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Sewing for All Seasons and Giveaway

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Last week I received a copy of the latest book by crafter Susan Beal, Sewing for All Seasons. I first “met” (online) Susan when she participated in the Kokka Layer Cake Swap that I hosted last winter. Funny story…when Susan joined the swap I must have been kind of spaced out and didn’t realize she was the author of one of the most beautiful quilting books in my library, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

I remember sitting at my computer printing out tons of shipping labels, and seeing her name. Susan Beal. In my head I’m thinking “wait a minute. THE Susan Beal??” I ran over to her book and it clicked and I felt like such a dork (and completely star struck that she was in the swap!) A few days later, I was lucky enough to meet her in real life at Quilt Con. She is just the sweetest, most talented person!

Sewing for All Seasons, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Susan’s latest book is simply beautiful. First off, it’s hardcover, which I think just feels really nice and solid in my hands.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The photography alone is inspiring.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The book is separated into sections by season, although really you could sew any of these at anytime. The projects are all things I would make, especially as gifts. Lots of ideas that would be great for a handmade holiday – Apron, tea cozy, scarf, nesting baskets, tote bag, sun glass holder and more.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

I decided I needed to make the garland for my mantel. (My husband installed a mantel for me after last Christmas and I love decorating it!

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The garland was simple to make. I used my Sizzix die cutter for the circles but you don’t need one to be successful – there’s templates in the back of the book.

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

How cute is this? I am going to make more for Fall and have layers of them hanging up. And then more for Christmas too. Don’t you think this would also look adorable in a baby nursery?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you happen to be in NYC, Susan is going to be at Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday making garlands with people who stop to visit and craft. How fun is that?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you are not lucky enough to be there, you can find a link to this project on the Chronicle Books website for free.

Would you like to win a copy of Sewing for All Seasons? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner Sunday evening, October 27th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments and picking a winner! ++


The winner is #255, heatherly! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!

Thank you all for commenting and I hope you will go check out the book at your local bookshop or online. :)

October 24, 2013   282 Comments

Look Inside…Vintage Quilt Revival

I am one exhausted lady right now. I spent Saturday through Monday visiting family in Denver. I got home last night at midnight, was up at 6am to start the day with the kids. So far I’ve been to the pediatrician, the grocery store, the drug store, the barber for the little man, the school nurse because my little girl had a tummy ache, and back home again! All before lunch! Is it nap time yet? For me? lol


Image from Amazon via Swim, Bike, Quilt

I have some fun things to post about my trip once I get the pictures off my camera, but in the meantime I wanted to let everyone know that you can now see some of the pages inside our book on Amazon!


Image from Amazon via Swim, Bike, Quilt

So go check it out. :) You’ll get a good feel of the style of the book, the pattern detail, the diagrams, that sort of thing. Hope you like it!

September 24, 2013   18 Comments

Vintage Quilt Revival ~ One Last Look


Vintage Quilt Revival Inside Title Page

Over the last week I’ve spent more time at the computer and less time at the sewing machine. But for good reason – we just finished up our last edits for Vintage Quilt Revival. (Read my first post about the book here.)

It was really exciting to see the book all printed out. I know I’m biased, but it looks so good. I am absolutely bursting to show you all everything.

I’d love for you to tell your local quilt shops about Vintage Quilt Revival. It’s a great fit for both modern and traditional quilters and I think it will speak to a large audience. In the meantime, you can also preorder the book on Amazon.

July 30, 2013   32 Comments

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

It’s always a fun opportunity to submit a block for Quiltmaker‘s 100 Blocks magazine series. Volume 7 was just released and I’m very excited to have a design included on this round! It will probably come as no surprise to regular readers here that I created a paper pieced star design. I’m nothing if not predictable, right? (You can find my paper piecing tutorial here.)

When I was selecting the fabrics for this star, I was torn. Blocks can always look so different depending on fabric placement. I really wanted to showcase this variety by making another block with the same templates, but using another fabric layout. Over the weekend I created this block.

Same pattern, but the effect is totally different. Cool, right? These blocks have 8 paper pieced components. Here is one quadrant sewn up:

I hope you will check out the magazine at your local craft and bookstore! It’s also available as a digital download.

May 20, 2013   12 Comments