April Books

on April 8 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 70 Comments

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Win a new set of sewing and craft books today! We’re giving books away throughout April, and today you can win Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew! Make 12 Fun Projects for Boys to Enjoy, Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs.

To Enter:
Link to a wonderful, recent blog post you’ve read. (One month old or less.) Tell us why you loved it!

OR: Link to sewing blog that might not be on our radar. (An “up-and-comer” or a blogger you think deserves more recognition than they currently have.) Tell us what you like about what they do.

Share links in the comments below.

Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew! Make 12 Fun Projects for Boys to Enjoy

Author: Angela Yosten
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Boys of all ages love their cars; celebrate their devotion to all things transit and stitch up some fun things for them to wear and use. Learn a new style of “scrap applique” using raw edge and reverse applique techniques. From toddlers to teens, boys (and girls too!) will love showing off these cool street sign and traffic signal designs.

Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts

Author: Mary Elizabeth Kinch + Biz Storms
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Mary Elizabeth and Biz present an exciting follow-up to their best-selling Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts! Large, striking quilts with small pieces invite you to slow down and savor the creative process. “Batch work” methods keep you organized from start to finish.

– Enjoy rarely seen photos of antique quilts, plus a brief historical perspective on small-piece designs.
– Choose from 10 eye-popping quilt patterns that spotlight reproduction fabrics.
– Find expert cutting and stitching advice and inventive construction techniques.

ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs

Author: Jenny Wilding Cardon
Publisher: Martingale

Yearning for a unique look, yet shopping on a shoestring? Learn fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon’s secrets for finding the creative possibilities in cast-offs! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items– such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans– into sassy, stylish originals.

– Turn secondhand basics into first-rate fashions with over 20 beginner-friendly projects.
– Make chic tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves, bags, and hats–plus a rug, simple quilt and more.
– View before and after pictures that illustrate the potential of your thrift-store finds.

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70 Responses to April Books

  1. Caroline B says:

    I love finding new crafts to make.

  2. Hannah says:

    I keep going back to this post and thinking how much I would love to make the shirt. http://sewmamasew.com/2013/04/flutter-sleeve-top/

  3. Ramona Kuhn says:

    I love the last one that says your blog will continue on 🙂

  4. Kate Wallis says:

    I really like http://www.seekatesew.com. I recently found it when searching for unique (and free) patterns. Her stuff is so classy – she has a mix of free patterns and ones for sale, which I think is a great business move. Her photos of her work is very professional, and her work is very well done. She has some gorgeous patterns!

  5. Patty Hockman says:

    I have just found wwww.emmalinebags.blogspot.com. I love making bags will definitely be returning to that blog.

  6. Diana says:

    I know you featured her upcoming book, but when I read Abby Glassenberg’s announcement for her new book, I made the decision to preorder! I’ve been reading her blog for a bit now, and I’ve used her tips for stuffed animal design several times. http://whileshenaps.typepad.com/whileshenaps/2013/04/stuffed-animals-from-concept-to-construction-my-new-book.html

  7. Linda says:

    She writes so well, and makes a variety of styles of quilts – modern traditional. I find great inspiration in her work, particularly this “Ambrosia” leaders and enders project: http://lollyquiltz.blogspot.com/2013/04/ambrosia-reveal-and-first-quarter.html
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  8. Stephanie O says:

    http://sewitgirl.com/ I started reading this blog.

  9. robin says:

    You MUST check out: http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.ca/

    She does stunning work. Mixed media, and awesome stitch play. Love the colors she uses. Very creative and inspiring. 🙂

  10. Mystica says:

    Red Pepper Quilts is a blog which is inspiring for its color combinations in quilts. Amazing work done there.

  11. Carmen says:

    I love the pillows showcased on http://www.sewsweetness.com/2013/03/pillow-pop-review-giveaway.html – especially the circle applique one

  12. MarciaW. FL says:


    This is a very cute gym bag, or shoe bag.

  13. Aileen Prather says:

    I enjoyed this blog on organizing your craft/sewing room at We All Sew. http://weallsew.com/2013/04/08/creative-surroundings/ I like it because it is something that I want and need to do.

  14. Annie K says:

    I really want to make one of these…so pretty! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2013/04/chained-cameo-cuff-quick-bracelet-tutorial/

  15. Taysha Riggs says:

    This is such a cute tutorial and I love the blog:


  16. Anne says:

    I liked this tutorial on hand quilting


    I liked it because I am currently making a quilt that I want to hand quilt and because the author seemed to really know her stuff and had done some beautiful work.

  17. Sherrye says:

    Pile O’ Fabric is doing a Skill Builder BOM. Her last lesson on woven blocks is AWESOME!!!!! I just love the look.

  18. beth says:

    I love this post because I LOVE this project. Gorgeous! I want to make this someday!


  19. elsa says:

    My favorite blog is http://www.sewtakeahike.typepad.com. Penny always has something inspirational to spur me on. Right now she’s doing a Snowball along and I’m loving it!

  20. Diya says:

    I loved this post recently (not about sewing): http://alisaburke.blogspot.in/2013/04/more-collaboration.html
    Infact I love Alisa’s magical site ! She inspires me so much.

  21. Afton says:

    http://sosewgreen.blogspot.com/ is written by Green, a member of my local Modern Quilt Guild. She’s super creative and clever.

  22. noga lewis says:

    I love this blog, and this post ahs a great tutorial Ziggy Strings, I hope to try it soon


  23. Cathie says:

    This is my favorite quilting blog. Angela writes about some many different topics. I love her tutorial; always with great pictures to help me understand since I am still learning.

  24. I love her ideas on organizing.

  25. Becky Greene says:

    I love Megan’s Granny’s Front Porch Block Tutorial on Canoe Ridge Creations.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  26. Deanna says:

    It is probably not exactly right to promote myself, but my blog is all about scrap quilts and refashion, which makes me really interested in the Small Pieces and ReSew books. http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com

  27. Beth says:

    Here is my post:
    I like it because I want to make quilts that are treasured by those I gift them to.
    I recently finished a quilt for daughter #2, escept for the label. Daughter #1 told me” You have to label it! That is my favorite part of the quilt you made me”

  28. Dona Keyton says:

    I love the article on Noodlehead that directed me to your blog. I am inspired to make a pincushion like she had.


  29. KeriAnn says:

    I love the Sew Can She blog. The tutorials are fantastic. There are always a TON of pictures, which makes it easier for a beginner like me!


  30. Heather says:

    Just today, One Pretty Thing had a blog post on great free prinatables! http://www.oneprettything.com/?p=22039

  31. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I like this gal’s patterns (and she has lots of paper-piece patterns, too)! http://bubblestitchquilts.blogspot.ca/

  32. This blog just launched and it makes me happy. http://gomakeshit.blogspot.com/

  33. I nominate this blog: http://www.charmed-liebling.com/blog.html

    Anna has tested some bag patterns for me, and her work is truly professional. Not only is her sewing impeccable, but she has a great way of staging her photos to bring out the best in her work.

    She also has tips and free tutorials on her blog, which are also clearly shown with great photos.

    Please check out Charmed Liebling! 🙂

  34. Sarah says:

    I thought this was a fun idea: http://www.craftbuds.com/the-happy-couple-blanket/

  35. Beth T. says:

    I really like the blog May Chappell. This post is a good example of why: inspiring finished project, an honest assessment of how it went, and good advice to avoid a potential trouble spot: http://www.maychappell.com/2013/03/15/a-long-time-coming/

  36. Crunchy Con Mom says:

    I thought this post about a VonGogh inspired embroidered dress was cool! http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2013/03/van-gogh-dress.html?

  37. Peggy says:

    I really enjoy reading the Wild Olive blog – she is so creative! Here’s a recent entry she wrote about hand sewing an eyelet.

  38. sangeetha says:

    I love Fehr Trade – she has good style and writes well

  39. Lee says:

    I love the cottage home blog – The currect post is for a fabulous patchwork cushion. Lots of ideas and sewing tips!

  40. chibidani says:

    I’ve been obsessed with circle quilts lately, and this one was really inspiring:


  41. Haylee says:

    This lovely blog: http://alldressedupblog.com/

    Thanks for the chance!

  42. Charlotte in Ga says:

    I’ve been enjoying http://www.thesewingchick.blogspot.com
    Her coverage of Sew South really makes me wish I could have gone! I loved the post about all the cute gifts she made her secret friend! Thanks for the chance to win a great book!!

  43. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I couldn’t help myself. This blog post is not remotely related to sewing. Unless, of course, you count snarfing down these fabulous cookies while piecing a quilt together. I had to pass on the goodness to you all!

  44. I just read this today, so it weas a bit dated, but it made me laugh so hard, I had to share it:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  45. Heather Braun says:

    I love reading Maureen Cracknell Handmade every morning! http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/
    I finished my first quilt with her QAYG method and the quilts and home decor she makes are so beautiful! Thanks for the chance and I hope ya’ll check out Maureen if you haven’t already! She’s so nice!

  46. Charlotte says:

    Sue Spargo’s blog always inspires me to play and have fun with embellishments.


  47. krys says:

    Love this blog: http://www.wildwandering.com/

  48. Steph W says:

    I made so many of these no-sew fabric rings over the holidays. LOVE this tutorial! http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2010/04/tutorial-fabric-flower-ring.html

  49. Diana says:

    Love this blog

    Always cute things to make. Have made one of these, simple and quick.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  50. Kylie C says:

    I love Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week (Challenge) and this spring it’s getting its own blog AND website! There’s just the introduction posts up right now but I expect things to pick up since the Spring week is scheduled for April 22-29! Here’s a link to the new blog http://blog.kidsclothesweek.com

  51. Mary P in Chicago says:

    Really beautiful (but sad) post about quilting as a healing and praying process:

    A reminder to me of what quilting is all about.

  52. Linda says:

    HELLO! THIS IS A QUILT BLOCK LINK I SAVED AND WANT TO USE SOON! http://theparfaitcafe.com/?p=228

  53. I just read this today: http://julieisa.blogspot.com/2013/04/get-inspired.html

    A simple post with lovely photos and thoughts on searching for and finding inspiration.

  54. Lourdes Fay says:

    I have been wanting to make one of these snappy bags using a tape measure. Hoping to give it a try in the next couple days.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  55. Jesica says:


    She’s a quilter from Argentina (like me) who teaches how to quilt and recently made an art quilt about her having breast cancer, she embroidered each block while waiting for each radiation therapy session.

  56. Kadybug says:


    Carrie’s site showcases beautiful art girl quilts and she even shows you how she puts them together. She has had quilts in several magazines and even designed some for a book! Not to mention her art show coming up in may.

  57. jessicac says:

    Been a long time reader of this blog, though its knitting, it gives me laughs! Loved the lamenting about the possible discontinuing of her favorite yarn…

  58. Rebecca says:

    I came across this quilt block tutorial and now my quilting bee is using it.

  59. mamamouseiam says:

    I LOVED Flora the Spring Bird: http://sewmamasew.com/2013/03/flora-the-spring-bird/. Grandbaby’s nickname is Birdie, and I plan to make several for her. Thanks!

  60. Fenna says:

    ooo that last one–the resew one looks good! I love trying to find neat ‘fabric’ at the thrift store!

  61. SS Sews says:

    I like this post: http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2013/03/v-and-co-how-to-make-flowers-out-of.html
    great step-by-step instructions, and beautiful. Makes me want to break out my embroidery hoop.

  62. a quilter's mission says:

    quilting books are always terrific. “Live a Colorful Life” is still my favorite. Her “name game” is always fun. I get so inspired.

  63. Fawn says:

    I’m really enjoying project run and play: http://www.projectrunplay.com/
    I love seeing the creativity and adapting patterns, adding precious details, etc.

  64. Bethany says:

    Half-Square Triangles: Make + Design with HSTs would be my choice for the recent blog posts because I have had so much trouble with triangles and this really helped fill in some of the trouble spots for me. Thanks!

  65. I’ve been reading this blog for a long time and she just did another tutorial I want to try: http://mamaspark.blogspot.com/

  66. Cindy says:

    I like the All Iowa Shop Hop Blog. http://www.alliowashophop.com then blog tab.
    They have posted the new shop hop fabric. It has all 99 counties on it and comes in 3 color ways. Their website lists the 82 participating shops for this year.

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