April Books

on April 1 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 145 Comments

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We’re giving books away all month long! We love to look through new sewing and craft books, and we’re sure you’ll have fun with some new inspiration too. One lucky winner will receive all three books today, and there are tons of chances to win throughout April.

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.

That’s it! Today you could win a copy of Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More, Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting: Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine and Little Stitches: 100+ Sweet Embroidery Designs 12 Projects. We have all of these titles and so much more in our Sew,Mama,Sew! Book Shop. Have fun, explore the links below as they roll in and be sure to take a closer look at the books all month long.

Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More

Author: Jill Hamor
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Inspired by vintage 1940s patterns, projects include dolls, softies, pillows, puppets, and a little girl’s handbag. Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills. Customize any project to fit your skill level and time commitment, and have fun making outfits for your dolly from your favorite fabrics, scraps, or even upcycled bits from old clothes.

Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting: Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine

Author: Natalia Bonner
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Photo tutorials show stitching in action for 50+ free-motion quilting designs to create modern quilts with classic style! Popular blogger and designer, Natalia Bonner, illustrates her instructions with detailed photos that make it easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Learn how to quilt all-over, as filler, on borders, and on individual blocks… Using loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more! Includes tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine.

Little Stitches: 100+ Sweet Embroidery Designs 12 Projects

Author: Aneela Hoey
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Choose from more than 100 original embroidery designs, hand-drawn with a modern take on retro style. Aneela Hoey’s illustrations are printed on transfer paper to use and reuse— Tear out the page, trim out the design, iron it down, and stitch away! Learn 11 easy decorative stitches plus techniques for adding texture. Embroider these charming images on 12 whimsical and practical projects, perfect for keepsakes or gifts. Projects include a baby quilt, cushion covers, cozies for jars and tissue boxes, and more.

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145 Responses to April Books

  1. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I always like to connect with “Insights from SewCalGal” She always has items that interest me.

  2. Beth T. says:

    I appreciate the blog at Pink Chalk Fabric for so many reasons! One of them is their “What Goes With What?” posts, in which they show which solids go with popular fabric lines. It makes it so much easier to choose for someone like me, who lives far from shops that carry modern fabrics and can’t always tell if something would be a good match. Here is an example, in which they feature my new favorite fabric, PB&J: http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2013/03/29/what-goes-with-what-pbj-by-basic-grey/

  3. Karen says:

    I like this site because it has a variety of tutorials.


  4. Brigitte McQueen Shew says:

    A favorite blog of mine is run by Omaha artist, Amy Morin: http://plaiderpillar.com — her work just makes me smile every time I click through… simply stellar!

  5. Chris says:

    Jaybird quilts has a lovely tutorial for a circle quilt. I love her basic tips and tutorials, her binding tutorial is wonderful.

  6. Hilde says:

    I love this blog, beautiful clothes, beautiful pictures!http://oontje.blogspot.com

  7. Kristy says:

    http://www.incolororder.com — I make sure to check her blog for sure every Friday. She posts her favorite projects and I love seeing what others are doing.

  8. Sarah says:

    Here is a cute blog with some really simple project for beginners such as me! πŸ™‚

  9. Southern Gal says:

    I love justanotherhangup.blogspot.com. Her tutorials are fabulous.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Omg! I have been wanting that free motion quilting book forever, the cutest quirkiest website i have come across of late is http://www.quarterinchmark.blogspot.com

  11. MarciaW. FL says:


    I’m enjoying reading about her new book, Hexagons Made Easy. There’s a series of blog posts about interviews and events for the book.

  12. I love the look ofhte story book toys. They tie in really nicely with the peg doll you can see over at We Bloom Here: webloomhere.blogspot.com/

  13. It’s always exciting to watch someone new become obsessed with quilting – msmidge.blogspot.com

  14. Mary says:

    I loved this post by Dana http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/2013/04/right-along-side-me.html
    I hope that someday my daughter will want to sew with me.

  15. Peggy says:

    One of my favorite blogs is Nicole’s MamaLoveQuilts.blogspot.com
    She has a great sense of humor and I love her quilting style.

  16. lisa m says:

    I’ve been intrigued by fabric dyeing using snow as shown by M-R at Quilt Matters.


  17. Karen says:

    I love Amy’s “something new” on http://thecutelifesmiles.blogspot.com/

  18. allison clark says:

    I love reading the last piecce by sarah fielke she has the most gorgeous work and inspires me to follow her in my sewing field

  19. Amy says:

    This is a month old, so not completely new, but I love this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for a really tasty egg salad. If you need to use up your Easter hard boiled eggs, this might be a way to do it:

  20. Gweneth B-R says:

    Check out inthemake.com just to be inspired

  21. rikki says:


    This was a lovely (needed) reminder that by making judgments against others, I am really making judgements against myself. And I/you should NEVER be against myself/yourself, I/you should ALWAYS be on my/your side… because I/you am/are awesome.

  22. Amanda says:

    I just loved this post by Amanda of A Crafty Fox on tips for pressing a bunch of open seams.


  23. Jess Z says:

    I enjoy following verykerryberry and seeing her tips and projects. I especially enjoyed her machine binding tutorial from this morning: http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com/2013/04/machine-binding-with-little-help-from.html. With a baby girl due this June, I have been working on a small quilt (my first attempt ever) for her, and this is a great tip for me. Can’t wait to do more quilting in the future! πŸ™‚

  24. Angie says:

    These are brilliant and I can’t wait to make a few for my little girl. I love Purl Bee for the beautiful knits and little projects they come up with.


  25. Crystal says:

    My favorite sewing blog is SewCanDo – most recently her laminated wallet project has captured my attention. http://www.sewcando.com/2013/03/organize-in-style-chic-pocket-laminated.html

  26. Jen says:

    Love this blog! Her house diy is amazing http://owensolivia.blogspot.ca/

  27. stansha says:

    One of my favorite crafting/sewing blogs is: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com . She has great ideas and lots of tutorials. I really recommend her blog!

  28. http://www.roseandodin.blogspot.com/ “Up and Coming” πŸ™‚ Molly is an amazing crafter/sew-er.

  29. kerry says:

    This is a blog my friend and I share sewing/crafting projects. It isn’t has active as it usually is since we are both doing big projects right now that include a house renovation and a vintage trailer restoration, so standby for posts about those projects.

  30. Carmen says:

    I’m not really a black and white decor person, but I loved this pillow idea http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/2013/03/night-circus-book-lover-pillowcase.html

  31. all8garden says:

    Not sewing, but certainly has helped changed my (negative) inner dialogue. Read it soon, you won’t regret it. http://www.daringyoungmom.com/2012/12/19/drops-of-awesome/

  32. Karen A says:

    I’m a fan of quiltstory.blogspot.com. They have such great stories to share about life and quilts.

  33. This post from Skip to My Lou about teaching kids to sew gave me flashbacks to doing a sewing test on paper before we were allowed to sew with fabric in high school home economics: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/03/05/sewing-activities-for-kids/

  34. I got a lot of mileage out of the improv chevron tutorial from Six White Horses this past week. Such a fun (and beautiful) panel to make.


  35. Lorie says:

    I would love to look into my closet and see a handmade wardrobe like this from Film in the Fridge http://filminthefridge.com/2013/04/01/a-handmade-maternity-wardrobe/

  36. Samantha says:

    I think that this is pretty neat! http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/04/how-to-stamp-carving.html I also love her my little pony Halloween costumes tutorials!

  37. Lee Monroe says:

    I love Lindsey’s blog!!


  38. Jenny says:

    I really enjoy Pink Penguin website and here is her blog http://ayumills.blogspot.com.au/ Thanks for the giveaway!!

  39. jennifer says:

    I love the idea of making bookends. So this was great inspiration: http://fourwisemonkeys.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/beep-beep-australian-homespun-141.html

  40. Lindsay H says:

    I though this embroidery pattern from Wild Olive was cute and I liked her message!

  41. Kim T. says:

    I really enjoyed reading the series on japanese sewing books on the blog “you and mie” in the past week or 2. It was very informative and If I ever get my hands on one of those books, I’ll know right where to go!

  42. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I really enjoy following this blog: http://www.pileofabric.com/
    Alyssa Lichner has excellent tips, great photographs, and blogs practically everyday! I get a lot of inspiration from her.

  43. Jodie says:

    I love the blog becauseimme.net. She makes some adorable clothes and inspiring quilts while raising a houseful of children.

  44. Greeblygreebly says:

    This entry about her children playing with chicks who, thanks to a cold snap needed to be kept in their living room by the fire, delighted me to no end. http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2013/03/chicks-inside.html

  45. Melissa says:

    Honestly, I really loved this post by Angela of Cut to Pieces: http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2013/03/judged.html

    Reading the comments really helped me to understand where I am as far as submitting quilts for judging, and where I want to be. (Or NOT be, as the case may be!) πŸ™‚ It’s so easy to feel like we are the only one who experiences harsh criticism, but I appreciated her candor and honesty and vulnerability.

  46. M says:

    I was recently amazed by one of Rita’s beautiful quilts: http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2013/03/new-york-beauty-circle-of-flying-geese.html?m=1

  47. Nichole says:

    I’m linking to Vanessa’s post because it is hilarious !


  48. Ann Marie Odar says:


    I found this tutorial on Recessed Zipper for a bag. She is very thorough in her tutorial with excellent pictures!

    If I win, I would love to win the Free Motion book. I’ve just started quilting and can use all the help I can get!

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the bag classes on Craftsy.
    Ann Marie

  49. craftytammie says:

    You should check out http://www.42quilts.com/p/modern-monday.html for all the Modern Monday and Traditional Tuesday posts – some really fun (and free! )block patterns!

  50. Kristin S. says:

    I love the toy book – I’m always looking for fun projects for kids I love this one http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/03/28/easy-tote-bag-kids-sewing-project/

  51. Kristin S. says:

    Love the toy book – how cute and fun!

  52. Becky Greene says:

    I love theis first quarter wrap-up from Annabella at Life’s Rich Pattern. I love everyone of the quilts she finished so far this year. I keep marking “Keep Unread” in my reader so I can keep scrolling through it for inspiration!


  53. Hannah says:

    This is one of my favorite sewing blogs. The instructions in her tutorials are always clear. I have her swimsuit Ebook and love it. http://workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.com/

  54. I loved this post by Crazy Mom Sews http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/kid-potential.html because it shows how beautiful your scraps can be!

  55. jm says:

    A favorite of mine: http://skyturtle.net/
    A never ending spot of inspiration, advice, tutorials etc.

  56. I love a finished project that inspires me to start one and a perfect example is Amy Friend’s Artist Studio quilt which used amazing quilting bee blocks: http://duringquiettime.blogspot.com/2013/04/artist-studio-quilt-done.html

    I have the Storybook Toys book and it is BY FAR my favorite pattern book ever!

  57. becky says:

    A few years ago, at the end of a huge downsizing move for us, I gifted my friend’s daughter, who was just learning to sew and had taken the vow to not buy anything new for her 2 girls for the entire year (which she accomplished by the way)with my space hogging stash. Every once in awhile I see my old fabric in one of her new creations and I rejoice anew at the fun of seeing a new generation fall in love with sewing!


  58. laurel says:

    http://www.crafterhoursblog.com/2013/04/ruffled-bath-tissue-tutorial.html – this was an amazing tutorial, and my daughters and i rushed out to gather all the supplies we needed, and tried it right away.

  59. Mary Couch says:

    I love “And Sew it Goes” http://andsewitgoes.blogspot.com/ Terry gives great tutorials and her opinions/thoughts are wonderful. I’m hoping you’ll also stop by my blog. I love discussing & doing art quilting.

  60. Jess says:

    I really loved this post on Simple Simon & Co: http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2013/03/on-quilting.html

    I’m still pretty new to quilting, and I really want to make at least one bed-sized quilt for each of my children. I hope that they love my quilts even if there are mistakes, and that my quilts can be there for them any time I can’t be. It was a really short but very sweet post. πŸ™‚

  61. Prachi says:

    I am a big fan of Ann Martin’s blog. She features paper artists from all over the world and what I have seen lately is extremely inspiring. This blog post for instance: http://www.allthingspaper.net/2013/03/quilled-designs-michelle-jamieson.html
    shows an entirely new and refreshing spin put on the traditional art of rolling paper (called quilling – just one letter difference between this and quilting, but both are equally amazing!)

  62. Becky says:

    I love my morning coffee with Dana Willard from http://www.danamadeit.com

    Her online tutorials make my life a little happier.

  63. Katja says:

    I would like to link to a post of Julimond. I know it is in German but she has had some trouble in the last week and I want to give her a heads up. ^^

    Here’s the link: http://julimonds-patchwork.blogspot.de/2013/03/von-herzen-dankeschon.html


  64. Amy C says:

    Here is a great blog post about how to make a chevron tote using charms: http://prsd4tim2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/charm-madness-blog-hop-charming.html

  65. liz f says:

    I love following Straight Grain http://straight-grain.blogspot.com/- especially her Belgium-style series. And I’ve also really liked You and Mie’s series on Japenese patterns.http://youandmie.com/

  66. Lindsay says:

    I’ve been interested in sewing more clothes lately, so I’ve really enjoyed http://www.sewcaroline.com … found her a few weeks ago on Twitter!

  67. Hilary says:

    Kristy at http://quietplay.blogspot.com.au/ does wonderful paper piecing and she is so generous with her knowledge and patterns. She’s running a fantastic BoM of sewing themed blocks this year. She’s definitely and unsung hero!

  68. Carole M says:

    I’m having fun with Modern Madness over on Fat Quarterly

  69. Tamie says:

    I love to read this blog: http://kechquilts.blogspot.com. She does wonderful work and you get to see cool pictures of Marrakech where she lives. Thanks for the giveaway.

  70. Amber says:

    I’ve been curious about the process of fabric design and quilt design lately. This site had so much great information on the topics. The tutorials were great!


  71. Linh says:

    I’m an up and coming blogger, feel free to check me out at Calling All Stitchers, I’m just dabbing my feet in a little of everything to do with quilting and I’m glad I came across your blog, I love everything I see so far but the post/blog I would love to share with y’all is from Sawdust and Embryos, it’s not so much sewing but I get a lot of inspiration from them, hope you enjoy.

  72. Shannon says:

    I enjoy http://crazylittleprojects.com/ she had a fun Learn To Sew series that was very helpful. Thank you for this opportunity.

  73. Anna says:

    Love this woman’s work and site It gives great ideas and tutorials on a modern theme. http://www.aquilterstable.blogspot.ca.

  74. Ginger says:

    because they are featuring projects for weddings, my brother is getting married soon.

  75. Annie K says:

    I’ve got a soft spot for “true, pure, lovely,” though her posts have been less numerous recently due to a new baby, she and her little family really ARE lovely (I’m a sucker for crafty moms with adorable kiddos!), and her enthusiasm for sewing is contagious. http://true-pure-lovely.blogspot.com/

  76. Melanie says:

    Sewkatiedid always has amazing quilts, but I really love her value quilts. Her latest was posed a few days ago and I can’t wait to try my hand at it! Thanks for the chance.

  77. Cherie says:

    I love the blog Crazy Mom Quilts. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ Her blog makes me want to really get into quilting!

  78. Jessica says:

    http://www.soulemama.com recently had a post about “quilting as you go” inspired by the Patchwork Style book. Something I hadn’t seen before.

  79. Jake says:

    SARA RECENTLY REVIEWED Ayumi’s First Zakka book and I thought it was an awesome glimpse into the book I had on preorder for so long. I love the reviews Sara does at Sew Sweetness because they are honest reviews and pretty darn thorough. I love Ayumi’s patterns and eye for mixing and matching and seeing a few things ahead of my book showing up was delightful!

  80. Morgan says:

    I really enjoy Making More With Less. They are realistic about life and pacing and all of their sewing is both beautiful and practical. Every time a new post pops up in my reader it’s the first one I click! http://makingmorewithless.blogspot.com/

  81. Angelique says:

    I really enjoyed reading Patchwork Pottery’s blog. She made a beautiful storyboard quilt that is just so magical.


  82. Gemia says:

    Is it okay to toot your own horn? I love a lot of blogs out there. Some friends and I have created one that I hope others will enjoy called Phat Quarters. I like that we have four different points of view and a lot of different interests to blog about. http://phatquartersblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/easter-photo-booth-props.html
    I also like Crafting in Rain. Steph has great simple tutorials that I can do alone or with my kids. like this one http://www.craftingintherain.com/2013/03/glitter-spring-blocks.html

  83. Brigette says:

    This tutorial about straight line quilting was helpful to me.

  84. Sharon P says:

    I love this book quilt from the Moda Bake Shop!


  85. Mina says:

    Oh, I would so love to win the ;free motion quilting book

  86. Lia says:

    As for favourite blog post I would currently have to pick this:


    He’s a guy, he quilts and damn, this dude has a patience for these fickle things! This quilt top he made is just amazing, I would never have the patience to do this with all those tiny pieces.

    Oh and the Freemotion book is actually on my Amazon Wishlist, so you’d make me reaaaaally happy if I won these πŸ˜€

  87. Linda says:

    Hi! I chose Clover+Violets site because I’ve learned so much from them about quilting and sewing! This link is for a book I love and the projects that they showed on this post. http://www.cloverandviolet.com/2013/03/pretty-patchwork-gifts.html

  88. Kim says:

    OOPS- here is the address: http://www.alewivesgirl.blogspot.com/

  89. Kim says:

    I would like to introduce a blog originating from a small town in Maine. Alewives Fabric is my favorite local fabric store- right down the street. But beyond the convience it truly has the most eclectic choice of fabrics. AND community- wish I wasn’t so busy so I could participate mre often.

  90. Debbie says:

    Looks like some great books. An up and comer is http://www.peachykeenquilts.com

  91. Theresa says:

    I recently met Rhonda and have been following her blog…http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/. She is so creative, inspirational and down to earth. I hope you also love her blog.

  92. leigh benton says:

    Years ago, I found several unfinished quilts tucked away in my grandmother’s attic. That “find” has, recently, sparked an interest for me to learn to quilt. I have enjoyed all the info on: http://cactus-needle.blogspot.com

  93. Sara says:


    I was able to donate a quilt to Charlotte’s family that will be in the 5k race this month on the 20th. Such a lovely family:) Charlotte’s mom, Lauren is currently auctioning off a quilt a week and making some great profit for brain tumor research.

  94. SS Sews says:

    I’m always interested to see what’s going on over at Merrick’s Art – usually some fun refashions.

  95. Rebecca H. says:

    I love the Elegance & Elephants blog. Heidi just released her first PDF pattern and it is awesome. She creates adorable children’s clothing with a classic timeless style. http://www.eleganceandelephants.com/

  96. Shawn says:


    I loved this blog post because it brought this book to my attention and Aimee Ray. I am now going to have to buy the book. LOL
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  97. Fran says:

    I enjoyed sewing along with See Kate Sew during the Envelope Clutch-Along she started in Instagram. http://seekatesew.com/envelope-clutch-pattern/

  98. angela says:

    i really love http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/

    hope i win that free motion book~

  99. Taysha Riggs says:

    I frequently read: http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/

    and love her upcycle fashion and tutorials

  100. Felice says:

    Recently the lady below has been working on a barn quilt which I think is amazing and inspirational!


  101. Lauren Dahl says:

    I recently found http://youandmie.com/ and have been loving it! The recent series on Japanese patterns was amazing and inspiring!

  102. Paloma says:

    Not a sewing blog per se, but I get so much inspiration from this artist: http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/

    This is a great idea. I’ve really enjoyed following everyone’s links!

  103. Fawn says:

    I love Skirt as Top’s blog: http://skirtastop.com/

  104. Margaret says:

    I love Adrianne’s blog: http://www.littlebluebell.com/. Not only do I covet every quilt she makes, every Sunday she posts “little bits of awesome [she] came across this week.” They are always fun links to check out–not always sewing related.

  105. jessicac says:

    I had lost this blog a long time ago…. forgetting to bookmark, and just recently re-found!
    http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2013/03/sewing-clothes-for-me.html Love her style, and ease, and how wonderful her family is.

  106. Andrea H says:

    I love learning about new time saving techniques!


  107. Claire says:

    The first one I thought of was yours. I love this block!


    Another post that wasn’t one of yours is this one. I love how she took the quilt apart to make it work!


  108. Melissa says:

    I joined the Lucky Stars BOTM club with this fine gal. Great stuff!

  109. kbo says:

    http://fibermania.blogspot.com/ is Melody Johnson’s blog. I like how she took a small finished quilt and refashioned it to become larger and a beautiful piece of work.

  110. Judy says:

    One of my favorite blogs to read is by Jacquelynne Steves at http://thenoblewife.blogspot.se/. Her posts are always inspirational. She is very generous with free patterns and ideas and has now expanded on her newsletter into a free digital magazine. She is also donating all of her Royalties from her latest fabric line Happy Town to Quilts For Kids.

  111. Filiz says:

    I follow nanacompany’s blog. She is very talented and creative. http://nanacompany.typepad.com/


  112. Kristal says:

    Here’s a recent post from the blog Why Not Sew: http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/2013/03/random-acts-of-kindness.html

    She doesn’t post very often, but I always love what I see. This particular post has incredible paper pieced blocks from a bee.

  113. Sarah says:

    http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=2595 – What’s better than a big giveaway!

  114. KeriAnn says:

    My friend Carolyn is a fantastic quilter. She recently won at QuiltCon! She has always provided me with encouragement and support in learning how to quilt!


  115. Alli says:

    The quilt that Amy made with her bee is just gorgeous! http://duringquiettime.blogspot.com/2013/04/artist-studio-quilt-done.html

  116. I have a new blog that I would like to share. http://storybookfelts.blogspot.com

  117. Rebeckah says:

    Wildolive (blogspot) She has so many cute embroidery projects πŸ™‚


  118. Andrea says:

    Here is a post I just read today: http://whileshenaps.typepad.com/whileshenaps/2013/04/picmonkey-tutorial-selective-coloration-.html I love just about all of Abby’s posts, and I also love learning new ways to use PicMonkey!

  119. Steph says:

    I like the blog http://nahtzugabe.blogspot.de/
    A German Woman who gives a lot of Inspiration for sewing clothes and a lot of helpful advices.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Cynthia T says:


    I love the way Kathy shows her process of designing a new bag. This bag has caused quite a stir of emotions. WOW!

  121. Jocelyn says:

    One of my favorite blogs is Grace and Favor (http://carla-graceandfavour.blogspot.com/) You might already have her on your scope, but I’ve enjoyed reading her blog. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  122. Kaesey says:

    Leigh Laurel has a good placemat tutorial here: http://leighlaurel.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/04/oversized-but-not-overstated-placemats.html. She’s got a great sense of color and pattern!

  123. julie says:

    I love the crafty classes. These are wonderful and the step by step tutorials are great. You bags are wonderful and easy to do. Thanks.

  124. Dani says:

    I love this blog because it has this great Tuesday Tips and Tricks. Also, her tutorials are fantastic.

  125. mdevries_22@yahoo.ca says:

    I loved this guest blog post done by Made by Rae Γ’β‚¬β€œ especially about the part where she talked about swedish tracing paper. She is right Swedish tracing paper is divine and has forever changed my life!!!


  126. I really enjoyed this post by Amy at badskirt on fabric selection: http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2013/03/questions-answered.html Thanks for the chance!

  127. Nicole says:

    I have recently discovered “Mommy by Day Crafter by Night.” I love her chevron quilt and quilted weekender. She has some really cute little projects. πŸ™‚ http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/

  128. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I really, really appreciated seeing this quilt, and the linked tutorial to the QYAG (how to join the blocks)! One of the easiest methods I’ve seen. http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/qayg-tutorial-rainbow-strings.html

  129. What a great giveaway idea! I’d like to nominate http://kaesey.wordpress.com. She writes well, and is very knowledgable about children’s books which is a theme that runs throughout her blog and her projects. It’s a young blog, but I’m most curious to she where she takes it!

  130. Kathy S says:

    I am loving the podcasts Christine Cyr Clisset is doing through her blog: http://daughterfish.com She is such a great host and has some really interesting guests. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway…fingers crossed!

  131. Penny says:

    I just came across this blog today…. http://akmgmg.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-have-been-testing-waters-with-new.html

    The quilts she posted in that post are beautiful.

  132. iHanna says:

    Do you read Kristin Shield’s blog? I love her art quilts and images, so inspring:


    Happy Easter!

  133. Gayle says:

    Carolynfriedlander.com/aeriel-workshop-this-week/. Posted March 12th. I love Architextures and would love to see it in person but my area quilt shops are too traditional. We are general contractors and I would love to do a piece to hang in our office with this collection.

  134. Lara says:

    I love this post


    because I don´t know the patchwork technique and I´d love to use it on a skirt. Now I´m doing it!

  135. Cicily Howell says:

    What a great giveaway! I love that you’re offering different books for different crafts!

    OK, one of my favorite sewing blogs that you may not have yet seen is http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/

    Tilly is a sweet, petite British gal who picks the cutest clothes to make and it’s so much fun to come along on her journey as she makes each new thing!

  136. Mary P in Chicago says:

    I loved this post–it was so neat to see such a simple top made from gorgeous fabric.

  137. Jen r says:

    I loved the Japanese sewing book series on “you and mie” just recently. It was truly something new and very helpful as a reference for when I evervgetvthe chance to try!

  138. Allison C says:

    I’m a big fan of Rita’s quilts from Red Pepper Quilts blog. I love the modern minimalist look to simple patchwork and her color choices are just spot on! Here are two recent examples:



  139. Heather says:

    Heather Ross recently responded to the article The Feminist Housewife. It’s absolutely worth a read http://heatherross.squarespace.com/journal/on-the-feminist-housewife.html

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