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. πŸ™‚


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    Barbara Orozco says

    Oh, what a wonderful book! I’d love to be the lucky one, so count me in.
    Thanks for the chance!

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    Sure I would love to win this book! I love such inspiring books, especially in winter time when there’s a lot of time to spend with cup of tea and book with lovely photos.

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    Patti says

    What a great book to have! I’d love the chance to win it & Seasonal sewing is right up my alley! I have her first book & love it.

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    Kay says

    This looks wonderful, thank you so much for sharing it. I really like a book that has present ideas in it too.

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    Pamela Dungar says

    My fingers are twitching at the thought of picking this book up. It looks perfect to keep me busy crafting all winter.

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    AmyC says

    Wow it does look like a gorgeous book. And hardcover – that is one of the best bits of a book – I love hard cover books.

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    Jan says

    Looks like there are a lot of great projects in the book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. The garland on your mantle looks great!

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    Charity Pallo says

    The look of her book matches your website, like eye candy! How exciting to be able to meet her. Thanks for sneak peek at book. Could be a coffee table book when not using it in sewing room! Enjoy your blog!

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    Jane LaManna says

    I have Susan’s Modern Log Cabins book, and in fact, my next quilt after Christmas sewing will be from it. I love her ideas!

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    Linda in Maryville says

    This book looks wonderful! Just from the photos you have shown, the colors look inspirational. The lucky winner will be truly blessed to receive a copy of this book. Thank you so much for the opportunity and for the inspiration you offer in your blog!

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    Winning a copy of that book would be fantastic. I wish I could run down to Brooklyn to meet her in person but unfortunately I’m not free that day. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    I love the changing seasons, quilting and books! To have them all in one book sounds wonderful! Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Leigh says

    What a fun garland! The book looks to be filled with great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Mabel says

    You have a great taste!!! Great garland !! Nice idea… Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win this book.

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    Tammy says

    Looks like a awesome book. I love seasonal projects. I was thinking the garland would look great hanging straight up and down in a doorway or a teens room. Way back when they used to have those beaded garlands I think this would look awesome used like that.

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    Janet says

    Would love your prize, I love decorating for the season. I have things I drag out every year, my first christmas quilt is still hung every year (oh my Gosh its terrible) but I love it now I have my Nana’s things too and have got to add more. Please consider me!

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    Deb Cox says

    Oh what a lovely looksee at this book. It does seem quite an accomplishment. Thanks for the chance to win. Would be a lovely surprise. Cheers.

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    Kathy says

    I love Susan’s log cabin book. This one looks spectacular too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    Becca says

    I love books that include smaller/faster projects (smaller than full quilts!) especially when they’re good for gifts.

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    mrsmoore says

    Thanks for the giveaway–the book looks really appealing. I loved her log cabin book, too.

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    laura says

    There is nothing better than a great sewing book and this seems to be one. Thank you for the chance to win one

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    I do love a hardcover – and you are definitely right that the photography is inspiring!! Would love a closer look. Thanks Faith!

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    Fun story about your swap! Susan’s book looks fun and clever. Decorating through the seasons is exactly what I do so would love to have more ideas.

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    Kathy says

    I too love Susan Beal’s Modern Log Cabin and I would love to learn more from her through this latest book. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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    Eileen DiPietro says

    I love sewing things for the home, sometimes it’s the simplest handmade things that add that warm, welcoming feel to your home. Thanks for the chance I would love to be inspired by this book.

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    Shawn says

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win. I love to change things up with the seasons.

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    I had the opportunity to take a class taught by Susan at the Pacific Northwest MQG Meet-up this summer. You’re right….she’s very sweet and talented! LOVE your garland and the fabrics you used!

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    Would love the book, so many ideas for that garland, it would be fabulous on the Christmas tree

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    Faye says

    The book looks great! Also, I completely agree with you on how nice it feels to have a hard cover book… just the weight and substance is so satisfying!

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    Kelly says

    What a great book, would love to win it.
    Would love to check out her other book, Modern Log Cabins.

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    Kristal says

    Love your mantel! πŸ™‚ great customization on the garland too, will be perfect for adding a little change each year!
    Thank you!

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    Melissa s says

    Thanks faith… The book looks great! And I love the idea of using up my scraps on cute garland.

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    Mary Lou says

    Gorgeous book! Great inspirations! Looking forward to being the proud owner of this book. 😊

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    Vicki H says

    I would love to have this book in my library of quilting books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    lindsay rodems says

    Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of my home always being decorated for the season and holidays.

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    Karen Seitz says

    I will be keeping my eye out for this book locally…and hoping I win one here. πŸ™‚

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    Lizzie says

    WOW! I would totally be star struck too! I’d love to win a copy of this book (and a Sissex too, for that matter πŸ˜‰ so please put my name in the hat! (Don’t know your guidelines for internationals, but I’d gladly spring for shipping if I won)

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    Linda says

    This book would be a great companion to my copy of Modern Log Cabin. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Stephanie says

    I love the garland! The books looks like it has a lot of fun weekend projects. Hope I win!

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    OH, I do so love seasonal sewing, especially when I’m short on time. This looks lovely–thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

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    Ginny Leonardos says

    What a beautiful book! I love the chance to use fabric in so many different ways.

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    Patti says

    This looks like a beautiful book with plenty of inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    Carol N says

    Wow! Looks to be full of inspiration! I see rows of this garland in white and silver for a wedding decoration. If I don’t win the drawing, will definitely buy my own copy. Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Whitney says

    The fabric garland looks like such a great project! I would love a copy of the book! Maybe I could make my own garland out of linen and lace…

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    Michele T says

    OMG!! Is this book ever neat!! I’d love to decorate my home with the seasons (and not just Christmas or Hallowe’en!!) – thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

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    Anne J says

    LOVE the garland! So many possibilities for it…I need some inspiration for seasonal decorating in my house. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    usairdoll says

    What a beautiful book! Your garland and mantel are lovely!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


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    Kathleen O'Grady says

    Your mantel is so pretty. Wonderful fall colors. I would love to win a copy of Susan’s book, it looks like a great book to have. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Susan Stanton says

    The book looks so inspiring for all the seasons! Would love to have a copy. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    Karen B says

    Recently retired and this book looks like it will provide lots of inspiration for my “free” time (if there is such a thing)! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

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    Faith says

    Love these!! I right away thought of the baby nursery I’m putting together! Also great for any season in any color!!

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    MΓ³nica P says

    This a beautiful book with great ideas. Would love to win it, but will get it anyway!!
    Thanks for those great tips.

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    Paula says

    The garland looks like so much fun. I can only imagine all the other wonderful projects in her book.

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    Charlotte says

    That garland is so cute. A christmas version would be great! The book looks beautiful. Hope I can win πŸ™‚ Thanks

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    Andee McKenica says

    This books looks like it’s full of great ideas – would love to win a copy!

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    ann gillam says

    What a wonderful time of year for a new book with a seasonal theme.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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    Jeana says

    Oh your mantel looks SO pretty! thanks for the chance – I don’t have a mantel but I can see a lot of places I would use that garland! πŸ™‚

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    Linda Bedford says

    You’re right – the photography is beautiful. I would love to win this book. I want to make the garland! thanks for the opportunity.

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    Jean Thompson says

    Wow What a Wonderful Book to Win ! ! –because Oct. 27 is my 34 th Wedding Anniversary… Thank you for offering this..

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    Veronica says

    This book would be great. I just moved into a new (very old) home which doesn’t feel like home yet. I think some of the decorating projects would definitely help.

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    Carolaj says

    I love the garland because it can be displayed for several months up until Dec. 1 Also would be pretty in springtime colors.

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    christie m says

    I just love, love, her first book. That garland is so sweet. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Cheryl Mills says

    I love celebrating the seasons and this book looks an excellent source of inspiration.

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    Just the perfect book to sit back and get inspired after a busy summer. Such a beautiful book. Would enjoy having it in my home.

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    KHohns says

    This would be a great book to do as a sew-along in 2014 — so it’d be awesome to win this and work through all the projects in the new year! Crossing my fingers… πŸ™‚

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    Well, alot of happy quilters have already left a comment. I hope I have a chance! Thanks for the sample from the book; it looks like a winner.

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    Jackie Anderson says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Always looking for cute ways to decorate! Thanks

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    becky derry says

    Would LOVE to win a copy of this book. A lot of fun and inspiration. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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    Roxanne says

    WOW, what a book! The inspiration could go on for years.
    The photographs are beautiful and the color combos are WONDERFUL.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Gina says

    Sewing for All Seasons would be a fabulous addition to my sewing/quilting library. I browse my books often for ideas and inspiration.

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    Patricia McGhee says

    I too love her modern log cabin book.
    It was handed down to me from my
    Grandmother! I’d love to have her new one.

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    Karen Tyler says

    I need some inspiration and this book has me excited. Thank you for giving us a chance to win this book!

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    Karen says

    Just the right time of the year to open a beautiful book and get inspired as the days get shorter and shorter here in Maine!

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    Jen S says

    What a great idea for a craft and sewing book. By Seasons! Having followed Susan Beal’s blog and projects for years I’m happy to see she’s got fresh ideas.

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    Barbara M says

    This looks like an amazing book with lots of stylish, fun projects. Thanks for the chance to win!