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Sewing Book Review Week

And... I'm back! I totally did not mean to take a week off, but school started (two different schools for my three girls this year) and I'm working, and, wow, I was overwhelmed and tired last week! Phew!

This week I'm back with something a little different. I have a stack of books I've been meaning to write about and haven't gotten to them yet. Some I wanted to make a project from before doing a review, but... well... now that I'm working that might be a few months. I decided I should write up a review now and when I finish the project(s) and I'll write about them separately!

So, next week will be Sewing Book Review Week! And, one of those lovely books above will also be a giveaway! Come back tomorrow for the giveaway/review and then each day next week to learn about the rest! I personally love sewing books. They are still my favorite places to go for sewing projects and inspiration (though I do love blogs, too! And Pinterest...) Anyway, these books are very inspirational and I look forward to sharing them with you!


Cosmos by Laura Gunn

Painter/designer Laura Gunn has a beautiful new fabric collection coming out very soon. Cosmos features the painterly look her fabrics are known for and includes some wonderful Painters Canvas solids. She sent me a charm pack of the collection and I'm completely taken with the artistry and vibrant colors.

You can see the entire collection here: Cosmos by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics. It is expected in stores in September! 


Round-Up: Seven Awesome Quilt Patterns

Today I want to share with you seven quilt patterns that I think are pretty cool!

Clockwise from top left:




Little Kukla by Suzy Ultman

I adore these colors for fall! The collection does take me back to my childhood in the seventies a bit, but in a 2000s sort of way! Little Kukla by Suzy Ultman should be available in stores next month! Robert Kaufman's Swatch & Stitch blog will have a tutorial put up for the quilt today, as of this posting it wasn't up yet, but do check back with their blog if you are interested.

(All photos are from Robert Kaufman's Swatch & Stitch blog.)


Winner! Fox Hollow Fat Quarter Set by Monaluna!

And the winner is:

Lee @ Freshly Pieced
August 20, 2012 | 

So cute! I love these prints. I have a baby quilt I need to make soon, and these would be perfect!

Congratulations Lee! And thank you to all who entered!


Back To School Sewing Round-Ups

Are you doing any back-to-school sewing? Or are you like me, hoping find time after school starts? Either way, here are a few tips and round-ups to help you with your plans.

And some of my past Back-To-School Round-Ups: