Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dust Off Those Craft Books

If you are newer to my blog, I also have another blog home at Craft Buds where I share handmade business advice, more tutorials and other fun craftiness.

Well, all month long in September, I'm hosting an event over there to celebrate sewing, quilting and all kinds of craft books! Why? Because I love finding new inspiration and my sewing and quilting books, while appreciated, are not utilized as often as I'd like. It's time to dust off the covers and make a project from one of those books. 

All month in September, Craft Buds will feature Q&As with craft book authors, editors and others who make the magic happen. We'll feature some new releases, give away free books and talk about how a book is born, from the initial concept to the editing, photography and design.

To help inspire you with the "crafting" part of Craft Book Month, I've rallied together some of my friends to share a project they've made from a craft, sewing or quilting book. They'll be posting on their blogs all month long, to get you ready for the link party and contest . . .

Blog Hop

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory DockMe Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & OllieSew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric SeedsThe Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxesStitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie's KornerA Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designsmissknitta's studio
Monday 9/10: Sew TaraClover and Violet
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantasticamylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia JednoiglecTwo More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane QuiltsDon't Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful LifeLRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face DesignsCanoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me GreyFreshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay SewsThe Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest ThistleSew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitchesimagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet DesignsThe Plaid Scottie

Week Four
Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October, 1!

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.


1) One entry per person.

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2012.

3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2012 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description.

No time to create a project? This month, just follow Craft Buds and comment to win some new craft books and lots of giveaways! Here is a sneak peek of the prizes.

To help kick off the Craft Book Month contest in style, Fat Quarter Shop is helping us celebrate with a big giveaway! One winner will take home a $100 gift certificate to shop for some new fabric, craft books and notions.

Ten winners will get a new craft book to help work out that creativity! This is the perfect excuse to make that project you've had your eye one, but haven't carved out the time for.

Fat Quarter Shop is giving away 1 copy each of Quilts from the House of Tula Pink by Tula Pink, Sewing ModKid Style by Patty Young, Skip the Borders by Julie Herman, Stop Go Quilt Sew by Angela Yosten and Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

Craft Buds is giving away 1 copy each of Modern Basics by Amy Ellis, Reinvention by Maya Donenfeld, We Make Dolls! by Jenny Doh, New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry by Margot Potter and More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making by Chris Franchetti Michaels.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! The kickoff giveaway ends Wednesday, 9/5 at 11:59 ET, when we'll randomly choose 11 winners. Good luck!
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  1. I really like Homemade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner

  2. I like simple projects! I've got to be able to think I can do it without too much effort! LOL


  4. Any book about quilting catches my eye! The ones with original patterns and lots of pictures are the ones I'm most likely to buy and use. A current favorite is French Braid Transformation.

  5. I like a lot of the modern quilt craft books. Just to see the way others pull quilts together as I don't have many ideas on my own.

  6. For a craft book to really catch my eye, it has to have projects that I really want to make. I recently bought Modern Mix because I love the quilt on the cover, but I also loved almost every project in the book, plus it had some new clever techniques that I hadn't thought of (but that now I plan to modify in really cool ways!). Thanks for the contest and an awesome month! Guess I better get sewing!

  7. I love sewing books with printed patterns. The more the better!

  8. I like books that have projects for the house, in varied sizes and rooms! thanks for a chance to win

  9. This is perfect! I just asked for some new craft books for my birthday, so this is a great opportunity to use them right away. Thanks!

  10. So fun!!! Books? I love so many, however I will say "Sewing from A to Z" (Nancy Zieman, I think) and Where Women Create! Thank you!!!

  11. I have A LOT of favorite craft books but topping the list has to be One Yard Wonders, any quilt book that shows projects with different fabric choices (like the same quilt in four colorways), and any craft book that my kids can do something out of without me having to help every step of the way!


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