Craft Book Month :: Quilt Lab

As you can probably tell by looking around, I’ve been on a little sewing hiatus.

I had a couple of big projects this year that have wiped out my sewing energy.    Does that ever happen to you?

Something about a deadline gets me motivated so I jumped on board to participate in Craft Book Month.

Today I am sharing with you what I’ve made!  (Yay, I sewed something!!)

The book that I want to feature for Craft Book Month this year is Quilt Lab by Alexandra (Ali) Winston.

I love this book so much.   Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s smart too.   If you are a science failure like me, this will make you feel like a smarty pants!  Making quilts is totally science, y’all!

Ali breaks the book down into rectangles, angles and circles.  There is also a section of small projects and helpful tips, shortcuts and a lesson on geometry.

The projects are modern and unique and each one teaches you something too.   Definitely something for everyone!

I chose to make the School Tote which takes one of the larger projects,  States of Matter, and shrinks it down to a mini quilt that you turn into a bag.

 

I had some Field Day from Allison Glass and this pattern was perfect for showcasing the pretty and bold prints!

The bag goes together easily.   The most challenging part is the binding of the outer seams.    I was dreading this part, but it really adds a nice touch to the bag.    It also allows the bag to be reversible too!   I like a twofer.

The pattern has you make both of the mini quilt designs and feature one on the front and one of the back, but I decided to just keep it simple.   I did one of the designs on the front and did a plain back with an added pocket.    I also made some metallic leather straps instead of using the webbing.    Love the fancy feel they add!

If you love craft books, I highly recommend picking this one up!

Lindsey

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Craft Book Month 2012 – My review of Sew Up A Home Makeover

Craft Book Month 2013 – My review of Hoop La!

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There are lots of other reviews happening in September and giveaways too.  Read below for the details!

 

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects.

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

Rules

1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Katy - Very nice, and love the touch of bling on the handles :)

Kristy - Gorgeous bag!

Shirley - Saw this on IG and fell in love! It’s so awesome and you did a great job on it!

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Imagine Quilts!

Today I am sharing a new book with you that just so happens to be written by someone I adore, Dana Bolyard!

I met Dana at the first Sew South and instantly felt connected to her.   She has become a sweet friend over the last few years and I’m so happy for her accomplishment in writing this book.

Imagine Quilts is a book that, to me, expresses who Dana is.   It’s laid back, quirky, genuine, beautiful and fun-loving!

It’s a great book for any sewing level.  My two favorite quilts are “Posy Patrol” and  “Scribble”.

 GIVEAWAY CLOSED

I have a digital copy to giveaway today, along with a pretty fat quarter bundle of fabric from Free Spirit!

The digital book giveaway is open to all readers both US and International and the fabric is open to US only.

If the winner is International, I will draw a second for the fabric bundle.

Giveaway will be open until Friday, August 29th at midnight EST.

To be entered, just leave a comment!

Dana, I am so happy for you friend!  Congratulations!!

xo Lindsey

Kris - Love the fabrics and the book seems lovely too…

Merrilee - I have been seeing this book everywhere– and I want one! Thanks for the giveaway opp.

Susie - Great giveaways. The book looks great and the fabric is beautiful! Thanks!

Lizzie - I like the Posey too! I hope my name comes out of the hat for the digital book, I’m a fan in Sweden :)

Vanessa B - This book looks fun and the fabric is adorable! Thanks for the chance!

Kit - That looks like a cute little fabric bundle!

Marsha p - Love the fresh look of the fabric.

Dennis Mullins Sr - Wonderful giveaway, I love the book it is so nice that you are friends with the author. The fabric is really cool thanks and have a great week.

Cathlene - I love what I saw of Dana’s new book. If it is representative of who she I’d, she must be a special person. Thanks for sharing.

Angela Morrison - Great book

Tamie - I’d love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for sharing.

Karen H - Thank you for sharing the book with us. I like Posy Patrol too. That bundle of Freespirit fabric would make a lovely Posy Patrol quilt. :)

Beth T. - The book looks great. I’m with you: Posy Patrol is a winner!

P.S. Lindsay, your blog logo looks great.

Maeve - I would love to have this book AND the fabric! The fabrics look bright and cheerful. Thank for the chance!

Marjorie Nath - The fabric is beautiful. Looks like a very interesting book.

Susan the farm quilter - The quilts you like look fabulous – I’ll have to be on the lookout for this book! So much fun quilting within the covers of this book!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win it and the adorable fabric!!!

Patti - This seems to be a lovely book. Posy Patrol is definitely a quilt that I’d like to try. That is a sweet bundle of fabric to use for a sweet quilt!

Patti - I love being introduced to mew quilt books. I look at them over and over again deciding which quilt to make first, or next. The fabric is delightful.

Becky - Book looks very cute, thanks for the giveaway!

Cille - It looks like a wonderful book – I too really like the Posy Patrol quilt.
Congratulations to Dana from Denmark :)

Bethany - This book looks awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lori Morton - The book looks Awesome!! & the fabrics are very cool! Thanks for chance…and for not requiring us to be on Face Book & etc etc to participate! YAY!!

Barbara P - Oh, pick me! Looks like fun.

Lisa Marie - I’ve been reading things online about this book and it looks so good. And the fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ani - What a beautiful book, thank you for the chance to win.

Jodi - I love the sneak peaks I’ve been seeing of the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kelly - Thanks for the opportunity to win – it looks like a great book, and that fabric is lovely!

Diane stanley - I love Dana’s new book and I am lucky enough to have a beautiful copy of it. But I wouldn’t mind winning that stack of fabric. :-))

Amy C - Looks wonderful – great book and giveaway!!

Jacklynn Grimm - Looks like a good book to add to my growing library, and the fabric is so nice and bright! Thanks for the chance to win!

Charity Reesor - The book looks so fun. I love how colorful it is and how the shapes work together. The fabric looks so bright and playful. Whoever wins is sure to have a ball with these goodies ;)

Jessibeth Vicenty - This book looks great for my library :) Would love to try some of this quilts :) And the fabric looks super pretty and bright! :)

Cathy - It is so nice when you meet someone and find so much in common. It looks like a wonderful quilt and the fabrics would work great in any of the quilts. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Hugs.

Jan - I went to Martingale’s website to check out the pictures of the quilts in this book. Love the ampersand and the whale quilts. This book has several awesome quilts in it. Thank you for the chance to win the book and the fabric.

Joyce - In addition to a fabric addiction, I also have a problem with quilting books…looks wonderful!

Joyce Mitchell - I love quilt books – thanks for the great giveaway.

Sharon Buffington - Great stash of fabrics!!! Beautiful colors!! As a NEWBIE quilter, the book would be a wealth of inspiration for years to come. Thanks, Lindsey, for giving us this great opportunity. Thanks for sharing.

Ella - Thank you for a chance to win some awesomeness!

bluework - Great giveaway, I have the book on my wishlist already :-)

Robin - This book looks lovely!

Jodie - Looks like a great book!

Paula - That lovely fabric bundle looks adorable. Yum!

sharon - There is a primrose quilt I saw on the blog hop
I would love to make it!

Lee - Thank you for the lovely giveaway!!

Pauline - Really like the book – the fabric looks great too – shame I don’t qualify for the fabric but thanks for the chance to win the digital book.
Pauline

Teresa Stanulis - The book looks great!

Kelly O. - I am so excited for Dana’s book! and that fabric is beautiful!
thanks for the chance to win!!

Melissa E - Posy Patrol is gorgeous and definitely going on the “must make” list! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy K - Looks like a great book. Thanks.

Vicki H - Wonderful preview of the book. Thanks for the chance.

anne - Love quilting books and winning this one would put a nice smile on my face. Thanks for the chance of winning.

Anne

Linda Pawlak - What a great giveaway! Tv hank you!

Elizabeth McDonald (catskill quilter) - Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway! The projects look like fun – especially the Posy Patrol quilt!

Marianne - I love the fabric. The colors are just my style. Thanks!

Beth - Congrats to Dana on her book! The scribble quilt looks fun.

Cindy - Lovely book.

Helen - That is a gorgeous FQ bundle! I would have a great time working with that. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Allison C - Looks like it will be a great book!

Sarah J. - Looks like a lot of fun projects! I love that “crystal/ gem” quilt featured on the back. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenn Pagel - Book looks amazing!!

Kim McM - Such lovely, colorful fabrics! I like the quilts (and their names) from your friend’s book, too. I’d like to read it, and I’d love to won it!

Amy C - This looks like a brilliant book – so colourful and happy!!!

Rachel - That cover quilt is calling my name :)

Lauren - So pretty! I’d love to win it.

Anda Wolk - This book looks fabulous! awolk at rogers dot com

Joan H. - Thanks for the opportunity to get a great sounding book and fabric.

Jen - This looks like a fun book and a pretty fabric bundle!

Margaret Schindler - What a great looking book Thanks for the giveaway

Ellen B - Would love to win Dana’s book! I miss seeing you at Guild!

Cecilia - I love Posy Patrol! Thanks for the review and the chance to win. The fabric is pretty!

Cristin Wilson - Lovely fabric and the book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

Carla - Very fun! Thank you for the chance

Shanna @ Fiber of All Sorts - What a great review. I can’t wait to see more from this book. Hugs

Ashlee - Is it wrong that I’ve already planned out how to use that bundle!?

Jacque T - Oh what a lovely giveaway!! I am drooling at the fabric bundle and would love to get this book weather I win it or buy it! :) Thank you!!

Megan - Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda F - I would love to win a copy of Dana’s book!

Mary - Looks like fun!

Tanya Quilts in CO - I love the posy patrol pattern! Thanks for the chance.

Linda - Lovely book, and terrific fabric! Hoping to win. 8-)

Cindy Dahlgren - Love both the book and the fabrics. cdahlgren atlive dot com

melle@featheredruffles.com - OH! how pretty!!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Carla G - What a fabulous looking book! Would love to win! :)

Susan - What’s for the great giveaway! I love the eye candy in the book and the fabrics are lovely!

Béatrice - Thanks for the giveaway, the book look great.

Chris - This book looks like a really good one that I will want to have in my collection. Thanks for the chance to win. Who doesn’t love fabric?

Mary Ella - Love the quilt that’s on the cover!

Rhonda Desgranges - This looks like a wonderful book. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jeannette - This looks like a sweet book and I love the fabric too! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Bekki - I love the look of the Posy patrol quilt. It looks like a really cool book.

Jackie Thompson - The posy pattern is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley - I already love this book! Posy is so sweet. Thanks for the great giveaway!

allison pogany - the book looks fabulous! can’t wait to see it!
allisonpogany@gmail.com

Terry - This book looks wonderful and the fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gill - This looks a great book- I’d love to win a copy!

Mary D - Two nice patterns in what looks like a wonderful new quilty book. Love the bright colors in the FQ bundle.

Lori C - Such colorful fabrics! Looks like a beautiful collection and I love the thoughtful simple patterns of the book.

Carolyn - The book and fabrics are just gorgeous! Thank you for the chance:D

wendy - it looks like a great book, thanks for the chance! I’m international…

Susan - Interesting book and lovely fabrics that will make up nicely in the patterns shown.

Arianna M. - I love the fabrics, and the book looks great!

Karen - I think I see some quilts in there that even a newbie like me could make!

Danette - Would love to win these beautiful fabrics and I need a new quilting book! I would love to make “Scribble”. Thank you.

Dita - So beautiful! I love the bright colors

Becky - Adorable quilts! Thanks for the chance.

Lori Smanski - wow, this looks like such a fun book. and the fabric is such pretty fabrics. thanks for a chance to win. I can see a baby quilt for a new great niece coming in November.

Kristin S. - This book looks fun and that fabric palette is wonderful!!

Mary Knight - The book and fabric look lovely. I would love to win them.

Jeanette - I’ve seen this book on a couple of blogs & it looks awesome

Mara - That is so exciting for your friend Dana.

Nancy Sanchez - Such lovely fabrics you are giving away… I’d love to make a baby quilt or bag for my daughter who is expecting a new one in Feb. 2015… My how time speeds along!

Emily C - I love what I have seen of this book. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

Tiara - Thanks for the giveaway! Love both!

Elizabeth Williams - Love these designs, thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy h - Great quilt patterns and such beautiful fabric. I think it would make a beautiful baby quilt that someone would love forever.

barbara woods - would love to win, usa

Elaine - Love that book! And,I can never have enough fabric! Put me in the hat please!

Ramona - The fabric bundle is lovely and the book looks like so much fun!

Iinda v - I love the cheerfulness of the fabrics! Thanks for the chance.

Holly H - Looks like a great book!

Laurie Reissler - What fun!

Nancy - What a great looking book. And such beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

usairdoll - What a lovely book and the quilts are gorgeous! Fingers crossed, would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Nesta - The quilts look beautiful. I would love to try the Scribble quilt too!

Stewart - Those fabrics are so young and playful! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

dana - You are a total and complete GEM!!!!!! Thank you!

Emily - Posy Patrol is a very sweet pattern! Can’t wait to see this in person.

Alli - Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Sarah - Such lovely fabric and quilts!

Lennye S - I love Dana’s blog. I can’t wait to see the book. Pretty fabric!

Nicole Sender - Imagine Quilts looks like a great quilting book! I also like “Scribble!”

Teresa W - This fabric is beautiful. I would love to make the posy patrol quilt! So pretty! :)

Darlene Warner - Thank you for a chance to enter your give away.
Great FQS and book.

Jan Beckert - That looks like a fun, exciting quilt book…and I love the fabrics!

LINDA - GOOD DAY TO YOU!
THANKS FOR A LOVELY GIVEAWAY!
HAPPY STITCHING!

Julia - Love the book! Have been hoping to win it! :)

Chris - This looks like a wonderful book. I can’t wait to see it.Love the fabric too.

Jeannette - So cool to see fellow bloggers publish books! awesome patterns & love the fabric bundle too!!

Karen Propes - Can hardly wait to dig into this book, looks awesome. The fabric bundle has great colors also. Thanks so much for the chance.
ncjeepster@aol.com

NennaMm - What a lovely book and a giveaway! Hope I win :)

Cheryl - Gorgeous designs in the book. Love the fabric bundle, too, thanks for a chance!

Kim - I’m really looking forward to checking this book out. Thanks!

kimberlee - Dana’s quilts are so cool, I am excited about her book.

diane - Love the way Dana gets us looking for inspiration everywhere, inside, outside, objects.
Posy Patrol is my fave pattern thus far but I’m sure once I get the book I’ll make ‘em all!

Judy J - Love this book!

Cheryl Holman - Cool book! I just had a birthday and would love to win!!!

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Treat yourself or Someone Else – Fabric Sales

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I woke up to a lot of good sales today and thought you might want to check them out too.  Sometimes you just need to treat yourself!

Knotted Thread:  There are a lot of gorgeous fabrics on sale in this shop for $7 a yard.   Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry, Lush Uptown, Summersville Spring…

LRstitched:  Hey that’s me! ;)  I’m having a little sale too.  Use code LOVE15 for 15% off the entire Etsy shop!

Hancock’s of Paducah:  Valentines Sale, 14% storewide with coupon FABRICLOVE14  expires 2/15/14

Honey Be Goodhbg-valentine-sale

Fort Worth Fabric Studio:  20% off Tangerine and Turquoise by Michael Miller

Lima Sews:  All Freespirit fabrics are on sale through 2/17, Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner… $8 yard

Connecting Threads:  up to 40% off tools (cutting mats, irons, rotary cutters, blades, scissors etc.)

Skillshare: Take 25% off any online class with the discount code PRESIDENT applied at checkout

 

And if you don’t need anything but want to show some love for someone else, consider popping over to look at Rachel from Imagine Gnats Indiegogo campaign.

Rachel is trying to get her clothing patterns to the printer and she needs our help.    Even a $10 donation helps and you’ll essentially be pre-ordering one of her patterns!  Win/Win!

You can visit the campaign here.

 

I hope you have a great day!

Thank you for taking the time to make me feel loved by visiting and supporting my family and I.   It means so much!

xo Lindsey

 

 

shirley tener - And Lindsey dont forget me at http://umbrellaprints.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-umbrella-prints-trimmings.html Trying to win the competition for the 2014 umbrella trimmings competition, what beautiful items that have been made by other. its a post full of ideas..

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