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Monday
Oct082012

Book Review: Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration is a gorgeous book full of inspiring quilts. I absolutely love this style of quilt, based on traditional designs but made modern through scale, color or other types of reinterpretation.

 

Each quilt is introduced with information about the traditional design and Denyse's interpretation of it. Just a few of the patterns included are Postage Stamp, Churn Dash, Hawaiian-Style Applique, Irish Chain, Courthouse Steps and many more.

The book not only shows the quilts beautifully styled, but also a straight-on look at the entire quilt and has diagrams and complete instructions. Templates are provided at full size on a pullout pattern sheet and there is a complete techniques section at the back of the book.

 

This is definitely a book to cherish, practical for it's exploration of traditional quilt design and inspirational in Denyse Schmidt's modern take.

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(Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Saturday
Oct062012

Winner! Sewn Hats

The winner of the Sewn Hats book giveaway is:

Lynne Tilley

I just love hats, but never made one. This would be a great opportunity.

 

Congratulations Lynne! And thanks to all who entered!

Thursday
Sep132012

Book Review: A Rainbow of Stitches

I have to fess up. I don't do a lot of embroidery. But I want to. And this book is an excellent resource. A Rainbow of Stitches by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz has more than 1000 motifs and 80 project ideas. And that's just it, it is an inspiration book. It has a few pages of instruction, but basically it is full of motifs and ideas. The book is divided by color and features designs ranging from alphabets to flowers, fairies, seaside and a whole lot more. How about I just show you a big selection of pages?

 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep122012

Book Review: Reinvention

Reinvention is a lovely and inspiring sewing book by Maya*Made blogger, Maya Donenfeld. I've been holding on to this book for quite a while as I wanted to make something before sharing the book. But, the project I'm going to make will be on the back burner until after Christmas, so I thought I'd share this beautiful book now.

Reinvention is all about "reinventing everyday materials into remarkable items of beauty and utility." My favorite sewing books always provide inspiration with lovely photographs and this book is no exception. It is filled with wonderful ideas in Maya's signature style.

I have plans to make the barn quilt, pictured above. And hopefully a few more things, too!

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(Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Tuesday
Sep112012

Book Review: Stylish Dress Book

I am so excited about this book! Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori is a Japanese sewing book translated into English. It is true to the Japanese style of craft books with beautiful styling. The dresses are made with Liberty fabrics - so very inspiring! 

This is the Table of Contents. Each dress is named with a letter of the alphabet. All of the patterns are the same length and can be shortened to tunic or shirt length if preferred.

I've already ordered fabric to make two of these looks. I'll show you in a couple of months when I get them finished ;)

As is the norm with Japanese sewing books, the written instructions are short and to the point with helpful diagrams. The pattern pieces are full size and overlap on white paper.

How about a few more pages of dresses to end the post?

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(Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Monday
Sep102012

Book Review and Giveaway: Sewn Hats

Sewn Hats is a fantastic collection of hat designs from a who's-who of pattern designers and edited by Carla Hegeman Crim (The Scientific Seamstress). If you've ever wanted to sew a hat, the pattern is in here. Really, it is. For girls, boys, men and women, it's all here. Fun, party, work, whimisical, sun, winter it's all in here. Skill levels run from beginner to advanced, so there's something for everyone. 

Here's a gallery of the hats featured in the book. 

Excellent instructions and diagrams are included.

What do you think? Does this look like a book you'd love to have? If yes, leave a comment on this post about a hat you'd like to make! Comments close Sunday, September 16. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced next week. Good luck!