Craft Book Month: Sew-Fantastic + Clover and Violet

It’s time to see some more inspiring Craft Book Month 2013 projects!

Terri at Sew-Fantastic is sharing a cute zakka project from the book Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi (Interweave). On the boxy patchwork pouch, she says, “It gave me the warm feeling of piecing a quilt with instant gratification.” What’s not to love about that?


Check out more pics of Terri’s project at her blog!


Jennie from Clover & Violet is sharing a patchwork sleep sack from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby (Wiley). She’s got a new baby due in just a couple of months, and we can’t wait to see the action shots!


Read more about how Jennie adapted the scrappy trip along quilt pattern to make this project!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Did you see that we just announced the Craft Book Month Prizes?

Prizes! Craft Book Month 2013

If you link up your craft book project during Craft Book Month 2013, here’s what you can win! Click here for all rules and entry information. We can’t wait to see what you make!


1 Winner: Sun Print Text half-yard bundle by Alison Glass for Andover

1 Winner: Roly Poly Pattern and 2 yards of cotton lawn from imagine gnats

1 Winner: $25 Gift Certificate for fabric at Owl + Drum

1 Winner: Signed copy of ‘Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris’ +
1/8″ gingham fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Design from Fabric Seeds

1 Winner: Four PDF patterns from Emmaline Bags:
the Emmaline Bag, the Steph-in-the-City Bag, the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and the Boyd St. Bowling Bag

1 Winner: 3 PDF Patterns from Clover + Violet

1 Winner each (3 total): Simply Fat Quarters book, Angles with Ease book from Fat Quarter Shop, and Simply Retro book from Fat Quarter Shop

1 Winner: Casual Lady Pattern PDF from Go To Patterns

1 Winner: Volume One for Five & Ten Designs from The Sewing Rabbit

1 Winner: Flip Dolls & Other Toys book, Stitched Blooms book & Stuffed Animals book from Lark Crafts

1 Winner: Quilting Block + Pattern-a-Day 2014 Calendar and the
Posh Retro Reels Planner from Andrews McMeel (U.S. and Canada only)

1 Winner: Becoming a Confident Quilter book and Quilts Made with Love book from Martingale (U.S. only)

1 Winner: Sewing for All Seasons book and 1, 2, 3 Quilt book from Chronicle Books

1 Winner: Skirt-a-Day Sewing book and Sewing School 2 book from Storey Publishing (U.S. only)

Bonus Giveaways

All month long, we’ll be featuring pop-up giveaways at Craft Buds. You can comment on these posts for your chance to win to win!

1 Winner: Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends from Stash Books (U.S. only)

1 Winner: Pre-Cut Patchwork Party book from Quayside Publishing Group

1 Winner: Quilting Happiness book from Potter Craft

1 Winner: Anniversary Tin with fabric, zippers and thread from Coats + Clark

Craft Book Month: The Feisty Redhead + Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time to catch up on some more of the Craft Book Month 2013 blog hop! Today we have two apparel projects from some of my favorite bloggers. :)

First up is Ashley of The Feisty Redhead! She tackled a project that many sewists consider a right of passage, which is the blouse from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch (STC Craft). We love the microfloral print and trendy Peter Pan collar of this blouse.


Read more about Ashley’s discoveries on fabric covered buttons, button holes and more, here!


Next up is Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings. She took on the challenge of a sweatshirt refashion, inspired by the book Subversive Seamster by Melissa Alvarado (Taunton Press). She stumbled upon this gem of a book when a friend accidentally left it in her sewing room. Oops!

Check out more pics of Marissa’s refashion, including pin tucks and poofy sleeves!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Did you see that we just announced the Craft Book Month Prizes?



Craft Book Month: Fabric Seeds + Pile O’ Fabric

Have you been following along with the Craft Book Month 2013 blog hop? So many inspirational projects so far, and I hope it gives you the motivation to dig out one of your favorite craft books and actually make a project!

Today I’m excited to share two stunning quilts from our blog hoppers. The talented Alyssa who blogs over at Pile O’ Fabric made the Supernova Quilt from Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. I had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa at QuiltCon last year, and she is incredibly kind, as well as a talented graphic designer and quilter.

Read more about Alyssa’s experience with improv sewing over here!


The first is from my friend Sarah over at Fabric Seeds, and she’s having a great sale on pre-cuts right now in her shop! Sarah is one of the first blogging friends I had the pleasure to meet in person at Quilt Market a couple years ago… we randomly ended up on the same elevator together, and she said, “Lindsay…?” Such a surreal and fun moment! Her awesome quilt is from a pattern in the book Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris (Stash Books).

Check out more about Sarah’s quilt here!

P.S. Sara is also sponsoring a giveaway of the book and the fabric she used to make this quilt, which you can win if you sew along with us this month!


We’re almost ready to announce all the prizes you can win by sewing along, so I hope you join us!


Craft Book Month: Stitch This + Stitched in Color

Have you decided yet what project you’ll make for Craft Book Month 2013? Today we’ve got two more inspirational projects from the blog hop!

Karen, managing editor at Martingale & Co., shares a quilt she made for her niece Emily at the Stitch This! blog. It’s a pattern from Amy Ellis’s book Modern Basics II, and we love the story behind her color choices!


Check out more pics and fun quilting tips at Stitch This!


Our friend Rachel at Stitched in Color is also sharing a recent quilt finish, inspired by the Gumdrops project in Sunday Morning Quilts by Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg for Stash Books. This is just a sneak peek . . .


Click over to Stitched in Color for the full reveal!

Craft Book Month: Fabric Mutt + LRstitched

It’s Day 1 of the Craft Book Month 2013 blog hop, and I’m so excited to share some fab projects made from patterns in sewing books!

Heidi at Fabric Mutt made the Crossword Quilt from a A Month of Sundays by Cheryl Arkison (Stash Books). Her low-volume background fabrics are fabulous! I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted to add this book to my collection, and I’m convinced I must do it today.

Check out what else is on Heidi’s crafty bookshelf!

Lindsey at LRstitched made this too-cute kitchen embroidery hoop inspired by the book Hoop La! : 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale, and publised by David + Charles. Wouldn’t this look awesome in your kitchen?

And there’s a giveaway for the e-book on her blog (2 winners!), so hop on over to enter!


We hope you join us this September in making a project from one of your favorite craft books, and we’ll host a link-up with prizes.

Craft Book Month 2013!

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month log with a blog hop of your inspirational craft book projects, a crafty contest, free patterns and prizes!

Craft Book Month

Don’t let those craft books sit on your shelf and collect dust! We want to see what you’ve been making. That’s why we’ve lined up a list of fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!


Blog Hop

Week One
Monday 9/2: Fabric MuttLRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover & Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two
Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten

Week Three
Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!

2012 Craft Book Month Projects (L to R): Sew Crafty Jess, Sewing Rabbit, Stitched in Color, MissKnitta’s Studio

To participate in the month-long contest, just 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.


1) One entry per person.
Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 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 Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


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 our Craft Book Month sponsors!

Sponsors: Andrews McMeel / Chronicle Books / Clover + Violet / Coats + Clark / CraftFoxes / Emmaline Bags / Fabric Seeds / Fat Quarter Shop / Go To Patterns / imagine gnats / Martingale / Lark Crafts / Owl & Drum / Potter Craft / Quayside Publishing / The Sewing Rabbit / Stash Books / Storey Publishing

** We’ll be updating this page with more info on prizes and sponsors. This is also where you can link up your projects, starting any time in September! **


Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

One thing I love about the online sewing community is the  generosity of crafters. It’s hard to keep up with my favorite quilting blogs without hearing about a charity drive, a kind act or a giveaway of some sort!


Giveaway at Craft Buds!


Did you hear? Alissa is hosting the 4th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser! Not only does this fundraiser support an incredibly worthy organization which helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew. If you give a donation to the, here are some of the prizes you could WIN!


I entered the last two years, and last year I won an incredible set of quilt patterns! Today, I’d like to pay it forward and encourage you all to head over and make a donation. Any amount you can give is welcome, no matter how big or small!



Update: Congratulations to our giveaway winner, #34, Deborah K.!

1) If you give a donation of any amount to the Action Kivu Fundraiser, just come back and leave a comment here on this post, and you’ll be entered to win:

– 10 fat quarter set of Riley Blake Chevrons
– Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
– Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread!

2) If you can’t give at this time, please help out the cause by spreading the word! Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, instagram or Pinterest, and you can leave a comment on this post. (Max 2 comments/entries per person!)

Entries open worldwide, and I’ll choose one winner via after the end of the fundraiser. Please note that you must make a donation or help spread the word by Monday, August 19 at midnight in order to win!

>> Go to the Action Kivu Fundraiser! <<

Don’t forget that you if you donate, you can enter to win bonus giveaways here and here!


Finding Time to Craft

Do you ever have trouble finding time to craft?

I often find myself in the mood to sew, and then I’m suddenly distracted by e-mails, the latest reality TV show or a game on my phone. Perhaps you find yourself in the same scenario, wishing you had more time to sew, knit or scrapbook, and instead you end up surfing the Web for hours at a time. Well, you’re not alone! And if you want to know the good news . . . there’s no need to get down about it!

The truth is that we all have productive crafting days, and we all have days that we just need to unplug. When you take time to watch a chick flick, spend some quality time on, or play with your kids, your finding those bits of inspiration that may just become your next finished craft project! For example, one of my favorite quilts that I’ve ever designed was created after a period of “crafter’s block.” I spent some time online looking for ideas, but I couldn’t come up with anything that really excited me. And then, after spending some quality time with my husband, he came up with the most brilliant idea for my next quilt!

In case you’re still waiting for inspiration to strike, here are some tips for incorporating more crafting into your everyday life:

  1. Take your hand-sewing project or portable knitting projects on the go. Whether you’re sitting on the bus or in the back aisle of the movie theater, there are lots of little moments for crafting if you really keep your eyes open.
  2. If you’re traveling and you can’t craft, why not download a crafty phone app? You can get inspiration from online crafting communities that might just spark your next big project idea.
  3. Pamper yourself. This may come as a given, but getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating right and drinking plenty of water—all of these things will contribute to your energy, including how much creative energy you have available.

What’s your favorite way to fit crafting into your daily life?

Ruffle-Edge Baby Blanket Tutorial + Giveaway!

Hello, Craft Buds! Lindsay here, and I’m guest posting today on the Shannon Fabrics blog with a tutorial for this super-snuggly baby blanket!

Have you ever sewn with Cuddle Fabrics? Shannon’s Cuddle collection is the softest, silkiest fabric ever… similar to a minky fabric you’d find at many fabrics stores. I’ve really enjoyed sewing with them, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. My husband and I are expecting our first baby this January!

We won’t know for a couple weeks if it’s a boy or a girl. But, I was dying to cut into this chevron print Cuddle fabric in baby pink. So, I just went for it, and opted for a neutral white on the other side! The ruffle binding is a navy blue jersey I had left over from a dress. So I went with a little blue and a little pink. I really love the color combo!

Want to make your own cute ruffle-edge baby blanket? You’ll need 3 yards of Cuddle fabric (1-1/2 yards each for the front and back), plus some jersey fabric for the ruffle. The finished blanket is 45″ x 45″, and I’m sharing the tutorial over on the Shannon Fabrics blog.

Get the Ruffle-Edge Baby Blanket Tutorial


Shannon Fabrics is giving you the chance to win 3 yards of Cuddle fabric of your choice, which is enough to make your very own Cuddle blanket! To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Entries open to U.S. Good luck!

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