pattern shown below! Also, be sure to check out Anna Maria’s blog for the full blog tour list with lots of opportunities to win the book.

Enjoy our interview with Anna Maria today (there’s fabric news!) and comment on our post for your chance to win one of TWO copies of Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby!

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SMS: Congratulations on the new, beautiful book!
Anna Maria: Thank you so much!!

SMS: We have a baby on the way right now, and I really appreciated what you said in the introduction about sewing and nurturing being a wonderful benefit to us as mothers too.
Anna Maria: Congratulations to you!

SMS: I know your pregnancy coincided with the development of Handmade Beginnings. Did each endeavor (growing Baby and a book!) enrich your experience with the other?
Anna Maria: Oh most definitely– In fact I had already agreed to do a second book -a quilting book- just about a month or two before I found that I was expecting Roman. As I wrote Seams To Me, I kept getting ideas for specifically family/baby related sewn goods, and just sort of jotted them down and set them aside. Then when I learned I was expecting Roman, the inspiration of being pregnant and just plain wanting to make these things for myself rerouted my book writing plans. It was a long difficult process to actually write the book as I went through the pregnancy, birth and newborn care of our baby and I would have so many bouts with exhaustion. But the inspiration to make a book that celebrates all the best parts about my experience won out over being a sleepy mama! Not to mention it was a bonus to be able to really feel and reflect all the anticipation and joys of having a new baby in the house as I wrote each and every project. I didn’t have to guess or think back to what those past days were like…. I was having them!

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SMS: It’s hard for me to choose where to start with my own sewing projects from Handmade Beginnings… A Baby-in-the-Hood Jacket? Some Cute-as-a-Button Booties? The Sixth Time’s the Charm Crib Quilt? Do you have a favorite project from the book that you use now with Roman?
Anna Maria: The Quick Change Trousers and the Baby-in-the-Hood Jacket have been used a ton, as has the Sixth Times the Charm Quilt- covers him every night. He’s already grown out of two pairs of booties, and now he pulls everything off of his feet, so I’m not inspired to make another pair now! Babies! But I am definitely going to make a few more jackets and pants for him as he’s growing out of the first few. I also think I’ll amend a few pairs of trousers to be shorts for the summer.

SMS: We’ve really enjoyed working with the different base cloths your collections were printed on this year (voile and flannel). What’s next?
Anna Maria: Well, I am excited to say (I think for the first time actually!) that my line coming out this fall, Innocent Crush, will include not only quilting cottons, home decor weights, and a selection of voiles, but also a gorgeous cotton velveteen. I can’t wait! We also have some new patterns in line to support all these fabric types.

Thanks so much, Anna Maria! Readers: Don’t forget to comment today for your chance to win a copy of Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby.