It’s Day #2 of our Sewing Sample Book Bonanza! Visit every day through Wednesday for your chance to win a NEW book, courtesy of Sew,Mama,Sew!, Lark Crafts, Potter Craft, David & Charles, Krause Publications, C&T Publishing, Creative Publishing International, Murdoch Books, The Electric Quilt, Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Wiley. There’s still time to comment on yesterday’s post to win too.

Due to shipping, this week’s prizes are open to US-residents only. Let us know your top pick in the comments so we can get you your favorite prize (there’s a software CD in there today, plus something for knitters). Your comment on today’s post enters you to win these prizes!

From The Electric Quilt

From the Publisher:

22 unique and stylish projects for quilts, pillows, bags and more plus 9 bonus projects! Customize them in thousands of possible ways using the software’s tools and virtual swatches of fabrics. Plus there are clear, step-by-step instructions for sewers of all skill levels… and help when you need it from Electric Quilt’s technical support team.


Runs on Windows XP or Vista; runs on Mac systems running Windows plus virtualization software.

By Samantha Cotterill
(Stash Books, ISBN: 1607050064)

From the Publisher:

You’ll love these charming felt softies with European flair. Make your own story with uptown sophisticates or down country folks. Add a brownstone, a cottage, or even a double-decker bus and a London phone booth to give your little people plenty of places to go and things to do!

By Mark Montano
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang, ISBN: 1584798254)

From the Publisher:

You have a problem. Your current home “décor” is ugly, shabby, and boring, but you can’t afford lots of new stuff. Or maybe your house is filled with tired old junk that you just can’t bear to throw away. Or maybe you bought all your furniture at a big box store, but it irritates you that it all looks like you bought it there.

You have a solution—or, rather, a whole houseful of solutions. In this newest Big-Ass Book, do-it-yourself guru Mark Montano presents 105 practical, simple, and decidedly unboring projects for every space in your home. Montano’s wizardry—accomplished with masking tape, spray paint, and glue—transforms everything from accessories, to walls and windows, to lighting, to major pieces like headboards, tables, dressers, and chairs. (And there’s even a chapter on turning the anonymous items you got at IKEA into one-of-a-kind treasures.)

By Kathy Doughty & Sarah Fielke
(Murdoch Books, ISBN: 1741964105)

From the Publisher:

Each of the pairs of quilts in this gorgeous new book by quilters Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty springs from a single idea or shared moment of inspiration. The results – like non-identical twins – are inextricably linked, yet intriguingly different. With their reinterpretation of traditional designs, as well as a characteristic bold use of colour and dazzling patterns, Sarah’s and Kathy’s quilts will appeal to quilters of all levels – from new quilt-makers looking for the next challenge, to experienced quilters ready to embrace some of the more complex projects. With practical step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive basics section and glorious photographs, this is a book to make your fingers tingle with sheer inspiration.

By Alison Stewart-Guinee
(Wiley, ISBN: 0470262680)

From the Publisher:

Two timeless traditions-fairy tales and knitting-come together magically in the season’s most original knitting book. You’ll get patterns to knit pieces that are reminiscent of the world’s most beloved fabled characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Hansel and Gretel, knights, pirates, and many more. From a fanciful capelet and muff to a playful baby jumper and hat, these are the children’s knitting patterns dreams are made of. Richly wrapped in the look and feel of a real storybook, Fairy Tale Knits is saturated with lush photography and a beautiful full-color design. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, these 32 imaginative projects truly make for knitting happily ever after. You’ll get:
* 32 patterns for innovative projects kids will love to wear
* Designs that are wearable for everyday school and play
* A full-color design featuring lush photography
Fairy Tale Knits is a sophisticated and enchanting knitting book you and your children will turn to again and again.