Craft Book Month: Lindsay Sews + 13 Spools

Happy Friday the 13th! No doom and gloom here . . . we’re just popping by to share a couple more blog hop projects for Craft Book Month 2013!

Speaking of 13, have you met Amy of 13 Spools? She has a lovely blog with free quilt patterns, sew alongs and more! Amy is a friend of mine from the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild, and today she’s sharing her project from Vanessa Christenson’s book Make it Sew Modern (Martingale). I am in love with the fluffy texture of this Spring-Blossom wreath. Doesn’t it look just like frosting on a wedding cake?


Read more about how Amy made her wreath (hot glue, anyone?) on her blog!


I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my “Baseball Curves” quilt, made for the book Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make with Friends (Stash Books) over at my other blog! Find out what color I chose for the binding… and then ripped off completely to start over. :) You can also comment over there to win a copy of the book before it releases on Amazon.


Visit Lindsay Sews >> Enter the giveaway!

Craft Book Month: Sew Sweetness + amylouwho

Happy Thursday! Are you gearing up for the weekend yet? Today we have two more projects to share from our awesome Craft Book Month 2013 blog hoppers!

My friend Sara at Sew Sweetness has rocked it today by unveiling her Marcelle Medallion Quilt in stunning solids and text prints! The pattern comes from the book Liberty Love by Alexia Marcelle Abegg (Stash Books). Can you guess how many days it took her to piece the top? Go ahead, and take a wild guess . . .


Hop over to Sara’s blog to find out the answer!


Are you hungry yet? I’m pretty sure I’d like to head over to amylouwho‘s house today for lunch, since she’s whipped up a gorgeous pot of Tortellini, White Bean, and Spinach Soup. Yum! It’s from the crafty cookbook Cooking Light: 1998 Annual Recipes (Leisure Arts). And on that note, it’s time to get some lunch. :)


Head over to Amy’s blog to read more about her inspiration!


Yes, it’s true… if you’d like to participate in craft book month but, like Amy and myself, do not have your sewing room set up from a recent move, you are free to submit a recipe or any other craft book project. Please join us!

Also, check out the Craft Book Month Prizes!

Enter to win a free e-book from Martingale & Co.

Craft Book Month: Marci Girl Designs + imagine gnats

Hello, Craft Buds readers! We apologize for this delay in our regularly scheduled programming, but wanted to share today’s Craft Book Month 2013 projects from the blog hop. I promise you’ll leave inspired!

Marci Girl Designs is sharing her project from the book Bags: The Modern Classics by Sue Kim (Stash Books). This book is a favorite of so many craft bloggers I know, and it’s filled with these absolutely to-die-for projects. Case in point: Marci’s cheetah and floral Rebecca Bag!


See the inside of Marci’s gorgeous new bag at her blog!


What is this collage of deliciousness, you ask? Rachael of imagine gnats is featuring a very special craft book project and freebie on her blog. “The Adventures of Mr. Grumpy in a Frog Suit” is a free e-book that you can download, telling the fun story of this adorable little grumpy man! Above and beyond, Rachael… you have gone above and beyond. :)


Head over to Rachael’s blog for your for your free e-book and to read about her inspiration!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?

Also, check out the Craft Book Month Prizes!

Enter to win a free e-book from Martingale & Co.

Craft Book Author/Editor: Jenny at Martingale + Giveaway!

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite craft book publishers? Jenny Wilding Cardon, Content Editor at Martingale & Co., is here today to spill the beans on her job, how she got into the industry and what you may not realize about working in the craft book industry!


1) Jenny, you have a background as both a craft-book author and editor. Has it helped you in your career to understand both sides?

Absolutely! It’s been particularly helpful to have an author’s perspective when I’m doing my day job—and right now that’s as the content editor for Martingale’s Stitch This! blog. I’ve published my own work twice, so I understand what designers go through to create a book. It’s an incredible amount of work in a very deadline-driven environment. Lots of people are counting on you to produce quality work, and they need you to get everything done on time so the rest of the team (designers, editors, marketers, etc.) can do their job. It’s truly a team effort to publish a book, but it all begins with the author. Knowing how it feels to have that kind of responsibility on your shoulders from the get-go has helped me understand that supporting our authors in any way we can is essential—especially first-time authors who might need a confidant, a sounding board, and a cheerleader all in one!

2) Can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you got into publishing?

Fresh out of college, I’d recently moved to the Seattle area. I knew I wanted to pursue a career that involved writing. I applied for a copywriting job that stated “sewing and quilting experience a plus.” What?! I hadn’t sewn since high school. Back then I would sew quirky clothes and, being shy, I would make my friends wear them to school. I missed that kind of creativity!

After two interviews at Martingale, I was given a catalog of their books, along with a book called Threadplay. I was asked to write exciting, engaging catalog copy for the book. Completely intrigued with the catalog—so many gorgeous, creative books!—I wrote the best copy I could muster (in 25 words, mind you, as that was the limit for catalog copy). Three days later I received a call that I’d gotten the job. I’ve been working for Martingale since then—first in the office, and then offsite in Utah (where I now live). They are a fantastic company to work for and I feel so lucky to continue to be a part of the team, even though it’s a very virtual experience!

This is how the office sees me in weekly meetings—on a laptop computer in the conference room. See my coworkers in the little screen on the bottom right? Hi guys!

Many avid quilters work at Martingale, so it’s no surprise that just two months into my new job, I was hooked on quilting. I made my first quilt entirely by hand…and then quickly bought my first sewing machine.

My first quilt!

After 10 years with the company, I created my first collection of quilts for publication, The Little Box of Baby Quilts, which was inspired by the birth of my first son, Jack.

Left: Jack and his many quilts. Right: “Flying Frogs” from The Little Box of Baby Quilts

In 2011, I revisited those high-school sewing roots and wrote ReSew, which features projects for transforming thrift-store finds into tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves and more—and there’s a quilt in there, of course!

ReSew: Turn-Thrift Store Finds into Fabulous Designs

Here’s the “Sleeveless V” project from ReSew—a sweatshirt turned into a summery tank. That’s me on the left giving an “Oh, really?” look to my oldest son as my husband snapped a photo for people in the office to see. That’s a gorgeous model on the right, in the final photo of the project for the book. It was so fun to see my projects on professional models!

3) What does a typical day look like for you, in your job?

With posts to write, blogging calendars to schedule, authors to contact, and all kinds of quilt news to cover, it’s always a busy day! I start my day by touching base with our social media fans on Facebook and Pinterest. Then it’s off to the races! We blog five times a week, and we have posts coming in from staff, authors, magazines, and other sources. I do a lot of writing, and I also facilitate posts coming from other writers. Lots and lots of emails are involved!

4) What is your favorite part about working in craft book publishing?

The creativity that’s involved in every step. First there’s the author’s creation of the projects; then there’s the editorial department’s creation of the book itself. Finally, it falls to the marketing department to create fresh, new ways to get the book in front of people’s eyes. Every step of the process is jam-packed with opportunities to think outside the box. It’s a blessing to be part of a group that asks you to stretch your creativity, rather than stay put in the box.

5) What is something about the life of a craft book that would surprise the average person?

How many people are involved in making a book come to life! In addition to our talented and dedicated authors, there are 40 people who work at Martingale. We publish more than 50 books each year, and every person leaves their mark on every book in some way.

Martingale staffers show off quilt blocks from last year’s “Blocks, Borders, Quilts!” round-robin challenge.


You can browse Martingale’s free patterns, how-to-quilt downloads, and books at their site,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a bit about what it’s like to work at Martingale, Lindsay. Craft Buds is such great resource for the business side of handmade—and for the fun side too! Happy Craft Book Month, everyone!



Leave a comment on this post telling us something you’ve learned about craft book publishing from our Q&A with Jenny. You could win an e-book version of the book Modern Basics II by Amy Ellis, or ANY Martingale e-book of your choice!

Read more about Modern Basics II on the Martingale blog. Giveaway open worldwide and a winner will be chosen on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.


Congrats to #29, Lisa Marie!

Craft Book Month: The Sewing Rabbit + Sewing Mama RaeAnna

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share two more projects from the Craft Book Month 2013 blog hop . . . have you decided what book you’ll be crafting from for this year’s contest?

First up is Jess of The Sewing Rabbit. When I heard about the new book Skirt-a-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith (Storey), I recommended it to my friend Jess. Not only does she always whip up the cutest outfits, but she is one of the only people I know who is ambitious enough to actually sew a skirt a day! If you are not already familiar with Jess’s blog, be sure to head over and sign up for her newsletter, filled with lots of tutorials, news and giveaways.


Hop over to The Sewing Rabbit to see more of Jess’s faves from the book!




When RaeAnna told me she was making a project from the book Sewing for Boys (Wiley), I was super excited. This is a book I’ll definitely need to own someday, with a little boy on the way this winter! The authors Shelly and Karen are also the sweetest gals ever, and I was able to interview them a couple years back for our very first Craft Book Month. RaeAnna didn’t even need to buy any new fabric for this top . . . she upcycled two maternity shirts to get the look!


Head over to Sewing Mama RaeAnna to see the Raglan Tee in action!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Also, check out the Craft Book Month Prizes!

Craft Book Month: Hopeful Threads + Go To Sew

Hope you all had a great weekend! We’ve got two more great Craft Book Month projects to share today, from the blog hop!

First up is Kristy, who blogs at Hopeful Threads. I love reading Kristy’s blog because of her generous, giving spirit! She’s always working on a new charity project, and you can check out her blog to read more about The Fluff Project, which supports kids in foster care. Her project is from the Kaleidoscope book by Melly & Me.


Read more about the cuteness in Melly & Me’s book, here!


This simple project from Andrea at Go To Sew has really caught my eye, because I love crafting with both fabric and paper. I also don’t have much time for sewing these days, so I might also try these cute little gift tags! The project is from the book Improv Sewing by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut, who we were so lucky to have as guests here for last year’s Craft Book Month.


Read more about Andrea’s project and see who’s getting a gift basket!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Also, check out the Craft Book Month Prizes!

Craft Book Month: A Prairie Sunrise + Small Town Stitcher

Hope you are all having a good weekend! I wanted to pop in today to share some more inspiring Craft Book Month projects from our blog hoppers. You still have a good 3 weeks to make any project from a craft book, if you’d like to join us!


Returning again this year to the blog hop is the lovely Sharon at A Prairie Sunrise. Even in the midst of moving, she whipped up a seriously cute Wiksten tank top, with embellishments inspired by the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin (STC Craft).

Check out more pics of Sharon’s project here!


I am in love with this fall-inspired throw pillow by Kelli, who blogs at Small Town Stitcher and is a member of my Do Good Stitches bee! She adapted the project from a holiday-themed craft in the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by John Q. Adams (Lark Crafts). Isn’t the scrappy binding adorable?


See Kelli’s project in action over at her blog!


Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Also, check out the Craft Book Month Prizes!

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?



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