More April Books

on April 2 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 70 Comments

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Win sewing and craft books throughout April! One winner today will receive Handmade Hostess: 12 Imaginative Party Ideas for Unforgettable Entertaining, Grow Your Handmade Business and Sharing Stitches: Exchanging Fabric and Inspiration to Sew One-of-a-Kind Projects.

Yesterday’s giveaway is still open, so comment on both posts for a chance to win.

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.

Handmade Hostess: 12 Imaginative Party Ideas for Unforgettable Entertaining

Author: Kelly Lee-Creel & Rebecca Söder
Publisher: C&T Publishing/Stash Books

In this book, Kelly and Rebecca have captured the heart of social gatherings for special occasions— Expressing your love for family and friends in the DIY spirit of decorating, baking, and sewing. Discover how easy it can be to plan and create stylishly themed parties for all ages without breaking the bank. Have fun stitching and crafting creative décor projects along with matching party favors for your guests… Plus, each party theme comes with its own signature dessert recipe. Dozens of sewing and no-sew projects for all skill levels, ranging from chic and elegant to festive and whimsical.

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark “you-can-do-it” coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business– From mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you’ll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.

Sharing Stitches: Exchanging Fabric and Inspiration to Sew One-of-a-Kind Projects

Author: Chrissie Grace
Publisher: North Light Books

Exchange fabrics, collaborate on an art quilt and gain inspiration with Sharing Stitches. Chrissie Grace is joined by 15 contributing artists with a wide variety of talents and styles. The result is a collection of colorful and eclectic projects, from a patchwork pullover and a lace-embellished headband to a large-scale collaborative art quilt and a round robin journal. Stitch by stitch, Chrissie shows you how create fantastic projects that are as unique as the group that sews them.

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70 Responses to More April Books

  1. Caroline B says:

    I would love to win the second book. I’m an artist and am always looking for ways to grow my business.

  2. Beth T. says:

    One of my favorites is Melissa at Sew Bittersweet Designs ( Her Lovely Year of Finishes is motivating me to to do more finishing of all the things I had fun starting. Very rewarding.

  3. Can I share a recipe post?
    It just looked too good not to share: Wild Greens Pie!
    The pictures are amazing too!

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I’m finding the links great to look through as well!

  4. Karen says:

    This site has a lot of inspiration!

  5. Chris says:

    I this this is a good sewing site for lots of sewing – how to put in pockets, hong kong seam! Cool!

  6. Lee says:
    Take a look at her Elephants on parade quilt! always something fun going on at her blog!

  7. Chris says:

    I love the Green Bag Lady blog and her photo friday and Green Bags and inspiration!

  8. Hilde says:

    I loved this post (and the previous ones) to create a cute girly dress:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Kristy says: — she does a lot of swaps and interesting blocks that I haven’t seen before.

  10. Southern Gal says:

    Ashley at has amazing tutorials from photography to sewing. I love her heart and her sense of humor.

  11. Debbie says:
    I love the little A designs blog. Marna, the host,a very talented lady, interviews some wonderful, talented artists and crafts persons on here. Her blogs are a delight to read and ihave a real personal touch. It was because of her blog that I was introduced to ‘dear Emma’ designs, a very talented machine embroiderer whose work I admire greatly. This led to a recent trip to Harlow Carr in Harrogate where she was exhibiting and I purchased some of her work. Marna’s blog is one that I really look forward to and deserves a wider readership 😋

  12. Prachi says:

    I have been doing a bit of stitching on paper (for cards) lately and this blog post made my day. It’s a lovely pattern and instantly sparked several new ideas !

  13. emilia says:

    Running-w-Scissors.Com A Momma Who Rocks The house!

  14. Mary says:

    nanaCompany is one of my favorite blogs- everything she makes is beautiful!

  15. Peggy says:

    I love anything retro, so one of my favorite blogs is at

  16. Mandi says:
    Not a blog yet, but a great facebook page, with many ORIGINAL sewing ideas!

  17. Heather says:

    A short but sweet post by Happy Zombie about why Japan makes all our lives a little happier.

  18. Linnea says:
    This is one of my go-to blogs for inspiration. I love how she makes every day cheerful and bright!

  19. Lucia says:

    I love making and sharing small things- these little needle books are adorable! Title

  20. is a lovely little new blog. It’s cheery and calming and helps me to slow down!

  21. Angie says:

    I’m in awe of the paper peicing work done by Amy of Made During Quiet Time

  22. Heidi says:

    I look forward to each new blog post as it comes in to my reader. I have recently tried to reacquaint myself with my serger and sewing machine that have collected a lot of dust while life (and work) got in the way. The blog entries inspire me to try my hand at various projects. Thanks for your postings.

  23. Jocelyn says:

    I really liked this post

    I always have a hard time thinking how to use a jelly roll, but this pattern was perfect!!

  24. Lara says:

    I love this post about making a sewing journal. It´s extremely useful!

  25. Jen says:

    I’ve enjoyed the tutorials and inspiration to get sewing and pattern reviews on

  26. Jess says:

    I made a skirt last year that turned out a bit too full, so I’ve been thinking of cutting it down and while I do that I’d like to add pockets. All that to say that I thought this post on Make It Love It was particularly useful:


  27. stansha says:

    I love . It is actually one of my favorite sewing and crafting blogs. She has great ideas and lots of tutorials. I really recommend her blog to a sewer or crafter!

  28. Barbara says:

    My favorite blog is crochet- rather than sewing-related. But the colors and the photography are so inspiring. Every new post just makes me smile.

  29. KeriAnn says:

    I love quilting for a reason, and giving hope to autism is definitely a good reason!

  30. Annie K says:

    I got my quota of cute today, when I read Fishsticks Designs blog…adorable kiddos in handmade Easter clothes. What’s sweeter than that?

  31. Judy Brennan says:

    I get lots of inspiration from

    The site features ideas on sewing and creativity.

  32. This is a new blog to me–I like her work and ideas so much I added her to my blog roll: I find Rachel to be inspiring and may just do this “quilt along.” It would be my first! I also liked her “Journal Cover” post and will probably make one of those.

  33. I finally blogged about the puff quilt bath mat that I made for my Mum, using a stuff and quilt as you go technique – a bit different to the normal way of making puff quilt. I’m really happy how it turned out!

  34. Alli says:

    I love how she used all different low volume prints for the background!

  35. …and to go with the improv chevrons, I have been using the quilt-as-you-go tutorial on SewTakeAHike as well as Elizabeth Hartman’s large tote pattern. Made a couple different chevron panels to use for the large tote. Such a fun technique!

  36. Lindsay H says:

    I loved this tutorial on Palestrina stitch because it’s pretty & I’d never heard of it before!

  37. jennifer says:

    I love this blog called Froo and Boo:
    It’s mostly clothing, but her kids are so cute that you’ll love it anyway.

  38. Judy says:

    This is my favorite recent blog post because I love reading. I absolutely love the quilt that Melissa Corry made for her family and she has a great tutorial at the Moda Bake shop for it On her own website she tells how she let her children pick the names of their favorite books which she wrote on the book backs and then quilted.

  39. Penny says:

    I am going to be super selfish for this post and put my own link here because I am particularly proud of my latest quilt LOL

  40. Amy says:

    Though Amy Gibson’s blog Stitchery Dickory Dock is well known I have to say “I love her blog!” She adds just enough family info to make you feel you are not alone in raising children. She is fun and positive. And though it appears that she has it all togeather she is always ready to share that her life is normal just like the rest of us. Thank you!

  41. Katrina H says:

    Here is the link again, to Sandie’s blog. It is always full of inspiration and beautiful fabrics!

  42. Kim T. says:

    ok, so it’s not about sewing, but this little family inspires me as they have started a year-long traveling journey around the world with 4 children 11 – 13months old.

  43. Chase has a lovely blog called Quarter Inch Mark. The photography is gorgeous, and her style is always so inspiring. She recently had a great post on hand quilting which you can view here:

  44. Lorrie says:

    I always enjoy the posts introducing new contributors. I’ve found some fun blogs that way. Recently, I’ve enjoyed the post about the fabric feathers – so pretty. Definitely on my list to make.

  45. chibidani says:

    I’ll share my friend’s blog:

  46. Jodie says:

    Wow! Great books – I definitely want to check these out! The blog I would like us Janice at Better Off Thread. I originally met her through an online quilting bee and in person when she kindly shared a TON of beloved vintage sheets with me. I’m always excited to see her new blog posts and creations.

  47. Greeblygreebly says:

    This entry is very much sewing related but the blog itself is only occasionally about sewing. I liked the entry both because it was interesting and it was nice to see her son learning to sew. It always does my heart good to see that. Boys should learn this valuable skill too!

  48. Jodie says:

    Wow! Great books – I definitely want to check these out!

  49. Brie says: I love Maureen Cracknell and I love seeing what brings her inspiration!

  50. Colleen says:

    I have watched my bloggy friend Jess mature as a quilter over the past two years. She is active in her local MQG and just has a fun fresh attitude about sewing and quilting. She is currently working with her LQS on a QAL to make a cute quilt from a layer cake. Check it out here

  51. rikki says:

    I’m also Korean-American & grew up in a similar household. There’s some more emotional explanation that goes with this, but, uh, I don’t know you that well…

  52. I just discovered and English blogger with terrific,vintage style at:

    She makes lovely pastel patchwork, writes about here homes and shopping trips and blogs often; it’s a great read.

  53. Jen from has a great blog focused on sewing clothing, mostly. She has a few patterns for sale and writes excellent tutorials. She’s a real talent.

  54. Sarah R. says:

    Not sewing-related, but today Chiot’s Run posted her free ebook on seed starting. I have tried to start seeds without a lot of success, and Chiot’s Run always has lots of knowledgeable tips and advice, so I’m really excited about it!

  55. Nicole says:

    I love all of the fabric and color tips from Jeni on “In Color Order”…especially this post about choosing and organizing your fabric stash.

  56. I think Michele at has some great quilts and takes great photos!

  57. Savannagal says:

    I really like the following blog:

    Amanda has lots of great photos and little tips she shows. I am just learning about quilting so it’s really helpful to see up close shots and read about all sorts of techniques.

  58. Beth Ellen says:

    What a great selection of books to possibly win! I am linking to the blog of a teacher I know from my kids elementary school years ago. I ran into her recently in a quilt shop, and she told me about her blog, . She is so creative. We were both working on scrappy trip around the world quilts at the time, and I am still working on mine-you can see hers on her blog.

  59. Anta says:

    The hand made hostess book looks like a really fun and practical book. I would love too add a copy to my sewing library. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  60. jm says:

    A wonderful place for tips, tricks, tutorials and so much more!

  61. Katja says:


    I love this blog because she has such wonderful ideas full of colour! ^^


  62. becky says:

    Just thinking how fun it would be to do a “big girl room”. I have all boys and they are all grown. Perhaps a granddaughter?

  63. beth says:

    I loved this blog post about a quilt auction:

    because 1)I partipated in it last year 2) it’s an amazing organization doing much needed work 3) it combines sewing, beautiful fabrics, quilts, with serving some beautiful women who are making big changes in their lives!

  64. mjb says:

    I know you’re not so much for clothing blogs here, but four square walls is one I just added to my reader last week and love:

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